Direct flights to Kuala lumpur from Jaipur

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AirAsia this week announced that they will operate direct flight from Kuala Lumpur to the Pink City of Rajasthan four times a week.

The airline is also offering a promotional scheme of all-in-fares of Rs 3,555 (one-way), beginning February 5 until February 11 for travel period between February 5 and July 31.  The premium flatbed is also available for booking at a promotional rate of Rs 11,900, CEO AirAsia X Group Datuk Kamarudin Meranun said.

Now Jaipurites can travel directly from #Jaipur to #KualaLumpur as this direct flight has  already been started. This has also marks the 7th International connectivity from Jaipur.

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21st Indian Birding Fair begins at Jaipur’s Mansagar Jalmahal

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Here’s a quick call for all the Bird lovers and photography enthusiasts!

The 21st Birding Fair is being organised in Jaipur on the 8th and 9th Feb from 09.00 am to 02.00 pm .

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More than 2,500 migratory birds are expected to be seen against  around 10,000 birds reported a few years back. Diving shovellers, pintails, coots, resident ducks like spot-bill duck and common moorhen, and four species of egrets too can be seen , don’t forget to carry your camera gears and binoculars.   Apart from that, the Lake comprises part of the Pink City’s northern frontal facade, which is marked by hills, forests, forts, heritage buildings, Ashwamegh Yajna site and cluster of Temples casts a spell binding charm over visitors during this birding fair.

Venue- Man Sagar Lake, Jal Mahal Jaipur

They will also be exhibiting sculptures, paintings, stone art, merchandise etc. Not to be missed, the chaupati at Jalmahal will be brimming with people and tempting street food to enjoy!

Images: Rajasthan Tourism Official

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

 

 

Radisson Hotel opens in Jodhpur

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The renowned brand in hospitality- Radisson  opened its doors to the magnificent Blue City of Jodhpur on Wednesday. The hotel is the first Radisson to open in the city.

Located in the center of Jodhpur, the hotel is all set to serve discerning guests with its signature Yes I Can! SM service philosophy. Positioned to be a preferred hotel in the upscale segment and the first choice among leisure and business travelers, the hotel is situated two kilometers from the airport and four kilometers from the railway station. It is situated within a radius of five kilometers from international tourist attractions like Umaid Palace, Birkha Bawari Stepwell, Mehrangarh Fort, Ghanta Ghar and Mandore Garden.

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Spread over around 70,000 square feet, the hotel’s architecture is reminiscent of Rajasthan’s erstwhile culture and style. The hotel constitutes 96 rooms across Superior, Business Class, Studio Suites, Single Bedroom Suite, Two Bedroom Duplex Suites and Presidential Suite categories. Business Class Rooms include a separate living room and Deluxe Suites feature bathtub, powder room, microwave and TV in the separate living room. The hotel also features a state-of-the-art fitness center with modern equipment and a spa service with two treatment rooms for a rejuvenating stay.

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Radisson Jodhpur offers a wide selection of delightful dining options including Ekatra, a multicuisine all-day-dining restaurant serving delicacies from around the globe; Abhiras, a rooftop Indian specialty restaurant with modern potpourri of cuisines strewn across India; J Bar, an exclusive terrace grill and bar featuring unique bar-be-que innovations paired with international and IMFL liquor blends and 1459, the confectioneries and pastry shop at the lobby level.

Radisson Jodhpur boasts over 30,000 square feet of total meeting space comprising three banquet halls. Equipped with high-speed, wireless internet and audio-visual support, the meeting space is ideal for corporate conferences, contemporary wedding receptions, reunions and more. The banquet facilities at the hotel also feature a party lawn spread over an area of approximately 14,000 square feet for organising stylish parties.

Rajasthan Tourism Beat at Ranthambore Festival in Nahargarh Palace

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After a spectacular run with more than 3000 attendees in January 2017, Ranthambore Festival returned to the magnificent Nahargarh Palace for a second edition this month and our team was invited as guests to attend the Festival. The music and wildlife conservation festival enthralled the attendees from January 19th to 21st but Rajasthan Tourism Beat decided to attend the first day of the festival as the following days had different reservations for us. We reached the Nahargarh Palace around 14.00 hrs when the beautiful open garden Bageechi was showcasing the film : Looking for Sultan by Gautam Pandey. Thus began our journey of the Ranthambore Festival at Nahargarh palace.

