Jodhpur Polo Season has begun from December 01, 2013

Polo match
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!!

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New flights for Tourism in Jodhpur

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With the onset of Rajasthan’s tourist season in October, airline operators will introduce two new flights from Jodhpur. According to the Civil Airport Director Mr. S.N. Borker, Spice Jet will run a flight between Delhi, Jodhpur and Jaisalmer, while Jet Airways would run special additional flights between Delhi and Jodhpur.  Bookings are already open for these two flights starting from October, 2013

We are also glad to share that Jodhpur is awarded with the best Airport among 52 Airports in the country during Traveler’s Satisfaction Survey conducted last month.

Take a tour to the Museums of Rajasthan

Museums can be a great way of peeking into the history of a place and culture as each artifact has some interesting tale. The museums in Rajasthan can get you a clear understanding of the rich and diverse culture, traditions, arts, history, crafts and other notable features of the state.

Let’s take  a trip to the famous museums of Rajasthan that form an intrinsic part of the tourist attractions of Rajasthan.

 Albert Hall, Jaipur

located in the gardens of Ram Niwas Bagh in Jaipur and is believed to be the oldest in the state. Colonel Sir Swinton Jacob designed the museum in 1876 to welcome King Edward VII on his visit to India. The museum was opened to public ten years later. The rare articles on display are metal and wood crafts, pottery, arms and weapons, textiles, carpets, paintings of flora and fauna of the state, toys, and dolls.

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Maharaja Sawai Mansingh Museum, City Palace, Jaipur

Located within the City Palace complex, the museum is the brainchild of Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II and houses ancestral collections of successive rulers of Amer and Jaipur. Initially, only selective visitors and dignitaries could visit this museum with prior permission. In 1959 this private museum was opened to the public.

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MehranGarh Fort Museum, Jodhpur

The magnificent Mehrangarh Fort of Jodhpur houses rare and interesting artifacts, textiles, paintings and transport items. The beautiful Palanquin and Howdah Galleries have some of the most captivating historic items that are both old and expensive, on display.

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Government Museum, Ajmer

Akbar built this imposing palace in 1570 – partly as a pleasure retreat, but mainly to keep a watchful eye on local rulers. It was here, on 10 January, 1616, that Sir Thomas Roe, ambassador of King James 1 of England, was given the first official audience by the Emperor Jehangir. Akbar’s Palace houses the government museum, which has a small collection of stone sculptures, weapons and miniature paintings.

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 Government Museum, Jodhpur

Located in Umaid Public gardens of Jodhpur, the museum has a huge collection of artifacts that reveal the rich history of the region. It was during the reign of Maharaja Umed Signhji, the beautiful museum was built. The museum also boasts a great architecture and the credit goes to Edwardian architect, Henry Vaughan Lanchester.

The various exhibits of the museum include textiles, miniature portraits, weapons, local crafts and images of Jain Tirthankars. The collection also consists of stuffed animals. Stuffed animals like birds are kept in glass cases. A separate military section, which displays wooden biplane models and an excellent brass battleship, is also well appreciated.

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Prachina Museum, Junagarh Fort, Bikaner

With a vision to preserve rich cultural diversity and to showcase monolithic identity of Bikaner, this Cultural Center and Museum was established by Siddhi Kumari daughter of Late Maharaja Narendra Singhji of Bikaner in 2000, at the beginning of the new millennium. Located in the great Junagarh Fort, it reflects the vivid glimpses of legacy that survived in the contemporary past.

Prachina Museum

Hey Barber, Make Me Beautiful

Rajasthan Tourism

Shahrukh is ready to mesmerize with a stylish hair-do, while Salman with his rippling muscles is getting geared up with clothes and accessories. No, he isn’t taking his shirt off. Rather, both these ‘studs’ are being dressed at a camel parlour in Jaisalmer for the Desert Festival that starts on February 23, 2013.

Since camels are the most special and sought after attractions at the Desert Festival for everyone, you would find many veteran barbers particularly at the beautification of these four-legged creatures. They are endearingly called the beauticians and have been practicing the art of catering to the ship of the desert since their forefathers.

The camel population in Rajasthan is approximately three lakh, of which some 50,000 are used in the tourism industry. These salons are popular among camel owners who wish to participate in various competitions during Festival.

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desert Festival Camel

The salon comprises of a fancy and colourful cart in the golden sand with a few iron boxes, which contain scissors of different shapes and razors. It takes three hours to decorate Shahrukh and Salman with colourful tassels, beads and mirrors. Even the tail is a sight to see. By the end of it, both look as beautiful and bashful as brides. The process of beautification would be an exciting and delightful sight for the tourists attending Jaisalmer Desert Festival.

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Decorating the camels is a very special art!! Earlier, camel raisers/owners would themselves be barbers. People would gather the camels in one place and collectively cut their hair. But now, this work is being done at special salons in style.

