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Head To The Hill Station of Rajasthan To Enjoy The Summer Festival

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Head To The Hill Station of Rajasthan To Enjoy The Summer Festival

You must be wondering that the dry and arid land of Rajasthan has nothing but deserts and sand dunes. But if you think so sitting afar and simply agreeing with this statement, you are most welcome to the state of Rajasthan which not only revolves around monotonous brown sandy deserts. Rajasthan rich with its heritage, culture and traditions has a lot to offer to its guests. With fairs and festivities being celebrated throughout the year, Rajasthan is very vibrant and colourful.

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Also to answer your question of it being a desert, Rajasthan have sufficient water to quench your thirst as many rivers flow through our land. Not only this, Rajasthan also has a hill station where you can head to, to beat the summer heat. Though the summer temperatures are as high as 50 degree Celsius, our hill station – Mt. Abu which is one of top 10 getaways from the state’s capital. Mt. Abu hosts a Summer Festival, to make you realize it is not that hot.

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The three day Summer Festival is here again with its unique celebrations and festivities from 11th May to 13th May 2018. With the soulful ballad singing to mesmerizing folk dance forms like Gair, Ghoomar and Daph, the celebrations will kick off in style. The highlight of the Summer Festival this time is the Sham-e-Qawwali, which features some of the best folk singers from India. Some other events to keep you engaged in the beauty of the state are horse racing, tug of war, skating races, CRPF band show and boat races on the Nakki Lake.

Come down to Rajasthan to experience the summers with its unique chilly and windy evenings and make it a one of its kind.

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Let’s Celebrate the Heritage of Rajasthan On World Heritage Day

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World Heritage Day is not just a day to cherish the beautiful monuments around us. The day which is celebrated every year on April 18 is meant to raise awareness to protect our history and culture. International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) is the one behind the idea of celebrating a day called International Day for Monuments and Sites. The day came to be known as World Heritage Day and is celebrated by countries that are members of UNESCO.

The theme for World Heritage Day 2018 is ‘Heritage for Generations’. It has been decided keeping in mind the fact that communication across the generations of heritage practitioners generates enriching exchanges by combining the knowledge with the energy and dynamism thus bringing a more holistic approach. Rajasthan is globally popular for its rich heritage of architecture and culture. Having some of the best forts, palaces and monuments in cities like Jaipur, Bikaner, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur and Udaipur which are till date maintained in really good conditions are very precious to the lives of Rajasthani’s.

Today we want to remind everyone that our heritage needs to be protected. This is an important step towards maintaining the beauty of our state and keeping the spirit of Rajasthan alive forever.

1) Jantar Mantar, Jaipur

Recognized as the World Heritage Site, this observatory fascinates the visitors with the collection of various astronomical instruments which were used earlier to know the correct timings through the movement of celestial bodies.

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2) Chittorgarh Fort, Chittor

One of the largest forts of India, it is the true epitome of Rajputana pride and vigour. This massive fort though being attacked thrice by the enemies, couldn’t take over the powerful people of this place. The fort of Chittorgarh is known for its own beauty and uniqueness.

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3) City Palace, Udaipur

The grandness of this palace can be seen, as it took almost 400 years to construct this complex. The attractiveness of this palace is shown more effectively as it is surrounded by Lake Pichola. This magnificent palace stands as a fusion of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture.

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4) Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur

One of the largest private residences in the world, it is the house of the erstwhile Jodhpur royal family. Not only being a private residence, it also provides the chance to experience the royal and luxurious life at the Taj Palace Hotel in Umaid Bhawan, Jodhpur.

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5) Hawa Mahal, Jaipur

Hawa Mahal, also known as the Palace Of Winds is situated in the capital city of the state of Rajasthan. Its walls of pink colour give a hint of the Pink City – Jaipur. It was constructed especially for the royal women to be a part of the festivities, as they were secluded from the society by ‘parda’ system. Having its own history, today it gets a worldwide recognition.

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6) Chand Baori, Abhaneri

A 13 storey step well is one of the oldest and most attractive landmarks of Rajasthan. Constructed mainly to conserve water in the dry arid desert of Rajasthan is an architectural wonder in itself.

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7) Amer Fort

Amer or Amber Fort is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which is among the most visited places in Jaipur. The fort situated high on a hill overlooking the Maota Lake is spread over a vast area with four levels. Every evening, the fort hosts a spellbinding Light and Sound Show as a part to boost night tourism. With a blend of folk music, the show brings to life the legends, history, traditions and cultures of the Rajputs.

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8) City Palace Jaipur

Located in the heart of the old city of Jaipur, City Palace was built in the 18th Century. The Palace is a blend of Rajput, Mughal and European styles of architecture. Within the premises, one will find many gardens, ravishing courtyards and a museum displaying many artefacts from the bygone era. Buildings like Mubarak Mahal, Chandra Mahal, Maharani Palace add to the allure of the Palace. Their richly crafted walls and ceiling, marble flooring and the mirror work are just an addition to the beauty of the palace. Govind Dev Ji temple, which is in the palace premises, is also a major tourist attraction and sees a heavy footfall daily.

