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The Spirit of Rajasthan’s Unchartered Territory: Momasar Utsav

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The Spirit of Rajasthan’s Unchartered Territory: Momasar Utsav

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Rajasthan’s majority of parts comprises of the desert and bare land. With a vibrant splash of colors and vigorous display of cultural galore, Fairs and festivals of Rajasthan infuse life in these barren surroundings.  Ranging from dance music festivals, camels shows to techno-electric events and literature gala, Rajasthan is the royal host to marvelous showcase of the art, performing arts and culture.

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Unlike the regular yearly festivals, this year we came across this interesting festival called, “Momasar Utsav” Situated in Shri Dungargarh district of Bikaner, Momasar is a tiny hamlet which is popular for its wood handicraft and Papad Mangodi.

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Momasar hosted a two days folklore of art, craft, performing arts and shopping on 19th and 20th October in the village. Momasar Utsav offered an opportunity to the tourists to visit this uncrowded village which is not yet touched by the touristy vibes.

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The festival was a truly inclusive and barrier-free festival that welcomed people from all backgrounds and beliefs while showcasing the unadulterated culture, heritage, stories, art and cuisine of the local communities of Momasar.

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The visitors of Momasar Utsav got an opportunity to connect with rural folks as well as performing artists. This festival brought together over 200 folk artists and artisans from seven cultural regions in Rajasthan. During these two days, they found their own space as they lose themselves to the unalloyed traditions of this rich land. The concerts, congregations, and exhibitions were organized at unpretentious venues – a haveli (traditional mansion), an old temple of village deity and an open field next to a traditional water harvesting structure. The festival was so structured that visitors mingled freely with artists and local residents, enriching experience for all of them.

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The artists who performed at Momasar Utsav can be undoubtedly called as the torch-bearers of indigenous music and craft forms of Rajasthan. In fact, a lot of these are the last few men and women practicing these arts, on the verge of being lost forever.

Until next year, let’s flip over these interesting moments from this year’s Momasar Utsav 2019

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Let’s Celebrate the Heritage of Rajasthan On World Heritage Day

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World Heritage Day is not just a day to cherish the beautiful monuments around us. The day which is celebrated every year on April 18 is meant to raise awareness to protect our history and culture. International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) is the one behind the idea of celebrating a day called International Day for Monuments and Sites. The day came to be known as World Heritage Day and is celebrated by countries that are members of UNESCO.

The theme for World Heritage Day 2018 is ‘Heritage for Generations’. It has been decided keeping in mind the fact that communication across the generations of heritage practitioners generates enriching exchanges by combining the knowledge with the energy and dynamism thus bringing a more holistic approach. Rajasthan is globally popular for its rich heritage of architecture and culture. Having some of the best forts, palaces and monuments in cities like Jaipur, Bikaner, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur and Udaipur which are till date maintained in really good conditions are very precious to the lives of Rajasthani’s.

Today we want to remind everyone that our heritage needs to be protected. This is an important step towards maintaining the beauty of our state and keeping the spirit of Rajasthan alive forever.

1) Jantar Mantar, Jaipur

Recognized as the World Heritage Site, this observatory fascinates the visitors with the collection of various astronomical instruments which were used earlier to know the correct timings through the movement of celestial bodies.

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2) Chittorgarh Fort, Chittor

One of the largest forts of India, it is the true epitome of Rajputana pride and vigour. This massive fort though being attacked thrice by the enemies, couldn’t take over the powerful people of this place. The fort of Chittorgarh is known for its own beauty and uniqueness.

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3) City Palace, Udaipur

The grandness of this palace can be seen, as it took almost 400 years to construct this complex. The attractiveness of this palace is shown more effectively as it is surrounded by Lake Pichola. This magnificent palace stands as a fusion of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture.

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4) Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur

One of the largest private residences in the world, it is the house of the erstwhile Jodhpur royal family. Not only being a private residence, it also provides the chance to experience the royal and luxurious life at the Taj Palace Hotel in Umaid Bhawan, Jodhpur.

