Wednesday, 19 September 2012



Today in India we are celebrating the birth of Ganpati or Ganesh, the elephant headed child of Shiva and Parvati. Sometimes known also as Lord Vinayaka, Ganpatiji, Vinayakar and Ganeshji, this God is the darling of the masses. Ganesh Chaturthi brings people of all religion, caste and creed together. Ganesh chaturthi is celebrated with great devotion all over India

People bring home murtis of Lord Ganesha and celebrate the festival by worshiping the Lord in a special way for a day and a half, 5 days, 7 days or 11 days depending on the family tradition and commitment of each individual.

On the last day of worship the idol is taken out in a colourful and musical procession to be immersed traditionally at a beach.

This is one of the most popular festivals in the Country. There are several reasons for this. Ganpati is after all a popular God. His blessings are invoked at most religious ceremonies as He is the one who can remove all obstacles to success. He is the giver of fortune and can help to avoid natural calamities.

Ganpati, the god of wisdom and the benevolent deity, Ganpati is the herald of auspicious beginnings and is the beloved deity of all.

Saturday, 15 September 2012

International Sufi Festival, Ajmer

"Travel brings power and love back into your life." 
 Rumi Jalalud-Din -
Interested in Sufism and all things Sufi? Most travelers to India are less aware of the rich Sufi Tradition here, but both Hindu and Muslims revere the Sufi saints equally in India and visitors of all faiths are welcome at the shrine of a Sufi saint.
A festival not to be missed and within easy driving distance from Delhi, is the annual Sufi Festival in the Rajasthan city of Ajmer. You can easily add this festival to a tour of Rajasthan that includes Jaipur, Pushkar and Agra, talk to our helpful staff to arrange a personalised itinerary that includes this unique opportunity.

Beginning on the 4th October, 2012 at 4 pm till the 11th October evening, , Ajmer will be hosting the International Sufi Festival, with the aim of capturing positive messages about peace and love that have been around for centuries and recognized in the east and west. These messages are often conveyed through arts and culture. It is a tribute to Hazrath Khwaja Moinuddin Chisty. The main attractions of this concert are authentic quawwalis, Sufiana Kalaam, Naat Sheriff, Raqs-e-rumi, Naghme-e- khurso.
It will highlight the importance of treating all with fairness and respect and envisages bringing to all, more understanding of each others divergence and promote the concept of Universal Brotherhood.

The festival features a bazaar, food samples, art, craft, film, music and poetry encompassing both the traditional and modern around the Sufi theme. Sufi arts, culture and heritage are at the heart of the festival.
It promises to be an entertaining and enchanting week. It will be including workshops for the community. The festival itself will showcase performers, artists, crafts, fashion, poetry from the local area, India and abroad, encompassing both the traditional and modern around the Sufi theme.
If you want to witness this prestigious event, contact us for a full itinerary.

Image credit, New York Times, Rajasthan Tourism Buzz

Monday, 3 September 2012

Romancing Rajasthan - Jodhpur's Folk Festival

If you are planning to visit India this October, there are more than a few reasons to visit the desert town of Jodhpur, not the least the stunning  Mehrangarh Fort. A city of twisting alleys and delightful spices, of Jodhpur pants and antiques, Jodhpur is a town well worth exploring for more than a few days.

Jodhpur is known as the Blue City, because of the blue-painted houses that surround the majestic 500-year-old Mehrangarh Fort, where most of the festival events take place. The fort, one of the largest in India, towers over the town, and the winding, cobbled streets up to its entrance are a tough climb. But it was the ideal venue for the festival, as it has a long history of parties and celebrations, being also a former royal residence. 

But it's the Jodhpur Rajasthan International Folk Festival that will provide you with unforgettable memories of your vacation in India if you time your visit for the brightest full moon of the year. More than  250 Musicians and performing artists from across Rajasthan and around the world will gather together to celebrate their musical heritage and create new sounds through innovative collaborations, for five days in October and you can be there to experience it all in one of the most romantic locations in the world.

Jodhpur RIFF features a series of spectacular concerts and events based in and around the spectacular Mehrangarh Fort and includes performances by master musicians from local Rajasthan communities, sensational headline acts showcased each night on the Main Stage, and cutting-edge global dance grooves that will keep the party going late into the night at Club Mehran. Interactive daytime sessions for visitors, school children and families are staged against the breathtaking backdrop of the Fort.
The Jodhpur RIFF is a joint initiative of the Mehrangarh Museum Trust and the Jaipur Virasat Foundation
WHEN: 26th - 30th October 2012