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Pushkar Fair has a lot more to offer than just camel fair

The greatly awaited Pushkar Fair is right upon us, scheduled to begin on 4th November and will culminate till 12th November on the day of Hindu festival Kartik Purnima. There’s nothing like Pushkar Camel Fair. It’s a celebration of the uniqueness of Rajasthan and experiencing the festival is the dream of every traveler. This is the time when Pushkar comes truly alive with multiple hues.

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The small sleepy town comes out of its hibernation mode and becomes the playground of people from the world over. The history of Pushkar Fair is a hundred years old but the festival keeps not only that historic spirit alive but also has new age elements to it now.

Primarily, thousands of pilgrims and cattle merchants flock the town for holy rituals or the trade of cattle and livestock. But, that’s not all; Pushkar fair has a lot to offer to the travellers who are neither pilgrims nor traders. Buzzing markets, fascinating ghats and activity grounds are enough to catch the fancy of travellers and photographers.

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Sunrise and Sunset: The vibes and the views of Pushkar switch within every hour right from the dawn to dusk, added to that the starry sky above ignited Pushkar Lake gives a heavenly chill in nerves. During early mornings and evenings, when the dust mixes with golden light falling from the sun it’s an absolute delight to watch the camels and the camel traders in the Mela ground. You not only get to see the heard of camels but also get a glimpse into the life of a rural Rajasthan, where the traders heat up the chullahs (a kind of stove used for cooking the food ) and prepare their food with minimum ingredients. Thousands of people from the world across come to capture only this spectacle.

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Markets: The narrow streets and lanes of the town have hidden within themselves a whole world of intrigue; from the local artifacts and handicrafts to funky apparels and chunky jewellery, Pushkar’s cozy markets are the treasure trove for a shopping enthusiast.

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Ghats: The Ghats in the holy land of Brahma are said to be nothing less than those of Varanasi. Roaming around the ghats with a soothing sound of hymns and bells renders tranquility to the visitors. While the night scene becomes even more fascinating when evening aarti is performed on these Ghats. Illuminated with multitude of lights the Ghats and lake take the spectators into a world of solace and peace.

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Food: Pushkar is also one heaven for foodies. From street stalls to roadside cafes, wide range of cuisines waits for food lovers to visit and enjoy sumptuous cuisine of Pushkar. Special Masala chai in Kulhad, Authentic Italian pizza, unique Poha Dal Pakwaan and Ugma ji ki kachori are a few to dishes to tantalize your taste buds. However, as you walk down the streets of Pushkar amidst the aroma of freshly made baatis, puris and kachoris being fried right on the street, the whiff of gulkand and the sight of tempting malpuas dipped in sugar syrup will call out only one thing- pure bliss.

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Adventure and Activities: Apart from the buying and selling of livestock, the fair has become an important tourist attraction. Competitions such as the ‘matka phod’, ‘longest moustache’ and ‘bridal competition’ are the main draws for this fair, which attracts thousands of tourists. In recent years, the fair has also included an exhibition cricket match between the local Pushkar Club and a team of foreign tourists. Pushkar Camel Fair has so many events and activities like camel cart ride, horse riding, bullock cart ride and giant wheel that your day will be full but we advise you to take out a little time to stroll in the narrow lanes of the town.

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For your convenience, here’s a tentative impression of the flow of events at Pushkar Camel fair 2019.

4th to 9th November – Cattle Trading
Cattle trading is at its peak during these days along with a variety of cattle contests.

10th to 11th November – Cultural Galore
These two days will see some cultural activities like dance shows, music performances sponsored by the Rajasthan State Government.

12th November – Holy Dips
This is the Holy Day when people take dips in the Pushkar Lake, and other religious ceremonies take place.

How to reach Pushkar:

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By Air

The nearest airport to Pushkar is in Kishangarh, which is 36 kilometres away. Apart from this, Jaipur Airport is the major airport, which is 140 Kms and well-connected to major metropolitan cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata. Once you reach at the airport, you can hire a cab to reach Pushkar. The journey from airport to the city will take approximately 3 hours. You can either pre-book a cab or hire from any of the taxi vendors outside the airport.

