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The Best of Jaipur- Pink City’s Top Tourist Attractions

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The Best of Jaipur- Pink City’s Top Tourist Attractions

Rajasthan is one of the most attractive tourism destinations in India. The state has many popular destinations like Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Udaipur, Bikaner and Jaipur. Each city has something different to offer whether it’s the white buildings and deserts of Jaisalmer or pink beauty of Jaipur.

Jaipur is a treat for people who admire great culture and grand architecture. The city has many popular sites that you can visit. Here are the top attractions of Jaipur-

 

Amber Fort

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The most frequented tourist spot of Jaipur is this majestic fort which is the lowest fort of the city. Amber fort is made in Hindu style with red sandstone and marble. The fort has four main levels- Diwan-e-aam, Diwan-e-khaas, Sheesh Mahal and Sukh Niwas. Amber houses Shitla Mata temple which is thronged by devotees. The fort overlooks Maota Lake and in the evening you can enjoy Light & Sound Show here.

When you are at Amber Fort, you have to eat at the 1135AD restaurant here for its traditional food and old world charm.

 

Jaigarh Fort

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Jaigarh was built by Maharaja Jai Singh II to provide protection to Amber fort. This huge fort is quite famous especially because it has Jaivana, the world’s largest cannon on wheels in those days. There is also an armory and museum inside the fort.

 

Nahargarh Fort

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This fort is the highest located fort in Jaipur and provides a great view of the city. Nahargarh fort is a two storey building, built in Indo-European style. It has nine similar apartments each of which has lobby, bedrooms, toilet, kitchen and store.

The dining experience at Once Upon A Time is a must here. It has two dining rooms where you can enjoy delectable North Indian cuisine. If you want to savor food while admiring the beauty of Jaipur then Padao café provides an amazing experience.

 

Jal Mahal

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This is a beautiful palace located in the middle of Lake Man Sagar. You can visit the palace on your way to the aforementioned forts. It looks especially beautiful at night when it’s lit with colorful lights.

Recently the place got a facelift and got a heritage-look gate along with installation of Shahi Sawari. Shahi Sawari gives you a glimpse of the grandeur of royals. Street vendors here sell yummy local food like Chaat and kulfi here. You can also shop some knick-knacks near Jal Mahal.

 

City Palace

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This palace complex is a hot-spot for tourists in Jaipur. It houses two palaces- Mubarak Mahal is a museum and displays a variety of textiles and costumes. Chandra Mahal is a seven storey palace and most of it is used by the erstwhile royal family as residence. Tourists are allowed only on the ground floor of Chandra Mahal which is a museum displaying carpets, manuscripts and other items of the royal family.

When you are done with roaming around the palace, head to Baradari restaurant at its Gate No. 2 to satiate your hunger pangs with yummy food.

 

Jantar Mantar

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Jantar Mantar is a UNESCO world heritage site. It features world’s largest stone sundial. The structure is a collection of nineteen architectural astronomical instruments which allow the observation of astronomical movements with naked eye.

 

Hawa Mahal

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Located near City Palace and Jantar Mantar, Hawa Mahal is the most easily identifiable monument of Jaipur. It literally means ‘Palace of Winds’ and it certainly is a windy place to be. Hawa Mahal is basically a screen-wall with windows and was built so that royal women could observe festivals being celebrated on streets without being seen themselves. You can also shop to your heart’s content from the shops located near Hawa Mahal.

 

Albert Hall

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Albert hall inside Ram Niwas Bagh is a must-visit place if you are into museums. This is the State Museum of Rajasthan and is oldest museum in the state. The hall is built in Indo-Saracenic style and has an interesting collection of carpets, paintings, ivory, crystal work, metal sculptures etc.

 

Raj Mandir Cinema

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Raj Mandir is not just another movie theatre. It is a place where you get the royal treatment while enjoying a movie. The cinema hall has sparkling chandeliers and soft carpets to make you feel all regal.

 

The Four Walled Market

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When you are done seeing these stunning examples of architecture, head to the market inside the four-walled city. The four-walled is all made of pink sandstone. Here you can buy everything associated with Jaipur and Rajasthan. Shop for jewellery, clothes, bed sheets, artifacts, quilts and enjoy authentic food. The most popular markets are Bapu bazaar, Johari bazaar and Tripolia bazaar among others.

 

World Trade Park

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The magnificent historical monuments in Jaipur showcase city’s past and the World Trade Park gives you a glimpse of new Jaipur. This is a mall with twin-towers. You can shop till you drop here and sink your teeth in a variety of cuisines.

