Kutch – Great Rann White Desert
The Great Rann of Kutch is a large desert area located in the Thar desert biogeographic area and is connected with the southern tip of Sindh, Pakistan. And this beautiful destination is only 102 km from Bhuj, the amazing driving experience in this road is like driving in No Man’s Land which is mystically wedged between the Arabian Sea and the Thar desert. Dhordo village is the main checkpoint of this wonderful white desert. Further, it is situated in the district of Kutch of western Gujarat. | Kutch Great Rann White Desert |
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This great spot is an impressive salt marshy land that is popular throughout the world for its salty desert land. This vast desert is divided into two subregions; Great Rann of Kutch and Little Rann of Kutch. And to watch the sun setting at this clean and pollution-free environment is very splendid and refreshing.
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The breathtaking and serene landscape of crystalline salt glitters shining and glowing is like the beautiful celestial bodies in the sparkling moonlight. It is very beautiful to see this wonder during the great Kutch festival as watching only the stars, moon and the white desert that gives you relief from all the distractions of the world.
A variety of food options are also available during the Rann festival starting from local delicious chaats to Gujarati traditional snacks to Gujarati Thalis.
‘Life is short, EAT dessert first.’
The best experience is to enjoy the beauty of nature in a completely alone place. Kutch is the place without any noise, mobile networks, and disturbances. It is one of the hottest places in India. The city of Kutch is having an average summer temperature around 50℃ and during winter it goes below 0℃.
During the festival, a large number of different cultural events are conducted for the comfort and authentic stay for travelers in the mud houses or in the beautiful tents a few km away from the desert.
A variety of Gujarati handmade handicrafts like clothes, bags, shoes, etc are available which are made by Kutchhi people. In the morning, sunrise gives a gentle natural look, during the afternoon it is very hot. And during the night the moon makes it glow and shines beautifully.
During winter, the flamelet flamingos from Serbia and many other migratory birds like bastards and cranes also arrive in large numbers to wander in the white desert and glow its beauty.
During the great Rann festival, the white desert becomes completely alive. People enjoy carnival music, local and modern dance, live entertainment. And glowing beautiful tents, camel safari, arts and handmade crafts display. It always enhances the natural beauty of White Rann when the shining light of the full moon spreads on the white land. The whole area of the desert is covered with salt is very beautiful to see just like snow. It is a must-see place in a lifetime to enjoy the amazing and marvelous white desert.
It is also mentioned by world-famous actor Amitabh Bachchan is a famous Gujarati Tourism Ad saying ‘Kutch Nahin Dekha to Kuch Nahi Dekha.’
The main attraction of the Kutch Great Rann White Desert
Kala Dungar – The Magic of the Black Hills
Kala Dungar is also popular as black hills. It is the highest point in the Kutch district which situated in the western Gujarat region. And it is 462 m above the water level. It is located 97 km from Bhuj city and 25 km from the nearby town called Khavda which is mainly covered with thick forests. This place is located very near to the Pakistan border. It is the best place to get the amazing panoramic view of the Kutch Great Rann White Desert.
It is famous for the 400-year-old Dattatreya temple. And this temple is dedicated to the 3-headed god Dattatreya, an amalgam of Shiva, Vishnu, and Rama. It is a place for pilgrimage. And as per local beliefs, Lord Dattatreya asked to rest on the black hills. One random day, he encountered a number of jackals starving, to whom he offered his body as food.
Due to which the jackals started feeding the lord and he started regenerating itself. Further to mark this amazing phenomenon this temple was built in the name of Lord Dattatreya. Because of this old belief, the priests of the temple are still feeding the jackals. They feed them with prasad after the evening Aarti.
There is another point of attraction on the way to Kala Dungar is the natural magnetic field where. Further, if the vehicle is made stopped at a specific position, it starts moving up on its own against the gravitational force on the slope with a speed of km/hr.