Where: Rann of Kutch, State of Gujrat, India.
When: 6th December 2014 to 5th March 2015.
The splendid salt marshland called ‘Rann of Kutch’, located in the Westernmost part of the world’s most vibrant country- India, gets draped into the colors of the festivity as three- months long celebration of ‘Rann Utsav’ gets into its full swing! The iconic ‘Rann of Kutch’ is situated amidst the Thar Desert in the Indian state of ‘Gujrat’!
The ‘Rann Utsav’ is organized every year in order to exhibit the cultural opulence of the ‘Kutch’ region. The region surrounding the Rann is renowned for excellent handicrafts, rich folk music, unadulterated dance-forms & gourmet cuisines, which sum up the vibrant culture of Gujrat! The celebration lets the attendees to enjoy the vivacious culture of the Kutch region amidst the unique, stark-white backdrop of the salt marshland that shimmers with all its might on the gleaming full moon nights!
How it was Started?
The ‘Rann Utsav’ is the brainchild of the Ministry of Tourism of the state of ‘Gujrat’ & it caters towards introducing the cultural heritage of the Kutch region to the rest of the world! The ‘Rann of Kutch’ is known as one of the largest salt deserts in the world & it occupies nearly 7,505 sq.Km of the area. The ‘Great Rann of Kutch’, the ‘Little Rann of Kutch’ & the ‘Banni Grasslands’ are famous for its iconic white-colored salty sands. On the full moon nights, the moonlit white sands look sensational. The beaming white sand & soothing, cool nights set up a tone for the celebration, which consists of the folk-music & dance performances by the local artists.
How is it Celebrated?
Throughout the festive season, the arid land of Kutch floods with the tourists who come here to witness the glory of the Kutchi culture! The attendees just love staying in the lavish tents, & experiencing the warmth of the local culture & the pleasant hospitality of the local Kutchi people. During the daytime, the tourists can enjoy a plethora of activities, including camel riding, quad-biking, archery, Velcro wall climbing & rifle shooting.
The real fun begins after the sunset as the darkness starts spreading its wings over the ‘Rann’! The life in the ‘Rann of Kutch’ flourishes as the night grows older. The captivating music concerts by the local artists blow one’s mind, while the vivacious folk dancers pump the energy into the cheering crowd. Listening to the energetic Kutchi music & watching awe-inspiring performances unfolding before you on the backdrop of the magical luminescence of the ‘Rann of Kutch’ is a truly unrivaled experience!
The indigenous people of the Kutch region are known for their phenomenal craftsmanship. This region is known as the cradle of numerous types of handicrafts, the knowledge of which, has preserved & transferred from one generation to the next. Their skills with weaving different types of embroidery & ethnic apparels are just amazing. The Kutchi people are also known for their skills in Hand-Block Printing, Wood Carvings, Wall Paintings & producing highly ornate artifacts such as decorated penknives & nutcrackers. Their skills with producing fabulous little toys & showpieces from the seashells are simply phenomenal.
During your stay in ‘Kutch’, you can enjoy buying a bevy of such artifacts from the stalls & shops at reasonable rates. These artifacts have their unique identity & the festival provides an ideal platform for the rest of the world to get acquainted with the dexterity of the ‘Kutch’.
The world-class amenities for the stay can be expected here. The self-contained tents & deluxe air-conditioned Swiss cottages take complete care of your stay during the ‘Rann Utsav’. Alternatively, you can also enjoy staying in the lavish ‘Darbari Suite’, which will make you feel like the ‘Royals of the Rann’!
Apart from the cultural & musical extravaganza, the ‘Rann Utsav’ also hosts grand celebrations on the special days, including the New Year’s Eve, Valentine’s Day & one of the most vibrant Indian festival called Holi. The International Kite Flying Festival, which is organized in the ‘Kutch’, has received universal accolades for its unending vigor!
The multitudes of colorful fairs are also organized at various places, which demonstrate the different hues of the Kutchi traditions & the ethos of its cultural opulence!
Spend some days at the ‘Rann of Kutch’ & get acquainted with the fairytale world that perhaps you haven’t seen yet! So get some time out of the routine work, visit the ‘Rann Utsav’ with your family & get soaked into the soothing culture of the ‘Rann of Kutch’ to refuel yourself for the next phase of your life!