Monthly Archives: January 2014

Jaipur’s legendary kite flyer Babu Khan passed away

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Today Rajasthan Tourism Buzz pays tribute to the legend of Kite flying, Babu Khan.  Globally famous for the unique kite flying skills, Babu Khan has passed away on January 29, 2014 at the age of 76. He was survived by his wife and two sons.

Babu Khan was not only esteemed in India for his commendable kite flying skills but had also earned a great reputation across the borders in foreign lands for his tremendous kite flying skills. He was also famed for making the unique decorative kites.

Jaipur is known for its kite festivals and the glamour of this great sport was incomplete without the participation of Babu Khan, whose unique style of flying 500 kites on a single strand used to enthrall the spectators at the festival.  There was a time when the name Babu Khan almost became synonymous to Kite Festivals

The feat that he learned to conquer hunger won him innumerable awards, recognitions and badges. The only grudge he had was the lack of government’s interest in keeping the rare art of kite flying alive.

Image Courtesy: BCCL

Kumbhalgarh Festival in Rajasthan

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Kumbhalgarh festival brings together many of India’s finest performing artists with Classical Dance Recitals set against the backdrop of the glowing citadel. The festival is divided into daytime and an evening segment. Daytime highlights include folk performances by the folk artists of Rajasthan and also various attractive competitions for the tourists. The tour also takes you through the journey around Rajasthan “Land of Kingdoms” to experience the diversity of Rajasthan exploring the people, customs, culture, costumes, music, manners, dialects, cuisine and physiography. Among the highlights of this festival includes the dance performance by local artists which get full encouragement and applaud by the audience as well. Some games like musical chairs and tug of war are also organized for young children.

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The classical Festival is in line with the Maharana Kumbah’s dedication to promoting art, who was patron of Indian martial and fine arts, architecture and learning. Historical place Kumbhalgarh gets more popularity through Kumbhalgarh Festival starting from January28 to 30, 2014.If you are visiting Udaipur, Kumbhalgarh or nearby areas, don’t miss the opportunity to be part of this fun filled festival.

“Soul of Rajasthan” a coffee table book to be launched by Pathfynder on India Tourism Day

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Rajasthan is a colourful state with vibrant cultures, terrific lifestyle and jubilant festivals that attract people from far beyond the borders. You might come across a slew of books talking about the brilliance and colours of jovial Rajasthan but not something that could truly pen down the real “Soul of Rajasthan”

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“Soul of Rajasthan,” yes,  the name itself suggests that the true soul of Rajasthan is cocooned in this book which is to be launched by a leading branding and marketing firm; Pathfynder Solutions on the glorious occasion of India Tourism Day, Saturday, January 25, 2014.

The book is a beautiful journey that takes you through different faces of Rajasthan. With each page that you turn, you get closer to this colorful land that talks about royalty, heritage, cuisines, festivals, forts & palaces, pilgrimage and other main attractions. The book offers you a wonderful experience through the brilliant photography and content that it encompasses, reflecting Rajasthan in a totally different perspective.

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“Whenever I would travel to different parts of Rajasthan and click photographs, I always dreamt of creating a book that will speak for it”, says Gaurav Hajela, the Managing Partner of Pathfynder, a well-known photographer and a person who has traveled Rajasthan extensively. Gaurav has been awarded in various photography competitions and got his work published in the leading international magazines, travel websites and also in various brochures and other publications.

The book Soul of Rajasthan has also been launched on social media and has its presence on Facebook, Instagram along with its own website. The copies of the book will be available in the leading retail stores and online subsequently. It will also have its own mobile app in a short time.

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Pathfynder Solutions is a creative consultancy firm. Apart from handling several brands nationally and internationally, Pathfynder also owns the leading blog Rajasthan Tourism Buzz and Jaipur’s one of the leading online magazines: Jaipur Beat.

The book will be unveiled through the press conference on Saturday, January, 25, 2014 at the Forresta Kitchen and Bar fine dining restaurant.

Soul of Rajasthan promises a wonderful journey of Rajasthan that would bound you to crave for a visit to the colourful and vibrant state Rajasthan!

Follow more updates on the book at its official fan page https://www.facebook.com/soulofrajasthan

 

Brij Festival in Rajasthan

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The Brij Festival is every year held in the month of Feb or March, falling a few days before the festival of Holi. This festival is held in the commemoration of Lord Krishna. Bharatpur remains the centre of cultural activities and events.

