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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.

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Braille Library Of Jaipur

This is the only library of its kind in gangori bazaar,in the walled city of Jaipur .It has about 3000 books and 1500 cassettes.Some of the titles are Harry Potter, Mahabharat, Ramayan, Prem Chand, Chandrakanta and text books for classes Ist to VIII th. But the books are all in braille so that a visually challenged person can read by touch.

The library was founded in 1998 by Rajasthan Netraheen Kalyan Sangh .It was developed in association with Group Against Blindness,the Netherlands and the Lions Club, Jaipur.They also publish the only braille news paper of the state. The Sangh also publishes text books for blind schools of Rajasthan – for classes Ist to XII th- in braille. Magazines and novels for the library are procured from All India Confederation for the Blinds.

The Braille system was devised by Louis Braille in 1821 by simplifying Charles Barbier night writing.( A code developed on Napoleons orders to enable soldiers to communicate silently in dark )

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Marriages May Be Made In Heaven But Are Solemnised In Jaipur

Be it a reaffirmation of their marriage vows or the actual ceremony,foreigners or Indians alike, come to Jaipur to do the honours.And Jaipur does not let them down in any way.It has all the infrastructure needed to host a perfect wedding of even 3000 guests.It is said that more than 70,000 people are in one way or another involved in performing weddings in Jaipur. There are more than 400 marriage gardens. Jaipur has The Weather,The ambiance,The People,The Traditions,The Rituals,The Cuisine, The Forts, The Palaces,The Havelies,The Gardens, The hotels,The Guesthouses,The Caterers,The Bands,The Folk Dancers, The Folk Singer, The Sheanaiwala,Camels & Elephants & Horses,The Lawajama,The Tent Houses,The Panditjis,Lightwalas,Halwais,Taxi services,Travel Agents,Helicopter Service,Chartered Planes,Marriage Planners,Event Managers,Designer Fashion Studios for bridal finery,  Bridal Makeup Artists,Jewellers,Dress Makers, Jodhpuri Suits,Achkans,Safa walla,Uniform Makers, Photographers, Fruit Sellers,Panwallas,Hinawalla,Card Printers,Wine Merchants,Mojris,Potters and Honeymoon Destinations .Whatever your elders name it for an auspisious wedding you will find it in the Bazaars of Jaipur.

Let us do a War Plan like exercise on planing a wedding in Jaipur.

To begin with you need an auspicious date.Let us consult a Pandit ji.He will consult a Panchanj or a computer and fix an auspicious date favourable to both boy and girl according to their horoscopes for their long life and happy marriage.

There are more than 500 event organising companies and  numerous travel agents who will be happy to help you organise the wedding from pre wedding ceremonies to shopping for wedding finery to sightseeing for the guests, printing and distribution of invitation cards, wedding cake, choreographed  ladies sangeet,venue,caterers even choice of honeymoon destination with hotel package is done by the wedding planner- or you could do it on your own.

Once the date is fixed,all services are booked accordingly for that date and advances are paid. Let us begin with the venue.There is such a wide variety of venues available that your choices will only be restricted by money or prior bookings.Name your choice A grand Palace(Hotel Rambagh Palace),A small Haveli (Devi Niketan Or Raj mahal Palace on Sardar Patel Marg)A fort(Jai Garh or Nahargarh).Venue for reception( Sisodia Rani Ka Bagh or SMS convention Center or Rajputana Sheraton Hall).

Now you have to find that perfect Wedding card.Kashi nath ji ki Gali situated in Gopalji Karasta,in Chaura Rasta,in the Walled City.There are about 40-50 card shops here and they sell about 30 lac cards every year to people coming from all India.Cost of the card ranges from Rs.1 to Rs.500.There are more than 700 different sorts of cards available at a time.People are preferring hand made cards made in Jaipur presently.

An army marches on its stomach so does a good wedding.Menu? Your hearts desire.Just name the cusine you want.It will be there gracing the buffet tables on your wedding day.Money is the only object.

So for a catering service- ‘Caterers’ on Bhagwandas Road,Jaipur Quality Sweets,Off Ashok Marg- for Vegetarian food.  Mohan’s Opposite Neelam Hotel for Non Vegetarian catering.They are top of the line.

Jaipur is such a big tourist destination and marrige hub that it consumes flowers worth lacs of rupees every day.Keeping this fact in mind the Agriculture Department has decided to introduce floriculture in the city and alwar with the help of M/s Florance Flora ,Bangalore.They are going to cultivate jarbera,dutch rose and statis. And who can deny it a lot of flowers are a must in a wedding.They give wings to the brides singing heart. Event managers have gone a step further and are providing theme/season based flower decorated stages and wedding venues.They also use artificial flowers and vibrant colors and multicolored lights.For a different look they are even using dried flowers for decoration.

