The district of Kutch is well-known for its numerous cultural and traditional shopping choices at Rann Utsav, including Bandini Sarees, Traditional Ornaments, and many other authentic products that will leave you stunned. The Kutch Rann Utsav here is the essence of the culture of Gujarat, the Carnival of Folk Dance and Sufi Music in the beautiful white land of Rann under the enchanting full moon. The magical moment when the moonlight falls on the desert sand offers a glimpse of heaven on earth.
Every year, the festival in Kutch, Gujarat, begins in October/November and lasts till the month of February. Numerous tourists travel from all over the world to experience the incredible sights of the sparkling landscape of Kutch Rann Utsav.
The Rann Utsav of Kutch welcomes tourists to have the most memorable experience of their life. And as said by the brand ambassador of Gujarat, Mr. Amitabh Bachchan, in a famous Gujarat Tourism ad that “Kutch Nahi Dekha Toh Kuch Nahi Dekha.” Rann Utsav of Kutch is a festival like no other and one you can’t miss.
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About the Place & Kutch Rann Utsav
The blossoming abundance of nature’s beauty, culture, and tradition, as well as the plethora of colors and festivities, along with the bounty of joy and beauty, all together depict the grandeur of the kaleidoscopic Kutch. In particular, the breathtaking picture of an endless white desert in the moonlight displays nature’s magnificent creation, which is unique to this planet.
Since 2006, the Rann Utsav festival has been organized owing to the vision of India’s honorable prime minister, Mr. Narendra Modi, the then Chief Minister of Gujarat who envisioned this festival to leave a distinctive mark on the world’s tourism map. Rann Utsav is celebrated in the Dhordo village of Kutch, which is 85 km from Bhuj, starting in October or November every year. The Tourism Corporation of Gujarat Ltd. makes transportation, lodging, food, and tour guide arrangements for the Rann Utsav Festival.
Official Dates of Kutch Rann Utsav 2022
100+ days of fun-filled events, Rann Utsav 2022 will be starting from 26th Oct 2022 and continue till 20th February 2023. There are even special festive activities being performed on special dates in the Kutch Rann Utsav.
31st Dec Night:- New Year Celebration
14th January :- Special arrangement for Kite Flying Festival
26th January :- Special arrangement on Republic Day
14th February:- Valentines Day’s Special Gala Dinner on White Rann.
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How to reach Rann of Kutch?
The Bhachau Railway Station in Bhachau Town, which is around 80 kilometers from the enchanting Rann of Kutch, is the closest railway station.
The salt desert is around 100 kilometers from Kutch’s Kandla Airport, which is the closest airport.
The Great Rann of Kutch can be reached by road from the airport or the train station by hiring a tourist taxi. There are frequent direct buses that travel from Bhuj to Rann of Kutch.
About Kutch Rann Utsav- Rann Utsav Packages, Bookings and Tent Price
With the help of the Government of Gujarat and its supporters, about 350 live luxury tents are being constructed here. Other locations to visit during Rann Utsav include historical landmarks, wildlife sanctuary, the Great White Rann of Kutch, museums, palaces, and forts, among others.
Some of the most popular Rann Utsav Packages include Saurashtra Darshan- 04 days package, Sizzling Kutch- 08 days package, Wildlife and Beach Package for 05 days and Desert and Beach 05 days tour package. Know more about the packages here.
The other tent packages for 1 night/ 2 days include The Premium Tents ₹7600 , Deluxe AC Swiss Cottages ₹6200 and Non-AC Swiss Cottages ₹4600. For Rann Utsav Booking for tents, you can email at email@example.com or to enquire about Rann Utsav Packages you can contact authorized Gujarat tourism tour operator.
Activities in the Rann of Kutch
The mesmerizing experience of the Rann Utsav enhances by the recreational activities that they offer to enjoy the Gujarati culture.
- Camel Cart Excursion, Golf Cart and Paramotoring
- Shopping Activity Area offering beautiful handicraft items, Garments Embroidery, Handwall paintings, Wood carvings, Jewellery and accessories, and many more.
