Planning to attend Rann Utsav festival in Gujarat? Top Five Things You Should Know About Kutch!
Rann Utsav has become the global event where tourists from all over the world visit to enjoy the celebration in the middle of white dessert. There are many attractions to visit and things to do in Rann Utsav which makes your experience much more exclusive. If you are planning to visit the Rann Utsav then this article will be of interest to you which highlights the important five things to do in the festival.
Tourists visiting from different countries have an impression that Kutch is a distinctive land. In fact it is one of the largest salt desert in the world which glorifies the natural beauty of Kutch. Rann means ‘Desert’ and Utsav means ‘Festival’ in the Gujarati language of India. Being part of the Gujarat state in India, the Rann Utsav is celebrated during the winter season highlighting the culture, tradition and rituals of India. It is a vibrant and colorful experience different than other tourist spots in India. If you are planning to book a tour to the Rann Utsav, then do consider the below five things to make your experience more exciting.
1. Staying in Dessert Tents
Spread across 7000 sq kms, the white dessert looks like white carpet in which the small tents are deployed with best in class amenities for the tourists. Spending the chilly nights in the tent enjoying the delicious Indian food (especially Gujarati) and listening to the local folk songs beside the campfire is beautiful experience.
2. Visit Sun Set Point
The highest point of Kutch region is the Black Hill which is also known as Kala Dungar in the local language. On the top of the dungar (hill) is a Hindu temple of lord Dattatreya estimated to be 400 years old. It is the perfect location to get the complete picture of the white desert and view the beautiful sunset.
3. Visit Prag Mahal and Aaina Mahal
If you want to explore the rich tradition, history and heritage of Kutch then you should visit the famous Prag Mahal and Aina Mahal. Both of these palaces are well preserved and managed by the government to showcase the royal heritage of Kutch region. Constructed in the Indo-European style, these mahal’s architecture is truly breathtaking. The Aaina Mahal has been constructed using giant mirrors and the Prag Mahal is famous for the Bell tower. There are several attractive things to explore in these palaces.
4. Famous Film Shooting Spot – Vijayvilas Palace
If you have watched any of the Bollywood movies recently then you must have watched this location many times. The Vijayvilas Mahal in Kutch is famous for the extravagant setup of Royal palaces and it has been part of the famous movies like Lagaan, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam and R Rajkumar. Located in the Mandvi, around 65 kms from Bhuj City, the palace is constructed beside a beautiful beach with exemplary sense of architecture. The palace once belonged to the royal family of Vijayrajji and if you interact with the caretakers, they will narrate the complete story of the royal family.
5. World’s Oldest Civilization Site
If you are history lover then you should not miss the opportunity to visit the ancient site located in Dholavira. As part of the Indus Valley civilization, the slice of the ruins show the ancient constructions, city planning, harvesting system, overhead tanks and sewage systems built in those ages. The most interesting part of the site is the 10 large inscriptions which are still preserved and kept in display for the visitors. It is considered to be the first evidence of written language.
There are several other beautiful things in Kutch like the handicraft village, wild ass sanctuary, lake temple, etc. which you can plan to visit during your Rann Utsav tour. If you need more information regarding the tourist spots or Rann Utsav tour package then keep Flamingo Transworld posted in the comment section.