Monthly Archives: May 2013

Indian Railways to run special trains from Jaipur for Jyotirlingam Darshan!

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The Ministry of Indian Railway has decided to launch seven Jyotirlring special trains from Jaipur Junction. These trains will run under the authorization of Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation. The trains are scheduled to be departure from Jaipur Junction on 30th June and passengers boarding these trains will return back to the Jaipur by 11th July. Trains will cover the various ‘Mahadev’ pilgrim spots in the course of 10 days.

A most revered pilgrimage circuit in India is the visit to the holy places of 12 Jyotirlingas It will be an enthralling experience for any of the Shiva devotee

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Pilgrims will have an opportunity to visit the various temples on route. The itinerary of the routes and pilgrim spots covered is as follow:

July, 1 – Mahakaleshwar temple of Ujjain.

July, 2 – Onkareshwar and Dwarika of Indore.

July, 4 –  Naageshwar.

July, 5 – Somnath.

July, 7 – Grhineshwar  of Aurangabaad.

July, 8 – Bheemashanker.

July, 9 – Trimbhakeshwar.

You can get your bookings done from now onwards. Ticket fare per passenger is going to be Rs. 6600.

Spend your vacations differently this summer by visiting all these auspicious pilgrim spots.

 

 

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Jungle Safari to start soon in Jhalana Forest Jaipur!

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Jaipur is all set to receive yet another spot for tourist as well as local visitors attaraction. The forest department of Jaipur is planning to start a Jungle Safari for the locales as well as tourists in the Jhalana Jungles of Jaipur. The report has been submitted to the tourism minister, Ms. Bina Kak to sanction it and execute the whole plan.

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The forests of Jhalana are merely 500 meters away from the Apex circle of Malviya Nagar. Report includes the construction and maintenance of routes that will take the visitors around the jungles to explore the various species of birds and animals. According to an official special safari cars will be provided to explore the jungles. There is going to be a specific entry charges for the jungle safari. The department has also made a special ‘Panther Conservation plan’.

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The plan also include installation of cameras for the monitoring of Panthers to ensure their safety and also to have an eye over their movement. It is planned to run only petrol vehicles to roam around in the jungle to prevent pollution .

The forest of Jhalana is spread in around 2000 hectares. Prominent wildlife of the forest is Panther. Other exotic species of Caracal, rabbits, squirrels are also found.

So, Jaipur is about to receive a new tourist hot-spot and that too a Jungle Safari. Isn’t it a great achievement?

Tiger Dynasty at Ranthambhore National Park

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Rajasthan homes many tourist destinations. Among them, the place Ranthambore holds a unique attraction to sightseer. Needless to say, as Ranthambore National Park houses a large number of Bengal tigers that can be easily observed hunting and taking care of their young ones. Once the hunting grounds of the Maharajas of Jaipur, the destination pulls the attention of myriad wildlife lovers and photographers every year.

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Ranthambhore National Park, characterized by rocky plains and steep cliffs, also supports a diverse range of flora and fauna. offering a view of a variety of birds, Leopard, Langur(Monkey), Hyena, Caracal, Bears, Jungle cat, Jackal, Wild Boar,  marsh crocodiles and different species of Deer. Several water bodies are located inside the park that provide forest inhabitants a complete relief and gives more chances of tiger sighting during the scorching summer months.

A visit to the park is certainly going to be a treat for you, and every nature and wildlife lover. Watching tigers wandering around, numerous other species of cheery birds and animals are going to give you ‘never to be forgotten’ experience. Your one visit to the park will give you priceless moments, a happy tiger tale to take home back.

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Apart from the park, other destinations in Ranthambore are the temple of Lord Ganesha and Ranthambore Fort. This magnificent fort of Ranthambore is maintained and preserved by the ASI (Archeological Survey of India). The Ranthambore Fort stands at the heart of the national park.

When to visit:

For the wildlife savvy, summers are the best time to visit Ranthambore wildlife sanctuary. Water is not plentiful so the animals come down to the watering holes to drink, the grass dies off and it’s easier to see tigers lying in their rest times.

Though the park is open from October to June, winter months are cold while the oppressive temperatures in summer months make it almost unbearable. February and March have pleasant weather, but the greatest chances of spotting a tiger are in April and May.

Experience the great outdoors and have a great holiday like never before, in the magical environs of Ranthambhore National park!

