Monthly Archives: April 2013

Dance up to your Rajasthani soul on International Dance Day!

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The people of Rajasthan know the real art of living life to the fullest with total enjoyment in spite of harsh weather conditions and rough terrains. The fascinating dances of Rajasthan reflect culture, geography, customs and nature of the people of Rajasthan in a very apt and colorful manner with the perfect locale blending.

Interestingly, each region of Rajasthan has its own unique folk dance forms. These dances are vibrant and dynamic with graceful body movements. The best part is when the myriad hues of colors, transform the barren land into a happy zone, with the colorful costumes, combining the lively folk music.

Various famous dance forms of Rajasthan are:

Bhavai is one of the most dramatic dance forms of Rajasthan. It is quite amazing to watch women dancers accomplishing the balancing act whilst their feet are settled on the edge of a sword or glass top!!

Chari is a dance form with effortless hand and foot movements while balancing brass pots placed on the heads of the dancers.

Gair is performed, both by men and women. Here the dancers move first in clockwise and then in anti-clockwise directions beating their sticks to create the rhythm when they turn.  This form has two versions; one is Dandi Gair of Marwar region and the other is Geendad of Shekhawati region.

Ghoomar is a community dance of Rajputs but very popular in all –over Rajasthan region! According to traditional rituals, a bride is expected to welcome her husband while showing her grace and love through this dance form.

Kachhi Ghodi is performed for the entertainment of bridegroom’s party. Dancers adorn the elaborate costumes giving the effect as if riding on a dummy horse! It originated in Shekhawati region.

Kaalbeliya is one of the sensuous dance forms performed with great flexibility and pace by the snake charmers community. The dancers get attired in long black skirts decorated with silver ribbons.

Terahtaali is named so, because thirteen cymbals are tied to various parts of dancer’s body which they strike with their graceful hand movements. It is a devotional dance form of Kamad community honoring their folk hero Baba Ramdev.

So, even the arid land has chimes and grooves that have taken the popularity of Rajasthan to the international arenas. As the International Dance Day reaches its beautiful eve, people of Rajasthan will always take pride in their ostentatious and lovely culture where the nakharali Ghoomar and chaabli Kachhi Ghodi will jazz up the feet automatically!!

Rajasthan Fashion Week: Where fashion meets tradition!

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…And the red carpet is about to be laid!

The heels and the décors, the flamboyance and the ardor will enwrap the traditional fervor of Jaipur. With the city hosting the second edition of Rajasthan Fashion Week, it will be a great venue showcasing the emerging trends and latest fashion flicks.

Creating a chic arena for buyers, editors and trendsetter’s, top fashion designers of the country will present their Fashion collection for 2013 with the magnificent backdrops of Fairmont, Jaipur.

The programs include a culture & style welcome party, offsite show, a grand opening show, after show parties and grand finale party at exquisite venues .The event will be an extravaganza as 26 designers will showcase their collection, including the top designers such as Ritu Kumar, Kavita Bhartia, Vikram Phadnis, Mandira Wirk, Neeta Lulla, Payal Jain, Krishna Dembla, Charu Parashar; to name a few . The offsite show on May 9-12 is going to be held at the poolside of Fairmont which will showcase the collection by designer Rohit and Abhishek from Jaipur.

With the success of the first edition of the Rajasthan Fashion Week, its emergence as a center of fashion is underway. While Jaipur’s reputation as a luxury vacation destination is by now well-established!

On its second edition, Rajasthan Fashion Week is bringing burgeoning fashion scene to the city from 9th – 12th May 2013. The fashion frenzy shall witness a differential scale of creative canvas, fabricating Jaipur as a new dimension to the business of fashion in India and thereby, reckoning Rajasthan Fashion Week as a distinctive brand, globally!

Feel the fashion vibes with flaring trends!

Train ticket booking period cut to 60 days!

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The Railways have cut the maximum period for advanced reservation of tickets from 4 months to 60 days with effect from May 1.

However, tickets booked up to April 30 under the 120-day reservation period would be valid, says a railway circular. Foreign tourists would continue to enjoy the facility of booking ticket 360 days in advance.

The Railways have retained the lower time limit for reservation for certain trains such as the Taj Express and the Gomti Express. It was in March 2012 that the Railways increased the advance reservation period from 90 to 120 days.

The reduction of advance reservation period to 60 days will be a deterrent for touts who book bulk tickets in advance. We hope the reduction of booking period will help genuine travellers.

Indeed, a welcome move by the Railways. Otherwise, how difficult it has been to plan well ahead!!

Sawai Madhopur Shilpgram to be Inaugurated Tomorrow!

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Sawai Madhopur, famous for its Ranthambore National Reserve, will now also have its own Shilpgram. It will be inaugurated on Friday, 26 April,2013 by Tourism, Art, Culture, Forest and Environment Minister, Ms. Bina Kak at Ramsinghpura village, 9 kms from Sawai Madhopur.

Shilpgram will give a fillip to the regional handicraft and handloom products. As in other districts – the Shilpgram will organize exhibitions and craft bazaars of handicrafts and handlooms of tourist interest as well as public utility. It will, as and when require also organize cultural events to showcase the regional cultural heritage.

 

Shri Mahavirji Fair !

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The Shri Mahavirji Fair is held from Chaitra Shukla Ekadasi to Baisakh Krishna Dwitiya (March-April) to commemorate the memory of Shri Mahavir Swami, the 24th tirthankara (saint) of the Jains, in Chandangaon.

