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Rajasthan Desert Tour with Ahmadabad- Part 2

Posted on October 20th, 2011 by admin  |  Comments Off

Umaid Bhawan Palace Jodhpur Umaid Bhawan Palace Jodhpur

Next morning, we started our journey to Jodhpur. This colourful city of Rajasthan is famous for its magnificent forts, places, temples and landscapes. Founded by Rao Jodha in 1459, it was once the capital of Marwar. Jodhpur is popularly referred as the Sun City. We got an opportunity to visit the famous Mehrangarh Fort during our trip to Rajasthan. It is a fabulous place and is among the largest forts of the country. Located on a steep 125 m high hillock, it is overlooking the city. There are seven splendid gates to enter the fort. We came across various wonderful palaces like the Phool Mahal, the Moti Mahal and the Sheesh Mahal.

Pooja asked us to go to Museum which was a great experience. We also visited Umaid Bhawan Palace, the major landmark of Jodhpur. One could imagine the royal splendor of bygone era after visiting the magnificent place. Built out of the impressive red sandstone and marble, the palace has become a heritage hotel now, housing a museum.

Sakshi and I bought embroidered jutis from the local market. On being asked about the famous attractions of Jodhpur, we came to known as Marwar Festival, which is held in October every year. During the festival, the city becomes more vibrant with colourful crafts, bejeweled women and turbaned men. Other popular festivals include Desert Kite Festival and Nagaur Fair.

Udaipur, the land of architectural marvel, was our next destination. Here we visited City Palace, which is a wonderful place and an assortment of courtyards, terraces, pavilions, rooms, corridors and hanging gardens.

The other tourist attraction of Udaipur, where we went was, Saheliyon-ki-Bari. It is a small ornamental garden which used to be a famous relaxing spot for royal women. It’s beautiful fountains and marble elephants still attract tourists from far and wide.

We three were so delighted to visit the beautiful places that we felt like exploring the more. Our guide told us about Ahmedabad and we went to explore the place as well. Situated on the bank of Sabarmati river, it is the capital city of Guajrat.

There we enjoyed afternoon local sightseeing. We also went to Gandhi Ashram, which is on the banks of Sabarmati river. It is a tranquil place where Mahatma Gandhi spent most of his time during freedom struggle.

Our Rajasthan Desert Tour ended with lots of pleasurable memories that still revive in our mind

Fairs and Festivals of India Reflect its Rich Cultural Heritage

Posted on April 14th, 2011 by admin  |  Comments Off

The incredible country like India can be best described by the phrase ‘Unity in Diversity’. India is a land of rich cultural heritage which beautifully reflects in its various attractions. The various states of India have their own unique culture. Although there is so much diversity in culture of India but still there is unity among Indians. Fairs and festivals are among the most colorful part of Indian culture. They are also the perfect means of getting acquainted with the culture of India.

It would be no exaggeration to say that India is a land of fairs and festivals as its calender is full of various fairs and festivals commemorating various occasions. Fairs and festivals of India attract tourists from across the globe.

Some of the most famous fairs and festivals of India are:

Diwali
It is the festival of lights which is celebrated with great flavor

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throughout India. Symbolizing the victory of good over evil, this festival commemorates Lord Rama’s return to his kingdom after 14 years of exile. On this festival people illuminate their houses with earthen lamps and lights, distribute sweets, burn crackers and worship Goddess Lakshmi. This festival falls in the month of October or November.

Navratri
This festival is celebrated for nine days in honour of the goddess. The goddess symbolizes power. During these nine days nine forms of the goddess are worshipped and devotees observe fast for nine days. The goddess is known by several names like Durga, Laxmi, Bhavani, Kali, chandika, Maha gauri, Ashtabhuja and Siddhiratri. All the nine forms signify various traits that the goddess influences us with.

Holi

It is a festival of colours which is celebrated with great enthusiasm

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especiallyin North India. During this festival people play with powdered colours and water. Huge bonfires are lit on the evening of Holi. This festival also symbolizes the victory of good over evil. There is an interesting legend associated with it.

Pushkar Fair
It is the largest cattle fair in the world. Held in Pushkar City of Rajasthan it is marked with several cultural activities like dance, music, competitions and many more. It is celebrated in October/November.

Pongal
It is an important festival of South India which is celebrated for four days. It is a harvest festival. During the festival cattle, Sun god and Rain god are worshiped.

Eid-ul-Fittr
It is an important festival of Muslims which marks the end of Ramzan, the Muslim month of fasting. During the festival people exchange greeting and sweets and offer prayer in mosques. Feasting is the main feature of this festival.

Desert Festival
This is a famous festival of Rajasthan which is celebrated with great enthusiasm in the city of Jaisalmer. During the celebration the desert comes alive with cultural activities. Folk dance, puppet shows, turban-tying competition, camel race etc are the main highlights of the festival.