Posted 06 December 2022
Jaipur, popularly known as the Pink City, is famed for its distinctive festivals and fairs, celebrating its rich history, legacy, and art appreciation. Festivals in Jaipur strengthen ties amongst people of all backgrounds, religions, castes, and creeds. People get ecstatic at the prospect of preserving age-old traditions.
Festival celebrations in Jaipur have encouraged tourism in the state since these merrymaking activities have made Rajasthan's traditions and customs popular worldwide. These festivals have evolved into spectacular celebrations in recent years, becoming the most unmatched attraction for visitors.
Winter festivals in Jaipur are a melting pot, where people from all over the world gather to share, exhibit, and discuss new ideas, experiences, and art.
Jaipur's International Kite Festival is one of the most popular celebrations and attracts visitors worldwide.
The Kite Festival is held on Makar Sankranti or Uttarayan, which celebrates the sun's movement from the Dhanu Rashi (Sagittarius) to the Makara Rashi (Capricorn). It is stated that the sun's northward trip (Uttarayan) emits rays that are beneficial to the human body. Since the human body is constantly exposed to sun rays while kite flying, it is believed that the sun's rays kill most diseases and insanitation.
From morning to evening, you can see people flying kites all over the city, and the blue sky remains dotted with colourful kites, creating the illusion of a rainbow.
The Chaughan Stadium, also known as the Jaipur Polo Ground, hosts the main Kite Festival, which is separated into two sections:
Kite War is neck and neck competition between participants. The contestants' objective is to cut the cord and bring down the kites of their competitors. The winner is decided by who cuts the most number of kites.
Kite Flying Session is a recreational session in which most people participate. Anyone and everyone, from children to adults, can be found participating in the activity.
The Kite Festival lasts three days, after which the prizes are distributed to the winners in the royal premises of Umaid Bhawan Palace.
Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF), dubbed the "biggest literary event on Earth", is a melting pot of ideas. It brings together the world's most renowned writers, humanitarians, politicians, intellectuals, entrepreneurs, and entertainers on a single platform to engage in thoughtful debate and dialogue.
It has metamorphosed into a global literary phenomenon in the last decade, hosting around 1500+ speakers from India and the world.
Usually, Jaipur Literature Festival is organised at Diggi Palace Hotel, with sessions hosted in the Hall of Audience and across the Diggi Palace's grounds. However, unlike previous years, the 2021 edition of the Jaipur Literature Festival will be held virtually.
Nobel Laureates J.M. Coetzee, Orhan Pamuk, and Muhammad Yunus have spoken at the Jaipur Literature Festival, as have Sahitya Akademi winners Girish Karnad, Gulzar, Javed Akhtar, M.T. Vasudevan Nair, the late Mahasweta Devi, and U.R. Ananthamurthy. In addition, the festival has hosted Amartya Sen, Amitabh Bachchan, the late A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, the Dalai Lama, and Oprah Winfrey.
Speakers at the 2021 JLF include Albie Sachs, a renowned lawyer, anti-apartheid activist, scholar, and author; Bibek Debroy, Chairman of the Prime Minister's Economic Advisory Council, and many others.
Jaipur International Film Festival is the world's largest competitive film festival and serves as an essential link in the chain of global film culture. It is organised every year in January in Jaipur, intending to promote new filmmakers. Jaipur International Film Festival also encourages knowledge, information, ideas, and cultural exchange between India and other countries in their social and cultural ethos.
For the 14th Jaipur International Film Festival – JIFF 2022, the first list of nominated films has been released in 10 categories. In this list, 182 films from 52 countries have got a place and 28 judges from 15 countries have selected these films. By far, this is the biggest ever selection of JIFF in the first list.
14th Jaipur International Film Festival – JIFF 2022 will be organised in both offline and online mode.
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City Palace, founded in 1727 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, is Jaipur's most important landmark. Made of sandstone, it is a stunning blend of Rajput, European, and Mughal styles. The City Palace is home to a series of gardens, buildings and courtyards, a temple, and a museum, all of which contribute to its splendid appearance, representing its historical significance and magnificent regal grace.
Hawa Mahal, also known to people as "Palace of Breeze," is a beautiful blend of Hindu Rajput and Islamic Mughal architecture built in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh to allow ladies of the royal household to witness the city's activity and processions. It is a magnificent structure that rises to a staggering five stories. Inside the main palace, a lovely fountain welcomes you, from which you can ascend to the various stories. Inside the Hawa Mahal, there is a small museum housing valuable antiquities and miniature artworks. One can also enjoy the stunning views of the City Palace, Jantar Mantar, and the always-bustling Siredeori Bazar from the top of the palace.
Jantar Mantar is an open-air astronomical observatory in Jaipur erected in the early 1800s and is a UNESCO designated World Heritage Site. It is much ahead of its time, displaying archaic methods of interpreting the stars and skies and boasting a rich history that predates human civilisation. It was erected primarily to satisfy Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II's curiosity about celestial objects and the movement of various bodies in the sky. The Archaeological Sites and Monuments Department of Jaipur maintains Jantar Mantar currently.
What are some of the essential travel tips one should know before visiting Jaipur?
So, if you plan to visit Jaipur this winter, then keep aside a day in your itinerary to visit these fairs and festivals, which are celebrated with great enthusiasm and joy!
Taxis and automobiles are the handiest modes of transportation both within the city and to nearby regions. You can also look for cycle rickshaws to get around the city, which is readily available and considerably less expensive than other kinds of transportation. City buses are operated by Jaipur City Transport Services Limited (JCTSL) under the name JNNURM comprising regular and low-floor buses. Meru, Ola, and other private cabs are also available.