The Architectural Heritage of Rajasthan!

 

Travel with Khaled, Umaid Bhawan Palace jodhpur

Travel with Khaled – Umaid Bhawan Palace Jodhpur

मारू थारो देस में निपजय तीन रतन, एक ढोलो, दूजो कुरजां, तीजो कसूमल रंग|

Rajasthan has been the land of emotional sagas. Permanently etched in history are beautiful narratives of extreme human endeavours, transforming the monotonous desert landscape into songs, ballads and awe inspiring edifices. The Kasumal color (akin to pinkish red) is Unique to Rajasthan is the color of valor, the vibrant color of hospitality which the desert State of Rajasthan is singularly known for.

The valorous Maharajas of Rajasthan built ravishing Palaces which stood the ravages of time and stand intact to this very day. The architecture, art and craftsmanship which have gone painstakingly in embellishing these monuments into near perfect structures are an ode to the men who have built these.

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The New British Royalty and the Indian Connection!

True to the Royal Legacies the birth of the British Royalty was awaited with much eagerness and bated breath not in Great Britain alone but all over the world by the ones who still hold and follow the Royal Legacies with much interest and respect. The new born as per the royal communique has been christened as Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge. Henceforth he will be known as “His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge”.

There already have been 6 Royal British Monarchs named as George, the last being Queen’s Father George the 6th.

Louis happens also to be a popular name amongst the British Royalties. One of them was India’s Last Viceroy and the 1st Governor General of Independent Union of India, Admiral of the Fleet Louis Francis Albert Victor Nicholas Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma.

The British Crown took over India undivided from the British East India Company in 1858 after the India’s First War of Independence or also known as the Sepoy Mutiny of 1857 and the dissolution of the Company itself. On 1st of May 1876 the Queen Victoria became the Empress of India and was proclaimed such in the Delhi Durbar of 1877.

When Victoria the Empress of India died her son Edward VII ascended the throne as “Emperor of India”. The title continued after India became independent on 15 August 1947 and was not formally abandoned until 22 June 1948 under George VI, although the British monarch continued to be the King of India until it became a republic in 1950.

The Emperors and Empress of India until India’s independence from The British were as under:

MONARCH

FROM

UNTIL

HOUSE

Queen Empress Victoria

1 May 1876

22 January 1901

House of Hanover

King Emperor Edward VII

22 January 1901

6 May 1910

House of Saxe-Coburg & Gotha

King-Emperor George V

6 May 1910

20 January 1936

House of Windsor

King-Emperor Edward VIII

20 January 1936

11 December 1936

House of Windsor

King-Emperor George VI

11 December 1936

15 August 1947

House of Windsor

The Emperor of India was a Title the Last Mughal Emperor Bahadur Shah II used after 1857 as given by the sepoys who thought to over through the reign of East India Company. They proclaimed hi the Badishah-e-Hind, or Emperor of India. The Mughals, who ruled very massive area of India, but never called themselves as Emperors. They used the title Badishah which meant Great King or King of Kings which was similar to Emperor and since the Geographical Demarcation of their dominion wasn’t obvious hence the titles never indicated the area of their suzerainty.

Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge

Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge & the Indian Connection!
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6 Hill Forts of Rajasthan Listed in the UNESCO World Heritage List

amber fort

Six hill forts of Rajasthan figure in the UNESCO World Heritage List, and their names are “The forts of Chittaurgarh, Ranthambore, Jaisalmer, Kumbhalgarh, Amber and Gagron fort“. All the forts are situated in the Aravalli mountain range in Chittaurgarh, Sawai Madhopur, Jaisalmer, Rajsamand, Jaipur and Jhalawar districts. They are truly unique examples of outstanding Rajput military architecture that are found in temples, memorials, palaces, etc., and all forts are built between 13th and 19th centuries.

In 2012, five forts of Rajasthan were nominated, but rejected by the UNESCO panel. However, this year the government added one more fort that was Jaisalmer fort and reworked on the documents of previous five forts and re-nominated them, including Jaisalmer fort. For the last two years, India has been attempting to inscribe these magnificent hill forts on the World Heritage List. But, we are really pleased that it has been done this year.

