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Pushkar Fair to begin from 4th November 2019

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Pushkar Fair to begin from 4th November 2019

There’s nothing like Pushkar Camel Fair. It’s a celebration of the uniqueness of Rajasthan and experiencing the festival is the dream of every traveler. This is the time when Pushkar comes truly alive with multiple hues. The small sleepy town comes out of its hibernation mode and becomes the playground of people from the world over.

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The history of Pushkar Fair is a hundred years old but the festival keeps not only that historic spirit alive but also has new age elements to it now. This year the much-awaited fair will begin on 4th November and will culminate on 12th November on the day of Hindu festival Kartik Purnima.

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Apart from the buying and selling of livestock, the fair has become an important tourist attraction. Competitions such as the ‘matka phod’, ‘longest moustache’ and ‘bridal competition’ are the main draws for this fair, which attracts thousands of tourists. In recent years, the fair has also included an exhibition cricket match between the local Pushkar Club and a team of foreign tourists. Pushkar Camel Fair has so many events and activities that your day will be full but we advise you to take out a little time to stroll in the narrow lanes of the town. Also, don’t forget to try local foods and do indulge in retail therapy. Spend some time at the famous Brahma Temple and watch the evening Aarti at Pushkar Lake too.

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For your convenience, here’s a tentative impression of the flow of events at Pushkar Camel fair 2019.

4th to 9th November – Cattle Trading
Cattle trading is at its peak during these days along with a variety of cattle contests.

10th to 11th November –  Cultural Galore
These two days will see some cultural activities like dance shows, music performances sponsored by the Rajasthan State Government.

12th November – Holy Dips
This is the Holy Day when people take dips in the Pushkar Lake, and other religious ceremonies take place.

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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Image credits: Sanjay Kaushik : https://bit.ly/31K8fnX

 

All you wanted to know about the Bikaner Camel Festival

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Bikaner Camel Festival, Cultural Evening

Numerous tourists from the land and abroad visit the Bikaner Camel Festival, which is organized especially, for promoting the camel breeders of Rajasthan and to revive the age-old traditions of taming and training camels.
Camel festival begins with a pompous procession of decorated camels heading to the open ground. A camel pageant is held on the first day. Here the camel owners show off their adorned camel’s. Camel dance performances are a sight to behold. The colourful bridles, bejeweled necks, and jingling anklets of these camels cast a magical spell on the audience.

On the second day, the fleetest camels of the region take part in the camel races. The excited tourists and locals cheer the favorites. Various sports competitions enthrall the participants and spectators alike.

On both days the evenings end with spectacular performances by folk artists of Rajasthan. The jubilant, skirt swirling dances, the awe inspiring fire dances and many other equally interesting performances entertain the visitors.

TIME EVENT VENUE
12TH JANUARY 2019, Saturday
8:00 – 10:00 am Camel Safari & Camel Riding for Tourists (Free of Cost) Village Raisar (15km from Bikaner City on Bikaner – Jaipur Highway)
11:30 – 12:30 pm Ceremonial Procession Junagarh Fort to Dr. Karni Singh Stadium
12:30 – 12:50 pm Inauguration Dr. Karni Singh Stadium
12:50 – 1:10 pm Bagpiper Band Recital by Army Dr. Karni Singh Stadium
1:10 – 1:50 pm Camel Decoration Competition Dr. Karni Singh Stadium
1:50 – 2:30 pm Camel Fur Cutting Competition Dr. Karni Singh Stadium
2:30 – 2:50 pm Band Recital by R.A.C. Dr. Karni Singh Stadium
2:50 – 3:30 pm Camel Dance Competition Dr. Karni Singh Stadium
3:30 – 4:00 pm Miss Marvan (Beauty Pageant) Competition Dr. Karni Singh Stadium
4:00 – 4:30 pm Mr. Bikana Competition Dr. Karni Singh Stadium
6:30 – 8:30 pm Cultural Evening By Rajasthani and Artists from various parts of India Dr. Karni Singh Stadium

 

13TH JANUARY 2019, Sunday
10:00 – 11:00 am Heritage Walk (Rampuria haveli to Bikaji ki tekri) Dr. Karni Singh Stadium
12:00 – 12:30 pm Tug of War Competition, Indians v/s Foreigners (Male) Dr. Karni Singh Stadium
12:30 – 1:00 pm Tug of War Competition, Indians v/s Foreigners (Female) Dr. Karni Singh Stadium
01:00 – 01:30 pm Villagers Wrestling Competition Dr. Karni Singh Stadium
01:30 – 02:00 pm Kabaddi Display Match Dr. Karni Singh Stadium
02:30 – 03:00 pm Turban Tying Competition (For Foreigners) Dr. Karni Singh Stadium
03:00 – 03:30 pm Camel Dance Show Dr. Karni Singh Stadium
03:30 – 04:00 pm Women Water Pot Race Competition, Indian & Foreigners Dr. Karni Singh Stadium
04:00 – 04:30 pm Women Musical Chair Competition, Indian & Foreigners Dr. Karni Singh Stadium
04:30 – 05:30 pm Prize Distribution Dr. Karni Singh Stadium
06:00 – 08:30 pm Cultural Performances by Artists from various parts of India Dr. Karni Singh Stadium
08:30 – 09:00 pm Fire Dance Dr. Karni Singh Stadium
9:00 pm Fire Works Display Dr. Karni Singh Stadium

