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Soak Into The Colourful Festival Of Gangaur With Shahpura, Near Jaipur

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Rajasthan boosts not only in its history and heritage but its beauty reflects in its sparkling deserts, monuments and colorful festivals. On this note, we will take you to one of the most beautiful festivals of RajasthanGANGAUR, which truly embodies the spirit of diversity.

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Gangaur is one of the most colorful & auspicious festivals of Rajasthan – celebrating spring, harvest & marital fidelity. While ‘Gana‘ is another name for Lord Shiva, ‘Gaur‘ symbolises Gauri aka Parvati, his wife, also an epitome of marital bliss. The 18-day festival is observed by both married & unmarried women where they fast, women dress up in red bandhani sarees and turban clad men worship the clay idols of Isar & Parvati.

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When the bright skies have ushered in the festive season of spring, the remote town of Shahpura, located 65 km from the capital Jaipur, came culturally alive when the pious deities of Isar Maharaj & Gangaur Mata were regally taken around the streets and worshipped with vigour & devotion by both men and women.  The Shahpura Gangaur Festival, hosted at Shahpura Haveli was organized by Rani Ratna Kumari Foundation in association with the Rajasthan Tourism Department.

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On the day of Gangaur, the celebration began with the married & unmarried woman; all dressed in colorful Rajasthani attires worshipped idols of Isar Maharaj & Gangaur Mata at the Shahpura Haveli. It was a spectacle to see the idols being gloriously taken to Rawla Moti Mahal, where the great Gangaur Mahotsav was organised. The major attractions of Shahpura Gangaur Festival were the cultural performances of local artists & folk musicians of Rajasthan, several kinds of regional nritya (dances) like Mayur, Nritya, Masak Nritya, Behpang Nritya, magician performance, horse show, and other traditional games & competitions. Artists from various parts of the country namely Udaipur, Deeg, Jodhpur, Haryana, Punjab performed magnificently oozing talent with their euphonic tunes and twinkle toes. The royal family of Shahpura also participated in the festival. The Rani Ratna Kumari Foundation Trust, which works for the upliftment of the downtrodden sections of this small village of Shahpura also felicitated the local artisans in a ceremony.

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The grand procession of Isar Maharaj & Gangaur Mata began with all its regal pomp and pageantry at 5 p.m. from Rawla Moti Mahal. Both men & women could be seen beaming in colors of Rajasthan.  The procession passing through the vivid markets of the town, encompassed horses, camels, traditional folk dancers, brass bands from Punjab, lancers etc. along with the pious deities of Gangaur Mata ji and Bhagwan Isar ji Maharaj, finally converging at the newly restored Gopinath Temple. The town was seen teeming with both foreign nationals and domestic tourists rejoicing the festivities.

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Celebrated with great pomp and show, Shahpura Gangaur Festival gave visitors and tourists a spectacular opportunity to observe Rajasthan’s magnificent culture from close quarters. We are already waiting for next year to witness such a splendid event in a all its royal glamour. Are you?

 

 

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Jaipur witnessed mesmeric Holi moments with ‘Rangarang’ at Jawahar Kala Kendra

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Jaipur’s arts epicenter, Jawahar Kala Kendra (JKK) witnessed a striking Holi celebration ‘Rangarang’ yesterday. The amphitheatre, Madhyavarti, was brimming with verve and gusto as different Rajasthani folk music and dance artists presented scintillating performances  at the festival one after the other. As many as 75 amazing artists participated in this celebration of colours and fervor.

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The programme began with the Chari dance of Kishangarh by Veerendra Singh & Group. This was followed by Gair dance of Jalore by Thana Ram & Group. Next came up the Shekhawati Chang performance by Gopal Geela & Group which received much applause from the audience. To conclude the evening, a group led by Manisha Sharma presented the traditional folk dance. This was coupled with the beautiful Brij Holi of flower petals by Ashok Sharma and Group.

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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

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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.

 

Immerse in the nine days of Navratri festivities in Rajasthan

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Navratri begins tomorrow!
Pujas and nine days rituals at home,  holidays on the cards, so many typical traditional outfits, dandiya & garba plans, fasting for peace and prosperity and a lot more is what these nine days indeed promise. When it comes to celebrating traditions and making the most out of these happy times one should never lag behind.

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Navratri is a festival devoted to the worship of Goddess Durga. The word ‘Navratri’ literally means ‘nine nights’ in Sanskrit; Nav – Nine and Ratri – nights. And hence the merriment takes place for 9 days. All through the nine nights and ten days, various forms of Goddess Durga are worshipped.

This year, Navratri is commencing from Thursday, September 21st and will end on Friday September 29th. On Saturday September 30th  Dusshera will be observed to celebrate the victory over evil.

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Each of the 9 days in Rajasthan will start with first seeking blessings from the goddess and then moving on to celebration. Several places in Rajasthan will be lit up during this time with everybody gushing with energy throughout. People get dressed in colorful attires and participate in Garba folk dance and Dandiya-Raas in which people match their steps to the rhythm of music and dance using dandiya (wooden sticks) with their partners.

 

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Navratri festival does bring people closer to each other and soak everyone in its joyous colors! This festival is especially popular among tourists because it gives them an opportunity to get closer to the rich culture of Rajasthan.

So, now that the festival is this close, get ready to participate this year in the enthusiastic and vibrant festival of Navratri! After all this is the exact time to meet locals of town and know more about the state’s culture ;). You just have to know the right place to be!

