Monthly Archives: October 2013

Deepotsav in Jaipur

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Hardly a week goes without some kind of event or festival taking place in Rajasthan. From elephant festivals to religious gatherings, the Rajasthani calender is overflowing with special days, meaning you’re spoiled for choice. It’s that time of the year again when Rajasthan celebrates one festival after another with traditional pomp, gaiety and gay abandon.

Over the past few years, Rajasthan Tourism has been organizing Deepotsav festival at Jalmahal ki  paal, Jaipur. (Towards the front side of Jalmahal, on Amer Road, opposite Hotel Trident.)

This month once again, the Pink City is celebrating the Deepotsav on 30th and 31st October. This is the third year of Deepotsav celebration in Jaipur . Diwali festival especially in Jaipur should, over a period of time, become as well known as the Dusshera of Kota or the Cattle Fair of Pushkar.

One will see folk performances, food stalls in different parts of the Walled City as well as fire crackers and lighting at the Jal Mahal Ki Paal, Anber Road, Jaipur.

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The major highlights of Deepotsav would be…

  • The entire area is decorated in traditional Rajasthani style on Deepawali theme with deepawali props, hangings, buntings, rangolis, mandanas, flowers, decorative illumination etc. Thousand of lamps and candles lit up the area in festive mood.
  • Colourful and vibrant performances by the Folk artists of Rajasthan will add to the festivities ,  on both the days. Kalbeliya dance, chakri dance , chari dance, singing by langas , bhapang ,  Algoza performance are some of the hightlights of the cultural extravaganza. Attractive fireworks display would be presented as a part of grand finale.

For more details you can contact Tourist Reception Centre,  Government Hostel, M.I. Road, Jaipur. phone: 0141-5110598

 

 

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Diwali!! Its time to celebrate in Rajasthan

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We went out to the shopping mall for some regular shopping and found decorated markets on the way, dazzling shops with lights, pomp’s and gifts wrapped in attractive packing which quite symbolized the arrival of Diwali – the festival of lights, fervor and Happiness in India.

Diwali in Rajasthan is an absolute celebration of life and all the good that it has to offer; it is a time for togetherness and bonding. The Indians living in India would be itching to celebrate while the Indians living abroad would make sure their Indian holiday plans are in sync with Diwali time. Joy derived from triumph of good over evil is the hallmark of Diwali.

It was a dark, moonless night when Lord Ram, the banished king of Ayodhya returned home along with his wife, Sita after having vanquished the demon, Ravan (King of Lanka who had abducted Sita) and having completed 14 years in exile.

To honor and rejoice the homecoming of the king, the people of this kingdom lit his path with oil lamps to guide him on his way. Thus began the tradition of decorating homes and public spaces with earthenware oil lamps (diyas) to mark the triumph of good over evil, light over darkness and the five day celebration came to be known as Diwali or Deepavali which means ‘rows of lights/lamps’.

Jaipur Diwali

Rajasthan is the land of festivals and fairs. People in this sparsely populated state look for any excuse to assemble together in celebration and take a break from their otherwise rugged, tough lives. The elaborate rituals and the gaiety with which they surrender themselves to the numerous fairs and festivals of the region show their sheer zest for life. Celebrated every year in October-November, Diwali is undoubtedly the most popular of all Rajasthan festivals.

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As lamps and fireworks illuminate different corners of the globe, we pray that the light brightens up not only your homes but also your hearts.

Happy  Diwali !

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Celebrate Diwali in Rajasthan from November 01 to 05, 2013 with great fanfare, sumptuous cuisines & desserts, ultimate shopping and lots of fun.

 

Ginger Hotels now in Jaipur

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Ginger opens its first hotel in Jaipur

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Ginger Hotels, from Roots Corporation – a subsidiary of The Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL), announced the launch of its first hotel at Jaipur in Rajasthan.

The 103 room Ginger Jaipur was inaugurated by Princess Diya Kumari in the presence of P.K Mohankumar, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Roots Corporation Limited.

The hotel that marks entry of the brand Ginger’s into Rajasthan and Jaipur will cater to the industrial and commercial sectors. Ginger Hotels has also introduced special services for the single lady traveler. This is designed to ensure that the lady guest feel safe and enjoys a hassle-free experience.

Highlights of the services include special airport assistance, regulated room access, design specific rooms with extra security measures, express check-in and wellness menu in the F&B Offering.

