Rann of Kutch
Rann of Kutch is undoubtedly the most instagram-worthy destination in India. One of the most famous salt deserts within the world, Rann of Kutch is not only known for its natural splendor, but also for the cultural extravaganza that takes place once a year between the months of November and March. Rann Utsav is an underrated carnival and a must-attend travel experience in India.
You can enjoy Camel safari rides under the full moonlight, camping in luxury tents, bonfire with some soothing folk music, and tasting delectable local Kutchi cuisine. What else one wants in the freezing winters to make memories?
Rann of Kutch dates
Organized under the auspices of Gujarat Tourism, Rann Utsav is a grand winter carnival. It takes place once the air in the desert is chilly and also the moon shines the brightest. The Kutch Rann Utsav 2019 dates are from October 28th, 2019 to February 23rd, 2020.
The coolest venue:
The main celebrations of Rannotsav are celebrated in a small town known as Dhordo, near the capital city of Bhuj. The festival is organized at Rann Utsav tent city having more than 400 tents (AC/Non-AC) with the best luxury facilities,
What happens at the festival?
You can experience folk dances of Gujarat & Kutch (Garba, Hallisaka and Tippani), folk drama (Bhavai), scrumptious Gujarati food, Moonlight camel safari. You can camp in the tent city of Dhordo or alternatively you can also arrange a local homestay in traditional Bhungas for yourself. Since Rann of Kutch is known across the globe, a huge amount of tourists from outside India attend the festival too. Thus it also provides you an excellent chance to connect with individuals from totally different countries and cultures.
Things to do in Kutch:
*Enjoy the richness of culture
*Spend time at the white desert watching the moon
*Local sightseeing and adventure sports
*Hot air balloon for a birds-eye view of the white sparkling desert
*Beach time in nearby Mandavi
Things to note:
You have to take permission to enter the Salt Desert as it is considered a sensitive space owing to its proximity to the Pakistani border. Written permission is needed, which may be obtained in the Bhirandiyara village, around 50 kms from Bhuj. The fees for the same is 100 rupees per person and 50 rupees for cars. One must submit a photocopy of the govt. ID. Permission may also be obtained from the Gujarat Police DSP office in Bhuj located close to Jubilee Ground (it’s closed on Sundays, second and fourth Saturday).
Don’t miss out on the chance to go to Kalo Dungar (Black Hill), that offers a view of the white desert from 458 meters high hilltop. You may also see across the Pakistani border from here. Aside from this, visit Hodka Village and Ludia Village, where the artisans and tribals concentrate on art forms like block printing, beadwork and Banni embroidery. You may also take an extended break at Dwarka.