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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Padao Restaurant Nahargarh Fort




Padao Restaurant Nahargarh Fort  From the highest Open Air Bar Restaurant of the city, Gulabi Shehar is colossal.. Morning are very religious as you can hear Azan in one voice from many Mosques. 

But we prefer evenings because city is glittering with it colourful lights.
Air is much more gentle and fresh, 
And everything looks complete with a touch of history and Padao is like a window to Jaipur's history.
You will see how H.H. Sawai Jai Singh ji built this so logically.
Jaipur was indeed one of the first planned cities in India.
But the view , after you get a bit tipsy from the top is like.. The city lights are winking at you. You'll wander around and search the spots you recognise.
It's amazing.
The fortress of Nahargarh is an absolute wonder. And Padao being Open Air serves the best view possible.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Urs Fair Ajmer Wiki | Info | History | Places

Urs Fair :- Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti Ajmer



The biggest Muslim reasonable in India, the yearly Urs of the Sufi holy person Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti is held at the dargah of the holy person in Ajmer, Rajasthan. The Urs (the passing commemoration of the holy person) is an event for a huge journey, with a huge number of aficionados running to the dargah. The Urs festivities proceed for six days, starting with the lifting of a white banner on the tomb by the Sajdanashin (successor-agent) of the Chishtia request.

 Throughout the days which take after, the tomb is customarily blessed with rosewater and sandalwood glue; qawwalis are sung and verse recounted in acclaim for the Almighty, petitions to God are said, and aficionados offer nazranas or votive offerings. Outside the dargah areas, two gigantic cauldrons cook sweet rice embellished with dry products of the soil to be served as "tabarukh" or purified nourishment.

 At the season of the Urs, a bustling bazaar springs up at the foot of the dargah. Blooms, weaved supplication to God carpets, request to God tops and enlivening chadars are among the numerous things to be found in the bazaar, aside from the standard keepsakes which advance toward fairs, for example, this. -

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

WikiPedia : Rajasthan Fairs and Festivals Celebrate by People


The  Rajasthais’ love for colour and joyous celebrations is proved by the elaborate rituals and the gay abandon with which he surrenders himself to the numerous fairs and festivals of the region. In addition to the festivals celebrated by the Hindus, Muslims and Others , there are also the traditional fairs.

There are animal fairs, there are religious fairs and there are fairs to mark the changing seasons. In fact celebrations occur almost round the year and are a splendid opportunity for the visitor to gain an insight into the life of the Rajasthani. Other than established festivals which involve elephants, camel races, dance and music have been specially organized for the tourists. Among the better known fairs or Rajasthan are :

Nagur Fair, Nagur –(January-February):  Essentially an animal fair, it provides an opportunity to participate in some of the local sports.
Desert Festival, Jaisalmer :- (January-  February) : One of the most popular of all festivals , it is a journey into the heart of the desert, the golden city of Jaisalmer that has a charm of its own. A true show on the sands which attracts even the much travelled visitor.
Baneshwar Fair, Baneshwar :-  A religious festival with simple and traditional rituals. This fair is the centre of attraction of a large number of tribals from the neighbouring states of Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat who join their brethren from  Rajasthan in Offering prayers to Lord Shiva.
Gangaur, Jaipur – March-April :- A festival devoted to Goddess Parvati, the consort of Lord Shiva.  It is time for young girls to dress up in their finery and pray for grooms of their husbands . This 18 day festival is laced with various activities and culminates in a grand procession marking the arrival of Shiva to Escort his bride home.
Mewar Festival, Udaipur :- March-April :-  A festival to welcome the spring season. There is song, dance, processions, devotional music and fireworks where almost every body participates.
Elephant Festival , Jaipur :- March- April ;-  A festival to celebrate  Holi, this is a great occasion for the visitor to watch several elephant sports and also play this festival of colours. A show is organized with the  elephants turning out in their best finery.
Urs Ajmer Sharif , Ajmer (According to Lunar calender) : Held in the memory of the revered sufi saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti, it is an occasion for thousands of believers to congregate at the shrine and offer their prayers. All of Ajmer seems to take on a festive air and several programmes are organized to mark the festivals.
Summer Festival , Mt. Abu(June): - Organised in the only hill station of  Rajasthan this is the coldest place at this time of the year. Folk dances and a general atmosphere of gainety prevails in this tiny Hill resort and the tourist has ample time to relax and enjoy himself.

