September 17, 2008
Once renowned as the Land of Kings – Rajasthan is a place of glory and splendor welcomes its visitors to unfurl its awe-inspiring monuments, vibrant traditions and vigorous customs. The state has gained its identity in 1949 with Jaipur as its capital. The state was known as the place of Rajputana, very much popular among the global tourist as a place of valor, courage and heroism. Jaipur, Udaipur, Jaisalmer, Ajmer and several other historically loaded cities of Rajasthan are majestically contributing in making the place a major travel destination in the world.
To talk about the treasures of Rajastan is to elaborate its royal palaces, rocky forts, dazzling deserts, woody hills, relaxing lakes, busy towns, silent villages, amazing forests and its vibrant inhabitants. In your travel across the popular tourist destinations, don’t forget to make a visit to its local fair or the bustling bazaar and the awesome architectural wonders. As far as the handicrafts are concerned, Rajasthan is the richest state in India. Here the mood and rhythm of the countryside alters from one region to another. An exotic land, Rajasthan, the home of Rajputs, is characterized among the worldwide travelers as a land of art, architecture, bravery and chivalry.
Tourism opportunities of Rajasthan are tremendous. Jaipur- the pick city is an extremely liked place for its marvelous architectural buildings as Hawa Mahal. The city presents a unique synthesis of culture and tradition and thus a major magnetism of Rajasthan. Udaipur, the lake city was once the capital of Ranas of Mewar, celebrated for its fairytale palaces. Ajmer is a highly venerated spot for both Hindu and Muslim pilgrims, as the place hosts mausoleum of the Sufi saint, Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti. Bikaner, Jodhpur and a part of the Jhunjhunu are also successfully making travelers way into Rajasthan.
The moment you start visiting Rajasthan you will discover a lot of new facets of the place. Marked with the largest participation, Pushkar fair is the prime allurement of Rajasthan Tourism. Thus, the region is a true tourist paradise which hosts most of the fascinating wildlife sanctuaries, shrines for some ardent and pious natives. If you want to make your Rajasthan travel more comfortable and hustle free Palace on Wheels is the best means of transport. Adventure activities and imperial tours on Palace on wheels will make your vacation to the princely land more comfortable and relaxing that you ever think of. The delicious cuisine, the camel rides, the forts, castles add golden magnetism to Rajasthan.
So, just jump for a trip to the land of the exotic ethnicity and spend your vacation in the soil of the maharajas and the valiant Rajputs and change your life forever. Staying in Rajasthan is not at all a problem as there lays numerous facilities of lavish accommodation. Rajasthan heritage hotels, five star hotels and even the budget hotels are ready to welcome its guest with traditional amenities and services. From sand dunes to the massive forts, Rajasthan is a land of magical fantasies that remain a lifetime memory within the heart of global tourist.
July 8, 2008
Built in 1799, the Hawa Mahal (the palace of Winds) is one of the Jaipur’s major Landmarks, although it is actually little more than a facade. This five – storey building, which looks out over the main street of the buzzing old city , is a stunning example of Rajput artistry with its pink, delicately honeycombed sandstone windows, of which there are 953. It was originally built to enable the women of the royal household to watch the everyday life and processions of the cit. The palace was built by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh and is a part of the city palace complex.
Since the Hawa Mahal was built at a time when women of the royal families had to observe strict purdah, many believe that the Hawa Mahal was built, just so these ladies could watch the processions and various activities taking place on the streets. This does explain why Hawa Mahal has such tiny windows and many screened balconies. The royal ladies could look below at the people without showing themselves and thus enjoy a sense of freedom.
The Hawa Mahal is a popular place among visitors to Rajasthan because of the amazing view it offers of the city and particularly Jantar Mantar (another tourist attraction). Many insist that the best time to visit Hawa Mahal is in the early morning, right when the sun is rising. As the palace bathes in the golden light of the sun, it looks like a fantastic image conjured up by the mind in a trance. The palace glows like an impalpable dream, which makes you feel that even if you dare blink your eyes, it will quickly dissolve into thin air.
Most of the people come her to see the beautiful facade, but you can also climb the top for a view of the city below; peer through the latticed windows to experience the fascinating interplay of gazes set up by the structure. The entrance is from the rear of the building.
Time: 9:00 A.M.- 4:00 P.M.(Daily)
May 15, 2008
Jaipur is considered by many urbanists to be one of the best planned cities. It has been claimed to be the first planned city in India. The city was planned according to Indian Vastu Shastra (Vedic or Pouranic Planning for the comfort and prosperity of the citizens). The directions of each street and Bazzar are east to West and North to South. The Eastern gate is called Suraj (Sun) Pol, while the Western gate is called Chand (Moon) Pol. There are only three gates facing in these directions, including the Northern gate which faces toward the ancestral capital of Amber, while many gates face South. Although the present city has expanded from outside of its walls, the original planning was within the walls. The gates used to be closed at sunset and opened at sunrise. Almost all Northern Indian towns of that period presented a chaotic picture of narrow twisting lanes, a confusion of run-down forts/temples/palaces and temporary shacks that bore no resemblance at all to the principles set out in Hindu architectural manuals which call for strict geometric planning. Thus, for Sawai Jai Singh II and the Bengali Guru Vidyadhar (who was a ‘Shaspati’ – Hindu Priest Architect), the founding of Jaipur was also a ritual and a bronze opportunity to plan a whole town according to the principles of Hindu architectural theory. The town of Jaipur is, in fact, built in the form of a eight-part Mandala known as the ‘Pithapada‘. Nine signifies the nine planets of the ancient astrological zodiac. It is also known that Sawai Jai Singh II was a great astronomer and a town planner, and hence the ‘Pithapada’. Also, the commercial shops are designed in multiples of nine (27), having one cross street for a planet
In the 19th century the city grew rapidly and became prosperous; by 1900 it had a population of 160,000. The city’s wide boulevards were paved and lit with gas. The city had several hospitals. Its chief industries were in metals and marble, fostered by a school of art founded in 1868. The city also had three colleges, including a Sanskrit college (1865) and a girls’ school (1867) initiated under the reign of the enigmatic Maharaja Sawai Ram Singh II. There was also a wealthy and enterprising community of native bankers, particularly the Jains and the Marwaris.