Summer Special Trains for Vacations!

Indian Railways announces Summer Special Trains to major stations to help you avoid the rush and enjoy your vacations without any tension!

Here are the details…

  • Summer Special trains planned over approximately 44 different popular routes to clear extra rush between April- June 2012
  • Major cities such as New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Ahmedabad,Bangalore, Jammu Tawi, Jaipur, Guwahati,Lucknow, Pune. Etc will be connected with summer special trains.
  • 14 unreserved trains, 2 fully air conditioned and 10 superfast trains will be operational.
  • Special trains planned to make approximately 5600 journeys.
  • Extra coaches to be attached in existing trains (where operationally feasible)
  • An All India Summer Special Time Table 2012 is available at major stations and on Indian Railways website atwww.indianrailways.gov.in
  • 119 new trains introduced on regular basis will also become available during summers.

Now enjoy your vacations with the hustle free bookings and journeys with Indian Railways. For itinerary, log on towww.indianrailways.gov.in

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Special Train (Kota-Jaipur) for AIPMT, IIT-JEE and AIEEE Aspirants

In a bid to relieve the students from travel stress during exams, the railways has decided to run a special train for the students traveling from the coaching hub of Kota to Jaipur for taking three major competitive examinations AIEEE, IIT JEE and AIPMT.

This special train would benefit aspirants of All India Pre-Medical Test (AIPMT), IIT-Joint Entrance Examination (IIT-JEE) and All India Engineering Entrance Examination (AIEEE) scheduled on 31 March, 7 April and 28 April.

Rajasthan Day Celebration Starts Today

 

Rajasthan Day Celebrations starts from today i.e. March27 till April02, 2012 at Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur.
Schedule for the events and activities follows below:-

Craft bazaar and food court: 27 March  to 2 April, 2012
Theatre festival: 29 March -31 March, 2012
Musical evening: 29 March, 2012
Rajasthani folk and cultural evening: 30 March, 2012

Rajasthan Diwas Samaroh 2012

The people of Rajasthan, who rejoice everyday in effervescent ways of their life, who enliven their traditions every now & then in festivities & revelries, are all set to celebrate Rajasthan Diwas in a grand manner this year throughout the state from March27 to April02, 2012.

Sixty three years ago, on 30th March 1949, took place the grand unification of the erstwhile princely states of Rajputana giving birth to Rajasthan state in the Union of India. Since then, the week long celebration is marked to celebrate the Rajasthan Diwas every year. With Rajasthan emerging as a frontrunner in tourism industry, Government of Rajasthan continues to add new attractions to its repertoire of festivals while bringing forth the vast range of Rajasthani Folk Art, Craft, Dance & Music.

Tantalizing the taste buds would be the mouth-watering Marwari, Mewari, Hadoti, Dundhari, Brij and Punjabi delicacies that would be savoured by the people in the Food Festival. Craft Bazaar showcasing the art forms, handicrafts, pottery styles, prints & textiles, embroideries, carpets, wood & metal work of different regions of Rajasthan promises to be a major attraction for visiting tourists as well as the residents in Rajasthan throughout the week long celebrations.

No festival can be exciting without the charm & laughter of children. To enlighten the school going kids about the heritage & glory of Rajasthan, theme based competitions like debate, quiz, essay writing, drawing & painting would be organized in Jaipur during the course of celebrations.

One of the most unique features of these celebrations, never seen before in any other festival, would be the Night Bazaar. An ensemble of shoppers’ items ranging from handicrafts, clothes, potteries, carpets, internationally renowned quilts, blankets & jewellery to day-today household commodities, would ensure a shopping experience par imagination to the Pink-city dwellers every evening till midnight.

Grand cultural shows and live concerts every evening in the ambience of majestic Albert Hall, Amer Fort and other equally eye-arresting venues have been planned to entertain people throughout the celebrations. A variety of programmes ranging from Classical Music & dance performances, Ghazal Evening, Bollywood Celebrity Evening to Nritya Natika, Natya Sandhya etc. would be held during the celebrations in Jaipur. Tourists and residents would get an opportunity to enjoy the performances of nationally famed artists like Toshi, Sharib, Ajmat and several other renowned Rajasthani folk artists, also who are shining stars of the constellation of celebrities in their own field.

Godwar Festival, Pali

Godwar Festival represents the complete Art Culture and Religion of this region.Godwar Festival is celebrated during the month of March for three days every year. The Festival is organized by District Administration Pali and Department of Tourism Rajasthan to attract the Tourists.

The Festival starts with Performances of folk dance and music by renowned Folk Artists of Rajasthan inNarwaniaLake.  The traditional sports lke turban tying, tug of war and different races are major attractions of the fair. In the evening the Folk Cultural Programme followed by Bhajans also attract a number of tourists and the local People.

