Great Rann of Kutch- The Mirage, the Miracle!

by Mridula on February 6, 2014

in Canon D550,Gujarat,India,Photography,Sunset

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.

Rann

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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{ 37 comments… read them below or add one }

KK February 12, 2014 at 11:23 am

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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Rohan A Singh February 9, 2014 at 11:51 pm

Hi Mridula ! This is an awesome post. But i have a question.. Which town were you based out of while visiting ‘The Rann’ ?

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Mridula February 10, 2014 at 12:56 pm

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.

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Niranjan February 8, 2014 at 12:28 pm

Gorgeous captures of the lovely Rann! The landscapes are breathtakingly beautiful!

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Mridula February 9, 2014 at 6:24 pm

It is a unique place! Thanks Niranjan.

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Beloo Mehra February 7, 2014 at 7:13 pm

Beautiful pictures! I can go back to this place any day.

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Mridula February 9, 2014 at 6:24 pm

Same here Beloo.

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sindhoooo February 7, 2014 at 6:21 pm

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!

Regards,
Sindhu
Tantu
The Arts & Me

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Mridula February 9, 2014 at 6:25 pm

Thank you for such a wonderful comment Sindhu.

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rupam { xhobdo } February 7, 2014 at 5:22 pm

Beautiful post and great photos

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Mridula February 9, 2014 at 6:26 pm

Thank you Rupam.

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Rahul Dhar February 7, 2014 at 3:19 pm

Infinite Beauty, Very Well Captured !

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Mridula February 9, 2014 at 6:28 pm

Thank you Rahul.

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sangeeta February 7, 2014 at 2:27 pm

Such beauty…breathtaking! Pleasure seeing GRK thru your eyes..

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Mridula February 9, 2014 at 6:28 pm

Thank you Sangeeta.

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r.ramakrishnan February 7, 2014 at 2:07 pm

The pictures are surreal – simply out of this world.

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Mridula February 9, 2014 at 6:28 pm

Hope you are having a great time too.

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Krishna February 7, 2014 at 10:50 am

After reading your post, i felt like i was in Rann of Kutch for a moment. Great Post. Thanks Mridula.

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Mridula February 9, 2014 at 6:29 pm

Thank you for stopping by Krishna.

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Seeta February 7, 2014 at 10:24 am

Just one phrase comes to mind on seeing this… the road less traveled…. :)

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Mridula February 9, 2014 at 6:29 pm

Yes Seeta and it is lovely too.

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PRADIP KUMAR BISWAS February 7, 2014 at 10:22 am

Very lively and lovely narration along with supportive nice photos.

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Mridula February 9, 2014 at 6:30 pm

Thank you Pradip.

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Anuradha Shankar February 7, 2014 at 9:58 am

Beautiful photos, Mridula!

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Mridula February 9, 2014 at 6:31 pm

Thank you Anu.

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Sogy February 7, 2014 at 12:29 am

Absolutely stunning! love the last shot

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Mridula February 9, 2014 at 6:32 pm

Thank you.

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Deepa February 6, 2014 at 11:07 pm

Beautiful :) Now I must say after reading and viewing this post , I have to visit Rann of Kutch asap :)

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Mridula February 9, 2014 at 6:37 pm

I hope you get there soon Deepa.

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Rajesh February 6, 2014 at 10:31 pm

Awesome place, now after going through your blog, I am gonna add this in my bucket list

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Mridula February 9, 2014 at 6:38 pm

Rajesh I think you will like it.

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Preethi Venugopal February 6, 2014 at 9:40 pm

Wow..Mridula….. I am wordless…
Captivated…

Loved the M…I thought you drew it first…Anyways…:)

Thanks for sharing these wonderful images…loved them.

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Mridula February 9, 2014 at 6:38 pm

Thank you Preethi. :D

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Aravind February 6, 2014 at 9:40 pm

Beautiful snaps!! Amazing place

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Mridula February 9, 2014 at 6:39 pm

Thank you Aravind.

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Lady Fi February 6, 2014 at 8:59 pm

Wow – how gorgeous!

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Mridula February 9, 2014 at 6:39 pm

Thank you Lady Fi.

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