In November, 2012, a two-member (Susan Denyor and Giles Tillotson) “ICOMOS” advisory mission, came to Rajasthan and visit Jaipur. A meeting was held among ICOMOS advisory member, Rajasthan government and officials of Archaeological Survey of India. Later, the ICOMOS recommended in their report that all the six hill forts be inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Two forts out of six are protected by the Rajasthan State Archaeological Survey, and other four are protected by the Archaeological Survey of India.

This year, India has also sent the nomination of the Great Himalayan National Park, situated in Himachal Pradesh in UNESCO World Heritage Sites under the category of the cultural properties. However, its candidature has put on hold due to lack of documents or want some more documents. This national park is located in the Kullu district and spread over 75,400 hectares. As now, India has total 29 world heritage sites, 23 cultural and 6 natural properties.

Summer Festival 2013 – Mount Abu, Rajasthan

Summer festival rajasthan 2013

Every year, thousands of tourists and travelers flock to Mount Abu for enjoying summer festival and escaping from high heat and humidity as well. If you too want to watch and enjoy it this year, then days are too near as the festival is going to take place for three days, starting from 23rd till 25th May, 2013. Booking for hotels, tour packages and for other things have been started. So, don’t wait and make your booking as soon as possible.

This three day carnival is organized by Rajasthan Tourism every year during Buddha Poornima in Mount Abu, which is the only hill station in Rajasthan. This outstanding and beautiful hill town serves as an ideal location for the summer fair because of its rocky terrain, serene lakes, pleasant atmosphere and attractive places. The summer festival starts with a ceremonial procession from the RTDC Shikhar Hotel and finally gathering at the Nakki Lake Chowk that is followed by best regional folk performances by local folk artists and performers.

This carnival offers a great time to local, national and international tourists and visitors to relax, enjoy and entertain themselves with the outstanding folk dances, events, competitions and other common activities happening all around. The second and third day of the festival is more attractive and exciting as all the events and sports organized between these two days. The Sham-e-Qawwali is one of the special attractions of this fete. It is a musical show, which fascinates visitors with narrations by famous qawwals from different parts of the country. The melodious classical and folk music of Rajasthan and Boat race on Nakki Lake are the main highlights of the festivals. Apart from this, the festival also offers a look of the tribal & village life of the state.

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Favorite Hill Station in India – Mount Abu

Mount Abu, a tiny hill station in Rajasthan, and also is one of the sensational hill stations of India. This beautiful town is the only hill place in the state, and is situated in the lap of the Aravali mountain range. It is spread over an area of 22-26 km and located an altitude of approx 1215 meters above the sea levels. Mount Abu is filled with outstanding lakes, sunset & sunrise points, waterfalls, temples, rivers and dense forests. For these amazing attractions, it is popular among tourists.

mount abu Often, large numbers of tourists or visitors come here from Gujarat, Delhi, and nearby parts of Rajasthan to get relief from summer heat, and enjoying the pleasant weather and cool climate of the place. It is mainly renowned for internationally acclaimed Dilwara Temples, which are a group of Jain temples made from white marble. These temples were built during 11th and 13th century AD. Another popular attraction here is Achalgargh fort that is an old fort, and built by Rana Kumbha of Mewar in the 14th century, is a must visit spot here. Other exquisite and top-notch tourist’s attractions here are Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary, Nakki Lake, Gaumukh Temple, Guru Shikhar (highest peak on the Mount Abu), Trevors Tank, Adhar Devi Temple, etc; don’t forget to explore these places during your Mount Abu Tour.

In transportation area, Maharana Pratap Udaipur Airport, Dabok (Udaipur) is the closest airport to this hill station. While, the nearest railway station is Abu Road, just 30 km away from Mount Abu. It is also well connected to all major places by bus, and regular buses travel to this beautiful hill station of Rajasthan from Jaipur, Udaipur and Ahmedabad. Unmetered taxis are the main transportation within the town. There are several affordable resorts and hotels to suit every pocket can be obtained in Mount Abu.

Best time to visit – people love to visit here in summer.

