Monthly Archives: October 2016

8 beautiful places in Jaipur to witness Diwali lighting

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Diwali is just 2 days away and we know you are busy with cleaning, shopping, getting houses renovated/painted, or organizing Diwali parties😉 In this busy schedule of yours, pause for a second and think what makes Diwali so special. New clothes, a nip in the air, the faint smell of crackers, noise and excitement all around, and 
lights !! We all light up our houses on Diwali in different ways, but every city has its own way of lighting itself up every year. Among all these cities, Jaipur shines in a way that it feels like it’s truly welcoming Lord Rama after his 14 years of exile and dancing in joy and festivity. So let’s look at few places in Jaipur that you must not miss to see this Diwali🙂

  1. Johri Bazaar
    Johri bazaar, the market that is famous all over the world for its scintillating jewellery, especially made and found in Jaipur, is seen gleaming with lights on Diwali.c360_2016-10-27-22-10-42-888
  2. World Trade ParkNot a newbie anymore, World Trade Park stands as one of the most posh places in Jaipur to shop, eat, watch movies, hang out and what not. However, it comes as no surprise that WTP wraps itself in the spirits of Diwali in its own elite and glittering way.wtp
  3. Trimurti CircleThe circle dedicated to the martyrs of police force, is decorated subtly with flowers and is not to be missed as it is one of the most famous landmarks of pink city.trimurti-circle
  4. Motisons JewellersHaving one of the fanciest buildings in Jaipur, Motisons Jewellers leave no stone unturned when it comes to the festival of lights. Just like their gorgeous jewellery and interesting building, their Diwali lighting also stands out and makes a lot of heads turn !motisons
  5. Amer fortAlthough Amer fort is well lit all year round and stands as a symbol of pride and history in Jaipur, it oozes a different level of aura altogether on Diwali with its yellow sandstone shining brighter and looking like a golden castle in pink city.amer

    6. Raja ParkAn always crowded area of Jaipur, because of its versatility as it has the power to provide anything to a person ranging from a basic panipuri to a perfect wedding dress, Raja Park gives the feel of a beaming street lit on the festival of Diwali.

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    7. Albert Hall Museum

    The State museum of Rajasthan is lit in all the colors that one can only wish to see in a rainbow and even the pigeons that love to rest here are compelled to sit down and admire this exquisite architecture.

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    8. GT Bazaar

    The gem of Malviya Nagar for all the foodies and shopaholics, GT Bazaar is lit up and glowing like a thousand stars are falling from the sky to bless the earth this Diwali.

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    So keep all things aside, and take out some time to soak into the actual essence of Diwali – the festival of lights🙂

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Rajasthan’s Dak Bungalows to be transformed into Hotels

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Rajasthan Government is leaving no stone unturned to improve the tourism facilities and to woo the tourists coming to the state this year! In an initiative to offer more rooms and other lodging facilities to the tourists,  now Rajasthan’s Dak Bungalows will be developed like three star hotels on public-private partnership (PPP) model.

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Dak Bungalow is was a government building in British India under Company Rule and Rajasthan. It may also refer to some similarly-built or -used structures in modern India.

In the first phase of the project, Dak Bungalows in Ajmer, Bharatpur, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Bikaner, Alwar, Bhilwara, Jaisalmer, Mount Abu and Nathdwara will be developed in PPP model, a statement quoting PWD minister Yunus Khan said.

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About 20 per cent of the rooms in the Dak Bungalows will be reserved for government officials and other employees and remaining 80 per cent will be open for all.

Dak Bungalows in Ajmer, Bharatpur, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Bikaner, Alwar, Bhilwara, Jaisalmer, Mount Abu and Nathdwara will be developed for the tourists in Rajasthan.

 

Jaipur Jaisalmer flights to take off from November 1

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The Civil airport of Jaisalmer is now buzzing with passengers as the much awaited air services are going to start from November 1, 2016. All the preparations have been done for Bikaner and Jaisalmer to Delhi and other cities and even booking counter has been opened at Naal airport.

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‘Supreme Airlines’ will be starting services between Jaipur and Jaisalmer and with air connectivity; the tourists will have more options to commute intra state.  The plane will take off from Jaipur at 11.30 am and reach Jaisalmer at 1.30 pm and will depart from Jaisalmer at 2 pm and reach Jaipur at 4 pm.

Bookings are open for the Jaipur Jaisalmer flight! Happy flying 🙂

Monochrome Dreams. Colourful Reality- a Photo-Art exhibition at MOOL Foundation, Jaipur

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Monochrome Dreams.  Colourful Reality-  a Photo-Art exhibition by Rajan Bhatt and Gaurav Hajela Photography is scheduled for October 21st and 22nd, 2016 at MOOL Foundation, Bajaj Nagar, Jaipur. 10.00 am- 05.00 pm

Monochrome represents simplicity; probably that is why we dream in black & white. After all, dreams represent our simplest desires. While our reality stands for what is worldly, a complex structure of colours and actions.

