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Holi in Jaipur

Holi, the Festival of Colours, is celebrated in the month of Phalgun on a full moon day, according to the lunar calendar and usually falls in the month of March. Phalgun is the month of spring in India. This year the festival of colors will be celebrated on March07 and 08, 2012. Holi is thus celebrated to mark the end of winter chill and the onset of summer. At this time, nature itself is also in full bloom; the flowers of India present a sight to behold. 

Traditionally, vegetable dyes have been used for colour, both dry and wet. Called Gulal and Abeer, the dry color is applied directly while wet colour is mixed in buckets full of water, in which friends are dunked. Accompanied by the sound of ‘Dhol’ (an Indian percussion instrument) and plenty of singing and dancing, Holi is the festival of merrymaking.

What is a festival without celebratory food? Holi also has certain special sweet and savoury dishes associated with it. Gujiya, Mathri and Papri is made especially for the occasion. Traditionally, consumption of intoxicating bhang is associated with the festival of Holi. Bhang can be consumed in the form of Thandai, a sweet drink or mixed inside the eatables. It is so much fun to watch the otherwise sober people making a clown of themselves in public.


Holi is also considered to be the day of friendship, when in keeping with the spirit of the day, people forget petty enmities and renew their friendship.

In Jaipur, Holi is the day for Elephant Festival on March07, involving elephant sports and noisy parades, music, folk theatre and dance performances…. The next day, mobs of people flood the streets, playing cymbals and singing songs. The merrymaking and riot of colors goes on till early afternoon. After some rest and cleaning up, evening is again the time to catch up with friends or to enjoy a performance.

You can also be a part of, and enjoy the galore of this colorful festival at Hotel Arya Niwas, Jaipur. Every Year a fabulous arrangement of the holi celebration is made at the hotel’s front garden premises. The rainbow of colors, streaking radiantly happy faces dancing people and a huge variety of festival cuisines are offered to experience on this fun filled day. Here we invite Rajasthani folk musicians and dancers, who encourage our guests to dance with them and enjoy!

Venturing on streets for longer time or alone might greet you with over-friendly people, so refrain from it.

And, Let the spirit of revelry overtake you when you visit Jaipur this spring and have a colorful time of your life with Arya Niwas Hotels. Embark on a beautiful Journey of Jaipur during Holi  and make the unforgettable memories! For Booking, Reservations and special tours to Rajasthan log on to, Send us mail to  or call us at +91 (141) 4073450,  +91 (141) 4073400, +91 (141) 2372456


Jaisalmer Desert Festival – 2012!

The Desert Festival or the Jaisalmer Desert Festival as it is more popularly known, is an annual event organized every year in February at the beautiful desert city with the Golden Fortress of Jaisalmer – Rajasthan, India. The dates of Jaisalmer Desert festival-2012 are from February05, to 07, 2012. This three days’ Desert festival and cultural extravaganza showcases the rich and colorful heritage of Rajasthan and its folk culture. During the Jaisalmer Desert Festival, the folk artists from around Rajasthan sing and dance eloquently to the triumphs and the tragedies of this land steeped in history. Along with this, a number of competitions are held in the festival like the turban tying competition, longest moustaches competition, etc. Even the camels take part in a number of events, including camel polo and camel dance. Not only the Jaisalmer fort but the whole Jaisalmer city brims with excitement during the Desert Festival.  Following is the detailed programme schedule of Jaisalmer Desert Festival-2012

Date and Time Programme Venue
07.00 a.m. Mangal Aarti withSunrise ShriLaxminathTempleFort
10.30 to 11.00 a.m. Shobha Yatra (Ceremonial Procession) GadsisarLaketo Shahid
11.30 a.m. Inauguration of Desert Festival – 2012 Poonam Singh Stadium
02.30 pm Turban Tying Competition(Indians) Shahid Poonam
Turban Tying Competition(foreigners) Singh Stadium
Momal Mahendra Competition -do-
Moustache Competition -do-
Miss Moomal Competition -do-
Mr. Desert Competition -do-
07.30 p.m. Cultural Programme of Folk Music -do-
09.30 p.m. Dance and Fire work Display -do-
09.30 a.m. to Camel Decoration Competition Dedansar Stadium
01.00 p.m. Shan-e-marudhara Competition -do-
Tug of War CompetitionIndian v/s foreigners (Men) -do-
Tug of War CompetitionIndian v/s foreigners (Women) -do-
Camel polo Match -do-
Panihari Matka Race CompetitionIndian and foreigners (Women) -do-
Kabaddi Match -do-
04.30 p.m. to06.00 p.m. Camel Tattoo Show by BSF -do-Shahid Poonam Singh Stadium
07.30 p.m. to Cultural Programme of Folk Shahid Poonam
09.30 p.m. Music & Dance and Fire work Display Singh Stadium
10.00 a.m. to Showcasing of Village Life Kuldhara Deserted Village
12.00 noon Sam Sand Dunes
04.30 to 5.00 Camel Race -do-
05.00 p.m. Kite Flying Show -do-
06.00 to 8.30 p.m. Cultural Programme of Folk Music & Dance and Fire Work Display -do-


