Rich Tradition of Rajasthan Travel Guide

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Posted by Caper Travel | Posted in Rajasthan Tourism | Posted on 07-11-2014

Before starting with our incredible interesting and charming Rajasthan Travel Trip, we knew just few important facts about the state. Few of these facts were that Rajasthan is one of the largest states in India and is known for its tourism industry. We had imagined old forts, lakes, palaces and temples while visualising the destinations of Rajasthan Tourism. Though, few of our guess works did serve right, but now, we are glad that we actually went ahead and explored the Rajasthan history, geography and culture in our own special way. Now, whenever we think about Rajasthan, it is the personal experiences that strike our mind, with the enhanced colours and charms.

Our first destination in the journey of Rajasthan Tourism was visiting the Albert Hall Museum. Lauded for being one of the oldest museums in Rajasthan, it is also currently functioning as the State Museum of Rajasthan. Its architecture signifies the exquisite and ethereal feel of the Indo- Saracenic revival architecture. Sir Samuel Swinton Jacob had designed this building, which is one of the exemplary instances of the intermingling of India, Islamic and Gothic style of architecture.

It is known for having a rich and varied collection of crystal works, metal and stone sculptures, carpets and ivory stones. After exploring this museum, we went ahead with Amber Fort. Raja Man Singh I had constructed this fort, which is now one of the main tourist attractions of Jaipur. The cobbled paths and high ramparts of the fort, which is perched on the hill, add more beauty to it. Its architecture includes several integral elements of Hindu style, which further promotes the nostalgic feel in the ambience of the fort. The rich texture of the marble and the red sandstone makes it even more of a delight.

To get a thrill of adventure, we geared on with exploring the Ranthambhore National Park, which is thronged in between the Vindhya Plateau and the Aravali Ranges. What really attracted us to it was that it was not very commercialised and in addition, it was is also known for preserving the high number of Royal Bengal Tigers. We also took the safari and explored the forts within the vicinity of this national park. At times, we swayed a little, while other times, we continued to strictly follow the do and the dont’s of the Rajasthan Travel Guide.

The entire experience was so unforgettable. After this adventurous steak, we also explored Rajasthan’s History by visiting the forts and palaces of the Udaipur and Jaipur which are so colossal and carry so much of the historical past of India. So, for everyone who wants to explore the historic side of India, which dates back to the Indus Valley Civilisation and the Harappan Civilisation, it is a must to explore a unique Rajasthan Travel Trip.

Rajasthan the Grandeur of the Maharajas

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Posted by Caper Travel | Posted in Rajasthan Tourism | Posted on 21-09-2013

Rajasthan, a land whose sheer size and diversity, innumerous forts and palaces, scores of temples and colorful culture all woven into one gigantic quilt. This makes it an attracting tourist destination. Hearing about its charming mix of color and exotic aura, I planned for a short tour to Rajasthan. As soon as I landed in Rajasthan, I could experience the unconventional beauty and a vibrant presence.

The first place in my itinerary was Udaipur- also known as the City of Lakes. The City Palace is the major landmark here- a sprawling complex with an outstanding Rajput style architecture lined with huge courtyards and intricate carvings. The cultural marvel of the City is the Lake Palace in the middle of the Pichola Lake which was glorious. Next visit was to Jagmandir, a beautiful island palace. After touring Udaipur, I planned for Jaipur, the boisterous pink city with the stunning backdrops of forts and monuments.

City Palace located in the heart of the city caught my hold with its grand structure and a royal touch. For some leisure one can visit the gardens. Other Rajasthan attractions worth sightseeing are Jaigarh fort, Jal Mahal, Hawa Mahal and the famous Laxmi Narayan Temple. Next enchanting place was Mount Abu, the only hill station in Rajasthan. The cool climate and scenic landscapes are enough to capture one’s attention. Dilwara Jain temples are the most famous and beautifully carved temples here. Nakki Lake is a major attraction where one can enjoy a boat ride; one must also not miss Guru Shikhar, the highest point of Mount Abu.

Last day of my Rajasthan Tour included the Ajmer City – a perfect blend of religion, history and modernity. Dargah e Sharif is a must religious visit that depicts the mystifying Mughal Art. The exquisite Taragarh Fort marvels tourists with its grandiose. Other attractions are Adhai Din Ka Jhopda, Foy Sagar Lake and the famous Pushkar town. These historic destinations of Rajasthan served as a treat for Culture fetish. The varied landscapes, a great history, huge forts and palaces, Lakes makes you want to Travel the enchanting land of Rajasthan and get soaked in its culture.

