Thursday, October 2, 2014

Jaipur City Sight Seeing Attractions - Hawa Mahal - Private Day Tour of Jaipur

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Jaipur City Sight Seeing - Private Day Tour by India Car Rentalz

Attractions - Hawa Mahal

India car rentalz  organizes city seeing of Jaipur, Delhi, Agra, Udaipur, Jodhpur amongst other important tourist places to visit in India especial the North of India. Its Private Day Tours  take you around in very comfortable cars and promise to make your sight seeing tour memorable. The owner of the company and a very experienced tour guide himself gives insights during the tour. The tour starts with your pick up from your hotel or any predestined place, generally in the city self.  Whilst you travel to the first stop you would be briefed about the history of Jaipur the Pink City. 



Beautiful Glass Work inside the Hawa Mahal
Hawa Mahal Chamber - indiacarrentalz.com
The Inner Chamber of the Ladies of the Royal House
Once into the walled city also called the parkota in the local language your first stop would be the amazing 'Hawa Mahal' roughly translated to as the 'Palace of Winds'. It is one of the iconic buildings of Jaipur. Built by Sawai Pratap Singh in 1799 almost half a century after Jaipur was built as an extension to the Zenana Quarters of the City Palace Complex. Overlooking the street it gave the ladies of the Royal Family a view of outside life of the city from the veils of the intricate stone latices. The Structure from outside is shaped in the form of the 'Mukut' or the Crown of Lord Krishna with 953 latticed windows made of red & pink sandstone is a sheer delight to watch. 

The Honeycombed Latticed Windows
The honeycomb structure brings in cool breeze into the women quarters and thus a pleasant respite in the blistering heat of the desert of Rajasthan.



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Friday, July 26, 2013

The New Born British Royalty and the Indian Connection!


Even after the decline of the Monarchies we are so enamored with Royalties to this very day. Millions awaited with much eagerness and bated breath not in Great Britain alone but all over the world the birth of the British Royalty with much interest and respect. The new born now would be addressed in the Royal Tradition as “His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge”and the name he would be called by would be Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge.

The christening  did not take much time unlike for his father which took almost a month and the baby was without a name for as much time. The name has one the most popular names of his ancestors. George and Louis.

There already have been 6 Royal British Monarchs named as George, the last being Queen’s Father George the 6th. Louis happens also to be a popular name amongst the British Royalties. One of them was India’s Last Viceroy and the 1st Governor General of Independent Union of India, Admiral of the Fleet Louis Francis Albert Victor Nicholas Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma. It is here where the Indian Connection reveals itself as these names are associated with the names of the Kings who witnessed the strong Indian Connection during their reign.

It all began when the British Crown took over India undivided from the British East India Company in 1858 after the India’s First War of Independence or also known as the Sepoy Mutiny of 1857 and the dissolution of the Company itself. On 1st of May 1876 the Queen Victoria became the Empress of India and was proclaimed such in the Delhi Durbar of 1877.

When Victoria the Empress of India died her son Edward VII ascended the throne as “Emperor of India”. The title continued after India became independent on 15 August 1947 and was not formally abandoned until 22 June 1948 under George VI, although the British monarch continued to be the King of India until it became a republic in 1950.

The Emperors and Empress of India until India’s independence from The British were as under:


Incidentally 'The Emperor of India' was a Title the Last Mughal Emperor Bahadur Shah II used after 1857 as given by the sepoys who thought to over through the reign of East India Company. They proclaimed hi the Badishah-e-Hind, or Emperor of India. The Mughals, who ruled very massive area of India, but never called themselves as Emperors. They used the title Badishah which meant Great King or King of Kings which was similar to Emperor and since the Geographical Demarcation of their dominion wasn’t obvious hence the titles never indicated the area of their suzerainty.

In an obvious  emulation of every thing grand which the Mughals did the British Royal Family folowed. So did they follow the naming of themselves.

One of the theories of naming of Queen Victoria as the 'Empress of India' was due to her princess daughter was to become the Empress of Germany with her husband ascending the German Imperial throne. Thus she would have been outranked by her daughter a mere Queen. 

The idea for such a creation of Title is credited to the then Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli and of course Disraeli was rewarded with making him the 'Earl of Beaconsfield'

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Bus Travel in Rajasthan going Hi Tech!

