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Let’s Hear the Tales Behind the 7 Gates of Jaipur this World Tourism Day

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The knock knock joke here in Jaipur’s walled city would take on a completely different meaning with its many doors/ Darwazas/gates spread across the city. We asked many denizens of Jaipur to list the Darwazas of the city and though everybody seemed to agree that they are between 7 to 9 gates in the city but the names on everybody’s list were different. So we dug a bit deeper and have put together a small yet detailed guide for tourists and residents of Jaipur alike to know your one exquisite darwaza of the walled city of Jaipur from another and to never again get lost in the city.
Sawai Raja Jai Singh II did half the work with his architect by planning the city in 3 X 3 squares based on the Indian Vastu-Purush-Mandala. These squares and thus all the roads are aligned North-South or East- West. These 9 +1 squares constitute the Jaipur’s walled city. The city is guarded by 7 primary gates or pols which formed the entry-exit points into the walled city. They are a part of the city ramparts and each gate is unique and its name carries a clue to its location and reason why it’s called that. (Yes, our very own Da-Vinci Code!). The very first clue is, when in doubt – Look up!! 

The centermost square of the Old City is the City Palace and Govind Dev Ji Temple and the 7 Gates are:

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1. Dhruv Pol
Named after the Pole star or Dhruv tara ( which is used in locating the Direction North ) , Dhruv Pol is the Northern most Gate of the walled city. It is now called the Zorawar Singh Darwaza.

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2. Suraj pol
As the name suggests , it translates to Sun Gate , this is the gate to the East of the walled city, towards the eastern hills , in the direction of the rising sun. It also forms the gateway to the famous sun temple built by Sawai Jai Singh and further towards Galta Ji. You can easily identify the gate by the symbol of the 2 painted Suns on the Gate.

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3. Chandpol
Chand Pol means the Moon Gate . Along the East-West Axis of the City, it lies diagrammatically opposite to the Suraj Pol and forms the Western Gate of the walled City.Spot the famous and ancient Chandpole Hanuman Ji Temple with its 25 feet high Shikhar abutting the gate, if you are here you know you have reached the western end of the walled city.

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4. Ajmeri Darwaza / Kishan Pol
This is the 1st of the 4 southern Gates and as the name suggests would command the westerly road towards Ajmer. Also, this gate takes you inside the city towards Kishanpole market, known especially for tie & dye fabrics.

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5. Naya Pol
On the southern end of the Chaura Rasta (or the Wide Road) , this is the 2nd gate of the southern rampart and it means the ‘New Gate’ This gate was earlier a chor darwaza and later increased in size by the Sawai Ram Singh II . The road connects to the City Palace Gate of Tripolia. If you can see Albert Hall through the darwaza, you know you are at Naya Pol.

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6. Sanganeri Darwaza / Shiv Pol
Sanganeri Gate is the 3rd Gate and is located in the southern Ramparts of the Jaipur’s Walled city. This gate governed the route southwards towards the town of Sanganer. It is called Shivpol after the Shivmandir which the royal family would visit during Mahashivratri.

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7. Ghat Darwaza / Ram Pol
The last of the 4 Gates, the Ghat Pol is named after the easterly road towards the Ghat ki Ghuni. Inside the city, this is the way towards the Ramchandra Ji Chowkri and Ramganj Bazar.

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This World Tourism Day know your city a little more with these amazing stories behind the 7 mesmerizing gates of Jaipur.

Happy World Tourism Day!

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Explore Jaipur and its culture- it’s World Tourism Day!

“Which city manages to attract, sustain and grow visitors’ year after year?”

“Which city has a good number of heritage sites in the country?”

“Which city has a rich saga of folklore and tales to tell ?”

“Which city has exquisite culture and heritage that has attracted generations after generations from across the world?”

“Which city has the hospitality tradition ingrained amongst its’ domiciles so deep ?”

Answer to all this is our beloved city- Jaipur

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The majestic land of Maharajas, Jaipur in Rajasthan is one of the most vibrant states in India. Well-known for its rich heritage, royal forts and palaces, Rajasthan’s rich food, culture, beautiful locales, and heritage sites, Jaipur is every travel enthusiast’s dream.

