Saturday, 15 September 2012

Into the Heart of Rajasthan

Early in the morning I headed out for Ranakpur. A cup of tea en-route took away all my inactiveness. Far from the hustle bustle of the city, the rural regalia of the place was enchanting. Surrounded by hills, Ranakpur was cooler as compared to other of the cities of Rajasthan.

Evenings were extremely pleasurable here. The Ranakpur Jain Temple is the major draw for the tourists here. Built in white marble, the temple was probably the most spectacular structure I had seen till date. I was impressed to see the exterior of the temple whose charm could bowl over even the most seasoned traveller. I walked up the stairs and believe me when I say that the interiors were irresistibly splendid.

Over 1400 pillars in white marble dot the interiors of the massive temple. What was even more amazing was the fact that every marble pillar was carved unlike the other. These carvings were so unique and so beautiful. Words fall short to describe its matchless glory and photographs are not enough to display its splendour. It is purely white everywhere with sun rays entering in through spaces and settling gingerly over the gleaming floor. The temple was magnetic enough to allow a visitor sit and keep looking for hours, I bet.

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Redefining Journey...Explore Something More Than Pink


Khimsar was left miles behind, but the sands are unaffected of borders. I stepped in Pokhran, the renowned spot for Nuclear Experiments and was welcomed with full “warmth” by the desert. The sun was about to set down when I arrived Pokhran, so atmosphere was not too warm but I knew it was going to be cold in night. Pokhran is located around 112 km. from the main Jaisalmer city. I remember the telecast of extreme Nuclear tests/explosions of May 1974 and May 1998 on television which drew international attention towards this small town. The town falls in the midway of triangular route between Jaisalmer, Jodhpur and Bikaner. I stayed in a guest house in the night and enjoyed the traditional teekha & chatpata (spicy) Rajasthani food. The local people in the guest house told me about the legendary tale behind the formation of these deserts. According to the myths, Lord Rama once wished to dry up the ocean of Sri Lanka to get a way to reach there. But when the king of that ocean prayed him for not to do so, Rama fired his arrow into river Saraswati which flowed here. The river dried up by the heat of the arrow and the place turned to a barren desert.


Wednesday, 29 August 2012

The Golden City Alive


Tourist season was at its peak. Jaisalmer was now packed with tourists crazy for forts, festivals, feasts and safaris. I headed towards the Sand Dunes to explore the captivating beauty and lifestyle of the interiors of Jaisalmer in a closer way. Infact, to be part of the Desert Festival was perhaps the major reason, which could not be fulfilled on my last trip. I could devote another one day for the purpose. All the hotels were already booked, but luckily I got a small room in a budget hotel. The hotel, its services and amenities were not up to the mark, but the tariff was hefty, probably because of the season. The food was undoubtedly delicious. The essence of Rajasthani food itself makes it out of the world. Extra-ordinarily flavoursome!

In the evening, I asked the manager to arrange a camel ride for me along with a guide. The guide took me to a small market area where several local people were shouting in high notes beckoning tourists to have a camel ride with them, quite similar to the rickshaw-walas in urban areas. One of them asked for Rs. 50 for a ride, which was quite affordable. But my guide, being a local person, immediately bargained and surprisingly fixed the same ride for me at just Rs. 20. It is quite surprising how those sand dunes were made just by the forceful winds, naturally! That camel safari was amongst the most adventurous things I have ever done.

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Relish The Lifestyle Of The Kings While Boarding The Palace On Wheels


