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text 2019-10-12 01:59
Contact Optima Travels for Things to Do & Places to Visit in Jaipur



you’ve got a weekend to spare and want to spend it away from your regular routine, why not take an India Golden Triangle Tour to Jaipur? If you’ve already seen Delhi, you can save time by driving down straight to Agra and move on from there to Jaipur. It sounds like a great idea, right? Jaipur is certainly a tourist’s paradise. Things to do in Jaipur are many, ranging from getting involved in various activities to exploring several markets. There is large number of places to visit in Jaipur. If you agree, your itinerary could comprise a visit to the historic and other places to see in Jaipur. They are:


Amber Fort


Located about 13 kms from Jaipur city centre, Amber was the previous capital of Kachhwaha Rajput clan which lorded over Jaipur region for several centuries. Amber Fort is one of the most visited gargantuan and beautiful fortress on the hills of Aravali. It is famous for its size, finesse, ruggedness and sturdiness. The palces and buildings within the fort are quite enchanting.


Hawa Mahal


Hawa Mahal, known to world as Palace of Winds, is an iconic monument of Jaipur. Built of red sandstone, Hawa Mahal is in the heart of the city. It is basically fortified facade equipped with several windows facilitating royal ladies to see activities on the road, without to be seen themselves.


Royal Gaitor


Close to the city centre of Jaipur is the funerary complex of Royal Gaitor. Here’s where the mausoleums of Jaipur’s ruling family lie. There are two main courtyards here, each filled with stately memorials. One has the mausoleum of King Madho Singh II, while the second has the tomb of King Jai Singh II, the founder of Jaipur.





This is an ancient Hindu pilgrim town, about 10 km outside Jaipur. You’ll find several temples here built in a narrow crack in the hills that skirt Jaipur. On the hill there’s a natural spring that flows downwards and fills up the sacred water tanks where pilgrims bathe. According to legend, a saint by the name of Galav lived here, who meditated here and did penance too. Due to large number of monkeys in the temple, Galta Ji is known as ‘monkey temple’ among the foreign tourists.


Johari Bazar


Jaipur is a shopper’s paradise where you will see the finest in textiles, footwear and Kundan jewellery. Pottery, handicrafts, quilts and tie and dye saris. Here, the oldest market is called the Johari Bazaar, where a majority of the shops are painted pink. In this market, you can find gold and silver jewellery and stones like diamonds and emeralds. One visit to this market is an absolute must-do even if you have only a few hours in Jaipur.


Sun Temple, Amer


The Sun Temple, Amer, Jaipur, is small and is situated high on the edge of the Aravalli Hills from where you can get panoramic views of the city. It is part of the Galta ji temple complex, about two kilometres away. Though lesser known, you must visit this temple, preferably at sunset when there’s a golden glow all over the city.


Hot Air Balloon Safari


Apart from all the historic sites that draw tourists to Jaipur, there’s another side to it—that of adventure sports. Apart from trekking, hiking and paragliding, Jaipur also boasts of hot air ballooning. Today, it is a renowned destination for Hot Air Ballooning. People specially come here to enjoy this sport.



You can enjoy this sport from various locations in the city—Amber Fort, Shiv Vilas, Jal Mahal and Delhi-Jaipur Road. Depending on the direction of the wind, the location changes.


Does this itinerary grab you? If you do feel enthused to go on this trip, you should have it managed for you by a good travel agency. One that stands out for its professionalism is Optima Travels. Over the years, it has built a reputation of being highly professional, gives attention to details and goes the extra mile for its clients.


So, why not get in touch with them and fix up 2-Days Jaipur Tour. You can then see the whole of Jaipur and all its historical and other sightseeing spots. Travel with Optima travels and you won’t regret it.


If you do decide to go with them, do it quickly as only early bird customers get hefty discounts. So, don’t waste time, speak to them today and book yourself on one of the better Jaipur Tour Packages.

