Category Archives: Jaipur Happenings

‘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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Mesmerizing Closing Ceremony of Rajasthan Festival at Janpath Jaipur

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A four-day long celebration of Rajasthan’s glory was marked in Jaipur to commemorate 68th year of Rajasthan’s foundation. The celebrations kicked off with an aim to highlight Rajasthan’s art, culture, tradition and heritage to attract tourism into the state.

The grand Rajasthan Festival’s Closing Ceremony was a fitting finale to the past three days of cultural extravaganza witnessed on 30th March at Janpath in Jaipur.

Enjoy the view of the cultural and projection mappingtoday at Janpath at the Closing Ceremony of ‘Rajasthan Festival’ in Jaipur.

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The mega event showcased the true essence of Rajasthan – its brave hearts, mighty warriors, rich wildlife, colorful festivals and vibrant culture – while portraying the State’s future readiness. The event saw an integration of technological elements like projection mapping on the striking facade of the Vidhan Sabha; water projection and finally a laser integrated music performance.

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(From left to right) The Chief Guest the Queen Mother of Bhutan, Her Majesty Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck and Rajasthan Chief Minister, Smt. Vasundhara Raje today at Janpath in Jaipur at the Closing Ceremony of ‘Rajasthan Festival . Also seen are:  the Governor of Rajasthan, Shri Kalyan Singh (extreme right) and Group Chairman, Vedanta Resources, PLC, Shri Anil Agarwal.

The Chief Guest on the occasion was the Queen Mother of Bhutan, Her Majesty Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck. Among the dignitaries present on the occasion were also the Governor of Rajasthan, Shri Kalyan Singh and the Rajasthan Chief Minister, Smt. Vasundhara Raje, Minister of State for Tourism, Smt. Krishnendra Kaur ‘Deepa’ and Group Chairman, Vedanta Resources, PLC, Shri Anil Agarwal.

The evening ended with a spectacular fireworks show at Janpath.

 

Phagotsav at Govind Dev ji Temple Jaipur

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The Pink City witnesses a beautiful melange of colors, culture and celebration of love at the Govind Dev ji Temple during Phaagotsav!  An annual cultural festival with devotional songs, classical and traditional dance, drama and music dedicated to Lord Krishna is held every year at the popular temple of Govind Dev Ji in City Palace of Jaipur.

The Phagotsav at Govind Dev Ji Temple offers to see a marvelous extravaganza of dance and music with flower holi followed by Gulal holi.  The main attraction remains various cultural performances by artists disguised as Lord Krishna, Radha ji and numerous gopis. They dance and portray the bliss of holi with flower petals during the phaagotsav in the temple premises with thousands of devotees thronging the temple. The festival is culminated with Kalash Yatra.

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During the Phaagotsav, the temple celebrates love between Radha and Krishna! It is believed that Radha ji was always full of love and dedication towards Lord Krishna. She is seen as the divine energy “Maha Bhava” of Lord Krishna. The devotees at the temple visit the temple with a spirit that the supreme goal of oneself is to attain selfless love of Radha and Krishna to get liberated.

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The three days ‘Phagotsav’ has already begun from today at the Govind Devji Temple. Devotees are enjoying the devotional songs of Radha Krishna and by playing holi of flower petals. This has been a tradition that dates back to several hundred years to come and play Holi with one another with devotional fervor.

19th Vintage Classic Car Rally to rule the Roads of Jaipur

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This one’s for those who love to transcend themselves into the past and witness the grandeur of automobile technology of the vintage era .

The love and passion for car rallies make your adrenaline rush, no matter how old you become but just the name of car rally has been enough to create excitement and thrill to those who have a flair for adventure.

The Vintage Car Rally has become an important annual event which is held every year in the capital city of Jaipur having participation of cars that dates back to the very early years of the century. The event brings together a group of leading car owners and vintage car collectors from different parts of the country.

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More than a hundred vintage cars will rule the roads of Jaipur tomorrow with the 19th Vintage car rally, which will take place on 25 & 26 February 2017. Hosted by the Rajputana Automotive Sports Car Club, cars of models from 1923 to 1939, and the ones made between 1940 and 1959 will participate from all across Rajasthan, Delhi and Mumbai.

Those who want to witness the grandeur of automotive technology of the vintage era then follow the programme schedule-

Program Schedule

25 February 2017
Exhibition of Vintage Cars
Time – 9.30 am – 5.30 Pm

26 February, 2017
Flag Off Ceremony
Time- 10.30 AM
Prize Distribution- 4.30 PM

Venue – Jai Mahal Palace Hotel, Jacob Road, Civil Lines, Jaipur

 

Mika Singh & Badshah To Go Live In Jaipur

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Rajasthan has truly become the first choice for incredible events. Lately we have seen events like Rajasthan Heritage Week, Jaipur art Summit, Jaipur Literature Festival and Ranthambore Festival taking place in the state, all of which were, in one way or the other, related to Culture and arts. Given that we have seen a lot of events which provided such depth it is about time that we get to see an event that lightens everyone up.

