Elephant Festival, Jaipur

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Come March, and the Pink City breaks into an exultant celebration of life, a pre-Holi bash which centres around the Elephant.

The camel may be the most visible symbol of Rajasthan, but when it comes to Rajput royalty, the elephant wins hands down. Elephants have always been a carrier of royalty in Indian culture and so The Elephant Festival was initiated keeping in mind the tourists coming to the city. So, while Bikaner celebrates the Ship of the Desert, Jaipur makes much of the elephant.

Marked by a range of interesting activities, Jaipur’s day-long Elephant Festival is an event not to be missed. Organised every year by the Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation, the Elephant Festival this year will be held at Ram Bagh Polo Ground ,Jaipur on 7th March 2012, and attracts thousands of eager tourists from across India and overseas.

The festival starts with a traditional procession; while musicians play folk tunes and dancers whirl in a flurry of colours, richly caparisoned elephants march along in a parade. This is followed by a ‘best decorated elephant’ competition, games of elephant polo, elephant races, a special ‘elephant decoration’ exhibition and a tug-of-war between humans and an elephant. No prizes for guessing who wins.

Elephants, all in elegant attire, loaded with glitter and gold, fascinate the audience with their grand processions and decorated trunks and tusks. The scenes from the royal past are recreated, which is a wonderful sight!

Elephant polo is the most noticeable feature of this festival where, the players wear saffron and red turbans, sit on the elephants, and try to score goals with long sticks and a plastic football. Only female elephants take part in this festival. The Festival also provides platform for the folk tradition of Rajasthan. The festivities end with performances of folk dances; with a liberal splashing of Holi colours on all and sundry, and a spectacular display of fireworks.

Come to the festival and watch Jaipur come alive!

We suggest you to go for advance bookings!

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Kanak Vrindavan valley

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Kanak Vrindavan valley is a picturesque spot located in the desert lands of Jaipur, Rajasthan. This beautiful valley is placed in the bed of Nahargarh hills in the vicinity of Amber Fort, on Jaipur – Amber road. Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh, the founder of Jaipur, labeled it as Kanak Vrindavan Valley, some 280 years ago. The Maharaja was so possessed with this place that he consequently built a temple dedicated to Shri Govind Deoji in the complex.

Kanak Valley is believed to be a sacred place and according to the religious beliefs, waters from numerous rivers are intermingled here for carrying out the Ashwamedh Yagna. The complex in the valley is spread on a vast area which is well planned and housing exotic stone temples that are superbly built in an intricate manner. The temples are decorated with fine carving and look exquisite with exotic chhatris, lattice and mirror work.

Kanak Valley lies between the Aravalli ranges and one can capture its beautiful view from all the three forts of Jaipur. The vast forestation of Dhok and Kadamba trees within the valley adds to its beauty along with water cascades, brooks, blooming flowers and lotus ponds.

Divided into eight sections, the garden comprises a series of fountains. The fountain by the name of ‘Parikrama’ is carved out of a single piece of marble. The picture of the garden is amazing and one cannot describe its beauty in words. Kanak valley is simply breathtaking and due to its inexplicable charm, it has made background for many Bollywood movies.

At night, when the temple is brightly lit, it offers a heavenly picture on the earth itself. The sounds of chants and hymns offered to the God complete the celestial picture of the place. If you are on a trip to Jaipur, do not miss this enchanting valley which is always in bloom.

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Khatipura Tiraya, Jaipur, India 302012

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Moti Doongri Temple

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Jaipur, the land of great kings and warriors holds back the charm and magnetism of the past. Jaipur not only houses many forts and architecture but is also home to some of the famous temples in India.

The Moti Doongri Temple in Jaipur is one of the most frequented temple and is also a tourist attraction for the scenic view it offers.

Moti Dungri is a small hill, centrally located in the city of Jaipur, which means Hill of Pearls or Pearl Hill. The hill is occupied by a palace and a temple. This palace has been built in accordance with a Scottish castle and is really a marvel of architecture. In the recent past it served as a home for Rajmata Gaytri Devi.

The temple of Moti Doongri is dedicated to Lord Ganesha.

The Moti Doongri Temple, Jaipur is popular for its marvelous location and exquisite architecture that surprises every visitor.

The Moti Doongri Temple in Jaipur reflects modern Indian architecture at its best. The architecture of the temple is a fine blend of western, Indian and Islamic forms.