Big part of you time will be spent on buying stuff for the wedding.Or renting it for the day.This is the list of bazaars of Jaipur and what is sold there.The best thing to do is to provide the eldest relative with a car and a bright young man to shop for those little things you know nothing about but without which an indian wedding is incomplete.These things are available in the walled city only.
THE LIST

Rana’s in Johri Bazaar for Bridal Lehanga’s and sarees.

Raymond’s on M.I.Road for suit lengths.

Rajputana’s on panch batti for Achkans,shirts.

Mojari on Shiv Heera Path for jooties.

Jodhpur Tailors for Jodhpuri coat.

Bhuramal Rajmal Surana for Jewellery.

Relince Fresh,Big Bazaar at 22 godam, Spencers,Tru Mart,Subhiksha, National Hand loom,More… for Fruit Vegetables Groceries

Tej Tent Decorators on Sardar Patel Marg  Crockery,Chairs,etc

You will need a vediographer and a photographer and some friends who can shoot photographs well so that a  record can be kept of the happy event.And remember it should be all digital for the marriage blog or website or for that live broadcast on the net for the near and dear overseas who could not make it to the wedding.

These are the days of Bachelor and Bachelorette parties.So you have to decide the venue and the menu.If the guest list is only of a few intimate friends have the party at your home and have the food delivered from the nearby restaurants. Get your own wine and music.The other choice is- rent a lawn in a club and get a caterer to run the show.Or get a room in a hotel- let the hotel feed the party via room service.

If you do not know people whose chauffeur driven cars you can borrow for the duration of the marriage you will need to hire a fleet of taxis.Any travel agent will be able to help.For the groom An Elephant Or a mare Or a stretch Limo and for the bride a Palki no less and a Brass Band  from the 200 odd avilable to accompany them.You have to book them all&Pay the advance.They will be there on the appointed day right on time because they have other marriages to attend to also.

Do not forget to book the beauty parlour for the bridal Makeup.And the groom needs to visit a Salon too.One more booking.

A lavish suite for the first night in one of the palace hotels.The Groom has to be reminded to buy an expensive jwellery for the bride for the ‘Muh Dikahi Rasam’.

No indian wedding is complete without the Barat.You will need Dj, Light Wallas, Band, Mare,Elephant,Firecrackers,your friends to walk in the procession and dance in the street ahed of the barat.Youngest male member of your family will ride  with the groom as the child image of Ganesh.In Rajput weddings  the barat is formed by the male contingent only of family and Friends of the groom.

Finally the Barat reaches the brides home.Dwar pooja is done.Rest of the ceremoneis take place one by one. Pheras take place.The Bride and The Groom take the seven vows.

If they still do not believe that they are married.They can get their marriage registered right after the ceremony by the marriage registration officer at the wedding venue it self by paying the requisite fees & the officers travel allowance etc. and get their certificate duly signed and stamped.

The Guests offer their best wishes and some money.Everybody has dinner.The couple leave to get their elders blessings after which they retire for the night.

Couples from all walks of life-from all parts of the world come to Jaipur-to tie the knot.In the process they see their dreams come true on this earth. They are richer for the experience and poorer for the money they drop here.But-there is always a but-the locals have to suffer the noise pollution late night DJ parties,Traffic Jams,booked venues,overbooked trains and flights. sudden increase in price of milk and vegetables and sweets,scarcity of petrol, cooking gas&new small denomination currency notes.A lot of cooked food-which was not consumed in the party- is just thrown away on the street.It could be given to the homeless in jaipur.

Web Sites for Women

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Matrimonial Sites on the Web.

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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.

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.

JAIPUR-A Fun Place-Even By Night

Gone are the days when a tourist had to languish in his hotel room after sunset in Jaipur.Now they have many options to enliven their evenings besides just having dinner and going to bed.

How would you like to spend your Evening?

Would you like to shop some more?

Head to Guarav Towers,Malviya Nagar and you will find branded shops full of Shoes,Clothes,Music,Movies on DVD, Books,Coffee Bar,Bargains for Rs.99/-,Bakers, Restaurants including the Mac.If you want some more choice step across to  yet another mall just a  stones throw away.

If you do not believe in the mall culture and like to practice the art of bargaining then Bapu Bazaar,Nehru Bazaar,Hawa Mahal Bazaar and other Bazaars in the walled city are for you.Window shop at a leisurely pace amongst the bustle of the people, hawkers, rickshaws, autos,urchins,cows and the ever present honking traffic. And a mute witness to it all are these Red lime washed walls of monuments of times no more and you .

