The White Desert of India - Rann of Kutch
A land of simplicity, a mass of intellects, some fields of magnificent, some shores of prestige.
Such is India, a land imbibed in simplicity that breathes extravagance. Amidst the innumerable touristic phenomenon housed by our motherland, stands out an expanse that looks like no other. Pristine as the trickling water of a holy cascade, the White Rann of Kutch makes for a sight to behold.
The Rann of Kutch forms a part of India as well as our neighboring country, Pakistan. Overlooking the periphery of some of Western India- Gujarat, and some of Pakistan- Sindh, it is a massive seasonal salt marsh. It's renowned to be one of the largest salt deserts in the world. A spectacle right there, isn’t it?
Stating the very obvious, The Great Rann of Kutch garners tourists from all over the world. The tourism particularly soars during the Rann Utsav. Apart from the Rann, a majority of the tourists explore the vivid architectural and natural beauties the region has to offer.
A few of them being-
• The Kutch Desert Wildlife Sanctuary
• Mandvi Beach
• Kandla port and Mudra port
• Aaina Mahal
Languages are spoken
Kutchi, Gujarati, and Sindhi are the languages majorly spoken by the populous. The scriptures of Kutchi language are on the verge of extinction and are thoroughly replaced by a due to a wider reach over the folks of the region. The extinct scriptures still find a place in the Kutch Museum nearby.
The History Behind It All
(Bhuj- Bhujang in Sanskrit, Meaning- Snakes.)
A prime city decade ago, the city of Bhuj was declared as the capital of the then state 'Cutch'. In the post independence era, what struck Bhuj with all its might destroyed it to more remains. A serious of earthquake left this once beautiful city devastated, snatching away the precious monuments it housed. What remains today is the re-structured version post the 2001- Bhuj Earthquake.
A fairly huge amount of Hinduism oriented religions, as well as Jainism and Islam, make up for the mass of this majestic region. It has its share of nomadic tribes contributing towards the enriched culture of the same.The replica of the country it belongs to, Kutch is as diversified in terms of traditions as it can get.
The Shopping Expeditions
At a culturally positive city like Bhuj, the search for uniqueness never ends. Shroff Bazar hoards local block prints. Bhujodi Handicrafts village at the outskirts of Bhuj is the place to be for embroidery and 'Bandhani'. Various attempts have been taken upon by the NGOs to empower and give an ethnically rich background to the local artisans.
The Rann Utsav
A festival like none other, the Rann Utsav in Bhuj is the epitome of vibrancy and prosperity. Conducted every year during the period of February/ March, it witnesses a humongous crowd. The Rann Utsav or Desrt festival is celebrated at the same time as that of Hindu festival Shivratri. Tourists from all over the world visit to witness the phantasmagorical festival that showcases the potentials of the handicraft and art of the region.
Known for its extreme climatic conditions, it’s advisable to visit Bhuj during the light days of winter. A delightful stay awaits you.