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Soak Into The Colourful Festival Of Gangaur With Shahpura, Near Jaipur

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Rajasthan boosts not only in its history and heritage but its beauty reflects in its sparkling deserts, monuments and colorful festivals. On this note, we will take you to one of the most beautiful festivals of RajasthanGANGAUR, which truly embodies the spirit of diversity.

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Gangaur is one of the most colorful & auspicious festivals of Rajasthan – celebrating spring, harvest & marital fidelity. While ‘Gana‘ is another name for Lord Shiva, ‘Gaur‘ symbolises Gauri aka Parvati, his wife, also an epitome of marital bliss. The 18-day festival is observed by both married & unmarried women where they fast, women dress up in red bandhani sarees and turban clad men worship the clay idols of Isar & Parvati.

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When the bright skies have ushered in the festive season of spring, the remote town of Shahpura, located 65 km from the capital Jaipur, came culturally alive when the pious deities of Isar Maharaj & Gangaur Mata were regally taken around the streets and worshipped with vigour & devotion by both men and women.  The Shahpura Gangaur Festival, hosted at Shahpura Haveli was organized by Rani Ratna Kumari Foundation in association with the Rajasthan Tourism Department.

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On the day of Gangaur, the celebration began with the married & unmarried woman; all dressed in colorful Rajasthani attires worshipped idols of Isar Maharaj & Gangaur Mata at the Shahpura Haveli. It was a spectacle to see the idols being gloriously taken to Rawla Moti Mahal, where the great Gangaur Mahotsav was organised. The major attractions of Shahpura Gangaur Festival were the cultural performances of local artists & folk musicians of Rajasthan, several kinds of regional nritya (dances) like Mayur, Nritya, Masak Nritya, Behpang Nritya, magician performance, horse show, and other traditional games & competitions. Artists from various parts of the country namely Udaipur, Deeg, Jodhpur, Haryana, Punjab performed magnificently oozing talent with their euphonic tunes and twinkle toes. The royal family of Shahpura also participated in the festival. The Rani Ratna Kumari Foundation Trust, which works for the upliftment of the downtrodden sections of this small village of Shahpura also felicitated the local artisans in a ceremony.

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The grand procession of Isar Maharaj & Gangaur Mata began with all its regal pomp and pageantry at 5 p.m. from Rawla Moti Mahal. Both men & women could be seen beaming in colors of Rajasthan.  The procession passing through the vivid markets of the town, encompassed horses, camels, traditional folk dancers, brass bands from Punjab, lancers etc. along with the pious deities of Gangaur Mata ji and Bhagwan Isar ji Maharaj, finally converging at the newly restored Gopinath Temple. The town was seen teeming with both foreign nationals and domestic tourists rejoicing the festivities.

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Celebrated with great pomp and show, Shahpura Gangaur Festival gave visitors and tourists a spectacular opportunity to observe Rajasthan’s magnificent culture from close quarters. We are already waiting for next year to witness such a splendid event in a all its royal glamour. Are you?

 

 

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The Vanishing Stepwells of India!

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Revisiting a forgotten facet of Indian architecture with American author Victoria Lautman

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Tourists throng India’s temples, palaces, forts and mosques, but the country’s ancient stepwells are largely unknown. These remarkable subterranean structures not only provided communities with water all year long but also served as civic centers, refuges, remote oases and, in many cases, active places of worship. But besides their many functions, stepwells were marvels of engineering, architecture, and art. Some were lavish and ornate, others minimal and utilitarian. They could be enormous, plunging nine stories into the earth, or could be intimately scaled for private use. Thousands of these fascinating edifices once proliferated across India, but most were abandoned as a result of modernization and depleted water tables. While some have been restored by the government, most are sadly neglected and in danger of extinction.

 

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The Vanishing Stepwells of India is an marvellous book, documenting the author’s extensive travels across India and her exploration of the country’s ancient water-harvesting systems – brilliant examples of ancient Indian engineering, now largely forgotten. The book presents seventy-five subterranean wonders, a fraction of those Victoria spent four years photographing throughout India. Informative rather than scholarly, the book sheds light on a unique – if ignored – architectural typology, through several hundred colour photographs and detailed entries. GPS coordinates are provided, in the hopes that readers will be inspired to see these elusive beauties with their own eyes.