The incredible transformation of this city from a royal abode into a sprawling tourism hotspot is not a one-day effort. Jaipur and tourism go hand in hand for its rich heritage and culture that attract tourists from all over the world. As we are celebrating World Tourism Day on 27th September, let’s embrace the tourist mindset to learn and explore the places and people of Jaipur. Because tourism is not just travelling, it is a fresh sense of appreciation for the things that you encounter every day, right where you live. Uncover with us the variety of tourism sectors growing around us-

 

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Heritage Tourism

Replete with history, the city of royals symbolizes the pinnacle of Rajasthani cultural excellence and magnificent art in architecture of the streets, lanes, forts, palaces, and monuments.

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Heritage places like City Palace, Hawa Mahal, Amber Fort, Albert Hall, Jal Mahal, Jantar Mantar never cease to amaze us with its bewitching architecture and not to forget the walled city painted in pink. And, that is the reason UNESCO inscribed Pink City as the World Heritage Site. It does not just stop here; Jaipur is world’s most Instagrammed destination amongst the new UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Having some of the best forts, palaces and monuments which are till date maintained in absolutely good conditions are very precious for the Jaipurites.

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Wildlife & Adventure Tourism

Jaipur city has some ultimate wildlife and adventure kind of stuff for adrenaline junkies. One can get up close with leopards and venture deep into the dense Jhalana Forest to encounter elusive Leopard or Nahargarh Biological Park for Lion Safari. The zone of the lion safari lies in the Aravali foothills with hillocks that offer panoramic landscape. One of the most popular tourist attractions to enjoy in Jaipur is an elephant safari. For jeep safari, there is the famous Ranthambore National Park, which is a 3-hour drive from Jaipur. It is home to tigers and Sariska National Park, which is just a 2-hour drive. Those looking for adventure can cycle and trek to the Nahargarh hills, or play golf at the golf or Polo club.

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Night Tourism

Jaipur city reveals its true colours at night when it’s drenched with bright colours making it a treat for eyes. The light and sound show at Amber Fort is truly a magical experience, which one should not miss while visiting Jaipur.

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Amber Fort, the 16th-century monument turns even more enchanting during the night. The different hues of light give a new perspective to the elegance of the fort.

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When the 953 jharokhas of Hawa Mahal aka Palace of Winds are lit up in varied hues at night, the drive around the walled city becomes an illuminated memory forever.

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Albert Hall, one of the oldest museums of Rajasthan looks even more enthralling as you pass by it at night.

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These illuminated monuments, gates and gardens just add to a visitors list and urge to behold their beauty amidst the darkest hour of the night.

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Wedding Tourism

Pink City- Jaipur has been listed as one of the most Romantic cities in the World! So, this place sets a dreamy ethereal mood for weddings. Jaipur has the most awe-inspiring, romantic getaways that instigate romantic aspirations among the couples in and visiting the city.

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Whimsical palaces and forts with the grandeur of Rajasthan’s royalty render a fascinating ambiance to this wedding destination.

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The city is dotted with heritage hotels that host the most magnificent destination wedding amidst the regal ambience. Jaipur is the ideal place to consummate a grand memorable wedding.

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Cultural Tourism – The colourful city becomes even livelier and lovely with the festivals celebrated here in a flamboyant way. The city observes different fairs and festival at a different time of the year like Gangaur festival, Teej festival, Kite festival.

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Jaipur is also the home to some of the most talented folk artists of our nation. Enjoy the lovely music and dance performances and we bet that the folk music and dance performance skills will completely blow your mind!

The best way to enjoy Jaipur’s culture is through its food. Jaipur is well known for its royal hospitality, and its mouth-watering delicacies are chats and kachoris which have been every local’s favourite. Not to miss the royal thali of Rajasthan, which is hot, spicy and tempting all at the same time. The national and international tourists always make sure to try the authentic Rajasthani flavours – Dal, Bati, Churma and an authentic non-veg speciality – ‘Lal Maas’ – the best dish to savour amongst the other Rajasthani cuisines. and how can we miss Jaipur’s Special sweet delicacy Ghewar.

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Jaipur’s markets Johri Bazaar and Bapu Bazaar are world-renowned for their authentic gold and silver jewellery as well as for textile, leather craft and other traditional handicrafts. People from the world over love to shop here.

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Medical & Wellness Tourism

Jaipur, a city that is celebrated all across the world for its culture and heritage, has also registered its name in the world for its medical and wellness tourism. From Yoga,to Ayurveda to high-end wellness and spa centres, it is also a world leader in low-cost foot prosthesis known as Jaipur Foot definitely deserves a big mention whenever one speaks about the pink city.

