Rann Utsav-The Tent City Is Your Abode To Experience The Festival Of Joy

by Sanjana Shenoy
Rann Utsav-The Tent City Is Your Abode To Experience The Festival Of Joy

Rann of Kutch, one of the largest salt deserts in the world, comes alive during the months from December to February for the most awaited festival of the year, Rann Utsav. Dhordo, a village near Rann of Kutch in Gujarat celebrates this 100+ days thrilling festival of traditional music, dance, art and much more. During this time, the salt marsh is replete with temporary tents to make visitors feel at home. If you’re eager to be part of the festivities, then what can be a better place to stay than at Rann Utsav- The Tent City? 

Stay In A Cosy Tent At Rann Utsav-The Tent City

At Rann Utsav-The Tent City, you can stay right in the heart of all the traditional festivities. Choose from 350+ tents of different categories like Deluxe, Premium, Rajwadi and Darbari. They are nestled across the salt marsh in clusters. The tents are temporary dwellings to welcome visitors with open arms during the most happening time of the year in Kutch. From a spacious living room, royal sofa set, cosy beds, attached bathrooms to luxury toiletries, you are pampered like royalty. 

Don’t mistake Rann Utsav-The Tent City for just an accommodation in the salt desert. It’s much more than that. You can spend a fun day at the clubhouse, go shopping at the souvenir area, rejuvenate at their spa or try your hand at activities at the Skyzilla. Moreover, you can also book an entire vacation across Kutch with Rann Utsav-Tent City. Just visit their official website rannutsav.net The best part? All meals and sightseeing plans are taken care of by the property. 

Explore Culturally Rich Villages In The Vicinity

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While you’d set foot at the salt desert of Rann of Kutch to attend the Rann Utsav, there’s so much more you can explore. Like Gandhi-nu-gam and Karo Dungar, which are villages nearby specialising in traditional art and handicrafts. Gandhi-nu-gam is known for its mirror-work and thread embroidery and intricate woodwork which are exported across the world. Karo Dungar houses dwellers who have migrated from Sindh to Kutch. This village shares many similarities with Sindh, be it the culture, language or food. It’s truly an eye-opening experience to explore these culturally rich villages near the Rann of Kutch. 

Dabble In Adventure Activities & More 

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Apart from filling your Insta-feed with gorgeous pictures of the scenic salt marsh and beautifully adorned camels, you can also dabble in an array of adventure activities. Cycle across the expansive white desert. Go for a camel ride or a horse riding experience to take your exploration prospects to new heights. And that’s not all! There are also ATV riding and paramotoring options for you adventure junkies. 

Rann Utsav is all about fun, frolic and colour. This means apart from the adventure sporting activities, you must look forward to the traditional music and dance performances. They are simply ethereal. To amp up the rejuvenation quotients, there are also yoga and meditation sessions conducted during the Rann Utsav. Food and craft stalls are mandatory. So, there is no end to feasting and shopping! 

Itineraries To Choose From 

To explore Kutch in style you can book any one of the amazing packages offered by Rann Utsav -The Tent City. 

  • 1 Night/ 2 Days- Rann Utsav Tent City Package 

This itinerary includes in-house activities at Rann Utsav -The Tent City like spending time at the clubhouse, relaxing at the spa, embarking on an adventure at the Skyzilla Adventure Tower and more. And of course, you’d get to travel across the White Rann to soak in the mesmerising sunset and later immerse in the culture of Kutch at the Culture Activity Area. The package also gives you complimentary sightseeing of famous tourist spots like Shri Swaminarayan Temple and  Hiralaxmi Craft Park, a handicraft village. 

  • 2 Nights/ 3 Days- Rann Utsav Tent City Package 

Art lovers would love this itinerary as it is similar to the previous one but it gives you an additional transfer to the White Rann to witness the beautiful sunrise, apart from the sunset. There’s also a complimentary tour of Kala Dungar (Black Hill). This is the highest point of Kutch, which houses locals who migrated from Sindh, years ago. Sip hot tea or coffee and soak in the views of the hill. On the way, you’ll be taken on a tour to Gandhi nu Gaam, a handicraft village. Don’t forget to buy pretty souvenirs for the road. 

  • 3 Nights/ 4 Days- Rann Utsav Tent City Package 

This itinerary is perfect for those who’d love to explore every nook and cranny of Rann of Kutch, without missing a beat. In this 3-nights and 4-days Rann Utsav package, you get to embark on a complimentary tour to Mandvi. Nestled 140 km away from Rann Utsav-The Tent City this is a serene white sand beach. The best part? You get to swim and enjoy a leisure lunch right on the most beautiful beach in Gujarat. 

What makes this itinerary stand apart from the other two is the visit to Shyamji Krishna Varma Memorial. This memorial is dedicated to one of India’s most prominent freedom fighters, Shyamji Krishna Varma. Moreover, history buffs can take a tour of the Vijay Vilas Palace, built by the Maharao of Kutch, Vijay Singhji, as his summer resort. The sea-facing palace takes you through the times gone by. 

*Do note,  all these 3 itineraries include morning tea, breakfast, hi-tea, lunch, dinner, yoga sessions, entertainment and in-house activities like Clubhouse.Paramotoring, Spa, Skyzilla and other adventure activities are on chargeable basis. 

Well, Rann Utsav is truly one of the most beautiful festivals in India. So, stop having FOMO and just book your tents at Rann Utsav-The Tent City to celebrate this festival in style.