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Jaipur Blue

Sawai Jai Singh Ji I brought the art of Blue Pottery to Jaipur in 1727 and Sawai Ram Singh ji II patronized the art  and Rajmata Gayatri Devi revived the art in 1960s before it could fade away. Today Blue Pottery of Jaipur has come a long way with the help of government organizations like RUDA (Rural Non Farm Agency),Central Glass & Ceramic Research Institute (CGCRI),  non government agencies,artists,artisans,and businesses like Neerja International and the ordinary people for whom the charm of Jaipur Blue has endured over the years.Due to the efforts of all these people Blue pottery of Jaipur  has been granted Geographical Indication (GI) status under the GI Act by the GI Registry in Chennai. This status comes with a unique Registered  Logo with which all blue pottery produced in the Jaipur District will be branded.

Some 400 families in Jaipur and nearby villages like Sanganer, nevta, Muhana, Mahalan and Kotjewar  are actively involved in producing these art works. The body is completely hand made by Quartz and normal glass and the designs are sketched by hand before being colored in by specially developed colors which do not fade with use. Cobalt oxide produces the blue color. Jaipur climate is uniquely suited for producing this variety of pottery.Now a days according to WTO guidelines  100% lead free pottery is being produced. So the Jaipur Blue item can be put to day to day use.

There is no doubt that Jaipur Blue pottery items are works of art because artists like Ms.Meenakshi Rathore and Mr.Prabhu Dayal Yadav are depicting scenes from the lives of  Lord Budha and Mahaveer Swami and the local folk stories.

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Places To Visit Near Jaipur-A list

When you are in Jaipur you see all the popular places ,monuments , gardens, palaces,forts which are in or very near Jaipur but miss the places a little out of town but surely worth a visit.This is an effort to list  such places.This list  should also be useful to the people of Jaipur looking for a weekend break near the city.

Sanganer

16 km from Jaipur off the Tonk road this  town is famous for the hand made paper and block printing with vegetable dyes.

Jaisinghpura Khor

12 km from Jaipur on the Amber road,a meena village,it has a fort,a stepwell and a jain temple.

Shahpura near Bhilwara

220 km from Jaipur this town is famous for Pabuji ki Phad paintings made till this day by the Joshi’s  and a stepwell and  Ramdwara temple.

Bagru

35 km from Jaipur on the Jaipur-Ajmer highway this village is famous for hand block printing with vegetable dyes ( Bagru Print) and a fort.

Jamwa  Ramgarh

32 km from Jaipur this village was known for an artificial lake once spread over an area of 20 km.It used to be  a very popular picnic spot during the rainy season.

Samode

40 km from Jaipur this village has a fort which has been converted into a Palace hotel.This palaces is well worth a visit with lunch at the fort.  M.M.Kaye’s Far Pavilions was shot here extensively.

Bhandarej

Bhangarh

Abhaneri

Mehndipur Balaji

lalsot

Sikandra

Kuchaman

142 km from Jaipur this village had the distinction of being on the silk route.Sambhar is 60 km from here.It has a famous fort on a hillock.

Sambhar

94 km from Jaipur it has the biggest inland salt lake and the holy Devyani tank and the palace.

Pushkar

Sawaimadhopur

The Ranthambore National Park covering 329 km  comes under Project Tiger.

Bharatpur

176 km from jaipur- a Jat kingdom-is an ancient city and was part of the Matsy kingdom around 1500 B.C.The impressive Lohagarh fort was built around 18th century by Raja Surajmal  and definitely worth a visit.

Keoladeo Ghana National Park once a hunting preserve of the royalty was declared a sanctuary in 1956 and a national preserve in 1982.Now it is  a world heritage sight.over 400 species of birds have been sighted here.Open all year round from 6 am to 6 pm.Mode of transport inside the sanctuary are bi-cycle,boat and cycle rickshaws.

Bairath (Viratnagar)

86 km from Jaipur on Alwar-Shahpura road in this ancient village relics from Mauryan, Mughal and Rajput periods have been found.Remains of  Budhist monastraies built by the Emperor Ashok have been excavated here.Parswanath a Jain temple is nearby.Legend has it that Pandavas  spent a year here.

