Celebrate this Makar Sankranti in Rajasthan

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January 14, 2016 6:24 PM

Rajasthan; with its colours, food, history and music; has always been a tourist hub for travellers across the world

Camel FestivalRajasthan; with its colours, food, history and music; has always been a tourist hub for travellers across the world. One can have a unique experience of Makar Sankranti in the state. Makar Sankranti is celebrated to mark the end of the cold winter months and the shift of the sun.

Participate in the kite flying festival

The International Kite Festival which is held at the Jaipur Polo Ground attracts visitors from all over the world. The event, which is divided into two sections – Kite War and Kite Flying session is celebrated with reverence towards the Sun God. In cities such as Jaipur and Udaipur, kites of vivid colours practically blot out the sky. In the evening, illuminated kites – known as Tukals – are flown.

Enjoy the camel ride

The regions which offer experiences of camel safari in the golden desert landscape are Bikaner, Jaisalmer, Osian, Loduvra and Khuri. The experience includes an exploration of some of the most remote places in Rajasthan.

Relish Rajasthani cuisine

An authentic Rajasthani cuisine is inspired from the war-like lifestyle of Rajputs fused with the availability of ingredients in this region. It is known for its spicy curries, and scrumptious sweets such as Malpuas, Ghevar, Mawa Kachories comprising ghee and milk. The most admired and well known among the Rajasthani cuisine is the Dal-Baati and Churma, which is a part of every thali. One can sample delicious Rajasthani cuisine during various festivals and Melas.

Shop for Rajasthani handicrafts and jewellery

Rajasthan is a state of vibrant cultures and exquisite jewellery. Visitors can explore Rajasthani style of jewellery on a trail in the Johri Bazaar in Jaipur which is renowned for its several shops selling gold and silver jewellery. The craftsmen of Rajasthan are known for their high quality enamel work and the creatively crafted kundan work. Bandhani or Bandhej are two textiles that showcases the luxuriant culture of Rajasthan.

Indulge in folk music and dance

The amiable hospitability extended by the locals during the Chokhi Dhani, a festival of traditional folk dances and food is highly recommended.

Experience a bird-eye view of Rajasthan

Popular across the world, Rajasthan has finally made the experience available to Indians. One can enjoy the view of Jaipur, Ranthambore and Pushkar from hot air balloons.

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