Lakhpat, Kutch, Gujarat

by Mridula on January 23, 2014

in Canon D550,Gujarat,India,Photography

When I saw a breach in the fort wall I did what comes naturally to me as a trekker, I tried to walk through it! Out of nowhere an uniformed head popped out and asked me, “ma’am what do you think you are doing?” I apologized and retreated in haste. I then asked if I could click pictures? He told me I could walk all along the fort wall and click as many pictures as I wanted, only crossing over was not allowed! The view was so beautiful, no wonder I wanted to walk across!

Lakhpat, Kutch, Gujarat

Lakhpat, Kutch, Gujarat

Lakhpat is about 100 kilometers from Devpur. I did the trip by a taxi. I did Narayan Sarovar and Koteshwar on the same day and my total taxi bill was 2400 Indian rupees for the day. Lakhpat is said to be the last town on the western end of India along with India Pakistan border. It was an important port town till the  middle of 19th century. After that the river Indus changed course and the town declined in popularity.

The Gurudwara at Lakhpat, Kutch, Gujarat

The Gurudwara at Lakhpat, Kutch, Gujarat

There is a Gurudwara (religious place for Sikhs) at Lakhpat. When I asked Mr. Jadeja about food options at Lakhpat he suggested the langar at the Gurudwara. It is said that Guru Nanak the founder of Sikh religion stayed at this village. Later a Gurudwara was built. After coming out of the Gurudwara I kept my handbag and camera bag on the raised platform near the flag. I got scolded for it by the gyani (priest). However, he could sense my hesitation and invited me to have lunch. The langar had daal, roti, rice and halwa. The food tasted good. You need to cover your head if you wish to enter the prayer room at a gurudwara. I was also told that the original gurudwara was badly damaged in the 2001 earthquake near Bhuj, this is a new one.

You are required to wash our plates and glasses after having food. It was on a full stomach I headed to the walls of the fort and inadvertently tried to cross into Pakistan. While I was signing the Gurudwara register there was a question which asked if I did a night stay. So that makes me think that a night is probably available with them. A pity that I didn’t inquire about it while I was there.

The Lakhpat Fort

The Lakhpat Fort

I went for a long walk along the fort wall. The taxi driver was patient. On the way there was a car breakdown even though the taxi was a new Swift. However they called up someone from the same village where we had a breakdown and we went ahead in a borrowed Alto. Such is the power of Gujarati Bhai network! There was a stiff wind howling around Lakhpat.

Lakhpat, Kutch, Gujarat

Lakhpat, Kutch, Gujarat

After an hour of walking and looking at the white expanse all around me I decided to head out. However, there was still one place that I had to visit. There were only a few tourists around and that is a plus in my dictionary.

The Tomb of Gosh Mohammad, Lakhpat

The Tomb of Gosh Mohammad, Lakhpat

The driver asked if I would like to visit the tomb of Gosh Mohammad? I could already see it in the distance and as it was an old looking structure I was quite willing to visit it. Gosh Mohammad is said to be living in the region in the 19th century. He was a scholar of many religions, he was known for his bhajans of Krishna.

The Green Door, Gosh Muhammad Tomb, Lakhpat

The Green Door, Gosh Muhammad Tomb, Lakhpat

I was alone for a while around the tomb. A few local men visited the shrine and closed the door after them. I asked them if I could go inside and they said no. I was not sure if it was because I was a woman or what. But they went away and then came a group of Sikhs which had women and children. They all trooped n and I went in right behind them!

The Interiors, Gosh Muhammad Tomb, Lakhpat

The Interiors, Gosh Muhammad Tomb, Lakhpat

After visiting the tomb we were headed towards Narayan Sarovar and Koteshwar. I liked Lakhpat, it had less number of tourists and no eating joints. It also gave me the first glimpse of the Rann.

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Sonia April 26, 2014 at 2:03 pm

Kutch is so beautiful…we had a wonderful time there. Infact we share a similar photo in our posts. Check out my link if you can…
http://soniarevankar.wordpress.com/2012/12/11/1340/

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Mridula April 27, 2014 at 12:23 pm

Will check it out Sonia.

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Rachit Aggarwal January 30, 2014 at 2:50 pm

Great pictures…

You are travelling to extreme points of India.

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Mridula April 27, 2014 at 12:21 pm

Thank you Rachit, this was a last minute trip!

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sindhoooo January 25, 2014 at 7:54 pm

Wonderful photography! How beautiful that green door and the intricate carving on to of it!

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Mridula January 27, 2014 at 7:51 pm

I too was quite taken in by it Sindhu.

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rupam { xhobdo } January 24, 2014 at 5:02 pm

Mridula ji, Wonderful post , Beautiful photos.

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Mridula January 24, 2014 at 7:06 pm

Thank you Rupam.

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Puru January 24, 2014 at 1:56 pm

Vast expanses of nothingness .. a Muslim, Sufi who was renowned for his bhajans on Krishna, Gujarat is full of wonders :)

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Mridula January 24, 2014 at 7:05 pm

Yes Puru Lakhpat was a great find!

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Preethi Venugopal January 24, 2014 at 1:31 pm

Wow…such a nice place.
The white expanse seems surreal.

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Mridula January 24, 2014 at 7:04 pm

Rann is a phenomenon that has to be experienced!

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Rajesh January 24, 2014 at 6:47 am

Great place to visit. Why is the tomb of Gosh Mohd is leaning? Is it the way tomb is built?

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Mridula January 24, 2014 at 1:15 pm

Thanks to my photography skills Rajesh :D

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Anki S January 23, 2014 at 8:37 pm

Wow an absolute wonder.Love the white expanse of land..now I want to see Kutch even more :)

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Mridula January 24, 2014 at 1:13 pm

Anki you should go :D

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Aravind January 23, 2014 at 8:35 pm

Beautiful place!! Your photos tempt me plan a trip to that place!!

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Mridula January 24, 2014 at 1:09 pm

You should visit, it is a beautiful place and not too many tourists as of now.

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Lady Fi January 23, 2014 at 7:28 pm

Just gorgeous. That first photo is a lovely abstract piece of art!

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Mridula January 24, 2014 at 1:06 pm

Thank you Lady Fi, the salt all around makes it look like a dream.

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Niranjan January 23, 2014 at 6:42 pm

Wow, you tried to sneak into Pakistan? The place looks very inviting. Lovely post, Mridula.

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Mridula January 24, 2014 at 1:05 pm

Looks like that Niranjan :D I liked the place and I would recommend it. Excellent roads too.

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Sogy January 23, 2014 at 5:11 pm

This is absolutely brilliant. The view is so beautiful!

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Mridula January 24, 2014 at 1:04 pm

Thank you so much.

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