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A Colourful Journey with Pushkar Fair Tour with Golden Triangle- Part III

Posted on May 10th, 2012 by admin  |  Comments Off

 Amber Fort Amber Fort

The day began and we left for Jaipur. This colourful city had always allured me with its heritage collection. Unlike the small houses and messy streets, the royal palaces had been the part of my dreams. Also known as the ‘Pink City’, Jaipur is one of my dream lands that I always wanted to visit. As we entered the city, the aura made us realize as if we were in the city of kings.

Founded by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II in 1728, the city still carries the charm of the golden vintage era. We had two days in hand to explore the city. So, we decided to take rest for some time in the hotel. After reaching the hotel, we ordered Rajasthani cuisine items for lunch. The food was delicious. The taste still lingers with our taste buds. After taking a short nap, we started exploring the region. Colourful markets of Jaipur were dipped in the culture and tradition. Each and every shop of these markets was speaking volume about the traditions of the land.

Till the time we were in Jaipur, we explored different regions and attractions including Amber Fort, City Palace, Jantar Mantar and Hawa Mahal. Each of these was amazing. No matter how hard we try to speak about the architecture, glory and grandeur of these attractions, a visit to these places will be more rewarding. We clicked numerous pictures to ensure that we would not miss any memorable moment we spent there.

Our next destination was Agra, the land of love. En-routing Agra, we visited Fatehpur Sikri. This land has the charm and the glory of the old era. Also known as the ‘Ghost Capital’, the land had served as the political capital of Mughal empire in India.

 Fatehpur Sikri Fatehpur Sikri

A visit to Fatehpur Sikri ensured us that our remaining trip would be as interesting as we had imagined. After reaching Agra, we checked in the hotel and we must say that the tour operator did not ditch us anywhere. The hotel was meeting our expectations and the promises made by the tour operator. I and Jerry was craving, so we ordered Mughlai cuisines to taste the cuisines of the Mughal era. The dinner was tempting, we couldn’t resist ourselves to get overloaded. After a short walk, we went to the rooms and took off for the day.

With a wake up call from the Jerry, I opened up my eyes. He told me that we were already late for that day. I started my day in hurry and reached in lobby of the hotel in just 15 minutes. We had light dinner in the hotel restaurant and left to get the ultimate experience of Visiting Taj Mahal.

My wife, Jenelia had told me many times about her wish to visit that symbol of love and I always wondered that what is the special about Taj Mahal. Believe me, in pictures no one can guess the reason of its popularity. Even no one can describe Taj Mahal in the words. I and and Jerry, both were speechless while standing in front of this beautiful architecture. Built by Shahjahan in 1613, this architecture deserves a place in the Seven Wonders of the World.

We also visited Sikandara and Itmad–Ud–Daulah’s Tomb on the same day. After visiting all these places, I and Jerry were filled with royalty.

That night we did not sleep as in just few days we had collected the memories which needed to put into a series. I and Jerry always carry a memory book with us on every trip and try to collect every single shade of the experience in that book. That night was dedicated to that book.

Next morning, we left for Delhi and the journey was over but we were loaded with unforgettable memories and extraordinary ideas for the job.

A Colourful Journey with Pushkar Fair Tour with Golden Triangle- Part II

Posted on May 3rd, 2012 by admin  |  Comments Off

The moment we deboarded the train, the sacred aura of the city made us realize that we were in Ajmer. The place is an important destination for Hindus as well as for Muslims. The city famed for different reasons was always on my list of must visit places. Harmonious balance of people from different communities was the first reason that attracted me towards Ajmer. I must say, rich culture and sacred aura are the factors that are making Ajmer popular across the globe.

It was lunch time when we deboarded the train. From there, we drove to Pushkar, our destination.

This small town is frequently visited by the devotees from the nearby locations. It has many bathing ghats and temples but the major attraction is the grand ‘Pushkar Fair’.

The hotel was already booked by the tour operator. As we entered the room, we felt little relaxed. The room was well-decorated and was meeting the promised standards. As we were tired due to a long journey, we ordered some food in the room itself. After lunch, we had a nap.

