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White Desert in Kutch, Gujarat

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About White Desert in Kutch

White Desert in Kutch, also known as the Great Rann of Kutch, is located in western Gujarat. One of the hottest regions in India, the desert is the site of popular Rann Festival in Gujarat which is held from November to February every year. Camel rides, hot air balloon safari, jeep safaris, and watching cultural dances are popular things to do in White Desert in Kutch.

Situated at the Indo-Pak border, the astonishing Great Rann of Kutch is also the largest salt desert in the world. A paradise for every holiday seeker, if one wants to savor its vibrant culture, then opting for a tour package for the Rann of Kutch, especially during the Rann Festival is one of the best ideas to go with. An excursion through the white deserts lets its visitors witness the many colorful aspects of this region that it is made of. In addition to that, one can also grab a chance to take a sneak peek into the lives of the locals, which in itself is a unique experience.

Rann of Kutch Festival

Spanning 30000 square kilometres between India and Pakistan lies a salty marsh called the Rann of Kutch. This is the largest salt desert in the world. It is made up of three parts: The Great Rann of Kutch, the Little Rann of Kutch and the Banni grasslands. The word Rann is derived from the Sanskrit word ‘Irina’, which means desert.

The best time to visit Rann of Kutch is during the Rann Utsav. The famous Rann Utsav in white desert of Kutch is held every year in the winter season. From November through February, the cultural activities at Rann of Kutch Festival enthrall tourists of all ages.

This Marsh can be accessed through the Kharaghoda Village of Sundernagar District. The monsoon rains fill the flat lands of the marsh with water. This land is approximately 49 feet above sea level and has no outer drain and the water stagnates here. During the summer as the hot sun causes the water to evaporate, a bed of minerals and salt is left behind, which creates this unique salty marshland.  During exceptionally heavy monsoons, the wetlands extend from the Gulf of Kutch on the west through to the Gulf of Cambay on the east.

Geographical Division

Studies have proved that this area was an extension of the Arabian ocean. Seismic activity caused the land to rise near the shore creating a lake. This lake is said to have been in use until the time of Alexander the Great.

The Ghaggar River used to feed the Rann of Kutch until it began to dry out. This happened due to seismic activity, which altered the course of its tributaries to the Indus. The traces of the old delta, the change of river courses and the formation of the Rann has been documented in detail by the Geographical Society of India.

Today the river Luni feeds the Rann of Kutch in from the northwest and the river Rupen from the east and the river Banas from the west.

Being part of a desert, the temperatures are the highest in the sub-continent. The temperature can go up to 50 degrees and higher. However, the winter temperatures can drop equally low with even zero degrees being recorded frequently.

Ecologically Rich lands

The unique nature of the land has given rise to vegetation, which has become home to some varied species of animals and birds. Flamingos and other migratory birds call the Rann their home. As do the Chinkaras, nilgai, wild asses and much more.

Most of the marsh has been marked off as a protected area with limited access to human beings. Several animal sanctuaries have been formed to protect the local species. Indian Wild Ass Sanctuary, Kutch Desert Wildlife Sanctuary, Narayan Sarovar Sanctuary, Kutch Bustard Sanctuary, Banni Grasslands Reserve and Chari-Dhand Wetland Conservation Reserve, are places to be visited to get to see the wildlife.

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    • Trip to Kutch

      Had a very satisfactory trip. "De Voyager" were very supportive from the planning stage. They answered all questions whenever asked. Ms. Trupti Roy co-ordinated the trip excellently well. We never had a feeling of not being cared for during the trip. We are a senior citizen couple. Hotels at Ahmedabad were not upto expectations. Treebo Trend Ahmedabad was the worst and Hotel Bait inn had a " do not care"attitude towards guests. This feed back was given to Ms. Trupti. In fact they changed from Treebo to Hotel Bait Inn on my complaint. I am happy they took action to make me comfortable. Good car with a polite driver was provided who took care of our comfort in a very unobtrusive way. Did not have to wait for him anywhere. He took care to find clean eating places in journey and always pointed out the place where he would come and meet us after we have visited the site. As some travellers have pointed out they should take care of closing days for some sites while drawing up the itinerary. Overall a happy journey.
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      RAJKUMAR SINGH

      Delhi, 3 days ago

    • Trip to Kutch

      Had a very satisfactory trip. "De Voyager" were very supportive from the planning stage. They answered all questions whenever asked. Ms. Trupti Roy co-ordinated the trip excellently well. We never had a feeling of not being cared for during the trip. We are a senior citizen couple. Hotels at Ahmedabad were not upto expectations. Treebo Trend Ahmedabad was the worst and Hotel Bait inn had a " do not care"attitude towards guests. This feed back was given to Ms. Trupti. In fact they changed from Treebo to Hotel Bait Inn on my complaint. I am happy they took action to make me comfortable. Good car with a polite driver was provided who took care of our comfort in a very unobtrusive way. Did not have to wait for him anywhere. He took care to find clean eating places in journey and always pointed out the place where he would come and meet us after we have visited the site. As some travellers have pointed out they should take care of closing days for some sites while drawing up the itinerary. Overall a happy journey.
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      RAJKUMAR SINGH

