Elephant Festival Programme Details

An incredibly entertaining and enthralling festival is held annually during Holi, which is scheduled for March26, 2013 at Rambagh Polo Ground in Jaipur (Rajasthan) where elephants are the centre of attraction. During this festival, Jaipur comes alive with elephants, dancers, musicians and and draws visitors from all over the world.

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Venue : Rambagh Polo Ground, Jaipur

Time : 4:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M

*Proposed* *Programme*

*Elephant Festival, Jaipur*

*26th  March, 2013*

Major Attractions :-

·       Elephant Procession

·       Gajshringar (Elephant Ornaments) Exhibition

·       Elephant Decoration Competition

·       Tug of war (Indian Tourists vs Foreign Tourists)

·       Holi on Elephants

·       Matka Race between Indian Tourists & Foreign Tourists

·       Performance by folk artists of Rajasthan

To know more about the celebration of Elephant Festival, you can follow this link…

New Special Train between Jaipur and Secundrabad

The Railways have decided to run special trains between Secundrabad and Jaipur via Narkher to clear the extra rush of passengers this summer.

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Accordingly, train number 09736 Jaipur-Secundrabad special will leave Jaipur at 9.10 pm on March 23 (Saturday) and arrive Secundrabad at 7.30 am on third day (Monday).

This train will leave from Betul at 1.55 pm, Amla-2.26 pm, Narkher-3.50 pm, Chandur Bazar-5.40 pm, New Amravati-6.20 pm and Badnera-6.40 pm on March 24.

In its return journey, train number 09735 Secundrabad-Jaipur special will leave Secundrabad at 10.00 pm on March 25 (Monday) and arrive Jaipur at 06.15 am on third day (Wednesday).

This train will leave Badnera at 9.35 am, New Amravati at 9.50 am, Chandur Bazar at 10.35 am, Narkhed at 12.00 noon, Amla at 12.39 pm and Betul at 2.15 pm on March 26.

It will halt at Durgapura, Bhanasthali Niwai, Sawai Modhopur, Kota Junction, Ramganj Mandi, Nagda Junction, Ujjain, Barchha, Shujalpur, Sehore, Bhopal, Habibganj, Itarsi, Betul, Amla, Narkher, Chandur Bazar, New Amravati, Badnera, Murtajapur, Akola, Washim, Hingoli Deccan, Purna, H.Sahib Nanded, Mudkhed, Nizamabad, Kamareddy and Medchal in both directions.

The composition will be a total 20 coaches including One First-cum-2 Tier AC, One AC-2-tier, Four AC-3-tier, 10 Sleeper Class, 2 General Second Class and 2 General Second Class cum brake vans, according to a release from Public Relations department of Central Railway, Nagpur.

Holi in Rajasthan

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Holi – the festival of colors – is undoubtedly the most fun-filled and boisterous of Hindu festival. It’s an occasion that brings in unadulterated joy and mirth, fun and play, music and dance, and, of course, lots of bright colors!

Holi has various legends associated with it. The foremost is the legend of demon King Hiranyakashyap who demanded everybody in his kingdom to worship him but his pious son, Prahlad became a devotee of Lord Vishnu. Hiranyakashyap wanted his son to be killed. He asked his sister Holika to enter a blazing fire with Prahlad in her lap as Holika had a boon which made he immune to fire. Story goes that Prahlad was saved by lord himself for his extreme devotion and evil minded Holika was burnt to ashes, for her boon worked only when she entered the fire alone.

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Since that time, people light a bonfire, called Holika on the eve of Holi festival and celebrate the victory of good over evil and also the triumph of devotion to god. Children take special delight in the tradition and this has another legend attached to it. It says that there was once an ogress Dhundhi who used to trouble children in the kingdom of Prithu. She was chased away by children on the day of Holi. Therefore, children are allowed to play pranks at the time of ‘Holika Dahan’.

Scheduled for March 27, 2013, the Festival of Holi infuses vibrancy and enthusiasm amongst people in India and abroad. A large number of tourists are attracted towards this grand affair of Holi celebration. Holi, the colourful festival is more popular in villages than they are in cities. People from far off villages specially move down to the village holding the Holi Fair a week before the festival. It serves as a full entertainment package for young children and elders. One can visualize the craze and love to celebrate the colorful festival with the enthusiasm among the people.

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The colourful state of Rajasthan plays Holi much the same way as Mathura. A night before the full moon, crowds of people gather together and light huge bonfires to burn the residual dried leaves and twigs of the winter. People throw coloured water and powders (gulal and kumkum) at each other and make merry. Singing, dancing and the traditional beats of dhol add to the gaiety of the occasion.

On this day even the royals of Rajasthan don a festive spirit and mingle with the commoners. Infact, royal courts all over North India have refined the festival into an art. Rajput warriors of the Rajasthani courts used to show off their equestrian skills during the festival. Even today, Rajput men would ride their steeds through the white and pink clouds of colour, throwing colour powders on each other. Even the members of the royal families are not immune from being drenched by colour.

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Another important attraction of the Holi is the traditional drinks of Bhaang and Thandai. People love to taste the traditional drink and enjoy the excitement of Holi till late afternoon followed by traditional luncheon and dinner with friends and relatives….

First Art Fest in Jaipur

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Undoubtedly, Pink City is turning into a prominent platform for both artists and writers, after being a spectacular host to many national and international festivals. Yet another festival to debut in the city is “Jaipur Art Festival” which is starting from 18th to 22nd March, 2013 at Diggi Palace, Jaipur, Rajasthan.

