Rann Utsav - A Cultural Tour Of Kutch In Gujarat

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Package Description

 Evening celebrations at Rann Utsav

A unique Rann Utsav Festival showcasing life in Kutch. Return home with the stunning visuals of a vibrant culture !!


3 Nights/4 Days – Fixed Date Departure Tour

This Rann Utsav Festival Tour can be customized with “Number of People” and available for 2 Nights/3 Days and for 1 Night/2 Days. Send an inquiry and our travel experts will customize your vacation itinerary.

 Best Season to Travel 

The Rann Utsav Festival takes place only from November to February every year.

The temperatures are moderate to cool and range from 25C to 12C which makes it pleasant for sightseeing and various activities.

Highlight of the Tour

The Rann of Kutch is a salt marshland which is part of the Thar Desert in Gujarat, bordering the Sindh province of Pakistan.  This salt desert is one of the largest in the world and is made of The Great Rann of Kutch, the Little Rann of Kutch and the Banni grasslands. The ‘Rann Utsav Festival’ is a unique celebration of the vibrant cultural heritage of the region hosted by the Government of Gujarat.  This event is a great opportunity for visitors to get some firsthand knowledge about the traditions, crafts, and hospitality of the Kutchi people.

  • Comfortable Stay and Transport Options: With fixed time transfers to and from the railway station or airport and to various attractions, you can sit back and enjoy the sights. Experience living in a tent without having to compromise on any amenities.
  • A Host of Activities: Besides visiting local attractions and the Rann, you can choose to go on camel safaris, ride all-terrain vehicles, hot air balloon rides, and para motoring amongst others.
  • Get a Taste of Local Culture: Sample the local cuisine, witness folk music and dance performances, check out the variety of handicrafts on offer, and indulge in fun activities such as getting mehendi on your palms or a tattoo on your arm.

A Full 360 deg virtual tour of the huge Rann Utsav camping & facilities can be seen here

Travel Tidbits

The Rann Utsav is a great opportunity to experience the varied culture, crafts, and arts of the Kutch region in one place. It gives you the opportunity to understand how the people of the regions have survived in harsh living conditions for centuries and continue to do so without compromising on their values and traditions.

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Day 1 – Arrival, check-in and sunset view at White Rann.

Once you reach Tent City Dhordo and check-in into your comfortable accommodations, you can relax as you explore the various activities and stalls that are put up. Horse rides, camel safaris, bird watching, ATV rides, archery, and paramotoring are just some of the interesting things you can try out. Play a game of pool or some table tennis if that is more your style. Net cricket, giant chess, and bicycling are just some of the other things to do.

The stalls display and sell a variety of handicrafts and decorative items. Admire fine examples of patchwork, block-prints, Bandhani, pottery, wood carvings, and shell work. As evening approaches, get ready to hitch a ride on a camel cart or a funky bus to take in the beauty of the White Rann (Desert) while the sun bids adieu to the day.

At the Tent City, you can enjoy sumptuous vegetarian meals at the various dining areas marked for the purpose. After dinner, sit back and relish the folk performances that reflect the culture of the region.

Day 2 – Complimentary sightseeing to Mandvi

After a hearty breakfast, set off for Mandvi which is a popular destination for tourists to the Kutch region. Once the major port of Gujarat, it is known for its lovely beaches and ship building industry which dates back four centuries. Due to its all year round pleasant climate, the city was a summer retreat of the Kutch royals.

The first stop is at Vijay Vilas Palace, which is an example of fusion architecture. Constructed in 1920, this palace has featured in many a Bollywood saga. The palace has a domed terrace which offers a spectacular view of the sea. There is also a private beach with air-conditioned tented accommodations. The next destination is the Shyamji Krishna Varma Memorial dedicated to one of the country’s prominent freedom fighters and a scholar. He is the founder of ‘India House’ in London, which was a center of the nationalist movement abroad. Varma was born in Mandvi on October 4, 1857.

After lunch is a visit to Mandvi beach where you can enjoy the sea breeze as the smooth sand caresses your feet. Go for a dip in the pleasant water or just sit back and watch the waves lap the shore. Once the sun sets, get ready to head back to Dhordo Tent City. Dinner is served from 9.00 pm to 10.00 pm during which you can also unwind with entertaining activities that go on till 10.30 pm.

