Here’s Why You Should Visit The Rann Utsav This Year!

Beautiful Rann 

The Rann of Kutch is an oasis in an otherwise deserted village of Dhordo, which is 85 kms away from Bhuj. This barely traceable village is host to the Rann Utsav, a festival that celebrates arts, culture and beauty of Gujarat under one roof. Perched on arid, barren and cracked land, the Rann Utsav’s tent city is speckled with colourful stalls and beautiful tents.

The Swiss Tents are available in 3 categories: Premium AC, Deluxe AC and Non-AC. The tents are comfortable with self-contained bathrooms. Packages are available in 1 night/2 days and 2 Nights/3 Days only, making it an ideal destination to visit over the weekend.

Rann Utsav 2018-2019 is happening from Nov 2018 to Feb 2019 and each year, this utsav gets nearly 10,000 tourists from all across the globe. Here’s all that you can expect out of Rann Utsav 2018-19 –

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The Camel Cart Ride

Unless you want to tone your legs by sinking your feet in the sand everytime you walk, a Camel cart is the best mode of transport here. A 30- minute ride from the ten city takes you to a different world altogether. Something you have never seen before. Wrinkled, dry, parched and yearning for attention, this land laid unnoticed for decades. On first sight, it looks like snow. Step on it and you can feel it crunch under your feet. During monsoons, the Arabian Sea covers this flat land. As temperatures rise and summers beckon, the water recedes leaving behind salt marshes.

Sundowner at the White Desert

Over the infinite salt pan, when a hot mass of vermilion orange sun sets, it’s a sight to behold. As the sun threatens to set by an endless ocean of white, the realm of salt lays bare as a chill sets in. Every month on the full moon night, the spectacular sight of the boundless white desert under the moonlight presents a stunning creation of nature unique to this world.

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Full Moon Night at the Rann

The white desert on a moonlit night, yet another dream come true. This is so mesmerising that I wouldn’t mind getting moonwashed every single night. The best way to experience the White Rann is to stare into the moon, sit by yourself and take it all in. With the moon bobbing overhead and a spotless whitescape extending before you…you can travel across the world for just a few minutes of this.

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How to get there – The Rann Utsave takes places at the Dhordo village, which is nearly 80 km from Bhuj in Kutch. Bhuj has its own airport, so you can fly down from metropolitan cities like Mumbai, Delhi or Bengaluru and drive down 80 km to get to Dhordo village.

Please Note: Rann Utsav, the festival of Joy, is happening from November 2018 to February 2019. Bookings need to be done asap.

 

Kamiya Jani
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