Rarely does it happen in one’s life that what we see and what we experience leaves one speechless. One of such experience that India has to offer, awaits you at Rann Utsav, in Kutch, Gujarat. Considered as one of the best experiences of life across the world by lonelyplanet, it is a one of its kind initiative.
Rann Utsav is a festival organised by the government of Gujarat near Ghordo village, which is on the edge of one of the very few salt marsh deserts of the world. As long as one can see, there is just white sand and blue sky. It is a rare experience that any writer will find difficult to express. In the age of urban life, with honks of horn and concrete jungles, ran Utsav comes as one of the most prized experience. But the purpose of Rann Utsav goes beyond just desert. More than anything, it celebrates the rich culture and heritage of Gujarat. You can experience and have a chance to carry home with you the arts, handicrafts, handloom weaving, pottery, Bandhani fabrics of Kutch.
In the evenings before moonlit nights, there is a special experience waiting for you – the folk music and dance of Kutch. Over 50 different artists and dancers perform on moonlit evenings often running into nights, under the open sky and winter breeze. Sitting on Indian style beds getting the peek at unique culture of thousands of years in few hours is a treat in itself. After the performances, you can stay at modern tents with facilities like electricity and even washrooms and experience the desert first hand.
Rann Utsav includes camelback rides into the desert, sightseeing to Mandvi, which is a beach town and home to Vijay Vilas Palace, favourite filming location for Indian films, Indo Pak border and visit to Kala Dungar (Black Mountain). Eagle travels connects Baroda & Ahmedabad to Mandvi with its daily sleeper service.
Rann Utsav is organised at Ghordo village, 400 kilometres from Ahmedabad, the biggest city of the state of Gujarat. Throughout the way, connectivity is very easy. Eagle travels runs every day buses for Bhuj from Ahmedabad, Once in Bhuj, there are ample transit facilities to go to Ghordo. What’s more, you can also book tickets online at 5% discount or through an android app, Eagle travels follows a ladies seat policy & take care of the safety of female passengers travelling alone.
Apart from the Rann Utsav, there are many other places one can visit in Kutch. Only a 100 kilometeres from Bhuj rests Dhola Vira, site of Harappan civilisation. It is one of the three sites of Harappan civilisation, two of which are in India. There is also a wild ass sanctuary in Kutch, which is an endangered animal found only in Gujarat. There is also Narayan Sarovar, a temple town sitting only a few kilometres away from international border. The staff of Eagle travels is well knowledgeable of local region which allows you to relax and enjoy the trip.
Come & enjoy the beauty of White rann of Kutch & get meserised with the nature's beauty.