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Wedding & Honeymoon Tourism on the rise

Wedding Decoration The tradition of getting married in a temple/church or marriage hall is slowly going out of vogue with the arrival of newer trends such as resort weddings and destination weddings, making the wedding more than just a celebration. While traditional weddings are in no way passé, they have undoubtedly been given the western twist. Theme weddings are fast becoming a popular facet of Indian weddings, with hotels deploying dedicated teams to cater to the wedding parties.

Heritage properties see a steady stream of weddings that prefer a historical background to add to their special day. Beach weddings have become an aspiration for several youngsters. Indian couples have gone past the phase of run-of-the-mill honeymoon getaways to the latest exotic and scenic destination showcased in a recent movie or advertised on television. They now demand more of everything, be it quality, activities or experiences.

Wedding and Honeymoon tourism, as an authentic and imminent part of the tourism industry, is a sensation that has taken off worldwide in the past three-four years. NTO’s, state tourism boards and hotels are cashing in on this popular trend and are tapping this market aggressively.

Wedding tourism in India is becoming prevalent as more and more foreigners, NRI’s and Indians are taking interest in the ‘Big Fat Traditional Indian Wedding’. India is a culturally rich country abundant in customs and traditions. Several high profile celebrities globally are increasingly showing an interest in celebrating their wedding in true blue Indian style. The opulence and splendor of the destination, as well as the vibrant Indian customs, evoke a lot of interest among the foreign nationals. Most international couples making their way to India are looking out for two types of Indian weddings, the ‘Maharaja’ or ‘Royal’ Wedding and the Brahmin Wedding. The former is replete with riches, exoticism and palaces, while the latter is all about spirituality, mysticism and Vedic rites.

State Tourism boards want to leverage on this new trend to increase inbound arrivals as well as domestic tourism. Wedding tourism has become a huge hit with states receiving record inquiries for hosting marriages. During the peak season, between November and February, it is very difficult to accommodate all the queries. Popularity of Rajasthan as a wedding destination is constantly increasing. Last year alone Rajasthan hosted around 50-60 NRI weddings and we expect the numbers to grow next year. On special occasions, royal wedding parties have been hosted on two luxury trains – the ‘Palace on wheels’ and the ‘Royal Rajasthan on Wheels.

The depreciation of the Rupee has also helped a lot to this particular segment. Indian weddings have carried on unfazed by the Rupee value drop, and so, of course, have honeymoon travels. Indian travel agents and tour operators have not held back while dipping their feet in this pool, especially for honeymoons. And not just because travelling abroad is the new norm for honeymoons. Indian traveler has become more experimental and is ready to pay for the comfort and luxury of a quality honeymoon while also opting for new activities, giving tour operators a chance to serve them better with newer options.

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Luxury trains undergo makeover

Palace on Wheels ready to move from Delhi
Palace on Wheels ready to move from Delhi

Rajasthan in India will spend over Rs.1.47 crores on refurbishing two luxury trains – the Palace on Wheels and the Rajasthan Royal on Wheels – this year, a tourism official said.The Palace on Wheels, a joint venture of Indian Railways and Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation (RTDC) is in for major refurbishment at an investment of Rs.1 crore.

RTDC will also give another world-famous luxury train, the Royal Rajasthan on Wheels, a makeover at an investment of Rs.47 lakh, in a bid to deliver a richer, royally enchanting experience to each guest. Based on the feedback of guests, we have undertaken redecoration of the Palace on Wheels. The luxury tourist train will sport a new heritage look. Modernisation of even minor things is being undertaken, including water purifiers in washrooms and other modern conveniences like superior communication and entertainment.

 

A luxury suite if the Royal Rajasthan on wheels
A luxury suite if the Royal Rajasthan on wheels

Even the dining car, the bar and the lounge will take on a wonderful new look. The spa and health club will also receive major upgrades. There are also plans to introduce more and more facilities to please guests. The Palace on Wheels tour covers Delhi, Jaipur, Sawai Madhopur (Ranthambore), Udaipur, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur and Bharatpur. The Royal Rajasthan on Wheels takes guests from Delhi to Jodhpur, Udaipur, Chittorgarh, Sawai Madhopur (Ranthambore), Jaipur, Khajuraho, Varanasi and the Taj Mahal.