Pachewar

90 km from Jaipur on Malpura Road in Tonk District is this 300 year old fort of Khangarot-Kachawa rajputs.

Pachar

85 km from Jaipur via Renwal is the village of Pachar.Famous for its fort and Jain Mandir.

Salasar Balaji

Khatu Shyam Ji

Kota

249 km from Jaipur settled  on the banks of river Chambal ,famous for Kota Stone and Kota Doria Saris.

Mahaveer ji

The temple  to Mahaveerji was built at the spot where a statue of shri Mahaveerji was discovered by a cow herds man.A big fair is held every year in the month of March.

Neemrana

Almost midway on the Jaipur-Delhi Highway in the lap of the ancient Aravali range lies the vanquished kingdom of Nimola Meo-who when defeated by the Chauhans took an oath from them to name the kingdom after him.Sensitively refurbished to its old glory the fort has been converted into a world famous non-hotels.Definitely worth your time.There is a stepwell nearby to sight see besides the fort.For activities they provide Zipping-flying  supported by cables.

Karauli

Founded some 500 years ago as Kalyanpuri ,Karauli is famous for an annual  cattle fair held in February,  and the temples of Kaila Devi and Madan Mohan Ji and  the Bhanwar Vilas Palace,now a heritage hotel,built in 1938 by Maharaja Ganesh Pal Dev Bahadur.There is also the Kaila Devi  game sanctuary.It is spread over 25 kms and is part of the Ranthambore Game Preserve.

Tonk

110 km from Jaipur on the NH 12 Nawab Ameer Khan settled the modern Tonk.Places of interest are the Sunehri Kothi,inlaid with magnificient mirror work (Closed on Sundays) and the Arabic and Persian Research Institute ( 01432-247389).Tonk also produces high quality Namdha.20 km from Tonk is   Natwara Fort of Karnot Rathores.

Kanota

15 km from Jaipur on Jaipur Agra High way Kanota Fort houses a Museum  and a library with rare books.

Rajmahal Palace in rajmahal village on the banks of the Banas river at the foot hills of the Aravalies was built by Rai Singh Sisodia some 350 years ago is being run by the Kanota family as a Palace Hotel.

Bundi

210 km from Jaipur Boondi was founded  in 1342 by  Rao Deva Hada    as the capital of his Hadoti kingdom.

Kota Doria Sarees

Genesis of Kota Doria Sarees is the stuff of legends. One version has it  that Maharao Kishore Singh ji , a Mughal General of note,on a campaign in south India,brought back with him master crafts men from Mysore who  skilfully omitted threads in the warp and weft of cotton fabric and produced such small checks that even a single  masur dal seed would not pass through.The fabric so produced was light as gossamer and very strong.These sarees are still called Masuria in Kota.But the rest of the world knows of them as Kota Doria Sarees.

Original Masuria is made on hand looms in the villages of Kaithun, Roteda, Bara and Mangraul.Each loom produces only 5 sarees a month.Now a days the mix of the fabric is 70% cotton from Coimbatore and 30% silk from Karnataka-so as to last longer through the day.Traditionally the color of the sarees was white but now a days many more colors have been introduced including vegetable dyes,Bagru and Sanganer block printing/screen printing and embroidery and mixing Zari from Surat.

Rajasthan Handloom Development Corporation (RHDC) is taking the lead in producing items other than sarees from the Kota Doria .They have helped produce lamp shades,curtains, skirts and salwar-kamiz.They have even helped make an all silk saree on Masuria handlooms.

There are many other varities of  Kota Doria Sarees made on power looms in Benaras, Surat and other cities.

Kota Doria Sarees are avilable at the RHDC showroom opposite Ajmeri Gate on M.I.Road(2371109).