After exploring the region for a couple of hours in evening, we were back in the hotel for the dinner. We ordered Rajasthani food. It was amazing. After having such mouthwatering Rajasthani cuisines, we decided to order only Rajasthani cuisine during our stay in the hotel. Dinner was over and the time was to enjoy the cozy bed

Next day was for Pushkar Fair, the fair that drew us to the incredible land called India. We got up early in the morning as we had only one day to collect the ideas for the job.

Pushkar Fair is one of the largest camel fairs in the world. It lasts for five days and is dedicated to camel and livestock. Different competitions organized in the fair were the attractions. The main attractions of the fair were Matka Phod, Longest Moustache and Bridal competitions. These three drew attention of many tourists. There we came to know that the visitors especially came to the town to participate as well as to enjoy these competitions from different locations across the globe. Traditionally dressed people and beautifully decorated camels made the environment colourful. The day got over and the time was to leave back to the hotel.

We were filled with the new ideas. Again we ordered the special Rajasthani food in the dinner and later we discussed highlights of the day.

Our next destination was Jaipur, the ‘Royal City’.

To be continued…

 

A Colourful Journey with Pushkar Fair Tour with Golden Triangle- Part I

Posted on April 19th, 2012 by admin  |  Comments Off

I and Jerry work together for an event management company. We both work on incorporating new ideas and themes in our services. We have explored different regions across the globe to take out the best of the events and use the ideas, themes, trends and traditions to add a distinct flavour in the themes.

I and Jerry got a chance to visit India and that too, for experiencing the Indian tradition during Pushkar Fair. A package named Pushkar Fair Tour  with Golden Triangle was booked by our company. We just had to pack our bags and board the flight.

As it was November, we packed some woolen clothes as well. We landed at International airport in Delhi and were welcomed in a traditional way by the representative of the travel company. He helped us to check-in the hotel where rooms were already booked. The rooms were spacious and met our expectations as well as the promises of the tour organizing company. For that day, we took rest and planned to start afresh from the next morning. We had dinner in the hotel itself, the food was amazing. The taste, aroma and the presentation of food doubled our hunger and we had much more than our regular diet. After dinner, we left each other for a nap.

Our next day was dedicated to Delhi. The very first attraction we visited, was Raj Ghat. The memorial is dedicated to ‘Mahatma Gandhi’, the father of the nation. Set amidst the manicured garden, it is a platform made up of black marble that marks his cremation (on 31 January 1948). As it was Friday, we were the part of the weekly commemorative ceremony.

From there, we moved towards India Gate. It is an open architecture of 1931. Composed of granite and red and pale sandstone, it is known as ‘All India War Memorial’. The memorial is dedicated to the soldiers who sacrificed their lives during World War I & the Afghan Wars. Walls of this memorial are inscribed with the names of those soldiers. We saluted there to the brave soldiers and moved towards President’s House.

It is a beautiful architecture of 1931. Formerly known as ‘Viceroy’s House’, it is now the official residence of the President of India. With rich history, the architecture is standing gloriously. Completed in 19 years, the architecture is amazingly beautiful and is spread over a large area. All these attractions were in the vicinity to each other.

Our next target was Humayun’s Tomb. Built in 1562, the architecture is the memorial of Mughal Emperor Humayun. Listed in the world Heritage Sites, this tomb is first of its kind Mughal architecture in India. We also visited Qutub Minar, built by Qutub–ud–din Aibek in 1206. This is not only listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites but also is the tallest brick minaret on the world.

We were tired but the charm of Delhi did not allow us to move back to our hotel. After having a fight between our heart and body, we moved towards the hotel and took rest for the day. We had dinner in the room itself as we had clicked many pictures and we needed to work on them.

Next morning, we boarded the train to reach Ajmer with the help of our guide who was a genuine person and took extreme care of our comfort as if we were his personal guests. During journey, I and Jerry were really excited as in few hours we were about to reach the land of kings. Ajmer, the land that has great history and colourful culture is a sacred place.