In the mood for a long drive-head for The Chokhi Dhani-Ethnic Village Restaurant( 0141-2770556) on the Tonk Road.The menu and service is traditional rajasthani.There are potter,folk dancers,snake charmer,madaari and a future reading parrot.Camel and elephant rides.Lac bangles for sale.

If you do not feel up to the long drive but want a good north Indian meal under the belt head for “Shree Thal”  restaurant behind the New Vidhan Sabha,near jyoti nagar police station.If in mood for top of the line multi cuisine vegetarian fare head for the “Four Seasons” on Subhash Marg,C-Scheme(0141-2374601).

How about some Chaat?  Chawala’s in Raja Park is the place for you.

Are you thinking Non-Vegetarian?No visit to Jaipur is complete without a meal at the Niros (0141-2374493)on the M.I.Road. Another choice – Copper Chimney (0141-2372275),opp. G.P.O. Spice Court (0141-2220202)on Jacob Road.

Or just feeling like a Pizza-Pepsi only? There is Pizza Hut(0141-2388627),Ganpati Plaza,M.I.Road and Dominoes(0141-2378526),near Raj Mandir Cinema Hall.

Looking for a Gujarati meal-there is “Anapurna” behind Raj Mandir-near the gujarati samaj complex. And the Rajdhani Restaurant above the Mac on Panch Batti Circle.

A south indian meal is readily available at” Sankalp” and “Dasaprakash” (0141-2371313) on the M.I.Road.

And we must not forget the little lady and the young master with you. MacDonald’s has three out lets in jaipur-Near Raj Mandir, Gaurav Tower & Crystal Palm on bais godam circle.(1600-11-00-99)

But the night is still young.What night ends without pubbing.

Geoffrey’s the pub (0141-2360202)at the Park Plaza and Bar Code at The K.K.Square on Prithviraj Road,Steam (0141-2211919) at The Rambagh Palace and Back to Basics at Country Inn & Suites (0141-5103300) on khasa kothi circle.

Or just looking for a cup of that perfect coffee before you turn in for the night -Barista in Mall 21,opp.Raj mandir. Mr.Beans(0141-2223650) & The Rock (0141-2360622)on the Sardar patel Marg,C-Scheme.

If you think no holiday is complete without a hindi movie-we have just the place for you-The Raj Mandir Cinema Hall(0141-2379372).In this day and age of multiplexes-a single screen theater-built like no other and worth a visit.

For the culturally inclined-Birla Auditorium & Planetarium  (01412385224) on Statue Circle, Jawahar Kala Kendra (0141-2705879),opp.Commerce College or Ravindra Manch (0141-2619061) in the Ram Niwas Garden.These places come alive during the yearly fixtures of  Jaipur Festival & Rajasthan Day celebrations conducted by the RTDC and The Jaipur Virasat Foundation.A not to be missed yearly event is the increasingly high profile  Jaipur Literature Festival with writers galore.

Rajasthan Development Corporation Ltd. has started a Pink-City-By-The-Night Tour.(6.30 to 10.30 Pm.) Offering lit up monuments of Jaipur with Vegetarian Dinner at The Durg Cafe,Nahargarh.(Rs.250/-Per Pax Drinks Optional Extra) Contact: R.T.D.C. Tours & Travels,Government Hostel,Opp.G.P.O, Jaipur (P) 01412375466

Karan’s Guest House

Karan's GuesthouseKaran’s Guest house,

D-76,Shiv Heera Path,Chomu House,C-scheme,Jaipur,302001,

Rajasthan ,India e.mail.  kgh@aol.in

M.91-9828284433 T.91-141-2363262 F.91-141-2372919

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DELUXE COMFORTS AT BUDGET PRICES

Karan’s Guesthouse is a clean and comfortable guesthouse, centrally located in a Posh Colony of Jaipur just 2 kilometres from the main railway station,bus stand,Walled City,11km from the Jaipur Airport 1 km. from Major Conference Venue,Government Offices and The Statue Circle.The guesthouse has seven Spacious double bedrooms and one single bedroom, each room has a western style private bathroom. All rooms have a satellite colour TV, small fridge, cupboard, desk, chair, lamp, sofa, air-conditioning and a heater. Two rooms have private balconies.There is a guest dining/sitting room with colour satellite TV and a well equipped kitchen for breakfast. However for those guests that wish to eat out there are many shops and popular restaurants nearby offering good quality food at reasonable prices.There is a telephone, fax machine available for all guests. You are invited to enjoy the homely atmosphere at Karan’s Guesthouse.

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