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What better than a beautiful welcoming gift from White Rann Resort to keep the remembrance.

Neeraj Yadav
Relax in the Air-conditioned Tents or enjoy the royalty by staying in AC Rajwadi Bhungas of Rann Utsav

Raghav Rajavat
You can upload the beautiful landscapes immediately on FB or Instagram. Yes White Rann Resort is Wi-Fi enabled and closest to the white ran too!

Debasish Barada
One feels hungry when the body & mindis fully relaxed and what better than the lip-smacking Kutchi and Gujarati cuisine. Innovative catering services from the professionals of Marriot Hotels made it very interesting.

Heard of Rann Safari ever? No? Experience it on an Open Double-decker Bus, which is ‘complimentary’ too. White Rann Resort nailed it.

Yagnesh Bhavsar
A clear horizon where the white rann meets the blue sky – indeed is a moment to capture.A photogenic location courtesy Gujarat Tourism deserves to be exhibited across the globe.

Pranay Patel
Appease the Adventurist inside you in the Thrilling Adventure Zone with outdoor Para Motoring, ATV Rides, Parasailing, Cycling, etc.

Mahesh Patel
Sports buffs can also come out of their sedentary life styles and enjoy White Rann Resort’s complimentary indoor activities and engage in Table tennis, Board-games, Xbox etc. and of course a dip in the Swimming pool is always relaxing.

Dhrumil Patel
A day full of events can only be complete by some soul-stirring folk music and cultural activities of Kutch and Gujarat.

Himanshu Naik
The view from the top of the KaloDungar is a thrilling experience and it gives a feel of sitting on the edge of the earth. Indeed a magnetic experience.

Vipul Gadhvi
Gujarat Tourism’s efforts to promote the Craft Village, Gandhi Nu Gam and Bhujodiin RannUtsav are commendable. It is shopper’s delight to buy Kutch’s colorful handloom & handicraft items.

A life time experience and beautiful souvenirs from White Rann Resort is worth cherishing.

Diptej Patel

Rann Utsav – The Desert Festival

The Great Rann of Kutch in Gujarat is known not only for its contrasting and awe-inspiring landscape, but also for its 3-month long desert festivity – Rann Utsav – that glorifies the colorful culture and traditions, aesthetic art and crafts and generous Kutchi hospitality of the region. The desert plains of Rann of Kutch transforms into an oasis of domestic and foreign tourists during Rann Utsav, which is organized by Gujarat Tourism every year during winter. Rann Utsav, the carnival of music, dance and folklore, offers an excellent opportunity to the tourists to indulge in leisure, pleasure and merriment. This year, the festival of Rann Utsav is organized with the enlarged scale and scope from 30th October, 2016 to 31st March, 2017. The wholesome package of nature’s splendor, fun, entertainment, adventure, leisure, sightseeing and cultural ecstasy is waiting to be explored.

One of the largest districts in India, Kutch offers a variety of attractions in addition to the famous Rann Utsav festival. If a trip toRannUtsav 2016-2017is on the cards, let’s explore the places of interest in Kutch.

Around 290 km from the popular Rann Utsavsite i.e. Dhordo,the archaeological site at Dholavira offers an insight into the 5000-year old Indus Valley Civilisation, the palaces of Bhuj house incredible art treasures, and scores of fortified villages are worth-visiting for their heritage. The northern and eastern areas of Rann of Kutch comprise a vast white ranncalled the Great Rann of Kutch, while the southwest is fringed by lovely beaches like Mandvi with soft sands and calm waters. Birds abound at White Rann, lakes and grasslands, while endangered mammals like the wild ass, caracal, wolf and chinkara gazelle can be seen in the Rann and the Banni grassland.

Most of all, Rann ofKutch is famous for its rich living heritage of handicrafts – embroideries, bandhani tie-dye, block printings, metal crafts, woodwork, pottery and some rare arts thrive in the district, which makes the festival of Rann Utsavso colourful.


Approx. 80 km from the Rann Utsav site, the district capital, Bhuj, offers an introduction to Rann of Kutch in its monuments, museums, markets and craft parks. The Bhujia Fort rises up from a hill overlooking Bhuj, while the Hamirsar Lake to the west and Desalsar to the east flank the town attracting birds when they contain enough water.

