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Why Makar Sankranti In Jaipur Is Absolutely Not-To-Be-Missed

Hundreds of kites dancing in the sky, and us- on our terrace. That’s the memory every Jaipurite has of Makar Sankranti. Kite-flying is one of the most favourite and zealous festivals in Jaipur. It’s not just about flying kites but also about the battleground that the sky becomes and the way the whole group of family and friends gather up on their terraces and hoot and shout along with the music.

But this is not all! There’s so much more to this festival and the day marks as one of the most auspicious occasions of the year. Here are some of the reasons Jaipurites put their heart and soul into celebrating Makar Sankranti.

1. Pavitra Snaan and Daan
While lakhs of people take dips into the Ganges on Makar Sankranti around the nation, scores of people also arrive at Galta Ji Temple in Jaipur to bathe in the seven holy kunds there. The day is celebrated to worship the Sun God. It is considered that taking dips in the kund at Galtaji on Makar Sankranti absolves us of all our sins.

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To take a dip in the kund at Galta Ji Temple, you might as well trek up the small hill that exits the city from Galta and Surajpole gates. It’s a sight to behold when you see the amount of faith that Jaipurites put into worshipping on Makar Sankranti.

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People around the country also believe that donating clothes, jaggery, corn, ground peanuts and sesame is a good omen and brings prosperity.

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2. Harbinger of spring
Makar Sankranti falls on the equinox and the day and night are equally long. After this day, the days start to get longer and nights shorter. It also marks the onset of spring season. This also brings a welcome relief from the cold wave of the bygone winter.

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3. The Harvest Festival
Makar Sankranti is celebrated every year as the harvest festival of the country. The Rabi crop is harvested in the month of January and corn, mustard, peanuts, sesame etc. are the major crops harvested at this time. One day before Sankranti, i.e. on Lohri the new crop is offered to god through worshipping fire.

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4. Kite Buying
Kite buying is a serious affair in Jaipur. People don’t just by any random kites. They especially head to kite markets like Handipura, Haldiyon Ka Rasta, and Kishanpole bazaar to buy the best kites. It takes an understanding of the science behind the designing of kites in order to buy the best ones. You can find hundreds and thousands of kites in all shapes, sizes and designs according to your preference. Some of the popularly known designs of kites are Chaand-dara, Glass-dara, Mangal-dara, Aankhal-dara, Tripatta, Dadhiyal etc.

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5. Kite- Flying

A true jaipurite knows how to fly a kite and the science applied behind it.

It takes a lot of patience, time and effort to prepare for kite flying. The night before Sankranti the whole family sits together to put ‘tang’ in kites with white saddha.

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On Sankranti, everyone’s duty is sorted! Makar Sankranti food is all about pakode, moongfali, popcorn, khichadi, gajak, feeni, ladoo and papdi-chat and the children in the house go up and down the terrace for serving them. The youngsters become DJs playing the best songs the loudest.

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And oh! What an art kite flying is. As soon as the ‘Dangal’ starts in the sky, you can hear “Woh kaata” every five seconds from a terrace or two around!

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  1. The evening sky

As the day sets in, the kites start to come down and gradually the whole sky is lit up with fireworks and paper lanterns known as “Tukkals” or “Kandeel.” The night view on Sankranti is absolutely mesmerizing and one of those experience that is hard to get over!

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So if ever you plan to visit Jaipur during winter, make sure you don’t miss the intoxicatingly enthusiastic vibe of Makar Sankranti!

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Locals DISTRICT Is Coming To Steal The Nights Away In Jaipur

Winnowed out from all the different forms of music is a genre that attracts the lovers of abstract and imaginative, the lovers of the tunes that are like no other- Techno!

The psychedelic tunes of EDM music have lured the hearts of many over time. The techno music is a type of EDM that is a unique blend of influences from magic realism, fantasy, and science fiction.

With a developing craze for music festivals, youth is traveling across cities and countries to attend the events.  Jaipur too has a long-awaited Techno fest event queued up early in the coming year- Locals DISTRICT

Attracting the Techno music lovers from all over the nation, Locals DISTRICT is a one of its kind event where you can spend a few days away from the world of trivia and monotony and lose yourself to a world that’s lit up with dim lights and techno music!

Bracing to be back with a bang, the second episode of Locals DISTRICT will be held at Castle Kalwar on the outskirts of Jaipur.  You can enjoy 72 hours of non- stop techno music played by renowned DJs at this enigmatic event.

