A vibrant splash of colours, tremendous fanfare, and intriguing rituals, Teej festival in Jaipur is the time of year when the city brims with colours and fanfare. While peacocks celebrate monsoons with dancing in the rain, Womenfolk in Jaipur marks the blushing season by singing folk songs and swaying on a tree swing.
One can never find any better way to experience the colourful culture of fascinating Pink City than now! With the augment of August month accompanied by showers; Jaipur is brimming with the spirit of ecstasy and Teej festivities.
Sawan Teej festival was celebrated on 3rd and 4th August 2019. Teej
Festival though is fêted all over the state but celebrated at its colorful best in Jaipur. Jaipurites welcomed the advent of monsoon through Teej celebrations, which is also dedicated to Goddess Parvati and commemorates the day when she was united with Lord Shiva after a penance of a hundred years.
A spellbinding procession of Goddess Parvati, followed by Palanquins, chariots, dancers and a band took place magnificently through the Old City of Jaipur for two days.
The most promising and culturally rich Jodhpur festival is the Jodhpur Marwar Festival. It is held every year in memory of the heroes of Rajasthan. Originally known as the Maand Festival, Marwar Festival is held in the month of Ashwin i.e. September and October. Scheduled for 23rd and 24th October 2018, the festival enthralls the tourists with spectacular activities, sports and musical performances for two days.
The main attraction of this festival is the folk music centered on the romantic lifestyle of Rajasthan’s rulers and the heroic tales of chivalrous soldiers who died in the battlefield with bravery.
The music and dance of the Marwar region is the main theme of this festival. The folk dancers and singers assemble at the festival and provide lively entertainment. These folk artists give the spectators an insight of the days of yore, through their songs.
Among other attractions at the festival, is the camel tattoo show and polo. The venue of this festival includes the famous Umaid Bhawan Palace, Mandore and Mehrangarh Fort.
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Rajasthan tourism department is increasingly using technology and social media to promote tourism in the state. The efforts paid off as Rajasthan bagged three awards in the National Tourism Awards 2016-2017 on Thursday.
The awards are National Award for Most Innovative Use of Information Technology (Social Media and Website), National Award for Best Film Promotion Friendly State and Comprehensive Development of Tourism (jointly with Goa).
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Hotel Samode Haveli near Jaipur was awarded in the ‘Best Heritage Hotel’ category whereas the Oberoi Udaivilas in Udaipur was awarded the best hotel in the five-star deluxe hotel category.
The awards were given in various segments including Travel, Tourism and Hospitality.
Andhra Pradesh got the first prize in the state category of comprehensive development of tourism. Kerala bagged the second prize while Rajasthan and Goa jointly shared the third prize.
The awardees were chosen on the basis of several parameters including tourist footfall, initiative of the state government and policies taken to make the state tourist friendly.
Rajasthan is the land of magnificence and striking architecture. Its forts, palaces, museums, and monuments have earned global accolades to the land of Maharajas.
Recently, the museums of Rajasthan were judged on different parameters and we are happy to share that 2 of these museums have made it to the list of top 10 for the Indian winners of Tripadvisors Travellers’ Choice awards for Museums.
According to Tripadvisor, a travel website, the award winners were determined using an algorithm that took into account the quantity and quality of reviews and ratings for museums worldwide, gathered over a 12-month period.
The City Palace of Jaipur has secured 2nd position and the museum in Bagore Ki Haveli won the 3rd position.
Built during the years of 1729 to 1732 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh, the City Palace is one of the most famous tourist attractions in the pink city, while Bagore Ki Haveli is a huge mansion that has 138 rooms with a museum and cultural center showcasing the old traditional Rajasthan culture and folk dances.
Rajasthan’s capital city Jaipur has secured the third position in the list of world’s top 10 smart renewable cities (SRCs), along with United States’ city of San Diego on the top.
Smart renewable is one that is defined with the use of solar or wind power and a plan of the smart city that includes a renewable energy component within its planning.
According to the reports, the Pink City is a nationally-driven Smart Renewable City. The National governing body of India had created a 100 Smart Cities Mission that included a solar energy requirement. Jaipur does not have a renewable target but will benefit from ambitious state and national targets set this year, the city could achieve this prestigious title.
For the records and information, with a population of around three million, Jaipur has a 20% wind and solar share of the electricity generated annually.
Interesting isn’t it?
Located 11kms away from the hubbub city of Jaipur on the Aravalli hilltop lies the UNESCO World Heritage Site, one of Hill Forts of Rajasthan – Amber Fort. As regal as can be, Jaipur’s magnificent Amber Fort rightly personifies the state’s rich culture.
But there is something enchanting and delighting when you are in Jaipur and to be more precise – at Amber Fort. Elephants – beautifully painted and richly ornamented are the most adored creatures in Rajasthan. These elephants are used in providing rides to the tourists to make there journey pleasant and amusing. These rides tend to transform you into a regal era of Maharajas when they used to commute with pride on these adorned elephant backs.
With the increased influx of tourists in Jaipur, the timings of elephant ride at Amer Fort will now be open a little early, between 7.00 am to 11.30 am in the mornings.
So now you can take an elephant ride up the cobbled path on the fort and truly feel like you deserve all the royal treatment that is being bestowed upon you.
Venice of the East and the City of Lakes- Udaipur is a lakeside paradise of shimmering marbles and oozing romance. A peaceful city on the banks of Lake Pichola wins hearts of millions. Udaipur is said to be one of the best cities in India. Well, turns out that it is not just best of India, but stands among the best cities around the world. It has been ranked third best out of the listed 15 best cities of the world by Travel + Leisure magazine based on sights and landmarks, culture, cuisine, friendliness, shopping, and overall value. Udaipur excelled leaving behind Mumbai and Delhi and is the only Indian city in the list.
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Known for its breathtaking scenery, class apart museums and luxurious hotels, Udaipur holds pride in its history. With the explosions of colors in the markets, Udaipur is a city full of cultural and traditional marvels. With its numerous lakes and unusually calm and peaceful aura in India, Udaipur has become World’s Third Best City making India proud.