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Top 5 Tourist Attractions Of Jhunjhunu

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Top 5 Tourist Attractions Of Jhunjhunu

Shekhawati region of Rajasthan is one of the most culturally rich areas of the state. Jhunjhunu is a prominent town in Shekhawati. The town is running towards modernity but it hides many gems of art and architecture. The sad part is that most of the beautiful buildings here are not well maintained and are in a dilapidated state. If you are fascinated by history, you have to pay a visit to Jhunjhunu. The city has many interesting spots for tourists and following are the most popular ones-

 

1.Rani Sati Temple

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Though the temple is dedicated to the abominable Sati tradition of old times, Rani Sati Temple is a grand sight to behold. The walls of the inner sanctum of temple depict the story of Rani Sati. The ceiling made of mirror and tile mosaic is majestic and the main hall showcases silver repoussé work.

There are 300 rooms around the multi-storey temple for the devotees to stay.

 

2.Fresco Trails in Havelis

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Jhunjhunu boasts of a lot of havelis. The most popular among these are Ishwardas Mohandas Modi Haveli, Kaniram Narsighdas Tibrewala Haveli and Naruddin Farooqui Haveli.

All the Havelis in Jhunjhunu have colorful Fresco work on the walls and many times even on the ceilings. If you are a fan of Fresco and Murals, you wouldn’t want to miss visiting any of these beautiful buildings. Shekhawati Paintings form a large part of the artwork here.

 

3.Khetri Mahal

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This is a small palace in Nehru Bazaar. The palace built by Bhopal Singh in 1770 is said to be the inspiration behind Jaipur’s Hawa Mahal. Khetri Mahal has no walls but only marble pillars for unhindered airflow. You will also see Shekhwati Paintings inside. The palace provides a great view of the city.

 

4.Mertani Baori

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This step-well was built in 1783 and is almost 30 metres deep. The Baori with multiple arches was built by Mertani, the widow of Sardul Singh (Founder of Khetri).

 

5.Sone Chandi Ki Haveli

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This Haveli is a work of art. It is covered with murals in natural and gold tones. The frescos are dedicated to Hindu mythology. Ceilings of the building are especially impressive. The Haveli is kept locked and you have to ask for the key from the merchants nearby.

Other tourist attractions of Jhunjhunu are Bihariji Temple, Kamruddin Shah’s Dargah, Birdhichand Well and Badalgarh Fort.

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14 Monsoon Destinations Of Rajasthan You Must Visit

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No other province awaits rains like the desert state of Rajasthan. The first shower of monsoon is like a breath of relief and a full stop to the constant endurance of blazing heat. After a long scorching summer, a monsoon vacation is a must and to make it even more relaxing and refreshing, exploring the beauty of Rajasthan should be on the top of your bucket list. And to know why, take a look at some of the amazing and some hidden destinations of this state which become way more attractive with every shower.

  1. Udaipur

Known as the Venice of East, the rains can bring the romance alive in this city of lakes. The view of clouds, the smell of rain, the greenery and royalty of Taj Lake Palace, City Palace, Sajjangarh Fort aka Monsoon Palace, Fateh Sagar Lake, Lake Pichola, Jag Mandir and their surroundings will make you fall in love all over again.

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  1. Bhainsrorgarh

Who doesn’t love the view of lush green forests and river in monsoon? The heritage boutique hotel of Bhainsrorgarh situated on a cliff on the banks of Chambal River will give you the time of your life. Sightseeing during rains, visit to the Badoli Temple, capturing the beauty of the river and enjoy the moments of relaxation while dining on a cliff is monsoon bliss 😉

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Image Credit: www.bhainsrorgarh.com

  1. Mount Abu

Visiting a hill station during monsoon can be your first best decision and choosing Mount Abu for the same would be your second best. It is a lethal combination of rains, amazing weather for trek, mountains, waterfalls, flora and fauna, and getting breath taking views from Dilwara Jain Temple and Nakki Lake.

Boat race competition being held at the Nakki Lake in the Summer Festival in Mount Abu.

  1. Keoladeo

Monsoon is the best time of the year to come and enjoy the natural beauty of Keoladeo National Park aka Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary since more than 350 avian species are available for bird watching. The Bharatpur Forest Lodge can be your stop to sit, feel the rain and enjoy the melodious chirping all around.

Keoladeo Sanctuary

  1. Narlai

Midway between Jodhpur and Udaipur, Narlai can be your next destination. Old havelis, jeep safari for spotting deer, panthers, chital, leopards, and trekking are some of the major attractions for this time of the year.

  1. Bundi

Special for receiving greatest amount of rainfall, Bundi is also famous for the Hadoti Palace, the step wells, Nawal Sagar Lake, and beautifully carved havelis; this less explored travel destination has its own story to tell via the rains.

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  1. Kumbhalgarh

The rains and cool breeze would be welcoming and soothing for you to visit Kumbhalgarh fort or go out in the wild on a jeep safari in Kumbhalgarh wildlife sanctuary. This is the right weather for you to watch the real beauty of the flora and fauna that comes out with the rain.