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The eternal dance form called” Rasleela,” illustrating the eternal love story of Radha Krishan is very beautifully performed specially during Brij Festival. The villagers of Bharatpur perform this dance, dressed in bright and colorful costumes. Throughout Bharatpur, the sound of folk songs fills the air and mesmerizes people. All the people, men or women, young or old, participate in the Rajasthan Brij Mahotsav and drown in its spirit. The entire town is painted in bright colors and no one is spared from being splashed with colors.

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A lively and colourful picture of Rajasthan is portrayed through the Brij Festival which you would never want to miss. Somark your dates for Brij Festival from February 02 to 04, 2014 in Rajasthan.

Jaipur International Film Festival

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All movie buffs in Jaipur are soon going to get served with a platter of internationally applauded and acclaimed movies, as the Jaipur International Film Festival in its fresh 6th edition is back in the town!

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The Jaipur International Film Festival, is a fast growing film festival, held in the pink city of Jaipur. Launched in January 2009, Jaipur International Film Festival – JIFF is gradually establishing itself in the landscape of world film festivals not only in India but the world over.

This year the JIFF red carpet starts from February 1st. The purpose of this film festival is to promote newer movie makers, exchange of knowledge, information, ideas & culture between India & other nations in context of their social and cultural ethos. From this year onwards, JIFF would be organized in five segments, namely JIFF, Film Market, Co-production, Regional Cinema, Special session and workshops, seminars and publications.

Though film festivals have became a regular affair in most countries yet most of them cater only to selected audience as well as entertain the commercially successful film makers and related personalities. However, JIFF intends to organize a festival that connects the film fans & movies goers with the film world, especially the serious filmmaker & their associates so as to bring about greater understanding of the art of film making.

Starting from February 01, to 05, 2014, the Jaipur International Film Festival also features Award ceremony, Celebrity walks, World premier, Cultural programme, Anchor slot, Fashion Show, Gala Dinner and endless fun.

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Opening Ceremony on 1st Feb 2014 at Rajmandir Cinema

Date: 01 Feb – 05 Feb 2014

Timings: 10:30 am – 08:45 pm

Festival Venue: Golcha Cinema and Chamber Bhawan – RCCI, Jaipur

Entry Fee: Rs 300/-

So all you interested in JIFF can mark your calendar for the dates of umpteen fun and entertainment in Jaipur. Get the latest updates on http://www.jiffindia.org

Jaipur Literature Festival 2014

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The largest FREE literary festival on earth, the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival once again brings together some of the greatest thinkers and writers from across South Asia and the world in its 7th Edition in Jaipur!!

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From Nobel laureates to local language writers, Man Booker prize winners to début novelists, every January the most remarkable, witty, sensitive and brilliant collection of authors come together for five days of readings, debates and discussions at the beautiful Diggi Palace in the Rajasthani capital.

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JLF, which began in 2006, is now regarded as a cultural catalyst within India and around the world, exposing audiences to a constant flow of ideas. Featuring live music sessions and interactive workshops, the Festival provides a space to dare, dream and imagine. 

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Inaugurated by Rajasthan Governor Margaret Alva and the Keynote Address by Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen, yesterday the literature festival has over 250 authors and 175 sessions to host. The theme of this festival has five days of debate and discussion, from fiction to biography, history to music, theatre and Bollywood to media, and social agendas, set across more than one venue in a very cultural yet liberating setting!

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The Jaipur Literature Festival continues to be the largest free literature festival and among the five largest such festivals in the world, with a unique visitor registration of 1,57,000, and a footfall of more than 2,00,000 as compared to 2013. The music stage for January 17 to 20, 2014 is set at the Hotel Clarks Amer- Jaipur.

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For the program details, find the Zee JLF at http://jaipurliteraturefestival.org/

On-the-spot registration is also available at the venue. 

Ranthambore National Park to have one more Tiger Safari zone

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Good news from the Jungle!! The Ranthambhore National Park will open a new zone for Tiger Safari from January 18, 2014.

Tiger sighting is something which is on top of the minds of tourists visiting Ranthambhore National Park. No chital or chinkara could quench that thirst to see and click a tiger. But the over load traffic of visitors at the various permitted tiger zones has made it uneasy for the visitors as well as forest habitats. So as to reduce the tourist pressure on the existing nine zones, one more new zone is opened for Tiger Safari in the area called Antri at Ranthambhore National Park.

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The forest officials, after their two to three months’ research, conformed that there are four or five adult tigers and three cubs in this zone. Besides, the zone also has some beautiful water bodies and the presence of panther is also an added attraction.

So, what is rolling over your mind? Rejoice and as soon the booking opens plan for an adventurous and hustle free Tiger Safari at Ranthambhore National Park.