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FAIRS & FESTIVALS
Pushkar Fair ................................................................................3 Desert Festival.............................................................................4 Hemis Tsechu Festival ...............................................................5 Thrissur Pooram Festival...........................................................6 Nehru Trophy Boat Race ...........................................................7 Elephant Festival ........................................................................8

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PUSHKAR Fair
17 – 24 November 2007 Pushkar, Rajasthan (09 – 13 November 2008)
Asia’s largest camel fair, held annually at Pushkar during the months of October – November, has put it on the international tourist map. Tourists from around the globe come to see the ancient town of Pushkar, which is transformed into a spectacular fair ground. During this week long fair, camels are bought, sold, beautified, raced and paraded. Being attended predominantly by villagers and tribal folk, Pushkar becomes a showcase for Rajasthan. Traditional artifacts, jewelry (mainly silver), beautiful tie-n-dye fabrics and leather goods, are all available here in the numerous stalls that dot the entire town. The evenings have their own charm, filled with soulful ballads, performances of some of the most captivating Rajasthani dances, puppet shows and plays; entertainment abounds. All this is accompanied by sumptuous local delicacies. Once the trading is complete, at the end of the fair, numerous camel, horse and bullock-cart races are held, which are great crowd pullers. On the day of Kartik Purnima, devotees offer prayers at the Brahma temple (only one of its kind) and take a dip in the Pushkar Lake to cleanse themselves of all their sins. The fair is worth a visit because it provides a succinct view of the peoples of this area and their culture. Distances: Jaipur: 138 Kms; Delhi 392 Kms; Ahmedabad: 526 Kms; Jaisalmer: 490 Kms; Bikaner: 233 Kms. 898, Udyog Vihar, Phase – I, Gurgaon - 122 016, HARYANA P: +91 124 421 7800; F: +91 124 421 7849 Email: info@eastbound.in ; W: www.eastbound.in

DESERT Festival
19 -21 February 2008 Jaisalmer, Rajasthan Once a year during winters, the sands around Jaisalmer come alive with the vibrant colours, music and laughter of the Desert Festival. Dressed in brilliantly hued costumes, the people of the desert, dance and sing haunting ballads of love, valour and tragedy. The Jaisalmer Fort, made of yellow sandstone, provides an ethereal backdrop. This fair celebrates the traditional performing arts and creative crafts of Rajasthan. Snake charmers, puppeteers, acrobats, and folk performers are to be found all over. Exquisitely embroidered skirts, hand-woven shawls, rugs, carvings on wood and stone, camel decorations, embroidered leather bags, ethnic silver jewelry and terracotta are brought here from all over Rajasthan are on sale. From folk dances to competitions, especially the turban-tying and Mr. Desert (which is focused around the length of moustaches) attract many people and laughter. Evenings are meant for the main shows. Vibrating desert drums can be heard for miles around. Each year though the basic design remains the same, a few new events are added. Some of the most memorable and spectacular shows of the past include the pageant, “Blood, Blades & Romance”, recreating the legendary history of this region; The camel tattoo performed by the Border Security Force and the pulsating folk ensemble of a hundred musicians. Inspired by the Salzburg festival, the aim of the Desert festival is to promote the enigmatic Thar desert in all it facets. Distances: Delhi 866Kms ; Jaipur 605Kms ; Jodhpur 295Kms ; Bikaner 326Kms.

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HEMIS TSECHU Festival
12 – 13 July 2008 Hemis, Leh (01 – 02 July 2009) The 10th day (Tses- Chu) of the Tibetan lunar month is celebrated as the birthday of Padmasambhava, the founder of Tibetan Buddhism. The Hemis Monastery celebrates this event in the form of a two day festival. Its resident Lamas perform sacred masked dances. Masks worn by the lamas represent various guardian divinities of the Dugpa order, of which Hemis is the leading establishment in Ladakh. The Hemis dances are a re-enactment of the magical feats of Padmasambhava, in his services to the cause of Buddhism in his eight different manifestations. The festival takes an auspicious turn every 12 years in the Tibetan Year of the Monkey, when the two-storey high Thankga (intricate scroll painting) depicting Padmasambhava is displayed. This famous Thankga is richly embroidered with pearls and semi-precious stones. As the Hemis festival is held during the peak summer season it attracts the largest number of people from within and outside Ladakh. Distances: Leh 40Kms.

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THRISSUR POORAM Festival
13 May 2008 Trichur, Kerala

Thrissur Pooram, known as 'the festival of festivals' is the most colourful and spectacular event in Kerala. Spectators from all over throng the Thekkinkadu grounds for the festival. This mammoth Pooram festival is held in the Malayalam month of Medam (April-May). Introduced during the reign of Sakthan Thampuran (1775-1790), the King of erstwhile kingdom of Kochi, the Pooram is a display of strength by the two groups representing the main geographic divisions of Thrissur, Paramekkavu and Thiruvambadi. Two teams of fifteen richly caparisoned elephants each line up face to face on the vast grounds. And then `Kudamattam', a competition in the swift and rhythmic changing of brightly coloured and sequined parasols is conducted. The whole event takes place in rhythm to the traditional orchestra 'Pandimelam'. It is an amazing display of co-ordination between man and animal. The amazing colours, the swift movements and the distinctive music, make this an amazing experience. Distances: Cochin 58Kms

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NEHRU TROPHY BOAT RACE
09 August 2007 Alappuzah, Kerala (11 August 2008)
Nehru Trophy Boat Race, the most colourful water sport in Kerala, is conducted at PUNNAMADA LAKE in Alappuzah on the second Saturday of every August. This prestigious cultural event of Kerala has been attracting people from all over the world. Nehru Trophy Boat Race is a festival for the people of Alappuzah, the main attraction of which is the sportive sprits among the participants of the race. The main event consists of a stiff competition between the magnificent snake boats known as 'chundanvallams' for the coveted trophy. These boats stretch about 100 feet in length, with a raised prow, resembling the raised hood of a snake. They are manned by some 100 rowers who row vigorously to the accompaniment of the 'vanchipattu', a musical instrument, which lends support to their physical effort. The race commences with a ceremonial water procession comprising of floats and a variety of craft. The trophy, a present from India’s erstwhile Prime Minister, the late Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru, is a replica of a snake-boat in silver, placed on wooden abacus. Distances: Cochin 85Kms.

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ELEPHANT Festival
03 March 2007 Jaipur, Rajasthan (21 March 2008) The Elephant Festival is an inimitable event held annually in Jaipur. Groomed flawlessly, rows of elephants do a catwalk before an enthralled audience, making this festival an amazing one. The elephants move with poise in pageant, run races, play the regal game of polo, and finally participate in the spring festival of colours - Holi. It is staged one day before Holi. Staged at Jaipur Chaugan Stadium, the elephants put up a variety programme and the arena is brought alive with musicians and dancers. The crowds, which include a sizable presence of foreign and Indian tourists, electrify the atmosphere. The festival starts with an impressive procession of the majestic animals lovingly painted and tastefully attired with glittering ornaments and embroidered velvets. There are deadly and fierce elephant fights. A ceremonial procession is recreated with caparisoned elephants, lancers on horses, chariots, camels, cannons, and palanquins. Elephants are the centre of attraction in the many races and beauty pageants. Finally, the tourists are invited to mount the elephants and play Holi. Participants dance with great vigour and the excitement rising to a crescendo. 898, Udyog Vihar, Phase – I, Gurgaon - 122 016, HARYANA P: +91 124 421 7800; F: +91 124 421 7849 Email: info@eastbound.in ; W: www.eastbound.in


				
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