With GPS (Global Positioning Systems) installed on 1000 Rajasthan State Roadways Corporation Buses (RSRTC) the travelers to Rajasthan would witness travel in Rajasthan through public Transport taken to the next level. Rajasthan would yet again be the very first Indian State to bring joy of traveling in Rajasthan in Road in India after being the pioneer state to bring in the concept of luxury buses in the long intercity travel. With the luxurious buses from famous brands of VOLVO and Mercedes the Rajasthan Tourism is poised to gain.

The GPS would not only make the system efficient and well monitored but also the commuters in Cities Like Jaipur, Udaipur, Jodhpur, & Ajmer would have mounted LCDs in the bus stands telling the passengers the location and the details of the buses they are looking for.

Like the Indian Railway System of announcing the time tables, schedules and the expected arrival and departure of trains in India, the RSRTC would through the public information system would announce the exact time of arrival and departure of the buses to the travelers in English and Hindi.

The information would also be synced real time on the web portal. 

Much for the delight of the traveler of Rajasthan, road travel is coming of age. 

Welcome to Rajasthan or shall we say 'Padharo Mhare Des!!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Taj Mahal the epitome of Love enshrined as a Grand & Magnificent  Mausoleum in the city of Agra is the very reason for almost all cultural travelers to India.

Much has been  written on the hues it takes with the sunlight at varying hours of the day. The Taj also looks fabulous on a moon lit night. Since 2004, it has been open for public viewing for 5 nights in a month ( 2 days before and 2 days after the full moon night). 

Travelers looking for night viewing of the Taj can do so on the following dates. for further details and bookings one can contact the ASI office or us on support@sterlingvacations.co.in

The forthcoming full moon dates of the years from 2012 to 2013 is given below. The day of full moon may subject to minor variation.
Month 2012 2013
January - 27th
February - 25th
March - 27th
April 6th -
May 6th -
June 4th -
July 3rd -
August 31st -
September 30th -
October 29th -
November 28th -
December 28th -

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Goa as an All Season Destination!

There has been concerted efforts by the Goanese State Government to make Goa an all season destination. Goa is heart throb in the winters for the travelers coming into India mostly from the Western Countries. 

The Goa in Winters is beckoning paradise but come Indian Tropical Summers & the fabled Indian Monsoon, Goa becomes gloomy. Though the Indians spirit never sees the grey monsoon as it throngs the shores of Goa in the Monsoon's too. The fares are low, the best of hotels welcome with open arms and the kids are holidaying or not faced with their exam times!  

The State Government is wooing the ones who would not consider Goa in monsoon. It is calling it as 'Raindrop Tourism'. Waterfalls rushing down the hills in Western Ghats, lush green forest lands and inland waterways are being looked upon as an alternative for beaches, which receive maximum footfalls in non-monsoon months. State Tourism minister Dilip Parulekar said "the government is now planning to develop waterfalls as tourist destinations. A master-plan is being prepared so that these places are made accessible for the visitors. The beaches get shut during monsoons leading to a lean season. “We want to change the concept that Goa is only for beaches. We have more variety of destinations to offer for the travellers,” he said. The foreign tourists usually pack-up for their homes during monsoons. The state is then entirely dependent on the domestic crowd. “Domestic tourists love to be with nature. We will provide them all the facilities so that they have a reason to arrive in Goa,” he said. The Ambolim waterfall in Maharashtra and the Dudhsgar waterfall on the Goa-Karnataka border are prime attraction during monsoons. Mr Parulekar said that Goa has the likes of Ambolim at several places in rural talukas, which can be explored for tourism purposes. The state government has already announced 50 per cent concession in luxury tax to hotels, which will help them to work out attractive monsoon packages.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Indian Festival - Makar Sankranti

India a land of many hues and color exhibited brilliantly in its people's festivals. India is still majorly land of people who mostly sustain on agriculture. It has always been the land of farmers. Every festival thus is remarkably coincides with onset of a season, sowing or harvesting of crops. These farm activities on the calender are marked as festival days giving respite from the hard labor and toil to the farmer. Interestingly all these festival days have had some very amazing mythological and religious stories to celebrate. India it is also to be remembered is replete with faith and religiosity So we have the religious and the practical aspect of Indian Festivals.

Makar Sankranti is also one such Festival of Gaiety. Every year on the 14th of January, Indians celebrate through out the length and breadth of the country.

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