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Sawan Teej Festival

Jaipur to have elephant village

Udaipur Lakes Crossed the Standard Level

Celebrating Rajasthan Diwas - 21st to 30th March 2005

Rajasthan set for record tourism

Rajasthan temples to get Rs.400 million facelift

High on tourism, Rajasthan plans six airstrips

Udaipur's royal past attracts tourists

Rustic Rajasthan






28-29 July 2006

28-29 July 2006

Teej is the festival of swings. It marks the advent of the monsoon month of Sawan (August). The monsoon rains fall on the parched land and the pleasing scent of the wet soil rises into the air. Swings are hung from trees and decorated with flowers. Young girls and women dressed in green clothes sing songs in celebration of the advent of the monsoon. This festival is dedicated to the Goddess Parvati,commemorating her union with Lord Shiva. Goddess Parvati is worshipped by seekers of conjugal bliss and happiness. An elaborate procession is taken out in Jaipur for two consecutive days on the festive occasion which is watched by people in large numbers. The teej idol is richly decorated with ornaments and gaudy dresses. The Teej idol is covered with a canopy whereas the Gangaur idol is open.

The Teej festival is grandly celebrated each year by women in Rajasthan by offering prayers and worship to Goddess Parvati for her devotion to her husband Shiva. This festival marks the arrival of the rainy season, bringing relief to the parched land and brings special joy to women and girls who go around singing and dancing in praise of Parvati. Women associate this festival with rituals of swinging in rain, singing folk songs, decorating palms by applying Mehandi, dressing in best of clothes and jewelry and feast. In Jaipur an idol of Goddess Parvati is taken out in royal procession from The City Palace. This grand spectacle consists of Royal Antique Gilt Palanquins, cannons on wheels drawn by bullocks, chariots, gaily decorated Elephants with silver Haudas, Horses, Camels, brass bands and groups of dancers. Eight men dressed in red cloth carry the palanquin and the long procession is participated by men and women in large numbers who sing and dance merrily.



Jaipur to have elephant village

Source: IANS  Image Source: IS

Jaipur, Aug 17: Elephants in Jaipur and their keepers will have a new home, with work on a 'hathi gaon' (elephant village) to start soon.

The Jaipur Development Authority (JDA) has handed over possession of 30 hectares of land on the Delhi bypass road to the Rajasthan Tourism department.

"The chief minister (Vasundhara Raje) was very keen on this project. She has strongly directed that the project should be completed at the earliest," a state government spokesperson told IANS.

After completion of the project - the first of its kind in India - all the elephants in the city are expected to bid adieu to their present nomadic status.

Under the project, the tourism department will provide shelter to about 100 elephants. At the moment, the elephants, used to ferry tourists to Amber Fort and sometimes carry load, spend the night on the city streets.

The project would include a natural park-like shelter for elephants with extensive plantation, a well-equipped veterinary hospital and proper sewerage facilities.

Besides, a small man-made pond would come up for the elephants to play in. The elephant keepers (mahouts) would be provided residential accommodation in the park.

Other tourist facilities would include restaurants, an artefact manufacturing centre and a special museum depicting Rajasthani culture and tradition.

Elephant owners earn roughly about Rs.3,000 a day ferrying tourists but each elephant consumes food worth about Rs.700 daily.

The plantation within the park will not be meant for providing elephant feed, which, as is done now, will be purchased by the owners from outside.




Udaipur Lakes Crossed the Standard Level.

After a long wait of monsoon, finally the empty lakes of Udaipur got filled. Now the palaces of the lake city are shining like pearl. The charm of the lake city is back now. As you can see the pictures.  







Celebrating Rajasthan Diwas - 21st to 30th March 2005


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 21st March to 30th March.

Fifty-six 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, 30th March is celebrated as Rajasthan Diwas every year. The year 2005 marks a new beginning for these celebrations. 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.

With the aim of showcasing the state's culture & heritage and reviving the traditional sports, cuisines and folk-art, Government of Rajasthan has announced state-wide Rajasthan Diwas Celebrations from 21st March to 30th March 2005. These celebrations stand apart for the sheer range of participation that it would elicit from people at large with sports & cultural competitions being organised for them at levels of districts & divisions culminating to state-level finals in Jaipur. Craft-Bazaar, Food Festival, Night Bazaar, Sports competitions, spectacular fire-works, Mega Cultural Concerts, and competitions for school students are but a few events planned by the state government as a part of Rajasthan Diwas Celebrations, 2005.

Lighting of Rajasthan Diwas torches in 32 districts of Rajasthan and their arrival to the capital city - Jaipur via their divisional headquarters form a part of the event "Run for Rajasthan", an event forerunner to the 10-day celebrations beginning on 21st March 2005. Internationally and nationally famed sportspersons of Rajasthan would participate in a relay on 21st March from SMS Stadium to Albert Hall, Jaipur; carrying a torch lighted from the flames of all 6 divisional torches.
The mega festival would mark its beginning on 21st March with the lighting of Rajasthan Diwas flame at Albert Hall amidst cheering from a gathering comprising of VIPs & eminent persons besides the people of Rajasthan. An enthusiastic live-performance by Police & Military Bands and well-choreographed vivacious performances by the folk artists in Musical Symphony at Albert Hall would mark the grand inaugural of Rajasthan Diwas celebrations. Not to be missed would be the view of city's sky as a colourful canvas adorned with thousands of balloons.

