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See how Jaipur has evolved but retained its heritage charm since its foundation

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Jaipur, the largest city of Rajasthan, the construction of which started in 1727 by HH Sawai Jai Singh, was built following the principles of Vastu Shastra and it took around 4 years to complete the construction of major palaces, roads, and squares of the city. Jaipur is noted as India’s first planned city then and now is among the fastest emerging metropolis of the nation. The life in the Pink city in the 18th-century that was full of Rajasthani flamboyance embraces modernity swiftly by 21st Century while retaining its centuries-old charm.

The Pink City has undergone a sea change- its people, their pace of life, transportation, visibility of the gender ration on streets, how they dressed and their expressions but even today when you pass through the buzzing lanes of the capital city you’d recognize that you are walking through more than 3 hundred years of living heritage. The city gates, Havelis, courtyards, palaces, and monuments have been witness to the changing phase of lifestyle in Jaipur keeping intact its ambiance.

Owing to the great urban planning in the past, modern development has never affected the true grandeur of Jaipur. The City with its new infrastructure and global exposure is undoubtedly the most beautifully evolved ancient city of the country. Today, Jaipur proudly retains its pink hues; the built heritage standing tall and firm alongside the splendor of modern infra with equaled wider lanes together weave a marvelous picture of three hundred centuries living in harmony!
Jaipur’s historic erections during the times of yesteryears when compared with its today’s look make a fascinating story- on one glimpse it is what it was centuries back and on other one can comprehend with its Oh So New Look 🙂

On the 292nd Foundation Day of Jaipur today, scroll through this fascinating story of Jaipur Now-and Then through the historic and modern photographs of Jaipur –

  1. Galta Gate, Jaipur

It is the only gate to enter the walled city of Jaipur. The view of Jaipur City developed around Galta Gate is ravishing, while back then there were very few constructions and long-range of barren land.

2.  Hawa Mahal, Jaipur

Built in the 17th Century and perched in the middle of the walled city, Hawa Mahal is also known as the Palace Of Winds. Its walls of pink color give a hint of the Pink City. 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 worldwide recognition.

3.  Tripoliya Gate, Jaipur

Once the point of entrance and arrival of Royal Families from City Palace, Tripoliya is a famous landmark in Jaipur. One thing that hasn’t changed since then is the procession of Gangaur and Teej from this restored Gate of Jaipur. Now, this gate is open to use exclusively for royals living inside City Palace and closed for the common man.

4.  Johri Bazaar, Jaipur

Johari Bazaar is the popular shopping arena of Jaipur dedicated to the market of gems and jewellery.  As the name suggests, Johari Bazaar attracts jewelers and buyers of precious semi-precious gems and metals from across the world.

5.  Govind Dev Ji Temple, Jaipur

Govind Dev Ji is one of the prominent temples of Rajasthan. Since decades it is visited by thousands of devouts annually. Dedicated to Lord Krishna, the temple is well preserved by the royal family of Jaipur.

6.  City Palace

City Palace is located in the heart of the old city of Jaipur. It is where the Kachwaha Rajput clan ruled from. Built in the 18th Century, the Palace houses many gardens, splendid courtyards and a Museum displaying many artifacts from the bygone era.

7.  Badi Chaupar

Chaupar means a large square and Badi means Big. This is also known as Manak Chowk and located near to famous Hawa Mahal. This is one square that leads to many fascinating bazaars of Jaipur. The under process construction of the metro station can be seen in this area.

8.   Chandpole Gate

Adjacent to the famous Hanumanji temple with 25 feet high dome, Chand Pol is the Moon Gate. Along the East-West Axis of the City, it forms the Western Gate of the walled City. Spotting this gate means you have reached the western end of the walled city.

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Another view of Badi Chaupar where one can see how over the centuries mode of transportation changed from camels to auto, rickshaw, cars and buses and the change will continue as very soon it will be metro site as well.

