Jaipur by nite…

4 Aug

While all my friends outside the city keep poking my head as to what’s happening in the city now & then…this is the latest update from what Jaipurites recently experienced thanx to CII & the Dept. of Tourism(Govt. of Raj.)…What an experience had it been…The jaipur by nite organized by CII to promote tourism industry in jaipur was an exuberant event…full of colors, energy & beauty…the event had it all…from the topshots of the state, the tourists to the equally excited media…Of the three day event i got to attend the event on just the 2 days i.e. 1st & 2nd aug’08…

Day-1 (01-08-08)

Venue:The City Palace

The inaugural ceremony on the day1 was at city palace in the evening..Amidst the lights & the beautiful decor…The City Palace looked stunning…It seemed as if it sprang back to life, leaving one to visualize what it would have been like in the days of yore… As cars, scooters, pedestrians jostled with each other for space in the Walled City, the well-lit palace stood a quiet spectator to the verve and enthusiasm… The roads leading to it apparently fell short of space for its visitors…

At the entrance of the palace well-decked elephants stood guard to the venue as the first event of the first day of the three-day festivity ‘Jaipur by Nite’ kicked off inside the City Palace…The mahauts sitting atop the elephants, engrossed in mobile conversation, stayed pretty impassive to large crowds that made a bee-line to watch top models walk down the ramp in the royal precincts… Rose petals & guldawdi made for spectacular ‘rangoli’ on the floor lending an air of celebration as their aroma wafted through the cool breeze…

The models had flown in from Delhi especially for the event…the fashion show followed right after the lighting of the lamp around 8pm…Juxtaposing the ancient with the modern, the courtyard inside reverberated to the fusion music by ‘Rajasthan Roots’ as the models transformed the rural weave of Rajasthan into well cut contemporary attires…while the models walked the ramp in their pretty attires at the tune of the soothing music by the band the audience was completely immersed in the beautiful ambience of the palace, the music & even the weather…

It was truly an event of indulgence…the beverages, the gastronomic delights…& the shopping bazaar set-up inside the palace where one could pick up handicrafts, apparel, jewelry, foot-wear etc..Besides this another good part of the event was the dinner…We being the support sponsors of the event had delegate passes which entitled us to a special dinner with His Highness Bhawani Singh, his wife Her Highness Padmini Devi & their daughter the gorgeous Princess Diya…We actually got to talk to the one & only Maharaja of Jaipur…He’s just so polite & humble, that it makes u proud to have a person ike him to look forward to…It was fun talking to him…

The evening ended on a very bright note lightning in us the fire of excitement of what the second day of Jaipur by nite is going to hold for us…All of us were very eagerly looking forward to it & to our surprise it was even bigger & better than what we were expecting…

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day-2

Venue1:The Amer Fort

At the Amer fort we were again struck in a long vehicle jam for parking, but just after a few minutes we found a safe place for our car…The gates to the entrance of Amer had been sealed a little before the actual gate..& a bus service was provided from there to the Kesar Kyaari where the next event was to take place…We instead choose to walk the distance as the weather was extremly pleasant…A new road has been built on the inner side, parallel to the main road (for all those who have been to Amer fort before will get my point, others move to next para..) This road has been built across the little lake around Kesar Kyaari where once boating & fishing were done, but now as since so long there has been no water. this lake was used as the parking space & the bridge to the kesar kyaari…

At kesar kyaari a restraunt has been built on whose roof top was the event being organised…The event was “the light & sound show at Amer fort in Big-B’s voice, with the lyrics written by none other than Gulzaar himself”…What we saw next cant be fully described in words for the display was spectacular..& i’d recommend evrybody to go there once & see it for themselves…as now the light & sound will be open for tourists & general public daily, round the year…

From there we were headed to our next destination for that night…

Venue2:The Jaigarh

After the not so immense drive to Jaigarh in our car…we finally landed there in some 20min…The entrance to the fort had been beautifully covered by camel-carts, elephants,horses & rangolies ofcourse…From the main gate to the inner entrance we were taken on a camel-cart…hmmm…on the way there were groups of various traditional dancers dancing…singing…making the whole environment very galla…

Once inside…from there on the whole path on both sides had been beautifully covered by rose petals & big mashaal’s on both sides…in the mid-way of that path there were some artists performing dangerous fire tricks…i wonder how they did it with so much ease…but it was definitely an eye-opener…then we were led into another series of groups all playing different sorts of music, different instruments & singing some rajasthani song…All of this depicted just how vast the culture of rajasthan is leave aside the whole of India…Then there were a series of arrows inside a bhool bhulaiya pathway leading us to the final lawn inside the fort where the whole event had been organised…The pathway had been lit by the pipe like-lights(generally used around diwali everywhere for decoration) & rose petals on the floor…

Once we reached the main lawn, there the decor was mind blowing…At one moment of time it so happened that all of us were aually discussing about the kind of royal life our Maharajas led inside such forts…The decor of the garden was also breath taking…The lightings used in the decor highlighted the fort very  beautifully…There were various cushioned couches put every where around the garden so as to provide comfort to the guests…The beverages & snacks were served there itself…We then relaxed there on one of the couches for the next few hours…all this while there was anothe rajasthani band playing folk music adding soothing backround music for the guests to jive to…

There was also a little night bazaar as the previous day…but this time it also had a kathputli show…& a very aged man with a hookah telling tales about the fort…Then we went on to take our dinner…The dinner was in another porch like area…which was actually very much bigger than a porch (but i had no other word to describe it basically)…there was another rajasthani band playing folk music for the diners…

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