A glimpse of rural life in Gujarat

Kutch: Traditionally smart, culturally colourful

Eyetalk

December 29, 2016

/ By / Kutch

India & You

Tucked away in a quaint corner of India, in coastal Gujarat, Kutch is the largest district of the country. Culturally rich, the district boasts of its uniquely and traditionally designed villages and houses. Small yet beautiful and well-kept, these houses or bhungas are crafted for the hot arid climate of Kutch. They have conical thatched roofs, Kutchi mud and mirror artwork on their inside walls, painted patterns on the outside and lots of vivid colours brightening up the dull, desert neighbourhood.

 

Everything and everyone here is untouched by contemporary mannerisms or fashions. People adorn only traditional attires and accessories, savour local cuisine and ride camels, all of which a guest can experience, including staying in one of the bhungas in village resorts developed for tourists who come here in large numbers, especially during local festivals like the Rann Utsav.

 

There are various local communities that reside in Kutch, with their professions mostly revolving around craftsmanship or herding and milking. More recently, some are exploring sectors like hospitality, catering to the ever-increasing tourist footfall.

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