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Meet the Woman from Udaipur who generates employment for 300 People

aavaran logo
aavaran logo

AAVARAN (means ‘covering’ in Mewari language) was founded by Mrs Alka Sharma, textile graduate from Indian Institute of Crafts and Design, Jaipur, Rajasthan, by this Alka wanted to uphold rural and indigenous communities and preserve their ‘traditional’ craft.

The initiative was started from Akola, which is a block printing cluster near Udaipur. The aim was to revive the culture so that the coming generations can carry the art forward.

AAVARAN’s workshop is predominantly of blue-white color, starting from the paint at the walls to cushion covers to pouches to the chappals to everything.

aavaran udaipur
aavaran udaipur
aavaran timeline
AAVARAN timeline

The process at AAVARAN is totally conventional, that’s why the job is very labour intensive. They develop cloth from various types of cotton and silk (chanderi and kotadoriya). The cotton cloth takes around 15-20 days to develop whereas silk takes around a month because mud-resistant is to be applied on the fabric for 4-5 days and then it’s bleached.

Cloth at AAVARAN goes through following stages to reach to you:

  1. The fabric is imported from the Southern part of India.
  2. The fabric is then washed to remove the impurities of the fabric which are the barrier in the printing procedure.
  3. The fabric is then checked to ensure that there aren’t any weave-mistakes or holes.
  4. The plain cloth is dyed with various dyes, one of them being indigo dye.
  5. The fabric is then printed in different colors and blocks.
  6. The printed cloth is embroidered and stitched upon.
  7. The stitched cloth is then packed in the stock room.
  8. The finished product is consumed by both domestic and international markets.

    aavaran udaipur
    aavaran udaipur

AAVARAN’s speciality is Dabu print which is traditional hand block printing craftsmanship from vintage Rajasthan. It is made from Dabu which is a mud resist process, and comprises of black soil, gum (gond) and chuna (calcium hydroxide). A mixture of beedan and ground along with mud is used to make a sticky paste. Dabu is applied to the fabric using wooden blocks. At AAVARAN, artisans make use of single and double dabu dexterities for cloth printing.

aavaran dabu print
aavaran dabu print

AAVARAN’s USP is that they manufacture Indigo printed clothes which is Mewar’s ancient expertise. They have 4 pits, each 9ft deep for bleaching the cloth with Indigo. After bleaching/dying the cloth is of greenish shade but turns into blue after exposed oxidization.

AAVARAN also specialize in Lep, as its literal meaning, mud is evenly spread on the cloth and left for drying after which the cloth is bleached and color texture can be seen in different shades on the same piece.

Zari and zardozi are one of the major embroidery craft done at AAVARAN.

aavaran embroidery
aavaran embroidery

Till now around 300 people have been employed by this initiative out of which 100 are in-house employees at AAVARAN who are engaged in Block Printing, Stitching, Dyeing etc., Udaipur and other 200 are women in and around Udaipur who work in clusters of 30 each and do dari making, tassel making, button making etc.

aavaran group photo
aavaran group photo

AAVARAN manufactures women’s sarees, shirts, kurtas, tops, dupattas, pyjamas and skirts. The brand also has a men’s cloth line and children’s range as well as home decor such as bedsheets, carpets, cushion covers, etc.

Currently, their trade is Brand to Brand, they cater to Fabindia, Kilol and many other brands of Japan and Korea. They have 3 retail stores in Udaipur, Jaipur and Bangalore each; they’ll soon be opening in Chandigarh as well.

aavaran store udaipur
aavaran store udaipur

“We are a zero-waste company because we utilize all our scrapes in making home furnishings, jewelry, bags, pouches and many other embellishments” ~says Mrs Alka Sharma.


Herbal Garden to be built in Gulab Bagh, and other important updates

The cultural committee of Municipal Corporation, Udaipur decided on Thursday that a herbal garden will be built in Gulab Bagh. Medicinal plants from around the world will be planted in this garden which will be developed after consulting the experts. The committee meeting was led by Mayor Govind Singh Tank, Deputy Mayor Paras Singhvi, and Chairman Mahesh Trivedi.

