The complex yet diverse cultural history of Kutch compels one to experience the region with an open heart and all five senses. The colors, the sounds, the flavors and the overall energy of the region is unmatched and unforgettable.
Elephants, camels, traditional music and dances, spices, colorfully dressed men and women, artisans even turbans. It all comes together at the Rann Utsav.
The Rann Utsav is an impressive initiative launched by the Gujarat Government that brings together all that is vibrant and traditional about India (Gujarat and Rajasthan in particular).
Held between Mid-December and Mid-February each year, the Rann Utsav is a celebration of tradition, culture and history. Local tribes from across the Kutch region-which covers almost 30,000 square kilometres of Gujarat and Rajasthan bordering Pakistan, come together to display their handicrafts, arts, music and local traditions.
So what exactly is the Rann of Kutch?
Salt Flats of The Great Rann of Kutch
Situated within the Thar Desert, the Rann (Desert) of Kutch is seasonal salt marsh that lies between the sand dunes of the Thar and the Gulf of Kutch. With a unique eco-system owing to the desert on one side and the ocean on the other, the region is a large expanse of packed white salt most of the year and a large body of water during peak monsoons.
Kutch’s unique location makes this part of India fascinating. Since it spans across Gujarat, parts of Rajasthan and ends at the Southern tip of Sindh in Pakistan, Kutch is an amalgam of diverse cultures and histories. Kutch also has been the source of some of the world’s best textiles and handicrafts.
A full moon night, a luxury tent, a pure white expanse of nothing, a campfire and exotic music performed live by an indigenous group. It truly is an experience that involves all the senses. It is an experience to cherish. The Rann Utsav is an experience of India.
The Rann Utsav is usually held in the winters. This year the festival ends on February 16, 2016.
Luxurious Interiors of the tent accommodations at the Rann Utsav Festival
Luxury Tent accommodations are the best way to enjoy the festival. These tents are large canvas tents with concrete or tile floors, full sized beds and attached bathrooms with running water.
Full moon nights are a sight to behold in the desert.
While the Rann Utsav itself is a massive gathering with scheduled activities, markets and performances throughout the day, there are also day trips available to nearby attractions such as the Aina Mahal, Vijay Vilas Palace and Mandvi Beach.
Do you like timing your travel so you can participate in local festivities? Would you like to know more about the different festivals of India? Check out this nifty calendar…