While I was exploring the sand dunes and enjoying the unique fairs at Jaisalmer, a friend of mine, who resides in Jodhpur, invited me to come to his place for a sightseeing trip over the weekend. I asked the manager of my hotel to book me a ticket for the royal train 'Palace On Wheels' to Jodhpur. It was Friday, 11:30 pm, when the royal train departured from Jaisalmer. I had already informed my friend to receive me at the Jodhpur Railway Station the next morning (Saturday) at 8 am.
Palace On Wheels is truly a journey worthy of Kings. The train offers a vibrant journey through the royal land of sand dunes and regal palaces. I was amazed by the intrinsic ambience in the train that goes perfectly well with the majestic charm and beauty spread so lavishly all over Rajasthan. Rated as one of the top ten luxury train journeys in the world, it offers you a fascinating trip to the splendid forts and palaces of Rajasthan in seven days, along with the royal history of Taj Mahal in Agra.
It was an eight hour night journey from Jaisalmer to Jodhpur. I, being very friendly, started a conversation with the lady, a local resident of Jodhpur, sitting next to me. She told me that the name “Palace On Wheels” was derived from the royal back-ground of the coaches. The train was first introduced in 1982 but was later replaced with a new meter gauge air conditioned one in 1990. That new Palace On Wheels had 13 Saloons, 2 Restaurant cum Kitchen cars, one Bar cum Lounge and 4 Service Cars. Today, it has been upgraded to 14 Saloons that are inter-connected, and the interiors are also refurbished to match the aesthetics of the royal states.
In the meantime, a waitor came round and took orders for dinner. After ordering our desired meals, the lady took me to the lounge, library, bar & dining cars. The compartments were extraordinarilly decorated like a seven star hotel. I also visited the 14 saloons, which are based on the princely states of Rajasthan - Alwar, Bharatpur, Bikaner, Bundi, Dholpur, Dungarpur, Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Jhalawar, Jodhpur, Kishangarh, Kota, Sirohi, and Udaipur. Even the interiors, furniture, handicrafts, paintings, furnishings, coupes and the separate pantries are decorated according to the cultural ethos of the respective state.
While having a few Chinese and North-Indian dishes, the lady also told me about the royal services on board. The train was all about luxury and comfort. It was 2:30 am in the morning and Sushmita, my new friend, was very sleepy. Our chat was over, but the excitement was soaring high inside me. I was actually carried away by the Palace on Wheels into the royal world of the Maharajas, grand palaces, and majestic forts. With unmatched luxury and comforts, the train also offers several Khidmatgars (personal attendants) for excellent personalized services. Wall to wall carpeting, lounge, well stocked bars and huge dining cars were simply an out-of-the-world experience. I was highly impressed by the efforts of the Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation, Indian Railways, the State Government of Rajasthan, and the Government of India towards developing tourism in India. with these thoughts, I neared “Sun City”- Jodhpur, to hunt for a few more attractions.

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Acknowledged For Its Vibrant Culture -Jodhpur


After my lavish and pleasurable journey on the Palace on Wheels, I arrived at Jodhpur. It was my second visit to this enigmatic city of Rajasthan. Chayan, my friend, being very punctual, was waiting for me at the station. I hadn't met him for a couple of years, I guess. Being a bachelor, his flat in Jodhpur was actually disheveled and unkempt. Even so, I liked it, as it reflected the typical bachelor's freedom - to enjoy every bit of life.
Chayan's flat is close to the Polo Ground, which was hosting the three day International Desert Kite Festival. After a cool shower and a heavy breakfast, we moved on to the Polo Ground that was full of the kite flyers from India as well as all over the world. This International Kite Festival is celebrated every year in the month of January (on Makar Sankranti). People were gathered to reveal their kite flying skills with full enthusiasm and vigor. Air Force helicopters were also releasing a number of kites from the sky. The sky was full of kites and balloons of various designs and colors. The festival is truly a blend of enthusiasm, colours, brotherhood, entertainment and mouthwatering Rajasthani sweets like Phirni.

I was dying to pamper my taste buds with the fiery and aromatic Jodhpuri cuisine which is why we first drove to Jalori Gate by bike and ordered two plates of “Pyaz Ki Kachori” and a few red meat and white meat preparations along with the grilled Kebabs and Tikkas. Our meal ended with a glass full of Makhania Lassi made with saffron, yoghurt and sugar, at the Clock Tower. After a tiring day, we came back home and spent the peaceful evening while relaxing and playing cards on the terrace. A cook prepares food for Chayan at his place everyday. He came around 7:30 pm and prepared the traditional Dal Bati Churma, Bajre ki Roti, Besan k Gatte and Kair Sangri for dinner.

Saturday, 16 June 2012

The Sufi Capital Wrapped In The Barren Hills Of The Aravallis


Aravali mountain ranges. The historic city was established by the great king of the Chauhan dynasty, Ajaipal Chauhan in the 7th century. On arriving Ajmer, I was surprised to see the true secular nature of India that is enlivened in the life and history of this great city. This renowned pilgrim centre showcases a perfect blend of Hindu culture with Sufi traditions.

