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14th Vintage and Classic Car Rally in Jaipur

Imagine the sight when a 1923 Austin Chummy would drive bumper to bumper with a Mustang and 80 classic cars race down one after another!!

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Rajasthan Tourism in association with Rajputana Automotive Sports Car Club, Jaipur together once again brings you the 14th Vintage and Classic Car Rally in the princely city, Jaipur.

The Jaipur Vintage Car Rally is increasingly becoming popular among the car owners who have a flair for adventure. The Jaipur Vintage Car Rally occurs annually in the month of January or February and this year it is scheduled for February04 and 05, 2012. What is to be seen here is the congregation of old model cars of the yesteryears pompously walking the road ramp in style and pride. Some of the most popular vintage car models that come to participate in this annual event are the Humber of 1903, the Fiat 501 of the year 1923, the Mercedes Benz 170V of 1936, the Morris 8 of 1938, the 1923Austin and the Erskine of 1923. 

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The Jaipur Vintage Car Rally is a matter of prestige for all the vintage car owners and the participants. The good thing about the cars is that they are still in a very usable condition and it is always a treat to go in for a drive in such cars as it offers you with a dignity and adds a charm to your appearance.

Spectator the 14th annual Vintage and Classic Car Rajjy at Jal Mahal Palace that aims to admire the classic vehicles and educate the young generation about the evolution of the automobile industry.

To experience the royal sight of these vintage cars one after another and the most beautiful  moments of your life, just plan your  vacations to Jaipur and rediscover the Royal city and its events with Arya Niwas Hotels. For special tours to Rajasthan log on to http://www.aryaniwas.com/, Send us mail to info@aryaniwas.com  aryahotel@gmail.com  or call us at +91 (141) 4073450, +91 (141) 4073400,  +91 (141) 2372456

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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.

A Tour to the Magnificent Amber Mahal, Jaipur

The fort palace of Amber was the Kachhawaha citadel until 1727, when their capital moved to Jaipur. Successive rulers continued to come here on important occasions to seek the blessings of the family deity, Shila Devi. The citadel was established in 1592 by Man Singh I on the remains of an old 11th century fort, but the various buildings added by Jain Singh I are what constitute its magnificent centerpiece.

Crowning the crest of a hill, Amber Fort offers a panoramic view of Maota Lake and the historic old town at the base of the hill, which was the early seat of the Amber kings before they made the fort their capital.

The main entrance to the historic Amber Fort is through the imposing Suraj Pol, so called because it faces the direction of the rising sun, the Kachhawaha family emblem. The gate leads into a huge courtyard, Jaleb Chowk, lined on three sides with souvenir and refreshment shops. A flight of steps leads to the Shila Devi Temple, which has silver doors; silver oil lamps, grand pillars carved to look like banana trees, and contain the Kachhawaha family deity, a stone image of the goddess Kali. The next courtyard is the Diwan-i-Aam, the space for public audience. Near it is the Sattais Katcheri, a colonnade of 27 pillars, where scribes once sat to record revenue petitions. 

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The magnificent Ganesh Pol is the gateway to three pleasure palaces, each with special features, built around a Mughal-style garden, Aram Bagh. Maota Lake, which provided water to the fort, is surrounded by two exquisite gardens. The Kesar Kyari Bagh has start-shaped flower beds once planted with saffron, flowers, while Dilaram Bagh, built in 1568 as a resting place for Akbar on his way to Ajmer, is a clever pun on the name of its architect, Dilaram. A small archeological Museum is located nearby. The farthest and oldest end of the fort was converted into the zenana, with screens and covered balconies for the seclusion of the royal ladies in purdah. Faint traces of frescoes are still visible on the walls. In the centre of the courtyard is a pavilion with 12 pillars, the Baradari.

Spectacularly set within surrounding rugged hills and dotted with majestic architecture, Amber Mahal is one of the best palaces to visit on your trip to Jaipur.

To experience the magnificence of Amber Mahal and the most beautiful  moments of your life, just plan your  vacations to Jaipur and rediscover the Royal city with Arya Niwas Hotels. For special tours to Rajasthan log on to http://www.aryaniwas.com/, Send us mail to info@aryaniwas.com  aryahotel@gmail.com  or call us at +91 (141) 4073450,   +91 (141) 4073400,  +91 (141) 2372456

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 🙂

For special tours to Rajasthan log on to http://www.aryaniwas.com/, Send us mail to info@aryaniwas.com  aryahotel@gmail.com  or call us at +91 (141) 4073450,   +91 (141) 4073400,  +91 (141) 2372456

Jaipur Literature Festival!

From January 20-24, 2012 literature lovers from all over the world, including some very known names will be flocking to the Pink City to drink in the ambience at the five-day long extravaganza which will play host to over 200 speakers from across the globe. They will debate, discuss and read from their works at the Diggi Palace, Jaipur.

