There’s no better way to experience the vibrant culture of fascinating Jaipur if you are not attending one of its many festivals. Furthermore, with the start of August month accompanied with rain pour; Jaipur is already brimming with spirit of ecstasy with monsoon’s favorite Teej festival.
This year the Sawan teej festival will be celebrated on 5th and 6th August 2016, the days when Jaipur will dazzle in its beauty.
Teej Festival though is fêted all over the state, but celebrated at its colorful best in Jaipur. The festival is celebrated to welcome the advent of monsoon, also dedicated to Goddess Parvati and commemorates the day when she was united with Lord Shiva after a penance of a hundred years. The mesmerizing procession of Goddess Parvati winds magnificently through the Old City of Jaipur with chariots, elephants and dancers for two days.
Other than the traditional procession of Goddess Teej, to showcase the charm and culture of Rajasthan ‘Taal Katora Ki Paal’ becomes the hub for cultural events, where the Teej idols will be submerged later.
The tempting aromas of Ghewar being cooked on sweet shops, colourful lehariyas, and blossoming flowers and women folks decked up with henna on hands in their traditional best add more colours to the essence of jovial season.
Traveller’s Tip– The government of Rajasthan state arranges a special sitting area for foreign tourists coming to witness this magnificent festival by providing comfortable viewing and to photograph the procession from the terrace of the Hind Hotel opposite Tripoliya gate.
Must Carry– Even if you are not a passionate photographer you wouldn’t like to miss this amazing opportunity to capture such an elaborate Teej procession.
Street Eats– You must try the unique Teej delicacies, GHEVAR and Feeni available at all sweet shops like LMB, BMB and many more.
Must Shop– Other than the wide array of handicrafts, you can buy a special tie and die pattern, called LEHARIYA, which is only available at this time of the year. The wall city market area of Bapu Bazaar and Johari Bazaar offers many shops. One can also buy from the Rajasthan Government’s sole handicraft emporium Rajasthali that is situated on MI Road.
Those who have not yet planned must make arrangements to attend and experience this festival of Teej 🙂
Date- 5th and 6th August 2016