Rann Utsav - December 2016

Photo of Rann Utsav - December 2016 1/3 by Anirban Gupta
Photo of Rann Utsav - December 2016 2/3 by Anirban Gupta
Photo of Rann Utsav - December 2016 3/3 by Anirban Gupta

Rann Utsav takes place every year between November and February in Kutch, Gujarat, India. It is a celebration of the Gujarati culture while experiencing the grandeur of the natural beauty of the Rann of Kutch. I had signed up with Akshar travels who took care of all the logistics between Bhuj - Tent City

Day 1: Mumbai - Bhuj flight and checked in to Hotel Prince. 

Day 2: Bhuj - Tent city Dhordo via bus. Journey takes around 2 hours. The tent city is extremely well planned and maintained with round the clock security, water supply and Wifi. The highlight of Day 2 was the visit to the White Rann in a camel cart to experience the sun set.   

Day 3: Visit to Mandvi beach. Arabian sea and Wind mills make for an interesting combination.

Day 4: Visit to Kala Dungar - the highest point in Kutch. The Pakistan border is a less than 200kms away and the entire place is guarded by the Border Security Force. There is also an urban legend about the place - jackals come and eat food from the temple but till date no one knows where they come from.

Day 5: Back to Bhuj and on the way check out Aina Mahal and the famous Bhujjar village. 

Flight back to Mumbai. 

Rann Utsav is for a peaceful getaway. It definitely won't give you a feel of adventure and you need to be a teetotaller  and vegetarian!