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7 Royal Palaces of Rajasthan That Were Turned into Hotels

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7 Royal Palaces of Rajasthan That Were Turned into Hotels

Rajasthan is known world over for its majestic forts and palaces. These grand structures remind us of our glorious past. Many of these forts and palaces have been converted into heritage hotels so now everyone with money to splurge can enjoy the royal life. There are many such hotels in Rajasthan and here are some of our favorites-

1. Raj Palace, Jaipur

Raj Palace is more than two and a half centuries old palace converted into a grand heritage hotel. In 1995, PrincessJayendra Kumari Ji decided to restore this luxurious palace into the finest luxury Palace hotel. The Royal family renovated the arched corridors, the residential quarters and its courtyards with small amplifications.

The hotel is awarded as “the best heritage hotel of India” by the Government of India and voted as “The leading heritage hotel of the world” consecutively for seven times by World Travel Awards.

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2. Samode Palace, Jaipur

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The sprawling palace is located 40 kilometers north of Jaipur. The palace is built in Indo-Saracenic architecture and has an amazing combination of Indian and Mughal styles. The murals on the walls are equally fascinating.

3. Shiv Niwas Palace, Udaipur

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This palace shaped like a crescent was built in early 20th century. The palace is now a heritage hotel and is located on the banks of picturesque lake Pichhola. The hotel has 19 deluxe rooms, 8 terrace suites, 6 royal suites and 3 imperial suites

4. Ranvas, Nagaur

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Ranvas is a small hotel located inside the 500-year-old Ahhichatragarh Fort in Nagaur. Ranvas literally means ‘abode of queens’ and the place certainly is grand. The hotel now has a swimming pool and two restaurants. You can enjoy mughal-sufi cuisine here apart from a variety of national and international delicacies. You will love walking on the gleaming marble floors here and you can visit the Ahhichatragarh Fort even when it’s closed for outside people.

5. Udai Bilas Palace, Dungarpur

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Next on the list is Udai Bilas Palace in Dungarpur near Udaipur. It is situated on the banks of Lake Gaibsagar. The hotel has exquisite Rajput architecture, fine murals, miniature paintings and stone carvings to satiate your hunger for historical beauty.

6. Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur

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This hotel needs no introduction as it was recently declared the best hotel in world. Umaid Bhawan is located in Jodhpur and was built in the 1930s. Taj Group manages the 347-room hotel now. Come here to experience the ultimate luxury.

7. Rambagh Palace, Jaipur

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The majestic palace was built in 1835 in Jaipur. It also served as residence to the Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II and his queen, Maharani Gayatri Devi. This palace still has the regal feeling intact and is decorated with hand-carved marble latticework, sandstone balustrades, cupolas and cenotaphs. The verdant Mughal Gardens enhance its beauty.

Glimpses of GITB 2016

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Glimpses of GITB 2016

The Great Indian Travel Bazaar ended yesterday. It was a grand affair where global buyers and sellers of tourism products met. The event saw participation by the biggest hotel chains, spas and tour operators etc. Many Indian states also promoted their tourist-destinations.

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The event was a success and we believe that it will give a fillip to tourism in our country. GITB 2017 will be held from April 23 to 25 so the promoters better start planning already.

Take a look at some pictures from the event that will make you want to be there next year.

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Let’s Save Rajasthan’s Legacy This World Heritage Day

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Let’s Save Rajasthan’s Legacy This World Heritage Day

World Heritage Day is not just a day to cherish the beautiful monuments around us. The day which is celebrated every year on April 18 is meant to raise awareness to protect our history and culture. International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) was behind the idea of celebrating a day called International Day on Monuments and Sites. The day came to be known as World Heritage Day and is celebrated by countries that are members of UNESCO.

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There are many guidelines to celebrate World Heritage Day. You can visit monuments, you can carry out some campaigns to raise awareness to protect them, you can publish articles, do broadcasts on various media and hold exhibitions among many other things.
The theme for World Heritage Day 2016 is- the heritage of sports. It has been decided keeping in mind the fact that this year Olympics are being organized in Rio. ICOMOS believes that sports have contributed a lot towards architecture and art as they have been an integral part of human development.

Our State Rajasthan is one of the most culturally rich places in the world. It has sites that attract people all around the world. Many tourists visit our cities like Jaipur, Bikaner, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur and Udaipur. The problem is that not all the grand structures are in great shape. Sometimes it’s lax on government’s part while at others, public defaces them.

