The Little Rann of Kutch covers over 5000 sq. km near the Great Rann of Kutch Desert. The place is near to Ahmadabad, one of the largest cities in the state Gujarat, India. The place has wild ass sanctuary which is probably the biggest wild ass sanctuary in India. One of the travel spots in Gujarat, the little Rann of Kutch can be explored in one day.
Luxury resorts are there in and around little Rann of Kutch where you can stay overnight. The rooms of the resorts are designed like mud-huts, locally known as Bhunga. Also there are tents where you can rejuvenate with your friends and family. Wild Ass Sanctuary is the biggest sanctuary for wild asses in India. It is the only place where asses can walk around freely. The sanctuary also has Chinkara, Jackals, desert foxes, nilgais, Indian wolves and more than 75,000 bird nests.
Salt production is another attraction to the visitors. You will find immense numbers of salt makers near the Rann of Kutch. As it is a salt desert the inhabitants take the opportunity to produce pure salts from that wide land. Banjara and Rabari are the two famous tribes in little Rann of Kutch. It is a pleasure to watch their art, colourful dress and jewellery.
Historically, Little Rann of Kutch used to be an arm of the Arabian Sea. With the geological forces playing their part, the land got separated from the Sea. Today it stands as a huge featureless plain that has a layer of salt on its upper surface. During the monsoons, the salt gets inundated with water. For decades, it has served as a safari for tourists as they travel over an ancient sea bead which is a higher ground and is covered with scrub and grass all over. The wildlife that is available around the area including Gudkhur is among those which is not found anywhere. Tourists can also spot elegant blackbuck, nilfai, and chinkara running at different places in the desert. The Little Rann of Kutch is a desert area near the Great Rann of Kutch. The wide salt desert is definitely a treat to watch.
Where is it located?
Little Rann of Kutch is 90 km away from Ahmedabad city and Ahmedabad airport is the nearest one (190km) among all. The nearest railway station is Dhrangadhra i.e. about 45 kms aways from the spot.
Ideal Visiting Time
The best time to visit the place during winter. December to March is the perfect time to explore the place. Also you will get Rann utsav during this time.