Monthly Archives: February 2008

Bhangarh

About 80km from jaipur off Jaipur Agra Highway  are the ruins of Bhangarh.The town was  established in 1631 by Madho Singh ji younger brother of Raja Man Singh I who was a general of Emperor Akbar.Some people say that the towns blue prints were used to design Jaipur.

There is Someshwar Temple & Temple of Gopinath Ji.At the entrance of Bhangarh  is a  Temple of Hanuman Ji.The idol is about six feet tall.Every saturday and tuesday a large number of devotees throng the temple to offer their prayers.

According to folk lore the ruins are haunted by  a tantrik’s curse.

The tantrik fell in love with the princess of Bhangarh and cast a spell on a bowl of oil she was to use.The princess sensed the spell and cast one of her own which mortally wounds the tantrik who curses the city before dying.

And the curse comes true when the city fights with Ajabgarh.Nobody survives.The city turns into ruins overnight.Even today nobody stays in the ruins after sunset.Even Archaeologiacl Survey of India’s  office is situated 1 km away.If the locals build a house in the ruined city the roof of the house collapses.Only some temples and a water tank were spared.The ruins have been claimed by the monkeys and the bunyan trees.
Bhangarh

Karan’s Guesthouse

Abhaneri

Chand Baori by ratnasinghrathore, on Flickr”>Chand Baori

6 Kms. from  Bandikui railway station in Dausa District (62kms from Jaipur off Jaipur-Agra Highway) is Abhaneri-an ancient town best known nowadays for the 8th century stepwell and Harshat mata Temple.This ancient city is said to be the capital of Nikumbh Rajputs before they founded Alwar.Some 1000 years old this is one of the sites chosen for the rural tourism project by the Co-operative Department along with Bichoon( If successful this project will encompass about 26 villages in 15 districts).These villages will be known as Tourist Dhanis.

At present only day tours are proposed.Tourists will be welcomed in the rajasthani village style and offered a glimpse in  the day to day life of a rajasthani villager.Their food,games,dances and songs and customs and costumes all will be on display.Far from the Five star culture of the metros this will be a unique experience for the jaded tourist of today.They will also be given bullock cart or camel cart rides.Camel/Horse safaries and overnight stays will be on request.

The main attraction of Abhaneri are Chand Baori and Harshat Mata Temple.Built by Raja Chand of Nikumbh Rajputs of Chauhan dynasty during 8th and 9th century.

The temple,built in Mahameru style-situated on a double platform, was a shrine to the standing idol of Durga which was said to be stolen  some time back.The local people have installed an idol of Goddess Laxmi.A three day annual fair is held in honour of Harshat Mata.

Chand Bori-earliest step wells of Rajasthan-is the most magnificent example of architecture of india.It is about 100 feet deep and square shaped.There is a veranda on all four sides.There are steps on three sides.About 3500 in number they are steep and narrow with 13 landings.These steps produce such a psychedelic effect that it is not possible to retrace you steps.People say that  a  tunnel connects Chand baori with the baori in Bhandarej village and further to  Bubaniya Kund in Aluda.

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Harshat Mata  Temple

Jaipur Life

Jaipur (IV)

Here in Jaipur the old and new worlds meet;

The forts,the temples,and the palaces

Look out on legislative offices

And schools and hospitals.This wide grave street

Worn by three centuries of slippered feet

And tripping pads of camels branches out

In roads that go impartially to meet

Old pleasure-gardens and new factories.

Here is a future growing from past beauty

Owning past inspiration-and a duty

To all men of all trades to build a city

Known for flourish of its industries;

Its roads made smooth for ordinary men

And knowledge climbing stairs to soar again.

R.N.CURREY,INDIAN LANDSCAPE:A BOOK OF DESCRIPITVE POEMS,PUB.ROUTLEDGE,LONDON,1947
R.N.Curry spent three years in India and was prize winner of Lord Wavell’s All India Poetry Competition.

Peacock-The National Bird Of India

Indian Peafowl

‘The gorgeous peacock is the glory of God’.A sanskrit verse says.It seems the poachers  are only interested in its white meat and eggs and  tail feathers and not in its glorifying God.Due to poaching and use of pesticides their numbers are decreasing alarmingly.So much so that the 11th bird fair in Jaipur was dedicated to the peacock to bring awareness to its plight. A census was also organised to count the actual birds.

