Rann Of Kutch Utsav - Tariff for Nov & Feb (Full Moon & Diwali) | Dec & Jan (Excluding Full Moon, Christmas & New Year)

Rann of Kutch, Gujarat - View on map
  • Nov 21’ - Feb 22’
  • Pickup: Airpot / Station
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There is no other place like Kutch in the whole world. Kutch is one of the main tourist destinations of India. Kutch means the identity of Gujarat, Kutch is also called a flood of colors. Here you will get to see different types of ecosystems and biodiversity.

 

The Rann of Kutch is the world's largest salt desert spread in the north and east in the city of Kutch in Gujarat, which is popularly known as the ' Rann of Kutch'. The line said by Amitabh Bachchan "Kutch Nahi Dekha To Kuchh Nahi Dekha ". Looks perfect.  If you have come to visit Gujarat and you have not seen Kutch, then your visit to Gujarat is pointless. This is because Kutch is home to culture, art and traditions. Here you will get a chance to meet not one but many types of arts and people of the community. If we talk about the Run of Kutch, then the Rann of Kutch is a white desert spread in the north and east of Kutch district in the state of Gujarat. 

 

The Rann of Kutch is a vast area, which is a part of the Thar Desert. Most of the Rann of Kutch is in Gujarat, while some part is in Pakistan. The special thing about this White Desert is that after the onset of monsoon, the water of the Gulf of Kutch comes into this desert, which looks like a vast sea of ​​white Rann. Indeed, the story of its formation is as amazing as it is to see this desert of salt. From July to October-November, this part of the Great Rann of Kutch appears like a sea. The Rann festival held here every year is famous all over the world.

 

From Desert Safari, you can enjoy folk songs and folk dances here. Not only indigenous but foreigners also join in large numbers to see this 38-day long festival. If you are also thinking of traveling to the Rann of Kutch, then this article related to the Rann of Kutch will be of great use to you. In this article, we will take you through the journey of Rann of Kutch. Truly the experience of seeing this beautiful place stays in hearts forever. So let's start the journey of Rann of Kutch.

 

The Rann of Kutch is spread over 23,300 km. Although it is a part of the sea, but due to the earthquake in 1819, the geographical landscape here completely changed and some part of it emerged up. It was a navigable lake at the time of Alexander. The Rann of Kutch is divided into two parts. The Northern Rann i.e. Great Rann of Kutch is spread over an area of ​​257 km and the Eastern Run which is called Little Rann of Kutch is smaller than the Great Rann of Kutch. It is situated in about 5178 sq km. Let us tell you that Rann means desert in Hindi. The temperature here rises to 44-50 degrees in summer and goes down to zero in winter.  

 

History Of Rann Of Kutch :

According to history, an island of Kutch named Kadir was found in the excavations of Harappa. Kutch was earlier ruled by the Rajputs of Sindh, but later Bhuj was made the capital of Kutch during the time of Jadeja Rajput King Khengarji. In the year 1741, Raja Lakhpatji was called the Raja of Kutch. In 1815, the British captured Dungar Hill and Kutch was declared an English district. During the British rule, palaces like Ranjit Vilas Mahal, Mandvi's Vijay Vilas etc. were also built in Kutch.

 

Top Places To Visit In Rann of Kutch :

Dholavira : 

The distance of Dholavira from Ahmedabad is 7 hours, while it takes 5 hours and 20 minutes to reach Dholavira from Bhuj. Dholavira is a place in Khadirbet village in Katuch district of Gujarat. The remains of ancient Indus Valley Civilization and Harappan culture are found at this place. This place is established from 2650 BCE.

 

Vijay Vilas Palace :

A wonderful attraction in the Rann of Kutch, the Vijay Vilas Palace is a unique place. Built by Rao Vijayrajji in 1929, the palace is an epitome of beautiful sculptures built in the fusion architectural style of the local Kutch, Rajasthan and Bengal. The palace is nestled in lush greenery spread over 450 acres with a 2-acre private beach.

