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5 mind blowing Festivals of Rajasthan

 

The glorious land of kings, Rajasthan boasts of its rich heritage, culture, and scenic splendors. This treasure of history and art is equally and undeniable eminent for the colorfuly traditional festivals that are celebrated throughout the year. These festivals are a mix of ethnicity, culture and heritage.

The real flavours of the state can be savoured if visited during the festive season.

Bikaner Camel Festival

One of the most prominent festivals of Rajasthan is the Camel festival in Bikaner. It is celebrated to recognise and acknowledge of Camel, the ship of the desert. The festival is celebrated every year in the month of January with a grand opening, and a huge crowd to put the cherry at the top. It is celebrated at the Junagarh Fort and includes Camel contests, puppet shows, camel dance competitions, tug-of-wars and many more.  While all the activities are very enjoyable, the highlight of the festival is the colourful Camel Dance show in which the trained camels twirl in sync with the drumbeats and music played for them. It is an unforgettable experience.

Desert Festival

The golden city of Rajasthan – Jaisalmer celebrates the Desert Festival annually in the months of January or February.The celebration carries for a duration of three days and is concluded on the day of the full moon, known as Purnima. It is one of the eminent festivals to showcase the rich folk culture of the state in the most magnificent manner. The Festival is a inordinate extravaganza with many activities and contests such as turban tying competition, entertaining puppet shows, folk dance competition,longest moustaches competition, and renowned musicians participate in various folk musical recitals.

Camels, being the main centre of attraction of almost all the festivals in Rajasthan, again play a major role in the Desert Festival.  These activities include camel polo, camel dance and some other contests. An end is marked to the festival with a  captivating sound and light show amidst the sand dunes on a moonlit night.

Gangaur Festival

Rajasthan boasts of its rich heritage, culture, and scenic splendors. And the same is reflected in sparkling lakes & dessert, vibrant markets, and mesmerising palaces & forts of Rajasthan. Undeniably, equally popular are the numerous colorful and traditional festivals of Rajasthan. Some reflect ethnicity, some heritage, and some are purely cultural events.

Although celebrated throughout Rajasthan with great enthusiasm, the celebrations in Jaipur and Udaipur have their own charm and attraction.This festival is also celebrated with great pomp and show in Bikaner, Jodhpur, Nathdwara and Jaisalmer.

Pushkar Fair

The famed Pushkar fair is one of the world’s largest camel fairs. The fair continues for five days every year in the holy city of Rajasthan – Pushkarbetween the months of October and November. It is celebrated at the banks of Pushkar Lake. Pushkar Fair is one of the main tourist attractions of India and many travelers participate in this fair also known as PushkarMela with great enthusiasm. At thefair, thousand of devotees throng the lake around KartikPurnima and wash away their sins by taking a holy dip into the river.

Some of the main attractions of the fair include Parade & beauty contests of well-decorated camels, hot-air balloon ride, moustache competition, and handicraft bazaar.

Marwar Festival

The MarwarFestival is celebrated in the Sun City – Jodhpur, Rajasthan. A two days long event, it takes place in the Hindu month of Ashwin (September-October), during the full moon of SharadPoornima. The Marwar Festival of Jodhpur is mainly dedicated to the folk heroes of Rajasthan. Also known as the Maand Festival, it revolves around the lifestyle of the rulers of Rajasthan.

The main attraction of this festival is the folk music centered on the romantic lifestyle of Rajasthan’s rulers. The music and dance of the Marwar region is the main theme of this festival. The folk dancers and singers assemble at the festival and provide lively entertainment. These folk artists give others a peek into the days of yore, of battles and of the heroes who still live on through their songs.

 

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Top 7 Leading Heritage Destinations in India

 

True essence of the word “heritage” lies in the originality, uniqueness and exclusivity within a destination – embarking an era of wealthy cultures, traditions and customs. Such is the vast and progressive yet mystic country of India. A huge number of spiritual leaders, mentors and founders of a majority of religions in the world have initially been established in various regions of this country, which makes it the root of all religions.

