Makar Sankranti, widely known as the Kite Festival or the International Kite Festival is a highly awaited annual event in Jaipur. The skies of Jaipur make for quite a sight when hundreds of dancing kites of various shapes, sizes and colours dot the skies. Lots of tourists both local and foreign reach Jaipur for being a part of the wonderful festival every year on 14th January.

This year’s Sankranti is more special due to its collision with the weekend. Ask any Jaipurite and they would agree. Plan the coming weekend in Jaipur to enjoy the city’s famous Kite Festival 2017 on 14thJanuary. Watch out the top 5 places to celebrate Kite Festival in Jaipur 2017.

1. City Palace Jaipur

City Palace Jaipur is hosting a 3-day Kite Festival in Jaipur, starting from Thursday, 12th January to Saturday, 14th January, which is one of the best places for a wonderful Makar Sankranti celebration in Jaipur. The International Kite Festival Jaipur 2017 at City palace was inaugurated on 12th January by HH Padmanabh Singh at 10:45 a.m. This festival is organized annually at the roof of Sarvatobhadra Chowk in City Palace to promote the festival and aware both foreign and local visitors of the Indian culture and society.

Tourists will not only get a chance to enjoy kite flying but will also get to participate in a lot of fun competitions during the Kite Festival 2017. They will be offered traditional Makar Sankranti specialties like ‘dal ke pakode’ and ‘til ke laddoo’. Rajasthani folk singers will sing traditional Rajasthani songs. The visitors will also get a chance to see the exhibited kites and charkis belonging to the time of Sawai Ram Singh II (1835-1880 AD).

Days: 12th-14th January 2017

Venue: Sarvatobhadra Chowk, City Palace, Jaleb Chowk, Near Jantar Mantar, Tripolia Bazaar, Jaipur - 302002

2. Jal Mahal ki Pal

The Rajasthan Tourism Department is organizing Jaipur kite Festival 2017 at Jal Mahal ki Pal on Amer Road, Jaipur. The kite festival program would include an exhibition of kites along with an engaging demonstration of fancy kite flying. Post that, all flyers and even first-time flyers can indulge into kite flying competition. Folk artists will present cultural performances for the entertainment of tourists. Traditional Sankranti cuisines will also be served for free. Other special attractions of this Kite Festival event in Jaipur include free kites and free camel cart ride for tourists.

Several international kite flyers from US, Canada, Britain, Netherlands, Belgium, Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia are likely to showcase their beautifully designed kites and their unparalleled kite flying skills. Kite flyers from across India will also bring their colourful creations to fill the skies of Jaipur.

When: 14th January 2017

Time: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Venue: Jal Mahal ki Pal, Amer Road, Jaipur

3. The Walled City

Do you have a friend living in the walled city area of Jaipur? Then this is time to catch up with them. Because the city’s best kite flying takes place within the area of the walled city. Almost every other roof in the city area has kite flying enthusiasts busy in flying their kites higher and higher from dawn to dusk and fighting with other kites in the sky. It is quite an experience to be there on one of the roofs, enjoy homemade hot crispy pakoras along with the enthusiastic kite flying activities. Some rooftops also have huge speaker setups playing music to add to the mood.

Once the sun sets, the night festivities begin, where people fly lanterns and yellow kites but the Kite Festival fun seldom sets when you are in the city area of Jaipur.

When: The entire weekend, 13th to 15th January 2017

4. Jaipur Polo Ground

The International Kite Festival of Jaipur is a much awaited event for all true Jaipurites as well as for tourists from across India and international borders. The festival inaugurates at Jaipur Polo Ground and receives huge participation every year. People interested in both Kite War and Friendly Kite Flying gather at the venue to fly colourful kites that fill up the Jaipur skies.

Flyers enjoy flying their kites, getting into the fun-loving rivalry with other flyers, relishing the delicious Makar Sankranti cuisines and sweets prepared for the day.

5. Chitakoot Stadium

Kite enthusiasts not just from rajasthan or India but all over the world including US, Canada, Britain, Singapore and Malaysia come to attend the kite festival in Jaipur, which is why it is called the International Kite Festival 2017. You get to see a lot of amazingly creative kites in many different shapes such as that of dragons, birds, fish, cartoons, etc. At night people fly lanterns that beautifully lit the sky. The Kite Flying Festival at Chitrakoot Stadium Jaipur include special kites on display, a kite market, food stalls and cultural performances.

6. Heiwa Heaven Resort

Heiwa Heaven resort located at the Jaipur-Agra Road has also organized a Makar Sankranti and Lohri Festival on 13th and 14th January. The festival has been organized on Dhaba and Village theme. You can enjoy festivities like Dhol and DJ, Karoke, complimentary drinks, games and gifts and unlimited food from 6 p.m. onwards on Friday, 13th January 2017. The Sankranti day festivities would start of in the morning hours with tea and coffee, unlimited snacks, kite flying competition and prizes for winners along with DJ.

When: 6 p.m. onwards on 13th January 2017 and 11 a.m. onwards on 14th January 2017

Venue: Heiwa Heaven Resort, Jaisinghpura Khor, Jamdoli Chauraha, Agra Road, Jaipur

Contact: +91-9587485555, +91-9828844474

7. House Of People

With the entire city being dipped in the colours and festivities of Jaipur Kite Festival, how can the city's favourite House Of People stay behind. You can visit HOP on this Makar Sankranti and board yourself to the Sky Fly Spree. Make the most of this Kite Festival 2017 weekend from 13th to 15th January with beautiful kites and flavoursome snacks and drinks! House Of People's elegant ambience with groovy music are an add-on! Visit the place for a great Sankranti in Jaipur.

When: 13th to 15th January 2017

Venue: House Of People, Hotel Las Vegas, A/1 Sehkar Marg, Near Bais Godam Circle, C-Scheme, Jaipur

Don’t miss the fun that the Jaipur Kite Festival 2017 brings. Have a great kite-flying weekend with friends and family!


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