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Spiritual Tourism

The landscape of Jaipur is dotted with various temples and pilgrims. The temples here have a royal touch and splendour and are highly praised for their architectural beauty and faith by the tourists. Whether it is the visit to the Govind Devji or Moti Doongri Ganesh Ji, or Galta Ji or Khole Ke Hanuman Ji, Jaipur is the land of spiritual incarnation. Each year, several thousand of pilgrims descend to the royal land to offer their prayers and seek blessings. It is said that a prayer offered at these holy temples does not go unanswered!

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MICE Tourism

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Culturally rich city, Jaipur, has a stylish high-class environment that caters to the business needs too. Thus, it is the most preferred destination for the MICE market that offers everything a business traveller wants.

The connectivity and the developed infrastructure make this the most preferred place to host big events and exhibitions. Jaipur Literature Festival, Vastra, Stone Mart, GITB- Great India Travel Bazaar, JJS, and JAS Jewellery Shows are to name a few.

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One of the most important ways to celebrate World Tourism Day is to pick a destination that you want to visit and visit it.

So are you packing your bags to embrace tourism?

 

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Must watch Festivals of Jaipur for Tourists!

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Being a highly spirited and spiritual country, festivals are at the heart of people’s lives in India, and Jaipur is one of the most wonderful and lively city in Rajasthan that celebrates each festival with great fervor and enthusiasm. The numerous and varied festivals that are held throughout the year in Jaipur offer a marvelous way of seeing Indian culture and its people’s way of celebrating life at its best. Remarkably, a huge number of tourists from other parts of India and foreign lands flock to Jaipur just to witness and take part in these vivacious festivals celebrated in Jaipur.  As the World Tourism Day is approaching, we at Jaipur Beat want you to be acquainted with all the popular festivals celebrated in Jaipur.

Here we go-

  1. Holi

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The colorful and lively spirited two days festival in Jaipur celebrates the victory of good over evil and the abundance of spring harvest! The fun of exuberantly throwing color powder and water all over each other, dancing on raunchy numbers under water sprinklers with tempting treats of bhang pakodas, thandai and gujiyas is just unexplained!! Holi in Jaipur, which is scheduled for 13th March in 2017, is a fun filled festival to participate if you are happy to get drenched in colors and colorful water 😀

 

  1. Teej Festival 

It is the time of spring when Goddess Parvati meets her beloved Lord Shiva after a long time. While the women in Jaipur pray for long life of their husbands. An elaborate procession of accoutrements with adorned camels, horses and elephants parade through the walled city of Jaipur. And, this procession of Teej is an important tourism activity, which is an experience of lifetime for the travelers and photographers.  Jaipur’s streets can be seen brimming with lehariya fabrics and sarees, the festive dessert Ghewar adds perfect flavor to ignite temptations. Mark your calendar for 24th August 2017, Thursday 🙂 

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  1. Gangaur Festival 

Gangaur Festival is also marked in reverence to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. The word is formed from ‘Gan’ and ‘Gauri’Gan is another name of Shiv while Gauri is used to address Parvati. The festival, which will fall on 30th March 2017, is celebrated by women of Jaipur. Similar to Teej, a mesmerizing procession of Goddess Parvati winds magnificently through the Old City of Jaipur via Tripoliya Gate (City Palace) Tripoliya Bazar and Gangauri Bazar with chariots, decorated camels, dancing folk artists, brass bands and royal palanquins for two days.

 

  1. Kite Festival

This is one festival which eliminates all the boundaries between young and old, kid and elders. Many tourists plan their Jaipur vacation in such a way that it falls around Sankranti. A tremendous blend of fun and religious observances, Sankranti is celebrated on 14th January every year and the day is celebrated as Kite Festival. The religious significance of the festival is marked by doing charity and taking an early morning holy dip in Galtaji- the religious water pond in Jaipur.! The Pink City’s sky turns into a canvas of colors with Kites; the spirited sounds of “Woh Kata”, hot pakodas and loud speaker music – each element of Makar Sankranti in Jaipur is worth not to be missed.  As the day fall in the arms of evening a marvelous show of firework and lanterns mesmerizes the onlookers till late night.

