Kutch is one of the most marketed districts of Gujarat by the Tourism Department of the state. Kutch is the largest district of the country by area. Before a few months ago, Government of Gujarat started a campaign to promote ‘Kutch’ across the country. Amitabh Bachchan was named as the brand ambassador of Gujarat Tourism. Rann of Kutch is the most popular place among tourists who visits Kutch.
Every year, Rann Festival i.e. Rann Utsav is organized in the desert of Kutch by the Tourism Department of Gujarat to promote the tourism of the state. So, let’s have a look at the other most popular tourist places in the district.
5 Tourist Places in Kutch For Your Holiday [Best Tourist Attractions]
1. Aina Mahal
Aina Mahal or “Hall of Mirrors” is the royal palace situated in the heart of the city i.e. near Hamirsar Lake in Bhuj city. The palace was built in the middle of the 18th century by Ramsinh Malam, a master craftsman. A key travel related information is given below.
Attractions: Paintings, mirrors, decorated walls, fountains, glass work, historical architecture, carved doorways, balconies and designed doors.
- Visitors Timings: 9:00 AM to 11:45 AM, 3:00 PM to 5:45 PM (IST)
- Entry fees: Rs. 10 per adult
- Charges for photography: Rs. 30 (additional)
2. Prag Mahal
Prag Mahal is another royal palace, situated next to Aina Mahal. This royal palace was designed by the Colonel Henry Saint Wilkins with an Italian Gothic style in 1860. The Palace has an impressive and beautiful clock tower. This palace was built with the help of Italian artists and local Kutchi builders. It was completed in 1879 with a total cost of Rs. 3.1 million rupees.
- Attractions: Clock Tower, Darbar Hall, Main Hall, Classical Statues
- Visitors Timings: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM and 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
- Entry fees: Rs. 10, Extra charges for photography Rs. 30 and video shooting Rs. 100
3. Hamirsar Lake
Hamirsar Lake is the largest man made lake, situated in the center of the city of Bhuj. It is an artificial lake, constructed on the surface area of 28 acres in 1564. The lake was named after Jadeja ruler Rao Hamir, who was the founder of Bhuj. Since the Independence of India, Hamirsar Lake is only 18 times overflowed. There is a tradition that, if lake overflows, royal family does pooja (worship) of the lake. They also distribute megh laddoos to the people of Bhuj
4. The Vijay Vilas Palace
The Vijay Vilas Palace is one of the most beautiful royal palace in Gujarat. It was built in 1929 by Rao Vijayraj ji. It is a well known place for Bollywood film shooting (Hindi film shooting). The Royal Palace has their own private beach which offers private tented accommodation (AC) on rent. The Vijay Vilas Palace has also a beautiful museum, a must to visit place for all tourists.
The Vijay Vilas Palace was also included in the list of Top 10 most beautiful royal palaces of Gujarat
5. Narayan Sarovar
Narayan Sarovar is one of the most beautiful sites in the district. It is located in the Lakhpat Taluka in the district of Kutch. This lake is considered as one of the holiest lakes by the Hindus. As per the belief, Saraswati River, one of the holiest rivers in India, was flowing from this place (present day Narayan Sarovar). So, this lake was filled with the holy waters of the Saraswati River.
Article Title: 5 Tourist Places in Kutch For Your Holiday [Best Tourist Attractions]
Article last-republished on September 7, 2019.