Pushkar Fair 2012, Rajasthan

Every November, the sleepy little township of Pushkar in Rajasthan, India comes alive with a riot of colors and a frenzied burst of activity. The occasion: PUSHKAR FAIR. Very few, if at all any, fairs in the world can match the liveliness of Pushkar. Most people associate the Pushkar Fair with the world’s largest camel fair. But it is much more than that.

Contestant J.S. Chounan shows his moustache to the crowd after winning the annual "longest moustache" competition at the Pushkar Mela on Friday, Oct. 30, 2009. According to locals his moustache is a combined total of 11 feet (3.35 meters) long and took 18 years to grow. (AP Photo/Kevin Frayer)

Start Date : Sunday, 18 November 2012
End Date : Wednesday, 28 November 2012
Venue : Pushkar Village
City : Pushkar
State : Rajasthan
Country : India
Category : Fairs & Festivals

It is an occasion for villagers from far and near to gather together and enjoy a welcome break from their harsh life of the arid desert. And enjoy they do! In dazzling style and colors.

It is an occasion for Hindu pilgrims to converge for a holy dip in the sacred Pushkar Lake to “wash away the sins of a lifetime” and pay obeisance at the ONLY Brahma temple in the world.

For the visitor, it is an unparalleled and unforgettable experience to capture the vibrancy of the entire state of Rajasthan in one place. This blog by The Tour Planners, attempts to give you a glimpse of the magic of Pushkar. Of course, you have to be there to truly understand it.

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Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India (World’s largest private residences)

Thursday February 16th, 2012 in India, Places to Visit | Be the first to Comment »


Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India, Taj Hotel, Taj, Hotel, 5 Star, 5*, Deluxe

Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India (Picture : Copyright billyvian)


* Umaid Bhawan Palace is in Jodhpur, the home of brave warriors.

* A part of the palace is managed by Taj Hotels, named after Maharaja Umaid Singh, grandfather of the present owners of the palace.

* This monument has 347 rooms and serves as the principal residence of the erstwhile Jodhpur royal family.

* Umaid Bhawan Palace was called Chittar Palace during its construction due to its location on Chittar Hill, the highest point in Jodhpur.

* Ground for the foundations of the building was broken on 18 November 1929 by Maharaja Umaid Singh and the construction work was completed in 1943.

* The present owner of the Palace is Maharaj Gaj Singh.

* The Palace is divided into three functional parts – a luxury Taj Palace Hotel (in existence since 1972), the residence of the erstwhile royal family, and a Museum focusing on the 20th century history of the Jodhpur Royal Family.

* The opening hours of this museum are 9 AM to 5 PM.

* The palace has big and large lawns and each and every corner of the hotel is magnificently decorated.

* The regal suites of this hotel are grandiosely decorated and they are the original ones where the Maharaja and his consorts used to reside.

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Colorful Rajasthan: Jaipur, the ‘Pink City’

Monday January 31st, 2011 in India, Myth, Places to Visit | Be the first to Comment »

Resplendent in the hues of its noble and magnificent past, the historic city of Jaipur stands out as one of the most spectacular and culturally vibrant destinations in the world.

A city of colors, the city charms its admirers and visitors with it confluence of terrains, colors, and cultures. The ancient city, immaculately planned by its learned king and his trusted architect, was amongst the first planned cities in the Indian subcontinent.

Doused in an appeasing pink, Jaipur has, over the years, come to don the title of India’s “Pink City.” Rich in its historical heritage, every corner of Jaipur holds an interesting antidote and touch of old-world charm. The color of the city, too, has interesting stories and theories behind it.

While the most popular conjecture is that Jaipur donned pink to welcome the Prince of Wales, other fables go a step further and say that Raja Jawai Singh, the ruler of Jaipur then, used pink to cover up a diplomatic mix-up during the ambassador’s visit, prior to the Prince’s visit.

It is said that a simpleton in the court actually called the Prince’s men “pink-faced monkeys,” so the Raja ceremoniously had the entire city painted in pink to convince the Prince and his people of his honest and hospitable intentions.

Other stories, though less dramatic, are equally interesting. Of the numerous stories, the more plausible one seems to be that the contractor chose pink in light of the lack of availability of large quantities of any other color. While the scientific reasoning behind the choice of pink has been pinned down to its reflectivity and cooling effect, it is also believed that the king experimented with colors like green and yellow before finally settling on pink.

All in all, this city built in sandstone is a gem both on merit of its clean cut designs as well as the grandeur its traditional structures present.

Whatever the real reason might have been, the city savors and celebrates its heritage by ensuring that the people uphold its culture and history in every which way. New buildings in and around the old city layout have maintained the pink color of the original city in order to carry on the legacy of the “Pink City.”

The original city is an architectural marvel. Though simple in its plan, its tapering columns, elegant porticos, portal seats, and large, inviting gateways have been treasured and safeguarded by a people who have great pride in their cultural heritage.

