Ambassadors from Georgia and Ukraine besides a large number of tourists from New Zealand, Australia, UK and other countries will attend the annual desert festival `Ranotsav' in Gujarat beginning from Friday.
This was informed by Kamlesh Patel, Chairman of the Gujarat Tourism Corporation Ltd (GTCL), which is organising the mega event.
The 38-day cultural extravaganza, organised in Kutch district bordering Pakistan, will be the longest-ever festival organised in the state.
Looking at its popularity and overwhelming response from tourists - both domestic and foreign - this year the festival will go on for 38 days, which is 12 days more than last year, said Patel.
"We expect more than one lakh tourists in the festival this year," he said.
Chief Minister Narendra Modi, who will inaugurate the festival, is expected to spend 2-3 days in a especially-designed tent at Dhordo village, the main site of the event.
More number of tents, a laser show, hot air ballooning, all terrain vehicles and TV artists are amongst the additional attractions planned this year at the festival, which is aimed at giving a boost to tourism in Gujarat.