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  1. Mahansar

If you are into mythology, Mahansar is the right destination for you where the sone-chandi ki dukan portray gold leaf paintings of Ramayan and life of Krishna, and to enjoy the best of it you need to take a break from burning summers and visit the place during monsoon. The greenery accompanied with cool temperature will leave you amazed.

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  1. Pushkar

The lakes, the wildlife, the scenic beauty and desert camping are only a few of the major attractions in Pushkar. The city comes to life during monsoons as completely different shades of Pushkar are visible in the midst of monsoon showers.

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  1. Kuchaman

One of the hidden destinations of Rajasthan, Kuchaman has a lot in store for you especially during monsoons. The cool and refreshing weather is perfect to visit and praise the beauty of Kuchaman Fort, the cliffs, Sheesh Mahal, Meera Mahal, and Jal Mahal.

Kuchaman Fort and otel India November 2009

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  1. Mandawa

Another unexplored place of Rajasthan is Mandawa. The rains are a perfect time to enjoy the old havelis, paintings and open air art gallery in the Mandawa Palace.

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  1. Ranakpur

Known for its spectacular marble Jain temple and few other temples like the sun temple, Ranakpur is ideal when admired in monsoon season. The fall in temperature makes it easier to wander and enjoy the incredible architecture.

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  1. Jaipur

Last yet not the least – capital city, the Pink City. Witness the Teej festival which marks the advent of monsoon along with the awe inspiring sites of Jal Mahal, Albert Hall museum, step wells, Hawa Mahal and the temples in Jaipur especially during the rains because it’s the best time of the year to enjoy the marvelous beauty of the city.

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And you cannot skip the delicious cuisine of Rajasthan while going around the state and enjoying the major attractions, can you?

 

 

Monsoon brings an end to the safari season in wildlife sanctuaries

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With the monsoon season approaching, comes a disappointing news for all safari lovers, photographers  and travelers. The season for safari in wildlife sanctuary will be closing on 30th June 2016 and is expected to remain closed till 30th September 2016. The safaris and reserves of Rajasthan include Ranthambore Tiger Reserve, Sariska Tiger Reserve, Keolado National Park, Darrah Sanctuary, Sajjangarh Santuary, Kumbalgarh Sanctuary, Desert national Park, Mount Abu Sanctuary, SitaMata Sanctuary and Tal Chapper Sanctuary.

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There are various safety reasons due to which the safaris in the sanctuaries of Rajasthan  remains closed during this time. One of them being heavy rainfall due to which the tracks lose its shape and the water collects which may shoot up the chances of accidents.  peacock

 

The other reason is that this is the breeding season for many animals. It is optimal for the survival of the young in terms of factors such as ambient temperature, water and food availability and also behavioral changes in many animals. Related interests and behaviors are expressed and accepted during this period.

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Also, the growth in flora and fauna hikes up vegetation covers which spreads over the roads and tracks increasing the chances of attacks by wild animals and also the poisonous plants that grow alongside that may harm the visitors. Hence, for your safety, it will remain closed this season.

Grand Old Tigress Machali at RAnthambhore National Park

But , hey, don’t be disappointed. Rajasthan provides a wide scape for tourism. Those who want to travel must not cancel their plans due to this reason. Rajasthan welcomes you all with open hearts and wide arms. It’s a state that offers immense opportunities of exploring various cities, heritage sites, and culture . It’s the perfect time to  explore all that while the sanctuaries remains closed.

For more details about the places you can discover in Rajasthan, please wait until the next blog comes up!

Khamma Ghani! 🙂

Rajasthan’s Ajmer Dargah and Sariska Reserve Selected for ‘Swacch’ drive

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An international level Swacch drive will take place for which the centre has identified 10 iconic places with higher footfalls and tiger reserves and sanctuaries, including Rajasthan’s Ajmer Dargah Sharif which is a noted holy sufi shrine in Ajmer and Sariska Tiger Reserve. They are to be cleaned according to international standards for which the World Bank will provide technical assistance.  The government plans to do the bench marking to ascertain what will be the standard of cleanliness both inside and outside these places.

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Maintaining cleanliness is a major concern these days. With all the dirt and garbage on streets the beauty of real Rajasthan takes a backseat. It is worth noting that Rajasthan is one of the important tourist destinations and due to all the garbage littering around, the system is definitely affected. The dirty streets, garbage pouncing out of the garbage boxes and monuments that are into ruins need to be stopped to protect the rich heritage of the state.

The initiative to clean these heritage sites and reserves is highly applaudable. With the Swacch  Bharat Abhiyan, rising concern for cleanliness among people is seen.  In fact , there are various initiatives taken by people and organizations to clean the city themselves. And very proudly we can say that those efforts really proved fruitful. The city is way cleaner than before. People have also started taking care of it by not just providing a hand in cleaning but also by not spitting and throwing garbage and guiding others to stop doing the same. This has been an awakening for people so far and the results are right in front of their eyes.