Grab your gusto to scrutinize and explore the architectural monuments, ancient relics and antique streets & roads – reviving the true beauty of this country.

Taj Mahal

Location: Agra, India (Prominent landmark in the Golden Triangle Tour).

Entry Fee Structure:

  • Foreigners – 750 INR
  • Citizens of SAARC and BIMSTEC Countries – 510 INR
  • Indian – 20 INR (Free entry for children below the age of 15 years)

    Red Fort

Location: Netaji Subhash Marg, Chandni Chowk, New Delhi.

Entry Fee Structure:

  • Adults – 80 INR
  • Children – 30 INR

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Hence, the above encompass only a few leading heritage destinations of India – the country is a polestar of extended historical monuments, sights and ruins that mesmerize you in amusement. So, don’t miss a chance to explore!

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Why One Should Visit Delhi ?

When you are traveling to India, you have many travel stories around it. Spirit Bohemian is a travel website which features the uncut Indian travel stories.​ The idea is to help the travelers with Indian itineraries and be a holiday organiser for the most popular tours for India.

“Delhi is the symbol of old India and new? Even the stones here whisper to our ears of the ages of long ago and the air we breathe is full of the dust and fragrances of the past, as also of the fresh and piercing winds of the present” – Jawahar Lal Nehru

In the series of India Travel Stories, the following is compiled around the capital city of New Delhi, highlighting why one should visit Delhi.

Historical Importance

The city has its historical importance for the fact that it has been the home to Mugal Empire. Delhi, as described by the famous poet Mirza Galib, is “The world is body and Delhi its soul”. The history speaks the importance and contribution of Delhi in many ways. Delhi has the most beautiful history among other prominent cities in India. Study from the Archaeological Survey of India states that Delhi was the capital of seven empires in Indian history and has over 60, 0000 recognized monuments built over several millennia. Delhi has got historic masterpieces like the Red Fort, Qutab Minar, Jama Masjid and many more.

Shopping

Delhi is a Shoppers’ (Bargainers’) final destination! Chandni Chowk, Sarojini Market, Connaught Place and an endless list is a perfect paradise for mallrats and shopaholics. Be it electronics, clothes, jewellery, name it and you have the best of it.
The shopping paradise has a huge list of places, with every price range with anything you ask for.

Food

Delhi is the celestial city for greedy guts. The range of food available in Delhi is simply astounding, from Pizzas and Pastas to traditional Indian dishes, from street food to ambient restaurants, we have it all.`
Delhi is one of India’s most multifaceted cities, with the downtown swish restaurants serving as a stark contrast to the old city’s medieval-flavored bazaars. From Chandani Chowk to Rajouri Garden, we have it all.

People

Delhi-ites are very modern and also open to embracing all the new customs and transforms. They have deep roots and a love for their culture. People of varied caste, creed and of course culture live here with serene and harmony. This shows the “Unity in Diversity” among the people of Delhi. Delhi is one place which openly accepts and has people from all over the country, from Kashmir to Kanyakumari.
The diversity in the culture of the city can be seen in festival season where people from varied religion come together for a common cause. We celebrate our festivals and life together with a rare chance of clashes. We celebrate life with ecstasy and that is why Delhi has been most proudly abbreviated as “Dilwalon Ki Delhi.” And of course, there is no deny in the fact that the people who are here usually very open-hearted and lively.

Culture

Delhi is a melting pot—a city of cities steeped in traditions, heritage, faith, and history, yet modern and contemporary.It has got a beautiful culture, we celebrate almost every festival, be it Holi, Diwali, Eid, Durga puja, lohri, everything. It’s like all the the roots from different states have entwined to form the capital of the country, Delhi.

