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Alwar Tourism

Alwar Tourism

February 8, 2014 Comments Off

SITUATED between Mughal and Rajputs territories, Alwar’s place in history was manipulated by its rulers who made shrewd aliances  to gain political leverage. Aiwar’s growth as a vassal state of the Kachhawaha kings to

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Exploring Amber (the Old Capital)

Exploring Amber (the Old Capital)

February 8, 2014 Comments Off

CROWNING THE CREST OF A HILLAMBR FORT and its ramparts offer a panoramic view of  Maota Lake, two exquisite formal gardens, and the historic old town at the base of the hill, dotted with

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Ghat ki Guni

Ghat ki Guni

February 7, 2014 Comments Off

In the 18th and 19th centuries the ministers and dignitaries of the Jaipur court created a tranquil summer retreat in this valley, when the area would hustle with the constant to and fro of

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Beyond Jaipur

Beyond Jaipur

February 7, 2014 Comments Off

ENCLOSING A NARROW VALLEY, a parallel range of hills runs along Jaipur’s eastern periphery from Sangaher in the south up to Amber and beyond. This combination of rocky terrain and thickly wooded slopes provided

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Walled City Jaipur

Walled City Jaipur

February 7, 2014 Comments Off

BY THE END OF THE 19Th CENTURY, Jaipur had spread far beyond the boundaries established by Sawai Jai Singh II. Much of the area outside the walled city was developed by the enlightened ruler,

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Chaugan Stadium

Chaugan Stadium

February 6, 2014 Comments Off

This large open area near the City Palace derives its name from chaugan, an ancient Persian form of polo played with a curved stick. In the past, this area was used for festival processions,

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Talkatora

Talkatora

February 6, 2014 Comments Off

The Talkatora is an artificial tank that existed before Jaipur was built. This may have been one of the reasons why this site was chosen for the new city. When excavated, it was surrounded

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Jai Niwas Bagh

Jai Niwas Bagh

February 6, 2014 Comments Off

Jai Niwas Bagh Just behind the temple is the 18th century jai niwas bagh, planned as a private leisure ground for the ladies of the royal household. Inspired by the classic Mughal charbagh, it has

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Govind Dev Temple

Govind Dev Temple

February 6, 2014 Comments Off

The presiding deity of this unusual temple is the flute playing Krishna (also known as Govind Dev). This image, originally from the Govind  ji Temple in Brindavan, was brought to Amber in the late

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Pink city jaipur

Pink city jaipur

February 6, 2014 Comments Off

A LABYRINTH OF fascinating bazaars, opulent palaces and historic sights, Jaipur offers a chance to see the medieval alongside the modern. On its colourful streets camels jostle for space with motorbikes, and turbaned village elders rub shoulders with youngsters in blue jeans. Often called the

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