Great Rann of Kutch
Kachchh or Kutch is the wild and determined Gujarat. Kachchh literally means something which is intermittently wet and dry. Edged by the Gulf of Kachchh, Great Rann and Little Rann, this marshy island is the wild west of India. The tribal villages dotted on the edges of Kachchh produce glittering textiles with intricate embroidery and shining mirror-work and are some of the most beautiful examples of Indian textiles and handicrafts. But the most interesting part of this district of Gujarat is the Great Rann of Kutch. A blinding-white expanse of salt in winters and a swampy, muddy land in summers, this natural wonder is a must visit destination with family. Then there is also the Rann Utsav, a four-month bonanza, organised by the Gujarat government, which is the best way to explore and enjoy the salt desert. A profusion of colours, a cornucopia of music and dance and stupendous design is what you can expect at the utsav.What else to see: There are so many things around the Great Rann of Kutch that provide an excellent way to discover the life of people around here. You can visit the various tribal villages and nomadic establishments on the outskirts of Rann. You can also visit Bhuj and Mandvi while here.How to reach: The nearest airport and railway station is Bhuj, around 80km or a 2-hour drive away. Ahmedabad is 400km and regular private and public buses run between Bhuj and Ahmedabad.Timings: The Rann can be visited all year round but it's only during winters that you see the wonders of the salt desert.Entrance fee: There is no particular fees to visit the Rann, however there are numerous camps around the desert where you can stay and enjoy the Rann at a relaxed and leisurely pace.
Also known as the Great Indian Desert, it is one of the largest deserts in the whole world and the largest in India of course. A part of the desert is in India and a part is still in Pakistan. The desert is surrounded by the Aravalli Hills on one side, the Indus River Valley on one side, Punjab on the other side and the Sindh surrounding the rest. The desert is mainly characterized by high and low sand dunes that make a beautiful view, caravans, saline lakes, cactus of various kinds. Gum Arabic Acacia, Euphorbia and Khajri are famous trees here. The wildlife apart from the camels, includes black buck, chinkara, francolin, quail, Great Bustard, ducks and geese.
Sam Sand Dunes
This is an area a little out of the main city of Jaisalmer and is one of the most beautiful attractions of the city. The sand dunes are a visual treat and camping is what attracts most of the tourists till this place. This is a unique experience as you have a tent right on the sand and the whole night gets more colorful with the traditional music and dance programs. There are a number of camel tour agencies which try to force you to pay more. You should be able to tackle them skillfully. A trip to Rajasthan cannot be completed if you miss this.