The Darbargadh or walled palace complex is an imposing sight, rising up beside the lake. Inside this complex, you can see ornate balconies and carvings on the wall. Among the old buildings in this complex, the Aina Mahal was the old palace built during the reign of the flamboyant18thcentury Jadeja Rajput ruler, Rao Lakha. The palace exhibits the craftsmanship of Ram Singh, who was rescued from a shipwreck and spent many years in the Netherlands learning arts like tile making, enameling, clock making, stone carving, glass blowing and metal casting. When he returned to Gujarat, he found a willing patron in Rao Lakha who commissioned him to build palaces at Bhuj and Mandvi. The palace has ivory inlaid doors, Delft blue tiles, chandeliers, enameled silver utensils and objects, chiming clocks and marble walls covered with mirrors and gilt. It also exhibits high quality crafts of Kutch like embroidery, scroll painting and jeweled weaponry. The Fuvara Mahal, where the Maharao listened to music is a showpiece of the palace. Unfortunately, many areas of this palace are not accessible, due to earthquake damage, at the time of writing.

The Pragmahal Palace, which is currently undergoing a major renovation, is an impressive building across the courtyard. Built in 1865 during the reign of Maharao Pragmalji, this elaborate palace was designed by Colonel Wilkins. The highlight of the palace is the opulent Durbar Hall, which is decorated with Shakespearan figures, Minton tiles, carving, gilding and statues. The veranda, the Zanana for women and corner towers are equally elaborately decorated.

To the southwest of Hamirsar Lake, the Sharad Bagh Palace was built in the 19th century. It was a favoured garden retreat of the Maharaos and its appealing features include its garden. The small porticoed buildings are delicately proportioned. It has a beautifully appointed drawing room and collections of the Maharao’s heirlooms, including stuffed animals and tennis trophies. Just south of Hamirsar, a path leads to the 250-year old Ramkund tank, decorated with skillfully crafted religious images. You can see the niches in the walls where oil lamps would glitter in the dusk during the evening puja.

From here, you can continue east to the Kutch Museum, which is known for its outstanding collection of Saka inscriptions, a coin collection including Kutch koris, an excellent section dedicated to musical instruments, a shipping display, sculptures and handicrafts. The Chhatardi complex includes the cenotaphs of successive Maharaos or rulers of Kutch. Though badly earthquake-damaged, they still reflect the high quality of sandstone sculpture that existed inRann of Kutch.

Take the Mandvi Road to visit Bharatiya Sanskruti Darshan, the folk museum of Kutch designed by a scholar named Ramsinhji K Rathod. This museum showcases the architecture of the bhungas (the earthen roundhouses of Rann of Kutch), the rich handicraft heritage of the region and literature of Rann of Kutch.

From Bhuj, a drive of about 15 minutes will bring you to Bhujodi, known for its award winning weavers. Called Vankars, the weaver families produce colourful shawls, traditional blankets like dhablas and floor coverings like woolen durries. The shawls and other products are distinguished by their intricate woven patterns, tight weaving and embellishments with tie-dye or embroidery. Many of the weavers of this village have won prestigious national awards for their work. The weavers work on a throw shuttle or a fly shuttle pit loom, or occasionally frame looms. The colourful shawls and durries of Bhujodi are usually woven with motifs, which have been passed down through generations of artisan communities. While wool was sourced from the pastoral communities like the Rabaris, the weavers today also use cottons, Merino wools, acrylics and silks. The shawls may be embellished further with tie-dye, mirror work embroidery and other handwork.

Bhujodi is also known for Rabari and Marwada embroidery. You will also find Marwadas working on carving wood in Bhujodi. In the village, you may find Dhebaria Rabari women and girls doing their distinctive embroidery.