The committee decided that on all the national festivals viz. Republic Day (celebrated on 26th January) and Independence Day (celebrated on 15th August), tricolor flag will be hoisted in parks of Udaipur, including Gulab Bagh, as these parks are an indigenous part of the city.

Another important decision given by the cultural committee was that all the dividers of the city will be decorated by planting beautiful and colorful flowers. This was decided because it was regularly seen that dividers are used by people to dry their clothes on the roadside


COVID-19: Udaipur’s Tourism to be effected as Tourist Visa suspended till 15th April 2020

All existing visas, except diplomatic, official, UN/International organisations, working and project visas are to be suspended till 15th April 2020. The government has suspended the visas to India because the cases of coronavirus in India are reflecting a drastic increase and the World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared it as the rampant epidemic.

The suspension will be implemented from 1200 hours GMT on 13th March 2020 at the point of departure.

The official statement was issued by a panel at Health Ministry Of India, headed by Union Health Minister, Dr. Harsh Vardhan on Wednesday, 11th March 2020.

People coming from China, Iran, Italy, Republic of Korea, Germany, France and Spain after 15th February 2020 will be halting at Quarantine for 14 days, the decision for the same will be made at the departure port of airports.

People holding credentials of OCI Card which gives them Visa Free Facilities will too be denied entry.

If the reasons are too serious for travelling to India, then the person has to contact the nearest Indian embassy.

Udaipur being a Tourist attraction city is believed to face decline in Tourist Activities because of the suspension of visas. Several tourist spots are suspected to experience a downhill in their business; even the city dwellers such as rickshaw drivers, local artefact shops etc are also to witness a slacken for a few days.


Reliving ULF2019 – An event that left behind some beautiful memories to cherish

The biggest festival of lights has come to its final phase. The celebration has come to an end. The festivities are over and have left behind some unforgettable beautiful memories.

Being the biggest festival of the country, Diwali is celebrated with an altogether different zeal and feel. It fills the heart with happiness and joy and let us create some beautiful memories with our loved ones.

With the same spirit and purpose, Udaipur celebrates Diwali in the form of Udaipur Light Festival. And like every year, UdaipurBlog celebrated the biggest festival in the most beautiful and glorious way. Udaipur Light Festival 2019 was filled with fun, happiness, adventure, music and memories.

An UdaipurBlog initiative, ULF makes people celebrate Diwali at a common place to share their happiness with each other. This has been the city’s biggest event since 2012 which allows people to meet, eat, celebrate and have fun together.

The love and warmth that people have showered in ULF2019 cannot be expressed in words. And we can’t thank you enough for making it a super grand event for us to look back to.

ULF 2019


UdaipurBlog expresses its sincere gratitude for making ULF2019 such a success. We are thankful to all those who have been a part of this event directly and indirectly.

We are thankful to the humongous crowd that gathered to join us in the celebration. We would like to thank our celebrities Ash King and Ritviz and the event host Vishaal Rasquinha for entertaining our guests and elevating the fun of the celebration. A warm thank you note to SADA Dance Academy for an amazing dance performance. 

We are thankful to our partners

Light and Sound Partner – Bharat Music

Decor Partner – Rajkamal Tent House

Design Partner – VCD College of Designing

Photography Partner – Star Photoworks

Venue Partner – Shouryagarh Resort & Spa 

Execution Partner – The Enchanted Affair

Hospitality Partner – Justa Sajjangarh Resort and Spa

Visual Partner – VJ Ravi

SFX Partner – Naman Fireworks and Events

Adventure Sports Partner – The Jalsa Food and Adventure Hub

Radio Partner – 94.3 MY FM

Art Installation Partner – P.S. Let’s Party

Fire Safety Partner – Visvesvaraya Foundation

Communication Partner – Amenity Rentals and Services

Security Partner – Ganga Security

Water Supply Partner – Insta-Qua

Technology Partner – Assure IT-Infra

Thanks to our Food stall partners – Game of Cheese, The Shake Maker, Book A Surprise, Hariyali Restaurant, Sai Sagar Coffee House, Bhatti & Bakes, Lalaji and Masala Ministry.

