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A roundup of most amazing Musical Festivals in Rajasthan

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Since decades Indian music enthusiasts salivated over international music festivals, like the kinds of  Coachella and Glastonbury. But not any more, now the desert state of Rajasthan, with an impressive calendar of music festivals is becoming India’s hottest music destinations. Off late, Rajasthan with its folk art culture is fast becoming the preferred music destination for music lovers. The audience for these festivals is largely from India. Although, there are some festivals in the state that also attract a bevy of international visitors as well as performers. Read about the most prominent Music Festivals of Rajasthan that one mustn’t miss –

Ranthambore Festival

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Nahargarh Palace, Ranthambhore (January 19-21, 2018)

Calling all music luminaries, nature lovers, wildlife conservationists, business thought leaders and social influencers to this enthralling jamboree. Get ready for a weekend filled with some amazing and educational experiences. You can look forward to an amazing selection of indigenous and international musical performances.

The festival lets you immerse in interactive music workshops, TED talks, Rajasthani folk art workshops, wildlife and nature panel discussions and wildlife film festival. The Ranthambore festival also has street theatre, yoga workshops, food, pop-up art and crafts stalls to keep you entertained.

The ambiance is perfect, the chance of spotting tigers is high, Rajasthani cuisine is delectable and the Ranthambore festival at Nahargarh Palace is on. Don’t keep Rajasthan waiting!

 

Udaipur World Music Festival

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Udaipur (February 9-11, 2018)

Nearly 150 artists from various countries converge in the city to combine genres and cultures through music. As with most festivals in Rajasthan, the ambience takes center stage with early morning concerts in the backdrop of Fateh Sagar Lake. While the 2018 line-up is yet to be officially announced, the 2017 edition featured artists from 16 countries, including the UK, Iran, Norway, Cuba and Switzerland.

Iranian American singer Azam Ali enthralled the audience with Electro Sufi World Music and Ablaye Cissoko from Senegal collaborated with Constantinople Ensemble from Canada. The finale performance was by the London Community Gospel Choir. Festival Director Sanjeev Bhargava says, “A festival of this scale featuring such diverse music from so many different continents and regions coming together in one of the best tourist destinations of India makes Udaipur a culturally vibrant destination.”

World Sacred Spirit Festival

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Jodhpur (February 16-17, 2018)

Held in February every year, the event brings lovers of Sufism together. Sufi poets sing renditions of Rumi and Bulley Shah as the crowds sway into a spiritual trance. Next year’s festival will be held at three different breathtaking venues, Mehrangarh Fort, Ahhichatragarh Fort of Nagaur and Toorji Stepwell Square, across the desert city of Jodhpur. Artistes scheduled to perform include sitar player Irshad Khan, folk singer and storyteller Parvathy Baul. musician Mehdi Nassouli, tabla player Zuheb Ahmed Khan from Palestine, flute player Lingling Yu from China and musicians Samuel Cattiau and Quentin Dujardin. Princess Shivranjani Rajye of Jodhpur curates the festival. Maharaja Gaj Singh II of Marwar-Jodhpur said “The festival is a pioneering effort in cultural conservation and music tourism in India.”

 

Magnetic Fields

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Alsisar Mahal, Rajasthan 

Held in December every year, Magnetic Fields has been growing in popularity organically. The festival’s main draw is the holistic experience which includes camping under the skies, discreet parties, dance and music in palace dungeons, art installations with jazz, jam and electronica.

The 2017 line-up included British artist Four Tet, Canadian composer and musician Dan Snaith, Your Chin by Mumbai based Raxit Tiwari, and Donal Bergin, a prominent name in London’s electronic music scene. The three-day carnival combines the history of the magnificent venue Alsisar Mahal with rustic pleasures, such as kite flying at sunset as electronic and jazz melodies resonate in the desert palace.

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Festivals you really should not miss in Rajasthan this December

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Rajasthan is the land of fairs and festivals. Tourists specially look upon to this time of the year for soaking themselves into the colors of the state as the festivals and fairs are the right time to experience the full fledged glory of the vibrant Rajasthan.  So we are here with a list of exciting festivals and fairs that should totally be in the bucket lists of all the tourists visiting Rajasthan in December.

  1. RAJASTHAN HERITAGE WEEK (7-10 DECEMBER):

 

Rajasthan Heritage week is the event presented by the khadi board and government of Rajasthan. It showcases the traditional textile art of Rajasthan from talented designers all around the world. The festival is going to be held at the famous Diggi Palace,Jaipur. All those who want to explore a new side of fashion industry should surely attend the festival.

  1. MAGNETIC FIELD FESTIVAL (15-17 DECEMBER):

 

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The festival is a good mix of music, food and fun and is aimed at showcasing the India’s rich and vibrant creative music community to the world. It is held at the Alsisar Mahal and observes participation from best musicians from around the world. It attracts an audience of young and adventurous urbanities every year, so give it a try once and you would also be a regular visitor year after year.

