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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.

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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?

 

 

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5 Jaipur Events In March That Are Not To Be Missed

Spring season is in its full swing and Jaipurites simply love it. Fresh flowers, vibrant colours, it seems like everything has revived from its natural form and come into existence once again. Everything afresh, events are alike that. New season brings new set of events and Jaipurites simply can’t get over it. So, wait no more, join us for an eventful spree!

  1. Kidsmania

Welcome to the world where kids get to learn not only the art of storytelling but much more. Kidsmania is a specially curated workshop where kids will gain exposure to sketching, calligraphy, theatre workshops and various other creative crafts and learn a great deal of new skills that they haven’t been exposed to yet. Join hands with Kidsmania and it will definitely be your worthwhile.

Date: 14th March-7th April

Venue: First Floor, 92, Panchsheel Enclave, JLN Marg, Jaipur

Time: 9:30a.m.-4:30p.m.

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  1. The Awake

One-of-its-kind musical event, “The Awake” is coming to the city of Jaipur and we can’t hold our excitement. It is a fund-raising musical event for the special cause of cancer where Shankar Mahadevan will embrace it with his soulful voice. Join hands with The Awake and help the underprivileged cancer patients.

Date: 16th March

Venue: East Lawn, Entertainment Paradise

Time: 6p.m. onwards

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  1. Gaana Crossblade Music Festival

Gear yourself up for one of the biggest Punjabi music festival in town, where more than 30 artists will perform on 2 different set of stages for different forms and genres of music. There will be dance, live music, games and other activities to keep you engaged. Leading artists like Guru Randhawa, Parmish Verma, Nucleya, Shirley Setia, Jasmine Sandlas, are few of the names that will set the stage on fire. Celebrate the love for Punjabi music now.

Date: 31st March-1st April

Venue: JECC, Sitapura

Time:  4 PM onwards

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  1. Smart and Digital Rajasthan Summit & Expo

Gear yourself up for India’s biggest smart city event “Smart and Digital Rajasthan” where high dignitaries from government sector, smart cities’ representatives and private stakeholders will provide practical solutions for taking ahead the mission of smart cities. The honorable Chief Minister of Rajasthan, Smt. Vasundhara Raje will be the guest of honor.

Date: 14th-15th March

Venue: Jaipur Marriott Hotel

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  1. Gangaur Festival Shahpura

Have you ever witnessed a grand procession that encompasses horses, traditional folk dancers, brass bands and much more along the pious deities of Gangaur Mata ji and Bhagwan Isar ji Maharaj? Experience this colourful extravaganza of Gangaur Festival at Shahpura in Rajasthan with the royal family- Maharaj Surendra Singh Shahpura and Rani Ratna Kumari Shahpura.

Date: 20th March

Venue: Shahpura Haveli

Time: 9a.m.-8p.m.

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Romance Reloaded: 5 best places in Jaipur to celebrate Valentine’s Day

As the Valentine’s week starts from tomorrow, you all must be looking for ideas to make this week an affair worth remembering and definitely better than the last year. 😉 As we believe that food feeds love, gifting your partner a dream dinner date can surely be a pleasant surprise. So here are a few suggestions, if you are looking for a hideaway in Jaipur to celebrate love with the special someone in your life.

1.Dine with a view-

If you wish to indulge in a quiet, romantic dinner, admist of a scenic ambiance surrounded by lush-greenery, warm lit lights and a delightfully gorgeous décor then the Forresta Kitchen & Bar is one of the charming places in Jaipur with an ambiance that is apt for romance and special days. We suggest you to order something from the Italian food options and two glasses of wine when you visit the place.

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  1. Indulge in the Chinese fantasy –

Some Dimsums, drinks and desserts can definitely cast a magical spell to your romantic Valentine’s evening. Enjoy some authentic Chinese delicacies while having some interesting conversation near the large windows, bathing in the warm lighting at Mainland China.  We are sure this elegant Chinese restaurant situated in the heart of the city will surely offer you and your loved one a memorable dining experience on this Valentine’s Day.

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3.The ethnic essence of Rajasthan-

Looking forward to do some serious wooing on this Valentine’s Day?  Take your Valentine to Handi Restaurant which has a beautiful Rajasthani ambiance to impress her and make your day special and memorable. Besides serving the authentic vegetarian and non veg delicacies, the restaurant has the most  alluring rooftop in the city.

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  1. Spark and sizzle the night-

Take out your dancing shoes, grab your partner and head over to the Grunge Lounge, Jaipur for Valentine’s celebration to make it a romantic extravaganza. If you’re looking forward to an evening full of spark and sizzle, then Grunge at the Fern Hotel Jaipur is the place to be.  This music and fashion lounge also offers an extensive selection of cocktails and mocktails which can be well complemented with a fabulous choice of delicious food options.

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  1. A slice of royal hospitality-

“Within you, I lose myself. Without you, I find myself to be lost again”.

A candlelight dinner in an exotic ambiance embellished with hand painted frescoes and intricate mirror work that showcases the rich heritage of Rajasthan, if this is your idea of a perfect Valentine’s Day dream date, then Shahpura Hotels  is an ideal option to add a slice of royal hospitality. We are sure that the traditional and regal ambiance at the hotel will transport you back in time to a splendorous royal era.

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All these places offer excellent food, fine service and a warm ambiance, so just go ahead and make the most of this romantic day of the year.

Happy Valentine’s Day! 🙂