The Kutch Mahotsav, also known as the Rann Utsav, is an annual festival which attracts tourist to the region of Rann of Kutch, which is also one of the biggest salt deserts in the world. This region is blessed with a rich and vibrant culture apart from the mesmerising natural beauty. This festival is organised by the Tourism Department of the State of Gujarat, it commences every year in November and lasts throughout the winter, attracting millions of visitors annually.
The Kutch Mahotsav offers visitors a wide array of activities which include
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Hot Air Balloon Rides over the Rann of Kutch
Visitors can experience a bird’s eye view and witness the mesmerising beauty of the region from hundreds of feet above the ground. The experience of overlooking the vibrant hues of salt can be quite an enchanting experience for many.
Enjoy local culture and cuisine
The Kutch Mahotsav is also a form of cultural fiesta wherein folk performers from all over the State of Gujarat visit the festival and win hearts of the visitors with their performances. Also, visitors much try Kutchi cuisine which is much different from the mainstream Gujarati cuisine.
Unlike Gujarati cuisine, Kutchi cuisine is made with minimal oil, does not have a sweet flavour, uses freshly grounded spices and can be considered as one of the healthiest cuisines in the world. Staples of Kutchi cuisine such as bajra and jowar rotla, garlic chutney, osaman chutti khichdi and buttermilk is a must try during the Kutch Mahotsav.
Camping under the stars.
Kutch Mahotsav is incomplete without an overnight stay in tents and camps along the Rann of Kutch. This experience is quite enchanting and memorable as the beauty of the salt deserts amplifies under the moonlight and the stars. Stargazing by a bonfire is often considered a must-do activity during the Kutch Mahotsav.
Travellers are spoilt for choice with options to shop for a vast assortment of handicrafts such as embroidered fabrics, bela and batik prints, wooden carvings, silver jewellery, camel wool shawls and clothing etc.
Indulge in Adventure Sports
Travellers can indulge in a wide array of adventure sports such as riding on ATV or all-terrain vehicles, ride the skies with paramotoring, ride on a three-wheeled scooter around the streets of the festival, play paintball with your friends and other travellers, rappel down a fixed structure, rock climbing on a man-made wall any many more adventurous activities organised for travelers by the organisers of the Kutch Mahotsav.
Visit the Wild Ass Sanctuaries in the Region
This is the only place in the world where one can find the endangered species of the Indian Wild Ass along with more than 30 species other endangered birds and animals such as the blackbuck, the desert fox, jackal, the Great Indian Bustard etc.
Visit the Mandvi Beach
A perfect destination for beach lovers, travellers can visit the Mandvi beach and enjoy a nice even stroll on the beach watching the sunset. Also, many nearby villages located close to the beach such as Khadva, Bhirandiya and Gandghi-Nuga are famous for their handicraft fabrics and textiles and are regularly known to arrange various workshops related to handicraft fabrics and textiles which is very popular among tourist.
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