​We hope you are excited to visit Delhi and experience the charm and hustle of India, which is beautiful in its own way.​ And if you are eager to know details and looking for an Online Trip Planner or an India Travel Guide, feel free to connect with us. You can send in an email to plan@spiritbohemian.com

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EXPERIENCE RAJASTHAN IN MONSOON

Here are the 5 ways to make your monsoon trip to Rajasthan special:

 

 

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Jaipur Gateways

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Udaipur – ‘Venice of the East’

Udaipur

 

Festivals of Bikaner

Camel Festival In Rajasthan Itinerary

 

Udaipur Mount Abu

Moutn-Abu- Rajasthan Itinerary

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Tour de India – with Spirit Bohemian

India travel itineraries are simple to do but very complicated when our travelers ask us where to go in India when they are planning for a 2week or 2-month vacation in India.

What do they ask us most about as their India Trip Planners?

They are keen to explore the culture of India, they want to unravel the deep mysteries of India, many of them are also interested in the spiritual tourism in India. The food & cuisines, the hills of India, the religious beliefs and stories that have reached across the world and the glorious heritage of Rajasthan are other reasons which we intend to cover most as the India trip Planners.

The rural India travel itineraries offer some of the most exotic sceneries, experiences and mystic stories from India and then there is urban adventures which offer an absolute fusion of ancient vs modern India. The cities of India are totally drool-worthy and offer so many options to explore that allows a traveler to spent months in a single city. Many entrepreneurs, writers, explorers from the world over prefer to spend months in a city and keep exploring the rural sites from there itself. It is like exploring India as a foreign expat who is staying in India and still wants to feel it like a bohemian explorer.

The above is the reason we as holiday organizers for the foreign and non-resident tourists in India, believe in offering customized Indian Itineraries as per your purpose, duration and budgets.

Spectacular Monuments & Heritage of India

One of the most loved circle of India travel circuit is a combination of unbelievably beautiful, rich in heritage and ostentatiously glorious the Golden Triangle of India. Beginning from the capital city of Delhi, Agra, home of the wondrous Taj Mahal and bringing it to the cultural, colorful, dusty with few of the most beautiful & serene desert scenery to the stony medieval forts and palaces of the crowning beauty of Rajasthan.

The royal state offers some the best luxury experiences of India with the most spectacular hospitality in the world. If you are planning a short travel to India and love to see and capture the colors of history, heritage and hospitality, reach us for city guides and itineraries for Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Alwar, Bharatpur and Bundi. Some of the best festivals of Gujarat like Uttarayan, Rann of Kuchh etc can be included in the itineraries depending on the time when you visit India.

Must visit Spiritual Destinations of India

India is a religious country which epitomizes faith & belief in the power of Almighty like no one else. Our travel story contributors have talked about the most bustling & mystic experiences from India, the intensity of these cities have a lot to offer in the bustling internet age. Travelers who are exploring India with the intent to find peace can reach us for specialized spiritual itineraries. We offer the best laid packages for the Hindu city of Varanasi also popular as Benares in the international circles. Further east, is the capital city of British era Kolkata which is most preferred destination for the Durga Pujo celebrations among the foreign tourists. Amritsar’s Golden Temple, and some of the best architectural sites of the world can be found in Southern itineraries for Kerala, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh etc.

Hills of India

 

The green and white snow hugging ridges of Shivalik range, cutting through the beautiful Pir Panjal and Dhauladhar ranges in the northwest and beautifully dominated by the great Himalayas in the north and east Himachal Pradesh is India’s most popular and easily accessible hill estate. Serenity, greenery and rivers cutting and crashing naturally from the Himalayas, Himachal Pradesh is worth every trip – be it a family trip, a group of trek lovers or an author looking for solace from the urban adventures.

Kullu-Manali, Leh Highway, Kinnaur, Chamba, Dharamshala are some of the most scenic locations. We have some of the most exciting trek stories from gang of friends to solo travelers which are coming from Himalayas. You can check out the popular itineraries here.

