Rann Utsav Kutch
Gujarat is one of the well-developed and culturally well-endowed states of India. Among its numerous state and national festivals, the Rann Utsav in Gujarat stands out for its uniqueness as a prominent Gujarat festival. Celebrated every year in December in the Kutch part of Gujarat, this Gujarat festival is conducted and celebrated scattered in the middle of the Thar Desert and promises an unforgettably enjoyable adventure of sorts for visitors and tourists from across the world, giving them a memorable experience of staying in tents in the middle of nowhere – the vast and uninhabited territory of white sands called the White Rann!
The Great Rann of Kutch is a vast salt marsh and the world's largest salt desert situated well inside the Thar Desert, falling partly into the state of Gujarat in India and partly into the Sindh province of Pakistan. If that's not enough, the festival venue, hosted in the Rann of Kutch, is almost on the verge of the India-Pakistan border! Of course, there are over 400 tents sprawled across the desert expanse during this unique Gujarat festival, with varying degrees of amenities and hospitality to suit the individual's interests, tastes, and budgets.
Hosted and conducted by the Government of Gujarat for 3-4 days, the Rannutsav in Gujarat, which stands for "festival of the Rann", gives its guests a visual and deep insight into its rich culture, geography, history, and inhabitation. More interestingly, this unique Gujarat festival treats its tourists and visitors to various delights of the enriched Rann culture including the delicious local cuisine and the magnificent and memorable local hospitality. Clubs and travel operators specializing in travel and adventure organize excursions and expeditions for tourists, in addition to providing the live-in tents and camel safari. Specially created accommodations emulating the local homes of Kutch are built during the festival of the Rann to give visitors a real feel of their lifestyle. Apart from the local cuisine and lifestyle, we can also get a glimpse of Rann artisan work as well as its traditional handicrafts, famous among which are Kutch's signature craftsmanship such as the rabari embroidery, the rogan art, and the distinctive mirror work. In addition to all this, tourists get to relish the scenic beauty of the Kutch territory.
During the festival of the Rann, one also gets to learn a lot about the rich history of the Kutch. Few people are aware that Kutch has been home to various wildlife species including some rare and endangered species such as the Indian wild ass. And for the very inquisitive tourist, the Rann Utsav tour provides the perfect opportunity to get all the necessary information about Rann Utsav as well as the rich history of the Rann of Kutch, without forgetting the adventurous thrills and delights. Further, the Rann Utsav tour entails a wondrous tour to Kutch, filled with its interesting and ancient places to sightsee like the Narayan Sarovar, the antique yet sturdy thousand years old Kera Shiv Temple, in addition to the stunningly beautiful Sun Temple of Modhera. There are numerous travel and tourism providers including the government-owned Gujarat Tourism that arrange and provide special tour packages just for the festive Rannutsav in Gujarat. Information about Rann Utsav is readily available online as well as with leading tour and travel operators.