A city of deserts, royalty, craft, and culture, Jaipur and its people thrive in their vibrant and awe-inspiring surroundings. The people adorn traditional attires that reflect their free spirits and grandiose past. Swirling skirts, colorful turbans, intricate leatherwork, mirrors, and more, Jaipur is perhaps one of the only cities in the Indian subcontinent that reflects the fusion of modernity and heritage this beautifully. It is no wonder then that today, celebrities, tourists, and guests from all over the world mark the “Pink City” high on their priority list of places to travel.

Its effervescent traditions, customs, and appeal have also earned the city the affectionate tag of the “Paris of India.” Royalty and high culture still exist in the city in its grandiose palaces and buildings, but there is a simplicity that coexists amongst the people. The ambling camels along the turbaned and colorfully attired men present Jaipur’s visitors a glimpse into the regal past of the city.

The color that adorns the city takes form in the hearts of the people living in it. It signifies the romanticism of a bygone era treasured and kept alive by the people of Jaipur. Set against the magnificent backdrop of majestic forts and palaces, the city is reminiscent of the lingering romance for life, art, music, and literature that was upheld by the rulers of this princely state.

To the tourists and visitors who marvel at the inner and outer beauty of the city and its people, pink represents the warmth and hospitality that has overwhelmed the millions that walked its streets. The timeless appeal of the city lies in its pink garb, fairytale palaces, rugged fortresses, kaleidoscopic attires, and the genuine warmth that the people of Jaipur exhibit.

A city that is marked by festivals, rituals, music, traditions, and an old world charm, Jaipur and its people revel in their inheritance. Perhaps this is why the city of gems has found a place in the Indian subcontinent as a shining example of culture, royalty, progress, and tradition, all rolled into one.

Today, Jaipur stands precariously balanced between fast paced technology and the rustic allure of its glorious past. The “Pink City” of India beckons admirers and travelers that are looking for a taste of the past.

The color of the city palaces will lure you into a restive calm that allows you to take in the sights and sounds of the city. Doused inpink, the city paints different strokes on each admirer’s soul with its opulence and beauty.

To some, the pink of the city evokes pure admiration of its ethereal quality, while to others it brings forth comparisons of a blushing bride whose beauty surpasses all. A visit to the city opens up your heart and soul to a bygone era. Who knows what new facet of pink this wondrous city may reveal to you!

Source: http://www.sensationalcolor.com/color-messages-meanings/color-around-the-globe/india-colorful-rajasthan-jaipur-the-pink-city.html

Colorful Rajasthan: Jodhpur, the ‘Blue City’

Monday January 31st, 2011 in India, Places to Visit | Be the first to Comment »

Steeped in history, Jodhpur has played a pivotal role in shaping and paving the fascinating trails of Indian history. Home to the prosperous Marwari community of India, Jodhpur captures the essence of the colors, smells and sounds of India.

Strategically located midway between the capital and India’s most industrialized state, Gujarat, Jodhpur benefited from the trade of copper, opium, silks during the pre-colonial period. Its prosperity is reflected in the jewels and costumes worn by the well-to-do Marwari women who proudly display the family wealth in the accessories they adorn.

A sea of aqua blue houses is beautifully juxtaposed by the dry browns of the desert that surrounds it. Jodhpur is probably the only city in India that stands steadfastly to its tag of blue city. A stroll through the city streets lined with houses that reflect the clear blue skies will leave you refreshed and perhaps relieved from the overwhelming traffic and crowd.

The blue houses are an outcome of the extent of caste led beliefs that dominate the Indian psyche. Brahmins, otherwise considered the purest of Indian castes housed themselves in these blue homes to differentiate themselves from the members of other casts and belief systems in the past. A tradition that, despite the slow weakening of the caste system, has remained.

However a walk into one of these homes will open your eyes to the color and splendor of traditional Jodhpuri colors and smells. Intricate patterned highlights and rich luscious colors are evident in everything from footwear to textiles in this city. Perhaps the best way for a tourist to experience the kaleidoscopic colors of the city is a visit to the opulent palaces that are now run as museums.

With breathtaking panoramic views of the city, especially from the Mehrangarh fort, one can truly fathom the value that color has in a city surrounded by arid sandy exteriors. The colored glass windows of the fort filter in the light into the plush interiors where rich reds and maroons reflect the grandeur of an era gone by.

Elaborate paintings; lavish artifacts and gold trimmed furnishings lend opulence unmatched. A proud people inhabit the city and their attire speaks volumes of their distinct culture and art-laden history. In a capsule, the Jodhpurian fabric of life is akin to the textiles that in the seamless layers of chiffon and silk capture the elegance of a world gone by.

The bright red turbans are akin to the hues of the unrelenting sunshine that scorches the deserts and the city are worn by almost all the inhabitants especially the traditional local ones.

