One more spectacular year is coming to a close, and it’s time to take a look back and reflect on what we’ve seen, accomplished and celebrated in the past twelve months. Rajasthan Tourism Industry is stronger than ever, and some of the events of the year gone by are definitely worth remembering and cherishing.
2014 was a compelling year for our country in total. Our country made a big mark on the international map in this year with Mangalyaan being landed in the orbit of Mars in the very first attempt. The nation also witnessed the return of single-party rule with BJP in the 16th Lok Sabha election. Here is a look at the top events that unfolded in Aapno Rajasthan in the year 2014:
Winter breeze was at its chilling best and Rajasthan tourism industry poised for the Kumbhalgarh Festival on the steep height of hillock and a new zone for tiger safari was being introduced in Ranthambhore. The prominent festival of kites “Makarsankranti” was celebrated in the same month while the Royals of Rajputana were continue to enjoy the Jodhpur Polo Season began in December. But, the best of the month’s highlights is “Soul Of Rajasthan” the book launched by our parent company Pathfynder! Soul Of Rajasthan is a journey full of colors and celebration of life, and reflect true essence of Rajasthan through its photographs.
The months of February and March bore phenomenal festivals of international standards like Shekhawati festival, Alwar festival, Nagaur festival and the Jodhpur Desert Festival. Rajasthan celebrated its 64th Foundation Day with fervor and gaiety in March.
Image Courtesy: shekhawatifestival.com
The city of Udaipur in Rajasthan drew all the attention of tourists and cultural enthusiasts with the remarkable Mewar Festival held in the month of April. A hooping number of tourists flocked to the city to witness the cultural and social extravaganzas of the festival.
May and the Sun rays were phenomenally high this year. While the only hill station of Rajasthan Mount Abu celebrated the “Summer Festival” to beat the heat, Jodhpur gracefully celebrated its 556 glorious years of Foundation in 2014. But the biggest achievement in the month of May is receiving the Tobacco Free State award on No Tobacco day.
Amid the festivities of Rajasthani cultural events and exhibitions, Teej processions were carried in Jaipur on larger scale. The tempting aromas of Ghewar being cooked on sweet shops, colorful lehariyas, and blossoming flowers clearly indicated the festive spirit of Rajasthan. And to make the travel easy, the Air Asia introduced flights from Jaipur and railways introduced a new luxury train called “Unity Express”
In the Month of August, the Pink City celebrated the 104th birth anniversary of Sawai Man Singh Ji II with cultural evenings, social gatherings and various competitions. The following month was again full of events and festivals in Rajasthan. Among the wonderful sound and light shows at the prominent forts of Rajasthan, the Night Tourism and the Lumiere Show were introduced at the City Palace Jaipur. While we were still celebrating the goodies poured in by travel and tourism department, the joy elevated with the news of Camel being declared as the state animal!
Ranthambhore Jungle brought in the good news with around 5 new cubs being born in the season. And the tourism season once again marked the arrival of celebrations, festivals and happiness all around the region. Jodhpur celebrated the medieval heroes’ sagas with Marwar festival and the Ranakpur Festival took us to the refreshing countryside of Rajasthan.
The November month was all dedicated to the preparations, coverage and celebrations of Pushkar Fair. Our team especially covered the entire event live on Social Media officially for Rajasthan Tourism! One super fantastic experience it was. We’re sure you have seen our exclusive blog on the same. So is the artful Bundi Utsav, held every year, that enthralls numerous traders and tourists to this fascinating land of art and culture.
Celebrating and reporting, we almost came to the end of the year, but more action is yet to be talked about. The capital city of Rajasthan -Jaipur celebrated its 287th Foundation Day. A unique and first of its kinds, Photography contest called “Khushboo e Jaipur” was launched in the same year by ‘Jairangam’ in association with “Jaipur Beat” which is also owned by Pathfynder.
The outset of December chill and the Jodhpur polo season are synonymous in Rajasthan tourism so the Jaipur Polo Season began on the December 29, 2014. With Khushboo-e-Jaipur photography contest winners’ photograph exhibition and Jairangam Theatre Festival in Jaipur, December was a power packed month with one event after another back to back.
Be it the largest international Jewellery extravaganza of “Jaipur Jewellery Show” or the powerful plays at the “Jaipur Theatre Festival- Jairangam,” each was a huge crowd puller. The fantastic, full of life year 2014 concludes with the three days’ Winter Festival at Mount Abu!! And we can proudly look forward to another year with the title of Rajasthan being 5th among most visited places in India by Foreign tourists, Travelers Choice Award for best heritage Hotels and Sanskar Bharat Award.
A place full of forts and palaces,
A place known for its festivals, culture and spirituality,
A place whose last year’s story, was beautiful and the coming year’s going be vast,
That place is Rajasthan, yes that’s Rajasthan.
With all the wonderful memories of the year gone by, here’s wishing you a very happy and prosperous New Year from the entire team of Rajasthan Tourism Buzz. May 2015 bring you the best holidays ever. We had a fantastic 2014, thanks to the wonderful readers like YOU !
Several cultural festivals in 2015 are round the corner and this year is once again full of celebrations and events in Rajasthan. So stay tuned to Rajasthan Tourism Buzz as we continue to bring you the latest and greatest information from the world of travel and tourism in Rajasthan. We hope you stick with us as we strive to continue the trend into the next year as well!
Happy New Year !!