Abhaneri -A marvelous piece of architecture

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Abhaneri, a place with glorious past attracts tourists to its threshold, from all over the world. Situated at a distance of 95 km from Jaipur, on Jaipur-Agra road, Abhaneri,  is popular for the Chand Baori Step Well and Harshat Mata Temple.

 Abhaneri was named as Abha Nagri, which means the city of brightness, but due to mispronunciation of the term, it is changed to the present name.

Abhaneri is prominent for ‘Baoris‘, which are the unique invention of the natives for harvesting rainwater. Amongst the other step wells, Chand Baori is the most popular one. This colossal step well is located in front of the Harshat Mata Temple. Chand Baori is one of India’s deepest and largest step wells. The huge tank with delicate carvings certainly is delightful to the eyes. It is one such astonishing view which can never be seen anywhere. Chand baori is a best example of geometry excellence of the bygone era. The charm and amazement of the place go lost somewhere in the passage of time.

Step wells are the unique concept of India. These big tanks were used as cool places of resort and water reservoir in parched days. It was a ritual to wash hands and feet before visiting the temple. Adjoining the Chand Baori, there is a temple, dedicated to Harshat Mata. This temple serves as the other tourist attraction of Abhaneri. Raised during the 10th century, the wrecks of the temple still boast of the architectural and sculptural styles of ancient India. One can find many famous Baories in India, but different thing about Abhaneri Baori is that, the steps, to reach the water. There are three ways to reach water and steps are divided into stories.

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Harshat Mata is considered to be the goddess of joy and happiness. As per the beliefs, the goddess is always cheerful, who imparts her joy and happiness to the whole village. The temple is worth visiting for its amazing architecture and that too, which belongs to the medieval India.

Abhaneri has a glorious past and this hoary magnetism of the place, attracts tourists to its threshold, from all over the world.

Reasons to visit: If you are photography enthusiast or historian or loves heritage or one who like exploring new place then you must visit this place.

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Every year Tourism Department of Rajasthan organized a three day Abhaneri Festival in the month of Nov- Dec,to promote heritage tourism. All three days are  full of fanfare, music and colourful performances to woo tourists. Various local artists performs various musical & traditional performances. Onthe other hand, camel cart rides are also arranged for tourists and spectators.

Interpretation Center at Jantar Mantar, Jaipur launched today!

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Art & Culture Minister, Ms. Bina Kak inaugurating the Interpretation Centre today. The Mayor of Jaipur, Ms. Jyoti Khandelwal and Addl. Chief Secretary, Art & Culture, Ms. Aditi Mehta

Art & Culture Minister, Ms. Bina Kak inaugurating the Interpretation Centre today. The Mayor of Jaipur, Ms. Jyoti Khandelwal and Addl. Chief Secretary, Art & Culture, Ms. Aditi Mehta

Art & Culture Minister, Ms. Bina Kak today inaugurated the Interpretation Center at UNESCO’s World Heritage Site, Jantar Mantar.
A boon to tourist as the 8 minute audio visual will give a fairly good idea of the various instruments of the observatory. At one time around 20 tourists can see the audio-visual at the centre.

DSC_1955The centre has been developed by the Amber Development & Management Authority (ADMA). The audio visual film will brief the audience about the working principles and chronology of historic events which took place before and after its making. The interpretation centre of such sort is already working in the Jantar Mantar located at different places, such as Varanasi, Mathura, Ujjain and Delhi.

It is to be recalled that the Jaipur observatory was completed in 1734 AD. It is the biggest one among the five (Jaipur, Delhi, Ujjain, Agra and Varanasi) and contains almost all of the Raja’s instruments with a greater degree of precision. The “Rashivalaya yantra” (Zodiac Circle or Ecliptic Instruments) is found no where else except at Jantar Mantar, Jaipur. Sawai Jai Singh II himself used to take astronomical readings in this observatory situated near his palace, now popularly known as “The City Palace”.

Take a trip to Rajasthan Museums on ‘World Museum Day’!

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The worldwide community of museums will celebrate International Museum Day today on 18 May, 2013.

Museums can be a great way of peeking into the history of a place and culture as each artifact has some interesting tale. The museums in Rajasthan can get you a clear understanding of the rich and diverse culture, traditions, arts, history, crafts and other notable features of the state.

