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National Flag Of India In Jaipur

National Flag Of India In Jaipur

National Flag Of India In Jaipur

On the auspicious occasion of Dhanteras,24.10.2011, Jaipur, gets the tallest, National Flag of India which will fly around the clock in the Central Park of Jaipur.

Listed here are some interesting facts about this Flag.

The height of the flag pole is 207 feet.( Tallest in India)

It weighs 13 tons.

The dimensions of the Flag are 72 feet long & 48 feet wide.

Total knitted polyester cloth used is 321 sq. mts. The weight is 25kgs.

The budget was  Rs.76 Lacs.

It is the 24th such Flag in India & 1st of its kind in the state of Rajasthan.

Interesting Facts about Our National Flag.

The Tri color of India was unfurled for the 1st time on the Red Fort on 16th August 1947.

Parliament of India is the only building where 3 National Flags of India are unfurled at the same time.

On the 26th January & on the 15th August  the Prime Minister of India unfurls a Flag made out of Reshmi Khadi at the Rajpath and at the Red Fort. On all other days a Flag made out of cotton Khadi is used.

On 29th May 1953 when Tenzing & Hillary conquered the Mt. Everest for the first time  Indian National Flag was unfurled along with the Union Jack & the Nepali National Flag.

Indian National Flag went in space in the Apollo-15 in 1971.

Some Rules Regarding The Indian National Flag

The Flag should be unfurled at sunrise & furled at sunset.

All citizens of India can unfurl the Indian Nation Flag all days of the year at their homes, shops & factories.

Ordinary citizens of India can display an image of the Indian National Flag on their clothes which are worn above the waist but not on inner clothes.

The unfurled Flag should not be torn or soiled or damaged.

The Flag should not be allowed to fall on the ground or in water, knowingly.

When the Flag gets damaged for some reason it should be burned in a closed lonely space with all due respect.

The image of the National Flag should not be used in any sort of advertisement or for commercial gain.

The Flag should be unfurled only with the Kesariya stripe showing on the top.

If paper Flags are used on any National occasion etc they should not be disposed off disrespectfully.

Description of The Tri Color of India.

On 22nd July 1947 The Costitution of India adopted & accepted the Tri Color as the National Flag of India.

The Indian National Flag has three stripes of equal length & breadth. Top stripe is colored Kesariya, middle stripe is White & the lowest is coloured green.

In the center of the white stripe a dark blue colored Ashok Chakra with 24 spokes is printed.

Kesariya color signifies Power (shakti), Bravery, (sahas) & Renunciation (tyag).

White is for peace & truth.

Green color in the Indian Flag signifies greenery of the Earth, Hope & Prosperity.

The Blue coloured Ashok Chakra signifies the ultimate progress of the Indian Nation.

This Chakra has been taken from the Ashok Stambh found in Sarnath.

History of The Indian Flag.

In 1905 Sister Nivedita, the Irish disciple of Swami Vivekanand, first proposed the idea of a one National Flag of India. It was a red squared flag with the image of  Vajra of Lord Indra surrounded by 108 “Jyoti” in the centre of the Flag.

On 6th August 1906 in Greer Park, Kolkatta, a flag was unfurled which had a green stripe on the top with 8 half open buds of Lotus flowers. The middle stripe, coloured blue, had vande matram written on it. The lowest stripe was coloured red  & had the images of sun & moon printed on it.

On 22nd August 1907,Madame Bhika ji Kama, unfurled a 3 striped flag in an International forum.

In 1916 Dr. Annie Besant & Lokmany Tilak unfurled the ‘Home Rule Movement’ Flag.

In 1921 ‘Swadeshi Dhwaj’ was envisioned by a youth.

In 1931 ‘ Swadeshi Dhwaj’was altered and accepted as the Flag of INC.

On 22nd July 1947 the present Tri colour was accepted as the National Flag of India.

 

Tallest National Flag Of India In Jaipur

Tallest National Flag Of India In Jaipur

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Unique Restaurants Of Jaipur

Steam-The Lounge, At The Rambagh Palace

Steam-The Lounge, At The Rambagh Palace

Today I read an article about 10 unusual restaurants of India. A facebook  friend had shared the link. Being on facebook has its uses, you know! Jaipur did not feature in the list. So naturally I had to make a list of restaurants unique to Jaipur.

1.The Dining Hall, Swarn Mahal, at the Rambah Palace, with its painted ceiling

is unique.

2. Steam, the Lounge Bar, at the Rambagh Palace, with restored Stem Engine & Victorian Station is very unique.

3. Polo Bar, at the Rambagh Palace, is unique.

4.Revolving restaurant at the OM Tower on M.I.Road is unique.

