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Holi in Jaipur

Holi, the Festival of Colours, is celebrated in the month of Phalgun on a full moon day, according to the lunar calendar and usually falls in the month of March. Phalgun is the month of spring in India. This year the festival of colors will be celebrated on March07 and 08, 2012. Holi is thus celebrated to mark the end of winter chill and the onset of summer. At this time, nature itself is also in full bloom; the flowers of India present a sight to behold. 

Traditionally, vegetable dyes have been used for colour, both dry and wet. Called Gulal and Abeer, the dry color is applied directly while wet colour is mixed in buckets full of water, in which friends are dunked. Accompanied by the sound of ‘Dhol’ (an Indian percussion instrument) and plenty of singing and dancing, Holi is the festival of merrymaking.

What is a festival without celebratory food? Holi also has certain special sweet and savoury dishes associated with it. Gujiya, Mathri and Papri is made especially for the occasion. Traditionally, consumption of intoxicating bhang is associated with the festival of Holi. Bhang can be consumed in the form of Thandai, a sweet drink or mixed inside the eatables. It is so much fun to watch the otherwise sober people making a clown of themselves in public.


Holi is also considered to be the day of friendship, when in keeping with the spirit of the day, people forget petty enmities and renew their friendship.

In Jaipur, Holi is the day for Elephant Festival on March07, involving elephant sports and noisy parades, music, folk theatre and dance performances…. The next day, mobs of people flood the streets, playing cymbals and singing songs. The merrymaking and riot of colors goes on till early afternoon. After some rest and cleaning up, evening is again the time to catch up with friends or to enjoy a performance.

You can also be a part of, and enjoy the galore of this colorful festival at Hotel Arya Niwas, Jaipur. Every Year a fabulous arrangement of the holi celebration is made at the hotel’s front garden premises. The rainbow of colors, streaking radiantly happy faces dancing people and a huge variety of festival cuisines are offered to experience on this fun filled day. Here we invite Rajasthani folk musicians and dancers, who encourage our guests to dance with them and enjoy!

Venturing on streets for longer time or alone might greet you with over-friendly people, so refrain from it.

And, Let the spirit of revelry overtake you when you visit Jaipur this spring and have a colorful time of your life with Arya Niwas Hotels. Embark on a beautiful Journey of Jaipur during Holi  and make the unforgettable memories! For Booking, Reservations and special tours to Rajasthan log on to, Send us mail to  or call us at +91 (141) 4073450,  +91 (141) 4073400, +91 (141) 2372456


A Virtual Tour to the Blushing Pink City!

Walking through the streets of Jaipur City is a pleasure that people often describe at great lengths in their travelogues. Still, a large number of visitors miss just that. For they are not aware that the city of Jaipur with its residential quarters is as worthy to be seen as its incomparable uncountable monuments. There is still confusion in policy makers whether to call Jaipur a heritage city or a city of heritages – it has the best of both. The way people perform their crafts and sell commodities from the shops lined up on both sides of the streets and lanes is extremely photogenic, as if it is an artificial scene created for tourists. But the fact is that it is business as usual, and as always.

Jaipur is an extremely well proportioned city, quite unusual among other historic Indian Cities, planned to the minutest detail and to the smallest structure. Serving as thoroughfares for the ever important processions, the wide and straight main streets have uniform sized and shaped shops on both sides with no residential quarters opening up on them. Only the temples open up on main streets. The rectangular blocks made by intersections of the main streets have the residential mansions known as havelis opening up on shadowy smaller streets known as rastas and galis, each one having its characteristic names. The names of the lanes (for instance, Khazane walon ka rasta, Maniharon ka rasta, Topkhane ka rasta, Lalji Saand ka rasta, Jat ke Kuen ka rasta, Dinanathji ki gali…) are so interesting and inviting, it becomes worthwhile to explore each one. These lanes have a judicious mix of public wells, temples of different deities, chaurahas (crossroads), chowks (squares) and shops of various artisans where they manufacture and sell at the same spot. The huge squares of main streets, known as chaupers, are conveniently located so that they can be easily reached from any of the massive gates of this walled city. They are the ideal places to glimpse the entire gamut of social activity which changes every hour of the day.

This ever-prosperous trade center has no dearth of modern flavors added to it. Besides its many amusement parks, Jaipur has the most lavish cinema theatreRajmandir, the very impressive Birla Convention Center, a number of clubs, golf course and Polo grounds. The opulence-personified Rambagh Palace and the luxury-personified Rajvilaas are two of the world’s best hotel resorts that Jaipur proudly has, among many others. A number of impressive havelis of noblemen in Jaipur Royal family are now tasteful heritage hotels. If everything else fails to impress you, Jaipur’s bazaars will not, Don't forget your credit card back home!as they make this city a shopper’s ultimate delight. Those not interested in shopping, can see how the crafts are made – in Jaipur itself or in the nearby Sanganer and Bagru towns.