To be  continued…

Rajasthan Desert Tour with Ahmadabad- Part 2

Posted on October 20th, 2011 by admin  |  Comments Off

Umaid Bhawan Palace Jodhpur Umaid Bhawan Palace Jodhpur

Next morning, we started our journey to Jodhpur. This colourful city of Rajasthan is famous for its magnificent forts, places, temples and landscapes. Founded by Rao Jodha in 1459, it was once the capital of Marwar. Jodhpur is popularly referred as the Sun City. We got an opportunity to visit the famous Mehrangarh Fort during our trip to Rajasthan. It is a fabulous place and is among the largest forts of the country. Located on a steep 125 m high hillock, it is overlooking the city. There are seven splendid gates to enter the fort. We came across various wonderful palaces like the Phool Mahal, the Moti Mahal and the Sheesh Mahal.

Pooja asked us to go to Museum which was a great experience. We also visited Umaid Bhawan Palace, the major landmark of Jodhpur. One could imagine the royal splendor of bygone era after visiting the magnificent place. Built out of the impressive red sandstone and marble, the palace has become a heritage hotel now, housing a museum.

Sakshi and I bought embroidered jutis from the local market. On being asked about the famous attractions of Jodhpur, we came to known as Marwar Festival, which is held in October every year. During the festival, the city becomes more vibrant with colourful crafts, bejeweled women and turbaned men. Other popular festivals include Desert Kite Festival and Nagaur Fair.

Udaipur, the land of architectural marvel, was our next destination. Here we visited City Palace, which is a wonderful place and an assortment of courtyards, terraces, pavilions, rooms, corridors and hanging gardens.

The other tourist attraction of Udaipur, where we went was, Saheliyon-ki-Bari. It is a small ornamental garden which used to be a famous relaxing spot for royal women. It’s beautiful fountains and marble elephants still attract tourists from far and wide.

We three were so delighted to visit the beautiful places that we felt like exploring the more. Our guide told us about Ahmedabad and we went to explore the place as well. Situated on the bank of Sabarmati river, it is the capital city of Guajrat.

There we enjoyed afternoon local sightseeing. We also went to Gandhi Ashram, which is on the banks of Sabarmati river. It is a tranquil place where Mahatma Gandhi spent most of his time during freedom struggle.

Our Rajasthan Desert Tour ended with lots of pleasurable memories that still revive in our mind

Rajasthan Desert Tour – The Best Way to Explore Rippling Sand Dunes – Part 1

Posted on October 14th, 2011 by admin  |  Comments Off

Rajasthan is a pulsating destination, which is known as the land of royal kings. It has so many attractions that simply draw my attention towards this beautiful desert land. Recently, I planned to visit this princely state with my two friends, Sakshi and Pooja. We all managed to take leave for around 18 days and left for a relaxing break.

We decided to go for a Rajasthan Desert Tour and started from New Delhi, we left for Mandawa. We were transported to our Hotel Castle Mandawa which was already booked by our tour operator. Then, we relaxed in the hotel for sometime and left for Bikaner.

The beautiful city of Bikaner is in the northwestern part of Rajasthan. We all were excited to visit the most famous tourist attractions here and finally we were there only to admire the architectural beauty of Junagarh Fort, which is also known as Bikaner Fort.

The Camel Breeding Farm is also another major tourist attraction here where we went. Sakshi was very excited  when she saw the baby camels . She also clicked some pictures of young camels.

We also visited Lalgarh Palace and visiting the palace is like a learning experience about the royal family. This huge palace is built of red sandstones and is beautifully embellished with exquisite filigree work. Pooja has a great interest in exploring arts and crafts so she insisted us to visit the museum as well. We got to know the timings of the museum which was from 10 am to 4:30 pm, but it remains closed on Fridays. As it was just 2 o’clock by then, we had ample time to explore the Lalgarh Museum, which was right across from the palace.

We came across some marvelous miniature paintings of Bikaner school, terracotta wares, armors, manuscripts and armaments in the museum. I am a passionate reader felt great to see the largest collection of original Sanskrit manuscripts on copper, parchments and gold or silver plaque in the library of the palace. We came back and stayed overnight at hotel.

Next morning, after having delicious breakfast in our hotel, we left for next destination of Rajasthan Desert Tour, which was Jaisalmer.

This exhilarating destination of desert land is known as the Golden City. When we reached there, we felt delighted to view the sand dunes, magnificent forts, beautiful temples and majestic havelis. In our morning sightseeing of Fort and Jain Temples, we could catch the glimpses of whole Jaisalmer city from the top of the Fort. Then, we left to explore the famous havelis of the city like Patwon Ki Haveli and Nath Ji Mal Ki Haveli. Outstanding work of architecture, exquisite craftsmanship and the royal feeling … this is what I could say about the marvelous havelis of Jaisalmer.

