Monthly Archives: March 2014

64th Rajasthan Day Celebration in Jaipur

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Bare deserts yet vibrant streets with lively and welcoming people saying “Padharo Mhare Des”, Rajasthan- a state that actually lives up to the saying “Atithi Devo Bhava.” The Colorful festivals and regal history with magnanimous palaces and monuments telling the tales of our glorious past- that is Rajasthan!!

Rajasthan attracts thousands of global tourists every year for its magnificent history, culture and colourful festivals. This year on March 30th Rajasthan celebrates its 64th Foundation Day and the Government of Rajasthan has planned a melange of cultural and classical events for the tourists as well as the citizens of Jaipur.

Here’s a list of events …

Tourism awareness tour

The two-day celebrations slated for 29 and 30 March, will begin with a tourism awareness programme for special children in which the children will be taken to Albert Hall, Jantar Mantar and City Palace from 9 am to 11.30 am.

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Puppet show

Puppet shows of the national level are being arranged in Rangaayan at Jawahar Kala Kendra (JKK) from 11 am to 12 noon on both the days. On March 29, there will be a puppet show presented by ‘Kat-Katha Art Show’ from New Delhi and on March 30 by Sudip Gupta of ‘Dolls Theatre’ from Kolkata.

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Maha Arti

For the spiritual minded travelers there will be a ‘Maha Arti’ at four places of worship. These ‘Maha Artis’ will be held at Ganesh Ji Temple (Moti Dungri), Gurudwara (Raja Park), St Xaviers School Church and Mosque (Subhash Chowk).

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Bharat Natyam performance

At 6 pm in the evening, on 29 March there will be a Bharat Natyam performance by Devyani, French National, based in Delhi. Organised by DOT – the event will be held at Rangayan at JKK.

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Classical music performance

The classical music lovers will get to hear renowned singer Shubha Mudgal on March 29 and well known flutist Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia on March 30 at the Central Park from 7.30 pm onwards.

Food and Craft Bazaar

For the foodies and the lover of handicrafts – there is a 10-day ‘Food and Craft Bazaar’ at the Shilpgram in JKK from March 21 to 30 March. It is being organised by Rural Non Farm Development Agency (RUDA). This bazaar will be from 3 pm to 9.30 pm. Rajasthani folk performances in the bazaar have also been arranged by the DOT.

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So what are you waiting for? Plan your Jaipur trip around the dates of Rajasthan Divas and celebrate the spirit of Rajasthan with fervour!!

 

A poetic tribute to Rajasthan

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On the occasion of World Poetry Day, we are sharing with you a heart touching poem about Rajasthan!! The poem is beautifully written by a young lad named Rishabh Barmecha. Here it goes..

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A place where I was born,

A place where jewels are of silver,
whose sand is gold,
A place full of culture,
the stories of royalty on its every chapter u unfold,
A place where for a few bugs,
loyality is not sold,
A place where elders are caring but there attitude is bold,
A place where aged people are respected,
and with intention,
they always try to scold,
but their love and affection keeps on the family a strong hold,
A place where unsaid secrets of holy spirits are told,
A place where days are erupting volcanoes but nights are cold,
A place in lieu of whose memories,
down my cheek, tears rolled,
A place full of forts and palaces,
A place known for its festivals, culture and spirituality,
A place on whose land, were great warriors were born,
in the battlefields, faught vigerously with their swords,
just to keep their words.
A place where life peaceful, pleasent and pure,
A place whose story, I just tried to mould,
That place is Rajasthan, yes that is Rajasthan.

Alsisar Haveli: The regal heritage of Jaipur

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Alsisar Haveli Exteriors Alsisar Haveli in located in the heart of Pink City of Rajasthan. Built in the year 1862, the history of this haveli dates back to the 18th century. It highlights the splendor of old Rajput days and the regal of rajasthani experience for the guests. The large elevated platform that dominates the central area of the ground floor, which was once used for get-together by the gentlemen of the house is now used for hosting puppet shows and folk dances for guests.

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Alsisar Haveli, Sheesh Mahal.

Alsisar Haveli, one of the rich heritage of shekhawati region, is also known as the “House of Thakurs of Alsisar”. Now the haveli is converted to a luxurious hotel. Extreme care was taken while refurbishing so as to maintain the original glory of the place. The magnificent architecture of the haveli and splendidly decorated interiors are as unique and captivating as its history. The walls of this haveli incorporate traditional wall painting with the use of vivid colours and patterns. All the rooms of this luxurious hotel have been given the look that were used by the Thakurs of Alsisar. Antique furniture and medieval Rajasthani style-fabrics that charmingly enhance the Rajasthani experience.

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Location

Tourists visit Jaipur can easily reach Alsisar Haveli by taking any private taxi or car as is only about 12 kms away from Jaipur Airport, 2 kms from Jaipur railway station and just only a km away from Jaipur bus stand.

Royal Holi Celebration at the Jaipur City Palace

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The royals of Jaipur City Palace donned a festive spirit and celebrated holi with their relatives and foreign tourists in the city. Along with all the cultural significance, the festival of Holi was observed with verve and gaiety at Jaipur’s City Palace premises on Dhulandi, March 17, 2014 in the presence of Royal family, prominent guests and tourists.

