Monthly Archives: April 2014

Ajmer Urs Fair

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Ajmer Urs Fair

The auspicious month of May once again brings to us the celebration Sufi saint Khwaja Muinuddin Chisti, at the Dargah in Ajmer. The Urs Fair is observed with great fervor for Ten days each year i.e. rom May 01 to 10, 2014. The Urs (the death anniversary of the saint) is an occasion for a massive pilgrimage, with thousands of devotees flocking to the dargah. The celebrations continue for ten days, commencing with the hoisting of a white flag on the tomb by the Sajdanashin.

Ajmer Dargah

Pilgrims of different religions come from all over to seek the blessings of the great saint. Programs of religious music or quawwalis are held all night long at the Dargah in which renowned singers participate. The intensity of the performance has to be witnessed, to be truly appreciated. Outside the dargah precincts, two massive cauldrons cook sweet rice garnished with dry fruits and condiments to be served as ‘tabarukh’ or sanctified food.

Ajmer Sharif Urs Fair

At the time of the Urs, a busy bazaar springs up at the foot of the dargah. Flowers, embroidered prayer rugs, prayer caps and decorative chadars are among the many things to be found in the bazaar, apart from the usual souvenirs which make their way to fairs such as this.

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Jal Mahal restoration to begin again

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Jal Mahal

Jal Mahal, built as a summer palace by Sawai Pratap Singh in 1799 in the middle of the picturesque Man Sagar Lake, was in a state of decay thanks to the filth released into it by two of Jaipur’s biggest drains, Brahmpuri and Nag Talai.

As part of its restoration efforts, the Jal Mahal, along with the Man Sagar Lake, was leased out in public private partnership and went into controversy.

But now the Supreme Court has made the lease for Jal Mahal Resort Pvt ltd legal, but the lease agreement duration has been reduced to 30 years from 99 years.

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Now the Jal Mahal and the adjoining areas would soon going to be a destination in itself with a monument and a resort with entertainment, food courts, shopping areas, hotels and conference centres attracting and boosting both, leisure and market.

The other features of the project include the creation of Jal Tarang, a green leisure destination for visitors and locals alike along Man Sagar Lake that would include environment-friendly accommodation, independent galleries and boutiques, and lake-side dining along a tree-lined promenade, all in keeping with Jaipur’s heritage as the artistic heart of India.

 

London Market in Jaipur

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This is going to be no ordinary spring / summer season. Are you ready for a brand new you? Look out for the clothes, jewellery & accessories that will empower you to be the best that you can be. And with that in mind, who do you want to be? The answer is here… ‘London Market’ Spring Summer Edition takes us through this season’s top trends.

This spring summer season is not going to be a regular one. Get ready to see a brand new you. Start hunting for the empowering clothes, accessories and jewelry to bring the best out of you.

Why not come to Jaipur and dip a well-dressed toe in the start of the new season? Get ready to play with new shapes, silhouettes and stripes. Spring summer is often one of the most wearable seasons; it’s about flirting with trends & colors, and having fun with a new style mood. This is not about rules – this is about raw originality.

The Royal City- Jaipur is going to host a posh ‘London Market at Hotel The Lalit, Malviya Nagar, Jaipur on April 25 and 26 ‘2014 from 1100 hours to 2200 hours.

With the launch of their Spring Summer Jaipur Edition, ‘London Market’ is the ultimate destination for starting your Spring Summer shopping list. At the venue, there will also be a fashion walk showcasing London Market’s ‘Designers in Focus’.

From the Haute Collection by Top Fashion Designers like Ritu umar to latest brand launches to exclusive pop-up shops, ’London Market’ presents the most exciting products arriving this season. It’s time to start making your wish list.

Jaipur Bike Polo Tournament in April

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You would surely be excited to know that the Pink City is hosting an incredible bicycle polo match for charity. This is 2nd time you would witness “Jaipur Bike Polo Tournament.” A large number of people witnessed the show and this year it is going to be bigger with more fun, more adventure and more activities like photography contest too . An NGO called “Nupur Sansthan” has been doing a great job for social causes this time for a game that reflects royal history they did wonders. Jaipur, is world famous for its Polo sport of Horses and Elephants and 27th April will see an interesting variant of Polo, Cycle Polo, which will have 8 teams playing at Rambagh Polo ground.