5.Chokhi Dhani, an recreated  ethic village restaurant is unique.

6.Pink Pepper, a restaurant in a bus which goes across Jaipur while the diners eat.

7. Durg Cafeteria at Nahargarh Fort is unique with stunning view of the city of Jaipur.

8. The Dinning Rooms in the RTDC’s Royal Trains are unique.

9. 1135 AD, A Resturant on the ramparts of the fort of Amber is unique.

10. The ancient India Coffee House at the Jawahar Kala Kendra (JKK) & on the M.I.Road are unique for being hot bed of intellectualism in Jaipur.

And

11. Tapri, the tea house.

These are all I can think of. If you think I have missed a Restaurant please feel free to add it to the comments.

A Recipe To Cook Raan At Home

Raan

Cooked leg piece-Raan

How To Cook A Raan At Home

Serves 4 persons

Marinade

Ginger Paste 2 Tea Spoons Heaping

Garlic Paste  2 Tea Spoons Heaping

Curd 400 gms Strained ( with as little water in it as possible)

Rum 1 large peg

Kachri Powder 2 Tea Spoons

2 Tea Spoons Red Chillie Powder

Salt ½ Tea Spoon or to taste

Masala

Ghee 150 gms

Oil     150 gms

Saabut Garam Masala ( 4 Doda, 1 ½ inch Dal chini, 5 Big Tej Patta, 20 Kali Mirch,

10 Cloves, 4 Small Ilaichi)

Oninons 4 large minced

Red  chillie powder 2 tea spoons heaping ( or to taste)

Corriender Powder 2 tea spoons heaping( or same proportion as the red chillies)

Turmeric ½ Tea Spoon

Salt -One Tea Spoon (Not heaping) or to taste.

Sour Curd 200 gms ( or lesser in proportion to the red chillies as this much curd is needed to take the bite out of the red chillies)

Garlic Paste 2 Tea Spoons

Ginger Paste 2 Tea Spoons

2 green chillies minced

1 leg piece Mutton ( 750 gms. to 1 Kg)

Wash the leg piece and prick it with knife thoroughly. Mix the marinade ingredients & apply them to the raan. Put it in your fridge overnight.

When preparing the mixture for the marinade make sure that it is not watery. You should  get rid of the water in the curd by tying it in a thin muslin cloth.

Heat the oil in a cooker till it is smoking & add the ghee. Add all the Saabut Gram Masala fry in oil for on low heat for a moment. Add the onions & fry the onions till they are brown.

Add red chillies, dhania, turmeric & salt with some water & fry till oil sepatrates.

While adding the curd ensure to stir the mixture on high flame till the masala comes to a boil. Keep the flame on low heat and keep frying the curry till it takes the color of deep oily red chillies.

Add the Garlic paste and the ginger paste & green chillies to the curry and cook some more.

Pre heat the oven at 300 Degrees and assemble the marinated leg piece and the masala in the oven tray & put it the oven.

Once the oil starts bubbling set the temperature to 150 degrees and cook till done. If you wish you can turn the leg piece a couple of times as the oil will settle at the bottom of the tray & may not cover the leg piece.

It can also be cooked in a Cooker on a slow fire.

Serve with hot  chapaties.

Why Love Jaipur?

Teej

Teej Festival

Living in Jaipur is as difficult or as easy as living any where else but here are some reasons why you will fall in love with Jaipur.

In the twelve months of a year you get to experience a whole gamut of  weather in Jaipur. There is hot summer, cold winter, hot & humid monsoons & the season when the winter just drifts in. Just when you are thinking I have had enough of this heat or cold or the rains the seasons change, and life goes on.

And with the change of season the eating habits also change. What food! In the monsoons you eat choorma dal baati in some picnic spot in the lap of the Aravali’s which are covered with solid green because of the rains. If you do not have time for a picnic a spot of rain & people are flocking the sweet shops for their favourite snack like samosa, pyaz ki kachri or mirchi bara or if they are watching their weight then they are sipping a hot cup of tea or a cup of coffee at the CCD. In the winters they are eating lal mans or khichda or drinking hot rabri. In summers they drink lassi & eat different varieties of mangoes which keep changing as the summer progresses.

Jaipur is a heaven for the photography enthusiast. Jaipur has it all. Besides the concrete jungle it also has monuments,huge forts, mountains, an artificially maintained fresh water lake, ancient havelies, temples, bazars, palaces, festivals, friendly people, flowers,birds & photography accessory shops.

