Are you planning for a unique holiday experience this winter? Why don’t you book your trip to Kutch Rann Utsav 2022 – 2023 at Dhordo, Gujarat? Let me explain why!
“Holidays!” the word that instantly reminds you of a beach destination or hill station. For ages, many of us have been traveling to either beach destinations like Goa, Alibagh, Chennai, Kanyakumari, etc., and hill stations like Shimla, Kullu-Manali, Munnar, Jammu-Kashmir, and so on…
- How about planning the upcoming holidays to the Kutch white desert?
- How about dumping yourself into the white desert of salt?
- How about taking a camel ride rather than doing water sports?
- How about exploring the unique village culture near Dhordo?
- How about learning the unique handicrafts from the villagers of Kutch?
- How about staying in premium tents surrounded by white desert?
And all these with your family, friends or loved one!
Doesn’t the idea sound different?
Yes! Let us help you in planning the upcoming holidays to the Rann of Kutch. Here is the brief about Kutch Rann Utsav 2022 / 2023 important dates, tour packages and different locations you can explore during your visit.
Rann Utsav 2022 / 2023 Dates, Location and Packages
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The Rann Utsav of Kutchh is held in the winter season and lasts for around 4 months from Nov to Fed. This is the season when the salt water is converted into the white salt desert and can give the best view to tourists. Here are some important dates for this festival and venue.
- Event: Rann Utsav 2022 / 2023
- Venue: Tent City, Dhordo, Kutch, District – Bhuj, Gujarat 370510, India
- Start Date: 26th Oct 2022
- End Date: 20th February 2023
Before you book your Kutchh rann utsav tickets, let me take you through the Kutch and the beautiful white rann of Kutch located in Gujarat.
Introduction to Kutch and The White Rann of Kutch
With an area of around 45,652kms2, Kutch holds the position of being the largest district in India with a population of approx. 2,092,371. A huge part of Kutch is widely known as Rann of Kutch and the best place to visit in Gujarat. The district is popular for banni grasslands and the seasonal, swampy wetlands. It is enclosed by the Arabian Sea and the Gulf of Kutch. The place is best addressed as “Cradle for Craftsmanship”; for the handiwork and the famous “bandhini” i.e. tie & dye along with the different styles of embroidery.
Rann of Kutch is one of the largest salt deserts of the world; the Great Rann of Kutch is a white land covering an area of around 7,505 kms2. The name “Rann” is derived from the Hindi word which means “desert”. To promote the village culture and the surrounding beauty of this white rann, the Gujarat government has been organizing Rann Utsav for long attracting thousands of tourists every season.
Dhordo Rann Utsav 2022 / 2023 – The Festival When Your Camera Don’t Stop Clicking
Unlike the Kite Festival and Navratras; Kutch Rann Utsav is a famous festival of Gujarat. It is a colorful festival to celebrate life with beautiful and blooming nature, soothing dance, and beguiling music. A walk in the desert on a full-moon night makes it a remarkable experience. In addition to its beauty, it is a diamond of calmness to be valued. If you are on your trip to Gujarat, you must revise your itinerary if the white desert visit is not on your list.
The celebrations of dance, music, and fun with the exhibition of Gujarati culture and traditions last for around 107 days to captivate the fiesta for another year. The rich cultural heritage of Rann Utsav is the beautiful fête of ‘White Rann’. It is a destination for holiday with family and friends to enjoy and create splendid memories.
Rann Utsav was initially organized for just 3 days in the year 2005 and shockingly received a great response. Progressively, it went on for a span of two months owing to the phenomenal response from the visitors. This year’s dates Rann Utsav is taking place from 26th Oct 2022 to 20th February 2023.
Activities to do at Kutch Rann Utsav 2022 / 2023
From cycling, ATV Ride, Camel Cart Pleasure trip, Para-motoring, to Meditation and Yoga you get everything to enjoy the Gujarati Culture at its best. For die-heart shoppers, the Gujarati clothes, accessories, show-pieces, and utilities will be a treat to shoppers. There is abundant stuff to discover in this white desert festival of Kutch for making a night stay.
- Golf Cart
- Camel Cart Ride
- Shopping Activity Area – Bandhini Sarees , Handraft Items & many more traditional items.
- Kids Zone Area
- Food Court
- Gaming Zone
- Spa Centre on chargeable basis
- Yoga & Meditation Centre
- Adventurous Activity on Chargeable basis – Parasailing , Dirt Biking ,
- Cultural Dance Performance
- Live Music Concerts
- Special Cultural Dance Shows – Garba , Dandiya Raas
- Conference hall for Business purpose
- Rides on chargeable basis
- Sightseeing Visit – Kaladungar / Black Hill , White Rann / Dessert , Hodka Village
Rann Utsav Packages
Gujarat Tourism organizes this rann Utsav with full authority and management & offers various packages to enjoy the Rann Utsav to the core of it. These packages vary from 1 Night / 2 Days to 3 Nights / 4 Days, covering stay in the exquisite tents and exploring the nearby areas of Kutch & white desert. Though, it should be noted that the tent booking charges are different from November to January & December to February. Hence planning according to your budget to available holidays would be your choice.
