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Things no one tells you about the marvellous doors of City Palace, Jaipur.

Apart from its magical architecture, the royal residence, and a museum, the city palace has lesser known but not less beautiful gates in its third courtyard. In the inner courtyard of City Palace, Pritam Niwas Chowk has four small gates known as Ridhi Sidhi Pol, which are elaborately decorated in brilliant colours. This courtyard is dominated by Chandra Mahal which is said to be the most charming courtyard in City Palace.

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Each door has a different role to play and a story to tell. These gates are adorned with themes symbolising four seasons and are dedicated to a specific Hindu God & Goddess.

  1. Lotus Gate– Beautified with lotus petals and stunning floral patterns representing summer season, Lotus gate is dedicated to Lord Shiv and his consort Parvati. Lotus gate surrounds the statue of God and a motif of sun. The beguiling colours and detailed lotus flower work all over the gate will leave you stunned.

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  1. Peacock gate-It is one of the most famous and admired gates of them all. This gate is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and symbolizes the autumn season. It is located on the North-East side of the courtyard. The carved peacocks surround the statue of God and are brilliantly decorated with colourful paintings.

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  1. Rose gate– The repeated petal pattern represents winter season and is dedicated to Goddess Devi. Rose gate, which is in the third number in the series of the four gates, is beautifully designed and painted with rose petals that also surround the statue of God and a motif of sun.

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  1. Lehariya Gate– The beautifully vivid green coloured gate or the green gate represents the green of spring season. This indicates the start of the spring and is dedicated to Lord Ganesha. Lehariya means waves, which was how it got it’s name. It also has a statue of Lord Ganesha surrounded by the motifs of waves.

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The above-stated gates give us the spiritual connection and the essence of the life of the medieval period in India. The City Palace surely makes you fall in love with its art.

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The City Of Magic And Magnificence- Jaipur

From the highest point of Nahargarh fort to the deepest point of Man Sagar Lake, the aura of pink running through the veins of Jaipur makes it one of the most amazing cities to not just explore, but also to live in.

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Built as beautiful walled city years and years ago by the royal Rajput rulers, Jaipur has always been the hub of heritage and culture. To add a beautiful edge to it, the walled city has caught a high pace on development and growth along with conserving the original essence of it.

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From the mesmerizing spots at the ancient Amer, Nahargarh and Jaigarh Forts to the newest Experience Centre and Dravyavati River Project, the city is almost a perfect metaphor for Magic Realism. Truly traditional to the core till date, the city area still remains painted in the colour that names it the Pink City. On the other hand, the city is all set to set up sky high standards with being a metro city as well as a smart city.

So if you ever visit Jaipur, don’t leave before you-

DO

Experiencing the captivating view of Jaipur city at night from the top of Nahargarh.  The city looks enchanting from the height and now that it’s Diwali time, you can see the whole city sparkling in colours and lights.

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Visiting the awe-inspiring City Palace, that gives you a ride back into the royal history of Jaipur.

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The forts of Jaipur- Amer Fort and Jaigarh Fort, that provide a heartwarming view from the top and Jaigarh also houses the biggest canon “Jaivana.”

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Clicking a picture with the Taj Mahal of Jaipur- Hawa Mahal, the legendary palace of winds situated right in the heart of the city.

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Experiencing the night tourism of the city, for it looks absolutely dreamy when it up all around.

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EAT

The street food– Pyaaz ki Kachori, Mava Kachori, Samosa, Mirchi Vada- they are light on the pocket and taste like a foodie’s paradise.

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The authentic Rajasthani delicacy- Dal Baati Churma. This is something you just don’t miss when you visit Jaipur.

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The absolutely irresistible Cold Coffee at Statue Circle. Moreover, If you visit around monsoon, Ghevar is a big turn on at that time.

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BUY

When you come to the textile hub, you don’t leave without buying clothes. Different kinds of clothes including kurtas, sarees, jackets, handmade purses, cozy quilts, bedsheets etc. printed in Jaipuri and block prints with animal motifs like elephants and camels along with floral prints on vibrant colours just own your heart at first sight.

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Authentic camel leather jutis, bags, diaries etc. are found right in the walled city and are big among foreign visitors.

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The exclusive Blue Pottery items of Jaipur are nowhere else to be found and are totally handmade.

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Colourful Lac bangles at Maniharo ka rasta, gold jewellery at Johri Bazaar, and Kathputli showpieces add a vibrant angle to your shopping list.