To participate in and witness the colorful Desert festival  and to experience the most beautiful  moments of your life, just plan your  vacations to Jaisalmer and rediscover the city and its events with Tours 2 Rajasthan. For special tours to Rajasthan log on to, Send us mail to  or call us at +91 (141) 4073450, +91 (141) 4073400,  +91 (141) 2372456

14th Vintage and Classic Car Rally in Jaipur

Imagine the sight when a 1923 Austin Chummy would drive bumper to bumper with a Mustang and 80 classic cars race down one after another!!

Here’s the News!

Rajasthan Tourism in association with Rajputana Automotive Sports Car Club, Jaipur together once again brings you the 14th Vintage and Classic Car Rally in the princely city, Jaipur.

The Jaipur Vintage Car Rally is increasingly becoming popular among the car owners who have a flair for adventure. The Jaipur Vintage Car Rally occurs annually in the month of January or February and this year it is scheduled for February04 and 05, 2012. What is to be seen here is the congregation of old model cars of the yesteryears pompously walking the road ramp in style and pride. Some of the most popular vintage car models that come to participate in this annual event are the Humber of 1903, the Fiat 501 of the year 1923, the Mercedes Benz 170V of 1936, the Morris 8 of 1938, the 1923Austin and the Erskine of 1923. 

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The Jaipur Vintage Car Rally is a matter of prestige for all the vintage car owners and the participants. The good thing about the cars is that they are still in a very usable condition and it is always a treat to go in for a drive in such cars as it offers you with a dignity and adds a charm to your appearance.

Spectator the 14th annual Vintage and Classic Car Rajjy at Jal Mahal Palace that aims to admire the classic vehicles and educate the young generation about the evolution of the automobile industry.

To experience the royal sight of these vintage cars one after another and the most beautiful  moments of your life, just plan your  vacations to Jaipur and rediscover the Royal city and its events with Arya Niwas Hotels. For special tours to Rajasthan log on to, Send us mail to  or call us at +91 (141) 4073450, +91 (141) 4073400,  +91 (141) 2372456

Jaipur Literature Festival!

From January 20-24, 2012 literature lovers from all over the world, including some very known names will be flocking to the Pink City to drink in the ambience at the five-day long extravaganza which will play host to over 200 speakers from across the globe. They will debate, discuss and read from their works at the Diggi Palace, Jaipur.

This event is one of the largest literary festivals in Asia that drew 7,000 patrons over five days in 2008, ballooned to 60,000 last year and organizers are expecting thousands more this year. And this time, you will see writers such as Michael Ondaatje, Fatima Bhutto, Ben Okri and David Remnick here. Oh yes, Salman Rushdie’s attendance is still a mystery! Perhaps, we can see Oprah Winfrey at the do.

The festival remains, as it started, open and free for everyone. But in an effort to streamline entry, for the first time organizers have asked people to register online before the festival this year, to enhance the safety.

The Jaipur Literature Festival will also host four musical evenings for the music enthusiasts. The musical four nights will have the touch of Rajasthani,  Pop, Sabri Bothers, Sufism, Band and Sahrang, with world wide artists performing in it. These musical evenings at Jaipur Literature Festival are no less than any classy ones. So don’t think of giving them a miss! 

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Nevertheless, Arya Niwas Group of hotels will be at its best hospitality to welcome all the esteemed patrons of Jaipur Literature Festival.

If you love art and literature and wish to attend the Jaipur Literature Festival, just plan your  vacations to Jaipur and rediscover the art and literature in this  Royal Pink City with Arya Niwas Hotels. For special tours to Rajasthan log on to, Send us mail to  or call us at +91 (141) 4073450, +91 (141) 4073400, +91 (141) 2372456

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