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5) Hawa Mahal, Jaipur

Hawa Mahal, also known as the Palace Of Winds is situated in the capital city of the state of Rajasthan. Its walls of pink colour give a hint of the Pink City – Jaipur. It was constructed especially for the royal women to be a part of the festivities, as they were secluded from the society by ‘parda’ system. Having its own history, today it gets a worldwide recognition.

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6) Chand Baori, Abhaneri

A 13 storey step well is one of the oldest and most attractive landmarks of Rajasthan. Constructed mainly to conserve water in the dry arid desert of Rajasthan is an architectural wonder in itself.

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7) Amer Fort

Amer or Amber Fort is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which is among the most visited places in Jaipur. The fort situated high on a hill overlooking the Maota Lake is spread over a vast area with four levels. Every evening, the fort hosts a spellbinding Light and Sound Show as a part to boost night tourism. With a blend of folk music, the show brings to life the legends, history, traditions and cultures of the Rajputs.

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8) City Palace Jaipur

Located in the heart of the old city of Jaipur, City Palace was built in the 18th Century. The Palace is a blend of Rajput, Mughal and European styles of architecture. Within the premises, one will find many gardens, ravishing courtyards and a museum displaying many artefacts from the bygone era. Buildings like Mubarak Mahal, Chandra Mahal, Maharani Palace add to the allure of the Palace. Their richly crafted walls and ceiling, marble flooring and the mirror work are just an addition to the beauty of the palace. Govind Dev Ji temple, which is in the palace premises, is also a major tourist attraction and sees a heavy footfall daily.

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These are only a few to mention, but when you come to the land of royals, there will be many to add on to the list.

Welcome the New Year 2018 in Rajasthan

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A fusion of modernity and tradition, the vibrant colours of Rajasthan are truly captivating.  This New Year’s eve enjoy a quick getaway and celebrate it amidst the royalty of palaces and serenity of nature in Rajasthan. Mesmerizing destinations in Rajasthan give you a marvelous insight of historic sites, wildlife and pilgrimages. Unwind and pamper your soul as we list out the best destinations to mark the new year in Rajasthan with sheer bliss.

The Blushing Pink City – Jaipur

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The capital city of Rajasthan is not just the epicenter, but the pink city is the party pulse of the state. A home to the most luxurious hotels and clubs in the state, jaipur is a combination of heritage, luxury nightlife and shopping where the fun and excitement is limitless.

The golden threshold of sand and dunes- Jaisalmer

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One of the best place for new year in Rajasthan, Jaisalmer has beautiful golden yellow stone fort with detailed stone carvings to embellish the traditional Jharokhas and arches. While a campfire within the sand dunes of Jaisalmer is an experience one can never forget.

The shimmering city of lakes – Udaipur

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One of the most romantic cities of Rajasthan, Udaipur is surrounded with shimmering lakes, luxury resorts and the Sajjangarh Wildlife Sanctuary. It is once in a lifetime experience when you cruise through the lake pichola on wooden boat or gaze at the panorama of lakes from City palace of Udaipur.

The brimming sand of Bikaner

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Another desert destination popular for its camel festival, sand dune riding and  various other desert activities, Bikaner is home to the Junagarh Fort which is an amalgamation of Mughal and Rajasthani architecture. But if you love tranquility over grandeur, enjoy nature’s bliss on the banks of the river Gajner.

The tourist city among world’s top ten – Jodhpur

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The blue city of Rajasthan, Jodhpur is enchanting as it dazzles with its spectacular architecture and brightly painted homes. However, if you seek serenity in this famous tourist destination, away from the hustle and bustle of city life head straight to a heaven for bird lovers, Khichan. It is a small village and bird paradise in Jodhpur District hosting 20,000 Demoiselle Cranes.