Moreover, we also want to thank our team of volunteers who made every big and small task possible. A special thanks to the Udaipur Administration, Police Department & Smart City Udaipur whose support made it possible to execute this event.

We are sure that everyone associated with ULF2019 had a gala time. Your happiness is an encouragement that motivates to bring the best for you every year.

It was not just an evening but an experience that will be etched in our memory to cherish for a lifetime. On this note, we promise to bring even more beautiful and amazing ULFs for years to come.

Thank you once again.

इतना प्यार दिया है, कहने को अब और क्या है!

इतना ही कहेंगे की तह-ए-दिल से आपका शुक्रिया है |




Udaipur petrol pumps to remain closed on 23rd October

Rajasthan Petroleum Dealers Association, Udaipur, said that all the petrol pumps in the city will remain closed on October 23. This is to protest against the Government’s refusal to cut VAT on petrol and diesel.

There are around 140 petrol pumps in Udaipur. All of them will remain closed from 6.00 am onwards on October 23 and remain closed till 5.00 am on October 24, 2019. The statewide strike has been called after the government hiked the VAT on petroleum products by 4%. This hike has increased the fuel prices by 5 to 9 rupees. This price is higher than that of the neighbouring states, which has resulted in fall of revenue.

According to the Association, the situation has been presented to the government a number of times earlier, but there has been no positive response, due to which the dealers are forced to go on strike.

The dealers also informed that the strike is indefinite and may continue in the absence of any favourable measure. The Association presented a memo on this matter to the District Collector and District Revenue Officer.


Taj Lake Palace Udaipur Ranked 3rd Best Hotels in the World in the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards 2019

When over six lakh readers from across the world submitted ratings and comments for selecting their favourite travel destinations and brands, Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur got the third position in the list of top 10 best hotels in the World.

The global luxury and lifestyle magazine, Condé Nast Traveler, has combined the annual readers’ surveys in the U.S. and the U.K. into one Global Readers’ Choice Awards List.

The palatial hotel, undoubtedly, deserves every bit of this position with its awe-inspiring architecture and hospitality. The guests are treated like royals from the very first moment they enter into the property. The location of the hotel further adds to its charisma giving a feeling of a walk into the history and an experience of unique service that brings the “Tajness” to life.

This all, of course, comes with a price. One night stay at this luxurious property of Udaipur can cost somewhere between INR 80,000 to 11 lacs, depending on the business season.

However, for general people, watching this beauty during the boat ride in Lake Pichola is another experience especially during evening and night, when the property is lit with mesmerizing lights.

The hotel rose to another level of fame after the famous James Bond movie, Octopussy, was shot here in 1984. Post that, many Bollywood movies made The Taj Lake Palace their shooting location.

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Top 40 finalists are Ready for Rajasthan’s Next Top Model 2019 Grand Finale | Fashion Star

Fashion shows are one of the biggest platforms for the young generation who wish to build their career in the fashion and glamour industry. They not only boost confidence in the participants but also teach them how to speak up for themselves, to work towards a cause and make a difference in the world. Top 40 finalists are Ready for Rajasthan’s Next Top Model 2019 Grand Finale by Fashion Star on Saturday,  28th September 2019.

Fashion Star Grand Finale

Grand Finale

Rajasthan’s Next Top Model 2019:

This state-level beauty contest/pageant is conceptualized and directed by Damini Sharma and Aayush Gupta from Fashion Star, a platform created for fashion enthusiasts who want to build their career in the fashion and entertainment industry.

Just like the past years, this year also the event witnessed a grand success and love from the audience and the participants.

