‘Somewhere over the horizon, deep blue skies merged with the nothingness of the salty white land, is the Rann of Kutch. To celebrate the natural splendour we introduce you to this celebration of colours, cultures and expressions.’
Located at the far western edge of Gujarat, Kutch is not part of the usual tourist trail. Rann of Kutch celebrates Rann Utsav every year that is a carnival of music, dance, natural beauty of the white Rann and much more then that when visited under the full moon. Your travel experience in the sparkling white marshland will prove to be a memory for all times to come. The Kutch festival more or less is a journey that depicts the real culture of the Indian state of Gujarat.
The extravaganza of the Rann Utsav creates an enchanting travel memory that lives in you for a long time. The carnival begins in Bhuj, and the entire district goes gala during the celebrating months. The finale of the festival is put up at Rann Utsav tent city.Set up near a small village called Dhordo, it is easily accessible from the Bhuj Airport. There is a lot one can do while at one of the greatest desert festivals in India.
Feast your eyes with Culture all over
Of all the things to do in Rann Utsav, attending the cultural feast, hosting folk artists from all corners of Gujarat is a must. They perform almost everywhere and every moment. You can actually live your romantic dream of a bonfire in the desert with white sand while you dance to the tunes of true folk music the fervour of which, extends beyond all things to do. Facts: The Palace of Mandvi is another marvellous catch there. Visit Narayan Sarovar, Koteshwar and Dholavira while in Kutch during the festival.
Sightseeing and Adventure Tours
There are range of experiences in the Rann Utsav to unfurl. One can go for a solo ride on the desert on a Desert Patrol Vehicle. For an enthralling experience, you can also enjoy a hot air balloon in Kutch. The overlooking vibrant hues of the salt sand from the top is so enchanting that you will develop a compulsion to talk about it. Activities to try: Visit Skyzilla for aerial adventure sports like ziplining. Desert safari, chess, carrom, camel ride, paintball and star gazing are few other options.
Beaching away in Mandvi
Spend some time while the blues touch the sky at the horizon. Do visit the nearby villages of Bhirandiyra, Khavda and Gandghi-Nugam as they arrange workshops for amazing handcrafted textile and fabrics. Tip: Visit the local villages to explore the art and craft industry. Here, get your hands on local handicrafts at slightly lower prices.
Did someone say ‘Food’
The fabulous food options are just what you need to make your carnival experience more memorable. Two magnanimous dining halls serve scrumptious authentic Kutchi cuisine. Besides, there are food corners that cater to the hunger calls at the odd hours of night.
Must try: In the villages, staple foods include bajra and milk, bajara na rotla with curd and butter milk.
Dating under the moonlight
White expanse of serene sand under the full bloom of the moon – it gets more romantic than words. And add to that a cultural fiesta. Rann Utsav of Kutch will impress you to the core. You can spend time watching the moon.
Tip: The perfect time to witness the white desert is during the full moon time of the year. The festival started on October 28, 2019 and ends on February 23, 2020