– Nisha Yadav, 2nd Year, MC
“Winter is coming” is the slogan past by as we’ve officially entered the hard months. If you are not a home-sit person and are tired of cursing these months; guess what? Its time to pack your bags and head to the white land of Gujarat as the Rann Utsav (1st Dec to 7th March) awaits your presence. I got some lifelong memories during my trip and following are 10 reasons why you should not miss it either:-
1. Best time to visit Gujarat
This is the best time to embark the long-planned journey to catch a glimpse of the state in its microcosm. The great Runn Mahaotsav is a favourite haunt of overseas tourists as there is so much to see and do that people find it hard to pick and choose from the plenty of options at hand.
2. The Unending Expanse of Moist Salt
It is reputed to be the largest salt desert in the world. The breathtaking landscape of the Great Rann of Kutch- The White Dessert, shimmering in the moonlight- will leave you enchanted. So, be ready for some goosebumps. Also keep your camera ready, it’ll be a time for some heavy clicking!
3. The irresistible Gujarati Thali
The aroma of delicious Kutch food will surely drag you.
4. The dance, music and drama
The impulsiveness with which people, wearing traditional Rajasthani attire, joyously break into folk songs and folk dances is the underlying beauty of this fest. So, unless you want your ears to get immune to anything but Honey Singh tracks, its high time that you lend your ears to the melodious instruments like Surando, Bhorr & Bhorrinbo, Khanjari and more!
5. The Patang Baazi
With great enthusiasts and competitors around to make you play real hard, this is the right place to raise your colorful patang up higher in the blue sky, over the expanse of the heavenly white dessert.
6. Jewellery, clothes and handicrafts
Embroidery, Suf, Khaarek, Paako, Wooden Carving, Mud Painting, Sea Shell toys; all waiting for you around the corner. Need I say more?
7. Hospitality like none other
Gujarat is living upto the famous proverb “Atithi Devo Bhava”. There’s a reason why Gujarati community is well known for its hospitality.
8. Magical Tents to relax yourself
Grand Tent City of 400 tents, consisting of both air- conditioned and non-air-conditioned tents has been set up which looks no less beautiful then the restroom of Alladin’s Gini. So, say no to worries of finding the correct place to stay and choose the package that best suits your needs.
9. Time for some Adventure
Camel ride, Bike ride, tandem bicycle, para motoring, valecro wall climbing, Hot air balloons will surely give you unbounded happiness along with a tight night sleep.
10. Special Activities on special days
If all the above wasn’t enough, It’s time to give you even something more. The following days await your presence –
31st December – New Year Celebration
14th January 2015 – Kite festival
26th January 2015 – Special arrangements for Republic day
14th February 2015 – Gala Dinner on White Rann for Valentine’s day
For further details, do check out the website – http://www.rannutsav.com