From Bhujodi, it is a short drive to the villages of Dhaneti and Paddhar, which have substantial Ahir populations. Ahirs are traditionally a pastoral group that identifies itself with the Gope Culture of Lord Krishna, but today many of the Ahir men are in businesses like truck transportation. Several Ahir women in villages of Kutch, like Dhaneti, Padhhar, Tappar, Lodai, Ratnal, etc. continue to do embroidery for their own use and for a second source of household income. Ahir embroidery is known to be largely in a flowing style, with peacock, floral and other motifs, and circular patterns. They use ladder chain stitch, herringbone stitch and round mirrors. Paddhar is also home to the Dhebaria Rabari, a pastoral group that also lives in villages like Makhiyan, Bhardoi, Mamuara, Nadapa, Raydhanpar, Varnora and Dudhai. The Dheberia Rabari embroidery is known for its highly-skilled work and accent stitches, but many of them no longer do embroidery because of a ban imposed by elders in the community. You may still be able to get some fine work with detailing in these villages. Some of their border motifs derive from Sindh and the princely courts of Rann of Kutch.

A short distance from these villages, Dhamadka and Ajrakhpur are well-known centres of Ajrakh, richly-printed fabrics. Predominantly blue with red and white accents, the Ajrakh is said to be well-suited to the extremes of the desert – the combination of colours makes them cooling in summer and warming in winter. The rich prints on the surface of the Ajrakh fabric is achieved through a highly-evolved process, which includes different stages of mordant-dyeing and resist-printing. This elaborate process can take weeks to complete and uses a large number of engraved printed blocks for selective dyeing. Indigo, madder and other mineral & earth colours are used for Ajrakh painting.

Near these villages, the Khamir Craft Resource Centre on Kukma Road is working on interventions to upgrade handloom weaving, ajrakh block printing, leather craft, lac turned wood, metal bell, pottery, and silver jewelry craft sectors in Kutch. They are also promoting declining skills like namada or felt-making in Kutch.

From Kukma, you can travel onward to Anjar, which is known for its bandhani and metal crafts. Anjar’s markets are excellent places to look for ornamented knives, nutcrackers and other metal handicrafts.


Travelling north on the Bhuj-Khavda highway, you pass grasslands dotted with villages of Muslim pastoral groups who graze their livestock here, and also villages of Sodha Rajputs and Meghwals who are mostly migrants from Sindh. The women of each of the different communities, whether they are Hindu pastoralists like the Rabaris, Muslim pastoralists like the Jats and the Mutwas, or artisans like the Meghwals, specialise in a distinctive style of embroidery. Sumrasar Shaikh is an important centre for the Soof embroidery of the Sodha Rajputs, as are villages like Kuran, Loriya, Bibbar, etc. on this route. The Meghwal Harijan is an artisanal group spread across a number of villages like Bhirandiara, Sadai, Dumado, Dhrobana, Kuran, Tuga, Andhau, Gorewali, Dhorodo, etc, and practices embroidery styles like Soof, Paako, Kharek, Kambira and Kudi, which vary with the village. Garasia Jath women, in villages like Sumrasar Jathwali, stitch an array of geometric patterns in counted work based on cross stitch studded with minute mirrors. They are known for their superbly embroidered yokes. Dhaneta and Fakiriani Jaths embroider tiny bars of tight satin stitch with radiating circles of a couched stitch. The villages of Bhirandiara, Hodka, Gorewali, Dhorodo and Dumado are known for their appliqué or patchwork. The Jadeja Rajput women of villages like Bibbar also do applique work. Dhordo and Gorewali are excellent places for the minutely detailed embroidery of the Mutwas. Hodka, Dhordo and other villages produce embroidered leather products. As the women of these groups do embroidery for their personal use and a second income, this is one of the highest concentration areas of craftswomen in the world. Khavda and Kuran are villages known for weaving, pottery and other handicrafts. Continuing from Khavda towards the border, you find traditional weavers of goat hair and camel hair products.

From Khavda, drive to the Dattatreya Temple atop Kala Dungar, which is called the Black Hill of Kutch.The Kala Dungar and Goro Dungar hills are covered with grassland, scrubland, rocks and ponds that support faunal populations. These hills can be good to see some typical birds of the scrubby and barren habitats. The Datatray Temple on Kala Dungar is the site for a unique daily event – when the priests of this temple offer food and call Lo-aang, jackals and other animals come to feed!

From the hill, you can get a panoramic view of the salt-encrusted Rann of Kutch.

Make base at Dhorodo to visit theWhite Rann. A vehicle, camel or camel cart, can take you from one of thetent camps or ethnic resorts here to the white expanse of White Rann, most beautiful on a full moon night.