This is not all, there is an added festive yet mystic feel to the event with the garden tents for accommodation!

Locals DISTRICT is an unprecedented kind of Techno music fest that’s about to unveil its second season in Jaipur in March 2019 and we promise you, it’s a “Lose the night away” kind of a gala!

Dates: 1st- 3rd March” 2019

Venue: Castle Kalwar, Jaipur

Book your tickets here: http://www.localsdistrict.com/

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A Walk Through Of Pushkar When It Comes Alive During Pushkar Fair 2018

Though the Pushkar Fair is celebrated for ten days in the Kartik month, its last four days are critically important for the sacred reasons. On the main day of Kartik Purnima, lakhs of people take a dip in the holy Pushkar lake, and in the evening Lord Brahma is offered prayers at the Varaha Ghat with thousands of brightly lit diyas floating in the lake, making it a marvellous spectacle to watch. So if you have not yet visited you can still plan your Pushkar trip. 

Pushkar Fair has started with a full swing where you can see livestock owners from all across the country coming here to trade cattle especially camels – the Ship of Desert. It’s priceless to see the expressions on the faces of these men when they sit patiently in the Pushkar Mela Ground for days and wait for the trade to take place.

Not just their faces, there are few more sights that are truly glowing and precious during this time. Though Pushkar’s streets are known for their colorful fervor and unique shopping experience, they are swathed in their own charm at the time of Pushkar fair.

The boisterous bazaars of Pushkar is the spectacle that one shall never miss; the streets refreshed in the shades of red, yellow, pink, blue are, synonymous to the people of Rajasthan and their culture. It’s interesting and fun to navigate on Pushkar’s narrow alleys during the fair time when each and every corner is brimming with action.

Did we say thousands of camels ? Well the only living beings who have started giving a tough competition to the cattle in the last few years is the ‘Photography Enthusiasts’ who come from all around the globe in large groups and are seen more in number than the cattle itself 😉

And why won’t they? After all, who would want to miss these magical spectacles ?

The fair has already started from 15th November and continues till 23rd November and if you love photography, culture, Rajasthan, streets, food, adventures, camel rides or any beautiful thing on the planet, we suggest you to pack your bags are start your journey to Pushkar !

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This Diwali, Let’s Keep Our Culture Alive!

Preserved and passed on for generations, the elixir of living the life and the footprints of our ancestors, the culture, the traditions and the zeal of life. Diwali is not just about a festival in our country. It is more about heritage, and its preservation.

On Diwali we celebrate the return of Ram from 14 years of exile, and growing up, Diwali was all about lighting up diyas, cooking sweet Indian delicacies, sparking fire crackers, and worshipping Lord Ganesha and goddess Laxmi. With the change in time and tradition, we are losing the grip on soul of this festival. Here are a few things we all need to turn back to this Diwali!

  1. The Elaborate Diwali Pooja- The elaborate Diwali pooja always used to be a family affair but now it is also losing its value to us. The conventional ways of celebrating Diwali started by pooja are changing with most of the youngsters migrating to different cities for education and job. We should learn to pray on our own if we cannot reach home on Diwali. 🙂

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  1. Sweets– Where there is celebration, there has to be sweets, but nowadays we are turning towards chocolates and other dessert options that are known to be #gluttonfree #cholesterolfree #fatfree and whatnot. We are forgetting that the delicious recipes of homemade sweets like laddus, gulabjamun, barfi, halwa, mathri, etc. that have been handed down to us by our nani and dadi are much healthier and delightful in every sense.

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  1. New Clothes- The zeal of the festival Diwali needs to be kept alive with new clothes, because Diwali also marks a new beginning, the end of evil and the victory of the good. We promise you that you are going to have a worthy stock of pictures for Instagram with a new ethnic attire.

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  1. Cleaning our homes- Scientifically, it is a good idea to clean your house around mid-October and mid-November because after the monsoon, cleaning makes sure all the germs and infectants are eradicated from the house.

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Although, religiously it is believed that goddess Laxmi visits the homes of devotees on the night of Diwali to bless them with happiness, luck and prosperity for the rest of the year. Therefore, we illuminate and decorate our houses with diyas, lights and rangoli.

