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Amer and Hawa Mahal to host glorious heritage evenings during Jaipur Literature Festival

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With the most amazing lineup of artists, authors and performers for mesmerizing music and theatre performances, the Jaipur Literature Festival, in its 11th edition, will celebrate the Pink City’s exuberant heritage, against the exquisite backdrop of its popular monuments.

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The five-day literary festival starting from January 25, 2018 at the magnificent venue of Diggi Palace, Jaipur will host two glorious heritage evenings, organized in association with Rajasthan Tourism, at Jaipur’s iconic Amber Fort and Hawa Mahal. On the second day of the festival i.e 26th January, ‘Under the Stars’ at Hawa Mahal will feature ‘The Troth-Usne Kaha Tha’, a multimedia dance and theatre production presented by Akademi, a UK-based producer of Indian dance, marking the centenary of World War I. The poignant narrative through an interplay between image, music and dance is something not to be missed.

On January 28, ‘A Majestic Evening’ at Amber Fort will begin with Sarangi recital by Ustad Kamal Sabri, son of sarangi legend Ustad Sabri Khan. The recital will be followed by ‘Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi…’, a tribute to the late ghazal maestro, Jagjit Singh, by singer-composer Shekhar Ravjiani.

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The ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival’s Heritage Evenings will celebrate the built heritage of Rajasthan where it will highlight Rajasthan’s rich cultural and architectural legacy through the performing arts showcases.

In association with Rajasthan Tourism, the cultural evenings  will present some of the best music and theatre performances against the backdrop of over 1000 years of Indian architecture and heritage i.e. Hawa Mahal and Amer. Entry to these events is through invitation only.

 

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Rajasthan tour operators are visiting Heritage Hotels to offer fresh royal tours in the state

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Rajasthan is globally acclaimed for its historical forts monuments and luxury palaces that narrate the fascinating story about its kings and kingdom. Most of the majestic fort and palaces have been converted into luxury heritage hotels and resorts.

These palace hotels offer to see and experience the grandeur of Rajasthan’s regalia to its visitors from different parts of the world. So as to promote the nuances and renovations in various heritage properties in the recent past, a group of 8 prominent tour operators of Rajasthan went on a FAM Tour to a large number of heritage properties in the State.

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It is expected that this will enable the tour operators to market these properties more effectively to the tourists and visitors, as informed by the Senior Vice President, Rajasthan Association of Tour Operators (RATO), Mohan Singh Mertiya.

The visit of the tour operators has been organized by RATO along with the Indian Heritage Hotels Association (IHHA). The group will visit Shekhawati (Nawalgarh; Alsisar, Mandawa) Bikaner; Jodhpur, Rohet, Pokaran and then reach Jaisalmer on September02, 2017 for the IHHA Annual Convention. At the IHHA Convention the tour operators will have B2B meetings with heritage property owners.

Beginning their tour from Jaipur on August30, 2017, the tour operators have already visited the heritage properties of Pink City. On the way back they will also visit Khejarala; Nimaj and  Pushkar finally to return Jaipur.

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 The group of tour operators at Hotel Hari Mahal before their departure for FAM tour.

 

According to the IHHA officials, enough attention and time was not given by tour operators to heritage hotel owners at events like Great Indian Travel Bazaar and other such travel forums since they have to compete with larger hotels and prestigious chains. This visit will be entirely focused on the heritage hotels and has been organized for the first time.

The tour operators visiting the heritage properties are : Kuldeep Singh Chandela; Mohan Singh Mertiya;  Mahender Singh; Amit Bomb;  Sukhdev Singh; Inder Vijai Singh;  Nitin Mathur and Aditya Agrawal.

It is to be recalled that 6th Annual Convention of the Indian Heritage Hotels Association (IHHA) will be inaugurated at Suryagarh in Jaisalmer on September02, 2017. The theme of the Convention this year will be ‘Harnessing Heritage to Tourism Advantage’.
Check: https://rajasthantourismbuzz.wordpress.com/2017/08/26/rajasthan-chief-minister-to-inaugurate-the-ihha-annual-convention-in-jaisalmer/

 

RAJASTHAN CHIEF MINISTER TO INAUGURATE THE IHHA ANNUAL CONVENTION IN JAISALMER

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The Desert City of Rajasthan, Jaisalmer is going to host the 6th Annual Convention of the Indian Heritage Hotels Association (IHHA).