After this wonderful experience, we were all set to experience the Camel Safari, another popular tourist attraction of Rajasthan. Based on my experience, I must say that safari is the best way to explore the rippling sand dunes of the desert land. This fun-filled adventure allowed us to see the rural desert life.

We came back to the hotel and had a sound sleep.

To be continued……

Rajasthan Heritage Tour-Explore the Royal Splendor!

Posted on September 2nd, 2011 by Uma Malhotra  |  Comments Off

Rajasthan is one such place that has always been my center of attraction. The land of raja-maharajas takes me to the memories of royal past. Assailed by my desire to explore this wonderful destination, we, a group of four friends, embarked on Rajasthan Heritage Tour.

The peaceful destination of India with rippling sand dunes, vibrant culture, majestic forts, heritage palace and varied wild life make Rajasthan altogether a place to visit. As we were moving ahead to visit some magnificent palaces of Rajasthan, we felt ourselves going back in time of Kings.

The wonderful architecture, the beautiful interior of the massive forts reflect the great architectural heritage. Different types of carving, paintings and inscriptions are the real wealth of this princely state. Our Rajasthan Heritage Tour took us to explore the ruins of the desert land of Rajasthan. All the regions have several magnificent forts and palaces.

During my tour, following forts and palaces became a part of my exploration in Rajasthan:

Amber Fort (Jaipur):

This sprawling fort in Jaipur is a classic example of Rajput architecture style. The stern exterior, mighty gates, huge ornate halls, well-built pavilions and beautiful gardens, this is what Amber Fort is all about. The most exciting thing that we enjoyed there was, Elephant Ride.

Hawa Mahal (Jaipur):

This pyramid-shaped monument is popularly known as ‘Palace of Winds.’ There are 953 small windows in which the gentle wind circulates and that is the reason behind it is given the name. Climbing to the top of Hawa Mahal offers an excellent view of the city.

City Palace (Udaipur):

Built by Maharaja Udai Singh, City Palace is situated in Udaipur. There are varied massive gates to lead the palace through elephant gate or hathi pol. From the balcony of this fort, Jag Niwas can be seen. Owing to its cultural and natural beauty, this palace is famous across the country.

Umaid Bhawan Palace (Jodhpur):

Located on Chittar hill, this palace has been constructed with sandstone. Some part of Umaid Bhawan has also changed into museum and hotels. The influence of western and eastern architecture can be seen in the architecture of this palace.

Chittorgarh Fort (Chittorgarh):

Located on a high hill near the Gambheri river, this massive fort covers an area of 700 acres. Its well-built palaces, huge towers and majestic cenotaphs add to the beauty of this palace. Having a colossal structure, the fort boasts a long story of courage, chivalry, romance and sacrifice.

Mehrangarh Fort (Jodhpur):

It is one of the largest forts of India, boasting of its imposing structure with massive walls which still stand undeterred. Located at a staggering height of 400 feet on a high hill, this amazing fort is really an architectural wonder.

The unmatched beauty, elegance and royal structures of these monuments of Rajasthan make it a place worth to visit.

Rajasthan is a land suitable for all types of tour prorgarmme. If you wish to go for adventure tour and wildlife, it has options like Ranthambhore National Park and Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary.

Enriched with historical palaces, Rajasthan has too many options to go for a historic Rajasthan tour.

Last but not the least, Romantic Rajasthan Tour takes you to the most exotic destinations for a truly romantic experience. You can visit Chokhi Dhani which is an ethnic village resort offers you to stay in a traditional Rajasthani style amidst all the modern amenities. Staying in heritage hotels and spending the whole day with your beloved amidst luxury and comfort will be a unique experience.

At last, we decided to go for a camel safari. It’s the best way to explore Rajasthan. After spending quality time in the wonderful Rajasthan, we came back to Delhi with delightful memories of the tour.

