Monday, January 25, 2010

Delhi Jaipur Conference Tour

On a foggy Thursday morning in Janauray 2010 we started in two 45 seaters Volvo for Jaipur for a conference of about 100 people, some people were directly flying to Jaipur. The programme was already running late by an hour because of the dense fog and huge traffic on the NH8-the Delhi Jaipur Highway when we reached the new resort called Park Ridge at Rewari. This new resort on Delhi-Jaipur highway has got about 40 rooms with a swimming pool,lawns,bowling alley,pool table and a conference hall, ideal for a leisure or training programme or also for a short weekend getaway. After a quick breakfast we were off again, it was almost 12 noon, but still no sign of the sun as of now. As we entered Rajasthan, the Surya Devta made the first appearance of the day and soon it was bright sunshine, a reminder that we were in the vibrant Rajasthan. Rest of the trip to Jaipur was also not very smooth as the highway is being expanded to 6-8 lanes and there was a traffic jam at Behror and Kotputli.

                                                         We were staying at two resorts just before Jaipur(due to non availability of rooms at one place), Gold Palace and KK Royal. Both of these are good resorts with a lot of open green lawns and good accommodation, Gold Palace is 3 star while KK Royal is a 4 star resort. Both have a conference hall, deluxe rooms,bar,swimming pool,gym and more. The conference was at Gold Palace with a big hall that could easily take 100 people in round table. Sadly it was a dry day at Jaipur cos of Panchayat elections so no cocktail party for the group. Instead we took them to Chokhi Dhani for the evening village programme and Rajasthani Dinner. Chokhi Dhani has become a must see for most visitors to Jaipur for it's recreation of a complete Rajasthani village with the choupal, village well,camel rides,folk dances, magic shows,astrologer and so on and culminating into a Rasjasthani dinner where you can not come before you have your tummy full upto the throat.

                                                        Next day again it was a hectic conference day and in the evening we took the guest to see the Amer fort just next to the KK Royal. Like the entire fort complex, Amber Fort is also constructed of white and red sandstone. Amber Fort is located in Amber (Jaipur), which used to be the capital of the Kachhwaha clan, till Jaipur was made the official capital in 1727. The Amber Fort looks stunning, all-built in white marble and red     sandstone.The Fort is unique in that its 

outside, an imposing and rugged defensive structure, is markedly different from its inside, an ornate, lavish interior influenced by both Hindu and Muslim (Mughal) styles of ornamentation. The walls of the interior of the fort are covered with murals, frescoes, and paintings depicting various scenes from daily life. Other walls are covered with intricate carvings, mosaic, and minute mirror work. The fort is definitely worth a visit if you are in Jaipur. The weather too was just perfect and sunny in the day and cool in the evenings. A new son-et-lumière(Sound & Light show has been launched at Amber Fort, Jaipur. Through this Son-et- lumière spectacle, an attempt has been made to revive the pride of Amber, bring forth the traditions that coloured the lives of its people, the pomp that once existed in its fullest form and to end the silence that had long fallen. The spirit of Amber is eternal. This musical extravaganza has highlighted the local legends, folklore, and a connoisseur of folk music that continues to give Rajasthan its unique identity. The show has been set in a very exotic location, with the giant panoramic view of the Amber Fort & Palace Complex in the front, the rising Jaigarh on the left, the hills at the back and the gallery itself in the Kesar Kiyari Complex. The show starts at 6:30 PM in Hindi and 7:30PM in Hindi daily and is really worth a dekho.
Last day it was all fun with some cricket, tambola and group games in the sun, started back for Delhi after lunch and reached Delhi by 10:30PM. Jaipur is perfect destination for a Conference,  leisure trip or a family trip in winters being easily accessible. 
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