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Let’s Celebrate the Heritage of Rajasthan On World Heritage Day

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World Heritage Day is not just a day to cherish the beautiful monuments around us. The day which is celebrated every year on April 18 is meant to raise awareness to protect our history and culture. International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) is the one behind the idea of celebrating a day called International Day for Monuments and Sites. The day came to be known as World Heritage Day and is celebrated by countries that are members of UNESCO.

The theme for World Heritage Day 2018 is ‘Heritage for Generations’. It has been decided keeping in mind the fact that communication across the generations of heritage practitioners generates enriching exchanges by combining the knowledge with the energy and dynamism thus bringing a more holistic approach. Rajasthan is globally popular for its rich heritage of architecture and culture. Having some of the best forts, palaces and monuments in cities like Jaipur, Bikaner, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur and Udaipur which are till date maintained in really good conditions are very precious to the lives of Rajasthani’s.

Today we want to remind everyone that our heritage needs to be protected. This is an important step towards maintaining the beauty of our state and keeping the spirit of Rajasthan alive forever.

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

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3) City Palace, Udaipur

The grandness of this palace can be seen, 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 in the world, it 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 colour 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 it gets 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 arid desert of Rajasthan is an architectural wonder in itself.

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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 as a part to boost night tourism. With a blend of folk music, the show brings to life the legends, history, traditions and cultures of the Rajputs.

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8) City Palace Jaipur

Located in the heart of the old city of Jaipur, City Palace was 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.

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These are only a few to mention, but when you come to the land of royals, there will be many to add on to the list.

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The Amphitheatre At Nahargarh To Get Renovated

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The heritage sites, forts and museums have attracted number of tourists to the pink city. Keeping in mind this increase in the number, the tourism department started a new concept of light and sound show at the Amber Fort and Jantar Mantar. Not only this, the pink city witnesses the success of night tourism as people get to enjoy the glimpse of such historic places with the downfall of the sun.

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Image Credit : www.thrillophilia.com

Similarly, the amphitheatre at Nahargarh Fort is all set and ready to get some renovations. The famous amphitheatre which is also seen in some movies like Rang De Basanti will have some cultural activities and soon will be the third in the list of heritage structure to conduct light and sound show and various other activities. It will also host water walks to increase the number of tourists, thus compelling the tourists to visit again 🙂

 

Experience Different Aspects Of Rajasthan With The Desert Circuit

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With the increasing number of tourists visiting the colorful state of Rajasthan, the IRCTC has introduced a royal train to the state, specially designed to cater to the middle class.

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The Desert Circuit is a semi – luxurious train which offers a package of 4 nights and 5 days. The train departs s from New Delhi on a five day odyssey with an array of deluxe facilities. The ‘Desert Circuit covers Rajasthan’s famed cities of sprawling deserts Jaisalmer and the eclectic heritage of the Pink City – Jaipur.

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This special train which runs on the lines of the royal Palace on Wheels has its first halt at Jaisalmer for 2 days where tourists can enjoy the camel safari, sunset and visit the Sonar Haveli, Patwa Ki Haveli, Gadisar Lake and many others. The next halt is in the Pink City, where the tourists get to visit the City Palace, Jantar Mantar, Amber Fort, Hawa Mahal and other tourist spots.

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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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”.

Rajasthan to have one more Sound & Light Show at Akbari Quilla, Ajmer

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The musical extravaganza is just around the corners! Visitors to Akbari Quila in Ajmer will get to enjoy a 45-minute sound and light show narrated by renowned lyricist Gulzar from Friday! Wooahh 🙂

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The main attraction of the event will be a song dedicated to revered Sufi Saint Moinuddin Chisti ‘Garib Nawaz’ which has been penned down by noted lyricist Prasoon Joshi as sung by Playback singer Sonu Nigam and the music being composed by Sajid-Wajid!

Ok, so that’s all about having panache. But the event offers some historical vibes, which infuses the feel of golden era as well!

It’s when the musical extravaganza will take the audience to historic days portraying the valor of Rajput ruler Prithviraj Chauhan, the history of Mughal kings while in Ajmer, including the significant treaty signed by Jahangir and Sir Thomas Roe with the religious significance of Pushkar.

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This sound and light project has been set up on a PPP (Private Public Partnership) model by the state department of Archaeology and Museums and a Private – company at an approximate cost of Rs. 2 crores, according to Ajay Sharma, assistant director, Tourism Department.

As all appraise that music transcends all boundaries so also the English version of the show will be ready in few upcoming months whereas the state Tourism Minister Bina Kak will introduce the Hindi version of the show!

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But if you miss out then you can opt for such shows which are also operational at the Amer Fort and Jantar Mantar in Jaipur, Chittorgarh fort and Kumbhalgarh fort, so just go in for any of the venues and indulge your soul on hymns and chores; rhymes and chimes! 🙂

Hotel Tariffs likely to Hike in Jaipur by 13 Percent

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It has now become history that the tourism season in Jaipur is only for October to March. As a result of fluctuating weather and other economical aspects, the hotel industry is rendering the different statistics.

A survey of “Hotel Price Index” presents a new statistics, according to which, the average tariff of the hotels of Jaipur and other destinations like Bangalore, Goa, Mumbai, Mysore and Manali has been increased by 19 percent in year 2011 as compared to the year 2010.

The statistics tell that the tourism season in Pink City- Jaipur continues round the year. The survey of “Hotel Price Index” says that the domestic and foreign tourists now visit Jaipur round the year because Jaipur is one vertex of Golden Triangle of Indian tourism and one of the major attractions in Jaipur, Jantar-Mantar is now declared as the World Heritage Site. This is the reason that the hotel rooms in Jaipur are fully booked round the year.

Hence, the “off season discounts” are less popular among the hotels of Jaipur. On the contrary, now the tariff of hotels in Jaipur increased by 13 percent in comparison of last year. The same pattern is also observed in the hotels of other popular destinations of India.