My Last Day Tour on Palace on Wheels

Posted on August 19th, 2011 by admin  |  Comments Off

Day 5 – Jaisalmer, A Sandy Desert

Our next halt was in Jaisalmer, which lies in the heart of  Thar desert. It was founded by Rawal Jaisal in 1156 AD. Traveling by palace-on-wheels enabled us to admire the majestic forts, the  ancient havelis and the rich culture of Jaisalmer.

Our first stoppage was made at the massive Jaisalmer fort. This fort is  renowned for being the second largest fort in Rajasthan. Beautifully adorned with exquisite architecture, the fort offers a spectacular view of the desert below.

After that, we got to see some of the finest examples of stone architecture through The Nathmalji-ki-haveli, Salim Singh-ki-haveli and Patwon-ki-haveli. All of them showcase the outstanding craftsmanship of the skilled stone carvers.

Nearby there is a Government-run emporium where we stopped for some shopping. This emporium has something for everyone. We had our lunch and rest for sometime, while some tourists enjoyed shopping. The popular shopping items include pattu shawls, wooden boxes, trinkets, silver jewellery, mirror work and embroidered articles.

After lunch, we decided to go for camel ride on the sand dunes of amazing Sam. It was really exciting and enjoyable too. We enjoyed the dinner with the cultural porgramme and at night, the train left for Jodhpur.

 

Day 6 – Jodhpur, the second largest city of Rajasthan

Next morning, we were in Jodhpur, the sun city of Rajasthan. We were amazed to see the mesmerizing landscapes and magnificent monuments. As we entered the Mehrangarh Fort, we could realize how rich India was in its architecture. The guide told us that it was founded by Rao Jodha in 1459. We visited the palaces, museum and galleries of this majestic fort. Moti Mahal, Phool Mahal, Sheesh Mahal, Sileh Khana and Daulat Khana are some remarkable examples of architectural excellence.

Near the fort, Jaswant Thada lies with a group of royal cenotaphs, carved out of white marble.

We relished our lunch at Palace hotel and then planned for shopping. While shopping in Jodhpur, we come across some exquisite handicraft items such as metal curios, silverware, paintings, embroidered shoes and tie and dye fabrics. Thinking of the marvel of architecture that we saw in Jodhpur, we returned to the train.

 

Day 7 – Bharatpur / Agra

Bharatpur – A Beautiful City

After bidding good-bye to Jodhpur,  the Palace on Wheels arrived at Bharatpur in the morning. The city is an avian paradise. We heard a lot about the bird sanctuary in Bharatpur and after breakfast, we were there. Known as Keoladeo Ghana National Park, the sanctuary is a nesting place for thousands of Egrets, migratory Water Fowl, Siberian Cranes and many other species of birds.

We also had enjoyed there the park trails by walk and then left for Bharatpur Palace.

Bharatpur Palace is the another attraction of the city. This palace is a fusion of the Mughal and Rajput art which has now become a museum presenting collections dating back to the second century AD. We had our lunch and headed towards Agra.

Agra- The City of Architectural Marvel

Upon arrival, we left for the famous Agra Fort. We all were eagerly waiting to visit  Taj Mahal which is known as one of the seven wonders of the world. It was as marvellous as we had heard. Built by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal, Taj Mahal is truly an architectural wonder. Agra is also known for its outstanding marble inlay work such as the Pietra Dura work on the Taj, leather goods and jewellery items.

Day 8: Back to Delhi

In the late evening we left for Delhi. Upon arrival at Safdarjung Railway station, we had breakfast on board. Collecting the pleasant memories of the wonderful week, we came back. It was indeed a lifetime experience.

Palace on Wheel Train Tour – An Euphoric way to Explore Indian Heritage

Posted on July 22nd, 2011 by Uma Malhotra  |  Comments Off

India, the kaleidoscopic land is known throughout the world for its unique cultural, natural, regional, religious and geographical diversities. I always dreamed to explore incredible beauty of India in a royal manner. I have heard and read about this mesmerizing land several times which inflamed my curiosity of India visit. Basically I belong from Australia so I have planned my India tour during vacations and fortnight Christmas vacation was the most ideal time.

After lot of internet surfing I decided that Palace on Wheel Train Tour is the most royal and regal way to explore enchanting and heritage destinations of India. This train tour is the best way to feel the glory of Indian royalty and experience the interwoven charm of India scenic beauty and cultural heritage.

