Monthly Archives: December 2014

Rajasthan 2014: The Year it was…..

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New Year in Rajasthan

One more spectacular year is coming to a close, and it’s time to take a look back and reflect on what we’ve seen, accomplished and celebrated in the past twelve months. Rajasthan Tourism Industry is stronger than ever, and some of the events of the year gone by are definitely worth remembering and cherishing.

2014 was a compelling year for our country in total. Our country made a big mark on the international map in this year with Mangalyaan being landed in the orbit of Mars in the very first attempt. The nation also witnessed the return of single-party rule with BJP in the 16th Lok Sabha election. Here is a look at the top events that unfolded in Aapno Rajasthan in the year 2014:

Winter breeze was at its chilling best and Rajasthan tourism industry poised for the Kumbhalgarh Festival on the steep height of hillock and a new zone for tiger safari was being introduced in Ranthambhore. 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 “Soul Of Rajasthan” the book launched by our parent company Pathfynder! Soul Of Rajasthan is a journey full of colors and celebration of life, and reflect true essence of Rajasthan through its photographs.

The months of February and March bore phenomenal festivals of international standards like Shekhawati festival, Alwar festival, Nagaur festival and the Jodhpur Desert Festival. Rajasthan celebrated its 64th Foundation Day with fervor and gaiety in March.

The city of Udaipur in Rajasthan drew all the attention of tourists and cultural enthusiasts with the remarkable Mewar Festival held in the month of April. A hooping number of tourists flocked to the city to witness the cultural and social extravaganzas of the festival.

May and the Sun rays were phenomenally high this year. While the only hill station of Rajasthan Mount Abu celebrated the “Summer Festival” to beat the heat, Jodhpur gracefully celebrated its 556 glorious years of Foundation in 2014. But the biggest achievement in the month of May is receiving the Tobacco Free State award on No Tobacco day.

Amid the festivities of Rajasthani cultural events and exhibitions, Teej processions were carried in Jaipur on larger scale. The tempting aromas of Ghewar being cooked on sweet shops, colorful lehariyas, and blossoming flowers clearly indicated the festive spirit of Rajasthan.  And to make the travel easy, the Air Asia introduced flights from Jaipur and railways introduced a new luxury train called “Unity Express”

In the Month of August, the Pink City celebrated the 104th birth anniversary of Sawai Man Singh Ji II with cultural evenings, social gatherings and various competitions.  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, the Night Tourism and the Lumiere Show were introduced at the City Palace Jaipur. While we were still celebrating the goodies poured in by travel and tourism department, the joy elevated with the news of Camel being declared as the state animal!

 

Ranthambhore Jungle brought in the good news with around 5 new cubs being born in the season. And the tourism season once again marked the arrival of celebrations, festivals and happiness all around the region. Jodhpur celebrated the medieval heroes’ sagas with Marwar festival and the Ranakpur Festival took us to the refreshing countryside of Rajasthan.

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The November month was all dedicated to the preparations, coverage and celebrations of Pushkar Fair. Our team especially covered the entire event live on Social Media officially for Rajasthan Tourism! One super fantastic experience it was. We’re sure you have seen our exclusive blog on the same.  So is the artful Bundi Utsav, held every year, that enthralls numerous traders and tourists to this fascinating land of art and culture.

 

Celebrating and reporting, we almost came to the end of the year, but more action is yet to be talked about.  The capital city of Rajasthan -Jaipur celebrated its 287th Foundation Day. A unique and first of its kinds, Photography contest called “Khushboo e Jaipur” was launched in the same year by ‘Jairangam’ in association with “Jaipur Beat” which is also owned by Pathfynder.

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The outset of December chill and the Jodhpur polo season are synonymous in Rajasthan tourism so the Jaipur Polo Season began on the December 29, 2014. With Khushboo-e-Jaipur photography contest winners’ photograph exhibition and Jairangam Theatre Festival in Jaipur, December was a power packed month with one event after another back to back.

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Be it the largest international Jewellery extravaganza of “Jaipur Jewellery Show” or the powerful plays at the “Jaipur Theatre Festival- Jairangam,” each was a huge crowd puller.  The fantastic, full of life year 2014 concludes with the three days’ Winter Festival at Mount Abu!! And we can proudly look forward to another year with the title of Rajasthan being 5th among most visited places in India by Foreign tourists, Travelers Choice Award for best heritage Hotels and Sanskar Bharat Award.