Teej Procession Jaipur

Teej, Jaipur (July- August): A festival to mark the advent of monsoon. Processions, women dressed in bright colours and a lot of merriment prevails during Teej. Essentially a women’s festival, it is interesting to watch them enjoying in groups and at various bazaars where they turn up to shop in all their finery.
Marwar Festival, Jodhpur L)October): A festival devoted mainly to the music and a dance iof the Marwar region. This is a festival that allows the visitor to understand and enjoy the folk traditions of this part of the state.


Pushkar Fair, Ajmer :- (November):- The well-known and marked with largest participation of all the festivals of Rajasthan , Pushkar is an important pilgrimage as well as the venue of a mammoth cattle fair. Bazaars, auctions, music and sports the highlight of this event.
Camel Festival, Bikaner (January): An enchanting desert city which comes alive with music and dance. It is fast gaining popularity as the visitor finds and opportunity to see some unusual folk performances, camel race, Camel dance etc. here.




Friday, March 25, 2016

Rajasthan Travel Information with Map



How to get there
Rajasthan is a key destination on the tourist map of india. Various places of tourist interest in the region have convenient links through rail and road with prominent locations in the country.

AIR : The most famous of Rajasthan ‘s Cities- Jaipur, Jodhpur and Udaipur- lie on the Indian Airlines route that connects Delhi to Mumbai. In addition other private airlines connect different parts of the Sate.

Rail :- Most of Rajasthan is accessible by a network of rail services. An excellent connection to Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan , from Delhi is the Pink City Express (5 hours run) which is a vestibule, chair-seating rail service. Other places too are linked by passenger and express trains. Since rail journeys are usually long because of the distance involved, it is advisable to carry light snacks and water bottles as most stations en route do not serve much by way of food.
The splendid Palace-on-Wheels promises and unparalleled experience to explore the wonders of the colourful Rajasthan. Rated amongst the ten best rail journeys in world by London Times, the Maharaja style 8 day package originates and Culminates at Delhi after covering jaipur , Chittaurgarh, Udaipur, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur and Agra.

Road :- The most interesting mode of travel in Rajasthan is by road. For , it offers the visitor an unending panorama of movement and colour. Trains of camels move slowly across the yellow desert sands. Proud Rajput womenfolk with their skirts a swirl of colour and balancing brass pots for fetching water walk gracefully to the village well. Stark fortresses use like a dream on deserted hills. And doorways, painted gaily with elephants  and peacocks, enchant the passer by.
Rajasthan State Roadway s Coaches link many tourist places and business centres in and around the state. Chauffeur- driven air-conditioned cars can be hired through the state Tourist offices and other approved operators.

Some important road distances from jaipur are agra 240 km, Delhi 261 km , Jodhpur 332 km, Alwar 142 Km, Bikaner 321 km, Jaisalmer 654 km and Bharatpur 176 km.
Where to say:- Rajasthan offers an expansive choice of accommodation featuring five-star de luxe Palace hotels to budget units. Besides, the paying guest concept has also been introduced in major cities. The state is studded with countless forts and palaces. Maganificent castles and romantic havelies. Of these a few have been convered into Heritage Hotels. They provide a unique and a never-before regal experience. To name a few Hotel Sariska Palace, Royal Castel Khimsar, Raj Mahal Place Hotel, Shiv Niwas Palace Hotel, Fort Neemrana , Rohet Garh, Ajit Bhawan, Hotel Narain Niwas Place , Hotel  Samod Haveli, Samod Place, Sawai Madhopur Lodge, Ramgarh Lodge, Hotel Castle Mandawa.
Guests can also stay in RTDC hotels spanning the State. Circuit Houses, Dark Bungalows, Dharamshalas are also available offering simple and reasonably priced accommodation to suit every budget.

