Jaipur Pink City of India

Jaipur Pink City of India

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Jaipur pink city of India is capital of Rajasthan, an Indian state that is rich in culture and had lot of prominence in the country’s past. The city of Jaipur was founded in 1727 by Jai Singh II, the Raja of Amer who ruled from 1688 to 1743. His plans were to shift the capital from Amer, 11 km from Jaipur to accommodate the growing population and increasing scarcity of water. Lot of consultation and careful observations by then renowned architects was put in planning the city, it took 4 years to build the city. During the rule of Sawai Ram Singh, the city was painted pink to welcome the Prince of Wales, later Edward VII, in 1876. This gave Jaipur a distinctive appearance and the epithet Pink city of India.

In case if you are literature lover, you have more reasons to visit this beautiful place. Jaipur is going to host literature festival during January 24-29, 2018 so plan your tickets accordingly. Here is the detailed link for more info Visit this site.

Jaipur’s glorious heritage attracts travellers from all around the world, so naturally when it comes to accommodation there are a number of options to choose from. For those who prefer to stay in the lap of luxury, there are a plenty of top-rated resorts, heritage stays, and even some beautiful palace resorts. If you do want a reasonably-priced, good accommodation, you can opt to stay with Treebo Hotels in Jaipur. The properties under these brands offer clean rooms and quality amenities and services, like WiFi connectivity and complimentary breakfast. With brands like this, you can always be sure you’ll get your money’s worth.

 

Amer Fort

Located high on a hill, it is the principal tourist attraction in the Jaipur area. Amer Fort is famous for its artistic Hindu style elements, with its large ramparts and series of gates and cobbled paths, the fort overlooks Maota Lake. The aesthetic ambiance of the palace is seen within its walls. Constructed of red sandstone and marble, the palace is laid out on four levels, each with a courtyard consisting of the Diwan-e-Aam, or “Hall of Public Audience”, the Diwan-e-Khas, or “Hall of Private Audience”, the Sheesh Mahal (mirror palace), or Jai Mandir, and the Sukh Niwas where a cool climate is artificially created by winds blowing over a water cascade within the palace.

City Palace

The City palace includes the Chandra Mahal and Mubarak Mahal palaces and other buildings. It was the seat of the Maharaja of Jaipur, the head of the Kachwaha Rajput clan. The Chandra Mahal palace is now converted to a museum but the greatest part of it is still a royal residence. The palace complex, incorporates an impressive and vast array of courtyards, gardens and buildings. The palace was built between 1729 and 1732, initially by Sawai Jai Singh II.

City Wall

The Jaipur city wall is the wall encircling the old Jaipur city. It was built in 1727 when the city was founded by Maharaja Jai Singh II.The wall is six meters high and three meters thick. There are seven gates in the wall.

Diggi Palace

Diggi Palace now known as The Diggi Palace Hotel is an Indian royal palace located in Jaipur. It was converted into a heritage hotel, but a part is still occupied by the royal family, which also runs the hotel.

Hawa Mahal

Hawa Mahal or the Palace of the Breeze,  so named because it was essentially a high screen wall built so the women of the royal household could observe street festivals while unseen from the outside. Constructed of red and pink sandstone, the palace sits on the edge of the City Palace, and extends to the zenana, or women’s chambers.

Jaigarh Fort

The Jaigarh Fort, located on one of the peaks of the Aravalli range is built about 400 m above the Amber Fort It provides an excellent of view of Aravalli hills and the Amber Fort down below. The fort features a cannon named Jaivana, which was manufactured in the fort precincts and was then the world’s largest cannon on wheels.

Central Park

Central Park, constructed by the Jaipur Development Authority and is the largest park in Jaipur. Central Park is located, in the centre of Jaipur city. Having a big lush green beautiful garden and Rambagh Polo Ground and golf club nearby makes it a perfect enjoyable place in Jaipur. Central Park Garden also has a 5 km long jogging and walking track. Central Park is also a bird watchers paradise as a number of migratory and native birds visit it round the year.