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Today we want to remind everyone that our heritage needs to be protected. This is an important step towards maintaining the beauty of our state and keeping the spirit of Rajasthan alive forever.

Top 10 Weekend Getaways From Jaipur

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  1. ALSISAR

The entire Shekhawati region has mesmerized millions of tourists and has been aptly dubbed as the ‘Open Art Gallery’ of Rajasthan. The region, which is approximately 200 kms from Jaipur is replete with palaces, minor castles, wells and also a deer sanctuary. As the region is said to be a mini desert, we advice to you travel on a horse or a camel to enjoy the semi desert feel and watch for the well preserved wall painted havelis.

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  1. BHANGARH

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?
Flanked among three Aravali Mountains, 52 km. away from Jaipur, Bhangarh is situated in Alwar district of Rajasthan and is known to be India’s most haunted place.
The remains of Bhangarh Fort are informative enough to take you on a mesmerizing journey, of the reminiscence from the past. Entry to the place is closed after sunset due to paranormal activities reported inside. It’s just not the place, but the route also gives whimsical experience.

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  1. BUNDI

With a majority of blue houses, Bundi, loacted 219.7 km away from Jaipur via NH 12, is surrounded by the Aravali Hills. Lazy and narrow lanes, Lakes, around 60 step wells (Baories), temples and mosque dominate the town. Not many knew this fact that Jodhpur- the blue city and Bundi have a strong affinity to the color blue. Get to the top of Bundi Fort to get a glimpse of the beautiful Blue City. A picturesque Nawal Sagar man made lake in the heart of the town, add more beauty to the place, especially during sunset when it soaks the reflection of the two-storied fortified complex ‘Garh Palace’. Garh Palace is host to ‘Chitrashala’ where the walls and ceilings are embellished with miniature paintings. Bundi miniature paintings depicted on the walls are still in its original form.

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  1. DEEG PALACE, BHARATPUR

Relatively less explored in Eastern Rajasthan, Deeg Water Palace is an awe-inspiring visual masterpiece, 192 km from Jaipur in Rajasthan.
Built in 1772, Deeg palace was a luxurious summer resort for the rulers of Bharatpur State. It is open 9 am to 5 pm except on Fridays.
Stay the night at Bharatpur, just 32 km away from here !

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  1. JODHPUR

Rambling between the mighty Mehrangarh fort and Umaid Bhawan, the sun kissed city of Jodhpur is situated 337 km away from Jaipur. Founded by Rao Jodha in 1459, Jodhpur is dotted with soaring forts and palaces shimmering in sandstone while the narrow lanes lead to an alluring world of antiques and handicrafts. The blue of houses renders an alluring “Blue City” especially to be seen at sunrise and sunset. The other places to visit include Sheesh Mahal, and Osiyan Temple that are some of the most imposing architectural works of ancient times and the Osiyan sand dunes will take you away from all the hustle bustle. Jodhpur Sweets, Gatta, Chakke ki sabzi and Mirchibada are not be missed !

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  1. MOUNT ABU

Mount Abu is the only hill station in the dry arid lands of Rajasthan, which can be reached through a 7 hour drive from the capital city of Jaipur. This hill station provides a great tourist destination owing to its picturesque land. Some of the main attractions of the city are Nakki Lake, Dilwara Temple, Mt. Abu Wildlife Sanctuary. Capture a perfect sunset from the Sunset Point in Mt. Abu J

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  1. NAWALGARH

Situated 115 km from Jaipur, Nawalgarh is better known as the ‘Open Air Art Gallery’. It is a small town where the vibrant streets depict the true blend of architecture smoothly fusing the Hindu, Mughal, Persian and British facets together. As you walk down this “Open Air Art Gallery” you will be amazed to see how the painted havelis and frescoes have captured the culture,customs and royal lifestyle of the Shekhawatis. The Roop Niwas Kothi , Murarka Haveli, Bhagton Ki Choti Haveli are some architectural gems which illustrate an impeccable mélange of Rajput and European architecture.

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  1. PUSHKAR

Situated 14 km (8.7 mi) northwest of Ajmer, Pushkar is one of the oldest cities in India and is also one of the five pilgrimage sites for the Hindu. The town has hundreds of temples, including 14th-century Jagatpita Brahma Mandir, a temple dedicated to Lord Brahma- creator of the world. People from all over the world visit Pushkar especially for Pushkar Fair, the largest cattle fair of the country. Set on Pushkar Lake, Pushkar is a sacred Hindu site with 52 ghats (stone staircases) where pilgrims bathe. You can also drive to the Dargah in Ajmer !

