Great Rann of Kutch- The Mirage, the Miracle!

By Mridula Dwivedi February 6, 2014 38 Comments , , ,

When I set my eyes at the Great Rann of Kutch for the first time it felt like a mirage, shimmering and floating out there. I hardly have words to describe it, so I am just doing a photo feature.

Great Rann of Kutch
First Glimpse

There was a 2 km long walking path that led to the heart of the Great Rann of Kutch. Vehicles (except a few with special permissions) are not allowed. Mr. Siddique (the taxi owner and driver) suggested I should hire the battery operated vehicles as it was a long walk. I assured him I could walk and that I would enjoy walking.

Rann of Kutch
Fast Asleep

While walking I found this kind soul fast asleep with his book on his face as a protection from the sun. Now that is how vacations should be enjoyed! He was so lost to the world that he didn’t even stir when I pointed my camera at him!

Great Rann of Kutch
If You Don’t Want to Walk!

Other than walking or hiring a battery operated vehicle, another way to cover the distance was to sit on the camel cart! I preferred to walked both ways though.

While I approached the end of the road music came floating on the air. I do not have any musical sense but combined with the landscape even to me it felt surreal. I stopped and decided to capture the sound before I walked near it. Of course, I made another video of the musicians when I reached the end of platform.

Someone Else Did It!

It was allowed to step down and walk on the white miracle! Even though it is the first letter of my name I did not draw it, I just clicked it.

Susnet at the Great Rann of Kutch
Susnet at the Great Rann of Kutch

And then the sun started its downward march and what already felt like a mirage became a miracle. It has to be experienced at least once to truly appreciate it!

A Beautiful Sunset!
A Beautiful Sunset!

There were a lot of people around but the place is so huge that it could probably contain double the numbers without any difficulty. It felt serene even in the middle of the crowd.

Dusk Great Rann of Kutch
And then came the Dusk!

Dusk was equally beautiful or maybe it was even more beautiful than the sunset. I thought of walking back before it became totally dark. But a local couple told me that the place would remain populated and I should not miss the moon rise.

Moon Rise at the Great Rann of Kutch
Moon Rise at the Great Rann of Kutch

Even though my photography skills make it look like the sunset, it was actually the beautiful moon rise! The arch of light you see in the picture is from the headlight of a jeep. It was finally long after moon rise I walked back to my waiting taxi totally spellbound!

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38 thoughts on “Great Rann of Kutch- The Mirage, the Miracle!”

  1. Enjoyed a lot reading your thoughts, watching all the wonderful photographs and the videos! The folk music record from the far is just outstanding one! Totally love this touching post! I don’t know how to explain… But, felt as if I am taken to the Great Runn of Kutch by a very kind person who knows to calm the storms within!

    Your posts act like a tonic to get in to peace! No exaggeration!

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    1. I was based at Gorevali for the Great Rann of Kutch. I stayed two nights at Devpur, one at Mandvi, one at Gorevali and the last one near Bhuj at a place called Khamir.

  2. Beautiful pictures …How long was the walk … and what was the Temperature … did you wear any special shoes or runners is OK … did you take any energy drinks, glucose, etc with you

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I am Mridula Dwivedi and I started blogging on 'Travel Tales from India' in June 2005. I renamed it Travel Tales from India & Abroad in 2016. Within a few months of the launch my travel blog found a mention on both the BBC and The Guardian. I also featured in a National Geographic Skoda Yeti Video. I was recently featured on

I quit my job as a professor in May 2015. I am having a blast ever since. I do not miss my work but sometime I do miss my salary! Somewhere along the journey I ended up acquiring a Ph.D. from IIT Kanpur! I now wonder why?

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