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Reliving The Amazing Memories At Kanak Ghati, Jaipur.

Kanak Ghati is one place where we all, at one point of our lives has been to. In retrospect, Kanak Ghati was the no. 1 picnic spot for the school picnics as well as family picnics. The maintenance of the historical garden has been kept up to date by the government and the café in the park’s premises still serves good food. The feel of Kanak Ghati still remains the same but, the people are so caught up in their own lives’, they hardly get any time to revisit this beautiful garden.

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Kanak Ghati is also famously called Kanak Vrindavan, it is named so as it was constructed based on the Lord Krishna’s Vrindavan. The picturesque idols of Lord Krishna and the Gopis, surrounded by the beautiful flowers at Kanak Ghati brings alive the spirit of the playful God in the truest form.

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There are various scenes recreated around Kanak Ghati with idols of Lord Krishna. The construction of the garden dates back to more than 300 years when the idol of Lord Govind Dev Ji had to be shifted from Vrindavan. The temples in Kanak Ghati area were constructed to house the idol of Govind Dev Ji, but in 1716, the idol was shifted to the now called Govind Dev Ji Temple in City Palace area in Jaipur.

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The particular spot that Kanak Ghati is at, the valley below Nahargarh was specially chosen for its construction as it adds special grace to the majestic Nahargarh Fort, Jaigarh Fort, and the Jal Mahal Palace. If you are looking to explore the heritage of Jaipur, there’s no better place than the trio of palaces, Nahargarh, Jaigarh and Amer Palace.

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With very close proximity to the great palaces, Kanak Ghati is definitely a place to visit for a serene experience and the feel of Jaipur. The pools and fountains at the Ghati make sure the beauty of the Ghati remains extraordinary, and everyone in the family enjoys the getaway as much. As Jaipur is widely called, the Chotti Kashi, for the number of temples that it houses, Kanak Ghati adds another exciting layer of holiness and fun to the city of Jaipur.

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Kanak Ghati is a perfect full day escape from the hustle and bustle of daily lives we are so caught up in, the surrounding of Kanak Ghati make it the absolute serene garden in the city of Jaipur. The Ghati has a picturesque view of the great Aravalis and lies just below the valley of Nahargarh, there is certainly no other place with a view and location like this, in the entire world.

Forts & Monuments · Jaipur · world heritage day

The 10 best heritage sites of Jaipur to mark the World Heritage Day 2017

Right after the Easter holidays the world, on 18th April every year, marks the “World Heritage Day” , also known as the International Day for Monuments and Sites. This day is marked to promote awareness about the commendable heritage of our country and how we can protect and conserve them. In support of this day, let us explore Jaipur’s marvelous epitome of great heritage- Amer Fort- the UNESCO’s World Heritage Site and other fathoming epitomes of grand heritage in Jaipur .

Jaipur is always honored for its magnetic heritage beauty which is indiscreet from more than thousands of years. And, if you are a lover of the wild, culture and history, then travel to Jaipur and celebrate this day by visiting some of its Heritage Sites.

  1. Amer Fort

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Poised on a high hillock of Aravalli, Amer Fort is a majestic citadel built by HH Maan Singh Ji I.  The capital of Rajasthan before Jaipur ,  it is popular among local and overseas tourists for the temples , elephant rides right up to the fort and the Sound and Light Show narrated in Amitabh Bachchan’s baritone, which is a pure tribute to Rajputana heritage. The Sheesh Mahal within the fort, which is festooned with thousands of glass mirrors on its walls and ceiling, offers a fascinating aura to the visitors of this UNESCO’s World Heritage Site in Jaipur.

  1. Nahargarh Fort

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The Abode of Tigers, Nahargarh was once a strong defense ring, creating a tough protection for Amer and Jaigarh. The fort comprising 7 palaces within its walls offers the highest point, which happens to be a restaurant called ‘Padao’ gives awesome aerial view of the city from top. The recently inaugurated zoo and wax museum at Nahargarh are added treat for the visitors.

  1. Jaigarh Fort

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Among all the three forts that watch the city of Jaipur, Jaigarh is the most striking of them all. Built in 18th century around15 kms from Jaipur, Jaigarh is a majestic palace, which is surrounded by huge battlements, world’s largest canon originally built to protect Amber Fort. The two forts are also connected through secret tunnel.

