A typical meal here would include the bajara roti (bread made of pearl millet) with ghee (clarified butter) and gud (jaggery), followed by Khichdi-Kadhi (a combination of rice, pulses and ghee accompanied with curd-based, mustard flavoured curry). The staple food of the people of Banni includes bajro (pearl millet), wheat, pulses, meat, rice, khari bhat, kadhi, thick buttermilk, milk products, milk-based sweets, and gud.
The Shaam-e-Sarhad The name means 'Sunset on the Border'. Accommodation is comfortable, simple and clean. There are three types of accommodation: Tents, Family Tents and Bhungas. The Tents and Bhungas can normally accommodate 2 people, while the Family Tents can host 4 people. Extra beds are available on request. All living spaces are designed to showcase local talent and are decorated handicrafts. Furnished with private bathroom with western-style toilet and shower, as well as mosquito nets and fans, the stay is designed to be comfortable - and of course unforgettable! Traditional food is served. For lunch and dinner, a Gujarati and a traditional buffet is served, with a range of vegetables (cooked and fresh), pulses, Indian breads, and local sweets. Only vegetarian food is served.
resort offers the best in traditional fare and can also arrange a traditional thali (platter) meal with the community.
Expressions of love for nature and God are sung in hauntingly melodious voices in the Banni grassland. The rustic instruments like the Jodiya Pava, Bhorrindo, Morchang and Surando, Tambura, Manzira, Ghada and Janjar accompanied by the raw talent of folk artists create magic in the desert environs. Bheth (2- or 4-line pieces usually sung before the main Kaafi or Daastan rendition), Vaai (most ancient style of singing), Daastan (song depicting a tale), Kaafi, Aaradhi and Maulood (religious songs) are some of the forms of gayaki (singing styles), each sung in a unique form, and based on the content and the mood of the song. The folk tradition here also shows an influence of Sufi gayaki. Sufi love songs of the famous Sindhi poet Shah Abdul Latif are commonly sung by musicians in almost all gayakis.
The cut, material, and ornamentation of a costume can reveal the age, occupation, origin, caste and marital status of the local folk. The typical costume of Maldhari men comprises a lungi (sarong/wrap), kamij (long shirt), pagdi (turban) and rumal (scarf). Hindu men prefer white clothes whereas the Muslim men wear vibrant colours. The modern youth have started wearing sunthad (loose pant) or patlun (pants) and bushkat (shirt). The Maldhari women wear embroidered kanjri (blouse), ghaghro (skirt) and odhani (scarf). Bright colors are most common in the apparel of both men and women.
Fairs and festivals:
Sharad Utsav (Early - mid October): A yearly tourism festival organized by the government. Artisans from around Kutch are invited to sell and showcase their crafts. Dhrang (February): Small in scale but exceptionally traditional, this fair commemorates Saint Dhrang, especially revered by the Ahir Community. Hajipir Fair (March):
Epitomises the Hindu and Muslim harmony characteristic of the region, this festival commemorates a Muslim fakir, named Haji, who sacrificed himself to save a cow at this site. Up to 1,00,000 pilgrims come from up to 1000 km away on foot to attend this 3-day festival. Banni Pashu Mela:
The annual Banni Pashu Mela (cattle fair) organised by the Village Tourism Development Committee is a great country fest that celebrates the cattle rearing legacy of West India. Wrestling and other competitive events such as camel or bullock races accentuate the carnival spirit.