Here’s an insight into the amount of love, the event witnessed this year:

Auditions Number of Participants Auditions Venue Jury Panel for Auditions
Ist Audition 800 Diggi {alace, Jaipur Aayush Gupta, Damini Sharma, Juhi Vyas, Ranu Sharma, Manu Punjabi, Winay Kumawat, Sumit Dasgupta, Raj Kumar Sah, & Priom Katariya
IInd Audition 500 Fairfield by Marriott, Jodhpur Aayush Gupta, Damini Sharma, Manu Punjabi, Juhi Vyas & Ranu Sharma
IIIrd Audition 700 Saagasa Hotel Yois, Udaipur Aayush Gupta, Damini Sharma, Manu Punjabi, and Juhi Vyas
IVth Audition 600 Hotel Mansingh, Jaipur Aayush Gupta, Damini Sharma, Manu Punjabi, and Sumit Dasgupta

Rajasthan's Next Top Model 2019

Rajasthan's Next Top Model 2019

Rajasthan's Next Top Model 2019

Rajsathan's Next Top Model 2019

Rajsathan's Next Top Model 2019

Rajsathan's Next Top Model 2019

Rajsathan's Next Top Model 2019

The total selected participants include 20 boys and 20 girls. Selected Participants will walk the ramp in the Grand Finale which is going to be held on Saturday 28th September’19 at Opera Garden, Udaipur.

The Grand Finale event will have celebrity singers like Manindar Buttar and Tony Kakkar performing for the event along with other celebrities like Noyonita Lodh, Rohit Khandelwal, Manasi Moghe, Sharad Malhotra, Sahil Khan, and Neha Malik.

The contestants not only get great exposure but also reach to over thousands of people across the state which are associated with the fashion and glamour industry which could turn out to be very helpful while building their careers.


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Badola Hyundai launched its first showroom in Udaipur

Badola Hyundai a trusted name from Rajsamand operating since 2012 opens its Showroom in Udaipur at Shobhagpura Circle on 26th August’19. The opening was done by Managing Director Mr. SS KIM and Executive Director Mr. SJ HA of Hyundai Motors Pvt. Ltd. along with other Hyundai officials.

Mr. SS KIM also addressed & interacted with staff post cake cutting & lamp lighting ceremony.

The all-new Hyundai Grand I10 NIOS was also delivered to the first customer by Mr. Amil Rajeev, Area Sales Manager.

Badola Hyundai director’s also thanked Regional Manager Mr. Rajat Goyal & Mr. Sarabjeet along with Mr. Pratul, Mr. Siddharth & Mr. Sohan for all the support extended to Launch Badola Showroom in Udaipur.

  • Badola Hyundai also opened its Service Center behind DPS School, old RTO road, 100 ft for Hyundai buyers, which is equipped with latest technologies & machines to take care of your Hyundai car.
  • Different zoning for Accidental cars & regular service has been made to ensure the delivery to the customers can be done as soon as possible with less wait time, which has been a challenge which customers face.

Our team can also guide you on how to take care of your car during MONSOON meanwhile you can get your car under washed which is most recommended in Monsoon season.

  • All Hyundai car owners are invited to visit our Service Center & our team of qualified experts will guide you to the best possible recommendations. Book prior appointment by calling at 8279092021, we are open 9.30am to 6.30pm.

If you are not existing customer of HYUNDAI and planning to add HYUNDAI to your family then visit our showroom on your next outing with your family or friends for a coffee, dinner, kitty or any other celebration, we will be glad to see you & welcoming you at BADOLA HYUNDAI SHOWROOM, Shobhagpura Circle. You can also call on 8279092009 (9.30am to 9pm) to know more or Google us & we are sure you won’t miss finding us.


Krishna Janmashtmi 2019: Mewar’s way of Celebration

“नन्द के आनंद भयो, जय कन्हैया लाल की..!!”

“मुरली मनोहर श्री कृष्ण जी की जय..!!!”