On“World Museum Day” let’s take  a trip to the famous museums of Rajasthan that form an intrinsic part of the tourist attractions of Rajasthan.

 Albert Hall, Jaipur

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located in the gardens of Ram Niwas Bagh in Jaipur and is believed to be the oldest in the state. Colonel Sir Swinton Jacob designed the museum in 1876 to welcome King Edward VII on his visit to India. The museum was opened to public ten years later. The rare articles on display are metal and wood crafts, pottery, arms and weapons, textiles, carpets, paintings of flora and fauna of the state, toys, and dolls.

Maharaja Sawai Mansingh Museum, City Palace, Jaipur

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Located within the City Palace complex, the museum is the brainchild of Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II and houses ancestral collections of successive rulers of Amer and Jaipur. Initially, only selective visitors and dignitaries could visit this museum with prior permission. In 1959 this private museum was opened to the public.

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The City Palace Museum is the jewel in the crown of the Udaipur City Palace Complex It is here that you can immerse yourself in the history of the Maharanas of Mewar, and really get a feel for their culture and how royalty lived.

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 Government Museum, Jodhpur

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Located in Umaid Public gardens of Jodhpur, the museum has a huge collection of artifacts that reveal the rich history of the region. It was during the reign of Maharaja Umed Signhji, the beautiful museum was built. The museum also boasts a great architecture and the credit goes to Edwardian architect, Henry Vaughan Lanchester.

The various exhibits of the museum include textiles, miniature portraits, weapons, local crafts and images of Jain Tirthankars. The collection also consists of stuffed animals. Stuffed animals like birds are kept in glass cases. A separate military section, which displays wooden biplane models and an excellent brass battleship, is also well appreciated.

Prachina Museum, Junagarh Fort, Bikaner

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With a vision to preserve rich cultural diversity and to showcase monolithic identity of Bikaner, this Cultural Center and Museum was established by Siddhi Kumari daughter of Late Maharaja Narendra Singhji of Bikaner in 2000, at the beginning of the new millennium. Located in the great Junagarh Fort, it reflects the vivid glimpses of legacy that survived in the contemporary past.

The museum displays royal costumes and textiles, family portraits of the former rulers, their changing cultural milieus from generation to generation, their response to Western influences, their ritualism and religious accessories, and the legacy of their patronage which survives in Bikaner’s contemporary arts and crafts till date.

Rao Madho Singh, Museum Kota

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The city palace houses the excellent Rao Madho Singh Museum. You’ll find all the stuff necessary for a respectable royal existence – silver furniture, ingenious weapons and a stable of palanquins. The oldest part of the palace dates from 1624. Amazing mirror work and some of Rajasthan’s best-preserved miniatures decorate the small-scale apartments – the upstairs rooms dance with exquisite paintings of hunting and court scenes.

Government Museum, Ajmer

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Akbar built this imposing palace in 1570 – partly as a pleasure retreat, but mainly to keep a watchful eye on local rulers. It was here, on 10 January, 1616, that Sir Thomas Roe, ambassador of King James 1 of England, was given the first official audience by the Emperor Jehangir. Akbar’s Palace houses the government museum, which has a small collection of stone sculptures, weapons and miniature paintings.

The Art Gallery of the museum has specimens of miniature paintings on leaves of the peepal tree, mica and old lithopapers alongwith the paintings of the Maharajas of Bharatpur.

MehranGarh Fort Museum, Jodhpur

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The magnificent Mehrangarh Fort of Jodhpur houses rare and interesting artifacts, textiles, paintings and transport items. The beautiful Palanquin and Howdah Galleries have some of the most captivating historic items that are both old and expensive, on display.

 

Recognize the role of museums across Rajasthan in enhancing heritage awareness and social identity, today on World Museum Day. Spend at-least half a day exploring the museums and most important, do not touch the artifacts that are preserved in the museum.

As per the information from the spokesperson of Archeological & Museum Department, there will be no entry fee charged from the visitors today visiting museums in the state.

And when we are writing this blog- Oldest Museum of the state- Albert Hall Museum gets virtual. Now, it has its own website started from today.

 Tourism minister of Rajasthan Ms. Bina Kak launched the website of the pride of Jaipur- The Albert Hall Museum.
One can have a virtual tour of the Museum through the website and also get other valuable information like timings, fares and more.
http://alberthalljaipur.gov.in/