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Whats your weekend plan? Care for a trip? Wear your sneakers, pack your backpacks, and escape the daily monotony of life. Read, sing, and dance to the tunes of your favourite song. Pick your buddies, drive through the astounding landscapes, and live in the moment. The beautiful destinations around you are beckoning you to experience the leisure of life.
If you are wondering where to go, here are some beautiful accommodations for an unbeatable weekend getaway that can be explored with your friends and family. While 2020 gave us several long weekends, the Covid-19 pandemic put a full stop to all our travel aspirations. However, the tides are changing. With staycations, revenge travel, weekend getaways gaining traction, this exclusive list of accommodations is a great blend of cosy and relaxing:
OYO Belvilla, Jaipur
For those looking at exploring the regional cuisines, witnessing the unrivalled architecture, experiencing the royal heritage, the pink city is the place for you. From Hawa Mahal to City Palace, from aesthetical bazaars to the evening at the happening Chokhi Dhani, Jaipur has all you need to experience lifestyle, culture, and history. While you're in Jaipur and looking at a comforting place to stay, Belvilla The Umaid Vilas Royal Heritage Haveli is the right place for you.
For those looking at exploring the regional cuisines, witnessing the unrivalled architecture, experiencing the royal heritage, the pink city is the place for you. Photo by Mitchell Ng Liang an on Unsplash
The Granary: Wooden Cabin on stilts, Coorg
For those seeking a serene break from the hubbub of city life, Coorg might just be the place for you. The timeless scenery, the friendly local community, the sheer bliss of nature is bound to stir your soul. You can experience the tranquillity of Coorg with its world-famous coffee. While you're in Coorg and looking for a cosy place to stay, check out The Granary: wooden cabin on stilts!
While you're in Coorg and looking for a cosy place to stay, check out The Granary: wooden cabin on stilts! Wikimedia
OYO Belvilla, Gurugram
For those in the national capital region and seeking a short-haul stay, look no further, Gurugram is the right place for you. A cup of tea in a private villa amid the lush green trees, surrounded by the scenic beauty of nature, at complete peace, with your loved ones is all that you need. While you're looking at spending this kind of evening in luxury, comfort, and peace, the Belvilla Private Villa may just be the right stay for you.
Grey-headed Swamphen (Purple Swamphen) - Porphyrio poliocephalus in Basai Wetland near Gurgaon (Gurugram), Haryana, India. Wikimedia
Airbnb Penthouse, Goa
For those seeking to take a deep dive on the pretty beaches and enjoy the exhilarating nightlife, Goa is the place for you. The scenic journey, the lush green trees, the wind that plays with your hair, the thrill of the night, the experience among new people, Goa is sure to leave you wonderstruck. While in Goa, you can choose to stay at Striking Penthouse With a Private Plunge Pool for an experience of a lifetime.
For those seeking to take a deep dive on the pretty beaches and enjoy the exhilarating nightlife, Goa is the place for you. Photo by alexey turenkov on Unsplash
OYO Belvilla, Udaipur
For those seeking a royal experience in the ethereal beauty of nature, Udaipur is the place for you. The enigma of the royal palaces, the picturesque lakes, the charming architecture will immerse you in an extraordinary experience. While you're in Udaipur and seeking an incredible place to justify the beauty of the City of Lakes, OYO Belvilla, Udaipur is the place for you.
For those seeking a royal experience in the ethereal beauty of nature, Udaipur is the place for you. Photo by Jainam Mehta on Unsplash
(Article originally written by: N. Lothungbeni Humtsoe) (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: Pack, backpack, jaipur, coorg, gurugram, goa, udaipur
Whenever you visit Jaipur, you must not forget to visit the beautiful monuments, and at the same time, its famous textile and crafts industry.
So, whenever you plan to visit the Pink City, gather these beautiful souvenirs for yourself and your loved ones.
