Archaeological Sites
 

Modhera Sun Temple (45 km)

The 11th century Sun temple of Modhera is easily one of the finest examples of devotional architecture in western India. Built by Bhima Deva of the Solanki Rajput dynasty, with the aid of donations from the people, the temple features carved torana arches mounted on kirti stambhas (pillars of victory) as the entrances, a large rectangular stepped with 108 smaller shrines, an exquisite 52 pillared portico, beautiful domed central portion and a sanctum sanctoruim designed so that the sun light fell on the bejewelled statue of the God, specially at sunrise during the equinox. The exterior of temple is carved with traditional erotic scenes and images of many gods and goddesses, while inside are friezes from epics like the Mahabharata portrayed on the pillars.

Patan (70 km)

The historic township of Anhilwada Patan was the 8th-14th century capital of Gujarat,before Ahmed Shah founded Ahmedabad, and is a highly atmospheric citadel with many havelis and temples.

The greatest reminder of the golden period of Gujarat under the Solanki kings is the Rani-ki-Vav stepwell some distance from the town centre. Built in the 1050s and named for Rani Udamati, wife of Maharajah Bhim Deva and daughter-in-law of Mulraja, founder of Solanki rule in Gujarat, the stepwell is the oldest and perhaps the grandest among the 120 odd step wells in Gujarat. Leading down seven storeys to the water level, the steps are string-coursed by sculpture depicting the avatars of lord Vishnu, Hindu Goddesses, Jain idols and beautiful apsaras. Behind the water is a beautiful sculpture of Lord Vishnu reclining on a serpent.

Jhinjhwada (19 km)

Jhinjhwada has the remains of an old fort of the Solanki dynasty that ruled the area in the 11th and 12th centuries. The most impressive relic of the fort is a huge gateway separating the village from the Rann of Kutch with superb sandstone carvings.

Munsar Tank (30 km)

This 12th century tank on the outskirts of the walled town of Viramgam is enclosed by scores of intricately carved temples.


Rann Riders can arrange tours to Kutch visiting the following places:


Dholawira (Rapar)

One of the most important archaeological sites in India, Dholawira is an excellent example of Harappan town planning. Excavations show that a sophisticated civilisation existed here from 2900 to 1600 BC. The imposing walled citadel had an intricate system of water harvesting using tanks, wells and reservoirs to store water and channels to distribute it. Some of the many unique finds from the excavations are on display.

Bhuj

This historic city was ruled by the Jadeja Rajputs from the 1540s to the 1940s and has a number of historic monuments.

Mandvi

Mandvi has beautiful beaches set along the northern coast of the Gulf of Kutch. The Maharao’s Vijay Vilas Palace is located facing the sea with a private beach. The town has many historic relics of the time when Mandvi was an important port and naval base of the Kutch royal family.

Sumresar Shaikh

Kala Raksha has a fine collection of heirloom textiles housed at their centre in this village as guidelines for the artisan cooperatives.

 
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