Category Archives: Rajasthan Fairs and Festivals

EXCITING FEBRUARY EVENTS IN RAJASTHAN TO LOOK FORWARD TO

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Rajasthan has, over the past few years, gained the prominence of being one of the most international and local festival-friendly regions in India. Apart from the fact that it makes for a fascinating festival venue, the amazing weather and very welcoming government make it a favorite among festival organizers and goers, which has made laws easier for the exciting events with outstanding line up of artists to flourish. Not to miss the cultural ethos of the Rajasthani people, who are just extremely hospitable lot. The most colourful state of India will host numerous festivals in the upcoming months, ranging from world music festivals to sufi musical nights and literary events. Have a look and save your dates for these 3 festivals that the state will host in the month of February. 

Udaipur World Music Festival

The Lake City, during the Udaipur World Music Festival, witnesses the incredible performances of world-class musicians from the world. The second edition of this festival is all set to electrify Udaipur from 9th February to 11th February, and create new landmarks in the field of music. This exciting event will witness the Morning and Evening sessions of concerts on all three days of the February month.

Dates: 9th -11th February, 2018

Venue: Udaipur City
Schedule: http://www.udaipurworldmusicfestival.com/uwmf2018/schedule.html

 

World Sacred Spirit Festival, Jodhpur

The World Sacred Spirit Festival in Rajasthan brings together amazing artists from across India and around the world in a stunning royal setting.The prestigious site of the Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur opens its doors to an extraordinary sacred and historical musical journey. Magnificent, inherited and spiritual arts will carry you to the very origin of a tradition linked to those pilgrims of the past, travelers of the spirit, who brought to civilization a sense of inspiration and meaning. This years festival MMT is dedicating to Martand Singh Ji who passed away last year.  The 2018 edition of the festival will commence at the breathtaking Nagaur Fort from 12th-15th February before moving to the massive Mehrangarh Fort from 15th to 18th February.

Dates: 12th -15th Feb at Nagaur Fort
15th – 18th Feb at Mehrangarh Fort Jodhpur

Details: http://worldsacredspiritfestival.org/

Sambhar Mahotsav

Sambhar is a famous place for excursions which is a small city in Jaipur district of Rajasthan State in India. The place is also known as Sambhar Lake Town and also Salt Lake City. Sambhar is located along with Sambhar Lake which is the largest saline lake in India. Experience Sambhar at its colorful and exotic best during the Sambhar Mahotsav from 23rd to 25th February 2018. This annually organized festival offers an opportunity For visitors to attend folk dance and music concepts, to watch artisans at work, to Shop directly from NGO’s craftspeople and village co-operatives. The cool spring and soothing rays of night will welcome about 5,000 tourists in the Great Sambhar for the two-day long 1st Sambhar Mahotsav.

Dates: 23rd night to 25th Afternoon

Venue: Sambhar Lake shores

Details: https://www.facebook.com/SambharMahotsav/

Images via festival official pages

 

 

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Experience Ranthambore Festival at Nahargarh Palace

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Ever wondered what life would be like in some other state than the one you’re currently living in? What if we told you that a grand festival is waiting in an old palace somewhere in the deserts of Rajasthan for you to truly witness what living in Rajasthan feels like?

It’s not just a bunch of turbans or camels we’re talking about. It’s about everything that makes Rajasthan the colourful and celebrated desert it is.

Ranthambhore Festival in the Nahargarh Palace of Ranthambhore has for you a three day carnival to get into the spirit of Rajasthan and admire the beauty of the state while closely experiencing the quintessence it is made of.

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Imagine yourself in  a palace, attending music concerts and watching documentaries, eating lavishly some regal supper, learning new art, talking to people from different countries,  sitting under the stars and venturing into the forest nearby. Can’t get any better, right? Indulge in the collaboration of art, music, dance, food, cinematography, adventure and intellectual activities and shopping at the Ranthambhore Festival on the 19th, 20th and 21st of January.

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The festival has activities enough for you to remain in awe of the exquisiteness of the humble state. A festival for you to experience, learn and take back with you the art of the state with activities like drum circle, folk instrument classes and performances, meditation and yoga, hot air ballooning, open mic, culinary venture, musical performances from around the globe, documentary screening, music and nature conservation, bicycle tour of Ranthambore’s environs,  souk, mid-night star gazing session, traditional block printing workshop,  pottery workshop and the most esteemed  Royal Secret Supper.