1. Lehariya Saree
This is a traditional style of tie and die which is practiced in Rajasthan, and in fact, still holds a significant place in the market today. Though, Lehariya Saree is now available in thousands of colours in many shops in and around Jaipur. One of the fun facts about this souvenir is that you can pick any design and colour of your choice, and feel proud of having something which belongs from the old generation of Rajasthan.
2. Blue Pottery
Interestingly, the name “Blue Pottery" comes from the eye-catching blue colour which is used to enhance the look of traditional pottery made in Jaipur, Rajasthan. This kind of pottery is very special as it is sculpted in a beautiful manner. At the same time, this pottery stands out from other potteries because of the mixture from which it is prepared, which includes quartz stone powder, powdered class, multani mitti, boax, gum and water.
Blue Pottery, Jaipur. Photo by Wikimedia Commons.
3. Bandhani Dupatta
Bandhani Dupatta is beautiful embellished with wide borders, which are made up of patch work, tassels, gota work or mirror work. This dupatta has on it swirling patterns of with bright vibrant colours. There is no doubt that these look beautiful and royal, as it has a sense of traditionalism in it.
4. Block Print Fabric
Jaipur is very famous for its block print culture. From From bedsheets to ethnic wear and from quilts to table covers, this old and traditional way of making prints on cloth via different kinds of patterns of wooden blocks never gets old. It is believed that the finest kind of block print fabric can be bought from Jaipur.
Block Printing in Jaipur. Google Images
5. Gemstone Jewellery
If you visit Jaipur, then you just cannot miss gemstone jewellery shopping. This kind of jewellery is of fine quality, and use gemstones in a great amount. From earrings to necklaces, every piece of jewellery includes some or the other kind of gemstone which increases its beauty.
Keywords: Jaipur, India, Travel, Tourism, Block Printing, Gemstone Jewellery, Bandhani Dupatta, Blue Pottery, Lehariya Saree.
We know Jaipur as the pink city, the city of palaces and forts and a tourist hub. This city has as rich a cultural history as any city can have. Being one of the prime cities where Indian Rajput royalty flourished, Jaipur is one of the most important and great heritage cities in India, also known for the same internationally.
UNESCO, the wing of the United Nations that works for education, science and heritage all around the world identifies heritage as the legacy from our past that we live with and pass on to the next generation.
Jaipur was founded by Maharaja Jai Singh II in 1727 AD. Maharaja Jai Singh II was a Kachwaha Rajput king who ruled from 1699-1743. He was assisted by the architect Vidyadhar Bhattacharya. Completed in 4 years, this city was planned as a set of 9 blocks which would later be painted pink under the rule of Maharaja Ram Singh in 1876.
Much of the old architecture like the great Amber Fort, arts and crafts like the Rajasthani miniature painting and the authentic cuisine comprising of daal, baati, churma along with the rituals and practices are all expressions of the royal culture Jaipur.
This culture combined with the warmth this city offers attracts thousands of tourists from all over the world. In fact it is the tourism industry that is the backbone of the city.
Keywords: Jaipur, Rajasthan, Heritage, India, Pink City
This year, a time of many firsts, the Covid-19 pandemic has shifted paradigms of engagement to the virtual world, and the Jaipur Literature Festival as well as Jaipur BookMark (JBM) too will feature an online programming spread.
Jaipur BookMark (JBM) is traditionally held parallel to the Jaipur Literature Festival every year. It is a distinctive B2B platform and brings together publishers, literary agents, translation agencies, and writers wanting to talk the business of books, along with focussed sessions and major industry players from across the world. For its 8th edition. JBM will present an impactful online program from 22nd to 25th February 2021.
The publishing conclaves will explore varied topics that deal with the publishing industry. Indian language publishing’s forays into the digital idiom face infrastructure constraints, tech challenges, and bandwidth issues. Yet, content is finding multifaceted dimensions and new avenues for sale across a vast and multilingual market. How sustainable are these online avatars? What are the revenue models? Publishing pundits from across India, like Arunava Sinha, Esha Chatterjee, Giriraj Kiradoo, Kannan Sundaram, Priya Kapoor, Ravi Deecee, and Aditi Maheshwari Goyal will come together to discuss the challenges and innovative responses that have found shape in the course of a disruptive and transitional year.