The Chief Minister of Rajasthan, Smt. Vasundhara Raje will inaugurate the high powered Convention of the Indian Heritage Hotels Association (IHHA) at Suryagarh on 02nd September. The theme of the Convention this year will be ‘Harnessing Heritage to Tourism Advantage’. 

Being held for the first time in the Golden City — the third edition of the Coffee Table Book of Indian Heritage Hotels Association (IHHA) will also be released during the day.

Various presentations will also be made on relevant topics like ‘Role of National Museums in Preserving National Heritage’, ‘Built Heritage of Jaisalmer’, ‘Activities by Federation of Associations in Indian Tourism & Hospitality’ (FAITH) in the past year and its vision for future, ‘Formation of Indian Subcontinent and its Impact on Built Heritage and Environment’, ‘Role of Our Heritage Cuisine in Preserving Our Heritage’, among others.

Jaisalmer Fort view from a Haveli

Jaisalmer Fort

Supported by Suryagarh, The Desert Palace, Jaisalkot, Narayan Niwas Palace, Nachana Haveli and Dunes Safari Camp, another remarkable event; Annual General Meeting of the IHHA will also take place on September 03, 2017 .

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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Re- living 64 Years Of Rajasthan On Rajasthan Diwas Today

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As Rajasthan celebrates its 65th Rajasthan Diwas this year on 30thMarch 2015, we tell you the magnificent journey of 64 years. What makes Rajasthan so unique is its colorful culture, rich heritage and one of the tourist hubs. The state dazzles in its beauty and every glimpse is captures with due importance.

1. FAIRS AND FESTIVALS

Rajasthan is a state which is known for the richness of traditions, and diverse culture. All the festivals are celebrated with joy, enthusiasm, zeal and zest. Some major fairs and festivals are Pushkar Fair, Jaisalmer Desert Fair, Gangaur, Teej, Marwar Festival, Holi and the list goes on.

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2. CUISINES

One cannot leave Rajasthan without tasting its food which is known for it spiciness and rich flavor. Rajasthani cuisine is mainly vegetarian but can be put together in a variety of mouthwatering dishes. A sweet is a must which is complemented with every meal. Some relishing dishes are dal bati churma which is a well known delicacy all around the world. Every region in Rajasthan has its own speciality and taste.

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3. FORTS, MONUMENTS & PALACES

Rajasthan is well known for its historically rich ‘Forts and Palaces’. The forts of Rajasthan tell stories about the kings and queens and their journey during their period of reign. Each and every fort and fortress has a unique and unparalleled story behind it. Some monuments of Rajasthan are well recognized due to recognition by UNESCO, namely – Jantar Mantar (Jaipur), Kumbhalgarh fort, etc.

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4. FOLK MUSIC AND DANCES

The folk music and dance are important part of our culture and thus performed at every occasion, may it be a birth of a new born, anniversary or a welcome to the new season. The famous dance form of Rajasthan is Kalbelia, Terahtaali, Ghoomar, Chari, etc. Though dance is not the only art, music is considered important in the state of Rajasthan.

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5. WILDLIFE

Rajasthan is an abode to a number of species. It is known for diverse flora and fauna. Rajasthan lying in a desert region and having a varied topography is a home to various species. The Ranthambore National Park and Sariska Tiger Reserve are well known wildlife sanctuaries in this dry- arid region.

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6. HAND BLOCK PRINTING & BLUE POTTERY

Rajasthan is famous for its art and craft. Hand block printing, especially Bagru pint with floral and leaf motifs are seen and worn by a large number. Another recognized traditional art is of blue pottery, which has its origins from Rajasthan in India. In it the color blue and its shades are kept as the base color. Lehariya is also a style which originated from the land of Rajasthan.

