Albert Hall Museum Jaipur- Visit to glance evergreen treasures

Impossible to miss or ignore; Albert Hall Museum is Jaipur’s oldest museum in the state of Rajasthan. It was named after the then Prince of Wales, King Edward VII (Albert Edward), who visited the city that time. It was February 6, 1876 when the foundation stone of the hall was laid.

The Albert Hall Museum is Indo-Saracenic construction and positions in the wonderful settings of Ram Niwas Garden just outside the city wall opposite New gate. It is a Continue reading

Rajasthan Tourism- Popular Heritage Hotels of Rajasthan

Rajasthan is a beautiful state that is a tourist’s delight. Besides enjoying some mouth-watering vegetarian cuisine, there are many places of interest to see on your Rajasthan tour as well. Rajasthan tourism packages are available all throughout

the year and can be customized depending on one’s requirements. If you’re willing to spend a little more on your place of stay, then opt for these gorgeous heritage hotels of Rajasthan:

Hotel Bhadrawati Palace, Bhandarej

Take a step back in time by staying in one of the best heritage hotels in Rajasthan. This 11th century hotel has a fascinating history and was converted to a hotel in 1994. There are 70 centrally air-conditioned guestrooms including 35 double and 10 deluxe rooms. There is a famous restaurant here called the Sheesh Mahal which serves a variety of Indian and International cuisines. Camp fires as well as dancing entertainment in the evenings promise to be a treat for guests.

Bhanwar Niwas, Bikaner

Situated in the Thar Desert, the beautiful Bhanwar Niwas belonging to the Rampuria family was converted to a hotel in 1927. It is built out of red sandstone and features a heady mix of both Indian and European styles. Guests can choose from standard, deluxe rooms as well as suites for the ultimate in comfort. Besides tours that are organized from the hotel itself, there are many cultural programmes available on demand such as folk music nights held for tourists. Camel safari rides are also a must-try.

Bissau Palace, Jaipur

If you want to stay at a hotel that is famous for its old world charm on your Rajasthan tour, then look no further than the Bissau Palace. The lounge which has a library as well is a walk back in history as tourists can view a number of royal portraits as well as silver armory dating back to the 17th century. Tourists can enjoy a good cup of coffee at the small shop here or enjoy a swim in the well-maintained swimming pool here. This hotel offers both standard and double rooms and is located just fifteen minutes away from Hawa Mahal. Guests can enjoy taking a walk in the lovely gardens here.

Cama Rajputana Club Resort, Mount Abu

This resort which was built more than 130 years back was a centre of socializing during the British Raj as well. Guests will love the wonderful landscaped gardens, fountains, artificial lake and general beauty. The resort itself is a wonderful blend of both British and Indian influences which are reflected in the interior décor and architecture. Guests can choose from 40 large rooms which are equipped with modern facilities and there are also two suites available as well. The Cavalry Bar is the perfect place for a drink after a long day of sightseeing and the Residency Room here serves both Indian and Chinese food.

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Top World Famous Heritage Caves in India

The one and only best example of diversification and vividness is only one nation and that is India. India, the proud owner of famous world heritage sites, definitely catches attention of millions of visitors round the world. These heritage sites are the mirror of our cultural and natural heritages. Some of the best famed monuments in India have been picked up by UNESCO so as to encourage preservation and protection of cultural sites that have outstanding values to the humanity. A visit to such astonishing places makes us remind of our cultural and heritage values and our glorious history. It also gives us the opportunity to listen to the grand describing of the spectacular monuments and its historical significances.

Knowledge of some of the most popular heritage caves in India will definitely drag us to make a glorious visit to such places. Let us have a look on them:

Ajanta Caves
Built in two phases, Ajanta Caves are being categorized as the world heritage site by UNESCO. The caves of Ajanta portray decorated paintings, murals and sculptures that are the reminiscent of the Sigiriya paintings in Sri Lanka and are of Buddhist heritage since Buddhism prevailed during that period. Earlier it was built in 2nd century BC and then during the 5th and 6th century AD of the Gupta period some additions were made. There are 31 rock cut cave monuments which are the unique representation of Buddhism.

Ellora Caves

Also known as Ellora Complex, Ellora caves are the supreme cultural amalgamation of the religious art of Buddhism, Jainism and Hinduism. One can find 34 monasteries and temples sculpted eloquently into the rock walls of a high basalt cliff. Built during 600 to 1000 AD, the caves perfectly reflect the artistic creation of the ancient civilization of India. It is India’s most renowned and acknowledged cultural property that has been enrolled under the UNESCO World Heritage list.

Elephanta Caves

The Elephanta Caves are the series of sculpted caves located beside the Arabian Sea on Elephanta Island and is 10 km away from the city of Mumbai in Mumbai Harbour. The Elephanta Caves are being distinguished into two groups, the first one is a large group of five Hindu caves and the second one is the smaller group of two Buddhist caves. The Hindu caves are the reflection of God Shiva in the form of rock cut stone sculptures to represent the Shaiva Hindu Sect. The rock cut architecture of the caves is depicted to be built during 5th and 8th centuries. It was being renovated in the year 1970 and for the sake of the preservation of these unique art structures, the caves were nominate as the World Heritage Site.