Ajmer was flanked by majestic mountains on all sides. I booked a room in Hotel Mansingh Palace. The most lively attractions of the city are the religious songs and Quawwalis, which can be heard at every street, especially at the holy Dargahs. I visited the Dargh of Ajmer Sharif at night, the most famous pilgrim center in the city, dedicated to the great Sufi saint Khwaja Moin-ud-din Chishti. Religious convocations, called 'mehfils' were organized in the mehfil khana, a voluminous hall meant for this purpose. A few local people told me that the dargah hosts Urs Fair annually in the month of November/December. The fair is dedicated to Khwaja Moin-ud-din Chishti and is organized on the death anniversary of the great Sufi Saint. Qawwalis (musical extravaganza) and Mushairaas (evening of poetic verses) are the main attractions of the fair.

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Dance nation and the world

Scottish Country Dancing :
Scottish Country Dancing is Scotland’s version of social partner dancing. It’s always danced in groups, in much the same way as courtly dancing or square dancing.
Many Scots will know enough to get up and join in one or two dances. They're often danced at social events (even at the pub!), whereas only trained dancers would attempt Highland Dancing.
Scottish Country Dancing is an ideal hobby, because it’s good exercise as well as being very social. You don't need a partner because you're dancing in a group and will be paired up for each dance. Even if you do have a partner, you have to cooperate with other couples in the dance, which is a great ice-breaker.
 Scottish Country Dancing keeps you on your toes!
Danced properly, Scottish Country Dancing is energetic - while in motion, the dancers are up on their toes at all times, skipping and hopping in a variety of bouncy steps. It's definitely cardiovascular exercise!
Fortunately, there are plenty of chances to take a breather because usually, only one or two couples are dancing at any one time

Monday, 9 April 2012

Experience the magic of the wizard

The magician launched his by giving a breathtaking performance of riding a motorcycle blindfolded amidst busy city roads.

Mr. Samrat a noted magician met media persons at a get together on the eve of start of his magic shows in the city, said that magic is a performing art and should be given government protection so that this fine art that is fast dying does not see untimely death. He wanted the government to set up a Jaadu Academy on the pattern of Lalit Kala Academy. He agreed that the presence of television has somewhat taken a toll on performing arts and magic shows are no exception to this, but still there are people who love to see magic shows and other performing arts.

He clarified that there is nothing supernatural in magic art, and it is like any other skill but is perhaps more difficult to learn as it combines several skill together. He said that magic is still very popular abroad where unlike India, people do not see it as a supernatural power but do appreciate the performance of magicians.

Thursday, 8 March 2012

BGRI 2012 Technical Workshop in Beijing

A panel of world wheat relative importance of wheat farmers, lack of production, wheat diseases, disease management decisions they make about their awareness about the matter, and some of the successes They rust-resistant wheat varieties introduced by newly BGRI used. Ms. Makada Mohammed from Ethiopia, Syria, Mr. Ammar Martini, China Mingshui Mr. Huang and Mr. Gurjit value from Sirsa, India will share their experiences and answer questions. Session moderator Amor Yahyaoui CIMMYT Mexico also "challenged by war," BGRI video will premiere a new farmer.
The main objective is to organize the world's BGRI wheat rusts (yellow, brown and black Hindi Peela Ratua, Bhuraa Ratua Ratua rusts and black) in order to minimize the risk to advocate and facilitate the development of a sustainable international system are at risk for corrosion posed by. BGRI of wheat rusts a focused resource for scientists and policy makers.

Monday, 27 February 2012

Improved techniques using fake brand karate

Producing excellent garments that have been tested to the extreme before going on sale to ensure that they are of the highest possible quality. clothing is one of the only clothing ranges to be designed using computer technology and not flat pieces, sunglasses believe that this allows them to sculpt the garments to produce a perfect fit.

This years range of clothing comprises of an exceptional array of uniquely designed. cheap sees a huge array of uniquely cut tees in fabulous colors and fashionable dresses. clothing range has many tremendous shorts with varying designs to appeal to every type of customer and a wonderful line up of tops. both in zip up and standard styles.

Thursday, 5 January 2012

My first computer which runs until today

My first computer which runs until today. Occasionally it will leave.I took the computer in 2000 -2 P 34,000 thousand at that time was the price. I felt great. Will my computer came with a lot to see. Anyone not even touch the keyboard. Slow - Bhire computer market began to grow. Now every part of India has a large number of computers. China-made mobile phone are found in large numbers in India. After stopping the government get fake mobile. China Mobile customers now have diminished. Holders and are better for the mobile companies. Now there was a great demand for mobile. Almost a year later produced in China fake mobile sales will be nominal.