 

Kala Dungar :

Kala Dungar is the highest point of Kutch. This place needs to be on your list once you are in the Rann of Kutch. Kala Dungar is about 95 kms from Bhuj. The sunset point here offers breathtaking views of the Rann.

 

Mandvi Beach :

Mandvi Beach is one of the finest deluxe campsites located along the 1,666 km long Gujarat coast. Mandvi Beach is a very quiet place for the tourist. It is situated on the banks of the Rukmavati River and is 1 km from the Arabian Sea in the Gulf of Kutch. As this beach is near Kashi – Vishwanath temple, this beach is also sometimes known as Kashi – Vishwanath beach. Sun-kissed sand and cool and buoyant waters make Mandvi Beach a great destination for honeymooners, family gatherings.

 

Shri Swaminarayan Temple :

The Swaminarayan temple which is made of marble attracts devotees and travelers from all over the world. The entire temple, which was destroyed in the 2001 earthquake, was built with the contribution of devotees from all over the world. Situated just down the road from Ramkund Kadam Well and Alfred High School, the temple marks the spot where Swaminarayan sat with the local holy men when he came through Bhuj. This temple is the real abode of a sovereign!

 

Kutch Museum :

Kutch Museum is the oldest museum in Gujarat, established in 1877 by Maharao Khengarji. It has the largest extant collection of inscriptions of a satrap, dating back to the 1st century AD. Remember that visiting a museum is a great way to learn about history.

 

Bhujodi :

A small town just 8 km south-east of Bhuj, Bhujodi is a major textile center of Kutch, with the vast majority of its 1200 inhabitants involved in textile handicraft production. Here you can meet weavers, tie-dye artists and block printers, most of whom belong to the Wanakar community. About a kilometer away from Bhujodi is the Ashapura Crafts Park, which has been set up by a corporate non-profit wing to help artisans exhibit and sell and organizes dance and concerts on weekends.

 

Kutch Desert Wildlife Sanctuary :

Kutch Desert Wildlife Sanctuary is located in the Rann of Kutch in the state of Gujarat. Spread over an area of ​​about 7,505 square kilometres, the Kutch Desert Wildlife Sanctuary also houses rare wild animals, reptiles and avifauna. Apart from being a breeding ground for the Greater Flamingo, the site is famous for being the home of hyenas, sambhars, jackals, chinkaras, wild boars, nilgai, Indian hare and the swamp elephant. Tourists visiting the sanctuary can also spot various species of Miniature Indian Civets, Indian Porcupines and Indian Foxes.

 

Narayan Sarovar :

Narayan Sarovar is one of the most important Hindu religious places in Kutch. This lake is a combination of 5 sacred lakes of Hinduism namely Man Sarovar, Pampa Sarovar, Bindu Sarovar, Narayan Sarovar and Pushkar Sarovar. This lake is associated with the phenomenon of drought. To end this drought, Lord Vishnu appeared in the incarnation of Narayan in the lake. The group of temples around Narayan Sarovar is called Narayan Sarovar Mandir. The main temples of this site are dedicated to Shri Trikamaraiji, Laxminarayan, Govardhannathji, Dwarkanath, Adi Narayan, Ranchhodraji and Lakshmiji. An annual fair held in the place during November and December is also a big tourist attraction.

 

Lakhpat Fort :

The distance from Rann of Kutch to Lakhpat Fort is 142 km. Lakhpat is a small town in Kutch. As the name suggests, it means the city of millionaires. This fort was built in 1801 by Jamadar Fateh Mohammad.

 

Lifestyle Of Rann Of Kutch

Many groups and communities live in Kutch. These include various nomadic, semi-nomadic and artisan groups and the majority of Kutch's population is made up of Gujarati Ahirs. Once considered an economically backward, the government's efforts in the region have ensured increasing prosperity. Most of the people in Kutch are vegetarian, as a part of the population follows Jainism and many Hindus are Brahmins. In Kutch, more than 75 percent of the population follows Hinduism while more than 20 percent follow Islam. Jains and Sikhs make up the rest of the population. Jains in Kutch are very particular about following the principles of their religion and abstain from eating food that is grown underground such as potatoes, garlic, onions and yams.