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Where To Shop When In Jaipur

In this day and age of globalization when on holiday one does wonder-what to buy? What to take home?Because a franchisee is selling just the thing you are going to buy today back home too. What he can not sell you is the proud comment from your six year old-my mother got it for me when she went for  a business trip to Jaipur.So buy you must for somebody back home.Or for yourself-no harm came from spoiling ones self just a little bit.

Let us start in the walled city where it would seem all of Jaipur comes to shop all at once.

Tripolia Bazar – Stationery items,Utensils,Hardware,Tin Trunks

Badi Chaupar-Turbans,Tie and Dye Fabrics

Chandpole Bazar-Grocery and Electric goods,Pickles and Sherbets

Chaura Rasta-School and College Text books and Jaipuri Quilts,Namkins,Traditional ladies Tailors

Outside Hawamahal-Mojari,Handmade Crackers,Costume Jewellery

Goplaji ka Rasta-Semi precious stones

Kashinath Ji Ki Gali-Wholesale Market for Wedding Cards

Lal Ji Sand Ka Rasta-Sarees(Lahareya), Ready-made Garments

Gheewalaon ka Rasta and Haldiyon Ka Rasta-Sweets,Churans,Supari

Pitaliyon Ki Galli-Jewelery,Garments,Indian snacks

Partaniyon Ka Rasta-Precious & Semiprecious Stones

Barah Gangaur Ka Rasta-Lac Bangles,Jaipuri Quilts,

Johri Bazaar -Jewelery,Textiles,Bandhani Sarees,Lehariya,Zari,Gota work

Agrasen Market, Johri Bazar,Sarees with Zardozee,Resham,Sequens work,Bhandej, Natural Georgette

Khajano Walon Ka Rasta-Marble Idols of various Gods

Maniharon Ka Rasta-Lac Jewelery and Bangles

Kishan Pole Bazar-Silver jewelery,Ayurvedic Medicines,Kites,Crackers,Cots

Bapu Bazaar & Nehru Bazar-Rajasthani Print Textiles,local perfumes,Suparies & Churans,Camel skin shoes.

Koli Basti-Carpets

Kumharon Ki nadi-Pottery

Nahargarh Road-Local musical Instruments

Raisar Plaza-Mobile & Computer Accessories & Ready made Garments

M.I.Road-Jewelery,Ready-made Garments,Handicrafts,Books,Restaurants,Bangles,

Rajasthali-A Government Emporium offering all that is the best of Rajasthan in one place.

Chameliwala Market-Electricals, Silver items

Saraogi Mansion- Imported stuff,Sarees,Footwear,Cosmetics

Jayanti Market-Electronics,Electricals,Mobiles,Computers

Jalupura-Wholesale Iron Market,Second Hand Vehicles Sale Purchase and Modification.

Sanganer-Handmade paper,Block Print Sarees,Furnishings

Bagru-Vegetable Dye Block Print Sarees,Furnishings

Lavan-Colorful Daris

Besides these traditional bazaars there are malls all over Jaipur which offer a particular item.And some shops are in colonies.If you shop in the day time(Happy Hours) when there is less rush some  Malls & Restaurants may give discounts or gifts.

Neerja International Inc.( 2224395)S-19 Bhawani Singh Road Blue Pottery Items Jewelery Top of The Line.

Anokhi,Block Print Garments and Furnishings (4007244),C-11,K.K.Square,Prithviraj Road,C-Scheme
Fab India,(5115991)C-69, Prithviraj Road,C-Scheme
Central Cottage Industries And Emporium,(2710680)Tonk Road,Near Glass Factory
Soma,Jacob Road,Civil Lines
Mojari,Shiv Heera Path,Chomu House,C-Scheme.
Ratan Textiles(2223185),Papriwal cottage,Ajmer Road
Bhuramal Rajmal Surana (Mfrs)( 2570429)J.L.N.Marg,Near police Memorial. Top of the line Jewelery
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Samanvai Art Gallery,Ganpati Plaza,M.I.Road(5114400)
Satguru’s,Raja Park
Kalpana Handmade Paper Ind,bawari ka bas,nashion ka rasta,Sanganer(2732115,2731084)