All you need to know about this festival
Organized by the Touristry Department of Gujarat, the Rann Utsav is a wide winter rendezvous. It takes place once the air is crisp and therefore the moon is at its fullest. This year it is scheduled from Nov 1st, 2018 to Feb 20th, 2019.
The three-month long festival is a carnival of music and dance and provides the visitor a platform to enjoy the culture and heritage of Gujarat and a plethora of activities to indulge in.
The eye-catchy Rann of Kutch is the biggest flatbed of infinite white sands. This is the place where the celebration of the festival of life takes place. This whole land-stretch stays coated in water until 2 months before December however once winter comes, the Kutch is infused with life. It is almost like a hibernating white desert.
Starting in Bhuj, the white desert festival covers the entire district whereby the grand finale is placed up at the main destination of the tent town close to a small village called Dhordo. Dhordo is easily approachable from Bhuj. Bhuj features a small airport from where Dhordo is just 86 km.
The splendidly organized tent city at Dhordo provides you with every possible amenity that you will consider. Room-heaters and air-conditioners to 24/7 hours of hot water supply in the middle of the desert, you may need for nothing once faced with the intense temperatures of Kutch. With the exception of the 400 tents, the city features a marketplace, an exhibition center, an adventure zone, and 2 monumental eating halls.
Folk artists from all across the state gather at the festivals to mesmerize the tourists with their music. Tourists can also indulge in activities like a hunting expedition (desert safari) or take a ride in a hot balloon and have an aerial view of the magnificent Kutch desert from high above. There are also a few moderate adventure rides that are geared towards kids. The tourists can also participate in Camel Cart Excursion, Golf Cart, ATV Ride among others. At nights you can also take a walk near the tent and have a sight of the starry skies. The traveler can even visit some splendid temples like Narayan Sarovar or the Kera Shiv Temple. For those who love nature, the Kutch desert wildlife is nearby and here you will explore the distinctive animals of the state.
There are a few points tourists need to remember when planning a trip to the Rann Utsav:
- Make your bookings at least 2 months in advance.
- You shall require a government pass to visit Kutch due to its proximity to the border. Passes are easily available at the check post in Bhirandiyra. You shall need passes for all days.
- Do keep an ear out for the announcements at the venue which are usually made in Gujarati and Hindi.
So friends make sure you visit the Rann Utsav this year as it is one of a kind. It is vibrant and fantastic but more than anything else, it has a heart, which beats quite steadily for the visitors.