The hill station of hot land- Mount Abu

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For a chilly new year experience, visit the only hill station in Rajasthan, Mount Abu. It is amidst forest hills of coniferous trees and dotted with huge rocks. It is home to many sages and is famous for its Dilwara Jain Temple built in the 11th-13th Century.

The place famous for not just jauhar but magnificent UNESCO fort- Chittorgarh

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The famous fort of Chittorgarh takes you back to the 15th century AD. Get a glimpse of heaven on new year’s day at the Char Bagh patterned garden that plays host to many peacocks and several parakeets at sunrise and sunset even today.

The undiscovered paradise- Bundi

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Quite strange that this destination is still hidden from the tourist crowd. Regarded for its intricate paintings, Bundi is the historically rich town of Rajasthan. Encompassed by the Aravalli Hills on three sides. The intricate carvings on its monuments and impressive medieval forts, palaces, havelis and temples with carved pillars with a beautiful lake is an enchanting paradise right in the heart of the town.

The tiger land – Sawai Madhopur

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The tiger land of Rajasthan is this fascinating paradise of wildlife and nature called Ranthambhore in Sawai Madhopur. Nestling adjacent to the natural beauty of the wildlife of Ranthambhore is Nahargarh Palace. In the town of Sawai Madhopur dwells this leading luxury Palace Resort. It hosts fantastic new year events in Rajasthan. For a picture-perfect yet thrilling and dramatic experiences with sun-kissed poolside, head straight to this place. The palace’s royale spots like the Hathikund, swimming pool, Lancer’s Bar and Den Bar with fine detailing and ambiances will pose a blissful contrast to the ruggedness of the jungle.

The storybook town – Shekhawati

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In the painted town of Shekhawati lay the magnificent Palace Alsisar Mahal of Alsisar. If you wish to join an exclusive party at the 17th-century palace in Rajasthan then you’ll be enthralled to experience the exciting activities and arrangements in Alsisar. There are magic shows, snake-charmers and dancers, fireworks off the roof of the palace and the exotic banquet with succulent cuisines.

The sacred town of holy ghats and temples- Pushkar

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Begin the fresh year by washing away the sins of the past year and praying for a prosperous and peaceful 2018 at Pushkar. Among the many famous temples in Pushkar, you can find the only temple in the world dedicated to Lord Bramha. The Pushkar Lake has huge religious significance, as it is supposed to have been created when Bramha dropped a lotus on earth. Ajmer and Pushkar are both places of worship and if one is religiously inclined, can prove to be perfect sites to begin an auspicious year.

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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Jaipur Jaisalmer flights to take off from November 1

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The Civil airport of Jaisalmer is now buzzing with passengers as the much awaited air services are going to start from November 1, 2016. All the preparations have been done for Bikaner and Jaisalmer to Delhi and other cities and even booking counter has been opened at Naal airport.

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‘Supreme Airlines’ will be starting services between Jaipur and Jaisalmer and with air connectivity; the tourists will have more options to commute intra state.  The plane will take off from Jaipur at 11.30 am and reach Jaisalmer at 1.30 pm and will depart from Jaisalmer at 2 pm and reach Jaipur at 4 pm.

Bookings are open for the Jaipur Jaisalmer flight! Happy flying 🙂

Why January-February are the best months to travel to Rajasthan!

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We bet January is a fantastic month to travel to Rajasthan. The pleasant weather is more welcoming in this month. This time of the year is more promising if you are a traveler who loves to discover every bit of your destination and just don’t want to confine yourself in the luxury and comforts of any resort/hotel.

It’s that time when the natives just love making life a celebration and display to the world why Rajasthan is called the ‘land of colors’. In each of the festivals there is something special to see.

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So, why not pack your bags and plan a trip to Jaipur, Bikaner, Shekhawati and Jaisalmer and enjoy the varied shades of festivity during the month of January and February.

 

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This is the best time to visit Jaipur when the blushing Pink city enjoys multiple festivals viz, Kite festival, international kite flying competition on Sankranti, Jaipur Literature Festival, Vintage Car Rally and Polo season.

