This destination had been on my radar since almost 4 years. I had always visualized myself lying down on that endless white carpet of salt – under the blanket of silver stars and moon, making the entire place sparkle with magic. The wish came true when I visited the Great Rann of Kutch early this year. We visited the place on a full moon night – when the silver light was at it’s peak. And while there’s the more popular entrance to Great Rann of Kutch, we went to the lesser explored part of the expanse (of course you have to tread carefully as it’s full of quicksand that can sink your feet up to the knees).
We (me and friends from this group called Mumbai Travelers) were the only group present in that patch of the white salt desert. We lay down, facing the sky, enjoying the cold breeze on our bodies as the silver sheen of the powerful moon illuminated the salt crystals around us. We lay in peace – thinking this is how being on the moon would look like (if not feel like). Apart from the Rann, we explored many a known villages to understand the intricate arts of this region. The more harsh the land, the more vibrant and colorful was their art. Whether it was laakh art made out of a rubbery substance found in the trees, or narona art made out of paints from Castor oil, it was purely magical and amazing to see them create various artistic pieces.
And last but not the least, the stay at the amazing eco-friendly Shaam-e-Sarhad resort was nothing less than pure bliss. The people and the food in the region of Kutch will never fail to delight you. The food is not to be confused with Gujarati food. This is spicy and different! People here have learnt to embrace calamities and hostilities and they ensure the hostility never affects their hosts.
For everyone in India and even those planning to visit India – you must most certainly visit the moon and back – through the Great Rann of Kutch. And whilst you do, don’t forget to visit the pristine beach at Mandvi and the royal Vijay Vilas palace among other places well. Click below for more pictures and further details of this magical experience.
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