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Sheetla Ashtami in Rajasthan

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The amazing flavor of fairs and festivals in Rajasthan has its own charm. These fairs and festivals prove to be the best opportunity for the guests to peep into and understand the cultural and traditional aspects of the land of royal figures more closely.

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One of the small and grand festivals is the Sheetla Ashtami festival, which is celebrated in Rajasthan. Sheetla Ashtami is celebrated during the spring season in the month of March or the beginning of April, right after seven days of Holi. Festivals hold an unusual lure for the Rajasthanis and here you can find the locals up with many reasons to celebrate and make merry in the form of different colourful festivals. Each part of Rajasthan has its own unique festival and the village of Seel-Ki-Doongri lying on the Jaipur-Kota road near Jaipur has its own unique festival to worship Sheetla Mata.

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It is a very important Hindu festival in Rajasthan. It is commonly known as Basoda बसोडा or like many people may call it Sheetla Ashtami शीतला अष्टमी.  Sheetla Mata, believed to be the Goddess of Small Pox, is worshipped on Sheetla Ashtami which is falling on 28th March 2019 to control the visitation of a smallpox epidemic in the town. This fair is a rural celebration and is quite popular in the interiors of Rajasthan. The fair is also popular among foreign visitors because of the charismatic display of rural life and colors. Sheetla mata is worshipped on this day. Cold and stale food is offered to Sheetla Devi after the puja. This food is known as Basauda. The same food is consumed by the devotees and distributed among everyone.

It is a common belief among all the people that worshiping Sheetla mata on Sheetla Ashtami would prevent them from the deadly outbreak of diseases.

Wish everyone a very Happy Sheetla Ashtami !

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Braj Holi Festival in Bharatpur, Rajasthan

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Braj Holi Festival in Bharatpur, Rajasthan

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The Braj festival in Rajasthan is dedicated to Lord Krishna who is believed to have spent a considerable amount of time in the region called Braj in Bharatpur district of Rajasthan. This festival not only replicates the spirit of Holi but also impersonates the timeless love of Radha and Krishna. The most beautiful highlight of this festival is the Raslila dance performed with great zest and unity. The entire town of Bharatpur is painted into the colours of love and gaiety, where no one is spared from being splashed with colours.

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Celebrated a few days ahead of the actual color festival of holi, the braj holi of bharatpur commemorates the same colorful spirit with great pomp and gusto. The town changes tones. The clouds above are jealous of the clouds below, which will wear but white. Splashes of joy are ubiquitous. Come to Braj for the Braj Holi Festival. As the shades mix, a new hue awaits you on 17th March, 2019.

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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.

 

Immerse In the Jollification of Gangaur

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Gangaur the word is derived from Gan which denotes Isarji (Lord Shiva) and Gauri (Godess Parvati) who symbolizes Saubhagya that is marital bliss. Gangaur is celebrated all over Rajasthan and is state’s one of the most important festivals, predominantly celebrated by women of all ages.  The married women of the house pray for their husbands’ long life and the unmarried young girls look up to getting a good handsome husband like Lord Shiva.

Though the actual celebrations begin from the very next day after Holi and goes on for 18 days. The eve of Gangaur is celebrated as Sinjara.  So, if you are in Rajasthan, here are a few places where you can visit and be a part of the carousal.

  1. Jaipur

The magnificence of the procession starts from the Zanani Deodi in the City Palace, which passes through Tripolia Bazaar, Choti Chaupar, Gangauri Bazaar, Chaugan Stadium, finally closing at Talkatora. The procession consists of bejeweled idols of Lord Shiva and Parvati, decorated elephants, camels, palanquins, chariots, and folk performances. It becomes a sight to behold.

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  1. Shahpura Haveli

The grand Gangaur procession starts from Shahpura Haveli passing through the streets of Shahpura village with royal pomp and pageantry. The procession includes horses, brass band, lancers along with the deities. Witness the charm of various activities and ceremonies of the festival and celebrate with the royal family of Shahpura. If you are interested in the event, go to the link .

