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Visit the 8 best heritage monuments and sites of Rajasthan on World Heritage Day

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World Heritage Day is celebrate across the globe on 18th April every year. It is not just a day to cherish the monuments from history, but to raise awareness about protecting our history and culture.  Rajasthan is globally popular for its rich heritage of architecture and culture. Having some of the best forts, palaces and monuments are till date maintained in really good conditions as they are very precious to the lives of Rajasthanis.

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 vigor. This massive fort though being attacked thrice by the enemies, couldn’t take over the powerful people of this place. The fort of Chittor is known for its own beauty and uniqueness.

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3) City Palace, Udaipur

The grandness of this palace can be seen now, 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 of the world 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 color 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 gives it 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 desert of Rajasthan is an architectural wonder in itself.

Chand Boari

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. With a blend of folk music, the show brings to life the legends, history, traditions and cultures of the Rajputs and Jaipur City.

Amer Fort, Jaipur

8) City Palace Jaipur

Located in the heart of the old city of Jaipur, City Palace is where the Kachwaha Rajput clan ruled from. 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.

City Palace Jaipur

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Restoration work of the haunted Kuldhara village of Rajasthan began from September 11

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From colorful clothes to the dark haunted places, Rajasthan is a state which doesn’t only attract tourists to the rich heritage it has but also to various stories that it carries in its baggage of secrets.

Kuldhara is an abandoned village in the Jaisalmer district of Rajasthan which is known to be haunted. This tourist attraction site is made accessible to people by Rajasthan Government only in the daytime as it is said that no one can ever spend a complete night here. Its unresolved mystery fascinates a lot of travelers who keenly devote their time looking for answers. Some just visit to click pictures and others consider it an adventurous expedition.

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The Kuldhara village is completely into ruins now and it’s just a few two-storied buildings that remain intact. There were some who tried to come back to the village but couldn’t stay. It is also said that curse comes to those who try to move even single pebble from its place.

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There are various stories connected as to why the place was abandoned. Some say that the ruler of the state imposed heavy taxes on the people due to which they has to move and the others say that the ruler loved a Brahmin girl and to save her from atrocities, everyone left the village. However, the true reasons stand unknown.

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Now, due to rising attraction to this place, Rajasthan Government started the restoration work on Sunday, September 11, 2016. During the restoration, there will be no fiddling with the original ancient heritage of Kuldhara, no structure including the houses would be relocated from the present location and the roads leading to Kuldhara will also be taken care of. The village will be conserved and beautified and will also be prevented from thefts of its ancient artefacts. As the village will regain its lost glory, it is considered that the tourism will also increase manifold.

Theme Based Travel might Soon be a Reality in Rajasthan

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Theme Based Travel might Soon be a Reality in Rajasthan

Theme based tourism might be a reality in Rajasthan soon. In order to promote India as a 365 day tourism destination, ministry of tourism is planning to develop five integrated theme based circuits under Swadesh Darshan Scheme.

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Rajasthan is one of the states being covered in the 500 crore rupees scheme. Circuits will be developed based on the themes of adventure, tribal, spiritual, desert and heritage. The heritage circuit would have 10 hill forts. Four of these forts are in the World Heritage Monuments list. More sites are being selected through a survey.

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Kumbhalgarh Fort

This scheme will make the sites in the realm of the circuits, more attractive. The tourist experience will be better too. The Swadesh Darshan scheme is good for infrastructure development as well as for providing more employment opportunities.

This is a great scheme and will definitely make travelling in India a better experience!

National Parks in Rajasthan to be closed for Monsoon

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With arrival of monsoon, National Park across Rajasthan will remain closed for three months from today i.e. Monday, July01, 2013.

 

The parks will be closing from July 1 and will reopen for wildlife tourism from October 01, 2013 with possibly no change in opening period till now. The officers concerned and staffers under the Forest Department of Ranthambore and Sariska are ready with their enlisted plans to be carried out during this closing period along with taking up of afforestation and restoration works.

With onset of monsoon, mating period of wild animals begins. These four months of rainy season from July to October are considered most crucial for mating of wildlife animals. During these months the wild animals turn aggressive and need complete isolation. These aspects along with other maintenance works of the Forest Department are necessary for closing of parks across the State.

Six Hill Forts of Rajasthan wins World Heritage Site title by UNESCO

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Cheer spread in the tourism as well as the art and culture sector today in Rajasthan when its 6 hill forts were selected to be in the UNESCO’s World Heritage List. The hills forts are – Amber, Chittorgarh, Gangron, Jaisalmer, Kumbhalgarh and Ranthambore. The Tourism, Art & Culture Minister, Ms. Bina Kak said: “the selection of these forts is a reflection of our work done in the past. We stand by our commitment towards conservation and protection of our rich cultural heritage, of which we are immensely proud.”