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We as citizens of this magical city are evolving in our ways and choices- shifting from the Indian Coffee House at Jawahar Kala Kendra to Café Quaint, from coffee at GVD to Café Coffee Day, from the ancient gates of the city to their newest sibling Patrika Gate and much more, we still plan family outings at Amer Fort during monsoon and we still enjoy clicking pictures of Hawa Mahal, only now we have a café to capture it from!

The magnificence of our surreal city Jaipur is never fading, but going through a constant metamorphosis.

 

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Idyllic End to GITB’18 midst the Travel Fraternity!

We all have our own travel wish list or ‘been there’ list prominently etched in our minds. Be it a backpacking trip, a weekend trip to some beach or a vacation with family. We all have that undying desire for travel and adventure; in the middle of nowhere at least once in a lifetime. But every travel needs to be carefully planned.
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The 10th Edition of the Great Indian Travel Bazaar (GITB-2018), organized jointly by the Rajasthan Government and FICCI in Jaipur that ended today, perfectly displayed the globetrotting ways. The travel fair also provided inspiration for ultimate travel destinations.
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Pre-scheduled in the two-day plan of The Great Indian Travel Bazaar there were atleast 11,000 buyers-sellers B2B meetings held at the GITB-2018.
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With the largest choice of exhibitors and a huge variety of holiday and travel options on offer, GITB inspires to discover new destinations and adventures from the experts. The beautifully decorated pavilions, a line-up of incredible talks, presentations and panel sessions from a host of leading hoteliers, covered an array of journeys to every part of India.
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The 10th edition of The Great Indian Travel Bazaar (GITB) ended with euphoria among the travel trade.

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Intra-state Air Services in Rajasthan to take off on 6 new routes

IMG_5909The intra state air services between Jaipur- Udaipur, Bikaner and Jodhpur launched in 2016 was a great success in Rajasthan! In no time now, the intra-state air service will be extended on six new routes of Rajasthan that’ll include Ahmedabad and Delhi. Rajasthan Government has given consent to this proposal and the same to the Union Civil Aviation Ministry for necessary formalities.

A letter has been sent to the Civil Aviation by Chief Secretary Ashok Jain, that states, “It has been decided to expand the intra-air services on six routes which are Jaipur-Kota, Delhi-Sawai Madhopur, Delhi-Kishangarh, Delhi-Shri Ganganagar, Jodhpur-Ahmedabad and Jaipur-Jodhpur-Jaisalmer”

Earlier, Supreme Airlines, with the commendable 19 seater flight, was commissioned for operation of flights on a regular basis on Jaipur-Udaipur-Bikaner routes. In the previous Budget the CM had announced to expand intra-air services to other cities and the letter written by the CS comes in its continuance. In the letter, the CS has recommended for the same air operator Supreme Airlines to run the operations on new routes.

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This initiative by Rajasthan Government in collaboration with civil aviation department will boost tourism in the desert state as Sawai Madhopur, where Ranthambore National Park is located, will get connected to Delhi. Also, Ajmer, known for Dargah and Puskhar, has also been proposed to be connected under the proposal. The two states, Delhi and Gujarat have come under the expansion of the services, which will further fetching more tourists from various locations.

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12 PHOTOGRAPHS THAT FASCINATE YOU TO TRAVEL TO JAIPUR

With the ample historical attractions, the city of Jaipur grabs the attention of domestic as well as foreign tourists. The Pink City indeed is a paradise with its rich and unique sights. The magnificent forts, palaces and architectural monuments truly manifest the rich cultural heritage of Jaipur.

There are pretty images and stunning images clicked by many, while they travel to the Pink City but some images are simply a feast to the eyes. Let’s have a look on these picturesque images, which are surely going to fascinate you and compel you to pack your bags-

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View of the Pink City from Nahargarh Fort
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The lampposts running through the center of Johari Bazaar
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Light & Sound Show at Amber Fort
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Statue Circle during rains
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Jal Mahal at night
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Albert Hall- a visual treat
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Amber Fort and Maota Lake
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Decorated Camels, when its festive

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So What’s New At #JLF2015 ? – Day 1

Thousands of people checked in at the beautiful Diggi Palace today to mark the beginning of five-day ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival 2015. Asia’s biggest literary festival, the Jaipur Literature Festival provides a space to dare, dream and imagine and attempts to bring the best of authors and thinkers from the South Asia and the world every January.

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Marked as the largest FREE literary festival on the earth, the Day 1 at JLF 2015 witnessed large number of people from all age groups paving their way to attend the ‘Key Note Address – The Poetic Imagination’ at the Front Lawns. Managing such huge crowd is not an easy task and to avoid any complications the organizers did make slight changes this year in the way registration process is carried out at JLF. People whether registered online or seeking an on spot registration need to go through a long queue before they finally step into the world of intellectual and literary discussions.