Come to Jaipur anytime and you are welcomed with its touch of class. Come for any reasons. For its mouthwatering delicacies offered at street sides to classy restaurants… to participate in its uncountable processions and festivities… to join its many music and dance schools… for top-notch excursions around the city… to just shop till you drop…  to spend some moments of regality in palaces, pomp, show and mock weddings…

Jaipur was painted pink in honor of a British Prince visiting this city, hence its name Pink City. The city still blushes pink in honor of its guests. 

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Embark on a beautiful Journey of Jaipur to relish the time and make the unforgettable memories! For Booking, Reservations and special tours to Rajasthan log on to, Send us mail to  or call us at +91 (141) 4073450 ,  +91 (141) 4073400 , +91 (141) 2372456

A Weekend Getaway: Jaipur, The Pink City

To unwind own self, one needs to break free from the monotonous daily routine life.  Usually, we all look for going out on a vacation.  Sometimes, the plan is so sudden that we get confused where to go.  Before going there is a lot to research for the place as to how to reach there, where to stay, what are all the sightseeing places and what is there to do one you are there.  If one is looking for a perfect getaway then a trip to Jaipur  will truly be one of its kinds which you are going to enjoy.

Jaipur, ‘The Pink City’ as it is popularly known is geographically located in Rajasthan is the place that gives you the rich royal feeling one can ever experience.  An epoch of royalty will be experienced by those who visit Jaipur, ‘The Pink City.’

Jaipur sightseeing includes the famous Amber Fort built in white marble and red sandstone, Hawa Mahal has a splendiferous Rajputana architecture that talks about the glory of the royal family, City Palace of Jaipur, Jaigarh Fort located on the top of the hill, by the name of Cheel ka Teela, Jantar Mantar the largest stone observatory in the World is one of the five astronomical observatories built by Maharaja Jai Singh, Nahargarh Fort offers a striking view of the City of Jaipur.

Some of the temples to be visited while sightseeing in Jaipur are  Govind Dev Ji Temple representing the romance of Radha Krishna and royal past of Jaipur, Moti Dungri meaning Hill of Pearls or Pearl Hill is the temple dedicated to Lord Ganesha, BirlaTemple built in pure white marble looks dazzling when lit in bright light.

Other than the Forts, Palaces andTemples, the festival and fairs celebrated in Jaipur add colors to life.  Some of the festivals celebrated in Jaipur with great pomp and show are Kite Flying Festival on January 14, Teej Festival that marks the arrival of monsoon, Elephant Festival, a unique event held annually in Jaipur. And then you can also see Jaipur experiencing the royalty in ‘Palace of Wheels’ the luxury train that takes you on a journey to Jaipur.

Jaipur tour is one of the most memorable vacations for those who have been longing for one.  Jaipur tours and vacation packages are readily available with Tours 2 Rajasthan.  They offer the most luxurious packages of Jaipur to economical packages that suit your pocket.

Embark on a beautiful Journey of Jaipur to relish the time and make the unforgettable memories! For Booking, Reservations and special tours to Rajasthan log on to, Send us mail to  or call us at +91 (141) 4073450, +91 (141) 4073400, +91 (141) 2372456

Arya Niwas Hotel, Jaipur bagged “The Travellers’ Choice Award” for One of the Best 25 Bargain Hotels in India!

All your love and trust in Arya Niwas Hotels has made us proud winner of a significant tourism award: “ Travellers’ Choice Award for one of the “Top 25 Bargain Hotels in India”.″ by TripAdvisor!

The travellers’ Choice Award is awarded to qualifying accommodations, attractions and restaurants listed on TripAdvisor that maintain a high overall user rating and a high volume of recent and quality reviews.

For us the award means recognition by our guests, the substantial satisfaction of knowing that when staying with us, we have surpassed their expectations. This encourages us to demand more of ourselves and to continue to improve our product, infrastructure and services.

The entire management and staff of Arya Niwas Group of Hotels, Jaipur wants to thank you once again for all opinions about our hotels, the positive, which made it possible to receive certificates of excellence and those always understood as constructive, to help us to improve daily. 

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We would like to thank  all our guests and patrons for making us feel so elated!!! This award is especially dedicated to all of you. For Booking, Reservations and special tours to Rajasthan log on to, Send us mail to  or call us at +91 (141) 4073450,  +91 (141) 4073400,  +91 (141) 2372456


Jaisalmer Desert Festival – 2012!

The Desert Festival or the Jaisalmer Desert Festival as it is more popularly known, is an annual event organized every year in February at the beautiful desert city with the Golden Fortress of Jaisalmer – Rajasthan, India. The dates of Jaisalmer Desert festival-2012 are from February05, to 07, 2012. This three days’ Desert festival and cultural extravaganza showcases the rich and colorful heritage of Rajasthan and its folk culture. During the Jaisalmer Desert Festival, the folk artists from around Rajasthan sing and dance eloquently to the triumphs and the tragedies of this land steeped in history. Along with this, a number of competitions are held in the festival like the turban tying competition, longest moustaches competition, etc. Even the camels take part in a number of events, including camel polo and camel dance. Not only the Jaisalmer fort but the whole Jaisalmer city brims with excitement during the Desert Festival.  Following is the detailed programme schedule of Jaisalmer Desert Festival-2012

