|Road journey from Ahmedabad to Kutch|
|Safari at the Little Rann|
|Beautiful horizon at the sun-set on the White desert|
|Playful wild ass|
We took an afternoon jeep safari to the Little Rann to witness some local and migratory waterbirds like cranes, ducks, pelicans, flamingos and land birds like sandgrouse, francolins and the Indian bustards. The star of the safari is ofcourse, the wild ass and the salt pans placed exactly at the middle of the dry land.
|Traditional Bungas where we stayed at Hodka|
That day, we decided to experience the sun-set at the white desert, finally I was about to witness one of my most-desired places in the world. And there we were after driving for roughly half an hour, right on time when the sun was just ready to set on the beautiful, shinning salt crystals. The landscape looked mesmerizing, with cold breeze and witnessing just pure white right till the horizon.
|Sun-setting on the white desert|
Next day was the last day of 2014, we planned to go around the place and especially the Indo-Pak border. First we went to the much talked about kala-dungar (although nothing was black), it is famous for the panoramic view of the entire white desert and the Indo-Pak border. After spending few minutes and a short camel ride, we headed towards the India Bridge which is the last point for Indian civilians, beyond that is an army controlled area. With high hopes and no permission to go upto the main border which is around 3 hours from the check-point we requested the authority to grant the permission. After much discussion and request, finally we made it…! We had to deposit our cameras and phones at the check-point, hence no photos. The entire road journey from the check-point to the border is just mind-blowing, with almost no humans in-sight, just the nilgai, wild ass, spotted-deer freely running across the vast white & brown dried desert along-side the rocky road. Although inching towards the border, yet we could feel the free air and freedom from the hustling-bustling city life. It was serene and peaceful!
|White desert in the night|
To unwind the memorable year 2014 and to create some beautiful memories for the year 2015, we ditched the usual city parties & city life.. and chose to live close to nature n our culture….! Starting our journey from Ahmedabad to Little Rann to White Rann n back to Ahmedabad…. we chose to breathe-in some fresh air and observe the small-village life by embarking on a road trip..I must say, even though being a Gujarati / Kutchchi, I never cud see this beautiful side of Gujarat – lush green farms, varied beautiful bird-life, amazing wildlife, the village-dwellers so connected to their roots n traditions and the breathtaking White Rann…. Loved every bit of this trip….The temperature as low as 5 degrees, yet the cold breeze cudnt win against the traditional bhungas, where we chose to stay… we cud witness the lush green as well as the dry, very dry desert along side our travel path, icing on the cake was being able to reach the much-secured BSF area and the Indo-Pak border..the scenic beauty is just worth it…..! Eating simple, Living simple…best new year eve ever of our life…! Truely ‘the journey was as beautiful as the destination’!