Spreads over 5,000 sq kms, Little Rann of Kutch is also known as 'Survey Number Zero' because no land survey has been conducted here since the end of British rule in India. With its unique geography of a vast desolate landscape, this entire vast barren land is suitable for nothing but salt mashing.This is the land of #Agariya community, who has lived here for centuries, knowing only one means of livelihood-- salt production.And given the fact that 76% of the total produce in the entire India comes from here, it is very likely that the salt you're eating in your home everyday has been produced by one of these people, belonging the lovely Agariya community.Wonder how much they earn for this? 6 thousand Rupees a month or 72 thousand an year, yet when you visit their home, they never let you return without a cup of tea (which ofcourse comes without milk) and a sweet guided tour to their salt farm!
The endangered Indian Wild Ass calls this sanctuary its home—the only place on earth it’s found. Other than that, the area has blackbucks, hyenas, wolves, insects, frogs, and crocodiles. For bird watchers, it will be a delightful experience since 75,000 birds nest here. From the European Blue-tailed bee-eater to the Egyptian ceraneous vulture, the variety of migratory birds is astounding. Then there are ibis, spoonbills, shanks, shrikes, and bulbuls.The Details: The nearest airports are Ahmedabad, Rajkot, and Bhuj, while the nearest railway station is Dhrangadhra. You can also drive down from Ahmedabad to Dhrandgadhra (two hours) and stay at wildlife photographer Devjibhai Dhamecha’s homestay. Entry fee for Indians on weekdays is Rs 250 and on weekends is Rs 310; additional Rs 100 for camera.