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We offer a comprehensive aura of services as handling agent for Rajasthan and surrounding states, ranging from basic inclusion like transportation.

GALA DINNER
Gala Dinners are becoming more and more popular as the culminating point for all types of events and conferences, and also as prestigious events in their own right.

Rajasthan Routes Trails has a wealth of specialist experience when it comes to pulling together the many and varied elements that go into delivering a successful 'Oscar-Style' Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner.

We can help you planning and staging your Awards and Gala extravaganzas from initial theming and venue selection through to catering, entertainment, full audio-visual requirements and management on the night.

We will work closely with you to plan your gala dinner down to the very last detail - it's what makes the difference between a good event and an outstandingly successful one.

Whatever the occasion, special events including gala dinners, corporate hospitality, christenings and birthday celebrations, wedding receptions, christmas and new year, Rajasthan Routes Trails offers outstanding choice and value.

Gala dinner at Samode
The history of Samode goes back four hundred and fifty years to the time of the illustrious Prithviraj Singhji of Amber, the seventeenth prince of the Kacchawaha Rajputs. One of his twelve sons, Gopal Singhji, was awarded Samode, a noble feudatory of the Jaipur principality. After six generations Samode was relinquished to the state. In 1757, the territory was returned to the Nathawats, whose hereditary title of 'Rawal Saheb' still rests with the present family. In the early 19th century, the eminent statesman Rawal Berisal bestowed the castle with its lavish aspects for which it is renowned today. Another of his descendants is credited with the extravagantly painted Durbar Hall and the breathtaking Sheesh Mahal. The SHEESH MAHAL or Hall of Mirrors is embellished by the exquisite craftsmanship of jewelers why have created a wonder in glass. The Sultan Mahal at the upper level is richly painted with scenes from Indian mythology, flora and fauna.

Jungle Dinner
The elephant ride culminates at the camp or the exclusive jungle spots. The guests arrive at these surprise locations lit by Mashals and Diyas, local traditional instrument playing from the distance, exclusive seating and dining with a luxurious candle lit layout and live barbecue.Similarly we have a dining location for the day in the forest where the guests are treated to a sumptuous lunch in privacy and exclusivity while witnessing and partaking in the elephant bath in the pond situated near the dining area.An unforgetful experience in the middle of the jungle.

If required:
Champagne welcome or on elephant back-
Exclusive Kalbeliya and fire performers-
Though the Kalbeliya performance is common on many of the properties when arranged exclusively with interaction for families/small groups at the camp it has been greatly appreciated.
Interactive cooking demonstration can be organized for the guests whenever required at no extra cost.

Special dinner with heritage Liquor
Rajasthan is known for its Forts, Legendary Heroes and Festivals which is unique for its grandeur in the country, where diversity of the style can be seen. Royal families, Marwar,Mewar, Jodhpur , Kanota , Haroti, Bikaner and many such Rajwaras or Royal families had concocted inimitable liquors prepared keeping in mind the climatic conditions of that area. Besides royal families, many small reputed families or Thikanedar were entrusted with the job of brewing their own special liquor by the Rulers. The special liquors were used according to the season festivity and mood of the royal families.In those days there were different departments for liquors. Three types of liquors were prepared, Ikbara, Dobara and Asaav. Ikbara liquors were prepared for common man, Dobara for officers and higher middle class population and Asaav was prepared for Rulers, Princes and Royal Families. 

Royal Kesar Kasturi, Royal Jagmohan, Royal Chandr Haas and Royal Rajasthan. That's definitely a Royal combo! But these are not names of perfumes of yore but heritage liquors that will brew up the bygone regal, romantic era and an exotic tang at the same time. Launched by the Rajasthan government's Ganganagar Sugar Mills (GSM), it is an attempt to keep Rajasthan's unique traditions and history alive. In the colourful mosaic that's Rajasthan, royal families of Marwar, Mewar, Jodhpur, Kanota, Hadoti, Bikaner and many such 'rajwadas' or 'royal families' had concocted their special, inimitable liquors, which were prepared keeping in mind the climatic conditions of the area and the surroundings. Apart from the royal families, many small reputed families or thikanadaars were entrusted with the job of brewing their own special liquor by the rulers. But after Independence, when the principalities were abolished, the production of these liquors was banned. 

The apparatuses in which these were prepared were also seized. Only the recipes were penned down painstakingly by the rulers, which were preserved by their descendants Most of these liquors combine special herbs and spices specific to each principality with dry fruits, milk, honey and ghee. The rulers and thikanadaars used earthen, copper and brass utensils to brew these liquors. In those days, there was a different department for liquors. The French made Crème de Cacao, the Irish have Bailey's, the Dutch pride themselves on Advocaat, and now India has got its own exotic liqueur, too. The range has more than a whiff of royalty as it is based on Rajasthani rajwada recipes. Blue Label, indeed! Produced by the state-run distillery - Ganganagar Sugar Mills - the range was launched earlier this week. With names like Royal Kesar Kasturi, Royal Jagmohan, Royal Chandrahaas, Royal Mawalin and Saunf, these are being brewed from herbs and spices.The families that have contributed the recipes.
Special dinner for Couple and Group in Jaipur:

Jaipur is a city of royalty, a land which has served rich food to the Royal family.The imperial kitchens of Rajasthan used to employ 'Khansamas' (the royal cooks) to make the best gastronomy.The chefs were quite skilled and used to prepare dishes the knowledge of which was passed only to those who were next in line. Some of these recipes have been preserved and are served in branded hotels. But that's not the entire thing. The royal dishes are as much relishing as the rest of Rajasthani recipes served all over.

