Museum At City Palace Jaipur To Remain Closed At Night

When: 06 – 13 December, 2017
Where: Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum – City Palace, Jaipur
For more information, contact us at: communications@travelplanraj.com

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Museum at night will remain closed for tourists and visitors at Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum, City Palace Jaipur due to unavoidable circumstances from 06 to 13 December, 2017. While the City Palace will close an hour earlier than usual today i.e 09 December, 2017. The booking window will close at 1600 hrs for today.

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Rajasthan Heritage Week – 2017

When: 07 – 10 December, 2017
Where: Diggi Palace, Jaipur
For more information, contact us at: communications@travelplanraj.com

RHW 2017

Back with it’s third edition, Rajasthan Heritage Week showcases traditional textile arts of the state in integration with the most talented designers in India and abroad. The event is aimed towards branding Khadi and Handloom masterpieces and position them as true luxury that is rare and unique. A fashion-oriented event helping in making India’s youth aware of their rich heritage and encouraging them to integrate traditional styles with their modern sensibilities. The four-day fashion extravaganza is a unique endeavor to revive the traditional handmade traditional textiles and the beauty of Khadi.

The event will bring together renowned designers from across the world and the country, including Abraham & Thakore, Hemant Trevedi, Rohit Bal, Bibi Russell, Rimzim Dadu & Ajai Vir Singh among many others. The Rajasthan Heritage Week is part of the textile development program that reaffirms the commitment to the traditional textile weavers of our state, RHW is determined to give our Khadi and handloom the tag of luxury, which it very rightly deserves.

An annual affair launched in 2015 for the promotion of Rajasthan’s traditional textiles and crafts by engaging leading national and international designers to work with state’s weavers. The event aims to create increased employment, success and a better quality of life for the artisan of the state. The event will showcase richly handcrafted and traditionally designs integrated with a blend of traditional textiles through modern appeal and techniques.

Jaipur-Agra flight to be launched from December 8

When: 08 December, 2017
Where: Jaipur – Agra – Jaipur
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The much awaited flight between Jaipur-Agra-Jaipur by Air India’s Alliance Air will be launched with effect from 08 December, 2017. The flight will take off thrice a week and depart every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday at 11 am from Jaipur and reach Agra at noon by an ATR aircraft. The inaugural flight is on this Friday. A company official said that Alliance Air, which is launching the flight under the UDAN scheme, will use an ATR aircraft.

Schedule — Mon/ Tue/ Thurs

  • AI 9687 – Dep Jaipur 1115 — Arr Agra 1205
  • AI 9688 – Dep Agra 1225 — Arr Jaipur 1315

Meanwhile, maiden flights to Kishangarh airport started on Friday, with its first flight from Udaipur. A private airline has started the service with a 9-seater plane and will increase the capacity on demand. The flight from Udaipur reaches Kishangarh at 12.15 pm and returns to Udaipur at 12.30 pm.

Leopard Safari Launched At Jaipur’s Jhalana Forests

When: 01 December, 2017
What: Leopard Safari
Where: Jhalana, Jaipur
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Jaipur’s Jhalana forests now home to 30 leopards, 150 other species

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Flying under the radar, a handful of forest and wildlife officials had over the past decade managed to cobble together bits of reserve forest into a 75 sq. km habitat practically in the centre of Jaipur. It’s now home to as many as 30 leopards – as well as 150 other species. This May, Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje launched the state’s first leopard safari at Jhalana forests, modeled on the jeep tours used for tiger tourism in Ranthambore.

Near Rajasthan University in eastern Jaipur, Jhalana offers topographical diversity with hills, valleys, plateaus and sand dunes. Part of it was developed into a park in 1981. Eventually when the leopards started straying into the city, a project was ordered to be set up to improve the prey base inside the forest in 2014. As a result, the leopard population increased from just eight cats in 2012-13 to 21 in 2016-17. The numbers of jackals, hyenas, foxes, badgers and blue bull have also seen dramatic increases. Access is limited to licensed jeeps, which charge per head. A drive uphill leads to an 1835 hunting lodge built by the erstwhile Jaipur royals. It offers a magnificent view of the city skyline where it merges with the forest.

