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Lakhpat




Lakhpat, situated at the junction of Kori Creek and Rann of Kutch, is the last town in Gujarat before its border with Pakistan. Located in Kutch District, it is around 150 km west of Bhuj.

This fortified town, noted for its high walls, several gates and bastions made out of hard stone, wears a deserted look and is scarcely inhabited. At the helm of its prosperity, Lakhpat was an important port town with a thriving population. It lost its maritime importance in 1851 when the Sindhu River changed its course. Now only a few families stay there.

This old town is thought to have founded by Rao Lakha, hence the name Lakhpat. It is also said that, during its glorious days, a single days maritime trade generated incomes as high as 1,00,000 Kori (an old currency of Kutch state) and therefore the city came to be known as Lakhpat.

Places of tourist interest include the Tomb of Gosh Mohammad, Gurdwara and a number of old Hindu temples. Kalyaneshwar Temple, Narayan Sarovar (49 km) and Koteshwar constitute enchanting excursions.

Since Lakhpat does not have proper facilities for food and accommodation, only adventurous tourists are recommended to make a foray. State Transport bus frequency is very low, therefore travelers should arrange for their own transport.

Nearest airport is at Bhuj. Nearest railhead is at Gandhidham (210 km).



Updated on 7th June, 2005
District: Kutch
Location: Lakhpat    

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