The Rann (‘Rann’ in Hindi means ‘desert’) of Kutch is located in the Thar Desert in Gujarat, with some parts in the Pakistani province of Sindh. Kutch is the name of the district in Gujarat where this region is situated. It is the largest district in India and draws travellers from all over the world.
The region is divided into two distinct areas — the Great Rann and the Little Rann — each offering different experiences. The Great Rann of Kutch is a unique landscape. You see nothing but white plains (the salt pans) as far as the eye can see. The climate is harsh, hot in the day and cold at night.
It is best to visit the Great Rann of Kutch during sunrise and sunset, as it is the time that you can experience the impact of the vastness and experience the endless white expanse of the Rann. The sun rises as if from the ground and it is the only thing you can focus on. No picture or video can do it justice. Watching this scene alone will make the trip worth it.
The Kutch culture
Most of the places you will stay in are run by locals and they will make sure you have an authentic experience. You get to live in Bhungas, circular houses made of mud, with thatched roofs. They are supposed to be structurally stable during earthquakes and climate responsive. The pure vegetarian food is what the locals eat. Kutchi cuisine consists of roti, curd, butter milk, dal, curry, vegetables, papad, and kachumbar.
The Kutch region is a hotbed of handmade products like jewellery, home furnishing, kurtas, etc. Their handicrafts are known all over the world and are a big part of the tourist experience. The best part is that you can go to the village where they are made and shop for the products. It’s a different experience to buy from the artisans directly. The villagers are hospitable and many of them will come to meet you and offer you tea while you shop.