The colours of Kutch

The colours of Kutch

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The Good Life With IQ

If you want tips, tricks and insights on travelling, being vegetarian, sustainability and India, and from someone who’s been there and done that, then The Good Life With IQ is a good place to be! The inspiration for this blog was a trip to the Lakshadweep islands in early 2017. We had a really tough time trying to figure out how to plan our trip, and the fact that there wasn’t really much useful information on the net was really frustrating. When we got back, I decided to write a post on how we planned our Lakshadweep trip, so that other travellers could be spared our frustration. But once I got started, it was difficult to stop. And that's how The Good Life With IQ got where it is today.

Memories of our visit to arid but colourful Kutch in Gujarat: intricate handicrafts, magnificent old palaces, pristine beaches, and of course the endless white slat plains of the Great Rann.

In late 2013, my wife wanted to visit Kutch in Gujarat as a sourcing trip for her fledgling ethnic gifts business, so we decided we would turn it into our annual new year’s holiday. We spent close to two weeks in Bhuj and its surroundings (arguably home to India’s highest concentration of high-quality textile handicraft producers), investigated lots of towns and villages, and took in India’s great white salt desert, the Great Rann of Kutch.

These are some memories of our visits to Bhujodi, Nakhatrana, Nirona, Ajrakhpur, Mandvi, Sumrasar, Lakhpat (and countless other little towns and villages whose names I, for the life of me, can’t remember), and our stays at Bhuj, Devpur Homestay, the Khamir Craft Resource Center, and the Gateway to Rann Resort.

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The colours of Kutch

Gujarat_Bhuj_Pragmahal_Sparrow - The colours of Kutch

Sparrow (one of many) – Prag Mahal palace, Bhuj

Gujarat_LakhpatFort_Doggie - The colours of Kutch

Doggie on ramparts – Lakhpat Fort

Gujarat_GreatRann_Feet - The colours of Kutch

Quite a feet! – Great Rann of Kutch

Gujarat_Nakhatrana_LeatherWallHanging - The colours of Kutch

Intricate leather wall hanging (now in our bedroom) – Nakhatrana

Gujarat_DevpurHomestay_DevparYaksh - The colours of Kutch

Our room – Devpur Homestay

Gujarat_Bhujodi_RamjiVankarsLoom - The colours of Kutch

Ramji’s loom – Bhujodi

Gujarat_Bhujodi_TeaStallAtBusStop - The colours of Kutch

Happy tea stall owner – Bhujodi bus stop

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Gujarat_GreatRann_SunsetReflection - The colours of Kutch

Reflected sunset – Great Rann of Kutch

Gujarat_Kalo_Dungar - The colours of Kutch

Lookout – Kalo Dungar

Gujarat_GreatRann_LonelyWalk - The colours of Kutch

Endless desert – Great Rann of Kutch

Gujarat_GreatRann_SaltCrystals - The colours of Kutch

Salt crystals – Great Rann of Kutch

Gujarat_GreatRann_DoubleTrouble - The colours of Kutch

Double trouble – Great Rann of Kutch

Gujarat_Dhordo_NightSinger - The colours of Kutch

Night singer – Dhordo

Gujarat_Bhuj_PottersHouse - The colours of Kutch

Potter’s home – Khavda

Gujarat_Bhuj_HamirsarLake_Pelican - The colours of Kutch

Resident one-winged pelican – Hamirsar Lake, Bhuj

Gujarat_Bhuj_Pragmahal_Chipmunk - The colours of Kutch

Curious chipmink – Prag Mahal palace, Bhuj

Gujarat_Bhuj_Catnap - The colours of Kutch

Cat nap – Bhuj

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Gujarat_HiralakshmiCraftPark_Weavers - The colours of Kutch

Proud weavers – Hiralakshmi Craft Park, Bhujodi

Gujarat_Dhordo_NightSingers - The colours of Kutch

Band of night singers – Dhordo

Gujarat_Bhuj_PragMahal_Cornices - The colours of Kutch

Cornice – Prag Mahal palace, Bhuj

Gujarat_Bhuj_Ainamahal - The colours of Kutch

Aina Mahal palace, Bhuj

Gujarat_Bhuj_RestingCow - The colours of Kutch

Resting cow – Bhuj

Gujarat_Ratnal_HappyKids - The colours of Kutch

Happy youngsters – Ratnal

Gujarat_Kutch_RannUtsav - The colours of Kutch

Embroidery in the sunset – Dhordo

Gujarat_HiralakshmiCraftPark_CoffeeTables - The colours of Kutch

Unfinished furniture – Hiralakshmi Craft Park, Bhujodi

Gujarat_HiralakshmiCraftPark_Door - The colours of Kutch

The Blue Door – Hiralakshmi Craft Park, Bhujodi

Gujarat_Ajrakhpur_BlockPrinting - The colours of Kutch

Block printing in progress – Ajrakhpur

Gujarat_Ajrakhpur_PrintingBlocks - The colours of Kutch

Old printing blocks – Ajrakhpur

Gujarat_Ratnal_RabariMatriarch - The colours of Kutch

Rabari matriarch – Ratnal

Gujarat_Bhuj_RepurposedTaurus - The colours of Kutch

Repurposed Enfield Taurus – Bhujodi

Gujarat_Khavda_LadyinYellow - The colours of Kutch

Lady in yellow – Khavda

Gujarat_Ratnal_Peekaboo - The colours of Kutch

Shy girl – Ratnal

Gujarat_HiralakshmiCraftPark_CowBell - The colours of Kutch

Cowbell – Hiralakshmi Craft Park

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Gujarat_Khavda_familyHome - The colours of Kutch

Family home – Khavda

Gujarat_Mandvi_Beach - The colours of Kutch

Solitude – Mandvi beach

Gujarat_Bhuj_KhamirCraftResourceCenter_DoggieOnKhat - The colours of Kutch

Dreaming doggie – Khamir Craft Resource Center

Gujarat_HiralakshmiCraftPark_Shawl - The colours of Kutch

Tassled shawl – Hiralakshmi Craft Park

Gujarat_Bhuj_KhamirCraftResourceCenter_PupsPlaying - The colours of Kutch

Pups in the sunset – Khamir Craft Resource Center

Gujarat_Mandvi_Flamingoes - The colours of Kutch

Flamingos – Mandvi

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Gujarat_DevpurHomestay_Entrance - The colours of Kutch

Misleading entrance – Devpur homestay

Gujarat_Nakhatarana_AhirMatriarch - The colours of Kutch

Ahir matriarch – Nakhatrana

Gujarat_Khavda_ModelTruck - The colours of Kutch

Model truck – Khavda

Gujarat_Mandvi_GreyHeron - The colours of Kutch

Grey heron in the surf – Mandvi beach

Gujarat_Mandvi_Transport - The colours of Kutch

Transport, both old and new – Mandvi shipyard

Gujarat_Mandvi_ShipBuilding - The colours of Kutch

Work in progress – Mandvi shipyard

Gujarat_Kutch_Sacredtree - The colours of Kutch

Sacred baobab – somewhere in Kutch

Gujarat_LakhpatFort_Tomb - The colours of Kutch

Intricate tomb – Lakhpat Fort

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