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text 2019-10-06 06:15
Hire Optima Travels to Know Things to Do & Places to Visit in Agra


Agra is home to several Mughal era monuments, particularly Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri. These three monuments are UNESCO World Heritage sites and are major tourist attractions. Though tourism in Agra revolves around world famous Taj Mahal but there are several places to visit in Agra. Major highlights of Agra can be explored on a One Day Agra Tour Packages .     


If a tourist has ample time and keen interest in exploring various facets of an erstwhile Mughal capital city, there are several things to do in Agra. Perhaps, you want to try out one of the famed Golden Triangle Tour Packages on your holiday this time? If you don’t have much time to spare, but would still like to breathe a different air, it might be a good idea to take a Delhi-Agra-Jaipur Tour? Not only is it full of historic sites, but there’re also other things you can see and do here.


If you’ve already visited Delhi, you could confine your trip to just Agra and Jaipur and do both places extensively. In that case, an agra-jaipur tour would be just fine for a few days. If this sounds like your holiday, may we suggest a few must spots for you in Agra?


Apart from the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort, there are other lesser-known historic sites that will blow your mind. For instance, how about visiting these sites?



Tomb of Mariam


Mariam-uz-Zamani was the Queen consort of Emperor Akbar and the mother of Emperor Jahangir. Her mausoleum, built by Emperor Jahangir in memory of his mother can be seen in a suburb of Agra called Sikandara.


Chini Ka Rauza


Chini Ka Rauza is the tomb of Emperor Shah Jahan’s prime minister, Allama Afzal Khan. This monument contains all the items related to a funeral and is situated on River Yamuna’s eastern bank.  The word ‘Chini’ refers to Chinese and ‘Rauza’ stands for ‘tomb’. It was built between 1628 and 1639, using Indo-Persian architectural styles. It is known for its superb use of glazed tiles.


Dayal Bagh


Dayal Bagh or "Garden of the Merciful" is a self-contained colony in Agra. Here, the inhabitants lead an extremely disciplined, active and cooperative life, adhering to spiritual tenets of their faith. The Radhasoami faith has its headquarters here where the Dayal Bagh sect also lives.

Adjacent to the Soami Bagh is the tomb of Swamiji Maharaj, the founder of the Radhasoami faith. It is built entirely in white marble and has elegant pietra dura inlaid on its interior walls.


Mehtab Bagh


North of the famed Taj Mahal and facing the Agra Fort and River Yamuna, the Mehtab Bagh is an extremely scenic spot Agra boasts of. It is also called the Moonlight Garden. It was the last of the 11 Mughal gardens built on similar lines on the banks of the Yamuna.



If you love the idea of visiting these spots in Agra, besides the Taj Mahal, why not make arrangements for a trip here as soon as possible? Winter is a great time to be here, so pack your bags and visit this city with several little-known historical spots you’ll love to explore.


One good way of seeing everything that Agra has to offer is to book yourselves on one of the better Agra Tour Packages which will take care of your sightseeing and travel to the historical sites. If you put yourself in the hands of a reputed travel agency, they will use their experience and foresight to give you the best package and the most economical one that will give you a memorable holiday to Agra.


In this connection, why not check out Optima Travels? They are renowned in their field for not just planning a superb tour, but also going the extra mile to give you a lot of freebies you’ll love to use. Over the years, they have built up a good reputation with their clients, so it’s not surprising that their clientele now boasts highly satisfied families. Now, you too can join this loyal band of customers.


Apart from their expertise, you also get to enjoy a good discount if you book early with them. So, quickly make an appointment with them to discuss the finer details of your upcoming Agra India Tour. To connect, reach us today.

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review 2019-10-03 13:42
It is a marvellous thing, this Things in Jars.
Things in Jars - Jess Kidd

Bridie Devine is recovering from a failure. She couldn’t complete her last case as a private detective so grabs the opportunity to track down kidnapped Christabel Berwick. But as she looks deeper into the case it would appear that Christabel, and the people around her, are not as they seem.


