Rare sighting of 10 days cubs at Ranthambhore National Park

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Whether it’s territorial clash between two grown up tigers or predatory pursuits or carcass gatherings of different animals, seasoned safaris in Ranthambhore National Park have notched up wildlife sightings we can’t imagine. Yet, if you ask us about that once-in-a-lifetime experience in the wild, it would be watching a mother tigress bringing her newborn cubs out in wilds just after 10 days.  The T-84 (Machali Junior) gave birth to new cubs and they were first sighted in zone 2 of Ranthambhore Park on Thursday.

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The mommy tigress in the rare image is showing the signs of recent birth. For the tigers, last few months of their pregnancy are a secret affair: they’ll usually isolate themselves to give birth in a sheltered, hidden spot, where the new arrivals are spirited away for the first four to six weeks of life. “Typically a big cat would move off on its own, give birth and only introduce her litters to open places when they are more capable of fending for themselves. But this is once in a lifetime experience.  Currently, looking at the safety of the cubs, Tiger safari has been stopped at the national park.

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But, be ready to witness more action as this summer will be exciting and full of frivolities of these young tigers as Ranthambhore’s Queen aka Arrow-Head will be seen roaming around with the new cubs.

 

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Nahargarh and Amer’s Water Harvesting System becomes a new tourist spot in Jaipur

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The tourists visiting Jaipur will now get to see the marvels of ancient archeology at Nahargarh and Amer Fort of Jaipur. In an initiative by Department of Archaeology and Museum, which has tied up with “Heritage Water Walks”, tourists visiting these heritage sites can witness and understand the amazing water harvesting structures on request. As informed by the Director of Archaeology & Museums, Government of Rajasthan, Mr. Hridesh Sharma today, the 2-hour water walks both at Nahargarh and Amber are designed to understand the sacredness of water in Rajasthani culture and the wisdom of our ancestors. It uncovers the stories hidden in the majestic forts of Nahargarh and Amber Palace.  The tourists may choose to enjoy a walk into jungle or witnessing the majestic grandeur of the forts. They may also choose to be amazed at the marvelousness of water technologies of past. Such walks are being conducted since 2015. The timings for these walks are : Nahargarh Fort (6 am to 5 pm); Amber Palace (8am to 5 pm – winters; 10 am to 5 pm – summers).

 

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The story of Nahargarh Water harvesting structures is also the story of ingenuity of Rajasthan society to innovate for all its needs. Built In 1734 during the reign of Sawai Jai Singh (1698-1740), the extensive water systems of Nahargarh is one of the most significant features of the fort. Water catchment for Nahargarh extends to about 6 kms surrounding the fort. A network of six closed catchments connects through small canals and aqueducts and drains are laid in and outside the fort. Small canals bring rainwater from the higher reaches of the hills. The bed of these canals is designed in such a way that it is on a gradient and also at the same time has an undulating course. Nahargarh has two large step wells (Bawri) and a smaller step well known as ‘Kund’. The large step wells receive water from the catchment in the surrounding hills. The ‘Kund’ receives rainwater harvested from the fort complex alone.

 

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The story of Amber water lifting and harvesting structures is also equally ingenuous as that of Nahargarh. Water harvesting system here shows how the provision of water for large residences was made bearing in mind the refined water conservation mechanism and superior architectural practices of 16th century Rajputana. Raja Man Singh I built Amber Palace in 1599. It was further expanded for next 150 years by Mirza Raja Jai Singh and Jai Singh II until Jai Singh II decided to move the capital to newly built Jaipur City in 1743. The extensive water system of Amber Palace is one of the most significant features of the Palace.  Amber palace has two sources of water – Maota Lake and rainwater harvesting within the palace. A series of six structures (buildings) lift water from Maota Lake all the way up to the fort through a complex relay system.  Unlike rainwater harvesting system of Fort Nahargarh, which collects water from surrounding hills via extensive network of drains, Amber Palace uses a much more sophisticated mechanism to lift water few hundred feet above from Maota Lake.

 

Ever since the water walks have started a large number of Indian and foreign tourists, students, civil service officers, designer, architects, citizens of Jaipur and even renowned authors of Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) have experienced the walk.

A walk to the moon and back in Udaipur

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Museum of the Moon- an art installation of a replica of the moon in Udaipur

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The renowned artist promoted by British Council- Luke Jerram’s Museum of the Moon is touring India all this month, and this Tuesday, the Museum of the Moon landed in Udaipur where it was showcased at the City Palace’s Moti Chowk. It stayed in the sky till Wednesday night i.e. Valentine’s Day, the promoters said.  Numerous people of the Lake City and  tourists were enthralled not only to see the ‘Moon’ so close but also to feel its magnificence. They posed in various positions, some danced, some pretended to hold it on palm and carry on shoulders, while others kissed under the massive structure and rejoiced.

