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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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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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Marvel at the Streets of Pushkar during Pushkar fair

The temple city of Pushkar which is famous for its Brahma temple (the only temple of Lord Brahma in the world) and Pushkar lake raises the spirit of all during the annual Pushkar Fair when this beautiful town bustles with lively mesosphere.

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Streets of Pushkar

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.

Let Jaipur Beat take you on a totally different sojourn in the galiyan of Pushkar.

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Chai wala at a perfect spot for your evening tea cravings

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A man of colours

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Mera Bharat Mahan

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A happy Dal Baati maker woman

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Book enthusiast pondering over

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Rajasthani bandhej 

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No.1 Soda Shikanji

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Man with a plan

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Flower and garland stop

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Curious Rajasthani women

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Colourful and unique take away badges

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Shopping streets

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10 Most Popular Makar Sakranti Terms

The most awaited festival of the year in Jaipur, Makar Sakranti is here and we can see the kites romancing the winds all across the city.  While we all fix are music systems on our terraces and our mothers prepare steaming pakoras for us there is one more thing that defines the makar sakranti culture in our pink city and it is the unforgettable shabdkosh that springs up this season. Everybody, who has lived in this city have heard words like Pench Ladana, Wo kaata during this season. Just in case any of you have missed on the vocabulary that should be used during this season here’s a quick revision of the same.

1. Wo Kaata – While driving through the streets of Jaipur during this time very often you get to hear these words and the pitch at which these words are spoken you can obviously make out that they suggest victory over the opponent. In a ‘kite fight’ when one kite loses its battle and leave the winds to take back its place on the ground that’s when the whole mohalla can hear the sound of, ‘wooo Katttaaaa’

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2. Tang Dalna – Before the kites take off for their journey, we peg them up properly with strings and so that it becomes easy to hook it up with manja. We think that the term ‘tang dalna’ introduced by a young kid, who was quite upset with the fact that all he got to do during the event is to peg the kite when asked by his elders and who hardly ever got  a chance to actually fly one. Hmm…makes sense.

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3. Chutti Dena – Remember while you were young and preparing to learn kite flying. Yes at that time ‘Chutti’ given to your kite by your friend, cousin or sibling was enough to let your kite soar high. Since the term is mostly used by young kids the name of the term justifies itself.

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4. Pench Ladana – Now what fun can be attributed to kite flying unless two kite flyers get a chance to show their kite flying skills by entangling their kites and managing to hold on to them while the kites battle to stay in the sky. Makar sakranti sees a lot of ‘pench ladana’ both in the sky and on the roofs while young boys get to woo their beautiful neighbors.

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5. Dheel dena – The most important person in the whole kite flying activity is the one who is handling your Charkhi. He is the one who is at the beck and call of the kite flyer. Probably he is the one who hears this the most: ‘Zara Dheel Dena’

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6. Lapetna – Another sankrant terminology that is quite popular in pink city is Lapetna. Unless you don’t know how to roll on the most important accessory of kite flying, manja/sadda, then you are not a proper quite flyer. Apart from Sakrant the other place you hear the term ‘lapetna’ is when you are not able to swallow the big lies hurled at you by a show off friend.

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7. Thudda Modna – Remember how you need to shape up everything before you use it. Now that kite flying is such an important activity you definitely you need to prep up your kite before it goes up to make its place in the winds. Remember how you see young kids placing kites on their heads and bending them by the sides. Yes that’s it, Thudda modna or getting your kites ready.

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8. Dangal Ladane – Those who haven’t heard about this word have never been a part of an up class battle that people fight from high rise buildings and battle with others to let their kites soar high.

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9. Patang Lootna – If you haven’t done this you are not a true patang baaz. All of us buy a plethora of kites during this time but that cannot match the happiness one gets from one looti hui patang that you steal from the streets.

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10. Anti banana – Now this is one trick you need to learn if you wish to keep your manjja aur sadda in proper place. Remember all you need is your fingers placed apart and rolling on the thread between them at ease but still at a fast pace. Who said that kite flying is an easy task? Yes you have to learn all the tricks in order to place your accessories properly.

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Although most of you must have heard of all these terms earlier but we are sure that while reading this blog you must have realized that the festival of Makar sakranti or for that matter kite flying is not as simple as it looks, there is so much science behind it. We have shared a few terms that we knew if you know some more then don’t forget to add them in the comment.

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Soak in the spirit of ecstasy with ‘Sawan Teej festival’!

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.

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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.

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Locals witnessing the festival of Teej in the wall city area

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.

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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.

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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.

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Those who have not yet planned must make arrangements to attend and experience this festival of Teej 🙂

Date- 5th and 6th August 2016

 

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Carnival of ‘Sawan Teej’ Begins In Jaipur From August 7

Monsoon is at its peak in Rajasthan. When the torrential rain in the month of August falls on the parched land of Rajasthan and the lovely aroma of the wet soil mounts in the air, Rajasthan rejoices the Teej festival that relates to the Shiva-Parvati. The best place to experience Teej festivities is the capital of Rajasthan; Jaipur where it is celebrated with immense fun and elaboration.
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Jaipur will celebrate the five-day Sawan Teej from August 7-11 with regal pomp and pageantry of the traditional Teej procession. Like every year, Jawahar Kala Kendra will be the hub of a large number of folks and cultural events.

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Teej Procession on 09-10 August

The royal Teej procession will begin on 09 August at 6 pm from the Tripoliya Gate (City Palace), winding its way through Tripolia Bazar and Chhoti Chaupar, Gangauri Bazaar to wind up at the Chaugan Stadium. The procession will also leave next day at the same time. Thirty elephants are going to participate in the grandiose procession. Elephants will carry the symbol and lead the event. In the procession, there will be melange of cultural performances likes Kachhi Ghodi, Gair, Kalibaliya and chakri dances. The procession will include: the cannon carriage, bullock carts, horse baggi, decorated rath, horses and camels. A number of bands will also accompany the procession.  The sawari of the Goddess Teej will be almost at the end followed by chobdar. The Department of Tourism has also made arrangements for the tourists to photograph the procession from the terrace of the Hind Hotel opposite Tripoliya gate.

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Performances at JKK

At JKK, celebration of Teej festivity will begin from 9 August from 7 pm onwards. On the first day there will be a performance by Shalu Jindal (Kuchipudi dance) followed by Vidya Shah (Sugam Sangeet). Next day, on 10 August, the visitors will be able to witness the well known Sufi Singer Sonam Kalra. On 11 August, will be folk music by Malini Awasthi followed by performances of the Rajasthani folk artists.

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 Food & Craft Mela at JKK

To add more vigor to the festivity, there will be a food and craft mela from 7 August to 11 August (from 2 pm to 10 pm) at Shilpgram in JKK.  While visitors will be able to enjoy the ethnic Rajasthani food there will also a cultural bonanza by way of folk performances. A wide variety of handicrafts will also be available for sale.

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Time to indulge in monsoon festivities and make merry !! 🙂