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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.

JKK EntranceHistory of Jawahar Kala Kendra

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.

 

Where to Stay, Eat, Visit and Shop in Jaipur This Long Weekend

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Where to Stay, Eat, Visit and Shop in Jaipur This Long Weekend

Pink City, Jaipur is among the most loved cities of India. The city has always been a favorite of domestic and international tourists due to its cultural heritage. You get the regal experience in every corner of the city. Now that a long weekend is just around the corner, many people are planning to soak in the aura of this city. If you are also planning a trip to Jaipur this weekend or some other time, here is a quick guide to help you plan-

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Stay Here

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A beautiful place with courteous staff is everyone’s choice of stay. Jaipur has many good hotels where you can stay alone, with family or with friends. You can stay in the heart of city at Devraj Niwas and Zone By The Park for good service at reasonable prices.

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For the taste of Rajasthani heritage, Rawla Narlai Resort and Alsisar Haveli are totally suitable. Jaipur also has many international hotels like Radisson Blue, Marriott and Hilton which provide global experience in traditional Pink City.

 

Eat Here

All the hotels mentioned above have their in-house restaurants where you get a wide variety of national and international cuisines. The Forresta Kitchen and Bar at Devraj Niwas and Bazaar restaurant at Zone By The Park are loved by locals too.

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If you want to taste food that reminds of the legacy of Rajasthan, head to Handi Restaurant and Niros Restaurant. Handi is especially known for its Laal Maas, Handi Meat and Mughlai delicacies.

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Jaipur also has many cafes where you can enjoy yummy food in a quirky setup. We like Skylights Café, Nibs Café and Mamu’s Infusion. The best Pyaaz Kachori of the city is available at the popular Rawat Mishthan Bhandar.

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The city also has a thriving night life. Bar Palladio, Blackout Lounge and F Bar and Lounge are the favorites among the hip crowd of the city.

 

Visit Here

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The historical sites are the main attractions of the Pink City. The 3 forts- Amber Fort, Jaigarh Fort and Nahargarh Fort should not be missed. A palace in the middle of Man Sagar Lake, Jal Mahal offers a beautiful view and is the favorite spot of even locals.

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The grandeur of City Palace and pink façade of Hawa Mahal mesmerize visitors. If astronomy fascinates you, you have to visit Jantar Mantar which is a world Heritage site. Albert Hall is the state museum of Rajasthan which has many treasures that you will surely admire.

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Albert Hall

 

One more place that you cannot miss visiting is Raj Mandir Cinema Hall. The movie theatre is built in royal style and you have to see it even if you don’t have time to watch a complete movie. The theatre has huge chandeliers and soft carpets that add to the royal experience.

 

Shopping

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Johari Bazaar and Bapu Bazaar are a shopper’s paradise. Everything Rajasthani is available here. Leheriya and bandhej prints, jewellery, Jutis and artifacts, you can buy everything in these markets.

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World Trade Park

If you want to shop, eat and hangout in a modern setup the World Trade Park is a must visit.

Jaipur is a magnificent city that will charm you with its amazing beauty!

 

The Best of Jaipur- Pink City’s Top Tourist Attractions

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The Best of Jaipur- Pink City’s Top Tourist Attractions

Rajasthan is one of the most attractive tourism destinations in India. The state has many popular destinations like Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Udaipur, Bikaner and Jaipur. Each city has something different to offer whether it’s the white buildings and deserts of Jaisalmer or pink beauty of Jaipur.

Jaipur is a treat for people who admire great culture and grand architecture. The city has many popular sites that you can visit. Here are the top attractions of Jaipur-

 

Amber Fort

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The most frequented tourist spot of Jaipur is this majestic fort which is the lowest fort of the city. Amber fort is made in Hindu style with red sandstone and marble. The fort has four main levels- Diwan-e-aam, Diwan-e-khaas, Sheesh Mahal and Sukh Niwas. Amber houses Shitla Mata temple which is thronged by devotees. The fort overlooks Maota Lake and in the evening you can enjoy Light & Sound Show here.

When you are at Amber Fort, you have to eat at the 1135AD restaurant here for its traditional food and old world charm.

