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ELEPHENT FESTIVAL-A symbol of Royalty JAIPUR, RAJASTHAN


With the starting of March the Pink City Jaipur emerge into a great celebration and preparation of pre-Holi festivals. As everyone knows very well that the Camel is the ‘ship of desert’ and the most perceptible symbol of Rajasthan, but when we think about the Rajputs and their royalty the first thing which stricks our mind is an Elephant.

In India an elephant is always being a sturdy symbol of royalty and while the Ship of the Desert festival is celebrates by Bikaner, the Pink City, Jaipur celebrates “The Elephant Festival”. elephantfestival1-jaipur1This Festival is organized on the full moon day of Phalgun Purnima in the month of March a day before Holi, organized every year by the Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation at a definite venue i.e Rambagh Polo Ground. It is the most renowned of all the festivals celebrated in Rajasthan.

For this festival, The Mahouts, who are known as the caretakers of the elephants, give their elephants a bath then decorate their elephants with colourful and embroidered velvets rugs and canopy, with gold and silver head-plates as well as garnish their tusks by adorning them with gold and silver bracelets and rings. The owners proudly embellish their female elephants wearing anklets, which make a pleasant sound when the animal moves. elephantfestival1-jaipurIt is quite a treat to see this huge animal with heavy ornaments and anklets decked with bells and vibrant colors, jhools (saddle cloth) and heavy jewellery.
Owners also painted on the bodies of their elephants with the traditional motifs of India, interesting patterns are drawn on the skin of the animal. At the end the most beautiful and decorated elephant is awarded.

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It is immensely pleasing to see the animal playing a sport like Elephant races and polo which are the special features. Some other interesting events associated with the festival are ¬-The tug of war between elephants and 19 men and women is the most exhilarating highlight. In this war the strongest elephant play against the group of peoples. An exhibition name Gaj Shringar is also held here where all things about the animals kept like ornaments, paintings, food and other things. The festival is ends with the performances of folk dances, display of fireworks lighting the sky and speckle of Holi colours.

The other animals to participate in the festival include camels and horses.

holi-festival-jaipur_-indiaIt is believed that, Elephant is one of the nine jewels of “navratnas” came from the stirred of the ocean so; the elephant has been consider as a holy and valuable animal. Elephants are always a great part of the Indian society and the God Ganesha is an Elephant-headed God who is devotedly worshipped in all over India. From bygone era to present time elephants are always present in religious events, marriage ceremonies, processions and battle of Indians.
So come to the festival and enjoy watching this matchless event.

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Elefantastic in Jaipur


Jaipur is the royal city of the state Rajasthan. Soil of the Jaipur is full with aroma of royal life of kings and their culture. It is renowned for its beautiful palaces, Rajput’s forts, havelis and historical places. Jaipur is the most attractive place for international and domestic tourist. It has a great collection of fantastic things which gives amazing experience to every visitor.

Elefantastic Farm, Jaipur

Elefantastic Farm, Jaipur

Jaipur is also famous for Elefantastic, is lies in the depths of the jungles and on the peaceful hilltops. It is a wide and beautiful farm area, which is famous as a natural habitat of elephants and for elephant ride. It is located in the Amber, is the small and elegant town located 1 km from the Amber Palace. This beautiful place is the shelter of 24 elephants. There are 23 female elephants and only one male elephant live as a family.
It will be an amazing experience that you will visit royal city Jaipur by royal ride of elephant. You can explore complete area of this place .Your visit start from the warm welcome by the team of elefantastic and elephants. The elephant safari starts before sunset and end after dark. They will prepare your royal ride, wash the elephants, feed and water them. There is a huge gallery and collection about the elephant decoration. Colors, designs and traditional way of elephant decoration are really very fascinating and great of attraction of your visit.