Albert Hall Museum

It is the oldest museum of the state and functions as the State museum of Rajasthan. The building is situated in Ram Niwas Garden outside the city wall opposite New gate and is a fine example ofIndo-Saracenic architecture

Galtaji Temple

an ancient Hindu pilgrimage site in the town of Khania-Balaji, about 10 km away from Jaipur. Temple is built within a mountain pass in the Aravalli Hills 10 km. from Jaipur, Galtaji has been a retreat for Hindu ascetics belonging to vaishnavite Ramanandi sect, since the early 16th century.

Jantar Mantar

Jantar Mantar is a collection of nineteen architectural astronomical instruments, built by the Rajput king Sawai Jai Singh, and completed in 1738 CE. It features the world’s largest stone sundial, and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The nineteen instruments are used for measuring time, predicting eclipses, tracking location of major stars as the earth orbits around the sun, ascertaining the declination of planets, and determining the celestial altitudes.

  • Air: Jaipur is well connected with rest of India with flights plying from all major cities. Sanganer Airport located at Jaipur is nearly 10 km from the heart of the city.
  • Train: Jaipur is well connected to most of the major cities in India by the rail network. Apart from normal trains, a luxury train called “Palace on Wheels” covering all tourist destinations in Rajasthan (Alwar, Udaipur, Jaipur, Swami Mdhopur etc) and starting from Delhi is also available..
  • Road: Being the capital, the city is well connected by a well maintained road network. The Rajasthan road transport corporation and other private players ply buses connecting various cities.

 

  • State: Rajasthan
  • District: Jaipur
  • Famous for/as: Heritage
  • Languages: Hindi, Rajasthani
  • Best time to visit: October to March
  • Weather: Summers 25 to 47°C, Winter 4 to 30°C
  • STD code: 0141
  • State Govt. tourism website: http://www.ordistricts.nic.in/

 

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An Ex-IBM Engineer creates the World’s first Multi Utility Travel Jacket with 29 features which is now available for PRE-ORDER

An Ex-IBM Engineer creates the World’s first Multi Utility Travel Jacket with 29 features which is now available for PRE-ORDER

Every time I travel the biggest challenge I face is to keep my stuff handy and within easy reach. I have tried lot of options form rucksacks to carry pouches but nothing has been up to the mark and have at some point of time came out to be a trouble. While looking out for some travel accessories I came across this VERSATYL Jacket that looks good enough to suffice all my requirements. Considering to purchase this, I thought of sharing this to you all travel enthusiasts.

The jacket was planned and designed to be a major innovation in travel jackets with the aim to transform travel. The former engineer from IBM who now runs a fashion garment manufacturing company in the start-up capital of India, Bengaluru, VERSATYL is an attention grabber! Here are some product features from the manufacturers of the jacket, the jacket is made from a wrinkle-free and water resistant material product aim to provide the convenience of clever storage in an outer garment while travelling. The Jacket provides 29 unique features including 18 pockets and storage compartments, detachable hoodie, retractable gloves and side vents to keep it cool during the summers.

Versatyl Jacket
Versatyl Jacket

The Jacket is available in two colours having 14 zips and weighs 470 grams. The pockets are designed in such a way that you can store almost everything from pens to iPad that you need, frequently during travel or cycling or jogging and other outdoor activities.

The VERSATYL is designed by Emirate Fashions Pvt Ltd – a garment manufacturing firm based out of – Bengaluru (AKA Bangalore). The idea for this came when Saneen Javali (engineer turned entreprenuer at Emirate Fashions) was looking for something unique to make at a breakthrough price. Most travel jackets he noticed were overpriced and this spurred him to design the VERSATYL. The vision is to make it the de-facto standard in travel jackets. Be it on an aircraft or a boat , on a bike, trekking the country side or for everyday use, the Versatyl is what you want.

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Public Transit: Now More Accessible  Than Ever

Public Transit: Now More Accessible Than Ever

Introduction

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” India is one of the most interesting places to visit in the world. A melting pot of different religions, cultures and communities, this peninsula is home to the lofty Himalayas, the beautiful Bay of Bengal, the dense forests of Cherrapunji and the far flung tip of Kanyakumari along with the deserts of Rajasthan and the backwaters of Kerala. Each Indian city has its own charm and if you are commuting, be sure to try everything from the ancient cycle rickshaw to the state-of-the-art, modern metro service. The public transit in India has become more organized, easily accessible and convenient.

