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Soak in the magic of Music, Heritage, and Culture at Jodhpur RIFF 2018

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Timed to coincide with “Sharad Purnima” the brightest full moon of the year, this year being 24th -28th October in north India, Jodhpur RIFF features a series of mesmerizing concerts and spectacular events based in and around Mehrangarh Fort.
Mehrangarh Fort is voted “Asia’s Best Fortress” by Time Magazine.

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India’s most magical destination festival, JodhpurRIFF combines the incredible setting of Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur with an eclectic lineup of Indian and international artists in a 5-day musical extravaganza.  The festival is a not-for-profit partnership project involving two of India’s leading heritage trusts: Mehrangarh Museum Trust and Jaipur Virasat Foundation.

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Jodhpur RIFF’s festivities will be kicked off by a two and a half hour variety program of traditional Rajasthani music, also featuring excerpts from our main stage performances and ending in a rousing finale with drummers and dancers. So, if you’re planning a trip to Jodhpur and will be there between 24-28 October, you are in for quite the treat.

 

Download the entire day wise (24th to 28th October 2018) programme schedule from https://www.jodhpurriff.org/

Note: All Images via jodhpurriff.org

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Top 10 Weekend Getaways From Jaipur

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  1. ALSISAR

The entire Shekhawati region has mesmerized millions of tourists and has been aptly dubbed as the ‘Open Art Gallery’ of Rajasthan. The region, which is approximately 200 kms from Jaipur is replete with palaces, minor castles, wells and also a deer sanctuary. As the region is said to be a mini desert, we advice to you travel on a horse or a camel to enjoy the semi desert feel and watch for the well preserved wall painted havelis.

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  1. BHANGARH

How about hiking on a blissful and adventurous break at Bhangarh and discovers the secrets of the Haunted Ruins of Rajasthan along with heritage sceneries?
Flanked among three Aravali Mountains, 52 km. away from Jaipur, Bhangarh is situated in Alwar district of Rajasthan and is known to be India’s most haunted place.
The remains of Bhangarh Fort are informative enough to take you on a mesmerizing journey, of the reminiscence from the past. Entry to the place is closed after sunset due to paranormal activities reported inside. It’s just not the place, but the route also gives whimsical experience.

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  1. BUNDI

With a majority of blue houses, Bundi, loacted 219.7 km away from Jaipur via NH 12, is surrounded by the Aravali Hills. Lazy and narrow lanes, Lakes, around 60 step wells (Baories), temples and mosque dominate the town. Not many knew this fact that Jodhpur- the blue city and Bundi have a strong affinity to the color blue. Get to the top of Bundi Fort to get a glimpse of the beautiful Blue City. A picturesque Nawal Sagar man made lake in the heart of the town, add more beauty to the place, especially during sunset when it soaks the reflection of the two-storied fortified complex ‘Garh Palace’. Garh Palace is host to ‘Chitrashala’ where the walls and ceilings are embellished with miniature paintings. Bundi miniature paintings depicted on the walls are still in its original form.

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  1. DEEG PALACE, BHARATPUR

Relatively less explored in Eastern Rajasthan, Deeg Water Palace is an awe-inspiring visual masterpiece, 192 km from Jaipur in Rajasthan.
Built in 1772, Deeg palace was a luxurious summer resort for the rulers of Bharatpur State. It is open 9 am to 5 pm except on Fridays.
Stay the night at Bharatpur, just 32 km away from here !

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  1. JODHPUR

Rambling between the mighty Mehrangarh fort and Umaid Bhawan, the sun kissed city of Jodhpur is situated 337 km away from Jaipur. Founded by Rao Jodha in 1459, Jodhpur is dotted with soaring forts and palaces shimmering in sandstone while the narrow lanes lead to an alluring world of antiques and handicrafts. The blue of houses renders an alluring “Blue City” especially to be seen at sunrise and sunset. The other places to visit include Sheesh Mahal, and Osiyan Temple that are some of the most imposing architectural works of ancient times and the Osiyan sand dunes will take you away from all the hustle bustle. Jodhpur Sweets, Gatta, Chakke ki sabzi and Mirchibada are not be missed !

