Places having mountains, valleys, beaches, culture and heritage, excavations, glaciers etc. get famous throughout the world. Apart from these places having tourists round the year, there is a place away from water and greenery and yet cocooned in its own beauty. Yes, it is the desert. Along with varied wildlife, beautiful beaches, mountains and shrine Gujarat is also blessed with the rare beauty of the deserts.

Little Rann of Kutch is situated about 93 kms from Ahmedabad. It lies in Gujarat along Pakistan border. The demography of the Little Rann of Kutch comprises of saline desert plains, grassland, scrubs, lakes and marshes. It is a geographically unique landscape that was once an arm of the Arabian Sea. As the land separated from the sea by geological forces, it became a vast, featureless plain encrusted with salt that is inundated with water during the rains. The land with beautiful sand carpet offers wildlife viewing opportunities, colorful villages, safaris and lakes. It is a unique place on earth with an unending possibility of exploration. It provides varied sites that become a part of an unforgettable experience.

HOME TO THE ENDANGERED

Little Rann of Kutch harbors the last population of Asiatic Wild Ass. The sanctuary was established in 1972 and is known for its herds of the wild ass (Gudkhar). The brown creatures are not found anywhere else in India. Around 3000 wild ass live in this region and most of the time they are spotted in herds, especially during the breeding season. Apart from wild ass, the sanctuary is also a home to 32 animal species. The elegant blackbuck, nilgai, graceful chinkara, jungle cat, fox, wolf and many more species of animals can be spotted in the safari.

The place become a paradise for bird watchers during winters. Houbara bustard, sandgrouse, desert chat, desert wheatear, nine species of larks, quails, gray francolin etc are seen in the saline desert wilderness. One can also have the pleasure of watching Eagles, vultures, harriers and falcons hunt their prey. Thought a desert, there are small lakes surrounding the region like Nawa Talao and Vanod Saran. Flocks of water birds are found in this region like Flamingoes, pelicans, cranes, storks, ducks etc.

The Sanctuary has three main access points: Dhrangadhra, Range Bajana, and Range Aadeshwar. If you are planning to visit it during winter, Range Bajana is the best place as you can get closest to the migratory bird from this point. Whereas, Dhangadhra being a bigger town will provide easy transportation and accommodation facilities.

Exploring nearby villages is a good option apart from the sanctuary as the place is a home to tribal groups. The traditionally built houses, paintings and dresses fill color to the beautiful picture of the desert. The Rabari and Jath women embark various tattoos; wear large beaded necklaces, ornamental jewellery made from lead, white metal, iron and silver.

Zinjuwada, bang on the edge of the Rann, has an old, 11th century fort built during the Solanki era and houses one of the area’s largest salt works. On your way to or from the Rann, you can visit the glorious Sun Temple at Modhera and enjoy the delicately carved stone walls. There are some other national parks in the region including the Marine National Park and Nal Sarovar Park, which are rich in flora and fauna and are really worth a visit.

ACCOMODATION 

You will get many government guest houses. At few places you can also opt for the traditionally build huts and have a feel of the culture of the tribals.

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