When one thinks about ‘The Great Rann Of Kutch’, the glorifying beauty of white deserts just captures the mind. One of the biggest salt desert and India’s prime tourist attractions, the Rann of Kutch in the Gujarat state of India has become the very first choice of the travelers all around the world who want to experience something new and unique.
In addition to the mind-blowing natural beauty, the jubilant festival is known as the Rann Utsav just gives you another lifetime experience. Every year, in the months of November to January, this festival takes place.
Here we are discussing the few reasons why every traveler must attend the Rann Utsav 2017 this year plus the general queries of the travelers regarding this unique festival:
What are the exact dates for this festival this year (2017-2018)?
Talking about the Rann Utsav 2017-18 dates, this year, The Rann Utsav will be celebrated from November 1, 2017, to February 20, 2018. It is organized by the Tourism Department of Gujarat. It takes place when the air is crisp and the moon is at its fullest.
How To Reach There?
For those who are visiting here for the very first time, Bhuj Airport is just 86 km away from Dhordo (the tent city).
For those who are traveling from Mumbai, they can easily depend upon the nearest railhead and Kutch Express will be the perfect option for them to click.
For ones picking the road connectivity, there is not an issue for them too. Gujarat is well commuted by state-run transport buses.
THINGS TO DO:
Talking about the Rann Utsav activities, you can pick from the following stuff:
A Glimpse Of Cultural Performances:
You can easily witness the beauty of cultural heritage of the Kutch region and Gujarat. You can also enjoy the performances of the local folk artists. In addition to that, you can also catch some sort of cultural dance or music performance taking place somewhere.
Adventure for people of all ages:
Well, when you are in Rann Utsav, you will find something interesting for every type of visitor. Whether it is a small kid or youngster, you will witness a number of activities here. For kids, there are some fun and controlled adventure activities in store. For little older ones, there are extensive sightseeing tours through the region plus there are also solo rides across the desert.
Enhance Your Fun Factor With Camel Rides:
Another enchanting feature of this place is the Camel rides along the Mandvi beach. You have the option to go for a solo ride on the desert on a DPV i.e. Desert Patrol Vehicle or you can pick the Desert Safari which is another exhilarating activity to look out for. It is just a different event out of all the song, dance, and festivities.
Get A Bird’s Eye View Through The Hot Air Balloon Ride:
If you been to Rann Utsav, you just can’t miss the Kutch hot air balloon ride over here which gives you the extensive view of the Kutch. It gives you an unforgettable view of overlooking the vibrant hues of the salt sand from the top that is so enchanting and offers you something satisfying and soothing to your eyes.
The Rann Utsav hosts the hot air balloon rides which just add an extra punch of entertainment to your journey. So grab a flight over the Kutch region and the salt desert as soon as possible.
Go Moon-Gazing And Star-Gazing:
The best time to experience the Rann Utsav is during the full moon winter nights. A full moon above the desert flats of the Rann is just too awesome to watch.
The Place Is Heaven For Shopaholics:
The Rann Utsav is incomplete without the beautiful handcrafted fabrics, textiles and products which you can purchase here. You can find a good sort of products at the nearby villages of Gandghi-Nugam, Khavda and Bhirandiyra which arrange workshops that showcase some great products.
There are a number of stalls, selling products like interesting leather goods, silverware, Kutchi embroidery and ornaments. The exotic handcrafted Gujarati articles and splendid silverware will force you to purchase each and everything.
Satisfy Your Appetite With The Delicious Food:
If you are one of the foreigner travelers and think that Indian food won’t suit you as it is spicy, then think again because the Rann Utsav will offer you a wide range of cuisines to pick from. You will get to choose from authentic Kutchi cuisine and food corners outside like the Oasis 24×7 café and Moonlit Café. The organizers of the festival have arranged the two magnanimous dining halls for the guests that can cater to the hunger calls at the odd hours of night.
The Main Venue – Dhordo.
The whole celebration begins in Bhuj and the entire district goes gala during the celebrating months. The finale of this festival is put up at a tent city near a small village, Dhordo. It is a city made of more than 400 AC and non-AC tents.
Tips For People Visiting The Rann Of Kutch:
Here are some tips for travelers visiting Rann of Kutch for the first time:
The Rann Utsav falls during the month of November to February which is the winter months so you are advised to carry some woolens along.
Another tip for the visitors is that you must not miss the sunset view from Mandvi Beach once you’re in Rann.
Well, it is mandatory to carry identity cards as they’re supposed to be presented in check posts. You also need a government passes in order to visit Kutch due to the border proximity. You can use your driving license, Aadhar Card, Passport, Voter ID and other such documents are accepted as ID cards.
One of the important tips to travelers is that try to book your accommodation at least 45 days in advance.
Another tip is that you need to give special attention to the packing of your baggage as the temperature over here is usually extreme between day and night.