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  1. Firecrackers- Burning of firecrackers also carries a scientific logic behind itself apart from the celebration. The heat produced in the environment due to burning of the crackers makes sure that all the disease causing microbes are removed from the environment after the end of monsoon. But the perpetually increasing pollution restricts us from doing so, and we can opt for lighting mustard oil diyas for the same effect.

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So this Diwali, let’s make a promise that we are not going to feel guilty about having an extra gulab jamun, or bursting the fire crackers, that we are not going to wear that old comfortable jeans, rather try a slightly uncomfortable but new dress; that we are going to make sure our houses are spick and span before Diwali. Let’s make a promise to preserve the enriched culture handed down to us by our ancestors.

Happy Diwali!

 

 

 

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10 Not-To-Be-Missed Experiential Moments At Pushkar Fair 2018

After a whole year of longing, here it comes again carrying along the true essence of Rajasthani culture and vibrant colours of dessert- The Pushkar Fair. Offering prismatic views and traditional items from the land of ghats, Pushkar fair is one of the biggest tourist attractions that take place every year.

The temple city of Pushkar raises the spirit of all during the annual Pushkar Fair when this beautiful town bustles with lively mesosphere. Let’s teleport you to the abode of camels and horses. Here’s what you can expect at this year’s Pushkar fair.

  1. Sunrise

When the dust mixes with golden light falling from sun, the ship of desert shines beautifully exuding absolute delight !

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  1. Tranquil Ghats

If you really want to see and know how ‘ghat ghat ka pani’ tastes and looks, there is no better place than Pushkar.

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  1. Beautiful Camel Fair

Expect lots of fun and amazement! As the name suggests, you will see thousands of camels at the fair area. The camels are beautifully decorated. They are brought here not only for trading but also for entertainment of the tourists. A camel ride is not to be missed. Camel decoration contests and races are held at the fair. Besides camels, you can enjoy horse-riding too.

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  1. Folklore

Musical performances by folk artists from all over Rajasthan are the major draws. Live dance and singing performances by talented performers make the time special. Besides music, you will also see acrobatics and comic performances at Pushkar Fair.

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  1. Devotion

When you are at Pushkar Fair, you are not limited to enjoying just the fair but it is also a great time to see the holy Pushkar city at its best. There is only one Lord Brahma temple in the world and Pushkar has it. Besides visiting the temple, taking a dip in the holy Pushkar Sarovar nearby is also part of the ritual.

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  1. Street Food

It’s Rajasthan, so there is no way you can escape the thought of delicious food anywhere and everywhere, but here, as you walk down the streets, you find the baatis being freshly made, kachoris being fried and malpue exuding utter bliss !

  1. Street Shopping

The boisterous bazaars of Pushkar is the spectacle that one shall never miss; the streets refreshed in the shades of red, yellow, pink, blue are, synonymous to the people of Rajasthan and their culture. It’s interesting and fun to navigate on Pushkar’s narrow alleys during the fair time when each and every corner is brimming with action.

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  1. Colourful Turbans

Red, green, pink, yellow, orange, or all in one, the Rajasthani men never shy away from flaunting their fashion mantra i.e. the colorful gorgeous turbans.

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  1. Hot Air Balloon Safari

If you have an adventurous streak, taking a hot-air balloon ride over the bustling terrain has to be in your list. Seeing all the activities from top is amazing and you can take a chopper ride too.

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  1. Sunset

Last but not the least, that time of the day when the camel needs respite, the chill in the air is felt by all, the men and women start to prepare for their meals on chulhas, the sun is seen setting in spreading the scintillating palette of colours on the sky which is an absolute treat to watch and to just sink in.

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Date: 16th-23rd November, 2018

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5 Things Not To Be Missed During the Rajasthan Festival

Being in Jaipur during the end of the month of March brings to you to celebrate with us the Foundation Day of this majestic Land of Kings. Exactly 69 years ago on March 30, 1949 Rajasthan was united to become a republic state of India. Being the largest in terms of area in the country, Rajasthan differs from east to west and north to south.

If you are in Jaipur, these 5 things are not to be missed during the ongoing Rajasthan Festival.

  1. Children’s Film Festival

CFFTo start with the youngest, Rajasthan Festival has something to connect to every age group. There are a few films like Bhago Bhoot, Gili Gili Atta, etc. screened for children on 29th and 30th March to enjoy and learn at Inox Cinema Hall, Crystal Palm, Jaipur.

