March- The Month of Festivals in Rajasthan!

Celebrations in the form of fairs and festivals continue in Rajasthan almost all year round. And the month of March is no exception to it. It has come along with its joyous and colorful festivals that shouldn’t be missed. So this March is definitely the month for you to be in Rajasthan and have a glimpse of its art, culture, customs and history.

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Copyright-Soulofrajasthan

Rajasthan folk have an unusual lure of festivals. Where some of the festivals are traditional, others have been recently introduced by the tourism department to showcase the rich heritage of Rajasthan. Are you ready to discover the festive side of this princely state that the month March is unveiling ?

The World Living Heritage Festival
Staged a few days before Holi, a four-day-long the World Living Heritage Festival will be celebrated within the City Palace of Udaipur. As we have mentioned in our previous blog that this festival is the celebration of the magical colors of life and the cultural diversity of Rajasthan’s Mewar region.

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Venue : The City Palace of Udaipur
Dates : March 13-16 , 2014

The Flamenco and Gypsy Festival
Falling on March 13-15, the Flamenco and Gypsy Festival at Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur is going to coincide with the World Living Heritage festival in Udaipur. If music is the food for your soul, you should definitely attend this three-day long musical extravaganza, where Rajasthani folk musicians and the legendary Flamenco and gypsy artists that live around the world will come together and present a more contemporary view of desert music and dance.

Gypsy Festival at Jodhpur
Gypsy Festival at Jodhpur

Venue : Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur
Dates : March 13-15, 2014

The Elephant Festival
As soon as these two festivals take farewell, the awe-inspiring Elephant Festival comes up. Celebrated on the eve of Holi, this festival offers a wonderful sight of the beautifully decorated elephants from trunk to toe. Elephant processions, races, polo and playing Holi on elephants are some of the events that one can enjoy during Elephant festival.

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Venue : Chaugan Stadium, Jaipur
Date : March 16, 2014

Holi Festival
On March-17, the traditional Holi festival will be exuberantly celebrated in Jaipur. It is a carefree festival that’s great fun to participate in if you enjoy getting wet and colored.
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Venue : Jaipur
Date : March 17, 2014

Travel to Rajasthan this March and savor the real flavor of the state filled with colors of joy.

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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!!

 

Special Train from Bangalore to Rajasthan for Tourists

Rupee depreciation has simply boosted local tourism with more travelers taking interest in visiting Indian tourist destinations and Rajasthan tops the list. Tourism industry is apparently taking extra special care to delight local tourists and travelers in India….

As part of Dasara holidays, IRCTC is flagging off its special Royal Rajasthan Charter Train from Bangalore consisting of four – 3Tier AC Coaches and nine Sleeper Class Coaches on October 09, 2013 on a 12-day tour carrying tourists from Bangalore, Mysore, Hassan, Arsikere, Hubli, Bellary to the magnificent tourist destinations in Rajasthan — Udaipur-Chittaurgarh-Jaipur-Jaisalmer-Jodhpur- Mount Abu.

The unique features of the charter train are that it carries only tourists, has a separate Pantry car to cater South Indian vegetarian food, each coach has a manager and a security; coaches are equipped with Public Announcement system. The charter train also includes accommodation wherever night stays are planned and buses are arranged for sightseeing.

The tourists have been classified into Budget, Standard, Comfort & Deluxe and the rates are: Rs. 19,050, Rs. 21,370, Rs. 27,950 and Rs. 32,550 respectively.

For details contact: Ph: 080-25537772, Mob: 96638-77788, 96638-83323

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Rajasthan is not popular for nothing, its undulating terrains, colorful festivals, tempting cuisines and warm people are just gluing and win your heart at once. So, what stops you now? Go get your holidays booked with Royalty of Rajasthan!!

Teej celebration with cultural activities in Jaipur

Teej festival

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.

Ghevar: The Festival Dessert of Rajasthan

“The belly rules the mind” goes a famous Spanish proverb, a phrase that Rajasthan, the land of the kings, is no stranger to. Rajasthani cuisine is a splendid combination of unique, spicy and colorful dishes. It’s incomplete without the description of Dal-Baati-Churma, a traditional wholesome meal of the state. Sweet dishes are never referred to as ‘dessert’ in Rajasthan, because unlike desserts which are had after the meal, Rajasthani sweets are had before, during and after the meal.

 

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The Months of July and August are perfect to talk about the much celebrated dessert in this season of special festivities. “Ghevar”,  an incredible Rajasthani Delicacy which is widely popular and traditionally associated with Teej Festival (locally called Saawan ki Teej) and Raksha Bandhan festival falling in the month of August in Rajasthan. It is a round mesh like disc-shaped fried delicacy drenched in sugar syrup and topped with sliced nuts and flavored rabri.

This Rajasthani festival Dessert is always a chart topper and savored in different styles; some enjoy it plain while others love it with the toppings of Mawa or Malai.  Ghevar also tastes great when it is eaten with hot Milk or Kheer.

Having such a variety in taste Ghevar can definitely satiate your sweet tooth pangs for the time being but cannot satisfy your need to have it again and again. “Padharo mahare des” is an apt phrase, which means: “Welcome to my state”, where you can experience the uniqueness that it has on offer and enhance it with the wonderful hospitality, food AND Sweet Dishes that Rajasthan is famed the world over…..

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’.

Mewar Festival

As known, fairs and fests have been an indispensable part for people of Rajasthan. Mewar Fest is one amongst these fairs. The Mewar Festival is celebrated as it welcomes the spring.

For the year 2013, The Mewar Festival of Udaipur is set to be celebrated for three days: from 13th April to 15th April. To keep people entertained, the organizers encourage local artists and artisans to come and display their talents. Many cultural programs and plays are organized for the amusement of people of Rajasthan. The whole city of Udaipur is decorated beautifully in colorful streamers and the feel of a grand celebration enwraps the locals as well as the visitors and guests because celebrations are just round the corner!!

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The fair is held in two parts where the first part holds the religious importance and after this comes the joy of celebration which includes various performances on Rajasthani folk-songs, dances like Kalbelia, Gavri dance etc. and other art forms like snake-charming, chari-dance, etc.

The most scintillating feature of this festival is the grand procession that takes place on ‘Gangaur Ghat’ in Udaipur as the auspicious water from this ghat is used in filling up the pots, to be carried by the women participants for the religious ceremony. Thereafter, the procession flocks towards the Jagdish Chowk which gets eventful and active, which lies near Jagdish Mandir at the crossing of City Palace of Udaipur.

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The three-day Mewar festival of Rajasthan comes to an end when the idols of Isar and Gangaur are taken to Lake Pichola of Udaipur. Then the idols are transferred on a specially decorated boat with much ardor and solemnity!! This is then followed by the Royal Treat as the Royals of Udaipur, participates in the rituals, of carrying ‘Gangaur Ki Sawari’ in 5ft long boat. This boat is decorated and ducked up with colorful stuffs for the royal carriage of Gangaur only!

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