Monthly Archives: August 2014

Ganesh Chaturthi in Ranthambhore

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RANTHAMBHORE-Fort

RANTHAMBHORE-Fort

Ganesh Chaturthi marks the beginning of festival season in India followed by Navratri, Dussehara, Diwali etc. Every year Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated as the birthday of Lord Ganesha all over the country. In Sawai Madhopur, the festival is rather more special. The ancient temple dedicated to Lord Ganesha is located in the fort of Ranthambore, about 12kms from Sawai Madhopur and it is one of the most important Ganesha temples in Rajasthan.

Ganesha Temple in Ranthambhore

Ganesha Temple in Ranthambhore

The visitors on this occasion get to see a cocktail of events and activities at the temple to celebrate the festival with fervor. Ganesh Chaturthi magnetizes millions of devotees to Ranthambhore every year. The idol is tinted in Orange color which is a highly sacred color, particularly in Hindu religion. Gorgeous and heavy golden ornaments as well as several wreath of marigold are utilized to festoon the Ganesha idol. A number of small but beautiful shops in the nearby market draw the attention of visitors and tourists.

Some pilgrims keep fast for three to four days in Ganesh Chaturthi to have complete control on their physical senses and to get indulged in the remembrance of Lord Ganesha only. Finally the Ganesh idols are headed for immersion with an over-enthusiastic crowd of devout dancing through the procession, which indicates the end of ceremony.

This year, Ganesh Chaturthi falls on August 29, 2014. If you are enthusiastic about visiting the sacred temple of Ganesha in Ranthambhore, then plan your trip now!

Celebrating 104th Birth Anniversary of Maharaja Sawai Mansingh II

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Sawai Man Singh II

Today is an important date, the day when Jaipur’s Maharaja Sawai Man Singh –II was born 104 years ago. Maharaja Sawai Mansingh-II is remembered for his great contribution to the modern development of Jaipur city of Rajasthan.

His commendable initiatives in modernization of Jaipur, creating infrastructure and founding numerous public institutions are a great boon to the city. To celebrate the legendary Maharaja Sawai Man Singh’s 104th Birth Anniversary various social and cultural events are being organized in the Pink City today and tomorrow.

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The 104th Birth Anniversary Celebration will be held today i.e. August 21, 2014 at Sawai Man Singh II Museum in City Palace Jaipur. A photographic Exhibition titled “Splendors of Indian Architectural Heritage” complimented by a talk show by Padma Shri Dr. Saryu Doshi will be held on Friday, August 22, 2014 05.00 pm at the Banquet Hall of Jai Niwas Garden, City Palace Jaipur.

The photographic exhibition is jointly organized by “Gunijankhana” and INTACH Jaipur Chapter in collaboration with “The Institute of Indian Interior Designers (IIID) Jaipur Regional Chapter.

Special train for Baba Ramdev Fair in Rajasthan

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In view of the heavy rush of devotees of Baba Ramdev for his annual fair , the Indian railway has started a “Mela Special Train” from Jodhpur to Ramdevra from August 19, 2014.

The first Mela Special Train has chugged on the wheels from Jodhpur at 09.30 am. Below is the list of stations where the Mela Stations will halt.

Rai Ka Bagh : 09.37 am

Mandore : 09.50 am

Marwar Mathania : 10.08 am

Tinwari : 10.19 am

Osian : 10.39 am

Faloudi : 11.45 am

Ramdevra : 01.00 pm

On return from Ramdevra to Jodhpur, the Mela Specia train will begin its journey from Ramdevra at 02.00 pm and halt at following stations:-

Faloudi : 02.38 pm

Osian : 03.27 pm

Tinwari : 03.55 pm

Marwar Mathania : 04.07 pm

Mandore : 04.28 pm

Rai ka Bagh : 04.40 pm

Jodhpur : 05.30 pm

 

 

Janmashtami in Jaipur

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Govind Dev Ji Jaipur

With the melodious sounds of flute and bass of drums, Janmashtami festival brought the air of cheer and happiness in Rajasthan.  Krishna Janmashtami is celebrated with great enthusiasm and fervor in Jaipur and the epicenter for these celebrations is the popular Temple of Govind Devji in City Palace premises.

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For the celebrations of Janmashtami i.e on Monday August 18, 2014, the magnificently adorned idols of Radha Govind ji are placed in a specially decorated swing and the temple is exploding with colors and energy.

