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Kumbhalgarh Festival- a vibrant three-day celebration of the cultural heritage of Rajasthan.

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Kumbhalgarh Festival- a vibrant three-day celebration of the cultural heritage of Rajasthan.
Kumbhalgarh Fort

Kumbhalgarh Fort

The multi-hued culture of Rajasthan will be on full display during the upcoming Kumbhalgarh Festival from 1st – 3rd December 2019 at the majestic Kumbhalgarh Fort. The festival aims to enthrall the onlookers with everything that Rajasthan stands for. Various cultural performances and competitions are planned to give the participants a glimpse of the rustic side of the state.

Kumbhalgarh Fort The full landscape view of Kumbhalgarh

The festival commemorates Maharana Kumbha’s contribution toward art and culture at the historic fort of Kumbhalgarh, located at Aravalli Hills, 84 km north to Udaipur. Many activities and cultural programmes are organized to entertain the people visiting the fest. The cultural festival has been organized for more than a decade annually.

The festival is divided into two sections- day and night. In the daytime, there are exhibitions by the locals where they display regional ethnic wear, jewellery, handicrafts, souvenirs, etc. In the evening it is full of sound, vibrant and colourful light with dance and music performances by the finest artists across India. A few competitions among locals and foreigners are also conducted such as Pagadi Bandho (Tying the turban), Mehendi Mandana (henna applying)Tug of war, musical chair, etc. Visitors also witness the historical and popular puppet show organized every year.

Around the festival time, Kumbhalgarh Fort turns into a majestic sight with the decorations and lightings. The 3-day festival brings the art and culture of other states together and hosts competitions to bring out the enthusiasm among the visitors. Kalbeliyas, Langas, Terahtaali, Kachi Ghodi and Odissi dancers enthrall the audience with their performances. The fest is also looked upon as an opportunity for foreign tourists to get the taste of Rajasthan. The Sufi songs, Rajasthani folk dance, and saperaI (snake) dance are the major highlights of Kumbhalgarh Festival. 

The magnanimous fort is popular as a World Heritage Site, constructed and expanded in the course of the 15-19th century by Rana Kumbha. Kumbhalgarh is also the birthplace of Maharana Pratap, the great king, and warrior of Mewar. The mighty fort, believed to be built by Rana Kumbha in the 15th century, is also known as the second-largest wall after the Great Wall of China.

Images: Gaurav Hajela Photography

Kumbhalgarh Festival kicked off today

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The unconquered fort of Kumbhalgarh is majestic, and the stern and strong stature of the fort is amazingly inspiring!  To patronize the overall aura  and magnificence of Kumbhalgarh area, the tourism department of Rajasthan has organized an exquisite festival- ‘Kumbhalgarh Festival’ purely dedicated to the place!

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Kumbhalgarh Festival, every year, in all its glory promotes the artistic and cultural heritage of the place. It is a beautiful effort of the tourism department of Rajasthan, which is primarily divided into two parts-Folk performances at the daytime and an impressive show of light and sound at night.  It is also a platform where India’s finest classical musician, artists and renowned dancers assemble to delight the viewers with their best performances. Among the highlights of this festival includes the dance performance by local artists. Indulging games and sports such as musical chairs, turban tying and tug of war are also a part of the festival that encourages tourists to participate and enjoy.

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The festival has kicked off today i.e 01- 03 December 2016 .If you are somewhere near or around Udaipur, Kumbhalgarh, don’t miss the opportunity to be part of this fun filled festival.

Here are the rushes from the festival held in March this year 🙂 

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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Kumbhalgarh Classical Dance Festival

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A festival that pays tribute to Maharna Kumbha, the patron of the best of Indian martial and fine arts, architecture and learning in Rajasthan, every year at the magnanimous fort of Kumbhalgarh.

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The Kumbhalgarh Classical Dance Festival is organized by Rajasthan Tourism Organization from January 28 to 30th 2015 to promote Kumbhalgarh as a tourist destination. The festival brings together many of India’s finest artist, musicians and dancers against the backdrop of the glowing citadel.

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Kumbhalgarh Fort

The 3 days’ programme offers a mesmerizing festival of performances in the day as well as night time. Folk arts, dance recitals and classical music bedazzled with scintillating sound, light and color creates a spectacular ambiance, especially for the foreign tourists in the town.

5 Long Weekend Destinations in Rajasthan

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The monsoon showers have deluged entire south, west and northern regions of India and this rejoicing weather is urging you to go out and enjoy the monsoon showers with family and loved ones or may be with yourself 🙂 But the work is not allowing you to take days off. Right? Oh well well !! Here’s your chance to steal some fun moments from the calendar. This year, Independence Day is falling on Friday, which means you will be getting a three day weekend to enjoy a desirably satisfying small holiday and your share of Monsoon!!