  1. SHREE THE SACRED FESTIVAL ( 16-17 DECEMBER):

This festival is a religious festival of music, yoga and meditation which is to be held at Pushkar. The soulful musical performances take the onlookers on a sacred journey.  Hymns and religious songs would be the major highlights of the festival .All those interested should definitely not give it a miss

  1. RANAKPUR FESTIVAL ( 21-22 DECEMBER):

Ranakpur is one of the five most important pilgrimages of Jainism. The famous Ranakpur Jain temple attracts large number of tourists from all over the world.

Ranakpur festival is organized with an aim of giving ultimate fun and enjoyment to its attendees. The activities range from yoga, hot air ballooning, visiting the Ranakpur temple, classical performances and what not! So pack your bags and participate in the festival.

  1. TAALBELIA FESTIVAL( 23-25 DECEMBER):

Music would be on your mind when you visit the three day Taalbelia festival at Mandawa town in Jhunjhunu. The patrons will have the taste of three types of music contemporary, classical and folk; in addition to that there would be adventurous activities, Rajasthani art and scrumptious food.

 

  1. WINTER FESTIVAL MOUNT ABU (29-30 DECEMBER):

 

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Mount Abu is the only hill station of the Desert state Rajasthan. Its cool and pleasant weather makes it the must visit in every season and winters make the city more beautiful. The winter festival of Mount Abu is aimed at portraying the beauty of the hill station and presenting the warm hospitality and traditional values of the people in front of the tourists. Talking about its USP it is the only festival in Rajasthan that engages the participants in the game of cricket, apart from that it has poetry recitations, rowing and kite flying and many more. A must visit for all those who want to see the beautiful oasis in the desert state.

Happy Traveling to Rajasthan 🙂

 

 

New Air India flights to connect Golden Triangle-Delhi-Jaipur-Agra

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December, which is a tourist’s season of Rajasthan, gets a real boon with the latest announcement by Air India for the Golden Triangle. The Golden Triangle, covering the lands of maharajas and nawabs/ mughals in the three cities of Jaipur, Agra, and Delhi makes for the must visit places in tourists itinerary.

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Now, the ‘Golden Triangle’ of Delhi-Jaipur-Agra’ will soon give much more convenience to the travellers with the start of Jaipur-Agra sector flights from December 8.

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The thrice-a-week flight will be operational on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.

Departure- Jaipur 11am to Agra at noon.

Fare- Jaipur-Agra minimum fare is Rs 2007

Arrival- Agra 1.15 PM- Jaipur- 2.15

Fare- Agra-Jaipur is Rs 1680.

The inaugural flight has been scheduled for December 8, Friday, after which regular flights will be operational from December 11 Monday. The flight is being launched under UDAN scheme by Alliance Air. An ATR aircraft will be used for this sector.

As far as Delhi-Jaipur connectivity is concerned, Flight AI 9687 departs from Delhi at 9.55 am and arrives in Jaipur at 10.55 am while Flight AI 9688 departs Jaipur at 1.35 pm and reached Delhi at 2.35 pm.

6th Edition of ‘VASTRA’ to begin from 21st September in Rajasthan’s Capital- Jaipur

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Navratris begin and you find ample reasons to go out and shop for dazzling, attractive stuff for yourself and home! Several carnivals and fairs are organized to spoil you with choices and new trends. So, get ready for another annual bonanza of shopping and fun! The 6th Edition of the 4-day international textile and apparel fair, ‘VASTRA’ will be organized in Jaipur from 21 to 24 September at Jaipur Exhibition and Convention Centre (JECC) in Sitapura. It will be inaugurated by the Union Textiles & Information and Broadcasting Minister, Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani and Rajasthan Chief Minister, Smt. Vasundhara Raje on 21 September, 2017.

The exposition is an all-encompassing trade fair and conference on Textiles and Apparel which will present a fusion of the finest and the latest in textile products – from fiber to fashion, services and technology.

The mega textile fair is jointly organized by RIICO and FICCI. ‘VASTRA’ has created a niche for itself in textile and apparel industry since its inception in 2012. The event is also supported by the Government of Rajasthan.

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It is expected that over 250 exhibitors from 13 states will showcase their products over net exhibition space of 3600 sqm at JECC. Furthermore, around 300 overseas buyers from more than 50 countries and 200 representatives from around 100 Indian buying houses/agents are slated to attend the event. Karnataka is participating as Partner State and Odisha, Madhya Pradesh, Uttrakhand and West Bengal are participating as supporting States in the event.

The first three days of the event will be devoted exclusively to B2B and the last day will be open for B2C, involving retail sales. General public is invited to visit the fair on 24thSeptember to shop for their favourite products.

This year VASTRA will have few new features like: Roundtable Conference on “Making Rajasthan a Garment Hub”; Jaipur Designers Festival and Sari Workshop. The exposition will continue to have Business Fashion Shows, Design Display Wall for budding designers, Rajasthan Pavilion which will showcase arts and crafts of Rajasthan.

Tourists in Jaipur witnessed melodious moments at various heritage sites

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To celebrate music that has been ringing in the ears for generations now, the music enthusiasts from around the country gathered in the Pink City and performed for the local people and tourists at the heritage sites including Amber Fort, Hawa Mahal and Albert Hall. Age, gender or profession is no bar for music and the passion for harmonica (aka mouth organ) got children as young as 8-years-old, to people as old as 80 years of age on a same platform to perform.

