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Amer Fort and Jantar Mantar to open post noon on Dhulandi

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On the occasion of ‘Dhulandi’ – the Holi Festival of colour,  Amer Fort of Jaipur as well as  Jantar Mantar will  open in the afternoon from 03.00 pm to 05.00 pm post Dhulandi celebrations.

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It is a great news for the tourists who are planning their visit to Jaipur to witness the festival of colours along with its historical monuments and forts.  Amer and Jantar Mantar are the monuments of great historical significance and are on the ‘UNESCO World Heritage Sites’ list.

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Looking at the travel plans of numerous tourists , who are planning to mark their Holi in  Jaipur,  the Department of Archaeology and Museums, Government of Rajasthan has decided upon opening the Amer Fort and Jantar Mantar post noon.

So, plan ahead joyfully, and happy holi 🙂

For more information please contact:
Pankaj Dharendra, Superintendent, Amer Fort (M: 09414251730)
Shashi Sawami, Superintendent, Jantar Mantar (M: 09785247246)

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21st Indian Birding Fair begins at Jaipur’s Mansagar Jalmahal

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Here’s a quick call for all the Bird lovers and photography enthusiasts!

The 21st Birding Fair is being organised in Jaipur on the 8th and 9th Feb from 09.00 am to 02.00 pm .

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More than 2,500 migratory birds are expected to be seen against  around 10,000 birds reported a few years back. Diving shovellers, pintails, coots, resident ducks like spot-bill duck and common moorhen, and four species of egrets too can be seen , don’t forget to carry your camera gears and binoculars.   Apart from that, the Lake comprises part of the Pink City’s northern frontal facade, which is marked by hills, forests, forts, heritage buildings, Ashwamegh Yajna site and cluster of Temples casts a spell binding charm over visitors during this birding fair.

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They will also be exhibiting sculptures, paintings, stone art, merchandise etc. Not to be missed, the chaupati at Jalmahal will be brimming with people and tempting street food to enjoy!

Images: Rajasthan Tourism Official

Tourism in Jaipur affected owing to curfew

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Normal life and tourism in Jaipur is affected as indefinite curfew in more than four areas of Jaipur’s walled city continued for third day on Sunday after Friday night’s violence, arson and firing that also claimed one life.

The curfew-bound areas of Jaipur- Subhash Chowk, Galta Gate, Ramganj and Manak Chowk, the areas that are dominated by the minority community are also the major roads leading to the maximum tourist destinations of Jaipur.

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The Tourism has also been affected as Jaipur’s main attraction Hawa Mahal, major temples like Galta, Khole Ke Hanuman Ji and way to Jal Mahal, Nahargarh, Jaigarh and  Amber Fort are either closed or the tourists are diverted through long routes. These are the main draws for tourists, especially foreigners. Though, armed force is camping and monitoring the situation minute to minute, but it is advised to postpone your travel plans for Jaipur in the current time looking at the sensitivity of the atmosphere.

We suggest you all to stay away from these areas and stay safe.

 

Tourists will have to pay entry fee for visiting Elephant Village in Jaipur

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Elephant Safari has been one of the most preferred activities among the tourists visiting Jaipur. For that reason, Hathi Gaon, the Elephant Village gained popularity in the recent past.

Though, the development of the village is still underway. Only 25 percent of the work related to the Elephant Village project has been completed. So as to fund the remaining development, Rajasthan Forest Department has announced entry fee for tourists visiting Elephant Village in Jaipur. The fee will be charged in the name of maintenance and development of the village. A domestic tourists will have to pay Rs 50 for an entry ticket, while an international tourist will be charged Rs 300.

The new rates have come into effect from Tuesday, August 08, 2017. The administration of Elephant Village was handed over to forest department from the Rajasthan tourism department. On the first day, after the entry fee was announced, around 55 foreign tourists and 53 domestic tourists visited Elephant village and paid for the entry.

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Hathi gaon ( Elephant village ) is a small village that was set up by the government in 2010 to give proper shelter and water facilities to all the families and their elephants that served tourists in and around Amer Fort during the day. Along with all the homes and shelters for the elephants there are big man-made ponds in the village designed specifically for elephants to relax and bathe in it after a long hard day’s work. People can visit the place and enjoy the sight of many elephants playing and bathing in open which is a rare sight in this part of India. It’s a photographers paradise indeed.

A perfect get away from Jaipur, Hathi Gaon is a splendid abode of Elephants for the families with children who can spend good time in the cool breeze and greenery all around with elephants entertaining themselves and their visitors.

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Image Credits: 2 and 3 via google.in

Night Tourism began at Vidhyadhar ka Bagh, Jaipur

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The introduction of  night tourism in Rajasthan is whole heartedly welcomed by the locals and tourists. The state capital Jaipur becomes the first city in Rajasthan to take this initiative.

After the City Palace, Amer Fort and Albert Hall, one more name is added in the list of night tourism destinations in jaipur! They attract a large number of tourists, hence the 350 year old Vidyadhar Ka Bagh located at Ghat Ki Guni Tunnel is also starting with Night Tourism.

