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5 Things To Do At Hidden Treasures, Jaipur

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Ladies and ladies ! Do you know what is coming in town this festive season? Any guesses?

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Hidden Treasures is back with its all new “Winter Special Show” where lifestyle and trends will be redefined. Experience elegance, innovation, craftsmanship and excellence all under one roof along with live music and tempting treats only at one-of-its kind exhibition. Let’s give you a walk-through of Hidden Treasures, as what it has in store for us this festive season.

  1. Sophisticated styling

With wedding season about to start, Hidden Treasures brings to you a style that will be the next trendsetter for the upcoming festive season. Unique blend of contemporary and traditional designs, vibrant and playful style of fashion for the youthful you, pure Benarasi sarees from Benaras, Chikan, Mukesh embroidery from the streets of Lucknow, indo-western wear for your next Diwali, and if you’re bride-to-be, this exhibition is a must visit because it will make you go gaga over its tasteful bridal collection. Right from your movie plans to your wedding plans, it meets all your daily and exclusive needs.

Exhibitors– Mangalmayee, Shivani Bhargava, Timeless Banaras by Shivangi Kasliwal, Whimsical by Shica, Preevin, Aarish by Shivika Singh, Shikaarbagh by Mayankraj Singh, Clos, Moksha Fine Wovens, Troo by Roohi, Plum bum, Kinseel by Pam, Reda by Mansha, Muchtoluv, Baroque, Paridhi Jaipuria Label, Mukul, Shresht by Sakshi Creations, National Cottage Emporium, Saloni Singhi Label, Sola Jaipur, Baise Gaba, Ashsih Pandey, Aarti Khanna, Ekum, Vivi, Vibha, Padamshree M. Tayeb Khan, Kaavya Bhandari, Devils and Angels, Ekmit, Kameez, Gazal Mishra, Oja, Tanu Tamby, Butterfly Story, Amoda fragrance of India, Chea, Earthen Hands, Rang creations, Ek Katha, Nitya Designs, BBG Royal, Aavidi by Dimple.

 

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  1. Accessories

Styled by choice, so why not accessorize by choice as well? Funky jewellery to go with your meeting with friend in a café-plans, heavy jewellery to go with your bridal collection, shoes that are a perfect match for your next outdoor picnic plans with your family, hand-crafted mojris as your shopping buddy, not only for the young girls and women but also for kids that fancy clothes and accessories like no-one else does. Bring your children along because this time it’s about them as well.

Exhibitors– Desi Drama Queen, Radhika Agrawal Jewels, Shining Star, Hues by Damyanti, Oceedee Shoes, High On Vogue, Joypur Jewels, Kaksa by Sudhi Mishra, Aerate bodycare, Nirjara & De’anma, Imlee Jaipur, Saanjh, Symetree, Adarv jewels.

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  1. Décor

Bored of your home décor? Looking to revamp it this Diwali and confused where to shop from? Explore it at Hidden Treasures where quirky home décor items and handicrafts will deck up your home and leave your guests in awe. Your home will become the talk-of-the-town that we can assure you.

Exhibitors– Adya Jaipur, Vincraft, FaMa Elite, Piedra Home Jewels Jaipur.

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  1. Food

Being a Rajasthani and a foodie, how can we skip food 😉 Food is the ultimate delight to our soul and the curators of the exhibition know it very well. Exhibition has some very interesting food variety that you will relish forever. Chaat, Indian street food, bagels, salads, raw juice and the not-to-missed mouth freshener to lighten up your taste-buds is here to welcome you.

Exhibitors– Shillar House, Pratapgarh Collections, Prash- nuts & more.

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  1. Live music and tarot card reading

For your beau who doesn’t like to shop, loves to sit in a corner and enjoy music whilst gorging on his favorite snack, you have just arrived at the right place because Hidden Treasures will offer you all along with some exciting tarot card reading just for fun.

Not only for themselves, Hidden Treasures is an exhibition that supports the noble cause as well. Muskaan- ek asha, Pink Rickshaw Co. and Srishti Foundation are few of the causes that they are supporting this season.

