Kutch Diary: Kutch Kutch Hota Hai
Gujarat – one of the most diverse state of India, is known to be Jewel of Western India. Gujarat is perfectly tagged as Vibrant Gujarat owing to few things: Loins, Mahatma Gandhi, Narendra Modi and Rann of Kutch. Mr. Amitabh Bachchan – the brand ambassador of Gujarat Tourism uses the slogan ‘Khushboo Gujarat ki’ or ‘fragrance of Gujarat’. This fragrance is the fragrance of finest white desert – Kutch, Gir wildlife sanctuary of Loins and historic Somnath temple.
I’m writing this travel blog with the desire made by my cousin sister (Shubhi Agarawal), who had ended 2016 and started 2017 with Rann of Kutch.
Back from the short trip of Kutch, Shubhi had a lot of Kutch to share with me. This made me to write this Kutch blog. But the thing is that actually I’m feeling jealous of her as she had spent the last day of 2016 at Rann without me!!
Rann of Kutch
Kutch is rightly ad by Mr. Amitabh Bachchan ‘Kutch nahi dekha toh kuch nahi dekha’. Kutch literally means ‘kuch’ meaning something – something that sporadically becomes wet and dry.
The White Rann in itself is a unique phenomenon. During monsoon Rann completely submerged in water as an ocean and in winter after the ocean recedes Rann turns into dry marshy salt field. The massive stretch of salt marsh remains for three months – December to February. So the best time to visit Rann of Kutch is in winter season, also Rann Utsav (festival) happens during that period. The temperature varies from 40 degree to -5 degree from day to night.
The sparkling land leaves the tourists mesmerized. The paradise has beautiful sunrise and sunset scenes to offer. The moonlight makes the landscape more alluring. This White Rann changes mood; in morning calm beautiful sunrise, in afternoon it is ruthless and the sunset calms it down.
Kutch diary: Kutch Kutch hota hai
Famous Kutchi food, handicraft & embroidery market, camel safari, wildlife sanctuary and vibrant Rann festival here fits Kutch perfectly with the title. Kutch Kutch hota hai means there is no such place like Kutch in the world.
Wildlife at Rann of Kutch
Kutch proffers an apt climate for wildlife to flourish such as flamingos and the wild ass which you can spot around the desert so often. The Rann is also a part of a few sanctuaries such as the Indian wild ass sanctuary, Kutch desert wildlife sanctuary etc. It is a paradise for wildlife photographers and nature enthusiasts alike. In whole Asia, flamingo migrates only in Kutch, so flamingo city is must visit site in Kutch.
Kutch wildlife sanctuary is situated in Rann of Kutch and a part of this sanctuary share border with Pakistan. So a larger part of this sanctuary is closed for civilian; Shubhi could’nt visit that.
The heart of Kutch lies in its handicraft, Kutchi food, camel and horse ride and such activities. The government of Gujarat holds a three month long festival “The Rann Utsav” every year. It is truly stated in website Gujarat Tourism “Rann of Kutch is a celebration of life, festivities and culture of Kutch and Gujarat”.
Here shopaholics step down to purchase the beautiful Gujarati handicrafts, costumes apparels and many more things. The locals around impress visitors by giving their traditional music and dance performances. People all across the globe get chance to savor the authentic Gujarati thalli (Gujarati traditional dish) and snacks. Many sports activities also happens such as horse riding, ATV riding, Table Tennis, net cricket etc.
Government provides all the facilities to visitor that suits their budgets and all needs. In fact it is a perfect family destination as it explore enjoyable moments, and store it in camera.
It is a quirky festival that enlighten the wonders of Kutch with most comfortable hospitality. The authentic Gujarati culture added colors to the snowy terrain. The camel cart rides, folk music, puppet show keeps the festive season on. Experience of Kutch in one word was “wonderful” as said by Shubhi. And now I’m planning to visit Rann before the end of festival.
So next time if you’re planning to quick trip to Gujarat, Kutch is definitely “not to miss “spectacle!!
Thanks a lot Shubhi for sharing your experience with me and helped me in writing Kutch diary.