Around 70 km west ofRann Utsav site, you come to the village of Nirona, which is the centre for the rare art of Rogan, now practiced only by the family of Khatri Abdulgafoor Daud, who has won national awards for this art. Rogan is the art of painting fabrics using castor oil-based colours. Much work goes into creating the castor-oil based paint, which is then rubbed between palms to create a stringy gooey paste from which the colour can come off on an iron rod or wooden stick like threads. He and his nephews create rogan masterpieces for wall hangings and decorations, sarees, tablecloths, wall hangings, skirts, etc. in silk and cotton cloths. At Nirona and nearby villages like Zura, it is possible to see `Vada-kaam’, the work of carpenters who create wooden products which they lacquer in various colours, and the making of melodic bells, cast in iron and covered with copper.

At the edge of the Banni grasslands, a patch of ‘salvadora persica’ trees near Fulay village is extremely interesting for specialty birdwatchers. This patch is one of the few sites in India, where the grey hypocolius is seen.This slender and long-tailed bird is found in the dry semi-desert region of northern Africa, Arabia and Afghanistan, and visits Rann of Kutch in winter.

From Fulay, you can drive to the Charri Dhand, a depression that is a prominent feature of the extensive grasslands of Banni. When this depression fills with water in a year of good rainfall, it becomes a paradise for birdwatchers, attracting countless birds. A winter tour of the Banni grasslands, covering Chhari Dhand and other wetlands, is extremely rewarding for viewing birds. Vast flocks of common cranes can be seen and the lakes are full of ducks and waders. A viewing tower offers a panoramic view of the Chhari Dhand. The grasslands are important areas for watching raptors, including Greater Spotted Eagle, Imperial Eagle, Bonneli’s Eagle, Laggar Falcon and Red Headed Falcon. Chinkara or Indian Gazelle, Wolf, Striped Hyena and other mammals are seen here as well as some interesting reptiles. From the grasslands, you can see Dinodar Hill.

Nearby, Mohan Singh Sodha has created a private fossil museum with a standout collection of fossils found in Kutch and a camp. Continuing from here, the road leads to the ancient Buddhist site of Siyot and the fortified town of Lakhpat best known for its historic Gurdvara, associated with Guru Nanak. The Lakhpat Gurdvara has won a UNESCO conservation award.


From Lakhpat (around 185 km from the Rann Utsav site), you can travel down to the holy lake of Narayansarovar and the shore temple at Koteshvar. Further south, the heritage village of Tera has exquisitely carved havelis, a historic fort, temples and mosques, and an interesting water-harvesting system. Tera Fort has fascinating Ramayana folk murals. Naliya near Tera has a popular Jain temple. Near Naliya is the Lala Sanctuary, home to endangered birds like the great indian bustard, black-naped tit, stolikza’s bushchat, white-backed and long-billed vultures, and the lesser florican. The Narayan Sarovar and Lala Sanctuary also support endangered mammals like wolf and gazelle, while the beaches are used by sea turtles for breeding.

From here, you can continue along the coast to some fine stretches of beach, fruit and palm grove, and bird-rich creeks. The key destination is Mandvi, about 50km from Bhuj airport, which has the majestic Vijay Vilas Palace and beautiful beaches. Once a major port, Mandvi still supports a thriving dhow-building industry at its creeks. It is a market for the handicrafts produced in nearby villages like bandhani and the rare mashru. There is a deluxe tented beach resort in the palace estate.

East from Mandvi are the modern developments of Rann of Kutch like the Mundra Port, Kandla Port, the planned city of Gandhidham and industrial estates.


The main focal point of Eastern Kutch is Dholavira (Approx 290 km from the popular Rann Utsav site), the excavations that provide an insight into the Indus Valley or Harappan Civilisation, which was specially mature about 2500-1900BC. This site shows the town planning of the period, especially the sanitary that were surprisingly sophisticated for the period. The smoothed stone columns, signboard and microbeads are some of the unique finds at Dholavira. There is also a large public area of the kind seen at few Indus sites. A trip to Dholavira can be combined with visiting the Vaghadia Rabari villages nearby to see their embroidery.

To explore Kutch in all forms, please visit White Rann Resort’s exclusive Rann Utsav Pacakges for Rann Utsav 2016-2017or contact 9712936233.

