Kite festival of Rajasthan
Rajasthan is known for its many colourful fairs and festivals. One such spectacular festival which is famous world over is the 'kite festival'. The Kite festival is celebrated in the month of January mainly in the city of Jaipur. Kite enthusiasts from all over the world gather at the polo ground (the venue for kite festival) and show cast their colourful kites and flying skills.
Rituals and history behind Kite festival
The kite festival is not a religious festival and has been started only a few years ago. Hence there is no specific religious mythology behind this festival and it is celebrated mainly for fun and enjoyment. However the festival is gaining popularity and is already world famous.
The Kite festival
The kite flying festival is held on 14th January or Makar Sankranti(the day when the Sun transits into the northern hemisphere). The festival is held for three days in Jaipur's polo ground. The festival is initiated by a colorful opening ceremony depicting Rajasthan's folk dance and music. Afterwards the kite festival is initiated and all the eyes turn up to the sky. Kite flying is done in two segments- the kite flying competition and the kite flying exhibition.
In the kite flying competition, the various competitors try to outwit each other by showing their prowess and talents in flying kites. The winners of the comptetion are awarded with trophies and certificates. People do take this in a highly competitive spirit as everyone wants to get the trophy from this world famous festival.
In the exhibition however there is less completion and hence people are more concerned about show casing different designs and concepts of kites.
On the third and the final day of the festival, the venue is shifted from the open plains of the Polo ground to the majestic field of Umaid Bhawan Palace. Here the finals of the Kite flying festival is held as well as the various awards are distributed.
How to reach Jaipur
Jaipur can be easily reached through air route, rail or buses. It is well connected to other important cities of India.
You can book the tickets tickets for train from official website of Indian railways-
Also you can check bus routes and time table from the official website of Rajasthan transport
Other places worth visiting in Jaipur
Jaipur is famous for Jantar Mantar , an astronomical structure. Also you can check out the Elephant festival
held on 7th March in Jaipur.
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