 

Train

Travelling by train is a classic experience in India. The national rail network covers almost all of the nation with the exception of mountains in Sikkim, Uttarakhand, Ladakh and HP. Trains may be late, but they run across difficult and vastly changing terrains with ease. Overnight journeys are the right choice if you want to save yourself from travelling via the train. There are three types of passenger trains in India:

  • Inter City/Express/Mail
  • Super Fast
  • Local Passenger

The long distance inter-city trains called express or mail trains along with super-fast AC trains such as Rajdhani are day-time trains which connect major cities in India over a travelling time of 8 hours. Painfully slow local passenger trains stop at each station. There’s yet another class of trains for the adventurous tourist such as the Palace on Wheels and the toy train to Darjeeling. A famous toy train also runs from Shimla to Kalkaji.

The various classes of train travel include:

  • Second-class unreserved
  • Second-class sleeper
  • First class

The other 4 classes are :

  • A/C Chair Car
  • Second Class AC
  • Third Class AC
  • First Class AC

Rail fares are calculated for the exact distance traveled. Indrail passes are sold to foreigners and NRIs covering fair and reservation fees for every period from 12 hours to 90 days. It is costlier than buying tickets individually and is designed for nationwide travel. A seven day pass costs USD 80 in second class, USD 135 in first and USD 270 in AC. Luxury tourist trains are also there the flagship of which is the Palace on Wheels. These are maharaja carriages made into AC coaches with original design. An all inclusive 8 day tour starts at USD 2920. Discounts are offered during off seasons. Other heritage trains for tourists include Royal Rajasthan on Wheels, Maharaja Express and The Deccan Odyssey.

Plane

The massive distances in the country make flying a better option. Booking tickets is through the airline websites. Long carriers also have offices in metro cities. Children under twelve pay half fare while those under two pay 10 percent (one per adult).Major domestic airlines include IndiGo, Go Air, Air India Express, Jet Airways, Air India and SpiceJet.

Bus

Buses in India go almost everywhere. Government run state operated buses as well as private buses are available whether you are in Shimla (Himachal Pradesh) or Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala). Services vary in terms of price and standards and range from ordinary to deluxe, sleeper, volvo and low floor buses that are air conditioned. For example, Delhi’s DTC runs AC (red colored ) and non AC (green colored) buses or those in the capital city can also opt for Ho-Ho (Hop On Hop Off) buses which take tourists to as many as 20 monuments, sites and UNESCO world heritage locations here. Luggage travels in the hatch of private buses for which you may have to shell out an addition INR 10 to 20. Buying bus ticket is easy as there are many station counters and bus stands outside major cities. Private and express services generally require reservation beforehand.

Boat

Kerala, Kolkata and Andaman Islands are all connected by ferries and boats. Ferry boats is what Kerala locals call this service. Certain regions are only accessible by boat including the backwaters of Alappuzha and Kolam. Sunderbans in the delta region of southern Kolkata is another such area. Ferry services on the river Hooghly in West Bengal or hilly shikaras in Jammu and Kashmir are an interesting way to travel.

Cars

Vehicles with drivers and car rental firms are readily available. Local taxi firms and tourist offices can guide you to them. Cars cost around USD 27-35 per day covering a maximum of 200km. AC adds to the rate. Self drive rentals are there but traffic in the  major cities is pretty bad and roads are congested. Taxi cabs (black and yellow cabs or white coloured private ones) are the best option.

Motorbike

Riding a motorbike is a fun-filled way to travel in India if you are adventurous. Choose a 250 or 550CC Enfield Bullet for hire sold cheapest in Puducherry, TN.. Some smaller models are also available such as Bajaj in India’s capital city in Old Delhi and Karol Bagh.

Jeep

Share a jeep services are available for passengers coming from Bagdogra airport to Gangtok and other parts of Sikkim, Darjeeling or Siliguri in West Bengal and other NE locations. Sharing a jeep costs between INR 100 to 200 and the speed is 20 km per hour. Jeeps only ply if there are at least 10 people ready to share them.