The Godwar fair also includes Jeep Safari, Horse Safari, Camel Safari at the Kumbhalgarh, Ranakpur wild life sanctuary and the rock climbing atNarlaiVillage.

Following is the detailed schedule of Godwar Festival, Pali starting from today the March 21 to 24,  2012 .

PROGRAMME

DATE

PROGRAMME

TIME

VENUE

21.03.2012

Inauguration of Godwar Festival

04.00 PM

Narwania Lake, Ranakpur
Cultural performances

07.00 PM

Sun Temple, Ranakpur

22.03.2012

Wildlife Safari (Jeep/Horse)

07.30 AM

to

11.00 AM

RTDC Hotel Shilpi, Ranakpur to Kumbhalgarh wildlife sanctuary
Adventure Activities etc.

07.30 AM

to

11.00 AM

Near Sun Temple, Ranakpur
Folk Cultural performances

07.00 PM

Sun Temple, Ranakpur

23.03.2012

Wildlife Safari (Jeep/Horse)

07.30 AM

to

11.00 AM

RTDC Hotel Shilpi, Ranakpur to Kumbhalgarh wildlife sanctuary
Adventure Activities etc.

07.30 AM

to

11.00 AM

Near Sun Temple, Ranakpur
Religious ProcessionInauguration of Rural Fair

10.00 AM

Sonana Khetlaji (mela ground) to Sarangwas & back
Rajasthani Folk Performances

07.00 PM

Sonana Khetlaji (mela ground)

24.03.2012

Folk performance by various Gair dance groups of Rajasthan

10.00 AM

to

01.00 PM

Sonana Khetlaji (mela ground)
Interesting Competitions for Visitors & Tourists i.e.Godwar Shree, Turban Tying Horse Race,

01.00 PM

Sonana Khetlaji (mela ground)

Mewar Festival

The Mewar Festival scheduled from March 25 to 27, 2012 is celebrated to welcome the advent of spring. It coincides with the festival of Gangaur in Udaipur and has a unique charm about it.

The locals gather to dress the images of Isar and Gangaur and then carry them in a ceremonial procession through different parts of the city. The procession winds its way to the Gangaur Ghat at Lake Pichhola. Here, the images are transferred to special boats amidst much singing and festivity.

Once the religious part of the festival is over, it is time for cultural events where Rajasthani culture is portrayed through songs, dances and other programmes. The festival culminates with an impressive fireworks display. Like other fairs and festivals celebrated throughout the state, there is a lot of activity, which keeps the participants in a joyful frame of mind, eager to enjoy every moment.

 

Gangaur Festival

Rajasthan houses a number of festivals all round the calendar. Like all other festivals in India, the festivals in Rajasthan are colorful and vibrant. Gangaur Festival in Rajasthan is very famous among the locals and tourists. Scheduled to take place across Rajasthan on March25 and 26, 2012, it is one of the most important and widely celebrated traditional festivals of Rajasthan. The most notable celebrations take place in Jaipur, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Bikaner, and Nathdwara. In Udaipur, Gangaur coincides with the  Mewar Festival.

Gangaur signifies Lord Shiva and Parvati together. It’s believed that Parvati returned to her parental home during Gangaur, to bless her friends with marital bliss. On the last day, Parvait was given a grand farewell by her loved ones and Lord Shiva arrived to escort her home.

The festival is predominantly for women, who dress up in their best clothes pray for a husband of their choice, or the welfare of their husbands. On the last couple of days, colorful processions of bejeweled images of the goddess Gauri wind their way all over cities and villages, accompanied by local bands.

In Udaipur, there’s a boat procession on Lake Pichola, and fireworks. Women balance several brass pitchers on their heads add to the interest. The occasion ends with fireworks on the banks of the lake. Early in the morning in Jodhpur, thousands of maidens dress up, sing, and carry water and grass in pots.

In Jaipur, the pomp and pagentry of the traditional procession starts out from the Zanani-Deodhi of the City Palace. It passes through Tripolia Bazaar, Chhoti Chaupar, Gangauri Bazaar, Chaugan stadium, and finally converges near the Talkatora. Elephants, old palanquins, chariots, bullock carts, and folk performances are all part of it.

All newly married women must fast for the whole 18 days of the festival. Even unmarried women fast and only eat one meal a day, in the hope of finding a good husband. Gangaur is also an auspicious time of year to select a life partner. Tribal men and women get the opportunity to meet and interact, pick their partners,  elope and marry.

In Jaipur, a sweet dish called ghewar is popularly distributed amongst friends and relatives.

Gangaur Festival in Rajasthan is a very colorful festival where the local people take an active part and the tourists too have so much to explore and enjoy. Visit Rajasthan during Gangaur Festival and get into the festive mood.

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