Day 3 – Sunrise at White Rann and visit to Kala Dungar

After morning tea, transfer to White Rann from 6.30 am to witness the splendid view of the rising sun over the white desert. Return and enjoy breakfast from 7.30 am to 10.00 am followed by various in-house activities until noon. Lunch can be enjoyed from 12.30 pm to 2.30 pm after which you can go for the complimentary trip to Kala Dungar. Literally meaning ‘Black Hill’, this is the highest point in Kutch that affords a birds’ eye view of the White Rann. Enjoy complimentary tea/coffee and refreshments on the bus.Enroute Kala Dungar, stop by the handicrafts village ‘Gandhi Nu Gaam’. Reach back Tent City by 7.30 pm in time for dinner to the accompaniment of various entertainment.

Day 4 – Check-out from Tent City, complimentary sightseeing of choice and transfer to Bhuj railway station or airport.

After morning tea and breakfast, check out from Tent City Dhordo at 9.30 am. Depending on time available before your scheduled departure, you can choose from the following complimentary sightseeing choices in Bhuj.

  • Sri Swami Narayan Temple (approx time - 20 mins)

The original temple was destroyed in the Bhuj earthquake of 2001 and the current one was completed in 2010 and is made entirely of marble and gold. The spectacular temple was rebuilt at a cost of 1 billion rupees.

  • Aina Mahal (approx time - 30 mins)

This 18th century palace with a hall of mirrors is built in an Indo-European style with locally sourced materials. It is now a museum housing rare paintings and artifacts.

(Visit Sri Swami Narayani Temple and Aina Mahal depend on entry times.)

  • Bhujodi Handicraft Village & Craft Park (approx time - 40 mins)

Hiralaxmi Memorial Craft Park in Bhujodi is a great venue to see artisans at work on various techniques such as Bandhani (tie and dye), wood carvings, leather crafts and the like. Cost of entry tickets (if any) will have to be borne by the guest.

In case, guests have to reach railway station/ airport/bus stand earlier for their onward journey, guests will have to manage on their own.

*Time of departure from Bhuj to be notified at the reception at the time of check-in.

Tour inclusions

  • Pick up from Bhuj (railway station/airport) to Dhordo. All transfers shall be in AC coaches on S.I.C. basis.
  • Pick up from Bhuj (railway station/airport) to Dhordo. All transfers shall be in AC coaches on S.I.C. basis.
  • Time of departure from Bhuj to be notified at the reception at the time of check-in.

Fixed Transfer Times:

  • 08.15 am - From Bhuj railway station
  • 10.35 am - From Bhuj railway station / airport
  • 02.30 pm - From Bhuj railway station
  • 03.30 PM - From Bhuj railway station
  • Distance from Bhuj to Tent City Dhordo is around 85 Kms., which takes approx 1 hr 45 mins.
  • No transfers will be available after the above timings.
  • Drop from Dhordo to Bhuj (railway station/airport).
  • Complimentary refreshment in bus.
  • Day 1 - Lunch, evening tea, and dinner on Day 1.
  • Day 2 - Morning tea, breakfast, lunch, evening tea and dinner on Day 2 and
  • Day 3 - Morning Tea & Breakfast on 3rd day.
  • The meals will be served on scheduled times in respective dining area and missed meals will not be refunded or extended on Day 3.
  • Visit to White Rann on Day 1 and visit to Kala Dungar on Day 2 cannot be interchanged. The guests who missed the visit as per scheduled package may be included on request on chargeable basis.
  •  Accommodation in tents on twin sharing basis.
  • Two bottles of drinking water per day per tent.
  • Distance from Bhuj to Tent City Dhordo is around 85 Kms., which takes approx 1 hr 45 mins.
  • No transfers will be available after the above timings.
  • Drop from Dhordo to Bhuj (railway station/airport)

Tour exclusions

  • GST @18% would be charged extra on billed value.
  • Terms not mentioned in Inclusions.
  • All rates are exclusive of applicable taxes and shall be charged as per prevailing rates.

