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A Gift Of Wings

Arriving at your wedding by a helicopter is passe.Palace on Wings suggests you woo her with some panache and take your wife to her new home in a helicopter.

Plalace On Wings ,a tour operator,based in Jaipur arranged the helicopter ride for the dalit couple so that they could begin their new life in style.

Captin. Vibhooti Singh Deora M.9828011166 Web. http://www.palaceonwings.in e.mail reservations(AT)palaceonwings.in

Palace on Wings is promoting its concept of taking you to the select palace hotels of Rajasthan by Helicopter.You visit the best Rajasthan has to offer in the utmost luxury, in the quikest time possible , visiting the maximum sites, in the remotest of places  as per your customised requirements .

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Call 108 Emergency

For more than 3 months now 108 very well equiped ambulances have been serving the state round the clock.It is only because of their quick response to an emergency call and well trained staff and modern equipment that they have been able to save more than 251 lives. 95% of the funds for the operation of the 108 service have been provided by the National Rural Health Mission (NHRM).

108 can be dialed from any phone without dialing the station  code.This service is fully free of cost and is providing its services to 1.3 crore people.

The authorities also propose to ply seven ambulances on the National Highway Nos. 8,11,12 & 14 very soon.

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A Birding Fair in Jaipur

Ramana Athreya (center) ,discoverer of Bugun Liocichla,a new species of bird, and friends.

From the left Mr.Ashok Singhvi,Ramana Athreya,discoverer of a new species of bird called Bugun Liocichla at the Eaglenest Sanctury and Mr Subhash Uppal at the 12th Birding Fair.

On 6th & 7th February 2009, The Tourism and wildlife Society of India(TWSI) organized the 12th annual birding fair at the Man Sagar Lake,Jaipur.The theme is “Communities in Conservation”.

Ramana Athreya,from Pune,Tom Jones and Rajkumari Jones from UK,and about a dozen representatives from Keoladeo National Park,all avid bird watchers were present.

Mr.Athreya discovered a new species of bird in 2006 and named it Bugun Liocichla.Mr.Tom Jones takes care of the shore birds at Anglesey Island in North Wales.Ms.Rajkumari Jones chairs the squirrel protection group in UK.

The event was  sponsored by WWF, SBBJ, Bombay Natural History Society and Jal Mahal Resorts (P) Ltd. among others.

This was  one more of the Society’s and the authorities ongoing efforts to develop the Man sagar Lake area into a haven for the migratory birds visiting Jaipur.Recently the Forest Department has  proposed to declare  the area as the first protected area of Jaipur  instead of  a reserve and to develop the area as a tourist spot with horse safari,nature trail,dear park etc.

Extensive renovation has been going on at the Jal mahal itself for some time now.

This 250 year old lake is a natural habitat for about 150 local and migratory birds.

Jaipuri Razai-A Quilt Like None Other

There are quilts and there are Jaipuri Razais.All sorts of quilts are made in Jaipur but the quilts which have earned the jaipuri razai sobriquet 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 colours and the filling is of finely carded cotton evenly spread in the covering and stitched by hand. The borders are sewen 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.

Like every thing else in our lives making of the Jaipuri Razais has not remained untouched by the advent of technology.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.

These quilts are in demand all around the year by the local populace and domestic and foreign tourists alike.But in the winter months you can not miss these quilts as they are prominently displayed in most  of the walled city shops selling textile goods.These quilts are also exported to the developed world to the tune of  approximately 100 crore rupees.

A journalist from Sweden,Ms.Christina and Dr.Chandramani Dixit from  Jawahar Kala kendra are writing a scholarly work on Jaipuri Quilts.

Ravindra Manch And Jawahar Kala Kendra

Ravindra Manch, Jaipur located in the Ram Niwas Garden was one of the 17 cultural centers envisaged by Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru in 1961.It was opened to public on 15th August 1963 by the then cultural minister Mr.H.Kabir. It has been newly refurbished by an expenditure of 90 lac rupees.It has all the facilities needed in a theater including an open air theater and ample parking and an art gallery.

On  8th November 2008 a three day cultural  festival was organized honoring the Nobel lauret Guru Rabindra Nath Tagore.It is proposed to hold this festival every year.

Jawahar Kala Kendra on JLN marg, designed by Charles Correa, was opened for public by the then President of India, Dr.Shankar Dayal Sharma, on 8th April 1993.It is located on a  parcel of land having an area of 9.5 acers and the building is surrounded by  lush green landscaped garden.On one side it has a Shilp Gram made in a replica of a cluster of village huts.When you look at the number of facilities it provides to the aspiring artists, artists and local residents alike it is not hard to understand why it is thronged by them everyday.It has an open air theater, art galleries, library,print making shop,audio visual department and an outlet of India Coffee House.Besides this there are cultural programs, exhibitions,plays etc held all the year round.