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The 23-feet wide replica of the moon has been made from NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter camera in collaboration with UK Space Agency and University Of Bristol and the Association for Science and Discovery Centres.

Giving details of the artwork to media, country director of British Council Alan Gemmell said, “2018 marks the 70 years of the organization in India and the end of the UK-India Year of Culture. We have been inspired everyday of the last 7 decades by the artists, students, scientists and policy makers we’ve worked across India”.

The Museum of Moon has so far traveled to 30 countries and this month it is touring India. Five surprise destinations had been chosen for its public display. After Bangluru and Mumbai, Udaipur is the third city where it has come, Alan informed. The Museum of Moon is half a million times smaller than the real moon- meaning one centimeter of it represents 5 kilometers of lunar surface.

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HIDDEN TREASURES, JAIPUR – AN EXPERIENCE THAT GOES BEYOND THE EXHIBITION

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Rajasthan’s popular heritage mansion of Jaipur, Diggi Palace is all set to host yet another event that will make the city go crazy about it. There will be lights, decorations, food and how can we forget the mesmerizing hidden gems from all around the globe, who will present their treasures in Rajasthan’s capital city Jaipur for the first time. Hidden Treasures is a lifestyle exhibition that will leave you with no choice but only to shop, shop and shop.

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Lifestyle, trends, accessories and fashion, no these are not the only things that Hidden Treasures is about. It is a lifestyle exhibition that is much more massive and unique in itself that you will witness for the first time in Jaipur. Experience the show that has fun-frolic activities in store for the non-shoppers in you.

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A fan of music and can’t say a no to your friend to accompany her for this extravagant lifestyle exhibition, then don’t hesitate because open mic and live music sessions are there to accompany you. Hidden Treasures has been curated keeping you in mind as well, and they will offer the best live music and open mic sessions along with night band performance.

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No show is complete without food and Hidden Treasures will bring to you scrumptious delights that will leave the taste in your mouth forever. Mouth-watering sherbet, tangy chaat and melt-in-the-mouth desserts will make you fall in love with them and no one can stop you to take loads of bags of these delicacies home.

Guys and girls this exhibition is like no ordinary one and it is definitely not only for the shoppers, but also for the entertainment enthusiasts that is present inside you.

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Date: 23rd-24th February

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

THE FERVOR OF MAHASHIVRATRI IN JAIPUR

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Shiva being one of the 3 gods of the holy trinity of Brahma, Vishnu & Mahesh, Mahashivratri is a big festival in India. Shiva with a crescent on his head, the holy Ganga flowing out of his hair, snake around his neck, a Trishul in one hand and a Damru in the other, flying hair and dancing as ‘Natraja’ is a symbolic representation of the Universe or the 5 elements of Nature. In Shiva temples, it is depicted as a ‘ Shivalinga’ which is the ‘Shiva Tattva’ or the God particle.

Jaipur with its 3500 old temples (over at least 100 years old) is endearingly called ‘Choti Kashi’ & undoubtedly has its own tradition of celebrating Mahashivratri in the city.

Though the whole city would be celebrating the festival, If you happen to be in Jaipur on the 13th of February, we have a list of temples for you to visit on Mahashivratri and celebrate the day with Jaipur.

1. Eklingeshwar Temple, Moti Doongri:

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Atop the ‘Moti Dungri’ temple, it forms a beautiful skyline to the new Jaipur city. This beautiful temple located inside the Moti dungri hill is accessible to the public only once a year on Mahashivaratri. Be there early morning as the queue to reach the temple gets really long, really fast. The devotees will flock temples to bathe the Shivlinga with water, milk, and honey; offer bel-leaves, and take a vow for purification of the soul.

2. Gaiteshwar Temple, Bramhapuri near Gaitore ki Chattriyan

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Located in Gaitore ki Chattriyan, Gaiteshwar Mahadev is a popular Shiva Temple in Jaipur. During Mahashivratri a large crowd of devotees comes here to worship Lord Shiva. Also, a big classical Bhajan evening would be organized here by the Gaiteshwar Kala Sansthan on Mahashivartri, invoking lord Shiva.

3. Ambikeshwar Mahadev Temple, Amer, Jaipur

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This temple situated in the Amer Fort of Jaipur holds great religious importance in Jaipur. To reach the temple one has to climb down steps as this is one of the few temples situated below the ground level. It is believed that the Shivling here is a natural one which was founded buried 22ft under the earth.

