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Rajasthan Tourism Beat is a comprehensive source of Rajasthan Travel and hospitality news. The blog intend to provide authentic and detailed information regarding Rajasthan as tourist destination.

Gear Up for Bundi Utsav in Rajasthan!

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A little drop of fantasy exists in this vast land of Rajasthan. Little is known, not talked much, there lies a tiny town Bundi, in Hadoti region  of Rajasthan which is set 35 km NW of Kota on NH 12.

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But every year this little town grabs all eyes on it during its Annual Bundi Utsav. This three day festival is going to kick start from Nov 6 2017 and will go on till Nov. 8.  The Bundi Festival is celebrated in the month of Kartik (October-November) and includes several spiritual and traditional activities. It is a remarkable cluster of traditional art, culture and craftsmanship and visitors are left charmed by its magnificence. The program includes a colourful grand procession, arts & crafts fair, ethnic sports, cultural exhibition, classical music & dance program, turban competitions, bridal clothing, musical band competitions, and a sparkling fireworks display. Early in the morning, after the full moon night of Kartik Purnima, women and men clad in attractive colourful costumes light diyas or lamps on the banks of River Chambal and seek blessings.

On its second day, tourist would be taken on village tour to pottery village Thikerda.

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Unlike other towns of Rajasthan which are crowded with tourists, Bundi is one place which is still able to preserve its charismatic charm.  Bundi Utsav is a marvelous festival of culture, celebrations and fanfare!

Mark Your Calendar!!

Dates- 6-8 Nov, 2017

 

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The Highlights of Royal Rajasthan on World Tourism Day

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Rajasthan is unarguably the most popular tourist destination in India. The state has so much to offer in the form of historical structures and delightful food. It is also a shopper’s paradise. This World Tourism Day, we bring to you a quick glimpse of the state’s gems-

Jaipur

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The Pink City is called so because of the prominence of colour pink in the four-walled city. Jaipur has many monuments to delight visitors. If you are here just for a day, visiting Amber Fort and City Palace will make your jaunt fulfilling. If you have more time on your hands, don’t miss out on any monument. Nahargarh Fort, Jaigarh Fort, Hawa Mahal and JantarMantar are must see places. The artistic cenotaphs at Gaitore appeal to people looking for something different.

Shop at Bapu Bazaar and Johari Bazaar to get the best out of your trip. Lastly don’t forget to indulge in authentic cuisine of the city. Daal ,Baati, Churma and Laal Maas here are really delightful. For a sweeter experience, sink your teeth in Malpua.

Udaipur

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Come here for a taste of regal luxury. The City of Lakes is beautiful beyond words and staying here is calming and surreal. Boating in Pichhola Lake or sitting by Fateh Sagar Lake will give you cherished memories. The hotels in Udaipur go all out to make you feel like royalty.

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This small city lives at its own pace. Junagarh fort here is a reminder of the city’s rich heritage. Lalgarh Palace is an architectural marvel. Shop for camel-leather jutis here.

Jodhpur

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The blue walls of the houses here give the city an old-world charm. The grand Mehrangarh fort watches over the city like a trusted protector. Symmetrical style of Jaswant Thadamemorial is enchanting and the place is a must visit.

Jaisalmer

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Come here for truly experiencing the desert-life. The Golden City’s yellow sandstone monuments transport the onlookers to a different world. Desert-safari is best experienced here in the vast expanse of sand.

Ranakpur

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This beautiful, secluded village is what a laid-back traveler wants. The most popular site in the city is a spectacular Jain Temple dedicated to Tirthankara Adinath. It is made up of white marble and is a sight to behold. The village itself is really charming with its magnificent architecture.

Chittorgarh Fort

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A World Heritage Site and one of the largest forts in India, Chittorgarh Fort is a symbol of courage and sacrifice. This sprawling structure is high on the list of people coming to Rajasthan.

Kumbhalgarh Fort

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Being at this site fills you with awe and admiration for rulers of Mewar. The fort located in Rajsamand district was built by Rana Kumbha. Maharana Pratap who is revered in this region was born in this imposing fort. This is also a World Heritage Site.

Pushkar

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There are very few Brahma Temples and Pushkar has the most popular of them. Evening Aarti at Pushkar Lake fills you with serenity despite being a crowd-puller. Another highly popular event held in the city is annual Camel Fair which attracts visitors of all kinds.

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Immerse in the nine days of Navratri festivities in Rajasthan

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Navratri begins tomorrow!
Pujas and nine days rituals at home,  holidays on the cards, so many typical traditional outfits, dandiya & garba plans, fasting for peace and prosperity and a lot more is what these nine days indeed promise. When it comes to celebrating traditions and making the most out of these happy times one should never lag behind.

