Immerse in the nine days of Navratri festivities in Rajasthan

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Navratri Festival

Navratri begins tomorrow!
Pujas and nine days rituals at home,  holidays on the cards, so many typical traditional outfits, dandiya & garba plans, fasting for peace and prosperity and a lot more is what these nine days indeed promise. When it comes to celebrating traditions and making the most out of these happy times one should never lag behind.

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Navratri is a festival devoted to the worship of Goddess Durga. The word ‘Navratri’ literally means ‘nine nights’ in Sanskrit; Nav – Nine and Ratri – nights. And hence the merriment takes place for 9 days. All through the nine nights and ten days, various forms of Goddess Durga are worshipped.

This year, Navratri is commencing from Thursday, September 21st and will end on Friday September 29th. On Saturday September 30th  Dusshera will be observed to celebrate the victory over evil.

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Each of the 9 days in Rajasthan will start with first seeking blessings from the goddess and then moving on to celebration. Several places in Rajasthan will be lit up during this time with everybody gushing with energy throughout. People get dressed in colorful attires and participate in Garba folk dance and Dandiya-Raas in which people match their steps to the rhythm of music and dance using dandiya (wooden sticks) with their partners.

 

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Navratri festival does bring people closer to each other and soak everyone in its joyous colors! This festival is especially popular among tourists because it gives them an opportunity to get closer to the rich culture of Rajasthan.

So, now that the festival is this close, get ready to participate this year in the enthusiastic and vibrant festival of Navratri! After all this is the exact time to meet locals of town and know more about the state’s culture ;). You just have to know the right place to be!

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6th Edition of ‘VASTRA’ to begin from 21st September in Rajasthan’s Capital- Jaipur

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Navratris begin and you find ample reasons to go out and shop for dazzling, attractive stuff for yourself and home! Several carnivals and fairs are organized to spoil you with choices and new trends. So, get ready for another annual bonanza of shopping and fun! The 6th Edition of the 4-day international textile and apparel fair, ‘VASTRA’ will be organized in Jaipur from 21 to 24 September at Jaipur Exhibition and Convention Centre (JECC) in Sitapura. It will be inaugurated by the Union Textiles & Information and Broadcasting Minister, Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani and Rajasthan Chief Minister, Smt. Vasundhara Raje on 21 September, 2017.

The exposition is an all-encompassing trade fair and conference on Textiles and Apparel which will present a fusion of the finest and the latest in textile products – from fiber to fashion, services and technology.

The mega textile fair is jointly organized by RIICO and FICCI. ‘VASTRA’ has created a niche for itself in textile and apparel industry since its inception in 2012. The event is also supported by the Government of Rajasthan.

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It is expected that over 250 exhibitors from 13 states will showcase their products over net exhibition space of 3600 sqm at JECC. Furthermore, around 300 overseas buyers from more than 50 countries and 200 representatives from around 100 Indian buying houses/agents are slated to attend the event. Karnataka is participating as Partner State and Odisha, Madhya Pradesh, Uttrakhand and West Bengal are participating as supporting States in the event.

The first three days of the event will be devoted exclusively to B2B and the last day will be open for B2C, involving retail sales. General public is invited to visit the fair on 24thSeptember to shop for their favourite products.

This year VASTRA will have few new features like: Roundtable Conference on “Making Rajasthan a Garment Hub”; Jaipur Designers Festival and Sari Workshop. The exposition will continue to have Business Fashion Shows, Design Display Wall for budding designers, Rajasthan Pavilion which will showcase arts and crafts of Rajasthan.

‘Jaipur By Night’ concludes on the glittering notes

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The 5th edition of the three-day cultural festival ‘Jaipur by Nite’ concluded on Saturday late night with a unique night marathon. Around 1500 runners participated in the marathon. It was flagged off by brand ambassador for the marathon Maharaja Padmanabh Singh of erstwhile Jaipur royal family at 10 pm.

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‘Jaipur By Nite’ was jointly organized by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Young Indians (YI), Ministry of Tourism, Government of India and the Department of Tourism (DOT), Government of Rajasthan. Rajasthan Khadi & Village Industries Board and the Department of Archaeology & Museums also supported the initiative.

On the occasion Swaraag Band performed the musical programme while Ms. Neela Singh performed scintillating ‘Zumba’.

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The unique night marathon began from the City Palace. There were two categories – for 10 kms run (with timing chip) and for 5 kms (without timing chip). The route for the 10 kms run was from City Palace to Gandhi Circle on JLN Marg and back and that for the 5 kms run was from City Palace to SMS Hospital Gate No. 6 and back. The marathon, like last year, was a distinct activity and unique initiative wherein the participants joined from various parts of the country to witness and promote beauty and heritage of Pink City at night. Ambassadors of Fiji, Poland; three senior diplomats from Greece; diplomats from Kongo and Uganda as well as participants from Indore, Gurgaon, Mumbai and many other places took part. IAS officer Kuldeep Ranka and his wife Poornima Ranka participated in the 10 km marathon while Ashwani Bhagat and his wife participated in the 5 km run.