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This initiative by the government of Swacch drive is definitely going to help in highlighting the hidden treasures of Rajasthan and help in building a cleaner and safer state!

Things You Should Know About Smart City Mission

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Jaipur Beat

To mark the first anniversary of the launch of smart city mission, Pink city is all set to get its Jaipur smart city project inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi tomorrow i.e on June 25, through video-conferencing.

The day of 25th June is going to mark an exciting chapter to the lives of Jaipurites. With the Inauguration of the Smart City Project, there are many new schemes which are going to start and hopefully will be fruitful in a lot of ways. Let’s get acquainted with some schemes here-

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# Launch of  thePublic Bicycle Sharing scheme (PBS)

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This project will not only help people to commute from a place to another but will also motivate use of eco friendly vehicles.

#Implementation of Solar Street Light System

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4 Places for Balloon Rides in Rajasthan

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4 Places for Balloon Rides in Rajasthan

Flying in the open sky like a bird always fascinates people. Though there are options for that, sky-diving is not everyone’s cup of tea. Riding in a hot-air balloon is the viable option if you want to catch the 360 degree view of a place.

If you also like the idea of floating with the winds, then come to Rajasthan. The breathtaking sceneries of the desert state look even more appealing from a balloon. You can request rides at some places in the state like Manesar and Neemrana. For regular rides, there are four locations in Rajasthan that will fulfill your dream of flying-

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Jaipur

Enjoying the Pink City in all its glory from the sky is so tempting, right? While flying over Jaipur you can soak in the beauty of area around Amber Fort. The mesmerizing Aravali range and grand forts will make you wish that the ride never ends.

 

Udaipur

The serene lakes of Udaipur attract people from every part of the world. The experience of flying over them is got to be unique. You will certainly enjoy the sight of grand palaces standing handsomely.

 

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Pushkar

The holy Pushkar Lake is a gorgeous sight from every angle. Flying over it is an out of the world experience. The floating balloon gives a bird’s eye view of the bright colors of the city. The location of the flights is changed depending on the weather.

 

Ranthambore

A glimpse of the National Park and village life are the high points of balloon rides in Ranthambore. The place is well-known for its population of tigers. When you come here for a jungle safari, a hot-air balloon safari has to be in your itinerary.

Go to www.skywaltz.com  for more information about these Balloon Safaris.

Rajasthan’s barren land is all about colors at Alsisar Mahal, Shekhawati!

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Rajasthan– primarily known for the land where colors burst through desert haze and tempers cool with the setting sun. A spectacular world within itself, Rajasthan’s desert packs a punch with rustic tones of reds, browns and greens to sweep you into an enchanting world of bare dunes and camels.

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Desert towns hardly come more fascinating than the Thar in Jaisalmer, but the desert town of Alsisar caught our attention for many wonderful reasons!

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Situated in the north-western part of Jhunjhunu district in Rajasthan, the semi arid desert of Alsisar, which is encompassed by ancient havelis and palaces, is more exceptional for the array of colors it garners deep inside the heart of its rustic desert. Within this barren land rises a magnificent and breathtaking palace of Alsisar – “Alsisar Mahal”. The 17th century battle hardened Alsisar Mahal after renovation stands tall in the desert and exudes a glorious history. A marvelous blast of colors in the barren land of Rajasthan, Alsisar Mahal bears jaw dropping frescoes and paintings; each speaking with full throated ease about the grandeur of royal Rajasthan.

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The palace holds some mesmerizing settlements and arcades to magnificently define the illustriousness of colors in this oasis.  In middle of December, this royal palace becomes the throbbing, pulsing venue for the Magnetic Fields Festival  – celebrating the best of the international underground music scene, far removed from the colorful folk tunes of Rajasthan. But for that very reason, because of the contrast, the ambiance of Alsisar Mahal is absolutely special. Know how..

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On the top most floor of the stronghold they have this Badal Mahal aka “Palace of Clouds”, which is festooned with bright and vibrant hues of paintings, glass chandeliers, vivid lamps and numerous window glasses in almost all luminous colors.  A first glance at Badal Mahal, will transport you into an arena of magical colors, like those in fairytales.

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The impressive dining hall within Alsisar Mahal renders some supreme display of colors! Embellished with intricate, rich gold work and time honored paintings of the medieval heroes on the walls are amazing as well as stupefying. The grandeur and meticulous interior of the palace will leave you in bewilderment whether you are actually in the middle of a barren desert?

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Gaze your eyes through hand painted rooms, vibrant courtyards and hand knotted rugs each delivers an extraordinary display of colors with different moods. Then be it a jail themed slightly spooky Dungeon Bar, the World War II Lounge replete with a half cut US Army Jeep and British flag with influenced artifacts or the canvas of multiple colors at Badal Mahal, Alsisar Mahal is a mesmeric, unbelievable and fascinating blast of colors in the barren land of Shekhawati, Rajasthan!

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