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Navratri is a festival devoted to the worship of Goddess Durga. The word ‘Navratri’ literally means ‘nine nights’ in Sanskrit; Nav – Nine and Ratri – nights. And hence the merriment takes place for 9 days. All through the nine nights and ten days, various forms of Goddess Durga are worshipped.

This year, Navratri is commencing from Thursday, September 21st and will end on Friday September 29th. On Saturday September 30th  Dusshera will be observed to celebrate the victory over evil.

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Each of the 9 days in Rajasthan will start with first seeking blessings from the goddess and then moving on to celebration. Several places in Rajasthan will be lit up during this time with everybody gushing with energy throughout. People get dressed in colorful attires and participate in Garba folk dance and Dandiya-Raas in which people match their steps to the rhythm of music and dance using dandiya (wooden sticks) with their partners.

 

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Navratri festival does bring people closer to each other and soak everyone in its joyous colors! This festival is especially popular among tourists because it gives them an opportunity to get closer to the rich culture of Rajasthan.

So, now that the festival is this close, get ready to participate this year in the enthusiastic and vibrant festival of Navratri! After all this is the exact time to meet locals of town and know more about the state’s culture ;). You just have to know the right place to be!

6th Edition of ‘VASTRA’ to begin from 21st September in Rajasthan’s Capital- Jaipur

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Navratris begin and you find ample reasons to go out and shop for dazzling, attractive stuff for yourself and home! Several carnivals and fairs are organized to spoil you with choices and new trends. So, get ready for another annual bonanza of shopping and fun! The 6th Edition of the 4-day international textile and apparel fair, ‘VASTRA’ will be organized in Jaipur from 21 to 24 September at Jaipur Exhibition and Convention Centre (JECC) in Sitapura. It will be inaugurated by the Union Textiles & Information and Broadcasting Minister, Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani and Rajasthan Chief Minister, Smt. Vasundhara Raje on 21 September, 2017.

The exposition is an all-encompassing trade fair and conference on Textiles and Apparel which will present a fusion of the finest and the latest in textile products – from fiber to fashion, services and technology.

The mega textile fair is jointly organized by RIICO and FICCI. ‘VASTRA’ has created a niche for itself in textile and apparel industry since its inception in 2012. The event is also supported by the Government of Rajasthan.

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It is expected that over 250 exhibitors from 13 states will showcase their products over net exhibition space of 3600 sqm at JECC. Furthermore, around 300 overseas buyers from more than 50 countries and 200 representatives from around 100 Indian buying houses/agents are slated to attend the event. Karnataka is participating as Partner State and Odisha, Madhya Pradesh, Uttrakhand and West Bengal are participating as supporting States in the event.

The first three days of the event will be devoted exclusively to B2B and the last day will be open for B2C, involving retail sales. General public is invited to visit the fair on 24thSeptember to shop for their favourite products.

This year VASTRA will have few new features like: Roundtable Conference on “Making Rajasthan a Garment Hub”; Jaipur Designers Festival and Sari Workshop. The exposition will continue to have Business Fashion Shows, Design Display Wall for budding designers, Rajasthan Pavilion which will showcase arts and crafts of Rajasthan.

‘Jaipur By Night’ concludes on the glittering notes

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The 5th edition of the three-day cultural festival ‘Jaipur by Nite’ concluded on Saturday late night with a unique night marathon. Around 1500 runners participated in the marathon. It was flagged off by brand ambassador for the marathon Maharaja Padmanabh Singh of erstwhile Jaipur royal family at 10 pm.

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‘Jaipur By Nite’ was jointly organized by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Young Indians (YI), Ministry of Tourism, Government of India and the Department of Tourism (DOT), Government of Rajasthan. Rajasthan Khadi & Village Industries Board and the Department of Archaeology & Museums also supported the initiative.

On the occasion Swaraag Band performed the musical programme while Ms. Neela Singh performed scintillating ‘Zumba’.

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The unique night marathon began from the City Palace. There were two categories – for 10 kms run (with timing chip) and for 5 kms (without timing chip). The route for the 10 kms run was from City Palace to Gandhi Circle on JLN Marg and back and that for the 5 kms run was from City Palace to SMS Hospital Gate No. 6 and back. The marathon, like last year, was a distinct activity and unique initiative wherein the participants joined from various parts of the country to witness and promote beauty and heritage of Pink City at night. Ambassadors of Fiji, Poland; three senior diplomats from Greece; diplomats from Kongo and Uganda as well as participants from Indore, Gurgaon, Mumbai and many other places took part. IAS officer Kuldeep Ranka and his wife Poornima Ranka participated in the 10 km marathon while Ashwani Bhagat and his wife participated in the 5 km run.

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The winner of the 2nd edition of Jaipur By Nite Marathon was Mr. Ajay Kumar (34.39) while Mr. Abhimanyu Gurjar (36.22) and Mr. Shivendra Singh (36.47) finished second and third, respectively. In female category, Ms. Kiranjeet (51.02) finished first.