 

Enjoy Camel Safari in Rajasthan

Camel the “Ship of the desert is known as the lifeline for the desert people in Rajasthan. They are also the major mode of transportation in deserts like The Thar of the state, while riding on a camel is one of the most staggering activities for tourists and travelers. Exploring and discovering the desert on sitting back of a camel is truly an amazing experience, will leave you dumb with striking landscapes around once you entered inside it.

rajasthan-desert-safari-tourEnjoying several vibrant destinations and locations of the state through a camel safari is an ultimate experience. The camel safari travel includes some of the popular places like small rural villages (Hansua Village, Bhoo Village), temples, colossal fort, etc. In the rural villages, you can meet regional people, and will come to know more about their culture, living styles, local food and many more other things. Sleeping under the glimmering stars is another marvelous experience during camel safari.

The camel tour of Rajasthan starts from Jaisalmer, which Situated in the middle of the vast Thar Desert. Jaisalmer is well connected by Road, train and air to other major cities of India. Other major safari destinations in the state are Jodhpur, Bikaner, Khimsar and Osian, which are well connected by road transport to Jaipur.

Some Important Camel Safari Tips: We know that the climate of Rajasthan is quite hot, so few things that one should keep in mind before starting the camel safari tour:

  • Booked a camel safari tour in the Thar with prior reservations
  • It is a good idea to check them before going for your desert safari trip.
  • Carry plenty of portable water bottles to avoid dehydration, goggles, sunscreen and a first-aid kit.
  • Wear shoes and cotton clothes, loose fitting specially.
  • Wear Head cap or turban for head protection.

Mukundra Hills Sanctuary – Rajasthan’s Third & Newest Tiger Reserve

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Mukundra Hills Sanctuary – Rajasthan’s Third & Newest Tiger Reserve

One of the leisure pursuits of the super rich Maharajas and the British Officials in India was the Tiger Hunting. It meant to be the Manly sport, though driven by elephants and hordes of the villagers, the Maharajas got trophies to adorn their Palatial Mansions which we call the Palaces.

 Tiger in Rajasthan - Mukundra Hill Sanctury

The Tiger hunting was an elaborate affair with huge retinue collected days before the tiger hunt. At times the entire household would participate and thus arrangements were made to transport the entire seraglio to the hunting grounds. These Hunting grounds are today’s Tiger Reserves, Sanctuaries and National Parks.

10th May, 2013; the Government of Rajasthan notified one such erstwhile Hunting Grounds of Tigers, Mukundra Hills. This has become the third tiger reserve in the state of Rajasthan.

Aproximatley 759 sq Km spread over four of the 31 districts would namely Kota, Bundi, Jhalawar and Chittorgarh now forms the Reserve Area. Of which 417 sq km have been is the  core habitat area of The Tiger and  342.82 sq km is the buffer zone. The existing tiger reserves of Ranthambore and Sariska have a core area nearly thrice the size of Mukundra Tiger Reserve.

With the density of Tiger population increasing in Ranthambhore National Park led to territorial fights in the recent past. The creation of this reserve would thus ease off the situation as with the relocation of the Tigers from Ranthambhore National Park. It would take another year for the relocation to happen.

The core area of the Mukundra reserve currently has six villages, two of which are uninhabited. Eventually all these villages will have to be relocated funded by the NTCA. The sanctuary currently has wolves, sloth bear, chinkaras and leopards.

The Mukundra hill sanctuary already declared as the satellite core area of Ranthambore reserve by the NTCA (National Tiger Conservation Authority). It was natural and logical step by the conservation body to link the area as Tigers often strayed into Mukundra area to breed.

The proposed Mukundara Hills Tiger Reserve constitutes three wildlife sanctuaries including Darrah, Jawahar Sagar and Chambal. This hilly sanctuary with thick forests is worth a visit. The animals here include Wolf, Sloth Bear, Chinkara and Leopard. This sanctuary is stretched in the area of 250 sq Km, around 50 Km from Kota.

