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Head To The Hill Station of Rajasthan To Enjoy The Summer Festival

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Head To The Hill Station of Rajasthan To Enjoy The Summer Festival

You must be wondering that the dry and arid land of Rajasthan has nothing but deserts and sand dunes. But if you think so sitting afar and simply agreeing with this statement, you are most welcome to the state of Rajasthan which not only revolves around monotonous brown sandy deserts. Rajasthan rich with its heritage, culture and traditions has a lot to offer to its guests. With fairs and festivities being celebrated throughout the year, Rajasthan is very vibrant and colourful.

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Also to answer your question of it being a desert, Rajasthan have sufficient water to quench your thirst as many rivers flow through our land. Not only this, Rajasthan also has a hill station where you can head to, to beat the summer heat. Though the summer temperatures are as high as 50 degree Celsius, our hill station – Mt. Abu which is one of top 10 getaways from the state’s capital. Mt. Abu hosts a Summer Festival, to make you realize it is not that hot.

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The three day Summer Festival is here again with its unique celebrations and festivities from 11th May to 13th May 2018. With the soulful ballad singing to mesmerizing folk dance forms like Gair, Ghoomar and Daph, the celebrations will kick off in style. The highlight of the Summer Festival this time is the Sham-e-Qawwali, which features some of the best folk singers from India. Some other events to keep you engaged in the beauty of the state are horse racing, tug of war, skating races, CRPF band show and boat races on the Nakki Lake.

Come down to Rajasthan to experience the summers with its unique chilly and windy evenings and make it a one of its kind.

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Enjoy Ghoomar at Hawa Mahal

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In an endeavor to provide more insight into Rajasthani culture and heritage the State Archaeology and Museum Department is to initiate an interactive programme for tourists visiting Jaipur where then can be a part of the troupe performing traditional Rajasthani Dances such as Ghoomar, Ghavai and Bhavai.

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The icon of Jaipur, Hawa Mahal will play host to this event in which around 25 participants performing for 1 hour between 7 A.M. to 8 A.M. A puppet show a hit with foreign tourists will form a part of this show too.

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The tourists of foreign origin wishing to participate will have to shell out a fee of Rs. 100 per person while Indian tourist shall have to pay Rs. 50 each. The fee for recording the programme with a camera will be Rs100 common for both categories of tourists

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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Ghoomar listed among the world’s 10 most amazing local dances

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Ghoomar, a folk dance of Rajasthan, has found its way into the list of world’s most amazing local dances after an international travel website ranked it fourth on the list.

The ochre expanse of the Thar Desert of Rajasthan comes alive with the visual relief of its brightly dressed inhabitants; and when its dancers take the center stage, you just cannot stop tapping your feet. The Ghoomar Dance is one of the most popular folk dances of Rajasthan.

Ghoomar is not just a display of rhythmic talent; its graceful performance in conjunction with the twirling of colourful, long-flowing skirts elevates its aesthetic appeal. It is performed by women arranged in circles occasionally snapping or clapping sometimes accompanied by men who are also expected to sing together. They move in clockwise or anticlockwise direction and when they dance the grace and the vibrant colours of ghaghra (skirts) can be seen.

Like so many folk dances, Ghoomar is usually performed during special occasions to worship religious deities

Dance up to your Rajasthani soul on International Dance Day!

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The people of Rajasthan know the real art of living life to the fullest with total enjoyment in spite of harsh weather conditions and rough terrains. The fascinating dances of Rajasthan reflect culture, geography, customs and nature of the people of Rajasthan in a very apt and colorful manner with the perfect locale blending.

Interestingly, each region of Rajasthan has its own unique folk dance forms. These dances are vibrant and dynamic with graceful body movements. The best part is when the myriad hues of colors, transform the barren land into a happy zone, with the colorful costumes, combining the lively folk music.

Various famous dance forms of Rajasthan are:

Bhavai is one of the most dramatic dance forms of Rajasthan. It is quite amazing to watch women dancers accomplishing the balancing act whilst their feet are settled on the edge of a sword or glass top!!

Chari is a dance form with effortless hand and foot movements while balancing brass pots placed on the heads of the dancers.

Gair is performed, both by men and women. Here the dancers move first in clockwise and then in anti-clockwise directions beating their sticks to create the rhythm when they turn.  This form has two versions; one is Dandi Gair of Marwar region and the other is Geendad of Shekhawati region.

Ghoomar is a community dance of Rajputs but very popular in all –over Rajasthan region! According to traditional rituals, a bride is expected to welcome her husband while showing her grace and love through this dance form.

Kachhi Ghodi is performed for the entertainment of bridegroom’s party. Dancers adorn the elaborate costumes giving the effect as if riding on a dummy horse! It originated in Shekhawati region.

Kaalbeliya is one of the sensuous dance forms performed with great flexibility and pace by the snake charmers community. The dancers get attired in long black skirts decorated with silver ribbons.

Terahtaali is named so, because thirteen cymbals are tied to various parts of dancer’s body which they strike with their graceful hand movements. It is a devotional dance form of Kamad community honoring their folk hero Baba Ramdev.

So, even the arid land has chimes and grooves that have taken the popularity of Rajasthan to the international arenas. As the International Dance Day reaches its beautiful eve, people of Rajasthan will always take pride in their ostentatious and lovely culture where the nakharali Ghoomar and chaabli Kachhi Ghodi will jazz up the feet automatically!!