Jaipur is doing its best to catch up with the four metropolitan cities of New Delhi,Mumbai,Kolkata & Chennai but life is still laid back & the distances are not what they are in the other metros. You can still drop by a friend for a drink or dinner an evening.

The festivals Jaipur celebrate around the year make sure that there is no ennui in the life of the people of Jaipur. Some major festivals are, holi, deepawali, raakhi,teej,gangaur and makkar sankranti.

If you thought all of the above would keep the people of Jaipur busy enough around the year, you would be wrong, because there are the Jaipur weddings! Some people just go to court to get married but others have such weddings that people from all corner of the world come to Jaipur to get married in a Jaipuri wedding.

These are some of the top reasons to love Jaipur. If you think otherwise please list your choices here below.

Elephants Are The National Heritage Animals Of India

Jaipur Elephants

Elephants of Jaipur

Who does not know about the elephants of Amber? We have seen them at the foothill of the Amber fort waiting for their turn to give us a ride up to the Fort. We have seen them around the city in marriage processions and the yearly Teej & Gangaur processions & we have seen them perform at the Elephant Festival at Holi time. But do you know elephants have been declared the ‘Heritage Animal of India’ in October 2010 by the Environment Ministry of India.

60% of Elephants in Asia live in India where they have been part of the human existence for times immemorial. There are about 27,000 elephants in India. And about 3500 are in captivity. The intention of this welcome measure is to take active & concrete measures to  protect the tuskers and the environment they live in and to count them.

 

Revamped Official Website Of Karan’s Guesthouse

Karan's Guesthouse

Karan's Guest house,Jaipur

Recently we launched the revamped official website of Karan’s Guest House, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India. A budget guest house we provide Air-conditioned rooms in a homely atmosphere with personalized service.

Please visit us at the web address www.karans.info Karan’s Guesthouse

e. mail: kgh@karans.info  m.+91-9828284433

Karans GuesthouseFacade

Karan's Guesthouse Facade

Photo of A room at the Karans guesthouse,jaipur

Photo of A room at the Karans guesthouse,jaipur

A room at the karans guesthouse,jaipur,rajasthan,india

A room at the karans guesthouse,jaipur,rajasthan,india

A couple of comments from the guests…

Venkatesh Chittarvu “[I am ]  At C Scheme, Karan’s Guest House,Jaipur.I am enjoying my brief stint with Indian tourism.Excellent Facilities and Perfect Indian Hospitality.Weather is perfect for a short sojourn.”

Anshu Banerjee
“It was a pleasant stay at the Karan’s Guesthouse , though away from home but it was as if we were at home. Mr Lokendra was very helpful with his guidance and assistance about all the tourist places and especially the food joints. I would recommend visitors/tourists to give it a try.”

A To Do List For When You Are In Jaipur

You made it to Jaipur! Now what?

From the autowallah who brought you from the station to your hotel to the friendly staff of the hotel all have plans for you. Somebody wants to take you shopping somebody else wants you to go out for dinner. But you want to know your options.  How best to manage with limited time, money & energy you have at your disposal.

This is the list of options you have when in Jaipur…

When you reach a new town the first thing you ask is’ yahan dekne ko kya hai?’

Jaipur has forts, palaces, temples, gardens, museums & an artificially maintained recycled  fresh water lake among other things.

Let us begin with the forts. The three forts protecting Jaipur, built atop the Aravali Mountains are Amber, Jaigarh & Nahargarh. These forts are especially worth a visit during the monsoons as the Aravalies are covered in a solid green of vegetation freshly washed by the yearly monsoon.

Jaipur is also known as Choti Kashi because of the number of new & old temples it has. Some of the main ones are Shilla Devi at Amber, Ganesh Temple & Birla Mandir at Moti Doongri, Govind Devji at the City Palace of Jaipur & the Galtaji.

There are museums in the City Palace Complex,  Jaigarh Fort, Albert Hall, Dolls museum, Alice Garg Sea Shells Museum and the Alankar Museum at the Jawahar Kala Kendra on JLN Marg.

There are scores of gardens in Jaipur but the main ones are Sisodia Rani Ka Baagh, Kanak Vrindavan Garden, Central Park, Ram Niwas Garden & Jawahar Circle with its world class fountain & Rose Garden.

If you are visiting during the festival time, fly kites, play holi or see the Jaipur markets decorated to welcome the Goddess Laxshmi.

The newly refurbished Jal Mahal Palace in the middle of the Man Sagar Lake is definitely worth a visit. They take you to the palace in boats.

The palace section of the Amber fort with the imposing entrance gate is not to be missed, either.

An early morning walk in the Central Park or on the shore of the Man Sagar Lake.

