Rajasthan’s Heritage Comes Alive With Cultural Activities
One of the most sought after tourist destinations in India, Rajasthan is dotted with majestic palaces, captivating forts, museums and more that rightly makes it the most indispensable part of India.
However, there are things more colorful that await tourists. The State now presents a palette of entertainment with its ‘Night Tourism Projects’ with special focus on cultural activities in forts and museums. These activities make every visitor experience the true colors of the culture and history of Rajasthan.
Mr Hridesh Sharma, Director of Archaeology and Museums, Government of Rajasthan, says that museums are increasingly being used as cultural motifs in the destination-tourism projects. More than just monuments and buildings, they also tell stories through their collections, exhibitions, events and narratives. “We have been organizing cultural programmes in these monuments to draw more crowds’’, he said.
On these lines, ‘Museum of Legacies’ has opened its door to visitors. With 5 primary galleries, the museum exclusively displays the rich cultural heritage of Rajasthan with a diverse collection that includes textiles, jewellery, stoneware and inlay work, painting, pottery and more. It is a very inclusive space that caters to locals and tourists alike. One can view the best of Rajasthani art and craft under one roof at the Museum of Legacies.
The magnificent 16th century Amber Fort is enhanced with lights, fixtures, additional security and a café to provide a fulfilling experience to the visitors. Not only this, tourists visiting Amer and Nahargarh forts have an add-on adventure experience of riding a Segway scooter other than elephant rides.
Further, the Vidyadhar Park of the city has been revamped with the facilities and attractions suitable for night tourism. The 350-year-old Vidyadhar garden attracts tourists with sparkling yellow and blue lights, water harvesting system, lush green garden, plantation near walls and beautiful fountains.
Mr. Sharma added that since the monuments started operating for night viewing, the segment has attracted footfalls of 12.2 lakh and revenues of Rs 12.2 crore, as against the total capital expenditure of Rs. 4.27 crores made on the installation of lighting fixtures.
The Department of Archeology and Museums, in its endeavour to make the monuments and museums alive and vibrant, organises Kathak performances at Jaleb Chowk in Amber fort as well as in Albert Hall on Poornima.
Performances are also made by school students at Albert Hall. To bring more and more visitors in Hawa Mahal, Rajasthani folk dance performance are held every weekend.
Historical gates like Sanganeri gate, New gate, Ajmeri gate, Tripolia gate, Chandpole gate and Hawa Mahal have been taken up as part of the new exercise. Chaura Rasta, Tripolia Bazaar and Johri Bazaar, which are a must for tourists, have also been added to the night tourism plan.