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shopping during Holi festival ~ business as usual?

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shopping during Holi festival ~ business as usual?

We are planning to visit Jaipur duirng 15/16/17 March and would like to shop in the Johari Bazar for gemstones ~ as these dates are during the Holi Festival ~ are traders opening hours as normal or other? please advise ~ Tracy

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1. Re: shopping during Holi festival ~ business as usual?

Its close only on color day 17 March. Rest of days as per your market time open and close.

So don't worry & enjoy your shopping on holi.

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2. Re: shopping during Holi festival ~ business as usual?

Watch out for miscreants though...

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3. Re: shopping during Holi festival ~ business as usual?

Dear Tracy -

On the day of Dhulandi (the main colour and water throwing part of the festival), you will find the shops closed in the morning, although by late evening they usually reopen for business. Dhulandi is 17th. On this day, the rules of propriety are relaxed, people often take intoxicants like bhaang (cannabis leaf) and alchohol, and it is better to avoid unruly all-male groups if you encounter any on the streets. The tourism department organises safe Dhulandi celebrations for tourists usually at Khasa Kothi. You can go there if you wish. http://www.rtdc.in/khasakothi.htm

On 15th and 16th the shops will be open. Children like to throw water-balloons at passersby a couple of days before Dhulandi, and we usually keep an eye on the rooftops for this reason. It is harmless and fun and everyone has a good laugh.

On 16th afternoon the tourism department organises the Elephant Festival in the Rambagh Polo Grounds.

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4. Re: shopping during Holi festival ~ business as usual?

The shops are closed only on the day when Holi is played with colors.

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5. Re: shopping during Holi festival ~ business as usual?

the shops will be closed on 17th but it will be opened for 15th and 16th.

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6. Re: shopping during Holi festival ~ business as usual?

Markets are only closed on the day when holi is played with colors. Buying from Jaipur would be a great experience. Enjoy......

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7. Re: shopping during Holi festival ~ business as usual?

We too will be in Jaipur for Holi, something we're very much looking forward to.

We've been reading on the forums about the celebration hosted by RTDC at Hotel Khasa Kothi and just wondered if someone could clarify - is this an event that non hotel guests are permitted to join?

Thanks for any advice,

Lise & Sabrina

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