Ginger also offers complimentary Wi-Fi to all resident guests helping the modern business traveler to stay connected.

Looks like one more good option for the business travelers in Jaipur, hope it lives up to its promises!!

Vintage steam express train set to chug from Delhi to Alwar

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A vintage tourist train by Indian Railways, consisting of two coaches hauled by steam engine “Akbar”, will commence running in the current season between Delhi and Alwar in Rajasthan from today i.e. October 27, 2013.

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The 48 year-old steam engine is one of the last surviving vintage steam locomotives in the country. Named after the great Mughal emperor Akbar, the Pacific class broad gauge loco is capable of speeds up to 110 kmph and used to haul prestigious express trains.

After remaining out of service for several years, ‘Akbar’ was restored, overhauled and reclaimed in full working condition. The engine was recently in the news with its use in the famous film ‘Bhag Milkha Bhag’, portraying the life of famed Indian runner Milkha Singh.

The tourist train will start from Delhi Cantonment Station of the capital and travel to Alwar (138 kms) in Rajasthan via Rewari on a tour package which includes a visit to the Sariska National Park near Alwar. This would also give an opportunity to the tourists to sight tigers in Sariska.

The train in its current season will travel between October 2013 and April, 2014 on every second and fourth Saturdays, starting from today.

Booking can be done on IRCTC’s website http://www.railtourismindia.com.

Kathiawar Food Festival in Jaipur

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The Fern   An Ecotel Hotel, Jaipur is celebrating the charismatic cuisine of Kathiawar from October 18   27, 2013 at Conversation  The World Cuisine Cafe . 

Kathiawar is part of the Saurashtra region in the state of Gujarat.  It is the cultural, religious and historical epicenter of the state of Gujarat. The food is a delight of this diverse region which is also named after the people who inhabit this area; the Kathiawadis. Kathiawar cuisine is basically Gujarati food that has influences of Parsee and Bohri cuisine. This is a cuisine where you will find boiled peanuts in the dal, jeera in the seasoning of every dish and a characteristic sweetness to all the dishes, thanks to a very Gujarati influence.

Vatana nu oondhiya, sambhariyu shaak, bajra nu rotla, khichdi, kadi, dal dhokadi, ringan nu olo, kachori, lasaniya bataki and lots more to keep you enticed and what better to keep the festive spirits alive post Navratra, Dandiya and Dussehra !

The delicious vegetarian food on offer would be cooked by Maharaj Pratap Chand who is specially coming over for the festival. A lavish and sumptuous buffet with live cooking stations is all set to greet you between 19:30 hrs 22:30 hrs.

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A R Rahman live Concert in Jaipur

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What makes a live concert by AR Rahman special is its scale and grandeur that is rare to find amongst other Indian musicians. With his latest tour, called RahmanIshq — the title is a conceptual extension of his recent single Infinite Love — the music maestro will enthrall the people of Jaipur with his melodious music and heart winning voice.

He will joined by his team, comprising musicians such as Sukhwinder Singh, Javed Ali, Neeti Mohan, Ranjit Barot, and Vijay Prakash among others.

The musical-extravaganza scheduled for October 20, 2013 will have live interactive theatrical experience encompassing his award winning musical renditions right from “Roja”, “Jodhaa Akbar”, “Slumdog Millionnaire”, “Jab Tak Hai Jaan” and “Raanjhanaa”.

Ranakpur Festival 2013

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It’s a splendid opportunity for the tourists to once again gain an insight into the life of people of Rajasthan with the onset of cultural and religious festivals one after another.  Rajasthan stands out as a tourist destination for its colourful fairs and festivals.

Just like folk festivals in Jodhpur and Jaipur, the holy town of Ranakpur near Pali will also witness the Ranakpur Festival (October 18-21, 2013) a melange of Rajasthani folk performances and Bharatnatyam as well as renditions by renowned vocal artists and dance performers.

A large number of tourists from not only Udaipur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer but across the borders would visit the fair .On all the four days the ‘muktakash’ (open air auditorium at Surya Mandir aka Sun Temple) would become the venue for the fascinating cultural programmes. Other attractions during the Ranakpur festival will be craft-cum-food courts and jungle jeep safaris.

Mark your calendar for Ranakpur Festival and enjoy mesmerizing events during the Festival.