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 10-day celebrations. Taking care of the educative needs of craftsmen, the state government has planned to organise awareness-seminars & design-workshops at Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur to benefit the talented craftsmen. Puppet shows and folk performances by Kalbelia, Manganiyars, Garasias, Sahariya, Bheels and other tribes every evening in Jawahar Kala Kendra have been planned as added attraction for the visitors to Craft Bazaar.

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 to be held in Jaipur from 21st March to 30th March, 2005 during the course of Rajasthan Diwas Celebrations. Pavillions, offering the region specific Rajasthani-cuisine, would undoubtedly add to the delight of tourists and Rajasthanis alike 10-day Rajasthan Diwas Celebrations would herald revival of traditional & rural sports like Kabbadi, Kho-Kho, Rumal Jhappatta, Teerandazi (Archery), Camel Cart Race, Elephant Polo, Tonga Race and other sports like Satoliya, Bullock Cart Race, Mulkhum, Rassa-kassi and Bhartiya Kushti etc. As part of celebrations, competitions would be held at District & Division level and the winning teams would compete in the State-level finals to be held in Jaipur between 21st March-30th March 2005. Rajasthan Diwas Celebrations has come in as a timely opportunity to recognise the talented sportsperson of our state and to showcase & popularise the traditional games amongst the younger generations. Modern day popular sports like Golf & Horse Polo would also form a part of the competitions.

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 organised in Jaipur during the course of celebrations. The winning teams of division level competitions would participate in the final rounds to be held in the capital city. Adding to the vivacity of the celebrations would be the vibrant folk dance & song performances by the school students in the competitions at different levels of district, division, and state. While praying for the prosperity, development, and progress of people in Rajasthan, divine blessings would be sought by organising Maha-Aarti at Birla Mandir(Temple) in Jaipur on 21st March. In subsequent days, Maha-Aartis would be organised during the dusk time in significant temples of different parts of the city and the harmony of bhajans would soothe people throughout the state.

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. Night Bazaar would definitely herald a new era of late-evening activities in the city.Amidst all merriments would be the most enchanting Holi Festival. The festival of colours would add its hues to the joys of Rajasthan Diwas Celebrations with the plans of a Mega Holika Dahan on 25th March. Colourful fire-works on the occasion promises to spellbound Jaipurites with its spectacular display. The grand Elephant Festival on 25th March would further add to the glory of entire celebrations. This fervor would soon be followed next day by an enthralling play of colours in Hotel Khasa Kothi, Jaipur. Further more, foreigners enjoying the open-bus city tour would be able to experience the gaiety, exhilaration, and joys of Pink city dwellers amidst their distinctive play of colours.

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 who are shining stars of the constellation of celebrities in their own field.

Source : Rajasthan Tourism

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Rajasthan set for record tourism

One of the world's most favoured tourist destinations, Rajasthan has witnessed an unprecedented growth of more than 50 percent in domestic and foreign tourist traffic this year. The desert state witnessed a record arrival of more than 600,000 foreign tourists and 12.5 million domestic tourists in 2003.
That's not all. In the first six months of this year, the foreign tourist arrivals went up 63 percent and domestic by 33 percent. "In the first six months from January to July, 5.5 million domestic tourists and more than 380,000 foreign tourists have visited the state. This is a record arrival and we expect the trend to continue as the season has just begun," a state tourism department official said.

If travel inquiries are any indication, the year ahead is going to see tourist arrivals going up further. "If one goes by the number of inquiries, we feel that arrivals will at least look up by over 40 percent this year in comparison to the previous year," Karan Singh of Surya Tours & Travels said. He said interest among foreigners in Rajasthan is growing as it offers everything other than beaches and snow-clad mountains.
The Pushkar camel fair is also a big hit. As per preliminary estimates, around 10,000 foreign tourists are expected to attend the weeklong fair, which started Nov 19 and will end Friday.

"Foreigners love to watch the village lifestyle and the trading of animals. And no other place can be better than the Pushkar fair where you get all this plus festivities," Singh said.

Hotels are also reporting house full. "Forget about discounts, if you get a room you should be happy to grab it!" said Surendra Singh, a travel agent.

"We are booked fully up to February," the manager of a city-based five-star hotel said. He said thanks to the city emerging as a big conference centre, hotel business is booming.

Similar is the situation with small and medium category hotels that are reporting 70-80 percent of room occupancy on an average, which is around 40-45 percent more than the last year.

Even transporters, who provide taxis and coaches, are a happier lot.

Source : Indo-Asian News Service

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Rajasthan temples to get Rs.400 million facelift

Jaipur, Feb 1 (IANS) The desert state of Rajasthan which boasts of several ancient temples will renovate them now as part of an action plan by the state's devasthan (temple) department.

