Celebrating hardships is celebrating life and this is Rann Utsav is all about. Rann literally means desert was the most backward area of Gujarat, source of anxiety and fear. it can be divided into greater Rann with an area of 7505.22sq. kms and little Rann with an area of 4953 kms.
It mostly has preponderant Muslim population. Famous of wild aass sanctuary and flamingos is mostly marshy during monsoon and glorious white in Winters. It holds the privilege of being largest salt desert.
The Rann Utsav under tutelage of vibrant Gujarat was the brain child of our honorable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi. Started in 2006 it celebrates mystical magic of Kutch and its diversity. A Carnival of music dance and culture of Gujarat is 3 month long festival. It starts in November and continues till March.
Rann Utsav starts in Dhardo village of Kutch, 85 kilometers from Bhuj and goes around the district with grand finale being held at preliminary destination.
Sprawling across an area of 500000 square metres the temporary dwellings (tents) capture the ethnic beauty of Kutch. It is supposed to be the largest tent accommodation in India. Its takes more than 2 months to set up this luxurious panorama.
Temporary dwellings or tent city are arranged in C-shaped clusters. It also includes two separate dining halls, at reception area, conference Hall, club house, cafe and rejuvenation centre. Handicraft Bazaar is also there providing opportunity for the locals to showcase there work. The activity area is used for performances and entertaining shows.
Activities at Rann of Kutch Utsav
- Rendezvous with moon: under the moonlit sky the white desert looks like a dream. It is the time to step out from your tent and experience the Mystic beauty of nature.
- Witness the cultural extravaganza of Gujarat: Utsav gives the opportunity to outstanding folk artist from all over India to showcase their extraordinary talent.
- Adventure sports: visitor here can also go solo on DPV(desert petrol ride) or have an overhead view of the desert through paramotoring. One can also experience balloon ride does travelling back in time. Other activities includes shooting, archery, indoor games.
Gujarat Tourism offers different tour packages during the festival:
Saurashtra Darshan: This is 4 day tour which includes Ahmedabad, Jamnagar, Dwarka, Bhet Dwarka, Somnath, Sasan Gir and Junagadh.
Wildlife and Beach Package: This 5 day tour covers Ahmedabad little Rann of Kutch Mandvi Beach and Wankaner Palace.
Desert and Beach Tour: 5 day tour starts from Bhuj including Hodka village, Nakhtrana village, Bunni and Pachcham region and Mandvi Beach.
Spectacular South Gujarat: It is a 7 day tour starting from Ahmedabad to Daman Silvassa and Saputara.
Ultimate Gujarat: A 9 day tour including Ahmedabad, little Rann of Kutch, Jamnagar, Dwarka, Porbandar, Somnath, Diu, Sasan Gir, Junagadh, Gondal, Palitana, Bhavnagar, velavadar National Park and Lothal.
This year the Rann Utsav have started from November 1st 2017 and will continue till 20th feb 2018.
“Experience Kutchi, Gujarati style Utsav, under white Run”