Sometimes you come across a book and realise you don’t know where to start when it comes to writing a review. So you leave it a bit for the right words to appear. And then leave it a bit longer. But the memory of the book lingers. The feelings it created are still there, and the joy it gave you still felt.


Such is the case with Things in Jars.


The mystery unfolds, starting with Bridie called in to trace Christabel. As the story progresses the reader learns that Christabel is not as it would seem. Her father is keeping secrets that could impact Christabel’s life. Bridie has to deal with things that will push the boundaries of what is known, the magical and the mundane meeting together.

I could easily visualise the characters, casting them in the movie adaptation as I read. Bridie is a wonderful woman. Feisty, independent and resourceful in a time when women were expected to be none of these things. She has created her own persona, one which will broke no nonsense yet is at times vulnerable. Ruby, the ghostly boxer, was a fabulous sidekick, easily envisaged with his moving tattoos and tattered bandages. It was lovely to see the relationship between the two develop. Every character in the book was brought vividly alive, each one necessary to the story, from the most villainous of villains to the most supportive of mentors.


When thinking about this book, the word sumptuous springs to mind. The prose is reminiscent of Dylan Thomas; lyrical, almost poetic. I admit it was not what I was expecting before I started to read and it took me a few pages to adjust to the style. But soon I was caught up in the world of Bridie Devine. I could picture the locations, imagine the fog swamped London, the windmill home of Bridie’s beloved advisor and the opulent country manor house of Mr Berwick.


It is a marvellous thing, this Things in Jars. Part mystery, part steam punk, part romance, part adventure, it is all of this and more. It is a book you savour, get lost in and turn the last page with that mixture of contentedness and sadness that it’s over. There is something wonderful about stumbling across a book that is an unexpected joy. I’m envious of those who get to read it for the first time.


I fervently hope that Bridie will return in another novel. I need to visit her world again soon.

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text 2019-10-02 12:21
September 2019 wrap-up
Force of Chaos: The Coming of Age of the Antichrist - Lin Senchaid
Earth - Anthology
Stranger Things Have Happened - Thomas Gaffney
The House by the Cemetery (Fiction Without Frontiers) - John Everson
Brian Helsing Mission One: Just Try Not To Die - Gareth K. Pengelly
Till Human Voices Wake Us (Till Human Voices Wake Us #1) - C.S. Johnson
Carnival of the Night - Nicholas Carey
The Haunted Hardware Store (The David Morgan series Book 1) - Frank Roberts
Deeplight - Frances Hardinge
The Shapes of Midnight - Joseph Payne Brennan

Wow, 14 books this month. ALL for Bingo, Yay! Admittedly two were very short, but it's been a nice selection ranging from the silly to the really enjoyable.


Stand outs include three anthologies, Elements of Horror: Earth, The Shapes of Midnight and Stranger Things Have Happened, and also Force of Chaos, The House by the Cemetery and surprisingly, Brian Helsing: Just Try Not to Die.


Only two books were disappointments, which isn't a bad ratio.


Got a good start on my Bingo reads and I've only got one Netgalley book I haven't started yet. I'm very close to finishing another.


So, overall, a good month.

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text 2019-09-30 20:07
August and September wrap-up 2019
Technically, You Started It - Lana Wood Johnson
My Hero Academia, Vol. 1 - Caleb D. Cook,Kohei Horikoshi
Broken Things - Lauren Oliver
The Score - Elle Kennedy
Teen Titans: Raven - Kami Garcia,Gabriel Picolo
The Goal - Elle Kennedy
Pumpkinheads - Rainbow Rowell,Faith Erin Hicks
Fence volume 3 - C.S. Pacat

5 Library books 

1 manga 

3 graphic novels

4 audiobooks. 


Favorites  broken  things 



Happy reading 

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