Need Reasons To Visit Rann Of Kutch? Here’s 5!
If exploring the Wild West has been your dream, then you must visit its Indian counterpart – the Rann of Kutch.
The country’s attention was focused on this vast expanse after Gujarat Tourism’s ‘Kutch nahi dekha to kuch nahi dekha’ (If you haven’t seen Kutch, you haven’t seen anything) advert starring Amitabh Bachchan, and it continues to enthrall tourists from all over the world. In reality, the Rann of Kutch is made up of salt marshes, which give it the characteristic white colour. Much like an endless expanse of snow, these salt marshes are the largest in the entire world.
Located in the Thar Desert in Gujarat, some parts of the Rann of Kutch also stretch to the Pakistani province of Sindh. Regarded one of Gujarat’s most beautiful attractions, the Rann of Kutch gives you a chance to discover a different, unique side of nature – a vast desert without any greenery. If you have the opportunity, you should visit this region to see nature in all its glory. Here are five reasons why should plan a holiday to Rann of Kutch right now.
1. Rann Utsav – The Rann of Kutch Festival
To celebrate the colourful and lively culture of Gujarat, the Rann of Kutch organises the Rann Utsav every year. This three-month long festival is usually scheduled for the winter months; starting from November to the end of February. During the festival, the white desert is adorned with colourful tents and decorations that await the many visitors that travel here to be part of the event. Click some vibrant photos and sway along to the different folk dance and music performances, and take home some locally made and sold handicrafts as souvenirs of your time at the Rann Utsav.
Travel tip: Don’t forget to buy some of the famous dairy sweets and enjoy a thrilling camel ride during the course of the festival.
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2. Breathtaking Natural Beauty
The wide expanse of the Rann of Kutch translates to some of the best sunrises and sunsets. Get up before dawn or watch the night fall to catch the sun paint the sky in vibrant hues of red, orange, purple, pink, and blue, which meld perfectly into the white of the desert. This is not a sight you see every day, so be sure to immortalise it by capturing it in your camera. On the other hand, full moon nights are a whole other kind of amazing in Rann of Kutch. Seeing the silver full moon envelop the white desert in its glow is a magical experience, so try to plan your visit to the Rann of Kutch during a full moon night.
3. A Paradise For Wildlife Enthusiasts & Bird Watchers
Although the air is dry and the ground cracked, the Rann of Kutch is still home to some rare animals. Wildlife enthusiasts should visit the Wild Ass Sanctuary in the Little Rann of Kutch, one of the biggest wildlife reserves in the country. Apart from the Indian wild ass or ‘ghudkar’, you may also spot jungle cats, desert foxes, and jackals. The Rann of Kutch is also home to exotic birds, and if you love birds, you should head to the marshlands. The Nava Talav (lake) and the marshlands are the place to be to catch a glimpse of water birds like demoiselle cranes, pelicans, storks, and flamingos. The sight of the shocking pink flamingos against the backdrop of blue water is something you will never forget.
4. A Plethora Of Shopping Opportunities
The villages near the Rann of Kutch are inhabited by the local tribes of the region, including the Agarias and Rabari. Visit one of these villages and you will be blown away by the colourful attire and handicrafts on offer. Whether it’s colourful Batik prints or Chaniya Cholis, with elaborate mirror work and embroidery, you will be tempted to buy it as a souvenir.
5. Warm Hospitality & Delicious Food
In India, we believe in the Sanskrit adage of ‘Atithi Devo Bhava’, which means ‘the guest is equivalent to God’, and the locals of the Rann of Kutch live by this adage. The villagers extend their warmth, friendship and hospitality to each and every traveller. Though Gujarat has a long coastline, with plenty of fresh seafood options, the cuisine here is primarily vegetarian. As compared to other cuisines in India, Gujarati food boasts plenty of sweet dishes, and even the savoury dishes tend to be milder than the other spicy Indian dishes.
Published on: Jul 10, 2017
So are you ready to explore the phenomenal Rann Of Kutch?