Makar Sankranti Celebration in Rajasthan

Makar Sakranti is a Hindu festival that is observed to mark the end of the chilly months of winter. When the glorious Sun starts its journey to the Northern Hemisphere, celebration of Makar Sankranti starts. It’s time to begin a new life with bright light within us to shine brighter and brighter.

This is the season when the skies are clear and the breeze seems pleasant making everyone in a jubilant mood. On the auspicious occasion of Makar Sankrati, bathing in Haridwar, Kashi and other spiritual sites have a great significance, and the joy of season is celebrated by flying colorful kites in the sky.

Since many years, the cities- Jodhpur and Jaipur in Rajasthan have been hosting Kite Festival on Makar Sankranti with great fervor. The main attribute of the festival is the show of ‘diversity’ in all aspects. Kites all shapes and sizes are seen in the sky and the main competition is to cut the strings of nearby kite flyers and bring it down. For this purpose people intend to make their strings and sharp as possible, to give a tough fight to its opponent flyer. The special kite strings are coated with the mixture of glass and glue called as ‘manjha’.

Bright and colourful kites in striking shapes and unusual designs, some never seen before, would dot the sunny sky of Rajasthan on 14 January, 2014. Jaipur host International Kite Festival from January 14 to 16, 2014 at the Jal Mahal ground.

image courtesy: Gaurav Hajela Photography

image courtesy: Gaurav Hajela Photography

Kites made of leaves, paper, plastics, shiny material cover the sky on this day. All members of family gather on the roof top to enjoy the festival. Women sing traditional songs. They also prepare special food like til laddoos, Moongfali, gazak, dal pakodi and Gajar Ka Halwa. Over the course of the day relatives and friends visit each other to exchange greetings.

Til ke Ladoo, Moongfalli and gajak

Til ke Ladoo, Moongfalli and gajak

Enjoy the rejoicing festival of Makar Sankranti!!

 

Electro Techno Dance Music Festival at Alsisar- Rajasthan

Electro Techno and Dance music sourced from the underground sounds of India and played against the backdrop of Alsisar Mahal, a 17th century palace will mark a new music and arts festival in Shekhawati.
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Magnetic Fields to be held between December 13 and 15 at the Alsisar Mahal in the heritage village of Alsisar is one of the newest additions to the Indian music festival calendar with Charanjit Singh, the accidental pioneer of acid House, as the headliner. The lineup also boast of electro-dance on Shaa’ir + Func from Mumbai, producer Robot Koch from Berlin, Indian origin producer V.I.V.E.K from London who is one of the original pioneers of dubstep, popular drum and bass and electronic outfit Shiva Soundsystem (London) and UK based collective Engine-Earz featuring Orifice-Vulgatron. Other Indian talent at the festival would include Midival Punditz (delhi), trip-hop duo Sulk Station (Bangalore) and many other local folk performers.

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The Fest at Royal Alsisar Mahal is divided into night and day sections, and for those unwilling to call it a day, there would be dawn breaking secret pop up parties throughout the three days festival. Each morning will begin with yoga sessions on the lawn. Through the day, there will be snatches of local culture to sample, from folk artistes to local craftsmen along with free workshops giving a peek into the region’s history and legacy. The food at the fest will be a contemporary take on the best of local cuisines.

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Jodhpur Polo Season has begun from December 01, 2013

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Polo! The very name conjures vision of aristocracy and excellence, of style and rare athletic prowess. Polo is a game that signifies power, adventure, beauty, elegance, graceful team work, class and above all – Tradition. Among the world’s most ancient sports, Polo is not less than a religion in Rajasthan. For a game, that is as “Exclusive as Elusive” Jaipur is a natural home of polo, in Rajasthan, but Jodhpur still leads the way and is considered to be a perfect destination for Polo. The Jodhpur Polo Season will be held from 1st December 2013 till 31st December 2013.

Mark the following dates and join in the festivities in Jodhpur

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Jodhpur Polo Club had successful Polo Seasons since 1998 at Jodhpur and wish to take Jodhpur Polo to higher level and making it a prominent International Polo Centre in India. At the JPEI they have one of the best green Polo Ground in India. Over past few years Jodhpur has developed into a leading tourist destination, a centre for heritage and culture, which gives tourists an authentic local experience.

Experience the thrills and excitement of Royal Game in Jodhpur!!

Jaipur Forhex Fair – 2013

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The handicraft exporters and buyers/ delegates interested in handicrafts from within the country and abroad shall experience the marvels of Handicrafts and explore the unique world of Handicrafts from Rajasthan. The Forhex Fair starting from August 15 to 18, 2013 at B.M Birla Auditorium open Ground shall serve as an opportunity in Jaipur to come closer to handicrafts fraternity and interact with the members, some of them are nationally renowned.

To add more grandeur in the Fair the committee would also organize Craft Vision on 16th August Night to honor the talents of the trade coupled with entertaining performances by renowned celebrity or group.