Metro/ Suburban Rail

Metro systems and suburban railways are also prevalent in cities like Mumbai and Chennai apart from Delhi. The Mumbai suburban railway was the first rail system in India while metro lines were started in Kolkata first. Tram services, a colonial heritage are also operational in Kolkata. Regional rail networks transport hundreds of passengers each day and has the highest passenger density across the globe.  There are currently 8 metro systems in India. Mumbai monorail which opened in the capital city of Maharashtra is the first to be used for rapid transit in independent India.

Autos and Cycle Rickshaws

Cycle Rickshaws were the most ancient form of travel in India and date back to the pre-independence era. Tricycles driven by human drivers, these are the cheapest way to traverse short distances in India. Metered autorickshaws and unmetered tempos are also a popular choice.

Conclusion

The rail, roadways, and aviation transport systems in India are rapidly expanding. With the vast number of choices ranging from bikes to ferries, the traveler has plenty of amazing choices for discovering India.

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More about the Author

More about the Author

Ravi Khemani

Ravi Khemani, the CTO and Co-founder at Ridlr, a mobile application for making public transit easier. He has been a part and parcel of the organization even before its inception in May 2010. He holds a Masters degree from the University of Missouri, Kansas (UMKC), United States. When Ravi returned to India, he noticed that there was no way for commuters to know alternate routes to reach their destination faster, unlike in the States  where he was used to seeing live traffic information on the GPS and this gave birth to the idea of Ridlr. Ravi’s hobbies include reading about Tech/Algorithms, Learning and Programming new tech, and traveling to scenic places.

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Top 7 Forts in India

Top 7 Forts in India

Forts were initially built as a defense mechanism to keep the enemies away. But here in India, there is more to it than just protection. Forts are artistic structures entrancing us with their magnitude and magnificent architecture. We have compiled a list of seven top forts that you must visit in India:

Kangra fort

Kangra Fort

Photo by Aleksandr Zykov, CC BY-SA 2.0

It is the oldest fort in India and also one with great significance. From Mahabharata to Alexander the Great, Kangra fort has seen it all. The fort exhibits Medieval and ancient architecture with traces left behind from the Hindu, Muslim, Sikh and Christian rulers. Yes, almost all kinds of rulers have laid their hands on this fort. There are temples, sculptures, paintings, palaces and much more to see inside the fortress.

Gwalior Fort

Man Singh Palace, fort de Gwalior.

Photo by Manuel Menal, CC BY-SA 2.0

The Gwalior fort is considered as “the pearl in the necklace of forts”. Built in 773 AD, one must appreciate the brilliance and intelligence put into building this fort. The fort is build and placed in such a strategic manner that it is impossible for enemies to penetrate. The walls scale to a great height making it a tough climb for enemies. But the view from above is just breath taking.

Red Fort

The most attractive tourist spot in the capital city, Red Fort is of great historical significance as much as it is an architectural marvel. Every year Independence Day is celebrated at the Red Fort with great pomp and show. Built in cascading red, Red Fort is sheer architectural genius with innovative styles that inspired other monuments of Delhi. Built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, it housed the Mughal family for nearly 200 years. Now it is home to museums and tourists.

Agra Fort

Photo by sarangib, CC0 1.0

Another remarkable marvel in red is the Agra fort. The fort is just 2.5km away from its sister monument the Taj Mahal, which is visible from its roof tops. The present structure of the fort was given by Shah Jahan, but records say there has been a fort right there from the 9 th century. The Agra Fort is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. One must visit the fort to see Mughal architecture in all its glory.

Chittorgarh Fort

From Public Domain, via Wikimedia Commons

From Public Domain, via Wikimedia Commons

A fort representing great valor, wars and sacrifice is the Chittorgarh fort. It has witnessed numerous battles in the past centuries, the scars of which remain as ruins in the place. It has been the inspiration for writers, artists and tourists visiting this fort. Great tales of bravery resounds inside the fort, where more than 13000 women and children gave up their lives instead of surrendering to the enemies. The fort stands on a hilltop and spread over an area of 692 acres. Go there to listen to tales of bravery and see the series of historical gates, palaces, paintings and temples.