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If this doesn’t make you pack your bags right away, we don’t know what will.

 

Date-19, 20 and 21 January

 

Venue– Nahargarh Palace, Ranthambhore, Rajasthan.

Getting there- By Air

The closest airport is Jaipur, which is 160 kms from Nahargarh Palace, Ranthambore. Jaipur is well connected to all metros with daily flights operated by Indigo, Go Air, Jet Airways, and Indian Airlines. Once you land, you can take a prepaid airport taxi or a private taxi to Ranthambore. This will cost you approximately Rs 2500.

By Train (Recommended)

Sawai Madhopur station is only three kilometers (ten minutes drive) from Ranthambore and is well connected to almost every city in India by superfast trains, being the most important railway junction in Rajasthan.

By Road

Ranthambore is well connected with all major highways and if you’re planning a road trip, here’s what you need to know. Jaipur to Ranthambore 180 Km (Approx. 3h via Rajasthan State Hwy 24) Delhi to Ranthambore- 381 Km(Approx. 6 Hours via NH8 and NH 11A) Mumbai to Ranthambore – 1031 Km (Approx. 16 h 51 min via NH 3) Udaipur to Ranthambore- 388 Km (Approx. 6h 10 min via NH 76 and RJ SH 29) Agra to Ranthambore- 239 Km (Approx. 4h 23 min via via RJ SH 1) Ahmedabad to Ranthambore – 640 Km (Approx. 9h 47 min via NH8 and NH 76)

 

Wonderflip, a Fun-Filled Extravaganza to be Held in Udaipur

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Wonderflip, a Fun-Filled Extravaganza to be Held in Udaipur

International and Indian DJs, folk-performances and live music, all this and more will amaze you in Wonderflip which will be organized from 9th to 12th November. The venue for this performing arts and music festival is Ravla Khempur, a haveli which is just a 45-minute drive away from Udaipur.

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The revelers will get to sway to the tunes of well-known DJs such as Patrice Baumel, Eagle And Butterflies and Ankytrixx. Gipsy Sound Revolution, Clown with a Frown and The Chizai Quartet are the live bands that will feature at the event. The themes of various performances include Vintage Circus, Salvador Dali and Fairyland.

Apart from music, the festival will feature experiential art, installations and dance parties. Klove Light Design’s room of reflection and illusion is another attraction of Wonderflip. For some adrenalin rush, witness daredevil stunts by professionals from Royal Enfield. Get your fashion-fix with capsule designer collections on display.

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The most appetizing food and luscious drinks will be served by the restaurants that will stay open at all times. If you are looking to experience Rajasthan, go for horse-safaris and off-road cycling. This one event Wonderflip has something for everyone so don’t miss!

The cost of tickets is Rs. 10, 500. You can also camp in a luxury tent for the complete duration of festival for rupees 26,500 for two people.

Chandrabhaga Fair 2017 from Next Week in Jhalawar

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Chandrabhaga Fair 2017 from Next Week in Jhalawar

A dip in the Holy Chandravati river is the highlight of Chandrabhaga Fair which is held every year in  Jhalrapatan, 6 kilometers from Jhalawar. The fair is held in the Hindu month of Kartik. This year the fair will be held from 3rd to 5th November.

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A big cattle fair is an important part of the event. Multiple cultural and musical activities are also organized to enthrall the viewers. Deepdan, Shobha Yatra and various competitions form the most attractive part of this 3 day affair. The fair attracts pilgrims and travel enthusiasts from world over.

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If the travel bug is biting you or you simply want a spiritual experience, head to Chandrabhaga Fair next week.

Rajasthan witnesses the festivities of Saawan Teej

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Rajasthan is always bathed in the colours of fairs and festivals all round the year! Festival of every religion is celebrated here with true passion and similar beauty, be it welcoming or bidding farewell to a season, praying for the healthy life of spouse or any other small or big occasion for that matter. Each festival holds a significant importance in the lives of people in Rajasthan.

