Rann Utsav Festival

Tuesday, 29th November 2016 | Written By Prerna
One of the places and events on our ever-growing list of things to experience is Rann Utsav, a three month long festival celebrating life and culture of Kutch and Gujarat in North West India. The festival is held on a seasonal salt marsh in the Thar Desert.

Kutch is known for its exquisite handicrafts including weaving, patchwork, block-printing, bandhani, tie-and-dye, rogan-art and other ethnic styles of embroidery, pottery, wood-carving, metal-crafts and shell-work. The stark white landscape means that even a hint of colour contrasts sharply with the mystical environment, adding to the magic of the region.
This desert festival highlights the diversity of the Kutch region's culture and heritage; the days are filled with folk dances and music, handicrafts, food stalls, and the generous hospitality of Kutchi people. If camping in the desert doesn’t sound like your thing, fear not, hundreds of luxury tents are set up on the fringe of the white salt desert to accommodate visitors.

The intimate feeling and spellbinding nature of the festival really comes into its own on a full moon night when the region wakes to an endless cycle of dance and a revival of centuries old traditions against the ethereal moonlight shining on the salt. Last year thousands of tourists travelled to experience the magic and wonders of Kutch and left with memories to last a lifetime.

Great Rann of Kutch salt desert, Dhordo, Gujarat from November 1, 2016-February 20, 2017.

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