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Rann of Kutch - The Pride of Gujarat

Top 5 things to experience the vibrant culture in Rann of Kutch

Nivedita Chatterjee

Nivedita Chatterjee

Content Writer

The Kutch district of Gujarat is a geographically significant location in India since it is home to the largest Salt Marsh in India- The Rann of Kutch. Surrounded by the Arabian Sea in the west, the Gulf of Kutch in the south and southeast, and the Rann of Kutch in the north and northeast, this island-like district of Kutch is a remarkable place for your next offbeat destination travel plan. 

The Salt Desert of the Great Rann of Kutch and the Wild Ass Sanctuary of the Little Rann of Kutch, are one of the most sought-after places by travellers who intend to experience the beauty of Rural Tourism and Sustainable Tourism in Gujarat.  

Rann of Kutch: Explore India's largest salt desert | CNN Travel

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Being a historically diverse place the Kutch region has for centuries remained a migrators’ hub, starting from Marwar in Rajasthan, Sindh in Pakistan to even Persia in Iran, thus emphasizing the huge scope of Cultural Tourism. 

The Rann of Kutch is a white desert lying to the north of the Tropic of Cancer that occupies a large part of the Thar Desert and extends to the Sindh province of Pakistan. It is famous for its magnificent sunsets and beautiful stargazing opportunities.  The Little Rann of Kutch, on the east side of the Rann, is home to the 4953 sq km Wild Ass Sanctuary. The only Indian wild ass (khur) population in existence, along with blue-bulls, blackbucks, and chinkaras, can be found in this sanctuary.

Wild Ass Sanctuary

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Here are 5 experiences for you when visiting the Rann of Kutch! 

1. Rann Utsav of Kutch: This annual festival of Gujarat in simple words is an exhibition of the state’s culture, art, and traditions. It is both a colourful and exotic festival that is very popular among international travellers. Rann Utsav witnesses a high influx of travellers due to its offbeat offerings. It is an amalgamation of Kutchi and Gujarati Arts and Crafts, Cuisine, and Cultural performances. This Carnival of Dance, Music, and Culture takes place in the Winter Months and welcomes around 5 lakh travellers every year.  Some very offbeat and adventurous attractions at the Rann Utsav include: 

  • ATV Rides
  • Camel Cart
  • Rock Climbing 
  • Paint Ball 
  • Stargazing 
  • Kutchi Cusine

This time the Rann Utsav of Kutch begins on 26th October 2022 and ends on 20th February 2022. 

Kutch Rann Utsav 2022-2023 - India's Biggest White Desert Festival

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If you go and visit the Rann Utsav, you shouldn't miss out on the following experiences as well.

2. Kalo Dungar: Also known as The Black Hills, this is the highest point (462 metres) in Kutch. The Hills provide stunning views of the Great Rann of Kutch. A 400-year-old temple dedicated to Lord Dattatreya resides here.

Best Places to Visit and Travel Guide of Kalo Dungar

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3. Narayan Sarovar: This is a sparkling lake holding spiritual significance and is considered among the 5 holy lakes of the Hindu religion and culture. It is said to have been created as a result of Lord Vishnu touching the ground with his toe in answer to the prayers by sages to relieve people from drought. 

Narayan Sarovar

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4. Chhari Dhand Wetland Reserve: The Chhari Dhand reserve is home to the shallow wetlands of Banni Grasslands. Chhari means ‘salty’ and Dhand means ‘shallow wetlands’ in the local language. This is a great place if you are someone who enjoys bird watching. More than 370 species of birds can be seen here including a number of migratory birds. 

5. Koteshwar Mahadev Temple: This temple is located at a breathtaking junction where the desert and the sea meet. It is said to be the last man-made construction at the westernmost point in India. It is a must-visit place for you if you like to travel to isolated and lowly populated places. 

Koteshwar Mahadev Temple

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NOM Recommended Homestay: 

NotOnMap Desert King Homestay 

This is a beautiful homestay located near the Hodka village in the Kutch district and is taken care of by our host Gulab Pathan Ji. It is a 7-year-old rustic stay and is built using stone and mud in a sustainable way. From aesthetically decorated rooms and meals made of organic farm produce to camping and bonfire, this homestay has all that it needs to satiate the hunger of Responsible travellers who like to experience adventures, serenity, and sustainable living all at the same time. 

Join us at the Rann Utsav of Kutch and explore the lesser-known parts of Gujarat. Participate in the festival and help create a positive impact on the rural economy. Experience Sustainable Tourism with us and enjoy the hospitality of the village locals. Live with the village community, share your knowledge and use your purchasing power to aid the socio-cultural development of the place and its people.  Engage in a cultural exchange carnival like never before. Do not forget to receive your Permit to visit the Rann of Kutch on your way at Bhirandiyara village.  Live with the locals and experience the benefits of Travelling to Impact. Visit Kutch to witness the vibrance of the state of Gujurat at its best. 

Nivedita Chatterjee

Nivedita Chatterjee

Content Writer

With a Masters in Social Work and a passion for content writing, Nivedita is a deeply-driven social worker who strongly advocates for the rights of women, children & communities and has been associated in this space in various capacities. She has also been working as a freelance content writer for over a year, with the belief that "Words are a powerful tool to bring a positive change in people's minds and in the society." She's a jolly human being, whom you'd love to chill out with, by the mountainside.