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7. MUSEUMS

Museums are built to showcase the in-depth history of a place and to know about its culture. The museums of Rajasthan throw limelight to its rich heritage and varied, and diversified culture. Rajasthan is known worldwide for 1st silver museum in the world, situated in Udaipur. Not to forget the oldest museum of the state- Albert Hall, Jaipur is known for its rare articles. The other museums include- Government Museum in Jodhpur & Ajmer, Maharaja Sawai Mansingh Museum in Jaipur, etc.

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One day escape route to Bhangarh!

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There is no dearth of amazing off beat destinations in Rajasthan. From the historical sights to cultural landscapes, from Thar Desert to shimmering lakes, from serene temples to swanky beautiful malls, there are unlimited spectacular places to visit in Rajasthan. But this weekend how about hiking on a blissful and adventurous break at Bhangarh and discovers the secrets of the Haunted Ruins of Rajasthan along with heritage sceneries?

Yes, Bhangarh” is amongst India’s most haunted places, famous for its historical ruins, situated in Alwar district of Rajasthan and around 80 km. drive from the state capital Jaipur. The history and story of this fortress are irresistible. Entering the borders of Bhangarh between sunset and sunrise is strictly prohibited due to paranormal activities reported inside.

When RTB planned its first trip to Bhangarh we googled everything to get an idea about the place and roads etc. Now this blog will be giving you the first hand information. As it’s strictly prohibited to linger in the area after sunset, and we were not aware of the road conditions during monsoon, we thought to start early.

On Sunday morning, we hit the road at 9.30 am. Jaipur -Agra highway, which is too good to drive. We took a turn from place Dausa. The road further from dausa to Bhangarh was also good, but the entire view was just fabulous with scenic roadside beauty.

With good road conditions even during Monsoon it took just 1 and a half-hours to reach the place. The last few kms to Bhangarh was the village, where one could sight truly remarkable marble statues in making by the artisans on roadside. En-route there was quite a picturesque landscape, but we could not stop as our curio was forcing us to reach the cursed city in no time. By 11 am we reached at Bhangarh- it was totally covered with dark clouds and we could see the fortress standing amidst the lush green Aravalis. What an astounding sight it was!!

Bhangarh Premises

Bhangarh Premises

Ruins of Bhangarh

Ruins of Bhangarh

We hurriedly parked our cars and started moving towards the main gate of historic and haunted Bhangarh. Just at the entry there has been a Hanuman Temple- we bowed heads and prayed to be safe and moved ahead. The place looks beautiful and tranquil. What remains, though, is a shadow of once a beautiful kingdom.

Temple inside Bhangarh

Temple inside Bhangarh

Myths & Stories- Though there are myths associated with the place and no one is sure what actually happened that Bhangarh was abandoned soon after being built.

Myth1- Madho Singh built the town of Bhangarh with the approval of a Baba Balunath, who mediated there, but Baba gave him warning that the moment the shadow of your palace touches me entire city will be perished. In ignorance the palace raised to the level that the shadow reached the forbidden mark. Hence the devastation of entire town happened.

Myth2- Another myth is the legend of the Princess of Bhangarh, Ratnavati. She is believed to be the jewel of Rajasthan. In the area lived a tantrika magician well versed in the occult, called Singhia, was in love with the princess but knew that the match was impossible. One day Singhia saw the princess’s maid in the market, he used his black magic on the oil she was purchasing so that upon touching it the princess would surrender herself to him. The princess, however, seeing the tantric enchanting the oil, foiled his plan by pouring it on the ground. As the oil struck the ground it turned into a rock that crushed Singhia. Dying, the magician cursed the palace with the death of all who dwelt in it.  The next year there was a battle between Bhangarh and Ajabgarh in which Princess Ratnavati perished.

Archeological Survey of India about Ancient Site Bhangarh- Bhangarh was built in the 17th century, by Raja Madho Singh, younger brother of Man Singh, a general of Emperor Akbar’s army. At that time, Bhangarh had a population of over 10,000. Now, not a soul lives in the ruined but still a beautiful city. Bhangarh was the precursor of the exquisite old city of Jaipur, with it’s havelis, colorful bazaars, and temples.