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A large number of foreign and Indian guests came to play the festival of colours with the members of the erstwhile Royal family – Rajmata Padmini Devi, Princess Diya Kumari and Maharaj Narendra Singh. The younger son, Maharaja Lakshyaraj Prakash of Sirmour was also seen enjoying himself. Everyone had a whale of a time with traditional cuisines, folk holi music and dance performances – not to forget the myriad colours, water balloons, gulal gotas and even dunking in the pool.

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Every nook and corner of the City Palace presented a colourful sight of holi to cherish till the next year!!

Sheetla Mata Fair

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Festivals hold an unusual lure for the Rajasthanis and here you can find the locals up with many reasons to celebrate and make merry in the form of different colourful festivals. Each part of Rajasthan has its own unique festival and the village of Seel-Ki-Doongri lying on the Jaipur-Kota road near Jaipur has its own unique festival to worship Sheetla Mata.

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Sheetla Mata, believed to be the Goddess of Small Pox, is worshipped on Sheetla Ashtami which would fall on March 24, 2014 to control the visitation of a small pox epidemic in the town. This fair is a rural celebration and is quite popular in the interiors of Rajasthan. The fair is also popular among foreign visitors because of the charismatic display of rural life and colors. The most popular Sheetla Mata fair is held at Seel-Ki-Doongri, a village in Jaipur district. This village has a shrine dedicated to the Mata. The shrine is on a hillock, called Doongri in the local language. The present temple is believed to have been made by Maharaja Madho Singh of Jaipur.

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Lakhs of devotees of Mata come from far and near in their beautifully decorated bullock-carts. The carts and their colorful occupants assembled at the foot of the hill crowned by the shrine offers a memorable sight of resplendent Rajasthan.

Apart from bullocks, the rural merchants also trade in cattle, camels and horses and other wares. The ambiances at the fair offer a fabulous blend of culture and colours of Rajasthan to cherish beyond times.

Explore Wilds in the Sariska National Park

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7Entrance to the Sariska National Park, Alwar (Image via Google)

If you are looking for a relaxed excursion near Jaipur , the Sariska National Park at 107 kms from the pink city is an idyllic escape to seek tranquility and enjoy the rich flora and fauna and dazzling scenery. Apart from being one of the top wildlife sanctuaries in Rajasthan, the National Park is also famous as a pilgrimage destination and is a must-visit while sightseeing in Rajasthan.

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Divided into sections of deciduous forests, grasslands, rocky landscapes and steep cliffs, the Sariska National Park is spread over 800 sq km area. Famous, particularly for Indian Tigers, bird-watching and safaris, the sanctuary is a home to a variety of wildlife species, like Sambhar deer, leopards, hyenas, woodpeckers, and a number of other marsh animals and avian species. The Park also encircles the ‘Jai Samand Lake’ and the ‘Siliserh Lake’ , which are home to a number of water snakes , crocodiles and other amphibians.

siliserh-lake-9 Siliserh Lake, Alwar (Image courtesy – zipmytravel.com)

Apart from its wildlife, a couple of historical spots such as the ancient ‘Nilkanth Temple’ and the ancient ‘Kankawadi Fort’ within the park are also worth visiting. ‘Pandupole’ a popular pilgrimage spot build by the mythological characters; the ‘Pandavas’ is also bound to please your attention.

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Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit the Sariska National Park is throughout the year. If you want to avoid the scorching heat, it’s the perfect time to visit the park. The park is open to public from 8:00 AM to 6:30 PM but stays closed on most national holidays.

Women of Rajasthan Who Made Big in Life

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As the saying goes, “There is a woman at the beginning of all great things”. Women of Rajasthan prove it right through their deeds. They have made great strides in their career field and today, they are walking along with their male counterparts in bringing great glory to their names.

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It’s not just another day, it’s the day when the world celebrates and glorifies the importance of woman and womanhood. Although much has been done in the world to highlight the fact that woman must enjoy the equal right, opportunities and respect as men do, the Women’s Day is perhaps among the few days in the year during which the importance of woman is recognized, glorified and celebrated at its best.

On this International Women’s Day, we applaud and highlight the name of women of Rajasthan who worked hard and are today successful in their chosen field of work.

Vasundra Raje

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The name certainly does not need any introduction. An erstwhile Maharani of Dholpur and the current Chief Minister of Rajasthan, Vasundra Raje is an influential name in the politics of Rajasthan.

Chhavi Rajawat

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Born in Jaipur Kachawaha Rajpoot Family, Chhavi Rajawat is the first woman Sarpanch in India with an MBA degree. Among several female politicians, her name is also an exception to the rule that women do not have what it takes to be successful politicians.

Shreya Goshal

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Today, Shreya Ghosal is a renowned singer in the Bollywood singing world. She spent her early days of life in Rawatbhata and acquired her initial training from a classical singer belonging to Kota city. Her singing talent has made her win many awards in the field of singing. She was also honored from the U.S. state ofOhio, wherein governor Ted Strickland declared 26 June as “Shreya Ghoshal Day”.