Category Archives: Rajasthan Fairs & Festivals

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!

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 !

A two-day Bird Fair to enthrall tourists in Dungarpur, Rajasthan

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Good News for the Bird Lovers in Rajasthan!

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 Dungarpur Bird Fair, organized by the District Administration of Dungarpur, is set to enthrall the birding enthusiasts on 12-13 January, 2017. The lakes and forests of Dungarpur host a large diversity of resident and locally migratory birds all through the year. However, the period from October till March also witnesses arrival of a large variety of winter visitors from Central Asia and Europe to escape the inhospitable weather in their native lands.

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The Bird Fair is being held at the famous Gaib Sagar Lake of Dungarpur .The beautiful Vijayraj Rajeshwar temple near the Udai Bilas Palace is also situated inside the lake. Gaib Sagar is surrounded on one side by the famous Badal Mahal and on the other side by the ancient Shreenathji temple.

The events during the fair would highlight the unexplored potential of the beautiful lakes and interesting forest areas of Dungarpur. Interesting activities like photography competition, students quiz and heritage walk as important part of the event will engage the visitors and tourists in Dungarpur.

6 reasons for why you shouldn’t miss Bikaner Camel Festival 2017

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Are you already sad about missing the Pushkar Camel Fair due to the plans wrecked by demonetization in the month of November last year? Frown no more as here’s another reason for you to enjoy the spirit of yet another Desert Camel Festival of India, which is just a week away! The Bikaner Camel Festival is the next big desert festival where camels are the center of attraction for tourists and locals as well 🙂

 

This year the two days Festival of Camels will be organized on January 14-15, 2017. Organized by the department of tourism Rajasthan at Junagarh Fort, Bikaner Camel Festival would host numerous tourist attractions, which include camel races, camel milking, fur cutting design, and many other exciting games. The festival will begin with camel rides and camel safaris for the tourists at the Gram Raisar early morning. This will be followed by a Shobhayatra from Junagarh to Dr Karni Singh Stadium with the inaugural ceremony at the stadium.

The ceremony will include performances by the Bagpiper Army Band and RAC Band. On the occasion competitions like camel decoration, Miss Marwan and Mr. Bikana will also take place.

And if you’ve already visited Puskar fair and wondering, “Why would I visit a similar festival again”, thene here are some of the exciting reasons to visit Bikaner Camel Festival

  1. The camels of Bikaner serve the Indian Army!

Bikaner is the only city of the world which holds the camel training and breeding research centre. A visit to this incredible farm would be an experience in itself!

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  1. Fabulous Camel Shows

Proud of your dancing moves? Wouldn’t be any more after watching the moves of these four legged beauties! Even the beauty pageant of camels, all decked and adorned, is a marvelous show to watch!

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  1. Relish Rich Rajasthani Platter

Who isn’t fond of good food? Gorge on some authentic Rajasthani delicacies like Dal Bati Churma, Ghewar, Phini, Gatte ki khichdi or the complete Thali which has all that spells Rajasthani taste. Many food joints in Bikaner offer great taste of Rajasthan during the Festival. Don’t miss to sample these dishes.

  1. Cattle is not traded in this festival

Unlike Pushkar Camel Fair, Bikaner Camel fair is all entertainment and fun.There are cultural programmes, traditional Rajasthani sports for the amazement and amusement of tourists and locals.  The festival celebrates the strong animal that supports human in the harsh conditions of desert.

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  1. Marvel at the beauty of Junagarh Fort

Though the Bikaner Camel Festival takes place at the Junagarh Fort, but then there is much more to explore in its interior. Presenting a beautiful blend of Mughal and Rajputana culture, the architecture of Junagarh Fort with mesmerizing wall and ceiling paintings is remarkable.

 

  1. A close encounter with thousands of rats at Karni Mata Temple

Bikaner encompasses numerous famous ancient temples of Rajasthan, Karni Mata Temple being the most visited.  The temple is said to be the home of around 21000 rats and the devotees visiting temple worship them by offering milk and laddoos.

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Let your soul surge high with Taalbelia- a Music Festival in Mandawa!

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The deep cultural roots of Rajasthan have traveled musically across the globe, transforming various traditions and cultures with its nomadic vibe.  Taalbelia- a unique musical festival has come up in the land of Shekhawati to let you experience this vibe and a rich confluence of music styles in a boutique environment. Check out the video-

 

In the heart of Shekhawati region of Rajasthan, lays a beautiful town Mandawa. Known for its magnificent forts and beautifully painted havelis, this quaint town provides travelers with a sense of discovery at every step. Taalbelia’ scheduled to be held from 26th to 29th January, 2017 translates to a 4-day round the clock residential musical festival. The boutique festival, with an intimate gathering will leave you feeling supercharged with an intellectual infusion of visual art, adventure, royal hospitality and the most amazing musical performances.