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Who we are is a combination of dream and reality of colours and black & white.  Monochrome Dreams Colourful Reality- an exhibition of various photographs is a celebration of who we are, a look at our lives through a lens captured in different shades.

After losing yourself in the juxtaposition of monochrome and colours at the Photo art exhibition, get ready to extend for an evening filled with laughter at the ‘Funsum Three’sum’ ! Three amazing, sharp and funniest stand up comedians are also coming to MOOL Foundation from 6:30 p.m onward to tickle your funny bones and make you want to roll on the floor laughing on 21st October’16 .

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So save your dates for the Photo art exhibition followed by the laughter show in the evening of 21st 😉

Rajasthan Tourism introduces Desert Sports with Bikaner Desert Festival

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It is so passé to say that you had to fly to Dubai to enjoy the adventurous sports of desert and a dune crossing. Rajasthan covers a vast desert and now offers to experience the best of desert adventure sports for the enthusiastic travelers.

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It is that time of the year when desert cools down and opens up for adventurous activities, camping, camel rides, dunes fun and sports. It is definitely timely to pack your bags and head to Rajasthan’s desert as the tourism department has introduced the exciting desert sports this year!!

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A Desert Safari will be held in Bikaner in the month of November to delight the adventure junkies. Bikaner’s desert is in the heart of the Thar Desert which is approachable by four wheel drives. Recently during Dussehra Festival, Kota hosted an adventure festival which involved aero sports like para sailing, zorbing etc, while the upcoming Desert Festival is something to look forward to!!

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So dear travelers, if winter spells adventurous outdoor activities for you, then you need not to hit overseas, just hitch a ride for one, closer home. From dune safaris, zip-lining to desert crossing,  Rajasthan has a lot to offer beyond the royal forts and palaces!

A New Artistic Look and the Glory Anthem; Jodhpur Railway Station has new surprises for the tourists

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A traveler loves to keep moving forward, visiting new places, and doing new things, because he’s curious and curiosity keeps leading him down new countries, new cities! If we ask, what is that one thing that immediately catches your attention and influences your views about the city you land in? Off course the look of its Railway Station or Airport! Right?

To delight the tourists coming to Rajasthan, the state tourism department has come up with an initiative to revamp its various Railway Stations with attractive and vibrant traditional art work and Rajasthani paintings. Following the Railway Stations of Sawai Madhopur, Jaipur and Bikaner, now Jodhpur joins the group!!

Jodhpur Railway Station has been around since 1885 to be precise. And now it gets a brand new look with colorful and artistic paintings all over to amaze the tourists in Blue City!

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To change the look of this ancient station of Rajasthan, regional artwork has been painted on its ceilings, walls and pillars. Mesmerizing geometrical flowers, kings, queens and royal lifestyle are depicted, making the station look both colorful and artistic.

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As Jodhpur is a major tourist destination, this effort will sure be appreciated by tourists. Moreover, it is also a matter of pride for the localites, not just to see tourism department trying to bring something new but also to see their local art being promoted in such a beautiful way.

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This is not all, Jodhpur rail division has also penned and composed its glory song and this has been prepared by rail personnel themselves. The song is played at the station occasionally!

Isn’t it exciting!!  Wouldn’t you want to visit the Blue City for its all new and artistically done Railway Station?

Roothi Rani Ka Mahal- a trekkers’ paradise near Udaipur

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If you are a traveler and in search for new places, you must be getting to learn about new unexplored destinations that are worth visiting! Today we came across this interesting destination with rather more intriguing name “Roothi Rani Ka Mahal”  On a steep road from Udaipur to Banswara, about 45 kilometers from Udaipur, an old palace structure happens to catch everyone’s eyes when travelers halt at an only tea shop on their way to refresh and have some tea or snacks.

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Also popular as Hawa Mahal, named by tourism department, the palace is locally called Roothi Rani Ka Mahal. The palace was constructed by Maharana Jai Singh in A.D. 1680-1698. Later on, it was gifted to his youngest queen Roothi Rani who hailed from Panwar family of Bijolia. Legends say, being annoyed and upset with Rana, Rani left this palace to lead a segregated sombre life, hence, the name transformed into Roothi Rani-ka-Mahal. Interesting, isn’t it?

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Roothi Rani Ka Mahal is a heritage structure which is now being maintained by the archaeological department to attract more tourists. It is a nice location to trek during monsoon and winter season when the entire hillock is covered with green bed and weather is pleasant for outings. During the tourist season when people come to visit Rajsamand Lake, the palace can be visited by walking four kilometers up the hillock.

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For trekking enthusiasts, the place of Roothi Rani is a treat during winters. We advice that you carry a walking stick since some portions of this trek are steep. Enjoy the splendid trek to Roothi Rani’s palace and keep on drinking water while you trek to reach the palace well hydrated 😉

Images courtesy: Tripadvisor https://www.tripadvisor.com/LocationPhotoDirectLink-g297672-d3236096-i213330934-Jaisamand_Lake-Udaipur_Rajasthan.html