Washing the Elephants in Elefantastic, Jaipur

Washing the Elephants in Elefantastic, Jaipur

After the traditional and delicious lunch, wonderful elephant ride will start with elephant rider or tourist guide. This trip starts from the visit of the jungle area.The area of Elefantastic is full with wild animals. This wonderful tour starts from the visit of aroma of nature, chippering of birds and sound of many wild animals. Golden birds, Black Shouldered kite, Peacock and Asian Paradise Flycatcher are the beautiful birds of this farm area. It is also home of the wild animals like Leopard, Wolf, Hyena, Jackals and Antelopes and Tigers. It is really very adventurous and exciting that you are on the elephant safari and Tigers just roaming around you.

Elephant Safari

The Elephant Safari

After the complete tour of jungle area you will go for Amber fort, is like a magnificent palace, built from golden yellow, white marble and pink sandstone and it is divided into four major sections with big courtyard. You will enter into Amber fort by the elephant ride through Suraj Pol which leads to the Jaleb Chowk, which is main courtyard of the fort. Elephant riders are also good guide they explain each and everything to the tourist about Amber fort. It is very fantastic that you will visit a wonderful fort, which is a marvelous epitome of the royal ness of kings through a royal elephant ride. Full visit of Amber fort and Amber village through elephant safari really gives you an amazing experience.
In the evening, there is the arrangement of camp fire and camps. Many traditional and culture program make this trip colorful and unforgettable. Elefantastic trip is one of the amazing and most renowned in Jaipur area. Enjoy this wonderful, royal and different trip of Jaipur.


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Trip of Royal Monuments of Rajasthan


Jaisalmer Fort

Night View of Jaisalmer Fort- Image From Flickr

Rajasthan, the name is beyond doubt saying it is somewhere related to the kings and if there are kings, how can the things not be Royal? If you are in Rajasthan, you are in a majestic environment. Even though, Rajasthan has diverse tourism for its guests like the sand dunes, camel safari, culture, history, colorful heritage, vibrant fairs and festivals, tradition, exotic wildlife sanctuaries etc but the main key to its attraction is its grand and historic monuments drenched into imperial opulence. Rajasthan is the biggest state of India and it savage thousands of tourists throughout the world every year.

Chittorgrah Fort

A Beautiful Archaeology Of Chittorgarh Fort-Image From Flickr

Rajasthan is truly known as the “Land of Monuments” as the state has a variety of palaces, forts, havelis and monuments. All monuments have their own history or past which brief about the courageous and glorious past and rich culture of the state. Different monuments which are the witness of true tourism are Amber Fort, Mehrangarh Fort, Jaisalmer Fort, Chittorgarh Fort, Jaigarh Fort, Junagarh Fort, Mandawa Fort, Kumbhalgarh Fort and Nahargarh Fort etc which are so sure of attracting tourists on the basis of their art and architecture that they never boast of their splendour. Not only the forts but there are beautiful palaces and havelis which are the centre of attraction among visitors because of their elegant designs and magnificent buildings like Lake Palace, Jagmandir Palace, City Palace, Rambagh Palace etc. These palaces are so graceful and pleasing to the eye that their beauty spell bound the tourists. Your trip to these monuments of Rajasthan would never let you fail in the exhilaration.

Junagarh fort

A Beautiful Interior Of Junagarh Fort- Image From Flickr

Rajasthan has never failed to lure its visitors, be it the culture or the monuments. Each and every thing in Rajasthan is so much diverse on its own that people will never feel monotonous here. Every monument, every fort, every palace and every haveli is different from the other. So many monuments and each of that having its own different architect, isn’t it more enough to leave you awestruck. You cannot even imagine until and unless you experience the gigantic monuments by seeing with your own eyes. It’s difficult to just imagine their beauty and surely when you visit Rajasthan, you will find it worth visiting. Mostly tourists visit Rajasthan to discover its stunning monuments which are speckled in different area of the state. Here the tourists who get fascinated by the art get an opportunity to experience the fantastic architectural diversity of enormous monuments. Apart from that, the state is also known for its uniqueness in shrine and pilgrimage. Here one can also visit very famous and very ancient LordBramhaTemple and Ajmer Sharif Dargah etc. All these monuments are worldwide known for their superb fresco, mural and minuscule wall paintings.