When to Go : -Rajasthan is an year-round destination but the best time to visit tis during the cooler months from October to March, when it is dry and pleasant. The region is equally enchanting during monsoon months of July, August and September as the desert hills are covered with a mantle of green.

What to Wear

Woollens during winter and cottons in summer months.

What to Buy

Rajasthan perhaps more than any other state in india. Is a treasure trove for the bargain hunters. Centuries-old skills in the traditional crafts continue to produce some of the most exciting wares in the world . Tie and dye fabrics in shimmering colours. Fine block printed muslins and silks. Wood and ivory carving. Lacquer and filigree work . Expertly cut precious stones. And exquisite enameled jewelry.

What to Eat

Rajasthan boasts of an array of sumptuous delicacies. For the vegetarian, there a number of chickpea flour gravies but the favourite is Dal- Baati Choorma – Made of little breads, Filled with clarified butter roasted among live coals ,cereals and sweetened bread pudding that is dry and flaky.

The non vegetarian dishes include Soola or bar-be-qued meats, Marinated with a local vegetable that lands it a piquancy. Most hotels have excellent restaurants that serve a selection of these and international favourites. 

Monday, March 14, 2016

Rajasthan Rajput Painting

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Rajput Painting

Rajasthan's part in the improvement of Indian workmanship has been imperative. The adornment of abodes and other family unit items was yet one part of the inventive virtuoso of the Rjasthani - the universe of smaller than expected works of art is maybe the most captivating and the particular styles that have existed here are eminent the world over. From the sixteenth century onwards there prospered distinctive schools of compositions such as the Mewar school the Bundi-Kota kalam, the Jaipur ,Bikaner, Kishengarh and Marwar Schools. 

Impacted by the surroundings, these medieval works of art have their own particular interesting style –n the slopes and valleys, abandons, places and posts, gardens, court scenes, religious parades and those highlighting scense from the life of Lord Krishna were the repetitive subjects of these artworks. The Raagamala works of art and those in light of Geeta Govinda are fortunes of Rajasthan. It is generally trusted that the smaller than expected craftsmen of Rajasthan were parctising and culminating their specialty as right on time as the start of the sixteenth century and were later utilized by the Mughal courts, extraordinarily by the Great Mughal head Akbar. 

Every school of painting had its particular elements. Case in point, the streaming waterways, thick backwoods , lavish green fields of Kota-Bundi district were exchanged to the artistic creations of that area. In royal residences of Kota-Bundi are shown the artistic creations delineating chasing scenes and creature battles. Other than Nature, the figures of ladies here are agile, with proportional bodies and sharp elements. Hues utilized are basically splendid, with red unmistakably showing up out of sight. Zones in the region of this locale such as Uniara, Indergarh and Sarola were likewise impacted and Sarola were additionally affected by the Kota and Bundi Kalam. 

The leaders of Amer-Jaipur were nearest to the Mughals and had kept up political and social connections with them. Hence, it was just regular to locate a solid Mughal impact in the artistic creations here. 

Cases of this can be comprehended in the works of art in the royal residences of Amer , Bairat and Toda Rai Singh and much later in Samod, Achrol, Shahpura, Alwer and Tonk. 

The Kishengarh school is best known for its Bani Thani works of art. Atotally distinctive style with exceptionally overstated elements - long necks, vast, almond-molded eyes, long necks, substantial, almond-formed eyes, long fingers and the utilization of curbed hues. The creativity of style can be credited to its illustrious benefactor - Rajas sawant singh, otherwise called Nagari Das. The standard court scenes have additionally been painted here yet it was Nagari Das and his affection for the vocalist writer Bani Thani which gave this minor express the most refined and sensitive canvases. 

Jodhpur has an extremely solid people custom and here the figures are for the most part hearty warriours and dainty ladies. Sketches of the fabulous sweethearts such as Dhola-Maru on camel-back , chasing scenes which included incalculable stallions and elephants command the artistic creations of the Marwar district. Additionally, Bikaner too had solid Mughal impacts and added to a style which was a blend of both the nearby and in addition acquired styles. 