Another art form used on these animals is tattoos. Many camel owners have their animals take part in festivals and compete during races and polo matches. Having a decked-up camel can help them win prizes and they are ready to go that extra mile.    Wonder what the camels would say ;)

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But you don’t miss to witness the infatuating ramp and play of these flaunting beauties during Jaisalmer Desert Festival, starting from February 23 to 25, 2013!!

World Sufi Spirit Festival, Jodhpur

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World Sufi Spirit Festival on February 22nd and 23rd, 2013 at Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur is giving a great opportunity to experience the divine god within us. The age-old art of those pilgrims from the past, travelers of the spirit will be revealed through dance, music, singing and rituals by traditional artists from Rajasthan, Egypt, Iran, Mongolia, China, Zanzibar, and the Comoros Islands. They will present the beauty of a spiritual art inspired by Sufism.

Various artists like Wang Li(China), Fareed Ayyaz and party ( Pakistan), Kailash Kher (India), The Musician of Nile(Egypt) and Vahdat Sisters(Iran) to name a few will be there to mesmerize you.

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The principal aim of this festival is to witness the traditions of the East, Asia and Africa to the rich heritage of India.

This year, not only the fascinating heritage of Rajasthan will be present but we will also discover the exceptional technique of Anuj Mishra and his exceptional dance only after discover still the deep roots of Hindu and Dravidian southern India.

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Programme Details are as follows ….
Mehrangarh Fort – Jodhpur – Friday 22nd February

7.00 AM
Bhajan songs from the Bhopa Nayak jat community
Mohissa – Chiru district – Rajasthan
Jaswant Thada

11.00 AM
Adivasi tribal art expressions
Rajasthan – India
Mataji Temple

11.00 AM
Kallaripayyat martial Art from Kerala by the young artists of The Aseema Trust
Foundation directed by Veppanthangudi Ramachandra Rao Devikra
Kerala – India
Daulat Khana Chowk

11.00 AM
Film
Art gallery at Zenana Deodi

12.00 PM
Manganiyars and the Langas children workshop
Rajasthan – India
Zenana Deodi

12.00 AM
Qawwalli Party
Rajasthan – India
Bhure sa ki mazzar – (Dargah)

1.00 PM
Bardic Divas – Women voices of Central Asia
Ulzhan Baibussynova – singing
Kazakhstan
Raushan Orazbaeva – kobyz
Kazakhstan
Nadira Pirmatova – Singing & dutar lute
Uzbekistan
Moti Mahal – Darbar concert I
In partnership with AKMI – Aga Khan Music Initiative
Aga Khan Trust for Culture

4.00 PM
Kallaripayyat martial Art from Kerala by the young artists of the The Aseema Trust
Foundation directed by Veppanthangudi Ramachandra Rao Devikra
Kerala – India

5.00 PM
Adivasi tribal art expressions
Rajasthan – India
Mataji Temple

6.00 PM
The art of kathak by Anuj Mishra – Lucknow Gharana
Lucknow – India
Moti Mahal – Darbar concert II

8.00 PM
Qawwalli night
First part – Artists to be announced
Second part – Asif Ali Khan, Manzoor Hussain, Santoo Khanqawwal & Party
Pakistan
Parade ground

11.30 PM
Into a Sufi world of ritual and dance
The Nile Sufi – A Sufi ritual from a village of Upper-Egypt
Sheikh Ghanan and the Sufis of Deir
Egypt
Chokhelao Garden

Mehrangarh Fort – Jodhpur – Saturday 23rd February

7.00 AM
Bhajan
Rajasthan – India
Jaswant Thada

11.00 AM
Kallaripayyat martial Art from Kerala by the young artists of the The Aseema Trust
Foundation directed by Veppanthangudi Ramachandra Rao Devikra
Kerala – India
Daulat Khana Chowk

11.00 AM
Film
Art gallery at Zenana Deodi

11.00 AM
Adivasi tribal art expressions
Rajasthan – India
Mataji Temple

12.00 AM
Chota Divana concert – Manghaniyars and the Langas children with Gazi Khan Barna
Rajasthan – India
Chokhelao Garden

12.00 AM
Qawwalli party
Rajasthan – India
Bhure sa ki mazzar – (Dargah)

1.00 PM
Saeid Shanbehzadeh – The art of the bagpipe
Iran
Bagpipe artists of Bikaner
Rajasthan – India
Moti Mahal – Darbar concert I

4.00 PM
Kallaripayyat martial Art from Kerala by the young artists of the The Aseema Trust
Foundation directed by Veppanthangudi Ramachandra Rao Devikra
Kerala – India
(venue to be decided)

5.00 PM
Adivasi tribal art expressions
Rajasthan – India
Mataji Temple

6.00 PM
Homayoun Sakhi – The art of rubab
Seiar Hashemi, tablas
Afghanistan
Moti Mahal – Darbar concert II
In partnership with – AKMI Aga Khan Music Initiative
Aga Khan Trust for Culture

8.00 PM
Into a Sufi world of ritual and dance
Meshk Ensemble of Mevlana
Turkey
Chokhelao Garden

11.00 PM
After party
Travelling to the mix of Sufi beating and the spiritual world of music
Chokhelao Garden courtyard

Mehrangarh Fort – Jodhpur – Sunday 24th February

7.00 AM
Bhajan
Rajasthan – India
Jaswant Thada

Jodhpur Polo Season starts from Today !!!