On quite a few occasions the Palace on Wheels has hosted richly royal weddings and for people who plan to wed the way maharajas did, train will be offering more once the train undergoes transformation. New carpets, tapestry, curtains, replacement of furniture and up-gradation of toilets in both the trains are also being taken up. The wooden floors would have richly luxurious carpets to minimise noise.

टॉप टेन में घूमर

राजस्थान के पारंपरिक व सर्वाधिक लोकप्रिय नृत्य घूमर को विश्व के सर्वोत्कृष्ट 10 स्थानों में से चौथा स्थान मिला है। एक इंटरनेशनल ऑनलाइन ट्रैवल पोर्टल ने दुनिया के सभी नृत्यों को विभिन्न मानदंडों पर परखते हुए ‘‘घूमर‘‘ को चौथा स्थान दिया है। इस कड़ी में यह भारत का एकमात्र नृत्य है। पहले स्थान पर हवाई, दूसरे स्थान पर जापान का बोन ओडोरी और तीसरे स्थान पर आयरलैंड का नृत्य रहा है।

राजस्थान का मशहूर घूमर नृत्य
राजस्थान का मशहूर घूमर नृत्य

‘‘घूमर‘‘ राजस्थान की पारंपरिक नृत्यशैली है जिसमें विभिन्न मांगलिक व खुशी के अवसरों पर महिलाएं श्रृंगारिक नृत्य करती है। मुगलकालीन युग में औरतें पुरुषों से पर्दा करती थीं, लिहाजा यह नृत्य मुंह ढककर होता था। अब तब कमोबेश उसी तरह नृत्य करने की परंपरा चली आ रही है। राजमहलों, सामंतों, राजपूतों के घरों में विशेष रूप से किया जाने वाला यह नृत्य राजपूतों की महिलाओं की अन्य सूबों में शादियों के साथ अनेक स्थानों पर विभिन्न रूपों में प्रचलित हो गया। विशेषत: गणगौर विवाह आदि अवसरों पर यह नृत्य महिलाओं द्वारा स्वान्त: सुखाय किया जाता है। रंग-रंगीले पहनावे और गहनों से लक-दक महिलाएं जब स्त्रियोचित नजाकत के साथ इस नृत्य को करती है तो देखने वाले रोमांचित हो जाते हैैं। कालांतर में यह रजवाड़ों से निकलकर विद्यालयों में सिखाया जाने लगा लेकिन इसके बोलों, तालों व लय में एकरूपता न होने से अनेक रूपों में प्रचलित हो गया। इसी तरह सावन के महीने में मौज-मस्ती में भी घूमर नृत्य खूब किया जाने लगा।

गणतंत्र दिवस परेड और विदेशों में प्रस्तुति से इस नृत्य को प्रचार-प्रसार मिला। राजपथ पर घूमर का प्रदर्शन तीन बार हो चुका है। अमेरिका, कनाडा, सऊदी अरब, जर्मनी, कम्बोडिया, वियतनाम, ब्रिटेन आदि देशों में घूमर के कई शो और प्रशिक्षण कार्यक्रम भी आयोजित हो चुके हैैं। इस नृत्य को किए जाने के लिए साज के रूप में नगाड़ा व शहनाई की जरूरत होती थी। यह साज धीरे-धीरे लुप्त होते जा रहे थे। ऐसी स्थिति में नृत्य की विशेषता को देखते हुए इसे फिर से लोकप्रिय बनाने की बहुत कोशिशें हुई हैैं। 1999 में पहला ‘‘घूमर‘‘ अलबम जारी हुआ था। तमाम प्रयासों से घूमर के कई प्रदर्शन हुए, स्कूलों में इसे सिखाने की कोशिशें हुईं। वीणा समूह ने 2006 में जयपुर में राजस्थान विधानसभा के सामने जनपथ पर 2000 महिलाओं द्वारा घूमर नृत्य का अभूतपूर्व आयोजन करवाया। अगले साल 2007 में इसे आगे बढ़ाते हुए जयपुर के त्रिपोलिया दरवाजे को मंच बनाते हुए बड़ी चौपड से छोटी चौपड़ तक 5000 महिलाओं द्वारा 70-70 महिलाओं के 74 गोले बनवाकर नृत्य की अभूतपूर्व प्रस्तुति करवाई गई।