Visit Rann Utsav by visiting the one of the biggest district of India, Kutch. Situated on the western end of India, the Rann of Kutch can be divided into two parts, namely The Greater Rann of Kutch & The Little Rann of Kutch. The Greater Rann of Kutch plays as the host to the Rann Utsav. Started in the year 2007, Rann Utsav is a major attraction in India to the domestic as well as inbound tourist in India. After this region of the state of Gujarat was hit with an earthquake on 26th January, 2001 which caused a massive destruction to the society, Rann Utsav was started to promote tourism in this region.
In the year 2007, Rann Utsav was held for 3 days which was further extended in the succeeding years. In 2018, Rann Utsav was held for a total of 120 days. If one wants to visit the Rann Utsav, the nearest Railway Station/Airport is the Bhuj city. The Rann Utsav is mainly held near the Dhordo Village which is 85 kms approx. from the Bhuj city. There are a number of options available there including the private guest houses as well as Government Ventures (Gujarat Tourism) on Public Private Partnership module offering great hospitality to the visitor. The most trusted & visited accommodations are the one on the PPP model. Gujarat Tourism has set up two accommodation units on Public Private Partnership Model with Lallooji & Sons and the other one with Praveg. The name of the Lallooji & Sons unit is The Tent City whereas the name of Praveg's unit is The White Rann Resort.
In my point of view, if one is looking for Five star hotel like facilities, he/she may visit any of these two accommodation units which are situated near Dhordo Village. The Tent City is a resort like arrangement which consists of more than 350 tents each one being of different category. The total area of Tent is approximately 3 kms in diameter. There are three categories of tents available in the tent city:
1)A.C. Premium Swiss Cottage
2)A.C. Deluxe Swiss Cottage
3)Non A.C. Swiss Cottage
The prices of the above mentioned category vary according to the inclusions & exclusions (usually the area, electric kettle, air condition, flooring, tours, etc.) in these tents. However, there are two more categories of tents which are available for VIP/VVIP guests arrivals. These two categories are known as The Rajwadi Tents and The Darbari Tents. These tents are usually famous for the stay of VIP/VVIPs like our Hon'ble Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi who is also the founder of the Rann Utsav, the other guests of these tents are actors/actress like Vidya Balan who visited the Rann Utsav in the year 2017-2018 session, sportsman like Sachin Tendulkar who also visited the Rann Utsav in 2017-2018 session, and many other celebrities, business tycoons, democrats, chancellors of universities,etc. The prices of Darbari Tents are higher than those of Rajwadi Tents due to different inclusions like sitting area, dressing area, extra room,etc.. These tents offer one best in class services to the person who stays in these tents
All these tents are arranged in different clusters ranging from Cluster A to Cluster J & Toran Koteshwar also known as the P.M. Cluster, however due to high occupancy these clusters were extended till Cluster M in the year 2017-2018 session. These clusters constitutes of the above mentioned different categories of tents. Cluster F is also known as C.M. Cluster and has mainly Darbari/Rajwadi Tents/Premium Tents whereas the Toran Koteshwar or the P.M. Cluster which has a beautiful entranced gate is the host to Darbari as well as Rajwadi Tents. One of the most interesting fact about the Toran Koteshwar or P.M. Cluster is that it is Bullet Proof. The Cluster F or C.M. Cluster & the Toran Koteshwar or P.M. Cluster also has their own Dining Halls whereas the Tent City has two different Dining Halls for the guests of the other clusters.
The Tent City is also equipped with other facilities like the club house, art gallery, shopping haat, paint ball arena, skyzilla adventure tower, spa, cultural activity area, etc. Every night there are cultural performances held in the cultural activity area but these performances are same every day. Apart from this, The Tent city offers guided to the buyers of its packages which are of 1Nights/2Days, 2Nights/3Days & 3N/4Days respectively. The Sightseeing of these tours include the White Desert, Gandhi nu Gaam also known as Ludia, Kalo Dungar also known as The Black Hills, Shyamji Krishna Verma Memorial, Vijay Vilas Palace along with its Private Beach at Mandvi. Each of these sightseeing has their own significance as following: