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An Evening At The Jal Mahal Palace

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These are some of the photos of the newly renovated Jal Mahal Palace in the Man Sagar Lake,Jaipur. It is a huge project as you can see and a lot of work has been done. But  a lot of work needs to be done yet though the buzz is they are going to open it to the public in the near future.
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Jalmahal

I have been to the Man Sagar Lake a lot of times but have only seen Jal Mahal Palace’s  view from the Amber Road side. It was a novelty to view it from another angle while sitting in a boat, no less. They have put in a lot of research and effort to faithfully reproduce the finer details as they must have been in the past. The look of the boats has been copied as they were depicted in paintings of days gone by when the boats of Royalty used to ply on the Man Sagar Lake. The top floor has also been faithfully preserved or reproduced as it was in ancient times. There are fountains and marble flooring and lights. The chatris you see from the Amber Road have been painted with murals. A gallery  is also being developed on the floor below the top floor. Original ancient paintings are being blown up and each detail is being reproduced as per the original drawings. I think the artist is going to have his work cut out for him as he will have to maintain them in pristine condition as the moisture from all the water in the lake is going to play havoc with the murals.

They are also  trying to save trees threatened with extinction because of various reasons by transplanting them at great cost in the campus here.

A recent Time Magazine article suggests it is one of the top reasons to visit Jaipur.

All in all this project is a winner and it was an evening well spent.

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I must thank JPC – Jaipur Photographers Club- for organizing this  photo shoot for the photography enthusiasts of Jaipur as one of their weekly photo walks.

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Jalmahal

Photographing Monuments Of Jaipur

The Young, The Old And The Ancient.

Light plays a big role in making a photo stand out. Golden hours are the sunrise and the sunset.When shooting monuments you have to know where the sun will be at a given time.

It is a good idea to start the day at the Amber Fort because the rising sun illuminates the Fort and you can have early morning darshan at the  Silla Mata Temple.You can not take pictures around the temple and the palaces will open later on.You should concentrate on the exterior of the Fort only. If you want you can take pictures or make a video   riding an elephant to the top of the hillock. One tourist tweeted from her smart phone while riding an elephant up to the Amber Palace. She wanted to be the first to do so.

Now you have a choice either you can wait for the Amber Palace to open to photograph the interiors and then visit the Jaigarh Fort for taking pictures of the Jaigarh Fort and the Cannons and to take pictures of Jaipur and Amber fort from the Jaigarh Fort OR you can head back to Jaipur and take pictures of the Jal Mahal Palace in the Man Sagar Lake against the rising sun and take pictures of  the facade of Hawamahal bathed in the early morning sun light.

Later on around noon you can take photos of the Jantar Mantar, Isar Lat  & the  City Palace. If the spirit moves you you can climb the Victory Tower after paying a small fee and take pictures of the Nahargarh Fort from there.

On your way to the Nahargarh you can take pictures of Jal Mahal from high up.

If you do not mind heights you can even book an early morning hot air balloon ride  to take pictures of the city from high up.

Sisodia Rani ka Bagh has to be captured in your camera in the morning. In the evening you will be shooting the palace against the light. Central Park is nice in the evening.The facade of the B.M.Birla Conference venue on the Statue Circle  is best shot in the setting sun. The founder of Jaipur’s  Statue stands tall at the Statue Circle.You can take its picture also now.

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Jaipur – Presentation Transcript

  1. JAIPUR
    • Part of the Golden Triangle Travel Circuit in India, Jaipur is one of the top travel destinations of the world. It is the capital of the state of Rajasthan, the land of Princes and valour, Sand-dunes, Palaces, Gardens, Museums, Textiles, Blue pottery Mojaris and Paintings. It is known for its hospitality and cuisine. Just about 225 km from New Delhi it is very well connected with rest of the world.
  2. The Idol of Sawai Jai Singh Ji-II At The Statue Circle
  3. Sawai Jai Singh Ji-II Founder Of Jaipur
    • 1727 saw Sawai Jai Singh Ji-II(1688-1744) lay the foundation of what is now The Walled city of Jaipur or the famous Pink City of India.
    • He was crowned in 1699 A.D. He reigned for 45 years.
    • A learned man he built observatories in Jaipur, Ujjain, Matura and Benaras.
  4. Places To Visit
    • If you are looking for new places to visit with a lot of history thrown in Jaipur is the place to be in.
  5. City Palace
    • Except for, Chandra Mahal, the residence of the present Maharaja of Jaipur most of the City Palace is open to Public and houses museums.
  6. Hawa Mahal
  7. Hawa Mahal
    • Built in 1799 by Sawai Pratap Singh Ji in the City Palace Complex this palace was built so that the ladies of the royal family could watch the royal and religious processions in the bazars and still be in purdha. It has 953 windows.
  8. Sisodia Rani Ka Bagh
  9. Sisodia Rani Ka Bagh
    • About 6km from the city centre 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.
  10. Vidhyadhar Ji Ka Bagh
  11. Vidhyadhar Ji Ka Bagh
    • 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.
  12. Kanak Vrindawan Garden
  13. Kanak Vrindawan Garden
    • This garden is on the way to Amber, near Jal Mahal. Govind Dev Ji temple and the Natwar ji’s Temple and the garden have been recently restored to their former glory by The B.M. Birla foundation. It is a popular picnic spot.
  14. Albert Hall
  15. Albert Hall
    • Built in 1886 and designed by Sir Swinton Jacob, Albert Hall, has been 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. There is an organic restaurant also in the complex.
  16. Jantar Mantar
  17. Jantar Mantar
    • Built in 1827 by Maharaja  Sawai Jai Singh Ji and  situated in the present day City Palace Complex  this Astronomical  Observatory’s instruments are  made with stone, marble and masonry and  consequently were so accurate that Sawai Jai Singh Ji was able to find errors in the astronomical tables then in use. Sawai Jai Singh Ji published his own tables in 1723. There are 18 instruments in the Observatory. The largest instrument is the Samrat Yantra.It is a Sun  Dial. It is 89 feet high and 148 feet wide and can find the local time with an  error of only a couple of seconds. It is in use till date. Samrat Yantra is used on the full moon night of guru poornima to find out when the monsoon is going to set in and how plentiful it will  be.
    • Due to the efforts of UNESCO and Archaeological Survey of India, Jaipur Jantar Mantar has become the second World Heritage Site from Rajassthan. In 1985 Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur, had joined the World Heritage Sites list.
  18. Amber Fort
  19. Amber Fort
    • Amber fort was built over two centuries from the 16 th century onwards by Raja Man Singh Ji and Mirza Raja Jai Singh Ji and Sawai Jai Singh Ji.
    • The temple of Shila Mata is also here.
    • A light and sound show takes place in the Kesar Kyrai every evening.
  20. Jai Garh
  21. Jaigarh
    • The most impregnable fort in the world was built by Mirza Raja Jai Singh & Sawai Jai Singh.The museum here showcases Rajput artifacts and weaponry.
    • Remains of 16th century canon foundry where Jaivana was cast can still be found. Jaivana was world’s largest wheeled canon-9 feet high, over 20 feet long and weighed 50 tons. It was engraved with scroll-work. It took 4 elephants to change its direction.
  22. Nahargarh
  23. Nahargarh
    • Built in 1737 and named after the Prince Nahar Singh Rathore it over looks the city. Presently it is under renovation.
  24. Jal Mahal
  25. Jal Mahal
    • Built by Sawai Pratap Singh Ji in 1799 A.D. It is located in the Man Sagar Lake which was built by Sawai Man Singh Ji-I. Presently under extensive renovation every year it stands witness to the annual birding fair held on the banks of Man Sagar Lake.
  26. Isar Lat
  27. Isar Lat
    • The Victory Tower known as Isar Lat or Sargasooli or Vijay Stambh was built by Sawai Ishwari Singh Ji in 1749 to celebrate  his many victories in wars. It over looks the Tripolia Bazar and the Atish Market. Tourists are welcome to climb this tower  by paying a small  entrance fee. It is an easy  climb up to the  top of this seven story tower.It has been recently renovated.
  28. Birla Planetarium Auditorium & Convention Centre
  29. Birla Planetarium Auditorium & Convention Centre
    • It is built over 9.5 acres and is the major conference venue of Jaipur. It’s auditorium can seat 1300 persons. It also has a museum, a library and a planetarium.
  30. Thikana Govind Dev Ji
    • Legend has it that Lord Krishna came in  Sawi Jai Singh Ji’s dream and asked to have His idol installed in a part of the City Palace Complex. The Kachawa rulers of Jaipur have always maintained that the real ruler of Jaipur is Govind Dev ji and they  just Diwans. So Lord Krishna got his wish.