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This year Shri Mahaveerji Fair will be held between 20-25 April, 2013. The Mahavirji temple is located in an enclosure known as ‘katala’ and houses the image of Mahavir Swami believed to have been dug out by a leather worker from Devta-Ka-Tila, a nearby hillock. There is a Man-Stambha (tower of glory) made of marble in front of the temple.

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The major attraction is the Rath Yatra. The fair of Mahavirji reaches its peak on Baisakh Krishna Dwitiya when the image of the deity is taken to the bank of river Gambhiri in a grand procession for Kalash Abhishek.

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After the ceremony, the procession returns with the same grandeur and the image is restored to the temple. The pilgrims gather at the temple to worship, meditate and seek the blessings of the saint with folded hands.

Temporary shops spring up at the fair and cater to the needs of the visitors.

 

World Heritage Day Celebration in Jaipur!

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On the occasion of the World Heritage Day, underprivileged children visited City Palace and made drawings to symbolize the importance of Heritage Conservation. This event was organized by Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum(MSMSM) and INTACH, Jaipur Chapter. Managing Trustee of the MSMSM Princess Diya Kumari and Secretary of INTACH Jaipur Chapter, Ms. Dharmendar Kanwar were also present on the occasion and interacted with the children.F3a-IMG_1157 F2--IMG_1150 F2a-IMG_1212

World Heritage Day was first celebrated by International Council of Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) on 18 April 1982 in Tunisia, which was later also approved by UNESCO in 1983. The day suggests that the historical monuments and sites located in every part of the world needs to be protected and this can be only done with collective efforts at international levels.

The objective behind this day is to create awareness among the common people for conserving and protecting our heritage across the world.

GITB ends with Euphoria!

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The 6th edition of The Great Indian Travel Bazaar ended with euphoria today among the travel trade. The ‘buyers’ and ‘sellers’ expressed great satisfaction on account of more than 8200 meetings held in the course of two days.  Over 8200 B2B Meetings were held.

 

Over 8200 B2B Meetings were Held

Over 8200 B2B Meetings were Held

The fair has been immensely successful in terms of pre-structured B2B meetings generated. The response from both the ‘buyers’ and ‘sellers’ is indeed gratifying. There is no denying that The Great Indian Travel Bazaar has become a force to reckon with in the travel arena,

One of the prime highlights of the fair was the heritage division of the TravelBazaar. As many as 47 stalls of unique heritage hotels were under one roof.

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The next edition of the GITB will be held in mid April 2014 in Jaipur next year. The event has for sure carved a niche in the travel arena. Many foreign buyers have expressed their desire to come again next year and participate in this inbound tourism bonanza.

 

Rajasthan Govt. to change the face of Tourism

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The State Government of Rajasthan is working on ways to promote and implement new segments in the State’s tourism sector such as salt tourism.

Salt tourism or tourism around Jaipur's Sambhar Lake, the country's largest inland salt lake, is one of the new innovative products developed by the Rajasthan Government to give tourism a boost. (Above) Flamingos at the Sambhar Lake

Salt tourism or tourism around Jaipur’s Sambhar Lake, the country’s largest inland salt lake, is one of the new innovative products developed by the Rajasthan Government to give tourism a boost. (Above) Flamingos at the Sambhar Lake

As of now, Rajasthan is known as a heritage or cultural tourist destination but now the government is planning to add other new tourism products that  will include ecological, sports and adventure tours.

We have plans to change the face of tourism in Rajasthan which is known as a cultural destination, by developing other tourist attractions such as adventure, ecological, archaeological, sports, rural and tribal tours in the State,” Bina Kak, Rajasthan Tourism Minister said while inaugurating the sixth edition of GITB.

The State Government is also mulling over the creation of new tourist circuits such as Jaipur-Sambhar-Ajmer and mega tourist hub with Jaipur, being at the heart of it.

GITB 2013 Inaugurated!

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The sixth edition of the was formally inaugurated by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) Vice President, Dr. Jyotsna Suri and the Principal Secretary Tourism, Mr. Rakesh Srivastava today morning at theBirla Auditorium by cutting a ribbon. The Secretary General of FICCI, Mr. A.. Didar Singh was also present on the occasion.

The Rajasthan Tourism Minister, Ms. Bina Kak giving the Inaugural address at the Great India Travel Bazar 2013 today in Jaipur.

The Rajasthan Tourism Minister, Ms. Bina Kak giving the Inaugural address at the Great India Travel Bazar 2013 today in Jaipur.

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After the ribbon-cutting, Dr. Suri and Mr. Srivastava went around the various stalls and the booths of the travel bazaar and expressed their pleasure at its success. She said the travel bazaar was focusing on variousproducts of tourism relating to heritage, eco, religious tourism, etc.

Dr. Jyotsna Suri informed that over 9000 pre-fixed and structured meetings are being held in the course of two days.  Throughout the day such B2B meetings were held. The member of FTOs wishing to do serious business with sellers of Indian tourism products has grown from 265 in 2012 to 273 in 2013. These buyers represent 56 countries, evincing interest in the diversity of tourism products offered by India.
Over 9000 B2B meetings have already been prescheduled between foreign tour operators and Indian sellers. On demand this year the time for B2B has been increasedfrom 15 to 20 minutes per slot and the last one hour has been kept open for on the spot B2B meetings.

A comprehensive publication, ‘Re-inventing Rajasthan Through Tourism’ was also released at the Rajasthan Pavilion in the Great Indian Travel Bazaar (GITB).

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The publication comprehensively covers the State of Rajasthan in terms of fairs and festivals, luxury trains, availability of hotel rooms, package for investment in tourism, among others.

It would prove to be a handy guide for tourist.