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Pushkar- a quintessential experience

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Pushkar- a quintessential experience

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.

Pushkar Evening aarti

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

 

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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.

14 Monsoon Destinations Of Rajasthan You Must Visit

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No other province awaits rains like the desert state of Rajasthan. The first shower of monsoon is like a breath of relief and a full stop to the constant endurance of blazing heat. After a long scorching summer, a monsoon vacation is a must and to make it even more relaxing and refreshing, exploring the beauty of Rajasthan should be on the top of your bucket list. And to know why, take a look at some of the amazing and some hidden destinations of this state which become way more attractive with every shower.

  1. Udaipur

Known as the Venice of East, the rains can bring the romance alive in this city of lakes. The view of clouds, the smell of rain, the greenery and royalty of Taj Lake Palace, City Palace, Sajjangarh Fort aka Monsoon Palace, Fateh Sagar Lake, Lake Pichola, Jag Mandir and their surroundings will make you fall in love all over again.

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  1. Bhainsrorgarh

Who doesn’t love the view of lush green forests and river in monsoon? The heritage boutique hotel of Bhainsrorgarh situated on a cliff on the banks of Chambal River will give you the time of your life. Sightseeing during rains, visit to the Badoli Temple, capturing the beauty of the river and enjoy the moments of relaxation while dining on a cliff is monsoon bliss 😉

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Image Credit: www.bhainsrorgarh.com

  1. Mount Abu

Visiting a hill station during monsoon can be your first best decision and choosing Mount Abu for the same would be your second best. It is a lethal combination of rains, amazing weather for trek, mountains, waterfalls, flora and fauna, and getting breath taking views from Dilwara Jain Temple and Nakki Lake.

Boat race competition being held at the Nakki Lake in the Summer Festival in Mount Abu.

  1. Keoladeo

Monsoon is the best time of the year to come and enjoy the natural beauty of Keoladeo National Park aka Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary since more than 350 avian species are available for bird watching. The Bharatpur Forest Lodge can be your stop to sit, feel the rain and enjoy the melodious chirping all around.

Keoladeo Sanctuary

  1. Narlai

Midway between Jodhpur and Udaipur, Narlai can be your next destination. Old havelis, jeep safari for spotting deer, panthers, chital, leopards, and trekking are some of the major attractions for this time of the year.

  1. Bundi

Special for receiving greatest amount of rainfall, Bundi is also famous for the Hadoti Palace, the step wells, Nawal Sagar Lake, and beautifully carved havelis; this less explored travel destination has its own story to tell via the rains.

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  1. Kumbhalgarh

The rains and cool breeze would be welcoming and soothing for you to visit Kumbhalgarh fort or go out in the wild on a jeep safari in Kumbhalgarh wildlife sanctuary. This is the right weather for you to watch the real beauty of the flora and fauna that comes out with the rain.

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  1. Mahansar

If you are into mythology, Mahansar is the right destination for you where the sone-chandi ki dukan portray gold leaf paintings of Ramayan and life of Krishna, and to enjoy the best of it you need to take a break from burning summers and visit the place during monsoon. The greenery accompanied with cool temperature will leave you amazed.

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Image Credit: www.imagesofrajasthan.com

  1. Pushkar

The lakes, the wildlife, the scenic beauty and desert camping are only a few of the major attractions in Pushkar. The city comes to life during monsoons as completely different shades of Pushkar are visible in the midst of monsoon showers.

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  1. Kuchaman

One of the hidden destinations of Rajasthan, Kuchaman has a lot in store for you especially during monsoons. The cool and refreshing weather is perfect to visit and praise the beauty of Kuchaman Fort, the cliffs, Sheesh Mahal, Meera Mahal, and Jal Mahal.

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Image Credit: www.flickr.com

  1. Mandawa

Another unexplored place of Rajasthan is Mandawa. The rains are a perfect time to enjoy the old havelis, paintings and open air art gallery in the Mandawa Palace.

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  1. Ranakpur

Known for its spectacular marble Jain temple and few other temples like the sun temple, Ranakpur is ideal when admired in monsoon season. The fall in temperature makes it easier to wander and enjoy the incredible architecture.

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  1. Jaipur

Last yet not the least – capital city, the Pink City. Witness the Teej festival which marks the advent of monsoon along with the awe inspiring sites of Jal Mahal, Albert Hall museum, step wells, Hawa Mahal and the temples in Jaipur especially during the rains because it’s the best time of the year to enjoy the marvelous beauty of the city.

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And you cannot skip the delicious cuisine of Rajasthan while going around the state and enjoying the major attractions, can you?

