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A seasonal salt marsh situated in the Thar Desert, the Great Rann of Kutch covers 7,505 square miles in area. It spans between the Kutch district of Gujarat in India and the Sindh province of Pakistan and its northern boundary forms the International Border between the two countries. It is said to be one of the biggest salt deserts in the world. The Tropic of Cancer passes a few miles from the Rann of Kutch.
Due to it being a marshy area, Rann of Kutch makes for a breeding ground for large flocks of flamingos and also provides shelter to wild animals including the Indian wild ass.
Even though the marsh is in a protected area, it is still susceptible to losing its natural resources to grazing and salt extraction. To keep the flora and fauna preserved, various Wildlife Sanctuaries and wildlife conservation areas have been set up. Indian Wild Ass Sanctuary, Kutch Bustard Sanctuary, Narayan Sarovar Sanctuary, Banni Grasslands Reserve, Kutch Desert Wildlife Sanctuary are a few of those and are approachable from the city of Bhuj.
White salt desert speckled with an array of colors, distinctive shades of tradition and culture, a plethora of festivities all around!
Days are filled with a display of bright shades and designs in the form of the beautiful costumes the locals wear, from the women dressed in the most gorgeous of lehangas and arms adorned with silver bangles to turbaned men in either loin cloths or short skirts, this is a sight that will find a place in your heart and rest there forever. Evenings bring a multitude of colors as the sun sets followed by a star-lit sky – the stuff that dreams are made of! The heart melting notes of the Surando make the experience mystical.
Put all these together and what you get is the Rann Utsav. The very picture of grandiose set against the backdrop of the mesmerizing beauty of Kutch. The full moon night brings with it a never ending magic of traditional dancing and music along with art and craft celebrations. There is no better time to visit this great white salt desert, than the Rann Utsav.
This festival is organized by the Gujarat Tourism every year for 3 months and it travels to different places, introducing the world to the singularity of this region through various art forms. More than 12,000 tourists from all over the world were a part of the Rann Utsav last year who took away memories of a lifetime with them.
This is a chance to go back in time, relax, unwind and let the beauty and simplicity of Rann of Kutch take over you. This is one destination in India that is on every traveler’s must-visit-list and here is the perfect opportunity to tick it off yours!
It is easily accessible from Bhuj train station or Bhuj airport. Various packages with different activities and options of sightseeing are available to suit your needs.
Click here to book your Rann Utsav package.