“Hi I am Vinay, I work in New York. I’m here with my old gang of friends. We were colleagues, but after I left my old job, I had lost touch with all of them.
6 years later, we finally got a golden chance to meet – credits to a friend’s wedding here in India. We were all here – together – after 6 years and we decided to visit Rann Utsav together to just chill and recreate the beautiful old memories! After 6 years, nothing has changed! What has changed is that the group has gotten a little bigger, but the lively spirit of my gang hasn’t changed a bit!”
“I’m Amit Thakkar, a filmmaking student from Mumbai. I am here because Kutch is my hometown and I had heard about the festival, so I had to pay it a visit. The white desert was of course the best part of the trip, it is something you wouldn’t see anywhere else in the country and only a couple of other places in the world. I did a lot of photography here and got some amazing pictures. The haze, the warm sun, the cold salty soil all came together to give amazing frames and compositions.”
“We were group of 10 ladies – an ‘All Girls Trip’ with my best of friends! Visiting Rann Utsav was the decisions we took. Our ‘me time’ away from the hustle of the cities to the beauty of the White Desert was the totally worth it. When we were going toward the White Rann on our Camel Cart, people looked at us and said, “All beautiful princesses on the ride!” This was such an overwhelming moment for all of us.
We made some beautiful memories everywhere from the start to end of this trip – be it tasting the finger-licking food at the Tent City or sitting on the white salt desert on a full moon night.
This trip is going to be close to our hearts forever!”
“I am Archana Rai from Sikkim. It is my first time travelling to Gujarat. I have specially come here to experience Rann Utsav. Me and my mother Dilmaya Rai always travel together. We usually travel to South India, but this time we thought of exploring the West India. It is a totally different experience – from the hospitality in the Tent City, to being a spectator of the mesmerizing sunset at the White Desert, everything was absolutely worth it!
From all places that I have visited, Rann Utsav is at the next level. For women who travel alone, safety is of utmost priority. This is one of the safest places to travel to – me and my mom have always felt safe. Our culture is totally different from what we saw here, but one thing that is common everywhere in India is we never hesitate in giving our guests the warmest welcome and ensure that they’re comfortable.”