Tuesday, December 30, 2008

The Luxurious Lake Palace (UDAIPUR)

Explore the royal wonder of Udaipur in the form of the Luxurious Lake palace. It is one of the most beautiful palaces in the world. The palace is famous by the name of Jag Niwas. This white palace set in the turquoise waters of Lake Pichola and surrounded by hills is famous as one of the most romantic places. It provides an awe inspiring view. It was built by Maharana Jagat Singhji II, in 1754 and named after its founder’s name. The magnificent palace is a marvel in stone and is the fine example of the Mughal- Rajput architecture. This cool heaven was used as a summer resort by the successive rulers but now it has been converted into a luxury hotel and provides the world class amenities.
This luxurious palace explores the architectural beauty with carved columns, pillared terraces, and beautiful courtyard. Fountains, swimming pool, internet facility, Fitness center, delicious mouth watering cuisine and service etc in addition to other exceptional facilities are provided here. This hotel is easily reachable from the airport and is open throughout the year. Visitors can feel and enjoy the beauty of heavenly view while visiting this palace. Rooms here are decorated with paintings, crystal work, painted mirrors and inland stones of pink and green lotus leaves. It gives an impression of being a magical palace when is image is seen in the water of the Pichola Lake.

Friday, December 26, 2008

UDAIPUR (The city of Lakes)

General information -
Location : Southern of Rajasthan, New Delhi (670 km), Jaipur (420 km)
Known for : the beautiful lakes
Weather -
Summer : 39°C- 28° C
Winter : 28°°C- 8°C
Rainfall : Normal (July- Mid September), very humid
Summer : Light tropical
Winter : Light Woollen
Airport Dabok : Well connected to major cities as Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata,
(25 Kms.) Jaipur, Jodhpur.
Roads : well connected (deluxe and air conditioned buses) to major cities
Train : well connected with major cities
Taxi service : available
Best time to visit : September –March
Places to See:
City Palace, Lake Pichola, Jag Mahal, Jagdish Temple, Pratap Memorial, Fateh Sagar, GulabBag, Sajjangarh, Shilpgram, Haldighati Rajsamand Lake, Jaisamand Lake, Rishabhdeoji, Raisamand Wildlife Sanctuary, Kumbhalgarh Fort ( Sanctuary), Rankapur( Sadri, Desuri, Ghanerao), Nagada, Nathdwara.
Shopping areas : Chetak Circle, Bapu Bazar,
City Market, Hati Pol, Lake Palace Rd.
Accomodation : Lake Palace, (Pichola)
Heritage : JagNiwas, Laxmi Vilas, Shiv Niwas, Rang Niwas palace,
Caravanseral, Feteh Prakesh Palace
Others : Ajanta, Anand,Apsara, Badi Haveli,Chetna,
City Centre, Gangaur Palace, Mayur, Paras,
Padmini, Moti Mahal, Radhika, Payal,
Paras, Mewar GH, Rajdeep, Samrat, VIP
Paying Guest Accommodation is also available in the city.
Restaurants : Chetak (chetak Circle)
Chirag (Gulag Bag Rd.)
Gangaur ( Chetak Circle) Kwality,
Park View (Town Hall Rd.)
Fair & : Gangaur ( March-April)
Festivals Teej (July-Aug.)
Mewar Festival (March-April)

Saturday, December 20, 2008

BUNDI (an ancient Rajput town)