Teej celebration with cultural activities in Jaipur

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Teej festival

The traditional Sawan Teej Festival will be organized from August 07 -11, 2013 in Jaipur. Other than the traditional procession of Goddess Teej, the Jawahar Kala Kendra (JKK) will once again be the hub of a large number of folk and cultural events this year.

The traditional Teej procession with all its regal pomp and pageantry, will start on 09 August at 6 pm from the Tripoliya Gate (City Palace), winding its way through Tripolia Bazar and Chhoti Chaupar, Gangauri Bazaar to wind up at the Chaugan Stadium. The procession will also take place next day at the same time.

There is an enthusiastic wave of cheer and happiness among the tourists, the travel fraternity and the local populace due to the participation of 30 elephants as a special feature of the traditional Teej procession unlike last year’s ban on their use during the festivals.  The event will be led by an elephant which will carry the symbol. It will be followed by a mélange of cultural performances likes Kachhi Ghodi, Gair, Kalibaliya and chakri dances. The procession will include: a cannon carriage, bullock carts, horse baggi, decorated rath, horses and camels. A number of bands will also accompany the procession.  The sawari of the Goddess Teej will be almost at the end followed by chobdar.

Besides, the folk and cultural performances at JKK will begin from August 09, 2013 from 07.00pm onwards. On the first day there will be a performance by Shalu Jindal (Kuchipudi dance) followed by Vidya Shah (Sugam Sangeet). Next day, on August10, 2013, the visitors will be able to witness the well known Sufi Singer Sonam Kalra. On August11, 2013, will be folk music by Malini Awasthi followed by performances of the Rajasthani folk artistes.

A food and craft mela has also been organized from August 07 to 11, 2013 (from 2 pm to 10 pm) at Shilpgram in JKK. While visitors will be able to enjoy the ethnic Rajasthani food there will also a cultural bonanza by way of folk performances. A wide variety of handicrafts will also be available for sale.

Organized by the Department of Tourism, arrangements have been made for the tourists to photograph the procession from the terrace of the Hind Hotel opposite Tripoliya gate.

Festivities of Teej in Jaipur

Fairs and festivals add much needed zing to our life and give us an opportunity to forget all our tensions and make merry. Fairs and festivals in Jaipur epitomize this very idea of living life to the hilt.

Teej Festival

Teej, the carnival of swings tributes the initiation of torrential rain month of Shravan (in the month of August). The torrential rain falls on the scorched land of Rajasthan and the lovely aroma of the wet soil mounts in the air. People hang the swings from trees and ladies would dress up in bright green clothes. They sing songs merrily thereby welcoming the monsoon. It is also a good time to shop for the Rajasthani ‘tie and dye’ fabrics, saris as well as trendy accessories from the decorated markets. Teej festival is devoted to the deity Parvati to tribute her unification with mighty God Shiva.

Teej Festival

Owing to the enjoyable ambiance of the neighbouring foliage, all women enjoy carefree swings. Hence, the key reason behind Teej festival is to make a woman of the house happy thus making the whole family to prosper.

Teej Festival

Starting from the Tripolia Gate of the City Palace at 06.00 pm and ending at Chaugun, the traditional royal procession would be led through the Tripolia Bazaar and Chhoti Chaupar on August 09 and 10, this year. Antique gilt palanquins, bullock carts pulling cannons, chariots, bedecked elephants, horses, camels, brass bands, and dances all form a part of this grand procession. The Palanquin of Goddess Paravati is carried by eight men dressed in red colour. This kilometre long parade travels through the embedded lanes of the old city. People come out in their traditional best to participate, witness and enjoy.

Teej is also an excellent time to enjoy Rajasthani delicacies like ‘Ghewar’ and ‘Feeni’ and ‘Malpuas’.

Jaipur by Nite: Celebrating the spirit of Jaipur

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A two-day weekend festival called ‘Jaipur by Nite’ is going to be held to promote Jaipur as an all-year destination on July26 and 27, 2013.

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The colorful event in its second edition will see the main historical monuments all decorated and illuminated in their splendor; and the famous bazaars situated within the city walls will be open till late night. Included in the entertaining itinerary are two cultural evenings showcasing live music, fashion show, sound and light show, shopping, food and drinks at the City Palace and Hotel Clarks Amer. Playback singers Krishna Beura and Shweta Pandit will grace the event with performances. Dances will include Ghoomar, chari dance and Gair dance along with parrot card reader, puppet shows, performances by Rajasthani troupes, a lacquer bangle stall and even a safawalla.

With the embassies of France, Italy, Bulgaria, Turkey, Botswana and Singapore among others, agreeing to participate in the event, the initiative will also comprise several performances by renowned international artists.

Organised by the Department of Tourism, Confederation of Indian Industry and Young Indians, the two day event can be attended by anyone once they have registered for it. So if you are interested, visit http://www.jaipurbynite.

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