There was a time when these birds were everywhere in the north,west and central India.It had been proclaimed the national bird so it was protected by law and according to the scriptures it was thought to be a vehicle of Goddess Saraswati( learning),Kartikeya(god of war) and Subrahmanya (god of yogic powers).

Alexander the great took back with him to Greece 200 birds and they spread to western Asia,north Africa,Europe and America.

It is said that on the peacock throne of Emperor Shah Jahan there were two figures of bejeweled peacocks.

Indian Peacock has fan shaped tips to their tail feathers and the Burmese sub species has pointed tips.The peacock unfurls these feathers to attract the pea hen.They shed all their tail feathers every year and grow new ones.

The Peacock is  the first bird to sound the alarm of the approach of a tiger or a leopard in the jungle.

Jaipur Museums-A List

JAIPUR  can not recreate the times gone by but it has done its best to collect and catalogue and display the bits and pieces which are some how connected to the elusive past.If you want a glimpse however illusory- visit the places mentioned here below and be enthralled.

City Palace Museum (0141-2608055)

Mubarak Mahal houses the ‘toshakhana’.There are  brocade,silk,and fine muslin costumes of the jaipur Royal family dating back to the 18th century.

Sileh Khana has one of the finest collections of antique weapons including Raja Man Singh I st’s cutlass weighing 11 solid pounds.There is also on display Mirza Raja Jai Singh’s turban shaped helmet.

Diwan-I-Am houses rare manuscripts,miniature paintings and rare carpets.

Jai Garg Museum(0141-2610494) is housed in the most impregnable forts (built by Mirza Raja Jai Singh & Sawai Jai Singh) in the world.It showcases Rajput artifacts and weaponry.

Remains of 16th century canon foundry where Jaivana was cast can still be found. It was world’s largest wheeled canon-9 feet high,over 20 feet long and weighs 50 tons-engraved with scroll-work it took 4 elephants to change its direction.

A view of the Albert Hall museum in the Ram Niwas Garden, Jaipur,Rajaathan

A view of the Albert Hall museum in the Ram Niwas Garden, Jaipur,Rajasthan

Albert Hall Museum(0141-2570099)

Recently renovated with a budget of 4.5 Crore Rupees-this museum is known for Persian Carpets,Egyptian Mummy,antique crockery and metal objects collections.

Museum of Indology (0141-2607455)

On Jawaharlal Nehru Marg it houses a large collection of manuscripts,miniature paintings and other artifacts.

Dolls Museum(0141-2619359)

It  has a large collection of Dolls from all over the world.It is housed in Seth Anandi Lal Poddar Deaf & Dumb School on JLN Marg.

Sanjay Sharma Museum

Located in thateron ka rasta it houses  ancient  manuscripts,maps,costumes,paintings.

Anokhi Museum Of Hand Printing at Kheri Gate,Amber(0141-2530226)It has a cafe also.

Proposed

Museum at Jal Mahal

It is proposed to build ‘Sawai Jai Singh’s Vision Of Jaipur’ an 18 feet long and 10 feet wide scale model of jaipur here.Budget 5 crores.

Museum At Old Vidhan Sabha

With a budget of rupees 25 crores it is proposed to exhibit 450 statues seized from idol smugglers.They are also going to exhibit paintings in an art gallery,antique coins, and150 to 200 samples of traditional jewelery.

Museum At Hawa Mahal(0141-2618862)

Built in 1799 by the poet King Sawai Pratap Singh to enable his Queens to  view the city processions from ‘parda’.This palace,about 50 feet high, is mostly facade and with  about 953 windows.Under renovation presently by the Rajasthan Archeology Department with a budget of 4.8 crores- it is proposed to house a museum here.

It is also proposed to open museum shops at 4 main tourist spots to provide souvenirs- in the shape of Replicas of antiquities in the museum,Logos,T-shirts,Monograms,Picture Postcards- to the tourists visiting the museums.In a unique first-Ganga Nagar Sugar Mills has acquired the age old formulae of liquor made in the princely states to make the liquors generally available to the general public and tourists alike.These liquors are readily available in full bottle size and presentation sets( ‘Kesar Kasturi’, ‘Jagmohan’, ‘Chandrahas’ and ‘Mawalin’ are available in miniature bottles).

