Rann Utsav is a 4-month long carnival of magnificent proportions hosted on the shimmering white landscape of the White Rann of Kutch in Gujarat. A celebration of joy, colour, music, dance, food, culture and nature, Rann Utsav is an annual festival that starts in October-November and lasts until February-March. This year the white desert festival will begin from October 28, 2019 and will last till February 23, 2020.
The White Rann is one of the biggest salt deserts in the world, a vast stretch spread over an area of 7,500 square kilometers. Since it’s a seasonal salt marsh, the water recedes during the period of November to December and the entire landscape is draped in a mesmerising white color, hence the name. Before we give too much away in the beginning, here are 7 things you should know about the Rann Utsav 2019. We are hopeful that before you finish reading this, you will be ready to plan a holiday at the Rann Utsav with family and friends. Plan your trip now and if funds are a problem, apply for a Bajaj Finserv personal loan or travel loan on Finserv MARKETS.
As soon as you land at the Bhuj airport, you will get a taste of the expansiveness of the Rann Utsav. The finale of the carnival takes place at the Rann Utsav tent city, a mini town made of 400 air-conditioned and non-AC tents. The tent city is located at Dhordo village, which is 86 km away from Bhuj airport.
Dhordo is a 90 minute drive from Bhuj and is the gateway to the festival. Once you reach Dhordo, you will get easy transportation to travel into the festival venue, located in the heart of the desert. You also need a permit to visit the Rann of Kutch as it’s a sensitive border area between India and Pakistan. Cost of permit is nominal; just Rs. 100 for an adult and Rs. 50 for a child.
How to reach Bhuj
You can reach Bhuj by air, train or road. A flight from Mumbai to Bhuj takes an hour; and takes around 3 hours from New Delhi. By train, the travel time between Mumbai to Bhuj is approx. 14 hours. From Ahmedabad to Bhuj, it’s 5 hours and from New Delhi to Bhuj it will take you 22 hours.
Buying a travel package is the most convenient way to enjoy the Rann Utsav 2019. Nothing can beat the experience of staying in a tent in the desert especially during the winter. If you plan to stay close to the white salt desert during the Utsav, luxury tents and mud houses with all modern amenities are available. A Rann Utsav package will cost you anywhere between Rs. 10,000-20,000 per adult for 2 nights.
You can also bundle a sightseeing tour with your package for some must-visit places around the White Rann of Kutch such as the Narayan Sarovar, Black Mountain, Mandvi Beach and Vijay Vilas Palace among others.
As expected during peak season or a festival, accommodation can be expensive; therefore you need to be prepared to shell out more. A travel loan can help you lighten the burden and enjoy the Rann Utsav with complete peace of mind. Apply for a personal loan for travel on Finserv MARKETS and get fast loan approval, flexible repayments and attractive interest rates. You can also read about how travel loan for holiday can take care of your finances.
What to do there
The festival offers a matchless cultural feast with excellent folk music and dance, including Sufi, Garba, Tippani, Hallisaka and others. You can also enjoy mouth-watering and unique Gujarati local cuisines during the Rann Utsav. Visitors get the opportunity to buy local handicrafts and souvenirs as well as Bandhani sarees and leather and silver articles. Other attractions include golf cart and desert patrol vehicle (DPV) rides, desert safari and an unforgettable hot air balloon ride.
Sunset and full moon nights
Photographers and romantic souls wait for this one-in-a-million opportunity to watch a sunset in the Rann of Kutch from Mandvi Beach. Also, during a full-moon night, tourists flock to the desert to experience the ethereal beauty of the white expanse drenched in natural, white light.
The White Rann of Kutch experiences extreme cold during the winter and temperatures can go below freezing point. Don’t forget to pack plenty of warm clothes for the chilly nights, though tents on the desert have heating options.
Things to keep in mind
- Don’t forget to carry your photo identity cards as they are required in border check posts.
- Book your accommodation at least 45 days in advance.
- Only October to March is the best time to visit Rann of Kutch. Summers are extreme and the place is submerged under water during monsoon season.
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