As much as Rs.400 million ($9.15 million) has been assigned for the task that covers over 100 temples, many of which are completely ruined and no more in use.

"Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje is a very religious person. It is her idea to restore the temples to give a fillip to religious tourism," an official from the department said.

A detailed list of old temples has been prepared, and proposals for renovation would be presented to the state assembly in March, officials here said.

Plans are afoot to initiate regular worshipping activities in each temple and officials said that the restoration task would be carried out by craftsmen who have been traditionally involved in temple construction.

The temples with adequate tourism potential would be connected with roads and the very important of them have already been recommended to the Union Ministry of Tourism.

Efforts would also being made to get the corporate sector participate in the renovation effort, officials said.

Source : Indo-Asian News Service

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High on tourism, Rajasthan plans six airstrips
By Anil Sharma, Indo-Asian News Service

Jaipur, Feb 10 (IANS) Enthused by a spurt in tourist arrivals, Rajasthan is planning to construct airstrips in six towns of the state. Three of the new airstrips would be in Jhalawar, Pali and Banswara. The sites for the other three airfields are yet to be finalised. "The Planning Commission has already approved a sum of Rs.100 million ($2 million) for the construction of airstrips in six places," a senior official of the state tourism department told IANS.

"The money is over and above the Rs.50 million sanctioned by the state government to construct airstrips in Jhalawar, Pali and Banswara," the official said. These three airstrips were slated to come up in the current year itself. The plan to build airstrips is mainly aimed at boosting tourism in the desert state. While Rajasthan has a number of airstrips and helipads, the commercial airlines offer services mainly to the cities of Jaipur, Jodhpur and Udaipur and sometimes to Jaisalmer. The official said air taxi operators (ATOs) would be encouraged to expand their services in the state. The use of the government's existing airstrips numbering 19 and some other facilities has already been offered to ATOs, he said.

Rajasthan continues to be one of the most favourite tourism destinations in the world, witnessing an unprecedented growth of more than 50 percent in domestic and foreign tourist influx. The state witnessed a record arrival of more than 600,000 foreign tourists and 12.5 million domestic tourists in 2003. In the first six months of 2004 the number of foreign tourists went up 63 percent and of domestic by 33 percent.

"In the first six months from January to July 2004, 5.4 million domestic tourists and more than 380,000 foreign tourists visited the state. This is a record," the official of the tourism department said.

Travel agents and tour operators are happy with the government's plan.

Source : Indo-Asian News Service

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Udaipur's royal past attracts tourists

A glimpse into the royal past of Udaipur through a sound and light show is attracting tourists to Rajasthan's famed city of lakes.

The one-hour Son et Lumiere (sound and light show) titled "Legacy of Honour" presents glimpses of 1,500 years of history of the Mewars of the state. The privately initiated project was started a week ago by the Udaipur royalty to attract tourists to the city.

The narrative traces 15 centuries of history that includes the foundation of Mewar by Bappa Rawal, the 'Johar' (self-immolation to protect honour) of Chittor's Rani Padmini, the story of Mughal emperor Humayun and Rani Karmavati, the story of Pannadhai who sacrificed her own son for the safety of Prince Udai Singh and the battle of Haldi Ghati.

The show ends on a contemporary note, recounting the vision of Maharana Bhagwat Singh who turned the palace into a heritage hotel more than 40 years

ago and who instituted the Maharana Mewar Charitable Foundation (MMCF) Trust to both conserve Mewar's rich heritage and develop the region.

"We feel that this show would certainly help to boost tourism in the city," Trilok Sharma, secretary, MMCF said. He said that around 600,000 tourists, both domestic as well as foreign, visit the city every year.

"We are thrilled. We didn't know Mewar had such a rich history," said an Italian tourist.

L M Wong, a tourist from US said, "It is indeed a wonderful experience. I won't mind sitting the whole night long if history is presented in such a fascinating manner."

Source : Indo-Asian News Service

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Rustic Rajasthan

January 24: HOT ‘n’ spicy, that’s the best way to describe the very scintillating and tongue tingling Rajasthani fare. Rich and vibrant, the flavours of the rustic and sandy locales are anything but bland and ordinary. A platter of some of the most exotic and fiery herbs, the Rajasthani ‘Chokhi Dhani,’ is quite a simmering mouthful. And bringing home the vary tantalising flavours is Hotel Heritage, Sector 35. At their ongoing Rajasthani food festival, which will continue for a month, more than 15 different varieties of starters and main course meals are up for serves on their buffet. Dressed in the vibrant Bandhini garbs with their pagris intact, the staff of the hotel have droused themselves in the colourful spirit and will be serving such dishes like Bhel, chaat, baati choorma, besan ke gatte, sabudane ki khichdi which form a great precursor for the fresh from the tawa veggies like bhindi, aloo, moyia pulao, bajre ki khichdi best enjoyed with bajre ki roti or jwar ki roti. So jump in the bandwagon and enjoy all that the cuisine of the sandy dunes has to offer.

Source : Express India

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