Monthly Archives: January 2016

Jaipur to host Bird Fair at Jal Mahal

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Your interest and enjoyment of bird watching gets its wings!! For all Bird Lovers coming 5th & 6th February the favorite hotspot ‘Jal Mahal‘ will be your destination as once again it’s time for the annual Bird Fair in Pink City.

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JalMahal, the place where you would just love to sit by and watch the magical lake, mesmerizing architecture and the chirping of beautiful birds; domestic and foreign.

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It’s time to get your binoculars, cameras and gather at Jal Mahal to soak in the wonderful sights and sounds of birds

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Jodhpur turns birdwatchers’ paradise

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Rajasthan has already become a bird lovers’ paradise after the renovation of  prime lakes and ponds of the state . Given the spurt in the number of migratory birds at various locations this year, not just ornithologists, even ordinary birdwatchers and environmentalists are upbeat and are looking forward to the state being harnessed as a destination for bird lovers.

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Every winter Jodhpur attracts thousands of migratory birds from foreign lands, demoiselle cranes being vast in number. Khichan, a village in Phalodi tehsil of Jodhpur is known for a large number of demoiselle cranes that visit it every winter. This annual bird migration began with around a hundred cranes in the 1970s, when a local couple started feeding pigeons. Other villagers joined their efforts, and as of 2014, Khichan hosted over 30,000 demoiselle cranes from as early as August each year to as late as March of the following year.

This year they’ve broken the record by crossing the count of 80 thousand demoiselle cranes making the Khichan village of Jodhpur a prime destination for birdwatchers !

 

Vintage & Classic Car Rally enthralled Pink City

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Narrating a legacy which just couldn’t be ignored, the motive force in the mission to uphold quaint old cars, Rajputana Automotive Sports Car Club enamoured the Pink City of Jaipur with historical and exotic cars from the past, all at one place for display  on 23rd and 24th January,  at the 18th Vintage and Classic Car Rally 2016.

Organized in association with Department of Tourism, Rajasthan, the two days’ event brought together the aristocratic car collectors and owners in Jaipur. The 18th Vintage and Classic Cars Rally is an annual event which takes place in the capital city of Rajasthan having participation of iconic cars that dates back to the early century. Sparkling bright in their full glory, the Royal and Vintage Cars in Jaipur was a feast for eyes of the common people on weekend.

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With 102 participating cars from Jaipur, Delhi and Mumbai, the Vintage and Classic Car exhibition was inaugurated for display and judging by Hon’ble Minister of Public Works Department & Transport, Government of Rajasthan, Mr. Yunus Khan at Jai Mahal Palace, Jaipur .

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Hundreds of entries had been received this time, the oldest machine on wheels being n Austin Chami from the year 1922, while Veteran cricketer Ravi Shastri’s  Audi, Mr. Ashok Gupta’s Rolls Royce and Hollywood’s Mountbatten were other major highlights.   Many of the cars participated in the Rally for the first time, confirming that their restoration effort remains in top gear. Among the listed entries were products from, Austin, Dodge, Pontiac, Chrysler, Chevrolet, Buick, Rolls-Royce and Bentley.

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On Sunday, 24th January, the rally started from Jai Mahal Palace, Jacob Road, Jaipur, at 10.30 am after it was flagged off by the MLA, President of BJP Rajasthan, Mr Ashok Parnami. The vintage beauties then cavalcaded through Albert Hall and major streets of jaipur reaching back to the venue. The event was concluded by prize distribution on the basis of maintenance, originality, performance and restoration. Princess Diya Kumari’s  1956 model Wonderbird won the “Conquers elegance the classics” award and Businessman Mr. Vivel Goenka’s Packard from the year 1934 won the title of most original car in the Rally.

 

The Royal Umaid Bhawan Palace of Jodhpur is named world’s best hotel

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This is the first time in history when the World’s Best Hotel is coming from the state of royal Rajasthan. Jodhpur’s Umaid Bhawan palace has won the Travellers’ Choice award of ‘Top Hotel in the World’ by Trip Advisor.

