Celebrating the marvels of nature at the White Desert and the rich cultural and artistic heritage of Kutch, the Government of Gujarat hosts an annual 3-month long festival during winter called the Rann Utsav where tourists can see the various sights of the Rann. Rann Utsav is also one of the most eagerly-awaited tourism events of India.
Rann Utsav gives visitors not only a chance to experience full moon on salt deserts but also get a taste of the local culture, cuisine and hospitality. Specially built local houses and tents are also used to house tourists to give them a taste of local traditions. Many adventure clubs and travel clubs organize expeditions during this time. Folk music, traditional dance performances, and fairs are conducted during this period to keep the tourists engaged. This festival provides an exclusive opportunity to witness the creativity of the artisans and craftspeople, array of folk music and performances, mixed representation of culture and communities, along with a vast diversity in ecology. This year the festival starts from 1st December 2019 and goes on till 20th February 2020.
For those who are not aware, The Great Rann of Kutch is in the Thar Desert in the Kutch District of Gujarat, India and is reputed to be one of the largest salt deserts in the world. The place where the festival is set up is a small village named as Dhordo, in Bhuj Taluka in Kutch District of Gujarat State and is located 1 KM towards North from District head quarters Bhuj. The nearest railway staion and airport is Bhuj and the place is well connected to highway. Every year in the winter months, a Tent City is created near Dhordo village and the same is called Rann Utsav.
Interestingly, 8000 tourists from all over the world visit the Rann Utsav every year. Also do not forget to plan your stay during the full moon days of the month you visit. It’s a must to watch the white dessert glow in moonlight at least once in your lifetime. To do the bookings visit, https://www.rannutsav.net/ or https://whiterannresort.com/
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