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The Jantar Mantar In New Delhi

Recently, I was on one of my rare visits to Delhi & I had my camera with me. So I could not resist going to Jantar Mantar  on Sansad Marg in Delhi to take pictures for my collection.

Jantar Mantar, New Delhi

The first difference which struck me was the red color. The instruments are all colored in red. The Jantar Mantar in Jaipur is colored in Royal Yellow. The other thing which struck me was that the visitors were all over the monument’s various  instruments made of masonry. This really should be discouraged.

Jantar Mantar, New Delhi
Jantar Mantar, New Delhi

Jantar Mantar, New Delhi

Jantar Mantars were a brain child of Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh of Amber & Jaipur. These were stone astronomical observatories made of masonry and marble etc. so that they would give very accurate readings of the heavenly bodies. Precise calculations of the movement of the  Zodiac, Sun, Moon & Stars was required because all facets of an Indian’s life are governed by them. Furthermore Sawai Jai Singh found  the tables in use then to have several discrepancies because of  various reasons one of which was that the astronomers were using metal instruments of smaller sizes. So he decided to make huge instruments, in masonry no less, at several locations across India so that he could get the most accurate readings. The observatory in Delhi was made in 1724. It has been ruined & repaired several times. Till 1958 AD, the Sawai, the flag of Jaipur state used to fly here. In 1958 the monument was taken over by the ASI.

Jantar Mantar, New Delhi

The image of the central part of the ‘Misra Yantra’ was used as the logo of the 1982 Asian games held in Delhi.

Jantar Mantar, New Delhi

These  are some of the pictures I clicked.

Jantar Mantar, New Delhi

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To Sariska-By Road-An Album

These pictures are from the overnight visit Madhav, a cousin, and I took with our sons to Sariska Tiger Reserve & National Park & Alwar.
Sariska is some 110 km from Jaipur. We went on the Jaipur-Delhi Highway till Shahpura where we turned for Thana Gazi & The Fort View Camp. This camp site is managed by Club Mahindra. It is located quite near to the gate of the jungle.

Tea Break

On the way to Sariska,this is where we broke our journey to have some tea.
If for some reason the White House was located in Rajasthan I am sure the locals would have called it ‘Dholi Kothi’.

On the way

Fort View Camp at Thana Gazi

Fort View Camp at Thana Gazi

Fort View Camp,Thana Gazi,Sariska

Fort View Camp,Thana Gazi,Sariska

This is the view of the dining hall from the reception area of the Fort View Camp Site.The food served in this picturesquely located dining hall was excellent.

Fort of Thana Gazi

View of the Fort of Thana Gazi from the Campsite.

The Map

The Location Map of the area.

The Trail

The Trail

Paddy Bird
Paddy Bird

Machan

This Machan faces a stepwell where wildlife comes to drink water. As Sariska Tigerlands were a hunting preserve of the Maharajas of Alwar the Alwar Royals used to hunt wildlife from this Machan.

A Badly needed drink of water

A badly needed drink at the stepwell facing the Machan.

Sambhar Deer
Sambhar, the jungle guides call it the food of the tiger.

The Jungle

The Jungle

Neelgaya

Neelgaay

Paw Print of ST-1

This is the Paw print of ST-1 ( Sariska Tiger No.1)

Cenotaph

As we wanted to photograph the Cenotaph, Moosi Rani Ki Chatri, we drove on to Alwar.

The Boys
The next generation.

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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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This Jaipur-At A Glance

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Listed here below are some of the important posts about the city of Jaipur on this Blog for your ready reference.

BIRDING

This Pink City-In 1000 Words!

Museums

Shopping

Jaipur By Night

Books

Clubs

Gardens

Morning Walk

Birding

Thikana Govind Devji

Libraries

Jantar Mantar

Around Jaipur

Some Recipes

Jaipur Marriages

Where to Eat-1

Where To Eat-2

WORSHIP

Karan’s Guesthouse

Almost Twilight

An old man in the Central Park of Jaipur

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The Bullet Riders

The Bullet Riders From Belgium

Corraled

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.

A Quick Bite To Eat In Jaipur

Times Food Guide-First Jaipur Edition

Times Food Guide-First Jaipur Edition

This post is about best of the snacks Jaipur has to offer to its residents.You will share my feelings when I say that these shops etc. are world famous in Jaipur.But however hard I might try to list them all I am bound to miss your favourite shop selling the finger licking delicacy to eat.So feel free to list the eating joint in the comments section.I will try to put them in the main post later.

Let us start with some of the more famous and obvious ones.

Lassiwalla, on M.I.Road, right next to the Charmica Co-Operative Leather goods shop. They open early and offer lassi in earthen kullhars.In the summer months a kullhar of Lassi is a welcome thirst quencher.