- Kids Zone Area
- Food Court
- Gaming Zone
- Spa Centre
- Yoga & Meditation Center
- Adventurous Activities like Parasailing, Dirt Biking and ATV Rides
- Cultural Dance Performance
- Live Music Concerts
- Special Cultural Dance Shows – Garba, Dandiya Raas
- Conference hall for Business purposes
Top Places to Visit in Kutch
Along with witnessing the grand White Desert festival, which is one of the best events of the country, there are many wonderful places one can visit on the beautiful land of Kutch.
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1. White Desert or The Great Rann of Kutch
Visiting the White Desert in Kutch is among the top activities preferred by tourists. The region is famous for its natural beauty and has also been featured in various Bollywood films namely Refugee, Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram Leela, etc. And as the name suggest The Great Rann of Kutch is considered as one of the largest salt deserts in the entire world with the scenic white beauty of the endless desert. The magnificent view of the place and its soothing aura will definitely leave you in awe. Witnessing sunsets at the Great Rann is a treat to the eyes. This place is sure to give you memories that are going to stay with you forever and mesmerize your soul.
2. Kala Dungar
Kalo Dungar, the highest point in Kutch (462 m), is situated north of the Gujarati town of Khavda. The region often referred to as The Black Hill, is well-known for its expansive view of the Rann of Kutch. A 400-year-old temple to Lord Dattatreya is located at Kalo Dungar. The magnetic hills of Kalo Dungar are the ideal setting for an optical illusion in which moving objects defy gravity and move upward.
Due to its proximity to the Pakistani border, this region is under the control of the Indian army. Photography is forbidden in this area.
3. Lakhpat Fort
The town of Lakhpat, which is only 33 kilometers north of Narayan Sarovar, is notable for its walled fort. In the 18th century, the town was a significant coastal trading hub. The massive fort walls at the mouth of the Kori Creek continue to bear witness to a brief but brilliant era. The fort’s rampart, the lone intact building, can be climbed to get a better view of the calm sea. Sunsets at this location are very beautiful. A 16th-century gurdwara is also located inside the fort’s walls, which is a soothing spot for travelers. Visitors to this historic Sikh site of devotion can also view artifacts like wooden footwear, palkhi (palanquin), and manuscripts while listening to the soft hymns in the background.
Dholavira, also known locally as Kotada Timba was one of the most advanced towns in the Indus Valley Civilization about 4500 years ago. It is now renowned as a magnificent archaeological site. Between 2650 and 1450 BCE, it was a thriving Harappan settlement. Additionally, several relics can be found here, including earthen pots, beads, jewelry, and other objects. The extraordinary water conservation system in the town of Dholavira is one of the world’s earliest water conservation systems. A very informative place for history and architecture enthusiasts.
5. Kadiya Dhro
Kadiya Dhro, a hidden gem of Gujarat has been selected by “The New York Times as one of “52 Best Places to Visit in 2021” A natural and very beautiful attraction with a vivid visual of heaven reflecting on earth. For travel or leisure, a peaceful place to spend time that you would cherish always.
6. Mandvi Beach
Mandvi Beach is a tranquil and serene seashore that is one of the most popular destinations to visit in the region. Mandvi Beach is well known for its camping and water sports activities in addition to being a laid-back beach spot that actually is a quiet, unexplored beach area with clear water and a lovely view. Take a leisurely walk along the beach while you watch the sunset over the horizon, or go bird-watching to see Kutch’s natural beauty. A charming destination to spend time in the lap of nature or do yoga in the peaceful surroundings.
7. Kutch Museum
The Kutch Museum, one of the oldest museums in Gujarat was formerly known as Fergusson Museum. It is renowned for its collection of antique coins and the extinct Kutchi script. The museum has tribal antiquities in addition to numerous other types of displays including embroidery, paintings, weaponry, musical instruments, sculpture, and fine metalwork. It is a must-visit during a vacation in the Kutch area.
An ideal family holiday destination to explore, experience and admire the exquisite beauty of the Rann of Kutch and store the moments in your Snapchat memories for life. Do visit the Rann of Kutch to celebrate the varied ethnic flavor of Gujarat in the Kutch Rann Utsav 2022 to 2023.