The highlight of this place is the famous and auspicious temple of Lord Ganesha, which is frequently visited by almost whole of Jaipur and people from outside. Accompanied with attraction of the Moti Doongri Temple, the picturesque location of the temple adds to the charm to this place.

The mere view of the castle is exotic enough. Moti Doongri Temple, Jaipur is a must go for the tourist.

While staying with us at the Royal Heritage Haveli, be sure to enjoy all the local attractions, our city has to offer.

Whether you are visiting for work or play, make Royal Heritage Haveli your destination.

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Boisterous dances of Rajasthan !

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The vibrancy of Rajasthan is never completely discovered until you engulf yourself in the music and dance of it. Patronized by erstwhile royalty, the music and dance of Rajasthan follows a legacy that dates back to several centuries. The rich folklore and culture has added some more sparkles to its glory making Rajasthani dance and music a treasured jewel in Indian culture. Enjoy a dance performance and we can say for sure that you can’t help yourself from shaking your body in the hypnotizing melody and beat.

Kalbeliya

One of the most sensuous dance forms of Rajasthan, performed by the Kalbeliya snake charmers’ community, the Sapera dancers. They wear long, black skirts embroidered with silver ribbons. As they spin in a circle, their body sways acrobatically, so that it is impossible to believe that they are made of anything other than rubber. As the beat increases in tempo, the pace increases to such a pitch that it leaves the viewer as exhausted as the dancer.

 

Bhopa Bhopi
Bhopa-bhopi is the age old traditional form of folk songs and dance of Rajasthan. The men and women of the desert sway to the tunes of old Rajasthani folk songs. It is hard not to be tempted to join.

Bhavai Dance
One of the state’s most spectacular performances, it consists of veiled women dancers balancing up to seven or nine brass pitchers as they dance nimbly, pirouetting and then swaying with the soles of their feet perched on the top of a glass or on the edge of the sword. There is sense of cutting edge suspense and nail biting acts in the dance.

Charee Dance
In Charee Dance, dancers choreograph deft patterns with their hands while balancing brass pots on their heads. The performance is made more picturesque with the flames from cottonseeds set alight, so that the bobbing heads create streaks of illuminating patterns as they move effortlessly around the floor.

Experience the vibrancy of the beats and finesse of the dancers. It is just a trip away !

 

 

Jaipur – Sheer Symphony in Pink

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Jaipur, the vibrant capital of Rajasthan, is popularly known as ’the pink city,’ for the colour of the buildings in its wonderful old city. This buzzing metropolis is certainly a place of wild contrasts and is a feast for the eyes. The pink colour was used at the time to create an impression of red sandstone buildings of Mughal cities. It was repainted in 1876, during the visit of the Prince of Wales. It is still maintained scrupulously.


The city displays a remarkable harmony & architectural splendour. Designed in accordance with the ancient Hindu treatise on architecture, the Shilpa Shastra, Jaipur follows a grid system and is encircled by a fortified wall. The palace lies in the heart of the city and occupies the space of the central grid. Wide lanes which divide the area into tidy, well laid-out rectangles of commercial and residential use, cut across the rest of the grids neatly. The fortified wall has seven gates and was built for protection from invading armies and wild animals that lurked just outside, in the thick jungles that surrounded the city.

Today, the city has spread beyond these walls and reached neighbouring towns and continues to grow. But Jai Singh’s planned city has withstood all the pressures and the changes.

Today, it has become the most popular tourist destination in Rajasthan, making one corner of the ’Golden Triangle’ (Delhi-Jaipur-Agra). The city is best explored on foot and the adventurous visitors willing to go into the inner lanes can discover a whole new world not visible to the tourist-in-a hurry.

To experience the royal sight of ‘Pink City’ and the most beautiful  moments of your life, just plan your  vacations to Jaipur and rediscover the Royal Pink City with Royal Heritage Haveli.

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Royal Heritage Haveli Jaipur bagged “The Travellers’ Choice Hotel Awards 2012”

Royal Heritage Haveli Jaipur bagged “The Travellers’ Choice Hotel Awards 2012”

All your love and trust in Royal Heritage Haveli has made us proud winner of a significant tourism award: “The Travellers’ Choice Hotel Awards 2012”.

