Cultural Programmes - Palace on Wheels

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Destinations Covered: Jaipur, Chittorgarh/Udaipur, Sawai Madhopur, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Bharatpur, Agra and Delhi.
Duration of the Journey: 7 Days/ One Week

Ghoomar DanceAt every halt your evening is planned with cultural programmes, be it Ghoomer, Pnihari, Gorbandh, Geir, Kaalbelia, Chung, Agni Nritya or puppet shows. You will surely be enchanted by the famous folk songs moomal, Baramasa and Gorbandh.Few of the cultural programmes mentioned here.

Ghoomar Dance
This is basically a community dance for women and performed on auspicious occasions. Derived from the word ghoomna, pirouette, this is a very simple dance where the ladies move gently and gracefully in circles.

Chari Dance
This involves dancing with a chari, or pot, on one's head. A lighted lamp is then placed on the pot

Kachhi Godhi
This is a dance performed on horses. Men in elaborate costumes ride in equally well-decorated horses. Holding naked swords, these dancers move rhythmically to the beating of drums and pipes

Fire Dance
The Jasnathi community of Bikaner and Churu are renowned for their tantrik powers and this dance is in keeping with their lifestyle. A large ground is prepared with live wood and charcoal where the men and boys jump in the fire to the accompaniment of drum beats. The music gradually rises in tempo to a crescendo and the dancer seems to be in a trance-like state.

Terah Taali
Kalbelia Dance The Kamad community of Pokhran and Deedwana town of Rajasthan perform this dance in honour of their deity, Baba Ramdeo. A rather unusual performance where the men play a four-stringed instrument called a Chau-tara and the women sit with dozens of manjeeras, or cymbals, tied all over their bodies and strike them with the ones they hold in their hands. Sometimes, the women also hold a sword between their teeth or place pots with lighted lamps on their heads.

Kalbelia Dance (Snake Charmer)
The dance of the Kalbelia women is vigorous and graceful. The accompanying music rises in tempo as the dance progresses, ending with the performer dancing on glowing embers, which is a breathtaking and deeply impressive sight. Fairs and festivals of Rajasthan reflect the vigour and lifestyle of its people. Vibrant colours, music and festivities make the golden sands come alive. It is rightly said that Rajasthan is the only place where the mood and rhythm is so overpowering that it impresses even the most seasoned traveller. Nomadic tribes and traditional entertainers, minstrels, jugglers, puppeteers and performers come together to make you dance on their tunes.

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