First some tips if you are planning a trip to Gujarat, specially Kutch.
1) Bhuj is the nearest major town that connects the region to the rest of Gujarat. To visit the White Rann, your best bet for a stay is at Devpur Homestay. While you can also stay at one of the hotels in Bhuj, Devpur has more of a Rann vibe.
2) Do not expect much from the Rann Utsav if you have seen one of the grander affairs like Surajkund or the Maha Kumbh. Some hours for it will do more than just justice.
3) Mandvi is more of an interesting place, apart from Lakhpat Fort. Plus, Little Rann is a must for anyone interested in wildlife and bird watching.
4) Some smattering of Gujarati is great help here, for I wrecked quite some nerves making people understand the addresses. A fun experience nonetheless.
5) Being quite near Pakistan border, the White Rann is considered one of the sensitive regions. Get yourself a permit from the police check post by the roadside.
6) Every foreigner visiting White Rann needs to have a photostat copy of their passport for submission at the police check post. Indian nationals need to show their photo ID proofs for the same.
7) If you’ve forgotten to take along a photostat of your passport, you can get a copy at one of the shops that are some 10 minutes drive away from the check post.
Even with the scorching Sun, I couldn’t help a smile when I saw this at the Great Rann. That white, beyond it, is the salt marsh.
If you are still searching for more reasons to visit Gujarat, write to me! I’ll give you more reasons to fall in love with the land of not just White Rann. Plus, do leave a comment, tweet or an email if you’re wondering how to plan a trip to the Rann of Kutch, Rann Ustav, Bhuj or Ahmedabad.
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