 

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A place full of forts and palaces,

A place known for its festivals, culture and spirituality,

A place whose last year’s story, was beautiful and the coming year’s going be vast,

That place is Rajasthan, yes that’s Rajasthan.

 

With all the wonderful memories of the year gone by, here’s wishing you a very happy and prosperous New Year from the entire team of Rajasthan Tourism Buzz. May 2015 bring you the best holidays ever. We had a fantastic 2014, thanks to the wonderful readers like YOU !

Several cultural festivals in 2015 are round the corner and this year is once 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!

Happy New Year !!

 

Jaipur Polo Season for winter begins today

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Jaipur is all set for its winter polo season which will begin from 29 December to 1 February. With the leading players of the game participating in the season – some exciting polo is in the offing. This was informed by the Vice President of the Rajasthan Polo Club (RPC), Maharaj Jai Singh Ji at a press conference today. He also informed that H.H. Maharaja Sawai Padmanabh Singh of Jaipur will also participate in the season. He has an handicap of -2. He has also being playing polo in England where he is studying now. Maharaj Narendra Singh was also present on the occasion.

 (from Left to Right):  Vice President of the Rajasthan Polo Club (RPC), Maharaj Jai Singh; Honorary Secretary of the RPC, Th. Digvijay Singh and Maharaj Narendra Singh after the press conference.

(from Left to Right): Vice President of the Rajasthan Polo Club (RPC), Maharaj Jai Singh; Honorary Secretary of the RPC, Th. Digvijay Singh and Maharaj Narendra Singh after the press conference.

Maharaj Jai Singh Ji further informed that the foreign players from Argentina and England are participating in the season. He said that world renowned polo player from Argentina, Nacho Figures (+7 handicap) and Guards Polo Club team from England will participate in the polo tournaments. He said that the season will start with Shree Cement Kota Cup (06 goals) from 29 December to 4 January. It will be followed by the Royal Gems & Arts SMS Gold Vase Cup which will be played from 5 January to 11 January. The Mount Shivalik Polo Challenge Cup (10 goals) will be played from 12 January to 18 January. This year the St. Regis HH Sawai Bhawani Singh Cup will be played from 19 January to 24 January. It will be a 10 goals tournament. The high-handicap Vodafone Sirmur Cup (14 goals) will take place from 26 January to 1 February.

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In the series of one-day exhibition matches Exhibition Polo Match will take place on 10 January, followed by Rajmata Gayatri Devi Memorial Cup on 17 January. Similarly, matches for Maharaj Prithi Singh Baria Cup will be held on 25 January and the Raghu Sinha Mala Mathur Memorial Cup will be played on 31 January.

Most of the leading players of the game will participate in the Jaipur Polo Season. They are : Syed Shamsheer Ali (+6); Syed Basir Ali, Dhruvpal Godara, Simran Shergill and Sameer Suhag (+5), Syed Hamza Ali, Uday Kalan, Abhimanu Pathak, Gaurav Shahgal, Maj. Ravi Rathore and Maj. Vishal Chauhan (+4); Bhawani Kalvi, Lokendra Singh, Vishal Singh, Manupal Godara and Angad Kalan are +3 handicap; Kr. Ransher Singh Rathore, Himmat Singh Bedla and Tarun Bilwal all are +2 handicap; Kuldeep Singh Rathore +1 handicap and Maharaj Narendra Singh is +0 handicap. Some officers from the 61 cavalry and Army will also participate in the polo tournament.

Sponsors of the polo season are Shree Cement, Royal Gems & Arts Jaipur, St. Regis – Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Mount Shivalik Hotels & Resorts Pvt. Ltd. and Vodafone. Furthermore, the exhibition matches will also be organized by the Rambagh Palace – Taj Group, Rani Priti Samode and Raghu Sinha Mala Mathur Charity Trust.

Mount Abu Winter Festival

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The mountain calls again for the annual Winter Festival at Mount Abu! A magical hill station in the otherwise hot region of Rajasthan, Mount Abu celebrates Winter Festival ever year with gusto. Slated to be held from December 29 -31, 2014, Mount Abu celebrates the happiness and cheerfulness with the tourists and local dwellers of this picturesque hill station.

