Little Rann of Kutch, Gujarat

October 31, 2014 at 1:02 pm

footprints

Over there, Little Rann

Wild Ass, Little Rann

cricket

portrait

red moon

Little Rann of Kutch is famous for being the last refuge of the Indian Wild Ass (or Khur). It is also one of India’s largest salt marshes.

The bleak and desolate landscape is flooded during monsoon and is mostly inaccessible. Come the dry season most of the water has evaporated with the rising heat, leaving a barren desert behind. Despite the extreme conditions it is rich in biodiversity and remains an ecologically important area for migratory birds such as flamingoes, storks, cranes and pelicans on their way to or from Siberia.

I’m no avid bird watcher myself, but I thoroughly enjoyed my time there. I’ve yet to come across such a flat, barren landscape with mirages of water appearing practically all around you. The tranquility and peacefulness found there is hard to come by in any other place in Gujarat.

My partner and I were also lucky to chose to stay at the Little Rann Eco Camp (littlerann.com). I highly recommend staying with them. Devjibhai Dhamecha, a naturalist and former wildlife photographer who set up the camp, has dedicated his life to preserving and promoting this area and it shows. His son, Ajai is now slowly taking over the reins, and is also very knowledgeable and passionate about the area.