The Traveler’s Choice Award Hotels include the best luxury hotels, hidden gems and more, chosen by you, the world’s largest travel community. The winners are determined by a combination of the highest Traveler ratings and the TripAdvisor Popularity Index, a measurement of overall traveler satisfaction.

For us the award means recognition by our guests, the substantial satisfaction of knowing that when staying with us, we have surpassed their expectations. This encourages us to demand more of ourselves and to continue to improve our product, infrastructure and services.

The entire management and staff of Royal Heritage Haveli want to thank you once again for all opinions about our hotels, the positive, which made it possible for us  to reserve a place in Travellers’ Choice Hotel Awards and those always understood as constructive, to help us to improve daily.

We would like to thank all our guests and patrons for making us feel so elated!!! This award is especially dedicated to all of you.

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Rebirth of the Palace on Lake: Resplendent Jal Mahal!

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We cannot call it the emulate of Amber Fort or the sublime honeycomb façade of the Hawa Mahal, but early in 2012 another consequential regal palace in Jaipur opens to the public for the first time. Built perhaps as early as 1734 by the city’s founder, Jai Singh II, the Jal Mahal – “Lake Palace” – had lain derelict for the best part of a century. Now it stands serene in the south-west corner of the man-made Mansagar Lake, its pale ochre façades reflected in the glassy waters.

From the city, it looks like a solid square two-storey structure, an octagonal-domed chhatri or gazebo at each corner. But the building is actually nothing more than four narrow galleries built to encompass a tiny islet and mounted on an arcade of columns that stand on the lake bed. It was designed as a place for duck-shooting, kite-flying, picnics and fireworks, a place to “[sleep] off their noonday opiate amid the cool breezes of the lake, wafting delicious odor from myriads of the lotus flower which covered the surface of the water.”

Inside, the galleries have been painstakingly restored, their walls rendered to dado height in gleaming plaster work, burnished with coconut oil and inscribed with lines of black kohl. Above hang huge, digitally enlarged reproductions of miniature paintings from museums across Rajasthan.

So far, so interesting, but what really justifies the modest Rs.50 entry charge is the headily perfumed Chameli Bagh, or jasmine garden, at its heart. The exquisite floral frescoes, filigree, enamel and mirror work in the chhatris, for instance, and the way the marble fountains, cascades and channels have been carved so that the water both glitters and sings as it ripples over them. For this was a palace of pleasures where water, light, sounds, scents and imagery combined to delight the senses.

If we talk about the modern Jaipur , the principal achievement has probably been the clean-up of this once-fetid, polluted lake. Two million tones of toxic dregs and slag were drained from it, increasing its depth by a metre. The result is a cistern that teems with fishes breathing fresh.

To experience the magnificence of Jal Mahal and the most beautiful  moments of your life, just plan your  vacations to Jaipur and rediscover the Royal city with Royal Heritage Haveli

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Jaipur Literature Festival!

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From January 20-24, 2012 literature lovers from all over the world, including some very known names will be flocking to the Pink City to drink in the ambience at the five-day long extravaganza which will play host to over 200 speakers from across the globe. They will debate, discuss and read from their works at the Diggi Palace, Jaipur.

This event is one of the largest literary festivals in Asia that drew 7,000 patrons over five days in 2008, ballooned to 60,000 last year and organizers are expecting thousands more this year. And this time, you will see writers such as Michael Ondaatje, Fatima Bhutto, Ben Okri and David Remnick here. Oh yes, Salman Rushdie’s attendance is still a mystery! Perhaps, we can see Oprah Winfrey at the do.

The festival remains, as it started, open and free for everyone. But in an effort to streamline entry, for the first time organizers have asked people to register online before the festival this year, to enhance the safety.

The Jaipur Literature Festival will also host four musical evenings for the music enthusiasts. The musical four nights will have the touch of Rajasthani,  Pop, Sabri Bothers, Sufism, Band and Sahrang, with world wide artists performing in it. These musical evenings at Jaipur Literature Festival are no less than any classy ones. So don’t think of giving them a miss! 

Royal Heritage Haveli welcome all the patrons of Jaipur Literature Festival in this resplendent Pink City of colors and culture. Plan your vacations around the dates of Jaipur Literature Festival to witness the blend of art, literature, music and colorful culture at one platform.

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City Celebrating Colorful Festival Of Kites

The city of Jaipur itself is a riot of color, pomp and pageantry. To a lifestyle that is a fanfare of festivities and celebrations.

