Blogs from Rann of Kutch, Gujarat, India, Asia


Asia » India » Gujarat » Rann of Kutch February 14th 2020

You want to know how strong is color WHITE, well visit The Great Rann of Kutch !!!! My wife and me had this Trip in mind from long and we always wanted to visit White Desert and explore the nothingness around us... I made some inquiry about the Rann Utsav which normally starts in Nov and goes till Feb and found that the Tent City which is highly marketed by the Gujarat govt. is definitely an experience to look for but the cost..... Extortionate !!!! So when I checked they gave me a tariff of approx 10K per person per day, which means a 2 day trip to Rann Utsav with a partner would cost you 40K approximately. So, I thought of finding a competitive option to get this trip going. So, here you go..... Trip ... read more

Asia » India » Gujarat » Rann of Kutch November 21st 2018

After tea and biscuits at 715am, we start off to see the birds at the lake. It would be nice to report a good night’s sleep, but the beds were rock hard and the imam was ranting till past 1am. One of the other guests, an Indian expat living in New Zealand, tells us that the new mosque was built with Wahhabi money from Saudi Arabia, as are most new mosques in India. They bring a more fundamental form of Islam than Indian Muslims practise, and this can cause conflict both with local Muslims and with the Hindus. So it can become another source of tension between the communities. She said that over the last few years since the Wahhabis moved in, the number of little Hindu shrines has much increased in the village, as a ... read more
Pelicans taking off
Early morning cranes
Flamingos, Little Rann of Kutch

Asia » India » Gujarat » Rann of Kutch November 20th 2018

Today we’re headed to the Little Rann of Kutch. It’s a 4 ½ hour drive, but the roads are good. Along the way the vegetation is much as elsewhere in Gujarat, but as we near it becomes noticeably more dry and less cultivated, but still no sign of any salt flats. We arrive at the Desert Coursers EcoLodge at Zainabad just in time for lunch. A handful of circular mud build cottages – or huts - stand in a semi circle around an open area, and we’re shown to the green one. It’s small and basic, but the warm welcome and the sights of the Little Rann more than make up for that. At 4.00pm we go out in the jeep to the national park. We set off through the local village, which is poor, and ... read more
Jungle cat
Owl in flight

Asia » India » Gujarat » Rann of Kutch October 2nd 2012

Namaste! And welcome to Rann Utsav, Kutch. Explore colourful culture and communities of Kutch with Kutch Adventures Rann of Kutch is not unknown territory anymore since the Rann Utsav is being promoted internationally by Gujarat Government since the first one organized in 2005. This year it is going to take place again at Dhordo village-bordered with world famous white salt desert where this festival will begin on 15th December 2013 and will last till 14th February 2014. Every day there will be cultural programmes, crafts demonstration stalls, adventurous sports and other ongoing entertainments. However key attractions will remain the Great Rann of Kutch, Sunset on horizon, Full moon night festival, carnival in Bhuj and local site seeing every day. If you scratch its history it will take you bac... read more

Asia » India » Gujarat » Rann of Kutch July 15th 2011

Dear Travelers, Welcome to my blog. Follow this link to get general Idea about Kutch Region (India) It's really interesting to view slide show :-) Cheers! read more

Asia » India » Gujarat » Rann of Kutch January 15th 2011

Aaah I finally find the time to write again! After spending some colourful and noisy weeks in some of Saurashtra's finest cities. We are now relaxing into a slower pace of life in Jainabad, on the outskirts of the Gujerati salt desert, the Raan of kutch. This place is beautiful, just what I need....and the children love it too, which is a bonus; they immediately felt at home here! Some good and clean fresh air, peppered with lashings of hot sun, surrounded by lush greenery, cactii and thorny bushes, home to kingfishers, a family of peacocks, a flame backed woodpecker and even a black cobra (which Akashi spotted this morning, a bite kills in 20 minutes flat!) But back to where we left off last time, Sasan Gir.....we ventured into the gujerati jungle, a 2 ... read more

Asia » India » Gujarat » Rann of Kutch December 9th 2010

On the way home from Udaipur I decided to take a detour and spend two nights at Camp Zainabad (aka Desert Coursers) on the edge of the Little Rann of Kutch. 'Rann' means desert, 'Kutch' is the area, and at nearly 5000sq km it is 'little' only in comparison to the 'great' rann located further towards Pakistan. The area is the last habitat of the Asiatic Wild Ass, but I was more interested in the landscape. It is dead flat, and turns into a marshland during the monsoon, broken only by a few small islands or 'bhets'. But the rains haven't conformed this year and the desert was still spongey from flooding in early November. About 20,000 families live in the desert during the dry season, barely reaping a living from salt panning. Other families raise ... read more
Rabari woman

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