We are well into the New Year now, but it’s never too late to celebrate, is it? And what better way than to pack your bags and escape the humdrum. How about we suggest a place? to A paradise, in fact!
Thousands of square miles of white sand everywhere with the bright sun or the moon as the backdrop. We are talking about one of the largest salt deserts in the world – the Great Rann of Kutch. And at this time of the year, the desert explodes with a colourful celebration during the Rann
Winters are the best time to visit this salty marshland. You get to witness its transformation into a carnival of arts, crafts, music, dance, nature and more! Explore the rich cultural heritage, taste the local flavours and lose yourself in the enchanting folk music. There’s so much to do!
Organised over a three-month period (November-February), the Rann Utsav attracts about 8-10,000 tourists from across the globe. A temporary tent city is established with cultural festivities, artefacts from local artisans, folk dance, music and more. If you are an adventure freak, do try out the various indoor and outdoor sports and activities. Aerial sports, para motoring, parasailing, ATV rides, table tennis, board games, etc. There’s a lot to explore! If you wish to stay, you can opt for one of the luxury tents set up there. The accommodation is a complete package just like a hotel room. Bedrooms, king size beds, tea and coffee makers, toiletries, TV set, AC and heater; it has everything!
The best time to visit the Rann is during full-moon nights. It’s a surreal experience to see the entire landscape drenched in shimmering moonlight. The BSF (Border Security Force) allows night trips, so don’t miss out on this opportunity!
If you have time, you can visit some of the other attractions in Kutch.
You can get a panoramic view of the Rann of Kutch from Kalo Dungar or ‘Black Hills’. This is the highest point in Kutch. The famous Dattatreya temple is situated on this peak. The Vijay Vilas Palace is a must-see for its fusion architecture – a mingling of Kutch, Rajasthan and Bengal styles. If you want to relax and unwind, then do visit the Mandvi Beach along the Gujarat coastline. The famous Kashi-Vishwanath temple nearby can be your next destination. You can also learn more about the history of the region by visiting the Kutch Museum, the oldest museum in Gujarat. Built in 1877, its collections date back to 1st century AD!