 

 

(*Events are subject to change)

Other Programme:-

  1. OPENING RUSSIA-2019: Painting Exhibition by Russian Masters at Laxmi Niwas Palace Bikaner from 6-1-2019 to 15-1-2019
  2. Exhibition & Sale of Camel Products by National Research Center on Camel, Bikaner at Dr. Karni Singh Stadium
  3. Exhibition by National Equines Center, Bikaner at Dr. Karni Singh Stadium

Mark the festivities of Dussehra at its best in Kota, Rajasthan

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The colorful state of Rajasthan is equally known for its colorful festivities. Every festival epitomizes the social, cultural and religious aspirations of the people.

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Image via Patrika 

Dusherra, also known as Vijaydashmi symbolizes the triumph of Goddess Durga over the demon buffalo- Mahishasur. Although this festival is celebrated all over the country, but in Kota – this joyous festivity begins with the excitement of people to visit and be a part enthralling fairs and cultural events.

As we celebrate this festival with gaiety and love on 18th and 19th October, 2018 we ensure success in every endeavor and bring the message of being in reverence and gratitude towards everything by burning 70-75 feet tall effigies of Ravana, his brother Khumbakaran and his son Meghnath and removing bad fate and celebrating the victory of good over evil.

 

Jaipur celebrated Gangaur with traditional pomp and pageantry

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The walled city of Jaipur witnessed a grand extravaganza of Gangaur Procession , that began from Tripolia gate of City Palace, Jaipur and concluded at Talkatora .

The streets of city came culturally alive with performances by folk musicians, dancers & costume artists while cows, camels and elephants could be seen decked up & walking gloriously. Moreover, beautiful women wore bandhej sarees & participated in the procession where the sacred idol of Gangaur Mata was royally taken around the streets and worshiped with vigor & devotion.

Behold the colourful extravaganza of Gangaur Festival Shahpura

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Gangaur – an important ethnic festival specially celebrated by the ladies of the house is not only celebrated in Jaipur and Mewar but also celebrated with joy and delight in the tiny town of Shahpura. Shahpura is situated in the close corner of rural Rajasthan, 65 kms from the captivating city of Jaipur.

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The festival is being hosted by Rani Ratna Kumari Foundation and Shahpura Hotels in association with the Rajasthan Tourism Department. The RRKF focuses on the upliftment of people living in that area with a motto of reviving the local culture. The colourful Gangaur procession starts from the Shahpura Haveli and passes through the streets of Shahpura village with royal pomp and pageantry. The ladies sing traditional songs and offer prayers to the deities.  The grand procession included horses, folk dancers, brass band and lancers along with pious deities of Gangaur mata and Bhagwan Isar ji Maharaj, who are symbolic of Goddess Parvati and Lord Shiva respectively.

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Come down to Shahpura and celebrate with the royal family of Shahpura- Maharaj Surendra Singh Shahpura and Rani Ratna Kumari of Shahpura. So if you are a pinning up options for this festival, this is the event that should not be missed!
Date– 20th March 2018
Venue– Shahpura Haveli, Shahpura

For more information, click https://www.facebook.com/events/172964756668727/ 
or contact at www.shahpura.com or call at +91 9828714043.

 

Sawai Madhopur Utsav to begin from tomorrow

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The Third edition of the two-day Sawai Madhour Utsav will be celebrated with verve and enthusiasm on 18 and 19 January, 2018 at Sawai Madhopur in India’s culturally rich state of Rajasthan. MLA, Sawai Madhopur, Princess Diya Kumari informed that Sawai Madhopur Utsav is the celebration of the 255th Foundation Day of the district which is on 19 January. The Utsav is being envisioned as a festival of the rich heritage, culture, art and craft of the region.

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The festival will host a melange of events ranging from Sawai Alankaran’, ‘Rural Sports ’, ‘Kavi Sammelan’ and ‘Heritage Quiz’ among others. This was informed by the District Collector, Mr. K.C. Verma today in Sawai Madhopur.

The Festival will begin with traditional rural sports for men on 18 January. This will include Rassa Kassi and Turban Tying to name a few.  It will be held at the renowned Raj Bagh. Later on the day, Football and Kabaddi matches will be held at Police Lines ground.  For the lovers of“shero-shiyari , Kavi Sammelan  will be held during the evening at the Indira Maidan, Bazaria, along with other attractions like Heritage Quiz and  Sawai Alankran.

Day 2 celebrations will begin with Yoga Shivir. This will be preceded by Maha Arti at 9 am at the renowned Trinetra Ganesh Mandir. It will be followed by offering of floral tribute to the statue of Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh I at Nagar Parishad Parisar. To add a dash of color to the festival, traditional rural sports for women will also be held on the Day 2. The sports will include Kho-Kho, Rassa- Kassi and Goli Chamach. The Colorful Utasv will end with a Prize distribution and closing ceremony on 19 January.

In the two day pack of eye catching events, national and international dignitaries along with tourist are expected to participate. District collector, Sawai Madhopur, said that the Utsav is an annual feature and it’s the third edition this year. The festival will be a unique experience to cherish, he said.