Feminists and independent publishers have been harbingers of innovation and change, especially in the way knowledge is understood, produced, and shared – a welcome reality when compared to decades ago, when the world’s publishing space was dominated solely by men. But will independent voices continue to hold their own? Will they always remain lone voices? Or will they otherwise have to merge with the large conglomerates? A path-breaking panel of publishers including Margaret Busby, Lennie Goodings, Colleen Higgs, Susan Hawthorne, and Urvashi Butalia will discuss their struggles and inspirations, focussing on the myriad vantage points that feminists, gender-diverse and independent publishers bring to our world.
The 21st century has seen the birth of a new kind of entertainment: hyper-personalized, private, and powered by the Internet. Digital content has captured the Zeitgeist of our times as well as the collective attention of India, which streams it on mobile devices, computers, and smart TVs. Unlike traditional movies and TV shows, digital content aired on OTT platforms, shuffle chronologies, weave in multiple subplots, and house stories that couldn’t earlier be accommodated on the big screen. Celebrated film producer and director Shekhar Kapur and author Vani Tripathi Tikoo will discuss the impact of technology on the rise of non-linear storytelling.
Publisher Naveen Kishore will speak to author Leonora Miano and Indian scholar and literary theorist Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak about upsetting the status quo in the territorial breakup across the established publishing borders. The politics of location has dictated that publishers in India can only buy the rights to publish books in their own country and region. Reversing this long-held notion, Naveen Kishore’s publishing company, Seagull Books, has in the last 15 years, acquired some 600 international titles and their world rights. Recently, they have announced a new series titled ‘Quilombola!’, edited by Lï¿½onora Miano, where original language rights for the French title are being sold to the French. In a scintillating conversation, Gayatri Spivak, University Professor in the Humanities, Columbia University, Lï¿½onora Miano, celebrated Cameroonian writer, and Naveen Kishore, Director and Managing Director, Seagull Books, discuss the location, language, and free-floating life of ideas and narratives.
As a highlight of the 8th edition, JBM will feature some specially curated sessions by the European Union and the Cultural Relations Platform. The sessions will be graced by Director of the Federation of European Publishers Anne Bergman-Tahon; European Union Prize for Literature laureates Matthias Nawrat (EUPL Germany), Meelis Friedenthal (EUPL Estonia), Selja Ahava (EUPL Finland), Rodaan Al Galidi (EUPL Netherlands), Adam Foulds (EUPL UK); Vice President of the Frankfurt Book Fair Claudia Kaiser; Greek publisher Phaedon Kidoniatis; President of Latvian Publishers Association Renate Punka and many more.
H.E. Ugo Astuto, Ambassador of the European Union to India and Bhutan said, “I am delighted that the European Union, as a Festival Partner at this year’s Jaipur Literature Festival, will offer an extensive B2B segment at the Jaipur Bookmark. Writers, publishers, and literary agents from across Europe will present the wealth of our literary heritage and offer insights into all aspects of the European book market. This partnership is an extension of our literary exchanges with Indian counterparts and will provide new avenues for inter-cultural and artistic dialogue.”
Author, JBM advisor, and Co-Director, Jaipur Literature Festival, Namita Gokhale, said, “Jaipur BookMark 2021 returns in a virtual edition that will reach out to all those who cherish and engage with the business of books and ideas. We believe in books and their transformative role in guiding individuals and society forward. We have crafted a series of sessions that bring in speakers from around the world to share their learnings and their inspirations as the publishing industry steps into a new chapter in terms of technology and content orientation.”
Every year, JBM recognizes excellence with some of the key awards in the publishing industry being given out at the festival: the Vani Foundation Distinguished Translator Award is given to a translator of Indian origin for his/her body of work in translating between two Indian languages and the Oxford Bookstore Book Cover Prize is given to the most striking and innovative cover design of the year. (IANS)