Monthly Archives: July 2014

Teej Procession attracted scores of tourists in the Pink city.

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Teej procession

Organized with great verve and vigor, the vibrant procession of Teej on its first day was witnessed by hundreds of tourists, the travel fraternity and a huge local populace.

The procession began from Tripoliya Gate (City Palace), meandering its way through Tripolia Bazar and Chhoti Chaupar, Gangauri Bazaar to wind up at the Ponderik Park near Chaugan Stadium.

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There were camels, horses and cultural performances like Kachchi Ghodi, Gair, Kalbaliya and chakri dances entertained the spectators. The procession also  included beautifully decorated cannon carriage, bullock carts, horse carriage and decorated chariots accompanied by a number of performing bands.

The Sawari of Goddess Teej (Mata Parvati) was at the end followed by chobdar and traditionally dressed women with brightly decorated earthen pots on their head.

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One of the major tourist attraction in Jaipur-Rajasthan, Teej Festival every year is marked by Hindu women to worship Goddess Parvati for marital bliss, well being of spouse, children and purification of one’s own body and soul.

 

Eid Mubarak from Rajasthan

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The auspicious month of Ramadan comes to an end and marks the important festival of Muslims – Eid-ul-Fitr. Eid will be celebrated today, July 29, 2014 across India.

Rajasthan being a colorful state celebrates Eid with great fervor and enthusiasm. The famous shrine of Khwaja Garib Nawaj in Ajmer is the epicenter of Eid celebrations and festivities. On the occasion of Eid, Muslims gather together in Mosques to pray together; which is then followed by a short congregational prayer.

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Eid-ul-Fitr is celebrated on the first date of Shawwal that is the tenth month of the Hijra calendar. During the day of Eid, Muslims exchange gifts and greetings with each other as a mark of brotherhood and solidarity.

Devotees flocked to Idgahs in and around the city but it is the shrine of the Sufi saint where a large crowd will be seen from early morning to enter the Jannati Darwaja, which is every year opened specially on the occasion of Eid.

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In Ajmer-Rajasthan, Eid is not just confined to Muslim community but different communities come to dargah for offering prayers and they exchange greetings among each other with ‘Eid Mubarak’.

Jaipur is all set to witness Sawan Teej festival on 30 and 31st July

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No better way to experience the vibrant culture of fascinating Jaipur than attending one of its many festivals.

Springs, with a respite from heat and sun’s rage, brought in the spirit of Teej festival,

Teej Festival though, is celebrated all over the state, but celebrated at its colorful best in Jaipur. The festival is fêted to welcome the advent of monsoon, also dedicated to Goddess Parvati and commemorates the day when she was united with Lord Shiva after a penance of a hundred years. The mesmerizing procession of Goddess Parvati winds magnificently through the Old City of Jaipur with chariots, elephants and dancers for two days.

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Other than the traditional procession of Goddess Teej, to showcase the charm and culture of Rajasthan this year ‘Taal Katora Ki Paal’ will also be the hub of a large number of folk and cultural events. Where locals and tourists can enjoy the cultural activities besides enjoying the wonderful sight of colorful 80 ft. fountains at Pondrik Uddyaan. Later the Teej idols will be submerged at Taal Katora pond.

The tempting aromas of Ghewar being cooked on sweet shops, colourful lehariyas, and blossoming flowers and women folks decked up in their traditional best add more colours to the essence of jovial season.

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Rajasthani Delicay- Ghewar

Travel Tip

The government of Rajasthan state arranges a special seating area for foreign tourists, for comfortable viewing and to photograph the procession from the terrace of the Hind Hotel opposite Tripoliya gate.

If you are in India around that time of the year, you should try to make arrangements to attend and experience this festival.

Must Carry– Camera to capture elaborated Teej procession

Street Eats– You must try the special Teej sweet, GHEVAR and Feeni

Must Shop– Special tie and die pattern, called LEHARIYA, is only available at this time of year in the shops. Wide variety of handicrafts also available.

Luxury Tax to be reduced on Royal Rajasthan Tourism

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Rajasthan is a beautiful state with regal heritage and splendid architecture and Rajasthan’s tourism is built on the pillar of its enchanting heritage and the hotels in the category are windows into the royal and colorful past.

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The recent budget announcement by Rajasthan’s Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje to reduce taxes on heritage hotels brought a good wave of happiness in Rajasthan Heritage Hotel circuit that has been traditionally the backbone of the state’s economy. In the budget announced on Monday, Raje reduced VAT for basic category of heritage properties from 14% to 5%. This segment of properties constitutes majority of heritage properties, although there are many hotels in ‘Classic’ and ‘Grand’ categories.

In order to encourage rural tourism, she has exempted all guest houses with up to five rooms from luxury tax. Rural Rajasthan is dotted with small, old havelis. The thrust on rural tourism will also create new opportunities for people like folk artistes, camel and horse owners as rural areas of Rajasthan offer fabulous places and experiences for the tourists to enjoy on their Rajasthan Tour.

Rural Tourism in Rajasthan

Raje also reduced luxury tax on these heritage properties during off-season from 5% to 4% keeping in view of the harsh summer when tourists flow into the state comes down dramatically.