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If you think that its first edition showcased the richness of Rajasthani folk music and wildlife landscape, mind you the second edition marvelously returned with even newer sounds, fresh ideas and terrific activities. Picture an open theatre in the midst of an imposing palace, complete with manicured plants and shady trees. ‘Bageechi’ also played host to an informative Wine Tasting session by Grover Zampa.

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Now imagine, as the sun begins to set you are sitting surrounding a marble white step well swimming pool – “Book a Smile Hathikund” and listening to Bangladeshi musician Labik Kamal, international world music ensemble Trio Benares from Germany, and the live performance by actor and musician Farhan Akhtar and his band.The well-curated line-up of musical performances on all three days also included a soulful rendition by Ustad Ma Zila Khan.

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Numerous patrons of music, whatever is the genre of their preference appeared at Nahargarh Palace to sample the collective, ecstatic experience of a musical art form.

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The festival successfully showcased some of the best in Rajasthani folk music by providing a platform to little-known yet immensely talented folk artists and prominent wildlife conservationists, alike. A 12-person nagara ensemble led by Nathulal Ji Solanki (Ajmer), Kanha Ram (Gujarat) on ektara and khartaal, Mohan (Bhuj) on gadha gambhira, Ram Swaroop (Alwar) on bakri ki masak enlivened the First Stone Amphitheatre of Nahargarh Palace.

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The artists’ performances and the music made us stir from within while the amazing Drum Circle by Omkar Salunkhe was an experience unforgettable. However, what can easily be called the highpoint of the festival was a dazzling performance by 35-handpicked (by Abhimanyu Alsisar, himself) Rajasthani folk musicians.

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In addition to showcasing the rich musical traditions, Ranthambore Festival also hosted intriguing all day workshops like pottery making workshop by Dastkar, Block printing & Toy making workshop by Dhonk, lac bangle making by Shadab khan, Khartaal master classes by Imammuddin Khan and Bhapang master class by Yusuf and Mehmood Khan.

Given the immensely encouraging response received last year, the Souk experience at the Ranthambore Festival was even more elaborate and magical this time. It presented an eclectic blend of the most sought after brands in the country.

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This time around, Ranthambore Festival also extended a series of thrilling experiential activities like a heritage bicycle tour, naked-eye stargazing with local tribal interpretations, secret royal suppers and hot air balloon rides for the guests.

 

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The Den lastly came to life at night when the music lovers broke into a party mood, they drank, talked, laughed and danced till they dropped.

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The next day, out team had bid adieu to Ranthambore Festival and chose to hit the jungle for Ranthambhore Tiger Safari. We booked a private gypsy safari to avoid crowds and have a more intimate experience with the national park. Unfortunately, we did not see tigers on safari in Ranthambhore, but the entire feel of jungle and the experience was still amazing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When our team got candid with JLF 2018 Music Stage Performers

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Rajasthan Tourism Beat’s parallel venture Jaipur Beat gets candid with one of the greatest Indian folk & Sufi Music artists of India – Kailash Kher !
Watch him talk about music, love, passion & his special connection with Jaipur before his performance  at JLF Music Stage 2018 at Hotel Clarks Amer .

Following Kailash Kher we have English singer-songwriter David Gray  who talked about his music, passion & his first gig performance in India !
David Gray also performed at JLF Music Stage 2018 at Hotel Clarks Amer, Jaipur .

 

 

 

The Vanishing Stepwells of India!

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Revisiting a forgotten facet of Indian architecture with American author Victoria Lautman

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Tourists throng India’s temples, palaces, forts and mosques, but the country’s ancient stepwells are largely unknown. These remarkable subterranean structures not only provided communities with water all year long but also served as civic centers, refuges, remote oases and, in many cases, active places of worship. But besides their many functions, stepwells were marvels of engineering, architecture, and art. Some were lavish and ornate, others minimal and utilitarian. They could be enormous, plunging nine stories into the earth, or could be intimately scaled for private use. Thousands of these fascinating edifices once proliferated across India, but most were abandoned as a result of modernization and depleted water tables. While some have been restored by the government, most are sadly neglected and in danger of extinction.

 

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The Vanishing Stepwells of India is an marvellous book, documenting the author’s extensive travels across India and her exploration of the country’s ancient water-harvesting systems – brilliant examples of ancient Indian engineering, now largely forgotten. The book presents seventy-five subterranean wonders, a fraction of those Victoria spent four years photographing throughout India. Informative rather than scholarly, the book sheds light on a unique – if ignored – architectural typology, through several hundred colour photographs and detailed entries. GPS coordinates are provided, in the hopes that readers will be inspired to see these elusive beauties with their own eyes.

Website: www.victorialautman.com

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