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  1. Udaipur

The Gangaur celebration in Udaipur coincides with the Mewar Festival (20-22nd March 2018), which is celebrated to welcome spring. The whole of Udaipur gets soaked in the colors of these festivities. Women carry along with them their Isar- Gangaur in the procession. The procession reaches the Gangaur Ghat and the idols are taken into the royal decorated boats and further immersed in the waters of Pichola Lake.

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  1. Alsisar Mahal, Jhunjhunu

Alsisar witnesses the pomp of Gangaur celebration at an extravagant scale. The whole village comes down to Alsisar Mahal to worship the communion of Shiva and Parvati (Gauri) and enjoy every moment. The procession is followed by folk music and dance which simply multiplies the joy of the festival.

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This year Gangaur is being celebrated on 20th of March 2018. So if you are pinning up options for globetrotting then this is the festival that should not be missed!

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/

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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.

January Festivals in Rajasthan you shouldn’t miss

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Rajasthan is a land of colours, culture and folklore that can be beautifully experienced through its vibrant Fairs and Festivals all through the year. As the new year begins, we invite you to Rajasthan to indulge in Rajasthani culture by being a part of these popular fairs and festivals. There are many exotic Rajasthan Fairs and Festivals that will enchant you with their vibrancy and colorful celebrations in the first month of the year 2018.

Bikaner Camel Festival 

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This city of Rajasthan holds the most offbeat festival you’ll ever hear of. The Bikaner Camel festival is a camel fair that is held every year in the month of January to honor the ship of the desert. It is organized by the department of Tourism, Art and Culture and includes exceptional performances like camel race, camel dance, camel rides and so on. A camel parade marks the beginning of the festival which is followed by camel performances and Rajasthani folk songs, dance and puppet shows.

Not just the majestic animal but also the view of Junagarh fort adds to the beauty of the fest.

Venue- The city of Bikaner hosts the fest every year, not coincidentally though. The city is the only camel breeding region and a lot of camels of the region have served in the wars and a regiment of these camels are a part of the border security force.

Date- The festival is a two day affair. Keep your bags ready for the 13th and 14th of this month to engage in some unprecedented wonders of Bikaner.

Getting there-

By Air

To reach Bikaner, the nearest airport is Jodhpur International Airport. The city lies 235 kilometers from the air terminal. Domestic and international flights connect the city to destinations all over the world. Once you reach the airport, you can easily access Bikaner by roads. There are a number of buses and taxis that ply one this route. You can avail any of these facilities to reach the camel city.

By Rail

Bikaner is service by two railway stations; Bikaner Junction and Lalgarh Railway Station. Both the stations are located at a distance of approximately 6 kms away from the main city and are well-connected with most of the Indian cities. There are frequent trains from Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Jodhpur and other important cities of India.

By Road

By Road, Bikaner is well connected to every city in Rajasthan, the capital city Delhi and other important cities. Frequent buses of the state transports, AC deluxe buses, sleeper coaches, taxis and private vehicles ply on the route.

 

International Kite Festival Jaipur

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The city of Jaipur is infamous for its passion for kite flying. The pink city celebrates the festival to indulge in the joy of looking at the beautiful sky full of colorful dots. People from all over the globe come to participate in this festival and take back the experience of a lifetime as the festival ensures unprecedented kite flying gest. Indulge in kite flying competition, traditional food and rocking music to celebrate the kite flying season with hundreds of like-minded kite lovers.

Venue- Gear up to let your kite be the last one flying in the Jaipur Polo Ground of the city.

Date- Indulge in endless frolic from 14th – 16th of the month in the most colorful city.

Getting There-

By Air

Jaipur has its own city airport. The Sanganer Airport is 13 km from the city. The air terminal receives both domestic and international flights. From the airport taxis, autos, buses and cabs commute to the city.

By Rail

Jaipur is well connected to almost every part of India through the means of Indian Railways. There are several trains commuting to the city. For a royal experience one can take the Palace on Wheels. Luxury trains and other rail rides run on the route. From the railhead, buses, cabs, taxis and autos traverse the city.

