Tourists denied free entry to Chitrashala: Bundi’s spellbinding miniature paintings

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Tourists denied free entry to Chitrashala: Bundi’s spellbinding miniature paintings

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The eighteenth-century Chitashala of Bundi is nothing lesser than a mesmerizing result of art and creative imagination at one place all together. Numerous tourists from across the world come to come to Bundi to see the miniature paintings of the world-famous school of Bundi paintings.

The mesmerizing miniature paintings of Chitrashala are the most striking reminiscent of the rare art. The walls, ceiling of Chitrashala are completely covered with paintings of the Bundi school which are still in very good condition. These splendid paintings in the Chitrashala are par excellence and can be compared with probably the best anywhere in the world.

Chitrashala is situated within Taragarh Palace, for which the management of the palace is charging an entry fee of Rs. 500/- Chitrashala, however, falls in the list of monuments protected by Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and as per the norms, visiting such monuments cannot be charged or restricted between sunrise and sunset.

On our tour of Rajasthan, when we were traveling different places and exploring hidden gems of Rajasthan for the second edition of our coffee table book, Soul of Rajasthan, it was the paintings of Chitrashala that caught our fancy the most. Awestruck by its intricacy we decided to make Chitrashala’s photograph as Soul of Rajasthan’s cover picture.

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Depriving the tourists of cherishing these beautiful miniature paintings by charging a fee would not justify the purpose of opening the art palace and injustice towards the connoisseurs of the rare art.

Here’s a glimpse of Chitrashala from the time when we visited Bundi.

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Jaipur witnessed a fanfare of colours with Teej Festivities

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Jaipur witnessed a fanfare of colours with Teej Festivities

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A vibrant splash of colours, tremendous fanfare, and intriguing rituals, Teej festival in Jaipur is the time of year when the city brims with colours and fanfare. While peacocks celebrate monsoons with dancing in the rain, Womenfolk in Jaipur marks the blushing season by singing folk songs and swaying on a tree swing.

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One can never find any better way to experience the colourful culture of fascinating Pink City than now!  With the augment of August month accompanied by showers; Jaipur is brimming with the spirit of ecstasy and Teej festivities.

Sawan Teej festival was celebrated on 3rd and 4th August 2019. Teej
Festival though is fêted all over the state but celebrated at its colorful best in Jaipur. Jaipurites welcomed the advent of monsoon through Teej celebrations, which is also dedicated to Goddess Parvati and commemorates the day when she was united with Lord Shiva after a penance of a hundred years.

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A spellbinding procession of Goddess Parvati, followed by Palanquins, chariots, dancers and a band took place magnificently through the Old City of Jaipur for two days.

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Jaipur inscribed as World Heritage Site by UNESCO

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Jaipur inscribed as World Heritage Site by UNESCO

A moment of honour for all the Jaipurites as the Pink City, Jaipur has been inscribed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Replete with history, the city of royals symbolizes the pinnacle of Rajasthani cultural excellence and magnificent art in architecture, forts, palaces, and monuments.  It is a matter of great pride for Rajasthan!

 

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Rajasthan government gifts free air travel to senior citizens.

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Senior citizens of Rajasthan will now be able to travel abroad under the Senior Citizens Pilgrimage Scheme. Senior citizens will be able to travel to Kathmandu, Pashupatinath in Nepal by air. Devastation Minister Vishwaendra Singh has sealed the decision at a meeting of the state level committee at the tourism hall. This year, 5,000 passengers will travel on pilgrimage by air and 5,000 by rail.

Two new circuits have been added in rail travel and three in air travel. In the Dehradun-Haridwar-Rishikesh circuit, the pilgrims will be airlifted to Dehradun and from there by buses. In the Gangasagar-Southeshwar Kali-Velur Monastery-Kolkata circuit, devotees will be airlifted to the shrines by air and from there by bus. In the Pashupatinath Kathmandu circuit, the passengers will fly to Kathmandu by air and will be taken by bus to Pashupatinath from there.

In fact, earlier air travel included 6 circuits, which have been increased to 9. Meanwhile, two additional circuits have been added to the proposed Senior Citizens Pilgrimage Scheme. The rail journey includes Shri Govardhan-Nandgaon-Barsana-Mathura-Vrindavan circuit and Ajmer (Dargah of Moinuddin Chishti), Delhi (Dargah of Nizamuddin Auliya) and Fatehpur Sikri Agra (Dargah of Sheikh Salim Chishti) circuit.

Jaipur’s hotel makes it to TripAdvisor’s list for best service.

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TripAdvisor – The travel and restaurant website has just released its list of World’s Hotels for best services. And, one of the hotels of India, in Rajasthan- Jaipur just made it to their list.

Jaipur is loved by travelers and tourists all over the world for its enchanting beauty, but one more thing that makes the Pink City stand out is its sincere warm welcome to everyone who stops in the city. Yet again Jaipur has proved its hospitality-  the exquisite Oberoi Rajvilas has made it to the list of the hotels for best service and landed on the 21st position.

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The Oberoi Rajvilas is an alluring property located in Jaipur, with its ethereal gardens spread over 32 acres, along with reflection pools, and majestic traditional architecture. The hotel will make you fall in love with its awe-inspiring interior which offers lavishing rooms and villas, crystal chandelier lit fine dining space, air-conditioned fitness centre, relaxing spa treatments and when the day ends the most breath-taking sunset experience.

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So, next time you are in the Pink City, you know what will make your stay even more worth remembering as you will be treated like the Maharajas and Maharanis.

The Pioneer of Heritage Tourism, KESRI SINGH JI MANDAWA passed away

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It’s sad for the entire heritage tourism fraternity to hear about the demise of Thakur Kesri Singh Ji Mandawa.  A pioneer in Heritage Tourism, Thakur  Kesri Singh had been ailing for some time. He was 75 years old.

Thakur  Kesri Singh was responsible for putting Mandawa and the Shekhawati Region on the world tourism map. He was one of the founder members of the Indian Heritage Hotel  Association. He was on the  Board of Directors of  Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation (RTDC) for 4 years from 1995 to 1998. He was also awarded the Regional Tourism award for Northern India 6 times by the Government of India, Department of Tourism from 1994 to 1999.

Thakur  Kesri Singh  was also serving as the President of the Shardul Education Trust. He also served twice as the member of the Governing Body of the prestigious Ashok Club in  Jaipur.

Survived by his wife and three children, Thakur Saab will be remembered for introducing the heritage tourism in Rajasthan.

The funeral was held today i.e. 5th June 2019 in Mandawa.

Indigo to launch new Airbus between Jaipur and Delhi

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Indigo to launch new Airbus between Jaipur and Delhi

Good news for the frequent travellers between Jaipur and Delhi!

India’s popular airlines, IndiGo is prepared to begin new A321neo aircraft, Jaipur-Delhi. It is more fuel efficient, can fly a longer distance, and seat more people.

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The new Airbus 321 Neo is set to take its first flight in mid-June. It’s a new plane and Indigo is the only airline company that uses it in the country.

Happy Flying 🙂