 Rock Shelters of Bhimbetka, Madhya Pradesh

It is a magnificent monument of rock paintings within the natural rock shelters situated in the foot hills of the Vindhya ranges of Madhya Pradesh. Bhimbetka has been named after Bhim Vatika or Garden of Bhima and consists of about 600 rock shelters that date back to 5500-100 BC. This rock shelter brings Asia’s richest collection of prehistoric paintings to reflect the history of the great epic Mahabharata.

Major Hoysala Temples- A Must Watch For The Visitors

One of the premiere ruling families of Karnataka, Hoysala dynasty, contributed hugely to the cultural wealth of the state particularly in the fields of architecture and sculpture between the 10th and the 14th century.

The name Hoysala brings a significant story of a “guru” (teacher) and his “shishya” (student) Sala, when he was in armed combat with a tiger. While performing the rituals in Vasantha Parameshwari temple, the tiger attacked the duo; and upon the command of Guru Sudatta Muni- “Hoy Sala” that means strike Sala, the student struck the animal in one blow. Pleased with him the guru instructed Sala to establish a kingdom and thus was born the Hoysala dynasty, with Sosevur as its capital.

The dynasty that ruled Karnataka for over 400 years is not only famous for its battles and braveries but also for the outstanding temples. Over 1,500 shrines were built during this period out of which 400 have been discovered.

Let us take a look at some of the important temples and places which must be recommended to come into recognition at tourist map apart from Belur, Halebeedu and Somnathpur temples.

Angadi

Angadi temple follows the great legend of the bravery of Sala and is believed that Sala’s Sosevur is Angadi. Angadi is a small hamlet in Chikmagalur district of Karnataka, where this temple of the Goddess is situated along with the ruins of more temples and Jain Basadis. The priest narrates the story and will show you the temple where Sala killed the tiger. Although, historians disapprove the myth; and believe that the Basadis here were the earliest of the monuments built by the Hoysalas. One can find the uphill of dense coffee plantations through rugged paths. A tourist can also visit Chennakesava, Patalarudreshwara and Mallikarjuna temples nearby to the Angadi temple. The surroundings are musical with the chirping of the birds among the verdant plantations.

Hulikere

Hulikere is not temple but a Kalyani (step-well) found in Hoysala monuments. This step well is located barely a few kilometers from the Hoysaleshwar temple in Halebeedu. The Hulikere has several shrines surrounding it and it often becomes the playground for the villagers and believe to be Queen Shantala Devi‘s private pond.

Koravangala

Koravangala is the amazing place near Hassan where the beautiful Hoysala temple was built. It is a 12th century Dwikuta or a temple with two towers, dedicated to Shiva called Bucheswara. The temple was built by a wealthy officer Buchi after he won the war against the Cholas, although he lost his sons in the battle. The inscriptions here indicate that Buchi vied with his brothers Govinda and Naka, whose temples lie absolutely in ruins beside a dry lake bed.

Marle

A remote village in Chikmagalur district where a tourist can find twin temples dedicated to Keshava and Siddeshwara. This village tells the story of a village chief, Poysala Muruga, who was the earliest founders of the dynasty. Today it has lost its soul and one can only find the patches of land to see the temples virtually lost to the sky and earth.

The Bellary Fort- a Majestic Wall Reflecting Bravery

The Bellary Fort brings a chronological significance to most of us. Situated 300 km from Bangalore, it is a spectacular and historical fort which is being famed as Fort Hill. This majestic fort was being built by Hanumappa Nayaka during the Vijayanagara era. In 1769, Hyder Ali of Mysore raged this fort and occupied it. After that, this fort was being renovated by a French engineer. History says, this engineer was executed since he miscalculated its height and the fort was made easily visible from a hill called Kumbara Gudda and thus its military location was being affected. The east gate of the fort witnesses the punishment given to the French engineer where his grave can still be found.

Photo Courtesy - Azhar Mohamed Ali

The Bellary Fort is fractioned into two parts: the upper fort or Fort Hill, constructed by Nayak and the lower fort or Face Hill, constructed by Ali. Both the upper and lower hills symbolized the empowerment of these two rulers. The way to access to the Upper Fort is through navigating a rocky, winding path over the boulders. It is a polygonal walled site with no garrison room. The lower fort is accessible through two gates from the eastern and the western sides respectively. The eastern side of the fort is blessed with a Hanuman temple which is known as the Kote Anjaneya Temple and the lower fort is equipped with barracks and arsenals.

During the British ruling, this fort was added with more structures including stores, a post office, a church, an orphanage and private homes. This place is now more ornamented with a number of public buildings and other institutions and is a famous place for the tourists now days.

Photo Courtesy - Azhar Mohamed Ali

Photo Courtesy - Azhar Mohamed Ali