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Dholavira

On the way to Dholavira we need to go slow and experience the beauty the terrain surrounds with. With the white desert on both the sides, it sure has some of the best views and fauna one can enjoy. We enjoyed the flamingos on the way back to Ahmedabad.
While in Dholavira we did get a chance to visit the Karni post. A BSF (border security post) which has a beach kind of feel overseeing the island. The view feels straight from one of the Hollywood movies.

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Be amused in the town of Nirona

The town of Hodka has many campsites which offers one and all the best of the hospitalities and comfort. We chose to stick to the basics and stayed over at a Village stay. The place is warm and has some of the coolest people running the place. The food is pretty basic and so is the stay but well that is what we were searching for once in a while, aren’t we?

Heading to the town of Nirona can be heavy on the pocket at times. The town of famous for some of its beautiful artwork like the Rogan art. The artwork is straight from Persia and has been practiced for more than 400 years now. It is truly a magical moment seeing the art in the making too.

Besides the family which makes the Rogan art there is one family out there too which copper bells. The family has been doing so for about 5 generations now.

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Sunsets and moonrise on the move

Some of the shots clicked by some of the participants who had joined me on the motorcycle ride to Kutch which happened in the month of January.

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Salt extractors of India

Agariyas, a hardoworking community in the region of Kutch. They are also known as the Salt extractors of the salt farmers of Kutch. They account for a good 75% of the total salt manufactured in India. Being so hardworking and so very dedicated to their they hard get something out of it.
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Walled City of Lakhpat

At the far northwest corner of Kutch, facing north across the Great Rann towards Pakistan, stands Lakhpat, once an important port city but now virtually abandoned for almost 200 years. A place where you can imagine the rise and decline of a great port city, and simultaneously contemplate the vast emptiness of the desert and the sea.

When the 1819 earthquake sent the Indus River on its present course to the west and the Great Rann dried up, so did Lakhpat. It was left a humble town around the ruins of its former grandness, now only with Kori Creek that still flows into the Rann. Though it requires a long journey to reach Lakhpat, the intrepid traveler will be rewarded. The 7 km fort walls, erected in 1801 by Jamadar Fateh Muhammed, are still nearly intact and offer tremendous views out over the Rann. Due to the extremely clear desert air and remote location, the night sky is spectacular (visit near the new moon for best stargazing) and sunrise or sunset in a landscape of such endless horizons are not to be missed.

Lakhpat has religious significance for three of India’s most populous religions: Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism, reportedly camped here on his journey to Mecca. The site later became a gurudwara, which holds some of Nanak’s possessions; Pir Ghaus Muhammed, a Sufi mystic who from the age of twelve devoted himself to spiritual practice and reportedly practiced half as a Hindu and half as a Muslim, is buried here in Lakhpat. His tomb is a stone construction with very complex carvings and a water tank that is said to have healing properties for skin problems; Sayyed Pir Shah’s nine-domed mausoleum has intricate carvings, doors, windows, and jaalis.

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