ASI Board at the entrance of Bhangarh

ASI Board at the entrance of Bhangarh

Many earlier tourists states that there is some strange feeling in this air, causing anxiety and disquiet, but we found the place just beautiful and a fascinating retreat for nature and heritage admirers.

Walking through the narrow lanes of the old city was giving some eccentric feeling as all the houses were without roofs but well synchronized. One could feel the smell of past era just like in the stories- Once upon a time sort of, with a lot so many things to explore.

Bhangarh Ruins

Bhangarh Ruins

To be honest we could not feel any type of negative energy in the environ probably it shifted somewhere due to heavy rush on Sunday 🙂

Bhangarh Fortress

Bhangarh Fortress

There are no Ethereal appearing structures, but lies a marvelous Palace, so-called “Bhangarh Fort“. The remains are informative enough to take you on to a mesmerizing journey, for the reminiscence from the past.

The fort was huge, the ruins of Bhangarh include gardens, havelis, temples and banyan trees. We climbed up to go upstairs though the passage smelled foul because of the bats. There was one hall the ceiling of which was entirely covered with bats. Once at the top, a panoramic aerial view of the place was mind blowing. Flanked between three Aravali Mountains the fort of Bhangarh looks supreme.

Bhangarh Ruins

Bhangarh Ruins

Dried out waterfalls can be sighted on foothills and few bawdi’s in the premises itself.

Bhangarh is a beautiful place and the drive is equally enriching. While going back from Bhangarh one can halt at 2-3 beautiful picnic spots. One is the lotus pond at the right side. Little boys will offer their services for 10-20 Rs. for plucking fresh lotus from the pond.

Though the entire route is scenic but just after few kilometers there is a reservoir flowing on the right side. We saw some of the locals and visitors taking halt under the green shades of tall trees and climbing up the reservoir wall for a splendid view of flowing river, a few were having picnic nearby.

We suggest taking out a day off from your busy schedules and going for a fun filled adventurous journey to Bhangarh.

It’s just not the place, but the route also gives whimsical experience.

Travel Tips- A day trip is sufficient to explore Bhangarh

Be careful as there are number of monkey’s and langur’s in the Bhangarh premises.

Must have’s- if going in Monsoon; carry umbrallas as there is no place to take shelter once you are in fort premises.

Don’t forget to carry your camera.

Courtesy- Gaurav Hajela Photography (https://www.facebook.com/gauravpics)

Magnificent forts and palaces of Rajasthan

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Amer Fort, Jaipur

” Magical and Mystical” – Rajasthan is the state that spells royalty in its way of life. Legendary epics of bravery and romance can still be smelled in its soil. Enticingly known as ‘Land of Kings‘, Rajasthan has multi hued faces from Great Indian Thar Desert in west to Tiger cocoon ‘Sariska’ in the east. Romance and adventure prevail in every nook and corner of Rajasthan, and its diverse culture makes it a cultural rich destination of India. Mammoth forts attract heritage enthusiasts from across the borders. Rajasthan is much known for its historically rich ‘Forts and Palaces

Impressive history of Rajasthan tells about Kings and Queens of Rajasthan and the forts built during their reign narrate some nerve chilling stories of valor and bravery of those Kings and Queens. Though every fort has a unique and exciting story to tell, but their magnificence is worth admiring and being cherished. Regal and luxurious palaces of Rajasthan are marvelous in their own ways. India’s largest Chittorgarh fort speaks of Rajput’s bravery and regalia. Other famous forts are Jaigarh Fort, Mehrangarh Fort, Jaisalmer Fort, Junagarh Fort. The most recognized forts of Rajasthan which are also honored with the title of UNESCO’s “World Heritage Site” title are Amber, Chittorgarh, Gangron, Jaisalmer, Kumbhalgarh and Ranthambore.

 

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These magnificent forts together reflect the elaborate, fortified seats of power of Rajput princely state Rajasthan that flourished between the 8th and 18th centuries and their relative political independence. So, whenever you are planning to visit Rajasthan, do not miss to pay a visit to magnificent Forts and Palaces of Rajasthan for a truly regal experience.