Background: Since early 2020, International travel has been in limbo due to the !@#! COVID-19. With each country reacting differently to COVID-19, it has been difficult to do International trips. While waiting out COVID-19, I thought why not explore the regions of India I have not been to 🙂 As of Oct, 2021, I had already been to 16 major towns/cities (as an adult), which is nothing considering the size and diversity of the country.
Introduction to Gujarat
Gujarat has the longest coastline (1596 kilometers!) among all the states of India
5th largest state in India, area-wise
Gandhinagar, just outside the biggest city in the state, Ahmedabad, is the capital of Gujarat
Gujarat is the state with the highest number of airports (17!)
Kutch district, of which Bhuj is a part, is one of the largest districts in India
Asiatic Lions are only found in Gujarat
Recently, Ahmedabad got World’s largest Cricket stadium (1.1 Lakh spectators could be accommodated)
The Prag Mahal is a 19th-century palace. Named after Rao Pragmalji II, who commissioned the construction of Prag Mahal, the palace’s first bricks were laid in 1865. It was designed by Colonel Henry Saint Wilkins in the Italian Gothic style.
Kalo Dungar is supposedly, the highest point in Kutch district.
The 2001 earthquake had left Gandhi nu Gram village devastated. The redevelopment of the village was carried out meticulously. While rebuilding the village, they took utmost care in keeping the village’s socio-cultural traditions intact. The project constructed huts, schools, community buildings, temples Etc. and also has electricity network and a water harvesting system. Each dwelling was provided with its own individual dual pit toilet system and a bathing cubical. There are shops selling traditional arts and crafts.
I was enamored by the art painted on the various huts.
It was while I was at the White Rann that I got the phone call regarding a family medical emergency and I had to cut short my Bhuj trip right then and there. Had to make my way, urgently, back to Ahmedabad (by road) and from there to Bengaluru and ultimately, to Kozhikode, Kerala (flights).