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White expanse of salt under the full bloom of the moon; or a bonfire in the desert with some true folk music. Yes, you can live your imaginations at the very enchanting, the great Rann of Kutch, in Gujarat. This idyllic natural marvel stays under water during the monsoon months; and for the remaining eight months, it’s an enormous stretch of sparkling salt desert.

If you haven’t visited this beautiful destination yet, there’s no better time to plan your trip as the Rann Utsav is held at the destination, every year, during the winter months.

This year, the ongoing Rann Utsav is scheduled from November 1st, 2018 to February 20th, 2019. The festival is a celebration of colours, art, folk music, cultures, expressions and natural splendour of Kutch.

Here’s why you should plan a trip to this one-of-a-kind festival:

Desert Safari

If the thought of walking barefoot on the sands of an endless salt desert gives you an adrenaline rush, chances are that Rann Festival is your calling. From moderate to extreme, you can try different adventures here that have been attracting tourist from across the world. Want to experience something unique? Go on a solo ride on a Desert Patrol Vehicle.

Cultural Events

Of all other things to do, attending the music festival that features different folk artists from across Gujarat, is a must. Dance to the magical tunes with the moon is at its fullest, serving as a perfect backdrop. You can also enjoy folk dance performances, handicrafts, sightseeing and stargazing at the cultural events.

Hot Air Balloon Ride

Get on a hot balloon for bird’s eye view for real. You wouldn’t be able to get over the magnificent views from the top and the vibrant hue of the salt sand. This definitely would be an experience of a lifetime.

Experience local cuisine

Indulge in the authentic Kutchi cuisine and make your trip even more memorable. There are food corners and halls at every nook and corner that serve scrumptious local cuisine even at odd hours in the night.

Shopping

Also, at the festival, shop till you drop. Look for handcrafted Gujarati products, silverware, intricate Kutchi embroidery, and beautifully crafted ornaments that are the region’s speciality.

How to reach: There are direct flights to Bhuj from all major cities in India. You can also fly to Ahmedabad and then take a train or bus to Kutch.

Plan a trip to this cultural rendezvous and end the year on a bang.

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