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7 Things You Need To Know About The Rann Utsav

Whenever we talk about Deserts, one particular desert certainly comes to our minds and that dessert is the Great Rann of Kutch. The reason why it is labelled as the great Rann of Kutch is that it is one of the biggest salt deserts not only in India but also in the world. It is situated in the state of Gujrat. Rann of Kutch is not just known for its big dessert; it is also known for the festival which its residents have created – The Rann Utsav. As it is that the desert is just magnificent but the celebration of this festival makes it even more glorious. Though during certain months of the year, the temperature falls way beyond one can control; it doesn’t steal the charm which this place has. India is a land of great festivals and the Rann Utsav happens to be one of them. In this article, I would be telling you 7 things you need to know about the Rann Utsav.

7 Things You Need To Know About The Rann Utsav

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Photo of “International Kite Mahotsav 2013” by Kaushik Patel under CC BY 2.0

1. When does the festival start?

The first major question which comes to one’s mind is when does the festival begin? Well if you visit the Gujrat tourism website then they have mentioned about their event calendar for the next 5 years. This year the festival would be from 1st November 2020 to 28th February 2021 so you can book your tickets accordingly.

2. What is the Venue?

As mentioned in the first point that the festival lasts for nearly 4 months so there are many places where it is celebrated. You can’t imagine the expenses which are borne by the tourism of Gujrat in this particular festival. It begins from Bjuj and slowly and steadily it covers the entire district. The final phase of the festival takes place in a village called Dhordo where more than 1000 tents are set up (AC & Non-AC). You wouldn’t face problems in reaching this place from the railway station or the airport.

3. What can I expect from this festival?

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The festival is as grand as it could get. If you visit the place before this festival starts you would feel like you have visited a place which is currently under hibernation but comes the month of November; you would feel like you are in the most happening place of India. Folk dances, star gazing, handicrafts and many other things are available in plenty. The tourism department makes sure that you have a great time and they leave no stone unturned for the same.

4. What are the other things apart from the festival?

Visiting Kutch during Rann of Utsav doesn’t just mean that you would be spending time doing pujas the entire time. It is said that the moon cannot look prettier from anywhere else in the world; so, if you are going along with your loved one, make sure that you take a walk under the dim light of the moon. If you are going solo (and trust me you will find hundreds of people who actually go alone for this Utsav) you can go for the desert patrol vehicle or even sit in a hot air balloon.

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Photo of “Dandiya Rass at Rann Utsav” by Kaushik Patel under CC BY 2.0

5. Cultural Fest

This is one particular thing which you cannot afford to miss out on. During this time the local artists come and present their talent. The best part is that you can find them in every corner; just sit or stand near them and listen to music. It would be a feast for your earbuds. You would see people dancing to the folk songs which really sets the mood. There are many places where a bonfire is set where these artists perform; it serves as a cherry on top of a cake.

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6. Hot Air Balloon

This is one particular thing which many people in India are not aware of. People feel that in order to get a ride in a hot air balloon they will need to travel to foreign countries. All you enthusiasts, you didn’t know about this; this is your chance to finally sit in one. During the festival, these hot air balloons are set up and you can get bird over kutch standing in one of these. The prices of this particular vary from dealer to dealer. I would advise you to check the prices from all of them and then make a decision.

7. Shopping

For all those of you who love shopping you just cannot afford to miss out on this place. Sellers from around the whole country set up their stalls here and the collection you would get here; you won’t get it anywhere in the world. Handicrafts are something which is available in plenty – Silverware, leather and Gujrati articles, ornaments and Kutchi embroidery are among a few things available. Even if you don’t want to buy just roam around these shops it would be a feast for your eyes.

It is said that India is the land of festivals. It doesn’t matter which part of the country you go; every part has its own way of their celebrating their festivals. Rann Utsav is one of the most popular festivals in India – there are very few festivals which are celebrated for a period of 4 months and Rann Utsav happens to be one of them. You just cannot afford to miss out on this one. So, these are the 7 things you need to know about Rann Utsav.

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Photo of “Rann Utsav 2014” by Kaushik Patel under CC BY 2.0

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