The International Kite Festival in Gujarat is one of the most vibrant and multi-coloured festivals celebrated every year in January since 1989. Popularly known as Uttarayan or Makar Sankranti, this fiesta of kites celebrates the retreat of the winter season.
Even though it is celebrated in many cities in Gujarat, Kite Flying Festival in Ahmedabad is quite famous all over the world. It sees participation by close to a hundred kite flying experts belonging to 35 to 40 countries, which include Russia, Philippines, New Zealand, Poland, Japan, Italy, Brazil, Australia, the USA, Malaysia, France, China, and Vietnam.
Come and witness the grand celebrations, when kites in all sizes, colors, and shapes dot the blue sky; and the spirits are high as participants and the audience are in a festive mood.
International Kite Festival 2017: Date, time, & venue
When: 7th to 15th January 2017
In 2016, the Kite Flying festival was celebrated from 7th to 15th January. The dates, as well as the venue, are expected to remain the same in 2017.
Timing: Celebrations start at 8 in the morning and continue till 5 pm
Where: Venue for the annual kite flying festival in Gujarat is the Sabarmati River Front, located on the Ashram Road.
How to reach the venue: Sabarmati River Front is not difficult to locate. Travelers can reach the venue by hailing a cab from any point in the city.
- Car Entry Point: Patang Hotel, Near Nehru Bridge Corner, Ashram Road
- Public Entry: Vallabh Sadan Temple, Opposite Gujarat Chambers of Commerce, Ashram Road
The International kite festival is celebrated across Gujarat but the zeal & enthusiasm seen in the lanes of Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Surat, and Nadiad is unmatched. Besides, the festival is also a part of the Rann Utsav – a three-month long celebration in the Rann of Kutch that continues from December to March.
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International Kite Festival 2017, Gujarat: Highlights
The International Kite Festival in Gujarat is celebrated with unmatched enthusiasm and merriment. People stock up their houses with kites and charkharis well before the event. The festive fervor continues even after sunset when people fly paper lanterns known as tukkal, tied to the kite strings.
If you want to be a part of the Ahmedabad kite festival, you can pick up any of the fancy kites at the Patang Market in the old city. The market stays open for 24 hours for the entire week preceding the festival.
The International Kite Flying Festival celebrations also feature local bazaars that showcase Gujarati handicrafts and finger-licking dishes like til laddoo, chikki, and jalebi. The highlight of the festival, however, is how locals and international kite flyers get together to celebrate the festival, and promote peace and harmony even while competing with each other.
Why should you attend it?
The International Kite Festival is a delight for kite lovers. Whether you fly kites or make them, this is the occasion to see a lot of them, in distinct shapes and designs. The past celebrations have welcomed artists from different countries who amaze the audience with their innovative creations.
In the past years, the celebrations have hosted master kite makers who flaunted unique designs. Rokkaku fighting kites from Japan, sculptural designs from Italy and Flying dragon kites from China are some of the types that will attract your attention at the festival. Also, the famous kite master, Rasulbhai Rahimbhai of Ahmedabad, puts up a brilliant show as he manages 500 kites on a single string.
Celebrations with kites are seen all over India, but the celebrations of the International Kite Festival in Gujarat are second to none. So, what are you waiting for? Plan a holiday and be ready to say Kai Po Che!
Places to stay in Ahmedabad when attending the International Kite Festival
1. Cama Hotel
2. Pride Plaza Hotel
3. Courtyard by Marriott
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