Monthly Archives: December 2016

Happy more traveling in 2017!!

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Here’s wishing you a very happy and prosperous New Year from the entire team at Rajasthan Tourism Buzz. May 2017 bring you the best holidays you have ever had. We had a fantastic 2016, thanks to the wonderful readers like YOU !

You are going to read a lot of exciting news and blogs on this site in the coming few weeks. Several cultural festivals in 2017 are round the corner and this year is 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.

2016 saw us reporting latest tourism updates from all over Rajasthan and bringing you up to  Rajasthan cultural event updates and  many exclusives ! We hope you stick with us as we strive to continue the trend into the next year as well!

Have an Excellent Year Ahead!

Rang Rajasthan- the theatre and art festival to be held in Jaipur

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The Pink City of Jaipur is all gearing up for the one of its kind theater festival, Rang Rajasthan!  The unique festival showcases plays, folk performances and celebrity talk shows, drenched in the colors of Rajasthan.

Our parent company Pathfynder’s venture Jaipur beat is the Digital partner for the Rang Rajasthan. Rang Rajasthan is a Rajasthan Language Based Theatre Festival which is showcasing a beautiful and interesting array of plays, Rajasthan people exhibitions, International Theatre,  Celebrity Seminars, Art Competition and numerous more things. It gives a stage where neighbourhood theatre actors and Folk specialists work with internationally & broadly acclaimed executive and witnesses the works.

Mark the dates: 6th January -12th January’17

Venue: Jawahar Kala Kendra- Jaipur

Nagaur Cattle Fair 2017

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The Nagaur Festival- 01-04  January 2017 is an attractive festival of cattle which is held every year in Nagaur district of Rajasthan. It is a joint venture between Dept of Animal Husbandry and Dept of Tourism, Govt of Rajasthan which is known to be the second largest cattle fair in India after the Pushkar Cattle Fair. The trading of cattle, bullocks, camels and horses etc. takes place here resulting in almost 78,000 exchanges each year.

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The famous and largest in India- Mirchi Bazaar is the highlight of this festival as it is believed that the best red pepper is traded during this fair.  The display of handcrafted wooden items, iron crafts, headgears, fabrics and leather accessories plus the musical performances in the night are the reasons why tourists from around the world travel to this place.

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The sports and cultural activities to entertain the visitors and traders at Nagaur Fair have their own charm every year.  The sports ranging from tug-of-war, camel races to bullock races to cock fights offer a wonderful time spent at the fair. Nagaur fair is also famous for its jugglers, puppeteers, storytellers, etc. For further entertainment, there is the folk music of the Jodhpur echoing throughout the fair. Pack your bags for and enthralling Rajasthani experience from January 01-04, 2017 in the Nagaur district of Rajasthan 🙂 

ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival 2017 announced the list of speakers at Curtain Raiser in Delhi

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The ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival to be held from January 19th -23rd, 2017 announces the list of 10 speakers coming to Jaipur in January as part of its weekly campaign. Some of the Themes of ZEE JLF 2017 include Freedom to Dream: India @ 70, The Magna Carta, Translation and World Literature, Women and Marginalised Voices, Sanskrit, and Colonialism and the Legacy of the Raj.

ZEE JLF offers an experience to mingle with authors, interact with industry players, relax in the Festival Delegate lounge and enjoy the live music concerts and Festival Fringe events. The Curtain Raiser of the event in Delhi gathered audiences to enjoy joyous musical performances, powerful dramatic readings and translated renditions at the Taj Mahal Hotel, New Delhi.

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With around 30 languages represented from India and across the world, the Festival will feature authors writing in Indian regional languages including the popular

  1. Volga in Telugu,
  2. S.L. Bhyrappa and Vivek Shanbhag in Kannada,
  3. Kaajal Oza Vaidya in Gujarati,
  4. C.P. Deval and Hari Ram Meena in Rajasthani,
  5. Kanak Dixit and Binod Chaudhary in Nepali,
  6. Dhrubajyoti Bora in Assamese,
  7. Gulzar and Javed Akhtar in Urdu,
  8. Jatindra K. Nayak in Oriya,
  9. Naseem Shafaie and Neerja Mattoo in Kashmiri,
  10. Arunava Sinha and Radha Chakravarty in Bengali
  11. Arshia Sattar, A.N.D. Haksar, and Roberto Calasso in Sanskrit.
  12. Writers in Hindi include Ajay Navaria, Anu Singh Choudhary, Manav Kaul, Mrinal Pande, Narendra Kohli and Yatindra Mishra.