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These are only a few to mention, but when you come to the land of royals, there will be many to add on to the list.

Immerse in the Celebrations of Rajasthan Day

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Rajasthan has a lot to cheer up your March. The month of March brings with it bright and vibrant colors. With the onset of spring the festivities in the mighty land of the kings also start with fervor.

RTB 169 years ago on 30th March 1949 this Land of Kings united and became a republic state of India. Rajasthan is not confined to one thing but is a traditionally and culturally rich state of India.The state is covered with ancient palaces, temples, havelis (mansions), forts and palaces. The different places of tourist interests along with its picturesque beauty have made Rajasthan an international tourist destination.AmerRajasthan celebrates its foundation day reliving its heritage and stories. Rajasthan Festival is a 3 day event from 28th March – 30th March organized by the Department of Tourism, Govt. of Rajasthan. Ranging from morning chants to musical evenings, there are cultural events to celebrate historical establishment of the majestic state of Rajasthan. Some of the key events which should not be missed during the festival are Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy’s mega concert, Police Tattoo Show, Motor Bike Show by ‘Seema Bhawani’ Women Cammando team of BSF, musical nightsgrand closing ceremony and much more.

Rajasthan Festival ScheduleWith the delighted weather and vibrating liveliness, the streets of Rajasthan are brimming with life and celebrations as the state celebrates its 69th Foundation Day. If you are in Jaipur, one must immerse in the celebrations.

 

 

 

 

 

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?

 

 

Behold the colourful extravaganza of Gangaur Festival Shahpura

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Gangaur – an important ethnic festival specially celebrated by the ladies of the house is not only celebrated in Jaipur and Mewar but also celebrated with joy and delight in the tiny town of Shahpura. Shahpura is situated in the close corner of rural Rajasthan, 65 kms from the captivating city of Jaipur.

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The festival is being hosted by Rani Ratna Kumari Foundation and Shahpura Hotels in association with the Rajasthan Tourism Department. The RRKF focuses on the upliftment of people living in that area with a motto of reviving the local culture. The colourful Gangaur procession starts from the Shahpura Haveli and passes through the streets of Shahpura village with royal pomp and pageantry. The ladies sing traditional songs and offer prayers to the deities.  The grand procession included horses, folk dancers, brass band and lancers along with pious deities of Gangaur mata and Bhagwan Isar ji Maharaj, who are symbolic of Goddess Parvati and Lord Shiva respectively.

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Come down to Shahpura and celebrate with the royal family of Shahpura- Maharaj Surendra Singh Shahpura and Rani Ratna Kumari of Shahpura. So if you are a pinning up options for this festival, this is the event that should not be missed!
Date– 20th March 2018
Venue– Shahpura Haveli, Shahpura

For more information, click https://www.facebook.com/events/172964756668727/ 
or contact at www.shahpura.com or call at +91 9828714043.

 

Immerse In the Jollification of Gangaur

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Gangaur the word is derived from Gan which denotes Isarji (Lord Shiva) and Gauri (Godess Parvati) who symbolizes Saubhagya that is marital bliss. Gangaur is celebrated all over Rajasthan and is state’s one of the most important festivals, predominantly celebrated by women of all ages.  The married women of the house pray for their husbands’ long life and the unmarried young girls look up to getting a good handsome husband like Lord Shiva.

Though the actual celebrations begin from the very next day after Holi and goes on for 18 days. The eve of Gangaur is celebrated as Sinjara.  So, if you are in Rajasthan, here are a few places where you can visit and be a part of the carousal.

  1. Jaipur

The magnificence of the procession starts from the Zanani Deodi in the City Palace, which passes through Tripolia Bazaar, Choti Chaupar, Gangauri Bazaar, Chaugan Stadium, finally closing at Talkatora. The procession consists of bejeweled idols of Lord Shiva and Parvati, decorated elephants, camels, palanquins, chariots, and folk performances. It becomes a sight to behold.

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  1. Shahpura Haveli

The grand Gangaur procession starts from Shahpura Haveli passing through the streets of Shahpura village with royal pomp and pageantry. The procession includes horses, brass band, lancers along with the deities. Witness the charm of various activities and ceremonies of the festival and celebrate with the royal family of Shahpura. If you are interested in the event, go to the link .

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  1. Udaipur

The Gangaur celebration in Udaipur coincides with the Mewar Festival (20-22nd March 2018), which is celebrated to welcome spring. The whole of Udaipur gets soaked in the colors of these festivities. Women carry along with them their Isar- Gangaur in the procession. The procession reaches the Gangaur Ghat and the idols are taken into the royal decorated boats and further immersed in the waters of Pichola Lake.

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  1. Alsisar Mahal, Jhunjhunu

Alsisar witnesses the pomp of Gangaur celebration at an extravagant scale. The whole village comes down to Alsisar Mahal to worship the communion of Shiva and Parvati (Gauri) and enjoy every moment. The procession is followed by folk music and dance which simply multiplies the joy of the festival.