Website: www.victorialautman.com

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Mukundra Hills in Kota to become India’s first tiger reserve offering Water Safari

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Kota’s Mukundra Hills Tiger Reserve (MHTR) will be the first tiger reserve in the country offering both “wildlife safari” and “water safari” services to the tourists.

“Tourists visiting MHTR for wildlife safari will also get the option of boat ride in Chambal river from Jawahar Sagar sanctuary to Bhainsrodgarh sanctuary to get a glimpse of beauty of MHTR and Chambal valley,” said Om Birla, the BJP MP from Kota, after a visit to the park and interaction with its officials on Tuesday.

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MHTR is rich in flora and fauna with the perennial Chambal river flowing through it. There are around 60 panthers, 1,000 cheetal/sambhar deer, 60 bears, 1,000 wild boars and 500 blue bulls. However, there is no tiger in the park at present. Iinfrastructural projects are underway in the park ahead of the proposed release of tigers in it by March next year.

Birla said that ecotourism would start at the park after the release of tigers. “Water safari and wildlife safari will both boost ecotourism in the region and generate employment opportunities for people,” he added. The MP said that the water safari project, including the 25-km boat ride in the Chambal river, would be funded by the Urban Improvement Trust (UIT) of Kota.

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Informing about water safari plan at MHTR, SR Yadav, deputy conservator of forest, MHTR, said that wildlife safari and water safari services will be started only after the released tigers will get acclimatised with the new habitat, which may take some months.

A documentary film on MHTR will also be made for the first time, which will show the flora and fauna, heritage structures and aquatic life at MHTR. “The documentary film will be of around 5 to 10 minutes,” said Yadav.

MHTR was formed in 2013 by joining wildlife sanctuaries of Kota region including Dara wildlife sanctuary of Kota, Jawahar Sagar sanctuary of Bundi, Chambal Ghariyal sanctuary of Kota and Bundi districts and some forest blocks of Chittorgarh district. The park is spread in around 759.99 sqkm area including 417.17 sqkm of core area and around 342.82 sqkm of buffer area.

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Palace on Wheels tour postponed

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The very first tour of Jaipur’s Palace on Wheels, which was to start from December 22, Friday, has been postponed.  Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation (RTDC), which runs the train, has now decided to run the train from December 29.

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The announcement of the new train was made by state tourism minister (independent charge) Krishnendra Kaur (Deepa) and ACS (tourism) NC Goel during the press conference to list the government’s achievements in the last 4 years. They had declared that this new train will start from December 22. But the officials from the tourism department had been claiming that they have got 15-20 bookings for the tour on December 22, however, they are now claiming that the bookings were meant for December 29 tour of the train.

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Any which way, for those who are willing to travel to Rajasthan through luxurious train journey, this is your another chance to book the “Palace on Wheels”  and enjoy an unimagined palace experience on wheels.

You may visit: https://www.palacesonwheels.com/tariff.html  for more details.

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A roundup of most amazing Musical Festivals in Rajasthan

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Since decades Indian music enthusiasts salivated over international music festivals, like the kinds of  Coachella and Glastonbury. But not any more, now the desert state of Rajasthan, with an impressive calendar of music festivals is becoming India’s hottest music destinations. Off late, Rajasthan with its folk art culture is fast becoming the preferred music destination for music lovers. The audience for these festivals is largely from India. Although, there are some festivals in the state that also attract a bevy of international visitors as well as performers. Read about the most prominent Music Festivals of Rajasthan that one mustn’t miss –

Ranthambore Festival

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Nahargarh Palace, Ranthambhore (January 19-21, 2018)

Calling all music luminaries, nature lovers, wildlife conservationists, business thought leaders and social influencers to this enthralling jamboree. Get ready for a weekend filled with some amazing and educational experiences. You can look forward to an amazing selection of indigenous and international musical performances.

The festival lets you immerse in interactive music workshops, TED talks, Rajasthani folk art workshops, wildlife and nature panel discussions and wildlife film festival. The Ranthambore festival also has street theatre, yoga workshops, food, pop-up art and crafts stalls to keep you entertained.

The ambiance is perfect, the chance of spotting tigers is high, Rajasthani cuisine is delectable and the Ranthambore festival at Nahargarh Palace is on. Don’t keep Rajasthan waiting!

 

Udaipur World Music Festival

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Udaipur (February 9-11, 2018)

Nearly 150 artists from various countries converge in the city to combine genres and cultures through music. As with most festivals in Rajasthan, the ambience takes center stage with early morning concerts in the backdrop of Fateh Sagar Lake. While the 2018 line-up is yet to be officially announced, the 2017 edition featured artists from 16 countries, including the UK, Iran, Norway, Cuba and Switzerland.

