“Rann of Kutch” – Largest Salt Desert In The World
You probably never heard of “Rann of Kutch”, but it is the largest salt desert in the world. Situated in the Thar Desert area in the Gujarat state, India, it is divided into two main parts; Great Rann of Kutch and Little Rann of Kutch.
The word Rann means “salty mash” and Kutch is the district where this place is situated, thus it is named Rann of Kutch. It spreads over 10,000 square miles between Gulf of Kutch and the opening of the Indus River in southern Pakistan.
How is “Rann of Kutch” A Salt Desert
The fascinating thing of this region is that it is desert on one side and sea on the other. Even more interesting character, the desert of salty clay which is about 15 meters above sea level is underwater during monsoon season in India. For the rest of the (non-monsoon) period of the year it is a stretch of white salt desert.
Rann of Kutch Toursim
Rann of Kutch is an interesting and attractive tourist destination in Gujarat. The best time to visit Rann of Kutch is during Rann Utsav (Festival of Rann) which usually begins in mid-late December. You can experience the exotic and real cultural extravaganza of Kutch during this festival. Gujarat Tourist Corporation arranges tour with transport, accommodation, food, sightseeing trips with guide as well. The government’s grand tent city is a beautiful sight to see. It consisting of both air- conditioned and non-air-conditioned tents; is set on the outskirts of bordering village of Dhorado in the Rann. Booking has to be done well in advance.
Kutch is well known for its handicrafts, which are carried on from generation to generation. Its fame is not only famous nationwide but also in the international market. The main handicrafts of Kutch are embroidery of ethnic style, Patchwork, terracotta, pen knives and nut crackers. All tourists who return from their trip will have at least one of their handicrafts as a souvenir for sure.
Attractions Near Rann of Kutch
A great attraction is the safari through the Indian Wild Ass Sanctuary in the Little Rann of Kutch in northwest Gujarat. I know its funny! But it will a unique experience and definitely something you can talk about for rest of your life. This safari also gives you a chance to come face to face with a wide range of birds and other wildlife.
Another highlight is a visit to local artists villages, a must go.
Permits for Visiting the Rann of Kutch
As it is very close to Pakistan border, considered a sensitive area.So you need permission to visit, which can be available from Gujarat Police DSP office in Bhuj near Jublee ground.It doesn’t work on Sundays ans second and forth Saturday of every month
There are lot of accommodation facilities like resorts, traditional bhungas(mud huts) and tents all traditionally decorated. These accommodations would cost around Rs.3200 and Rs 5,000 per day.
Getting to Rann of Kutch
- Most suitable way by train is from Mumbai about 15 hours.
- Flights to Bhuj are also available from Mumbai.
- Buses are available from most places in and around and do not worry about the road, it is in good condition.
- Rann of Kutch from Kalo Dungar (Black Hill) is a fabulous view and you can see all along the Pakistan border7
Best time to visit “Rann of Kutch” is Nov to March. Summer is very hot, April-May being the hottest. Temperature goes up to 40-45 degrees Celsius. Coldest Month is January with average temperature being 11 degrees Celsius (not so cold by western standards)