Treasuring the Bygone Era on Jodhpur Travel

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Posted by Uma | Posted in Jodhpur Tour, Jodhpur Travel, Rajasthan Forts and Palaces, Rajasthan Tour, Rajasthan Tourism | Posted on 29-01-2013

In search of something new, I set out my tour to Rajasthan along with Kristina, my adorable sister. A short weekend break was a great opportunity for me to relax my agitated senses in the wonderful city of Rajasthan. We left from Delhi and soon we landed in the royal state of Rajasthan. We stayed in a three-star hotel in Jodhpur.

After refreshing myself, I was ready to explore Jodhpur, the Sun City. Standing gracefully on the threshold of the Thar Desert, Jodhpur takes pride in being the second biggest city in Rajasthan. The first look of the city takes you back to history. The magnificent forts and ruins insist you to surprise over the expert craftsmanship of the artisans of the olden days.

I started my Jodhpur tour with a visit to the “Mehrangarh Fort”, a formidable structure in Jodhpur. I heard from a common folk that it is one of the largest forts in the country. Lies around 400 feet above the city, the fort is encircled by impressive thick walls. The structure of the fort made me wonder that how skilfully the defensive steps used to be taken.

Left flabbergasted by the architecture of the fort, I left for Jaswant Thada, another popular attraction of Jodhpur. It lies near the Mehrangarh Fort. Other visitors on Jodhpur travel were also trying to figure out how it was built. The royal cenotaph built of white marble was constructed in the memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II.

The day ended and we were back to the hotel. I usually avoid oily and spicy food but I had to give my consent to it as Kristina was in a mood to savour the Rajasthani cuisine. We ordered a Rajasthani Thali that includes all the popular delicacies of the state like Gatte ki Sabji, Panchkuta and Pyaaz ki Kachori. Though the food was a bit spicy yet it was able to satiate our hunger.

We started our next day with a visit to Umaid Bhawan Palace. On being reached there, we were stunned with the grandiose structure of the palace. As the common folk told us that the structure took around 15 years to complete. Now it is serving as a heritage hotel and one section of the palace also houses a museum. I, along with Kristina enjoyed a visit to the museum. It was delightful to see the belongings of the royal, giving an insight of the bygone era.

I was contended with the experience of travel to Jodhpur that made me forget everything and enabled me to enjoy my short break up to the hilt.

Experience the real desert life with Jaisalmer Tourism

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Posted by Jagjit | Posted in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan Tour, Rajasthan Tourism | Posted on 14-12-2012

My best friend, Sandy was always complaining me that we had not gone together for a holiday for so long. All set to prove her wrong, I told her to come up with some cool place that we could cover in three-four days. And lo! She came up with Jaisalmer. On hearing Jaisalmer Tour, my first reaction was dry land, sand, hot climate, NO!!!

She was adamant that I will love it. Not quite excited about it, I still said Ok….let’s see your wonderland Jaisalmer.

We took train from New Delhi Railway station to reach Jaisalmer. All throughout the journey, Sandy annoyed me with her list of ‘Things to Do’ in Jaisalmer. She told me about the major attractions of Jaisalmer to increase my curiosity level. On reaching Jaisalmer, we loosened up our self in a nice hotel. After getting some rest, we set out for Jaisalmer tourism.

I was awe-struck by the uncountable havelis in Jaisalmer, which are constructed with yellow sandstone. Thanks to the presence of these havelis, the city looks radiant, glittering in the night. Jaisalmer is very aptly called the Golden City. The city was founded by Rawal Jaisal, a Rajput king in 1156 A.D. Jaisalmer looks like a city of virgins – pure, clean, untouched, secured within its ramparts, and unaffected by external influences.

We paid visit to Nathmal Ji ki haveli. It is one of the best havelis in Jaisalmer in terms of architectures and magnificence. The life-size models of guardsmen in the main entrance gave us a feeling of welcome and secured. Two elephant’s structures made of yellow stones, pictures of horses, cars, fans, cattle’s engraved on the walls are worth mentioning.

Our next destination was Patwon Ji ki Haveli. Standing tall in a narrow lane, this haveli is the largest Haveli in Jaisalmer. It is also the first haveli in Jaisalmer. The amazing thing about Patwon Ji ki Haveli is that it is a cluster of small havelis.