Asha Liqueur is made from over 40 ethnic Indian spices and herbs – including cinnamon, almond, clove and saffron amongst others. The drink is targeted at connoisseurs who seek “the mystical aura of the true oriental experience”.Developed under the patronage of the Maharaja of Udaipur, is now being test marketed overseas by the McDowells.

Gardens Around Jaipur

Jaipur is not all tall buildings and monuments.You will be surprised to know that there are more than a dozen gardens in jaipur.Not all of them are on the tourist trail.Let us talk a little bit about them.

Ram Niwas Garden

Built during the reign of Sawai Ram Singh II in 1868 as a famine relief project,on 36 acres of land  it is home to a zoo(0141-2617319),an aviary,a green house,a herbarium, The Albert Hall Museum(designed by Sir Samuel Jacobs), several Sports grounds ,The Ravindra Manch Theatre and a Parking Lot.

The Sclpture In The Central Park Jaipur,Rajasthan

The Sclpture In The Central Park Jaipur,Rajasthan

Statue Circle & The Central Park

You will find statues on most Jaipur circles but only one Circle is known as the Statue Circle and A full length white marble statue of Sawai Jai Singh stands tall in the center.And nearby Behind Birla Planetarium is the Central Park Developed by the J.D.A. It has a walk way around the golf greens of The RamBagh Golf Club and a Sculpture and grassy knolls.It is also a venue for the monthly fixture of The Music In The Park organized by Spic Mac,JDA and RTDC.

Sisodia Rani Ka Bagh (0141-2680494)

About 6km from the city center on the way to galta ji off Jaipur Agra Highway is a garden built by Sawai Jai Singh for his second wife, a Sisodia princess from Udaipur.It is a terraced garden with a palace on the top terrace.  This garden is a popular venue for weddings and parties.

Vidhyadhar ji ka Bagh(0141-2680494)

Named after the genius who planned the Pink City for Sawai Jai Singh II this garden is under renovation right now( Budget 5 Crores).They have discovered a 250 years old bawadi which was used to harvest water. This water was used for Vidhyadhar Garden and The Roop Niwas Garden.It was also used as  a vineyard for the jaipur royal family in the times gone by.

Kanak Vrindawan (0141-2634596) On the way to Amber,near Jal Mahal,newly restored temple and garden,is a popular picnic spot.

Peacock Garden & Rose Garden in Mansarovar

These two garden have had the rare distinction of having commemorative covers issued  in 2007.

Karpoor Chandra Kulish Simriti Ban

Area- 108 Acres.Cost-7.68 Crore rupees.Main entrance opposite Shiksa Sankul (Museum Gate) 2nd gate near MNIT(Aravali Gate).Eco Environmental  Museum with 500 books.Centuries old rocks.About 90 species of birds.A seasonal waterfall.3 Hills. 8 Ponds  with lotus and fish. A walk way.2 Foot Bridges.9 Sections(Vasundhra,Champa,Dhanvantari,National,Nakshatra,Arid,Brindavan & Holistic Wellness Farm).Ample parking Space.No entry for vehicles( a big parking lot in house). Horse Trail Proposed.

Jhalana Eco Tourism Park

The park is situated  in the Kho-Nagoria region on a 470 hectare parcel of land in Jhalana.It has a budget of 25 lac rupees.

About 85 species of birds are found in this park.The park has 30 rare species of  plants with medicinal value.

Shastri Nagar Science Park

It is proposed to build a planetarium and I T Gallery in this park (Budget 20Lac).15 new models have been installed.3 guides are also being employed to impart information to the visitors.

Jai Niwas garden

The Spireless  Govind Dev ji Temple is  dedicated to Lord Krishna and is  located in the central pavilion of the Jai Niwas Garden in near the city palace complex.

Kesar Kyari & Dilaram Bagh,Amer

Kesar Kyari  the Dilaram Bagh on the Mawatha provide a spectacular view of the Amer palaces.

Kesar Kyari Garden  is the venue for the light and sound show by the RTDC costing 5.25 crores.The 45 min. script has been written by Gulzar and will be narrated by Amitabh Bachan.

