Rann Utsav 2019: All you need to know about this colorful cultural carnival!
Reflecting the spirit of Kutch, a cornucopia of culture, the exquisiteness of Folk music, plethora of colors and ethnically diverse moods of Gujarat – the Rann Utsav is the biggest Indian Desert festival held at the Great Rann of Kutch in Gujarat (India). Known to be one of the biggest salt marsh deserts in the magnificent Thar Desert, the Rann of Kutch is a splendid extension of salt desert covering 7505 miles of Thar Desert.
While winter is a cruel time in the desert with cold dry winds and barren land, Gujarat Tourism has taken an initiative with the Kutch people to celebrate this vast array of land as a carnival of music, dance, art, and outlay of everything exciting. As the Great Rann of Kutch celebrates the Rann Festival from 28th October 2019 to 23rd February 2020, it’s a tempting time to travel to Kutch and witness the shimmering landscape and its many offerings.
Where to stay At Rann Utsav!
Celebrated in Kutch, the Rann Festival is a major event bringing millions of people to the unending glamour of the Great Rann. There are many tent houses built around the festival for a comfortable stay. The nearby villages host homestays, ethnic bungalows, urban houses in villages and villa stays for travelers. In recent times, the resorts like Gateway to Rann resort and Shaam-e-Sarhad Village Resort have come up to provide for a luxury stay in the desert. You can book
State of the art facility at the Tent City of Dhordo!
The finale of the festival is held at the tent city of Dhordo where more than 400 AC and non-AC rooms are designed with state-of-the-art facilities. It is one of the unique cities that outlines the Kutch style of living with a dash of luxury. The spacious tents are designed with vintage style furniture, modern amenities and services to craft an experience on the vast barren land while being surrounded by the most colorful and magnanimous festival of all! An easy ride from Bhuj, Dhordo City will surprise you with its splendor!
Things to do at the Rann Festival
As the shining moon rays cast their light on the shimmery salt marsh of the Great Rann of Kutch – the aura becomes magical. With white tents, bonfire, classical folk music playing in the background – it is but the rawest and romantic night you shall spend with your partner. Sit in silence and savor the beauty of Kutch in the hues of clear blue skies, shining moon, and glittery landscape.
Enjoy the cultural fest
Come Rann Festival, innumerable musical, dance and performance artists make their way to the Rann of Kutch to display their art and talent. At every step you shall find folk musicians singing Indian folk songs, dancers moving to the tunes and vivid artists displaying their art. Evenings are filled with a bonfire, musical performances and people gathering to sit and behold the moment. It’s an outburst of colors, moods and cultural entertainment that goes beyond all imaginations.
Immerse into the adventure in Kutch
From Desert safari on Desert Patrol Vehicles to exploring the nearby villages and their grounded lifestyle – Rann Festival is a time to explore and live Kutch like never before. A variety of adventurous activities unfold for the travelers to unveil at the fest like Quad core biking, desert safari, joy rides etc. There are special adventure and game zones designed for the kids to experience the thrill of adventure. Get into the mood of trying something new and there are multiple offerings available to you.
Hot air balloon rides over Great Rann of Kutch
Get on the giant hot air balloons and fly over the vast Rann of Kutch to watch the colorful settlement live! This beautiful bird’s eye view of the Rann Festival from the sky is an exhilarating experience which shall a few days for you to get over it. The thrill of hopping on the hot air balloon with a view of the blue skies, shining moon, enchanting hues of the festival, music, bonfire and shimmering landscape is but a paradisiacal feeling.
Camel ride at Mandvi Beach
Mandvi Beach is a picturesque beach in Kutch that overlooks stunning sunset views, offers water sporting activities and has solar-powered wind turbines around. This stunning beach is mostly silent and gives a panoramic view of the Kutch Horizon. Walk across the length of the beach hopping on a camel and enjoy the waves splashing for a true Kutch experience.
Splurge at the Rann Utsav Shops
At the Rann Utsav, innumerable artists and craftsmen put together a shopping experience for you. The array of shops display everything from leather bags, shoes, diaries, intricate Kutch embroidery clothes, stunning silverware, ornaments, home décor items, Gujarati souvenirs, and exotic pieces of art. These shops are loaded with such magnanimous articles that outline a feast to the shoppers!
Taste the Kutch cuisine
Food is celebrated in Gujarat like none other. And so when you visit the Rann festival it is one of the many things that give you a sense of fulfillment. The food halls have an excruciate menu of both local, Indian and international dishes that are crafted to brilliance. There are even stalls that serve food at 3 a.m. for the ones who love bingeing on food at nightly hours.
What you can do at the Rann Utsav!
At the Rann Festival, the colorful arena and vibe are so indulging that one may just want to stay in its aura and spend days here. The endless run of activities keeps you entertained 24×7. But to make the most of your time visiting the Great Rann of Kutch during the Rann Festival, and not miss out on anything, here are some activities you should sign up for!
- Spend a night at the Tent City of Dhordo for a romantic night under the moonlit sky
- Sunset view from Mandvi Beach as you sit in silence or cover the entire beach hopping on a camel
- Visit the whitewashed landscape of the Black Mountain called Kalo Dungar. It is the highest point at the Rann of Kutch giving a panoramic view of the Great Rann.
- Visit the villages of Khavda, Bhirandiyra, and Gandhi-Nigam to explore the local markets, their textiles and fabrics
- Hop on the colorful hot air balloon for an excruciate and adventurous tour of the Rann of Kutch while flying over it.
- Join the entertainment arenas to connect to folk music, dancers and travelers and spend quality time soaking into the festival
Traveling to Rann Festival!
There are Tour Packages offered by Leamigo to make your Rann Utsav experience a memorable one. Instead of juggling with the bookings of tents, finding alternatives to visits and brainstorming with ideas of exploring the festival – Leamigo helps you find the best of activities to travel with a well-crafted itinerary. From the world-class accommodation facilities to attending the musical fest, carnivals, dance performances, etc and exploring the nearby villages – everything is covered in one short itinerary to make your journey a fulfilling one. The local amigo gives you insights into the Rann Festival and makes you learn about this beautiful initiative by Gujarat Tourism,
As Amitabh Bachchan righty says, “Kutch Nahi Dekha Toh Kuchh Nahi Dekha” – You cannot miss out on this colorful festival that attracts global travelers for an immersive cultural experience.