General information -
Location : 36 km from Kota
Known for : Step wells and tanks
Climate : Summer 43 °C – 35C,
Winter 30C - 5° C ,
Rainfall (about) 75 cms.
Wear :
Summer – Light Tropical
Winter - Light woollen
Language : Hindi, English, Rajasthani
Best season : September to March
By Air : Nearest airport Jaipur (206 km)
Rail : Well connected with Kota (36 km), Chittaurgarh, Agra, Nimach, Kota
By Road : Bundi is well connected by road to all cities within Rajasthan,
regular bus service from Delhi, Indore, Jaipur.
Tourist Taxis: : from Jaipur and Kota.
and buses
Shopping Areas : Main market (still maintain its medival look)
Shopping Articles : Cotton carpets, famous Kota painting and Kota Doria sarees, lac
bangles, wooden toys, stone statues, colorful Odhanis
Fair & Festivals
Tejaji Fair (Dungari) : dedicated to the folk deity Tejaji, lasts for five days
(Sept., Oct)
Keshav Rai Patan Fair : held on Kartik Poornima and devotees take a holy dip in river
Chambal to worship Keshav Raj ji, celebration continues for ten
Kajli Teej (Jul.-Aug.)
Accommodation -
Bundi Tourist Palace,
Diamond Hotel,
Sukh Mehal Rest house
Major attractions –
Bundi Durg - Also known as the Star Fort, built in 1411A.D Rao Raja Bar Singhh. Located on thickly wooded hill this palace is known for its unique
(Taragarh Palace) construction.
The Garh Palace – One of the finest examples of Rajput architecture.
Ratan Daulat – built by Rao raja Ratan Singh, forms stable for nine horses and elephants. Royal marble throne is the main attraction
Chitrashala – A gallery for the miniature murals of the palace. Paintings on the wall depicts Radha-Krishna story.
Nawal Sagar - square artificial lake, a temple dedicated to Varuna stands submerged in the center of lake.
Chhatra Mahal - built by Maharaja Shatrusal Singh Ji, include Hazari Pol gate of thousand),
the Naubat Khana, the Hathi Pol (having old water clock), Diwam- e-Khaas
Rani Ji Ki Baori – fine example of step – well, famous for the beautiful carved panels of Dasha Avtar( ten Incarnation).
Jait Sagar Lake – beautiful lake built by Jaita Meena, consist of the attractions of Terrace Garden and Smriti Kunj.
Sukh Mahal - Famous as Palace of Bliss, Palace where Rudyard Kipling stayed when visited Bundi , constructed during the period of Rao Raja Vishnu Singh.
Shikar Burj - earlier a royal hunting lodge but now a beautiful picnic spot.
Ramgarh (Game sanctuary)
84 Pillared Cenotaphs – built in the year 1683 by Rao Anirudh Singh, located in the south of the town. Besides Canotoph the temple of Shiva Linga is also respected by the devotees.

Surrounded by Aravalli hills on the three sides, Bundi is famous for its attractive palaces, temples, havellis, chattris and others. These are famous for their fine and beautiful craftwork Painting in color scheme of red,golden and blue is famous all over the world.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Excursion of Bharatpur- Deeg

One of the famous rural destinations of Rajasthan is Deeg. One can spend a hilarious time hear by exploring the ramparts or listening to the sweet folk lore. This beautiful garden town lies about 36 km north of Bharatpur on the way to the famous sanctuary. This small town is equipped with the beauty of magnificent and impressive palaces and famous as this place was the tranquil retreat of the former royal family of Bharatpur. Today, it is noted for the well laid out gardens studded with sparkling fountains, colorful busy markets and the wonderful fort.

Deeg Fort -
The fort built by Raja Suraj Mal, stands majestically over a slightly elevated point, surrounded by impressive moats, ramparts and gateways. This fort was constructed on the eastern side of an elevated plain of Roop Sagar. The gateway is protected with anti-elephant spikes. Presence of a couple of bastions is another characteristic feature of the place. The largest bastion is named as Lakkha Buri. Most of the structures within the fort are in ruins. To spent whole day in the palace is not a big deal.
Gopal Bhavan -
This imaginatively designed palace was completed in 1760. This was the actual residence of Raja. It has beautifully laid gardens at its entrance and the rear overlooks the Gopal Sagar which is flanked with smaller pavilions Sawan and Bhadon. Sawon –Bhadon palace is the palace with hollow ceiling having rolling iron spheres in it. These spheres collide with each other producing a sound of raining clouds when the water is allowed to flow through the ceiling. Its beauty is unique in the evening in the golden rays of evening sun.
Deeg Museum is the place where the collection of articles, furniture and other things of the royal family has been exhibited. Other interesting structures are Suraj Bhavan, Purana Mahal, Nand Bhawan, Krishna Bhawan and Keshav Bhawan. All these palaces reflect strong Mughal influences and are of considerable historical value.