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”Incredible India” vintage car rally to cross Udaipur next month

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”Incredible India” vintage car rally to cross Udaipur next month

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To promote India as a global heritage motoring tourism destination, a nearly 4,000-km expedition of iconic vintage cars will kick off from the national capital on February 17, traversing through 17 historic cities across the country and making several pit stops at royal palaces

The 23-day ”Incredible India Rally” organized by a heritage trust will culminate in the City of Lakes, Udaipur, on March 10 where the participants, comprising nearly 15 global vintage car aficionados and some Indian heritage automobile enthusiasts, will experience the festival of Holi in all its glory.

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The ”Incredible India Rally” is being organised by the trust in association with the Ministry of Tourism, he said.

About 150 cars, including 15 from abroad, will be showcased during the Concours d”Elegance at India Gate on February 15 which will then be driven by their proud owners to Karma Lake Lands, Gurgaon.

“Indian culture and heritage motoring are the two strong pillars of our Concours. Both aspects highlight that the 21 Gun Salute vintage cars show is of special importance and attract both participants and visitors. For the past eight years, the event has grown in all aspects to become a magnificent show that attracts tourists and motoring buffs from around the world.

The ”Incredible India Rally” seeks to promote India as a global heritage motoring tourism destination. It will start from Delhi and traverse through Agra, Sawai Madhopur, Jaipur, Gajner, Jaiselmer, Khimsar, Jodhpur, Mt Abu, Rann of Kutch, Mandvi, Rajkot, Gir, Bhavnagar, Vadodara, Dungarpur and Udaipur among other historic cities.

“On the way, participants will have 17 pit stops and stay in different cities at palaces and iconic heritage buildings. It will also be a celebration of India”s cultural heritage,” Mohan added.

Celebrate Holi in Rajasthan

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Elephant Festival, Jaipur

On the eve of Holi, people light bonfires to mark the occasion and ward of evil spirits in a ritual called Holika Dahan celebrated throughout the country. But we suggest, celebrate this in Udaipur, simply because Mewar royal family does it in style. There is a magnificent palace procession from the royal residence to Manek Chowk at the City Palace, including bedecked horses and royal band. Later the traditional sacred fire will be lit and an effigy of Holika burnt. You can also head to the public square at the Jagmandir.

Want to witness Elephant parades, polos and more? Head to Jaipur to celebrate Holi with elaborately painted elephants and various performances based on the life of Krishna and Radhu are held in temples. Try your hand at turban tying competition, or test your strength in a tug of war match.

Elephant Festival, Jaipur

From the Elephant Festival in Jaipur to the Emperor’s Parade at Beawar, Rajasthan boasts of some unique ways to celebrate the festival of colours.

Badshah ki Sawari at Beawar, about 185 km south west of Jaipur, re-enacts a medieval practice instituted by the Great Mughal Akbar. Impressed with his minister and one of the nine gems of his court, Raja Todarmal, Akbar made him the Emperor for a day. On the day of Holi, Raja Todarmal went around in a procession distributing money and wealth on Holi. At Beawar, the Emperor and the vizier move around throwing colours.

Koda Maar Holi: It’s Rajasthan’s answer to the Lathmar Holi of Barsana. Men who throw colour or water are whipped by their victims. While men enjoy the punishment, the women too seem to love inflicting it.

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Tourists visiting Rajasthan will get a true feel of the colorful state Rajasthan.

Note: In case the Elephant Festival gets cancelled in Jaipur, Holi will still be celebrated, just without the participation of elephants.