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  1. Jaipur Jewellery Show

Jaipur Jewellery Show, to be held on 23, 24, 25, 26 December 2016 at JECC Sitapura, Jaipur.  is one of the most spectacular jewellery shows in entire Asia. Connoisseurs of gems and jewels from across the world visit Jaipur to attend this show of Glitz and glamour. One thing which is synonymous to Jaipur today is its exquisite jewellery. Jaipur’s quintessential jewellery is widely acclaimed not just for its superior craftsmanship but also for emotions that each creation is able to garner. Such is the extensive display of gemstones, rough stones and finished exquisite jewellery that no one can resist admiring this Show.

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  1. Jaipur Literature Festival

World’s largest free literary festival happens in Jaipur ! Every year, everyone, not just in Jaipur, but from all around the world visits the pink city especially for this magnetic festival that keeps getting better every time like the old wine. To get a taste and a glimpse of the literary geniuses from all genres, people swarm in to the Jaipur Literature Festival with a footfall of around 2 lakh in 5 days. Apart from literature, one gets to witness the latest fashion trends, the best eateries, all kinds of cuisines, and a whole new shopping experience at JLF. Save the Dates: 19- 23 January, 2017. 

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7. Diwali Festival

The city celebrates the festival of Diwali in its own fashionable manner. As far as eyes could see, there is burst of lights in culturally vibrant Jaipur. Trust us; Jaipur is the best place to experience Diwali festivity where all the streets, shops and buildings are bathed in the magnificence of colorful lights and decorations. The festivities of Diwali will amaze you one week prior and after the October 30th, 2016. 

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With a charm unlike any other city, now you must be knowing why Jaipur has a prominent place on tourists map 🙂

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Vivid Cultural Celebrations On the World Tourism Day!

With the multitude of colors and vivid shades of its rich culture, Jaipur once again gears up for celebrating the World Tourism Day on 27 September, 2015. The historical monuments and sites located in the Pink City needs to be protected and this can be only done with collective efforts. The objective behind this day is to create awareness among the common people for conserving and protecting our heritage.

On this day Pink City is going to bathe in the beauty of music, dances and various cultural events as number of events are lined up to delight tourists.

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On the occasion entry to the fort is free for all. Tourists will be greeted with a warm traditional welcome.

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7.30 am to 12 noon- Folk Cultural performances to be held at (Jaleb Chok- Ganesh Pole)

Flute Recital and Shehnai Vadan performance will be held at Chandpole, Singhpole and at Hathi Stand,

At the same time Painting Competition will also be going on. In association with Drona Foundation a Heritage Walk at Amber will start at Varahi Gate that will end at Sagar. To capture the beauty of Jaipur, a Photography  competition will also be held.

2.30 pm onwards at  Kesar Kyari, there will be Still Photography by Foreign Tour Operators. Archaeology dept to install telescopes atop the Amber and Nahargarhforts for stargazing.

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There is going to be a bonanza of Rajasthani folk music and dances for music lovers at the open air theatre in Jawahar Kala Kendra (JKK) in the evening. Between 4.30 pm- 6 pm there will be the opening of exhibition by Drona on Gangiyasar Village- Shekhawati which will continue till 30 Sept, 2015

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At 6 pm Postage Stamp kiosk opening in association with Postal Deptt along with Philately (Postal Stamp Collection) Exhibition at Hawa Mahal. A mellifluous strains of the Shehnai can be enjoyed at Hawa Mahal alongside folk performance.

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10 am- Sketch activity by NIMS students

5 pm: Presentation of Cycles by RATO to TAF personnel for patrolling.

There will also be Shehnai Vadan at Albert Hall.

A world of perfect memories awaits you at the royal city of Rajasthan!

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Different shades of pink city on World Tourism Day

On this World Tourism Day, how about planning an awesome weekend at Jaipur and enjoying the colors at pink city like never before !!

As you open your eyes early in the morning, just pick up your bag pack and drive away to the Jal Mahal palace standing in the middle of the Man Sagar lake. When the sun rises from behind the palace , the sky takes a shade of the vivid orange and the sparkling lake turn the sight into a silhouette of the most beautiful sunrise.

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After the delightful morning it’s time for an equally delightful breakfast !! Thinking where and what to eat?? Don’t bother and head towards the Rawat Mishtan Bhandar on Station road. Is the smell of freshly prepared pyaaz ki kachoris already making your mouth water?? Enjoy the yummiest pyaaz kachoris in town with a big glass of lassi here and get all charged up for the rest of your journey in Jaipur.