A Village For The Elephants Of Amber

Elephants have been around Jaipur even before the foundation stone of Jaipur was laid.They were being used in the Royal armies and in the Royal shikars.They also helped to build Jaipur.
Now a days they are a very popular mode of transport up the Amer hill. The ride is much in demand by the foreign and indian tourists alike.They are also used in the groom’s wedding procession and for playing elephant Polo and in Bollywood films.In a case of Indian ingenuity a local entrepreneur runs a thriving business making hand made paper from Elephant dung.
RTDC organizes an Elephant festival around Holi in which Elephant beauty pageants and Elephant Polo and other events related to elephants are organized for the tourists visiting Jaipur and local residents alike.

India’s first and the world’s third elephant village( Budget Rs.5 Crores)- the other two are in Kegalla, Sri Lanka and Pattya,Thailand- is almost ready for occupation by its residents. 2km from Amber in the village Kunda off Jaipur-Delhi highway 51 quarters for the elephants, mahawats and their families have been made.Provision has been kept to house all of the about 95 elephants in Amber here at a later date.An elephant veterinary hospital, a cafe,a riding track,large water bodies, a museum and a shilp gram are also proposed.RTDC proposes to develop the village in a tourist spot so that visitors can watch the elephants going about their daily lives.

In Remembrance

On 21 st October 1959 a unit of  Indian Police Force martyred itself defending the Indian soil against the Chinese in Ladhak.  Pt.Jawahar Lal Nehru,the then Prime Minister, decided to honour their ultimate sacrifice by declaring 21 st October as Indian Police Force’s Martyrs Day.  Smt.Usha Rani Hooja was commissioned with the task of casting a  sutiable bronze statue for the memorial. She did every body proud by casting the Trimurty sculpture  which was installed at the Narain Singh Circle on the Jawahar Lal Nehru Marg.This memorial was inagurated by the Prime Minister on 5th November 1963.This year also on Shaheed Diwas, a function was organised at the Rajasthan Police Academy and every police line in every district of Rajasthan. Homage was also paid at the Shaheed Samark on JLN Marg.

An Animal Fair With A Difference

Every year in the month of October, for the past 500 years, a four day animal fair  is held in Bhawgarh Bandhya, near jaipur, in the Looniyawas village. Held in honour of the Sri KhalKhani Mata-this fair showcases the best of Donkeys money can buy.There is sale and purchase of donkeys,race featuring donkeys,poem recitals in praise of donkeys, prizes for the best bred donkey of the marwari or kathiawari breed,beauty pageant to find the Ms. Donkey & Mr.Donkey among other events.The owners name their donkeys after the bollywood stars to enhance their charms in the eyes of the buyers.Even so the organisers have a difficult time every year to find VVIPs to do the honours at the fair.

As people are preferring to buy horses instead of donkeys or mules for their use these days  a lot of horses turn up at the fair every year also.For example this year there were only 300 donkeys and 50 mules but about 1200 horses at the mela.Also on display was a white colored Shyam Karan Horse  worth 31 lacs.According to the scriptures Lord Ram set loose a Shyam Karan horse when he performed the Ashwa medh yagh.

Legend has it that Sri Khalkhani mata performed a miracle for her devotee in distress by turning a bag of stones into gold coins.Since then this fair is held every year.

‘Khama Ghani Ajmal ji Ra Kanwara’

The Title of this post is how one of the Bhajans, in rajasthani dialect,  devotees of Bhagwan Ramdeoji Maharaj sing in his praise goes.A folk deity, born a tanwar rajput in village Ranuja, son of Raja Ajmal Dev,believed to be incarnation of lord Krishna,he was revered by the high and the low castes of the society- the rich and the poor-hindus and muslims- alike. He performed miracles for poor. According to the lore 5 pirs from Mecca came to test  his miraculous powers.They paid homage to him when convinced as Ramapir.Ramdeoji took samadhi in 1459 in Ramdeora a village 10 kms from Pokaran where a tomb was built and in 1931A.D. a temple was built by Maharaja Ganga Singh Ji of Bikaner.Devotees offer him wooden horses covered with cloth to please him.He has devotees in Rajasthan,Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh and every year in August-September melas are held all across these states and in Ramdeora devotees throng the village in a 10 day mela  in his praise and remembrance.There are several temples devoted to Baba Ramdeo ji in Jaipur also( like in Hasanpura, Khatipura, Sirsi Road etc )and every year they hold melas and shobha yatras and do special poojas with great entusiasm and devotion.

Pabu ji

The life and times of the warrior Saint of Rathores,Pabu ji, are stuff legends are made of.It is believed that he sacrificed his life to honour his word given to a Charan woman from whom he had borrowed a horse when he was on his way to his marriage. On her plea, true to his word he left his marriage halfway to protect her cattle from a neighboring clan. As fate would have it he paid with ultimate sacrifice. The bards all across rajasthan have sung of his life and legend for generations.He inspired the local artists to paint the tales of his life and legend in the form of a scroll of canvas which is treated with wheat starch and painted upon in red,green,blue,brown and black. With these five colors the artist boldly sketches the folk tales of Pabu ji and the local bards use these paintings known as, Pabuji ki Phad ,to help narrate the tales.These paintings are sold all over Rajasthan now a days and made in Chittaurgarh and Shahpura near Bhilwara.Only one family is engaged in this art form now a days in Shahpura(Bhilwara).

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