Exploring the Great Rann of Kutch and the Thar Desert of Gujarat was definitely one of those dreamy adventures you never forget.

I have long been interested in this part of the world because of the enchanting Rabari communities spread across this desert, but in my research I had been so focused on the people and their craft that I had not realized the magnificence of this barren landscape. 

The Great Rann Salt Lake is stunning and even in the hot summer months while it is covered in a light layer of dust its texture and colour is divine. At this time of year there is a shallow layer of water covering part of the salty surface which creates beautiful marbled textures by mixing with the silky mud and salt beneath. 

On the journey to the salt lake from Bhuj you pass through many small villages where the Rabari farmers are leading their livestock through different grass areas to feed. Water buffalo's are enjoying small muddy watering holes, the camels roam free and there are countless birds including pink flamingos. No wonder the desert people are so talented and creative in this divine little oasis tucked away in the far west of India. 

Hannah Mitchell