The Jaipur Bike Polo tournament will raise its voice on some issues like “Team Green”: To make Jaipur green and pollution free city. “Team Pink” : For Jaipur to maintain its status as pink city, Safe city & Pollution free city.

This great festive event of Polo is going to happen on Sunday 27th April 2014 in Pink City Jaipur.

Venue & Time: 2nd edition of Jaipur Cycle Polo, Rambagh Polo Ground, Jaipur. 1600 Hours to 2000 hours.

bike polo trophy

How would you celebrate the World Heritage Day?

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To mark the celebration of the World Heritage Day on 18 April, 2014, a Heritage Walk has been   organized jointly by Indian National Trust for Art & Cultural Heritage (INTACH, Jaipur Chapter), Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum Trust (City Palace) and Jaipur Virasat Foundation.

The heritage walk will be going through Film Colony, Thatheron ka Rasta, Natanion ka Rasta, Maniharon ka Rasta and ending at City Palace, Jaipur followed by the get together and function at the City Palace premises.

If you also wish to pay respect to this occasion and celebrate the magnificence of our heritage monuments and sites, then go visit a heritage monument or site in your town.

Here we are sharing with you a list of heritage sites in Rajasthan which not only are the heritage sites but are also honored with the UNESCO’s World Heritage Site’s title last year.

Kumbhalgarh Fort

Kumbhalgarh Fort

Gagron Fort

Jaisalmer Fort

Jaisalmer Fort

Chittorgarh-Fort

Chittorgarh-Fort

Amer Fort, Jaipur

Amer Fort, Jaipur

RANTHAMBHORE-Fort

Within the State of Rajasthan, six extensive and majestic hill forts together reflect the elaborate, fortified seats of power of Rajput princely states that flourished between the 8th and 18th centuries and their relative political independence. The extensive fortifications up to 20 kilometres in circumference optimized various kinds of hilly terrain, specifically the river at Gagron, the dense forests at Ranthambore, and the desert at Jaisalmer, and exhibit important phase of development of an architectural typology based on established “traditional Indian principles”.

Go visit the magnanimous heritage sites on World Heritage Day which is also followed by a weekend to make your plans even bigger!!

Enjoy Long Weekend Holiday in April

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This year, some major festivals like Holi, Janmashtami, and national holidays like Independence Day and Gandhi Jayanti are falling on Mondays and Fridays, thus creating extended weekends for everyone. So, be prepared that these will be the busiest weekends of the year with almost everyone on leave from work.

Planning a holiday during these days would give you some extra days of fun and happiness with your loved ones.

Here’s a  long weekend in April starting from April 18, 2014 (Good Friday) to April 20, 2014 (Sunday) . Plan your leave well and enjoy a short holiday with some more time.

Udaipur

We would suggest you a royal trip to Udaipur: When you’ve had enough of the daily grind, plan a regal sojourn to the City of Lakes endearingly called the Venice of East for a royal treatment. With numerous palaces and mansions (havelis) to stroll through and stay at, a mini vacation to Udaipur is an absolute delight. Go now and live life king-size, because once the summer heat sets in, excursions like boat rides and sightseeing would be a little discomforting.

udaipur

Besides Udaipur you can also look up to Jaipur, Jodhpur, Shekhawati, and many other regal cities of Rajasthan.

Guys, it’s time to start planning your weekend getaways already….

Follow our blog for the upcoming long weekends in May and following Months in 2014!!

Welcome to Dastkar Ranthambore

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When the Ranthambore National Park was created, many communities of the Sawai Madhopur area of Rajasthan, who were living on forest produce lost their source of income. They only option they were left with was to look for an alternative source of income. It was then the Ranthambore Foundation approached Dastkar to initiate income generation activities among women of that area. They identified the local craft traditions of that area and laid the foundation stone of an organization known as “Dastkar Ranthambore”. An initiative to create jobs, skills and opportunities around the economy of wildlife was proved booming as around 300 women artisans from the villages around the Ranthambore Tiger Reserve presently work here and generate their livelihood.

d1Women Artisans at Dastakar Ranthambore

The organization produces a range of fashion accessories, such as scarves, kurtas, pouches, bags and home furnishings like bed-sheets, table linen, cushions, quilts etc using the skills of block printing, hand embroidery and patch work, which are highly appreciated in the international and domestic markets. Distinctive tiger motifs and images of animals, birds and trees on products reflect the concern of local communities for the nature and its endangered tiger specie.