While booking Palace on Wheel train tour I contacted several India tour operators but the most affordable rate was provided to me by the Caper Travel Company Pvt. Ltd. I with my wife arrived Delhi a night before our luxurious journey was to begin. On the morning via complementary taxis courtesy of the Taj we reached the Delhi cantonment station where we have to embark our journey.

When we arrived the station we were received by the attendants of Palace of Wheel (POW). They garland us and apply the large red mark on our foreheads. This is a way in Indian culture to welcome guests.

Palace on Wheels is the epitome of luxury and comfort which beckons you to travel back in time to the era of raja-maharajas. It is one of the most luxurious trains in the world reflecting the rich cultural heritage of Rajasthan. This train was once the personal railway coaches of the Maharajas of the princely states of Rajasthan, Gujrat and the Nizam of Hyderabad.

Every Wednesday, from September to April, 14 carriages Palace on Wheel leave New Delhi and make their way westwards into the deserted land of Rajasthan. The enchanting journey of 7 nights/ 8 days covers Jaipur (the Pink city), Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Ramthambhor National Park, Chittorgarh, Udaipur (the city of Lakes), the Bharatpur bird sanctuary and the symbol of love and romance, Agra, before returning to Delhi, the capital of India.

The 14 air-conditioned saloons of this train are equipped with all the facilities to ensure a comfortable time in the train. The elegant furnishings are specially created to appease the travellers with an imperial feel. I like everything at the first glance. The lounge is nice and cozy, and the cabin too. Here we met our cabin stewards Hari Nath and Sambhu. These guys will be at our service for the entire 7 days. Sambhu provides us all the basic information about this train and its time table. He narrated it so nicely that we don’t required to ask again regarding anything.

The Maharaja and the Maharani are the two restaurant where you can gorge on a variety of Rajasthani, Indian, Continental and Chinese dishes. There is a bar too where you can taste several Indian and International alcohol brands.

Day 2 – Jaipur
The highlight of today is the sprawling Amber fort and palace complex which is reached by a twenty minute elephant ride through a cobblestones and snaky pathways. It was the thrilling ride which gave us a majestic feeling of royalty. The fort is the architectural splendor made up of white marble and red sandstone. Maharaja Man Singh constructed this fort by combining the Hindu and Muslim styles of architecture. This fort is known worldwide for its architectural beauty, exterior as well as interior decorations, frescoes, paintings and murals based on various themes. Intricate carvings, mosaic work and minute mirror work are the most charismatic features of this imposing structure. The other captivating chambers of this fort are Sheesh Mahal, Diwan-e-Khas, Diwan-e-Aam and Ganesh Pol which will surely leaves you spellbound.

Other such arresting historic establishments which I visited in Jaipur were:

City Palace

Once the abode of the erstwhile rulers, City Palace is an outstanding architectural piece reflecting a perfect blend of the traditional Rajasthani and Mughal style of architecture. Done to perfection, the interiors of the palace are adorned with mesmerizing mirror work and beautiful paintings. The courtyards, gardens and structures of the Palace have their own unique charm. Nakkarkhana-ka-Darwaza is the fabulous gateway of the palace which is adorned with stone elephants. The other well known attractions of this fort are Mubarak Mahal, Diwan-I-Khas, Diwan-I-Aam, Chandra Mahal, Chavi Nivas, Badal Maha Shobha Nivas.

 

Jantar Mantar

This is among the five astronomical observatories of India which was constructed by Maharajah Jai Singh II in between 1727 to 1734. It was used for measuring time, predicting eclipses, tracking stars in their orbits and determining the celestial altitudes of various heavenly bodies. The grand construction of this structure will surely a true feast for visitors eye.
Soon I will share my Day 3: Sawai Madhopur …

Jaipur The Princely city imbued in Royalty

Posted on June 23rd, 2011 by admin  |  Comments Off

A trip to Jaipur was tantamount to a journey back in time to the era of raja-maharajas. This princely city is one of the most famous tourist destinations of Rajasthan. It boasts of rich history and culture which beautifully reflects in its attractions. It is frequented by many tourists throughout the year. Most of the city is painted in pink which gives this city the title ‘Pink City’. This city boasts of amazing attractions like stunning palaces, majestic forts, monuments, heritage hotels, gardens, handicrafts, cuisine and precious and semi-precious stone.

