Imagine yourself surrounded by an unending stretch of white sand deserts under the charming, bright moonlight with festivities and colour all around! This is not a scene from the Arabian Nights fables, but rather a reality closer to home, in our very own Rann of Kutch. And there is no other better time to experience the beauty of this desert land than in the annual Rann Utsav: an amalgamation of truly unique culture, art, and cuisine that is bound to enthral and amaze you!
What makes the Rann of Kutch so exclusive is that, it is only accessible for a limited part of the year – during winters – for sightseeing, during the annual Rann Utsav, a cultural fair organised by the government of Gujarat. And for the adventurer in your heart, here are 6 reasons why the Rann Utsav is on every traveller’s dream list.
Romance the moonlight
Fancy a camel-back ride under the shimmering light of the moon in the desert? At Rann Utsav, you can experience just that and so much more. Witness a mirage of colours, as the pearly white moonlight dances on the sand, amidst the stream of festivities, fun, and frolic of this magical desert festival. Take a walk across this desert fair dotted with stalls, full of scrumptious delicacies, traditional handicrafts, and local art work. all bound to amaze you.
Dwell in a tent
If you always wanted to live in a tent in the middle of the desert, here is your chance! The Rann Utsav sees the desert come alive with an eclectic mix of tents dotting the desert landscape like jewels. Fully furnished to provide every comfort, these tents provide a rustic old-world charm with modern amenities. You can even opt to stay in a bhunga: a colourful mud house typical of local residents.
Experience Kutchi culture
At night, take in the festivities of authentic Kutchi culture with tribal displays of local dance, art, music, sports and food. Enjoy the local dance and music played on traditional instruments such as dhol and manjira. And if the foodie in your is wondering ‘why visit Rann of Kutch’?, here is an added incentive! Come and relish ice dhabeli, chilli pakoras, bhungra, Gujarati-styled vada pav and a variety of tempting milk sweets.
Savour the salt desert
The Rann of Kutch is often referred to as India’s own version of the Wild West and one visit to this place will help you understand why. This desert is among the most famous in the world and has fascinated travellers from near and far. Indeed, this saline marshland stretches to an impressive 10,000 square kilometres. It is home to an eclectic mix of wildlife inhabiting in these barren lands. The wildlife includes blue bulls, gazelles, wolves and flamingos, thus making it a photographer’s paradise.
A winter escape (accessible during November to January)
What makes the Great Rann of Kutch so exclusive is the fact that this salt desert is only accessible for a limited period of time during the year. Which is why the grand festivities of Rann Utsav take place annually during winters. The summers are too hot and the monsoons see huge rains flooding the lands. Winters, however, turn the desert into a scene, right out of a fairy-tale with nature blessing the place with the perfect climate and feel.
A myriad of fun activities
Among essential things to do in Rann of Kutch, you can count a picnic at Mandavi Beach, a trip to the Vijay Vilas Palace, a drive to the holy site of Narayan Sarovar, a trip to Nirona Village for Rogan art, photography at the Rann of Kutch Wildlife Sanctuary, seeing the famed India Bridge and a visit to Kutch Fossil park. Not a dull moment spent here indeed!
Planning to visit Rann of Kutch this season? Checkout our tour in the below link.