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The Elephant Festival is an annual event held every year at Jaipur the capital city of Rajasthan. The Elephant Festival Jaipur is organised according to the Indian calendar on the full moon day of Phalgun Purnima (February/March), this day also coincides with day of Holika Dahan, just a day before Dulendhi, when the Indian festival of colour and joy Holi is celebrated all over India turning cities and towns into a riot of colour, fun and frolic
Marked by a range of interesting activities, Jaipur’s day-long Elephant Festival is an event not to be missed. Organised every year by the Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation, the Elephant Festival is held at its official venue, Rambagh Polo Ground in Jaipur, and attracts thousands of eager tourists from across India and overseas
The festival starts with a traditional procession; while musicians play folk tunes and dancers whirl in a flurry of colours, richly caparisoned elephants march along in a parade. This is followed by a ‘best decorated elephant’ competition, games of elephant polo, elephant races, a special ‘elephant decoration’ exhibition (see what goes into making these beauties look the way they do!), and a tug-of-war between humans and an elephant. No prizes for guessing who wins.
Elephants, all in elegant attire, loaded with glitter and gold, fascinate the audience with their grand processions and decorated trunks and tusks. The scenes from the royal past are recreated, which is a wonderful sight!
Elephant polo is the most noticeable feature of this festival where, the players wear saffron and red turbans, sit on the elephants, and try to score goals with long sticks and a plastic football. Only female elephants take part in this festival. The Festival also provides platform for the folk tradition of Rajasthan. The festivities end with performances of folk dances; with a liberal splashing of Holi colours on all and sundry, and a spectacular display of fireworks.
Come to the festival and watch Jaipur come alive!
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Kite festival of Jaipur observed on the day of Makar Sankranti is celebrated on 14th of January to mark the transition of the sun from Dhanu Rashi (Sagittarius) to Makara Rashi (Capricorn), the day is considered auspicious. It is said that northward journey of the sun begins on the day of Makar Sankranti.
The people of Jaipur, on this day take a holy dip in Galtaji, an important pilgrimage in Jaipur to pray to sun god to bless them with good health, wealth and good crop. On this occasion, you will be pleased to see the amazing view of the sky pink city turn colorful with the beautiful kites in the sky. This is one day when the skies above the city come alive with kites in a hundred different colours, shapes and sizes, fluttering and darting above the rooftops, triumphantly cutting another kite’s string, and soaring way up above the earth. In Jaipur kites virtually blot out the sky. Everyone joins in this riotous celebration and shouts of ” Woh Kata Hai !” ( I have cut your kite) reverberate from rooftops to the accompaniment of drums as adversary’s kites’ string is cut. And everyone’s an adversary! Any kite in the sky is fair game!
On this day The Jaipur Tourism Development Corporation organises the International Kite Festival at a local stadium, where kite enthusiasts from all across the world show off their kite flying skills. Alongside are food stalls, cultural performances and special kite displays at night, when illuminated kites – known as Tukals – are flown. Various kite flying competitions are also organised by numerous Kite Clubs in the month of January. “International Kite Festival” in Jaipur is organized for a stretch of three days
People of Jaipur celebrate this festival of Makar Sankranti with various sweets made of sesame seeds i.e. Til Ke Laddu, Gajak (famous Jaipur’s Sesame Brittle) and warm snacks like fried round balls of a grain called ‘Chaula’
A must visit for tourist to enjoy the enthusiasm of the Kite Festival In Jaipur
Today we are going to talk about must does when on a vacation in jaipur.
Generally when we are on a leisure trip to a far a destination, we always want to make the best out of it and wish to enjoy every bit of it.
Also hate to be told by someone… Oh! Did you not go to that place or eat out at that restaurant.
i personally love to travel and before going for a vacation, try to find out maximum about the place.
Today I am going to help you plan your vacation and give you tips as well to help you enjoy Jaipur the most
Firstly, when you are on vacation in Jaipur, do visit all the following tourist places:
Name of monument Contact no Timings Fees
Amber palace 2530293 8.00-17.30 25 200
City Palace 4088888 9.00-17.00 75 300
Jantar-Mantar 2610494 9.00-16.30 20 100
Jaigarh Fort 2671848 9.00-16.30 25 75
Nahargarh Fort 5182957 10.00-17.30 10 30
Albert Hall 2570099 9.00-17.00 20 150
Hawa Mahal 2618862 9.00-16.30 10 50
Dolls Museum 2619359 8.00-18.00 2 2
Museum of Indology 2607455 8.00-17.00 20 40
Sanjay Sharma Museum 2323436 10.00-17.00 100 100
Z00 2617319 9.00-17.00 10 100
Central park 5.00-20.00 free free
Science Park 2304654 Summer 8.30- 11.30 10 10
Kanak Virndavan 2634596 9.00-19.00 8 8
Vidhyadhar Garden 2680494 8.00-19.00 5 5
Jal mahal outside view Evenings free free
( best time is in summers
rainy season& & afternoons
winters) in winters
Sisodia Rani Garden 2680494 8.00-20.00 20 20
( Best time is winters )
Vidhyadhar Garden 2680494 8.00-19.00 5 5
(Best time is winters )
Raj Mandir movie hall check out the hall for its age old beautiful decor and lighting,though you might not understand the movie as most movies are in Hindi, but spending time in lobby is worthwhile. Book tickets in advance. tickets are of 2 grades Rs 80 and Rs 100 and try take tickets for 6 pm or closer time show.
Birla mandir 8.00-19.00 free free
Moti Doongri temple 6.00-21.00 free free
Govind devji temple 6.00-21.00 free free
( for devotees of Krishna ) Aaarti time changes as per season
Swargasuli 9.00-16.30 nominal nominal
Check out Jawahar kala Kendra for any exhibitions or cultural programmes, generally here we have exhibition of good handicrafts and there is a lot to buy from for your friends and loved ones, otherwise you may also check on the cultural programmes of Dance and Drama and more. entry is free. contact no is
-Other must do are , have an elephant Ride at Amber Fort or camel ride at Jal Mahal
-Visit one of the heritage village resorts like Chokhi Dhani for Traditional food( 17.30-23.00), Aapno Gaon( whole day),
-Have lassi ( Sweet butter milk ) on M.I. road
-Visit Heritage markets like Bapu Bazar( for Textiles & Handicrafts ), Johari Bazar( for Jewellery) , Nehru Bazar( Daily use things), M.I. road for Branded clothes and food outlets and restaurants
-Visit the old city on Foot to get a feel of the Heritage city. A common site would be Temples on Pavements and Dividers on Road.
For more and detailed information about Jaipur read Previous post of this blog. It has detailed information about all the tourist places, with pictures and directions
Will keep updating this post for more places in Jaipur
Wish you all a pleasant Journey and enjoyable stay in Jaipur!
Indian Society of Gastroenterology 53rd Annual Conference 2012 (ISG 2012) is being held at Birla Auditorium Jaipur from 29th nov to 1st Dec 2012
A book titled ‘Infections of the Gastrointestinal System’ edited by Dr.Chetana Vaishnavi, Professor, Department of Gastroenterology, PGIMER, Chandigarh was released during the inaugural function at Birla auditorium, Jaipur. Tapesh Pawar, Principal Secretary, Medical Education released the book during the Conference.
The book is related to infections of the gastrointestinal system caused by various micro-organisms. It is a multidisciplinary book beneficial to consultants, physicians, surgeons, microbiologists, gastroenterologist, private practitioners and postgraduate students. This type of book has come for the first time in India and has comprehensive updated knowledge of gastrointestinal infections
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