Some of the International writers include

  1.  Winners of the Man Booker Prize Alan Hollinghurst and Richard Flanagan;
  2. NoViolet Bulawayo who was the first black African woman to be shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2013;
  3. Laurence Olivier award winner and two-time Academy Award nominee Sir David Hare, who makes his first visit to the Festival;
  4. internationally acclaimed poet Anne Waldman; bestselling author, poet, activist and teacher Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni;
  5. 2016 Emerging Voices Award winner Eka Kurniawan;
  6. Nassim Nicholas Taleb, who predicted the 2008 global financial crisis;
  7. Writer, journalist and broadcaster Simon Winchester, OBE; the ‘literary institution of one’, Italian writer and published Roberto Calasso;
  8. Neil MacGregor, past director of the National Gallery London and the British Museum and author of A History of the World in 100 Objects;
  9. American Journalist and Pulitzer Prize-winning Dexter Filkins;
  10. Alex Ross, the music critic for The New Yorker and the author of the books The Rest is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century and Listen to This;
  11. Ha-Joon Chang whose books, including 23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism and Economics: The User’s Guide will have been translated into 40 languages and published in 43 countries;
  12. Linda Colley, award-winning historian, academic, author and broadcaster who specialises in post-1700 British history and author of Britons: Forging the Nation 1707-1837 and Acts of Union and Disunion.

 

Rajasthan has its own Madame Tussauds moment; Wax Museum inaugurated in Nahargarh Fort-Jaipur

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A beautiful feather has been added to Rajasthan tourism with the inauguration of wax museum and unveiling of the statue of Bollywood’s legendary actor Amitabh Bachchan.

The Jaipur Wax Museum, which has wax sculptures of around 25 personalities, was opened on Saturday at the Nahargarh Fort, which overlooks the Pink City.

Bollywood actor Govinda, who was accompanied by his wife Sunita Ahuja inaugurated the museum and unveiled the statue of mega star Amitabh Bachchan.

 

Kudos to the makers and operating team at the museum that they could make it happen, because it is tough task to maintain the wax temperature as it might melt due to scorching heat in Rajasthan.

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Since the museum is open for all, people of the Pink City and tourists would get to see the sculpture of the famous celebrities, leaders, personalities from history and great warriors like Maharana Pratap and Sawai Jai Singh here.

 

Travel more in 2017 with AirAsia’s low fare flights.

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It’s holiday time and the season of travel from places of work to home town for some and travel to holiday destinations for some others. The Air Asia and other domestic flight services in India have come up with excitingly low air fares for the travelers in New Year !  There are many flights to and from Jaipur that are covered in this New Year Sale by AirAsia.   Have a look at these ridiculously low air fares and enjoy more traveling in 2017.

The Budget carrier AirAsia India is selling all-inclusive tickets from Rs. 917 under its New Year Sale offer. The  offer is open till January 1, 2017, and is applicable on travel between March 1, 2017, and October 31, 2017.

The Rs. 917 fare is applicable on Bengaluru-Kochi, Bengaluru-Goa and Bengaluru-Hyderabad routes. The fares on New Delhi-Goa and New Delhi-Bengaluru routes start from Rs. 2,917 and Rs. 2,217.

AirAsia India currently flies to 11 destinations with its two hubs in Bengaluru and New Delhi, covering Chandigarh, Jaipur, Guwahati, Imphal, Pune, Goa, Vizag, Kochi and Hyderabad.

Under this offer, Bengaluru-Guwahati fares start from Rs. 2,217; Bengaluru-Chandigarh Rs. 2,917; Bengaluru-Jaipur Rs. 2,917, and Bengaluru-Visakhapatnam Rs. 1,417.

