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Why do tourists love to visit Jaipur during Diwali?

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Why do tourists love to visit Jaipur during Diwali?

The Pink City of Jaipur is extensively known for its culture and beauty. It is considered to be one of the most touristy places in the country & was even labelled as ‘World Heritage Site’ by UNESCO in July 2019. The royal city of Jaipur is loaded with world-class architecture & monuments which is why it is a classic example of the Indian folklore.

But do you know, Diwali – The festival of lights also known as India’s biggest festival – is one of the best seasons to visit Jaipur is during the festivities of Diwali? Here’s why:

Diwali Decorations

During Diwali, the city gets decked up in the most unique manner, resembling a bride, with the make up being warm glowing lights. The decorations look astonishingly ravishing because all the malls and markets compete to win the ‘Best Decoration’ prize. From the old market to new streets, literally every corner looks unimaginable! As soon as you’d step here, you’d feel the festive spirit and would want to become a part of this celebration. The glowing monuments offer countless photo opportunities.

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Staying in Heritage Hotels

Heritage hotels of Jaipur arrange for exclusive Diwali celebration, with diya-lighting ceremonies, prayers and blessings. One can settle down to witness a vivid firework display blaze across the Jaipur skyline while immersing into the royal life and culture. The heritage hotels are not only lavishly decorated during the festival, but they organise events in which you can actively participate and feel like a member of the family– an experience that you will cherish forever.

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Indulge in Traditional Delicacies

There is no celebration without the celebration of food and when its Diwali, it plays a major role. From the traditional Dal Batti to the exotic delicacies, there are hundreds of varieties to treat your taste buds during this time of the year. All you have to do is just walk into the sweet shops and there’s absolutely no way of escaping them. They are a must try!

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Live like Locals

The Jaipurites celebrate every festival with full of zeal and vigour. The women love to adorn colorful outfits such as lehenga and odhani while the men love to adorn traditional outfits such as safas and pagdis. They also love to flaunt their elaborate jewellery. The exhibition of such a rich culture is a sight to behold. To dress like them, you can buy traditional outfits from the local markets quite easily. Not only that, you can get a picture clicked to flaunt it on the social media for the world to see.

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Feels like Home 

The first concern while travelling to a new city is safety. During the festival, all families in Jaipur go on tours for seeing the lighting in the walled city which is why you’d see people everywhere. There’s nothing shady about this city!

You’d get a very homely vibe here because we truly believe in ‘अतिथिदेवो भवः’ i.e., ‘The guest is God’.

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Roadside Markets set up

For y’all shopaholics, roadside markets and stalls that are set up during the festival are the perfect places where you can spend some money on buying typical Rajasthani stuff. These markets not only sell items for Diwali Puja such as diyas and flowers, but also for home décor such as artefacts and potteries and traditional clothes. The best part about these markets is that even though the items are very cheap, they manage to maintain a relatively good quality standard.  You will definitely love the warmth of the vendors.

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Last but not least, Witness the spellbinding view from Nahargarh

This is probably one of the best reasons for you to visit Jaipur! The view from Nahargarh Fort, which stands out on the hills of Aravali, is out of this world (no exaggeration!). During Diwali, you can see the whole of Jaipur figuratively looking like it is made of gold. It is so beautiful that you cannot take your eyes off it. It is definitely a rare sight that is worth visiting for!

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Jaipur witnessed a fanfare of colours with Teej Festivities

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Jaipur witnessed a fanfare of colours with Teej Festivities

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A vibrant splash of colours, tremendous fanfare, and intriguing rituals, Teej festival in Jaipur is the time of year when the city brims with colours and fanfare. While peacocks celebrate monsoons with dancing in the rain, Womenfolk in Jaipur marks the blushing season by singing folk songs and swaying on a tree swing.

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One can never find any better way to experience the colourful culture of fascinating Pink City than now!  With the augment of August month accompanied by showers; Jaipur is brimming with the spirit of ecstasy and Teej festivities.

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Festival though is fêted all over the state but celebrated at its colorful best in Jaipur. Jaipurites welcomed the advent of monsoon through Teej celebrations, which is also dedicated to Goddess Parvati and commemorates the day when she was united with Lord Shiva after a penance of a hundred years.

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A spellbinding procession of Goddess Parvati, followed by Palanquins, chariots, dancers and a band took place magnificently through the Old City of Jaipur for two days.

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Immerse in the galore of festivities at Rajasthan Winter Festival, Mt. Abu

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Celebrated with great fervor in Rajasthan’s hill station Mount Abu, this is a colorful festival to relish in the winter season the otherwise hot state. The main element of this festival is a large fair for local artisans to showcase their works. In addition, you can find many cultural activities and attractions during this festival. If you are looking for a destination that also offers adventure time, this is the right festival to take part in. Take a trip to  Mount Abu, Rajasthan right in time for the festival.

Place Of Celebration: Mount Abu, Rajasthan

Time Of Celebration: 29 To 31st December 2018

Unique Attractions and Activities to enjoy during the festival:

  1. Gair, Ghoomar, Daph and other dance performances
  2. Music performances
  3. Boating and rowing races take place in the Nakki Lake
  4. Fireworks at night
  5. Kite flying contest
  6. Fair conducted for handicrafts and handlooms.
  7. Food Festival

Don’t just end your vacation with the festival alone. Explore Mount Abu to have a complete vacation in the hills of Rajasthan.

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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!