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  1. Kite Festival: January 14, 2016

Kite Festival is celebrated with great enthusiasm in Jaipur. On this day, colourful kites are flown over the pink city; the sky can be seen full of colors and as the sun sets fabulous fireworks brighten up the night sky. International Kite flyers land in the city to participate in Kite Flying competitions organized at Jal Mahal.   Devotees even take a dip into the holy waters.

  1. Jaipur Lit Festival– 21st to 25th January 2016

It is an annual literary festival, which takes place in the Pink City of Jaipur since 2006. It is also described as Asia’s biggest literary festival.

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3. 18th annual Vintage and Classic car rally – January 23rd ( Exhibition) and 24th ( Drive) of.Jaipur Polo Season- December 28 – January 31, 2016

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Image Courtesy: Rajputana Automative Sports Club, Jaipur

 

4. Jaipur Polo Season- December 28 – January 31, 2016

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Bikaner Camel Festival– Organized by Department Of Tourism on January 09 and 10, 2016, the Bikaner Camel Fair focuses on finely decked up camels, camel shows, camel races and camel dances. January is just the right month with this mesmerizing display of colors and culture of Rajasthan.

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Kumbhalgarh Festival
Kumbhalgarh festival is scheduled to take place from 28th to 30th January, 2016. The festival is mainly divided into two parts, one for the day time and other for evening. Day time’s festivities offer folk performances by the folk artists of Rajasthan with exciting competitions for tourists. Evening in Kumbhalgarh is just breathtaking with the explosion of sound, light, colour and dance multiplying its beauty many times. A visit to Kumbhalgarh in this beautiful month would be your moments of lifetime.

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Shekhawati Festival The entire Shekhawati region will be transformed into a venue of fair and festivals from 12th to 14th February, 2016. The Shekhawati festival delivers a gala event for the sale and purchase of cattle. The festival also has an assortment of attractions for art and craft lovers. Experience the true vibrancy of rural Rajasthan alongside frescoed havelis and return home with an unforgettable impression of friendliness of the people and comprehensive agricultural revolution in the villages of Shekhawati.

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Image Courtesy: shekhawatifestival.com

Alsisar Mahal, Shekhawati

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Jaisalmer Festival   With interesting activities like camel racing, turban tying, and the longest moustache competition, this quirky Indian festival is no less than the excitement of Bikaner camel Fair. Jaisalmer Festival ( 20th to 22nd February) showcases the cultural wonders of Rajasthan in each and every aspect. Dressed in vibrant and colorful attire, the people of Jaisalmer dance and sing on foot tapping ballads of heroism, romance and tragedy of yore, which is a pure treat to soul.

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Fireworks fill the sky, splashing the town with even more burst of colors and bringing the Jaisalmer fort to life for three days.

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So wait no more, you have the calendar dates and the list of cities with their respective festivals to be held in the month of January and February, book you tickets and Padharo Mhare Des 🙂

Rajasthan Goes On An Innovative Move For Wildlife Conservation

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The Indian Railway Ministry actively considered World Wildlife Fund (WWF) proposal to paint the station and coaches with images of wildlife so as to conserve and promote the conservation of wildlife.

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One such station which will be the first Indian Railway Heritage Station is that of Sawai Madhopur. The teams of local artists led by Narayan Singh and Gajanand Singh, who are the members of the Ranthambore School of Arts, are towards the end of these huge wall paintings.

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The idea does not stay confined to the tiger town of Sawai Madhopur only, but the Chief Minister has appreciated the initiative so much that she has ordered to extend it to the second phase. She has laid down the idea of getting several stations to be painted in their geographical specialty like Bikaner taking inspiration from the floral prints of Badal Mahal, Jodhpur getting Rajasthani puppets, Udaipur in its Nathdwara art painted on the respective stations and coaches.

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Image Credits : WWF and Dharmendra Khandal