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The Great Rann of Kutch in Gujarat is one of the largest salt deserts in the world. An extent of the Thar Desert, Kutch is inhabited by the Kutchi people who have been living in the region for centuries. It is one of the hottest regions in India, with the temperature soaring to 49.5 °C in summer. However, the winter season is cool and ideal for tourism.

Following is a travel guide to Kutch that you can use to schedule your visit to this unconventionally attractive place.

 

  • Rann Utsav

The Gujarat government hosts Rann Utsav every year during the winter season. The four-month-long festival begins in the last week of October and ends in February. The colourful festival provides a unique opportunity for visitors to explore the Rann of Kutch and its vivid cultural diversity. 

The festival is a grand carnival of music and folk dances against the shimmering Kutch landscape. Moreover, you can interact with the local artisans and watch them at work. Additionally, you can go camping in the desert with comfortable staying arrangements in tents.

 

  • Wildlife Attraction & Birdwatching

A trip to Rann of Kutch can be an excellent opportunity to explore the ecologically rich wildlife conservation areas in the region. Winter is the best time to visit Indian Wild Ass Sanctuary, Kutch Desert Wildlife Sanctuary, Kutch Bustard Sanctuary, and many more protected areas in the Kutch region. 

These sanctuaries are home to some exotic animals like chinkara. Birdwatchers can spot more than 300 bird species in Kutch, including the extremely rare lesser flamingo. 

 

  • Village Safari

A tour of nearby villages can help you learn about the local culture and appreciate the hardships Kutch villagers face all around the year. Moreover, shop for souvenirs, unique handicraft items, and local tribal clothing while touring these villages. 

 

  • Local Delicacies

The cuisines of Kutch are a little different from the rest of Gujarat. While the prevalence of vegetarian and seafood cuisine is expected, the local delicacies are a little savoury in taste. Also, you would be surprised at the variety of sweets on offer. 

The winter season can be the best to explore the numerous gastronomical delights, such as Kadai roti, Kutchi Dabeli, and many more. Of course, you need to end your meal with a sweet pan (betel leaf).

 

  • Full Moon Nights

Kutch’s full moon nights can be a surreal experience making it one of the best places to visit in Gujarat in winter. When moonlight dances on the white saline land under the star-studded winter sky, the stage can be set for proclaiming your love to that special someone. 

Despite being a desert region, Kutch can offer an unparalleled tourist experience to the inquisitive traveller. Just put on your travel shoes and explore this gem of Gujarat. You’ll not be disappointed.

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