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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 !

January festivals and events in Rajasthan you shouldn’t miss

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Happy 2019! Here comes the season when Rajasthan becomes a canvas of colours and merry day and night! It’s that time of the year when the land of Maharajas gives you an opportunity to live through the best celebrations of life, opulence, and chivalry through dance, music, colours, lights and food! Whenever a person thinks about Rajasthan, the first thing that comes to mind is the lively culture, courteous hospitality, soul-stirring music & dance, and royal heritage! You’re in a mood to drink in the vibrant galore of festivities in Rajasthan and Rajasthan Tourism Beat is ready with the first list of the festivals of 2019! Come, witness or take part in some of the most exciting, and amazing festivals of the state. Come; live through the best festival experience in Rajasthan.

 Bikaner Camel Festival
12-13 January 2019

A vibrant event in the desert land of Bikaner, Camel Festival is organized by the Department of Tourism, Art & Culture Rajasthan every year. In the chilling winter of desert, Camel Festival fills the warmth with cultural evenings, local sports, art and craft fair and business of livestock. Watching decorated camels and men in attractive turbans offers an interesting frame to the photography enthusiasts.

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Lohri
13th January 2019

Lohri is a festival connected with the solar year. The festival is celebrated mark the harvest season’s bliss. This is particularly a happy occasion for the couples from Sikh community, who would sing and dance around the campfire and share delicious delicacies made from jaggery and sesame.

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 Makar Sankranti
14th January 2019

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Makar Sankranti festival coincides with the beginning of the sun’s northward journey, and falls on January 14 according to the solar calendar. Kite festival is the biggest attraction of Makar Sankranti in the pink city of Rajasthan. In Jaipur, this festival is a wonderful spectacle as kites take to the sky all across the state. While one can enjoy colourful kites in a variety of shapes and sizes, the celebration takes a mesmeric turn after sunset. Thousands of lanterns and firecrackers fill the sky with the light of joy on this festival. The Jal Mahal ki paal in Jaipur also hosts an international level Kite flying competition, which sees experts from across the world taking participation.

Jaipur Literature Festival
24th – 28th January 2019

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As the largest FREE literary festival on earth, the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival brings together some of the greatest thinkers and writers from across South Asia and the world. From Nobel laureates to local language writers, Man Booker prize winners to debut novelists, every January the most remarkable, witty, sensitive and brilliant collection of people thong the Jaipur Literature Festival for not just literary sessions but for fashion update too, yeah you read it right!

Immerse in the galore of festivities at Rajasthan Winter Festival, Mt. Abu

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Celebrated with great fervor in Rajasthan’s hill station Mount Abu, this is a colorful festival to relish in the winter season the otherwise hot state. The main element of this festival is a large fair for local artisans to showcase their works. In addition, you can find many cultural activities and attractions during this festival. If you are looking for a destination that also offers adventure time, this is the right festival to take part in. Take a trip to  Mount Abu, Rajasthan right in time for the festival.

Place Of Celebration: Mount Abu, Rajasthan

Time Of Celebration: 29 To 31st December 2018

Unique Attractions and Activities to enjoy during the festival:

  1. Gair, Ghoomar, Daph and other dance performances
  2. Music performances
  3. Boating and rowing races take place in the Nakki Lake
  4. Fireworks at night
  5. Kite flying contest
  6. Fair conducted for handicrafts and handlooms.
  7. Food Festival

Don’t just end your vacation with the festival alone. Explore Mount Abu to have a complete vacation in the hills of Rajasthan.

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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?

 

 

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

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.

 

Immerse in the nine days of Navratri festivities in Rajasthan

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Navratri Festival

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!