A year of Tourism in Rajasthan
Time runs really fast!! It feels like few months ago we celebrated the arrival of year 2013 and how soon we are here to bid a Good bye to this eventful year and ready to welcome the new 2014!!
The year 2013 saw us reporting latest tourism updates from all over Rajasthan and bringing you up to Rajasthan’s cultural event updates and much exclusive news! Let’s have a flashback of the events, updates and new things happened in Rajasthan in the year 2013…..
The year began with pleasant winters and the Pink City- Jaipur poised for the Annual Times Food Awards that gave city dwellers, visitors and tourists a good guide of best eat out places of all categories and specialties in Jaipur – Now be it traditional or continental, a theme based or regional and a discotheque or an elite dine out, you name it and the guide has it all. The prominent festival of kites “Makarsankranti” was celebrated in the same month while the Royals of Rajputana were continue to enjoy the Jodhpur Polo Season began in December. But, the best of the month’s highlights is Jaipur Literature Festival that intrigued world literature enthusiasts, art biggies and “The Dalai Lama” to the Pink City of Rajasthan.
The months of February and March bore remarkable festivals of international standards like Jodhpur desert festival, Alwar festival, Nagaur festival and the first of its kind- Art festival. A big relief for the tourists was Indian Govt.’s relaxation on transit visa rules. Apart from the cultural and trade festivals, the Vintage motor bike and car rally in Jaipur enthralled the localities and tourists in Rajasthan. India’s Rail budget was happy news for the travelers and the introduction of several tourist, special, holiday trains brought in the joy among travelers. The much acclaimed Elephant festival this year was a little disappointment for the tourists as the major highlight “Elephants” were missing due to the ban by Government. However, Holi was still an incredible affair of colours and more colours…. !!
The following month was again full of events and festivals in Rajasthan. Among the wonderful sound and light shows at the prominent forts of Rajasthan, one more show was introduced at the Akbari Quilla of Ajmer. The World Heritage Day was also celebrated with multifarious cultural events and historical monuments of Rajasthan. On this day, the Govt. also proposed the ecological, sports and adventure tourism in Rajasthan.
Summers and Scorching by now had moderated the tourism in state, yet an Interpretation centre at the UNESCO’s World Heritage Site Jantar Mantar- Jaipur was inaugurated. While Udaipur opened World’s first Silver Museum, the six Rajasthan Forts- Ranthambhore Fort, Kumbhalgarh Fort, Gagron fort, Amber Fort, Chittorgarh Fort and Jaigarh Fort won the UNESCO’s world Heritage Status in June 2013.
Springs, with a respite from heat and sun’s rage, brought in the spirit of Teej festival with an inclusion of elephant procession. The tempting aromas of Ghewar being cooked on sweet shops, colourful lehariyas, and blossoming flowers clearly indicated the festive spirit of Rajasthan. And the “Jaipur by Night” cultural event added more colours to the essence of vernal season.
The following months saw some pretty serious developments in terms of advances in tourism; Food Craft institute was inaugurated for a major breakthrough in tourism. The Palace on Wheels and Rajasthan Royals on Wheels chugged on the season’s first journey after major renovations. The Ranthambhore National Park after some renovations rejoiced and opened for the season with the great ecstasy of sighting new tiger cubs, and the most photographed tigress Machhli of the National Park received special honor (Indian postal office postcard with her picture) for being oldest alive big cat in India. The season once again marked the arrival of celebrations, festivals and happiness all around the region. Annual cultural festivals like Jodhpur RIFF, Ranakpur Festival, Marwar festival, Sufi festival and Dussehara are still fresh in our memories. And, how can we forget the electric concert by Oscar winner A R Rehman in Jaipur?
Another major development in tourism, by the end of the year, we saw are the international hospitality brands opening hotels in Rajasthan, The Lemon Tree and Ginger Hotels are up and running in Jaipur, while few more are ready to come out of pipeline.
Celebrating and reporting, we almost came to the end of the year, but a lot of action is yet to talk about. We celebrated Diwali- the biggest and greatest festival of India with much extravaganza and fanfare in Rajasthan. The entire Rajasthan was ignited with lights and more lights everywhere. Then our cattle traders got indulged into pretty serious trade at the annual Pushkar fair which is more of an important tourist fair in Rajasthan and beyond. We’re sure you would have seen our special photo blog on the same. So is the Bundi Utsav, held every year, that attracts thousands of traders and tourists to this magnificent land of art and culture.
The outset of December chill and the Jodhpur polo season are synonymous in Rajasthan tourism so the Polo Season began on the December 01, 2013. With the opening of Harley Davidson’s Rajasthan Dune Chapter in Jaipur, December was a power packed month with one event after another back to back. Be it the largest international Jewellery extravaganza of “Jaipur Jewellery Show” or the “Jaipur Theatre Festival- Jairangam,” each was a huge crowd puller, but the Electro Techno Dance and Music festival, The “Magnetic Fields festival,” held at the backdrop of 17th century Royal palace Alsisar Mahal in Shekhawati, won all the accolades by the readers of Rajasthan Tourism Buzz. The fantastic, full of life year 2013 concludes with the three days’ Winter Festival at Mount Abu- the only hill station of Rajasthan.
Here’s wishing you a very happy and prosperous New Year from the entire team of Rajasthan Tourism Buzz. May 2014 bring you the best holidays you have ever had. We had a fantastic 2013, thanks to the wonderful readers like YOU !
You are going to read a lot of exciting news and blogs on this site in the coming few weeks. Several cultural festivals in 2014 are round the corner and this year is again full of celebrations and events in Rajasthan. So stay tuned to Rajasthan Tourism Buzz as we continue to bring you the latest and greatest information from the world of travel and tourism in Rajasthan.
We hope you stick with us as we strive to continue the trend into the next year as well!