Rann Riders is an excellent place from which to do bird watching. On request, our enthusiastic
guide took us on excellent bird watching safaris. The first day bird watching was around waterways not too far from the resort where we saw thousands of migratory flocks of flamingos and three types of cranes (demoiselle - in their thousands, common -in their hundreds, and a handful of sarus cranes) as well as lots of other water and bush birds. On the second day we went to Little Rann Kutch, a remote white desert area, where only about eight species of birds were found in this harsh inhospitable landscape, but among them were some special species. The third day we spent even closer to the resort, where we say lots of other water and bush birds. In total, we saw about 75 species.
We also saw about 40 rare wild 'horses' (I cannot use the correct term as Trip Advisor thinks it's a profanity rather than the correct name for this animal!), blue bulls, antelopes and desert foxes.
Accommodation is in individual huts, complete with a large bathroom, a small area (perhaps a dressing room) in which to store suitcases and unpack, and an outdoor sitting area overlooking a pleasant garden area. As is often the case in India, the mattresses are very firm (hard). The bathroom was fine. There was a rat in the room which consumed the sugar from our tea and coffee making facilities but wasn't a problem (we didn't mention it to the management or owner) considering that the accommodation is in a fairly remote area, the bird watching was wonderful, it's one of the few places where you can stay to see the rare wild 'horse' (Rann Kutch is the only place in India where you'll see wild 'horses'), the guides were excellent, the food was tasty and plentiful, there is an open air covered lounge area off the dining area, and the gardens are attractive and well tended.
The owner is on site, friendly, approachable and attentive. The staff are excellent and offer assistance when they know your interests (e.g. a variety of well thumbed bird watching books for the subcontinent for loan).
I recommend Rann Riders as an excellent guided bird watching / naturalist site with tasty good quality food, excellent guides and staff, and good service.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Rann Riders, Dasada is an Eco-friendly boutique resort with 28 cottages(Sgl/Dbl/Twin)offering cultural and wildlife experiences in the Little Rann ofKutch and surrounding rural areas. The resort comprises cottages built fromlocal materials in the vernacular architectural style. It offers wide-rangingmodern facilities for Guest. The resort has its own fleet of open vehicles forsafaris, indigenous breeds of horses including prize winning Kathiawadi andMarwari mares, and guides for bird watching, photo safaris and village tours. Accommodations Each of the cottages has an a/c twin-bedroom, with a comfortable cane bed, a dry dressing area and a tiled bathroom with western-style toilet fittings and hot-and-cold showers. Food & beverages Rann Riders offers Continental and Indian cuisine that can be served on the buffet table, preplated or camp-style around a fire. Tandoori food is a specialty of the resort. On prior intimation, we serve Gujarati meals, regional specialties of the Maliks of Dasada, Bengali meals and seafood. For vegetarians, the Restaurant has an extensive Indian, Chinese and Continental menu. Recreational Facilities Jeep and camel cart safaris in the Rann of Kutch The resort has a small lake, lawns and gardens with sit-outs A swimming pool that doubles as an irrigation tank recycling pool water for agriculture in the arid region near the Rann of Kutch Extensive grounds for indoor and outdoor games Music and dance performances of local communities can be arranged at extra cost Horse back riding Camel cart tours of the Rann Village tours by camel cart with or without accommodations in camel wagon with the nomads Village safaris by vehicle Fishing on `you catch we cook' or `catch and release' basis at our own lake ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Rann Riders Safari Resort Dasada, Gujarat