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Jaipur Kite Festival/ 2016/ Photo Journey

Jaipur Kite Festival is held every year on 14th January on Makar Sakranti.

This year the Kite Festival was held at Jal Mahal, Jaipur. Earlier, it used to be held at Chaugan stadium, Jaipur.  Jal Mahal is much more accessible location as compared to Chaugan Stadium. Also, its on the tourist map; located on the road leading  to Amer/ Nahargarh.

Kite Festival is organized by RTDC- Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation.

Here are few images from the festival.

 

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Folk Dance at Jal Mahal @Jaipur Kite Festival
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Folk dance at Jaipur Kite Festival
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Folk artist performing in backdrop of Jal Mahal. At Jaipur Kite Festival
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Folk Artist waiting for his performance. At Jaipur Kite Festival organized by RTDC
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People enjoying folk dance performance at Kite Festival in Jaipur
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Another view of tourist enjoying the folk performance at Kite festival in Jaipur
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Everyone is a photographer! Kite festival at Jaipur
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Tourist Department Official helping tourists fly kite! Jaipur kite festival
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Kids flying kite. Jaipur kite festival!
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A Booth with kite and Charkis
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What if I can’t fly..I can still hold & enjoy!!!  A Tourist with a kite!! At Jaipur Kite Festival
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Flying kites at Jaipur Kite Festival
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Tourist enjoying Fini – a traditional sweet popular in Jaipur on Makar Sakranti
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A close up of Charkhi, which is used for rolling up thread used in flying kite. At Jaipur Kite Festival organized by RTDC

Observation & opinion:

  • The festival was organized in a very small & secluded area. It didn’t give a feel of festival, at all… specially the kite festival! There were some kites… holed up in one of the booths…
  • The center stage was occupied by the folk performance and dance. The Tourism department have probably got it all jumbled up!!! This is supposed to be a kite fest!! Agreed, the  tourist would be interested in folk dance but this is supposed to be a Kite Festival…
  • There were very few foreign tourists…A large number of people gathered at the venue were from media and tourism department. Where are the tourist?
  • The one held in Chaugan Stadium was much more grand in scale & space…spread over in  huge area. There were lot more activities for the tourist. And more local people too!  Kite festival at Jal Mahal excluded locals. If it’s a local festival, it must have participation of locals too… providing tourists an opportunity to interact and experience it in authentic way!!
  • Locals were barred from entering the premises, probably the authorities must be having some good reasons for it, I’m not questioning that! In fact, many Indian tourists were not allowed to enter the festival area!!

The overall impression of Kite festival was that it was everything except kite festival…It’s time that Tourism department get things going in the right direction! Now that “Jaane kya Dikh Jaaye” advertisement campaign of Rajasthan Tourism is underway, promoting tourism in Rajasthan!!

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28 thoughts on “Jaipur Kite Festival/ 2016/ Photo Journey

    1. Bernard, I’m supposed to post another post with pictures from elsewhere in the city on Makar Sakranti! Running short of time, too many things to write ….always is the case!! …very soon!
      🙂

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  1. Beautiful Pictures 🙂 I think you are right that government should make it accessible for all 🙂 How can the festival give the real feel when its locals are abandoned 🙂

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  2. I agree with you, locals should be allowed to participate too! If I were a tourist at this festival I’d be disappointed that there weren’t any locals there. After all, interacting with people from different cultures and learning about their ways is one of the best parts of traveling.

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    1. True Josh! the current venue is quite small on space , I’m sure this doesn’t work well to include locals as well. also security must be high on the list. Probably the authorities need to change the venue.

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    1. Alok, I guess the current venue is too small for that. Because I have seen the other venue in past, I can compare both. I guess Rtdc needs to rework on the venue! Thanks for your comment.

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  3. I was a bit disappointed…not with your pics, they’re good…but with the absence of kites…flying kites…which as you have rightly pointed out should have been the focus of activity at a ‘Kite Festival.’ That being said, I like your page.

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  4. Maybe if the locals were allowed…..it would have been very crowded and difficult to contain the situation….tourists might have got harassed……
    But that’s no way to solve a prob, barring locals from their own festival.
    I quite enjoyed looking at the pics 🙂
    Hope you are having a wonderful weekend 🙂

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