Now in its second edition, the Jodhpur Flamenco and Gypsy Festival celebrates the rich gypsy cultures of Spain and Rajasthan by transcending all musical and geographical boundaries. The message is simple – to teach everyone the importance of keeping folk music alive. Reportedly, Flamenco’s roots first took hold in Rajasthan, and to see it all come together in the place it all started from, is an experience to hold on to.
The line-up this year includes renowned artistes like – Latin jazz pianist, Chano Dominguez; Karen Lugo, who is trained in modern Flamenco; Javier Colina, one of the best bassists around today; singer Javier Romero Flores “El Indio”; and many more.
Note: The line-up is subject to change and all rights are reserved with JFG Festival management.
3 April, 2015 – 5 April, 2015
Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur, Rajasthan
Jodhpur is well connected by flight and train from Delhi and other key cities of India. Hopping onto an overnight bus from Delhi is yet another option.
A castle on the sandy stretches in the outskirts of Jodhpur, Mihir Garh is recommended for those who want a slice of luxury. The nine-roomed heritage boutique hotel has an otherworldly charm and can easily transport you to the royal era of erstwhile Rajasthan. (www.mihirgarh.com)
A sandstone haven, Raas offers supreme comfort and delicate aesthetics to immerse you in luxury and heritage. Look out for special packages for the festival closer to the dates. (www.raasjodhpur.com)
PLACES TO SEE
The cool white marble memorial dedicated to Maharaja Jaswant Singh II, this structure sits on the edge of a lake, away from the bustle of the city. The domed structure has many legends around it, so it’s best to visit with a local guide who can transport you back to the13 century (time: 9am-5pm; charges, Indian/non-Indian: Rs15-Rs30).
The market is full of local artifacts, spice shops bathed in reds and yellows and a number of daily use items to rummage through. And that’s not all. Around this market lies a labyrinth of other markets like Kapron ka Bazaar (cloth market), Sarafa Bazaar (jewellery), Juni Dhan Mandi (grains), the famous Mirchi Bazaar (spices) and Supari ki Gali (betel nut street). There’s enough inspiration here for budding photographers, too.
Bishnoi Village Safari
The Bishnois of Jodhpur are a unique sect of people who are known to be fierce protectors of the environment. The outskirts of Jodhpur have settlements that are open to visit with tour groups. Their villages are examples of inimitable cleanliness and spending a day with the Bishnois is recommended if you’re looking to understand a unique philosophy of life.
Zip lining at the Mehrangarh
A popular adventure plug in any itinerary, it is a thrilling ride down the ramparts of the towering Mehrangarh Fort with the neat stack of blue walled homes below. The length of the rides offered – 115m to 300m.
While staying at the Umaid Bhawan might put a massive dent on the pocket, a meal at the highest dining spot in the city can satiate more than just hunger. Brilliant views from Sunset Pavilion – one of the most well-known restaurants at the heritage hotel along with an array of barbeques and grills – are the best way to end the evening.
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