A trip to kutch is always memorable to me. Being kutch my hometown, I never got a chance to explore much. So this time I decided to go and explore. It was totally a spontaneous trip with my friends and family and I must say spontaneous trips are the best and the most memorable ones.
So after getting down at Gandhidham railway station I was quite shocked to see the beautiful paintings on the walls of the station because that is something unusual for a Mumbaikar to see.
Later we headed to Bhadreshwar temple to worship and as well as to have our breakfast. The temple is enormous and beautiful and also some amazing history related to it. Having our breakfast we headed to our beloved home which is in a small village in Mandvi taluka.
Here are some places where I have been to :
Mandvi Beach :
Mandvi Beach is one of the best beaches in Kutch. It has windmills on the shore hence it is also called a windmill beach. There are water activities for all the water lovers and many non-water activities like ATV rides, camel rides, parasailing, etc. So in short there is something for all. And the beautiful sunset will amaze you and make you feel alive again.
This is a unique temple where Mia (Muslim deity) and Mahadev (Hindu deity) are located in the same temple. They are separated by a small window which is kept to be open all the time. If closed it will automatically open later. It is said that powerful spirits do exist there, hence that particular village is completely empty.
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Bhadreshwar Temple :
This artistic temple has blown my mind with its amazing architecture and history. It is about 2600 years old temple of bhadreshwar maha tirth. Presently, the idol of Lord Mahaveer ( 24th Tirthankar ) presides in the main Shrine. Meals are also offered to the pilgrims at a spacious modern dining hall subject to Jain rules.
Kutchi Art and textile :
You would literally go bonkers seeing the kuchti art. I got lost in the intrication and how minutely they have made everything. They have created art in paintings as well as in clothes. Bandnis are the traditional type of clothes that people wear in kutch. You will get beautiful sarees, kurtis at a very cheaper rate. There are also centers where you can see how these bandnis are made and how Kutchi work is done.
It was a memorable trip but we did miss out on going to the infamous Rann Utsav. We couldn’t go there as the desert was not dry yet and hence we wouldn’t be able to make the most out of it. So we decided to go on our next trip to kutch.