IPL Jaipur 2019: Schedule, Date, Timings, and Upcoming Matches

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The Pink City is down with IPL fever once again and the enthusiasm can equally be seen flowing all over the country. The Indian Premier League kicked off its 12th edition on March 23 and is going to be different from the previous editions as fresh-look teams and new players lock horns for the coveted title.

SMS stadium is known for hosting Rajasthan Royals matches with other Indian Premier League. This time total of seven matches will be played at Sawai Man Singh Stadium in the 12th edition of T20’s league.

The schedule for this year has been delayed because the IPL and Lok Sabha elections will be held around at the same time. So, the first two-week schedule has been released for the first round.

Here are all the details for matches going to be held in Jaipur:

Date: 25 March 2019

Day: Monday
Match Details: Rajasthan Royals vs Kings XI Punjab
Venue: SMS Stadium
Time: 20:00 IST

Date: 2 April 2019

Day: Tuesday
Match Details: Rajasthan Royals vs Royal Challengers Bangalore
Venue: SMS Stadium
Time: 20:00 IST

Date: 7 April 2019

Day: Sunday
Match Details: Rajasthan Royals vs Kolkata Knight Riders
Venue: SMS Stadium
Time: 20:00 IST

Date: 11 April 2019

Day: Thursday
Match Details: Rajasthan Royals vs Chennai Super Kings
Venue: SMS Stadium
Time: 20:00 IST

Date: 20 April 2019

Day: Saturday
Match Details: Rajasthan Royals vs Mumbai Indians
Venue: SMS Stadium
Time: 16:00 IST

Date: 22 April 2019

Day: Monday
Match Details: Rajasthan Royals vs Delhi Capitals
Venue: SMS Stadium
Time: 20:00 IST

Date: 27 April 2019

Day: Saturday
Match Details: Rajasthan Royals vs Sunrisers Hyderabad
Venue: SMS Stadium
Time: 20:00 IST

Save the dates in your calendar to not miss on a single match!

If you are not a local and particularly visiting Pink City to watch IPL matches then, you can book your stay in advance at hotels with restaurant in Jaipur covering all the necessary facilities and services including free Wi-Fi and parking, luxury spa, complimentary breakfast, etc.

Holi Celebration in Jaipur

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Pink City is one of the best-planned cities of India. Jaipur was coloured in terracotta pink in 1876 to welcome Prince Albert and thus got the name 'Pink city'. Apart from the astonishing architectural structures, the city is also famous for its rituals, traditions, and festivals.

A number of festivals are celebrated here with gusto at different times of the year, which include JLF, Jaipur Elephant Festival, Teej, Gangaur, Diwali, Holi, etc. Of all the fairs and festivals, the festival of colours is the most loved and celebrated in an effervescent manner.

The Holika bonfire and Holi symbolize the celebration of the victory of good over evil. On the auspicious day of Holi, people colour each other with Gulal. Holi is a day to forget the past grievances and celebrate the warmth and new beginning.

Why is Holi Celebrated?

Legends believe that there was a demon named Hirnayakashyap who was disappointed with his son Prahlad for worshipping Lord Vishnu so, he tried every way to kill his own son but each time he was saved by the God himself. Lastly, Holika tricked him into sitting on a pyre with her as she had a boon whereas Prahlad did not. As the fire increased, the cover flew from Holika and covered Prahlad and Holika burnt. Then, the Lord Vishnu appeared in the form of Narasimha - half human and half lion, at dusk, took Hiranyakashyap at a doorstep, placed him on his lap and then exenterated and killed the king.

How Jaipur celebrates Holi?

Jaipur Elephant Festival 

It is a festival celebrated every year at Jaipur Chogan Stadium at the time of Holi festival where people swarm to celebrate with verve and fervour. This festival commences with a fabulous procession of decorated elephants, camels, and folk dancers. The striking feature of this fair is that female elephant take part in this festival. The elephant keepers decorate their elephants from head to toe with vivacious colours, Bejewelled Jhools, and heavy jewellery. The one that is most attractive to the audience wins the 'Best Decorated Elephant' title.

Govind Devji Temple 

Flower Holi is followed by Gulal during the Phagotsav at Govind Dev Ji Temple and offers a marvellous performance of dance and music. Artists dance and portray the bliss of Holi with flower petals at various cultural performances disguised as Lord Krishna, Radha, and Gopis. The festival ends with the Kalash Yatra.

Pushkar

Yes, Pushkar is one of those places in India where people are drenched in the colours and dance in the flow. It is just a two-hour drive from Jaipur to Pushkar. Hence, it is best if you plan your stay at the 4-star hotels in Jaipur city and have a relaxed evening in your room after a hectic day in store.

So, let your heart drool and jump away to the streets for a memorable experience of Holi!!

 

All The Details About Phalgun Khatu Shyam Ji Fair

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The famous temple of Khatu Shyam Ji is located in the Khatu village of Sikar, Rajasthan. An immense faith in Khatu Shyam Ji attracts devotees from across the country to visit this holy place to offer prayers and seek blessings of Khatu. This temple is also popular for one of the biggest fairs of India, held on the occasion of Holi every year.