Ladies, gentlemen and the lovely children, Hidden Treasures is coming back with a bang and in a much grander and better way. So mark your calendars now ! 🙂

What- Hidden Treasures- a lifestyle exhibition

When- 13th-14th October, 2018

Where- SMS Convention Centre, Jaipur

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Jaipur steadily becoming a new hub of Artistic Culture

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The Sculpture Park at Madhavendra Palace Nahargarh Fort

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Earlier, the contemporary art exhibitions and shows have remained limited to metro cities— may be because a majority of contemporary artists and buyers are based there. To cater to that, these metro cities have a strong infrastructure of art galleries and institutions. But over the past few years, Rajasthan’s capital- Jaipur has seen a major uplift in terms of art and art exhibitions. The contemporary art is steadily getting the good response in the city and hence the heritage city is now offering some really interesting infrastructures for contemporary art exhibitions.

Jawahar Kala Kendra

After its marvelous facelift in 2016, the Jawahar Kala Kendra (JKK) has become the favorite of contemporary artists in the city. It has lined up exciting programmes on its calendar for the same.

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The autonomous set-up of Jawahar Kala Kendra now exhibits fascinating art shows for the connoisseurs of the city. The institution has set the bar high with monumental retrospectives of senior artists like Himmat Shah, titled The Euphoria Of Being (December 2017), which included works from the collection of Kiran Nadar Museum of Art (KNMA) in Jaipur. “His works reference Rajasthan, his lineage.

Another promising set- up for contemporary art exhibition is the Gyan Museum in Jaipur.  It is a private initiative launched in 2016. The late collector and gemologist Gyan Chand began his journey of collecting antiquities with two silver hookah mouthpieces, gifted by his father when he was 16. The museum now treasures more than 2,500 objects. In a striking building, which was designed by French designer Paul Mathieu, the collection is on display with an aim to inspire dialogue.

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The Sculpture Park of Nahargarh Fort in Jaipur is something new, which cannot be missed.  The joy of watching the contrast of contemporary sculptures in a 400-year-old fort is purely an experience worth cherishing.

 

 

The Highlights of Royal Rajasthan on World Tourism Day

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Rajasthan is unarguably the most popular tourist destination in India. The state has so much to offer in the form of historical structures and delightful food. It is also a shopper’s paradise. This World Tourism Day, we bring to you a quick glimpse of the state’s gems-

Jaipur

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The Pink City is called so because of the prominence of colour pink in the four-walled city. Jaipur has many monuments to delight visitors. If you are here just for a day, visiting Amber Fort and City Palace will make your jaunt fulfilling. If you have more time on your hands, don’t miss out on any monument. Nahargarh Fort, Jaigarh Fort, Hawa Mahal and JantarMantar are must see places. The artistic cenotaphs at Gaitore appeal to people looking for something different.

Shop at Bapu Bazaar and Johari Bazaar to get the best out of your trip. Lastly don’t forget to indulge in authentic cuisine of the city. Daal ,Baati, Churma and Laal Maas here are really delightful. For a sweeter experience, sink your teeth in Malpua.

Udaipur

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Come here for a taste of regal luxury. The City of Lakes is beautiful beyond words and staying here is calming and surreal. Boating in Pichhola Lake or sitting by Fateh Sagar Lake will give you cherished memories. The hotels in Udaipur go all out to make you feel like royalty.

Bikaner

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This small city lives at its own pace. Junagarh fort here is a reminder of the city’s rich heritage. Lalgarh Palace is an architectural marvel. Shop for camel-leather jutis here.

Jodhpur

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The blue walls of the houses here give the city an old-world charm. The grand Mehrangarh fort watches over the city like a trusted protector. Symmetrical style of Jaswant Thadamemorial is enchanting and the place is a must visit.

Jaisalmer

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Come here for truly experiencing the desert-life. The Golden City’s yellow sandstone monuments transport the onlookers to a different world. Desert-safari is best experienced here in the vast expanse of sand.

Ranakpur

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This beautiful, secluded village is what a laid-back traveler wants. The most popular site in the city is a spectacular Jain Temple dedicated to Tirthankara Adinath. It is made up of white marble and is a sight to behold. The village itself is really charming with its magnificent architecture.

Chittorgarh Fort

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A World Heritage Site and one of the largest forts in India, Chittorgarh Fort is a symbol of courage and sacrifice. This sprawling structure is high on the list of people coming to Rajasthan.