You can go birding in the Central Park, Man Sagar Lake Or the KCK Simriti Ban on JLN Marg.

Take pictures of the monuments of Jaipur at different hours of the day like sunrise or sunset.

A Waltz In The Sky

During the winters Hot Air Balloon rides are being provided by  SKYWALTZ in the picturesque areas around Jaipur.

Take a packed meal & go for a picnic in the hills around Jaipur.

Have Dal-Baati-Choorma at Natraj resturant on M.I.Road.

Have Laal Maans at Niros resturant on the M.I. Road.

Have rajasthani vegetarian meal at the LMB in Johri Bazar or at Chokhi Dhani.

Have barbeque at the Talk Of The Town,M.I.Road

Sample Heritage liquor/ buy some to take home.

Have Chaat at Link Road next to Saraogi Mansion Or in one of the Kanah Restruants

Buy Ghewar & Mishri Mawa at LMB to take back home with you.

Buy mawa ki kachori from Rawat near Polo Victory Complex, to take back home with you.

Have piyaz ki kacori & mirchi badas at Rawat.

Have Methi Lassi on M.I.Road from the Lassiwalla next to the Charmica.

When on a fast have Falahar at the Falahar counter at the Saraogi Mansion Counter or the Ahimsa Circle counter or at the Raja Park Counter.

Take in a Bollywood Movie at the Raj Mandir Cinema Hall, a single screen movie Hall.

Have a date with ‘heavenly bodies’ & visit the Planetarium at the Science Park in Shastri Nagar or at the Statue Circle.

When visiting Jaigarh Fort hire a guide to learn how cannons were built there because it is also the home of the biggest cannon of the world, the Jaibaan. The Jaibaan was built here and is housed here presently.

Take in a light & sound show at the Amber or at the Amar Jawan Jyoti out side the SMS stadium.

Have your pictures clicked at the Birla Mandir in a traditional costumes

or have a black & white picture taken from an antique camera outside the Hawamahal Palace.

Buy & learn to tie a Saree or a Dhoti or A Turban.

Ride in Jaipur Bus

Buy & read A Princess Remembers by Maharani Gayatri Devi

Pay a token sum to JDA and plant trees in remembrance of a loved one or to mark an occasion.

Read local news-papers one morning. You will realize that the Jaipur folks concerns are more or less the same as yours.

Take a walk in the walled city and see the numerous wares on sale.

Take a walk in Amber.

Buy a puppet to take back home.

Buy Gotta.

Buy Pabu ji ki Paad painting & find out its stories.

Go shopping for Lac Bangles or other stuff made of lac.

Buy stuff made of terracotta & blue pottery.

Buy a bhandej or laheriya Saari.

Buy Jaipuri Razaais(quilts).

Buy choorans & sooparis from Link Road near Sarawgi Mansion.

Spend an evening at the JKK visiting an art exhibition or a play & have a cup of coffee at the India Coffee House counter there.

Have cakes & pastries at the Bake Hut off M.I. Road or Hot Breads on Sarojni Marg or Bakewell in Raja Park.

Have Gulabjamun & rasmalai at the Natraj resturant, M.I.Road.

Visit the  stamps museum in the Jaipur GPO on M.I.Road.

Have Dosa at the Garden Cafe near Statue Circle or Sankalp off M.I.Road opp. Tanishq.

Have “kangan” at Gangaur Sweets near Bagdia Bhawan Market.

Visit the Samode Palace Hotel in Samode  for lunch.

Buy marble statues from Khazanewalon ka rasta.

If you have the time and the inclination visit Pushkar( Brahma Temple) or Bhangarh (ruins of a haunted town) or Abhaneri ( a huge stepwell) near Jaipur.

Jalmahal

This list could have missed your pet past time in Jaipur so please feel free to share it with others in the comments section of this post.

The Flowers Are Back!

Sisodia Rani Ka Baagh

Sisodia Raani Ka Baagh,Jaipur,Rajasthan,India.

No two ways about it Jaipur is in the middle of the monsoon. Though the rains are taking there own sweet time to come as and when they see fit. A couple of days of rain and the rain lily is in full bloom. Pink, yellow, white, big or small the rain lily leads the riot of color which is going to follow. The Aravali mountain range, guarding Jaipur for all these centuries, has a solid cover of green, which is going to last till after the monsoon has left Jaipur. The people of Jaipur & the tourists are thronging the three Forts, Jaigarh, Nahargarh & Amber, during and after the showers. During the summers the people were eating to live, now they are living to eat, choorma-dal-baati & other rajasthani delicacies. No weekend goes by which does not see a ‘Goth’ in a picturesque locations surrounding Jaipur. The plant nurseries of Jaipur are chock- a- block full of  various plants in anticipation of the huge demand by public. The people usually plant trees during monsoons as they take root relatively easily. Also, others would like to replace the plants which did not survive the harsh summers.