  1. Police Tattoo Show

OpeningArmed men have always attracted people and so does their work. With the opening ceremony which starts today from 5:30 pm at JDA Polo Ground, the Police Tattoo Show are ought to leave you spellbound with their acts. Do not miss the Motor Bike Show by ‘Seema Bhawani’ Women Cammando team of BSF.

  1. The Trio’s Mega Concert

Shankar-Ehsaan-LoyShankar Mahadevan, Ehsaan Noorani and Loy Mendonsa- the greatest trio of music industry often called as Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy will leave you breathless against the mesmerizing backdrop of Albert Hall on the 29th of March 7:00 pm onwards.

  1. Grand Closing Ceremony

vidhan-sabhaCelebrations can go on without any reason but to start something new the previous have to finish successfully. With more to come in the next few months, the grand closing ceremony which will take place at Janpath on 30th March from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm adding much grandeur to the evening with divisional tableaux of folk performances and much more.

  1. Lit Up Jaipur

Amer -JBHow can one forget the beauty of this captivating city. With lights on at all the forts, museums, government buildings, the fabled city enhances its beauty even more from every corner when lit up. If you are least interested in attending any of the events taking place, do not forget to drive through the streets of Jaipur during this time of the year. It beholds a totally different feeling and a sight not worth missing 😉

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Soak Into The Colourful Festival Of Gangaur With Shahpura, Near Jaipur

Rajasthan boosts not only in its history and heritage but its beauty reflects in its sparkling deserts, monuments and colorful festivals. On this note, we will take you to one of the most beautiful festivals of RajasthanGANGAUR, which truly embodies the spirit of diversity.

Shahpura Gangaur

Gangaur is one of the most colorful & auspicious festivals of Rajasthan – celebrating spring, harvest & marital fidelity. While ‘Gana‘ is another name for Lord Shiva, ‘Gaur‘ symbolises Gauri aka Parvati, his wife, also an epitome of marital bliss. The 18-day festival is observed by both married & unmarried women where they fast, women dress up in red bandhani sarees and turban clad men worship the clay idols of Isar & Parvati.

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When the bright skies have ushered in the festive season of spring, the remote town of Shahpura, located 65 km from the capital Jaipur, came culturally alive when the pious deities of Isar Maharaj & Gangaur Mata were regally taken around the streets and worshipped with vigour & devotion by both men and women.  The Shahpura Gangaur Festival, hosted at Shahpura Haveli was organized by Rani Ratna Kumari Foundation in association with the Rajasthan Tourism Department and Jaipur Beat was a part of it.

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On the day of Gangaur, the celebration began with the married & unmarried woman; all dressed in colorful Rajasthani attires worshipped idols of Isar Maharaj & Gangaur Mata at the Shahpura Haveli. It was a spectacle to see the idols being gloriously taken to Rawla Moti Mahal, where the great Gangaur Mahotsav was organised. The major attractions of Shahpura Gangaur Festival were the cultural performances of local artists & folk musicians of Rajasthan, several kinds of regional nritya (dances) like Mayur, Nritya, Masak Nritya, Behpang Nritya, magician performance, horse show, and other traditional games & competitions. Artists from various parts of the country namely Udaipur, Deeg, Jodhpur, Haryana, Punjab performed magnificently oozing talent with their euphonic tunes and twinkle toes. The royal family of Shahpura also participated in the festival. The Rani Ratna Kumari Foundation Trust, which works for the upliftment of the downtrodden sections of this small village of Shahpura also felicitated the local artisans in a ceremony.

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The grand procession of Isar Maharaj & Gangaur Mata began with all its regal pomp and pageantry at 5 p.m. from Rawla Moti Mahal. Both men & women could be seen beaming in colors of Rajasthan.  The procession passing through the vivid markets of the town, encompassed horses, camels, traditional folk dancers, brass bands from Punjab, lancers etc. along with the pious deities of Gangaur Mata ji and Bhagwan Isar ji Maharaj, finally converging at the newly restored Gopinath Temple. The town was seen teeming with both foreign nationals and domestic tourists rejoicing the festivities.

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Celebrated with great pomp and show, Shahpura Gangaur Festival gave visitors and tourists a spectacular opportunity to observe Rajasthan’s magnificent culture from close quarters. We are already waiting for next year to witness such a splendid event in a all its royal glamour. Are you?