 

Jaigarh Fort

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Jaigarh was built by Maharaja Jai Singh II to provide protection to Amber fort. This huge fort is quite famous especially because it has Jaivana, the world’s largest cannon on wheels in those days. There is also an armory and museum inside the fort.

 

Nahargarh Fort

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This fort is the highest located fort in Jaipur and provides a great view of the city. Nahargarh fort is a two storey building, built in Indo-European style. It has nine similar apartments each of which has lobby, bedrooms, toilet, kitchen and store.

The dining experience at Once Upon A Time is a must here. It has two dining rooms where you can enjoy delectable North Indian cuisine. If you want to savor food while admiring the beauty of Jaipur then Padao café provides an amazing experience.

 

Jal Mahal

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This is a beautiful palace located in the middle of Lake Man Sagar. You can visit the palace on your way to the aforementioned forts. It looks especially beautiful at night when it’s lit with colorful lights.

Recently the place got a facelift and got a heritage-look gate along with installation of Shahi Sawari. Shahi Sawari gives you a glimpse of the grandeur of royals. Street vendors here sell yummy local food like Chaat and kulfi here. You can also shop some knick-knacks near Jal Mahal.

 

City Palace

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This palace complex is a hot-spot for tourists in Jaipur. It houses two palaces- Mubarak Mahal is a museum and displays a variety of textiles and costumes. Chandra Mahal is a seven storey palace and most of it is used by the erstwhile royal family as residence. Tourists are allowed only on the ground floor of Chandra Mahal which is a museum displaying carpets, manuscripts and other items of the royal family.

When you are done with roaming around the palace, head to Baradari restaurant at its Gate No. 2 to satiate your hunger pangs with yummy food.

 

Jantar Mantar

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Jantar Mantar is a UNESCO world heritage site. It features world’s largest stone sundial. The structure is a collection of nineteen architectural astronomical instruments which allow the observation of astronomical movements with naked eye.

 

Hawa Mahal

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Located near City Palace and Jantar Mantar, Hawa Mahal is the most easily identifiable monument of Jaipur. It literally means ‘Palace of Winds’ and it certainly is a windy place to be. Hawa Mahal is basically a screen-wall with windows and was built so that royal women could observe festivals being celebrated on streets without being seen themselves. You can also shop to your heart’s content from the shops located near Hawa Mahal.

 

Albert Hall

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Albert hall inside Ram Niwas Bagh is a must-visit place if you are into museums. This is the State Museum of Rajasthan and is oldest museum in the state. The hall is built in Indo-Saracenic style and has an interesting collection of carpets, paintings, ivory, crystal work, metal sculptures etc.

 

Raj Mandir Cinema

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Raj Mandir is not just another movie theatre. It is a place where you get the royal treatment while enjoying a movie. The cinema hall has sparkling chandeliers and soft carpets to make you feel all regal.

 

The Four Walled Market

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When you are done seeing these stunning examples of architecture, head to the market inside the four-walled city. The four-walled is all made of pink sandstone. Here you can buy everything associated with Jaipur and Rajasthan. Shop for jewellery, clothes, bed sheets, artifacts, quilts and enjoy authentic food. The most popular markets are Bapu bazaar, Johari bazaar and Tripolia bazaar among others.

 

World Trade Park

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The magnificent historical monuments in Jaipur showcase city’s past and the World Trade Park gives you a glimpse of new Jaipur. This is a mall with twin-towers. You can shop till you drop here and sink your teeth in a variety of cuisines.

6 Things to Do in Jaipur When You Are Done With The Great Indian Travel Bazaar

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6 Things to Do in Jaipur When You Are Done With The Great Indian Travel Bazaar

So you have booked your tickets for Jaipur and are all set for GITB 2016 but have you thought about what you would do for some fun? Recreation is a must after hectic business activities to refresh your mind. When you are in Jaipur there is no dearth of fun things to do. We have put together a list of top things that you must do in Jaipur-

1. Shop Some Souvenirs

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Shopping is the first thing that comes to everyone’s mind, when they visit the Pink City. Get some traditional Rajasthani prints like bandhej and leheriya for sure. Jaipur jutis, mirror work clothes and handicrafts should be on your list as well. The four-walled city has markets for everything from jewellery to shoes. Bapu Bazaar is a great market to shop at and so is Hawa Mahal.

