Rann of Kutch is a salt marsh in the Thar Desert in the district, Kutch, in Gujarat and is renowned to be one of the largest salt deserts in the world. This area has been inhabited by the Kutchi people. It is indeed a paradise for sunset lovers. The region is divided into 2 parts- the Great Rann of Kutch, and Little Rann of Kutch and comprises massive deposits of salt in the desert. These deposits produce a mirage that creates an optical illusion that seems as good as real.
What is Rann of Kutch famous for?
Rann of Kutch is famed for its white salty desert sand and is renowned to be the largest salt desert in the world. It is also known for its natural beauty.
Things to do in Rann of Kutch
Vacation on mind? Then plan a trip to Rann of Kutch a white salt desert in Great Rann of Kutch is indeed a magical place. Located about 100 km from Bhuj city this pretty white desert is truly surreal. Enjoy camel rides here that is one of the awesome things to do in Rann of Kutch. Just take a leisure walk and enjoy the serenity that this place offers. One can even enjoy the sunset view that truly mesmerizes one. Visit the Kala Dungar or Black Hill that is located at a very short distance from the Great Rann White desert. It is the highest point of the Kutch region and truly offers panoramic views of the desert.
Pay a visit to the Hindu temple that is atop the hill known as Dattatreya that is around 400 years old. Enjoy photography at Kala Dungar that provides amazing views of the Great white desert. Attend the Rann Utsav that is a colorful and vibrant celebration of life and colors of the pretty and rich culture of Kutch and Gujarat. This pretty festival is celebrated amid the enchanting Rann of Kutch with traditional music, dance, ATV ride, Camel Cart Excursion, Paramotoring, and lip-smacking dishes.
The region has been featured in several movies like- Refugee, Magadheera, Ram Leela, Sarainodu and many more other movies too. It is also mentioned in numerous novels including the Booker Prize-Winning Novel- Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie.
Where to stay in Rann of Kutch
Rann of Kutch is one of the best places to escape for a rejuvenating vacation. There are numerous hotels, resorts and homestays in Kutch. One visiting can book hotels, resorts, and homestays on reaching the site of their visits. On other occasions, one can book online in advance which will make one escape from the anxiety of the travel tour.
How to reach Rann of Kutch
The nearest airport to Kutch is in Bhuj city that is almost 80kms from the Rann desert. Bhuj airport enjoys a good connection with all the prominent cities like- Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, and Kolkata.
The nearest railway station is in Bhuj city and is connected to cities like- Mumbai, and Ahmedabad. One needs to hire a taxi to reach Kutch from Bhuj.
One needs to hire a taxi from Bhuj to reach Kutch. The other way is to take your vehicle from Ahmedabad that is around 400 km away or Rajkot that is around 300 km away to Kutch.
Distance from Delhi- 1222km
Distance from Mumbai- 936km
Distance from Bangalore- 1900km
Distance from Bhuj- 82km
Best time to visit Rann of Kutch
The best time to explore Rann of Kutch is between October to February as the weather is quite salubrious and very apt for sightseeing. It is also the aptest time as the Rann Utsav takes place during this season.
The months from April to June are the summer months with the temperature going up to 50°C. The weather remains very hot although nights are considerably cooler. Avoid this season for sightseeing.
June till September is witnessed with the monsoon season. Travelers can visit Rann of Kutch in the monsoon season as due to rain the white desert appears like a magnificent diamond.
The months from November to February are considered to be the winter months and is the peak season for exploring Rann of Kutch. Enjoy camel riding and hire an ATV and go for paramotoring that is worth indulging in. It is also the festive time and hence is the perfect time to visit.