Jaipur · Weekend Getaway

Tour de’ Mandawa- A Breathtaking Destination Near Jaipur

Want to get a taste of new place, different culture and meet beautiful people but you don’t want to travel a long distance for this? Well Jaipur Beat have solved this problem with this bit of work, where you can just pick up your camera and get set go to explore one incredibly and impressive destination situated 190 km off Jaipur in the north; take a tour to admire the beautiful murals in the magnificent havelis (large stately homes) lining the streets of this town- Mandawa

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Beautifully adorned walls with traditional Mandana paintings

The drive through dusty streets and painted house walls leads to this splendid semi arid desert town of Mandawa, in Jhunjhunu district of Rajasthan, which is the gateway to the Shekhawati region of Rajasthan. Once a trading outpost for ancient caravan routes in Shekhawati , the township of Mandawa, over the time has grown into an ‘Open Art Gallery’ for art lovers. The mesmerising frescoes, exquisite carvings and mirror work add to its beauty. Today, the world comes to this storybook town to see its colourful frescoes on every subject under the sun that is, ranging from the religious to the erotic; from copies of popular English prints to witty social satire, rendered in the inimitable style of the local artist.

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Heritage Hotel- Castle Mandawa

And perhaps the best place to discover the legacy of Shekhawati is from the comfort of Castle Mandawa, a fortress, built in 1755 AD now converted into a luxurious heritage hotel known for its architectural brilliance and famous for its royal hospitality. Like many historic homes, Castle Mandawa is a curious mixture of the old and the new. Medieval turreted towers, palanquin-roofed balconies, blend with modern comforts in old-world rooms. Family portraits, antique cannons and arms add to the charm of this family-run resort where tradition still runs strong.IMG_5890 (1)The walls of suites and rooms in the Castle are adorned with mesmerizing frescoes and paintings. The carvings and mirror work deserve special mention. One of the rooms named Durbar Hall is the most fascinating with its wonderful paintings, carvings and antiques. The Castle Mandawa offers breathtaking views of the town. Here one also gets a chance to see the royal costumes of the kings and their war weapons.IMG_5804IMG_5852 (1)Mandawa Sight Seeing-

Mandawa Town is also famous for its fresco trails and painted havelis. From royal architecture to lavishly painted suites, beautiful paintings touching various themes and exquisite carvings, all can be seen in these havelis. Some of the must visit havelis are jhunjhunwala Haveli, Bhagchandika Haveli, Gulab Rai Ladia Haveli and Lakshmi Narayan Ladia Haveli and the Newtia Haveli. The other major tourist places are Harlalka Well, Thakurji Temple, Raj Well, Tanu Manu Saraf Haveli, Harlalka Chattri, Murmuria Haveli, Chowkhani Double Haveli, Akhramka Haveli, Sonthalia Gate, Goenka Double Haveli, Goenka Chattri and the Saraf Haveli.

Apart from Havelis, the desert town of Mandawa caught our attention for many wonderful reasons like one can enjoy Camel ride,  Horse ride and ATV ride upto the sand dunes as there’s no better way to explore the rugged terrain other than this.

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Horse Riding at Mandawa

Mandawa has preserved its Rajasthani charm and grandeur and is the ideal destination to visit on a one day trip from Jaipur.

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Castle Mandawa

One must visit this place at least once and come back completely mesmerized by its architectural beauty and pleasant aura.Come; share a glimpse of the past with your feet firmly in the present.

Happy Weekend

 

 

 

 

 

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Breathe in the Aroma of Colors at Alsisar Mahal this Weekend!

The best aspect about living in Jaipur is that, there are a lot of locations around Jaipur that you can visit for a small and relaxing weekend. After all, we all need a short but rejuvenating vacation away from the hustle of the city life. In times like these, we suggest you Alsisar Mahal, Shekhawati. The desert town of Alsisar caught our attention for many wonderful reasons!

Just 200 kms away from Jaipur city, Alsisar offers a life that is unhurried, a town, un-spoilt by modernity. The real charm lies in visiting its quaint village and experiencing a feel of authentic rural Rajasthan with all its charming eccentricity, where the ray of sunshine beaming down on you.

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The 17th century battle hardened Alsisar Mahal after renovation stands tall in the desert and exudes a glorious history.

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A marvelous blast of colors in the barren land of Rajasthan, Alsisar Mahal bears jaw dropping frescoes and paintings; each speaking with full-throated ease about the grandeur of royal Rajasthan. The palace holds some mesmerizing settlements and arcades to magnificently define the illustriousness of colors in this oasis.

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Badal Mahal or “Palace of Clouds”, which is festooned with bright and vibrant hues of paintings, glass chandeliers, vivid lamps and numerous window glasses in almost all luminous colors.  A first glance at Badal Mahal, will transport you into an arena of magical colors, like those in fairytales.

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The impressive dining hall within Alsisar Mahal renders some supreme display of colors! Embellished with intricate, rich gold work and time honored paintings of the medieval heroes on the walls are amazing 🙂

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When you gaze your eyes through hand painted rooms, vibrant courtyards and hand knotted rugs each delivers an extraordinary display of colors with different moods. Then be it a jail themed slightly spooky Dungeon Bar, the World War II Lounge replete with a half cut US Army Jeep and British flag with influenced artifacts or the canvas of multiple colors at Badal Mahal, Alsisar Mahal is a mesmeric, unbelievable and fascinating blast of colors in the barren land of Shekhawati, Rajasthan!

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Folks get ready to discover all that mystical about Alsisar at the heritage hotel Alsisar Mahal. And believe us, they  welcome guests with open arms.

