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  • The Rann of Kutch isn’t just a desert, but a cultural celebration, something that the Gujarat Government has successfully showcased for a few years now in its annual festival of Rann Utsav.
  • The Rann Utsav is one of the greatest festivals held in the Kutch district, primarily known for its extensive area of salt marsh (which is a part of the Thar Desert) known as the Great Rann of Kutch. 
  • The Utsav takes place for four months of the winter season, i.e. generally from November to February.
  • The Rann Utsav in Gujarat has many activities to offer for your entertainment, including folk dances, handicrafts, sightseeing, star gazing, and several other adventures.
  • Every year, the Utsav is driven by the Tourism Corporation of Gujarat Limited (TCGL).
  • It is the Carnival of Music, Dance & Culture of Gujarat. It includes traditional Cultural Dance, Cultural Act shows, Camel Safari, Musical Moments, Live in Tents.
  • There are approximately four hundred live luxury tents built-up on the beautiful white Rann.
  • This Rann Utsav was first organized in 2006 by the Honorable Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi. He aimed to create a new identity mark on the global tourism map.
  • Since then, this festival is celebrated every year in November at Kutch, Gujarat and the public, in large numbers, visit the festival.
  • During the festival, the visitors get the proper arrangements for transportation, accommodation, food & guide for sightseeing visits.
  • Around five lacs tourists, including national and international travelers, visit the Rann Utsav every year.
  • Kutch Rann Utsav is also commonly known as the White Desert Festival, as an enormous white salt desert lies within the boundaries of Thar Desert. 
  • The Utsav takes place at White Rann Resort, White Dessert Road, Dhordo, Gujarat 370510.
  • The Rann is about 7500 km2 (2900 sq miles) in the area.

BY TRAIN

  • Kutch doesn’t have a railway station.
  • The nearest railway station for Kutch is Bhuj, which is 70 km from Kutch. There are several trains from Bhuj which connects the major cities like Mumbai, Pune, Delhi, Jaipur, etc.
  • You can quickly get a taxi or bus outside the station.

BY AIR

  • Kutch doesn’t have an Airport.
  • Shyamji Krishna Verma Bhuj Airport, or more popularly just Bhuj Airport, is the nearest airport for Kutch, which is about 3 km from Bhuj.
  • The airport connects to all the major cities in India.
  • In the case of international connectivity like London, Dubai, and Singapore, the nearest airport is Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport in Ahmedabad.

BY ROADWAYS

  • If you have arrived by train or by air, there are many buses available such as deluxe, Volvo, AC, non-AC, and sleeper buses, which directly take you to Kutch.
  • In other cases, it is quite convenient to travel from regular State Transport and Private buses connecting Kutch from the nearby cities like Mumbai, Surat, Baroda, and Ahmedabad.
  • You can also come by self- driving or by hiring a cab. Most of the roads are in good condition. The route offers you a great experience with the luminous landscapes around. You can click pictures on the way.
  • Since Rann Utsav is all about the culture of Gujarat, the visitors are served with Gujarati dishes as a part of their package. These meals include the basic Gujarati food like Roti, Dal or Kadhi, Curd, Rice and Vegetable Curries, Ghevar, Malpua, Dhokla, Papad, etc.
  • Apart from it, there are many food stalls available in Rann. These stalls include Kutchi Dabeli Kharibhat and Chakrada Pakwan.
  • There are sweet stalls available like Jalebis and dudhpak- a mixture of spiced milk and rice pudding.
  • More famous food options in Kutch include Dabeli, Pakwan, Gulab-Pak, Adadiya, Kachchhi Thali, Thepla, Locho, etc.

The Rann itself provides the facility of accommodation to its visitors. There are around 400 AC and Non-AC luxury tents of various sizes and styles available in the Rann, which are arranged in semi-circles. 

There is an alternative option if the accommodations at the Tent City are out of your budget. You can book other resorts and hotels in Bhuj or Dhordo, whichever suits your pocket.

3 STAR ACCOMMODATION

  • Hotel White Desert, Bhuj- Prices are starting from Rs. 700- Airport Ring Road, Opp Labh - Shubh Society, Kutch Dist, Bhuj, Gujarat 370001
  • Seven sky Clarks Exotica- Prices starting from Rs. 1,500- Yogeswar Nagar, Bhuj, Gujarat 370001

4 STAR ACCOMMODATION

  • Rann Resort Dholavira – Prices starting from Rs. 3,500- 370165, Dholavira-Janan Rd, Gujarat 370165.
  • Dholavira Tourism Resort- Prices starting from Rs. 3,500- Near SH51 Khadir Bet, Dholavira, Gujarat 370165.

5 STAR ACCOMMODATION

  • Regenta Resort Bhuj- Prices starting from 5,000- GMDC House, Bhuj - Mirjapar Highway, Kutch, Bhuj, Gujarat 370001
  • White Rann Resort- Prices starting from 6,500- Dhordo, Kutch, Kutch, Gujarat 370510
  • The choice of your hotel is dependent on many factors like your mode of traveling, which district is convenient for you, etc.

MUST TRY IN RANN UTSAV

  • Camel ride
  • Try delicious Gujarati food
  • Enjoy the cultural performances
  • Check out the handicrafts 
  • Click, almost everything!
  • Take part in on-going outdoor activities

MUST VISIT PLACES IN KUTCH

  • Aina Mahal – Stunning Mirror Work
  • Dholavira – A Historical Excavation Site
  • Bhadreshwar Jain Temple – A Famous Religious Attraction
  • Shri Swaminarayan Mandir- temple devoted to Swami Narayan

WORTH SEEING IN KUTCH

  • Kutch Museum – A Few Pages Of History
  • Lakhpat Fort – For All Things Great
  • Indian Wild Ass Sanctuary – A Day With The Wild
  • Kutch Desert Wildlife Sanctuary – A Photographer’s Delight
  • Kalo Dungar – The Black Hill
  • Topansar Lake – The Picnic Spot
  • Mandvi Beach – Famous for its windmills, a recreational spot for friends and family.

Gears –   

  • Zoom Lens
  • Wide-angle Lens
  • Portrait lens
  • Tripod

Weather –

  • Lowest temperature- below 0 °C (in January)
  • Highest temperature- 50 °C (in May)
  • Rainy weather- 10- 15 days rain in September
  • Best time to visit- October to February (During Rann Utsav)
  • The temperature during Rann Utsav- 12 °C to 25 °C

Shoot –

  • Portraits
  • landscape
  • Festival
  • Local Traditions / Rural life
  • Various dance forms
  • Costumes of the locals
  • Camel
  • Fair activities

Safety –

  • Friendly People
  • Safer Place to Travel
  • Carry Prescription Medicines
  • Carry warm clothes
  • Cash
  • Carry water bottles and snacks
  • Take proper care of your ID cards
  • Wear flats or any comfortable footwear only

How To Reach

Nearest Airport- Shyamji Krishna Verma Bhuj Airport (80 Kms)

Nearest railway station- Bhuj railway station (82 km)

Roadways- State Transport and Private buses ( From railway station)

Near By

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