Rajasthan witnesses the festivities of Saawan Teej

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Rajasthan is always bathed in the colours of fairs and festivals all round the year! Festival of every religion is celebrated here with true passion and similar beauty, be it welcoming or bidding farewell to a season, praying for the healthy life of spouse or any other small or big occasion for that matter. Each festival holds a significant importance in the lives of people in Rajasthan.

 

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One would not just feel the lively spirit of Rajasthan’s people around the festivals, but could also witness the rich culture of Rajasthan. And one such festival is Teej, which is falling today, 26th July this year 🙂 As per mythology, Teej was the day when Goddess Parvati reunited with Lord Shiva after a long separation. It is believed that whoever worships Parvati on this day is fortunate enough to get their desired life partner by her blessings. Sinjhara is celebrated one day prior to Teej when the swings are decked with flowers and hung from trees, women dressed in leheriya and decked with beautiful jewellery make merry and sing songs! Teej symbolizes celebration of growth when women observe fasts for the long life of their husbands and men pray for good rain and crop.

The Jaipur City of Rajasthan celebrates Teej with great pomp and fair. One day before Teej, a married woman receives Sinjhara from her parents, which is a hamper that includes bindi, vermilion, mehandi or henna, bangles, ghewar and Lehariya as a symbol of their love and covertures. She then adorns herself with henna, jewels, wear lahariya sari and take delight in the celebrations of this auspicious festival of Teej.

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On City level, a decorated procession of Goddess Parvati winds magnificently through the Old City of Jaipur with chariots, elephants and dancers for two days. Other than the traditional procession of Goddess Teej, to showcase the charm and culture of Rajasthan this year  once again ‘Taal Katora Ki Paal’ will be the hub of a large number of folk and cultural events, where locals and tourists can enjoy the cultural activities. Later the Teej idols will be submerged at Taal Katora pond.

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The tempting aromas of Ghewar being cooked on sweet shops, colourful lehariyas, and blossoming flowers and women folks decked up in their traditional best add more colours to the essence of jovial season.

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So if you also wish to join in the festivities of Saawan ki Teej in this beautiful weather, then visit Jaipur as the celebration will continue till 27th evening here!

Rajasthan witnessed First Ranthambore Festival at Nahargarh Palace!

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Winter is the best time when Rajasthan plays host to number of festivals viz-Jaipur Literature Festival, Jaipur International Film Festival, Jaipur Jewellery Show, Rajasthan International Film Festival, Magnetic Fields, Kite Festival to name few but this year there was one more crown added to the already existing list of Festivals of Rajasthan and this was The Ranthambore Festival that happened for the first time and one of its kind at the Nahargarh Palace of Ranthambore. The three day festival that took place between 27-29th Jan was an initiative by NGO Pukar Foundation and Alsisar Hotels. The core team behind the conceptualiztion of this magnanimous event was  Abhimanyu Singh Alsisar (Hotelier) and Ashutosh Pandey, who brought together international and Indian musical luminaries, nature and wildlife conservationists and lovers, business thought leaders on one stage.

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The Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje on 27th Jan2017 inaugurated the event, which was a huge turnout.

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The venue of Ranthambore Festival was none other than the most luxurious heritage hotel Nahargarh (Alsisar Hotels) that resembles a 16th century fortress. Once a hunting ground for the Maharaja’s, the grandeur and sheer magnificence of the architecture of this palace with beautiful arches and chhatries, halls, courtyards, avenues, and terraces when illuminated during the festival with lights was the sight to behold.

 

With this festival Abhimanyu Singh Alsisar continued an age-old tradition of patronage to promote both Ranthambore and folk artists of Rajasthan. Before the festival Abhimanyu travelled for several months and hand picked 36 talented performers from the interior locations of Rajasthan so that to preserve and encourage the cultural wealth of our state which is almost dying.

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For all three days the six areas of the Nahargarh Palace viz. Annexe Lawns, Bookasmile Hathikund Main Stage, First Stone Amphitheater, Pool Side, The Den and The East Terrace were buzzing with people coming from different parts of the world.

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The events started as early as 6.30 am and continued till 2 am at night. The success of the event can be imagined when the First Stone amphitheater was fully occupied even at 12.30 am when the film based on the various artists performing at Ranthambhore was screened.

 

Wildlife panel discussions, films, workshops, drum circles, live cooking sessions, photography exhibition, handicrafts displayed at the festival altogether made for a complete festival experience at the remote location of Ranthmbore.

Let’s have a glimpse on people who visited, performers who performed, the little handicraft market, the food stalls and some highlights of this first ever festival happened in the land which till date was known only for its wildlife but now for sure in the coming years people are going to remember Ranthambore for Ranthambore Festival too cause after the successful start we all know that our next travel destination is going to be this place.

Till 2017 cherish the moments!

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The Winter Festival Is Back With New Colors

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Mount Abu is known as the summer capital of Rajasthan as it the only hill station of Rajasthan located on the highest peak of the Aravallis. This Oasis of Rajasthan with its picturesque location and colorful culture is the main attraction to the Winter Festival.winter1

The Winter Festival takes place every year during the last week of December, and this year it is from 29th to 31st December 2015. This year the Mount Abu Festival has been reinvented with fluorescent golf balls to bring enthusiasm from the mundane Matka Race, Matka Phor, Tug of War, etc. The festival like every year is organized by Rajasthan Tourism and Municipal Board of Mount Abu, but this time the event is managed by a company- E Factor Entertainment which will add a lot of activities to the original events.

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So, mark your calendar as the three day carnival is all about fun, food and festivities.