Kumbhalgarh Fort

Full View Of Kumbhalgarh Fort-Image From Flickr

A lot of monuments of the state is now been converted into luxurious heritage hotels which offers a world class seven star international accommodation facilities with royal and contemporary services and immense hospitality which always adds on to the tourism and incredibility of India.

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Why Rajasthan is the Favorite Destination for Your Visit to India


Rajasthan is the most famous tourist state of India. This state is known as the land of kings as many rulers ruled here. The evidence of this can be seen in many historical and archaeological monuments found here. Rajasthan is rich in its heritage and natural beauty. The incredible sights of this state can mesmerize any tourist. So, it is a place of prime attraction for inbound as well as outbound travelers. It has number of magnificent Palaces, Havelis, Forts, Lakes, Gardens, Temples, Museums and Monuments.

Famous Tourists Cities

UDAIPUR: It is known as the city of lakes. It is also renowned for its palaces, forts and buildings. One of the attractions of Udaipur is Marble palace which appears to be floating in the lake Pichola.

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Lake Palace, Udaipur (Image by Happy Planet on Flickr)

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Jag Mandir, Udaipur (Image by dev_malya1484 on Flickr)

JODHPUR: It is a city full of forts and palaces. It is also popular as fortress city. The architecture of these buildings is breath taking. The famous places of this city are Chudi Bazaar, Umaid Bhawan, Mehrang Fort, and Jaswant Thada.

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Umaid Bhawan, Jodhpur (Image by ankit6k2 on Flickr)

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Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpurdh (Image by Reist on Flickr)

JAIPUR: It is the capital City and famous as PINK CITY. It is popular for its magnificent palaces. Some of the renowned spots here are Choki Dhani, Amber fort, Jal Mahal, Hawa Mahal and Jantar Mantar.

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City Palace, Jaipur

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Jal Mahal, Jaipur (image by Swaminathan on Flickr)

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Hawa Mahal, Jaipur (Image by jean-Pierre Dalbera on Flickr)

Jaisalmer: It is a small town which is popular for its golden fortress, havelis and Jain temples. The architecture of these buildings consist of intricate carvings, mirror and precious stone work on the walls and roofs.

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Jaisalmer fort (Image by Grete Howard on Flickr )

AJMER: It is popular for the shrine of Sufi Saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti. Many tourists visit this place throughout the year. It is also a pilgrimage for Muslims.

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Ajmer Sharif Dargah in Ajmer, Rajasthan

There are many more tourist places which depict the glorious heritage of Rajasthan.

Rajasthan’s culture and tradition is given more value then any other cultures. This state is well known for Indian handicrafts that shows their beauty which attracts the visitors or travelers came across all over the world. They can buy fabulous fabrics, stones, kundan, gold and silver jewelry, beautiful carpets and paintings shows their own beauty and glamour of this State.

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Rajasthani Handicrafts (Image by asis k. chatt on Flickr)

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Desert festival, Jaisalmer (Shobha yatra), Image by anupama kinagi on Flickr)

Rajasthan is well known for its fairs and festivals which shows their culture. This is a place where there are no boundaries for having fun for the travelers. They enjoy the most when they visit here at the occasional festival time. They came to know about the real beauty of this state. This enjoyable moment of fairs and festivals gives a chance to singers and dancers to show their talent. This gives them chance to move forward in their life. There are some main fairs and festivals like Pushkar Fair, Marwar Festival and Desert Festival are some of the main attractions of this state. Camel Festival is also a main enjoyable moment for the travelers. Major Attractions of this state are cock and bull fighting, folk music with dance performances, puppet shows etc. here all fairs and festivals are celebrated with love and joyful environment. Travelers enjoy their fullest by visiting here at the time of fairs and festivals.

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Shopping in Bapu Bazaar


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Delightful Shopping Extravaganza in Jaipur


Good memories always run with us, it has the potentiality to bring back all those moments that we had experienced before and visualizes each instance like a slideshow. Suppose! If you are in Jaipur; the most beautiful city of the royal state, Rajasthan; what else you would like to explore after visiting the attractions of the city and discovering its appetizing cuisines? If I am not mistaken, you will definitely go to loose your pocket, indulging several hours in its great shopping markets to collect some precious memories. Its off beaten shopping stores and markets offer unbelievable purchasing items, ranging from funky jewellary, furniture, bespoke clothing, saris, etc. which are most popularly retails at Jaipur.

