The Great Rann of Kutch is famous for its white salty desert sand and is known as the largest salt desert in the world. It lies between Gujarat in India and the Sindh province in Pakistan.
The Great Rann of Kutch is around 100 kms from the nearest town called Bhuj which is yet another interesting place but I will talk about that in another post. There are bus services and cab hiring facilities in Bhuj. I got a cab booked for Rs.3000 for the full day trip to Kutch and back to my hotel in Bhuj. If you don’t want all the hassles then you can book package trip through Rann Utsav website managed by Gujarat tourism. If you book a package then the tourism guys take care of the permit (you need approval to enter the white desert) else you need to get yourself by filling a form. The office to get permit is on the way to the desert.
The Government of Gujarat hosts an annual 3 month long festival usually from mid November to mid February called the Rann Utsav (festival of the Rann), where tourists can see the various sights of the Rann as well as get a taste of the local culture, cuisine and hospitality.
The road trip from Bhuj to the white desert is very interesting. It was my first time seeing a desert in real apart from reading in the books so I was very excited. Do you know that for about 60 kms the road is just straight and there are no turns and bends. Amazing!!!
I had a great driver called Goswami who was very kind and helpful. His wife also joined us for the trip to white desert as she too hasn’t seen it before. I didn’t mind as the rear seat was anyway unoccupied. Both of them were really nice to me and invited me to their house for dinner after which they dropped me in Bhuj railway station for my onward journey to Vadodara.
The food in Kutch is something not to miss. Apart from having dinner at Goswami’s house I also tried some Kutchy lunch at the White Rann. Very different from our usual North Indian food. I had Rabri a Kutchy sweet made of milk alone which is simply superb and of course also had the Vada Pav 🙂
A life time remembering trip to the white desert and meeting some lovely people.One more check box ticked in my list of places to visit.