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  • State: Gujarat
  • Famous for/as: Jungle

This district of Gujarat brings to mind a unique landscape with salty marshlands and no vegetation. Situated on the Gulf of Kutch, leading to the Arabian Sea, it is also known as the Rann of Kutch. The word Kutch or Kachchh, means tortoise in Sanskrit, and interestingly the shape of the region is rather like a tortoise. The word also means something that becomes alternately wet and dry, and it is true that the Rann of Kutch becomes submerged under water during the rains. Kutch is the second-largest district in India after Leh. The headquarters of the district are at Bhuj town. Tourism activities here involve desert safaris by jeep, camel rides, shopping for the unique local handicrafts, and sighting the rare wild ass found in the Little Rann of Kutch sanctuary. The people of Kutch comprise of nomadic, semi-nomadic and artisan tribes who contribute to the rich folk art and culture of the region. The embroidered garments with mirror-work and the camel wool shawls from here are extremely famous; as is the chunky silver jewellery and carved woodcraft. You could visit the villages around Bhuj as each of them makes

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Apoorva Bhardwaj

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  • Apoorva Bhardwaj
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"Rann of Kutch- the Infinite Streak!" new review

  • 7.0/7
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The Rann of Kutch has stood the testimony of time for centuries now, with ancestral heritage ruins and ancient deserts that refuse to acknowledge worldly rhythms. Barren land for miles, Rann of Kutch has an old world appeal with virgin, untouched territories spanning as far as one can see and quaint, beautiful villages that exist in oblivion. If seeking peace of mind, a conversation with the stars and introspection Rann of Kutch is the path that will lead you to it and here are a list of absolute Must Do's in my humble opinion that must be added to your bucket list immediately!

1. Lesser Rann: I have to admit I highly underestimated the Little Rann as I had no idea what to expect from this place. A potential Biosphere reserve, the Little Rann is rich in Biodiversity and considered to be the last reserve for wild asses all over the world, having a population of over 5000 wild asses, Nilgais, Foxes, wolves, etc. When in Little Rann, it is highly recommended to stay at Mr. Devijibhai Dhamecha's Home-stay, also called the Eco Camp which is located in the sanctuary itself. The Koobas (Huts) are gorgeous, food authentic and the best part is one has the opportunity to simply walk out exploring into the sanctuary at any given point of time. 14 13 2

Mr. Dhamecha is a wildlife photographer himself and a conversation with him can give one great perspective about how the rest of the trip should be planned. The route to Eco camp is tricky, but worth the detours! The evening safari is an absolute must do! The jeep drives you into the depths of the desert and gives one amazing opportunities to capture wildlife at its best. Sunsets over the lesser Rann are brilliant. I would personally recommend a good camera to be carried along. Other than that one needs nothing else. For as far as one can see, there is not a soul in sight, the solitude is enchanting and it is a great time for introspection as one drives through the gruelling dry desert.The flamingo nest is a highlight here as it consists of several mounds containing eggs which may or may not have hatched yet. This view is stunning, as is the sunset over the Lesser Rann, the animals against the marshy backdrops and the incredible view of the sun and the moon over the desert in one frame.

2. Dholavira: Dholavira, Like Mohenjo Daro and Harappa was once a city part of the Indus Valley civilization. You know you've got to sit up and listen when is the ancestry that talks to you. Dholavira itself is an archeological site of the Mohenjo daro and Harappan civilization and exhibits spectacular insight that our ancestors had in terms of planning and resource utilization. The site/ city ruins lies in the middle of nowhere, atop high ground with no access to water and the survival story of this city that sustained in the absence of water is an architectural marvel. The incredible detailing that is evident here with respect to water conservation, drainage, storage, reservoir planning, water filtration and recycling can only be believed when seen! the basics of the modern-day water systems lie here, and the secrets to an age that existed thousands of years ago and saw multiple cities transition into one another lie in the heart of the site -the Citadel.

Dholavira has a small village located close by, and for expert knowledge on the site one can get in touch with Mr. Jamal, the tour guide who even arranges for lunch and refreshment in the area which is a major plus as there is no civilization for miles around the site.