 

10.  Albert Hall

Albert Hall Museum is located in Ram Niwas Garden of Jaipur. The foundation stone of Albert Hall was laid during the visit of the Prince of Wales, Albert Edward to Jaipur in 1876 and completed in year’s time in 1877 by the architect Samuel Swinton Jacob, then Director of Jaipur PWD. It is home to many beautiful paintings, sculptures and other distinct objects of historic significance. It is the oldest museum in the state and is quite popular for its Indo-Saracenic architecture.

 

Jaipur City Palace opens for Royal Stays.

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Jaipur City Palace opens for Royal Stays.

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When we talk about luxury hotels in India, the opulence of heritage properties in Rajasthan cannot be overlooked. Carrying an illustrious history of royalty, these magnificent palaces now serve as the epitomes of fine living. Now, Rajasthan’s capital city Jaipur has another new palace added to its list of heritage properties available for Royal stays, and that is the fathoming City Palace, Jaipur. The pink city is already on the map for foreign travelers, and this addition will undoubtedly garner more attention to the royal legacy of Jaipur.

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A stay at the City Palace will provide an inspiring journey into the rich history, cultural heritage and artistic traditions of Jaipur’s royal family. The room comes with an indoor swimming pool. Guests will be feted by a private butler who will arrange curated city experiences including shopping tours, guided walks through local museums and other excursions. Authentic Rajasthani meals may be enjoyed at the terrace overlooking the Aravalis, and peaceful daily breakfasts can be had in the company of peacocks who are often a sight at the Palace’s lush gardens.
Your experience with City Palace starts as soon as you walk out of the airport where a chauffeur-driven car will be waiting to transport you to your exquisite chambers. Booking the Gudliya Suite will let you have access to a lounge, kitchen, bathroom, and an indoor swimming pool. The suite is located in a private section of the palace. Starting from November 23, the airbnb suite can be booked for an inaugural price of INR 71455 per night, but the original tariff, which is INR 572280 per night, will begin from January 1, 2020. Once you arrive, a private butler is assigned to you to take care of all your special needs to provide sightseeing recommendations, make travel arrangements for excursions, organize restaurant bookings, etc. A member of the royal staff will also be assigned to escort you on a private shopping tour of Pink City’s highly lauded retail treasures.
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Guests will also be treated to two curated gourmet experiences: breakfast and dinner, at City Palace’s in-house restaurant, Baradari. The cafe was renovated for adaptive re-use a couple of years ago and its new avatar as a modern restaurant has been quite a success. You can expect tailored menus featuring hearty Rajasthani dishes like laal maas, top-shelf wine, and champagne, as well as an interaction with the chef during these meals.
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Finally, history and architecture buffs will be pleased to know that there’s a complimentary guided tour of the 1700s complex conducted by a member of the royal staff who will explain the intricacies of the architecture, art, and décor at the palace. If you’re still curious, ask questions about Jaipur’s legendary, historic sagas of war and love and you’ll hear some incredible folk tales.

It is applaudable to know that the proceeds of each booking will go to the Princess Diya Kumari Foundation, a local nonprofit dedicated to supporting rural women and people of Rajasthan.

 

 

Rajasthan Royals Team Trip Into The Wild At Ranthambore

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Rajasthan Royals Team Trip Into The Wild At Ranthambore

Like too much of studies or being into the books may lead to stress, similarly too much of play might also lead to stress. So our very own Rajasthan Royals team took off for a trip into the wild.

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The Rajasthan Royals team boarded for Ranthambore in the luxury train – heritage Palace on Wheels. Some of the players which captured our attention were Rajasthan Royals’ captain Ajinkya Rahane, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jofra Archer, Krishnappa Gowtham. Ranthambore known to be home a large number of tigers in Rajasthan, it seemed that the tigers were too excited to watch the players. The team visited the Ranthambore National Park for safari in gypsies to catch hold of a sight of tigers.