White Rann – Nature’s Unique Creation

Rann Utsav provides an unrivaled opportunity to the tourists to explore White Rann – the white serene expanse that lies along the India-Pak border. Considered to be the largest salt desert in the world, White Rann under the moonlight offers stunning creations of nature. The endless sea of salt shimmers like thousands of gems scattered on land when the moonlight merges into the white desert. The wonderful White Rann is a treat for the nature-lovers looking to take a long walk during sunset hours to explore the thousand hues of orange, the solitude-seekers to gaze at the white stretch of unending salt desert, the love-struck couples seeking a romantic getaway or the leisure tourists, who simply want to sit back and witness soul-stirring cultural performances embellished by the moonlit splendor. In all, visiting White Rann is an experience for the Rann Utsav tourists to cherish for a lifetime.

White Rann Resort – The official operator for Rann Utsav

Besides the effervescence of Kutchi culture & traditions and magnificence of exclusive ecology that offers the best forms of nature’s creation, Rann Utsav hosts traditional tent facility to offer first-hand local life experience to the tourists. White Rann Resort, the luxurious tent and bhunga operations at Dhordo, Kutch in association with TCGL for Rann Utsav Festival, is designed as an ideal holiday destination for the couples, families and friends to spend their time together and leave with indelible sweet memories of Kutchi hospitality and culture. White Rann Resort offers exquisite hospitality in terms of room décor and services, delectable cuisines and wide array of entertainment programs in sync with the celebratory feel of the festival. The specially-designed packages of White Rann Resort offer affordable accommodation options for the Rann Utsav tourists to explore Kutch in all forms.


02 Nights / 03 Days Package

Accommodation Type Premium AC Tent/Rajwadi AC Bhunga
Rates Per Person on Twin-sharing Rs. 9,750 + 10.50% Service Tax
Single Sharing Rs. 15,000 + 10.50% Service Tax
Extra Person/Child Rs. 5,750  + 10.50% Service Tax
Itinerary: Day 1

12.30 PM Welcome and Check-in
12.30 PM to 02.00 PM Lunch at Dinning Area
02.00 PM to 04.30 PM Complimentary Rann Safari*/Grand Housie/Shopping/Adventure Time
04.30 PM to 05.00 PM Evening High Tea
05.00 PM to 07.30 PM Visit to White Rann
08.00 PM to 09.30 PM Dinner at Dinning Area
09.00 PM to 10.00 PM Cultural Activities at White Rann Resort

Itinerary: Day 2

07.30 AM to 09.00 AM Breakfast at Dinning Area
09.30 AM to 12:30 PM Leisure/Recreational Activities at the Resort
12.30 PM to 02.00 PM Lunch at Dinning Area
02.00 PM to 08.00 PM Complimentary Tour to Kalo Dungar and Gandhi Nu Gam#
08.00 PM to 09.30 PM Dinner at Dinning Area
09.00 PM to 10.00 PM Cultural Activities at White Rann Resort

Itinerary: Day 3

07.30 AM to 09.00 AM Breakfast at Dinning Area
09.30 AM Check-out and Departure for Bhuj with a Complimentary Sightseeing of Bhujodi, Swaminarayan Temple and Aina Mahal
Optional Sightseeing on Chargeable-basis on Day 2:
9.00 AM to 08.00 PM : Trip to Mandvi/Indo-Pak Border
*Book your time slot for Rann Safari at the time of check-in
#Guests opting for sightseeing of Mandvi/Indo-Pak Border will be unable to avail complimentary sightseeing of Kalo Dungar and Gandhi Nu Gam

01 Night / 02 Days Package

Accommodation Type Premium AC Tent/Rajwadi AC Bhunga
Rates Per Person on Twin-sharing Rs. 5,500 + 10.50% Service Tax
Single Sharing Rs. 9,000 + 10.50% Service Tax
Extra Person/Child Rs. 3,250 + 10.50% Service Tax
Itinerary: Day 1