Sandy equipped herself with a booklet of Tourism Guide of Jaisalmer, and then we set out for the Jaisalmer Fort on Trikuta Hill. Made beautifully out of sand stones, Jaisalmer Fort, better known as Sonar Kila, appears as a magical construction amidst the vast spread of Thar Desert.

Jaisalmer Desert Festival, which is all about celebration of life, was next on Sandy’s list. This festival is held annually in the month of February-March. I considered myself very lucky to be able to witness such a wonderful cultural extravaganza. Kite surfing, camel races, moustache competition, folk dance performances, puppet shows kept us hooked on. But I liked turban tying competition more than anything else. It was amazing to see the competitors tying their turbans at a lightning speed.

The next day we had decided to go for camel safaris. In Jaisalmer and I don’t go for camel safaris! How could that be possible? So, I seized this golden opportunity and we both set out for camel safaris in Jaisalmer. The bumpy ride on camel took us through the vast stretch of Sam sand dunes. The camel ride lasted for a few hours. Although our backs were badly aching, we remained glued on the camel as the gorgeous sweeping sand dunes were too captivating.

We had a real taste of desert life with Desert camping. Our tour organizer had arranged everything for us. We enjoyed lip smacking Rajasthani cuisine at the camp. A warm bonfire just in front of our tent created a comfortable ambiance. The musical performance by the folk artist added more fun to the delightful evening.

I was so captivated by Jaisalmer that I didn’t realise when our tour come to an end. And so capturing all the beautiful memories in our mind, we came back to Delhi. I could not thank my friend enough for this wonderful trip. My visit in Jaisalmer was definitely an escape from the humdrum of the outside world to a more soothing environment.

Recount the Sagas of Royalty in Udaipur

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Posted by Caper Travel | Posted in Rajasthan Hotels, Rajasthan Tourism, Udaipur Tourism | Posted on 27-11-2012

It is always a pleasure when you can actually live your dreams. I underwent the same nostalgic feeling recently when I visited Udaipur, the City of Lakes. It was a trip with my two best travel buddies, Mathew and Samual. On a weekend, we three were all set to bust our stress in the romantic city of Rajasthan. We had already heard a lot about the famous tourist places in Udaipur, such as:

City Palace Complex
Bagore ki Haveli
Lake Pichola
Fateh Sagar Lake
Monsoon Palace
Shri Eklingji Prabhu Temple
Jagdish Temple
Saheliyon-ki-Bari
Lake Palace
Karni Mata Temple

But we planned our trip to cover only the main attractions of Udaipur. We hired a car at affordable fare and left for our destination- Udaipur.

The moment we stepped in this romantic city, the saga of royalty seemed like echoing in our ears. As far as you could see, all you could experience was the royalty, scattered in the form of fascinating forts, ancient monuments and blue lakes.

After making ourselves comfortable in a good hotel in Udaipur, where we relished awesome food with Rajasthani flavour, we left for the amazing City Palace. A fine amalgamation of European, Medieval and Chinese architecture, this marvellous structure looks spectacular with its various domes, towers and arches. Built in white granite and marble, this magnificent palace has several gates to enter. Known as “Pols”, these gates give way to enter the palace. Bara Pol and Hathi Pol are the major ones.

How could we miss a visit to the famous Jagdish Temple that lies in the premises of City Palace complex? A fine example of an Indo-Aryan style, this impressive temple in Udaipur has Lord Vishnu as its main deity. The architecture and the sculptures with carved images are simply a sight to behold.

Bagore Ki Haveli became next part of our exploration. This ancient structure lies on the platform of Gangori Ghat in the adjacency of Pichola Lake. With its marvellous architecture, the mansion kept us engaged where we were trying to find out the secret of simply awesome carved work and remarkable glass work.

Fateh Sagar lake was the next attraction, we explored on our visit to Udaipur. The second artificial lake of Udaipur, Fateh Sagar unfolds its charm that lies in its vast stretch and the embellishment of three small islands. We continued our exploration with Saheliyon ki Bari or the “Gardens of the Maids” that lies on the shore of this gorgeous lake.

We took some time to ramble around the garden where we could enjoy a soothing aura, created by five fountains, water pools, exquisitely carved pavilions and ornamented elephants.

The tour concluded and we were back with a memorable experience.