The hues utilized by the smaller than usual craftsmen were produced using minerals, vegetables, valuable stones, indigo, conch shells, immaculate gold and silver. The get ready and blending of shading was an intricate procedure and it took weeks , once in a while months, to get the coveted results. Fine uniquely made brushes were made for various types of works of art. 

The scene changed the hues utilized were shifted canvases were done on paper and palm leaf to delineate original copies and on dividers of royal residences and the inward assemblies of fortresses havelies (the painted havelies of Shekhawati are well-khown)and works of art were done on fabric. Yet, the significance of miniatures has never reduced – even after so long. Unadulterated Rajput canvases and those affected by the Mughal court give an intriguing understanding into the way of life of the hundreds of years and proceed of interest the researchers to this days. 

Specialists in Jaipur, Nathdwara Kishengarh still work on miniatures and some of them produce incredible work. There have been a few new advancements however in general, the supernatural nature of the small persistent to live on. 

In an alternate class however with a few similitudes are the fabric artistic creations of Rajasthan which incorporate the Phads—scroll compositions utilized by the Bhopas and pichwais-material hangings utilized behind the god as a part of Vaishnava sanctuaries. Done in brilliant hues with striking blueprints, these depictions have extremely solid religious customs. What's more, the craftsman who takes a shot at them the craftsman who deals with them sees himself as to be a hireling of the Lord and puts in shraddha or commitment on each pichwai or phad that he paints. This artistic expression is likewise accomplished for business use.

Rajasthan Arts and Crafts

Rajasthan is among the richest states in the county as far as the field of arts and crafts is concerned. May be it was a result of the war- like lifestyle of the people of Rajasthan which sharpened the creative senses, artistic skills and inspired them to create the most opulent and richest of treasures. Stone , clay , leather, wood, ivory, lac, glass, brass, silver, gold and textiles were given the most brilliant forms.
Art flourished in this region as far back as 2nd-1st centuries BC and continued over the centuries. In Baroli , in the Hadoti region, presence of several sculptures proves that a regular art school existed in the 10th century. The cave paintings, terracotta and other stone sculptures  excavated at different sites corroborate this.

Each period of history saw its own contribution to the thriving art scene.  History of Rajasthan reveals that the kings and their nobles were patrons of arts and crafts and they encouraged their craftsmen in activities ranging from wood and marble carving to weaving , pottery and painting. And art seems to have been an obsession with the inhabitants of this parched landscape.
The desire to decorate their surroundings was very strong. Nothing was overlooked --- animals from the regal elephant to the lowly donkey, the great palaces and the inner chambers of forbidding forts were decorated with as much attention as were the walls of humble mud huts. The inhabitants were not too far behind when it came to adorning themselves and it was not only the women who beautified themselves—the heroic warriors extended equal attention to their clothing and armour- they went into battles with meticulously ornamented swords and shields. The horses and elephants that took the warriors to battles received the same care ----- jeweled saddles and intricate silver howdas  were just some of the ornaments that were used to adorn them.
For women there was infinite variety—tie and dye fabrics, embroidered garments, enamel jewellery inlayed with precious and semi- precious stones, leather jootis. They put their lives indoors to very good use by decorating their surroundings--- on the walls of their skilled craftsmen to adorn the Mughal courts.


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Artist Making Phad Painting


The Rajput rulers encouraged the artisans to set up schools for the propagation of their crafts. Each Rajput  principality had its own unique craft and to this day , every little town and village has its share of lanes where the craftsmen can be found practicing a craft  handed down by his ancestors. Some of the popular crafts are:

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Meenakari Art


Meenakari :
Raja Man Singh of Amer brought this intricate craft to Jaipur by inviting five skilled enamel workers from Lahore. The art prospered over the years and is today renowed the world over. Jaipur meenakari is famed for its delicacy and its use of colours. Pratapgarh and Nathdwara are two other centres which produce  fine quality enamel work.

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Rajasthan Jewellery


Jewellery :
Rajasthan is rich in jewellery each area having its own unique  style. Some of the traditional designs are rakhri, timaniyan, bala, bajuband , gajra, gokhru, jod, etc. Tribal woment wear heavy, simple crafted jewellery and seem to carry the weight (almost up to five kgs) without much discomfort almost all the time. Men too wear their share of ornaments in the form of chockers and earrings.