Thousands of worshipers will now multitude the temple and celebrate the festival with an outpouring of ecstatic music, dance and poetry in both classical and common languages amid the tranquil sounds of temple bells.

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The temple will follow new time schedule today. According to this Gwal Jhanki will be open at 5.45 pm, Sandhya Jhanki at 6.30 pm and Shayan Jhanki at 9.30 pm.

Govind Dev Ji Temple Jaipur

Take part in the mesmerizing Aarti and ceremonies of Temple for the celebration and get engrossed in the harmonious ambiances of Janmashtami celebration at the Govind Dev ji Temple in Jaipur.

5 Long Weekend Destinations in Rajasthan

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The monsoon showers have deluged entire south, west and northern regions of India and this rejoicing weather is urging you to go out and enjoy the monsoon showers with family and loved ones or may be with yourself 🙂 But the work is not allowing you to take days off. Right? Oh well well !! Here’s your chance to steal some fun moments from the calendar. This year, Independence Day is falling on Friday, which means you will be getting a three day weekend to enjoy a desirably satisfying small holiday and your share of Monsoon!!

In this post we would suggest you some quick getaways to Rajasthan!! Here’s a list of some stunning and awesome destinations to spoil you with compelling choices.  Go ahead and plan your extended weekend!

  1. Udaipur and Mount Abu

Plan a trip to Udaipur endearingly called “Venice of East” for its mighty forts and palaces surrounded by shimmering lakes. The rustic hues of monsoon offer a marvelous experience of the royal city. Get awed by the beauty of Monsoon Palace, Lake Palace, Bagore Mansion, take a royal ride on horseback or indulge in city street shopping. If the city get a little too much urban, take a road trip to Mount Abu, the only hill station in Rajasthan complete with gushing waterfalls, melting sunset points and awe inspiring natural sceneries.

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Possible Itinerary: Delhi – Udaipur -Mount Abu – Delhi:

14th August (Thursday night) Delhi to  Udaipur ( Friday Morning) by Chetak Express / Mewar Express or by bus.

15th August: (Friday) Spend the day in Udaipur

16th August (Saturday): Enjoy the morning in Udaipur, leave for Mount Abu in the afternoon by a bus, reach Mount Abu by late evening

17th August (Sunday): Sightseeing in Mount Abu

17th August (Sunday night): Mount Abu to New Delhi (Monday morning) by Swarna J Raj Express or Ashram Express or by bus via Jodhpur or a direct taxi to Delhi

From Mumbai also you can travel the beautiful city Udaipur along with Mount Abu.

15th August, Friday: Reach Udaipur by Flight in the morning or by UDZ Superfast Express Train in the Afternoon.

15th August: Spend the evening in Udaipur.

16th August Saturday: Enjoy the morning in Udaipur leave for Mount Abu in the afternoon by a bus, reach Mount Abu by late evening.

17th August (Sunday): Sightseeing in Mount Abu

17th August (Sunday night): Mount Abu to Udaipur and then flight back to Mumbai.

  1. Jodhpur Jaisalmer from Delhi

The rambling desert land of Jaisalmer covers itself up in shades of green during the monsoons while Jodhpur, the blue city of Rajasthan accentuates its colors in the rains. These rain washed cities look picturesque dotted with ancient forts like Mehrangarh Fort or Jaisalmer Fort; Palaces like Patwon ki Haveli and Umaid Bhavan Palace are just some of the many culturally and historically significant sites to see.

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Jaisalmer Fort

Jaisalmer Fort

Possible Itinerary: Delhi – Jaisalmer – Jaipur – Delhi:

14th August Thursday Board a delhi Jaisalmer express train on Thursday to reach Jaisalmer on Friday Morning or take a taxi/bus.

15th August: (Friday) Enjoy the day in Jaisalmer, Explore Sand dunes nearby and the Golden Fort

16th August (Saturday): Enjoy the day in Jaisalmer, leave for Jodhpur in the evening by a bus or by a cab or by Jaisalmer Delhi express, reach Jodhpur by late evening

17th August (Sunday): Sightseeing + Food tour +Shopping in Jodhpur

17th August (Sunday night): Jodhpur to New Delhi (Monday morning) by Mandor Express by bus/taxi

  1. Ranakpur Kumbhalgarh

Ranakpur is a marvelous epitome of nature’s beauty and fabulous marble architecture. Mainly a Jain pilgrimage, Ranakpur would offer you a delighting monsoon experience amid the lush Aravalli ranges. Followed by the sculptured temple sighting tour you can head to a trip to the mesmerizing Kumbhalgarh fort by road. With seven fortified gateways, Kumbhalgarh Fort is famous for its longest wall in after the Great Wall of China.