Luni Rajasthan Combines Well to its Ancient Cultural Fashions

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Posted by Uma | Posted in Rajasthan Forts and Palaces, Rajasthan Tour, Rajasthan Tourism | Posted on 31-07-2012

Who claims to know Rajasthan and its rich culture better than me? After my business visit to Rajasthan, I have added one page more to my diary explaining prosperous and gigantic figure of historical attendance. Sure, I am not to engage you within the exercise of mouth but to bring out what has compelled me to write here. Luni destination in Rajasthan has been hangout-like destination to me, presenting the amiable hospitality, incredible monuments and an essence to royal era as well.

On the last month, I as a travel advisor had my footsteps ready to my some official tasks at Luni tourism by Airline. Luni is a small village about 40 km south of Jodhpur, Rajasthan, and falls connected to this blue city by road and rail. With a stay to one of local guest houses there I moved out for official work at Luni. Here, I meant this village an appealing tourist attraction to gain cultural affairs. So I hired a Jeep and a guide to know the outskirts of the village after finishing my work.

The guide brought me to a Road-dhaba that is famous a lot there. At this local food place, servants in proper Rajasthani attire welcomed with smiles warmer than the weather. The dhabas were made out of mud and the roof from dried branches leave and abandon pieces of tarp, experiencing me to stay at rich-cultured village. They served me delectable tea in small bowls.

This history-combining village in Rajasthan, Luni has reminded me the royal past of Rajasthan. Its noble & indulgent interiors, energising gardens, warm cordial reception and architectural beauty are accountable to mesmerise you readers as I have been completely. Likewise, artisans in Luni ought to pursue their ancestral profession of carving metal, clay or wood into intricate forms.

Where as Luni’s Fort Chanwa has answered me to a salient piece of quality and the magnitude in Indian Architecture of the last century, Luni tourist places such as the imperial Mehrangarh Fort and Royal Umaid Bhawan Palace are fruitful to present me a mesmerising travel experience. This small bustling village of Rajasthan, Luni befalls placed in the shadow of fort walls attracting to the limitless tourists by the nearby fort.

Thereby, I have discerned well why our country is called a rich in its history more than other countries of the world. Truly the word-incredible is as an adornment to India, moulding it an encyclopaedia of Indian history. Luni attractions have entranced me to be a student of history again, thus have induced me to come again.

Mount Abu Tourism – Sojourn at a Hill Station with Special Attributes

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Posted by Uma | Posted in Hills Stations, Rajasthan Tourism | Posted on 19-06-2012

Being in a pleasant place is just like being in heaven!! That is what I exactly experienced during my Mount Abu visit. My two best buddies-Richard and Gracey accompanied me on this tour. Holding an important place in Rajasthan tourism, Mount Abu is a pleasing hill town. Renowned for its rich cultural heritage, magnificent monuments and colourful fairs & festivals, Rajasthan attracts tourists with its fascinating aspects of tourism. Visitors flocking to the most popular Rajasthan Travel Destinations, love to being in the soothing ambiance of this jewel in the desert land.

We were in Delhi and our planning to visit Mount Abu just happened on weekend. All three of us packed our bags with camera, caps, sport shoes and other necessary articles that we could need during our visit. Satisfied with our packing, we left for Mount Abu by train.

While on train, we were sharing our reading based knowledge about Mount Abu, which is popularly referred as ‘An Oasis in Rajasthan’. It lies on the southern tip of the Aravali range. The idea of visiting a hill station in the barren desert excited us so much that we found it difficult to wait for being there.We reached Mount Abu station in the early morning. The moment we came outside, all we could see was the crowd of auto-rikshaws. We hired one and head towards our hotel. It was a three-star hotel with excellent facilities and modern comforts.

After unpacking our bags, we let our tired body rest amidst the luxury of the hotel room. By evening, we felt ourselves ready to explore the town. Satiated with the delectable lunch, we left happily for exploring the beautiful hill station in Rajasthan. The cool climate and tranquility of the place was just fondling us. It also helped us to shed our tiredness in a perfect way. Covering the entire hillside, the rich vegetation of Mount Abu takes the credit of its cool atmosphere.

Nakki Lake was the first spot; we visited on our Mount Abu Trip. This mythological lake has a very interesting story behind its creation. According to legends, the lake was dug by Gods using their ‘Nakh’ or nails and thus, it got the name-the Nakki Lake. The local tribes also worship it. Situated at an elevation of 1200 m above sea level, Nakki Lake takes the crown of being the heart of Mount Abu. We were very delighted to visit the lake in the evening because we could enjoy boating there. Surrounded with mountains and rock formations, the lake possesses a picture-perfect site that makes it a must visit on your travel to Mount Abu.