With wide cultural diversity, religions, languages, and beliefs, we say India is not merely a country but a beautiful art piece blended with vibrant colours. In India, every other day is an event or a festival. One such festival is Krishna Janmashtmi, which is celebrated as birth anniversary of Lord Krishna and is observed with great vehemence. According to Hindu Mythology, Lord Krishna was born on the 8th day of Krishna paksha (called Ashtami) of Shravan month which usually falls in the months of August-September.

Krishna Janmashtmi

The story of Krishna is deeply embedded in the cultural fabric of India and the people of this land revere him as divine. Lord Krishna is considered to be the eighth incarnation (avatar) of Lord Vishnu who took birth in a human embodiment to end all the evils and injustices. Krishna was the eighth son of king Vasudeva and Devaki and was born in prison, since his parents were captured and imprisoned by his uncle, Kansa. When Kansa identified that his sister Devaki’s child Krishna would become the cause of his death, he wanted to kill him to eliminate the root cause. Hence, after his birth, he was secretly sent to Nanda and Yashoda who then brought him up as their child.

Birth of Krishna

Krishna is known for his mischievousness, and since his childhood, he was very fond of Makkhan (Butter). Ancient Hindu tales reveal that he used to steal butter from his neighbour’s place and thus also called with the name “Makhan Chor”. To commemorate the birth of Shri Krishna this festival is also recognized as Dahi Handi Parv. During Janmashtmi a Matki Phod event is held at places wherever it is celebrated; in which a group of individuals build a human pyramid to reach the matki (earthen pot) which is hung at a certain height. In India, it is celebrated zealously in Mathura and Vrindavan, the birthplace of Krishna and in the states of Gujarat, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and northeastern states of Assam and Manipur.

Makhan Chor

In Mewar region, Vaishnavas consider it as the most important religious festival because it marks the victory of good over evil. In Udaipur, the festival is celebrated in a way that showcases the typical Mewari culture. Several cultural activities are performed in different regions of Udaipur, but the most prominent and renowned one is held at Jagdish Chowk. The Dahi Handi event at Jagdish Temple is the biggest and renowned not only among locals but also visitors. Since Udaipur is a famous tourist destination many foreigners also love to attend this fest and witness this phenomenal event.

Dahi handi at jagdish chowk

Dahi Handi Event

Dahi Handi Event

In Mewar region, people usually keep fast and open it the next day or after midnight because Krishna was born at midnight. Devotees believe that Krishna will be born at midnight and thus they should eat only after his birth. In India, you can’t say it’s a festival unless special sweets are prepared, and Chappan Bhog is one for which Krishna Janmashtmi is famous for. ‘Chappan Bhog’ is a cluster of 56 dishes which is offered to God on the following day, which is known as ‘Nanda Utsav.’ After the offering, the food or Prasad is then distributed and shared among devotees so they can end their fast. Lord Krishna is also known as ‘Makhan Chor’ or “Laddu Gopal” or “Baal Gopal” and called with numerous other names. Since he was very fond of butter and milk, the Bhog mainly include dishes of milk like Makhan mishri (milk cake), rabri, rasgulla, murabba, saag, khichdi, milk, dry fruits, etc.

Chappan Bhog

Idols of Lord Krishna is adorned with news clothes and ornaments. The idol is placed in a swing called “Jhulaa,” which is also a part of the ritual. Then it is placed in a cradle to symbolize his birth. Women also draw tiny footprints walking towards their house, as a symbol for Krishna’s journey into their homes.

The bustling crowd at Jagdish Chowk, the colorful attires, the chants of “Haathi Godaa Palki Jai Kanhaiya Laal Ki”, the sweets made of milk and cream, pink-colored Gulal in the air, everything you see around is so enticing that one could easily forget the troubles of life and embrace the festive vibes with both arms open.


Udaipurblog wishes a very happy and joyous Krishna Janmashtmi to all its readers!!!

जय श्री कृष्णा..!!!  