The harmonica players of the group are not professionals but they are mere enthusiasts. From doctors to students and army officers to house-wives, people from all classes of life participated and performed together. “This two-day program was organised by the harmonica enthusiasts of the Pink City. People from all over India, from Jammu to Assam, participated and all the delegates came on their own expenses. Their sole purpose behind this is to revive harmonica and generate the interest of people towards live music.

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It was a show which the tourists visiting Amber fort and Albert Hall on Tuesday will not forget for a long time. A group of 130 people assembled at Amber Fort to play musical instrument Harmonica and mesmerized the tourists with the tunes of various songs for more than half an hour. They came to the fort before 10 am and started playing the musical instrument which turned into another attraction for the tourists. The group played tunes of songs like “Hai Apna Dil To Awara” a famous song sung by legendary Hemant Kumar from the movie “Solva Saal” apart from other songs. Interestingly, in the movie, Dev Anand also played the song on the same instrument harmonica and was very popular. The tourists could not join them but many of them lip singed along with the group and the atmosphere of the Amber Fort became so pleasant suddenly that everybody who was present at that moment could not hide the excitement.

This is not the first time that department of archaeology had organized such activity as a few months back also the tourists got to witness an exciting musical performance in Jaipur.

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Udaipur Tourism: Hon’ble Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveils bouquet of development projects in Rajasthan

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Declaring and maintaining that building modern infrastructure will take India to newer heights continues to be his govt’s priority, Hon’ble Prime Minister Sh. Narendra Modi inaugurated and laid the foundation stones for multiple highway projects worth over 15,000 crore rupees for Rajasthan in a function in Udaipur.

Modi was received by Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje and other senior leader in Udaipur on Tuesday. He inaugurated 11 National Highway projects, covering a total length of about 873 km. The projects include a 6-lane cable stayed bridge across river Chambal at Kota; 4-laning of Gomati Chauraha-Udaipur section of NH-8, and Rajsamand-Bhilwara section of NH-758.

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During his visit PM Modi affirmed, “Rajasthan has huge area and tourists want to visit its Lake City – Udaipur, Pushkar and sand dunes of Jaisalmer. When tourism develops, handicrafts-men earn, taxi drivers earn, hoteliers earn and even the ‘chai wala’ (tea seller) earns,” as the gathering burst into laughter.

Stressing the importance of infrastructure for development, he said these highways will help farmers, boost tourism and open up economic opportunities for the local people. They would not only help link Rajasthan more efficiently but also be gateways to progress.

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Indeed, tourism will get great boost with better connectivity of roads and safer road transportation. We applaud Mr. Prime Minister for his farsighted approach for the development of Rajasthan benefiting its tourism sector.

 

5 Reasons to visit Jaipur in August

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The month of August is here, probably that time of the year when everything turns green and beautiful. In Jaipur, a large no. of picnics is planned during this season.  🙂 Given the change in the weather we are sure many of you also have plans to do something interesting this month before the heat catches up again. Let Raj Tourism Buzz help you plan some of your trips by sharing with you the biggest events that are lined up for you in Jaipur.

1.) Stories worth sharing Meet up – This amazing event after gaining popularity in Delhi, Bengaluru and other cities is now coming up with an edition in Jaipur. This event works on a unique concept top allow people to share their stories, which may not have changed the world but changed (their) world. The concept is based on the belief that stories are to be cherished and ideas deserve an open platform to flourish.

Venue: Full Power, Jaipur

Date: 5th Augustfull power2.) Workshops at Arya Niwas – Arya Niwas Hospitality, Jaipur is hosting some amazing workshops open to everyone from Jaipur and outside. The workshop includes learning to make dream catchers, designing jewelrywith help of natural elements and paper mache. We are sure this will be a fun learning experience for everyone, so why not give it a try.

Venue: Arya Niwas hospitality

Date: 12th – 14th August 2017

3.) Women’s Adventure Monsoon Drive– Alankrita Women empowerment group has joined hands with Club Rajputana Classic Jeeps and Panch Tatva and they are together coming up with adventure monsoon drive to kanota, especially for women.  A great opportunity for women to enjoy a powerful drive.

Venue: Kanota

Date: 20th August 2017women adventure4.) Forhex – The premium home décor exhibition of Jaipur, Forhex, is back again with its eighth edition. We all know that Forhex is a premium destination for the best of stylish Home Décor, classy furniture, timeless artifacts, and native handicrafts. The exhibition hosts brands from all across the country and is a treat for people who are looking to redo their homes.

Venue: Birla Institute of Scientific Research, Statue Circle.

Date: 25th August 2017   forex5.) Stand-up Comedy with Vipul Goyal  – Given the growing popularity of stand up shows in Jaipur it hardly ever happens that we are left without one in any month. This time around we have comedian, Vipul Goyal , who will be in the pink city to tickle our funny bone.

Venue: Maharana Pratap Auditorium

Date: 27th August 2017comedy nightHope this has helped you plan your event schedule for August 2017. 🙂