      Delhi, 3 days ago

    • Trip to Kutch

      Driver was good. Itinerary planning was little poor. They have note considered that so many attractions are closed on Monday. On Somnath we couldn't cover all things since they were placed into next day's plan. Hotels were not upto the mark. Specially Sun Plaza at Somnath was terrible. Please exclude this hotel for all other travellers so that you will not receive negative reviews. It was not at all 3 star. It was like staying at normal lodge. Hotel Manek Svasti was good, staff and facilities were nice. Sun plaza was horrible. Lords Inn at Vadodara was okay. Bait Inn at Ahmedabad was again bad. Spending an evening at dwarka beach.
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      Rahul Sahu

      Jaipur, 5 days ago

    • Trip to Kutch

      we didnt regret booking our Gujrat trip trough Travel Triangle, wont hesitate to recommend them
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      Ajith Sreedhar

      Bangalore, 9 days ago

    • Trip to Kutch

      My Gujarat trip during Dusshera (2-8 Oct) went really well as planned. Good hotels all through out the trip and Car/Driver Sandip was really good. Thanks to Tripthi Madam for all the support and providing information based on our needs for shopping etc. My whole family enjed the trip..
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      Satish Ganesan

      Hyderabad, 10 days ago

    • Trip to Kutch

      The cab was good and the driver was good in the sense that his driving was good but he was not so mixing type and didn't talk so much which would have been better if he communicated in a friendly manner.The hotels were all good but except the ahmedabad hotel rest all hotels complementary breakfast was pathetic..Iwas very sorry rather surprised to find that the road conditions of the entire trip was the worst which made the trip very very tireing and painful.
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      Jyotishankar Mohanty

      Bhubaneswar, 10 days ago

    • Trip to Kutch

      We had a nice trip. Couple of feedbacks: 1.Driver was really nice. Only if he had given more information on the places we visited, would have been great 2. VITS devbhumi is really nice. Value for money. 3. Heritage in Somnath was not good at all. Rooms are not good, so we had to change the allocated room. In the entire hotel there were only 2 guests including us! Its very far from the temple, so not suggestible. 4. Diu beaches did not have water sport activities, that was disappointing for us. Otherwise, everything went well...
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      Kum Mars

      Bangalore, 12 days ago

    • Trip to Kutch

      It was a memorable journey. Indeed a very fantastic one. Only point of disappointment was Hotel pristine. It's near to Airport, but felt rooms are not as per the fare charged. Not as good as other restaurants we stayed. Stay at Dwarka, Somnath . Entire journey in the car and yes, the Driver Tejas Barot. Extremely happy with his work... We could cover all places coz of his time sense..
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      Vijayavani

      Bengaluru, 12 days ago

    • Trip to Kutch

      It was a memorable journey. Indeed a very fantastic one. Only point of disappointment was Hotel pristine. It's near to Airport, but felt rooms are not as per the fare charged. Not as good as other restaurants we stayed. Stay at Dwarka, Somnath . Entire journey in the car and yes, the Driver Tejas Barot. Extremely happy with his work... We could cover all places coz of his time sense..
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      Vijayavani

      Bengaluru, 12 days ago

    • Trip to Kutch

      As promised there were no surprises in the trip. Everything was as per the itinerary . Good TT as it was almost new . We never called the agent to enquire about anything as everything was as per the itinerary. Definitely recommend De Voyager.
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      Puneeth Setty

      Bengaluru, 16 days ago

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    The Rann of Kutch used to be the part of the sea before an earthquake turned that exposed sea bed into a desert. As the monsoon season arrives, the Rann of Kutch merges in sea water, and the sea water finally recedes in the month of October. And, that’s how the whole process of salt farming happens.

    With the sea on one side and desert on the other side, the Rann of Kutch is filled with an array of ecosystem, such as desert vegetation and mangroves. And, the deserts of Kutch are abode of such wildlife that can bear the harsh conditions of the region.

     

     

    The white desert in Rann of Kutch is the salty desert which it is made of. Considered as the largest salt desert, Rann of Kutch is famous for its white desert. 

    Ahmedabad is considered one of the safest city in India, especially for solo travellers. The Gujaratis are very warm and welcoming people. However, it is best to take care of yourself like in any other place during travel and keep your luggage safe at all times.

    While Gujaratis are known for their vegetarianism, non-veg food is not all that hard to find in major cities in Gujarat. There are plenty of restaurants serving all kinds of cuisine in Gujarat.

    Navaratri, Rann Utsav, and Uttarayan (kite festival) are famous festivals in Gujarat. The Bhavnath Fair in Junagadh, Vautha Fair in Vautha, Shamlaji Mela near Himmatnagar, and Dang Darbar in Ahwa are popular fairs to visit in Gujarat.

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