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Kumbhalgarh Fort

Kumbhalgarh Fort

Possible Itinerary Delhi-Ranakpur-Udaipur-Delhi

14th August Thursday: Take HW ADI Mail and reach Falna station on 15th August Friday Morning. Take Taxi/Bus to Ranakpur.

15th August Friday: Sightseeing, Shopping and Photography in Ranakpur.

16th August Saturday: Afternoon 45 minutes drive to Kumbhalgarh Fort and then reach Udaipur.

17th Sunday Udaipur sightseeing and Journey back to Delhi by Train/Bus.

 

  1. Ajmer Pushkar

The holy cities of Pushkar and Ajmer together house two of the most revered holy sites in India. The 14 century Temple dedicated to Brahma is surrounded by numerous ghats and the Pushkar Lake which owes its existence to a legend. Ajmer on the other hand is known for the Shrine of Sufi Saint Moinuddin Chistri, Ajmer’s Dargah Shariff is an important pilgrimage site. Akbar Fort Museum in Ajmer is another place to visit or you can also go shopping in the small colorful markets of Pushkar for handicrafts.

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Possible Itinerary: Delhi – Ajmer – Pushkar – Delhi:

15th August (morning) Delhi to  Ajmer ( Friday afternoon) by Ajmer Shatabdi or by a taxi/bus, spend the day in Ajmer

16th August (Saturday): Visit Pushkar by a cab/bus and enjoy the day in Pushkar

17th August (Sunday): Relax in Pushkar in the lake side cafes; go back to Ajmer by evening

17th August (Sunday night): Ajmer to New Delhi (Monday morning) by Chetak Express by bus/taxi

  1. Mandawa Nawalgarh Shekhawati

Walk through the painted frescoes of Mandawa and Nawalgarh – the story book town of Shekhawati.  Famous for its magnificently painted havelis and frescoed walls, mandawa is a small town and Nawalgarh is an absolute retreat for those who admire art. The land of great business families of India depicts stupendous history through it intricate paintings and ancient havelis. The famous ones are Poddar Haveli, Morarka Haveli and Aath Haveli in Nawalgarh and Mandawa haveli.  Also don’t miss to check out the colorful bazaars of the town.

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Possible Itinerary  Jaipur- Mandawa- Nawalgarh

15th August Friday: Take a bus/taxi from Jaipur and Reach Nawalgarh in 3- 4 hours.

15th August : visit Havelis like Gulab Rai Ladia Haveli, Bansidhar Nevatia Haveli till evening Dinner at Hotel and retire for Night.

16th August Saturday: Breakfast in the hotel, check out from Hotel and drive to Nawalgarh. Enjoy the fresco trail route of painted walls on the streets of Nawalgarh followed by a Rajasthani style dinner and entertainment at the hotel.

17th Route back to Jaipur with splendid views of lush green Aravalli ranges and roads washed with monsoon showers.

Forhex Fair 2014

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Big news for the art and craft lovers!! Displaying true sophistication and craftsmanship the much appreciated and much awaited FORHEX Fair is back in the Pink City for its 6th year with a whole world of craft, handicraft and textile. The fair is scheduled to start from August14 to 17, 2014 at the B.M. Birla Auditorium, Jaipur- Rajasthan.

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The Forhex Fair is an indigenous initiative of Rajasthan Handicraft Exporters, to seek better marketing opportunities especially in the Indian Domestic Retail market. Providing a wide business opportunity to Handicraft sectors, the Forhex Fair will not only showcase the widest possible range of Crafts and Textiles but will also double up as a practical retail area for products made by local artisans, the student bodies of various craft & design institutes and the exporters This would thereby provide them rich clientele of local, national as well as international buyers on ‘Home Turf’.

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Forhex Fair since 6 years has been winning hearts in jaipur, and made a popular heart-throb event in the entire craft industry. This year, the footfall would not only include the local milieu; but merchandisers & buyers, art enthusiasts & craft professionals from around the world are expected to come to the city specially for attending the fair which will  showcase amazing collection of Handicraft & Textile under one roof.