In this post we would suggest you some quick getaways to Rajasthan!! Here’s a list of some stunning and awesome destinations to spoil you with compelling choices.  Go ahead and plan your extended weekend!

  1. Udaipur and Mount Abu

Plan a trip to Udaipur endearingly called “Venice of East” for its mighty forts and palaces surrounded by shimmering lakes. The rustic hues of monsoon offer a marvelous experience of the royal city. Get awed by the beauty of Monsoon Palace, Lake Palace, Bagore Mansion, take a royal ride on horseback or indulge in city street shopping. If the city get a little too much urban, take a road trip to Mount Abu, the only hill station in Rajasthan complete with gushing waterfalls, melting sunset points and awe inspiring natural sceneries.

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Possible Itinerary: Delhi – Udaipur -Mount Abu – Delhi:

14th August (Thursday night) Delhi to  Udaipur ( Friday Morning) by Chetak Express / Mewar Express or by bus.

15th August: (Friday) Spend the day in Udaipur

16th August (Saturday): Enjoy the morning in Udaipur, leave for Mount Abu in the afternoon by a bus, reach Mount Abu by late evening

17th August (Sunday): Sightseeing in Mount Abu

17th August (Sunday night): Mount Abu to New Delhi (Monday morning) by Swarna J Raj Express or Ashram Express or by bus via Jodhpur or a direct taxi to Delhi

From Mumbai also you can travel the beautiful city Udaipur along with Mount Abu.

15th August, Friday: Reach Udaipur by Flight in the morning or by UDZ Superfast Express Train in the Afternoon.

15th August: Spend the evening in Udaipur.

16th August Saturday: Enjoy the morning in Udaipur leave for Mount Abu in the afternoon by a bus, reach Mount Abu by late evening.

17th August (Sunday): Sightseeing in Mount Abu

17th August (Sunday night): Mount Abu to Udaipur and then flight back to Mumbai.

  1. Jodhpur Jaisalmer from Delhi

The rambling desert land of Jaisalmer covers itself up in shades of green during the monsoons while Jodhpur, the blue city of Rajasthan accentuates its colors in the rains. These rain washed cities look picturesque dotted with ancient forts like Mehrangarh Fort or Jaisalmer Fort; Palaces like Patwon ki Haveli and Umaid Bhavan Palace are just some of the many culturally and historically significant sites to see.

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Jaisalmer Fort

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Possible Itinerary: Delhi – Jaisalmer – Jaipur – Delhi:

14th August Thursday Board a delhi Jaisalmer express train on Thursday to reach Jaisalmer on Friday Morning or take a taxi/bus.

15th August: (Friday) Enjoy the day in Jaisalmer, Explore Sand dunes nearby and the Golden Fort

16th August (Saturday): Enjoy the day in Jaisalmer, leave for Jodhpur in the evening by a bus or by a cab or by Jaisalmer Delhi express, reach Jodhpur by late evening

17th August (Sunday): Sightseeing + Food tour +Shopping in Jodhpur

17th August (Sunday night): Jodhpur to New Delhi (Monday morning) by Mandor Express by bus/taxi

  1. Ranakpur Kumbhalgarh

Ranakpur is a marvelous epitome of nature’s beauty and fabulous marble architecture. Mainly a Jain pilgrimage, Ranakpur would offer you a delighting monsoon experience amid the lush Aravalli ranges. Followed by the sculptured temple sighting tour you can head to a trip to the mesmerizing Kumbhalgarh fort by road. With seven fortified gateways, Kumbhalgarh Fort is famous for its longest wall in after the Great Wall of China.

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Possible Itinerary Delhi-Ranakpur-Udaipur-Delhi

14th August Thursday: Take HW ADI Mail and reach Falna station on 15th August Friday Morning. Take Taxi/Bus to Ranakpur.

15th August Friday: Sightseeing, Shopping and Photography in Ranakpur.

16th August Saturday: Afternoon 45 minutes drive to Kumbhalgarh Fort and then reach Udaipur.

17th Sunday Udaipur sightseeing and Journey back to Delhi by Train/Bus.

 

  1. Ajmer Pushkar

The holy cities of Pushkar and Ajmer together house two of the most revered holy sites in India. The 14 century Temple dedicated to Brahma is surrounded by numerous ghats and the Pushkar Lake which owes its existence to a legend. Ajmer on the other hand is known for the Shrine of Sufi Saint Moinuddin Chistri, Ajmer’s Dargah Shariff is an important pilgrimage site. Akbar Fort Museum in Ajmer is another place to visit or you can also go shopping in the small colorful markets of Pushkar for handicrafts.