  1. Jantar Mantar

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Discrete observatories were conceived to reel out untold mysteries of the universe that have always fascinated man and Jantar Mantar in Jaipur is one of them. This heritage site of intrigue is a phenomenal expression of the astronomical skills.

  1. Albert Hall

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The State Museum of Rajasthan- Albert Hall is situated in Ram Niwas Garden of Jaipur. The fascinating building houses marvelous paintings, sculptures and interesting objects of historic significance. Since its construction in 1876, Albert Hall is Rajasthan’s oldest museum, which is also popular for its Indo-Saracenic architecture. The lush greenery surrounding the museum allows you to sit and admire its marvelous beauty from outside.

  1. City Palace
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Covering a major portion of the walled city, the City palace is a historic land mark of Jaipur. It comprises of several temples; also the famous Govind Dev ji Temple, gardens and multiple museums. City Palace also showcases world’s largest silver containers which were used to carry water on Maharaja’s entourages.

  1. Hawa Mahal

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Hawa Mahal is also known as the palace of Winds because of its striking five-storey exterior, which is akin to honeycomb 953 peep windows that keep the palace cool when wind blows. Interestingly, Hawa Mahal is the tallest building in the world without any foundation and there’s isn’t any door in the front; the palace can be entered from behind.

  1. Jal Mahal

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Jal Mahal is a mesmeric five storey palace with just top two floors visible in the middle of Maan Sagar Lake. The palace appears floating in water and looks surreal especially at night when lit with colorful lights. The recent facelift and the installation of Shashi Savri cenotaphs offer a glimpse of royalty.

  1. Gaitore Chhatri
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This prominent tourist attraction is the final resting place of the departed souls from the royal family of Jaipur. The valley on Jaipur-Amer road has cenotaphs built from marble and sandstone with Rajastani carvings, dedicated to the legendary kings and queens.

  1. Galta Ji Temples

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One of the most precious gems of Jaipur heritage, Galta Ji comprises huge number of temples, natural fresh water springs and 7 holy ‘kunds’. Galta ji temple is also famous for the various monkey tribes dwelling in this area. The religious chants and hymns blending with the natural settings of encompassing Aravallis, provide peaceful ambiences to anyone visiting here.

Happy World Heritage Day !!

 

 

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The Fervor of Mahashivratri in Jaipur

Shiva being one of the 3 gods of the holy trinity of Brahma, Vishnu & Mahesh, Mahashivratri is a big festival in India. Shiva with a crescent on his head, the holy Ganga flowing out of his hair, snake around his neck, a Trishul in one hand and a Damru in the other, flying hair and dancing as ‘Natraja’ is a symbolic representation of the Universe or the 5 elements of Nature. In Shiva temples, it is depicted as a ‘ Shivalinga’ which is the ‘Shiva Tattva’ or the God particle.

Jaipur with its 3500 old temples (over at least 100 years old) is endearingly called ‘Choti Kashi’ & undoubtedly has its own tradition of celebrating Mahashivratri in the city.

Though the whole city would be celebrating the festival, If you happen to be in Jaipur on the 24th of February, we have a list of temples for you to visit on Mahashivratri and celebrate the day with Jaipur.

1. Eklingeshwar Temple, Moti Doongri:

bjbAtop the ‘Moti Dungri’ temple, it forms a beautiful skyline to the new Jaipur city. This beautiful temple located inside the Moti dungri hill is accessible to the public only once a year on Mahashivaratri. Be there early morning as the queue to reach the temple gets really long, really fast. The devotees will flock temples to bathe the Shivlinga with water, milk, and honey; offer bel-leaves, and take a vow for purification of the soul.

2. Gaiteshwar Temple, Bramhapuri near Gaitore ki Chattriyan

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Located in Gaitore ki Chattriyan, Gaiteshwar Mahadev is a popular Shiva Temple in Jaipur. During Mahashivratri a large crowd of devotees comes here to worship Lord Shiva. Also, a big classical Bhajan evening would be organized here by the Gaiteshwar Kala Sansthan on Mahashivartri, invoking lord Shiva.

3. Ambikeshwar Mahadev Temple, Amer, Jaipur

untitled-5This temple situated in the Amer Fort of Jaipur holds great religious importance in Jaipur. To reach the temple one has to climb down steps as this is one of the few temples situated below the ground level. It is believed that the Shivling here is a natural one which was founded buried 22ft under the earth.

untitled-4The legend has it the King Kankil Dev had a cow that gave milk only at this particular spot on the hill. The King then decided to get the place excavated. During the excavation a Shivling was found, the temple was thus constructed & the Shivling lies at the same place, devotees have to peek inside to see the Shivlinga which is now encased by a circular hole. It is believed during the monsoon season, the Shivlinga submerges in 10ft water.