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  1. MOUNT ABU

Mount Abu is the only hill station in the dry arid lands of Rajasthan, which can be reached through a 7 hour drive from the capital city of Jaipur. This hill station provides a great tourist destination owing to its picturesque land. Some of the main attractions of the city are Nakki Lake, Dilwara Temple, Mt. Abu Wildlife Sanctuary. Capture a perfect sunset from the Sunset Point in Mt. Abu J

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  1. NAWALGARH

Situated 115 km from Jaipur, Nawalgarh is better known as the ‘Open Air Art Gallery’. It is a small town where the vibrant streets depict the true blend of architecture smoothly fusing the Hindu, Mughal, Persian and British facets together. As you walk down this “Open Air Art Gallery” you will be amazed to see how the painted havelis and frescoes have captured the culture,customs and royal lifestyle of the Shekhawatis. The Roop Niwas Kothi , Murarka Haveli, Bhagton Ki Choti Haveli are some architectural gems which illustrate an impeccable mélange of Rajput and European architecture.

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  1. PUSHKAR

Situated 14 km (8.7 mi) northwest of Ajmer, Pushkar is one of the oldest cities in India and is also one of the five pilgrimage sites for the Hindu. The town has hundreds of temples, including 14th-century Jagatpita Brahma Mandir, a temple dedicated to Lord Brahma- creator of the world. People from all over the world visit Pushkar especially for Pushkar Fair, the largest cattle fair of the country. Set on Pushkar Lake, Pushkar is a sacred Hindu site with 52 ghats (stone staircases) where pilgrims bathe. You can also drive to the Dargah in Ajmer !

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  1. RANTHAMBORE

Once a hunting preserve of the Maharajas of Jaipur and now a Project Tiger Reserve, Ranthambore National Park or Ranthambhore is one of the largest national parks in northern India, covering an area of 392 km². It is situated in the Sawai Madhopur district of southeastern Rajasthan, about 160 km southeast of Jaipur. Ranthambore gives a unique flavor of nature, history and wildlife and houses a large number of Bengal tigers that can be easily observed hunting and taking care of their young ones during the jungle safari.

The destination pulls the attention of myriad wildlife lovers and photographers every year. The legendary Machli or T-16, is probably the oldest and world’s most photographed Tigress alive who also has a postal stamp on her.

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  1. SHAHPURA

65 kms. Away from Jaipur city, Shahpura, offers a life that is unhurried, a beautiful town of friendly people un-spoilt by the creepy fingers by modernity. The real charm lies in visiting its quaint village and experiencing a feel of authentic rural Rajasthan with all its charming eccentricity. Exquisite and discreet, the 300 years old impressive Shahpura Haveli is a tribute to the glorious past.

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Bird Watching – A Delightful Sight For All Bird Lovers

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If you love to travel in the fresh, chilly wintery mornings, the season calls for much more than sight-seeing. The state of Rajasthan is a sight to many migratory birds and bird watching becomes a major activity in the peak months of December, January and February.

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The IndiaBirdRaces is one such organization involved in bird watching activity. A unique event ‘Jodhpur BirdRace’ was organized on last weekend in Jodhpur. The entire day was well spent spotting more than 250 bird species in and around the blue city. The event was not only limited to bird spotting but also aimed at better understanding of our biodiversity and environment. Some sited species of birds were cinereous vulture, Eurasian griffon, steppe eagle, Egyptian vulture; Punjab raven, rosy starling, white pelican, purple moorhen, grey heron, shoveler, pochard and the list is endless.

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The nearby places around Jaipur – Chandlai and Barkheda are also house to number of migratory birds. So, all the bird lovers, if you are finding any reason to experience the wintery morning chill – let bird watching be the perfect reason 😉

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When it’s morning in the Blue City!

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If you are really looking forward to see vibrant colors in the stark desert of Rajasthan, backpack your stuff and head down to explore the blue city of Jodhpur. The legends say that Brahmins first started painting their houses blue to show their high position among the society. Sooner, it was followed by everyone else, which created this incredible contrast to this dusty desert town.

Jodhpur is a prominent city on a tourist map. It is common to see the attractions of Jodhpur. But we thought to do it bit differently. When the first ray of Sun falls on the blue city, we took our camera and went on to discover the streets of Jodhpur to capture the life of its people and their everyday rituals.

  1. An old man enjoying the morning sun while reading newspaper.
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An old man enjoying the morning sun while reading newspaper.

