The Kutch Rann Utsav 2018-2019
Between the months of November and February is when Kutch gets its maximum tourist footfall, thanks to Gujarat Tourism’s efforts to promote the Rann Utsav. The three months long Kutch festival coincides with the formation of the Great White Rann, a white salt marsh which forms during the winter months. Thousands of domestic and international tourists visit here to witness the Rann of Kutch festival and to see Kutch attractions or sightseeing places of Kutch during the festival time. You can watch the sun and moon paint the skies and the salty terrain in brilliant hues as they rise and set beyond these never ending white stretches of land.
It’s one of the most magnificent sights. Many also come to watch the Great Rann lit up on a full moon night, a sight so spellbinding that you can spend the entire night watching the moon traverse the sky in complete silence. December is a best time to visit Rann of Kutch to enjoy full moon night view.
Famous Bollywood Actor Amitabh Bachchan who is also a brand ambassador of Gujarat tourism says
“Why people go to the moon when they can see moon here on the earth in Kutch during full moon in Kutch Utsav”.
As part of the Rann Utsav, a large tent city comes up near the Great Rann. The sightseeing and itinerary are part of the package here. If, however, you want to make your own itinerary it is always better to stay at one of the quieter resorts or homestays in the region and hire a private vehicle to explore the region.
Kutch is more than just the images we see in the movies and pictures. The terrain, the people, and the art, are all multi-layered and woven into the rich fabric of the land. The people are generous here and they feel proud of their craft. They have so many unique art and craft forms here, it will leave you puzzled.
The history of this land and its people is fascinating. There are the pre-Partition connections, the family ties that bind across the border, the beautiful songs in Sindhi, the geography of the land dramatically changed over time. The region, largely untouched by modernisation, is still so raw that you could be lost in a time-warp.
About Art & Craft of Kutch
Art and craft are a major part of the Kutchi way of life. The way colours and fabric are used speaks of a very unique aesthetic of the people who know how to play with a rich palette and how to make beautiful patterns out of chaos. The people of Kutch are also full of contrasts -their houses are very simple mud-huts, but their clothes and accessories speak a different language. Their staple food, bajra rotla that’s dipped in ghee and jaggery and consumed with fresh buttermilk, is so starkly simple compared to the rich and flavourful dabeli which is colloquially called the Kacchi burger.
Villages around Rann of Kutch
Some of the villages around the Rann of Kutch are Hodko, Bhirandiriya and Bhujodi. Visit an artisan’s home and go through the beautiful collection of wares they make - from Kutchi woolen shawls to hand-made jewellers and buy them as souvenirs. With the production of handlooms and handicrafts on the decline, Kutch is almost the bedrock of arts and crafts in the country, and the main purpose behind the Rann Utsav is to bring attention and sustainahility to these crafts. The Living & Learning Design Centre (LLDC) located in Ajrakhpur village (15 km from Bhuj), that houses a gallery, a library, and three crafts studios, is a great place to visit if you are interested in Kutchi crafts. While the days can be spent walking through the villages, the evenings are for splendid sunsets across the white Rann. People also enjoy solo bike trip in Great Rann of Kutch. This region makes for a great family destination and is also a women-friendly getaway, with the locals being attentive but not fussy. This is a place where you will love to return to, for the art and for the people.
Rann Utsav Dates from 2018 to 2022
1st November 2018 to 28th February 2019
1st November 2019 to 28th February 2020
1st November 2020 to 28th February 2021
1st November 2021 to 28th February 2022
Nearest Tourist Places from Kutch
Bhuj, Mandvi, Dholavira, Narayan Sarovar, Lakhpat
How to reach Rann of Kutch?
How to reach Kutch by Air?
Bhuj is the nearest airport (80 km), but for better connectivity fly into Ahmedabad (approximately 300 km from the Rann of Kutch).
How to reach Kutch by Road ?
Bhuj is a two hour drive away, while Ahmedabad is a good seven hour journey by bus. There are options available for Volvo, Non-AC and AC Buses.
How to reach Kutch by Train?
Kutch doesn’t have a dedicated railway station. Bhuj is a nearest railway station to Kutch . it is approx. 70 kms away and there are number of trains connected to Bhuj from Mumbai, Delhi, Oune, Jaipur, Kolkata. You can take taxi or local bus from Bhuj railway station to Rann of Kutch.
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