With a clear objective India shine as a world-class tourism destination, this exhibition named as Great Indian Travel Bazaar 2013 provides a platform of interaction between foreign buyers, registered Indian sellers, policy makers, investors, members of the media. Which make a business sense out of this event.

 

Many top classical and Bollywood performers are also major attraction of the festival. Jaipur city look like a newly wed bride for the whole week long. Its beautiful, colored and lighting every where in the city and one can feel the warmth of festival every bit of city for the week.

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World sufi spirit festival organization, one who is solely responsible for letting us to get a little more closer to the world of sufi music. The festival was organized in Meharngargh fort, Jodhpur. It was a three days affair, 22nd to 24th Feb 2013, but believe me those 3  days were like as being in a musical heaven. Where the waves of soothing music travels through your hearing system and goes till your heart and touches your soul. Ultimately by which you gets an eternal satisfaction leaving you in the colorful and musical heaven.


There were performers from Egypt, Turkey, France, Mongolia and Afghanistan showcased their talent and were applauded for their music. From India, musicians from Kerala, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan performed.  Main attractions were Rabbi shergil, Harjiram and Okaram Meghwal & Group, Bardic Divas with Ulzan Baibussynova, Raushan Orazbaeva and Nadira Pirmatova, some enthusiastic qwwalli performances by Raza Khan, Chishtiya Group and Irfan Toufail Brothers, The Nile Sufi and others. There were also folk performances  by kalbelia dancers and as a special attraction the presentation of traditional marcial art performance by kerala group.

 

After coloring Jodhpur in sufi colors the festival headed to Naguar for next 3 days with the same spirit of featuring a string of local, national and international sufi artists at one place. For more like this please visit www.padharorajasthan.com
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Baneshwar is a very famous place near Dungarpur district in Rajasthan state of India. Baneshwar Fair is a popular tribal fair held at this place. Baneshwar is named after Shiva Linga which is kept in the Mahadev temple in Dungarpur. \’Baneshwar\’ means the ‘master of the delta’ in the local Vagdi language. The fair is held at a small delta formed by the river Som and Mahi, from Magh Shukla Ekadashi to Magh Shukla Poornima during Shivratri. (January-February).

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Albert hall museum – one of the oldest and most beautiful monuments of Jaipur. Jaipur is celebrating 127th birthday of the saga, this month. It was constructed in 1887. This is named after King Edward Vll (Albert Edward), who came to visit the city that time as prince of wales. This  finest example of Indo-Saracenic architecture, building was designed by Sir Samuel Swinton Jacob. It was built as a town hall, but later on it was declared as a public museum.

So come lets wish this architectural beauty a very happy birthday!!!

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Black Millet khichadi popularly known as “Bajra Khichadi”, is a real winter delight for resident of Rajasthan (Rajasthani). Its a nice hot dish and keep body warm, which helps rajasthanis to live healthy in chilling winters of Rajasthan. Bajra khichadi is a kind of dish, which when touches your taste buds a rich and divine feeling runs through your food passages and the ultimate you get is nice, heavy and taste filled stomach.
Traditionally it is eaten with lots of ghee ( clarified butter ) and gud ( jaggery ). But if you want you could also try it without jaggery but with at least 3 4 spoon full of ghee is must :)
Once you are in Rajasthan, in winters, it is a must try thing for you.
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This photo is taken in a farm where the farmer is preparing to start his work in a nice, cold winter morning. Morning in Rajasthan are a treat to one’s soul. The pure fragrance of nature, first ray of sun light, morning droplets of water on tree leaves and grass, each and every thing is full of nature’s beauty. To get more llike this click here.
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Chauth ka Barwara – A famous tourist place, known for its chauth mata mela. This place is situated nearly 15 – 16 km from Sawai Madhopur. Chauth ka Barwara is named after the Idol of Chauth Mata ( Goddess of Chauth- worship by ladies for long life of their husband). Current rular Shri Bhim singh established the cave temple of goddess, after he dreamed about goddess and she instructed her to do the same.

There is a huge mela organised every year, as per the hindi month magha ( Jan – Feb), on the 4th day of the month. This mela is auspicious due to hard belief of devotees in goddess. But for a traveler this mela and this place is a heaven on earth. As one can see many colors of Rajasthan at one place. People waiting for their turn to come to see he goddess, children playing in the ground, ladies doing shopping, gents be in a group and discussing about their cattle or farms, each and every thing here is lovely to watch. This mela lasts for 15 days. For more details please click here

The Jaipur Literature Festival came to a close on Monday, January 28, 2013. One of the finest of the literature festivals organized worldwide. The maha kumbh of literature, the 8th edition of the Jaipur Literature Festival kicked off to a smooth start on 24th Jan and curtains were down yesterday 28th Jan.   Packed in 175 sessions in five days, addressed by over 275 speakers from across the globe, the Jaipur Literature Festival had several high points to its credit in the 2013 edition.

Some of the highlighted speakers were -
HH Dalai lama
Mahashweta Devi
Lucy MorganEdwards
Lloyd Rudolph
Shashi Tharoor
Sharmila Taigor
Rahul Dravid
Richard Beard
Javed Akhtar
Sir Chirstopher Ricks

And the list is long…

The main attraction was His holiness Dalai Lama who made his presence on the inaugural day and shared the influence of literature on his life.  The Dalai Lama stressed on the importance of secular ethics as the basis of moral teachings and noted that morality based on religious teaching cannot be universal.

 

With almost 200,000 footfall in the five days and amazing sessions with brilliant authors discussing a range of topics which held the audience in rapt attention, the festival had several evening musical and cultural events also. Dinner parties at beautiful Amber with light and music show was highlight of them. To keep updated for information like this click here.

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Galta ji Temple – The official Monkey temple. A beautiful place surrounded by hills. This place is situated at near about 10 km from Jaipur city. It is a holy place and specially hindu community of India believe that it is the place where they get “Moksha”. As per old saying hindu’s are required to visit once in a life time or else there visit to any of “holy Dham” is not completed. It is also named as monkey temple as 100s of monkeys are found here. People come and feed banana and other fruits to these monkeys. The monkeys here are so famous that National Geographic has made special tele series named as Monkey thieves on them.

 The Galta is a place of sant galav who lived and meditated here for years and he brought the gangaji to the place which comes out of the Gau-Mukh (Cow’s mouth). Inside the temple complex there are numerous springs and natural reservoirs (kunds). In these kunds devotees take holy dip. They believe as by doing so, they can get rid of the worldly sins Important festivals here are Makar Sankranti(Comes on 14th jan) , Kartik Purnima( Comes in Nov/Dec).

 

“Galta Kund” – The main Mardana kund (Male Kund), believed never to become dry. For ladies the separate”Janana Kund” is there. Both the Kunds are fed by a spring emanating from the Gaumukh, a rock carved in the shape of a cow’s head. Galta tour is more of a religious tour with significance of the glorious past.For more details click here

 

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Keoladeo National Park is situated in Bharatpur district of Rajasthan. It is also known as Bharatpur bird sanctuary. Keoladeo National Park /wildlife Sanctuary is famous as bird’s paradise, with over 380 resident and migrant species of birds, including the Common, Demoiselle and the rare Siberian Cranes.

The Keoladeo Ghana National Park is also an excellent place to spot mammals like Golden Jackal, Jungle Cat, Striped Hyaena, Sambar, Fishing Cat, Nilgai, Blackbuck and wild Boar. In 1981, Keoladeo Ghana bird sanctuary was given the status of National Park. The name Keoladeo has been derived from a nearby ancient Hindu temple, devoted to Lord Shiva.

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