The Vidyadhar garden is a pristine garden located in the heart of Jaipur. One of Jaipur’s best-preserved gardens, this picturesque garden is aesthetically designed and was built in the memory of Jaipur’s chief Architect, Vidyadhar Bhattacharya. Apart from the crystal waters, the tranquil lakes, flower beds and well-maintained gardens, the Vidyadhar Garden has a lot to offer. Nestled in the lap of a popular valley in Jaipur, the garden offers a panoramic view of the city and is the pride of Jaipur’s heavy heritage and culture. The expansive garden embraces artistic fountains, tiers of gardens, multiple  galleries, char bagh style pavilions and shimmering lake. Designed on the lines of  ‘Shilpa Shastra’, the Vidyadhar garden displays ornate frescoes with murals of Lord Krishna, and mesmeric flower beds. The blend of Mughal and Rajput style of architecture evidently echoes from the landscape of this garden. The garden is a heaven for nature lovers. At night, the shimmering and dazzling beauty of these lit up fountains, murals and pavilions would be mind blowing to watch.

Began from Monday i.e. 5th June, 2017, with this now you will be able to see shimmering lights in the night sky and stroll in the vast and beautiful gardens of Vidhyadhar Ka Bagh at just Rs.100 as an entry fee 🙂

Different Shades of Jawahar Kala Kendra

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Most people are familiar with the proud center of art & crafts and in fact a lot more than that with Jawahar Kala Kendra aka JKK in Jaipur. Like the rest of Jaipur’ wisely chalked out architecture and planning,  JKK boasts of an architecture that spellbinds a beholder at just one glance. No doubt, when the place is so unique and the location is worth shooting it is common to capture the same by one and all using own artistic spin.

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Dedicated to India’s first Prime Minister Jawahar Lal Nehru, Jawahra Kala Kendra is truly metaphoric to the city of Jaipur i.e. an astonishing synthesis of past and future. A contemporary building based on an archaic notion of the Cosmos; the very same Navgaraha mandala, with one of the squares moved aside and beautiful murals inside, based on cosmology.

IMG_0035 copyJKK was built by Rajasthan Government with the plan prepared by the renowned architect Charles Correa in 1986. The building was ready in 1991 and of course, the plan was inspired by the original city plan of Jaipur, consisting of nine squares with central square left open.

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This multi-arts center has been created  with the purpose of preserving Rajasthani arts and crafts and it was in 1993 that JKK was open to the cultural connoisseurs. 

IMG_9932 copyBuilt by Rajasthan government with the purpose of preserving Rajasthani arts and crafts, JKK adapts and applies concepts from ancient architectural principles called the Vastu Vidya.

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The main building contains six exhibition galleries, open air theatre, auditoriums, dormitories, and coffee house.

IMG_0135 copyEach section of the building resembles the characteristics of the respective planet; for instance, the library is located in the Jupiter section, which attributes to knowledge and wisdom.

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The murals from the Jain mythology, the charts and paintings on the ceiling of the central dome formulate the exceptional nature of JKK.

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However, while preserving the cultural heritage and art of the state, JKK saw age catching up as far as maintenance of its building was concerned. Hence, it was revived and refurbished in 2016.

IMG_0700 copyWith the new lighting and the red sandstone could once again be seen shining clean and attractive enough to draw towards it a swarm of tourists, history lovers, local residents and art aficionados.

IMG_0079 copyRight from the entrance till the exit, every corner, center and even the smallest parts of Jawahar Kala Kendra either tell or make a story.

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The building is designed with walls bearing paintings, murals, all of them based on astronomy and cosmology, but there are some which also give an honest tribute to art and theatre.

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One of the oldest and most iconic coffee houses of Jaipur – Indian Coffee House, houses in its newly revamped look an admirable mural of Ebrahim Alkazi – a living legend who is one of the most influential Indian theatre directors and drama teachers belonging to 20th-century Indian theatre. 

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The Coffee House in the lunar section portrays the less revealed aspects of Indian astronomy through the paintings and creativity shown here; even on the coffee – tables. Every table depicts a different phase of Moon as seen in a painting at the coffee house.

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Adjoining the main building of JKK, a rural complex housed in it 9.5 acre complex known as Shilpgram is the venue for fairs, haat bazaars and festivals.

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Let’s take a walk through this ultimate hub of arts and crafts through this video-

Rajasthan has its own Madame Tussauds moment; Wax Museum inaugurated in Nahargarh Fort-Jaipur

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A beautiful feather has been added to Rajasthan tourism with the inauguration of wax museum and unveiling of the statue of Bollywood’s legendary actor Amitabh Bachchan.

The Jaipur Wax Museum, which has wax sculptures of around 25 personalities, was opened on Saturday at the Nahargarh Fort, which overlooks the Pink City.

Bollywood actor Govinda, who was accompanied by his wife Sunita Ahuja inaugurated the museum and unveiled the statue of mega star Amitabh Bachchan.

 

Kudos to the makers and operating team at the museum that they could make it happen, because it is tough task to maintain the wax temperature as it might melt due to scorching heat in Rajasthan.

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Since the museum is open for all, people of the Pink City and tourists would get to see the sculpture of the famous celebrities, leaders, personalities from history and great warriors like Maharana Pratap and Sawai Jai Singh here.