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The winner of the 2nd edition of Jaipur By Nite Marathon was Mr. Ajay Kumar (34.39) while Mr. Abhimanyu Gurjar (36.22) and Mr. Shivendra Singh (36.47) finished second and third, respectively. In female category, Ms. Kiranjeet (51.02) finished first.

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Members of the Indian National Polo team Mr. Angad Kalan, Sidhant Sharma, Pranav Kapur including National Coach Uday Kalan and Fitness Coach Ajay Singh also participated in the marathon.

The two-day food festival entitled ‘The Bite Fest’ concluded yesterday. The fest had stalls from Burger Farm, Decked up by ‘Garden Café’, Fat Lulu’s, Crunchy Gourmet, TGIH, Papa Cream, Keventers, What a Patty, Liquido, Zarpar, Clarks Amer, Hilton and Chokhi Dhani.

The other attractions for the evening were Rajasthani troupe performances like Kachhi Ghodi, Bhope Bhopi, Dhol wale, Ghoomar dancers, Kaalbelia, astrologer and mehendi artists,etc.

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IRCTC introduces ‘Book Now Pay Later’ facility in Tatkal Ticket Booking Service

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IRCTC (Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation) has introduced and new feature for booking tickets called “Buy Now Pay Later”. You can now buy your railway tickets via IRCTC website and pay later, which could reduce the hassle of going through the payment process at the time of booking.

In accord to this new facility to book tickets under Tatkal quota through official site of IRCTC, passengers can now pay later for the tickets that are booked under the Tatkal scheme. For passengers travelling under Tatkal quota, earlier they need to pay first using standard online payment gateways and then portal confirms the ticket. To get tickets under this quota, IRCTC users are able to pay using debit card, credit card or cash and get delivery of their tickets at their doorstep. As per the information, IRCTC processes about 130,000 tatkal transactions on daily basis and most of the tickets get booked within few minutes of the quota and as soon as the counter opens.

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This new feature annuls the transaction failures as well as in many cases, money gets debited and ticket is also not get issued due to many reasons behind and the refund cycle is also in between 7 to 15 days of time. In accord to the experts, pay on delivery feature prevents the use of a payment gateway and assist users to do the bookings in a few seconds of time and raises the chances of getting confirmed tickets under tatkal quota. The step by step methodology to avail IRCTC services and avail this scheme are been mentioned in below.

  • To make use of this service, customers need to visit the IRCTC website and register at irctc.payondelivery.co.in.
  • Customers can also access the same on mobile and needs to download ‘Book My Train on Mobile’ for iOS and Google platforms.
  • Once the website gets opened, select Pay-on-delivery payment option.
  • Choose the delivery address.
  • As soon as the ticket gets booked, digital delivery will happen instantly through SMS or e-mail.

Now the travelers can buy railway tickets through IRCTC platform and pay later that will lower down the hassle of going all through the payment process at the booking time. It is going to render simplest checkout experience to people and using the same, you can pay the amount within just a single click. So, avail the facility, make sure to enjoy the checkout experience that this feature is been providing and no longer you have to struggle about the delivery of your ticket as the payment is not been done. The 14 day period is totally interest free so make sure to do the payment on time and travel safely.

For tatkal tickets, IRCTC users will be able to pay via cash, debit card or credit card by opting to have tickets delivered at their doorstep. IRCTC processes 130,000 Tatkal transactions daily. A majority of these tickets are booked within minutes of the quota opening.
The new feature eliminates the transaction failures as often the money gets debited and the ticket is not issued due to multiple reasons. The refund cycle is about seven to 15 days.
The pay on delivery feature completely circumvents the use of a payment gateway and will help users make the bookings in just a few seconds greatly increasing their chance of booking a confirmed ticket under the tatkal quota, experts says.
Steps to avail the IRCTC service
  • To avail the service customers need to visit the website and register at http://irctc.payondelivery.co.in
  • Customers can download ‘BookMyTrain on Mobile’ available for Google, ios platforms
  • On the website, choose Pay-on-Delivery payment option
  • Following this, select Delivery Address
  • The digital delivery happens instantly via SMS /email

Enjoy booking Tatkal Tickets hassle free 🙂

Pushkar- a quintessential experience

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Pushkar- a quintessential experience

The architecture, monuments, history or the calmness and serenity normally defines the beauty of any city, but around 145 kms from Jaipur in Rajasthan, is the temple city of Pushkar which is famous for its Brahma temple (the only temple of Lord Brahma in the world) and Pushkar lake that raises the spirit of tourists.