    • The idol of Govind Dev Ji was originally installed in Vrindaban by Maharaja Man Singh Ji but was taken in hiding due to a threat from Aurangzeb’s armies. 45 years later in 1714, Sawai Jai Singh Ji installed the idol in Kanak Vridaban and later on in the present day City Palace.
    • The Govind Dev ji Trust commissioned the State Road Development Corporation with the responsibility of building the new satsang bhawan. The corporation in turn commissioned Jaipur’s noted structural engineer Deepak Sogani to do the needful. Mr Sogani used the latest technology of post tensioning (PT) to cast a single span roof  of 118 feet length and 124 feet width. This architectural feat may be included in the Guinness Book of Records soon.
  31. Laxmi Narayan Temple Ganesh Mandir
    • On the foot hills of the Moti doongri hillock are situated the Laxmi Narayan Temple or the Birla Mandir and the Ganesh Temple.
    • The Ganesh Temple is sure to be visited by the populace of Jaipur one time or another in their lives. Every new vehicle is taken there for blessing and He is the first deity to be invited to any wedding.
  32. Mojari
    • Mojari is traditional Indian style footwear of leather with embroidery done on the upper part of the footwear. They come in numerous shapes and styles. They are a must in weddings where both bride and groom wear them.
  33. Blue Pottery
    • The art of making these glazed pots of multani mitti with intricate designs of blue green and white had almost died until Rajmata Gaytri Devi took an interest in reviving the art and started promoting it.
    • Today it is a flourishing art form.Much in demand in India and abroad.
  34. Bagru and Sanganer Print Textiles
    • These textile prints get their names from the villages where they are produced. These prints used to be produced by hand by wooden blocks. Now a days some times screens are used to keep the costs down. Now a days vegetable dyes are used and the colors are pastel colors. The cloth used is fine quality cotton. The clothes and furnishings etc. made from these textiles are in great demand in India and abroad.
  35. Jaipuri Razai
    • Jaipuri Razais are around 700 to 800 gram in weight with  outer covering  made of very soft cotton cloth which is hand block printed in vegetable dyes in pastel colors and the filling is of finely carded cotton evenly spread in the covering and stitched by hand. The borders are sewn by machine to make them last longer. These quilts come in all sizes. They are filled with the best cotton money can buy brought  from Punjab, Haryana and Ganganagar. They are mostly manufactured in Chardarwaza, Idgah and Shastrinagar and sold mostly in the bazars of the walled city. In keeping with the demands and tastes of the customers the outer coverings are also made of silk and velvet.
    • Instead of hand block printing  screens are also used to print the outer covering to keep the cost of the finished product down. That is why a single quilt can cost from couple of hundred rupees to more than a couple of thousand rupees.
  36. Lac Work Items
    • From 18 th century onwards the  artisans of Jaipur in the maniharon ka raasta  have been producing lac bangles- Chura. Now a days  they make whole jewellery sets of Lac.  They also make gift items of Lac like replicas of guitars, jewellery boxes, mirror frames  bottles  and pen stands. To add beauty to these items they are inlaid  with little pieces of mirror etc. These items are in huge demand by the locals and tourists alike. Lac items are exported also.
  37. Puppets
    • Your children will no doubt enjoy the puppet shows. But you can buy a puppet or two for decorating your sitting room.
  38. Paintings
    • Copies of ancient classical miniature paintings and folk paintings are freely available in art shops besides the contemporary work of local artists.
  39. Carpets
    • Besides daries and carpets Jaipur craftsmen also make silk carpets.
  40. Laheriya
    • Laheriya is a sari design which is especially worn during the monsoon months.
  41. Jewellery
    • Jaipur is known for enamel or meenakari jewellery, thewa and kundankari. It is also known for polished precious and semi precious stones. It also produces silver ornaments.
    • However if you do not have any personal knowledge of jewels or stones do not buy any or buy only from reputed firms.
  42. Hand Made Paper Products Of Sanganer
    • Sanganer is famous not only for sanganer print textile products but also for recycled paper products. These paper products are much in demand in India and abroad.
  43. Marble Statues
    • Jaipur’s Khazanewalon Ka Rasta is famous for articles made from marble. You can even watch the craftsmen at work here.
  44. Raj Mandir
  45. Raj Mandir
    • Raj Mandir Cinema hall is a single screen theatre. They do not build them like this any more. An evening of entertainment by a Bollywood potboiler is a must here.
  46. Cuisine
    • In the old times Rajasthani households subsisted on food made from grains as vegetables were not easily available because of lack of transport.
    • On your visit try to have one Rajasthani meal of choorma-dal-bati. For a non vegetarian a meal with lal maans cooked rajasthani style is a must.
  47. Mehendi
    • When in Jaipur if the women of the family have the time one fun thing to do would be to have mehendi applied to their hands and feet. They can find some body to apply mehendi out side one of the big malls. It not only will make the women’s hearts sing but it is also auspicious.
  48. Links
    • A Guesthouse In Jaipur
    • A Blog About Jaipur
    • M.9828284433