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The legend has it the King Kankil Dev had a cow that gave milk only at this particular spot on the hill. The King then decided to get the place excavated. During the excavation a Shivling was found, the temple was thus constructed & the Shivling lies at the same place, devotees have to peek inside to see the Shivlinga which is now encased by a circular hole. It is believed during the monsoon season, the Shivlinga submerges in 10ft water.

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4. Tarkeshwar Mahadev, Temple, Chaura Rasta –

untitled-8One of the oldest temples in the pink city is Tarkeshwar Ji Temple Chora Rasta which was built in 1784 A.D with a Black stone of 9” diameter.

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5. Pracheen Bhavya Dwadash Jyotirling Temple, Amer, Jaipur 

untitled-2One of the old temples of Jaipur, it is located ahead of Ambikeshwar temple in Amer, near the Jagat Shiromani Temple. As you walk up the ramp and then the steps to the temple, you enter a beautiful courtyard which houses a small marble shiva linga guarded by a copper snake, marble Nandi, and a Trishul-damru. A small dried tree almost fans over it in the shape of a snake.

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6. Kala Mahadev Temple, Jaipur – Surrounded by Aravalli Hills, Kala Mahadev Temple is unlike any other Shiva Temple in Jaipur, It is believed that Maharaja Man Singh ordered the construction of this temple following all the Tantric rituals. Open from all four sides, this holy shrine is known for offers a beautiful view of the Jaipur city. The Shivlinga is the presiding idol here along with a statue of Nandi, Goddess Parvati, God Ganesha and Kartikeya. The nearby Kanak Valley and Kanak Vrindavanmake the temple extremely peaceful & blissful to visit.

A large number of devotees observe a strict fast on the day sans food and water to absolve them of all the sins by penance. This festival is celebrated by both men & women of the Hindu community. After fasting for the whole day, they devotedly pray to the God. Married women perform the rituals for the well-being of their husbands. Unmarried girls perform these rituals to get a good husband like Lord Shiva. Few people fast without food or water, while others fast eating only bananas & milk.

Some of the Lord Shiva temples observe Jaagaran during the whole night of Mahashivaratri. Only after daybreak, the various foods offered to the Lord are eaten by the devotees as ‘Prasad’.

Here is hoping you all have a blissful Mahashivratri.

Women driven E-rickshaws for the tourists in City Palace Jaipur

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Jaipur’s “Pink City Richshaw Company”, which runs women-driven e- rickshaws in the city will now be running 2 custom designed and eco-friendly rickshaws in the City Palace of Jaipur. These e- rickshaws will now be available at the Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum for facilitating the visitors and tourists. This facility was launched by MLA, Sawai Madhopur, Princess Diya Kumari at the City Palace. The facility is introduced in collaboration with Princess Diya Kumari Foundation (PDKF) that promotes women’s empowerment initiatives.

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On the occasion the Princess said that it is only appropriate that the eco-friendly e—rickshaws will now be available for the visitors to the City Palace Museum. She said that such rickshaws should be available at all the tourist centers of the city.  They are safe, economical as well as promote women. She hoped that this facility will be used increasingly more for the walled city of Jaipur. Looking at the demand for such rickshaws at the City Palace the number from 2 could be increased.

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The Princess also took a ride in the rickshaw within the premises of the City Palace. Also present on the occasion were: Honorary Advisor, PDKF, Ms. Shivina Kumari and AVP, Access Development Services & the Director, Pink City Rickshaw Company, Ms. Radhika Kumari. The name of the two women drivers of rickshaw are: Jyoti Verma and Gulab Devi.

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Pedal into wild with Udaipur Jungle Safari.

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Experience Pedaling through the wilds- A cycling Expedition amidst the Jungles of Rajasthan.

The Forest Department of Rajasthan – Wildlife circle Udaipur in association with “Le Tour De India” as their adventure partner is coming up with an exclusive wildlife adventure event from 16th to 18th February 2018 in Udaipur. An Initiative by “Rajasthan Forest Department – Wildlife circle Udaipur with an aim to promoting Wildlife-Eco-Responsible tourism at the same time to provide the Cyclists with a thrilling jungle experience, this cycling safari is the new way to experience the jungle from close. This adventure jungle expedition is specially designed amidst the wilderness of Aravallis of Udaipur range, India. Come and indulge yourself in one of a kind cycle expedition amidst jungles of Udaipur range of Southern Aravallis.

With the pedal safari the adventurers will also get to explore archaeological sites, rare avian and animal species, mountain bicycling and much more at an exciting pace in the Lake City of Udaipur.

Bookings and itinerary:

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