Crisscrossing Rann of Kutch and Rajasthan - Dholavira - Frozen In Time

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The Rann of Kutch also known as white desert at Dholavira
The Rann of Kutch also known as the white desert at Dholavira

Crisscrossing Rann of Kutch and Rajasthan- Dholavira - Frozen in Time


A slice of Rural Gujrat               


  We had spent last night at Rann Resorts in Dholavira, which was a luxury resort. We wanted to experience the life of a village in Gujarat. We had booked a night's accommodation at Rajal Homestay. This Small homestay was run by Murar Bhai. 

                         By the time, we had finished the tour of The Harappan excavation site, it was noon and we decided to check in to the homestay. Murar Bhai Gadvi was out on some work and we were welcomed by his wife. She was a simple village lady, very welcoming. She got mixed up with Sarthak and Anupma immediately. As it was noon and lunch time, she fixed us a simple Gujrati lunch in no time. The simple lunch of Bajre ki RotiDalSev Tamatar ki Subzi, served with homemade Butter, and Chaach were delicious.

                         It was a large house out of which they had kept two rooms for their guests. The rooms were spotlessly clean. They were not as luxurious as any resort but were as clean as them. 

Rajal Homestay Dholavira
Rajal Homestay Dholavira - Our accommodation for the day



Cattle at the far end of the House
Cattle at the far end of the House

                          We rested for some time and by then Murar Bhai had also come. He was a village simpleton and ran a small shop nearby. He had called a local guide who was to take us to the Fossil park and Rann at a later hour. So we decided to take a village tour with him.

                                   In Gujarat especially the Kutch region, there are so many artisans in villages creating beautiful crafts. So our first stop was a house where ladies of the house were engaged in beautiful beadwork. They showed us their craft and the making process. Even a small girl was very proficiently making it. It was all women power. The ladies were doing most of the work. They were making crafts, doing household chores, working in the fields, taking care of the kids, whereas the men were just busy in collecting the money, and smoking Hukka. However there are exceptions also as in case of our host, where the man of the house and the lady were sharing equal responsibility.





                                 We bought some knick knacks from them and said goodbye to them. For some more time we loitered in the village and then it was time to visit another wonder of Dholavira.


Dholavira Fossil Park

                      Dholavira  Fossil Park is another wonder in this area. Wikipedia defines fossil as " any preserved remains, impression, or trace of any once-living thing from a past geological age ".  Fossils are formed in a number of different ways, but most are formed when a plant or an animal dies in a watery environment and is buried in mud and silt. Soft tissues quickly decompose leaving the hard bones     or shells behind. Over time sediment builds over the top and hardens into rock. A Fossil is like a relic of earth's past, which helps the paleontologists to decipher evolution of life on earth by studying it.

          
Dholavira Fossil Park entry with Rann of Kutch in Backdrop
Dholavira Fossil Park entry with Rann of Kutch in Backdrop



          As soon as we parked the car and had the first glimpse of the park, it looked stunningly beautiful. The three colours deep blue sky, White desert and yellow rocky area of the park blended with each other to present an amazingly beautiful vista

Board at the entrance of Kutch Fossil Park Dholavira
Board at the entrance of Kutch Fossil Park Dholavira
             Then a noticeboard, which is a certificate of sorts announces that the fossils found here are nearly 180 million years old. Really!! They pertain to the Jurrasic age. 


Fossil of a tree Trunk
Fossil of a tree Trunk

Another broken fossil at Dholavira Fossil Park
Mother nature kept them safe in its womb and we humans are hell bent tp spoil them

Another tree Fossilised at Dholavira Fossil park
Another tree Fossilised at Dholavira Fossil park

Fossil of a tree though which we can see though
Fossil of a tree though which we can see though

A smaller one
They are everywhere in the Dholavira Fossil Park - a smaller one


Yet another Fossil
Yet another Fossil
Another Fossil still embedded
This one is still embedded in ground

                  
Rocks at Fossil Park near Dholavira
Rocks at Fossil Park 

                         Rocks at the Dholavira Fossil Park add another dimension to the beauty of Rann of Kutch. 