Adding diverse and vivid colours to the already colourful Pink City, the event will see the participation of more than 150 artists from all across the globe. The festival will not only showcase some of the exquisite art forms but will also bridge the gap between the artists and art lovers. Another highlight of the festival will be the live demonstration session of painters. The artworks will be exhibited from March 21 to 24.

Artists will give live demonstrations of some of the unique and rare art forms like miniature art, calligraphy, maandana, fresco, blue pottery, wash technique, glass painting, enamel art, sand sculpture and lac bangle making. To acquaint the young artists with the contemporary painting styles, art seminars and sale of artworks will also be held.

Some of the international artists who are expected to participate in the five-day long festival include Christopher Griffin from Canada, Lisa Kovvuri from US, David from UK, Daria Raldugina from Russia, Nagendra Paudyal from Nepal, Mohammad Eunus from Bangladesh, Walmir Benhotti and Emanuel Vasco Da Graca from Brazil, Tala from Iran and Nutan Arthur from Hawaii.

Rajasthan Forts to get UNESCO’s World Heritage Tag

The famed hill forts of Rajasthan are inching closer to get the World Heritage Site status.

At the moment, seven forts Chittorgarh, Kumbhalgarh, Gagron, Ranthambore, Amber, Jalore and Bala Kila are on the Unesco tentative list.

The full landscape view of Kumbhalgarh Fort

The full landscape view of Kumbhalgarh Fort

Amber Fort

Amber Fort

Kumbhalgarh Fort

Kumbhalgarh Fort

Ranthambore Fort

Ranthambore Fort

Chittorgarh Fort

Chittorgarh Fort

The UNESCO team was in Jaipur on Monday to discuss the nomination of ‘Hill forts of Rajasthan’ for the world heritage site status. The ‘Hill Forts of Rajasthan’ are strategically built in a series and located on the oldest mountain range of the Aravallis or the Vindhyan range in the region.

According to UNESCO, the series of seven hill forts in Rajasthan represent the genius of Rajput military architecture in the medieval and post medieval period. The forts built in local stone masonry trace the development of the fort typology and evolution of the Rajput architectural style from the 15th to the 19th century.

Historians and researchers also noted that five of these forts-Chittorgarh, Gagron, Kumbhalgarh, Ranthambore and Jalore-include additional historic layers from the 6th to 10th century, while exhibiting significant structure of the Rajput military architecture of the 15th and 16th century.

Jalore fort

Jalore fort

Bala Kila  Alwar

Bala Kila Alwar

The Amber Fort and Bala Kila Fort represent the later phase of a mature Rajput architectural style. The forts are important records of the political scenario of the period, marked by strife and subjugation from the Sultanate and the Mughal Empire and friction amongst the Rajput kingdoms ruled by various clans.

At the moment the Jantar Mantar and Keoladeo National Park are the two sites from state listed on the World Heritage List.

Elephant Festival 2013

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An incredibly entertaining and enthralling festival is held annually during Holi, which is scheduled for March26, 2013 at Chaugan Stadium Polo Ground in Jaipur (Rajasthan) where elephants are the centre of attraction. In olden days, huge male elephants were used exclusively for the Maharajas, especially in royal processions. During this festival, Jaipur comes alive with elephants, dancers, musicians and and draws visitors from all over the world.

The elephants stride majestically parading their decorated trunks and tusks. The festival begins with a procession of elephants, camels, and horses, lovingly painted and tastefully attired with glittering ornaments and embroidered velvets, followed by lively folk dancers at their entertaining best. The elephants greet the visitors, offer garlands to the guests and walk past the ramp before a jury of experts and tourists to select the best among them for the ‘Best decorated Elephant’ Shield. Elephant races and elephant polo matches are special features. Dressed in saffron and red turbans, the teams try to score goals with long sticks and a plastic football. The most hilarious highlight of the festival is a tug of war between elephants and men.

Then there is the unique ‘Gaj Shringar’ exhibition displaying everything connected with the elephant-ornaments, textiles (Jhoo), howdahs and carriages, paintings, medicines and food.

The tourists have an opportunity to mount the elephants and play Holi. Participants dance with great vigor-the excitement rising to a crescendo.

Jaipur to host Big Rajasthan Entertainment Awards

Big Rajasthan Entertainment awards

After recognizing and awarding talent in various states, Big FM has now announced the launch of the ‘Big Rajasthan Entertainment Awards’ celebrating the best in the Rajasthani entertainment industry. The Pink City would relish the essence of entertainment with bollywood and television celebrities tonight i.e. on 6th March, 2013 at BM Birla Auditorium, Jaipur.

The awards will honor and recognize the contribution of some of the best talent from across fields including film, music, dance and sports among others. The popular awards will be presented on the basis of listener votes and an eminent jury panel across the region in 13 categories like ‘Big Most Entertaining Actor’ (Male and Female), ‘Big Most Entertaining Music Director’, ‘Big Most Entertaining Singer’ (Male and Female), ‘Big Most Entertaining TV Actor of the decade’ (Male and Female) and more.

Performances by Veena Malik, Hrishita Bhatt, Rohit Sharma and Josh Group are sure to add more spice to this glittery night. Irrfan Khan and Soha Ali Khan would be seen promoting their upcoming movie “Saheb, Biwi aur Gangster Returns” during the star studded evening in the city.

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