The White Rann of Kutch is spread over an area of 7,500 sq. km. But, the Rann Utsav confines people to one entry point. It leads to long lines for permits, time sinking traffic jams and finally a white paradise swarmed with tourists like flies on a corpse. Kids running around, people shouting on top of their voices, throwing trash wherever they want, selfies, video calls and many other irresponsible actions that you can’t imagine. Trouble in paradise!
What’s in your wallet?
Rann Utsav time is the peak tourist season. Rates reach unthinkable levels. Tents sell out for ₹15,000 per night. Barebones hotels near the Rann start at ₹5,000 per night. And, even hotels in Bhuj bump their prices. Taxis charge almost 1.5 times the usual cost. Therefore, a budget destination turns into an expensive affair.
Unavailability of basic necessities
Prior to the marketing of the White Rann and commencement of Rann Utsav, only intrepid travellers made their way to Kutch. Nowadays, everyone and their dogs come around. Bhuj and the Rann area lacks the basic necessities to suffice this heavy inflow of tourists. I have seen tourists sleeping in their cars due to a lack of rooms. It is also hard to find taxis to take you the Rann and other places in Kutch. Thus, it could become very difficult to find accommodation and transportation despite your willingness to pay the price.
The White Rann of Kutch garnered the world’s attention thanks to the efforts of Gujarat Tourism. Well, we locals had lost our personal piece of paradise and we had to do something. We went ahead and discovered a couple of other hidden white gems. Where are these other white salt pans? That I can’t tell you or I will be charged with treason by my own people.
What is the best time to visit the White Rann of Kutch