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Rann Utsav, Gujarat
01st November 2017 to 20th February 2018

Gujaratis are known for their diverse cultural heritage and rich traditions; it's a vibrant mix of Hinduism, Islam, Jainism and Buddhism & also a blend of different cultures of Gujarati's like their arts, beliefs, customs, traditions, institutions, languages, values and festivals.

Truly an expanse - vast, immaculate white landscape stretching as far as your eye can reach, Rann of Kutch is indeed a peek into parallel universe owing to the uninterrupted whiteness that it resounds, thus making it appear blank as the end of land. Definitely it emanates a haunting feel which engulfs you amidst the gripping wind whiffing through your tresses.

Rannutsav, a Carnival of Music, Dance is highly instrumental in enhancing the natural and blessed beauty of White Rann / Desert when the flash light of Full Moon spreads it self evenly on the white land. This festival would be held from 01st November 2017 to 20th February 2018.

This annual panorama of festival offers an opportunity for visitors to attend folk dance and music concepts, to watch artisans at work, to shop directly from NGO's craftspeople and village co-operatives, to see the great Historical monuments in the state, and to visit places off the usual tourist trail.

The cool winter breeze and soothing rays of full-moon night would welcome many high profile dignitaries, including Gujarat Chief Minister to enjoy cultural programs, performed amidst the White Salt Desert spread over miles. Nearly 32 cultural troupes from various districts of Gujarat participate in the Dance and Musical Carnival thus invitinga footfall of almost 1.5 lac local people from Bhuj and Kutch to enjoy this colorful carnival.

A grand Tent City of approx. 400 tents, consisting of both air- conditioned and non-air-conditioned tents, is set up on the outskirts of bordering village of Dhorado in the Rann. From here the tourists are taken on entourage of Kala Dunger (Salty Hill), located on outskirts of Rann, popular handicraft village 'Ludia' and eco-friendly Hodko village.

Kutch is considered to be the haven for numerous handicrafts, which have carried on through generations. The traditional basis of its prosperity has been its foreign trade in different handicrafts. The artifacts of Kutch moved not only the length and breadth of the country but also in the overseas market. The main handicrafts of the district are embroidery of ethnic style, patchwork, terracotta, pen knives and nut crackers. The Kutchi people weave their dreams in different forms of embroidery and Kutch is world renowned for its mirrored embroideries.

Also Kutch is the homeland of hand printing textiles in different forms. Some famous and plausible important forms are Ajrakh prints, Batik prints and Rogan painting. Wood carving is also prevalent to Kutch. The Harijan people living in Dumaro and Ludia are master crafts persons of wood carving. They make various utensils like pastel roller, chapatti disc, bottles, small table, and glass etc. of the wood doing attractive carving. Generally, they use the teak wood and locally available wood to prepare the fine artifacts.

Rabari and Harijan women folk are traditionally experts in depicting their dreams in painting form and turn houses in the Banni area into homes with their beautiful and lively paintings. The clay collected is mixed with camel dung and kept for a few days. Then it is kneaded to obtain sufficient plasticity and designs are worked on the mud wall using this clay mixture.

One of the famous places that may also be visited while being at Kutch is the Indian Wild Ass Sanctuary. This sanctuary was established in 1972 as the last natural habitat of the Indian Wild Ass (Equus Hemionus Khur). This animal is one of the three surviving species of the Wild Ass in the world - the other two being found in Central Asia and in and around Tibet. The Khur is high on the list of endangered species, as only 1,800 to 2,000 counts of this species survive today globally. Other animals include the chinkara, desert fox, jackal, desert cat, caracal, nilgai, wolf, blackbuck, and striped hyena.

The festival is visited and enjoyed by more than 8000 tourists from all over the world. This is one time when natives of the region and travelers along with Government administrative officers all together come along to celebrate the mystical magic of Kutch and its diversity.

Tappas Voyages have a dedicated team of professionals who specialize in creating itineraries that are designing keeping in mind these one time in a year festivals, hence, please contact our travel advisors for a specially designed trip to Gujarat to soak all the colors and culture of the state at the same time as beautiful Rann Utsav.

This is the best time to visit this place as the weather is most favorable now. So don't wait, book your tickets now….!!!