Another popular location which is a combination of Hills & Spiritual destinations is Uttarakhand. The mesmerizing hills offer a number of green valley’s cutting in between the hills of Uttarakhand, formerly known as Uttaranchal. Often referred to as the ‘Devbhumi’ (literally “Lands of the Gods”) dure to many Hindu temples spread among the natural beauty of Himalyas, the Bhabhar and Terai zone.

Some of the most famous hill stations in India are in Uttarakhand, which includes: Mussoorie, Nainital, Dhanaulti, Lansdowne, Pauri, Sattal, Almora, Kausani, Bhimtal, and Ranikhet etc. One of the another favorite among travelers is the Jim Corbett National Park.

For spiritual tourism, the state offers holiest shrines covering Gangoti and Yamunotri and also Badrinath and Kedarnath – the pilgrim destinations dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva.

The above are few of the reasons why India should be your next travel destination. From spirituality to adventure, to nature to vibrant cultures, from mystic stories to distinct cuisines, India certainly has a lot to offer to the tourists & travelers of the world. You can check out the Popular itineraries available with us.

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Rajasthan Itinerary-Plan a Family Tour to Udaipur and Jaipur

Rajasthan is one state that defines what India is all about. Culture, food, festivals, traditions, warmth, shopping. I don’t think there could be a state that could define India in a better way. From little kids running after your camel to the grandeur of large Palaces, and from large forts in Udaipur / Jaipur to the only Brahma temple in the world, you have everything in Rajasthan.

It was papa’s 50th birthday this time, so how could it just be left onto a dinner at night? We decided on a road trip to Rajasthan, covering Jaipur, Udaipur and Pushkar.

We had our stay at Lohagarh Fort in Jaipur, so after a 5 hour drive from Delhi to Jaipur we knew we could relax ( and an additional thirty minute span for probably searching the resort which was deep through dark pathways and streets). It was a huge resort, spread over a really vast land, something that made Jaipur feel even more beautiful. Inside the hotel, was a shooting going on for one of Raw Stars singer.

I saw only around 50 cuts of the very same scene where he was trying to stop the girl he loved under heavy rain(on a bridge), and while she left him alone, one of his other (girl)friends would come and console him. It was an experience somehow.

We had a delicious plate of Paneer and Dal Makhani and went off to sleep in our cozy beds. The next morning,

I spotted so many rabbits, ducks, doggies roaming around their area. I even photographed them with every possible angle ( I know I talk too much about animals).

We had breakfast ( I hate having breakfast while traveling) after which we had to leave for Udaipur.

When we left, we saw some beautiful nazare (scenes), just a kilometre ahead of the resort, we saw buffaloes having their morning bath in a little family jacuzzi. On your way to Udaipur, you’d spot not less that 200 cows / buffaloes obstructing your way. They’d sit in the middle of the roads like it’s their kingdom.

Anyway, we reached Inder Residency, Udaipur somewhere around the evening after having a hefty lunch. We tried exploring the night market at Udaipur but sadly, only a few shops were open ( we still managed to shop a lot, A LOT).

On our way back to the hotel,

we stopped by a Rajasthani restaurant, Gordhan Thal and had some traditional food in a huge Thali after which they even washed our hands with a ‘lota’ (they actually gave us real royal feels in just Rs 250 per thali which had enough food to feed you for an entire day).

After wishing, gifting and photography sessions we turned up to the City Palace. What a huge architectural beauty it was! It has great royal stories attached to it.Sheesh Mahal, Mor Chowk, Rang Bhawan, Manak Mahal, Krishna Vilas, Jagdish mandir, Fateprakash Palace, Durbar hall, Bhim Vilas all of these places in the palace have some beautiful history which could excite you. Taking along a guide or the manual audio guide would be preferable to know better about the palace. I’ll let the pictures speak the rest.