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This year Gangaur is being celebrated on 20th of March 2018. So if you are pinning up options for globetrotting then this is the festival that should not be missed!

10 not to be missed Holi Events in Rajasthan

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Dance, music and colours are awaiting your arrival at the most happening colourful festival of the season, Holi. The land of colours through Rajasthan Tourism Beat brings to you a tremendous number of Holi parties where you can make your Holi-days worthwhile. So guys and girls, get ready to let your hair down and groove your moves on the musical beats of the most happening Holi celebrations in Rajasthan.

  1. Holi On The House

In the mood for some rain dance and live dhol where some extravagant Bollywood songs will be playing in the backdrop? This Holi party promises just that and much more. Snack on from the live food counters whilst you play with organic colours and water guns only at Heiwa Heaven. Book your tickets now : https://www.heiwaheaven.com/holi/

Date:  2nd March

Venue: Heiwa Heaven

Time: 10a.m- 4p.m.

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  1. Rang Barse Jaipur- Holi Event

Come one, come all, and attend the most hip and happening Holi festival of the season. Let the colours shower on you while you dance on the extravagant music by one and only DJ BNU and DJ Maddy. Join in the colourful celebration now !

Date: 2nd March

Venue: The Heritage Village Resort & Spa

Time: 10a.m. onwards

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  1. Holi Music Festival

Celebrate the Holi day by wearing whites, vivacious vibes and trance tides with the biggest Holi Music Festival in town. Soak yourself into the vibrant music festival with DJ INDOMAFIA, PRASH, SYNC and Yash Tyagi in the lush green gardens of Narayan Singh Hotel with your friends!

Date: 2nd March

Venue: Hotel Narain Niwas Palace

Time: 9a.m. onwards

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  1. Rangarang

Fond of Rajasthani Folk dance and music? Enter the beautiful world of Rangarang, where you will witness Holi celebrations in full traditional form. Mark your calendars now !

Date: 28th February

Venue: Jawahar Kala Kendra

Time: 6:30p.m.

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  1. Holi With Elephants

This time celebrate the festival of Holi in style with elephants. There will be dance; there will be music and lot of competitions to keep you engaged throughout the festival. Enjoy the buffet lunch along with relishing thandai and enter the magical world of colours where elephants will be seen performing various sorts of acts right in front of you.

Date: 2ndMarch

Venue: Near Elephant Village, Jaipur

Time: 9a.m. onwards

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6. Dhulandi Festival

Organised by the Department of Tourism of Rajasthan especially for tourists, Dhulandi Festival is a grand celebration of colours and water. Play with dry colours and water whilst you enjoy the stunning cultural performances by folk artists in Jaipur.

Date: 2nd March

Venue: Khasa Kothi Hotel

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7. Udaipur Holi Fest 2018

Udaipur Holi Fest is one of the biggest and the most colorful holi parties in the Lake City!
With rain dance, mud , live music, live food & unlimited  fun, this is going to be your best holi party in Udaipur till date!

Date : 1st & 2nd March, 2018

Time:
1st march 6:00 PM – 10:30 PM
2nd march: 11.00 AM – 4.00 PM

Event Details contact :-8386999700,9529511234, 9460207571, 9252534656

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8. Holi with Maharana of Udaipur

At The Royal City Palace, Udaipur, the Maharana of Mewar- Shree Arvind Singh Mewar presides over the Hindu festival of Holi. Attended by dignitaries, guests and foreign tourists. The Maharana arrives in a elaborate procession. A bonfire is lit, signifying the triumph of good over evil. Drums, folk dances and celebrations are followed by cocktails and an elaborate dinner and fireworks.

Dates: 1st and 2nd March, 2018

Venue: City Palace Udaipur

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9. Holi in Braj,  Bharatpur

The festival is celebrated for three days in the Braj region, which is situated in the Bharatpur district of Rajasthan. The area in and around the Braj is believed to be the region where Lord Krishna spent his childhood, playing pranks and showing many aspects of his transcendental activities. Local people don multi-colored, vibrant attires and celebrate by singing and dancing and emulating Raslila, depicting the divine love between Radha and Krishna.

The energy identified with festival can be seen manifesting the entire Bharatpur region in the form of songs and dance and locals splashing colors on each other. People can be seen everywhere in high spirits and festive mood and all set to welcome Holi. Besides this, you should also not miss the Dolchi holi of Bikaner.

Date: 2nd March

Venue: Entire Braj region of Bharatpur and Bikaner

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10.  Pushkar’s “Kapda Faad” Holi 

This is your chance to experience Holi in the most raw and  traditional style in the land of Lord Brahma. The festival in Pushkar promises colors, music, food, and fun! The celebration of Holi in Pushkar brings together Indian and Western cultures. You can witness the internationally famous  Kapda Faad  Holi with participation from over 5000 foreigners, who will be dancing on the streets of Pushkar.

Dates: 2nd March, 2018

Venue: Varaah Ghat and Streets of Pushkar

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Happy Holi ! 🙂