Richard is very fond of photography and he clicked some beautiful pictures of the Nakki Lake. The sun set view is also a must watch at the lake. Holding our excitement for the next day, we came back to the hotel.

Next morning, after having our breakfast we reached ‘Dilwara Jain Temples’, a fine example of Jain architecture. These temples are the popular tourist attractions of Mount Abu Tourism. Exquisitely carved, these temples date back to the 11th and 13th century A. D. Dedicated to the Jain Tirthankaras, these temples reflect the sheer elegance in marble. Spreading over carved ceilings, pillars and doorways, the ornamental detail is simply amazing to see. It is hard to believe that these temples were built in an era when there was no technology.

Gracey had done a lot of research on these temples. Based on her knowledge, she told that the five legendary marble temples of Dilwara are a holy pilgrimage spot of the Jains. Lying amidst a range of forested hills, these five temples are named as-The Vimal Vasahi Temple, The Luna Vasahi, The Pithalhar Temple, Parshavanath Temple and Mahaveer Swami Temple. There is no photography allowed inside the temple, so we could not click any picture of that architecture marvel. The Dilwara Jain Temples remain open from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. for tourists and the entry is free.

This only hill station-Mount Abu, Rajasthan is also known for Brahmakumaris. After this beautiful experience, we visited Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary. It is one of the oldest parts of mountain ranges of the hill town. Being a home to various sightseeing points, it offers the fabulous views to tourists. Based on our experience, I would suggest a long walk to see the birds and animals along with the floral beauty of the place.

Well, we got free after that. To make the most of the free time, we left for other places to visit. Gurushikar and the Sunset Point became a part of our exploration on our Mount Abu tour.

Without a doubt, that rendezvous with the royalty of Rajasthan was delightful. It will always remain a memory to cherish forever.

Udaipur Tour to Witness the Beauty of Land of Inspiration

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Posted by Uma | Posted in Rajasthan Tourism, Udaipur Tourism | Posted on 10-04-2012

Rajasthan is a place that calls me again and again. After visiting so many times to this royal land, I feel the same charm for Rajasthan. This time, we three friends were on Udaipur Trip. I with my two best buddies, Jacob and Daniel left from New Delhi. After an overnight train journey, we were finally in Rajasthan.

The excitement to see the most talked about palaces, lakes and other attractions just insisted us to go out after taking rest for 2 hours only.

Our tour started in the morning with the City Palace, which has a grand complex of palaces. Initiated by Rana Udai Singh, it was later added to by his children. Being the largest palatial construction in the state, the palace finds its mention. The City Palace welcomes you with a magnificent facade and a captivating garden before it.

No doubt, why this wonderful land boasts of its culture. Everywhere all you can see is, the rich glimpses of Rajasthani culture that has an appealing charm. We decided to go for a boat ride to refresh ourselves. Nehru Park was the venue, at a centre of the Fateh sagar Lake. Originally built by Maharana Jai Singh in 1678 A.D, this popular lake lies in the north of Lake Pichola. Based on our experience, I can say that it is a must visit place for evening outing.

Located on the banks of Fateh Sagar Lake, Saheliyon-ki-Bari is a beautiful landscaped garden, we visited in Udaipur. The guide told us that this garden was especially built for the queen and her maids. The garden is beautifully decorated with marble elephants, fountains and pools.

Then we came back to the hotel and had delicious dinner. The aroma of Rajasthani food just makes you irresistible. Next morning, we visited the Jagdish temple, located at the centre of Old city. It is very near to City Palace. After visiting the temple, we went for watching the light and sound show. We bought tickets and enjoyed the really wonderful show. The day ended while sharing the memories of that day’s attractions.

Next morning, we relaxed at the hotel itself. After some time, we left for Jagmandir Palace. Located in the lake Pichola, it is known for its garden courtyard.

You have to buy tickets that include to and fro boat rides. The palace is on the islands in the lake Pichola. After that, we went to see the cultural show at Bagore Ki Haveli, which starts at 7 pm.

The light and sound show takes you to the world of royal era, where you get to know the history of Udaipur. If you are visiting Udaipur for the first time, the show is a must watch.

I am very fond of seeing the rare collections that a museum houses. So, while in Udaipur, how could I miss the opportunity to visit the famous Pratap Museum! This is a Govt. museum that houses old sculptures and inscriptions. As we moved ahead, we came across many antique paintings of Mewar. We could also see the turban of Prince Khurram or Shah Jahan that have been displayed here.

