Rann Utsav is also known as Rann of Kutch Festival or Festival of Rann. The Kutch Rann Utsav is a three-month-long cultural and artistic festival which is organized by the Gujarat Tourism Department every year at Kutch in the village of Dhordo. This year Rann Utsav starting from 1st December 2019 – 23rd February 2020.
Know About Rann Utsav
Dhordo is a small Village in Bhuj Taluka in the Kutch District of Gujarat State, India. Every year in the winter months, a Tent City is created near Dhordo village called Rann Utsav. Distance from Bhuj to The Tent City, Dhordo is approx. 80 km, which takes about 1 hr 30 min and 410 KM from Ahmedabad which takes about 7 hr 30 min.
The Rann Utsav started in 2005, and it was initially held for three days, which later extended to a span of 100-day celebration at Dhordo, a village near Rann of Kutch due to the overwhelming response from the people. Where a whole new tent city has been created, replete with temporary infrastructure built and rebuilt every year. Rann Utsav was organized by the Tourism Department of Gujarat every year with grand celebrations.
The most important attraction of the festival is experiencing the full moon days at the Rann of Kutch. During the winter times, the salt marshy lands of Kutch remain with salt crystals that look very authentic and mesmerizing.
Rann Utsav is one of the most eagerly-awaited tourism events of India that attracts a huge number of domestic and international tourists.
When The Rann Utsav is Celebrated? / Rann Utsav 2019 Dates:
This year The Kutch Rann Utsav 2019-2020 Starting from 1st December 2019 – 23rd February 2020.
The Tourism Department of Gujarat organise an annual festival during winter months called the Rann Utsav (Festival of Rann), It is one of the most vibrant and unique festivals in India where tourists can see the various sights of the Rann.
Venue of the Rann Utsav Fest
The Carnival of Rann Utsav venue is at Dhordo village popularly known as “Tent City” in Kutch. Every year the festival will take place here only. The Dhordo village sets up with nearly 400 Tents to stay.
Tourists to the white desert festival can choose different tents according to their requirements. And here the available tents types are PM Suite, Darbari Suite, Mini Darbari Suite, Non AC Swiss Tents, Deluxe AC Swiss Tents and Premium Tents. These tents will cost anywhere between Rs 6,500 and Rs 9,100 per night, with prices escalating during the full moon night. All the tents are equipped with a bathroom and dining area. Tent city offers free WiFi, a Kids’ club and a beautiful garden.
Rann Utsav Full Moon Days List
Full Moon 11 – 12 – 13 December 2019
Dark Moon 26 December 2019
Full Moon 10 – 11 – 12 January 2020
Dark Moon 26 January 2020
Full Moon 8 – 9 – 10 February 2020
Dark Moon 23 February 2020
Things To Do At The Rann Utsav
One of the biggest salt deserts in the world, the great Rann of Kutch in the Gujarat state of India
Spend a part of the night outside your tent and enjoying moonlit nights
The best time to witness the white desert is during the full moon. The most important attraction of the festival is experiencing the full moon days at the Rann of Kutch.
Enjoy A Cultural Performances
The RannUtsav is an annual cultural festival that brings together the art, culture, cuisine, and people of Gujarat to showcase the rich heritage of the state. Kutch is famous for its cultural heritage which is prominent in the music, songs, and plays performed during Rann Utsav. You can enjoy watching folk songs and dances, Sufi music and get into the tunes of musical instruments like Manjira, Bhorrindo, etc.
Visit Mandvi, Narayan Sarovar, Koteshwar and Dholavira while in Kutch during the Rann festival.
You get a variety of handicraft items by the local villagers are displayed in various stalls. Garments with Bandhni and mirror works, Rabari Embroidery, jewelry, house décor items, various products made of wood carvings; lip-smacking vegetarian dishes are major attractions in the festival.
Organized by the Tourism Department of Gujarat, Rann Mahotsav is a grand winter rendezvous. It takes place when the air is crisp and the moon is at its fullest.
Activities like Paintball, Rock Climbing, Archery, Body Zorb, Segway, Golf Cart, ATV Ride, Camel Cart Excursion, Paramotoring, Meditation, Yoga and much more at Rann Utsav
Important Tips to Remember during your visit to Rann Utsav
- It is advised to always pre-book everything needed for your journey. Make your bookings at least 2 months in advance.
- You shall require a government pass to visit Kutch due to its proximity to the border. Passes are easily available at the check post in Bhirandiyra. You shall need passes for all days and it’s sufficient if one member of the group has a photo-ID in hand.
- Rann festival is one of the most famous festivals and is celebrated in winter so keep woolen cloths to keep you warm and you can enjoy the festival
- The best time to visit the festival on the full moon time as the atmosphere is romantic and beautiful.
How to Reach Rann Utsav
The nearest airport to reach Kutch is Bhuj airport and an international airport near Kutch is Ahmedabad airport.
The Nearest Railway station to reach Kutch is the Bhuj railway station. It has a good network with all major cities, Ahmedabad & Mumbai.
Roadways are the best and easily accessible mode of travel to reach Kutch. Kutch is well-connected to surrounding major cities like Bhuj.