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Ivory Bangles


Ivory:
The ivory bangles that most Rajasthan women wear are considered auspicious. Ivory is also  inlaid and shaped into intricate items of great beauty. Miniature paintings were also executed on ivory.


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Lac Bangles


Lac and Glass :
Lac bangles are made in bright colurs and sometimes inlaid with glass. Other decorative and functional items are also available.

Sandalwood and wood :
Carved wood is presented in a wide range of objects and is simple and inexpensive.

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Blue Pottery


Stone:

Statues on religious themes are carved all over Rajasthan and in several cities there are still entire lanes where the stone carers can be seen giving final touches to statues or even pillars. Other crafts like blue pottery, handblock printing, tie and dye, terracotta sculptures, painting on camel hide, embroidery, cloth painting, carpets, durries, inlay work on brass and wood are to be found all over Rajasthan.

Rajasthan Religion and Temples

Religion has always played a very important role in the lives of Indian people right from medieval times. Numerous religions practiced by Indians can sometimes bewilder the visitor but a general understanding and tolerance has always existed and accounted for the wonderful cultural unity that has kept the Indian spirit alive.

What is true for the rest of india is true for Rajasthan as well Almost all the major religions are represented here. Apart from the hindus, who form a majority, there are Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Jains.

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Jagat Shiromani Temple


Hinduisum :

With its roots going beyond 1000BC , Hinduisum is the oldes religion in the world and there is a  belief that we all go through a series of reincamations and our rebirths are determined by our karmas, until we attain moksha. The central figure is the Hindu Trinity of Brahma the Creater, Vishnu the Preserver  and Shiva the Destroyer. Vishnu the preserver is believed to have come to earth in ten incarnations- the popular ones being Rama and Krishna , the heroes of Ramayana and Mahabharata. These are the two major sources of Hindu belief and observance and are based on historical legends, myths and folklore. Of equal importance to Hindus are the Vedas, the oldest written religious texts in the world, the Upanishads and the Puranas. These form the basis of the Hindu religion.
Rajasthan also has its share of myths and folklore. Custom which had to do with social welfare was promoted and kept alive over the years in the form of rituals and is still religiously followed. Several folk heroes are worshipped and one can see hundreds of simple shrines in every village. Stones are painted and established in tiny temples under trees and near wells. Folk heroes like Pabuji, Gogaji,  Baba Ramdeo, Harbhuji and Mehaji are revered. All forms of nature are worshipped and each area has its own local deity.
Some of the major temples and important religious centres like Pushkar, Nathdwara, Deshnok, Amer exist in this state.

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Shri Mahaveerji Temple


Jainism :  Founded by Lord Rishabh and reoganised by Lord Mahaveer (born in 599 B.C.) it is one of the oldest living religions of the world. The fundamental Principles of Jainism are Ahinsa, Aparigraha, Anekant and the law of Karma. The Jains have built some of the most exquisite temples in Ranakpur, Mount Abu, Shri Mahaveerji, Osian , Jaisalmer, Chittaurgarh and other parts of Rajasthan.

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Dargah Sharif, Ajmer


Islam :
The largest minority in India, Muslims are followers of the prophet Mohammad who was born in Mecca, Saudi Arabia  in 570 AD. The world’s greatest Sufi shrines- that of Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti – lies in Ajmer. Another pilgrimage centre is the Atarki Dargah, the tomb of Hamiuddin Nagori at Nagaur.

The followers of these religions and the rules , over the period, were instrumental in constructing  a number of very important temples , mosques, churches which were built in different parts of the state. Some of the most exquisite carvings on marble, stone and wood were created by the believers and exist to this day as a living proof of the creative genius which continues to fascinate by its sheer brilliance. Other than the structures themselves, the very surroundings of these holy places can give the visitor a sense of peace and calm………
There is also a large majority of Sikhs and Christians who have merged with other communities to give Rajasthan a cosmopolitan flavour.