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A piece of heaven in Rajasthan- Dausa

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A piece of heaven in Rajasthan- Dausa

The historic town of Dausa meaning beautiful like heaven is located 55 km from Jaipur (NH 11). It is also referred to as Dev Nagari. Far away from the bustling cities, it is popular for its temples all over India and has exemplary archaeological and excavation sites which you can visit this summer.

Chand Baori (Stepwell) – Abhaneri

Abhaneri is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Dausa. Built back in 8th century, it is one of the deepest and largest stepwell in India. The phenomenal structure is 64 feet deep and consisted of 1000 perfectly symmetrical narrow steps, spanning 13 storeys.

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Harshat Mata Temple

Harshat Mata Temple is a magnificent piece of architecture and home to Harshat Mata, goddess of joy and happiness. It is adjacent to Chand Baori. The temple is decorated with domicile ceiling and pillars, carved with many sculptures and Brahmanical deities.

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Bhandarej

Tracing back to 11th century Bhandarej is a fine example of the splendid history of this region. It is located about 10 km from Dausa. The Baori (stepwell) is a fine example of the architecture with glorious walls, sculptures, ornamental lattice work (Jaalis) and stunning terracotta utensils, found in excavations, the region is also known for its carpet making.

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Lotwara Garh (Fort)

Just 11 km from Abhaneri, the fort of Lotwara is another attraction of Dausa, built in 17th century by Thakur Ganga Singh. It is home to the largest peacock population in Lotwara.  The best way to reach the village is by road.

Jhajhirampura

Known for its spiritual glory, Jhajhirampura accommodates natural water tanks, temples comprising deities such as Rudra (Shiva), Balaji (Hanuman) and other Gods and Goddess. It is surrounded by hills and has immense natural beauty.

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Mehendipur Balaji

Dedicated to Lord Hanuman, Mehendipur Balaji is 50 km from Dausa. The temple holds a lot of religious significance and is visited by locals as well as devotees from all over India. It is believed to hold a reputation for healing the mentally unbalanced, exorcism of evil spirits or black magic and attracts many pilgrims.

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Bandikui

Bandikui is the railway city, located about 35 km from Dausa. The Roman style church for Protestant Christians is a popular attraction in Bandikui, cast in stone and is located near the railway station. The church was built by King Shishir Shamsher Bahadur.

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The Exciting Abhaneri Festival Starts Today

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Abhaneri is an ancient 9th Century village situated in the Dausa district of Rajasthan, which is famous for its post- Gupta and early medieval period heritage. The village has also contributed numerous pieces of sculpture to various museums across the world. The main attraction are Abhaneri step-well and Harshat Mata Temple.

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The Department of Tourism, Government of Rajasthan along with the Dausa District Adminstration every year organizes a three day festival (13-15 Oct 2015) in Abhaneri village. It is organized to promote the heritage of the area.

The 3 day festival is a blend of cultural performances like terahtali, bhavai, chakri dance, village safari and a craft bazaar to attract and entertain the tourists.

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Join in this full funfair with music and colorful performances.

 

 

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Explore The 6 Best Heritage Sites Of Rajasthan On World Heritage Day

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Rajasthan is known all around the world for its rich heritage. 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.

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Acting As Natural Coolers – Some Monuments In Rajasthan You Never Knew About

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Our ancestors long before predicted the modern climate phase and designed so beautifully looking monuments. Some of these ancient architectures of the land of Rajasthan are designed so as to portray natural cooling system principle. Rajasthan’s Hawa Mahal and Chand Baori are a perfect example of how the interiors served as natural coolers without the use of electricity.

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Hawa Mahal was constructed around 300 years ago by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh. He being a believer of Lord Krishna designed it in the form of a crown – his ‘mukut’. This unique ‘Palace of Winds’ has its roots from physics’ Venturi effect. According to this principle, the fluid pressure is reduced and is constricted in a fixed path which lets the same cool air to flow all around. Another important feature which helps it to be a natural cooler is its walls. They are made of lime and stone which not only help cool the surroundings but also increases the life span of this well preserved monument.

Chand Boari

Chand Baori, a step well with around 3500 stairs is also situated in the dry arid land of Rajasthan. Serving two purposes at the same time- one of water collection and storage and other, providing a stage for leisurely activities, this funnel shaped creation of Raja Chand is also an example of natural cooling principle. Based on the passive cooling strategy, the consistent temperature of soil is absorbed to cool a building. This 13 storey Boari is a well portrayed example of natural cooling system.

