Situated in Gujarat in Western India, the Rann of Kutch (divided into the Great Rann of Kutch and the Little Rann of Kutch) is a part of the Thar Desert. It is a seasonally swampy area which is bounded by the sea on one side while there is a desert on the other. This makes it a unique tourist destination for adventurers to spend time and have fun with their friends and family. The popularity of the hotspot is quite evident since Amitabh Bachchan’s Gujarat Tourism promos were shot here and Bollywood films such as R Rajkumar, Magadheera and Ram-Leela have also been shot here to name a few.
It is significant to note that the weather there can often be unsparing, proving to be fatal, so it is important to go only when recommended.
You should visit the Rann of Kutch in Winters, from November to February. If you are looking for budget rates, then November and February are best time. During last week of December and first week of January, the package cose of Tent City are at their peak. Try and visit around full moon night for best view of White Rann.
According to a few, the best time to visit Rann of Kutch is from November to February which is the winter months. It is claimed that on full moon nights, when the moon shines the brightest, its reflection on the white sand make it shimmer as little sequins extended all over the floor. This is the period when the Rann of Kutch festival is organised that invites and attracts not only domestic travelers but also globetrotters from across the world who wish to have an insight into what really is the rich culture and heritage of our glorious country. Recognized as the largest salt desert, a lavish camel ride on an adorned camel’s back is also opted for by many holidaymakers. Handicrafts sold here are outstanding which provide a livelihood to numerous girls and women who make profits by dealing in embroidered clothes of different types such as Rabari, Ahir, Sindhi, etc.
The temperature during the summer months can range up to 45 degrees Celcius which I’m sure sounds appealing to no Indian, given the heated shower here all around the year. The scorching sun becomes intolerable, and individuals can also suffer from skin burns and heat strokes. Thus, staying away during this time is highly advised which shouldn’t be ignored.
June to September is when the monsoon arrives in the marshes, and the charm of the place comes alive. It seems like some supernatural power infuses strength, energy and a new will to live. Though people flock in large numbers during these months too, I wouldn’t give a green signal due to a number of reasons. Firstly, accommodation would be extremely difficult to find. Second, due to the presence of cloud cover, one cannot observe the sunrise or sunset, or even the moonlight at night. Last but not the least, walking on mud is not really anyone’s favourite.
During winter, is when you feel the trick of nature because what seems to be like a bed of snow, is actually warm temperature. A sleepover in a tent and waking up to pure bliss is not something one would forget too soon. It’s a tale you would want to tell everyone once you return. A view from the top of Kalo Dungar, the highest point in Kutch, is also suggested to let your eyes feast on the entire panoramic landscape at once. The shifting positions of the moving sun also contribute and influence the shades of land. As stated by a tourist, “the salt crunched” beneath her feet, and that can be believed only when seen and felt personal.
Now you know the best time to visit Rann of Kutch. Holidays are outlet’s of pressure that we are suppressed under as a result of our daily work and life that functions according to a set timetable and delay of even a minute results in drastic confusion, stress and anxiety. They allow rejuvenation of not just the outward physical being that one is, but also of the eternal soul which never gets a moment of rest. Vacations help us to get our minds off topics that are bothersome and instead focus on happiness, discoveries and explorations, and new landscapes that await us with their uniqueness. Remember, only a happy mind can work happy and live happily. The weather of our destination matters a lot since it determines whether one would have to sit and sulk indoors or if he can actually go out and engage in activities of his choice. These may also lead to the development of a new interest which has the potential to be pursued later. Celebrating every moment and creating memories is all that one can do since we live each day but die just once and this is what is left behind in the mortal realm.
Refer to quick tips such as a charged camera battery, comfortable shoes and warm as well as agreeable clothes for the trip. Do read ahead for more details on the Rann of Kutch festival dates.