 

Run of Kutch Festival :

One of the largest salt deserts in the world, the Great Rann of Kutch in the Indian state of Gujarat is not only known for its natural splendor but also for the Rann festival created by the local people. Every year Rann Utsav starts from 1st November and continues till 20th February. This festival is organized in the desert of Kutch in the moonlit night, which attracts thousands of domestic and foreign tourists to see. By coming here, you can enjoy the cultural program in the moonlit night and open air. From here you can also easily see the view of Sindh province of Pakistan, which is located just a short distance from Kutch.

 

You can enjoy camel ride in this Rann Utsav organized on the Indo-Pak border. Once this festival was held for three days but now this festival is celebrated for full 38 days. Here, many artists show a glimpse of the history of India on the sand through their art. During the last several years of Rann Utsav, artists have displayed everything from characters from Ramayana to Swami Vivekananda's journey to Kutch. By coming here, you can also get acquainted with the handicrafts and lifestyle of the local people.

 

A tourist camp is settled near the village of Dhordo in the middle of the battlefield, five km from Bhuj, where domestic and foreign tourists are accommodated with all facilities. Here you can also enjoy a solo ride on the Desert Patrol Vehicle (DPV). Desert safaris are worth seeing during this time. Apart from this, you can also enjoy Hot Air Balloon Kutch here. Tourists coming to participate in the first day of Rann Utsav are taken to the Rann Carnival organized on the banks of Hamirsar Lake, so that they can get to know the culture and traditions of the place. One can enjoy the Rann Safari on the second day and the folk music and dances organized in the moonlit night.

 

Interesting Facts About Rann Of Kutch :

The Rann of Kutch is the largest white desert in the world, which is not made of snow but of salt. This desert is spread over 30 thousand square km.

 

Kutch is also home to sea-swimming dromedaries or humped camels, known as Kharoi.

Lothal and Dholavira in Kutch are historical sites associated with the Harappan culture, one of the oldest civilization on earth. Lothal is known as the oldest dockyard in the world, while Dholavira is the oldest town planning remains in India.

 

Rogan art of Nirona village is neglected among all, gradually it is disappearing, but when Narendra Modi gifted this art to Obama, Rogan art once again got the world stage. Rogan means oil in Persian. In this art paint made from thick shiny castor seed oil is used to paint on cloth.

Kutch is also home to the largest population of wild ace. In this desert you will find rare species of fox and flamingo.

 

There is a village called Bhujodi near Bhuj, where about 1200 artisans of the Vankar community live here. These people work in textile and handicraft units here. By visiting here you get a chance to meet weavers, block printers and tie-dye artists and learn about their craft.

 

Very few people know that a small place called Sumbrasar near Nirona village has become quite popular due to a British woman. 30 years ago this British lady named Judy Trader came to the Rann of Kutch and fell in love with this place. From then till today, Judy Rann the Kala Raksha Trust by taking the initiative to promote local art here.

 

Popular Food in Run of Kutch :

The people of Kutch believe in simple living and high thinking. The staple food is rotlas made from bajri (millet), made with butter milk or 'chhas', butter and jaggery or 'jaggery'. Khichdi made of rice and dal (lentils) is liked by all. If you visit any house then first a glass of water is served as a custom. Tea which was unknown 60 years ago has become the universal drink among all the people. Milk based items such as curd and ghee are very common in food preparation. Ground nut oil and ground nut are commonly used to make food more exotic.

 

Usually, Kachhi Cuisine consists of roti or rotla, curd, butter milk, lentils, curry, vegetables, papad, kachumber. Dry rotis or theplas and khakra and sev (of gram flour) are made and stored as food during travel etc. The main dishes in the food items are Khaman Dokla, Gathia, Anthiya, Muthia, Raita, Dahi Vada, Kachori, Bhajiya, Bhaji made from brinjal, finger made from gourd and ladyfinger etc. As a variation from the usual food, Dabeli, Puri. There are many varieties of sweets such as Adadiya, Gulab Pak, Soan Papdi, Mohan Thal, Peda, Halwa, Gulab Jamun, Jalebi, etc. Coriander seeds or paddy dal, betel nut or paan with betel nut is served after the meal.

