Kutch is a district in Gujarat, India, having its capital in the city of Bhuj. It is India’s largest district, covering 45674 square kilometers and marked by the huge salt flats and marshlands known as the Rann of Kutch.
The district is bordered on the south and west by the Gulf of Kutch and the Arabian Sea, and on the north and east by the Rann of Kutch. Along Sir Creek, the northern half of Kutch also borders Pakistan. As a result, Kutch is effectively an island, and people are frequently perplexed as to which state Kutch belongs to. The Great Rann of Kutch and the Little Rann of Kutch are two sections of the Rann.
The Banni grasslands on the outside belt of the Rann of Kutch, which also hold some species, are also ecologically significant in the Kutch district. Multiple seismic movements have struck the Kutch region, including the Anjar earthquake in 1956 and the Bhuj earthquake in 2001. As a result, we now have the landscape we see today.
The Kutchi people, who speak the Kutchi language, live in this district. Despite being a part of Gujarat, their art and culture are distinct from those of the rest of the state. Kutch embroidery and Kutch handicrafts are well-known both in India and beyond. The Rann of Kutch festival, on the other hand, is what this location is known for. The Bhuj festival, among other tourist attractions in Kutch, is the one that draws visitors from all over the world.
The Kutch Rann Utsav, or Kutch Festival, is held annually on the Rann of Kutch. The Festival, which is an important aspect of Kutch tourism, is an annual cultural spectacle that transforms the white Rann of Kutch into a vibrant canvas.
The winter event is usually held between November and February and is organized and run by Gujarat Tourism. The goal is to appreciate Kutch’s traditional culture while also seeing the natural wonders of Kutch’s white desert. Folk dances, works of art, sightseeing, adventure activities, music, and other interesting events are featured over the three-four month extravaganza.
The celebration takes place across the entire area, from Bhuj to the Rann Utsav tent city on the salt flats. Near the Bhuj airport, 400 tents have been erected near Dhordo, a small village. The 2021 Kutch Festival will take place from November 12, 2021, until February 28, 2022.