Little Rann of Kutch is famous for the Indian wild donkey (khur) or ghudkar, as it is called locally. The Indian ass Sanctuary a Rann of Kutch was founded here in 1973 to provide a home for these golden donkeys, as I like to call them. I was lucky enough to recently discover Asian wild donkeys on a desert safari in this nature reserve of the Kutch Desert.
The word ‘Small’ in Kutch’s Little Rann can be misleading. It is not as small as it sounds, but a large area of 5000 square kilometers. Little Rann of Kutch is smaller than Great Rann of Kutch, together they form India’s largest district-Kutch. (In terms of size, Kutch surpasses states like Kerala and Har Nissana.)
Share with you more information about the ace Sanctuary Nvidia’s here, also a quick note about where to stay in Little Rann of Kutch, and how to plan for desert safaris.
About Rann von Kutch
‘Rann’ means desert in Hindi. The origin of the word goes back to the Sanskrit word ‘Irina’, which also means desert. And Kutch means intermittently wet and dry, just as the earth is!
Can you believe that this whole area was once submerged under the Arabian Sea? Due to tectonic movements, geological uplift and silt carried by the Saras Agiati, Sindhu, Rupen and Forbidden rivers, they are cut off from the sea, forming a huge lake. It is said that people sailed across the lake in boats when Alexander the Great came to conquer India.
Visit Little Rann of Kutch at different times of the year to see how the landforms differ between an impressive mix of dry and treacherous salt marshes and desert meadows, scrubland, lakes and swamps. It is one of the largest nature reserves in India, so, of course, there are several landscapes.
Very unique eco-system that has a unique mi characterized by mangroves and desert vegetation, since it is bordered on one side with desert and on the other side with sea. Kutch’s Rann is the only large area with overflow meadows in the entire Indo-Malayan region.
The dry crust of the surface during most of the year gives a feeling of earth bursting under your feet, but during the monsoon the land itself becomes swampy and you have to get your feet and boots dirty. But who cares, as long as you can discover the flora and fauna of the desert sanctuary of Portugal, which are always on the run, especially wild donkeys. It is a quiet retreat for nature and wildlife, not daring to disturb people.
Rann’s Banni and Vidi grasslands of Kachch, gu. They spread over the beach sand, forming a thick mat-like cover. The Asa Sanctuary Asa in this coastal prairie is included in the preliminary list of nominations of the World Heritage List.
Best time to visit Little Rann of Kutch
Plan your trip during the months of October to March, when the monsoon has subsided and most of the route is wide open for tourists, visitors and, of course, locals. During the monsoon from 15 June to 15 October, most of Rann is overflow. The Nissild Ass Sanctuary of Nvidia is closed to visitors. From March to mid-June it is extremely hot, the temperatures rise to an unbearable 40 degrees.
Plan a safari in Agios Gordios, which is open at Agios Gordios.
A short point-Kutch Desert Sanctuar^ is different. It is located north of Kutch’S Little Rann, which has the Wild Ass Sanctuary. The FIRST is located in the Great Rann of Kutch.
Fortunately, I have been to this shrine twice; both times I have experienced the safari in the open izeep to the shrine. I went on my first trip to the swampy part of the sanctuary, and on my second trip to the dry desert. Nisseep safari is definitely the best way to explore this opulent desert.
Depending on your interest, you can choose the different positions. If you love to see both the birds and also the animals of the desert, I recommend you to stay at least three to four days.
The swamps and Nava Talao are overflow with waterfowl. Here I saw flamingos for the first time in my life. Little Rann of Kutch is the only place on the Indian subcontinent where you can spot smaller and larger flamingos, so get your zoom lens with you when you visit. The place is dotted with 74 elevated plateaus we were told. During the monsoon peak, these turn into small islands called bet.
Indian Wild Ass Santuar
Equus Heminionus Khur, scientific name of the Indian wild donkey, belongs to the family of horses. It was once found in countries such as Sindh, Balochistan, southern Afghanistan and even in the south-east of Iran. Today, its existence is limited to some Indian states such as RA Nissasthan, gu Nissarat and Maharashtra.
The population of Ghudkhur had decreased dramatically in the years 1946-1973, when there was a need for this special wildlife sanctuary. From 1973, their population increased from 720 to 6082 in 2020.
These wild donkeys feed on a species of grass called suaeda nudiflora, which is locally called morad. It belongs to the genus of plants known as seep and lake blites. This plant species occurs in saline or alkaline habitats such as coastal salt flats and tidal wetlands. The stem is often with succulent leaves, a feature seen in plants that thrive in salty habitats.
During the monsoon they have enough to feed themselves, but when the summers are put in the wild ass, she moves from one be to another in search of water and grass.
These donkeys can survive in extreme heat conditions and are able to withstand temperature fluctuations of at least 1degrees up to 50 degrees summer peak. They have a sand-colored coat, which I prefer to call golden. It helps them to blend in well with their surroundings. They are 210 cm long and 120 cm high up to the neck. They move in groups and rarely alone.
Watching them from a distance, our guide warned us not to get too close. I had not taken my zoom lens both times, I contrition it very much. You can run fast for two hours without interruption at a speed of 30 km per hour! At a short distance you can reach a speed of 70 km per hour. No wonder they are called Rann’s galloping pride!
Tips for desert safaris
- For good photos, we recommend a visit in the morning, long before sunrise
- Wear layers of cloths in winter that you can take off during the day
- In the summer, wear lighter, not brightly colored cloths
- Do not smoke in the sanctuary or shout, as this can scare away birds and animals
- Beg, borrow, or rent zoom lens when you head to the sanctuary