After spending that much time in Udaipur, I could realize why Udaipur is called as the ‘Venice of the East‘.

Touched by the culture and heritage of Udaipur, we landed back to New Delhi!

Explore the Real Flavour of Rajasthan with Osian Tour

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Posted by Caper Travel | Posted in Rajasthan Tour, Rajasthan Tourism | Posted on 15-02-2012

Rajasthan has always been my dream destination. Far-stretched desert, the magnificent palaces, the marvellous forts, the vibrating culture and exciting camel safaris just enthrall me. I always thought to visit the land and fortunately, a trip to Osian came to my pocket, when my sister told me about her weekend plan of Travel to Jodhpur.

I left with Nikita, my younger sister for Osian, which is situated around 65 Km from Jodhpur in Rajasthan. From Delhi, we hired a private cab to reach Osian. Living in a metro city like Delhi, at times makes you feel bore with its hustle and bustle of everyday.

We stayed in a camp resort, which was loaded with modern amenities. The delicious food that we enjoyed there was one of its kind experience. We had traditional Rajasthani food including Dal Bati, Gatte ki Sabji and sweets.

My visit to Osian just took us back in time. The royalty of the time was just drawing our attention. The place is also known as a religious centre in Marwar. There we could see the beautiful cluster of ancient Jain temples.

Having heard a lot about the temples of Osian, I could not help myself from visiting there. With Nikita, I headed to the Jain Temples which boasts of famous Sun temple. Built in 10th century, the temple is noteworthy for being the oldest one. Surya (Lord Sun) is worshipped by the Vaishnavites, who ruled there.

The temple holds great religious significance and attracts the tourists due to its historical and architectural value. As we moved ahead in the temple, we found a beautifully carved doorway which was simply awe-striking.

Kali temple is another attraction of Rajasthan, which we visited after the Sun Temple. The architectural beauty of the temple just left us mesmerized. Then, we moved towards Sachiya Mata Temple, which was built in the 8thcentury.

Dedicated to Sachi Mata (Consort of Lord Indra(Rain God)), this temple complex had two other shrines, dedicated to Amba Mata and Chandi Devi. There was a series of beautifully sculptured arches, through which you can enter the temple.

How could we miss out the most exciting ride-Camel Safari! This interesting ride in Osian took us to another world. We could even spot several peacocks, which was a unique view.

Our Osian Tour was over and we were left us with a refreshing experience. Recollecting the memories of our Rajasthan tour, we came back to Delhi.

Elephant Festival – A Spectacular Event in Jaipur

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Posted by Uma | Posted in Jaipur Tourism, Rajasthan Festival, Rajasthan Tour, Rajasthan Tourism | Posted on 05-01-2012

Having a great interest in Indian Mythology, I read the literature off and on. While doing the same, I came across the importance of elephants. The animal is among the most revered animals.

It was believed to be emerged from the ocean after the churning of the ocean took place between the demons and gods to attain the immortality.

Reading this, my memories of the tour to Rajasthan got alive. I was there with my husband during the time of elephant festival. Among the most popular festivals of Jaipur, it offers you the opportunity to view the grandeour of the city.

All royal guests were being taken to the renowned Amber Fort on elephant back. Not only this, but some special elephant fights were also conducted to offer entertainment for the guests.

This spectacular elephant festival in Jaipur is organized in March every year. The grand procession just enthralled us. The elephants were bedecked on their heads and the tips of tails with heavy jewellery, flowers and other ornamentation you could imagine.

To our surprise, they were also wearing anklets that tinkle once they walk down in all their glory.

We enjoyed being witness to the various games like polo, races and Holi. Splashing each other with bright colours, they create a wonderful scene.

What could be more fascinating than the performance of folk dancers! It felt like we were in a grand celebration that would never end.

Besides elephants, other decorated animals like horses and camels can also be seen there. The highlight of the procession was, it could be seen with all the original grandeur of the old era.

With the end of the procession, we were invited to mount the elephants. Many other tourists like us also grabbed this wonderful opportunity and enjoyed a lot. Some enthusiastic visitors also started playing with colours.

We also joined in the parade. The whole atmosphere soon became jovial.

The musical notes of the folk performers also added charm to the festival. With much enjoyment and recreating the age-old legacy, the grandeur of the festival ended.

The memories of the elephant festival are still fresh and takes me to the world of royalty.

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