Celebrating International Yoga Day – 2017

When: 21 June, 2017
What: International Yoga Day
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Yoga is an ancient physical, mental and spiritual practice that originated in India. The word ‘yoga’ derives from Sanskrit and means to join or to unite, symbolizing the union of body and consciousness. Today, on 21 June, 2017 it is practiced in various forms around the world and continues to grow in popularity. Recognizing its universal appeal, on 11 December 2014, the United Nations proclaimed 21 June as the International Day of Yoga by resolution 69/131. The International Day of Yoga aims to raise awareness worldwide of the many benefits of practicing yoga. Just five minutes a day can transform your life! Whether you’re seeking health and joy or peace and love, whether it’s success in the world or inner exploration you’re striving for, yoga can help you cut through the struggle and walk through life with ease.

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The theme for the 2017 celebration, organized by the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations, is ‘Yoga for Health.’ The theme highlights the fact that yoga can contribute in a holistic way to achieving an equilibrium between mind and body. The organizers believe that this approach to health and wellbeing can make a direct and useful contribution to humankind’s quest to achieve sustainable development and move towards lifestyles that are in harmony with nature.

“Yoga is an invaluable gift of India’s ancient tradition. It embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfillment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well-being. It is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and the nature. By changing our lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help in well being. Let us work towards adopting an International Yoga Day.” — Narendra Modi, UN General Assembly

 

Night Tourism To Begin At The Palace of Winds

When: October, 2017
What: Night Tourism
Where: Hawa Mahal, Jaipur
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Soon after the tourism department started night tourism at ‘Vidyadhar Ka Bagh’, the state government also announced night tourism at Chaura Rasta and Hawa Mahal. As part of the ‘Jaipur Night Tourism’ project, Rajasthan government will also illuminate ‘Chaura Rasta’ and ‘Hawa Mahal’ by October 2017. In the second phase, the focus will be on Tripolia bazaar, Chhoti Chaupad & Johari Bazaar. The government has set targets for this project for 15th August, 2018. Attempts will be made to clean the bazaar. Additionally the authorities will keep stray animals at bay so that tourists can freely explore the city area on foot. The state capital, Jaipur has become the first city in Rajasthan to take on the initiative of Night Tourism, setting examples for the rest.

The ‘Parkota’ walls of the Old City will be embellished with artwork. Lights and decorations will enhances its aesthetic appeal and attract more tourists to the old part of the city. A clear focus is emphasized on the cleanliness and hygiene conditions of the surroundings. Attempts will be made to clean the bazaar. The Pink buildings in the Walled City will also be decked up with beautiful lights, highlighting the marvelous beauty of heritage structures more prominently.

Night tourism begins at ‘Vidyadhar Ka Bagh’ in Jaipur

When: 05 June, 2017
What: Night Tourism
Where: Vidhyadhar Bagh, Jaipur
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In a bid to promote night tourism in Jaipur, one more name after the City Palace, Amer Fort and Albert Hall Museum has been added in the list of night tourism destinations. the 350 year old ‘Vidyadhar Ka Bagh’. Located at ‘Ghat Ki Guni’, the Vidyadhar garden is one of Jaipur’s best-preserved gardens. This picturesque garden is aesthetically designed and was built in the memory of Jaipur’s chief Architect, Vidyadhar Bhattacharya. Apart from the crystal waters, the tranquil lakes, flower beds and well-maintained gardens, the Vidyadhar Garden has a lot to offer.

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Image Courtesy – Rajasthan Patrika

Nestled in the lap of a valley in Jaipur, the garden offers a panoramic view of the city. The expansive garden embraces artistic fountains, tiers of gardens, multiple galleries, char bagh style pavilions and a shimmering lake. Designed on the lines of ‘Shilpa Shastra’, the Vidyadhar garden displays ornate frescoes with murals of Lord Krishna, and mesmeric flower beds. The blend of Mughal and Rajput style of architecture evidently echoes from the landscape of this garden. The garden is a heaven for nature lovers. At night, the shimmering and dazzling beauty of these lit up fountains, murals and pavilions would be mind blowing to watch.

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Image Courtesy – Rajasthan Patrika

Night tourism at Vidyadhar Ka Bagh, Jaipur began from 05 June, 2017. The 350-year-old garden enthralled tourists with a palace gleaming with lights. The entry fee for the same shall differ during the day and night. The park timings for night tourism will be from 07:00 pm to 9.30 pm. The archaeological department along with the tourism department are planning to throw open Sisodia Rani Ka Bagh for tourists from July 01, 2017 on-wards. The work on lights etc is currently under construction on at Sisodia Rani Ka Bagh. The state capital, Jaipur has become the first city in Rajasthan to take on the initiative of Night Tourism, setting examples for the rest.

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Image Courtesy – Rajasthan Patrika

As part of the ‘Jaipur Night Tourism’ project, Rajasthan government will also illuminate ‘Chaura Rasta’ and ‘Hawa Mahal’ by October 2017. In the second phase, the focus will be on Tripolia bazaar, Chhoti Chaupad & Johari Bazaar. The government has set targets for this project for 15th August, 2018. Attempts will be made to clean the bazaar. Additionally the authorities will keep stray animals at bay so that tourists can freely explore the city area on foot.