One of the striking features about Jaipur is that it was constructed on the principles of Vastu Shastra. Which is a traditional Hindu system of design based on directional alignments. This royal destination is also a part of the famous Golden Triangle Tour of India. The other two destinations covered under this tour are Agra and Delhi. Jaipur was established in the year 1727 by Maharaja Jai Singh II. He built this city in the form of a nine-part Mandala known as the Pithapada. Here nine signifies the nine planets of the ancient astrological zodiac.

Attractions of Jaipur

Jaipur Palaces

The palace of Jaipur are renowned the world over for their architectural beauty, stunning interiors and glorious history. Most of the palaces of the city have been converted into heritage hotels to offer royalty to tourists. The palaces house the museums where a wide variety of royal belongings are on display. The City palace and Hawa Mahal are the most famous palaces of Jaipur.

Jaipur Forts

Testimony to the glorious history of the city, the forts are amazing attractions. Amber Fort is a must-visit destination of jaipur. Built in 1592, this fort boasts of exquisite carvings, huge courtyards, beautiful mosaic work and mirror work. The fort is located on a hill and can be reached by an elephant ride.

Jaipur Wildlife

Located just a few kilometres from Jaipur is the famous Ranthambore National Park. This park is famous for its tigers and a wide variety of other wildlife. Several bird species are also spotted here. The park also has a historic fort called Ranthambore Fort.

Jaipur tour is incomplete without going on a shopping spree in its colourful markets. The famous handicrafts of Jaipur are blue pottery, embroidered juttis, tie and dye fabric, precious and semi-precious stones, silver jewellery, miniature paintings and leather crafts.

Fairs and Festivals of India Reflect its Rich Cultural Heritage

Posted on April 14th, 2011 by admin  |  Comments Off

The incredible country like India can be best described by the phrase ‘Unity in Diversity’. India is a land of rich cultural heritage which beautifully reflects in its various attractions. The various states of India have their own unique culture. Although there is so much diversity in culture of India but still there is unity among Indians. Fairs and festivals are among the most colorful part of Indian culture. They are also the perfect means of getting acquainted with the culture of India.

It would be no exaggeration to say that India is a land of fairs and festivals as its calender is full of various fairs and festivals commemorating various occasions. Fairs and festivals of India attract tourists from across the globe.

Some of the most famous fairs and festivals of India are:

Diwali
It is the festival of lights which is celebrated with great flavor

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throughout India. Symbolizing the victory of good over evil, this festival commemorates Lord Rama’s return to his kingdom after 14 years of exile. On this festival people illuminate their houses with earthen lamps and lights, distribute sweets, burn crackers and worship Goddess Lakshmi. This festival falls in the month of October or November.

Navratri
This festival is celebrated for nine days in honour of the goddess. The goddess symbolizes power. During these nine days nine forms of the goddess are worshipped and devotees observe fast for nine days. The goddess is known by several names like Durga, Laxmi, Bhavani, Kali, chandika, Maha gauri, Ashtabhuja and Siddhiratri. All the nine forms signify various traits that the goddess influences us with.

Holi

It is a festival of colours which is celebrated with great enthusiasm

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especiallyin North India. During this festival people play with powdered colours and water. Huge bonfires are lit on the evening of Holi. This festival also symbolizes the victory of good over evil. There is an interesting legend associated with it.

Pushkar Fair
It is the largest cattle fair in the world. Held in Pushkar City of Rajasthan it is marked with several cultural activities like dance, music, competitions and many more. It is celebrated in October/November.

Pongal
It is an important festival of South India which is celebrated for four days. It is a harvest festival. During the festival cattle, Sun god and Rain god are worshiped.

Eid-ul-Fittr
It is an important festival of Muslims which marks the end of Ramzan, the Muslim month of fasting. During the festival people exchange greeting and sweets and offer prayer in mosques. Feasting is the main feature of this festival.

Desert Festival
This is a famous festival of Rajasthan which is celebrated with great enthusiasm in the city of Jaisalmer. During the celebration the desert comes alive with cultural activities. Folk dance, puppet shows, turban-tying competition, camel race etc are the main highlights of the festival.