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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!

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10 not to be missed Holi Events in Rajasthan

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Dance, music and colours are awaiting your arrival at the most happening colourful festival of the season, Holi. The land of colours through Rajasthan Tourism Beat brings to you a tremendous number of Holi parties where you can make your Holi-days worthwhile. So guys and girls, get ready to let your hair down and groove your moves on the musical beats of the most happening Holi celebrations in Rajasthan.

  1. Holi On The House

In the mood for some rain dance and live dhol where some extravagant Bollywood songs will be playing in the backdrop? This Holi party promises just that and much more. Snack on from the live food counters whilst you play with organic colours and water guns only at Heiwa Heaven. Book your tickets now : https://www.heiwaheaven.com/holi/

Date:  2nd March

Venue: Heiwa Heaven

Time: 10a.m- 4p.m.

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  1. Rang Barse Jaipur- Holi Event

Come one, come all, and attend the most hip and happening Holi festival of the season. Let the colours shower on you while you dance on the extravagant music by one and only DJ BNU and DJ Maddy. Join in the colourful celebration now !

Date: 2nd March

Venue: The Heritage Village Resort & Spa

Time: 10a.m. onwards

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  1. Holi Music Festival

Celebrate the Holi day by wearing whites, vivacious vibes and trance tides with the biggest Holi Music Festival in town. Soak yourself into the vibrant music festival with DJ INDOMAFIA, PRASH, SYNC and Yash Tyagi in the lush green gardens of Narayan Singh Hotel with your friends!

Date: 2nd March

Venue: Hotel Narain Niwas Palace

Time: 9a.m. onwards

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  1. Rangarang

Fond of Rajasthani Folk dance and music? Enter the beautiful world of Rangarang, where you will witness Holi celebrations in full traditional form. Mark your calendars now !

Date: 28th February

Venue: Jawahar Kala Kendra

Time: 6:30p.m.

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  1. Holi With Elephants

This time celebrate the festival of Holi in style with elephants. There will be dance; there will be music and lot of competitions to keep you engaged throughout the festival. Enjoy the buffet lunch along with relishing thandai and enter the magical world of colours where elephants will be seen performing various sorts of acts right in front of you.

Date: 2ndMarch

Venue: Near Elephant Village, Jaipur

Time: 9a.m. onwards

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6. Dhulandi Festival

Organised by the Department of Tourism of Rajasthan especially for tourists, Dhulandi Festival is a grand celebration of colours and water. Play with dry colours and water whilst you enjoy the stunning cultural performances by folk artists in Jaipur.

Date: 2nd March

Venue: Khasa Kothi Hotel

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7. Udaipur Holi Fest 2018

Udaipur Holi Fest is one of the biggest and the most colorful holi parties in the Lake City!
With rain dance, mud , live music, live food & unlimited  fun, this is going to be your best holi party in Udaipur till date!

Date : 1st & 2nd March, 2018

Time:
1st march 6:00 PM – 10:30 PM
2nd march: 11.00 AM – 4.00 PM

Event Details contact :-8386999700,9529511234, 9460207571, 9252534656

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8. Holi with Maharana of Udaipur

At The Royal City Palace, Udaipur, the Maharana of Mewar- Shree Arvind Singh Mewar presides over the Hindu festival of Holi. Attended by dignitaries, guests and foreign tourists. The Maharana arrives in a elaborate procession. A bonfire is lit, signifying the triumph of good over evil. Drums, folk dances and celebrations are followed by cocktails and an elaborate dinner and fireworks.

Dates: 1st and 2nd March, 2018

Venue: City Palace Udaipur

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9. Holi in Braj,  Bharatpur

The festival is celebrated for three days in the Braj region, which is situated in the Bharatpur district of Rajasthan. The area in and around the Braj is believed to be the region where Lord Krishna spent his childhood, playing pranks and showing many aspects of his transcendental activities. Local people don multi-colored, vibrant attires and celebrate by singing and dancing and emulating Raslila, depicting the divine love between Radha and Krishna.

The energy identified with festival can be seen manifesting the entire Bharatpur region in the form of songs and dance and locals splashing colors on each other. People can be seen everywhere in high spirits and festive mood and all set to welcome Holi. Besides this, you should also not miss the Dolchi holi of Bikaner.

Date: 2nd March

Venue: Entire Braj region of Bharatpur and Bikaner

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10.  Pushkar’s “Kapda Faad” Holi 

This is your chance to experience Holi in the most raw and  traditional style in the land of Lord Brahma. The festival in Pushkar promises colors, music, food, and fun! The celebration of Holi in Pushkar brings together Indian and Western cultures. You can witness the internationally famous  Kapda Faad  Holi with participation from over 5000 foreigners, who will be dancing on the streets of Pushkar.

Dates: 2nd March, 2018

Venue: Varaah Ghat and Streets of Pushkar

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Happy Holi ! 🙂

Smashing colors, melodious folk songs and dancing on drumbeats- Rajasthan’s Holi is unique

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The vibrant festival of colors – Holi is back this month (12th and 13th March 2017). This festival is celebrated in all of India, heralding the arrival of spring and giving adieu to winter. Spring season symbolizes a new beginning, fresh and optimistic start to life.