So, be there and live a life like never before…

For details- visit their website

http://www.alsisarmahal.com/

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Jaipur · Weekend Getaways

Top 10 Getaways from Jaipur

Hello Jaipur vaasiyo !! We know that it’s hot in & around Jaipur right now, but ab monsoon door nahi 😉 So don’t wait and plan a getaway for the coming weekend now !

Alsisar- The entire Shekhawati region has mesmerized millions of tourists and
has been aptly dubbed as the ‘Open Art Gallery’ of Rajasthan. The region, which is approximately 200 kms from Jaipur is replete with palaces, minor castles, wells and also a deer sanctuary. As the region is said to be a mini desert, we advice to you travel on a horse or a camel to enjoy the semi desert feel and watch for the well preserved wall painted havelis.

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Bhangarh-

How about hiking on a blissful and adventurous break at Bhangarh and discovers the secrets of the Haunted Ruins of Rajasthan along with heritage sceneries?
Flanked among three Aravali Mountains, 52 km. away from Jaipur, Bhangarh is situated in Alwar district of Rajasthan and is known to be India’s most haunted place. The remains of Bhangarh Fort are informative enough to take you on a mesmerizing journey, of the reminiscence from the past. Entry to the place is closed after sunset due to paranormal activities reported inside. It’s just not the place, but the route also gives whimsical experience.

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Bundi-

With a majority of blue houses, Bundi, loacted 219.7 km away from Jaipur via NH 12, is surrounded by the Aravali Hills. Lazy and narrow
lanes, Lakes, around 60 step wells (Baories), temples and mosque dominate the town. Not many knew this fact that Jodhpur- the blue city and Bundi have a strong affinity to the color blue. Get to the top of Bundi Fort to get a glimpse of the beautiful Blue City. A picturesque Nawal Sagar man made lake in the heart of the town, add more beauty to the place, especially during sunset when it soaks the reflection of the two-storied fortified complex ‘Garh Palace’. Garh Palace is host to ‘Chitrashala’ where the walls and ceilings are embellished with miniature paintings. Bundi miniature paintings depicted on the walls are still in its original form.

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Deeg Palace-

Relatively less explored in Eastern Rajasthan, Deeg Water Palace is an
awe-inspiring visual masterpiece, 192 km from Jaipur in Rajasthan.
Built in 1772, Deeg palace was a luxurious summer resort for the rulers of Bharatpur State. It is open 9 am to 5 pm except on Fridays.
Stay the night at Bharatpur, just 32 km away from here !

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Jodhpur

Rambling between the mighty Mehrangarh fort and Umaid Bhawan, the sun
kissed city of Jodhpur is situated 337 km away from Jaipur. Founded by Rao Jodha in 1459, Jodhpur is dotted with soaring forts and palaces
shimmering in sandstone while the narrow lanes lead to an alluring world of antiques and handicrafts. The blue of houses renders an
alluring “Blue City” especially to be seen at sunrise and sunset. The other places to visit include Sheesh Mahal, and Osiyan Temple that are some of the most imposing architectural works of ancient times and the Osiyan sand dunes will take you away from all the hustle bustle. Jodhpur Sweets, Gatta, Chakke ki sabzi and Mirchibada are not be
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MOUNT ABU

Mount Abu is the only hill station in the dry arid lands of Rajasthan, which can be reached through a 7 hour drive from the capital city of Jaipur. This hill station provides a great tourist destination owing to its picturesque land. Some of the main attractions of the city are Nakki Lake, Dilwara Temple, Mt. Abu Wildlife Sanctuary. Capture a perfect sunset from the Sunset Point in Mt. Abu

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Nawalgarh

Situated 115 km from Jaipur, Nawalgarh is better known as the ‘Open Air Art Gallery’. It is a small town where the vibrant streets depict the true blend of
architecture smoothly fusing the Hindu, Mughal, Persian and British facets together. As you walk down this “Open Air Art Gallery” you will
be amazed to see how the painted havelis and frescoes have captured the culture,customs and royal lifestyle of the Shekhawatis. The Roop Niwas Kothi , Murarka Haveli, Bhagton Ki Choti Haveli are some architectural gems which illustrate an impeccable mélange of Rajput and European architecture.

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Pushkar-

Situated 14 km (8.7 mi) northwest of Ajmer, Pushkar is one of the oldest cities in India and is also one of the five pilgrimage sites for the Hindu. The town has hundreds of temples, including 14th-centuryJagatpita Brahma Mandir, a temple dedicated to Lord Brahma- creator of the world. People from all over the world visit
Pushkar especially for Pushkar Fair, the largest cattle fair of the country. Set on Pushkar Lake, Pushkar is a sacred Hindu site with 52 ghats (stone staircases) where pilgrims bathe. You can also drive to the Dargah in Ajmer !

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Ranthambhore- Once a hunting preserve of the Maharajas of Jaipur and now a Project Tiger Reserve, Ranthambore National Park or Ranthambhore is one of the largest national parks in northern India, covering an area of 392 km². It is situated in the Sawai Madhopur district of southeastern Rajasthan, about 160 km southeast of Jaipur. Ranthambore gives a unique flavor of nature, history and wildlife and houses a large number of Bengal tigers that can be easily observed hunting and taking care of their young ones during the jungle safari.
The destination pulls the attention of myriad wildlife lovers and photographers every year. The legendary Machli or T-16, is probably
the oldest and world’s most photographed Tigress alive who also has a postal stamp on her.

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SHAHPURA

65 kms. away from Jaipur city, Shahpura, offers a life that is unhurried, a beautiful town of friendly people un-spoilt by the creepy fingers by modernity. The real charm lies in visiting its quaint village and experiencing a feel of authentic rural Rajasthan with all its charming eccentricity. Exquisite and discreet, the 300 years old impressive Shahpura Haveli is a tribute to the glorious past.

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