KUTCH, FOR A CREATIVE SOUL

As humans, we traditionally savoured the simplicity of living that came from working manually, eating locally and loving fully. Fast forward to the present day Kutchi village, and it feels as though not much has changed. The local artist communities in the small hamlets of Kutch still reside in painted bhungas (circular mud homes with sloping thatched roofs); wear vibrantly-coloured, mirror-filled, patchwork garb; and nurture centuries-old art and crafts. A wander through these villages is like stepping back in time when the world wasn’t constantly connected, machines couldn’t talk and relationships weren’t complicated. Thankfully, the ethos of Kutch isn’t lost to modernisation and contemporary mannerisms!

Stretching along the Tropic of Cancer, from Rajasthan to the edge of Pakistan and the Arabian Sea, Kutch is a fusion of several semi-nomadic communities that migrated from as far as Sindh, Baluchistan and Afghanistan, nearly five centuries ago. They may have left their homes but they brought with them their signature art forms as well as compelling stories, experiences, history, culture and traditions that laid the foundation of the region’s rich heritage and social fabric. Even today, each of the communities express themselves through their art and textiles, only hoping to keep their craft alive for years to come.

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PASTORAL CHARMS OF PHALTAN, MAHARASHTRA

Tucked away in the Satara district of Maharashtra, Phaltan is a hidden gem where you can get into the rural rhythm and gorge on authentic local cuisine

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The glamour of twinkling cities and skyscrapers never fails to entice us, however, the heart of India lies in her villages. As city dwellers, we often yearn to run away from the chaos that’s somehow become a part of our day-to-day lives. We are always on the lookout for places that offer serenity and opportunities to connect with our roots. And why not?

The rural setting exposes us to so many marvellous things – pristine nature, fresh air, the simple ways of small-town life, the chance to pick fruits and vegetables straight from the farms and the invigorating vast open spaces. Indeed, there’s nothing quite like the Indian countryside!

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If you’re looking at an unconventional break this monsoon season, look no furthur than Phaltan, a little town in the the land of Marathas. Located in Satara district of southwest Maharashtra, Phaltan and the surrounding region is packed with ample natural beauty, historical sights, temples and more. Famous for its tall sugarcane fields and pomegranate orchards, this little-explored town is a fresh slice of bucolic bliss. Read more