Acknowledged as a Ramsar sight, the small Rann of Kutch is situated 90kms away from Ahmedabad. It’s a very strange and surprising place of Gujrat and a second example like it is difficult to find in India. That’s why it’s the main tourist attraction of Gujrat. Rann means salty swamp. It’s a place where the sea and the desert unite. The world’s largest wild ass sanctuary, the Dhanagadhara Wild Ass Sanctuary, is situated here and it covers an area of about 5000sqkms.
Though this place remains flooded in the monsoon but from winter to the summer season this place converts into whitish salty desert. Apart from wild bushes no other tree or plant is found in this remote desert. In this desert apart from wild asses tourists will also come across Neel Guy, desert foxes and cats, Hyena, etc. In the swamps groups of flamingo, Pelican, Common Crane, Demoyjel Crane, Grey Leg Goose and other migrating birds can be seen. But among the birds the main attractions of Rann are Hoobara Bustard and Sociable Lapduing.
To see around Rann tourists will have to take the jeep safari or cruise desert horse and camel safari. This safari is organized by Rann Riders Association. People of several casts, Rabari, Darwatch, Mir, Koli, Bajaniya and Siddi, live in this small Rann. These people are mainly farmers and milkman and some produce salts in the swamps. But their culture, traditional dress and lifestyle are worth praising.
Keep time for birds and animals watching.
Take a moonlight Rann camel safari - it is magical. You can also avail Jeep safari and Horse-back safaris to see the beauty of Rann.
North West Safaries:
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A carnival of colours, music and dance – the Rann Utsav – bedecks this arid land of Kutch at its best. The full moon night of December marks the festival and the celebrations are carried over to January.
During the festival time, the Tourism Corporation of Gujarat Ltd., (TCGL) organizes various activities for the tourists such as Rann Safari, Kutch Carnival, cultural programmes, optional tours, visit to a Kutchi village and adventure sports. The multihued fairs arranged by the banks of the lake or at the beach are another attraction of the festival.
Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport at Ahmedabad (130 km) is well connected with Mumbai, Delhi and other mejor airports of the country.RAIL
Ballarpur railway station, about 197 Km from Bhamragarh and Ahmedabad about 130 Kms.ROAD
Kutch is well connected by bus services. It is 130 km from Ahmedabad, 45 km from Viramgam, 175 km from Rajkot and 265 km from Bhuj, accessible from all of these by ST buses.
Modhera 45 Km, Mehsana 68 km and Patan 71 km.