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The colorful festival of Holi has a mythological significance attached to it.

DAY 1 Sunday (12th March 2017):

On the eve of Holi, people light bonfire to mark the occasion of evil spirits in a ritual called Holika Dahan. Prahlad, a young follower of Lord Vishnu was forcefully taken into the burning fire but escaped the fire which proved to be a miracle. This was thus regarded as the triumph over evil.

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DAY 2  Monday (13th March 2017):

The next morning, people celebrate the victory with vibrant colors, singing, dancing, eating delicacies and celebrate the joyous moment of life by socializing with everyone. People dance to the beats of drums, sing, play games, drink bhaang and enjoy the festival in full energy and spirit.

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The royal courts of Jaipur and Udaipur in Rajasthan play this festival in their unique style by throwing colors with tourists and visitors from all around the world.  The entire region is painted in colors as no one minds getting colorful on this day as people shout – Bura Na Mano, Holi Hai!

Get Colorful As Bura Na Mano, Holi Hai!

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The vibrant festival of colors – Holi is back this month (23rd and 24th March 2016). This festival is celebrated in all of India, heralding the arrival of spring and giving adieu to winter. Spring season symbolizes a new beginning, fresh and optimistic start to life.

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The colorful festival of Holi has a mythological significance attached to it.

DAY 1 (23rd March 2016):

On the eve of Holi, people light bonfire to mark the occasion of evil spirits in a ritual called Holika Dahan. Prahlad, a young follower of Lord Vishnu was forcefully taken into the burning fire but escaped the fire which proved to be a miracle. This was thus regarded as the triumph over evil.

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DAY 2 (24th March 2016):

The next morning, people celebrate the victory with vibrant colors, singing, dancing, eating delicacies and celebrate the joyous moment of life by socializing with everyone. People dance to the beats of drums, sing, play games, drink bhanng and enjoy the festival in full energy and spirit.

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The royal courts of Jaipur and Udaipur in Rajasthan play this festival in their unique style by throwing colors with tourists and visitors from all around the world.  The entire region is painted in colors as no one minds getting colorful on this day as people shout – Bura Na Mano, Holi Hai!

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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Experience Real Rajasthan At Narlai

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If you are planning for a weekend getaway or a trip to royal Rajasthan – Narlai is the right place of which you might not be aware of.
Narlai is a small village surrounded by the oldest Aravalli range in Pali district, Rajasthan. It lies in between Udaipur and Jodhpur. Narlai is a perfect holiday destination to enjoy and experience a Rajasthani village life with the best equestrian Marwari horses and its splendid folk tales. This 17th century village gives a perception of the rural Rajasthan and the visit to this small hamlet would surely leave you spellbound.

Although Narlai is a small village, there are many places one could visit. Narlai is well known for its old temples, step wells and marble archways. The most famous of all Jain temples is Adinath Jain Temple which is situated at the main entrance of the village.  There are other Jain temples which have historical importance and are also known for their archaeological structures and ancient scripts. A 15 day festival on Holi every year is a significant feature at the Ai Mata Ka Mandir, which is a popular temple among the Hindus.

Narlai has other significant places like Ghoradara Dam, which is situated at a distance of approximately 3 km. As Narlai lies between Jodhpur and Udaipur, the district of Pali has a small town of Ranakpur, which has the Surya Narayan Temple as its main tourist attraction.IMG_1647 copy

So if you are ready to experience the real rural Rajasthan and want to bask in its beauty, Narlai is the right place to taste the true flavor of Rajasthan and relish its hospitality.

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Why Sheetala Ashtami Is Celebrated In Rajasthan

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Rajasthan is known for its colorful culture, fairs and festivals. One such festival is Sheetala Ashtami, also known as ‘Basoda’ which fall on the 8th day after Holi. It is celebrated in the Chaitra month of the Hindu calendar.

Sheetala Mata is considered as the seasonal goddess of spring/ Vasant. She is referred as the goddess of diseases, especially small pox and chicken pox. The fast on this day is said to be for eliminating skin diseases in the family as well as in the community. It is also kept for proper health and hygiene. Sheetala Mata is although worshipped widely in many parts of India but is one of the most important festival of Rajasthan.

Sheetala, as the name itself reflects cold and calmness, the food is prepared on the previous day as no one is believed to light the stoves on the day of the festival. Stale and cold food is offered to the goddess and then served and distributed as Prasad. The variety of food varies from house to house but the main food items, which are common in many houses, are puri/ paratha, kheer, kair sangari, gatte and gulgule/ pakode.

Sheetala Mata Fair also takes place on Sheetala Ashtami. Though, this festival is celebrated in many parts of Rajasthan like Jodhpur, Bhilwara, Barmer, etc. but the Sheetala Mata Fair of Chaksu is a famous one. It is around 35 km from Jaipur to get there, where the temple is situated on top of a small hillock.