The forest department has now announced that tourists will be able enjoy full day and half day safari in the Jhalana forest. Jhalana had two safari tracks however a third track has recently been thrown open for tourists & visitors. This 7-km track will start from the main gate and pass through the shooting range. A major stretch of this track passes through two hills, which provides a breathtaking sight.

In a state known for palaces, forts, tigers and deserts, leopards have made a welcome entry into the tourism calendar.

Rejuvenate At Shree The Sacred Festival, Pushkar – 2017

When: 16 – 17 December, 2017
What: A Festival of Music, Yoga & Meditation
Where: Pushkar, Rajasthan
For more information, contact us at:communications@travelplanraj.com

The Sacred Festival Pushkar – a festival of music, yoga and meditation’ celebrates the ethereal charm of Pushkar with a range of activities designed to immerse you in a soulful experience.

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Imagine yourself at the Maha Aarti on the ghats of Pushkar against the pink hued winter evening sky as performances by renowned Sufi singers take center stage. The upcoming edition of ‘Shree The Sacred Festival Pushkar’, is scheduled to take place on 16-17 December, 2017 and promises to be a celebration of this ancient and holy city of Rajasthan. The Sacred Pushkar Festival with roots in openness and inclusiveness presents various traditions of music, meditation and yoga. This unique curation captures the essence of Pushkar.

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The festival returns for it’s 3rd edition this year with sacred musical performances, yoga workshops, guided meditation, curated heritage walks in the city and more. The Festival will bring together some of the most powerful and diverse, national and international performers from various traditions of Sacred Music – Sufi, Gospel, Acapella, Folk and Classical music to Pushkar – a town textured with the tapestry of ancientness, mysticism, mythology, an inclusive cultural heritage and a deep sense of history and spiritual calm. It will also feature some renowned names such as Grammy award-winning percussionist Vikku Vinayakram, Rashmi Agarwal, headline performances by Kavita Seth and Laboratorium Pieśni from Poland.

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Mornings will come alive at the Jaipur Ghat with experienced practitioners conducting Morning Yoga and Meditation sessions, Chanting and Sacred Music performances by renowned musicians. The highlight this year will be the alternation of vocal and instrumental performance. There will also be a specially crafted organic Bazaar, which will include interactive spaces to learn traditional and healthy cuisines and taste the delectable food that Pushkar has to offer.

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After spending an eventful day enjoying the ghats and by-lanes of Pushkar, the scintillating Evening music will mark the culmination at the ethereal Jaipur Ghat. The Evening Music will feature performances by Vikku Vinayakram, a Grammy award-winning percussionist, Laboratorium Pieśni (Song Laboratory), a female group of A Capella singers from Tri-City (Poland) known for traditional and polyphonic singing and Singhini Research Centre, a Nepalese organization which is dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the music and dance of the Himalayas and many others.

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While the morning/evening musical performances and heritage walks (Prior Registration Required – http://thesacred.in/) are free and open to all, one can also opt for their customized delegate package. Delegate packages include Transfers from Ajmer railway station, invitation to the festival’s opening reception, nagada workshop, access to morning and evening music with special VIP seating for all the performances, qawwali evening at Ajmer Sharif, visit to savitri Temple by the rope-way and heritage and food walks (Prior registration required).

Mark your calendars! 

Kumbhalgarh Festival – 2017

When: 01 – 03 Dec, 2017
Where: Kumbhalgarh, Rajasthan
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Set against the backdrop of the magnificent Kumbhalghar Fort, the Kumbhalghar Festival features performances by folk artists, and art camp, puppet show, and puppet-making exhibitions. The three-day long festival, organised by the Rajasthan Tourism Department on will be held between Dec 01-03, 2017. The annual festival in the fort is in remembrance of the passion of Maharana Kumbha, the creator of Kumbhalgarh who was a great promoter of Indian martial and fine arts, architecture and learning.

