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The Rann of Kutch, a unique region in Gujarat, is one of the largest salt deserts in the world. This remarkable place with its surreal landscapes is a photographer’s delight, and has in the recent years grown popular as a destination for offbeat travel.

I can sum up the White Rann in just one word – mesmerising. Walking on those crystals of salt that stretches endlessly for miles (10,000 sq metres ) and watching the sun rise and set is magical.  I am told that on a full moon night, it looks so surreal. At sunset, it was filled with people, but during sunrise, we almost had the entire Rann to ourselves. I was freezing in the cold and waited almost for an hour for the sun to dawn. The White Rann is a unique phenomenon. You can see it only during the winters after the ocean recedes post the monsoons leaving behind crystals of salt. In my opinion, a visit here is once in a lifetime moment. Pity, it is getting ruined by loud  tourists who spoil the sanctity of the place and ruin the silence.

Reasons to visit the Rann of Kutch during the Rann Utsav

  • Weather: The Rann Utsav takes place during the winter months, from October to February. This is really the best time to visit the Rann of Kutch, when the weather is pleasant and perfect for sightseeing.
  • Accommodation: If you visit the Rann of Kutch during the Rann Utsav, you will have access to the best options for stays really close to the White Salt Desert. These include places like the luxury White Rann Resort, offering air-conditioned tents and mud bhungas with all the expected modern conveniences, which are set up especially for the Rann Utsav. If you prefer greater comfort in your choice of accommodation, then the Rann Utsav is definitely the best time to visit the Rann of Kutch!
  • Sightseeing: Rann Utsav Packages come with many included and optional sightseeing tours of other interesting places nearby such as Bhuj, Dhordo, Mandavi Beach, and Dholavira etc. This allows the interested traveller to experience other places in Gujarat apart from the Rann of Kutch, in the same trip.
  • Shopping: The Rann of Kutch is known for its colourful crafts and intricate artwork, and the Rann Festival is a celebration of all things Kutchi. No wonder therefore, that visitors to the Rann Utsav get multiple opportunities to explore the stalls set up by local craftsmen and artisans and take back beautiful artwork as souvenirs.
  • Full Moon dates: The White Rann looks particularly ethereal during the night of the Full Moon. The best way to get a glimpse of the Rann during the Full Moon period, is to plan your stay at the Rann Utsav during these dates. Imagine being able to look out over a literal sea of gleaming white salt desert, under a full moon that shines as brightly as the sun! Some things in life are worth seeing in person.
  • Full Moon dates: The White Rann looks particularly ethereal during the night of the Full Moon. The best way to get a glimpse of the Rann during the Full Moon period, is to plan your stay at the Rann Utsav during these dates. Imagine being able to look out over a literal sea of gleaming white salt desert, under a full moon that shines as brightly as the sun! Some things in life are worth seeing in person.