Pandya Niwas guide for travellers

Pink CIty - Jaipur

a walled city decked up in pink

The Royal capital of Rajasthan. Welcome to glorious riot of color, pomp, and pageantry!

To a life style that is a fanfare of festivities and celebrations. To a specimen of architecture that is grand in style and intricate in design. To a fantasy in color and stone. Welcome to a dream called Jaipur. “Best Places to Visit in 2018 " by the readers of various historic guides of Asia Pacific. The heritage pink city has been the capital of erstwhile Jaipur state since its inception in 18th Nov. 1727 AD, it gets the name from its fonder Sawai Jai Singh II, He was not only a great ruler but also a great mathematician & astrologer, and His various talents are clearly exhibited in the city. Jaipur was conceived not as the military retreat of feudal warlords, like Amber but as a commercial city, a business center of thriving enterprises. What strikes every visitor to the walled city Jaipur is its regularity of plan, it is build on a grid. All streets run straight and are parallel within the city walls and meet at right angles. It is true some of the alleys are narrow but these were merely the lowest register in a carefully calculated hierarchy of street widths and they crisscross a mohalla or neighborhood to facilitate people moving in a locality. The mohallas combine to form chowkari or quarters that are crossed by streets of medium width and the chowkaris are separated from each other by the broadest streets over 100 feet wide, where these meet are vast squares. A constant reference is provided by the centrally located palace. The entire city is surrounded by a peripheral wall with huge gates guarding it. The market place was named after the commodity which was supposed to be predominantly sold or manufactured there. The capital city of the state of Rajasthan, very nearly exemplifies the character of the state and its people. Surrounded by rugged hills on three sides, each crowned by formidable fort and beautiful palaces, mansions and gardens dotted throughout its precincts.

Traditional Festivals of Jaipur and Rajasthan

Festivals of Jaipur: The Pink City rejoices and celebrates fairs and festivals with pomp and gaiety since immemorial. These fairs and festivals reflect the rich culture and heritage of the region. Jaipur has a flair for celebrating every occasion.

Makar Sankranti (Kite Flying Festival): Celebrated on the 14th of January, every year with traditional fervor, the devotees take a holy dip in the tank at Galtaji, it has now also become a kite flying festival, and millions of colorful kites come on the sky of Jaipur on this day.

Holi: The colorful festival of Holi celebrated on the next day of the Elephant Festival in the month of March has an ancient origin and celebrates the triumph of ‘good’ over ‘bad’. The colorful festival bridges the social gap and renews relationships. On this day, people hug and wish each other ‘Happy Holi’

Gangaur : (March - April) this festival is celebrated by the maidens and married women, and is dedicated to Gauri, the incarnation of Goddess Parvati, the consort of Lord Shiva. A colorful procession is taken out from Zanana Deodhi of the City Palace, passing through Tripolia Bazar, Ganguri Bazar, Chaugan and converging near Talkatora for two consecutive days. Date 9-10 April 2016, 29-30 March 2017.

Teej: Festival marking the advent of monsoon, swings are hung from trees and decorated with flowers. Young girls sing songs of love and about the rain. The festival is dedicated to Parvati, commemorating the day when she was united with Lord Shiva. A magnificent procession is taken out from City Palace, similar to Ganguar procession for 2 consecutive days. Date: August.

Diwali: Diwali is celebrated as the ‘Festival of Lights’ in the month of Oct. or Nov. To mark this day people light diyas and candles all around their house. During the evening Lakshmi Puja is performed to seek divine blessing of Goddess of Wealth. People also exchange Diwali Gifts all their dear ones and burst fire crackers in the night to express their happiness. Date: October/November

Festivals of Rajasthan:

Pushkar Fair: Location – Pushkar – Ajmer, Duration – 7 days, Festival Attraction – one of the most famous fairs of Rajasthan, where hundreds of tourists from all over all over world come to witness the colorful fair in Pushkar. Date – November.

Desert Festival: Location – Jaisalmer, February.

Camel Festival: The Bikaner Camel Festival begins with a fantastic procession of these magnificent animals, bedecked with incredible Rajasthan textiles in brilliant colors. The camels have plenty to show off about as they engage in numerous displays of racing, dancing and acrobatics. There’s even a beauty competition! Date : Mid January.

Mewar Festival: Location - Mewar-Udaipur, Attraction – fireworks at the end of Festival, Date : Mid March to April.

Marwar Festival: Location – Jodhpur, Attraction – Camel tattoo show and Polo, Date –October

Shekhawati : Location – Nawalgarh, Festival – Cultural Wealth and Economical Growth of Shekhawati. Date – 10th – 11th February every year.

Bundi Festival : Location – Bundi, Date – Last of November

Sufi Music Festival : Location – Mehrangarh Fort – Jodhpur, Last of February. "Padharo Mhare Des"