White Desert of Nothingness

I love wonders of nature … Who doesn’t? Deserts have a different charm, give a feel of nothingness or calmness. There is a place on earth where the Desert is Milky White … Yes, it is white. A vast area of White land ..no snow, no plant, no shrub, no bird ……just white land and horizon… It is – The Great Rann.

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The Great Rann of Kutch
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The beautiful Sunset at Great Rann 

Standing in the desert it feels like it was formed when GOD was in the mood for writing a poem.

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Rann at Dusk 
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The Infinity View 

A spectacle of nature .. can only be seen 4 months in a year –  Rann of Kutch .. is in the western part of India … in the State of Gujrat. It is the largest Salt Desert in the world.

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People enjoying walk in Marshy Land
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At the end of Time 
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The Camel, the desert, and the sunset

 

During the monsoon months, the Rann of Kutch is submerged in sea water. As the sea water finally begins to recede in October, it leaves this spectacle of salt everywhere. The marshy desert is only about 49 feet above sea level.

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Partially Dried Rann View from Kalo Dungar

 

It is a paradise for nature enthusiasts like me in 4 months from November to Feb. 

 

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The White Desert

 

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Indian BSF – Guarding our Boarders
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Camel Ride At Rann 

The government of Gujarat holds a four-month long festival known as ‘The Rann Utsav’ every year starting from November end to February. You can witness the culture and amazing hospitality of Kutch at this time.

 

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Tented accommodation at White Rann 

Tented accommodation is available only during these 4 months, as rest of 8 months, there is nothing in this vast marshy salt land. The accommodation at Rann is expensive during season time and hence it is advisable to pre-book if one wishes to visit the white desert during the Utsav.

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The early morning view

 

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Traditional Kutch House

 

 

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Centre of the White Rann Resort

Last year, 2 operators had tented accommodation available. I stayed at “White Rann Resort” which provided food from Courtyard Marriot and was 40% cheaper than the other operator of Rann Utsav.

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Kutch Mud Houses

The best things to do at Rann – A visit to Kalo dungar – the Highest point in Kutch from where you can witness a beautiful sunset.

The sight of salt desert getting formed with half of the water dried and half still marshy is indeed beautiful.

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Afternoon view from Kalo Dungar 
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Evening View from Kalo Dungar

 

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Temple at Kalo Dungar
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Witness the amazing sunset 

 

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Sunset from Kalo Dungar

 

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A few seconds before the Sun Dips 

 

 

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Me and My camera ..Playing with light 

At the Rann Utsav, one can enjoy the delicacies of Gujarati food as well as witness the local culture.

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The Song and Dance at Rann

 

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Local Art
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One of my Best Pic at Rann

 

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A Camel waiting for his turn

 

My itinerary was for 3 nights.  Two Nights at Rann of Kutch and one night at Mandvi which is 76 km away from Rann Utsav Sight.

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Mandvi Beach

 

At Mandvi, I stayed at “Serena Beach Resort” which was a very pleasant stay with very comfortable accommodation as well as the private beach. The resort has been very artistically decorated and is placed in very nice location. One can spend the whole Day at the resort without getting bored.

 

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Serena Beach resort

 

 

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Serena Beach resort

 

 

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Infinity Pool
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The private beach of Serena

 

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Resturant At Serena

 

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My tent under the Stars

 

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Infinity Pool at night

 

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Serena Resort

The route from Mandvi is very beautiful with long stretches of the road having patches of salt on either side.

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On the way to Rann

 

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Salt patches can be seen many times 

 

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Me 🙂

 

 

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Wind Mills on the way

Best Time to Visit : 

I visited the Rann in December season, but I feel the best season will be February as the whole salty land will be completely dried up and one can walk a little more comfortably.

Places to Stay:   My recommendation is Serena Beach Resort in Mandvi and White Rann Resort in The Great Rann. Both are great in terms of Hospitality and Accommodation.

 

So pack your bags …and witness this wonder.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Aashutosh Varma says:

    Chris, excellent photography. Love it.

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