Golconda Fort

Fort Golconda

Photo by Chris Connelly, CC BY 2.0

It is the greatest fort in Telangana, formerly Andhra Pradesh, known for its architecture and for the strategically constructed fort made exclusively for war purposes. It once used to be the market for the world famous Kohinoor diamonds. The fort has a very unique style of architecture and great ventilation system. The entrance hall is an echoing hall, built that way so guards down there could inform the people at the top of the hill by clapping. The fort is a must visit just to appreciate the brilliant minds that made such a mind blowing monument.

Jhansi Fort

Photo by Bornav27may, CC BY-SA 3.0

Photo by Bornav27mayCC BY-SA 3.0

We have heard the brave tales of Jhansi ki Rani, India’s celebrated Queen who was a true warrior. The Jhansi Fort housed this noble Queen. The fort walls are made of granite, with ten gates that give access to the fort. There are a few temples within the fort that is worth a visit. There is an archeological museum Rani Mahal, built in the late half of 19 th century. Best time to visit would be during the months of January and February when the grand festival, Jhansi Mahotsav is held. A lot of eminent personalities across India come to perform here at this time of the year.
Our forts not only showcase great military structures but also excellent architecture. Most of these forts lie in ruins from the last battles they valiantly fought, yet they are a sight to witness. These ruins are like the battle scars a warrior holds on and tell stories of wars, bravery, defeats and honor.

 

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Rohit is an avid traveler and blogger. His passion for exploring has taken him to places all around the world. The accounts of his travel experiences act as a guide to other travel enthusiasts. You can read his experiences in his blog Trans India Travels.

Fascinating Diu

Fascinating Diu

Have you ever felt the urge to let go! Yes, I have felt that sometime back while on a project,and into neck deep water with loads of work and email communications to handle, I was almost working round the clock. There was no time for food and recreation was a forgotten word. With the increased responsibility, I was gradually moving towards the state of illusion as if I was a machine. That’s when I came across a newsletter, the traveller in me jumped out from the shadows of dust and I was urged to go ahead and break free from the mechanical schedule. Without any delay I clicked on the newsletter to land on the booking page of Cleartrip.com and within minutes my travel tickets from Bangalore to Diu with Air India were booked. With the limited time in hand, Air India was one of the best available option economically as well as time saving.

Starting on a Saturday morning, the connecting flight via Mumbai dropped me at Diu around afternoon. Landing at the airport, I quickly made some calls at home to share my whereabouts and switched off the phone so as to remind me of my short vacation. Without wasting time, checked in to a nearby hotel Ankur and had lunch. First thought in my mind was to have a sound sleep as it was quiet sunny outside and was not in a mood to be swamped with sweat. It may sound crazy to be sleeping at such a beautiful tourist spot but it was a much needed break for me. With the evening settling in, it was time to head for the nearest beach, Jallandar beach. It was calm and peaceful, enjoyed the sun set and started towards the hotel. However, I got down somewhere in between to walk around the streets and markets. Later in the evening had a sumptuous dinner at the Bawarchi and called it a day.

Given the number of attractions in Diu, the next day was supposed to be full of travel. After having breakfast at the hotel, it was time to hit the road and the first attraction on the list was St. Paul church, a beautifully built and maintained architectural marvel, is a very famous attraction in Diu. Next on the list was the Diu fort, beautifully built and strategically placed fort, is the longest ruled in the colonial era by the Portuguese. Since the fort was built as a pact between the ruler of Gujarat and Portuguese, the fort gives a sense of the Portuguese architecture. After the fort a quick tour of the museum gave a glimpse on the past.

Post lunch, the next stop was Naida caves. Located outside the city wall of the Diu fort, these caves are a network of tunnels and steps like structures, the light entering the caves by the natural openings adds to the beauty of this place. Being a history lover, it was fun to witness these magnificent sites. With the onset of the evening it was time to head towards the famous sunset point, located at a hillock near the Chakritirath beach, it gives a beautiful and captivating view of the sunset. It was a time to find the inner peace when you sit in calm environment and see the unending expanse of the sea watching the sun gradually settling down and the sound of waves hitting the shore in the backdrop.

With the end of the day, I had left all my worries and tiredness far behind and was ready for the new morning when I would go back to the project and work with a replenished level of energy. Next morning I compiled a list of all the places that were not covered in this trip and placed it in my to-do list for next time.

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