 

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One would not just feel the lively spirit of Rajasthan’s people around the festivals, but could also witness the rich culture of Rajasthan. And one such festival is Teej, which is falling today, 26th July this year 🙂 As per mythology, Teej was the day when Goddess Parvati reunited with Lord Shiva after a long separation. It is believed that whoever worships Parvati on this day is fortunate enough to get their desired life partner by her blessings. Sinjhara is celebrated one day prior to Teej when the swings are decked with flowers and hung from trees, women dressed in leheriya and decked with beautiful jewellery make merry and sing songs! Teej symbolizes celebration of growth when women observe fasts for the long life of their husbands and men pray for good rain and crop.

The Jaipur City of Rajasthan celebrates Teej with great pomp and fair. One day before Teej, a married woman receives Sinjhara from her parents, which is a hamper that includes bindi, vermilion, mehandi or henna, bangles, ghewar and Lehariya as a symbol of their love and covertures. She then adorns herself with henna, jewels, wear lahariya sari and take delight in the celebrations of this auspicious festival of Teej.

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On City level, a decorated procession of Goddess Parvati winds magnificently through the Old City of Jaipur with chariots, elephants and dancers for two days. Other than the traditional procession of Goddess Teej, to showcase the charm and culture of Rajasthan this year  once again ‘Taal Katora Ki Paal’ will be the hub of a large number of folk and cultural events, where locals and tourists can enjoy the cultural activities. Later the Teej idols will be submerged at Taal Katora pond.

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The tempting aromas of Ghewar being cooked on sweet shops, colourful lehariyas, and blossoming flowers and women folks decked up in their traditional best add more colours to the essence of jovial season.

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So if you also wish to join in the festivities of Saawan ki Teej in this beautiful weather, then visit Jaipur as the celebration will continue till 27th evening here!

7 things that make Saawan beautiful in Rajasthan

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Rajasthan is a land of many festivals. We enjoy our festivals with great pomp and fervor. As the state is all about colors, there is no wonder that it becomes even more vivid during festivals. Rajasthanis have a special place for Saawan in their hearts as the whole month is full of festivities. Saawan can be touted as the longest festival as every day is a celebration in this month. Besides sprinkles of rain, here are more reasons why we Rajasthanis love the season of Saawan-

1.Lehariya

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Saawan is the time when the lovely ladies of Rajasthan can show their love for lehariya every single day. Women adore this traditional print but cannot wear it all the time as no one wants to commit the fashion faux pas of repetition. Saawan is the perfect excuse to flaunt vibrant Lehariya prints every day.

 

2.Jhoola

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This month brings back Jhoola on trees. All of us love to swing high on the jhoolas and our inner child becomes really happy in Saawan. Swinging on decorated Jhoolas with friends makes this rainy month special.

 

3.Mehendi and Bangles

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The custom of henna comes back in Saawan. Hands adorned with fragrant orange colors look just beautiful. Every lady loves the jingling sound of bangles but hardly anyone wears them in today’s times. In Saawan, women get to indulge in their love for colorful bangles without having to worry about dress codes.

4.Picnics

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The weather turns cooler and there is greenery everywhere. This makes for the perfect setup for picnics with family and friends. So many well maintained, lush gardens in Rajasthan make picnics marvelous.

 

5.Ghewar

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Ghewar is a delicacy that makes Rajasthanis wait one whole year before they can gorge on it again. We love to gorge on the decadent flavors of this sweet every day in Saawan month.

 

6.Saawan Ke Geet

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Dancing on the tunes of Saawan Aayo Re is always fun in this rainy month. Songs related to Hindola (swings), teej, Sawan Ke Jhoole Pade flow in the air of the state throughout Saawan. Ladies sing these folk songs while enjoying rides on a swing.

 

7.Teej

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Teej brings all elements of Saawan together. The festival which pays tribute to Nature is all about women enjoying themselves. They dress up in lehariya, apply henna, bedeck themselves with jewellery and sing while swinging on beautiful jhoolas. Then there is teej procession which splashes cities with many more colors. The dances and other folk performances in teej procession lure not just Rajasthanis but people from every corner of the world.

What’s not to love about Saawan!

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.