We hail the measures as all these tax relief extended in the budget will bring some relief to the heritage properties to offer you much extended facilities at appreciative tariffs in Rajasthan.

Air Asia introduces Jaipur-Bangalore cheap flights

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Come August, Jaipurites will now have happier reasons to fly to South India.  Promoted as the lowest-cost airline, the Air Asia will begin its Jaipur – Bangalore flight from August 25, 2014.

The flight would reach #Jaipur from #Bangalore at 12:20 pm and leave for Bangalore at 12:55 pm every day.
The tickets are available at all the major flight booking sites!

Enriched experiences of vibrant Rajasthan

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The vibrant and colorful Rajasthan is a traditionally and culturally rich state of India which is visited by a large number of tourists from India and from different parts of the world. Vacations in Rajasthan have always been an enriching experience for the state has a mélange of events and activities to enthrall its tourists.

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One of the most beautiful and lavish places on earth, Rajasthan is famous for numerous reasons. The state is covered with ancient palaces, temples, havelis (mansions) and forts. The different places of tourist interests along with its picturesque beauty have made Rajasthan an international tourist destination.  Comprising of different cities with their unique feature, identity and specialty Rajasthan presents an inter flow, as if a junction of multiple cultures and traditions.

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The festival season in Rajasthan is kick starting once again !! Our endeavor is to introduce you to these multicolored destinations in Rajasthan through our blogs on Rajasthan Tourism Buzz . We introduce you to each and every city and destination which is worth a visit and depicts the beauty alongside tales of Royalty lived in the era of Rajputana and beyond.  You would be virtually taken to those magnificent destinations in Rajasthan through our blogs.  Not only this, We would continue to constantly update  you with the current celebrations, events and festivals happening in all the cities of Rajasthan which you may plan to attend and enjoy!!

 

Rajasthan gears up for Annual Festivals

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It’s that time of the year again, and Rajasthan is gearing up for a series of annual fairs and festivals that draw a large number of visitors from across the state as well as the country and abroad.

From last week of this month till the year end, Rajasthan will play host to a series of social, religious, and cultural festivals, including the world-renowned Pushkar Fair in Ajmer.

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According to Director of Rajasthan Tourism Vikram Singh, a large number of tourists – both domestic and international – attend the fairs which are held in the tourism season after a hiatus of two-and-a-half summer months. The department organizes the fairs, along with local bodies.

At the end of this month, the traditional Teej Festival will kick off with a royal procession meandering through the old walled city. The procession which starts from the City Palace engulfs the entire town with a festive air.

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While Kota’s Dussehra (October 1-3) is well known for its festivities, the Jaipur Vijay Dashmi Mahotsav (October 3-4) will celebrate the victory of good over evil with verve and vigour.

In the past few years, the Abhaneri Festival held between September 26 and 28 has been drawing a large number of people. The township in Dausa district stands out for ‘Harshat Mata Temple’ and ‘Chand Baori’. More and more tourists are coming to this place every year.

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The Marwar Festival (October 7-8) will highlight the region of Jodhpur and will be celebrated at the Sun City. The Matsya Festival, to be held at Alwar from November 25 to 26, attracts a large number of tourists from Delhi as well as foreign countries.

Of all the fairs and festivals held in the desert state, Pushkar Fair (October 31-November 6) is most popular. Apart from being an important pilgrimage centre, it is the venue of mammoth cattle fair.

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Other major events are Chandrabhaga Fair (November 5-7), the festival at Dholpur (November 7-8) and Bundi Utsav (November 9-11). “We are further streamlining organization of such festivals to make them even more alluring for tourists.

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This shows that Rajasthan Calendar is full of events and festivals to entertain and enthrall the locals and foreign tourists across the year. Plan ahead in advance and enjoy a fun filled holiday in Rajasthan with fabulous festivals and events round the year 🙂

RSRTC launches helpline number

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RSRTC brings a respite to the bus commuters, tourists and travelers in Rajasthan with the launching a helpline number.
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The helpline number – 979011100, on which passengers can send SMS and file complaints against bus services, lack of cleanliness in the bus or the misbehavior by the driver or bus conductor, would be of great help to improve the services and quality of road transportation in Rajasthan.

Now, save the helpline number in your mobile and travel in RSRTC buses hustle and tension free. 🙂

 

Indian Government initiative to boost Rajasthan Tourism

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Tourists in Rajasthan will now enjoy an all new improved grandeur and whimsical charm of Rajasthan forts, exotic palaces, vibrant fairs, heritage hotels and the renovated palace on wheel.


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Rajasthan Tourism industry in India is getting a boosting makeover as the Government of India has identified and prioritized development of 9 tourism infrastructure projects in Rajasthan for this year.

Together, these projects are worth Rs97.5 crores and among the prioritized projects is the development of Mega Desert Circuit of Rajasthan. This would include the areas of: Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Bikaner, Sambhar, Pali and Mount Abu.

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This project alone would be to the tune of Rs 50 crore, while Rs 50 lakh have been sanctioned for organizing fairs and festivals.

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In the first phase, Rs12.35 crores was received by state government in June. The projects include enhancement of tourist facilities at the 7 way-side hotels of RTDC and renovation / beautification of Palace on Wheels.

So!! Wait no more and give an all new meaning to your holidays in Rajasthan.