Let’s start a shopping tour in Jaipur with some favorite markets:

  • Bapu Bazaar
Shopping in Bapu Bazaar

Shopping in Bapu Bazaar

This is the most famous shopping destination of the city, once you here, will never be able to control your shopping urges. The market is located in the area between Sanganeri Gate and New Gate. The liveliness of the bazaar is due to its diverse products that include textiles, mojri shoes, camel leather products, salwar suits, bed sheets and handicraft items. Influence of modernization, you will not found in its articles as almost all the shops allow you to discover traditional Rajasthan. Bargaining is very common in its shops; if you are a great bargainer, then you can also bring more items for your relatives as well.

  • Johari Bazaar
Shopping in Johari Bazaar

Shopping in Johari Bazaar

Put on some traditional or funky types of jewellery and give yourself a look of royal lady. Such wish only can fulfill by the famous shopping area of Jaipur, Johari Bazaar. All extensive ranges of jewellery products are available at this place which makes the market totally different from other parts of the world. The market remains open throughout the week where you can buy ornaments like Necklaces, rings, earrings, bracelets, pendants, etc. These effervescent products that fill up the stores of the Johari Bazaar is sure to fascinate the shoppers.

  • Tripolia Bazaar
Shopping in Tripolia Bazaar

Shopping in Tripolia Bazaar

If you wish to decorate your home with wonderful handicraft items, then drive to this shopping area. The market is renowned for is precious stones, miniature paintings, handicraft items and jewellery items. There is an important area in the middle of the market, named as Maniharon ka Rasta where you can purchase lac bangles. This is the most popular ornaments for the Rajasthani women.

If you are very keen to collect some brilliant Indian art and paintings during this voyage; Art Chill is the place to go. This is the biggest art gallery of the city; positioned at Amber Fort. Indian artists have left several contemporary arts inside the fort which gives the true reflection of the ancient age. One branch of such art gallery is located in M.I Road, named as Juneja Art Gallery from where you can collect your desired one.

Travel to Jaipur for shopping is a royal treat that not only allows you to get in touch some of its famous historical sites, but also gives you the opportunity to feel like a part of royal families wearing its invaluable traditional clothing.


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Must Visit Destinations in Rajasthan


Rajasthan, the colorful land of Royal family is occupying the largest landscape in India. From the desert land to beautiful lakes, picturesque architectures to the treasure of history and silent dense forest to the gorgeous festivals; this land perpetually offers a great variety of tourism options. The culture, tradition, cuisine and dressing sense of locals of the state is totally different from the state. To know them closely and to visit the attractions of the state, tourist always want to opt Rajasthan travel package because, traveling is the option by which tourist can explore all the attractions of the state in the finest way.

Following are some major destinations of Rajasthan, which tourist likes to visit during their tour:

Udaipur:

Udaipur City Rajasthan

Also regarded as the most romantic city of India. The scenic beauty of Pichola Lake and the flow of tranquil water are the great inspiration for writers and poets. The City Palace Museum, Jag Mandir and Sahelion ki Bari are some beautiful attractions of the city, which would take you back to the glorious days of past. The night view of the massive “City Palace” is worth watching, where decorated lights gorgeously multiplies the beauty of the palace. Inside the complex there are several popular palaces, museum and gardens exists which shows the amalgamation of Rajasthani, Medieval, Mughal, European and Chinese Architecture. Horseback riding, camel riding, cultural shows are some featured entertainment of the city, which would never let you forget the trip to Udaipur.