Another reason to do Dholavira is the road journey to this place! for about 80 Kms all one sees on either side of the excruciatingly straight road is farms and barren land when all of a sudden, out of NOWHERE comes the salt desert! Suddenly, for a miraculous 3-4 Km stretch all one can see is white on either side of the road, the contrasting landscape changes with the equally surprising weather change and within seconds, this becomes the Best Road-trip you might have ever done in your life.

3. India Bridge and Kalo Dungar: Kala Dungar is a black stone hill located in the Rann of Kutch and is the highest point of Kutch, Gujarat offering panoramic views of the white desert. However, I would not recommend a visit to the Kalo Dungar if you're only objective is to catch a glimpse of the view as the view is average and not very satisfying. A good eye can spot the India bridge from here but other than that, I would suggest to spend some time taking in a view of the beautifully decorated camels, eat some Gujarati style papdi bhel and kachodi, and see the 400 year old Dattareya temple that houses a statue of Lord Dattareya, who as per legend cut off parts of his body to feed hungry starving jackals once upon a time. These jackals can still be spotted here when they come to eat prasad fed to them after the 5 pm evening prayer. Another mystical fact associated with kala Dungar is the strange effect it has on cars by pulling them down the slope with uncanny strength even when the engines are off. The magnetic entities dominating this phenomenon are currently under study.

Highly recommended is a trip to the India bridge, just a few kilometers ahead of the Kala Dungar. The India bridge is the last point where the advent to the Pakistan border begins and the territory is under the control of the Border Security Force, Indian army. Photography is not permitted here but the experience is incredible. On request, the BSF may allow you to go 12 Km further up till the War Memorial where the last village of India is located 68 Km from Pakistan. The 12 Km stretch provided stunning views of the white desert, army bunkers, shooting ranges and war scenes. An absolute yes to this!

4. Great White desert: The primary reason why I wanted to visit the Rann of Kutch was to experience the solitude which is only born out of a union with nature, but I ended up getting much more. Accommodation while in Rann is primarily village housing and home-stays with a few dependable ones being the Rann Rajwadi, Toran resort, Hotel Desert Kind, etc; The white desert seems to be located at the end of all civilization where you seem to be leaving all behind as you walk deeper into the white marsh. Once part of the Arabian sea bed, this is the largest salt marsh in the world taking up 30000 Sq Km of the Thar desert. While is has several rivers draining into it carrying water from Rajasthan, the marsh is covered in water throughout the year except in the winter months of November-February when the water evaporates leaving behind salt that hardens because of the cold. This phenomenon is surreal. It is unbelievable to experience something as seemingly impossible as this, and yet as one walks deeper into the desert away from all signs of civilization you cannot help but realize that there is way too much to take in than you thought possible. The view is stunning, with white on all sides till as far as the eye can see. The skies are clear, stars are bright and close and the sun set over the Rann is magical.

5. Moon Rise over the Great White Rann: It is the first time that we ever witnessed a Moon rise, and that too over the Rann- it did not disappoint. Moon- rise occurred as expected at 7:19 PM and from the moment that it began it was difficult to take our eyes off it. Initially appearing as a faint flicker of scarlet, a blood moon slowly and steadily rose from behind the clouds and over time escalated to deliver the promised view of the silver desert in the Moonlight. The last time I have witnessed Moonlight strong enough to cast Moon shadows was in Ladakh and I dare say, the Moonlight over the Great Rann blew my mind! We spent a good 4 hours out on the desert, even helped pull out an army officer's vehicle stuck in the desert, walked for miles into the unknown and took our time taking in the incredible expanse!

Rann of Kutch in one word is surreal. Welcome to the 'Infinite'- surpassing Time, distance and everything in Between.
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Polomi Mondal

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"Surreal Beauty of the White Desert, Rann of Kutch" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 7 days ago
Some places, no matter how amazing pictures you manage to click, can never be captured through lenses, the beauty of such places can be enriched only when you see it yourself.

The White Desert of Kutch is one of such surreal places. You must have seen the most amazing pictures, heard the best stories, but nothing ever would get you close to seeing it yourself. The full moon experience at the desert is a lifetime experience. Soon after the sunset, the color of the sand and the sky looked exactly the same and there was no horizon. As far as I saw it was white and only white.

