Category Archives: Treasures of Rajasthan

Embark on a Journey With Rajasthan’s Heritage Train – Palace on Wheels

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Embark on a Journey With Rajasthan’s Heritage Train – Palace on Wheels

When you come to the royal state of Rajasthan, you know how royal things can come in your way. When you come to the city of royals, there has to be something unique to let you experience the luxuries of the bygone era of the Maharajas. One such royalty that a tourist cannot afford to miss is the heritage train – The Palace on Wheels. The train is well known nationally as well as internationally and has won many laurels to the country.

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The tagline of this luxurious train is self-explanatory – A Week in Wonderland.  From the royal Rajput forts to the bustling streets, everything has something unique and royal touch to itself. Similarly, how about a journey boarding a train can get – it beholds its own beauty.

And we got lucky enough to capture a glimpse of this luxurious train during the Great Indian Travel Bazaar.

The Royal Rooms

The rooms are crafted after a great thought. There are 14 coaches and each coach has its own speciality. Right from the artworks, paintings, bed linen, and even the wall art is based on the theme of the city on which the name of the coach is based.

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Unwind and relax after a full day of sightseeing with your fellow friends at the luxurious bar. Choose from a large array of choices available and de-stress your day’s worries.

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Dining And Cuisines

Two restaurants are on board with you, when you travel on the Palace on Wheels. Maharaja Restaurant and Maharani Restaurant offers you an exclusive affair on wheels like never before. Soups, salad, continental, Indian and desserts, have whatever you want and make this culinary affair an amazing one.

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Royal Spa

We told you it has everything. To rejuvenate and reinvigorate your soul on the wheels, Palace on Wheels brings to you a royal treatment where you can get a therapeutic treatment far from the hubbub of the city in a relaxing environment and the only noise you hear is of the track wheels. It will be one of a kind leisure trip for you.

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We hope you enjoyed your journey onboard with us in the Palace on Wheels. You can book your room in this train for a solo journey ahead. Happy Journey!

 

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Rajasthan Royals Team Trip Into The Wild At Ranthambore

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Rajasthan Royals Team Trip Into The Wild At Ranthambore

Like too much of studies or being into the books may lead to stress, similarly too much of play might also lead to stress. So our very own Rajasthan Royals team took off for a trip into the wild.

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The Rajasthan Royals team boarded for Ranthambore in the luxury train – heritage Palace on Wheels. Some of the players which captured our attention were Rajasthan Royals’ captain Ajinkya Rahane, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jofra Archer, Krishnappa Gowtham. Ranthambore known to be home a large number of tigers in Rajasthan, it seemed that the tigers were too excited to watch the players. The team visited the Ranthambore National Park for safari in gypsies to catch hold of a sight of tigers.

 

Let’s Celebrate the Heritage of Rajasthan On World Heritage Day

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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) is the one behind the idea of celebrating a day called International Day for Monuments and Sites. The day came to be known as World Heritage Day and is celebrated by countries that are members of UNESCO.

The theme for World Heritage Day 2018 is ‘Heritage for Generations’. It has been decided keeping in mind the fact that communication across the generations of heritage practitioners generates enriching exchanges by combining the knowledge with the energy and dynamism thus bringing a more holistic approach. Rajasthan is globally popular for its rich heritage of architecture and culture. Having some of the best forts, palaces and monuments in cities like Jaipur, Bikaner, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur and Udaipur which are till date maintained in really good conditions are very precious to the lives of Rajasthani’s.

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.

1) Jantar Mantar, Jaipur

Recognized as the World Heritage Site, this observatory fascinates the visitors with the collection of various astronomical instruments which were used earlier to know the correct timings through the movement of celestial bodies.

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2) Chittorgarh Fort, Chittor

One of the largest forts of India, it is the true epitome of Rajputana pride and vigour. This massive fort though being attacked thrice by the enemies, couldn’t take over the powerful people of this place. The fort of Chittorgarh is known for its own beauty and uniqueness.