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4. Tarkeshwar Mahadev, Temple, Chaura Rasta

untitled-8One of the oldest temples in the pink city is Tarkeshwar Ji Temple Chora Rasta which was built in 1784 A.D with a Black stone of 9” diameter.

untitled-7One of the main attractions here includes an imposing statue of Shiva Lingam and golden pictographs along with huge bull statue made of brass, large bronze gongs and beautiful bells.

5. Pracheen Bhavya Dwadash Jyotirling Temple, Amer, Jaipur

untitled-2 One of the old temples of Jaipur, it is located ahead of Ambikeshwar temple in Amer, near the Jagat Shiromani Temple. As you walk up the ramp and then the steps to the temple, you enter a beautiful courtyard which houses a small marble shiva linga guarded by a copper snake, marble Nandi, and a Trishul-damru. A small dried tree almost fans over it in the shape of a snake.

untitled-3As you move inside the inner sanctum of the Temple, idols of goddess Parvati, lord Ganesha, and a beautiful marble Shivaling with chaturmukh Shiva is seen in the temple. A very peaceful temple to visit.

6. Kala Mahadev Temple, Jaipur – Surrounded by Aravalli Hills, Kala Mahadev Temple is unlike any other Shiva Temple in Jaipur, It is believed that Maharaja Man Singh ordered the construction of this temple following all the Tantric rituals. Open from all four sides, this holy shrine is known for offers a beautiful view of the Jaipur city. The Shivlinga is the presiding idol here along with a statue of Nandi, Goddess Parvati, God Ganesha and Kartikeya. The nearby Kanak Valley and Kanak Vrindavan make the temple extremely peaceful & blissful to visit.

A large number of devotees observe a strict fast on the day sans food and water to absolve them of all the sins by penance. This festival is celebrated by both men & women of the Hindu community. After fasting for the whole day, they devotedly pray to the God. Married women perform the rituals for the well-being of their husbands. Unmarried girls perform these rituals to get a good husband like Lord Shiva. Few people fast without food or water, while others fast eating only bananas & milk.

Some of the Lord Shiva temples observe Jaagaran during the whole night of Mahashivaratri. Only after daybreak, the various foods offered to the Lord are eaten by the devotees as ‘Prasad’.

Here is hoping you all have a blissful Mahashivratri.

Jaipur

9 Golden Moments Captured In Pushkar Fair 2015

Pushkar Fair, though every year offers the same elements apparently, has something new to perceive and remember every single time you experience this heaven on earth 🙂 These are the 9 golden moments captured by us in Pushkar fair 2015.

1. Sunrise

When the dust mixes with golden light falling from sun, the ship of desert shines beautifully exuding absolute delight !

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2. Ghats

If you really want to see and know how ‘ghat ghat ka pani’ tastes and looks, there is no better place than Pushkar.

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3. Bazaars
From jutis to Ray Ban, bangles to clothes, the streets of Pushkar offer everything you name and everything you can’t !
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4. Food
It’s Rajasthan, so there is no way you can escape the thought of delicious food anywhere and everywhere, but here, as you walk down the streets, you find the baatis being freshly made, kachoris being fried and malpue exuding utter bliss !
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5. Pushkar Lake
After a noisy day, when you look for a place to sit by and feel the serenity of Pushkar, Pushkar lake is your haven.
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6. Camels
With varied expressions, different moods, beautifully decked up and lost in their ownselves, camels are the ones who attract people from all over the world to come and visit this fair !
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7. Turbans
Red, green, pink, yellow, orange, or all in one, the Rajasthani men never shy away from flaunting their fashion mantra i.e. the colorful gorgeous turbans 😉
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8. Culture
Music, colors, dance, folk, festivity, temples, Pushkar fair truly portrays the vibrant culture of Rajasthan 🙂
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9. Sunset
Last but not the least, that time of the day when the camel needs respite, the chill in the air is felt by all, the men and women start to prepare for their meals on chulahs, the sun is seen setting in spreading the scintillating palette of colors on the sky which is an absolute treat to watch and to just sink in 🙂
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