Rann of Kutch, The Largest Salt Desert in the World

The Great Rann of Kutch is a large area of salt marshes located in the Kutch District of Gujarat, India, and the Sindh province of Pakistan. It is divided into two main parts: the Great Rann of Kutch in India and the smaller Rann of Kutch in Pakistan. The Rann of Kutch is an ephemeral salt marsh that forms the outermost part of the Thar Desert in the Kutch District of Gujarat, India. It is a seasonally marshy region and is submerged underwater during the monsoon season. The marsh can be accessed from the village of Kharaghoda in the Surendranagar District.

The Great Rann of Kutch is about 7,505.22 square miles in size and is the largest salt desert in the world. It is also home to a variety of wildlife, including the Indian wild ass, which is native to the region.

Trivia: The Hindi word is derived from Sanskrit/Vedic word iriṇa (इरिण) attested in the Rigveda and Mahabharata. It is an extension of the Thar Desert.  The area was a vast shallow of the Arabian Sea until continuing geological uplift closed off the connection with the sea, creating a vast lake that was still navigable during the time of Alexander the Great.

Here are a few visuals from our visit to The Great Rann


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