Tourists are welcomed here during the festival with great enthusiasm and they celebrate the festival with great joy and happiness.  It is a three day long festival that emphasizes on celebrating  the beauty of the hill station and the hospitable culture and tradition of the region.

Boat race competition being held at the Nakki Lake in the Summer Festival in Mount Abu.

The celebrations generally begin with a ceremonial procession which starts from the RTDC Hotel Shikhar and proceeds further till the epicenter of the hill station i.e. shimmering Nakki Lake. The procession gets together and ends at Nakki Lake Chowk, this is followed by folk and dance performances by troupes from Rajasthan, Gujarat, Haryana and nearby states.

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The festival closes with a grand finale display of amazing fireworks. Three things have made this festival rise up to a world platform they are the hospitality, the colorful culture and the exotic location. Apart from these cultural activities, water sports, rowing competitions, cricket matches also add to the festivities of the festival.

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So if you want to take part in the lively and colorful festivities of Winter Festival at mount Abu, pack your bags and proceed for the wonderful celebrations!!

5 Places to celebrate Christmas in Jaipur

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In many people’s imaginations the quintessential Christmas holidays would carry traditional elements such as extreme snow, a roaring log fire, a Heidi chalet in the mountains of snow  and a great sense of contentment that the right ambiance and the right destination can engender.

Despite the apparent sales pitch and clamor for last minute, certain items that make shopping a nightmare in the run up to the big day, Christmas can still be a delightful time, spending time in the luxurious places in Jaipur and nearby addresses presented here can and will definitely restore your belief in the idea of an ideal Christmas holiday!!

Devraj Niwas

Devraj Niwas

This stunning boutique hotel in Jaipur fits the bill perfectly as the ideal place to spend Christmas with family and friends. It has the city’s favorite restaurant “The Forresta” along with plenty of room for Santa to wriggle down, along with a reindeer. He would more than likely fall behind schedule as he would be reluctant to leave this wonderful abode. Devraj Niwas is fabulously clad in a forest theme and could be the setting for your Christmas tale!

Alsisar Mahal Shekhawati

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A few kilometers from Jaipur, this luxurious 17th century palace of Rajasthan would be the perfect retreat for a blissful and king size Christmas celebration which you might want to extend till New Year. The poolside area is lavish enough and comfortable enough for all to relax in the post dinner somnolence and allow that bloated feeling to pass before launching into a game of pillow fights in the regal rooms once used by the Maharajas of Rajasthan. Next morning you can also indulge into village safari and fresco trails, an interesting activity to enjoy with kids.

Shahpura Hotels

Shahpura Hotels

This heritage hotel in Jaipur promises somewhat similar experiences like that of Alssar Mahal in the blushing Pink City of Jaipur. There’ll be royal hospitality, rich food, luxurious accommodations, music and succulent food.

Snow Park Jaipur

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When you listen to Bing singing, ‘I’m dreaming of a white Christmas’ you are instantly transported back to a more innocent age of imagined Christmas perfection. The Snow Park could well be the setting for that ideal.

img_5239Different from traditional sophisticated regal style Christmas, Snow park in Jaipur has everything you could need for a more contemporary and fun Christmas break for a day;  the deep snow, the surrounding splendor of the snow dusted pines and the snowy mountains, throw in and you have a fabulous bolt hole for a family Christmas!!

The Fern Ecotel Hotel

Rounding of this selection and by no means the least favorite, The Fern Ecotel Hotel Jaipur ticks most of the boxes. Ideal location? check, cozy and seductive? check, Luxurious accommodation? check, Discotheque? Check. You could also enjoy the Christmas festivities at its  elaborate restaurants with alfresco dining, dancing with the lights at Grunge-the lounge , indulgent music and sumptuous food.

Merry Christmas Everyone 🙂

Shilpgram Fair, Udaipur

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One of the biggest craft and handicraft fair of Rajasthan- Shilpgram Fair is held annually in the city of Udaipur. The festival is organized every year to promote art and craft of Rajasthan. Since, Rajasthan has always been lauded for its handicrafts and artwork; this fair is a perfect destination to explore a colorful world of the hand woven clothes, embroideries, mirror works and handicrafts. The hand woven clothes and camel leather items grab the major attention of visitors in this fair.

