Rajasthan is a land of many festivals. We enjoy our festivals with great pomp and fervor. As the state is all about colors, there is no wonder that it becomes even more vivid during festivals. Rajasthanis have a special place for Saawan in their hearts as the whole month is full of festivities. Saawan can be touted as the longest festival as every day is a celebration in this month. Besides sprinkles of rain, here are more reasons why we Rajasthanis love the season of Saawan-
Saawan is the time when the lovely ladies of Rajasthan can show their love for lehariya every single day. Women adore this traditional print but cannot wear it all the time as no one wants to commit the fashion faux pas of repetition. Saawan is the perfect excuse to flaunt vibrant Lehariya prints every day.
This month brings back Jhoola on trees. All of us love to swing high on the jhoolas and our inner child becomes really happy in Saawan. Swinging on decorated Jhoolas with friends makes this rainy month special.
3.Mehendi and Bangles
The custom of henna comes back in Saawan. Hands adorned with fragrant orange colors look just beautiful. Every lady loves the jingling sound of bangles but hardly anyone wears them in today’s times. In Saawan, women get to indulge in their love for colorful bangles without having to worry about dress codes.
The weather turns cooler and there is greenery everywhere. This makes for the perfect setup for picnics with family and friends. So many well maintained, lush gardens in Rajasthan make picnics marvelous.
Ghewar is a delicacy that makes Rajasthanis wait one whole year before they can gorge on it again. We love to gorge on the decadent flavors of this sweet every day in Saawan month.
6.Saawan Ke Geet
Dancing on the tunes of Saawan Aayo Re is always fun in this rainy month. Songs related to Hindola (swings), teej, Sawan Ke Jhoole Pade flow in the air of the state throughout Saawan. Ladies sing these folk songs while enjoying rides on a swing.
Teej brings all elements of Saawan together. The festival which pays tribute to Nature is all about women enjoying themselves. They dress up in lehariya, apply henna, bedeck themselves with jewellery and sing while swinging on beautiful jhoolas. Then there is teej procession which splashes cities with many more colors. The dances and other folk performances in teej procession lure not just Rajasthanis but people from every corner of the world.
What’s not to love about Saawan!
We were happier after the recent announcement of the opening of Wildlife reserves and parks to be opened for Monsoon, But after NTCA’s objection, Rajasthan Forest Department has taken its previous orders back and decided to close the reserves.
All the three tiger reserves of Rajasthan — Ranthambhore, Sariska and Mukandara — will be closed this year during monsoon. According to the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA), the Rajasthan Forest Department has dropped its orders to keep the parks open during monsoon, as it is the breeding period of wild animals, especially the tigers, and also because of safety concerns for visitors.
Although, there is still some hope of tiger sighting as five of ten zones remain open during monsoon where tourism continues unabated. One zone of Sariska also remains opened for tourism during monsoon.
With the monsoon season approaching, comes a disappointing news for all safari lovers, photographers and travelers. The season for safari in wildlife sanctuary will be closing on 30th June 2016 and is expected to remain closed till 30th September 2016. The safaris and reserves of Rajasthan include Ranthambore Tiger Reserve, Sariska Tiger Reserve, Keolado National Park, Darrah Sanctuary, Sajjangarh Santuary, Kumbalgarh Sanctuary, Desert national Park, Mount Abu Sanctuary, SitaMata Sanctuary and Tal Chapper Sanctuary.
There are various safety reasons due to which the safaris in the sanctuaries of Rajasthan remains closed during this time. One of them being heavy rainfall due to which the tracks lose its shape and the water collects which may shoot up the chances of accidents.
The other reason is that this is the breeding season for many animals. It is optimal for the survival of the young in terms of factors such as ambient temperature, water and food availability and also behavioral changes in many animals. Related interests and behaviors are expressed and accepted during this period.
Also, the growth in flora and fauna hikes up vegetation covers which spreads over the roads and tracks increasing the chances of attacks by wild animals and also the poisonous plants that grow alongside that may harm the visitors. Hence, for your safety, it will remain closed this season.