Jaisalmer:

Jaisalmer Fort Rajasthan

This wonderful city is one part of the Great Indian Desert. Amidst the desert the yellowish sandstone Jaisalmer Fort is situated. Ancient havelis, forts, beautiful temples and ravishing palaces of Jaisalmer has made a perfect holiday destination for the tourist. One of the greatest Haveli of past “Patwon-ki-Haveli” now has turned into a government museum. Camel safari on the desert land is the prime attraction of the city. To experience boat riding in the desert land move to Gadisar Lake, which is surrounded by temples and tombs of saints.

Jodhpur:

Meharangarh Fort Jodhpur Rajasthan

The city is known for its rich cultural heritage and tradition. The sparkling history of Jodhpur is personified through the diverse monuments, forts and palaces of the city. Mehrangarh Fort the largest Fort of the state shows the complete view of the “Blue City,” Jodhpur. The Fort itself represents some beautiful Mahals like Phool Mahal, Sheesh Mahal and Moti Mahal. Moving down from the fort you will arrive at Jaswant Thada, the white marble cenotaph of Maharaja Jaswant Singh. One another attraction of Jodhpur is Umaid Bhawan Palace, one of the world’s largest personal residencies, which is holding 64 luxurious rooms.

Pushkar:

Pushkar Camel Fair

Popularly known for the world’s largest camel fair. The great festival is started after having a holy bath in the great Pushkar Lake. The rare Brahma temple you can find at Pushkar. Existence of various Ghats and temples has made Pushkar a perfect holy place. Apart from the religious importance, Pushkar offers ranges of shopping options like various fabrics, handicraft goods, books, traditional and fusion music, etc.http://ercotravels.com/helpdesk.html

Jaipur:

City Palace, Amber Fort and Jantar Mantar Jaipur

The capital city of Rajasthan also known as the Pink City of India. The city is loaded with warm-hearted people and they always ready to welcome the guests. People get attracted to Jaipur not only to watch historic heritage and cultural beauty, but also for its wonderful Havelis, festivals and fairs. City Palace one of the finest museums in the city shows a wonderful collection of royal belongings like swords, armory, Rajasthani dresses, jewels, etc. One another ideal observatory of Jaipur is Jantar Mantar, which was used to measure time at the ancient time. The most remarkably designed palace, Hawa Mahal was built-in the 18th century from where royal ladies watched the daily life passing through the bazaar but now it has converted a museum. There are some other attractions those you can watch during your holiday in Jaipur are Jaigarh Fort, Amber Fort, B M Birla Planetarium, Laxmi Narayan temple, Nahargarh Fort, etc.

Bikaner:

Laxmi Niwas Palace Bikaner

Bikaner houses of many temples like Deshnok Temple, Laxmi Nath temple, Bhandasar Jain temple, etc. that drawn devotees from every nook and corner of the world. The city is recognized for the best camel riding and hence it is considered the largest Camel Research and Breeding farms in the world. Visiting Bikaner for the first time you can watch the royal residency Laxmi Niwas Palace, Lalgarh Palace and Gajner Palace. Your tour to Bikaner becomes more enjoyable if you are visiting the city in the month of January. During this month locals organizes the much-famed camel Festival, where you can enjoy Rajasthani dance, songs and some other Rajasthani belongings which are on sell during this festival.

Ranthambore:

Royal Tiger in Ranthambore National Park

Ranthambore witnessed many battles played out in this land by the ancient rulers, but now the landscape has converted to National Park. It is the best place to spot out royal tigers in the daytime. Ranthambore is the dwelling place of many endangered species and animals like leopard, hyena, nilgai, wild boar, sloth bear sambar and chital. During winter the park gets loaded with migratory birds that welcome the wildlife lovers and photographers to catch them in their film of camera. Tiger safari in Ranthambore National Park is the best way to explore tigers and other rare animals, which keep intake the beauty of the park.

Bharatpur:

Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary

Thereal habitat of miscellaneous birds can be seen in the famous bird sanctuary of Bharatpur, Keoladeo Ghana National Park. The park houses 298 kinds of bird’s species and 117 species of migratory birds which flies from Siberia and China. Bharatpur offers a range of tourist attractions such as Lohagarh Fort, Deeg Palace and Banke Bihari Temple. Send Enquiry