Day 6: Next morning was quite an adventure. We drove over the desert till the car was permitted. I camel safari-ed over the white Rann and halfway walked to absorb the absolute serenity. With Karachi in 150 kms span, the tales of love across the salt desert resonated in mind and spirit. With so many myths and fables, this was an experience too true to truth. The white sand, the never ending horizon, the purity and calmness around, the fragrance of our land- this was an enigmatic concoction. By afternoon, we started retreating for Delhi. We stopped over at Hotel Lajwanti, Palanpur for the night halt (Hotel not at all recommended). Next day we crossed over non stop to reach Ajmer where we stayed again at Hotel Chitvan. We reached the hotel by evening and took it easy from there. Next morning, post breakfast, we again got non-stop on our way to reach Delhi by evening.
- Route Taken: Delhi- Jaipur Bypass- Ajmer- Beawar- Udaipur Bypass- Abu Road- Little Runn- Bhuj- Greater Rann- Palanpur- Udaipur- Ajmer- Delhi.
- Total kms driven: 3200.
- Carry enough woollens. The Rann of Kutch gets very cold at night and is windy during the day.
- Spend a full day at The Rann of Kutch to catch its various looks & moods during morning, afternoon, evening and night.
- The Rann provides ample opportunities for photography. It's a photographer's delight.
- If you are on a road trip, be tight on targets. Divide the journey into days and kms and adhere to it.
- Enjoy the food and delicacies of Gujarat on the way. Do not miss the Dabeli, snack food of Gujarat. It is available at all road side hawkers and tastes best from them.
- Enjoy ample chai/tea on the way.
- There won't be any food problem on the entire route as it's well connected and well maintained.
- Do not carry alcohol to Gujarat. It's banned and there is ample checking on the way.
- Gujarat is a beautiful, well organised state. You can look at all it's splendour on the way and how it is technically well groomed.
- The Great Rann of Kutch can be done via train and a plane ride too. Nearest train station & Airport is at Bhuj.
- The Great Rann of Kutch festival is from 15th Dec- 15th Feb every year. It attracts local as well as foreign tourists.
- The Tropic of Cancer passes through Kutch between Kalol and Mahesana on the Ahemdabad Palanpur Road.
- Places to visit in Kutch: Kalo Dungar village, Bhuj, Great Rann, Little Rann, Wild Ass Sanctuary, The Great Indian Bustard Sanctuary, small villages on the way for textile and handicraft.
This blog was originally published on Let's Expresso by Tanya Sachdev.