Hearing stories of the white desert always made me wonder, how the sunrise in the desert looks like. Little did I know that few steps away from my seat someone else as well is having the same imagination. Yes !! My team mates were also looking through pics of the Kutch festival and were wishing silently to go to Gujrat. Three of us from the same cube planned and organized this trip to Kutch.
The Great Rann of Kutch is a white desert located in Gujrat which is also an international India Pakistan border. This is one of the largest salt desert in the world and is also one of the hottest place in summer.
In the last week of Jan 2017, we had packed our bags to explore a new city all by ourselves. Our first halt was Ahmedabad where we saw the beautiful Sabarmati river front, then we took a bus to Bhuj. Bhuj is a small city in Gujrat and is 100 kms away from Kutch. We stayed overnight in a hotel and the next morning we had decided to see the sunrise in Kutch.
Energy and excitement were quite high to see the sunrise which made us reach Kutch at 6am in the morning. When we reached it was completely dark and cold but as time was passing by I saw few people joining us as well.
The atmosphere was something which just makes you fall in love with its white beauty. The place is so calm and white that it takes you away from all the hustle bustle of the city life and you just want to enjoy the serenity of the place! This was my first experience of viewing the sunrise from the white desert and trust me, the feeling is heavenly.
Tourism is on its peak here only during the Rann of Kutch Festival, and it is only in these few years where people from all across the world come here to witness the vast expanse of white beauty. We spent half a day in Kutch but I would recommend if any one of you who is planning to visit it next year, do book the tents in advance and stay in the tents. The experience you would have in tents is different than what you experience staying in a hotel. We also did a horse ride in Kutch which was fun.
Food is not at all a problem in Gujrat. We had some yum food in the restaurant called “Hotel Prince”. Though the name of the hotel may not sound that great but the food is worth the money you would spend anywhere else. My tip would be to try the Gujrati thali which is the yummiest food I have ever had.
The next day, we had planned to go to the Mandvi beach and Vijay Villa palace. Mandvi beach is a beautiful and a clean beach. We did the camel ride on the beach which was ultimate fun. You get some local snacks, coconut water and corn on the beach which is affordable. We then left to visit the Vijay villas palace where the film “Hum Dil de chuke sanam” had been shot. This is worth a visit, it is fabulous, specially the views from the palace.
Since this was an all-girls trip, it was loaded with a lot of fun and laughter. I would recommend you to do visit this place. Gujrat is vibrant and colorful, food is yummy, roads are heavenly and people are amazing!