In the galli next to the Zeiss Optical Shop there are two shops selling Indian snacks made of gram flour just 25 steps from the lassiwalla. Not a bad idea to have some thing hot and spicy to eat before the lassi.

LMB in Johri Bazaar,Sury Mahal on M.I.Road, Bistro,Near Panchwati Circle,Raja Park,Chawalas in Raja Park all offer Chaat in hygienic conditions. At  the Bistro you can mix your own Paani Puri.LMB offers a legendary Allo Ki Tikiya & Dahi Baras besides Achars & Sherbets & Mangoris & ghewars & phini you can buy to take home.Their forte is stuff made in desi ghee ( All joints above are full fledged vegetarian restaurants also).

Bakeries

Cake Town,G-1,V-Jai City Point, Ahimsa Circle, Ashok Marg, C-Scheme, Jaipur-1, M.96609 96609

Hot Breads,on Sarojani Marg,Bake Hut,On M.I.Road,Bakewell in Raja park.They offer Top of the line baked goods.Venus Bakery on Subash marg,one of the older bakeries,is also good.

National Handloom  offer snacks in their stores it self.Gaurav Tower in Malviya Nagar has its own open air Chaat Bazaar.

On station Road there  is Rawat Misthan Bhandar and Kanji sweets shops.Try Rawat’s Mawa Ki Kachori, Pyaz Ki Kachori, Mirchi Bara and Ras Mali (Indrani).Try Kanji’s Dal Ki Kachori.They offer lot of other snacks and sweets too.

Try Pandit Ji’s Kulfi in the Gangori Bazaar. It is very good.

Milky Way, off Bhagwan Das Road offers numerous flavours of Shakes and other snacks.

Vijay Store on Chaupar , for namkins ( especially salted peanuts and masala chana).

Samrat Restaurant in Kishan Pole Bazaar for Dal Ki Kachori And Samosas and Gazak in a near by shop. Near by Bhagat Mishtan Bhandar for Thal Ki Barfi & Boondi Kae Laadoo.

If you decide to see a hindi pot boiler in the Golcha Cinema hall Complex be sure to have some samosas.

Chawala Sweets on Mooti Doongri Road offers some great mouth watering Kesar Barfi. And their paneer is so good people eat it there and then with salt and pepper masala.

Off Tonk Road,Near Kuttons Show room Shankar Misthan Bhandar Offers some great khasta dal ki kachories.

On Subash Marg, Williams Juice bar offer great Papaya Shake.

On the link Road on Nehru Bazaar you can have Sugar Cane Juice all the year round.

On Chatoriyon ka churaha on Bapu Bazaar link Road You can have great Paani Puri.

Where To Shop When In Jaipur

Jaipur A Fun Place Even By Night

Karan’s Guesthouse

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Bal Vipra Bankura Hanuman Ji Mandir,Baleta

Bal Vipra Bankura Hanuman Mandir, Baleta

Bal Vipra Bankura Hanuman Mandir, Baleta

On the banks of the pond of village Baleta on a sandy knoll,this ancient temple of Hanuman ji is situated.The idol is only about one and a half foot high.It depicts Hanuman ji in his child image in the guise of a brahmin.He is standing with folded hands.
According to folk lore this Temple of Hanuman ji dates back to the time of foundation of the town of Baleta.The people decided on the child image of Hanuman Ji as he would be quick to please.

Every week on Mondays and Saturdays special pooja is done.People offer the deity paan, cloves and raisins as prasad.

This temple is 33 kms from Alwar.

If you are going from Jaipur, you will have to go till Shahpura on Jaipur-Delhi Highway from there you turn for Thana Gazi-Sariska-Alwar. About 20Km before Alwar you have to turn right for Baleta village. The route is thru villages and it is time consuming. So set aside a full day for the trip.

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SHRI KHATU SHYAM JI

When Barbareek was on his way to the Great War in the Mahabharta,he had decided that he would fight on the loosing side.By the blessings of Lord Shiv and Agni God Barbreek had three arrows & a bow which made him invincible. Sri Krishna knowing his intent met him in the way in the guise of a brahmin and asked him for his head in donation.Barbareek sacrificed his head there and then.Pleased Lord krishna pronounced that Barbareek would be worshiped as Shyam down the ages.According to lore the head was buried in a grazing field in Khatank present Khatu.It is said that a cow would shower the place where the head was buried with milk every day.Owner of the cow dug up the spot to find the head.He took it to the village and gave it to a brahmin who started worshiping it.The Raja after seeing the head in a dream had the present Temple built to worship the head.Barbreek was the son of Ghatotakach and Kamkantaka.Shri Khatu Shyam Ji is A Lord Krishna Temple.

About 80km from Jaipur(Nearest Airport) 45Km from Sikar & 18 km from Reengus(nearest Station).People coming from Delhi by train should board at Sarai Rohila Station.

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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

web. www.karans.info blog. www.karansguesthouse.wordpress.com

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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