12.30 PM Welcome and Check-in
12.30 PM to 02.00 PM Lunch at Dinning Area
02.00 PM to 04.30 PM Complimentary Rann Safari*/Grand Housie/Shopping/Adventure Time
04.30 PM to 05.00 PM Evening High Tea
05.00 PM to 07.30 PM Visit to White Rann
08.00 PM to 09.30 PM Dinner at Dinning Area
09.00 PM to 10.00 PM Cultural Activities at White Rann Resort

Itinerary: Day 2

07.30 AM to 09.00 AM Breakfast at Dinning Area
09.30 AM Check-out and Departure for Bhuj with a Complimentary Sightseeing of Bhujodi, Swaminarayan Temple and Aina Mahal


  • Transfer between Bhuj Railway Station/Airport and White Rann Resort, Dhordo by AC coach on SIC (Seat in Coach) basis only
  • Accommodation in Premium AC Tent/Rajwadi AC Bhunga
  • Meals and sightseeing as per itinerary
  • Fun and entertainment activities at the resort

Arrival Transfer from Bhuj to White Rann Resort, Dhordo (Approx. 81 km – 2 hrs by road)
08.45 AM From Bhuj Railway Station/Bhuj Airport
10.30 AM From Bhuj Railway Station
02.30 PM From Bhuj Railway Station
09.30 AM From White Rann Resort, Dhordo to Bhuj
Note: All transfers other than stated above are on chargeable-basis and subject to availability.

  • All taxes will be charged extra as applicable.
  • Full payment should be made to confirm the reservation.
  • Child below 6 years will be entitled for complimentary stay without any additional arrangements.
  • Extra person/child will be accommodated on chargeable-basis and provided with an additional mattress.
  • Max occupancy per tent: 02 Adults + 02 Children (below 6 years) OR 03 Adults + 01 Child (below 6 years)
  • Max occupancy per bhunga: 02 Adults + 01 Child (below 6 years)

  • 100% cancellation charges, if cancelled in less than 3 days from the check-in date
  • 50% cancellation charges, if cancelled in less than 7 days from the check-in date
  • 25% cancellation charges, if cancelled in less than 15 days from the check-in date
  • 5% cancellation charges, if cancelled in more than 15 days from the check-in date

  • Applicable taxes shall be charged on the listed tariff as per the prevailing rates.
  • Pick-up and drop-off facility is available by AC coach as per the scheduled timings, only from Bhuj Airport or Bhuj Railway Station.
  • It is mandatory for the guest to furnish government-approved photo-ID proof at the time of booking and check-in.
  • All meals shall be served at the Dinning Area during designated meal hours.
  • In case of late arrivals, guests will not be entitled or compensated for missed meals or other activities.
  • In case of delayed arrival of train or flight, the guest will be transferred to White Rann Resort in the next available transfer.
  • Early check-in and late check-out will be subject to availability.
  • In case of early/late transfers, the guest will need to inform the Front Desk Office at the time of check-in. Such transfers will be on chargeable-basis and subject to availability of vehicles.
  • Changes/cancellation shall be as per the cancellation policy.
  • Any incidental, personal and other expenses and cost of items, which are not specified/mentioned/included in the package are to be borne by the guest.
  • The management will not be responsible for any loss or damage to the guest’s belongings. Guests are requested to take care of their belongings.
  • All transfers and sightseeing shall be on SIC (Seat in Coach) basis only.
  • For complimentary sightseeing visits, the cost of entry ticket, if any, will be borne by the guest.
  • The tourist spots included in complimentary sightseeing visits are subject to fixed visiting hours. While, we will endeavour to arrange for the visit as per the scheduled timings, we will not be responsible for any change or cancellation of the visit to the tourist spot(s) due to unforeseen change in visiting hours or conflict with the pre-planned itinerary.
  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change depending upon circumstances at the sole discretion of management.
  • The timing of visit to and from White Rann and Kalo Dungar may vary according to the sunset timings and weather conditions.
  • White Rann is a natural formation and subject to natural conditions. We do not take any responsibility in respect of formation of White Rann or any other undesirable changes therein.
  • Smoking is strictly prohibited inside the resort premises.
  • Consumption of alcoholic drinks is prohibited as per the State Government policy.
  • The guest will ensure strict adherence to the resort’s management policy, and will be responsible for any damage or breakage caused by them.
  • The organizer reserves the right to make changes or alterations in the proposed packages without any prior notice.