Hariyali Amavasya Mela 2019: Udaipur’s way of welcoming Monsoon

If you have ever heard about Udaipur, its culture and traditions, there are hardly any chances you haven’t heard about the Mela (fair) of Hariyali Amavasya. Hariyali means greenery while Amavasya refers to the no-moon day as per Hindi terminology. It is a festival to rejoice rains due to which the earth gets covered with a blanket of greenery. Every year this festival is celebrated with high energy and enthusiasm in the Mewar region. There are many rituals associated with this fest, and people in Northern states of India celebrates this with great fervor.

Hariyali Amavasya Mela 2019
Credits: Siddarth Nagar


As it is a known fact that rains are considered as blessings of God and to show gratitude towards nature and its blessings, people celebrate Hariyali Amavasya to welcome the onset of monsoon. Like Rajasthan it is also celebrated in other Northern states of India such as Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and Maharashtra. In Maharashtra it is celebrated as ‘Gatari Amavasya’, in Andhra Pradesh as ‘Chukkala Amavasya’ and in Orissa it is known as ‘Chitalagi Amavasya’. As with the names, the rituals and traditions vary in different parts of the country, but the spirit of celebrations remains same.

Hariyali Amavasya Mela 2019
Credits: Siddarth Nagar

Being an Udaipurite I still remember, how eagerly as kids we used to wait for this day. The chief thing that attracted us the most about this festival was the Mela (fair) and which still is. We eagerly used to wait for this day which was marked by a school holiday and it was customary to visit the fair to enjoy rides and food with family. Everywhere you could see, are the vibrant colors, the bustling crowd and the vendors shouting out loud. While the women folks mainly loved to shop at the fair stalls, however, we as kids would make it sure not to miss out any of the rides and food was ofcourse our motto of life. The interesting part is, still after so many years nothing has really changed except the climatic changes.


Hariyali Amavasya Mela 2019
Credits: Siddarth Nagar

Let’s know some interesting facts about this Mela:

  • It is believed that the first Hariyali Amavasya Mela was set up by Maharana Fateh Singh, to celebrate the completion of a reservoir near Dewali pond, which eventually became a tradition and is still continuing.
  • Hariyali Amavasya is a two day celebration where the last day is usually reserved for women.
  • Like any other festival, this festive fair is not confined to a particular religion but gathers people from all the religion, class and castes which is certainly a mark of cultural integration.
  • The famous dish of Rabdi-Malpua is the showstopper of this mela. Most people just visit to palate the renowned dish which is also considered as a monsoon cuisine by locals.
  • Public places such as Moti Magri, Saheliyon ki Baari etc which usually have an entrance fee during other days of the year are kept free for these two days.
  • The Mela is more of interest to the tribals and rural crowd near Udaipur region, who comes up in huge crowd in traditional costumes and jewelry.
  • Also elderly folks of this region have a strong belief, that it will definitely rain on the day of Hariyali Amavasya.
  • The wooden sword wrapped with colorful papers, a colorful feathered hat and small trumpets of paper called Poopadi in native language are the souvenirs which validate your presence at Mela.
  • Women collectively pray for good rainfall and bountiful harvest.
  • Green is the color of the day and ladies in the Mewar region wear green which represent their love for nature.
  • Several schools and social groups & organizations celebrate it a day before, organizing cultural programs.
  • It is considered auspicious to plant a sapling on this day which is also having religious significance as per Hindu community.

This year Hariyali Amavasya will be observed on 1st of August, which will also be a collector declared holiday for schools, colleges and all government organizations. Observing the increasing popularity of this festival among domestic and international tourists,efforts are also made by Municipal Corporation of Udaipur to have this historic fair registered in the Guinness Book of World Records.

Hariyali Amavasya Mela 2019
Credits: Siddarth Nagar

While the festival is the time to rejuvenate and rejoice, there is an increasing threat as well from past few year, about depleting rainfall and vanishing forests in the Aravali region. As true Udaipurites lets join hands to protect our environment and trees so that our future generations could also enjoy this historic Mela.