The vastness of the white salt, witnessing a dazzling sunrise or sunset, is the beauty of India’s great white desert, the ‘Rann of Kutch.’
The Rann of Kutch is a vast salt marsh that spans along India’s border with Pakistan. The Rann of Kutch is also the largest salt desert on the planet. It is India’s second-largest district.
Every year in the winter, the immense white desert hosts the ‘Rann Utsav’ festival. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was the Chief Minister of Gujarat at the time, came up with the idea for the celebration. This festival attracts visitors from all over the world. Rann Utsav began on November 1 and is expected to end on February 20 this year.
The 50,000 sq km white desert’s magnificent beauty can be viewed at night when it reflects the moonlight. The light of the moon imparts an uncanny quality to the scene.
During the monsoon months, the Arabian Sea floods Rann, and as the water retreats around October, salt farmers construct wells and pump salty groundwater. White salt crystals are naturally evaporated out of square fields.
The area was formerly a huge shallow of the Arabian Sea that was cut off from the sea by a continual geological movement. Over time, the area developed into a seasonal marshy salt desert. The marsh fills up with water during the monsoons, and the wetland stretches from the Gulf of Kutch on the west to the Gulf of Cambay on the east. During the summer, the water evaporates, leaving a sparkling bed of white salty land.
The White Rann is a fantastic place to visit because of its unique biodiversity of flora and fauna. It’s one of the best places to see the stars. The saying ‘Kutch nahin dekha, to kuchh nahin dekha’ perfectly captures the desert’s mesmerizing beauty.
Cultural programmes are held at the Rann Utsav to celebrate the occasion. Nature, art and culture, local customs, and more come together here to ensure that visitors may immerse themselves in the white desert’s many tones.
The magnificent image of the white desert combined with a vibrant sky rich with orange, pink, purple, and red colours is a joy to see at sunset.
Tent City: Urban city on a barren land
Another fantastic experience is staying at Tent City. It’s similar to a high-end resort in Dhordo, within a few km from the White Rann. The Tent City covers a total area of 5 lakh sq mt and contains over 400 tents of various sizes and amenities. It provides guests a variety of affordable packages, both air-conditioned and non-air-conditioned. Guests can also participate in folk dance and music performances, observe artists at work, and purchase one-of-a-kind products straight from them.
The Tent City also provides transportation and guided tours of the Rann. Adventure sports and other activities are also available at the Tent City.
Way to reach
To explore this incredible location, one must first travel to Ahmedabad. Bhuj is the closest aviation and train hub to the Rann of Kutch from Ahmedabad. The distance between Bhuj and Ahmedabad is roughly 335 kilometres, and the distance between Bhuj and the Rann of Kutch is approximately 85 kilometres.