The one of a kind event ‘Gallops’ was held in Rajasthan from 2nd to 9th March 2019, this is the first time that India was chosen as the destination for Gallops. The event had 70 participants from a whopping 14 different nations. The event was for both professional and amateur horse riders.
Marwari horses sure have a fanbase around the world, they were one of the major reasons for Gallops to be held in Rajasthan.
The earlier editions of Gallops were held in, 2018 in Morocco, and 2014 in Oman. India’s was the third edition.
The passion of horse riders was tested in the 7-day event which had a travel distance of over 200kms on horses. The Marwadi Horses were chosen for being hot-blooded and fierce which made them ideal for the exemplary difficult ride.
The participants loved meeting the locals of Shekhawati and claimed it to be the best Gallops they have attended, the chief participants were former Miss France Camille Cerf and the 93-year-old Phillipe Perrier of France.
The event was a huge success and the horses proved their mettle in the ride. Each day, a huge 40kms were covered with a meagre 30mins lunch break. While the extraordinary ride was difficult for the riders, it was much more difficult for the horses.
The over 200 km ride began from Mandawa and covered Alsisar, Mahendar, Bika Ki Dhani and Fatehpur and concluded at Mandawa.
The event concluded with a friendly polo match and the participants were as satisfied as they have never been.
If there is a group of tourists who would like to witness and understand the amazing water harvesting structures at the Nahargarh Fort and Amer Palace – the same can be arranged. The Department of Archaeology and Museum has tied up with “Heritage Water Walks” for arranging them. This was informed by the Director of Archaeology & Museums, Government of Rajasthan, Mr. Hridesh Sharma today. The Director said that the 2-hour water walks both at Nahargarh and Amber are designed to understand the sacredness of water in Rajasthani culture and the wisdom of our ancestors. It uncovers the stories hidden in the majestic forts of Nahargarh and Amber Palace while enjoying a walk in jungle or witnessing the majestic grandeur of the forts. Participants go back amazed at the sophistication of water technologies of past. Such walks are being conducted since 2015. They are being conducted by Mr. Neeraj Doshi of Rain Water (Research, Advocacy & Innovation in Water) which is supported by the Department of Archaeology & Museums and Jaipur Development Authority. The timings for these walks are : Nahargarh Fort (6 am to 5 pm); Amber Palace (8am to 5 pm – winters; 10 am to 5 pm – summers).
Nahargarh Fort Water Walk
The story of Nahargarh Water harvesting structures is also the story of ingenuity of Rajasthan society to innovate for all its needs. Built In 1734 during the reign of Sawai Jai Singh (1698-1740), the extensive water systems of Nahargarh is one of the most significant features of the fort. Water catchment for Nahargarh extends to about 6 kms surrounding the fort. A network of six closed catchments connect through small canals and aqueducts and drains are laid in and outside the fort. Small canals bring rainwater from the higher reaches of the hills. The bed of these canals is designed in such a way that it is on a gradient and also at the same time has an undulating course. Nahargarh has two large step wells (Bawri) and a smaller step well known as ‘Kund’. The large step wells receive water from the catchment in the surrounding hills. The ‘Kund’ receives rainwater harvested from the fort complex alone.
Amber Palace Water Walk
The story of Amber water lifting and harvesting structures is also equally ingenuous as that of Nahargarh. Water harvesting system here shows how the provision of water for large residences was made bearing in mind the refined water conservation mechanism and superior architectural practices of 16th century Rajputana. Raja Man Singh I built Amber Palace in 1599. It was further expanded for next 150 years by Mirza Raja Jai Singh and Jai Singh II until Jai Singh II decided to move the capital to newly built Jaipur City in 1743. The extensive water system of Amber Palace is one of the most significant features of the Palace. Amber palace has two sources of water – Maota Lake and rainwater harvesting within the palace. A series of six structures (buildings) lift water from Maota Lake all the way up to the fort through a complex relay system. Unlike rainwater harvesting system of Fort Nahargarh, which collects water from surrounding hills via extensive network of drains, Amber Palace uses a much more sophisticated mechanism to lift water few hundred feet above from Maota Lake.
Ever since the water walks have started a large number of Indian and foreign tourists, students, civil service officers, designer, architects, citizens of Jaipur and even renowned authors of Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) have experienced the walk.
The most awaited event of the year and which also marks the colorful start of the new year 2016 – Jaipur Literature Festival is finally here ! Although ‘Literature’ is the quintessence of the name as well as the festival, but just in case you are not a vehement literature enthusiast, we must tell you that there are a lot more things in store for you at JLF 2016.
- FashionIt’s no news that it’s one thing to get up, dress up and go to work/college/school, and it’s one thing to get up and get dressed to attend JLF, because ‘what if you run into some chic batch mate or a judgmental colleague there?’ So watch out for some people setting the fashion trends for 2016 and you dress your best at JLF 😉
- FoodWhen you enter Durbar Hall, starting from scrumptious looking bakeries to Chai & snacks, you name a dish and you will find it at JLF, and that too in a wide variety ! If you are a new venture, make sure to have your stall at JLF next year as there is no better place to come into notice like this.
- MusicMusic is another thing which has come up excellently as a separate event at JLF for which the music aficionados fly from various places to Jaipur just to listen to their favorite genres of the melodious music festival.
- Rajasthani CultureEach year, a new theme marks the onset of JLF and the ambiance which is splattering with hues and jollity, every year finds some innovative ways and elements to fill up the visitors with awe and locals with pride for the vivid culture of Rajasthan.
- ShoppingWith JLF’s official merchandise store selling interesting things like their own mugs with the quotes of this year’s speakers, handmade notebooks, t-shirts, bookmarks, scarves etc and giving them away in the recycled newspaper bags, there is a lot to look forward to for a shopaholic and a souvenir lover to remember JLF by. Apart from these, you will find really good books and Rajasthani kurtis, jootis, postcards etc.
- SelfiesWe know you don’t need to read this blog to know about this extra luxury 😉 With the beautiful decorations and backdrops, your selfie mania will see a jovial boost at JLF 2016 😉
- NetworkingDiggi Palace being a not so huge venue for JLF, there are very high chances that you might run into old friends, new friends, colleagues and even speakers for that matter. So rekindle bonds and probably find someone to have a healthy discussion with 🙂
- Diggipuri ChaiDid you know that Diggipuri chai at JLF at Diggi Palace is one of the major attractions at JLF ? No? Then try it this time and you will know why 😀
- Ride in colourful autosThe colorful autos with intriguing designs oozing the vibrant Rajasthani culture are standing right outside the venue to make your experience at the over crowded JLF easier 🙂
- PhotographyWhen all the above points are present in one place, no photographer can even think of missing to click such a melange of beautiful things, not forgetting the portraits of visitors and speakers in action 🙂
So pick up your bag and visit JLF !! 😀