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Tourist attraction at Rann Utsav (24th December 2015) : A luxurious bullet proof tent, which was home to Prime Minister Modi during his three-day visit to the desert village of Dhordo for the state police chief’s meet last week, is set to be thrown open to tourists during the Rann Utsav in Gujarat’s Kutch region.The Super Rajwadi accommodation is the latest attraction at the annual three-month-long desert festival in Dhordo’s tent city. The event, Modi’s brainchild during his stint as the state’s chief minister, was marked by actor Amitabh Bachchan in series of advertisements with the tagline – ‘Kutch din to gujaro Gujrat mein’. “The tent is going to be an added attraction at the site,” said the MD of the Tourism Corporation of Gujarat Limited.Describing the various creature comforts that feature in the shelter, a top TGCL official said, “The sprawling carpeted tent houses a huge bedroom with a wooden carved bed; a drawing room with sofas, a television set and multimedia players; a dining hall; a conference room; a lounge; a bathroom with modern fittings; and a wardrobe.”

While traditional Kutch interiors and plush wooden furnishings give the suite a regal look, a temperature control system helps occupants weather the ups and downs of the desert climate.TGCL sources said chief minister Anandiben Patel is likely to be the first guest to stay in the tent, after she inaugurates the Rann Utsav on Thursday. It will be opened to the public only in January.The edition of the festival which was first launched in 2005 as a three day event is likely to play host to President Pranab Mukhrjee. A stay in this luxury tent, however, may just burn a big hole in your pocket. Though the tariff for the tent is yet to be fixed which is anticipated to be at least Rs. 8000/- per person for a night, excluding meals.The tent was made bulletproof after taking into account the high security threat faced by Modi as well as the proximity of the venue to the Pakistan border – just 170 km away.

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