Book your calendar for the fabulous art fair in Jaipur !!

 

 

9 Amazing Places Every Photographer Must Visit In Jaipur During Monsoon

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If you’re a passionate traveller and carry a smartphone or a camera or both , there are high chances that you love photography as well.
Apart from eating and dancing in rain, there is one more thing that carries its own charm in monsoons, Photography ! So if you are a local or a tourist who is luckily in Jaipur right now, these are the places that can be captured through your lens but touch your heart instantly and will stay there forever.

 1. Jal Mahal

Jal Mahal or Water Palace, where every Jaipurite or visitor of Jaipur would just love to just sit by and watch the magical lake and mesmerizing architecture of the palace. Sunrise and Sunset are the best times to get some terrific shots at this place with a perfect blend of nature and architecture.

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One day escape route to Bhangarh!

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There is no dearth of amazing off beat destinations in Rajasthan. From the historical sights to cultural landscapes, from Thar Desert to shimmering lakes, from serene temples to swanky beautiful malls, there are unlimited spectacular places to visit in Rajasthan. But this weekend how about hiking on a blissful and adventurous break at Bhangarh and discovers the secrets of the Haunted Ruins of Rajasthan along with heritage sceneries?

Yes, Bhangarh” is amongst India’s most haunted places, famous for its historical ruins, situated in Alwar district of Rajasthan and around 80 km. drive from the state capital Jaipur. The history and story of this fortress are irresistible. Entering the borders of Bhangarh between sunset and sunrise is strictly prohibited due to paranormal activities reported inside.

When RTB planned its first trip to Bhangarh we googled everything to get an idea about the place and roads etc. Now this blog will be giving you the first hand information. As it’s strictly prohibited to linger in the area after sunset, and we were not aware of the road conditions during monsoon, we thought to start early.

On Sunday morning, we hit the road at 9.30 am. Jaipur -Agra highway, which is too good to drive. We took a turn from place Dausa. The road further from dausa to Bhangarh was also good, but the entire view was just fabulous with scenic roadside beauty.

With good road conditions even during Monsoon it took just 1 and a half-hours to reach the place. The last few kms to Bhangarh was the village, where one could sight truly remarkable marble statues in making by the artisans on roadside. En-route there was quite a picturesque landscape, but we could not stop as our curio was forcing us to reach the cursed city in no time. By 11 am we reached at Bhangarh- it was totally covered with dark clouds and we could see the fortress standing amidst the lush green Aravalis. What an astounding sight it was!!

Bhangarh Premises

Bhangarh Premises

Ruins of Bhangarh

Ruins of Bhangarh

We hurriedly parked our cars and started moving towards the main gate of historic and haunted Bhangarh. Just at the entry there has been a Hanuman Temple- we bowed heads and prayed to be safe and moved ahead. The place looks beautiful and tranquil. What remains, though, is a shadow of once a beautiful kingdom.

Temple inside Bhangarh

Temple inside Bhangarh

Myths & Stories- Though there are myths associated with the place and no one is sure what actually happened that Bhangarh was abandoned soon after being built.

Myth1- Madho Singh built the town of Bhangarh with the approval of a Baba Balunath, who mediated there, but Baba gave him warning that the moment the shadow of your palace touches me entire city will be perished. In ignorance the palace raised to the level that the shadow reached the forbidden mark. Hence the devastation of entire town happened.

Myth2- Another myth is the legend of the Princess of Bhangarh, Ratnavati. She is believed to be the jewel of Rajasthan. In the area lived a tantrika magician well versed in the occult, called Singhia, was in love with the princess but knew that the match was impossible. One day Singhia saw the princess’s maid in the market, he used his black magic on the oil she was purchasing so that upon touching it the princess would surrender herself to him. The princess, however, seeing the tantric enchanting the oil, foiled his plan by pouring it on the ground. As the oil struck the ground it turned into a rock that crushed Singhia. Dying, the magician cursed the palace with the death of all who dwelt in it.  The next year there was a battle between Bhangarh and Ajabgarh in which Princess Ratnavati perished.

Archeological Survey of India about Ancient Site Bhangarh- Bhangarh was built in the 17th century, by Raja Madho Singh, younger brother of Man Singh, a general of Emperor Akbar’s army. At that time, Bhangarh had a population of over 10,000. Now, not a soul lives in the ruined but still a beautiful city. Bhangarh was the precursor of the exquisite old city of Jaipur, with it’s havelis, colorful bazaars, and temples.