History of the Khatushyam Temple

It was built in 1027 AD by Roop Singh Chauhan, the then King of Khatu. The place where the idol was dug out from is known as Shyam Kund. Around 1720 AD, a nobleman named Abhai Singh refurbished the old temple, at the request of the then ruler of Marwar. The idol is made with the aid of rare stone.

The story of Khatu Shyam Ji Temple

Khatu Shyam Ji Temple is named after a warrior, Veer Barbarik whose last wish was to see the Mahabharata battle so Lord Krishna placed his own head on the mountain top for Baba to view the war. When the Kalyug era started, the head was found buried in Khatu – a village situated in Rajasthan. Then surprisingly, one day milk started flowing out of a cow's udder when she was near the spot. Post this incident, the villagers dug the place up and only the head was found.

Later on, the head was handed over to a Brahmin. King of Khatu – Roop Singh Chauhan has a dream where he was urged to build a temple and place the head therein. Upon King’s order, a Khatu Shyam Ji temple was built and the idol was installed on the 11th day of the Shukla Paksha of Phalgun month.

About the Phalgun Khatu Shyam Fair

Amongst the biggest fairs of the Hindu temples of India, Khatu Shyam Ji Fair is one. Lakki Mela takes place every year and is a centre of attraction amongst people. The fair usually lasts for five days but keeping a large number of devotees in mind, this year’s fair has been increased to ten to twelve days.

This time, the religious fair will take place from 10 March 2019 and continue till 19 March 2019. The main fest will be held on 17th March on the day of Ekadashi in Phalgun month. In place of Shyam Baba's Kirtan, Shyam devotees make a tremendous effort to feed the devotee, Baba.

Visitors from all over India have immense faith in God and which is why the temple witnesses devotees in large numbers every year. Millions of devotees make marks by travelling from the rings to the Khatu Dham, with the marks of Kesariya colour.

Due to the popularity of the fair, there is a heavy crowd seen and people have to stand in the long queues of worshippers. After a tiring day, you would surely require a comfortable place to stay and during the peak season, it would be difficult to find good accommodation in the good hotels. Hence, book the best hotel in Jaipur to stay as Jaipur is hardly 79 Kilometers away from the shrine temple.

 

Famous Shiva Temples in Jaipur to Visit on Maha Shivaratri

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Maha Shivratri is one of the biggest festivals in India and is observed in the honour of Lord Shiva. One of the reasons to celebrate this day is that the formless God, Sadashiv appeared in the form of "LingodbhavMoorti" during midnight on MahaShivratri. Hence, all Mahadeva devotees keep vigil at night of this festival and perform "Shivlingamabhishekham" at midnight.

It is also regarded as a new day for Sadhak for spiritual growth and material accomplishment. The holy festival starts by Rudrabhishek (including ghee, dhoop, milk, water, BeelPatra, Agarbatti, flowers)in temples and almost everyone offers prayers in the morning and evening and some even observe fast throughout the day.

Jaipur is one of the most beautiful and cultural cities of India because of the rich legacy and traditions, and famous religious temples. Here festivals are celebrated with a lot of enthusiasm and most of them have religious significance like MahaShivratri, and attracts a large number of tourists on this auspicious day.

Feel the essence of spiritualism with the holy visit to various Shiva temples of Pink City:

1. Eklingeshwar Temple

This temple is located on the JLN route behind the Moti Dungari and Birla Mandir. Mahadeva disciples wait for the complete year to worship in this temple. Sources reveal that the statue of Lord Parvati and God Ganesha with Lord Shiva was established, but the icons disappeared, after that, once again the idols were placed but became extinct automatically. Henceforth, nobody dared to set up any statue beside Bhagwan Shankar in the temple.

2. Tarkeshwar Temple

This is a temple particularly dedicated to Lord Shiva, located in Chaura Rasta of Jaipur and is said to be built around 1784. Being the old and famous one, it has a hundred thousands of followers and visitors per day. The statue of Shivling is made in a 9” diameter bearing typical black colour.

3. Jharkhand Mahadev Temple

This famous Shiva building started constructing in 1916 in South – Indian style, which is why the temple is very old. Earlier, it was located between the farms but is now situated in one of the posh localities of Jaipur. Nandi’s statue was constructed around 2006.

4. Ambikeshwar Mahadev Temple

This temple is located in Amber Fort of Jaipur. The floor area of the temple is at least 6 feet below the level of road and was constructed by Ambika King. It is decorated with a prominent Shikhar. Other than this, this holy place is constructed in Nagara style of temple architecture. This temple is believed to be 5000 years old or more than that.

After standing in the long queues of devotees, you will surely need the best hotel in Jaipur to stay, with all the good facilities near above - mentioned temples. So, it is best to book the hotel in advance to avoid last minute rush.

Interesting Stories About The Haunted Bhangarh Fort

India is a mystical country with various haunted forts and monuments. One such ghastly castle of India is Bhangarh fort, located on the border of the Sariska Reserve in the Aravalli range of hills in Alwar district and was built in the 17th century by Man Singh for his younger son Madho Singh.