 

2. See the Sights

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Amer fort is the most popular tourist destination in Jaipur. The Light and Sound Show will give you chills and you will remember it always. Do not miss out on other grand forts like Jaigarh and Nahargarh. A stroll near Jal Mahal will make your evening when you feel the breeze on your face.

 

3. Chokhi Dhani

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Want the taste of real Rajasthan? Make sure that you visit Chokhi Dhani. It’s a beautiful place that is modeled like a village. Here you can experience camel and elephant rides and dance with folk dancers. The Rajasthani food is offered in a traditional setting at Chokhi Dhani, a first for many tourists.

 

4. Eat like locals

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There are many food-joints that Jaipurites frequent for the authentic taste. As a tourist you might want something that you can find easily so simply go to statue circle, order a yummy cuppa at Uncle’s Coffee. Ramchandra kulfi at Ajmeri Gate is the stuff that dreams are made of. For authentic Jaipuri food and desserts, LMB in Johari Bazaar is very popular among locals and tourists alike.

 

5. Balloon Ride

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You do not get to fly in a hot air balloon everywhere but Jaipur is different. Book a balloon ride and behold Jaipur in all its glory from sky. This is a once-in-a-lifetime kind of experience so you should go for it this time.

 

6. World Trade Park

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The much loved symbol of modern Jaipur, World Trade Park is a place for shopping the big brands and eating at the hippest food chains. Even if you do not want to shop, you will love to roam around here.

Get Colorful As Bura Na Mano, Holi Hai!

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The vibrant festival of colors – Holi is back this month (23rd and 24th March 2016). This festival is celebrated in all of India, heralding the arrival of spring and giving adieu to winter. Spring season symbolizes a new beginning, fresh and optimistic start to life.

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The colorful festival of Holi has a mythological significance attached to it.

DAY 1 (23rd March 2016):

On the eve of Holi, people light bonfire to mark the occasion of evil spirits in a ritual called Holika Dahan. Prahlad, a young follower of Lord Vishnu was forcefully taken into the burning fire but escaped the fire which proved to be a miracle. This was thus regarded as the triumph over evil.

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DAY 2 (24th March 2016):

The next morning, people celebrate the victory with vibrant colors, singing, dancing, eating delicacies and celebrate the joyous moment of life by socializing with everyone. People dance to the beats of drums, sing, play games, drink bhanng and enjoy the festival in full energy and spirit.

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The royal courts of Jaipur and Udaipur in Rajasthan play this festival in their unique style by throwing colors with tourists and visitors from all around the world.  The entire region is painted in colors as no one minds getting colorful on this day as people shout – Bura Na Mano, Holi Hai!

Jaipur amongst the top 25 Romantic Cities in the World

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SeptWith the February month’s arrival all the romance chemicals begin to overflow in our mind and body.  All we want to do in this month of Valentines is spend an exotic, romantic holiday with our beloved. And when one thinks of romantic destinations, Venice, Switzerland and Paris comes first in thoughts. But wait, you don’t know that Rajasthan’s very own Pink City- Jaipur has been listed as one of the most Romantic cities in the World!

IMG_2722Dating site WeLoveDates.com declared Jaipur 18th among the list of 25 most romantic cities of the world. The website emphasizes on quality of musical life, architecture and the many charming cafes!

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We agree, Jaipur has the most awe inspiring, romantic getaways that instigate romantic moods among the couples in and visiting the city.

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From Amer Fort to Jal Mahal, Jaipur is the city that introduces you to royalty as well as beautiful culture. With fanciful stories and tales of romance, Jaipur is a popular destination for honeymoon as well.

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Whimsical palaces and forts with the grandeur of Rajasthan’s royalty render a fascinating ambience to romantic couples. The eccentric and exotic cafes at mesmeric locations like Nahargarh, Jaigarh and statue Circle add to the charm of visiting Pink City on romantic holiday.

This fantastic rating has proven to the World that Jaipur, with its royal palaces, heritage sites, blissful gardens and invigorating streets, is among the most romantic cities in the World.

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Come spend some fanciful time in the Pink City of Jaipur, which will awaken all of your senses with its splendidly rich culture & regal ambiences.