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Rann of Kutch, Gujarat
Noted for its awe-inspiring silvery landscapes, Rann of Kutch - India’s largest salt marsh sprawled over an area of 7,500 sq km - annually plays host to the glorious Rann Utsav.A vibrant display of culture, cuisine, art, craft, music and dance, the festival puts forward the best face of Gujarat. Through October to February, the striking white desert of Kutch brims with colour and culture, transporting visitors to a world of merriment. 

What to do?
Immerse yourself in history by becoming a part of storytelling sessions or stroll around the desert marvelling at the pristine beauty of nature. Be serenaded by lilting notes of local artistes or shake a leg to the upbeat tunes of folk musicians. Explore the vast desert on camels or glide through the air in hot air balloons that offer a panoramic view of the surroundings. 
The festival offers a splendid shopping scene. You can visit nearby villages and interact with local artisans who are adept at making traditional handicrafts. Several workshops are conducted in the villages where you can learn about the arts and crafts of the state. You can take back souvenirs like mirror-embroidery clothes, block prints, silver jewellery, wood carvings and seashell toys, all of which Kutch is known for.
Moreover, there are facilities of golf carts, ATV rides, paintball, game cart excursions, paramotoring and horse riding. Those looking for peace and relaxation can participate in various meditation and yoga sessions conducted during the festival. Several aspects of Gujarati culture are on display as performers roam about in their colourful clothes, vendors sell tasty local dishes and folk shows are conducted.

 Where to stay?
The grand Tent City is the best place to stay to enjoy an authentic Rann experience. Consisting of over 400 tents, both air-conditioned and otherwise, it is set on the outskirts of Dhordo village, about 80 km from Bhuj. A number of Swiss luxury tents, replete with gorgeous porches and lush carpets, are erected in the desert. For a memorable time, visitors can choose to camp in them.

Best time to visit
It is surreal to visit Kutch on full moon nights as the moon glows as bright as the sun. Bathed in soft moonlight, the white desert seems to sparkle as if it is sprinkled with precious gems. On occasions like New Year’s Eve, Republic Day and Holi, the festival sees a burst of celebrations. On Makar Sankranti, a kite-flying festival is organised.