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3) City Palace, Udaipur

The grandness of this palace can be seen, as it took almost 400 years to construct this complex. The attractiveness of this palace is shown more effectively as it is surrounded by Lake Pichola. This magnificent palace stands as a fusion of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture.

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4) Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur

One of the largest private residences in the world, it is the house of the erstwhile Jodhpur royal family. Not only being a private residence, it also provides the chance to experience the royal and luxurious life at the Taj Palace Hotel in Umaid Bhawan, Jodhpur.

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5) Hawa Mahal, Jaipur

Hawa Mahal, also known as the Palace Of Winds is situated in the capital city of the state of Rajasthan. Its walls of pink colour give a hint of the Pink City – Jaipur. It was constructed especially for the royal women to be a part of the festivities, as they were secluded from the society by ‘parda’ system. Having its own history, today it gets a worldwide recognition.

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6) Chand Baori, Abhaneri

A 13 storey step well is one of the oldest and most attractive landmarks of Rajasthan. Constructed mainly to conserve water in the dry arid desert of Rajasthan is an architectural wonder in itself.

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7) Amer Fort

Amer or Amber Fort is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which is among the most visited places in Jaipur. The fort situated high on a hill overlooking the Maota Lake is spread over a vast area with four levels. Every evening, the fort hosts a spellbinding Light and Sound Show as a part to boost night tourism. With a blend of folk music, the show brings to life the legends, history, traditions and cultures of the Rajputs.

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8) City Palace Jaipur

Located in the heart of the old city of Jaipur, City Palace was built in the 18th Century. The Palace is a blend of Rajput, Mughal and European styles of architecture. Within the premises, one will find many gardens, ravishing courtyards and a museum displaying many artefacts from the bygone era. Buildings like Mubarak Mahal, Chandra Mahal, Maharani Palace add to the allure of the Palace. Their richly crafted walls and ceiling, marble flooring and the mirror work are just an addition to the beauty of the palace. Govind Dev Ji temple, which is in the palace premises, is also a major tourist attraction and sees a heavy footfall daily.

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These are only a few to mention, but when you come to the land of royals, there will be many to add on to the list.

A Weekend To The Cinematic World

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With the Oscar winners wooing the world on one end, Rajasthan’s education hub Kota is all set to host a cinematic affair the upcoming weekend. The city will host the two –day Chambal International Film Festival on 10th and 11th March’18 which is being organized by Anugoonj Media Pvt. Ltd.

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The festival has entries of 316 films from 28 countries over the world including Switzerland, US, Canada, Greece, Germany, China and many others, out of which 160 will be screened during the event. The awards have been given 15 categories including Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor/Actress and several others which will be judged and presented during the event by acclaimed artists.

The event will also screen ‘Harishchandrachi Factory’ which was selected as India’s official entry to the Academy Awards in the Best Foreign Language Film category. It is a Marathi film directed by Paresh Mokashi which depicted the struggle of Dadasaheb Phalke  – father of the Indian cinema in making Raja Harishchandra – India’s first full length feature film.

Kota being a hub for students fighting various competitive exams, hope this event adds a small cherry on their cake in their respective genres. Also to add, Kota being honored to have the miniatures Seven Wonders of The World, the event will also boost tourism in the city.

 

 

Visit Desert National Park in Jaisalmer this Safari Season

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Visit Desert National Park in Jaisalmer this Safari Season

Jaisalmer has always been a much loved tourist spot in Rajasthan. Desert National Park in the city is a popular destination along with Sonar Quila and Tanot Mata Temple.

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Desert National Park offers an experience that is different from the well-known desert safaris in Jaisalmer. Desert National Park is one of the largest national parks in India. The place is especially popular for a huge variety of migratory birds seen at this time of the year; Great Indian Bustard being the most popular of them. Other birds that you can spot here are eagles, harriers, falcons, buzzards, kestrel and vultures. Short-toed eagles, tawny eagles, spotted eagles, laggar falcons, sandgrouse and kestrel.