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A perfect beginning of the day must be followed by an interesting afternoon and what can be more interesting in pink city than shopping ? So it’s time to go the walled city and see that it has an offer that you can’t refuse; a matchless shopping extravaganza !! While you see the city side wrapped in bright colors, you can pick your block prints from Chaura rasta, Tripolia bazaar. If you’re fond of jewellery or your friends/ girlfriends or mothers are fond of them, get some exquisite pieces from Johari Bazaar, Bapu bazaar, M.I. road. These markets are also clad with bandhej (tie & dye), lac bangles and jootiya that are specially found here. Now that your hands are full of shopping bags and heart is filled with joy, your belly surely needs a good treat.

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The one place where you’d enjoy both vegetarian and non-vegetarian cuisine equally is Niros, located on M.I. road. The lal maans and chicken is the specialty if you’re a non-veg freak, and you can try baingan bharta if you’re a vegetarian. Make sure that you keep a little space in your bellies for some delicious desserts at Jalmahal Ice cream parlor situated right there.

Watching a sunset is as precious as the sunrise, isn’t it? Drive to the Nahargarh fort and witness the wonderful sight of the sunset from the top of the fort. As the sky gets into a blue mood, the city is lit up and the view from the top is spectacular and worth capturing. It’s time to catch the “Light and Sound” show at Amer. The show presents the symphony of the scintillating shades of light that illuminate the Amber fort after sunset along with narrating the history of the fort in the baritone voice of Amitabh Bachchan (the famous superstar of Indian cinema).

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Now it’s your turn to decide whether you want to come down and have the famous Rajasthani dal baati churma at LMB ( Laxmi Mishtan Bhandar) or leave for a long drive that will take you through the way Jaipur has changed its shades in the last few years. If you have decided to watch the city at night, then drive to Hawamahal to see how its windows have now been back lit and tells a different story at night.

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While going towards the Albert Hall Museum, have a look at how the State museum of Rajasthan reflects the deep rooted culture Jaipur is soaked in. On your smooth drive on JLN marg leads to the well lit Shree cements building making way to the newly developed shopping mall; World Trade Park of Jaipur. Now it’s time for a scrumptious dinner at Chokhi Dhani. Gorge on the Rajasthani thali festooned with the freshly cooked dal baati churma served with warmth and affection.

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If you are planning to spend one more day at Jaipur, you might go to see the grand City Palace and Jantar Mantar the next day and check if Jawahar Kala Kendra (JKK) is hosting any theater or exhibition for your visual delight.

So are you ready to have the most amazing weekend at Jaipur ??

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World Tourism Day: What’s Up in Jaipur today?

If there are days like ‘Mondays’ that we hate, there are days like Anniversaries that we love and always look up to.  Likewise, there are some notable commemorative days that government observes and celebrates with a purpose to raise awareness of issues that are of national interest.

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Well, we are going to talk about one such special day i.e. ‘World Tourism Day’ celebrated every year on September 27 which is today. This day is meant to recognize the importance of tourists and tourism industry across the globe.

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The Department of Tourism of every state is doing something on this occasion to foster awareness about social, cultural, political and economic values of tourism, so is Rajasthan’s.  The Hon’ble Minister Tourism, Art & Culture, Ms Bina Kak graced the celebration of the World tourism Day by inaugurating the website of ‘Rajasthan State Archives Department’ yesterday. The website displays more than 35 lakh historical documents of erstwhile princely states and the state’s history.

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For today, a number of events are lined up in the city to delight tourists.
There is going to be a bonanza of Rajasthani folk music and dances for music lovers at the open air theatre in Jawahar Kala Kendra (JKK) in the evening.

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During the day, a photography exhibition on heritage tourism will also be displayed at the JKK. Besides this, there are going to be performances of folk dancers, shehnai and nagada players at Jaipur’s most prominent and ancient museum i.e. Albert Hall, astronomical observatory which is Jantar Mantar and the beautiful fort, Amer fort during the day.

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Not just this. The foreign as well as domestic tourists visiting Jaipur today will be distributed tourism literature and will be accorded a warm welcome by being garlanded at Albert Hall, Jantar Mantar, Amer fort, Tourism Reception Centre, Air Port, Railway Station and the Bus Stand. To add, there is a free entry to all museums and heritage structures today.

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When so much is happening in our Gulabi Nagari on World Tourism Day then why not be a part of its celebrations. Right ?