Rann Utsav 2022 / 2023 Packages
Currently, there are different packages available for this Rann Utsav to choose from:
- 1 Night 2 Days package starts from INR 4600/- per person
- 2 Night 3 Days package starts from INR 9000/- per person
- 3 Night 4 Days package starts from INR 13500/- per person
Besides, there are various packages available for group tours. Based upon the number of travelers, days, choice, and budget you can plan to visit areas and destinations in and around Kutch.
How to Plan Your Stay in Rann Utsav?
Unlike every big festival, Rann Utsav is also planned to offer people the best of holidays where from stay to food and fun to calmness each moment is worth it. Despite the number of tents available and packages offered, sometimes you may not get any place to stay in Rann Utsav. It is when you can stay in nearby places and come to Rann Utsav for its celebrations.
Through this piece of writing, you are being suggested to visit Dhordo. Dhordo is a village in Bhuj Taluka of Kutch District and is a tourist spot that is known among tourists for its natural desert beauty. Dhordo is popular as the host of Rann Utsav annually and becomes crowded. Tourists hire vehicles and drive right up to the very edge of this white desert to stay over for a night. The area is captivating and will hypnotize visitors. Those who visited here could best describe the charm of this place.
Alternate accommodation options
If you find staying in Dhordo tent city costly, here are few alternate accommodation options you can use during your visit to Kutch Rann Utsav 2022 / 2023:
Stay in Bhuj
Bhuj is a perfect trigger for holidays to the nearby villages and to the Great Rann of Kutch. Textile tourism; here fascinates people from around the world. It takes 1 hour and 25 minutes to travel from Bhuj to Dhordo. Great Rann of Kutch lays approx. 70 km from Dhordo. If you are unable to find a stay in the Utsav fraternity, then staying in Bhuj would be a great idea. You can also make a visit to the Aina Mahal and Prag Mahal here. Taking some time out for shopping of Kutchchhi handicrafts would be a great idea indeed.
Stay at Kalo Dungar (Dattatrey Temple)
It is situated at an altitude of 1516 ft. above sea-level in the Kutch district. You can reach Kalo Dungar by hiring a vehicle from Bhuj which is 75 km. away. One day trip from Bhuj to Kalo Dungar would be enough to discover the black hills around. There is one Dharamshala to stay overnight and offers basic food like rice, chapati, dal, and vegetable.
For two reasons you should stay either in Bhuj or Kalo Dungar:
- When you did not get a confirmed booking in Rann Utsav Tents.
- When you wish to save on accommodation charges and spend it exploring two more destinations.
List of safety measures in Rann Utsav after covid 19
All the places near Utsav will be cleaned and disinfected on a regular basis. All the tent cities are thermally scanned. The staff members will also have to be a medical checkup after every 15 days. They shall be thermally screened and sanitized before they start their duty on a daily basis and need to wear PPE kits while caring for the luggage. Information relating to the coronavirus will be provided at the medical center.
Bhuj reception Center Protocol
All the guests will be provided with tea/coffee and immunity boosters at the reception lounge as welcome drinks. The guests will also be given a safety kit which comprises sanitizer and masks at the reception center. And they will be thoroughly checked with thermal screening and other corona guidelines. Information pertaining to COVID -19 will be delivered to the medical center.
For the safety of visitors, all the common touchpoints of transportation services like handle, door, and pathway will be thoroughly sanitized. Drivers are also advised to help cleaners and tour coordinators with proper thermal screened before entering the bus. Keeping social distancing in mind, the guests will be asked to occupy seats keeping a safe distance. No private vehicles will be allowed in the Tent City.
Haat Area Protocol
The shopkeepers are advised to maintain a proper distance between shops keeping the safety guidelines in consideration. All the selling items and products must be sanitized before putting them on the display. However, unnecessary touching of the products/ materials will be highly restricted. For safety measures, shopkeepers must put Hands-free sanitizers in their shop for the guests to use. It is also mandatory to wear a mask and gloves by the shopkeepers during any kind of sales.
What can upset you in Rann Utsav?
Despite many measures to keep the place neat and clean, the travelers make the place look untidy by dumping the garbage here and there. This disturbs the overall beauty of the place.
To Wrap Up
Don’t miss a chance to visit Rann Utsav whenever you get it. The beauty, calmness, and excitement would make you feel like heaven. The pictures clicked here would work as an example of the colors of life. The local people are helpful and will treat you like God.
As we are living in an uncertain time and we strongly recommend booking package if they are offering refund on cancellation.
Upon searching, we found multiple websites claiming official website for Kutchh rann utsav 2022 / 2023. You can visit Gujarat Tourism official website to learn more about rann utsav https://www.gujarattourism.com/fair-and-festival/rann-utsav.html
I we said earlier, there are multiple websites offering packages for Rann Utsav, we recommend visiting Gujarat Tourism official website to find the vendor recommended by them
Full moon night is considered as the best time to visit white rann at Dhordo. You can have a wonderful view of white salt desert at that time. Please keep in mind that, the package price will be very high during this time.