A vibrant city of tents bursting with colours, celebration, and festivity on sparse white infinite land are a few days that you need in the winter months to relax and travel to a non-cliche place!
My friend and I couldn’t fathom the excitement and left from Mumbai in an overnight train!
Where to book?
We visited Rann Utsav website and took a package of 3D2N with a Non Ac Swiss Cottage (Rs. 26480 /- for two pax).
You can speak to Mr Bhavik on +91 9726274141 (the Manager for Rann Utsav) who managed some discount for us. This plan included:
- Pick up and drop from Bhuj airport / Railway station (there are set pick up and drop timings)
- Sumptuous and delicious only vegetarian ( and Jain ) breakfast, lunch, snacks and dinner.
- Moon rise (only on full moon nights) , Sunrise and sunset in the White Dessert – Rann of Kutch.
- Kalo Dungar (Black Hill) Kala Dungar is highest point in Kutch.
- Gandhi nu gaam (The most affected village during Bhuj 2002 earthquake)
- Sri Swami Narayan Temple
- Kutch Museum
- Bhujodi (Handicraft Village & Craft Park)
- In house activities and cultural events in tent city
My Rann of Kutch 2 day looked like this:
(Tent City, sunset, & moon-rise)
There are mini golf carts running in the entire tent city for our pick up and drop anywhere anytime. We hopped into one of those and ran towards our tent to freshen up and leave to catch the sunset at the Great Rann of Kutch!
The luggage was already outside our tents by the time we reached. The last bus to leave (all pick up and drops of the buses for sightseeing inclusions were from the reception) for the sunset was at 5!
We started pacing again and luckily we made in time for this mesmerizing sunset!
After a sumptuous and delicious dinner, we called in a day since we had to get up at 6 the next day.
(Sunrise, Tent City, Gandhi nu Dham, & Kalo Dungar)
We got up at 5 : 30 am and left at 6 : 30 am (last bus) to catch the sunrise at 7:30 am.
We returned and had an amazing breakfast. Post which we explored the tent city.
We clicked pictures, I tried cycling but all my 6 cycles were defective. My colleague’s was alright. There was paint ball session (Rs. 300 /-) , double cycle (Rs. 200 /-) , zip line, sky jump etc.
We left for ‘Gandhi nu Dham’ post lunch (the most affected village in Bhuj 2002 earthquake). We shopped a few things here to help the locals with their economy.
Our next halt was Kalo Dungar – the highest spot in Kutch to witness a sunset.
(Sri Swami Narayan Temple, Kutch Museum, and Bhujodi)
We left for Bhuj and enroute marvelled at Sri Swami Narayan Temple, Kutch Museum, and Bhujodi for shopping handicrafts.
After this we reached Bhuj railway station around 2 pm with a lot of beautiful memories of Rann of Kutch.
People boarded trains from there for their homes and we boarded an auto for our next adventure – A day in Harappan City!
How to reach Rann of Kutch?
How is the Public Transport facility?
When to Visit Rann of Kutch?
Rann Utsav is held only between November to February, so the only option is these months.
We planned our trip during full moon so as to be eligible for a moonrise tour which was a brilliant decision made by us! I would highly recommend a trip in the tent city during fullmoon (check dates on Google)
What to pack for Rann of Kutch?
The temperature in the night drops around 6 – 10°C and reaches 30°C during day time.
Such drastic temperature makes packing extremely tricky. Sunrise, sunset, and moonrise sightings will be done when the temperature drops around 5-10°C and hence carrying 2-3 layers to cover your body and especially ears is very important.
Loose clothes, hats, umbrellas, long pants and tops/shirts are a good bet to stroll under 30°C’s scorching heat.
Scarves, sunscreens, umbrella, and boho clothes are a must while visiting Rann of Kutch!
Costs for exploring Rann of Kutch
INR 15,240 per person (includes trains from Mumbai and back, meals, sightseeing and accommodation in Rann of Kutch)
These rates are as on 20 – 22 December, 2018 and I feel 3D2N is perfect for this trip + 23rd Dec – ( Read here about a day in Harappan Site)
Other blogs that might interest you:
- 3 days in nature’s lap- Maachli Homestay (in between Bangalore and Mumbai) – read here.
- A weekend in Udaipur, Rajasthan- read here.