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If you want to experience something amazing under the shimmering starlit sky and the glowing moon then Rann Utsav is the kind of event which you must look forward to. Yes, there is a great section of travelers who eagerly await the onset of this fest. It is particularly known for showcasing the rich and cultural heritage of Kutch, Gujarat.

It won’t be wrong to say that this festival is indeed an awesome concoction of music, dance, and fun! In short, at the Utsav, your time will run like sand through your hands. That's how happy you will be! Here, one can indulge their senses in plenty of things such as cultural music events, Paramotoring, meditation and above all, enjoying the Gujarati culture. 

History of Rann Utsav

This desert festival was founded in 2006 and was inaugurated by our current Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The primary objective of this festival was to attract the Global audience to Gujarat for tourism purposes. This festival initially started out as a three-day event and now, owing to popular demand, it has become almost a 100+ days celebration. 

Also Read: This is an annual fair which is conducted by Haryana Tourism Corporation in the month of February for a period of 16 days

Why you Should Visit Rann Utsav

This festival is a hub of music, dance and nature’s beauty. The shimmering landscape which one gets to witness here is simply astounding. Owing to all this and a great number of activities such as Golf Cart, ATC Ride, Camel Cart Excursion, and whatnot, people turn up in huge numbers for this event.

Musical Celebrations on the White Sands of Boundless Kutch

Kutch is perhaps one of the most ecologically abundant landforms in India. The sheer delight of experiencing this kaleidoscopic place is simply magnificent. 

It is not just famous among the locals and tourists, but many of the high profile dignitaries such as the Chief Minister and people commanding similar aura also come to visit, discover and live this fest on the magical white sands of the vast desert. It is interesting to know that more or less 1,50,000 people are expected to participate in this festival this year from Kutch and the nearby regions. 

Major Attractions of Rann Utsav

The tagline “Banao Apni Rann Ki Nayi Aur Umaang Se Bhari Kahaniyan” suits the fest quite well. During this festival, a whole city of approximately 400 tents is set up. This consists of both air-conditioned and non-air-conditioned tents. All of these arrangements are done on the very outskirts of the bordering village known as Dhordo. A great number of tours like Diu tour, Saurashtra tour, Somnath tour, etc. are organized for the people. 

Furthermore, there is just so much to do and so much to indulge your senses into when it comes to Rann Utsav. Couples who visit the festival generally go on a date under the moon along with spending quality time in the nearby villages such as Khadva, Bhirandiyra.

Apart from celebrating the music, you can also go shopping for exclusive handicrafts, leather articles, and intriguing silverware and Kutch embroidery. The combination of all this makes Rann Utsav a truly enchanting festival. 

Things you Would Love About Rann Utsav

It has been rightly said that the Rann Utsav is an intriguing amalgamation of cultural ethos. Some of the activities and performances are inclusive of folk dances, a showcase of handicrafts, star gazing along many other adventures.

Famous Food and Clothing of Gujarat 

Gujarat is known for having an amazing blend of traditional culture and diversity. Some of the famous foods of Gujarat are Khandvi, Undhiyu, Gujarati Kadhi, Methi ka Thepla. Moving to the attire, the womenfolk in Gujarat wear Chaniya Choli and Chaniyo. The traditional clothing of men includes Chorn, Dhoti, Kurta, Phento, etc. 

How to Reach Kutch

Rann Utsav is a nice blend of various fun activities put together. Happening on an annual basis in Dhordo, Gujarat this event is one of a kind in itself. Gujarat is located at an approximate distance of 1,096 km, 687 km, 2,135 km and 1,649 km from Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Bengaluru. Let’s discuss how you can reach Gujarat via the following routes.

By Air. Gujarat is home to more than 10 airports. To name a few - Vadodra Airport, Surat International Airport, Bhuj Airport, Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel International Airport.

However, the nearest airport is Bhuj Airport. It is located at an approximate distance of 90-100 km from Rann of Kutch where this event is celebrated.

Many airlines like Jet Airways, IndiGo, Go Air, Spicejet operates to and fro with overall good flight connectivity connecting Indian cities such as Mumbai, Delhi, Kanpur, Indore. After deboarding at the airport, you will need to travel the remaining distance of about 80 km via some means of public transportation like a cab.

By Train. Kutch doesn’t have its own train station. The nearest railway station is situated in Bhuj of the same name. As compared with other train stations in Gujarat, this one is not very busy. Here is how you can travel here via trains from the following places.

  1. Delhi - ALA HAZRAT EXP from Old Delhi Railway Junction
  2. Jaipur - ALA HAZRAT EXP from Jaipur Junction
  3. Ahmedabad - Kutch Express from Ahmedabad Junction
  4. Ajmer - ALA HAZRAT EXP from Ajmer Junction

As you deboard at the train station you can take public transportation like a bus to reach Rann of Kutch. Especially during the days of Rann Utsav, there are many options available to the tourists to make their journey quite smooth.

By Road. Rann Utsav happens nearby Dhordo where the tents for this event are set up. Here is how you can reach Dhordo, Gujarat via road from the following places.

  1. Udaipur - 626 km via NH27
  2. Indore - 806 km via NH47
  3. Jodhpur - 722 km via NH27 or NH62
  4. Surat - 676 km via NH947
  5. Bhopal - 1,005 km via NH47

You can plan your trip and create your own route to the city with Adotrip’s technically driven circuit planner. Click here


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    01 December 2019 - 28 February 2020

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    Rann of Kutch

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