ASI Board at the entrance of Bhangarh

ASI Board at the entrance of Bhangarh

Many earlier tourists states that there is some strange feeling in this air, causing anxiety and disquiet, but we found the place just beautiful and a fascinating retreat for nature and heritage admirers.

Walking through the narrow lanes of the old city was giving some eccentric feeling as all the houses were without roofs but well synchronized. One could feel the smell of past era just like in the stories- Once upon a time sort of, with a lot so many things to explore.

Bhangarh Ruins

Bhangarh Ruins

To be honest we could not feel any type of negative energy in the environ probably it shifted somewhere due to heavy rush on Sunday 🙂

Bhangarh Fortress

Bhangarh Fortress

There are no Ethereal appearing structures, but lies a marvelous Palace, so-called “Bhangarh Fort“. The remains are informative enough to take you on to a mesmerizing journey, for the reminiscence from the past.

The fort was huge, the ruins of Bhangarh include gardens, havelis, temples and banyan trees. We climbed up to go upstairs though the passage smelled foul because of the bats. There was one hall the ceiling of which was entirely covered with bats. Once at the top, a panoramic aerial view of the place was mind blowing. Flanked between three Aravali Mountains the fort of Bhangarh looks supreme.

Bhangarh Ruins

Bhangarh Ruins

Dried out waterfalls can be sighted on foothills and few bawdi’s in the premises itself.

Bhangarh is a beautiful place and the drive is equally enriching. While going back from Bhangarh one can halt at 2-3 beautiful picnic spots. One is the lotus pond at the right side. Little boys will offer their services for 10-20 Rs. for plucking fresh lotus from the pond.

Though the entire route is scenic but just after few kilometers there is a reservoir flowing on the right side. We saw some of the locals and visitors taking halt under the green shades of tall trees and climbing up the reservoir wall for a splendid view of flowing river, a few were having picnic nearby.

We suggest taking out a day off from your busy schedules and going for a fun filled adventurous journey to Bhangarh.

It’s just not the place, but the route also gives whimsical experience.

Travel Tips- A day trip is sufficient to explore Bhangarh

Be careful as there are number of monkey’s and langur’s in the Bhangarh premises.

Must have’s- if going in Monsoon; carry umbrallas as there is no place to take shelter once you are in fort premises.

Don’t forget to carry your camera.

Courtesy- Gaurav Hajela Photography (https://www.facebook.com/gauravpics)

Independence Day holiday package by Alsisar Hotels

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We all know why calendars are considered good New Year gifts! One of the first things any one does at the beginning of each year is to check the calendar for national and public holidays falling around weekends. 2013 was a glum year for all holiday freaks since some major off-days like Independence Day, Dussehra and Diwali fell on Sundays, resulting in no extra leaves. But 2014 promises some cheer with the possibility of as many as 14 extended weekends.

Hail the year 2014 that brought around 14 long weekends with major festivals falling on Fridays or Mondays. For the month August it is approaching!! Yes the much awaited, deeply desired long weekend, starting from 15th to 17th August, 2014!!

To make your holidays more fun, grand and luxurious Alsisar group of Hotels has planned an exciting package for you!!

It’s an Independence Day Special!

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Raksha Bandhan celebrations in Rajasthan

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The brother and sister bond is one of the most unique, precious and beautiful relationships in this world. And Raksha Bandhan celebrates the beauty and intensity of that bond. As the sister ties a “RAKHI” around her brother’s wrist, he is believed to promise to protect her from all the grievances in her life. As a custom, after the RAKHI is tied, the brother presents his sister with gifts. It symbolizes his love and blessings that he showers on his sister and is seen as a token of love and respect.

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In fact, offering gifts to sisters is a tradition of Raksha Bandhan. With years passing by, the enthusiasm amongst the brothers and their sisters, to celebrate the festival of bond between sisters and brothers, is increasing. Rajasthan a state where every festival is celebrated with great fervor and enthusiasm, Raksha Bandhan is also one of the beautiful festivals celebrated with love here. It is clearly visible from the wide variety of Rakhi designs and patterns, Raksha Bandhan gifts and sweets flocking the shelves of the stores in each city of Rajasthan, during holiday. The festival bears social significance in Rajasthan, because it symbolizes the importance of this beautiful relationship and bond between siblings.