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  1. RANTHAMBORE

Once a hunting preserve of the Maharajas of Jaipur and now a Project Tiger Reserve, Ranthambore National Park or Ranthambhore is one of the largest national parks in northern India, covering an area of 392 km². It is situated in the Sawai Madhopur district of southeastern Rajasthan, about 160 km southeast of Jaipur. Ranthambore gives a unique flavor of nature, history and wildlife and houses a large number of Bengal tigers that can be easily observed hunting and taking care of their young ones during the jungle safari.

The destination pulls the attention of myriad wildlife lovers and photographers every year. The legendary Machli or T-16, is probably the oldest and world’s most photographed Tigress alive who also has a postal stamp on her.

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  1. SHAHPURA

65 kms. Away from Jaipur city, Shahpura, offers a life that is unhurried, a beautiful town of friendly people un-spoilt by the creepy fingers by modernity. The real charm lies in visiting its quaint village and experiencing a feel of authentic rural Rajasthan with all its charming eccentricity. Exquisite and discreet, the 300 years old impressive Shahpura Haveli is a tribute to the glorious past.

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6 Things to Do in Jaipur When You Are Done With The Great Indian Travel Bazaar

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6 Things to Do in Jaipur When You Are Done With The Great Indian Travel Bazaar

So you have booked your tickets for Jaipur and are all set for GITB 2016 but have you thought about what you would do for some fun? Recreation is a must after hectic business activities to refresh your mind. When you are in Jaipur there is no dearth of fun things to do. We have put together a list of top things that you must do in Jaipur-

1. Shop Some Souvenirs

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Shopping is the first thing that comes to everyone’s mind, when they visit the Pink City. Get some traditional Rajasthani prints like bandhej and leheriya for sure. Jaipur jutis, mirror work clothes and handicrafts should be on your list as well. The four-walled city has markets for everything from jewellery to shoes. Bapu Bazaar is a great market to shop at and so is Hawa Mahal.

 

2. See the Sights

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Amer fort is the most popular tourist destination in Jaipur. The Light and Sound Show will give you chills and you will remember it always. Do not miss out on other grand forts like Jaigarh and Nahargarh. A stroll near Jal Mahal will make your evening when you feel the breeze on your face.

 

3. Chokhi Dhani

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Want the taste of real Rajasthan? Make sure that you visit Chokhi Dhani. It’s a beautiful place that is modeled like a village. Here you can experience camel and elephant rides and dance with folk dancers. The Rajasthani food is offered in a traditional setting at Chokhi Dhani, a first for many tourists.

 

4. Eat like locals

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There are many food-joints that Jaipurites frequent for the authentic taste. As a tourist you might want something that you can find easily so simply go to statue circle, order a yummy cuppa at Uncle’s Coffee. Ramchandra kulfi at Ajmeri Gate is the stuff that dreams are made of. For authentic Jaipuri food and desserts, LMB in Johari Bazaar is very popular among locals and tourists alike.

 

5. Balloon Ride

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You do not get to fly in a hot air balloon everywhere but Jaipur is different. Book a balloon ride and behold Jaipur in all its glory from sky. This is a once-in-a-lifetime kind of experience so you should go for it this time.

 

6. World Trade Park

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The much loved symbol of modern Jaipur, World Trade Park is a place for shopping the big brands and eating at the hippest food chains. Even if you do not want to shop, you will love to roam around here.

The Great Indian Travel Bazaar to Commence On April 17

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The Great Indian Travel Bazaar to Commence On April 17

So, GITB is back and it’s going to be bigger than last years. This is a global market for tourism products aimed at promoting tourism in India. This year will see the eighth edition of the bazaar that will be held from April 17-19, 2016 at Jaipur Exhibition and Convention Centre (JECC) Sitapura, Jaipur, Rajasthan.

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The Great Indian Travel Bazaar is attended by exhibitors and buyers from all over the world. The exhibitors include Indian & international tour operators, hotel & spa owners, health care institutions and investors. Ministries related to tourism, transport and media will also participate in the event.

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Picture this to get an idea about the size of event- more than 253 booths, congregation of 270 tour operators from 50 countries and more than 500 tourism product sellers from India.

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The mart is organized in Jaipur which is already a top tourist destination. This gives the event a bigger appeal. Everything at The Great Indian Travel Bazaar 2016 is well planned as the government wants to leave no stone unturned to make India an even bigger draw for International tourists.