Salt Pan of India – Rann of Kutch

This is continuation of my previous blog article “Colors of Kutch”.

Let’s start our next day to visit White Desert.

Rann (means Desert) of Kutch is a salt marsh within Thar Desert and instead of typical brownish sand one can find white salt deposits across vast area. Hence it is called “White Desert”.

Rann of Kutch is one of the world’s largest sand desert.

Salt Desert

Our tour guide explained that many centuries ago, this Rann was part of Arabian Sea.

Due to an earth quake, this area became hollow and got separated from sea. During monsoons, water coming into this hollow area cannot drain itself into the sea. Thus gets dried up totally during summer resulting in salt deposits.

This vast salt marshes cover the landscape.

Geography was always boring for me until I started visiting places. If you see this place, a coastal line on one side and the desert towards the other side is indeed a unique ecosystem.

Best time to visit the Rann of Kutch is from November to February.

Pack some woolens as nights are cooler than day. 

Most of the desert is in Gujarat while some of it lies in Pakistan.

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Due to the close proximity to the Pakistan border, a govt. stamped pass is mandatory. If you are planning your own trip, then before entering Dhordo village, there is a BSF ( border security force) establishment. They provide this permit against your ID proof. 

If you are traveling with tour packages then your tour operator will take care of this.

Our tour operator, dropped us near to salt desert, then we boarded camel cart for some distance and finally we alighted the cart to explore the land.

You will not appreciate the salt desert, until you walk on this marsh land. The view was mesmerizing and each of us were lost in our own world appreciating the white beauty.

The immediate drop point will have lot of tourists but you can explore any direction to get some solitude and enjoy the sunset. 

But don’t go too far exploring else it will be difficult to reach your tour operator.

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Every picture is a part Rann ki Kahaniya

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Kutch Nahin Deekha toh Kuch Nahin Deekha. True to Gujarat tourism tagline 🙂

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Desert Silhouette

We visited during December and so sand was a little wet. If one visits during February, then there will clear salt cracks. These cracks give the desert more harsh look.

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We heard that nearby there are salt farms and we really wished to see. But we could not. If any one you get time, you should definitely visit.

Read article on farmers:
A Fascinating Glimpse into the World of the Hardworking Salt Farmers of Kutch

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Pic courtesy: Better India

We wished to spend more time but had to return as per our itinerary

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Until lockdown lift –
STAY SAFE….STAY AT HOME…HELP THE NEEDY NEARBY…

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