 

 

Rajasthan’s Ajmer Dargah and Sariska Reserve Selected for ‘Swacch’ drive

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An international level Swacch drive will take place for which the centre has identified 10 iconic places with higher footfalls and tiger reserves and sanctuaries, including Rajasthan’s Ajmer Dargah Sharif which is a noted holy sufi shrine in Ajmer and Sariska Tiger Reserve. They are to be cleaned according to international standards for which the World Bank will provide technical assistance.  The government plans to do the bench marking to ascertain what will be the standard of cleanliness both inside and outside these places.

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Maintaining cleanliness is a major concern these days. With all the dirt and garbage on streets the beauty of real Rajasthan takes a backseat. It is worth noting that Rajasthan is one of the important tourist destinations and due to all the garbage littering around, the system is definitely affected. The dirty streets, garbage pouncing out of the garbage boxes and monuments that are into ruins need to be stopped to protect the rich heritage of the state.

The initiative to clean these heritage sites and reserves is highly applaudable. With the Swacch  Bharat Abhiyan, rising concern for cleanliness among people is seen.  In fact , there are various initiatives taken by people and organizations to clean the city themselves. And very proudly we can say that those efforts really proved fruitful. The city is way cleaner than before. People have also started taking care of it by not just providing a hand in cleaning but also by not spitting and throwing garbage and guiding others to stop doing the same. This has been an awakening for people so far and the results are right in front of their eyes.

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This initiative by the government of Swacch drive is definitely going to help in highlighting the hidden treasures of Rajasthan and help in building a cleaner and safer state!

Baneshwar -The Biggest Tribal Fair of Rajasthan

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Baneshwar or we can call it ‘Master of the Delta’ is derived from the revered Shiva Linga which is kept in the Mahadev temple in Dungarpur. The baneshwar festival is annually held at small delta formed by the river Som and Mahi. It is predominantly a tribal fair, (more than half of the gathering consisting of Bhil tribe of Rajasthan and nearby states) reveres Baneshwar Mahadev and Mavji.

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A ceremonial aarti is held in the morning at the temple, people sing traditional folk songs sitting around bonfire every night and perform folk dances, magic shows, animal shows, acrobatic feats with joy rides and swings.  The location of the fair is situated at a distance of 6.5 km from Sabla, a village on the Udaipur-Banswara-Dungarpur route which is 123 km from Udaipur.

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For the convenience of pilgrims and tourists during the festival, the buses and other vehicles go right up to the bank of River Som.

Royal Bath “Shahi Snan” in Pushkar

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A huge number devotees and saints from across the country are flocking the sacred town of Pushkar to take a dip in the holy waters of its sacred Lake as part of the ‘maha snan’ (big bath) today i.e. November 06, 2014 on the fourteenth day of Kartik month in the Hindu calendar. A heavy rush of devotees and saints is seen since morning at the ghats.

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Taking a dip into the lake at Saptrishi Ghat in this sacred month is believed to wash away all the sins. As per the ritual, the ‘shahi snan’ is for saints and seers and they arrive before the full moon for the bath. The same ritual also prevails in Maha Kumbh.

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Pic Courtesy: Rajasthan Tourism

Meanwhile, tourists visiting the Pushkar fair are enthusiastically enjoying the fusion of cultures and colors on display here. The makeshift markets are full of villagers, urban and foreign tourists and each group is fascinated by the other. The shilpgram exhibition by local artisans, and enchanting Maha Aarti in the evenings are also fascinating the visitors in large numbers.

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Ganesh Chaturthi in Ranthambhore

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Ganesh Chaturthi marks the beginning of festival season in India followed by Navratri, Dussehara, Diwali etc. Every year Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated as the birthday of Lord Ganesha all over the country. In Sawai Madhopur, the festival is rather more special. The ancient temple dedicated to Lord Ganesha is located in the fort of Ranthambore, about 12kms from Sawai Madhopur and it is one of the most important Ganesha temples in Rajasthan.

Ganesha Temple in Ranthambhore

Ganesha Temple in Ranthambhore

The visitors on this occasion get to see a cocktail of events and activities at the temple to celebrate the festival with fervor. Ganesh Chaturthi magnetizes millions of devotees to Ranthambhore every year. The idol is tinted in Orange color which is a highly sacred color, particularly in Hindu religion. Gorgeous and heavy golden ornaments as well as several wreath of marigold are utilized to festoon the Ganesha idol. A number of small but beautiful shops in the nearby market draw the attention of visitors and tourists.

Some pilgrims keep fast for three to four days in Ganesh Chaturthi to have complete control on their physical senses and to get indulged in the remembrance of Lord Ganesha only. Finally the Ganesh idols are headed for immersion with an over-enthusiastic crowd of devout dancing through the procession, which indicates the end of ceremony.

This year, Ganesh Chaturthi falls on August 29, 2014. If you are enthusiastic about visiting the sacred temple of Ganesha in Ranthambhore, then plan your trip now!