One of India’s best kept secrets is the amazing salt desert known as Rann of Kutch. Situated in India’s Gujarat region, close to the border with Pakistan, the fascinating landscape is submerged under water during the monsoon season. During the winter months, it is transformed into a must see tourist destination. A tour to Rann of Kutch offers a chance to visit the most dramatic of landscapes, home to dazzling fauna and flamingos, and traverse the blindingly white salt packed desert.
There are many other regional attractions to explore and fascinating things to do in Rann of Kutch. The area is famous for its villages which specialize in local handicrafts such as fine embroidery, silver work, saris, pottery and mud mirrors. No trip to the area would be complete without taking a safari in the Wild Ass Sanctuary in the area of Little Rann. The sanctuary is home to endangered wild asses, flocks of flamingos, pelicans and hundreds of other species of birds.
Close to the natural wildlife sanctuary is the 11th century Fort of Zinjuwada, home to the largest salt work in the area. Beautiful stone temples can be appreciated in Modhera. Another major attraction to take in on a tour to Rann of Kutch is the interesting Indroda Dinosaur and Fossil Park on the outskirts of Bhuj. The site houses a collection of rare fossils: viewing them up close offers a unique experience.
Each December the annual Rann Ustav festival is organized by Gujarat Tourism. The festival attracts tourists from around the world that are accommodated in a grand tent city skirting the Rann village of Dhorado. Festival visitors can soak in the local culture, enjoy camel safaris, moonlit bonfires, and appreciate traditional Indian processions and dances. The festival is a cultural extravaganza not to be missed and offers a wealth of selection of local handicrafts.
Visitors who wish to experience something completely different and immerse themselves in the vibrant culture of this unique salt desert region will truly appreciate the delights of a tour to Rann of Kutch.