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Possible Itinerary: Delhi – Ajmer – Pushkar – Delhi:

15th August (morning) Delhi to  Ajmer ( Friday afternoon) by Ajmer Shatabdi or by a taxi/bus, spend the day in Ajmer

16th August (Saturday): Visit Pushkar by a cab/bus and enjoy the day in Pushkar

17th August (Sunday): Relax in Pushkar in the lake side cafes; go back to Ajmer by evening

17th August (Sunday night): Ajmer to New Delhi (Monday morning) by Chetak Express by bus/taxi

  1. Mandawa Nawalgarh Shekhawati

Walk through the painted frescoes of Mandawa and Nawalgarh – the story book town of Shekhawati.  Famous for its magnificently painted havelis and frescoed walls, mandawa is a small town and Nawalgarh is an absolute retreat for those who admire art. The land of great business families of India depicts stupendous history through it intricate paintings and ancient havelis. The famous ones are Poddar Haveli, Morarka Haveli and Aath Haveli in Nawalgarh and Mandawa haveli.  Also don’t miss to check out the colorful bazaars of the town.

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Possible Itinerary  Jaipur- Mandawa- Nawalgarh

15th August Friday: Take a bus/taxi from Jaipur and Reach Nawalgarh in 3- 4 hours.

15th August : visit Havelis like Gulab Rai Ladia Haveli, Bansidhar Nevatia Haveli till evening Dinner at Hotel and retire for Night.

16th August Saturday: Breakfast in the hotel, check out from Hotel and drive to Nawalgarh. Enjoy the fresco trail route of painted walls on the streets of Nawalgarh followed by a Rajasthani style dinner and entertainment at the hotel.

17th Route back to Jaipur with splendid views of lush green Aravalli ranges and roads washed with monsoon showers.

Magnificent forts and palaces of Rajasthan

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Amer Fort, Jaipur

” Magical and Mystical” – Rajasthan is the state that spells royalty in its way of life. Legendary epics of bravery and romance can still be smelled in its soil. Enticingly known as ‘Land of Kings‘, Rajasthan has multi hued faces from Great Indian Thar Desert in west to Tiger cocoon ‘Sariska’ in the east. Romance and adventure prevail in every nook and corner of Rajasthan, and its diverse culture makes it a cultural rich destination of India. Mammoth forts attract heritage enthusiasts from across the borders. Rajasthan is much known for its historically rich ‘Forts and Palaces

Impressive history of Rajasthan tells about Kings and Queens of Rajasthan and the forts built during their reign narrate some nerve chilling stories of valor and bravery of those Kings and Queens. Though every fort has a unique and exciting story to tell, but their magnificence is worth admiring and being cherished. Regal and luxurious palaces of Rajasthan are marvelous in their own ways. India’s largest Chittorgarh fort speaks of Rajput’s bravery and regalia. Other famous forts are Jaigarh Fort, Mehrangarh Fort, Jaisalmer Fort, Junagarh Fort. The most recognized forts of Rajasthan which are also honored with the title of UNESCO’s “World Heritage Site” title are Amber, Chittorgarh, Gangron, Jaisalmer, Kumbhalgarh and Ranthambore.

 

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These magnificent forts together reflect the elaborate, fortified seats of power of Rajput princely state Rajasthan that flourished between the 8th and 18th centuries and their relative political independence. So, whenever you are planning to visit Rajasthan, do not miss to pay a visit to magnificent Forts and Palaces of Rajasthan for a truly regal experience.

Kumbhalgarh Festival in Rajasthan

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Kumbhalgarh festival brings together many of India’s finest performing artists with Classical Dance Recitals set against the backdrop of the glowing citadel. The festival is divided into daytime and an evening segment. Daytime highlights include folk performances by the folk artists of Rajasthan and also various attractive competitions for the tourists. The tour also takes you through the journey around Rajasthan “Land of Kingdoms” to experience the diversity of Rajasthan exploring the people, customs, culture, costumes, music, manners, dialects, cuisine and physiography. Among the highlights of this festival includes the dance performance by local artists which get full encouragement and applaud by the audience as well. Some games like musical chairs and tug of war are also organized for young children.

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The classical Festival is in line with the Maharana Kumbah’s dedication to promoting art, who was patron of Indian martial and fine arts, architecture and learning. Historical place Kumbhalgarh gets more popularity through Kumbhalgarh Festival starting from January28 to 30, 2014.If you are visiting Udaipur, Kumbhalgarh or nearby areas, don’t miss the opportunity to be part of this fun filled festival.