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When you visit Ranthambore next time, don’t forget to explore the Dastkar Ranthambore and take home back beautiful souvenirs from there.

Contact Details:

Dastkar Ranthambhore

Dastkari Kendra
Post – Sherpur-Khilchipur
Sawai Madhopur-322001 Rajasthan (India)
Tel: +91 7462 252051

Art Gallery at Jawahar Kala Kendra

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Jawahar Kala Kendra

In the vast gamut of Rajasthani heritage and art, the need of nurturing and incubating art and artists was prominently felt. This anomaly brought the foundation of an international art and culture centre in Jaipur, popularly known as Jawahar Kala Kendra.

Jawahar kala Kendra focused to the preservation and promotion of the various genres of Indian art and culture.

In the last few of years JKK has apparently become the popular cultural destination and is giving a point of reference to the newly arising art and cultural centers.  Through out the year cultural activities get accomplished in the JKK’s premises. This year the 4th Art gallery of Jawahar Kala Kendra will have 25 artists from across the country displaying their paintings and photographs.

The exhibition will start from April 11 to 14, 2014 and the timings would be 10.00 am to 07.30 pm including Sunday. This weekend explore the inspiring paintings & photographs, and experience the real and authentic Rajasthan at Jawahar Kala Kendra.

Gangaur procession in Jaipur

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Gangaur Festival Rajasthan

Gangaur procession

The traditional and colorful Gangaur procession in Jaipur with all its royal pomp and pageantry will start today the April 02, 2014, Wednesday at 5.30 pm from the Tripoliya Gate (City Palace) heading its way through Tripolia Bazar, Chhoti Chaupar and Gangauri Bazaar to culminate at Talkatora. The procession will also leave from Talkatora on Thursday at the same time. Arrangements have been made for the tourists to photograph the procession from the terrace of Hind Hotel opposite the Tripoliya gate.

Gangaur Festival Rajasthan

Over the years, many festivals and fairs have changed in nature; however, the Gangaur procession has retained its traditional charm. Tourists and visitors will get to witness traditional dances and performances like Kachhi Ghodi, Bamrasia Dance, Kalbeliya, Behrupia, Algoza, Gair and Chakri among others.

Kachchi Ghodi Dance

The procession will include cannon carriage, decorated carriage, bejewelled horses and camels. Several trained bands will also accompany the procession. The sawari of the Gangaur will be almost at the end followed by Dhalet Chobdar, women in traditional dresses with Kalash and mounted police on horses.

Pic: Google

Pic: Google

Try and reach the venues of procession before 5.30 pm and grab a right place to enjoy the procession comfortably.

Mewar Festival of Rajasthan

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One after another, the festivals in Rajasthan is an ongoing affair. The Mewar Festival, yet another important festival of Mewar region of Rajasthan is celebrated to give a warm welcome to the advent of spring. It coincides with the festival of Gangaur in Udaipur and has a unique charm about it. It is a time for women of Rajasthan to dress up in their best clothes and participate in the festival.

Mewar Festival

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A number of pleasurable activities take place in the festival of Mewar. The devotees dress the idols and images of Isar and Gangaur and then carry them in a ceremonial procession through different parts of the city. The procession winds its way to the Gangaur Ghat at Lake Pichhola. Here, the images are transferred to special boats amidst much singing and festivity. Once the religious part of the festival is over, it is time for cultural events where Rajasthani culture is portrayed through songs, dances and other programmes. The festival culminates with an impressive fireworks display. Like other fairs and festivals celebrated throughout the state, there is a lot of activity, which keeps the participants in a joyful frame of mind, eager to enjoy every moment.

Mewar Festival

The cultural programs, crowd of colorful people, wonderful music, and sanctified atmosphere are some of the highlights of the festival which keep the devotees indulged fully in the occasion. One can catch the sight of the festival by visiting Udaipur.