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The Kumbhalgarh Festival is set to mesmerize visitors with the unique combination of performances during the three day fest. With Cultural Programs lined up from 7 Pm up-till 8 PM on all three days. The morning hours will have a variety of events to keep the visitors busy.  Puppetry corner, art camp, folk dance & music, turban tying competitions, tug of war and painting competitions will take place between 11 am up-till 3 pm on all three days. Sound and light shows are organized with the fort as the background along with various concerts and dance events that are organised to commemorate the function.

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Kumbhalgarh Festival, one of the most important and culturally enriching festival is celebrated on the highest peak of the Aravalli Hills. The festival has been celebrated in full swing for the past 6 centuries. The festival takes place at the Kumbhalgarh Fort. The fort is at a height of 1014 meters above sea level. The fort is also a World Heritage Site. It was built by Rana Kumbha during the 15th century. It is a magnificent Mewar fortress. The basic purpose to build this medieval fort was to protect the kingdom from invaders.

 

Matsya Festival – 2017

When: 25-26 November, 2017
Where: Alwar, Rajasthan
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The Matsya festival of Alwar held in November over two days is the foremost of all fairs and festivals of Rajasthan. It is celebrated to glorify the prosperity, traditional values and customs of the region. This festival is renowned for its colorful processions, cultural performances, an array of sporting events and impressive artistic exhibitions. The magnificence of Alwar’s numerous palaces and forts, lakes, hunting lodges, archaeological sites and thick forests, make it a delightful setting for a flamboyant celebration. The term ‘Matsya’ is a Sanskrit word for Fish and back in the time, Alwar was called ‘Matsya Desh’ or the Land of Fish while the inhabitants were known as ‘Matsyas’ therefore the name of the festival.

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Festival Highlights

  • The Matsya Festival will be held on 25 – 26 November, 2017. For the visitors’ entertainment, several cultural programs will be organized at Sariska gate and the tourists will be given a tour from Sariska to Kankwari fort.
  • The event will start with the Maha Aarti at 5:30 am on 25 November at the Jagannath Temple after which the heritage walk will commence. The walk will include a tour of places like Tripolia, Mahal Chowk, Jagannath Temple, Mathuradheesh and Kishan Kund.
  • Moving on, there will be an open air Photo exhibition which will showcase pictures from ancient history, heritage, museums and wildlife of Sariska. For college and school students, there will be Rangoli and Mehndi competitions.
  • The event will also have a Kavi Sammelan where poets like Balveer Karun, Poonam Verma, and Vineet Chauhan will be reciting poetry.
  • The Indira Gandhi Stadium will have Hot Air Balloon adventure and other sports like Kho-kho, Kabbadi, and Tug of War.
  • There will also be a grand procession whereby various folk artists will take part along with Police Band, Horses and Scout Guide.
  • The cultural evening will be studded with artists performing dance forms from various states like Laavni from Maharashtra and Bihu from Assam. The local artists will also perform Bhapang Vaadan, Matka Bhavai, and Mayur Nritya. The entire event will be concluded by Sufi song performance by Artists Lakhwinder Wadali.

Schedule:

Day 1 (25 November 2017)

  • Maha Arti (5:30 am)
  • Heritage Walk (7:00 am)
  • Photo Exhibition (9:00 am)
  • Hot Air Balloon and Traditional Games (10:00 am to 5:00 pm)
  • Cultural Program (10:00 am to 2:30 pm)
  • Mehndi & Rangoli Competition (11:00 am)
  • Kavi Sammelan (7:00 pm)
  • Excursions to Kankwari Fort (7:00 am to 10:30 am and 2:00 pm to 5:30 pm)

Day 2 (26 November 2017)

  • Paddle Boat Race (10:00am)
  • Hot Air Balloon and Traditional Games (10:00 am to 5:00 pm)
  • ‘Lok Kala Sangam’ Cultural Program (11:00 am)
  • Traditional Procession (3:30 pm)
  • ‘Jhilmil’ Deep Maala (6:00 pm)
  • ‘Lok Rang’ Cultural Program (7:00 pm)
  • Excursions to Kankwari Fort (7:00 am to 10:30 am and 2:00 pm to 5:30 pm)

Mark your calendar!