While you are heading to the Rann of Kutch make sure to visit the below places on the ways
1) Black Hill, known as Kala Dungar
2) India Bridge
3) Lunch at the Toran Resort
4) Rann Utsav at Dhorado (reach around 4 pm and spent the entire evening)

Enjoy your trip!
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Mohit Bhatia

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  • Mohit Bhatia
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"White pride of India-Kutch" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Visited this place at the time of Rann utsav and full moon night to enjoy the white salt desert only present in India. It contains cottages on rent in which you can stay as a couple or with your family. They will feed you food also and have various types of dance performances.

Kutch has a people of villages which will welcome you very nicely and will provide you few food items specially made in Kutch. Rann of Kutch has a theme park also which consist of various artefacts of India and had altogether clothes shops where you can buy Kutchi clothes.
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Rishi Katariya

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  • Rishi Katariya
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"Must visit, Kutch" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Amazing place to see. Must go at least once in life to live life to the fullest. Must not forget to go to the Rann of Kutch. A lots of place to roam around and see the beauty of nature. I have been there for no of times but have enjoyed every time I visited.
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Chetana Siddagangaiah

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"Beautiful place & a must go place" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
We took the tent city package of 2 Nights & 3 Days. It was very good. The hospitality and service of the Rann utsav is awesome. The moment we land at the pick up point in Bhuj, our luggage will be taken care of being sent to our allotted tent(well, of course after the check-in and tent allotment). They have different clusters of tents numbered alphabetically. We can take golf-carts or auto rides inside to reach our cluster from entrance. The interiors of the tent is also good. We can find everything needed for a comfortable stay inside the tent. We will have a nearby Dining Hall allotted to have food. And the food is really excellent. We get to taste all the native food. There will be in-house cultural activities in the evening going on. And we can take a leisurely stroll inside the tent city. Small activities will be their like bicycle riding, electric cycle riding, paint ball etc. The package include taking us to the white desert for sunset, sunrise and full moon time. Few nearby places will also be covered like Kalo dunger - view point and sunset seeing. A couple of handicraft villages(expensive). We also have some shops in the tent city. It was an awesome experience.
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Sreekala M

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"White dessert, Kutch"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Rann of Kutch looks amazing on a full moon night. It's hot during day and cold in night. It's costly to stay near Rann Utsav. Stay in Bhuj & its only 80 kms from Bhuj. Roads are too good. You can rent a bike from wicked riders. Best time to visit is December to Feb.
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Parshva shah Vipulkumar

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  • Parshva shah Vipulkumar
  • Lives in Ahmedabad
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"Nice place for small vacation"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Kutch is good destination for a small vacation of about 4-5 days. There is an excellent white desert which feels like a part of moon. There is also the Vijay Vilas Palace to know about the lifestyle of Maharajah's. You can also enjoy Mandvi Beach at there.
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Kushagra Kattu

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"Good for mini holidays - Kutch"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Kutch is a very good place to visit if you are planning a small 5-6 day vacation. I had a very great experience over there. The White Rann or the desert is just great thing to see and enjoy the beauty there. It is especially a great place for you if you are a traveller and not a tourist. You will enjoy the beauty of the White Rann at the best.

Also the handicraft over there is great. You can visit many places and see how things are made. If you are planning a trip to Kutch, Mandvi beach and Kala Dungar are must to visit places. Kala dungar is the highest point in Kutch and you can see whole White Rann standing at Kala Dungar. Mandvi beach is also just awesome place to visit. No much rush like beaches of Goa. Clean water, and if you like walking on beach in the evening, I bet you will love this place.
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Dhwani Makwana

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"Kutch white dessert, best of rann utsav"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
White dessert is a awesome place. Sunrise & sunset is the best attraction. Travellers should enjoy tent stay. Don't forget to visit other places too. But make sure to carry food as its take very long route. Enjoy the rann in rann utsav. Awesome place we enjoyed a lot.
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Pradeep Bakshi

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"Awesome place to go"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
You can not be a complete traveller unless you visit Kutchh. This place is full of culture, Nature and adventure. The Rann is a vast overvhelming landscape where you can get lost without a GPS. Cottage industry, handicrafts, beautiful villages, water bodies, plenty of migratory birds. It is all there. Plan to spend at least 8 days and make sure you visit the artisans working on making beautiful artifacts in their homes.
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