Well, very soon the state capital, Jaipur, is going to host some incredible star singers, who will perform live for us. The biggest names in the music industry: Mika Singh, Badshah & DJ Chetas, will be in Jaipur on 7th March’17 for the live concert, Latlong Jaipur, presented by Emars Event.

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Singer, song writer and composer Mika Singh who has charmed us with his hit numbers like, Bas Ek King, Jugni & Mauja hi Mauja, will definitely be a treat to watch, as he performs live for Jaipur.

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The Indian rapper, Badshah, who rose to fame with the song, Saturday Saturday, will be a part of the musical event and his presence is sure to add a lot of energy to the concert.

As if this was not enough, Latlong will also host DJ Chetas, king of remixes. Its time we put on our dancing shoes and prepare for the event.

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Whether you are a fan of these performers or simply want to be a part of this rocking night and have a good time, all you need to do is, log on to book my show. To learn more about the event you can log on its Online Media Partner, Jaipur Beat.

Date: 7th March

Time: 6:00 P.M. onwards

Venue: Pink City Garden & Resorts 

To Buy Tickets: https://in.bookmyshow.com/events/latlong-jaipur/ET00052166

Heliride Festival in Jaipur

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Get ready for a hell of a ride, oh well, we mean Heliride in #Jaipur
Yes you read that right, this Valentine’s Day will be more special than any time ever as Pink City will experience the Valentine Heliride Festival from 12th – 14th February 2017 where helicopter joyriders will see Nahargarh, Jaigarh, Amber fort along with lots of other tourist attractions from a bird’s eye view !

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Not just this, a week long Jaipur Heliride Festival will also take place from 17th – 23rd February 2017, both of these being organised by Heritage On Air, in order to promote helitourism in the State of #Rajasthan

Are you ready for a ride ?

Makar Sankranti- The Festival of Kites, Holy Dips and Delicious Delicacies

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Festivals of India are globally popular for their rituals, customs and the fun element attached with them. One of the most popular festivals of India is Makar Sankranti! The festival of kites is best celebrated in the Jaipur City of Rajasthan.  We know you’re already charged up for the kite wars in sky while savoring a world’s supply of sesame and dal pakodis, but before you climb up the roof to cut your neighbor’s kite let us help you sneak into the festivities of Makar Sankranti celebrated with great enthusiasm in Jaipur 🙂

Significance

Most likely the Hindu festivals follow lunar calendar. Hence, the dates of festivals change every year. But Makar Sankranti is the only festival which falls on the same day i.e. 14th January every year as it follows the solar calendar. Predominantly known as the harvest festival, Sankranti is the day which officially marks the end of winter and beginning of spring – a transit symbolic of saying good bye to the season’s shivering struggle and the onset of a fresh new season with longer days and shorter nights!

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The day of Makar Sankranti in Jaipur starts with taking a holy dip in the Kunds (natural water springs) inside the Galtaji temple which is one of the most sacred pilgrimages in Jaipur.

Soaring high on Pink City’s Sky

The Kite flying enthusiasts begin the preparations one night before the festival, then early morning innumerable colorful kites dot the skyline of Pink City- Jaipur to announce the festive beginning of the year. The Walled City enjoys kite flying on their houses’ terraces with high pitched music, Sankranti special delicacies in the company of their friends and family.  People from all age groups enjoy fluttering their kites. Not just the walled city homes, but the whole city is colorfully ornamented with different unique kites.  On a larger scale, special events are organized by tourism department on open grounds and the City Palace for the tourists and international kite flyers landed in Jaipur mainly for the Kite Festival. Jal Mahal Ki Pal becomes the epicenter of Kite festival in Jaipur, where kite flyers would challenge each other with their kites soaring high in the sky and the exciting duels with the winner taking it all!  Various cultural programmes like Rajasthani Dance performances, musical band and decorated kites exhibition enrich the whole Kite Festival experience in Jaipur.

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A transit from colors to lights

The special attraction since a couple of years is the sky balloon lantern. It appears as a million flickering fire flies dot the sky! As the sun begins to set, people release paper lamps from their terraces and the fascinating firework take over the sky by the late evening till night.

 

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Traditional Kite Markets of Jaipur

It’s not just the kite flying that grabs kite lovers’ attention during this season, but a vibrant and inviting canvas of colors and more colors that fetches everyone to these kite markets of Jaipur! Haldiyon Ka Rasta and HaandiPura are the nationally acclaimed markets that supply kites and Maanjha ‘the thread’ to other states too. A visit to these streets is a treat for eyes and you wouldn’t resist buying not few but so many kites and Maanjha.

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Indulgent Sankranti Delicacies

Indian festivals are incomplete without special food and festive delicacies. Hence, Sankranti too has its share of goodies. The most popular traditional Makar Sankranti sweets and delicacies of Jaipur are Til ke laddoo, chakki, Gajjak, fini, Jalebi and different kinds of pakodas!!

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As it happens to be a weekend as well to tempt you more, travel down to Jaipur and revel in the spirit of Makar Sankranti, which is celebrated by flying kites, victorious screams of ‘Wo Kaata’, holy dips, making merry and savoring delicious food!!

Happy Kite Flying !