The Rann of Kutch, in the state of Gujarat in India is a landform with an incomparable beauty. It is one of the largest salt deserts in the world. There are numerous delightful sights and experiences in this vast land form.
This vast land form stretches from Kutch in the state of Gujarat in India to the Sindh Province in Pakistan. It spans a total of 30,000 square km’s. It is basically a seasonal marshland which most of the time during the year is a white desert of salt. Since a long time it has been one of the most favorite tourist spot for both the domestic tourists as well as the International tourists, especially because of the annual festival held which is a part of celebrating this priced possession of India.
There are many ways for the tourists to explore this amazing destination. One of them is to hop on to one of the many open jeeps and drive through the landform. One can also take a camel ride and enjoy the beauty of this vast landscape and you can also visit the nearby small villages where you’d be greeted and welcomed with utmost hospitality. The Rannof Kutch shall never disappoint you neither by its natural beauty nor by the beauty of its inhabitants whether human or otherwise.
The Rann of Kutch is also a valuable possession to the country as it is the largest sanctuary for the conservation of the Indian Ass (a breed of donkeys) which on a global scale are now at the verge of extinction. No wonder the Rann of Kutch is also known as the “The last resort of the Indian Ass”.
It’s not just the conservation of a particular breed that the Rann is valued for, it is also the large number of migratory birds that it hosts. In the Rann of Kutch one can find a number of migratory bird species such as the Waders, Waterfowls, Larks and Raptors. It is also one of the most popular breeding grounds of the beautiful Flamingo’s. We can say that it is a heaven for bird watchers.
The wildlife here is not just limited to the beautiful birds but it also hosts a variety of other wild animals such as the Blue Bulls, Fox, Camels, Jackal, Wolf and desert cats.
- For photography enthusiasts, special rides and camouflaged jeeps can be organized
- A trip to a typical Kutchi village and an insight into the art of handloom weaving and Dyeing Units can be enticing due to the vibrantly colored dyes and the exquisite craftsmanship. The age old craft of pottery can also be viewed from close quarters
- Tribal life is best experienced with the tribal people and there is no substitute for a stay at the typical tents
- Patola Silk Sarees, Bandhanis, Ghagra-cholis and marriage costumes are the specialty here. You will also find interesting wall hangings, embroidered quilts, cradle clothes, cloth toys, embroidered footwear, lacquer furniture and curios. These are mostly around the Wild Ass Sanctuary