The Rann of Kutch festival, commonly known as Rann Utsav, is an annual event organised by the Gujarat Tourism Department in the months of November to February. Rann Utsav comprises a mix of local folk dance and music, mouth-watering local cuisines, tent house and local mud-house experiences, amazing hand embroidery and hand-made paintings, handicrafts and weaving, and the magnificent white desert.
While the entire region is vibrant throughout the duration of the festival, the perfect time to visit is during full moon when you can see the white desert in all its glory with the bright full moon in the background.
We planned a 3D/2N trip which is perfectly adequate to experience the Rann Utsav along with touring few nearby places in the Kutch region.
Our 3 day itinerary included Bhuj, Mandvi, the White Rann of Kutch and Kalo Dungar or the Magnetic Hills.
Reaching Rann of Kutch
Rann of Kutch is the largest salt desert in India located at the Thar desert region in Kutch district (Gujarat). There is no direct means of travel to Rann of Kutch. The most feasible option is to reach Bhuj city as the road, rail and air connectivity to Bhuj is good and is easily accessed from most major cities of India.
From Bhuj, the white desert is approximately 90 kms, around 2hrs. While public transport is said to be available, we hardly saw buses plying on the route. The best and convenient way is to book a car or bike from a local travel agency for the entire duration of stay.
We reached Bhuj railway station at around 12pm in the afternoon after a 12hr journey from Mumbai. We had booked our tour through a travel agency and a car was waiting for us just as we reached the station which transferred us to a beautiful hotel. After a quick bath and a heavy lunch, we started our journey to the city of Mandvi.