Kumbhalgarh Fort

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Being at this site fills you with awe and admiration for rulers of Mewar. The fort located in Rajsamand district was built by Rana Kumbha. Maharana Pratap who is revered in this region was born in this imposing fort. This is also a World Heritage Site.

Pushkar

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There are very few Brahma Temples and Pushkar has the most popular of them. Evening Aarti at Pushkar Lake fills you with serenity despite being a crowd-puller. Another highly popular event held in the city is annual Camel Fair which attracts visitors of all kinds.

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New Passport Service Centre inaugurated in Udaipur

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The much-awaited Passport Seva Kendras (PSK) is now open and functional in Udaipur. The The PSK inaugurated this Friday can issue a new passport and renew expired ones.

Apart from printing and dispatching passports, the PSK can perform all other important functions like receiving applications, verifying them and collecting a fee. The PSK, named as Pratap Kendra, is located at Patho ki Magri area near Subhash Marg in the city.

While addressing the crowd, the Union Minister of State for External Affairs General VK Singh said that besides Udaipur there are nine other cities where the PSKs have recently been started. “We are trying to provide passport services to people with ease. We want to make it simple and user-friendly so that people can apply for their passport online and can track of it,” said Singh.

It was decided that the government will open PSKs at the headquarters of every post office in the country. There are around 800 such post offices and PSKs have already been started at 50 of them. Adding to that, a PSK will also be started at Chittorgarh.

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Undoubtedly, the PSK is a boon for the people of Udaipur and it will save them the trouble of travelling to Jodhpur or Jaipur and save money as well. It will also help people living in nearby villages like Salumbar, Dungarpur, Sagwara, Sarada and Kherwada in Rajasthan.

ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival 2017 announced the list of speakers at Curtain Raiser in Delhi

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The ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival to be held from January 19th -23rd, 2017 announces the list of 10 speakers coming to Jaipur in January as part of its weekly campaign. Some of the Themes of ZEE JLF 2017 include Freedom to Dream: India @ 70, The Magna Carta, Translation and World Literature, Women and Marginalised Voices, Sanskrit, and Colonialism and the Legacy of the Raj.

ZEE JLF offers an experience to mingle with authors, interact with industry players, relax in the Festival Delegate lounge and enjoy the live music concerts and Festival Fringe events. The Curtain Raiser of the event in Delhi gathered audiences to enjoy joyous musical performances, powerful dramatic readings and translated renditions at the Taj Mahal Hotel, New Delhi.

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With around 30 languages represented from India and across the world, the Festival will feature authors writing in Indian regional languages including the popular

  1. Volga in Telugu,
  2. S.L. Bhyrappa and Vivek Shanbhag in Kannada,
  3. Kaajal Oza Vaidya in Gujarati,
  4. C.P. Deval and Hari Ram Meena in Rajasthani,
  5. Kanak Dixit and Binod Chaudhary in Nepali,
  6. Dhrubajyoti Bora in Assamese,
  7. Gulzar and Javed Akhtar in Urdu,
  8. Jatindra K. Nayak in Oriya,
  9. Naseem Shafaie and Neerja Mattoo in Kashmiri,
  10. Arunava Sinha and Radha Chakravarty in Bengali
  11. Arshia Sattar, A.N.D. Haksar, and Roberto Calasso in Sanskrit.
  12. Writers in Hindi include Ajay Navaria, Anu Singh Choudhary, Manav Kaul, Mrinal Pande, Narendra Kohli and Yatindra Mishra.

Some of the International writers include

  1.  Winners of the Man Booker Prize Alan Hollinghurst and Richard Flanagan;
  2. NoViolet Bulawayo who was the first black African woman to be shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2013;
  3. Laurence Olivier award winner and two-time Academy Award nominee Sir David Hare, who makes his first visit to the Festival;
  4. internationally acclaimed poet Anne Waldman; bestselling author, poet, activist and teacher Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni;
  5. 2016 Emerging Voices Award winner Eka Kurniawan;
  6. Nassim Nicholas Taleb, who predicted the 2008 global financial crisis;
  7. Writer, journalist and broadcaster Simon Winchester, OBE; the ‘literary institution of one’, Italian writer and published Roberto Calasso;
  8. Neil MacGregor, past director of the National Gallery London and the British Museum and author of A History of the World in 100 Objects;
  9. American Journalist and Pulitzer Prize-winning Dexter Filkins;
  10. Alex Ross, the music critic for The New Yorker and the author of the books The Rest is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century and Listen to This;
  11. Ha-Joon Chang whose books, including 23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism and Economics: The User’s Guide will have been translated into 40 languages and published in 43 countries;
  12. Linda Colley, award-winning historian, academic, author and broadcaster who specialises in post-1700 British history and author of Britons: Forging the Nation 1707-1837 and Acts of Union and Disunion.

