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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

 

 

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Are You Ready For The Rajasthan Day Celebrations?

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There’s not only one thing that you can confined to in Rajasthan. The vibrant and colorful Rajasthan is a traditionally and culturally rich state of India. The state is covered with ancient palaces, temples, havelis (mansions), forts and palaces. The different places of tourist interests along with its picturesque beauty have made Rajasthan an international tourist destination.  This year, Rajasthan is all set to celebrate its 67th birthday on 30th March 2016 and to celebrate it the Rajasthan Tourism department has organised a 4 day event. Plan your holiday accordingly and if you are in Jaipur, one must immerse in the celebrations 🙂

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11 Things you must do when visiting Pushkar Fair

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Pushkar is a tourist paradise and there is nothing like experiencing it during the world famous cattle fair that coincides with the religious Kartik Poornima. During this time visitors from the world over gather to witness the spectacle where thousands of camels are dressed up. There are lot many things to explore and experience when you are in Pushkar during the fair time-

Street Stroll- 

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A stroll on Pushkar streets are must as it lets you experience the radiant market, culture and lifestyle of its people. It is fascinating to see small shops selling almost everything from colorful puppets to souvenirs, beads and bangles, gemstones, leather goods, mirror work items, saddles, utensils, decorative pieces and a lot more. At every point you will be tempted to Stop and Shop!

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Just the sight of vendors preparing typical Rajasthani food has been enough to sway you to taste the street food in Pushkar. Be it staple daal baati, garama garam Chapati, Mirchi ke Tapore, Dal Ki Kachori, yummy pakoras or the delicious Malpue which you get nowhere else,  Pushkar, offers a wide variety of vegetarian food in multiple eateries in dirt cheap rates. Mobile Tea and mobile coke dispensers were something new that we found this year.

Get the view from the top

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There is nothing to match the magic of floating on air on Hot air Balloon or taking a helicopter ride to have that unique experience of witnessing the cattle land from the top.

Camel /Horse Safari-

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What better way to explore the rugged terrain other than camel safari or horse safari. Enjoy the music of slow moving camels as they walk past the golden sand dunes.

Sunrise and Sunset-

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Mornings and evenings are the time for action. The beautiful hills surrounding Nag Parvat bequeath mesmerizing sunrises and sunsets with the backdrop of camels. Sunrise and sunrise views are enormously charismatic and enchanting.

Listen to local beats

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The Folk artist while roaming around the cattle ground or in the market echoes melodious tunes which are hypnotizing enough to vibrate the chords of your soul.

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Every nook and corner of Pushkar is a photographer’s delight. Be it the colorful caravan of camels, women flaunting in colorful odhinis, flamboyant bazaars, mesmerizing sunrise and sunset’s, expressions of different people you simply want to capture all and make it a memorable time through your lens.

Holy Dip-

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It’s considered auspicious to take a holy dip at Pushkar Sarover and it will bring you good luck and takes away all your sins. For spiritual travelers, a holy dip is must.

Pray at Brahma Temple-

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The only temple dedicated to Lord Brahma in the entire country is located here at Pushkar. Throughout the year prayers are offered by the devotees in this temple.

Visit Mela ground

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The Mela ground is full of activities including fun rides. Various types of competitions are also held viz camel and horse decoration, races etc.The folklores, music, ballads and dance performances showcase the colorful culture of Rajasthan.

Get a glimpse of Pushkar at night

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Night is the best time to get a splendid view of Pushkar Lake where the bright stars twinkle in spectral colors. Simply tranquil, serene and peaceful 🙂

If you have not planned your visit this year, don’t worry. Pushkar Fair is an annual event. You still can plan it for next year, along with your family and friends.

 

 

Give A Kick Start To The Joyous Festival Of Lights!

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The most awaited five days festival of the year is finally here. It’s that time when the entire state of Rajasthan is decorated like a newly wedded bride, and soaks everyone – young and old alike in the festivities and celebration. It is the time of Diwali – the festival of lights.

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This five day event begins with the festival of Dhanteras. Celebrated on the thirteenth day of the dark fortnight, its main motive lies in purchasing of new things. As Dhanteras festival is considered auspicious for shopping, it’s a must see sight as throng of people turn up to buy various things like utensils, jewellery, silverware, automobiles, electronics in honor of this festival as the glittering markets greet them.

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It’s a beautiful sight of places decorated with colorful lights, which add that zing to the festive mood. The decorated markets add to the enthusiasm and vigor of the people. The houses beautified with rangoli and fairy lights are all set to welcome Goddess Laxmi.

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At the end how could any occasion of celebration be left incomplete without sweets? When the entire market is screaming loud, why will the sweet shops be left behind? There are new mouth watering delicacies seen at every next shop to add that perfect sweetness to the joyous celebration.

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Let the celebrations begin with sparkling lights of crackers giving hope for prosperity for the months ahead.  We wish for a healthy and happy Diwali.

 

 

9th edition of Jodhpur RIFF to unfold today!

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Each year in October for five days, RIFF celebrates different musical heritages and creates new sounds through innovative collaborations of connoisseur of folk arts & music.

