The Great White Rann of Kutch

The main reason most people visit Kutch is to see the White Rann or Great Rann.  It is a salt marsh that is flooded during monsoon, and then reappears as the dry of winter sets in.  Located in North West Gujarat, the Great Rann spills into Pakistan, so there is plenty of border security to get through on your way there, and of course a visit from Amitabh Bachchan too.

Amitabh Bachchan Welcomes You

Looking onto the Great Rann, you can see nothing but white as far as the eye can see.

The White Rann of Kutch

It is quite deceptive.  Whilst monsoon was long gone and the salt on top crackled as we walked, underneath was still quite damp.  So when I kicked off my shoes, it is no surprise that my feet started to sink into the mud!

SInking

The feeling of the hard salt and the soft mud was actually quite interesting and no doubt better than any salt scrub pedicure I had had before.

What was really sad was to see the neglect and disregard that so many people had for such a spectacular natural wonder.  Apparently everywhere in the world is a dumping ground for many Indians.

Rubbish left at the White Rann

Seeing the White Rann up close is a must, but for me the best experience was heading up to the highest vantage point in Kutch, Kalo Dungar (Black Hill) and watching the sunset over the blinding white plains as the eagles soared around.  The colours and changes around us were just sublime.

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