 

Sawai Madhopur Utsav to begin from tomorrow

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The Third edition of the two-day Sawai Madhour Utsav will be celebrated with verve and enthusiasm on 18 and 19 January, 2018 at Sawai Madhopur in India’s culturally rich state of Rajasthan. MLA, Sawai Madhopur, Princess Diya Kumari informed that Sawai Madhopur Utsav is the celebration of the 255th Foundation Day of the district which is on 19 January. The Utsav is being envisioned as a festival of the rich heritage, culture, art and craft of the region.

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The festival will host a melange of events ranging from Sawai Alankaran’, ‘Rural Sports ’, ‘Kavi Sammelan’ and ‘Heritage Quiz’ among others. This was informed by the District Collector, Mr. K.C. Verma today in Sawai Madhopur.

The Festival will begin with traditional rural sports for men on 18 January. This will include Rassa Kassi and Turban Tying to name a few.  It will be held at the renowned Raj Bagh. Later on the day, Football and Kabaddi matches will be held at Police Lines ground.  For the lovers of“shero-shiyari , Kavi Sammelan  will be held during the evening at the Indira Maidan, Bazaria, along with other attractions like Heritage Quiz and  Sawai Alankran.

Day 2 celebrations will begin with Yoga Shivir. This will be preceded by Maha Arti at 9 am at the renowned Trinetra Ganesh Mandir. It will be followed by offering of floral tribute to the statue of Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh I at Nagar Parishad Parisar. To add a dash of color to the festival, traditional rural sports for women will also be held on the Day 2. The sports will include Kho-Kho, Rassa- Kassi and Goli Chamach. The Colorful Utasv will end with a Prize distribution and closing ceremony on 19 January.

In the two day pack of eye catching events, national and international dignitaries along with tourist are expected to participate. District collector, Sawai Madhopur, said that the Utsav is an annual feature and it’s the third edition this year. The festival will be a unique experience to cherish, he said.

Welcome the New Year 2018 in Rajasthan

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A fusion of modernity and tradition, the vibrant colours of Rajasthan are truly captivating.  This New Year’s eve enjoy a quick getaway and celebrate it amidst the royalty of palaces and serenity of nature in Rajasthan. Mesmerizing destinations in Rajasthan give you a marvelous insight of historic sites, wildlife and pilgrimages. Unwind and pamper your soul as we list out the best destinations to mark the new year in Rajasthan with sheer bliss.

The Blushing Pink City – Jaipur

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The capital city of Rajasthan is not just the epicenter, but the pink city is the party pulse of the state. A home to the most luxurious hotels and clubs in the state, jaipur is a combination of heritage, luxury nightlife and shopping where the fun and excitement is limitless.

The golden threshold of sand and dunes- Jaisalmer

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One of the best place for new year in Rajasthan, Jaisalmer has beautiful golden yellow stone fort with detailed stone carvings to embellish the traditional Jharokhas and arches. While a campfire within the sand dunes of Jaisalmer is an experience one can never forget.

The shimmering city of lakes – Udaipur

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One of the most romantic cities of Rajasthan, Udaipur is surrounded with shimmering lakes, luxury resorts and the Sajjangarh Wildlife Sanctuary. It is once in a lifetime experience when you cruise through the lake pichola on wooden boat or gaze at the panorama of lakes from City palace of Udaipur.

The brimming sand of Bikaner

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Another desert destination popular for its camel festival, sand dune riding and  various other desert activities, Bikaner is home to the Junagarh Fort which is an amalgamation of Mughal and Rajasthani architecture. But if you love tranquility over grandeur, enjoy nature’s bliss on the banks of the river Gajner.

The tourist city among world’s top ten – Jodhpur

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The blue city of Rajasthan, Jodhpur is enchanting as it dazzles with its spectacular architecture and brightly painted homes. However, if you seek serenity in this famous tourist destination, away from the hustle and bustle of city life head straight to a heaven for bird lovers, Khichan. It is a small village and bird paradise in Jodhpur District hosting 20,000 Demoiselle Cranes.