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Mr. Javed Akhtar, one of the renowned faces of our country and a regular attendee of JLF, charmed and enchanted the audience with his witty and insightful discussion on music during his session ‘Gaate Jaye Banjara: Film Songs- Urdu, Hindi, Hindustani’ and ended it with his beautiful ghazal ‘Main bhool jaun ab yahi munasib hai’ from the movie ‘Silsila’. 🙂 It was indeed a beautiful experience to listen to him.

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Some other highlights of the Day 1 at JLF were the sessions by Prasoon Joshi,  Devdutt Pattanaik, Naseeruddin Shah, Hanif Kureishi and many more. To serve the attendees and the guests, food was one of  the things that was taken care of very well. Various restaurants like Suryamahal, The Floating Leaf Cafe, The Fat Lullus, Puchka & Co., etc. were devotedly serving the people appetizing food at prices which were slightly higher than the actual. 😉 The book lovers were seen spending time at the Amazon Book Store while the not so book lovers were busy eating, talking and getting clicked. The Day 1 ended well but there is a lot more to catch up on literature, cinema, world and not to forget fashion. So stay Tuned for some more interesting updates!

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Note of Caution: Parking spaces have been provided by JLF near Maharaja college and Diggi Palace. But People driving their way to JLF by cars may face some issues. So you may park your cars near S.M.S. Medical College, walk a bit and save time! 🙂

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Marwar Festival Sprinkling Joy In Jodhpur

Rajasthan ! A place that sparks a wave of joy, festivity, colors and camels in all your minds just at the mention of its name 🙂 Undoubtedly, Rajasthan always stands out as the most magnificent tourist destination for its colourful festivals, fairs and celebrations. After being the hottest with mercury nearly touching almost 50 degrees Celsius, when the month of October arrives, it brings with it a magic wand which sprinkles happiness and energy in every living spirit.Owing to these spirits, Rajasthan began its colourful celebrations’ journey with the Marwar festival Jodhpur.
Celebrated to commemorate the brave deeds of medieval heroes Marwar festival drenches the Sun City, Jodhpur every year in the hues of vibrant colours with various folk music & dance performances and various exciting activities happening all around the city.

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Formerly known as the Maand Festival, the two days Marwar festival began this year on the 7th October on the Sharad Purnima. On the pleasant morning of the festival, the folk artists were seen eagerly waiting for the festival to start when we captured their priceless expressions.

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The grand celebration officially started with a regal procession, where men dressed in their best ethnic attires marched over decorated camel and horses through the old city.

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Folk artists also added an essence of vibrancy to the grand procession as they passed by sprinkling their magic in the vivid medieval streets of the electric blues of the city of Jodhpur. It was a sight to just sit and watch !

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For the enthusiastic tourists, it was a lifetime experience as in front of their eyes were the dancing spirits of the Marwar festival.

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In the memory of the brave heroes, the festival hosted various exciting activities like Tug of war, Mustache competition and turban tying at the Umaid Stadium, Jodhpur for the tourists and localities to participate and be the part of the festival.

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The ship of the desert exhibited its multifaceted skills as a salute to the medieval heroes and ancient rulers of Rajasthan.

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The first day of the Marwar festival ended with a gust of entertainment , the spirited folk dancers assembled at the Clock tower in the old city brought  to life the myths, legend and folklore of the regal area through their music and dance.

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Amidst the golden sand dunes, lies the ancient and picturesque desert town of Osian which served as the next destination for the exhilarating rural sport activities and camel rides on the second day of the Marwar Festival. The extremely interesting Camel show was also witnessed where camels are designed with some very adorable tattoos ! Look at the pic below, it looks like he is saying ‘Talk to my tattoo’ 😉

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“Kesariya Balam Aavori, Padhaaro Maare Des!”
The most awaited cultural festival in the evening gave way to various events like Shehnai wadan or flute recital by eminent artist Rajendra Parihar and his troupe, Terah taal dance performed by the ladies of Kamat community where ladies tie 13 types of brass metal on their bodies and create magical music. Music is devoted to baba Ramdev. The evening mesmerized the visitors with a marvelously mind blowing mime performance by the vilas and group.

The night drowned in the massive crowd who could be seen sinking in the festive spirits of Marwar festival and the fading sand dunes bade a breezy farewell to the Marwar festival.

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