By Bus

Regular buses between Jaipur and Ajmer ply every hour. However, buses from Delhi to Ajmer and further to Pushkar are easily available. The Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation runs deluxe and semi-deluxe buses (both air-conditioned and non-air-conditioned) connecting Ajmer to nearby cities and then transport you to Pushkar for a very nominal fare.

By Train

You will need to take a train to Ajmer and then take a 30-minute drive to Pushkar. The Ajmer railway station is well-connected with major Indian cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur, Allahabad, Lucknow, Kolkata, Bhopal, and Bangalore. Some of the most popular trains that run daily on this route are Ajmer Shatabdi and Ajmer Rajdhani. Apart from these, other trains are Chetak Express, Aii Sdah Express, Aravalli Express and Bsb Express. Once you reach at the station, you can hire a taxi to reach Pushkar.

So what are you waiting for? Go and enjoy India’s Biggest and world’s famous festival Pushkar Fair.

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Things No One Tells You About – Jal Mahal, Jaipur

January, that time of the year when everybody be it Jaipurites or tourists always ask for this one place, Jal Mahal. Yes! Jal Mahal is in Jaipur, the capital city of Rajasthan and no, it is not built on any island like other water palaces. This 5 storied building continues to stand still in Man Sagar Lake with 4 floors immersed in water and dare anyone come near it. You can watch, behold the sight and, capture its beauty only from a distance as it is too introverted to let anybody close to it. We’re sure you must have visited this eyeful multiple of times, but let’s enlighten you today on these unknown facts about your favourite “Water Palace”.

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  • Initially, Jal Mahal welcomed the royal family with open arms and let them have a gala time here. Back then it served as a host to duck hunting parties for the royals. Years passed by and it started getting shy. And now, you can only have a look at it wondering what makes this architectural marvel stand tall in the water body.

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  • Come February, and you can spot large number of migratory birds dancing here and there, enjoying the serenity of water at Jal Mahal. This once again revives the liveliness in it.

 

 

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  • Chameli Bagh of Jal Mahal was a grand spectacle to watch back when beautiful dance and musical performances painted this splendor in its own colours.
  • Built in red sandstone, Jal Mahal is one of the most photographed monuments in Pink City. With tranquil waters by the side and birds sitting on top of the chattris giving it a picturesque view, tourists and localites love to spend their soothing evenings here, clicking selfies with it in the backdrop.

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  • Catch the sight of this exquisiteness this weekend with your loved ones, but only from the outside as no one can actually go inside it to see it.

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Most people view the architectural brilliance of Jal Mahal from across the Jaipur-Delhi Road but if you take a walk for a kilometre or two into the valley behind the lake, its true beauty will reveal.

Did we just make you love Jal Mahal even more? If yes, then we think we have sorted your weekend evening plans! 😉

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Remembering Rajmata Gayatri Devi

Our tribute to an ethereal beauty and a fearless mind: Rajmata Gayatri Devi on her birth anniversary !

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She was both beautiful and a brave soul. She was a believer, dreamer, trendsetter and above all an epitome of grace. The woman etched in our memories as the lady in French chiffon sarees with strings of pearls. She was one of the most beautiful women in the world with unmatched style and progressive attitude. Do you know that she shot her first tiger at the age of 12? She refused to follow the Purdah system prevailing in Rajasthan. At the time when the girls’ education was not given much importance, she took the lead and started the most prestigious girls’ school in Jaipur. On her death anniversary, Jaipur Beat presents to you, an enlightening interview with Ms. Dharmendar Kanwar, the celebrated writer who has authored two books on HH Gayatri Devi – ‘Enduring Grace’ and ‘The Last Queen of Jaipur’, a person who knew Rajmata like no one did.

  • You have worked closely with Maharani Gayatri Devi, what was so unique about her?

