Gujarat’s Great Rann of Kutch – a magnificent salt desert extending to thousands of miles, is a natural splendor in itself. Believed to bigger than the size of almost 30 individual countries, it assumes different forms with the change in seasons, marshy during monsoons, and brilliantly white during summers and winters.
However, this enormous salt desert is also famous for hosting the Kutch Rann Utsav, organized every year in Dhordo village. This festival offers a glimpse of the folk culture in Gujarat. Be it exciting folk dances, camping amidst the desert on a perfect moonlit night or witnessing live musical performances, this festival has something in store for everyone. This year, the Rann Utsav Gujarat is scheduled to be held from 21th November 2020 to 28th February 2021. Participate in this festival and witness the several colors of Gujarat.
History of the Rann Utsav
The Rann Utsav Festival, which has been organized since 2006, was the vision of the Honorable Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi. The idea behind it was to provide the state of Gujarat with a distinct identity on the global tourism map, something that would attract tourists and give them something to talk about. Besides increasing foreign tourism in the state, the purpose of this festival was also to showcase the culture and traditions of Gujarat to the world. Rann Utsav is marked by several events that display the vibrant culture of the region.
Where is the Rann Utsav held?
The Rann Utsav Festival is held in the Dhordo village of Kutch, located at a distance of 85km from Bhuj. This district is renowned for the immense options it offers in terms of traditional shopping activities during the festival like authentic handicraft items, Bandini sarees, traditional ornaments, and other items which provide an enjoyable experience. Almost 350 live luxury tents are erected here during the event, in collaboration with the Government of Gujarat and its supporters.
Things to Do at the Rann Utsav
The great Kutch Rann Utsav offers visitors a wide range of activities to choose from, thus ensuring that they are not just entertained, but enjoy every moment of their stay. From enjoying the local cuisines to shopping, from stargazing to enjoying adventurous sports, you can be sure that every moment of your stay promises to be both exciting and memorable.
Hold a conversation with the moon
Under a moonlight sky, the great white salt desert looks surreal. This is the time to step out of your tent and have a rendezvous with the moon.
Witness the cultural extravaganza on display
The Rann Utsav Gujarat attracts outstanding folk artists from all over the country. They enthrall the visitors to the festival with their splendid performances. Indeed, it’s a privilege to watch them perform.
Enjoy sightseeing, and then some adventure
Here, visitors also have excellent sightseeing options. Apart from stargazing, one could enjoy a camel ride in the desert, go for a solo ride on the desert on a DPV (desert patrol vehicle), or witness the exhilarating view of the festival from above through para-motoring. One can also enjoy a balloon ride, an experience that leaves you with wonderful memories.
Enjoy the lovely Mandvi Beach
Take a stroll on the quiet Mandvi Beach, or enjoy a camel ride on it! Either way, it’s an enjoyable experience.
Take home lovely souvenirs
Shopping at Rann Utsav Festival is a delightful experience, and offers a lot of options. From exotic handcrafted articles, splendid silverware, intricate Kutch embroidery and wonderfully crafted ornaments, there is a lot to look out for.
What are the facilities at the festival?
At the festival, the visitor is provided with numerous facilities. While some of these are geared towards entertainment, others ensure the best of comfort and relaxation to the visitors. The facilities available at the fair include:
- Club House
- Conference & Meditation Hall
- Golf Cart
- Kids Zone
- Accommodation facilities at the festival
At the Rann Utsav Gujarat, the accommodation facilities ensure that the stay of the guests is an enjoyable and memorable one. The various accommodation facilities vary from Premium Tents, Deluxe AC tents, and Non-AC Tents. All of these staying options enjoy some common features like a front porch, attached bathroom, and wooden flooring. The Premium and Deluxe Tents, however, are equipped with facilities like AC and enjoy a greater living space.
How to reach Kutch Rann Utsav?
- By Road: The drive from Bhuj to Dhordo will take you approximately 1hr27mts. Bhuj is well connected to all the major cities of India.
- By Rail: The nearest railway station to Dhordo is Bhuj Railway Station, which lies at a distance of 1hr16mts.
- By Air: The nearest airport to Dhordo is Bhuj Airport, which lies at a distance of 1hr14mts.
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