By Road

Jaipur has a good network of roads. Frequent connections are available from Delhi and major cities of India. Luxury buses, state owned buses are run by Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation (RSRTC). Cabs, taxis and private vehicles also commute to the capital city of Rajasthan.

Ranthambore Festival 

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Spread across iconic venues inside the Majestic Nahargarh Palace, there is a kaleidoscope of unforgettable moments waiting for you at The Ranthambore Festival.

Dwell under the stars where soulful folk and music performances, luscious food, naked-eye astronomy, forest experiences and breathtaking wildlife stories are awaiting your presence.  With speakers and guests from all around the globe, dive into the delights of the festival celebrating the rich culture of Rajasthan.

Venue– Visit the  Nahargarh Palace of Ranthambhore in Rajasthan to avail the chance of attending 18 spellbinding concerts, 12 wildlife documentaries and 6 workshops.

Date– Get your bags ready for the most amazing exploration of your life. Mark your calendars from 19th to 21st of the month to experience music, nature and wellness.

Getting There-

By Air

The closest airport is Jaipur, which is 160 kms from Nahargarh Palace, Ranthambore. Jaipur is well connected to all metros with daily flights operated by Indigo, Go Air, Jet Airways, and Indian Airlines. Once you land, you can take a prepaid airport taxi or a private taxi to Ranthambore. This will cost you approximately Rs 2500.

By Train (Recommended)

Sawai Madhopur station is only three kilometers (ten minutes drive) from Ranthambore and is well connected to almost every city in India by superfast trains, being the most important railway junction in Rajasthan.

By Road

Ranthambore is well connected with all major highways and if you’re planning a road trip, here’s what you need to know. Jaipur to Ranthambore 180 Km (Approx. 3h via Rajasthan State Hwy 24) Delhi to Ranthambore- 381 Km(Approx. 6 Hours via NH8 and NH 11A) Mumbai to Ranthambore – 1031 Km (Approx. 16 h 51 min via NH 3) Udaipur to Ranthambore- 388 Km (Approx. 6h 10 min via NH 76 and RJ SH 29) Agra to Ranthambore- 239 Km (Approx. 4h 23 min via via RJ SH 1) Ahmedabad to Ranthambore – 640 Km (Approx. 9h 47 min via NH8 and NH 76)

Rajasthan International Film Festival

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RIFF is the biggest Academic and Glamour Film Festival in Rajasthan. This extravaganza showcases a diverse, language independent, selection of the best feature films, documentaries and short films from around the world, on themes of Hindi and English and other Rajasthani cultures and identities.

In addition, the festival also features concerts, gala events, film parties, seminars, workshops and networking opportunities with government representatives, business leaders, local organizations that support film development, film stars, producers, directors, members of the media and more.

Venue- Jaipur holds this festival to let people appreciate the technique and imaginativeness of those in the field.

Date- Get yourself a bucket full of popcorn for enjoying the festival from 20th-23rd January.

Getting There-

By Air

Jaipur has its own city airport. The Sanganer Airport is 13 km from the city. The air terminal receives both domestic and international flights. From the airport taxis, autos, buses and cabs commute to the city.

By Rail

Jaipur is well connected to almost every part of India through the means of Indian Railways. There are several trains commuting to the city. For a royal experience one can take the Palace on Wheels. Luxury trains and other rail rides run on the route. From the railhead, buses, cabs, taxis and autos traverse the city.

By Road

Jaipur has a good network of roads. Frequent connections are available from Delhi and major cities of India. Luxury buses, state owned buses are run by Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation (RSRTC). Cabs, taxis and private vehicles also commute to the capital city of Rajasthan.

Jaipur Literature Festival
The ‘greatest literary show on earth’

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The capital of Rajasthan hosts the biggest literature festival of India where speakers and visitors from all over the globe come to indulge into the pleasures of Literature, music and art. The five day fest brings in thousands of people in Diggi palace of Jaipur where sessions of world’s greatest minds, humanitarians, historians, politicians, business leaders take place.