Its premises are surrounded by a partly ruined wall, gardens, banyan trees, haveli and temples of Lord Gopinath, Someshwar, Mangla Devi, and Keshava Rai. But the mysterious attraction is an isolated chhatri on the hilltop which attracts the attention of travellers. Even the Archaeological Survey of India(ASI)has requested the locals and tourists to not enter the fort during evening or night time. There is no one particular story behind why the fort is haunted.

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Here are two interesting stories about this place:

1. The Story of Princess Ratnavati and Singhia Tale

The wicked sorcerer Singhia was attracted by Ratnavati’s beauty and tried to trap her in his magical ploy, but failed every time as the princess too was a master in tantric art. One day he saw the beauty buying oil for the palace and spelt black words that anyone who touched the oil would turn into a stone. Queen came to know his intentions, thus dropped the oil on the magician and soon after that he turned into a stone, but before the death, the magician cursed the whole city saying that no soul would ever live in peace and no house would ever stand erect.

2. The Prophecy of the Ascetic

It is believed that Madho Singh took permission from an ascetic Guru Balu Nath who lived near the neighbourhood to construct the fort. He gave the permission on a clause that the shadow of the fort should never fall ahead his home and the king accepted his condition. Thereafter, the king started raising the structures vertically, but could not stop the shadow to fall and the result of it was that the fort doomed in no time.

Apart from this, there are two interesting beliefs related to the castle:

Doors Close After Dusk

Yes, the doors of the fort are closed after sunset. A major incident was reported where two boys spent a night in the fortress but never returned. Thus, strict rules have been made to leave the area before dusk. Even the entrance gate is closed till late morning for security reasons.

Roofless Top

It might be shocking to hear but people living nearby claim that whenever they try building a roof, it immediately collapses. Thus, people here do not have a rooftop in their homes.

So, if you are planning to visit this place anytime soon, then you can book your stay in hotels near Jhotwara road Jaipur and plan a road trip to Bhangarh Fort, located about 85 kms from Jaipur, easily coverable within a day!

Hotels in Jaipur: Delivering a Comfortable Lifestyle

Jaipur attracts visitors for its glorious palaces, havelies, hilltop forts, and burgeoning gardens. Royal City welcomes countless people from various parts of the world every now and then.

Jaipur Hotels with its excellent and skilled level of service has won the hearts of visitors coming from different sections of the world. Apart from this, the prime locations of the hotels are accessible from the place of commuting without any trouble. Whatever is the reason for your trip, you will get a wide range of sophisticated options to accommodate in the Pink City.

Jaipur hotels are quite popular among people because one can easily locate the number of three-star, four and five-star hotels, budget and deluxe accommodations, heritage, and guesthouses offering contented accommodation to both domestic and international travellers.

Each varies from each other in terms of facilities and charges. The packages offered by each of them give a huge choice to travellers for accommodation.

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Here are the top 5 accommodation types:

1. Heritage Hotels

There are various heritage hotels in Pink City but the Rambagh Palace is popular amongst tourists. It was built in 1835. The beautiful gardens of the hotel are amongst the most alluring gardens in the world because of the interesting and charming greenery. Travellers can get a glimpse of different varieties of flowers in this heritage hotel. It has a separate restaurant named The Rajput Room offering the appetizing range of continental and Indian cuisines.

2. Four Star Hotels

Royal Orchid is a well-known 4-star hotel in Jaipur. The hotel is located at a distance of 14 km from the airport and has 70 well decorated appealing rooms. Apart from this, it also has a coffee shop cum restaurant offering varieties of Indian delicacies. Its conference room is popular amongst business folks for holding corporate meetings. Besides, it has a theatre style hall with a seating capacity for 40 people.

3. Deluxe Hotels

Amongst the deluxe hotels in Jaipur, The Comfort Inn Hawa Mahal is a popular one. It is located at a distance of 11 km from the city’s airport and just 1 km from the railway junction. 39 deluxe rooms are available for accommodation and an extra bed facility is also provided to the guests. The hotel rooms have a 24 x 7 internet connection, telephone and room service availability is provided to the customers with hot and cold running water in bathrooms. Nearby to the hotel is a famous bar named Scarlet at Hawa Mahal that is popularly known for serving a fine collection of liquor and wine in a peaceful ambience.

4. Luxury Hotels

The Oberoi Raj Vilas is a hotel that would make you indulge into sheer lavishness. It belongs to the renowned Oberoi Group and features a grand complex that consists of luxurious tents, comfy rooms and beguiling villas with pools exhibiting the pictures of the bygone era Rajput kings. Its signature cuisine restaurant is Surya Mahal that serves a variety of delectable cuisines.

5. Budget Hotels

Hotel Park Ocean is a famous budget hotel on Sikar road providing all the necessary facilities and services one would require. Rooms are equipped with air-conditioners, television, and comfortable beds. Besides, it has a spacious lounge, parking area, free Wi-Fi connection, and car rental facility. This budget hotel has reasonable and attractive packages for families, single occupants and also for peer groups.

So, if you are planning to spend your holidays in a royal way, you can book your stay at one of the accommodation types in Jaipur.

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