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Set in the serene desert land of Jodhpur, Umaid Bhawan palace stands as an oasis of hospitality and warm Rajput charm. The Palace is one of the largest private residences in the world which was built  for Maharaja Umaid Singhji in the year 1943. Set amid lush gardens, with 64 hotel rooms and suites the royal palace echoes eras of traditions and offers the finest of Rajput hospitality and gives a memorable experience for the guests.

Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur has bagged not only the topmost position in the top hotels category in India and the world, but also won the most number of awards (7) by an Indian hotel across categories.

So whenever you are visiting Rajasthan, plan a holiday to taste this royal luxury!

Zee Jaipur Literature Festival kicked off amid vivid colors of Rajasthan

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Taking along all the paparazzi, speculations and expectations, the 9th annual ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival (January 21-25, 2016) kicked off amid soulful classical music wafted through the winter breeze at its favourite venue, luminous, sun kissed Diggi Palace, Jaipur by Rajasthan Chief Minister Smt. Vasundhara Raje along with the guest of honour Booker winner, Canadian poet, novelist and critic Margaret Atwood.

Jaipur Literature Festival, although, nourishes narratives and nurtures a fabulous literary community but also brings in a spontaneous momentum and energy in the Pink City for five days. Today, the festival saw a tremendous blend of celebrity participations, fashion updates and much more than just literature.

The vivid colors at Diggi Palace

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Talking about this year’s decoration, the vibrant Rajasthani puppets of all sizes appearing right from the entrance to the main lawn dazzled the visitors from each corner. Well, it doesn’t matter how dazzling the single literary stars be, the all decked Diggi palace eclipsed them all today. Draped in dramatic, pinks, oranges and blues, glinting with Rajasthani leheriya, bedecked with attractive jewels of food, books and beverages stalls, festooned with colourful Rajasthani Puppets and more puppets , and crossed and re-crossed by trails of  hippy fashionistas and long booted wonderful people, it’s a no overstatement that all the litterateurs of the world are digging on Diggi today!

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Charisma of Celebrities

The celebrities from B town to theatre, the renowned Rajasthani folk artists to international band players all flocked the festival. The special one was the session of renowned author Ruskin Bond. Besides, some celebrities were invited speakers while others were guests and performers, each celebrity appearance was giving a heavy voice to the event.

Aromas and flavours of Rajasthan

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What caught our attention apart from the literature was Food Zone!! The entire lawn was filled with the tempting aromas of various cuisines of Rajasthan and beyond. The Diggipuri Ki Chai is a must try, which instantly energises and instigates a desire for another cup of the tea. A visit to these inviting stalls at the food zone as well as book stalls was a perfect treat in between while shuffling sessions.

In spite of being a weekday, the First day of ZEE Jaipur Literature festival was tremendously crowded that at certain point of time it had become very difficult to stand and find place to sit for the readings.

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Yes, termed as Asia’s leading literature event, ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival is a celebration of national and international writers which will host speakers from 20 countries. The festival programme with readings, talks, book lunches, debates, performances, school kids workshops and exciting activities is also the best place for self branding and virtual Social Networking!

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Selfies and more Selfies !

Oh Ya Selfies !! Every second turn of the all decked Diggi Palace was a venue for selfie freaks! Pouts and poses made it more fun for the entire day at Jaipur Literature Festival. And the vibrant and lively puppets made for a wonderful backdrop for colorful JLF Selfies.

Cultural Bonanza

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The cultural and Musical evening is just about begin at Hotel Clarks Amer Jaipur. Rajasthan’s famous folk performing artists Kutle Khan Project  and international musicians Yom & Wang Li are going to perform tonight for the guests.

This is all from the day one,  tomorrow once again the colorful puppets of Rajasthan would welcome you to ‪#‎ZeeJLF and the folk dance of Rajasthan will perk up your morning, you can pick up the newspapers from the stack and go by the Indigo Standard Time to spend your day there, or you could serenely read the schedule and begin your day by watching some enlightening literati talk!

 

 

An ode to food @Times Food & Nightlife Awards 2016

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