Date and Time Programme Venue
07.00 a.m. Mangal Aarti withSunrise ShriLaxminathTempleFort
10.30 to 11.00 a.m. Shobha Yatra (Ceremonial Procession) GadsisarLaketo Shahid
11.30 a.m. Inauguration of Desert Festival – 2012 Poonam Singh Stadium
02.30 pm Turban Tying Competition(Indians) Shahid Poonam
Turban Tying Competition(foreigners) Singh Stadium
Momal Mahendra Competition -do-
Moustache Competition -do-
Miss Moomal Competition -do-
Mr. Desert Competition -do-
07.30 p.m. Cultural Programme of Folk Music -do-
09.30 p.m. Dance and Fire work Display -do-
09.30 a.m. to Camel Decoration Competition Dedansar Stadium
01.00 p.m. Shan-e-marudhara Competition -do-
Tug of War CompetitionIndian v/s foreigners (Men) -do-
Tug of War CompetitionIndian v/s foreigners (Women) -do-
Camel polo Match -do-
Panihari Matka Race CompetitionIndian and foreigners (Women) -do-
Kabaddi Match -do-
04.30 p.m. to06.00 p.m. Camel Tattoo Show by BSF -do-Shahid Poonam Singh Stadium
07.30 p.m. to Cultural Programme of Folk Shahid Poonam
09.30 p.m. Music & Dance and Fire work Display Singh Stadium
10.00 a.m. to Showcasing of Village Life Kuldhara Deserted Village
12.00 noon Sam Sand Dunes
04.30 to 5.00 Camel Race -do-
05.00 p.m. Kite Flying Show -do-
06.00 to 8.30 p.m. Cultural Programme of Folk Music & Dance and Fire Work Display -do-


To participate in and witness the colorful Desert festival  and to experience the most beautiful  moments of your life, just plan your  vacations to Jaisalmer and rediscover the city and its events with Tours 2 Rajasthan. For special tours to Rajasthan log on to, Send us mail to  or call us at +91 (141) 4073450, +91 (141) 4073400,  +91 (141) 2372456

The Ajmer Pushkar Rail Link Opened

The holy town of Pushkar became part of the railway map on Monday when the first train from Pushkar chugged on its way to Ajmer. Union Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi flagged off the train at a glittering ceremony attended by a huge gathering.

Addressing a meeting at the flagging off of the first train, Rajasthan’s chief minister Ashok Gehlot said that investments in Rajasthan will increase as there is a network of roads and railways even to remote places.

The 10-coach train, which will run all days except Tuesdays and Fridays, will start off from  Ajmer  at 9.15 am and reach Pushkar at 10.40 am and return at 3.40 pm to reach  Ajmer  at 5 pm. A meagre fare of Rs. 5/- will be charged from each passenger of the train, less than half of what is being charged by buses for the same distance.

This will change the image of Rajasthan as proper infrastructure is coming up here.

Union minister of state for IT and communications Sachin Pilot requested the railway minister to provide new trains in the route.

Art and Craft of Rajasthan at Arya Niwas Hotels, Jaipur!


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Rajasthan, where the tradition is given more value than any other thing. It can be seen immensely colored with men wearing Turbans of vivid attire and the women folk bejewelled with chunky silver ornaments all giving it the surname of a haute-culture atmosphere in the country of India. The royal Maharajas and the courts produced the finest musicians, architects, sculptures, artisans and writers. These great skilled men had left behind a legacy of art, craft and antique treasures that are the pride of Rajasthan today.

From the ravishing tie and die fabric, fine block printed textiles, soft silk to splendid furniture everything is the best. The lacquer & the filigree work, stones cut out very carefully and gems to ornate jewellery, the blue pottery all are enticing to the eyes. Kundan and Minakari enamelling in gold and silver jewellery, embroidered leather shoes or Juttis. In the craft makings the blue pottery, miniature Paintings, carpets, blankets, beautiful Trinkets are the glamorous wardrobe of the State of Rajasthan.

The jewellers of Jaipur are renowned all over the world. Silver, Gold works of the highest quality, Lac bangles are its special attractions. The Lac Bangles are believed to be worn as a good omen and available in many colours and design. Glass Bangles, Kundan and Minakari jewellery is the speciality of Jaipur city. Kundan, which is the art of setting precious stones in gold are also popular craft here. Jaipur houses a variety of emerald, garnet, ruby, amethyst, topaz and Lapiz lazuli. Jaipur carpets are too making a mark in the Indian Market as well as International. 

Hotel Arya Niwas, Jaipur boasts of a Souvenir shop with a wide collection of Rajasthani handicrafts, silver jewellery, paintings, carpets, cosmetics, books, etc. The shop is mentioned favorably in several guide books, especially for its fixed and fair prices.  You must visit this Souvenir Shop on your next visit to Jaipur and you would sure end up shopping a lot of stuff for yourself and your loved ones back home. There’s something for every one 🙂

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