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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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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

A Mesmerizing Tour to the City Palace of Jaipur

Situated in the capital of Rajasthan, the City Palace of Jaipur or the chief palace is a titillating fusion of conventional Rajasthan and Mughal architecture. The gigantic palace complex engages one seventh of the walled city of Jaipur. The complex is divided into a series of courtyards, sprawling gardens and buildings. The beautifully caved marble interiors, magnificent pillars, jali or lattice work and inlaid ornamentations make the palace a cherished tourist attraction. Jaleb Chowk and Tripolia Gate are the two main entrances to the City Palace Jaipur. The complex houses a number of palatial structures, most notable ones being the Chandra Mahal, Mubarak Mahal, Badal Mahal, Shri Govind Dev ji Temple and the City Palace Museum.

Mubarak Mahal

In the first courtyard is the ‘Mubarak Mahal’, built by Maharaja Madho Singh II in the late 19th century. The Mubarak Mahal, contains the textile section of the Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum. There is a magnificent gateway with a grand door in brass opening to a stately courtyard. There lies the Diwan-I-Khas or ‘Hall of Private Audience’- an open hall with a double row of columns with scalloped arches.

Diwan-e-Khas and Diwan-e-Aam

The magnificent brass gateway of the Mubarak Mahal leads to a courtyard where one can find the Diwan-I-Khas or ‘Hall of Private Audience’. Here two enormous silver vessels catch the eye. These are the largest vessels known in the world. They are also recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records Next comes the ‘Diwan-E-Aam’ or the ‘Hall of Public Audience’. Done up in a rich red and gold, this chamber holds on display a variety of embroidered rugs and carpets, miniature paintings and ancient texts. The Ridhi Sidhi Pol is the name given to the four small gates adorned with themes representing the four seasons.

 

Chandra Niwas

The Chandra Niwas, standing to the west is an imposing palace and various parts of this seven-storied building are called Sukh-Niwas, Ranga-Mandir, Pitam-Niwas, Chabi-Niwas, Shri-Niwas and Mukut-Mandir.

Govind Devji Temple

Opposite the Chandra Niwas stands the Badal Niwas and in between lies the Jai Niwas Garden. The Govind Devji temple stands in this garden. Govind Dev ji is one of the prominent temples of Rajasthan and situated in Jaipur, it is visited by many people annually. Dedicated to Lord Krishna and has been well preserved by the earlier royal family. The idol was brought from Vrindavan, installed here by Sawai Jai Singh.  Govind Dev ji is an incarnation of Lord Krishna. 

Another integral part of the palace complex is the Hawa Mahal of unusual architecture, standing away from the main complex.

To explore the magnificent City Palace and the beautiful city, just plan your  vacations to Jaipur and rediscover the Royal city. 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

Best Time to Holiday in Jaipur

Jaipur Ahh! Even the name itself is enough to fill your senses with delight. Extolled for its wonderful palaces, historical significance and wealthy culture, this  royal city of Rajasthan is nothing short of a paradise for tourists.

Essentially, Jaipur is a hot place dominated by three main seasons. The summer season persists from Mid-March till June, Monsoons continues from July to September and Winters from October to March. During summers, the temperature rises to 45°C with the minimum of 25.8°C. With such high temperature, it is not preferable to visit the place during summers.

Being located in a desert area, the climate of Jaipur is dry and hot in summers. Monsoons are sometimes preferred by the travelers who wish to see the green Jaipur. Winter season is the best time to visit Jaipur. The spectacular deserts of Rajasthan near by Jaipur reverberates folklore of Rajputana valor and audacious nature of the princes; it has rarely seen the rain, but during winter its sand dunes exude sweet smell of its diligent inhabitants’ sweat.  The temperature touches maximum to 22°C and gets down to the extent of 5°C.

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In winters, one can enjoy the regal city of Jaipur to its full. The spectacular views offered by the ancient monuments of the city fascinate the visitors. The city looks awesome in the winter evenings when it gets covered with fog. Jaipur offers rich food with lots of butter and ghee, which is best enjoyable in the winter season. To put succinctly, the best time to visit the incredible Jaipur is between the months of October to March.

To explore the city during this or upcoming winters, just plan your  vacations to Jaipur and rediscover the Royal city. 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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