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White Desert in Kutch, Gujarat

For the adventurous spirit, The White Desert is a perfect place to visit

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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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    Ananth's 4 days trip to Kutch

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    Myselfsomya

    New delhi

    Myselfsomya's 4 days trip to Kutch

    Overall experience was very good, except don't send guests to Somnath gateway, the hotel staff is super rude and I was surprised to see their responses for any requests. Our driver was also good and ensured that we got the best darshan slots etc.
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    Neena Digumarti

    Bangalore

    Neena's 7 days trip to Kutch

    Well arranged tour, comfortable travel and very comfortable places of stay. Looking forward to travel with you again Shivam the cab driver was excellent explaining and guiding us everywhere, slowing down on bad roads thus making our journey comfortable
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    Chandra Shekhar Shringi

    Bundi

    Chandra's 5 days trip to Kutch

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    Vidya Vijaykumar

    Hyd

    Vidya's 5 days trip to Kutch

    It was a fantastic experience to see all the tourist attractions in Ahmedabad , pilgrimage centers of Dwarka and Somnath , Devaliya Park Safari in Gir. Our Driver Mr. Kan Singh was very helpful and resourceful. He took us to all the places as per our wish and helped us in covering all the attractio
    ns we had planned to visit. He also helped us in tasting variety of Gujarat cuisines / Thali / namkeens / sweets , by identifying the right restaurants enroute. Hotels were good . We especially liked "Lords Inn" in Somnath and they had good standards for Quality and hygiene. Room size was big . They even packed us complete breakfast and juice at 6:30am , as we had an early morning Safari by 8:00am at Gir. Grand Dwarka was not maintained well. AC's were not working and hence the floor was all wet/ humid. I didn't feel the 3 Star standard or quality in that Hotel. Nevertheless it was closeby to Dwarkadheesh Temple ( walkable distance).
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    Pune

    Sachin's 4 days trip to Kutch

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    Belagavi

    Supriyamk's 4 days trip to Kutch

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    Mumbai

    Raosureshs's 8 days trip to Kutch

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    Faridabad

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    it was good experience with travel triangle hotel was good. i woould like to go with(TT) next time Dwarks sea facing hotel.it was so nice

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    What are the famous fairs and festivals 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.

    Is Gujarat safe to visit for solo travellers?

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    Can I find non-vegetarian food in Gujarat?

    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.

    What is white desert in Rann of Kutch?

     

    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. 

    What are the characteristics of Kutch desert?

    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.

     

    How is the white desert formed?

     

    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.

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