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Started from December 21 till December 30, 2014, the festival is a living ethnographic museum depicting the enormous diversities in craft, art & culture between various Indian states. While you would shop and explore handicrafts, various musicians and dancers will entertain you with their respective arts. Shilpgram Crafts Mela of Rajasthan is majorly a sincere effort to give recognition to the local arts of remote villages of Rajasthan. Your visit to this fair of Rajasthan would definitely allure you towards the ethnic rural arts and crafts of Rajasthan.

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An attraction, no less of the Rural Arts and Crafts Complex of Rajasthan, is the open air Amphitheatre with a seating capacity of approximately 8000. Besides the major theatre festivals which the Centre holds here, it is hoped that this facility would motivate the local community as well as outside visitors to take a keener interest in theatre and the traditional folk performing arts.

Do visit the fair if you are in or around Udaipur or planning a visit soon!

Bring in the New Year at Alsisar Mahal Rajasthan

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Jaipur Literature Festival 2015

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From a decent and fresh beginning in the year 2006, the Jaipur Literature Festival has grown into the largest and the most important literary festival in entire Asia-Pacific. In the year 2012, more than 100,000 people attended hundreds of sessions over the Festival’s five day duration. Such an influx of people means that it is important to start planning your trip a couple of weeks in advance, in order to get convenient accommodation and save on flights. Here we are sharing with you all the information you’ll need for an easy and hassle free visit to Jaipur for Jaipur Literature Festival 2015 .

The Festival is scheduled from January 21-25, 2015.

What is the venue of Jaipur Literature Festival

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The festival will take place at Diggi Palace hotel which is situated in Sangram Colony, Ashok Nagar, around 10 minutes walk from the Old City of Jaipur. As Diggi Palace and its venues were overflowing in 2012, the music stage has been shifted to a different venue at The Clarks Amer lawns (around 15 minutes drive south of Diggi Palace).

What Happens at Jaipur Literature Festival Festival

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Apart from renowned Indian authors those from abroad come to take and attend sessions at the Festival. The sessions include readings, discussions, and questions & answers. Some lucky attendees also get to buy the authors’ books and get them autographed as well. In addition, there’s a range of stalls selling everything from food to handicrafts. An outdoor lounge bar is also set up for relaxing. Music performances are also organized in the evenings, after the literary sessions are over. In recent years, the Festival has turned into quite a fashionable occasion, and attracts plenty of socialites from Mumbai, Delhi and Jaipur.

Who Will Be Attending the 2015 Jaipur Literature Festival

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Where former Indian President and distinguished scientist, A P J Abdul Kalam will share his vision of India, veteran actor Naseeruddin Shah will add a flavor of Bollywood. Adding to that, around 77 authors have been announced. They include Nobel Laureate Sir. V. S. Naipaul, 2013 Man Booker Prize Winner Eleanor Catton, acclaimed novelist Hanif Kureishi, celebrated American travel writer Paul Theroux, and internationally-loved German children’s author Cornelia Funke. Leading Indian authors include prominent Hindi poet Kedarnath Singh, current Man Booker Prize nominee Neel Mukherjee, best-selling novelist Amish Tripathi, and celebrated author and translator Arshia Sattar. The entire list of speakers can be seen here.

Jaipur Literature festival and Music Evenings

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Live performances will take place in the evenings from 7.30 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Hotel Clarks Amer.  Tickets can be booked online. The music events are free for Festival Delegates.

Jaipur Heritage Walks

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Vedic Walks Organization will be offering eight heritage Walking tours to the festival attendees. These walks will take place morning and evening on January 21-24, 2015.

How you can get to Jaipur

Jaipur, one of the top tourist places in Rajasthan is easily accessible from Delhi. You can take the train or bus or direct flights from Delhi and Mumbai.

For Further Information you can log on to Jaipur Literature Festival’s Official website  http://jaipurliteraturefestival.org/

See the link to check where to stay during Jaipur Literature Festival 2015 http://www.alsisarhaveli.com/