Annual Pushkar Fair is an important event that takes place in the month of November every year but the fact is the place has its own charm when visited during off days.

Way To Pushkar-

2 hr. 30 min drive from Jaipur to Pushkar on a 6-lane highway NH48.

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As we moved towards winding through the endless vistas of Aravali hills and patches of sand and green fields of marigold farming, lay this beautiful town that bustles with huge crowd, temple bells and lively mesosphere.

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The boisterous bazaars of Pushkar is the spectacle that one shall never miss; the streets refreshed in the shades of red, yellow, pink, blue are, synonymous to the people of Rajasthan and its people.

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It’s interesting and fun to navigate on Pushkar’s narrow alleys on foot because anyway that is the only option. The streets scented with incense sticks along with marigold flowers and red roses — handicraft shops lined on both sides, choc-a-bloc with intricately designed cloth danglers, bags and other artifacts are so unique and distinctive that you would love to binge at each and every corner.

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Paraphernalia of Pushkar

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The decked up endless rows of Rajasthani paraphernalia in pulsating colours, is something beyond words. Tourists often carry back home these as souvenirs. It is difficult to muse on shops only because your eyes are utterly on a different sojourn.

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At once you’re looking at a monk with savage white stripes painted across his nose, sandal wood beads in his hand and at the same time your taste buds are titillating with the sight of Gulab Jamun and freshly made Malpua’s. Malpua is a sweet delicacy that is made best only in Pushkar.

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The Famous Malpua of Pushkar

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Pushkar is one hub of religious happenings but over a period of time it has become a hub of cultural extravaganza. All the streets of this beautiful and historic town lead to the Pushkar Lake through the tranquil Ghats.

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Spend your day shopping and as the sun sets down sit by the lake side and witness the evening aarti performed on the ghat and soak yourself up in the chanting of hymns and mantras. Spiritual travelers must visit Pushkar as this is one lifetime experience to cherish.

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Stay tuned to know about the places to stay in Pushkar in our next blog 🙂

 

Tourists in Jaipur witnessed melodious moments at various heritage sites

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To celebrate music that has been ringing in the ears for generations now, the music enthusiasts from around the country gathered in the Pink City and performed for the local people and tourists at the heritage sites including Amber Fort, Hawa Mahal and Albert Hall. Age, gender or profession is no bar for music and the passion for harmonica (aka mouth organ) got children as young as 8-years-old, to people as old as 80 years of age on a same platform to perform.

The harmonica players of the group are not professionals but they are mere enthusiasts. From doctors to students and army officers to house-wives, people from all classes of life participated and performed together. “This two-day program was organised by the harmonica enthusiasts of the Pink City. People from all over India, from Jammu to Assam, participated and all the delegates came on their own expenses. Their sole purpose behind this is to revive harmonica and generate the interest of people towards live music.

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It was a show which the tourists visiting Amber fort and Albert Hall on Tuesday will not forget for a long time. A group of 130 people assembled at Amber Fort to play musical instrument Harmonica and mesmerized the tourists with the tunes of various songs for more than half an hour. They came to the fort before 10 am and started playing the musical instrument which turned into another attraction for the tourists. The group played tunes of songs like “Hai Apna Dil To Awara” a famous song sung by legendary Hemant Kumar from the movie “Solva Saal” apart from other songs. Interestingly, in the movie, Dev Anand also played the song on the same instrument harmonica and was very popular. The tourists could not join them but many of them lip singed along with the group and the atmosphere of the Amber Fort became so pleasant suddenly that everybody who was present at that moment could not hide the excitement.

This is not the first time that department of archaeology had organized such activity as a few months back also the tourists got to witness an exciting musical performance in Jaipur.

Image Credits: DNA Jaipur

 

Tourism in Jaipur affected owing to curfew

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Normal life and tourism in Jaipur is affected as indefinite curfew in more than four areas of Jaipur’s walled city continued for third day on Sunday after Friday night’s violence, arson and firing that also claimed one life.

The curfew-bound areas of Jaipur- Subhash Chowk, Galta Gate, Ramganj and Manak Chowk, the areas that are dominated by the minority community are also the major roads leading to the maximum tourist destinations of Jaipur.

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The Tourism has also been affected as Jaipur’s main attraction Hawa Mahal, major temples like Galta, Khole Ke Hanuman Ji and way to Jal Mahal, Nahargarh, Jaigarh and  Amber Fort are either closed or the tourists are diverted through long routes. These are the main draws for tourists, especially foreigners. Though, armed force is camping and monitoring the situation minute to minute, but it is advised to postpone your travel plans for Jaipur in the current time looking at the sensitivity of the atmosphere.

We suggest you all to stay away from these areas and stay safe.