A Desert of Salt – The Onliest Rann of Kutch

The Great Rann of Kutch. Spread across 7505 sq kms, it is the largest Salt desert in the world. Also known as the White Desert, a large part of it is located in India (and the other in Pakistan), the desert is inhabited by a tribe known popularly as the Kutchis.

This beautiful vagary of nature, the Rann (which simply means ‘desert’ in Hindi) is astounding in its pristine beauty; a sea of white that is expansive, calming, and soothing.

The starkness of the desert is in complete contrast with the vibrant colours the Kutchis adorn. Their homes are beautifully decorated and bear the colours of ‘life’. As a local tourist guide revealed to us, “We are colourful from the inside even though we live in a desert…”

We went on a short trip to this beautiful part of Gujarat and took photographs that depict the ethos of the Rann – a dry, arid land, occasionally bursting with the colours of ‘life’…

Light me a lamp that burns bright. Make me the torchbearer

Light me a lamp that burns bright. Make me the torchbearer

Boy from the only family left in Gujarat that weaves carpets in the village of Kharad...

Boy from the only family left in Gujarat that weaves carpets in the village of Kharad…

Silhouette of a camel cart  in the Rann of Kucth as a car comes up behind it!

Silhouette of a camel cart in the Rann of Kucth as a car comes up behind it!

"Rare is the union of beauty and purity." Juvenal

“Rare is the union of beauty and purity.”
Juvenal

"Who sees the human face correctly: the photographer, the mirror, or the painter?" Pablo Picasso

“Who sees the human face correctly: the photographer, the mirror, or the painter?”
Pablo Picasso

Girls in the village go without footwear

Girls in the village go without footwear

“It takes a very long time to become young.”  Pablo Picasso

“It takes a very long time to become young.”
Pablo Picasso

Mirror Art of Kutch

Mirror Art of Kutch

“The only people who see the whole picture,' he murmured, 'are the ones who step out of the frame.”  Salman Rushdie, The Ground Beneath Her Feet

“The only people who see the whole picture,’ he murmured, ‘are the ones who step out of the frame.”
Salman Rushdie, The Ground Beneath Her Feet

Alms are always welcome...

Alms are always welcome…

"Beauty is eternity gazing at itself in a mirror." Khalil Gibran

“Beauty is eternity gazing at itself in a mirror.”
Khalil Gibran

Mirage ..

Mirage ..

“I dream my painting and I paint my dream.”  Vincent van Gogh

“I dream my painting and I paint my dream.”
Vincent van Gogh

Rann of Kutch

From Skills-person to salesperson...a long journey to business success

From Skills-person to salesperson…a long journey to business success

Handcrafted. Painstakingly. And all they do is, adorn feet

Handcrafted. Painstakingly. And all they do is, adorn feet

And some dolls are not made for play...

And some dolls are not made for play…

Beauty or Burden? Dichotomous traditions ONLY for the girl...

Beauty or Burden? Dichotomous traditions ONLY for the girl…

"Indians wear such bright colours" said a Swede to me once. "Yes, we are blind like that" said I.

“Indians wear such bright colours” said a Swede to me once. “Yes, we are blind like that” said I.

Rann of Kutch

Welcome to the Rann of Kutch! “I thought the most beautiful thing in the world must be shadow.”  Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar

Welcome to the Rann of Kutch!  “I thought the most beautiful thing in the world must be shadow.”
Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar

“One eye sees, the other feels.”  Paul Klee

“One eye sees, the other feels.”
Paul Klee

Tribal women waiting to sell their produce...

Tribal women waiting to sell their produce…

A magnificent, battery powered ride...

A magnificent, battery powered ride…

What an unbelievable creation! The Salt Desert - The White Desert - The Rann of Kutch!

What an unbelievable creation! The Salt Desert – The White Desert – The Rann of Kutch!

Rann of Kutch

The common ride in Kutch

The common ride in Kutch

Rann of Kutch

The sun sets on the horizon of the Salt Desert

The sun sets on the horizon of the Salt Desert

Selling a little piece of happiness...

Selling a little piece of happiness…

Rann of Kutch

 

Rann of Kutch

"Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it." Confucius

Tribal girl selling handwoven items

Idyllic village hutment

Idyllic village hutment

Objects in the rearview mirror may be closer than they appear...

Objects in the rearview mirror may be closer than they appear…

Musician playing an instrument that later became the tabla...

Musician playing an ancient instrument that was the predecessor of the tabla…

 

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9 replies

  1. Definitely does! Since you’re “footloose” and we are guessing ‘fancy free’ too, we invite you to join us on our Bhutan trip coming up in March! 🙂

  2. Thank you…thank you very much for the info. Bhutan is on my travel wishlist. If I visit in october how early should I contact you?

  3. We would suggest late August. If you’re from India and intend to go on a budget trip, train bookings will have to be made in advance. The mantra of Indian Railways is ‘the earlier the better’! If you’re not from India then even early-mid September is good enough to get in touch with us for a customised Bhutan itinerary 🙂

  4. I am from Kolkata, India so I’ll contact you by late August. I will also keep exploring your blog for more info 🙂 Thank you!

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