Morning Walk In Jaipur

Why should you wake up at 6 am for a walk on a holiday even if it is in Jaipur ? This way you will get to see an early morning face of jaipur and the parks of Jaipur where you would not go otherwise in the daytime.The walk and the shower afterwards will rejuvenate you for the travails of holiday making in rest of the day.Let me motivate you.A couple walks all the way from their home to the Govind Dev Ji temple for the first Jhanki of the day once a week. And Govind Dev Ji is offered the best prasad ever- chowgani ke laddu( the ingredients for the  recipe are one part gram flour four part sugar and desi ghee).The prasad is available to darshanarthis on token payment.

But where to go ? There is a garden handy in almost every colony but the places mentioned below are close to every morning walker’s heart in Jaipur.

Ram Niwas Garden

Karpoor Chandra Kulish Simriti Ban,on JLN Marg

Rose Garden On Jawahar Circle

Park near the Deer Park in C-Scheme.

Statue Circle and The Central Park

Jogging Track around the Jal Mahal

Road up to the Nahargarh and back

On the grounds of the Clubs of Jaipur (subject to the club’s Rules)

Or the road out side your hotel or guest house as it is pretty quite at 6 am.

The idea is to work up a sweat and drink in the early morning cool air. When you are on your walk be on the look out for a news paper walla he is sure to have an extra copy of your news paper.It will be Jaipur edition but still worth your time. By the time you finish it will be after 7 am.

Before you hit the shower have a cup of tea at SAHU’S tea shop or a cup of Coffee at the Statue Circle Or a lassi at the famous Lassiwalla opposite the Niros restaurant on the M.I.Road or you can have bewari poori and ram alloo at the sweet shop “Gangaur” in Bagria Bhawan( on sunday only 8 am to 11 am) or some traditional indian snacks at Rawat’s near Polo Victory cinema multiplex-after all it is a holiday.

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GARDENS AROUND JAIPUR

CLUBS OF JAIPUR

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.