We even took a boat to Jagmandir, taking us through various appealing places near the lake. We even crossed the Taj Lake Palace, the most expensive hotel along with the Rambagh Palace, Jaipur. It is built in the middle of the lake, and belongs to the Mewar dynasty of Udaipur. We clicked many photos and went off to the Vintage Car Collection — Garden Hotel for our Lunch (not even as fascinating as the name suggests but okay). You could also get in and see some vintage cars after giving a sum of money not as worth it ( That’s what I think). The restaurant was fluffed with people for the delicious Thali it offered with the mix of Gujarati and Rajasthani food.

We returned back after the amazing time spent at the Palace and cut Papa’s golden chocolate birthday cake. The hotel threw a rain dance party for the long weekend rush which was just an icing on the cake.

Yet another evening passed into loads of shopping, Bandhni is a type of cloth famous in Rajasthan which is always of course a good gift too!

You could also buy amazing handcrafted bags and accessories (I loved the elephant designs personally). We had a pleasing dinner yet again and the day ended.

It was now time to turn to Pushkar, the land of the famous Camel festival. As soon as we reached we had lunch and decided to leave for Ajmer Sharif Dargah but due to certain road blocks, we had to return. ‘Pushkar resort’ was our stay for the last night in Jaipur. It was huge enough for us to walk the evening away.

We had only a few hours left in hand on the Monday morning of 15 th August! All five of us went on a camel ride to the Brahma temple
( the only brahma temple in the world). It felt so nice to go there through the village. Little kids would run after our camel and all through the way, there would be people waving at you. We did our worships, sought our blessings and after a very pleasant time through the village farms, pushkar market and the Brahma temple, we returned.

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Holiday Destinations in India for Summers

Have you been stressed recently, do you want some time for yourself? Are you waiting for a change, for calmness? Here’s what you can gift yourself this summer. A beautiful trip across the best of North India. Spirit Bohemian brings you a list of all these beautiful places you can visit in the span of 6 weeks. These places are:

  1. UTTARAKHAND

Uttarakhand is a land of sublime natural beauty and serene spirituality. Uttarakhand provides everything that a tourist needs from vast geographical beauty to sheer calmness. A tourist who loves heights and is keen enough to explore these places then Uttarakhand is a place you must visit. There are many beautiful places to visit in Uttarakhand as well as many things to do in those places.

  • NAINITAL

Nainital is a must visit place in Uttarakhand as it provides its tourist with beautiful lakes, exotic scenery , temples and many more things which will excite the tourist. A sense of calmness in the air of Nainital engages a person to have a peace of mind. Also having majestic view of nature on all sides gives a lot to explore for the tourist. Shopping in the Mall Road is a must for every person visiting Nainital. Many engaging events like trekking on the Kumaon Hills yachting in the lake, horse riding and camping helps a tourist to have fun while exploring.

  • ALMORA

Almora is famous for its rich cultural heritage, unique handicraft, cuisines and also for its natural beauty. Almora is one of the best offbeat places to visit in the summers’ to escape the heat. This place doesn’t have a large number of people in it which makes it a calm. Tourists can do many adventure activities here like Rock climbing, Burma Bridge, Spider Web and many more which tests there strength and endurance. The natural beauty of this place brings peace in the eyes of any tourist, hiking is a must for all those who love mountains. Shopping for handicraft products in this place is also recommended as it offers a vast variety of such products.

  • BINSAR

Binsar is one place you should visit if you are a wildlife enthusiast as it has a lot of flora and fauna to offer you. It is a small town having very less population, making it a place everyone must visit for a break from their hectic lives. Binsar is famous for its wildlife Sanctuary which holds rare animals, birds and flower species. It holds a vast variety of natural beauty and is the best place for adventurous hiking, camping and natural walks. Safaris and sightseeing are also recommended for every tourist.

