The vibrancy and colours of India captivate and mesmerise visitors, offering travellers to its shores a taste of the exotic against a rich tapestry of tradition and culture.
A visit to Jaipur and its capital city of Rajasthan is a must for a fascinating holiday. When in Jaipur, make a point of experiencing its most colourful festival, Dhulandi, which marks the beginning of spring.
Held at Khasa Kothi hotel, the Department of Tourism will organise an event specially for foreign tourists, where they can play with dry colours while dancing to Rajasthani folk music performed by local artistes.
Meanwhile, Gangaur is one of the most important festivals in Rajasthan, celebrated in various forms across the capital. The celebration commemorates the union of Lord Shive (Gan) and the goddess Parvathi (Gaur) as a symbol of conjugal and marital happiness.
For those who enjoy kite flying, catch the Kite Festival which is unique to Rajasthan. Marvel at the wonderful sight of kites taking to the sky across the state. The ceremony looks truly spectacular in the evening as fireworks, alongside kites with lights, brighten the city skyline.
On this occasion, the Department of Tourism organises an event for tourists to enjoy kite flying along with various cultural performances.
When it comes to dining out, you should pay a visit to Niro’s which was established in 1949. Escape the chaos of the streets and take refuge in the restaurant’s cool, clean mirror-ceiling sanctum to savour vegetarian and non-vegetarian Indian cuisine, complete with professional service.
The Peacock Rooftop Restaurant gets rave reviews for excellent and inexpensive (Indian, Chinese and Continental) cuisine, as well as a fun ambience. This multilevel eatery at Hotel Pearl Palace offers a romantic view of Hathroi Fort. The experience is completed with attentive service and whimsical furnishing.
Another fascinating part of India is Amritsar. Here you can enjoy a colourful experience during Holi, the Hindu spring celebration known as the festival of colours or festival of love. Holi announces the arrival of spring with the warm weather and bright sunshine urging one and all to celebrate.
You should also experience Baisakhi, which marks the establishment of the Khalsa in 1699. This is one of the most significant events on the Sikh calendar. It is also a harvest festival and marks the Punjabi New Year.
A day of special significance for the Sikhs is Diwali, one of the most popular festivals. Signifying the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, knowledge over ignorance. hope over despair, on this day the Golden Temple is illuminated with traditional lamps and spectacular fireworks light up the sky.
For a taste of Amritsar, All India Famous is the place for butter-drenched potato and cauliflower stuffed Amritsari kulcha – maida bread baked in a tandoor.
Located next to the Golden Temple and Wagah Border, this place has been serving kulchas over its many years of existence.
Pair this with Amritsari tandoori chicken, a whole chicken marinated in spices and roasted to perfection. The recipe for this delicious dish has been in existence since 1972.