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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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 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.
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!
As I was coming back (with Anuradha) from a trip to China Town at Kuala Lumpur, this was the site that greeted us at the train station. We can see Petronas Towers from Seri Pacific Hotel. So we ran to the concierge and asked if there was a place within the hotel from where we could click a few pictures. He talked to someone on the phone and then told us that we could go to the 30th floor lobby and spend a few minutes clicking. I ran with my tripod (OK I actually took a lift). But I was not too happy with the wide angle pictures.
And try as I might I could not get the 70-300 to work with tripod. I was also hassled as the concierge told us to spend only a few minutes. But I have to say the staff at the private lobby was excellent. They catered to our every whim, can we click from here? Can you please put out the light?
In the end I decided to us the 70-300mm hand held. Usually the result under such light conditions is disaster. But I like it this time, so what if the image is grainy. At 6400 ISO it had to be grainy.
Note to self: Figure out your tripod and figure out how such shots work best. It is not every day that I will get such an opportunity.
I started my India travel blog, Travel Tales from India in 2005. In 2016 I realized Travel Tales from India and Abroad better reflected my writings. I love to walk and ride in metros around the world. I have not been everywhere, I am not even close, but it is on my list. I also quit my job as a professor in 2015, it was a happening year! I did a Ph.D. from IIT Kanpur ages ago!
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