The 9th edition of ‘The Rajasthan International Folk Festival‘, popularly known as Jodhpur RIFF, that was conceived with the idea of promoting the talent of Rajasthani musicians and vocalists by bringing them on a common platform as renowned international artists, to  unfold on October 23, at Mehrangarh Fort- voted “Asia’s Best Fortress” by Times Magazine.

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The Blue city of Jodhpur is all set to witness range of cultural events for the coming 5 days. RIFF is set against the splendid backdrop of the Mehrangarh Fort. Some of the most refreshing artistic performances that involve a enchanting fusion of transnational and local artists are part of this festival.

The performances by two Grammy winners Yosi Fine, one of the world’s foremost bassist, and Wouter Kellerman is the main attraction of 9th edition of RIFF.

Guests can also enjoy a variety of events including traditional dance forms, a jazz night, a Rajasthani night and some early morning ragas to soothe the soul.

Re- living 64 Years Of Rajasthan On Rajasthan Diwas Today

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As Rajasthan celebrates its 65th Rajasthan Diwas this year on 30thMarch 2015, we tell you the magnificent journey of 64 years. What makes Rajasthan so unique is its colorful culture, rich heritage and one of the tourist hubs. The state dazzles in its beauty and every glimpse is captures with due importance.

1. FAIRS AND FESTIVALS

Rajasthan is a state which is known for the richness of traditions, and diverse culture. All the festivals are celebrated with joy, enthusiasm, zeal and zest. Some major fairs and festivals are Pushkar Fair, Jaisalmer Desert Fair, Gangaur, Teej, Marwar Festival, Holi and the list goes on.

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2. CUISINES

One cannot leave Rajasthan without tasting its food which is known for it spiciness and rich flavor. Rajasthani cuisine is mainly vegetarian but can be put together in a variety of mouthwatering dishes. A sweet is a must which is complemented with every meal. Some relishing dishes are dal bati churma which is a well known delicacy all around the world. Every region in Rajasthan has its own speciality and taste.

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3. FORTS, MONUMENTS & PALACES

Rajasthan is well known for its historically rich ‘Forts and Palaces’. The forts of Rajasthan tell stories about the kings and queens and their journey during their period of reign. Each and every fort and fortress has a unique and unparalleled story behind it. Some monuments of Rajasthan are well recognized due to recognition by UNESCO, namely – Jantar Mantar (Jaipur), Kumbhalgarh fort, etc.

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4. FOLK MUSIC AND DANCES

The folk music and dance are important part of our culture and thus performed at every occasion, may it be a birth of a new born, anniversary or a welcome to the new season. The famous dance form of Rajasthan is Kalbelia, Terahtaali, Ghoomar, Chari, etc. Though dance is not the only art, music is considered important in the state of Rajasthan.

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5. WILDLIFE

Rajasthan is an abode to a number of species. It is known for diverse flora and fauna. Rajasthan lying in a desert region and having a varied topography is a home to various species. The Ranthambore National Park and Sariska Tiger Reserve are well known wildlife sanctuaries in this dry- arid region.

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6. HAND BLOCK PRINTING & BLUE POTTERY

Rajasthan is famous for its art and craft. Hand block printing, especially Bagru pint with floral and leaf motifs are seen and worn by a large number. Another recognized traditional art is of blue pottery, which has its origins from Rajasthan in India. In it the color blue and its shades are kept as the base color. Lehariya is also a style which originated from the land of Rajasthan.

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7. MUSEUMS

Museums are built to showcase the in-depth history of a place and to know about its culture. The museums of Rajasthan throw limelight to its rich heritage and varied, and diversified culture. Rajasthan is known worldwide for 1st silver museum in the world, situated in Udaipur. Not to forget the oldest museum of the state- Albert Hall, Jaipur is known for its rare articles. The other museums include- Government Museum in Jodhpur & Ajmer, Maharaja Sawai Mansingh Museum in Jaipur, etc.

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Gangaur Celebrations In Rajasthan

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Gangaur is celebrated in Rajasthan, Gujrat and Madhya Pradesh in India but is famous all around the world. People get together to celebrate this festival irrespective of their caste and join to be a part of it. The celebrations of this festival start from the very first day of Chaitra month of the Hindu calendar. This 18 day long festival is celebrated on a grand scale in Jaipur.

 

Gangaur, the term is derived from ’Gan’ meaning Shiva and ‘Gaur’ meaning Gauri / Parvati. People worship Lord Shiva and and Goddes Parvati. It is considered a very auspicious festival especially for women. Newly married women often fast for all the 18 days for the welfare, good health and long life of their husbands. Some women also fast for a happy married life. At times even the unmarried girls fast to get good and supportive husbands in future. All the women get decked up in new dressed and wear heavy jewellery.

The Gangaur festival of Jaipur is famous and popular all over the world. There is a grand and magnificent procession which starts from the Zanani- Deodhi, in City Palace which passes through Tripolia Bazaar, Chhoti Chaupar, and Chaugan Stadium and finally rests near Talkatora. It is followed by the palankeen, dressed elephants, and various folk dances. Ghewar is a special sweet which is known for this festival. There are some clay models of Isar in the market. The can be purchased from the potter’s shop in the market. It will be celebrated on 22nd March 2015.