Pictures from Abhaneri Festival 2014

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The first day of Abhaner Festival on September 26 and 27, 2014 at Chand Baori and Harshad Mata Temple near dausa district of Rajasthan was full of fanfare, music and colorful performances. Rajasthan Tourism Buzz brings you this photo blog on the cultural events, dance and activities took place on the first day of celebration during Abhaneri Festival.

Abhaneri -A marvelous piece of architecture which gives a sense of magical touch and adds to the beauty of Rajasthan.

Tourists and visitors watching Abhaneri Stepwells from the top.

Tourists and visitors watching Abhaneri Stepwells from the top.

Dancers performing kachchi Ghodhi dance, and the foreign guests joined in.

Dancers performing kachchi Ghodhi dance, and the foreign guests joined in.

Dancers performing kachchi Ghodhi dance, and the foreign guests joined in.

Dancers performing kachchi Ghodhi dance, and the foreign guests joined in.

The popular Raas leela of Radha Krishna was beautifully portrayed in the form of dance by the local artists of Rajasthan during the Festival.

The popular Raas leela of Radha Krishna was beautifully portrayed in the form of dance by the local artists of Rajasthan during the Festival.

The world renowned kalbelia dance form couldn't stop tourists from tapping their feet with the performers. A  memorable moment captured during the Abhaneri Festival.

The world renowned kalbelia dance form couldn’t stop tourists from tapping their feet with the performers. A memorable moment captured during the Abhaneri Festival.

Flower decoration and Rangoli are the special attractions for the tourists at Abhaneri Festival.

Flower decoration and Rangoli are the special attractions for the tourists at Abhaneri Festival.

Today, on the second day of Abhaneri Festival, more exciting performances are lined up to attract and entertain the local and foreign spectators. Performances like Terah Tali, Bhavai and Chakri dance are few to name. Keep following for more exciting updates and images from Rajasthan!!

Abhaneri Festival on World Tourism Day in Rajasthan

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With the multitude of colors and vivid shades of its rich culture, Rajasthan once again gears up for annual cultural, social fairs and festivals. Beginning with the vibrant Abhaneri Festival at the popular Chand Baori known for its stepwells, Rajasthan is soon going to bathe in the beauty of music, dances and cultural events.

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Abhaneri (Around 94 km from Jaipur on Agra Road) will host a two-day (on September 26 and 27) ‘Abhaneri Festival’ beginning from today at ‘Chand Baori’ and Harshat Mata temple from 10 am to 5 pm. Conceived and celebrated since 2008 by the tourism department, the festival has gained popularity and a large number of foreign and domestic tourists visit Abhaneri during the festival and throughout the year. Marking the theme of World Tourism Day on September 27  this year, there will be a camel cart village safari along with Rajasthani folk performances like ‘Kachhi Ghori’, ‘Kalbeliya’ and Algoza. There will also be a performance of shehnai and a puppet show. The ‘Bahrupiya’ will add humor to the event.

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Be a part of the celebrations at Abhaneri and drink in the rustic charm of traditional Rajasthan with Abhaneri Festival.

Images: Rajasthan Tourism Buzz (Abhaneri Festival 2013)

Abhaneri Stepwells: An architectural marvel in Rajasthan!

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Abhaneri Stepwell

Indian architecture is the cynosure of the world’s eyes that has always presented a colorful mosaic of styles and beauty. One such exclusive architecture is the step wells of Rajasthan, which has been cited as an exquisite example of unparalleled artistic and architectural beauty.

Rajasthan’s most awe-inspiring baoris (step-wells), Chand Baori at Abhaneri, is a unique creation by the natives for harvesting rainwater, situated at a distance of 95 km from Jaipur, on Jaipur-Agra road.

Abhaneri Stepwells

30 meters deep with 13 floors and 3500 steps, Chand Baori is one of India’s deepest and largest step wells. The huge tank with delicate carvings certainly is delightful to eyes. It is one such astonishing view which can never be seen anywhere and is the finest example of geometrical excellence of the bygone era.

Interestingly, these big tanks were used as the cool places of resort and water reservoir in parched days.

Via : Soul of Rajasthan- The Coffee Table Book