Rajmata Sahiba was a very special person in the sense that despite being from the royal family, she was grounded, very down to earth and easily accessible. Anybody could meet and talk to her – that is not true of a lot of royalty and that in a way made her stand out.

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  • Tell us her vision about Jaipur at that time.

Where Jaipur was concerned, she felt very strongly about preserving the character of the city. She used to say this very often that whatever she is, it is because of Jaipur. For her, the heritage of the city was very significant and to preserve that she was ready to go to great lengths-she even sat on dharna thrice and wrote letters to the concerned authorities so that they pay attention to people’s problems. She was also concerned about the environment as she had offered her land for a park. Gayatri Deviji believed that open spaces are very vital.

She also protested against the chopping of an old tree on Queen’s road. That is the kind of love she had for Jaipur and everything related to the city.

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  • What was her vision about girl child education?

Even though she was a Maharani and had enough royal duties and activities to fulfil, yet she focused on the education of girls. She wanted the girls of Jaipur and the state to be well educated so that they could stand on their own and be independent. This, predominantly, is the reason that she started Maharani Gayatri Devi Girls’ School in Jaipur.

  • How was your experience when you were writing the book “The Last Queen of Jaipur”?

It was the second book that I wrote on her, making it an absolutely great experience for me. It gave me a chance to spend a lot of time with her. She had been close to leaders like Rajgopalacharya ji, Sarojini Naidu and many others, so she herself was a part of history and for me, it was wonderful to have learned all about it through Rajmata sahib herself.

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  • She was very bold and way ahead of her time. Do you agree?

Yes certainly! She was known for her larger than life personality. She drove her own car, played sports associated with men and dressed as she wanted – that was her life. And people were really shocked to see her that way in those times.

  • Tell us something about her style and the way she carried herself.

Everybody knows her inimitable style! The way she carried herself , her trademark chiffon sarees and her string of pearls –  she really had great aura and her personality was really outstanding.

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  • Share your personal experience with her. Do you remember anything unique about her, that you would like to share with us?

She was always very firm about what she believed in – be it eradicating purdah system, educating girls or protecting our heritage. She was a very strong woman and somebody you would admire for her outstanding qualities. She was special.

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Jaipur Beat in Conversation with Dharmendar Kanwar

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Dharmendar was closely associated with Rajmata Gayatri Devi as her media advisor and is the Managing Trustee of Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh Benevolent Trust, a charitable Trust started by late Rajmata Gayatri Devi. She is also the Convenor of Jaipur Chapter of INTACH and the author of the Times of India Jaipur Food Guide since 2012.

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Lehariya: Fashion’s Monsoon affair

One of the many tie and dye patterns, the technique of Lehariya needs no introduction. Symbolizing water waves, lehariya comes from the word leher, which stands for a wave in English. Hence, its special place for monsoons!

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Chiefly a Rajasthani dress design pattern, the beautiful stripes of different colours that form lehariya are a treat for the eyes in this weather. Did you know that auspicious colours of yellow and red, alternated in waves, is one of the original designs of lehariya?

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Coming to the monsoon of 2014, when Alia Bhatt runs around effervescently in lehariya dupattas and kurtis in Humpty Sharma ki Dulhaniya, and even the lady of the royal house of Jaipur, Princess Diya Kumari is spotted most in her couture of lehariya saris, the pattern has become an aesthetic trend.

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The best part about lehariya is that it isn’t biased towards women. It looks as tasteful on the turbans, kurtas and the cravat! Here are some quick fashion tips on how to wear your lehariya in the monsoon of 2014:

  • A lehariya kurti with a plain skirt, or the alternate, a plain shirt with a long flowing lehariya skirt.

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  • A cotton or silk turban of lehariya over any formal suit or bandhgala is a norm of the Indian weddings

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  • Kurta pyjama, with classically dyed lehariya kurta
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  • Mixing traditions and blending boundaries, the Afghani Kaftan with lehariya dyed over it is going to be quiet a head-turner

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The list goes on, and we’re so proud that this season’s most-adored style is a gift of Rajasthan to the fashionable men and ladies of the country!