The Rann of Kutch – Music & Dance with a Pinch of Salt

Located in the Thar Desert in the Kutch district of Gujarat, the Rann of Kutch also famously referred to as “The Great Rann of Kutch” is a seasonal salt marsh that spans over 7,505.22 square kilometres; believed to be the largest salt desert in the world.

Rann Of Kutch

 

One question that comes to our mind – what does Rann mean and where has this word been derived from. Well, it’s pretty simple; “Rann” is the Hindi word for “desert” During the monsoon this area is submerged under water & for the rest of the months it’s buried under salt, yes the entire stretch is packed with white salt!

 

This desert is absolutely spectacular when looked at during night; the moonlight casts a magic spell and the entire stretch just lights up – a simply amazing sight for one to experience! It’s best not to catch a glimpse during the daytime, as the white sand can be blinding! Sometime between October until March is ideal for a visit.

 

The moonlight Rann camel safari adds to the beauty of it all; in short it is simply spectacular! The Rann Utsav takes place between 15th December, 2012 to 31st January, 2013 this time around. This month long carnival introduces visitors to an array of folk music and dance performances. Accommodation is not at an issue at all during this period with the government setting up numerous luxury tents providing visitors with some of the best accommodation.

 

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