The White Desert or Great Rann is a pristine white expanse of salt. So white, it can get blinding if you look at its horizon! Visitors have to obtain a permit from the police checkpost at Bhirandiyara village to travel to any of the northern parts of Kutch including the Rann.
The Rann be "seen" from various places within Kutch.
1) Ahead of Dhordo village:
A short distance after the Border Security checkpost, you have to park & can either walk 10 minutes or take a fun camel cart ride (Rupees 60 per person for a two-way ride). Its the only place where one can actually walk around & watch a magnificient sunset without worrying about the following darkness. Apparently, there are many quicksand-like areas on this land so its advisable to not venture too faraway.
The Rann Utsav organised by the tourism department of Gujarat is set up on the land before the security checkpost. The organisers have left a mess behind, which looked terrible especially since we visited 2 weeks after the festival got over.
The following 2 locations are only for viewing.
2) From atop Kalo Dungar (Black Hills):
Well, if you cant spot Jackals which are terrified of all the noise created by tourists, walk down to the Rann viewing point closeby. This offers the best 180 degrees view of the White Desert, with Dholvira on the right & Dhordo on the left.
3) On the way to Dholavira:
The Kotada (fort) of Dholavira is situated on an island. A road connects the island to the mainland. On either side of this semi-fenced road, is the spectacular view of the Salt land.
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