Rajasthan University Campus

Spread over 285.5 acres Rajasthan University Central  Campus has emerged as  the only place in jaipur where  Ecology students can research various flora and fauna-plants and trees which are a representation of vegetation found in rajasthan on a level ground.Besides  students from various colleges of jaipur  out station college students also come here to do research. One other rich source of plant specimens is the Campus nursery.

Proposed

Chameli Bagh at Jal Mahal

It is proposed to recreate the vanished garden in the Jal Mahal terrace according to an 18 th century map found in the City Palace.Lime and mortar-age old building materials will be used.It will have a lift and lighting will be done by Australia based D.J.Ghosh.If all things go as planed it will be one of the 80 most exotic garden locations of the world.

Collectorate Circle A Theme based Garden .

In a novel marketing step Forest Department  nurseries even develop plants according to the recommendations of the  12  zodiac signs and make them available for sale to the common man during the monsoon season.

Bird Watching In Jaipur

A Bird Fair in Jaipur you say. Read this.On  8 th & 9  th February 2008 the 11th annual   bird fair was  organised by the Tourism Wildlife Society of India at Mansagar Lake,Jaipur.This lake has been developed by the Jal Mahal Resorts Pvt.Ltd. after an expenditure of 17 crore rupees.The basin has been cleaned and three types of grass,two varieties of lotus and fish preferred by the migratory birds have been sown. Consequently about  100 types of migratory birds  were seen here by the help of binoculars by school children bird enthusiasts from jaipur and foreign tourists .The fair was inaugurated by American ornithologist Peter G Caisner.He has seen 8144 types of approximately 10,000 species of birds found on earth.In India we can find only about 1200 types of birds. The event was dedicated to the national bird peacock,as their numbers are decreasing day by day due to poaching and use of pesticides.About  a dozen  experts from Bharatpur also  attended the fair and imparted information about how to protect our feathered friends.  Common Teal, spoonbill duck, grey heron, red crested pochard , sand piper and flamingos were some of the birds seen here.

Books About Jaipur You Should Read

The Karan’s Jaipur Book Store

 

Times Food Guide-First Jaipur Edition

Times Food Guide-First Jaipur Edition

A Princess Remembers:The Memoirs of The Maharani of Jaipur By Gayatri Devi , Santha Rama Rau

The Last Maharaja: A biography of Sawai man Singh II,Maharaja Of Jaipur by Quentin Crewe

Building Jaipur:The Making of an Indian City By Vibhuti Sachdev

History Of The Jaipur City by Ashim k. Roy

A History Of Jaipur, C.1503-1938 by Jadunath Sarkar,Raghubir Sinh

Jaipur The Last Destination by Aman Nath,Samar Singh Jodha

Reversing The Gaze:Amar Singh’s Diary,A Colonial Subject’s Narrative of Imperial India By Amar Singh,Susanne Hoeber Rudolph,Loyd I. Rudolph and Mohan Singh Kanota

Jaipur And Its Environs by Harnath Singh Dundlod

The Relations Of Jaipur State With East India Company,1803-1858 by H.C.Batra

Notes On Jaipur By H.L.Showers

Homage To Jaipur by Mulk Raj Anand

Sawai Man Singh II of Jaipur Life And Legend by R.P.Singh,K.Raj Pal Singh

Maharaja Sawai Ram Singh II Of Jaipur The Photographer Prince By Yaduendra Sahi

Jaipur Nama: Tales From The Pink City by Giles Henry Rupert Tillotson

Jaipur City Palace by Giles Henry Rupert Tillotson and Vibhuti Sachdev

Postage Stamps Of Jaipur byJ.R.M.Albrecht

A History Of Rajasthan By Rima Hooja

Travel

Rajasthan by Outlook Traveller Getaways

Jaipur City Map by The RTDC

Jaipur City Guide

Cookery

Marwari Kitchen Published By Roli Books

Cooking Delights of Maharajas:Exotic Dishes from the princely house of Sailana by Digvijay Singh

Newspapers

Rajasthan Patrika

www.rajasthanpatrika.com

Dainik Bhaskar

www.bhaskar.com

Times Of India, Jaipur Edition

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/

Hindustan Times,Jaipur

http://www.hindustantimes.com

Web Portals

www.jaipurshop.com

http://www.pinkcity.net/

RTDC

http://www.rajasthantourism.gov.in/new/site/index.htm

There is a book store near you in Jaipur almost everywhere so buy a book and read it-that’s what they are there for.