The hill station of hot land- Mount Abu

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For a chilly new year experience, visit the only hill station in Rajasthan, Mount Abu. It is amidst forest hills of coniferous trees and dotted with huge rocks. It is home to many sages and is famous for its Dilwara Jain Temple built in the 11th-13th Century.

The place famous for not just jauhar but magnificent UNESCO fort- Chittorgarh

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The famous fort of Chittorgarh takes you back to the 15th century AD. Get a glimpse of heaven on new year’s day at the Char Bagh patterned garden that plays host to many peacocks and several parakeets at sunrise and sunset even today.

The undiscovered paradise- Bundi

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Quite strange that this destination is still hidden from the tourist crowd. Regarded for its intricate paintings, Bundi is the historically rich town of Rajasthan. Encompassed by the Aravalli Hills on three sides. The intricate carvings on its monuments and impressive medieval forts, palaces, havelis and temples with carved pillars with a beautiful lake is an enchanting paradise right in the heart of the town.

The tiger land – Sawai Madhopur

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The tiger land of Rajasthan is this fascinating paradise of wildlife and nature called Ranthambhore in Sawai Madhopur. Nestling adjacent to the natural beauty of the wildlife of Ranthambhore is Nahargarh Palace. In the town of Sawai Madhopur dwells this leading luxury Palace Resort. It hosts fantastic new year events in Rajasthan. For a picture-perfect yet thrilling and dramatic experiences with sun-kissed poolside, head straight to this place. The palace’s royale spots like the Hathikund, swimming pool, Lancer’s Bar and Den Bar with fine detailing and ambiances will pose a blissful contrast to the ruggedness of the jungle.

The storybook town – Shekhawati

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In the painted town of Shekhawati lay the magnificent Palace Alsisar Mahal of Alsisar. If you wish to join an exclusive party at the 17th-century palace in Rajasthan then you’ll be enthralled to experience the exciting activities and arrangements in Alsisar. There are magic shows, snake-charmers and dancers, fireworks off the roof of the palace and the exotic banquet with succulent cuisines.

The sacred town of holy ghats and temples- Pushkar

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Begin the fresh year by washing away the sins of the past year and praying for a prosperous and peaceful 2018 at Pushkar. Among the many famous temples in Pushkar, you can find the only temple in the world dedicated to Lord Bramha. The Pushkar Lake has huge religious significance, as it is supposed to have been created when Bramha dropped a lotus on earth. Ajmer and Pushkar are both places of worship and if one is religiously inclined, can prove to be perfect sites to begin an auspicious year.

Udaipur featured among the top 15 cities of the World to travel

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The Lake City, Udaipur is making the country proud at the global level. got featured in the ‘The World’s Top 15 Cities’ list in a survey done by famous magazine Travel and Leisure. Leaving Mumbai and Delhi behind, Udaipur grabbed the place in World’s best cities to travel.

According to magazine Travel and Leisure, Every year for the World’s Best Awards survey, they ask readers to weigh in the different cities of the World on travel experiences around the globe — to share their opinions on the top cities, islands, cruise ships, spas, airlines, and more. Readers rated cities on their sights and landmarks, culture, cuisine, friendliness, shopping, and overall value.” And this is the final result that they provided.

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The lake city of Rajasthan, Udaipur is one of the finest tourist destinations in the state of Rajasthan, famous for its magnificent palaces and shimmering lakes with milky white architecture. It is popularly known as the Royal Wedding destination in India as well as across the borders.

Here is the list of all the 15 cities:-

15. Barcelona, Spain

14. Udaipur, India

13. Siem Reap, Cambodia

12. Rome, Italy

11. Santa Fe, New Mexico

10. Luang Prabang, Laos

9. Ubud, Indonesia

8. Cape Town, South Africa

7. Hoi An, Vietnam

6. Oaxaca, Mexico

5. Florence, Italy

4. Kyoto, Japan

3. Chiang Mai, Thailand

2. Charleston, South Carolina

1. San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

According to Travel and Leisure, “The World’s Best Cities list also speaks to our readers’ growing interest in Asia.”