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Now that the park offers a safari too, you can sight some wild animals here like Black Buck,  chinkara, desert fox and cat, blue bull, desert gerbil and gecko.

The place also has a collection of plants and animal fossils which can be of interest to many people.

When a place has so much to offer, you shouldn’t miss visiting it.

Gadsisar Lake- A marvelous mélange of lustrous water and picturesque sandstone architecture in Jaisalmer

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Obtaining gleaming golden touch from its yellow sandstone architecture; the Jaisalmer city of Rajasthan is an aureate fantasy in the Thar Desert. The Sun City brings out the beauty of desert life, where sun shines the brightest, like no other. Known for its miniatures, architecture, bazaars and UNESCO’s world Heritage Site- Jaisalmer is a peaceful place in its solitude, where plains melt into banks of rising sand; trees shrink into shrubs and long thorn- cactus. The dreamy city with its sheer ruggedness always exemplifies sand and desert. But there is this shimmering oasis of water surrounded by marvelous temples and shrines called Gadsisar Lake, which is worth a visit in Jaisalmer!

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Brimming with water and mesmeric avian guests, Gadsisar Lake catches everyone’s fancy for its sheer beauty in the desert land. According to the legends, the Maharaja of Jaisalmer, Raja Jaisal built this lake, which was later revamped by his successor Maharawal Gadsi, who sensed and observed the agony and pain of his people to fetch drinking water from distant places. Hence, he got it redesigned into a rain water conservation lake in the 14th century. It was the only source of water for the Jaisalmer city in the olden days.

Towards the southern part of Jaisalmer city; the entrance to the Gadsisar Lake is the magnificent and artistically carved yellow sandstone archway that is called Tilon-Ki-Pol. Meticulously carved Chattris, Temples, Shrines and Ghats surround the Gadsisar Lake. One can enjoy sighting rare migratory birds that visit the Gadsisar Lake every year.

The marvelous mélange of lustrous water and the mellow yellow of the picturesque sandstone banks appear breathtaking in the desert land of Jaisalmer. A boat ride or a stroll through the ghats while watching the changing hues of ochre with the setting sun is a beautiful retreat for the tourists in Jaisalmer.

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Not to be missed, the serene Gadsisar Lake springs to vibrant colours of life during the annual Gangaur Festival when various cultural performances, food stalls and makeshift shops of nick- knack flock the area.

If you happen to be in Jaisalmer for its signature desert safari and want to break away from all the things called desert, dunes and sand, then visit the Gadsisar Lake for its breathtaking beauty in the Sun City of Jaisalmer!

A voyage to discover the City Palace by night-Jaipur!

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To the eye, Jaipur offers a landscape of opulence that tells of a magnificent and bygone but always a well-built era. The capital city of Rajasthan is the most flamboyant and colorful city and the rulers always have that flair to preserve heritage of this world’s most fancied destination that opens its windows to many wonders. Of all the beautiful monuments of this city, there is one, which is a treasure trove of centuries old art and craft, a place that loves fêtes, refreshes the glorious past through a spectacle Sculpture Lumiére Show and where one can experience an unparalleled gateway to Rajasthan’s Royal hospitality under the magnificent dining arcades of Baradari restaurant- The City Palace, Jaipur.

So, let yourself loose on a voyage of discovering the City palace, at night. Located in the heart of the city in a rambling walled enclosure, the splendor of this Palace turns manifold when seen under the pristine night sky.

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The City Palace, Jaipur-History

The City Palace in Jaipur is spread out over a seven interconnected courtyards. Some courtyards are now public property. Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II as part of his ambitious city project founded it in 1727, and his successors continued to ornament and add to the elegant buildings up until the 20th century. The palace has always been much more than the grand residence of a royal family. It was also, from the start, a centre of patronage of the arts and of learning, and with its many temples; it is also a place of ritual and worship. On important festival days such as Gangaur and Teej, the procession of the image of the Goddess through the streets unites the City Palace and the people of the city in shared celebrations. Today, the palace has thrown open its exclusive spaces to the public through the Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum Trust, welcoming domestic and international visitors from far and wide.