Cafe Coffee Day,Gaurav Tower,( with Coffee Shop)

Cafe Coffee Day,M.I.Road,(Book Shop Only)

Barwara Book House,in Barwara House,near Ajmer Pulia,(2223042)

Books & News Mart,M.I.Road(2370252)

Books Corner,M.I.Road(2366323)

Bookwise,Mall 21,Bhagwandas Road(2364755)

Universal Books,M.I.Road(5105640)

Prakash Books,129,sunder Path,Banipark (5067175)

Book World,Rajasthan University Campus,(shopping complex)(2705773)

Rajat Book Corner,Narain Singh Road,near Trimurthy Circle(2568833)

Hindi Literature on the net
Hindi Poetry

BHOJPATRA
Hindi Prose

A Hindi Magazine

A Fish Curry Recipe From Jaipur,INDIA

Prepared fish Curry with Some of the Ingredients

Prepared fish Curry with Some of the Ingredients

This spicy recepie is for the people who do not know any thing about buying fish or cleaning it.But still like to eat fish.And want to cook it at home.

Enough for 1 or 2 persons.

Ingredients

Fish fillet :  250 gms.

Red Chillies Powder : 2 Tea Spoon Heaping(or to taste)

Coriander (dhaniya) Powder : 1 Tea Spoon Heaping

Turmeric (haldi) Powder : 1/4 Tea Spoon

Oil : Enough to fry the fillet

Onions : 3 No. Medium Size Grated

Garlic Paste : 1 Tea Spoon

Ginger Paste :1 Tea Spoon

Curd : 250 gms.

Bay Leaves : 2 Nos.

Cloves (laung) : 5 Nos.

Salt to Taste or 1 Tea Spoon ( not heaping)

Method

Thaw the fish Fillet at room temperature and cut into 1  inch pieces.

Heat the oil in a non stick pan and add the bay leaves and cloves. Add the fish pieces and fry them till they are cooked.

Take out the fish pieces and fry the grated onions in the same oil  till they are  light brown.Add red chili powder, coriander powder,turmeric powder and salt and some water and cook the spices  .

When the spices are cooked add the curd while stirring the pot on a high flame so that the curd does not curdle.Bring to boil.Add garlic and ginger pastes. Cook till the oil separates.Add the fried fish pieces to the ‘masala’. Cook for 5 minutes. The fish curry is ready.

Note. Use fresh Curd.If you like the curry to be ‘Khatta’ use a few days old curd because a lot of taste will depend on the curd.

1 Tea spoon of Kasoori Methi – Optional As per your taste.

This Recipe is tried and tasted  and  good.

Pix.Tajendra Singh Rathore

A recipe for preparing Laal Maans( Red Meat) rajasthani Style

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Clubs Of Jaipur

Jaipur does not have all that many Clubs but this short coming is over shadowed by the zeal with which the club members and their families  go clubbing. On the weekend evenings the Clubs  are filled to capacity.There is wining and there is dining.Some are there for bridge or billiards or the gym others for a game of squash or tennis.The club management also encourages the weekend rush by organizing dinners and functions and sponsored events.All clubs have many affiliations with Clubs  in India and abroad.Before coming to Jaipur check with your club authorities if your club has any affiliations with any of the clubs in Jaipur.You can have a meal at one of the clubs or a game of Golf or even stay there.

Jaipur Club(5101689) on Jacob Road

More than 100 yrs old this club was established as a Polo Club in 1890 it has more than 800 members today.

Rambagh Golf Club,(5143421)Ambedkar Circle,Bhawani Singh Road

Established in 1944 with Rajmata Gaytri Devi as founder member and life long Captain it is a prestigious golf club of India.It is affiliated to the Indian Golf Union.You can play here after paying the applicable fees.

Jaipur Riding And Polo Club,(2358056)Ambedkar Circle,Bhawani Singh Road

Jai Club,(2372321)Mahaveer Marg,C-Scheme

Founded in 1947 by Late Sh.R.N.Day it has more than 1000 members.

Ashok Club,(2385090)Bhagwandas Road

Rotary Club,(2376819)Church Road,M.I.Road

Grass Field Club Pvt Ltd.(2293790) Janpath,Shyam Nagar.