 

Jaipur Jaisalmer flights to take off from November 1

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The Civil airport of Jaisalmer is now buzzing with passengers as the much awaited air services are going to start from November 1, 2016. All the preparations have been done for Bikaner and Jaisalmer to Delhi and other cities and even booking counter has been opened at Naal airport.

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‘Supreme Airlines’ will be starting services between Jaipur and Jaisalmer and with air connectivity; the tourists will have more options to commute intra state.  The plane will take off from Jaipur at 11.30 am and reach Jaisalmer at 1.30 pm and will depart from Jaisalmer at 2 pm and reach Jaipur at 4 pm.

Bookings are open for the Jaipur Jaisalmer flight! Happy flying 🙂

Rajasthan HC issue orders against encroachments in Ranthambore

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ALL encroachments in the eco-sensitive zone around the Ranthambore National Park in Rajasthan will be removed following a court order. The encroachments include residences, hotels and other commercial establishments.  It has directed forest officials to take the help of the police and local authorities to remove them.

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A December 2002 order of the forest department of Rajasthan had banned “all construction activities in this (500 m from the park boundary) zone”. But within a few months the ban was relaxed to accommodate a few “very very special” cases because “immediate application of this order had inadvertently hit adversely some hotel projects”.These were “granted a special relaxation for taking up construction within 500 metres of the park.

According to records of the office of the conservator of forests and field director, Tiger Project, Ranthambore, 12 hotels are located within 500 metres of the forest boundary. Of these, three are located on the forest boundary and one within the forest area (see graphicUnnatural intrusions). Besides, many of the residences, hotels and other commercial establishments are owned by well-known conservationists (see ‘Got it’, December 15, 2005).

But the May 25 order has made it clear that irrespective of prior permissions or relaxations, or how powerful a person is, every structure in the area will have to be razed. “There should be no leniency, relaxation or protection of any encroachment by whosoever powerful person within the eco-sensitive zone. All constructions, even as per prior permission, be removed after due notice to the party and it is expected of the courts also not to pass ex parte injunction orders without notice to the authorities and verifying the facts,” the order delivered by a single-judge bench comprising Justice Ashok Parihar, said.

On relocation, the court ruled “It will be just and proper that after identifying rehabilitating area the villagers should be shifted only after sufficient infrastructure (including drinking water, electricity, roads and even construction of houses) has been developed.” In a clear indictment of past relocation efforts, the court says that “the compensation fixed by the government is inadequate”.

The court ruled that funds from the central government and other sources meant for conservation and protection of tigers at Ranthambore are “not fully released by the state government and, even if released, the same are not properly utilised for development of the park”. The Tiger Task Force report in 2005 had noted “Ranthambore was the first to introduce a cess which was levied on each ticket so that at least part of the gate receipts could be reinvested into the park. Over the last few years…a total of Rs 6 crore has been collected. But unfortunately, the state exchequer has taken the decision to consider this ‘ecological cess’ as part of the normal gate receipts, and so the money has gone to the state and not the park.”

The court has now ordered “It is, therefore, directed that a separate account be opened in the name of Ranthambore National Park and all funds received, from whatever sources, should be deposited in the same account at the disposal of the chief wildlife warden…Even the amount collected from the entry tickets and the Eco Development cess should be exclusively utilised for development of the park”.

The court has also ruled that responsibilities from the tourism department should be shifted back to the forest department. “There should be no interference of the tourism department in regard to issuing entry tickets or otherwise so far as national park area is concerned,” says the order. It has also emphasized on the need to promote eco-tourism and ruled that the park “should be closed for tourists at least twice a week”.

This aside, the court observed that pollution-free CNG(compressed natural gas) vehicles are ideal for the park and until a CNG station is set up, only petrol vehicles will be allowed into the park. The court has also directed the filling up of 450 vacancies for forest guards, rangers and officers, and said that preference in the lower cadre posts should be given to local people.