But , hey, don’t be disappointed. Rajasthan provides a wide scape for tourism. Those who want to travel must not cancel their plans due to this reason. Rajasthan welcomes you all with open hearts and wide arms. It’s a state that offers immense opportunities of exploring various cities, heritage sites, and culture . It’s the perfect time to explore all that while the sanctuaries remains closed.
For more details about the places you can discover in Rajasthan, please wait until the next blog comes up!
Khamma Ghani! 🙂
Another avenue opens to State tourism. With golden triangle, desert trail, jungle safari etc. already a hit with tourists, tourism department of the state to undo the image of state being seasonal tourism place and add new facility is contemplating to boost Monsoon tourism in Hadauti region of Rajasthan.
Hadauti region is different in context to ecological and natural environment from other regions of State. The region experiences heaviest rainfall as compared to other regions. The scenic water bodies and other natural spots in Hadauti are a treat to eyes for the visitor. The department is to promote tourist spots in Kota, Bundi, Baran and Jhalawar where waterfalls, namely, Bheemlat, Rameshwar and Menal and Sarson, Gagron Fort, Chambal River and Chambal garden gladden the hearts of aqua tourism lovers.
Hadauti region being a part of an ancient civilization has many archaeological sites which are an additional sightseeing spot apart from the more visited ones. Besides, a lot of religious sites and an array of fairs such as Bundi Utsav, Chandrabhaga fair, and Kota Dusherra fair attract a large number of tourists prominently domestic ones to savor the natural beauty of the region.
Nawal Sagar, Bundi
The tourist spots of hadauti region have liven up during monsoon and the tourism department is anticipating a boost in tourism riding upon its intense campaign in this regard.
Image Credit: Google
With the end of the summer and the onset of Monsoon, it’s time to say good-bye to your frequent trips to jungle across India. All the tiger reserves and National Parks of India including Ranthambhore National Park and Sariska will be closed from July 1 and will reopen for wildlife tourism from October 01, 2014, which is the annual feature of the parks for the monsoon.
As per the forest officials and experts, it is this time of the year that many animals and thousands of egrets, herons, storks, cormorants, darters, spoonbills and ibises breed and the entry of tourists might pose as a disturbance in their mating and cause problem for them. During these months the wild animals turn aggressive and need complete isolation. These aspects along with other maintenance works of the Forest Department are necessary for closing of parks. Therefore the parks are closed. However, in Sariska, religious tourists to temple at Pandupole will be allowed on Fridays and Saturdays.
Brown Fish Owl at Ranthambhore National Park
Common Kingfisher at Ranthambhore National Park
Grand Old Tigress Machali at RAnthambhore National Park
Till then, will miss the chilling cacophony of languor shrieks, sambar calls, chirping of birds and the sight of a fierce tiger enjoying its prey or playing with its cubs.
Lets join hands to wish the denizens of jungle a safe monsoon !!!
PS- All the pictures used in the blog are of Ranthambhore National park captured just before the end of the season.
With arrival of monsoon, National Park across Rajasthan will remain closed for three months from today i.e. Monday, July01, 2013.
The parks will be closing from July 1 and will reopen for wildlife tourism from October 01, 2013 with possibly no change in opening period till now. The officers concerned and staffers under the Forest Department of Ranthambore and Sariska are ready with their enlisted plans to be carried out during this closing period along with taking up of afforestation and restoration works.
With onset of monsoon, mating period of wild animals begins. These four months of rainy season from July to October are considered most crucial for mating of wildlife animals. During these months the wild animals turn aggressive and need complete isolation. These aspects along with other maintenance works of the Forest Department are necessary for closing of parks across the State.
Fifty-two tigers against a backdrop of lush green undergrowth, springs, waterfalls and brimming water bodies. This and much more await tourists this season at Ranthambore tiger reserve. The torrential rain in the state for the past one week, though threw life out of gear in most places, has added more greenery to the forests in the state.
Though the national park is now closed for tourism due to monsoon, it is scheduled to open on October 1. “Torrential rain has done a world of good to forests in the state. While the water bodies in Ranthambore are overflowing, the rains have virtually turned the reserve into a rainforest. If tourism is ever allowed in the reserves, it will be a treat for the visitors,” an official said.
“The rain has also added to the green cover of the reserve. With no entry for tourists or vehicles, nothing has been able to disturb the undergrowth in the forests.