The colorful attires of the women with a myriad of hues from deep magentas to pulsating oranges seem to tease the monotonic surrounding deserts. Often veiled under the patterned sari the women may not be accustomed to showing their faces. However this doesn’t stop them from proudly adorning the colors and patterns that are essentially ‘Jodpuri’.

A typical fabric would find a diasporas of colors ranging from piping pinks to parrot greens and mango yellows and blues on the same cloth. Needless to say, their aesthetic sensibilities ensure that each of these colors works with the others creating a truly pleasing ensemble.

The color and patterns of the fabrics and crafts of Jodhpur tell the story of a people who created a paradise amidst the heat and sandstorms of Rajasthan. Craft brings together and color ties the differences into a beautiful labyrinth of beliefs, love and fraternity. Jodhpur offers every visitor a fleeting glimpse into the depth of a culture steeped in the past and yet stepping ahead vibrantly and fearlessly.

Source: http://www.sensationalcolor.com/color-messages-meanings/color-around-the-globe/india-colorful-rajasthan-jodhpur-the-blue-city.html

Top seven places to visit in India

Monday January 31st, 2011 in India, Places to Visit | Be the first to Comment »
INDIA is a vast country and there are several places of tourist interests that can be explored for a delightful and enchanting experience. Travel and tourism in the country provides a delightful experience with a superb blend of culture, tradition, spirituality, natural beauty and modernisation.
In fact, the county is the land of amazing diversity and its diversity can be observed in all its realms. There are several enchanting travel destination in the country like Goa, Kerala, Rajasthan, Mumbai, Golden Triangle, Taj Mahal (Agra), Delhi, Himalayan Region, Kashmir, Backwaters, Wildlife, etc. Exploring these globally acclaimed destinations of the country provides delightful experience of India tourism. Below is information about seven topmost travel destinations of the country. Often tourists plan to visit these destinations in India.
Taj Mahal: India’s star attraction
Taj Mahal is considered as one of the seven wonders of the world. It is located on the banks of River Yamuna in Agra, Uttar Pradesh. Built in white marble, it is one of the most beautiful monuments in the world. It is the symbol of eternal love. This beautiful monument of love was built by great Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in the loving memory of his beloved wife Rani Mumtaz Mahal after her death. It is one of the must visit attractions of the country. Every year, a large gathering of tourists visit this exquisite love monument and do not forget to praise its architecture, beauty and of course to imagine the beauty of Mumtaz Mahal. Worth visiting!
Rajasthan: The land of forts and kings
Rajasthan is a widely acclaimed travel destination of India. It has a wide range of tourist options like heritage tourism, cultural tourism, wildlife tourism, camel safari of rippling sand dunes, etc. There are several magnificent forts and palaces in this state, showing the glorious past of its erstwhile rulers and kings. Some of forts and palaces of the state have now been converted into heritage hotels offering world class accommodation with luxury and unique Indian hospitality. Staying a few days at Rajasthan palace hotels is truly a delightful experience.
Kerala: God’s own country
Kerala is one of the most beautiful states of India. It is globally famous travel destination blessed with exceptional natural beauty. Beautiful beaches, breathtaking backwaters, luxurious houseboats, beautiful temples, verdant hill stations, beautiful landscapes, rich culture and tradition, exotic cuisine, etc are prime attractions of Kerala. Definitely exploring Kerala is an ecstatic experience.
Himalayan regions
Himalayan regions are very popular amongst tourists who like to enjoy adventure and sports, explore the beautiful landscapes, explore rich flora and fauna, and explore pilgrimage centres. This region covers the states of Kashmir (the paradise on the earth), Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh. Exploring the Himalayan region Kashmir provides one of the best Indian tour experiences. Himalayan regions also provide opportunity to indulge in thrilling adventure and sports. Also you can visit several religious and pilgrimage sites like Vaishno Devi Temple in Jammu, Buddhist monasteries in Ladakh and several ancient temples in Kullu and Manali. These religious spots are very popular destinations for India pilgrimage tour.
Goa: The land of sun, sand and surf
Goa is the smallest state of India but is extremely popular destination for international tourists. Beaches, Churches, culture, etc are prime attractions of Goa tours.
Khajuraho: The city of exotic temples
Khajuraho is a well-known travel destination of India. It is widely acclaimed for its beautiful architectural temples of love. You can see several beautifully engraved sculptures on the walls of the temples. The perfect balance between architecture and sculpture surely enchants you.
New Delhi: The capital of India
New Delhi, the capital of India is one of the major tourist destinations of the country. There are numerous attractions in this historic city like Red Fort, Jama Masjid, Chandni Chowk, Qutub Minar, India Gate, Humayun’s Tomb, Lotus Temple, Akshardham Temple, Rajghat, Birla Temple, ISKON temple, President’s House, Old Fort and many more.