Iranian American singer Azam Ali enthralled the audience with Electro Sufi World Music and Ablaye Cissoko from Senegal collaborated with Constantinople Ensemble from Canada. The finale performance was by the London Community Gospel Choir. Festival Director Sanjeev Bhargava says, “A festival of this scale featuring such diverse music from so many different continents and regions coming together in one of the best tourist destinations of India makes Udaipur a culturally vibrant destination.”

World Sacred Spirit Festival

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Jodhpur (February 16-17, 2018)

Held in February every year, the event brings lovers of Sufism together. Sufi poets sing renditions of Rumi and Bulley Shah as the crowds sway into a spiritual trance. Next year’s festival will be held at three different breathtaking venues, Mehrangarh Fort, Ahhichatragarh Fort of Nagaur and Toorji Stepwell Square, across the desert city of Jodhpur. Artistes scheduled to perform include sitar player Irshad Khan, folk singer and storyteller Parvathy Baul. musician Mehdi Nassouli, tabla player Zuheb Ahmed Khan from Palestine, flute player Lingling Yu from China and musicians Samuel Cattiau and Quentin Dujardin. Princess Shivranjani Rajye of Jodhpur curates the festival. Maharaja Gaj Singh II of Marwar-Jodhpur said “The festival is a pioneering effort in cultural conservation and music tourism in India.”

 

Magnetic Fields

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Alsisar Mahal, Rajasthan 

Held in December every year, Magnetic Fields has been growing in popularity organically. The festival’s main draw is the holistic experience which includes camping under the skies, discreet parties, dance and music in palace dungeons, art installations with jazz, jam and electronica.

The 2017 line-up included British artist Four Tet, Canadian composer and musician Dan Snaith, Your Chin by Mumbai based Raxit Tiwari, and Donal Bergin, a prominent name in London’s electronic music scene. The three-day carnival combines the history of the magnificent venue Alsisar Mahal with rustic pleasures, such as kite flying at sunset as electronic and jazz melodies resonate in the desert palace.

Rajasthan’s most awaited Magnetic Fields Festival began from today

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Magnetic Fields Festival – A magical musical carnival where the festivities never end kicked off today at the heritage hotel of Alsisar today. The three days festival is by far is proved to be a sensory explosion of stimulation with great music, wonderful people and extraordinary performers in this freezing temperature of Alsisar!!

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Set in the pristine heritage village of Alsisar in Rajasthan, Alsisar Mahal is a battle hardened palace that has  been renovated and refurbished into a luxurious hotel. Earlier Alsisar Mahal was the residence of the Thakur of Alsisar.

Alsisar Mahal is the most recent addition to Alsisar Group of Hotels which has now become an ideal base to explore not only the old historic capital of Jhunjhunu but also the whole painted region of Shekhawati. This majestic palace, spread over a lush 10 acre plot, is situated in village Alsisar which is 23 kms from district headquarters ‘JhunJhunu’ in Rajasthan. The regal magnificence of the Alsisar Mahal’s architecture and the splendor of its beautifully decorated interiors are just mesmerizing; antique furniture, intricately carved poster beds and medieval delicate Rajasthani motifs on fabric recreates a flavor of luxury living for our guests.

The expansive paved courtyards with quaint lawns and time aged trees lend it a distinctive character to enchant you in its spell, transporting you to the romance and grand style of the royal era.

Rajasthan Forest Department rejoices as Jamwa Ramgarh Wildlife sees Tiger after 17 Years

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Jamwa Ramgarh- another striking natural habitat of wildlife gives us a reason to rejoice as a tiger- the cub of ST-9 was spotted in the sanctuary a few days ago. The striped animal’s arrival will bring hope of a revival in wildlife tourism in the Jamwa Ramgarh area in the near future. The tigress ST-9 belongs to the Sariska Tiger Reserve and her cub ST-15 strayed to Jamwa Ramgarh Sanctuary recently. For the past 40 days, this two-and-a-half-year-old cub has been spotted moving around different parts of the sanctuary but now it seems that the grown up tiger has found his territory.

Known for its artificial lake, Ramgarh is situated at a distance of approximately 35 km from Jaipur city. The lake covers an area of 15.5 sq. km. The safari tourism in this lush area is expected a boost with the arrival of this tiger.