  1. HIMACHAL PRADESH

The land of snows’, the meaning, is adequate to give you an idea of what to expect here. Himachal Pradesh is located in the western Himalayas. Surrounded by majestic mountains, out of which some still challenge mankind to conquer them, the beauty of the land is beyond imagination. Simla, one of the most captivating hill stations, is the capital of the state.

  • MANALI

Manali has become one of the most visited tourist destinations in India. Manali is a majestic place covered in woody forests and beautiful hills. The pristine River Beas flows right through the town, creating a enthral and spellbinding landscape. Nestled at one end of the Kullu Valley, Manali is a popular hill station with attractions such as the Rohtang Pass and Solang Valley nearby. This is the ideal place for tourists looking to unwind and rejuvenate in the lap of nature, for there is no place in the country more vibrant and charming as Manali.

  • SHIMLA

The enchanting beauty of Shimla made British declare the land as their summer capital. The colonial influence is still evident in the city. The hill station offers spectacular views of the snow-capped Himalayan ranges.Shimla has been blessed with all the natural bounties which one can think of. It has got a scenic location, it is surrounded by green hills with snow capped peaks. The spectacular cool hills accompanied by the structures made during the colonial era creates an aura which is very different from other hill.

  • DALHOUSIE

Dalhousie is a perfect place where one can relax, retreat himself physically and mentally.Not only does this place give your eyes a lot of pollution less beauty and scenic wonders but also gives you a feel of Scottish and Victorian architecture in its buildings and churches.Dalhousie’s natural beauty, refreshing air, sunshine and nature’s blessed surroundings add charm to its treks and walks over the dense forests. The thick forest cover the city like a green coloured carpet.

  1. JAMMU AND KASHMIR

Jammu and Kashmir is a place full of natural beauty and great flora. It is the northern most state of India having nature’s best which make it a place of interest for many travel enthusiasts. This place has a lot of mountains for trekking and camping. This state also offers numerous beautiful places to the outside travellers. These places are:

  • LADAKH

Ladakh is an amazing place to be in the summers. Ladakh must be on every travellers bucket list as it provides an amazing sight with its towering peaks and snow-capped mountains of the Himalayan and Karakoram Range. Having rapidly flowing rivers carrying the water from glaciers and showing the ideal beauty of nature helps in bringing peace and calmness to a tourists mind. Ladakh is full of adventurous activities like trekking on snow-capped mountains and boating on the clean lakes of Ladakh. Ladakh is truly a heaven on Earth.

  • SRINAGAR

Srinagar is the most beautiful place to be in Jammu & Kashmir. It has many enchanting places which attracts a lot of tourists from all over the world. This place is a must visit for someone who loves hill stations which are surrounded by tranquil beauty.  It consists of evergreen beauty, fascinating sky scraping mountains and valleys. The most popular lake in India that is the Dal Lake which is very beautiful is situated in Srinagar. It offers many places to visit such as Mughal Garden, NishatBagh, Shalimar Bagh and many more. Tourists can also experience activities like riding Shikaras over the Dal Lake and also living in boat houses.

  • GULMARG

Famously known as the ‘Meadow of Flowers’, Gulmarg is a treat to the eyes with its spread of vibrant flowers against snow capped mountains as backgrounds. The place is packed with adventures like mountain biking, skiing and trekking.Gulmarg’s most famous attraction is the Gondola Cable ride. Enjoy the magnificence of the valley suspended in air. In addition, the Gulmarg Ski Resort at over 8,600 feet offers smooth slopes to both amateurs and skiing professionals. If you like golf, then play in cool temperatures at the world’s highest 18-hole course.

Spirit Bohemian has added all Features Depending on the number of days you have to explore the city, we have chalked out some itineraries for you. This will help you organize your trip and ensure that you do not miss out on the more important aspects of sightseeing, shopping and entertainment. On your arrival in Delhi, look for a hotel which is in consonance with your budget and requirements, and check in to explore the Incredible City.

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