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The Rann Utsav: Gracing the canvas of “White Rann”

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A celebration of an epic magnitude, Rann Utsav is a three month long festival which is seeped deep into the culture and heritage of Gujarat. Cradled in The Great Rann of Kutch, the festivity is a riot of colour sprinkled on the largest salt marsh of the world. It offers an excellent opportunity to local artisans, folk artists & musicians of Kutch to showcase their tradition to the rest of the world. Starting from 1st November 2016 and continuing up to 20th February 2017, this year the Rann Utsav will be attended by locals and tourists alike.

Rann Utsav

The occasion of life, festivities, culture and everything in between, the Rann Utsav envelopes the state in a frenzy that can put the best vocabulary to shame. There’s a lot one can do while visiting the greatest desert festivals in Asia. Read on to know more.


Rann Utsav Sightseeing

Surrounded by a number of tourist attractions, the places in and around Kutch are not easy to miss. Start off with Dhordo, the last village in Bhuj which will startle you while you make your way to the festival. The Tent City in Dhordo is where the action takes place. You can also visit Kalo Dungar, Narayan Sarovar, Kera Shiv Temple and Bhuj.

Go on an adventure tour

Rann Utsav Adventure Tour

If you want to explore places around the Rann Utsav, you can arrange a solo ride on the desert on a DPV (Desert Petrol Vehicle) or go on a desert safari with your family. Camel being the favourite ride for kids and adults is also an option to set on a trail in desert.

Fun-filled activities

Rann Utsav Activities

Offering the best of both the worlds, the Rann Utsav allows you to explore the places beyond Kutch and indulge in various activities within the area. For adventure seekers, there are sports like Rifle Shooting, Archery, Para Motoring and ATV Ride, and for others, there are activities like Pool, Chess, Bungee Run Basketball and more.

Experience cultural performances

Rann Utsav Cultural Performance

For those who want to soak in the culture can spend their evenings enjoying the brilliant performances by folk artists. You can see them performing almost everywhere in the utsav. The dance performances, music fiesta and many more activities will engulf you like never before.

Indulge in shopping

Rann Utsav shopping

For all the shopping enthusiasts, the Rann Utsav has your bags covered. Splendid silverware, intricate Kutchi embroidery, handcrafted Gujarati and leather articles, wood carved furniture and decorations, and beautifully crafted ornaments will be a treat to your eyes. So shop till you drop.

Romancing with the moon

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Visiting the Rann Utsav and not spending a night outside your tent won’t do justice to the trip. The Rann of Kutch on a full-moon night is a sight to behold. You can take a walk with your beloved and spend some quality time under the beautiful sky.

Relish Kutchi delicacies

rann utsav dining area

To foodies’s delight, there are two enormous dining halls serving scrumptious Kutchi delicacies to all the guests. Also, to indulge one’s taste buds at odd hours, there are food corners set up throughout the area.

Attend an exhibition


They say, you need to feel the heartbeat of Kutch in order to understand this land. And to feel the heartbeat, you need to know the vibrant culture, past and tradition of Kutch. To give you an insight about all this, there are exhibition centers set up so as to help you wrap your head around the concept and not consider this place a mere barren land.

Stay in luxury

rann utsav tent

There are numerous stay options available during the Rann Utsav. You can choose to stay in a tent or a bhunga equipped with all the basic and advanced facilities. Travelguru offers amazing packages for you to stay in luxury and make the most of your trip.

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Srishti is a writer by profession and a dreamer by choice. She loves experimenting with her space and her looks. Being an avid animal lover, she plans on being a part of Black Jaguar White Tiger Foundation in near future.

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