Another budget carrier GoAir is offering tickets starting Rs. 1,057 on select sectors. The fares are applicable till December 31, GoAir said on its website. The Rs. 1,057 fare is applicable on the Delhi-Jaipur route. Delhi-Leh fares, under the GoAir offer, start from Rs. 2,889.

Now travel more in 2017 with the budget flight rates in India 🙂

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Rajasthan Tourism goes Mobile techie with the launch of an App for Ajmer Pushkar !!

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Rajasthan government goes mobile friendly and techie with the launch of  a mobile App that provides latest information about tourist attractions in Ajmer and Pushkar with rich content including pictures, audio and video streams and cultural stories.

The App is comprehensive and one-stop solution for tourism needs, a senior official said.
More than 40 places of Ajmer and Pushkar have been covered in the App which instantly provides real-time and highly contextual content to the user. Tourists just need to download an app LeZgo which provides tourism content with multiple features and convenient utilities.
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Useful utilities, like free WiFi, weather information, language translator, forex converter, compass, cab booking, upgraded customs information for foreign visitors, SOS function are among other features of the App, which provides inputs in 12 prominent languages.

After Ajmer, the App which is already catering to 1500 users, will be localised for Jaipur, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Pali and Bharatpur soon.

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The user can search for tourist destinations, get custom designed holiday packages, book a cab in a jiffy, check out the latest and upcoming events in the vicinity, listen along custom designed audio streams. Get an immerse experience of culture, history, languages, food, music, spirituality, sciences, wisdom, Yoga and wellness apart from all the essential information.

Wildlife Safari to begin this week in Desert National Park, Jaisalmer

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The Golden City of Jaisalmer is popular for the yellow stone buildings giving it a distinctive golden glow. It is a tourist hotspot for its shimmering sand dunes, Sonar Quila (Jaisalmer fort), Tanot Mata temple and traditional Rajasthani architecture. Now the tourism department of the city brings to you an added adventure- A wildlife safari will be introduced at Jaisalmer’s famed Desert National Park this week to allow tourists to enjoy diverse wildlife that exists amid the Thar Desert besides boosting economy.

About the Park

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The park is spread in an area of 3,000 sq km and formed of undulating sand dunes, jagged rocks, dense salt lake bottoms and inter-medial areas. Various species of animals such as black buck, chinkara, desert fox and cat, blue bull, desert gerbil, sand grouse and gecko, fringe-toed agama eagles inhabit the park.

Endangered Great Indian Bustard, one of the world’s heaviest flying birds, can also be seen in it. In winter, the park hosts an incredible variety of migratory raptors such Himalayan and Eurasian Griffon Vultures, Eastern Imperial Eagle and Saker Falcon. The safari at the park will add another feather to the Jaislamer trip’s cap.

About the Safari

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A 12-km trail has been identified and tourists will be accompanied by registered guides. The vehicles used for safari were registered with the forest department and no other vehicles would be allowed inside.

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If the initiative works then wildlife safari will also come in itinerary of tourist, which will extend their stay for a day. In addition to this, the move will provide livelihood to local residents as they are involved as guides and vehicles drivers.

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An Indian tourist will be charged `50 as entry fee and a foreigner `300 along with `1,000 as safari vehicle fare.

 

 

Jaipur Art Summit showcases Message in the Puppets

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Weaving the magic of art and colors Jaipur Art Summit began with a fresh wave as a delight for every art connoisseur. On a crisp winter afternoon, one need not walk around the unwinding streets of city to see the colors anymore but simply step inside the famous Ravindra Manch, at Ramniwas garden Jaipur, and witness a palette of colors which is being displayed on various formats like canvas, visual and digital art, art installations, sculptures and other contemporary and folk-centric expressions by national and international artists.

As you enter the gate, there stands a big canvas where every one is free to float in the spirit of art. Though every art piece is worth a mention but here we are talking about the one that caught everyone’s attention. A tree in the center garden with one huge puppet and dozens of other puppets (Kathputli) hanging on it. Made from wood and dressed in colorful and intricate native attires, decorated with bindi, borla, necklace, bajuband, bangles, embellished with gotta each and every puppet (Kathputli) stands out.

