Rann Utsav Festival
Romancing the "White Desert" of Rann of Kutch in the vibrant festival extravaganza of Rann Utsav.
Location - Gujarat
Date - November 1 - February 20, 2018
Highlights - Music, camel safaris, craftsmanship, jamboree parades, ethnic arts and crafts, bird watching, adventure sports, shopping, food, culture and much more.
One of the great salt deserts in the world, the Rann of Kutch is a perfect venue for one of the most extravagant festivals of India - Rann Utsav. It is a grand social party that happens in different areas of Kutch region in Gujarat, India. A celebration of culture, festivities and life of Kutch and Gujarat. This nearly four months long Utsav or festival is held every year during the full-moon period in winters (between November to February).
The Rann of Kutch is a seasonal salt marshland in the Thar Desert, that turns white during winters, provides a perfect backdrop for the colorful festival of Rann, when during a full moon night the place turns ethereal white. Kutch region of Gujarat is diverse; a cradle of craftsmanship and, is known for its exquisite variety of artistic creations such as weaving, patchwork, pottery, shell-works and many other interesting stuff.
Rann Utsav draws thousands of visitors who come to experience the celebration of colors, cultures, expressions, the natural beauty of Rann of Kutch and its warm hospitality. Rann Utsav hosts variety of other events and competitions as well that can be enjoyed in this festivals, which includes Horse Rides, Camel Safaris, Archery, ATV Riding, Paramotoring, Pool Table, Bicycling, and many other fun lot. Besides the aforesaid things, visitors can do extraordinary shopping, taste scrumptious food, attend gorgeous cultural sessions, go sightseeing to the unexplored corners of Kutch, do some bird watching or animal spotting or, simply romance the white sands and the bright moon.
The sweeping views of the “White Desert” welcomes you on a full moon night during Rann Utsav, when the region wakes to an endless cycle of over four months long festivities, and where age old traditions are revived in a celebration. Spending a night on the pristine white sands during a full moon night feels like heaven.
The colorful fair is an exclusive opportunity to witness the creative finesse of the local artisans, folk music and performances, eclectic mix of culture and communities and, of course the surreal nature. Visitors to Rann Utsav will surely take along phenomenal memories of this festive extravaganza, to be cherished for eternity.