The festival will have two major sections to delight different tastes of the guests. There’ll be various workshops and gourmet fiesta for the connoisseurs!

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In the Pro Life work shop you can stand behind the console, jam with the DJs or play the ‘Morchang’ in the middle of line ups.

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Make the best of being among the royals, explore the royal stables and go horse riding. Or get set for an adrenalin rush as you go dirt biking and sand surfing. Taalbelia’s exquisite workshops have it all.

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The Gourmet Fiesta offers to experience the magical, toothsome flavors of Rajasthan and adjacent borders. In the royal kitchens of Rajasthan, food is a serious business and rose to the level of an art. The Shekhawati region has an array of fine culinary delights. Taalbelia will be home to food-lovers who wish to indulge in unique cuisines and authentic Shekhawati delicacies.

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4 Days. 3 Stages. More than 30 Artists!!

So charge yourself up to soak in the warm rays of the Sun, enjoy the sand beneath your feet and lose yourself at an enchanting destination on a cold winter day in January. Enjoy a magical journey where the music, art, culture and more is celebrated with fervor.

Explore, experience and enjoy this journey of Taalbelia in Rajasthan with the Castle Mandawa and Desert Resort Mandawa.

Tickets @ http://taalbelia.com/index/pages/accomodation

Images: https://www.facebook.com/taalbeliafestival

Travel to Shekhawati- the Land of Conversing Frescoes and Beautiful Havelis.

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Be it the tempting ker-sangri, gatta, bajre ki roti or the conversing frescoes in once alive havelis, the realm of Shekhawati echos of the immensely rich and endless past. The sinking sun shedding a soft glow over the golden and spirited sand is simply mesmerizing.

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One sight enlivens the still but eventful legacy of Shekhawati and holds you spellbound. Such is the magic of this region. Shekhawati is a semi arid dream scape of dazzling fields, fluttering fabrics and open-air picture galleries. A short skip from Jaipur, the region is crisscrossed by narrow near-country roads that lead to half-forgotten villages and wholly hidden havelis. Each stop on the hop-along highways offers secret treasures (some slowly sinking in the sand) lacquered in rich and varied hues.

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Shekhawati is also the home to various small fortresses, minor castles, mosques, wells (baolis) and also a deer sanctuary. Ideally the region should be traversed on a Horse Safari or a Camel Safari to enjoy the semi desert formation and these well preserved painted Havelis. Being the northern most portion of Rajasthan it is common to find the locals as mostly Rajasthanis and Marwaris. The populace is genial and open and any visitor is welcomed with open arms and a small tablet of opium (Rajasthani tradition).

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There are many tourist spots within the region and stay at one of the Palace turned Hotels would be memorable. The palaces, most of them, have now been turned into luxury heritage hotels complete with all royal facilities and services.

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Even though Shekhawati region is easily accessible from Delhi and Jaipur, still this treasure seems to miss the eye of the domestic tourist.

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Explore the bygone era of Rajput rule in Shekhawati and soak in the dreamy and fantastic illustrations of Shekhawati merchants’ legends depicted on wall paintings. Also, witnesses the various cultural performances and participate in the myriad of festivals to experience the best of Shekhawati 🙂

 

Soak yourself in the upcoming festivities of Navratri in Rajasthan!

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Navratri is a festival devoted to the worship of Goddess Durga. The word ‘Navratri’ literally means ‘nine nights’ in Sanskrit; Nav – Nine and Ratri – nights. And hence the merriment takes place for 9 days. All through the nine nights and ten days, various forms of Goddess Durga are worshipped.

This year, Navratri is commencing from October 1st and will end on 10th. On the 11th day Dusshera will be observed to celebrate the victory over evil.

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Each of the 9 days starts with first seeking blessings from the goddess and then moving on to celebration. The state is lit up during this time with everybody gushing with energy throughout. People get dressed in colorful attires and participate in Garba folk dance and Dandiya-Raas in which people match their steps to the rhythm of music and dance using dandiya (wooden sticks) with their partners.

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Navratri festival does bring people closer to each other and soak everyone in its joyous colors! This festival is especially popular among tourists because it gives them an opportunity to get closer to the rich culture of Rajasthan.

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So, now that the festival is this close, get ready to participate this year in the enthusiastic and vibrant festival of Navratri!