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The sight is so beautiful that for some time you will mistake it for a beautiful paradise of another world. As we stopped and looked they were just not puppets that we usually witness on any Jaipur street and are normally sold as a celebrated art form of Rajasthan.

But there lies a story attached to each puppet, the story of every woman, who is empowered. As soon as you notice one name, you will be more inclined to read all- Miss Universe Sushmita Sen, Mary Com, Kalpana Chawala and many alike who have made their place in this man’s world. Each puppet depicting the role of woman in our society, her abilities, her presence, her individuality, her dedication and sacrifice.

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Such a captivating artwork must have come out by some famous experienced artists. Well, this is what we thought exactly. But we were utterly surprised to meet these young and budding Artists Vrinda Haldia from Jaipur and Uma Kant Meena from a small town of Bundi.

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And this is what the two artists had to say about their art work-

“We have conceived this idea to reveal the multifaceted roles of women in front of the society-said Vrinda. She added further- The use of latest tech gadgets (iPhone, laptop etc as props with puppets signifies the power of women and how easy it is for her to handle each sphere in a dignified way besides handling the household chores, (while pointing towards one puppet with a rolling pin)

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“ As I belong to this small town of Rajasthan – Bundi, I have seen women of my family doing nothing except household work. They did not go to school and are not allowed to work outside their home. As I moved to big city I have seen how the women roles here are different from the one at my village. Here girls are doing everything, going to school, working, they are doing business, some are entrepreneurs, they are not shy like village girls, they are free to do things of their choice. This multifaceted face of today’s city women inspired me to experiment the same concept so as to bridge the gap between a village and a city girl”- said Uma Kant Meena

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This 5-day festival promises an experience like never before and tops the wish-list of passionate artists and art-lovers. So, get ready to soak in the colorful, warm and festive spirit of the city during the ongoing art festival!

For more info about the festival, follow

https://www.facebook.com/jaipurartsummit/

Let your soul surge high with Taalbelia- a Music Festival in Mandawa!

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The deep cultural roots of Rajasthan have traveled musically across the globe, transforming various traditions and cultures with its nomadic vibe.  Taalbelia- a unique musical festival has come up in the land of Shekhawati to let you experience this vibe and a rich confluence of music styles in a boutique environment. Check out the video-

 

In the heart of Shekhawati region of Rajasthan, lays a beautiful town Mandawa. Known for its magnificent forts and beautifully painted havelis, this quaint town provides travelers with a sense of discovery at every step. Taalbelia’ scheduled to be held from 26th to 29th January, 2017 translates to a 4-day round the clock residential musical festival. The boutique festival, with an intimate gathering will leave you feeling supercharged with an intellectual infusion of visual art, adventure, royal hospitality and the most amazing musical performances.

The festival will have two major sections to delight different tastes of the guests. There’ll be various workshops and gourmet fiesta for the connoisseurs!

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In the Pro Life work shop you can stand behind the console, jam with the DJs or play the ‘Morchang’ in the middle of line ups.

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Make the best of being among the royals, explore the royal stables and go horse riding. Or get set for an adrenalin rush as you go dirt biking and sand surfing. Taalbelia’s exquisite workshops have it all.

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The Gourmet Fiesta offers to experience the magical, toothsome flavors of Rajasthan and adjacent borders. In the royal kitchens of Rajasthan, food is a serious business and rose to the level of an art. The Shekhawati region has an array of fine culinary delights. Taalbelia will be home to food-lovers who wish to indulge in unique cuisines and authentic Shekhawati delicacies.

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4 Days. 3 Stages. More than 30 Artists!!

So charge yourself up to soak in the warm rays of the Sun, enjoy the sand beneath your feet and lose yourself at an enchanting destination on a cold winter day in January. Enjoy a magical journey where the music, art, culture and more is celebrated with fervor.

Explore, experience and enjoy this journey of Taalbelia in Rajasthan with the Castle Mandawa and Desert Resort Mandawa.

Tickets @ http://taalbelia.com/index/pages/accomodation

Images: https://www.facebook.com/taalbeliafestival