This event is one of the largest literary festivals in Asia that drew 7,000 patrons over five days in 2008, ballooned to 60,000 last year and organizers are expecting thousands more this year. And this time, you will see writers such as Michael Ondaatje, Fatima Bhutto, Ben Okri and David Remnick here. Oh yes, Salman Rushdie’s attendance is still a mystery! Perhaps, we can see Oprah Winfrey at the do.

The festival remains, as it started, open and free for everyone. But in an effort to streamline entry, for the first time organizers have asked people to register online before the festival this year, to enhance the safety.

The Jaipur Literature Festival will also host four musical evenings for the music enthusiasts. The musical four nights will have the touch of Rajasthani,  Pop, Sabri Bothers, Sufism, Band and Sahrang, with world wide artists performing in it. These musical evenings at Jaipur Literature Festival are no less than any classy ones. So don’t think of giving them a miss! 

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Nevertheless, Arya Niwas Group of hotels will be at its best hospitality to welcome all the esteemed patrons of Jaipur Literature Festival.

If you love art and literature and wish to attend the Jaipur Literature Festival, just plan your  vacations to Jaipur and rediscover the art and literature in this  Royal Pink City with Arya Niwas Hotels. For special tours to Rajasthan log on to http://www.aryaniwas.com/, Send us mail to info@aryaniwas.com  aryahotel@gmail.com  or call us at +91 (141) 4073450, +91 (141) 4073400, +91 (141) 2372456

Rajasthan Pavilion in Jaipur will Remain Open till January15, 2012

Now don’t frown if you’ve missed the RAJASTHAN PAVILION, which received overwhelming response all through the three days of Pravasi Bhartiya Divas.

After receiving overwhelm response all through the three days of Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas, the Rajasthan pavilion will remain open till January 15. The pavilion is located in the premises of Birla Auditorium and has gathered huge applauds by the locals as well as NRI’s folks.

The Pandal has been kept open for the public. The people will see it entirely as the pavilion received applauds for being outstanding in all spheres. The Pavilion described the culture and tradition of Rajasthan very creatively. It clearly showed the transition of old and new Rajasthan. That age old charm too was clearly seen in it. Rajasthan’s power tourism, heritage and infrastructure stature was clearly depicted artistically.

 

Rebirth of the Palace on Lake: Resplendent Jal Mahal!

Rebirth of Palace on the Lake with fragrant garden at the centermost of its heart….

We cannot call it the emulate of Amber Fort or the sublime honeycomb façade of the Hawa Mahal, but early in 2012 another consequential regal palace in Jaipur opens to the public for the first time. Built perhaps as early as 1734 by the city’s founder, Jai Singh II, the Jal Mahal – “Lake Palace” – had lain derelict for the best part of a century. Now it stands serene in the south-west corner of the man-made Mansagar Lake, its pale ochre façades reflected in the glassy waters.

From the city, it looks like a solid square two-storey structure, an octagonal-domed chhatri or gazebo at each corner. But the building is actually nothing more than four narrow galleries built to encompass a tiny islet and mounted on an arcade of columns that stand on the lake bed. It was designed as a place for duck-shooting, kite-flying, picnics and fireworks, a place to “[sleep] off their noonday opiate amid the cool breezes of the lake, wafting delicious odor from myriads of the lotus flower which covered the surface of the water.”

Inside, the galleries have been painstakingly restored, their walls rendered to dado height in gleaming plaster work, burnished with coconut oil and inscribed with lines of black kohl. Above hang huge, digitally enlarged reproductions of miniature paintings from museums across Rajasthan.

So far, so interesting, but what really justifies the modest Rs.50 entry charge is the headily perfumed Chameli Bagh, or jasmine garden, at its heart. The exquisite floral frescoes, filigree, enamel and mirror work in the chhatris, for instance, and the way the marble fountains, cascades and channels have been carved so that the water both glitters and sings as it ripples over them. For this was a palace of pleasures where water, light, sounds, scents and imagery combined to delight the senses.

If we talk about the modern Jaipur , the principal achievement has probably been the clean-up of this once-fetid, polluted lake. Two million tones of toxic dregs and slag were drained from it, increasing its depth by a metre. The result is a cistern that teems with fishes breathing fresh.

To experience the magnificence of Jal Mahal and the most beautiful  moments of your life, just plan your  vacations to Jaipur and rediscover the Royal city with Arya Niwas Hotels. For special tours to Rajasthan log on to http://www.aryaniwas.com/, Send us mail to info@aryaniwas.com  aryahotel@gmail.com  or call us at  +91 (141) 4073450,   +91 (141) 4073400, +91 (141) 2372456

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