Jaipur is a magical city that encloses within its walls all the color and charm of the exotic and romantic land of Rajasthan. The city still retains its old world glory and charm and it is in the backdrop of such a stupendous city that the all important Kite Festival is held.

Kite festival is celebrated every year on January 14 on the day of “Makar Sakranti “.On this day kites are flown in the sky at Jaipur. During this time city markets are flooded with shops selling Kites, manjha, sadhaa & charkhi.

All the people are on their roof tops enjoying the warmth of the winter sun and flying kites. The kites are of many designs and the fun part is that you try to cut each other’s kite and shout on top of your voice” I cut that kite” or “Who Kaatte”!!

But wait, when you cut the kite the others run around to grab the cut kite and fly it. You can see people of all ages on the roof tops with their heads turned into the sky. In Jaipur kites virtually blot out the sky. Everyone joins in this riotous celebration.

As you’ve probably guessed, this is one day when the skies above the city come alive with kites – in a hundred different colours, shapes and sizes, fluttering and darting above the rooftops, triumphantly cutting another kite’s string, and soaring way up above the earth.

There is no celebration considered complete unless and until rich food is served among friends, family and relatives. The festival of Makar Sankranti is also not different from the other Indian festivals. Lots of cooking takes place on this day as well. Tik ke laddoo, rewedi, dal ki pakodi are few to name.

The fun of Kite flying is enjoyed for over a week in Jaipur.

Royal Heritage Haveli is waiting to welcome you all for Kite Flying with some delicious food & warm hospitality.

Tour to the City Palace of Jaipur

 

Situated in the capital of Rajasthan, the City Palace of Jaipur or the chief palace is a titillating fusion of conventional Rajasthan and Mughal architecture. The gigantic palace complex engages one seventh of the walled city of Jaipur. The complex is divided into a series of courtyards, sprawling gardens and buildings. The beautifully caved marble interiors, magnificent pillars, jali or lattice work and inlaid ornamentations make the palace a cherished tourist attraction. Jaleb Chowk and Tripolia Gate are the two main entrances to the City Palace Jaipur. The complex houses a number of palatial structures, most notable ones being the Chandra Mahal, Mubarak Mahal, Badal Mahal, Shri Govind Dev ji Temple and the City Palace Museum.

Mubarak Mahal

In the first courtyard is the ‘Mubarak Mahal’, built by Maharaja Madho Singh II in the late 19th century. The Mubarak Mahal, contains the textile section of the Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum. There is a magnificent gateway with a grand door in brass opening to a stately courtyard. There lies the Diwan-I-Khas or ‘Hall of Private Audience’- an open hall with a double row of columns with scalloped arches.

Diwan-e-Khas and Diwan-e-Aam

The magnificent brass gateway of the Mubarak Mahal leads to a courtyard where one can find the Diwan-I-Khas or ‘Hall of Private Audience’. Here two enormous silver vessels catch the eye. These are the largest vessels known in the world. They are also recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records Next comes the ‘Diwan-E-Aam’ or the ‘Hall of Public Audience’. Done up in a rich red and gold, this chamber holds on display a variety of embroidered rugs and carpets, miniature paintings and ancient texts. The Ridhi Sidhi Pol is the name given to the four small gates adorned with themes representing the four seasons.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chandra Niwas

The Chandra Niwas, standing to the west is an imposing palace and various parts of this seven-storied building are called Sukh-Niwas, Ranga-Mandir, Pitam-Niwas, Chabi-Niwas, Shri-Niwas and Mukut-Mandir.

Govind Devji Temple

 

Opposite the Chandra Niwas stands the Badal Niwas and in between lies the Jai Niwas Garden. The Govind Devji temple stands in this garden. Govind Dev ji is one of the prominent temples of Rajasthan and situated in Jaipur, it is visited by many people annually. Dedicated to Lord Krishna and has been well preserved by the earlier royal family. The idol was brought from Vrindavan, installed here by Sawai Jai Singh.  Govind Dev ji is an incarnation of Lord Krishna.

Another integral part of the palace complex is the Hawa Mahal of unusual architecture, standing away from the main complex.

To explore the magnificent City Palace and the beautiful city, just plan your  vacations to Jaipur and rediscover the Royalty and grandeur hidden in the depth of its heritage.