Rock hopping
Rock hopping
                         Sarthak had a great time hopping from one rock to the other and was having fun, so were we.  After spending enough time at Dholavira Fossil park, we proceeded towards the white desert of the Rann of Kutch. Though we had been in the Rann of Kutch for 4-5 days, but every Rann had its own beauty. 


Rann of Kutch
Rann of Kutch
                             When we first entered the white desert, the thing that hit us was vastness, seclusion and complete silence. As far as we could see it was plain tract of salt flat and blue sky, with not even a single soul around. I remembered a song from movie Madhumati " वो आसमां झुक रहा ज़मीं पर। ये मिलन हमने देखा यहीं  पर।  " I felt as if a sacred union of earth and sky was happening and we are disturbing it. 






                 Play the above movie to feel it. This is a raw unedited version and the only voice you hear is that of salt crystals getting crushed under our feet. We just enjoyed the atmostphere. The wilderness, quiteness of the Rann and slowly some other people also started coming in. There was a small hillock in the Rann known as " Bhanja no Dungar" While parking the car, we had thought of going up to hill and watching sunset from there. From Parking area it seemed doable. However when we started walking towards the hill, it seemed too far and even if we reached there, after sunset, we could have easily lost our way as when it is dark, and one can easily lose the sense of direction. Another interesting fact is that from this point till Sindh in Pakistan, there is no human settlement only this vast Rann. After some time some BSF personnel also came in to prevent any visitor from going too far.

              
Bhanjano Dungar in the middle of white Rann
Bhanjano Dungar in the middle of white Rann


Some visitors had started poring in
Some visitors had started pouring in


                         Soon the Sun started setting and the vistas were changing every minute.


Sunset at Rann of Kutch
Sunset at Rann of Kutch

Sunset at Rann of Kutch
Another sunset shot at Dholavira - Rann of Kutch

Sunset at Rann of Kutch near Fossil park Dholavira
The Final shot 

           The beauty of sunset here was that we could see the total shape of the sun going down like a ball and did not get hazy due to some clouds. This was our last evening in Rann of Kutch. Tomorrow we will start our return journey through some other parts of Gujarat and Rajasthan.

                      Soon we were back at our homestay, after a little bit of freshening up, I went to Murar Bhai's shop for chitchat to listen to his stories, Anupma and his wife were talking like some old friends. Murar Bhai told me a lot of stories about the evolution of Dholavira, how it came on tourist map. One most interesting part was his father's contribution to excavation. As per him, it was his father Sh. Shambhunath Gadhavi who later became the Postmaster of Dholavira, was the initiator of this revolution. Dholavira was a sleepy village with not even a road connectivity. When there was a digging for a water tank, people came across old beads or some artifacts and did not know about them. He had collected some of those. He happened to visit Bhuj once and saw the ASI museum there, where he saw some artifacts displayed and pictures of them. He then approched the higher ups in ASI and told them about the similar things being found in Dholavira. The was the start of the fate of Dholavira and then rest is history.

                      I settled my bills and again hudded around the Chulha ( wood fired stove) for dinner, where again we were served delicious meal. Tomorrow we were to leave very early as it was going to be a very long day.


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  1. Hi could you share with me the homestay contact? Also can the trip to Rann of Kutch be completed from the village homestay ? I would like to avoid luxurious tents totally from my itenerary....thanks

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    1. surely can do. you can contact me over phone or any medium for more details - 9876143355

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  2. Loved every bit of the article - the written content as well as the photographs :) Was totally worth the time :)

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  3. 180 million year old fossils! Would love to see.

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    1. Thank you sir for visiting the Blog. You should visit. This place is a heady combidation of History and beauty. The Harappan excavated site near it is also marvellous

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