So if you were thinking of going on a picnic, planting a rose garden or visiting folks in Jaipur, then now is the time!
Pink Rain Lily

A Pink Rain Lily in full bloom

Yellow Rose

A yellow rose in full bloom.

What’s Cool In This Heat?

As I write this post it is well above 42 Degrees Centigrade out side. My FM radio says the roads are deserted. The ceiling fan in the room is just throwing more hot air around  the room. This post is about all the cool things you can do, only in summers, when the mercury in the thermometers is raising northward. It might not be the most pleasant of   seasons but it has its uses. Imagine how you would define cold if there was no heat. The heat of the summer brings the rain bearing clouds of monsoon to India.

Here is a list of lesser known reasons to appreciate the summers you might not have considered before.

Amaltas In The Central Park-Jaipur

Amaltas In The Central Park-Jaipur

This is when the Amaltas, Gulmohar & Bougainvillea are gloriously in full bloom. However much might the heat be these trees are lush green & ever willing to shade you from the ever hot sun.

Cleaning and getting the air-cooler functional for the summer is a yearly ritual. In the dry heat of Jaipur where even the AC fails, the cooler keeps life bearable.

This is the season when you can take long afternoon siestas without any guilt.

The days start earlier and you can go for long walks in the nearby parks & gardens.

You have perfect excuse to wear minimum clothes. Cotton clothes in summer are a rare luxury.

You can store water in buckets to have bath with later when the water is colder & nobody will laugh at you.

There are hardly any mosquitoes around. Aside from heatstroke etc. this is a healthy season.

You get to MAX on watching IPL cricket at the beginning of the summer.

Now a days you can even go boating on the Man Sagar Lake.

You get to go swimming & enjoy pool side parties and freak out at the rain dances.

If you like to gamble you can bet on all aspects of the coming monsoon.

You can relish cool water from surahi or matka.

You do not see many flowers in summers but Water Lilly does bloom gloriously just now.

If you like mangoes all through summers a different variety of  mango is available in the market for your pleasure.

At no time is a glass of beer more welcome than on a hot afternoon.

In these health conscious days drinking sherbet might be out of fashion but I am very partial to sherbets in summers. They can cool you off better than a carbonated drink.

You can write a whole post on the wonders of having chach/lassi/ butter milk & curd in summers. You ought to try the meethi lassi in a kulhar on the M.I.Road at the Lassiwala next to Charmica to know what I mean.

You can have Paani Patasi with Iced-water on the Link Road next to Sarogi Mansion.

You get to drink iced tea & mint tea in summers.

This is the season when the whole family gets together to make mango ice cream in a bucket at home.

You get different types of melons to eat to cool off.

I hope reading this post took your mind off the heat for some time!

If you can think of some more cool things to do this summer please feel free to list them here.

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Paneer Masala

Here is a simple recipe to cook Cottage Cheese Masala ( Paneer Masala) for two.

Time Taken : 40 Min.

200 gms Paneer ( Cottage Cheese)

2 Medium Onions Minced

1 Medium Tomato Minced

2 Green Chillies Minced

1 Tea Spoon Garlic Paste ( Heaping)

100 gm Fresh Curd

100 gm Butter

100 gm Fresh  Cream

2 Table Spoon Refined  Soya Oil

1 Tea Spoon Red Chillies Powder ( Heaping)

1/2 Tea Spoon Coriander Powder (Dhania)

1/2 Tea Spoon Salt Or to taste

1/4 Tea Spoon Turmeric Powder

Pour the oil in a Wok and heat it to little short of smoking point and add the onions. Fry the onions on low heat till they are transparent. Add the minced tomato. Fry some more till the tomatoes are cooked. Add the red chillies powder, dhaniya powder, salt,  turmeric powder & some water to cook the mixture. You might have to add some more water once or twice to cook the mixture thoroughly. Add garlic paste & minced green chillies & cook some more. Add the curd and bring the mixture to boil. Making a point to keep string the mixture till it is boiling. Cook the mixture till the whiteness of the curd is gone and redness of the chillies is in the masala. Now stir in the butter. Add the milk cream and cook some more. Now cut the paneer in small pieces and add to the masala.

If you wish you can add a  chicken cube to the masala.

Serve it with crisp plain  parathas cooked in oil or butter-as per your taste & choice.

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