Stay In Mud Huts On White Sands In This Dreamy Crafts Village On The Rann Of Kutch

by Suchismita Pal
by Suchismita Pal 361

In the remote expanses of Kutch, amid the vastness of the salt-flats, lies a kaleidoscopic crafts village. Known as Hodka, the dreamy village houses quiant mud huts adorned with intricate motifs. The huts, painted entirely in natural dyes, remain cool from inside to let the natives withstand the extreme temperatures outside. Of recent, these pretty huts have opened doors to travel mavericks who want to ditch the crowds in the cities and explore the offbeat. With spectacular craftsmanship, heartwarming people, camel rides and more, a stay with the pastoral community at Hodka can be a touching experience.

 

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An Art-Inspired Rustic Living In The Remoteness Of Kutch

The culturally rich hamlet of Hodka is around 63 kilometres from Gujarat’s Bhuj. As per beliefs, the Halepotra clan used to inhibit in Hodka around three centuries ago. The village has derived its name from hodi which means boat. It is an ideal place to take a break from the whirlwind of the daily routines to have a splendid time with the artisans. The artisans here specialise in embroidery work and they make a wide array of items, from clothing and accessories to home decor and more. You can hoard the artistic pieces directly from these craftsmen to preserve them as souvenirs and also give them business. The villagers make cholis, purses, tassels, door hanging and also leather products.

 

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Have A Camel Ride Under The Pearl Moon

Hodka is not just about soaking in the rustic life. The magical view of the full moon over the mirage is another thing to die for at this village. At night, the moonlight wraps the village with its silver lining and the views look celestial. One can simply sit in the striking quietness and stare at the pearl moon to forget all the worries. The village also offers overnight camel safaris through the white sands.

Hodka Village

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In proximity to Hodka, lies the wetlands of Chhari Dhand, which can be a true paradise for birdwatchers. A large number of gorgeous migratory birds like oriental darter and black-necked stork flock to this region. The region is also known for the unique phenomenon, Chir Batti at night, also known as ghost lights.

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So, whenever you’re planning to visit Rann of Kutch, don’t forget to include the surreal village of Hodka in the itinerary to

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