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Soak in the White Desert: The Rann of Kutch in Gujarat

By: Akshatha Vinayak

The wonders of nature are awe-inspiring; they make us believe that only a supreme power could have created such a masterpiece. It is sometimes hard to find how such geographical features were formed, with all the scientific discoveries and technologies. The Rann of Kutch is one such mystic beauty that draws many towards Gujarat.

White Desert

The White Desert
Photo Courtesy: Travelling Slacker

The Rann of Kutch is a vast area which forms a part of the Thar Desert in Kutch district. It is not a brownish sand desert like we usually know but it is a salty desert - a 'White Desert'. Most parts are in Gujarat while some regions lie in Pakistan.

In the monsoon season, it turns into a marshy area and dries up totally during summer. The vast salt marshes cover the landscape. A coastal line on one side and the desert towards the other side is indeed a unique ecosystem. In fact, the Rann of Kutch is one of the world's largest sand desert.

The Tales of Kutch

Camel Savari

Camel Savari at Rann of Kutch
Photo Courtesy: Kaushik Patel

Kutch is a potpourri of culture, art and traditions. It is very famous for Kutch embroidery, patchwork, block printing, etc. A stroll around the villages of Kutch is a must to get into the heart of rural life. One gets to know more about the handicrafts and artworks of Kutch region.

Places to Visit in The Rann of Kutch

The Rann of Kutch is divided into two parts: the Great Rann of Kutch and the Little Rann of Kutch.

The Great Rann of Kutch

The Great Rann of Kutch is a white horizon as far as the eyes can see. Several regions of the Great Rann belongs to Rann of Kutch Wildlife Sanctuary. Chari-Dhand Wetland Conservation Reserve is one of the prominent attracts in the Great Rann of Kutch.

The Little Rann of Kutch

The Little Rann of Kutch is known for the Indian Wild Ass Sanctuary. It is also a protected area which is rich in wildlife. The Little Rann of Kutch is a home for many migratory birds as well as indigenous species. Isn't it exciting to explore a unique eco-system like this?!

Indian Wild Ass Sanctuary

Indian Wild Ass Sanctuary
Photo Courtesy: Navin Sigamany

There are many more places to visit in and around Kutch:

Kala Dungar

Kala Dungar or the black hill is the highest point in Kutch. It is also a sunset point which gives an aerial view of the infinite white desert. You can also visit a temple on top of the hill.

Rann Utsav

Rann Utsav is a Gujarat Government initiative which is organised to promote the art of Kutch. Many artisans from the region take part in Rann Utsav. It is a cultural extravaganza where you can shop and also taste some Kutch cuisine. Camel rides or horse rides around the desert is one of the fun things about Rann Utsav.

Sunset at Little Rann of Kutch

Sunset at Little Rann of Kutch
Photo Courtesy: Koshy Koshy

Bhuj

Bhuj is around 100km to the Rann of Kutch. It is a popular city with a number of attractions in Kutch district.

Mandvi

Mandvi is a coastal city which is known for its serene beaches and a ship building industry. Mandvi is one of the prominent attractions in Kutch.

A trip to the Rann of Kutch has a lot of surprises for you. Not only the landscapes but also the art and culture of people are amazing to explore.

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