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The Indo-French festival ‘Bonjour India’ to begin on Nov 18 in Amer

The Amer palace will be completely closed for tourists.

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February 1, 2018, 11:52 am

amber palace and fort in jaipur

Amber fort and palace in Jaipur.

Jaipur: The iconic Amer Palace will be the venue for the third edition of an Indo-French fest – Bonjour India. The event, which is a 4-month-long voyage, will start at Amer on November 18 and is expected to be attended by 300 delegates. Bonjour India will cover 100 programmes and projects in 33 cities across 20 states and union territories from November 2017 to February 2018.

On November 18, due to this event, the Amer palace will be completely closed for tourists. During this time the elephant rides, Segway scooter rides, battery cars, night tourism and light and sound will not be organized. The main event will be held at Ganesh Pol in the palace and during this visit, the delegation will also explore other areas of the majestic palace.

Pankaj Dhirendra, Amber Palace superintendent, stated that a letter will soon be issued regarding the schedule of the entire program. The fest will be inaugurated here hence the palace is being closed as a part of security measures. He confirmed that tourists will not be allowed to enter the complex for one day. The government has been making necessary arrangements to conduct the event after Amer was decided as the venue for this event.

Bonjour India is not just a festival, but also a beautiful way of strengthening Indo-French relations. It is an opportunity to witness some of the best Indian and French artists performing together. It will showcase Indo-French expertise in education, innovation, science and technology, art and culture, and thereby trigger further collaborations between the two countries. The festival will also be held at India Gate in New Delhi. There are plans in place to prepare a digital wall for the audience. Under the smart city project in India, the French Government has signed an agreement to help in making Chandigarh, Nagpur, and Chandannagar (Near Kolkata) smart cities. As part of the festival, projects will focus on the heritage conservation of Chandanagar. The first edition of this festival was held in 2009 while the second edition took place in 2013-14.

First published: November 15, 2017