Rann Utsav is celebrated with great enthusiasm in the Kutch district of Gujarat, India. One must visit this place at least once in their lifetime; simply to experience the grandeur of the event, the dances, music and the natural beauty of the white Rann. Spending a night on the pristine white sands during full moon feels nothing short of heavenly. You are sure to forget everything and start enjoying with your family and friends.
The people in this nature’s abode are friendly and extend all necessary help to travelers. In addition to the ‘White Desert’, you must also experience the life and spectacles of the Rann Utsav between the months of November to February.
Let us check what and how you can experience this mesmerizing festival.
When And Where
Rann Utsav or the Kutch festival is celebrated for nearly four months. The booking is done between November and February every year. However, it is advisable to do bookings in advance to get better accommodation and facilities. The Kutch district of Gujarat is covered by white sand and marshes but the people of Gujarat and Kutch turn it into a canvas for celebrating the splendid and colorful festival. One cannot find opulence in any desert. But Rann of Kutch is an exception.
A first time visitor will be immensely amazed to experience the eventful trip to Rann of Kutch. One can take the immense pleasure of shopping local items, as well as, relishing the tasty delicacies of this region.
Where To Stay
All the excitement of the Rann Utsav takes place primarily in Dhordo. It is also known as tent city. Being a first-time visitor, you will be surprised to see a tent city. First of all, you can see a lot of migratory birds in the region during this period which becomes the perfect bird-watching expedition too. You will get to stay in a tentage accommodation, fully furnished and air-conditioned tents, right there on the white sand You can experience the entire carnival, music and dance right from the porch of your room.
If you do not want to stay in a tent but want to experience a typical, Kutch feeling, then you must approach a good home stay. You can observe the local life and also feast on the home-made food.
What To Visit
Kalo Dungar is a must-visit black rock mountain in the region, that is not only the highest place but also offers a panoramic view of the entire Kutch region. You can also visit the Dattetrey Temple which is of great mythological releveance. In addition, are the beautiful Narayan Sarovar Lake and the intricately carved, Koteshwar Temple. The temple offers lunch to all its devotees.
If you like beaching, you should head straight for the Mandvi beach and also visit Vijay Vilas Palace. Aina Mahal is another must-vosot wonder tat must be added in your bucket list for the Rann visit.
Activities At The Kutch Festival
There is plenty to do at the Rann festival. Create unforgettable memories by para motoring, automobile testing, shooting, star gazing, playing pool, archery, camel safaris, hot balloon ride, indoor games, trikke and many more. The Rann Utsav caters to all the wishes of the tourists and the list is endless.
For those who simply want to relax, unwind and chill, the festival still has lots in store at its spas, clubhouse, meditation centers, cafeterias, and local shopping zones. Whether you are a middle-aged woman, a seven-year old kid, a teenager or an adventurous youth, you are sure to enjoy every moment here.
There are several interesting paces around the Rann that you can visit while you are there. You can visit the India Bridge to experience the serene and breezy weather. It is close to the border of India and Pakistan and the last spot in Kutch region where citizens are allowed. Another place is Bhuj which was devastated in the 2001 earthquake. However, it has regained its beauty and splendor in few years. At Bhuj, one can enjoy shopping the local handicraft items, bandhanis, and woven clothing.