The XIII Jodhpur Polo Season starts from today i.e. Monday, 3 December 2012!! 

Horse Polo

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, butJodhpur still leads the way and is considered to be a perfect destination for Polo.

Mark the following dates and join in the festivities in Jodhpur!

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Tournaments:
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– Standard Chartered Jodhpur Polo Cup – 3 to 6 Dec.
– Umaid Bhawan Palace Cup – 7 to 10 Dec.
– Airtel H.H. Maharaja of Jodhpur Cup – 11 to 17 Dec.
– Mount Shivalik Rajputana & Central India Cup – 19 to 24 Dec.
– Royal Salute Maharaja of Jodhpur Golden Jubilee Cup – 25 to 30 Dec.

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One Day Exhibitions:
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– Beginners Cup – 6 Dec.
– Bhanwar Baijilal Polo Cup – 10 Dec.
– Eton Vs. Mayo College – 15 Dec.
– British Polo Cup – 16 Dec.
– Maj. Th. Sardar Singh Jasol Memorial Cup – 21 Dec.
– Army Commander’s Cup – 23 Dec.
– The Abu Seir Cup – 30 Dec.
– The Hermes Cup – 31 Dec.

 

Travel to Incredible Destinations of Rajasthan!

Every tourist place in Rajasthan has a story to tell. While in some, sculptures become alive, narrating tales of bygone times where some weave poetry of love and saga, some chronicles make their way to museums; some depict the saga of war and fortitude through miniature statues and through sound and light shows, while others through puppetries and dances.

Jaipur the capital city also known as the ‘Pink City’ is definitely a ‘must-see’ tourist place in Rajasthan. The city with its sheer beauty is any shopper’s paradise and no woman would want to hold onto her purse strings!

Udaipur’s City Palace and the Lake Pichola are both synonymous as places of tourist interest in Rajasthan. Apart from Fateh Prakash Palace and Jag Niwas, Udaipur also is convenient while planning excursions to Kumbhalgarh, Ranakpur’s  Jain Temples, Haldighati, Ghanerao, Eklinji Temple and Nathdwara.

Set amidst the Thar Desert, Jaisalmer and Jodhpur are both romantic cities to reckon with. Your trip is incomplete without a camel-ride.

Patriots must visit Chittaurgarh which resonates with the legend of Rani Padmini and the shrieks of women who willingly undertook Johaur.

Called the ‘Camel Country’, Bikaner has a Research Institute for Camels and is also famous for the Karni Mata Temple where rats are revered!

If you think places of tourist interests in Rajasthan revolve around sand dunes, you’re mistaken, for Mount Abu is actually a hill station which offers you the solitude within its many pretty cottages that came up during the British rule.

Arty folks have much to look forward to in Bundi that displays Rajput architecture and has the Bundi School of Art. Kota is another city that has gained prominence on the map owing to the exquisite Kota Doria sarees in charming floral prints. It also boasts of dams and quaint Havelis and temples.

Shekawati or the Garden of Shekas( a ruler) is a maze of Havelis where walls are adorned with paintings of caparisoned elephants and horses, thus rendering the name ‘open art gallery’ to the place!

Ajmer is a confluence of cultures, with Muslims have a Dargah(mosque) and the British having chosen Ajmer for its prestigious Mayo College which today is a prominent public school. Just 4 kms away is the sacred Pushkar Lake, which hosts the Pushkar Mela too. The one and only Brahma and Saraswati Temples in the world are situated in Pushkar!

Your interest as a tourist in Rajasthan is not limited to the quiet and magnificent alone; for there is the wild side of the state, which can be explored with a visit to Ranthambore which houses a National Park-home to tigers, leopards, owlets, hyena, langurs and wild boars.

Bharatpur which derives its name from the loyal brother of Lord Rama also houses a National Park and the hatching field of crocodiles. The place dates also in the epic Mahabharata days where the Matsya kingdom had flourished.

The Sariska Tiger Sanctuary is located in Viratnagar. Viratnagar dates back to the stone- age, with many natural cave and rock shelters found here!

Visit any city or destination in Rajasthan; it will charm you with its wealth of attractions. Old palaces, which were once resided by the Kings and princes, are now available as luxurious accommodation options for the tourists. Padharo Mhare Des !!

 

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