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Rann Utsav is back! With more tourist attractions - The grand fiesta to be held during Dec 9 to Jan 15

Rann Utsav is back! With more tourist attractions: The grand fiesta to be held during Dec 9 to Jan 15

Host of attractions like camel safari, hot air ballooning, desert car rally, horse ride, all-terrain vehicle, cultural programmes, food court are sure to mesmerize visitors

GOG spokespersons give outlines of the Desert Festival

The Rann Utsav, a grand fiesta in the white desert of Kutch in Gujarat will be held this year during December 15, 2011 to January 15, 2012.

The festival, a tourists’ delight, is a brainchild of Chief Minister Narendra Modi and Gujarat government arranges it with an aim to put the state on the global tourism map.

Giving details of the festival Gujarat government spokespersons Ministers Jay Narayan Vyas and Saurabh Patel said that this year the visitors will see a host of attractions like camel safari, hot air ballooning, desert car rally, horse ride, all-terrain vehicle and food court besides the cultural programmes depicting the culture of Kutch.

“The response from the tourists world over this year is no less than overwhelming. All the tents for the first three days have been booked while for the rest of the days, 80% of booking has already been done”, ministers said.

Spokespersons said the state government has announced a special package keeping in mind the Christmas and the New Year celebrations. As many as 440 AC and non-AC tents have been erected in Dhordo. The traditional eco-friendly houses of Kutch known as ‘Bhunga’ will also be made available to the tourists. The government will organize beach festival on the seashore of Mandvi and a special kite festival will be organized in the white rann.

Highlighting the ‘Kutch Carnival’ which would take place on the eve of Rann Utsav ministers said that about 32 artist-groups will perform on the banks of the historical Hamirsar Lake.

Apart from this, ministers said, various cultural package tours will be arranged for the tourists. Tourists would be able visit various archeological sites and could watch flamingos. Tourists could also seize the opportunity to see the beauty of Black mountain and could visit the border areas of India and Pakistan.

The miraculous beauty of white rann in full moon light is simply incomparable. Rann Utsav has become a symbol of event-based tourism, ministers added.

The attraction of Kutch as a tourist spot has increased many-fold with Mr. Amitabh Bachchan promoting it as a brand ambassador of the State. “Last year some 800 tourists visited Kutch while this year about 32,000 visitors have visited the place”, ministers said.

Sources: Gujarat Information Bureau

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