The Museum began during the reign of Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II in 1952, when the Silehkhana and an Art Gallery were opened to the public. At that time, a turban or pagri was a part of the entrance requirement for male visitors, as wearing one was the contemporary etiquette of the Palace. In 1959, a Textile and Costume gallery was added (in the Mubarak Mahal), and the Museum was formally named the Maharaja of Jaipur Museum. In 1972, after the death of Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II, his son and successor Brigadier Maharaja SawaiBhawani Singh reorganized the museum to expand the collections and buildings, and renamed both the Museum and its managing Trust in honour of his father.

Voyage at Night

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Based on our personal experience, we will take you to discover City Palace but remember, the City Palace is beautiful by day but simply stunning by night.

As Rajasthan Tourism Buzz was invited to take this royal tour, we moved inside from the ceremonial Tripolia Gate that takes us straight to Mubarak Mahal. Usually, only royal family uses this gate.

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Traditinal Welcome

Mubarak Mahal – As you enter from Tripolia gate, the first thing that your eyes meet is the striking Mubarak Mahal, which was commissioned by Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh II in the year 1900 for use as a guesthouse to receive foreign visitors. As it was situated in the outermost courtyard of the palace, it allowed him to be a gracious host while maintaining his, and his family’s privacy.

Now, this elaborately decorated building displays the museum’s textiles collection. This embraces all textiles bought for or collected and used by the men and women of the royal family, irrespective of where they were made. No doubt, City Palace has the largest group of historic royal textiles surviving in India today. These are usually part of the personal collection and being relatively fragile, do not last long.

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Opposite there is Painting and Photography Gallery, which is the latest edition in 2015. There is a broad selection of pictures from the Museum’s reserve collections that have been displayed for the first time. Many new and interesting stories about the paintings have emerged as a result. The exhibition begins in the era of the founder, Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, in the 18th century and concludes after Indian independence in 1947, when ruler of the time, Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II, was no longer the sovereign ruler of Jaipur, but the democratically appointed symbolic head or Rajpramukh of the Indian state of Rajasthan.This room contains paintings bought for and commissioned by the founder and his sons.

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Sarvato Bhadra- 

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The SarvatoBhadra (where the famous silver urns are displayed) is built on a plinth or platform, with marble pillars that hold up the roof. SarvatoBhadra means single-storeyed, square, open hall, with enclosed rooms at the four corners. The rest of this building and the courtyard around it is built with ordinary stone pieces, finished smoothly with plaster and then painted pink. One use of the SarvatoBhadra was as the Divan-e-Khas, or the Hall of Private Audience, which meant the ruler, could hold court with the officials and nobles of the kingdom in a more private, intimate space than the grand spaces of the SabhaNiwas which was open to more people. But it’s also one of the most important ritual buildings in the complex, and continues to be so today, representing ‘living heritage’. The SarvatoBhadra is at its glorious best when illuminated with lights at night.

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The gate on the western side of the Sarvato Bhadra courtyard is called Riddhi-Siddhi Pol. Unlike most of the other gates, which are only plastered and painted, this gate is decorated with beautifully carved marble, giving us a hint about its importance – it was used by the Maharajas to enter their private residence! It leads into the Pritam Niwas Chowk, with the 7-storey Chandra Mahal on the right.

The courtyard is rectangular and has the famous painted and carved gateways. All four arched and painted gateways carry pictures of dancing peacocks and blossoming lotus flowers. Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh, who lived about 200 years ago, built them. The courtyard was used for the Maharajas’ private gatherings and events, and the women could look down on them the same way they looked at functions in the Sabha Niwas.

