At a glance
Rann Utsav is a celebration of life, festivities and culture of Kutch and Gujarat. It is a landmark bestowing grace and elegance where the world gathers for more than 2 months. A riot of colour sprinkled on the barren lands, Rann Utsav offers visitors an excellent opportunity to experience the diverse traditions and the generosity and hospitality of Kutchi people.
The picturesque “White Desert” is waiting to welcome you. On a full moon night during Rann Utsav, the region wakes to an endless cycle of dance, and where century old traditions are revived in a celebration.
The colorful fairs held near the beach or the banks of a lake swings one with the spirit of festivity, fervor and flamboyancy while the organized tour around Kutch is an ideal occasion to be part of the region and experience the zeal and uniqueness of the people through a celebration of life!
Rannutsav hosts activities such as Horse Rides, Camel Safaris to Bird Watching,Pool Table,Table Tennis,ATV Riding,Paramotoring, Archery,Giant Chess, Net Cricket, Bicycle.Tourists visiting Rann of Kutch during Rann Utsav will surely enjoy remarkable moments.
|On popular demand, it has been decided to commence the Rann Utsav during the festive season from 1st November, 2016. As on date, the formation of the White Rann has taken place in some sections and as a part of the natural process it will take a few more weeks for the White Rann to emerge in its full majestic splendour all over. A general disclaimer is already there on the respective booking sites. However, in case of any inconvenience, prospective tourists are advised to get in touch with the Operators or Gujarat Tourism.|
1st November, 2016 to 20th February, 2017
Kutch or Rannutsav, a unique manifestation of varied cultural ethos of the region is known for the ethnic flavor and celebrative zest. This festival provides an exclusive opportunity to witness the creative ingenuity of the artisans and craftspeople, assorted array of folk music and performances, mixed representation of culture and communities, along with a vast diversity in ecology. All this and much more describe and define Kutch and the people.
A seasonal salt marshland situated in the heart of the Thar Desert with Gujarat on one side and Pakistan’s Sind province on the other, the district spans about 7,505.22 square kilometres (2,897.78 sq mi) and is one of the largest salt deserts in the world. The Great Rann of Kutch, the Little Rann of Kutch and the Banni grasslands at the southern fringe, makes up for some 30,000 square kilometres of white lands, sweeping the Gulf of Kutch at one end, and the seat of the great Indus Valley Civilization on the other, falling in southern Pakistan.
A cradle of craftsmanship, Kutch is known for its exquisite variety of weaving, patchwork, block-printing, bandhani, tie-and-dye, rogan-art and other ethnic styles of embroidery, pottery, wood-carving, metal-crafts and shell-work. The variety emerges from the enchanting terrain that provides a perfect backdrop to an extra ordinary fair. Perhaps because the landscape is so white and ochre, even a hint of colour adds a fascinating element to the rustic life of Rann.
Also known as Palace of Mirrors or Aina Mahal is located in the corner of Hamirsar Lake in Bhuj. With the fascinating history, this 250 year old palace was built in the 18th century by chief architect and craftsman Ramsinh under the patronage of Jadeja ruler Lakhpatji.
A blend of Indian and European artistry, the walls of the great hall are of white marble covered by mirrors separated by gilded ornaments, lighting being provided by elaborate candelabra, with shades of Venetian glass. Another remarkable feature is the pleasure pool, in the middle of which rises a square platform where the maharao composed his poems and gave encouragement to the classical arts of dancing girls, bards and musicians.
The attention to detail is impressive. Immerse yourself in the history of the city and admire its Victorian architecture.
Kala Dungar is the highest point in Kutch. This place has to be on your bucket list once you are in Rann of Kutch. Kala Dungar is around 95 kms from Bhuj. On a clear day, the sunset point here offers breathtaking views of the Rann.
If you are feeling energetic you can climb the dunes to the summit of your choosing, where the view along the sand ridge opens up for excellent photographic opportunities. There is also a temple called Dattatreya Temple at the top. It offers free lunch to everyone who drops by.
The place promises a different view of Rann of Kutch. And the journey there can be an adventure in itself. Make sure that you don’t forget the quintessential kala dungar experience.
Vijay Vilas Palace:
A must-see and one of amazing attractions in Rann of Kutch, for its role in a key scene, the Vijay Vilas Palace is a distinctive place. Built in 1929 by Rao Vijayrajji, the palace is an epitome of graceful curves built in the fusion architectural style of local Kutch, Rajasthan and Bengal.
The palace is nestled in 450 acres of lush greenery, with 2 kilometers of private beach. It was built of red sandstone in the Rajput style, with a main central dome and colored glass windows. The interior is a magnificent, unpretentious playground of Rajputana art, as appealing to the amateurs as well as art experts.
Vijay Vilas Palace standing at the seashore of Mandavi has been the location for filming many Bollywood Blockbusters. The place with a breathtaking panoramic view and the beautiful site is a recognizable landmark in Rann of Kutch which is definitely not to miss.
Mandvi Beach is one of the finest deluxe camps situated along the 1666 km long Gujarat coastline. An oasis for the thirsty tourist, Mandvi beach is a very peaceful and serene place. It is located on the banks of the Rukmavati river and is 1 km away from the Arabian Sea at the Gulf of Kutch. As this beach is just near to the Kashi – Vishvanath Temple, this beach is sometimes also known as Kashi – Vishvanath Beach.
The sun-kissed sands and cold and breezy waters make Mandvi Beach a great destination for the honeymooners, family celebrations, etc. Enjoy an idyllic beach getaway, watching the windmills and birds, take a short camel ride along the beach or simply walk along the soft sand enjoying the foot massage with cool sea water.
This place is also well-known for its crafts and heritage and a full day excursion trip in this town offers enroute numerous old buildings of princely times, chronological palaces and ancient temples.
Like most Swaminarayan temples, this temple also has the typical brightly colored wood carvings around the building, mostly depicting Lord Krishna and Radha. Located just down the road from the Ramkund step well and the Alfred High school, the temple marks the spot where Swaminarayan sat with local holy men when he came through Bhuj.
The visit here promises a truly quality time. As the weather cools, the streets near the temple begin to sparkle with festive lights, and the atmosphere offers a cozy retreat. Surprisingly rich in attractions and certainly worth a visit, this temple is a real residence of a sovereign!
Shyamji Krishna Varma Memorial:
The British ruled over India for over two hundred years. They ruthlessly exploited India’s economic resources and mercilessly oppressed the people. Many individuals took on the might of the British to free India. Shyamji Krishna Varma chose to take this fight to British soil and made London his base.
Shyamji Krishna Varma was born on 4th October, 1857 in Mandvi town of Kutch district of Gujarat. He was one of the foremost freedom fighters in the history of the freedom movement of India with high sense of patriotism and selfless service for the nation. He had organized a revolutionary center in "India House" at London and propagated the cause of India’s independence through his writings in his publication journal called The "Indian Sociologist".
Shyamji Krishna Varma was not alone in his work. He was joined by many other great radical Indian Nationalists who were committed to free their motherland from the yoke of British rule. Many great revolutionaries made the supreme sacrifice and laid down their lives to see their country free, both in India as well as abroad.
The Memorial’s objective is to pay tribute to the contribution of Shyamji Krishna Varma and also to educate the young generation about those great Indians who sacrificed everything for the country’s freedom.
It is a quirky and eccentric festival that showcases the enlightening wonders of Kutch. Last year thousands of tourists graced this desert extravaganza and the much talked about hospitality. With intimate and spell binding time, Rann Utsav will engrave Kutch in your heart and mind for eternity.