Colors of Kutch - White Rann - Rann Utsav

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Kutchis blessed with one of the most ecologically and culturally abundant landforms. The brimming profusion of nature’s beauty, culture and tradition, superfluity of colors and celebration, cornucopia of joy and beauty, all together reflect the magnificence of the kaleidoscopic Kutch. Particularly, the spectacular sight of boundless white desert under the moonlight, presents the stunning creation of nature, unique to this world.The distinctive folk dances and music, intricate arts and crafts, gracious people and nature along with the affluent handicraft culture of the district like folk textiles, exquisite embroidery, Bandhani Sarees, traditional ornaments and mirror work are some of the specialties of Kutch.

One can experience Kutch at its colorful and exotic best during the RannUtsav in the month of December.  This annually organized festival offers an opportunity For visitors to attend folk dance and music concepts, to watch artisans at work, to shop directly from NGO’s craftspeople and village co-operatives, to see the great historical monuments in the state, and to visit places off the usual tourist trail.Do not miss this chance of a lifetime to visit one of India’s most colorful regions.The cool winter breeze and soothing rays of full-moon night welcomesmore than 10,000 tourists in the Great Rann of Kutch for the three-day long Rann Mahotsav every year.

On the first day, after arriving at Ahmedabad or Rajkot, drive to Bhuj and reach at your first stop – Maliya, where you’ll have a tea to fresh up and continue to Kutch. This is a panoramic drive to salt pans and wind mills. You may also see some migratory birds at salt pans, on way to Bhuj, stop at Dhaneti for Rabari Embroidery and Block printing. Reach Bhuj by lunch. Post Lunch, visit Aina Mahal, Prag Mahal and Bhuj Museum. In the Evening, attend Aarti at Swami Narayan Temple. If the group is fond of eating junk food,please try some MirchiVada near ST stand. The dinner will be at you own at Hotel Prince. Overnight Stay will be at Hotel Prince.

Your days 2 starts with an early breakfast and then we proceed to West Kutch. Visit Mata No Madh, Narayan Sarovar, Koteshwar and LakhpatGurudwara and return to Bhuj by late evening. Dinner and overnight will be at Bhuj.

On the third day, take breakfast at hotel and drive to Banni Region. We will visit Nirona Village for Rogan arts on piece of cloth. The word Rogan comes from Persian and means ‘oil-based’. The process of making the natural colors used in the art gives it such a name. Castor oil is heated on fire for about 12 hours and then cast in to cold water to give a thick residue called the Rogan. This is then mixed with stone pigments to lend it different hues. Next, the artisan uses a six-inch metal stick to paint with a fine thread of Rogan on cloth. Seeing it live made us realize how delicately the Rogan thread has to be led with precision to give shape to one’s imagination. , Copper Crafts. The Luhars in Nirona have been preserving the craft of making copper bells over seven generations. From the 65-year-old head of the family, LuharHusenSidhik, to his 18-year-old grandson, Faruk, the Luhars are passionately taking the art forward. Faruk who is pursuing his college education is keen on giving a new spin to the art. As a result, you can see some heart shaped wind chimes, a xylophone made of bells and even a few fauna inspired bell pieces. And Lacquer Works on wooden utensils. Continue to Hodka. Lunch at Shaam-E-Sarhad and post lunch visit Dhordo for Sunset at White Rann. Return to Hodka for Dinner and cultural evening. Stay will be at Shaam-E-Sarhad.

On the fourth day, take an early breakfast at Shaam-E-Sarhad, and then have a village Walk in Hodka for Halepotra Community engaged in leather crafts making walled and purses, continue to Khavda to see pottery works, KaroDungar for Dattatrey Temple and India Bridge for the last civilian point between Indo-Pak Border. Proceed to Mandviand after having lunch, relax and have fun on a private beach camp.

Your delightful day five will start with a wonderful morning on the beach camp. After taking breakfast, visit Vijay Vilas Palace and Mandvi Town. Mandvi is known for its 400 year old ship building center. The local carpenters still make ocean going Dhows in much the same way that their ancestors had done a century ago. One can go and visit the men at work, shaping the great vessels with hand tools and coaxing the seasoned timber into shape. The carrying capacity of these boats can vary from 250 tons to 1000 tons. The predecessors of these very same ships had roamed the Indian Ocean and made Kutch a maritime power. Handmade models of these Dhows can also be procured from local artisans. For the rest of the day, be at leisure on a private beach. Dinner and overnight will be at Hotel.

Your 6th and last day of the tour begins again with a breakfast and drive to Bhuj.  Do shopping in the Morning at Bhoomi Handicraft Centre and market near ST Stand and return to Ahmedabad with sweet memories of your vibrant tour.

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