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Members of the Indian National Polo team Mr. Angad Kalan, Sidhant Sharma, Pranav Kapur including National Coach Uday Kalan and Fitness Coach Ajay Singh also participated in the marathon.

The two-day food festival entitled ‘The Bite Fest’ concluded yesterday. The fest had stalls from Burger Farm, Decked up by ‘Garden Café’, Fat Lulu’s, Crunchy Gourmet, TGIH, Papa Cream, Keventers, What a Patty, Liquido, Zarpar, Clarks Amer, Hilton and Chokhi Dhani.

The other attractions for the evening were Rajasthani troupe performances like Kachhi Ghodi, Bhope Bhopi, Dhol wale, Ghoomar dancers, Kaalbelia, astrologer and mehendi artists,etc.

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Pushkar- a quintessential experience

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The architecture, monuments, history or the calmness and serenity normally defines the beauty of any city, but around 145 kms from Jaipur in Rajasthan, is the temple city of Pushkar which is famous for its Brahma temple (the only temple of Lord Brahma in the world) and Pushkar lake that raises the spirit of tourists.

Annual Pushkar Fair is an important event that takes place in the month of November every year but the fact is the place has its own charm when visited during off days.

Way To Pushkar-

2 hr. 30 min drive from Jaipur to Pushkar on a 6-lane highway NH48.

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As we moved towards winding through the endless vistas of Aravali hills and patches of sand and green fields of marigold farming, lay this beautiful town that bustles with huge crowd, temple bells and lively mesosphere.

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The boisterous bazaars of Pushkar is the spectacle that one shall never miss; the streets refreshed in the shades of red, yellow, pink, blue are, synonymous to the people of Rajasthan and its people.

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It’s interesting and fun to navigate on Pushkar’s narrow alleys on foot because anyway that is the only option. The streets scented with incense sticks along with marigold flowers and red roses — handicraft shops lined on both sides, choc-a-bloc with intricately designed cloth danglers, bags and other artifacts are so unique and distinctive that you would love to binge at each and every corner.

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Paraphernalia of Pushkar

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The decked up endless rows of Rajasthani paraphernalia in pulsating colours, is something beyond words. Tourists often carry back home these as souvenirs. It is difficult to muse on shops only because your eyes are utterly on a different sojourn.

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At once you’re looking at a monk with savage white stripes painted across his nose, sandal wood beads in his hand and at the same time your taste buds are titillating with the sight of Gulab Jamun and freshly made Malpua’s. Malpua is a sweet delicacy that is made best only in Pushkar.

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The Famous Malpua of Pushkar

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Pushkar is one hub of religious happenings but over a period of time it has become a hub of cultural extravaganza. All the streets of this beautiful and historic town lead to the Pushkar Lake through the tranquil Ghats.

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Spend your day shopping and as the sun sets down sit by the lake side and witness the evening aarti performed on the ghat and soak yourself up in the chanting of hymns and mantras. Spiritual travelers must visit Pushkar as this is one lifetime experience to cherish.

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Stay tuned to know about the places to stay in Pushkar in our next blog 🙂

 

Tourists in Jaipur witnessed melodious moments at various heritage sites

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To celebrate music that has been ringing in the ears for generations now, the music enthusiasts from around the country gathered in the Pink City and performed for the local people and tourists at the heritage sites including Amber Fort, Hawa Mahal and Albert Hall. Age, gender or profession is no bar for music and the passion for harmonica (aka mouth organ) got children as young as 8-years-old, to people as old as 80 years of age on a same platform to perform.

The harmonica players of the group are not professionals but they are mere enthusiasts. From doctors to students and army officers to house-wives, people from all classes of life participated and performed together. “This two-day program was organised by the harmonica enthusiasts of the Pink City. People from all over India, from Jammu to Assam, participated and all the delegates came on their own expenses. Their sole purpose behind this is to revive harmonica and generate the interest of people towards live music.

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It was a show which the tourists visiting Amber fort and Albert Hall on Tuesday will not forget for a long time. A group of 130 people assembled at Amber Fort to play musical instrument Harmonica and mesmerized the tourists with the tunes of various songs for more than half an hour. They came to the fort before 10 am and started playing the musical instrument which turned into another attraction for the tourists. The group played tunes of songs like “Hai Apna Dil To Awara” a famous song sung by legendary Hemant Kumar from the movie “Solva Saal” apart from other songs. Interestingly, in the movie, Dev Anand also played the song on the same instrument harmonica and was very popular. The tourists could not join them but many of them lip singed along with the group and the atmosphere of the Amber Fort became so pleasant suddenly that everybody who was present at that moment could not hide the excitement.

This is not the first time that department of archaeology had organized such activity as a few months back also the tourists got to witness an exciting musical performance in Jaipur.

Image Credits: DNA Jaipur