2019 is here and so are our New Year resolutions. For travel freaks like you and me, many new places must have been added on your to-do list this year too. If the list includes Great Rann of Kutch, let me assure you, you're on the right blog. This blog is going to be all about the beauty that Rann offers and my experience with some real information, hard to find anywhere on the internet.
Rann was never on my bucket list until I came across a random picture of Great Rann on Instagram. I was home that time for Diwali and had my exams starting in next two weeks. That picture left me awestruck and I knew at the back of my mind that this is going to be the destination for my next trip. I read and researched a lot about the place but could not find much on the internet. There were though some really good and informative blogs but my questions like.. "Would it be safe a solo girl traveler?" "What should be the budget?" "What could be the perfect itinerary?" etc etc. were still unanswered. I had almost dropped the idea of going to Rann but I still could not get over that picture. I got busy with my exams and only after my last exam I realized that I would be committing a sin if I let go off the opportunity of visiting this place.
REACHING DELHI AND BOARDING TRAIN
My exams got over on 21st, I booked a tatkal ticket (INR 655- sleeper class) on 22nd and there I was in the train sitting amidst strangers-turned-family talking about life, love and how technology ruined our lives. I live in Chandigarh and my train (Be Bhuj Express) was from Delhi. So I left early on 23rd for Delhi, reached at around 10:30 am at the Old Delhi Railway Station.
I patiently waited for my train to arrive only to realize a little later that it got delayed by an hour. I rested for a while at the waiting room. The train finally arrived at 12:50 pm. The journey was fun and a memorable one. An aunty (an old lady somewhat in her late 60s) who sat next to me made sure I feel comfortable. From offering her home cooked methi paranthas to narrating her cruel yet entertaining life experiences, she rocked the show. I could not sleep the whole night because it was extremely chilling. It was rather a big mistake for not booking an AC class. But it was cool for me since I was on a budget trip. We reached Gandhidham at around 8:30am and bid adieu to all my co-passengers. The train got empty after that.