Opulence – Museum at Night with Sculpture Lumiére Show

Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum Trust has recently started a Sculpture Lumière Show, created by the world’s renowned light artist Patrick Rimoux, an introduction by the Shri Amitabh Bachchan and the State Anthem which has been revived by the Jaipur royal family and re-recorded by Rajasthan Roots inside the City Palace for visitors.

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The Museum at Night offers an élite experience of the City Palace. The buildings are specially lit and magically transformed, and selected galleries are open for viewing. The Sculpture Lumiére Show is an enlightening experience, basking in the glory of its past to today’s royal family it takes you on a enchanting journey covering the history of Jaipur and its rulers, through images from the Museum collection, video, and graphics, all projected onto the walls of the SarvatoBhadraChowk, and the Chandra Mahal. Guests can visit the illuminated palace buildings, courtyards and museum galleries before the Sculpture Lumiére Show.

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Chandra Mahal

Drenched in the spirit of pride, Chandra Mahal or the moon palace was the main residence of the Maharajas of Jaipur. It is seven storeys high, and was built in just seven years. The state flag of Jaipur, called the panchranga, or five-color flutters on the top. You may notice a smaller, quarter flag flying above it. That denotes that the Maharaja is in residence and is connected with the title ‘Sawai’ that is added to the names of the rulers of Jaipur. The founder of Jaipur, Maharaja Jai Singh the second, was honoured by the Emperor Aurangzeb with the title of ‘Sawai’ literally meaning ‘one and a quarter’.

IMG_8009-001.JPGThe seven storied building, Chandra Mahal is built with such proportion that one can hardly realize its grand scale without going around its various apartments. The walls of the verandah of Chandra Mahal on the first floor are covered with life size portraits of Jaipur rulers painted by German Artist A.H. Muller during the reign of Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II. The verandah faces Royal Jai Niwas gardens, GovindDevji temple and the scenic view of the tiger fort on the Aravali Mountains all in one line.

The second storey of Chandra Mahal is Sukh Niwas. The gilded room has walls decorated with gold work from over 200 years ago. The room is full of royal memorabilia, including the famous Lalique Peacock table, an incredible piece specially made for the Royal Family of Jaipur by the world renowned artist Marc Lalique.

Chandra Mahal’s third storey, called Rang Mandir is embellished with mirrors on the walls, pillars and ceilings.

The fourth storey is called Shobha Niwas. Created in 18th century, it is a room of mirrors embellished with decorations in colour and gold. This is the point that heralds all the royal ceremonies.

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The fifth storey is the Chhavi Niwas, which is painted with floral pattern in blue & white to depict the reflection of clouds in the sky.

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The Sixth storey of the palace is Sri Niwas, one of the finest examples of Mughal artwork decorated with mirror & gold during 18th century. The reflections of the intricate glass work in candlelight is a treat to the viewer’s eye.

The top of Chandra Mahal or seventh storey is known as Mukut Mandir. It is the crown of the royal Palace over which the flag of Jaipur flies relentlessly. One can have a panoramic view of the walled city of Jaipur from the Mukut Mandir. While standing on the terrace you will find that there is something that carries a whiff of magic about the most beautiful city of Jaipur from here.

Baradari Restaurant

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When grandeur of past magically blends with avant-garde settings, a gorgeous ambiance is conceived, which can be experienced at the restaurant, Baradari the latest in a series of initiatives by the Jaipur royal family for the visitors at City Palace. It wraps around the courtyard of what was once the historic service court of the City Palace. With cooling water cascades and an elegant bar that plays with the traditional form of baradari (a columned, open pavilion), it is the perfect place to conclude a visit to the Museum, or to host a meal. It serves sumptuous Indian and international cuisines in elegant surroundings and also runs a Snack Bar for the convenience of visitors who wishes to grab a meal on the go. Baradari has won the INSIDE Award for the Best Building in the Creative Re-use category.

So the next time you are planning a trip to Jaipur in Rajasthan,  soak in the character of beauty and royal grandeur at the City Palace during night!