A beautiful city of Rajasthan, Jaipur is popularly known as the Pink City of India for the colour of the stone used in the buildings of this city. One of the most significant cities in the country from the point of tourism, it is a land of great history and natural beauty. Well known for its 3 hill forts, the city was the stronghold of a family of rulers. It has many splendid structures whose view mesmerise travellers with their brilliance. Many local bazaars selling embroidered leather shoes, tie and dye scarves and traditional artefacts is the other factor for which domestic travellers plan Jaipur tours. The place is efficiently connected by all important cities of India, through its wide network of airways, railways and roads.
Among the most-visited sites of this place are the lofty palaces, such as Hawa Mahal, City Palace, Rambagh Palace and Jal Mahal that are all time favourites among Indian and foreign tourists alike.
Besides, the city is acclaimed for its pompous fairs and festivals like the Gangaur Festival, Kite Festival, Teej, Diwali, Elephant Festival and Camel Festival. Travellers who want to enjoy and experience the local culture of this place can plan their trip during the festival season.
Gangaur Festival is one of the most rejoiced festivals not only in Jaipur but the entire state. The etymology of Gangaur is from the word Gan that is synonymous to Lord Shiva and Gaur stands for Gauri or Goddess Parvati. However, the festival is dedicated more to Goddess Parvati as she is respected for strength, power, courage, marital love and excellence. For worship idols of Lord Shiva (Isar) and Gauri are made with clay and beautifully adorned with hand paintings and glass. In some of the Rajput families, wood images are prepared that are painted by people known as Matherans. The festival, celebrated for 18 days, falls in between March and April, and begins a day after Holi.
During this festival, married women worship Goddess Parvati for the prosperity and long life of their husbands, while unmarried girls pray for good life partner. On the 7th day, a procession of women, carry graceful ghudilas (earthen pots) sing songs related to the festival. The procession begins from the City Palace towards Gangauri Bazaar, Chhoti Chaupar, Tripolia Bazaar and Chaugan Stadium, and assembles near Talkatora.
Here, elderly give gifts, sweets, jaggery and money to them as a token of love. On the 10th day of this festival, women and girls break their respective pots and throw the broken pieces into a tank or a well. Even the clay images are immersed in water on the last day of the celebration. The festival is rejoiced with great enthusiasm all over the state and a large number of people come here to observe and be a part of this grand procession. Tourists who want to be a part of this celebration can book tour packages India that are planned to give travellers an insight into the culture of the country.