 

Shoping In Run Of Kutch :

Kutch has a rich culture which comes out through its art. The district is home to several pastoral communities who are skilled in a variety of crafts. Kutch has some of the best places to visit including boutiques and shops that sell handloom clothes, hand painted wooden boxes, clothes. This is a relatively less expensive place to shop. Villages like Bhujodi (8 kms from Bhuj), Nirona, Bhuj, Anjar and Hodka are also good places to buy Kutchi crafts. The fine embroidery practiced by the local Rabari, Ari, Ahir, Mutwa and Banni communities are impressive. You will get a different experience of shopping in Kutch. Here you can shop for oil made Rogan Art, Copper Balls, Mirror Work Embroidered Garments, Chunky Silver Jewellery, Gold Jewellery, Ajrakh Block Printing Shawl, Bandhani Sarees and Dupatta, all these things, which you will not find anywhere in India. Will meet.

 

How To Reach Rann Of Kutch :

Bhuj is very close to the Rann of Kutch. You can come here from airports, railway stations of all major cities. The distance from Bhuj to Rann of Kutch is only 80 km i.e. it will take you 5 hours to reach here. If you want, you can also take the facility of Gujarat Tourism Bus from Bhuj, which will take you directly to your Rann of Kutch. If you want to go by flight, direct flights from Bangalore, Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Trivandrum and Goa Rann for Bhuj airport. If you want to go to Kutch by train then Bhuj Express and Hazrat Express run from Delhi, while Bhuj Express and Kutch Express Rann from Mumbai.

If you want to go by road then it will take around 16 hours to reach Rann of Kutch from Delhi, Mumbai, Pune and Jodhpur. If you go by taxi or car then it may take an hour or two more.

 

Hotel In Rann of Kutch :

Kutch is one of the main tourist destinations of Gujarat, that is why you will find many hotels, resorts here. If you come to the Rann Utsav, then there is a special tent city available to stay in the Rann Utsav festival.

 

Best Time To Visit Rann Of Kutch :

The right time to visit the Rann of Kutch is after Makar Sankranti in January. The weather here is very pleasant during this time and the crowd is also less. Full moon night is the best time to visit the White Desert of Kutch. If you can't find a booking for the full moon night, plan a day or two earlier or later. Even then you will experience bliss like a full moon night. October is also the best time to visit Run of Kutch. Every year Rann Utsav is held here in this month.

 

During this, you will get to see a different wonderful view of the Rann. It is the peak season for tourists from October to March. The Rann of Kutch starts drying up from the end of December, after which it looks like a completely white desert. It is the center of attraction for the tourists during the festival. Every year 8 to 10 lakh people come here to see this glittering desert.

 

Price Includes
Stay in well Accommodated AC Swiss Tent in Dbl / Twin sharing basis
Daily B/fast & Dinner (Gujrati Veg. Meal)
Daily Mineral Water one Bottle Per Head
Morning & Evening Tea with cookies
Pick up & Drop from Bhuj Airport / Railway Station
One Day Local Sightseeing
Gujrati Folk Dance & Rann Utsav
Price Excludes
Train / Air fare
PCR Test & Covid-19 Insurance
GST 5%
Any other services not mentioned above

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Arrival at Bhuj Airport/Railway Station, welcome by Representative and check into Resort. After Lunch & Evening Tea Transfer to White Rann witness the Grandeur of Sunset. Mode of Transfer can be through Camel Cart / Bus /Cab on first come first basis. Guest will have to return by the same mode of Transfer. Overnight stay at Resort

After having Morning Tea transfer to White Rann to witness the Grandeur of Sun rise. After having B/fast at Resort, move to Kalo Dungar (Black Hill ). On the route to Kalo Dungar visit to Handicraft village “ Gandhi Nu Gaam”. Back to Resort and after Lunch free time to relax in resort. After Dinner at resort enjoy the culture of Kutch along with entertaining activities. Overnight stay at Resort.

After B/fast, check out from Hotel and start your journey back to home town. Drop at Bhuj Airport/Railway Station

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