It is to be noted that the approval was accorded by the National Tiger Conservation Authority for creation of five tiger reserves in India, which namely are:

  1. Pilibhit (Uttar Pradesh)
  2. Ratapani (Madhya Pradesh)
  3. Sunabeda (Odisha)
  4. Mukundara Hills (Rajasthan)
  5. Satyamangalam (Tamil Nadu)

As the frequent traveler to Rajasthan Wild Life Circuits or any National Park knows the National Parks are open to the public from the 1st of October till 30th of June every year. IN the monsoon especially the core areas are closed as it is the breeding time too for these magnificent beasts.

The best time is the winter seasons but the months of April to June increase the sighting chances with loss of foliage cover in the Parks for this King of the Jungle.

Bundi, Rajasthan, India to Chittorgarh, Rajasthan, India – Google Maps

Gangaur and Mewar Festivals of Rajasthan

Two most popular and important colorful festivals of Rajasthan are Mewar Festival and Gangaur Festival, which are celebrated in the month of March / April. In 2013, Mewar festival of Rajasthan is going to celebrate on 13th April to 15th April for three days in Udaipur. However, Gangaur festival will be celebrated on Ail 13-14 for two days in throughout Rajasthan including Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Nathdwara Jaisalmer and Bikaner,

Gangaur-festivalGangaur Festival: It celebrated all over Rajasthan in honoring the goddess Gauri (A manifestation of Parvati), who represents purity and austerity. The word Gangaur is made up of two words, ‘Gan’ and ‘Gaur’, where ‘Gan’ means Lord Shiva and ‘Gaur’ which stands for Gauri (Parvati). This festival is also celebrated in different cities with the Mewar festival. Predominantly, the festival is for women, particularly unmarried girl, who dress up in their finest costumes, and pray for a good spouse of their choice, while the married women pray for the long life and welfare of their husbands. A colorful procession of decorated images of the goddess Gauri is organized during the festival, and idols of Gauri are circulated all over cities with huge fanfare. These idols are immersed in a lake on the last day of the festival.

Mewar Festival: This festival is celebrated at the beautiful Lake Pichhola of Udaipur with full zest and devotion. The idols of Isar and Gangaur are circulated in a procession through every part of the city. During this festival, women of Rajasthan dress up in their finest multicolored clothes and participate in colorful procession carrying images of Goddess Gauri. Rajasthani folk songs, firework, music and dances are other highlights of the festivals. Sweets are also prepared and offered to Goddess Parvati. Ghewar is the most popular sweet and made throughout the city. Gifts and boxes of Ghewar are also exchanges among relatives and friends during the festival. During the festival, various hotels, especially heritage hotels of rajasthan provide best accommodation with delicious foods.

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ram bagh jaipur“In the Fabled times,
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2013 Kaila Devi Fair Karauli,Rajasthan

Rajasthan, known for its multicolored fair and festivals, and the fair of Kaila Devi is one such colorful festival of the state.  This religious fair usually falls between the months of March to April. However, in this year, it is going to be held at the Kaila village in Karauli District, Rajasthan on April 7th.  Kaila village, a holy place is located on the banks of the Kalisil River. The temple of Kaila Devi is dedicated to Kaila Devi, and it is believed that she is an incarnation of the Goddess Mahalaksmi and Chamunda and the goddess of wealth.

 kaila-devi-fair-2013Every Year, more than 2 lack pilgrims (not only from the home state but also from another state as like Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Delhi, etc.,) flocks to Kaila village during this fair. The ritual of Kanak-Dandotis is followed by devotee’s especially staunch devotees. They cover approx 15-20 kilometers distance to reach the Kailadevi temple. The most difficult side about this 15 to 20 km distance is that the distance is not covered on food, but by lying on the ground. During covering this distance, they draw lines by joining their hands in the direction of the temple.

The Kaila Devi fair is celebrated with full enjoy that people expect from a Rajasthani festival. Devotees offer coconut, vermilion, sweets, bangles and Kajal to Kaila Devi, and animals are also sacrificed outside the temple to appease Kaila Devi. Most of the devotees enjoy the journey without eating and resting, while some eat food and take rest during the journey. You can also explore few other famous places like Bhairon Temple, City Palace and Bhanwar Niwas Palace. Kaila Village which is just 2 km away from Kaila Devi Temple can be a good place to know more about the rustic life of Rajasthan.