The fest is not just a place to satisfy your intellectual hunger but also to witness the trending fashion and food. The festival holds cultural programs at various locations as well to truly showcase the heritage of the city.

Venue- The literature festival is organized in the Diggi Palace which is a royal palace turned into a heritage hotel. Part of it is still occupied by the royals of Jaipur.

Date- Keep yourself prepared for some intellectual and cultural bonanza from 24th-28th of January.

Getting there-

By Air

Jaipur has its own city airport. The Sanganer Airport is 13 km from the city. The air terminal receives both domestic and international flights. From the airport taxis, autos, buses and cabs commute to the city.

By Rail

Jaipur is well connected to almost every part of India through the means of Indian Railways. There are several trains commuting to the city. For a royal experience one can take the Palace on Wheels. Luxury trains and other rail rides run on the route. From the railhead, buses, cabs, taxis and autos traverse the city.

Jaipur has a good network of roads. Frequent connections are available from Delhi and major cities of India. Luxury buses, state owned buses are run by Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation (RSRTC). Cabs, taxis and private vehicles also commute to the capital city of Rajasthan

Baneshwar Fair, Dungarpur

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 The name “Baneshwar” came from the “shivlinga” of the Mahadev Temple in the region where the fair takes place presently. The tribes called “Bhils” organize the fair and celebrate the festival. It reflects their customs and traditions. The fair revolves around many rituals and bears a religious significance. The fair is an opportunity for you to witness some unique and varied attributions of the region. Not just a range of handicrafts but also cultural performances, puppet, magic and animal shows will surely make you fall in love with the place.

Venue- Dungarpur, a city in the southernmost part of Rajasthan is the administrative headquarters of Dungarpur District. It is the fastest developing town in extreme South Rajasthan.

Date- Get ready for some outlandish experience from 27th to 31st of this month.

Getting there-

By Air

There are no regular flights from other major cities of the country to Dungarpur. Nearest airport is Dabok Airport.

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79 km away

Dabok Airport (UDR), Udaipur, Rajasthan

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146 km away

By Rail 

Dungarpur is well connected to other major cities of the country via regular trains.

The rail line between Udaipur and Ahmedabad in Gujarat runs through the town.

Railway Station(s): Dungarpur (DNRP)

By Road

You can easily get regular buses to Dungarpur from other major cities of the country.

Bus Station(s): Dungarpur

Desert Festival

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The celebrations of the desert festival make the desert region come alive with color, zest and enthusiasm . The festival commences with a procession in the morning from the Jaisalmer Fort to the Shahid Poonam Singh Stadium.  The gair, gymnastic acts and the fire dance are highlights of the festival. The tribes of the region create an enchanting environment with their poignant folk music recitals and ballads.
Be a spectator of rare competitions like camel polo, camel race, gymnastic stunts on camel back and camel formation dancing. These competitions are followed by the Border Security Force camel tattoo, tug-of-war, turban tying, Maru-Shri (Mr. Desert competition) and the longest moustache competition. The grand finale of the festival is the Rajasthani folk concert following an Air Force display, cricket match and parachuting. Desert safari and camping can be also enjoyed at the eve of the festival.

Venue– Don’t miss your chance to be in Jaisalmer to enjoy delicious food, interesting stalls displaying artifacts, handicrafts and other souvenirs.

Date- Prepare yourself for some mind-blowing experience from 29th to 31st of January.

Getting There-

By Air

Jodhpur Airport is the nearest international airport to reach Jaisalmer. The airport is 337 kilometers away. You can either hire a prepaid or a private taxi from the Airport to reach Jaisalmer.

By Rail

Jaisalmer is well connected with a wide network of trains covering most of the Indian cities. The railway station is located in the centre of the desert city. Once you reach the railhead, there are many auto-rickshaws and private taxis connecting the city.

By Road

Jaisalmer has excellent road connectivity. It is easy to commute to the city. Normal state owned buses, luxury coaches, sleeper AC buses, cabs, taxis and private vehicles can reach the city.