Amber Fort Among Asia’s Top 20 Landmarks

When: 01 June, 2017
Where: Amber Fort, Jaipur
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Perched on a hill the historic fort of Amer, the ancestral capital of the city, is set in a picturesque background. The splendid Amer Fort was built in 1600 by Raja Man Singh, commander-in-chief of the Mughal army during Akbar’s reign and certainly one the greatest general of medieval India. Amer Fort boasts of an artistic grandeur and structural expertise. It is a reminiscent of the bravery and courage of the mighty Rajputs, who had played a remarkable role in the history of medieval India.

Ranked number 12 among Asia’s top landmarks in Traveller’s Choice Awards by a popular travel portal ‘Trip Advisor’, Amer has made it to the second spot after The Taj Mahal, Agra. Crowning the crest of a hill, Amer Fort offers a panoramic view of Maota Lake and the historic old town at the base of the hill, which was the early seat of the Amer kings before they made the fort their capital. Amer palace presents a curious blend of Muslim and Hindu architectural design. An aide memoir of the yester years, this palace is a redolent of creativeness of the artisans of ancient time.

Two major developments have taken place at the Amer fort in recent years. An old tunnel that connects Amer Fort with Jaigarh Fort is now opened for public viewing along with the electric cab facility along with the launch of night tourism. Besides, Elephant rides to the fort, sound & light shows and cultural evenings have always been a favorite among the visitors. Spectacularly set within surrounding rugged hills and dotted with majestic architecture, the UNESCO World Heritage Site Amer Fort is a must visit while in Jaipur.

Rajasthan to get world’s first leopard reserves

When: October, 2017
Where: Jhalana Forest Reserve, Jaipur, Rajasthan
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Jhalana Forest Reserve in Jaipur will spearhead ‘Project Leopard’, a first of its kind conservation effort in the world to be launched across eight conservation reserves and sanctuaries across Rajasthan. With that the Jhalana reserve will be upgraded with a multi-crore budget including an outer periphery wall and designated as a Leopard Reserve. The blue print of the project is ready with the forest department and would be launched in the first week of October that also happens to be the `Wildlife Week’. Besides that, the project spread across 1,926.80 square km of sanctuaries in the state, aims at mitigating human-leopard conflicts and conserving the leopard population.

Boosting wildlife tourism across Rajasthan, the project Leopard will run in eight sanctuaries; Jaisamand Sanctuary in Udaipur, Bassi Sanctuary in Chittorgarh, Shergarh Sanctuary in Baran, Kumbhalgarh Sanc tuary-Raoli Todgarh Sanctuary (stretched from Ajmer to Udaipur), Mount Abu Sanctuary-Sundamata Conservation Reserve, Jhalana Aamagarh Conservation Reserve, Jaipur, Jawai Conservation Reserve, Pali and Khetri Bansyal Conservation Reserve, Jhunjhunu.

As for the funding apart from dovetailing with existing government schemes, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) funds, cess on near by tourism infrastructure, and funds generated from charging of surcharge entry fee to these areas will be utilized for funding of the project. “The project will enhance the protection of leopards and the habitats they frequent resulting in better natural prey density and less dependence on livestock. In the first five years, aim will be to restore habitats and increase leopard numbers to 1500. By taking appropriate measure, leopards will be prevented from straying into human dominated landscapes and this will in turn minimize the negative impact of blue bull and wild boar populations. Project Leopard will enhance the potential of wildlife tourism and generate revenue for the local communities. This will boost the habitats in the 8 selected sites and motivate the forest and wildlife staff. Van Dhan Yojna will dovetail into this project in order to reduce conflict as this is a primary objective of the Yojna” reads the project proposal.

Maharaja Padmanabh Singh of Jaipur to represent the Indian Polo Team in Iran

When: 29 June – 7 July, 2017
Where: Iran
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The Polo lovers will once again witness some thrilling action on the field of Iran this year. HH Maharaja Sawai Padmanabh Singh, erstwhile Jaipur royal and one of the youngest players has been selected in the Indian Polo Team. He is just 18 years and youngest ever player to represent India in a World Cup match. The XI World Cup Zonal Play Offs are scheduled to be held in Iran from 29 June to 7 July this year.

Maharaja Padmanabh Singh has shown outstanding polo skills and performance in the past few years in the different tournaments. Within a short span of time his handicap has also risen to +2. The other players selected in the team are: Lt. Col. Ravi Rathore (+5); Abhimanuyu Pathak (+5); Angad Kalaan (+4); Siddhant Sharma (+3) and Pranav Kapur (+2). The team will leave for conditioning cum coaching programme shortly.

It is to be recalled that the last time India had won the World Cup was in France in 1957 under the captaincy of late HH Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II of Jaipur. It is also to be noted that the present World Cup is now known as ‘Jaipur World Cup’. It was presented by late HH Maharaja Sawai Bhawani Singh in Buenos Aires in 1982. Incidentally, Maharaja Padmanabh Singh is the second player from the erstwhile Jaipur Royal Family to represent the country in the World Cup. He is the Brand Ambassador for the leading and prestigious Argentinean leisure polo-centric company, La Martina. He studied in Mayo College in Ajmer and Millfield School in London where he excelled himself in the game of polo.

An elated young Maharaja of Jaipur said: “It is indeed gratifying to learn that I have been selected in the Indian Polo team to represent for the World Cup. I am further inspired to do my utmost for contributing to the game of polo and keeping the long standing legacy of Jaipur for this game alive.”