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6 Relaxing Sojourns of Rajasthan This Summer 

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Originally a house to the royalties, are now one of the best heritage hotels of Rajasthan. Everyone has a fantasy to spend a day in the splendor and grandeur of these hotels and experience that royal treatment of a chauffeur opening the door of your car and keeping it safe, a person well dressed in a turban serve you, a royal and extravagant 3 course meal always at a click and so on. Staying in one of these magnificent palace hotels indeed gives you the highlight to a wonderful trip and experience the real ethnic culture and traditional heritage of that place.

1. Ajit Bhawan, Jodhpur

Ajit Bhawan is situated in the heart of Jodhpur, which allows easy accessibility to this ‘blue city’. The ancestral property of the Jodhpur royal family,  now turned into a royal heritage hotel which shares its perfect legacy by providing personalized hospitality and ensuring all the facilities that make you a royal guest. Along with the royal treatment, it also provides with various recreational facilities like open swimming pool, gym and a spa which gives Ayurvedic treatments and therapies to relax in this royal stay. The perfect ambiance gives the old world its modern comforts and reminds the guests of the old world charm. What make this place great are some details and some little surprises supplemented with that rustic look.

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2. Devigarh, Delwara

An 18th century 7 storey palace in Delwara is a luxurious and sophisticated retreat which has come up with all the local and traditional works and materials. Reopened after years of restoration, Lebua- a hotel chain, has given Devigarh a splendid look with the confluence between the old and the new not forgetting the specialties of the bygone era. Devigarh has received various awards and is considered one of the best designed hotels in the world and on the subcontinent.

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3. Ananta Spa and Resort, Pushkar

It is situated in one of the oldest existing cities of India – Pushkar. Laying in the periphery of the temple of Lord Brahma- the creator of the world, one definitely experiences tranquility and serenity around them at The Ananta Spa and Resort. The calm ambience of this 62 luxuriant guestroom is sure to rejuvenate your mind, body and soul and replenish all your senses.

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4. Fairmont, Jaipur

Surrounded with the oldest mountain range-Aravallis, is located in the quiet suburbs, away from the hustle bustle of the city life. This luxury hotel is a blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architectures, reflected through the traditional décor with modern facilities of swimming pool, spa, convention hall, etc.

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5. The Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur

Situated in the city of lakes with the backdrop of the Aravallis lies, today’s one of the largest and finest hotels in India. Lake Pichola adorns this majestic hotel which gives a spectacular and magnificent look to this ‘city of lakes’. Having some specific characteristics of grand courtyards, flourishing green gardens, mirrored and decorative domes and large pavilions makes it a perfect romantic place.

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6. Neemrana Fort

A place where people usually decide to go just hip-hopping from one place to another is this Neemrana Fort; a 15th century heritage resort which is inbuilt with beauty and treasures of history. It is a unique resort located near the capital- Delhi. The moment you enter, I’m sure you’ll remain awestruck by the huge foyer, thick wooden doors, antique walls (which have that old paintings and are not in any effort to rebuild or get renovated) and the royal jhulas’. This grand resort along with well equipped accommodation offers a calm ambience and some great adventure sports like zip lining. It has some well equipped facilities of an open air theatre, spa, open swimming pool and the journey still remains as unfinished after visiting here.

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Jodhpur celebrates 556th Foundation Day

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The Sun City Jodhpur is all set to celebrate its 556th Foundation Day, and the entire city is bedecked with colors and events at every nook and corner, especially the heritage and tourist sites. . Apart from the number of programmes that will be conducted in the city on May 11 and 12, there will also be some events to mark the day.

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Jodhpur is a historic city and it is a big day for all. Rich with its traditions and royalty, Jodhpur has marked a unique impression all over the world. The entire celebration would exhibit a beautiful picture of the folklore that could be cherished for long in mind.

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Starting from May 11, 2014, the Jodhpur Foundation Day celebration would offer instrumental and folk dance presentation by traditional artistes at all major city circles on first day of celebration, and the ‘nopat’ (a musical instrument) would be playing on the five main gates of Jodhpur on May 12 morning.

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On the occasion, most vulnerable place of health hazards, the ‘kachhi-basti’ will have a health check-up camp.

If you are in or around the Sun City this weekend, then wait no more, because this event would capture all the colorful essences of Royal Rajasthan. Also make sure to visit the magnanimous Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur.