Rann of Kutch - A different world (Trip Report)

#31 Dec 23rd, 2011, 01:44
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atravelynn,

I do hang around right here often. I spent 4 nights in LRK. The place is huge and safaris are long and places for safaris are far from each other. Hence traveling is quite involved.

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Wow Kartik! Great write up and the pictures are superb! Loved the owl, the eagle and the desert cat!!! Specially loved the picture of the desert cat with its kitten. The momma's eyes have narrowed to slits in that picture!
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Thanks for the feedback and I agree about the mother cat and kitten. What a treasure.
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great trip, write-up n pics
a quick question, if one had 4 days in Jan end . . should one do LRK or GRK?

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Arun,

Though both the places have their own charm, I would suggest LRK if given the choice between the two. That is not to say that GRK is not a good choice, its just that LRK offers many rarities and guide/driver/resort etc are easy to arrange.

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great, thanks kartik
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Hi Karthik

I know you had been in LRK and GRK for 10 days, but can you kindly advise me that at least how many days should one spend at each of these places?

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#38 Dec 26th, 2011, 20:03
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Saugata,

I believe you will need about 3 full days at each location anyways. I will tell you why.

LRK:
1 Day for Bajana - Bajana is an amazing location but a vast one. To get there from resort you will have to travel a lot so you will not want to go back to the resort in the noon. Just get packed food and enjoy under a tree. Look out for Sociable Lapwing, raptors, Wildass, foxes etc

2 Day for Saltpans - Salt pans will provide you with amazing views. Also you can look forward to different scrub forest birds, Larks, Bustards etc. Do visit Dhritiman Island :-)

GRK:
Here you may want to spend 4 days though.

2 days for Banni Grass land - Huge wasteland but a gem of a habitat. It is so huge that even at the end of two days you would have seen but a small part of it. Lookout for Hyena, wolf, Jungle and Desert Cat, scrub forest birds, cranes, Flamingos, Eagles, Buzzards, Owls....

1 day for Mandavi - This is a shore so you can look forward to waders. Traveling is involved (@1.5 hours) and I recommend the local Dabeli stalls for some quick bites. Crab Plovers, Oyester catchers, thick knees etc would be what you will look forward to.

1 day in Nalia - This is a grassland so you will look forward to harriers, owls, black francolins etc. I did not visit here in my trip but surely in my next visit (which will be soon I hope).

As you can see, 7 days is required on location, plus your travelling back and forth to the locations. A better plan in my opinion will be visit them one at a time if you have limited time. So in one trip do 4/5 days of LRK and in another 4/5 days of GRK if you have the luxury of being able to take offs at different times.

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Hey Karthik,

thanks a lot once again. Your response, as usual, is to the point and much informative.

Thank you very much.

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Superb stuff Kartik and extraordinary photos. What a beautiful place, made even better for the reader with your pics.

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#41

Great writeup and photos!

This was a great writeup, and the photos acted as a multiplier! Are you a professional photographer by any chance?

I wanted to be there after reading this. I went through your Ranthambore article afte this. That is also superb!

Thanks mate.
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Thanks Snonymous. Glad you enjoyed the report.

Thanks Dunman. I enjoyed writing it and it is great to know that you could get a feel of the place by reading it. To answer your question, no I am not a professional photographer. I am an average, garden variety, IT geek (the kind they always keep in a dark room away from direct sunlight).

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Great description and Amazing pics.....It seems the snaps were taken in low light...is it because of the teleconverter?????Honestly i loved the pics....And can you please identify the image ,the second one after the snap of the dead hyena...[the one on the rocks] whats that????

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Kunal,

Most of the time the pictures were taken in low light. Light became harsh very quick there. Also I was using a 1.4x most of the time.

The one on the rocks is Mangoose. There were a few around that rock. We saw them when we stopped for breakfast.

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Thank you for sharing your gorgeous photos and experiences, and for all the useful info!

I would have probably never read about this wonderful place if we weren't invited to a wedding in Gujarat..! Of course, now I'm reading all the threads in this section and I'm completely hooked. I wish we had more than just three days to spend in Gujarat..

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