Every year, the barren desert land of Kutch comes alive during the onset of winter with the grand art and cultural fiesta that is Rann Utsav. An initiative of the Tourism Corporation of Gujarat Ltd. (TCGL), this celebrated event was first organised in 2005 as a three-day festival and has today evolved into a 100-day long celebration bringing the ‘White Desert’ experience to the world. Since its inception, the Kutch Rann Utsav in Gujarat has attracted more than 5,00,000 visitors from 20+ countries. This time, the unique desert carnival is scheduled to take place from 28th October 2019 to 23rd February 2020.
What to Expect at Rann Utsav 2019-20?
The Rann Utsav is not just a festive extravaganza but a celebration… a celebration of life, of culture, of traditions and of nature. Like every year, the village of Dhordo, located 85 km from Bhuj, has been transformed into a tent city for accommodating thousands of visitors. Tents, available in AC, Non-AC and Premium categories for a tariff starting @INR 5500, are all complete with everything one can ask for. The highlight of the tent is the front porch where one can spend some leisurely moments, simply gazing at the white serene expanse of sand ahead and the glistening moon and stars above.
There are also innumerable range of adventure activities for visitors to indulge in at this event. Rock climbing, rappelling, zip lining, para motoring, ATV rides, rifle shooting, desert safari, dirt biking, hot air ballooning, camel cart rides and more offer that extra edge to the Rann Utsav experience. What makes the festival an all-inclusive event is the presence of yoga and meditation centre, spa, gaming zone, kids zone, conference hall and food court on the premises. There is also a shopping complex from where visitors can buy Bandhni sarees, handicrafts and other traditional items of Gujarat.
When at the Rann Utsav, visitors get a chance to experience the vibrant culture of the state through live music concerts and folk dance performances like garba and dandiya raas. Moreover, there are multiple sightseeing tours, which take them across the unexplored hidden gems of the Kutch region, such as Black Hill, White Rann, tribal villages, palace museums, historical places, temples and more. Visitors can also head to nearby villages to learn more about the amazing handcrafted textiles and fabrics from local artisans. Last but not the least, the scrumptious authentic Kutchi delicacies make the overall Rann Utsav experience more fulfilling, especially for the likes of passionate foodies.
Doesn’t all this sound so exciting? If yes, then don’t think twice and plan a trip now to the vibrant and unique land where panoramic views embrace infinite horizons.
Spend the most mesmerising months of the year in the desert of Kutch … kyunki…
“Kutch nahi dekha toh kuch nahi dekha!”
Important Details about Rann Utsav 2019-20:
|Date:||28th Oct 2019 to 23rd Feb 2020|
|Venue:||Dhordo Village, Bhuj, Kutch District|
|Helpline Toll Free Number:||1800-233-9008|
|Mobile Numbers:||7600202888, 9375516704|