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What Is A ‘Kos Minar’?

Mile Stones,Mile Pillars

The 'Kos Minar' at The Veer Tejaji Circle in Mansarovar,Jaipur

Kos Minars or Mile pillars  used to be the mile stones on the Mughal Highways or trade routes which  inter-connected the Mughal Empire . They were first made by Sher Shah Suri to mark the distance. A kos  measures 2 miles of distance. The distance between two Kos Minars was approximately 4 miles. They were more than 30 feet high round pillars of masonry. The design might have varied slightly but their function was the same. They were later on instrumental  in day to day governance of the Mughal Empire as they had horses and riders and drummers stationed there for relying royal messages at speed. They also developed as travelers hubs as step-wells & ‘sarais’ were built nearby. The routes on which these Kos Minars were built had been there for ages. Consequently they are near famous battlefields and monuments and ancient cities. Also modern highways have taken place of the ancient tracks used by Mughal horsemen. They were mostly built during 1556-1707 AD.

In 1575  Emperor Akbar issued an order, as stated in  Akabarnama by Abulfazal,  that Kos Minars should be built on the way from Agra to Ajmer to  act as guide posts  to travelers. Later on Jahangir & ShahJahan had these pillars built along the major routes connecting the Mughal Empire. One of these Kos Minars  still exists  in Mansarovar  near the Veer Tejaji  Road Circle in Jaipur.

There were about 3000 km of highways in the Mughal Empire. So there should have been about 1000 Kos Minars in the Mughal Empire. Their numbers have diminished over the years due to urbanization etc. Nowadays these monuments are protected by the Government of  India, coming under the purview of the ASI.

In February, 2005, a first day cover was issued depicting, a renovated, Kos Minar as a symbol for Heritage Conservation.

Kos Pillar,Mile Stone

Another view of the Kos Minar situated near the VT circle in Mansarovar in Jaipur.

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The Bullet Riders

The Bullet Riders From Belgium

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In December 2009  a team of four Belgians namely Versprille N., Crispyn Ann, Fruytier Els and De Mol Alain arrived in Jaipur at the  Karan’s Guesthouse from New Delhi on their way to Agra and back to Delhi. Versprille Nicoas and Crispyn Ann were on their second visit to the Guesthouse. Their first visit was in November 2006. This time around they decided to spice up the trip by doing the Golden Triangle Circuit  on Bullet Royal Enfield Motor-cycles. When they arrived at  the guesthouse the racket the four motorcycles made  had to be heard to be believed. The magic of the Bullet’s beat never palls. It has enthralled generations from all countries.After a 2 night stay they left for Dausa on Jaipur-Agra-Highway to visit Abhaneri and the haunted ruins of  Bhangarh.

Master Masons Of Sikandra

The Stone Carvers

The Stone Carvers

On Jaipur-Agra Highway (NH.11) near sikandra on both sides of the high way(For approximately 6 kms)you will see an open air market -shops selling wares made out of sand stone.Their forefathers built rajasthan’s fort’s and palace’s and temples and the colonial buildings in New Delhi and else where.

Now a days they make Jali’s,pillars,idols of various gods,fountains,likeness of birds and animals in stone.They make judicious use of modern machines and artisans in their work. Their work is in great demand in the various metros of India.
There are about 500 workshops where about 7000 workers carve stones for their livelihood.Most of the artisans are from the near by villages.Some workers are from other states also.Some 100 shops sell ready to buy stone artifacts.These are the sermons in stone of master masons of Sikandra.

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

Karan’s Guest House

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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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