Kumbhalgarh Fort

Kumbhalgarh Fort

Gagron Fort

Gagron Fort

Jaisalmer Fort

Jaisalmer Fort

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Chittorgarh-Fort

Amer Fort, Jaipur

Amer Fort, Jaipur

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RANTHAMBHORE-Fort

These hill forts were approved in the 37th Meeting of the World Heritage Committee in Cambodia on 21 June. The selection of these forts, located in different cities, as a serial cultural property, is the first of its kind ever by UNESCO.

Now with the selection by UNESCO these six forts will receive enhanced international recognition the way the Jantar Mantar in Jaipur did after being selected in the World Heritage List in 2010. This selection will also pave way for other monuments to be nominated for being included in the World Heritage List. In fact, the work relating to Stepwells of Abhaneri, Bandikui, Bundi as well as the Fresco paintings of Shekhawati region for being submitted for consideration to UNESCO list has already started.

All these efforts will sure reinforce positioning of Rajasthan on the world tourism map as a favored tourist destination.

It is to be recalled that several missions of ICOMOS (advisory body to UNESCO) visited Rajasthan since 2011 and discussed the nomination in great detail with State Archaeology Department, ASI and the Indian Advisory Committee on the World Heritage under the Ministry of Culture.

Within the State of Rajasthan, six extensive and majestic hill forts together reflect the elaborate, fortified seats of power of Rajput princely states that flourished between the 8th and 18th centuries and their relative political independence. The extensive fortifications up to 20 kilometres in circumference optimized various kinds of hilly terrain, specifically the river at Gagron, the dense forests at Ranthambore, and the desert at Jaisalmer, and exhibit important phase of development of an architectural typology based on established “traditional Indian principles”.

Follow the link to know more about these forts in Rajasthan… https://rajasthantourismbuzz.wordpress.com/2013/05/08/6-rajasthan-forts-poised-to-get-world-heritage-status/

 

Interpretation Center at Jantar Mantar, Jaipur launched today!

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Art & Culture Minister, Ms. Bina Kak inaugurating the Interpretation Centre today. The Mayor of Jaipur, Ms. Jyoti Khandelwal and Addl. Chief Secretary, Art & Culture, Ms. Aditi Mehta

Art & Culture Minister, Ms. Bina Kak inaugurating the Interpretation Centre today. The Mayor of Jaipur, Ms. Jyoti Khandelwal and Addl. Chief Secretary, Art & Culture, Ms. Aditi Mehta

Art & Culture Minister, Ms. Bina Kak today inaugurated the Interpretation Center at UNESCO’s World Heritage Site, Jantar Mantar.
A boon to tourist as the 8 minute audio visual will give a fairly good idea of the various instruments of the observatory. At one time around 20 tourists can see the audio-visual at the centre.

DSC_1955The centre has been developed by the Amber Development & Management Authority (ADMA). The audio visual film will brief the audience about the working principles and chronology of historic events which took place before and after its making. The interpretation centre of such sort is already working in the Jantar Mantar located at different places, such as Varanasi, Mathura, Ujjain and Delhi.

It is to be recalled that the Jaipur observatory was completed in 1734 AD. It is the biggest one among the five (Jaipur, Delhi, Ujjain, Agra and Varanasi) and contains almost all of the Raja’s instruments with a greater degree of precision. The “Rashivalaya yantra” (Zodiac Circle or Ecliptic Instruments) is found no where else except at Jantar Mantar, Jaipur. Sawai Jai Singh II himself used to take astronomical readings in this observatory situated near his palace, now popularly known as “The City Palace”.

6 Rajasthan Forts poised to get World Heritage status!

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India has nominated a group of six hill forts in Rajasthan for World Heritage Sites this year. UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee at its meeting in Cambodian capital Phnom Penh next month will decide on conferring the status on them.


The hill forts at Chittorgarh, Kumbhalgarh, Ranthambore, Gagron, Amber, and Jaisalmer are excellent examples of Rajput military architecture, which are found in palaces, temples, memorials and even in villages. Built between 13th and 19th centuries, these forts are unique to this region. The aesthetic ambiance of these marvels of architecture can be seen within their walls on various level layout plan in the opulent palace complexes.

Properties listed in World Heritage List, are recognised by the global community as having special significance which needs to be protected for future generations to enjoy.