Terms & Conditions

  • A government approved identity document is required at the time of check-in.
  • Foreign tourists will also need to have proof of identity as per regulations.
  • GST @ 18% would be charged extra on billed value.
  • Individual transfers on chargeable basis.
  • Allotment of tent will be subject to availability for guests arriving at Rann Utsav before check-in time.
  • Check-in time 12.30 pm and check-out time is 9.30 am.
  • Rates on single sharing basis will be 75% of basic cost (75% of double occupancy).
  • No discount on extra mattress / person / senior citizen in non-AC tents .
  • In case of triple occupancy, persons aged above 6 years will be charged as an extra person / mattress.
  • Special 10% discount on basic price for senior citizens (60 years and above) in AC tents only.
  • All rates are exclusive of applicable taxes and shall be charged as per prevailing rates.
  • Pick-up and drop-off are only from Bhuj Airport or Bhuj Railway Station by AC Coach as per the schedule timings.
  • The voucher issued in respect of the package for Rann Utsav is to be furnished compulsorily along with valid ID proof of each guest at reception counter at the time of check-in.
  • In case of a delayed arrival of train or flight, the guest will be transferred to Dhordo Tent City in the next available transfer.
  • In case of late arrival at Tent City, guest will not be entitled to missed meals or other activities.
  • In case of early arrival at tent city, guest may be required to wait at waiting lounge till the availability of tent.
  • Certain adventure sports activities like para motoring, all-terrain vehicles, hot air balloons etc. are provided by various specialized operators appointed inside the Tent City. Guests should understand and acknowledge the physical and mental rigours and risks associated with the activities. These adventure sports are inherently dangerous and represent an extreme test of a person’s physical and mental conditions. Activities involve risks and dangers which may include, without limitation, the potential for serious bodily injury, sickness and disease, permanent disability, paralysis, and loss of life loss of or damage to equipment/property; accidents. The adventure sports operators may ask the guests to sign an indemnity in favour of the operator for doing such activities. We at SelfRoadiez Travel Solutions Pvt.Ltd/Travel Curation Partners assume no responsibility for the activities and services provided by these operators & are to be engaged by the guests on their own. We are not responsible for the acts or omissions (including negligence) of those operators. We, in no way, could be made responsible for any injuries or accidents to any guests performing these activities. The guest is required to understand the associated risks and competencies of the operators before undertaking these activities.
  • Any amendments with respect to change in check-in dates would attract 15% amendment charge. Date amendment can be made maximum 15 days prior to the scheduled arrival date.
  • Any change in guest / guest names would be treated as cancellation and would attract cancellation charges as stipulated. For any amendments / changes, kindly email us at info@selfroadiez.com
  • Please note that the cooling of A.C. in vehicles will be maintained as per the temperature comfortable to the majority of guest present in the vehicles.
  • Any incidental, personal, and other expenses and cost of items which are not specified / mentioned in the inclusions are to be borne by the guest.
  • Management is not responsible for the loss of personal belongings of the guest. Guests are requested to take care of their belongings.
  • The vehicles used for transfers shall not be at the sole disposal of guest.
  • This is an indicative itinerary & subject to change depending upon circumstances at the sole discretion of management.
  • In case of late / early transfers for check-out, guest will have to inform while check-in at reception counter for arrangement of vehicle and it will be on chargeable basis.
  • The timing of transfers to and fro White Rann and / or Kaladungar may vary according to the sunset timing & climatic conditions.
  • White Rann is a unique natural formation. It’s subjected to whims of nature. SelfRoadiez Travel Solutions Pvt.Ltd./Travel Curation Partners does not assume responsibility in respect to formation of Rann or any other unexpected changes.
  • Distance from Tent City to White Rann is approximately 6 km. It takes approximately 40 mins by camel cart. Guests are requested to come early to catch the camel cart so as to reach before sunset.
  • All tents are strictly non-smoking as per Government Rules.
  • Guests have to follow the House Rules and applicable law of the land.
  • We are not responsible for non-guaranteed bookings.  SelfRoadiez Travel Solutions Pvt.Ltd/Travel Curation Partners has the right to cancel any booking without prior notice.
  • All guest vehicles should be parked out of the tent city parking area marked. Pick up from Bhuj city at specified timings on first day & drop on last day at specified timing.
  • For senior citizen’s wheel chair will be provided on ADVANCE request.
  • Tour cost does not include on route lunch & evening tea if tourist has proceeded for sightseeing on his own.
  • Medical facilities available 24/7.
  • Other attractions which are available at Toran Village Are:
  •  Food Court, Adventure Zone, Games, Children’s Play Area , Craft Bazaar and Theme Pavilion with 3D Photos.
  • Guests can select optional tour only at the time of booking.

Cancellation policy

  • 25 % charges, if cancelled before 45 days of scheduled arrival.
  • 50 % charges, if cancelled before 20 days (but less than 45 days) of scheduled arrival.
  • 100 % charges, if cancelled less than 20 days prior to scheduled arrival.
  • Changes in dates, or guests would be treated as cancellation.
  • Any amendments with respect to change in check-in dates would attract 15% amendment charge. Date amendment can be made maximum 15 days prior to the scheduled arrival date.
  • Any Dispute arising about/regarding this Tour is subject to Ahmedabad jurisdiction.
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