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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 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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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

Daal Pakaudi, Gajar Ka Halwa and Woh Kaata with Kite Festival in Jaipur!

Every Year January14 is celebrated in India as Makar Sankranti – heralding the transition of the sun into the Northern hemisphere. It is also a big kite day in most parts of India when children and adults  from 6 to 60 can be seen with their heads turned to the sky. In Jaipur kites virtually blot out the sky. Everyone joins in this riotous celebration and shouts of ” Woh Kata !” reverberate from rooftops to the accompaniment of drums as adversaries’ kites are cut down. And everyone’s an adversary! Any kite in the sky is fair game.

The three-day festival starts with an inauguration at the Polo Ground, which is the venue for some serious kite flying and fighting for the three days of the festival. The festival includes two kinds of celebration. A massive extravaganza follows, with Air Force helicopters releasing kites from the sky, and hundreds of schoolchildren releasing balloons. Kites that look like wasps, exquisite stained glass windows, and graceful mythical birds soar in the sky and the sky shimmers with magic. 

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Fighting kites beautifully choreographed by the wind look like poetry in the skies, written by kite flyers from many nations. The three days of the festival are divided into two sections. One is the Fighter Kite Competition and the other is the more sober Display Flying and there are prestigious trophies to be won in both categories. Every evening participants are provided with dinner at any of the exotic locations.

On the final day the venue of the festival shifts to the exquisite lawns of the Umaid Bhawan Palace, the royal residence of the Maharaja of Jodhpur. The finals of the Fighter Kite Competition and the final judging of the Display Kites are followed by the prize distribution ceremony, the valedictory function, and a farewell dinner with the Maharaja. As the festival draws to an end, traditional Indian kite craftsmen prepare to return to their humdrum lives, selling handcrafted aerial art for mere pennies.

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