At the Jaipur, we offer a distinctive dining experience, one that explores the nuances of the finest Indian and international cuisines, serving a mouth watering medley of traditional and contemporary favourites.Treat yourself to a memorable meal in Jaipur of most stylish restaurants / Place. These restaurants serve amazing food, and the décor won't disappoint either, With sumptuous surroundings and only the best service, your meal will be an experience to remember.The Royal Butlers can create magical dining moments wherever you desire whether in moonlight and candles set the mood for a romantic dining experience or in your own private tent - against the backdrop of the illuminated palace. Or dine in your own private 'Jharokha' with flaming torches - providing an intimate setting for a memorable evening on in Varandah, an Alfresco dining option provides panoramic views of the gardens. Guests can savour the privileges of royalty at the traditional & the most exclusive and glamorous restaurants.

-->Samode Haveli
Samode Haveli, over 150 years old, was home to a former prime minister of the Jaipur court. Though heavily restored, most of the original features are intact in the public spaces and some rooms; it is a magnet for travellers. Its location within the old city, accessibility to Jaipur's bazaars, making it a relaxing haven to return to at the end of a long day.

-->Spice Court
Spice Court is air-conditioned and has smoking and non-smoking sections." Experience Dine indoors & out door dining in elegant fashion, fabulous setting overlooking beautiful Hari Mahal Achrol House Conveniently located just a half K.M.from Jai Mahal Palace Hotel.

It has a Capacity of about 100 people, well furnished and all the tables are separated in between for privacy. It offers diners comfortable surroundings with a sophisticated feel. It also boasts a large al fresco area for your dining pleasure. , It has ample parking Enjoy lunch, dinner,or casual Pub dining the dishes are cooked by our special Indian cook, using many different kinds of spices from various parts of India and serve almost 140 different kinds of curry foods using best quality spices.Curry with a combination of flavor some spices. Every curry dish in menu offers you very unique and excellent taste. Great food baked on charcoal heat in the tandoor and well spiced. We recommend the dishes even to those who never tried Indian cuisine. Multicuisine restaurant gives palate a taste of exotic & Authentic Indian cuisine Mughlai, and Chinese delicacies. A variety of delicacies in lunch & dinner and refreshments. Mouthwatering Different desserts are available at different timings.

The group will have exclusive seating. Rajasthani veg and non-veg food will be served in large thalis, with pamphlets explaining about the dishes. Special food packages for FIT's and groups which includes demos - lectures on food and cook in front of the guests and Full time Bhopa singer and puppet show.Extensive library of coffee-table books on Rajasthan and India for guests to browse. Also available: Palmist and Indian horoscopes, Bird Palmist.

-->City Palace
Dinner at Royal House of Jaipur at City Palace. The palace is lit up for the evening functions and provide a Royal Reception, with caparisoned elephant and traditional welcoming ceremony at main entrance of private residence of Royal Family of Jaipur and also visit diwan -e- khas, Pitam Niwas chock, Chadra Mahal (7th floor residence of his Highness the Maharaja, 4th floor Sobha Niwas- beautiful gold mirror rooms with blue pottery tiles in the side room Sriniwas (The silver mirror rooms on 6 the floor which is better preserved than the Sheesh Mahal of Amber, Mukut Mahal on 7 the floor. Highest points of Jaipur. The guests used to have cocktails here and then proceed for the dinner to another magnificent room, decorated with gold leaf floral motifs on its walls and ceiling. 

The walls of rooms have Moguls paintings and silver & filigree work of jaipur can be seen here. The most momentous piece of furniture is the fabulous LALIQUE table made especially for the maharaja of jaipur. It became a matter of great prestige to serve unusual dishes to guest and the royal cooks were encouraged to experiments. A sit down meal with choice of traditional thali setting or a continental four course meals is offered. There used to be light live instrumental music.
Welcome drink will be served at Chandra Mahal verandah and Cocktails will be at same palace.

Details of Royal Dinner at the City Palace

Arrival of the guest

:- The guests will arrive from the Tripolia Gate - This entrance is otherwise used exclusively only by the Royal Family Members. The cars/coaches will come upto the gate of the Mubarak Mahal -the Royal Reception area of the City Palace. Where the guests will be received.
:- The sound of Nagaras and Trumpet will announce the arrival of the guests.
:- A welcome procession of 2 Elephants, 4 Horses with Lancers, 4 Camels and 2 Buggies will be arranged near Mubarak Mahal.
:- Some of the guests may sit on the Horse-mounted carriages and then taken into the main Palace escorted by the whole procession.
Welcome Ceremony

:- The procession and the guests will enter the main Palace through the Rajendra Pol. Girls in traditional attire will shower the rose petals from the Jharokhas.
:- The guests will get down near the steps of Sarvato-Bhadra - Deewan-E-Khaas (Hall of the Ministers) and the procession will take a round of Sarvato-Bhadra Chowk. After taking a round, all the elephants, horses, camels etc. will be placed on the both sides of Riddhi - Siddhi Pole.
:- Girls attired in Traditional Rajasthani costumes will welcome the guests with Teeka and garland at the steps of Sarvato-Bhadra.
:- Guests will enjoy a welcome drink of Indian Champagne with Rajasthani Folk Dances and Music inside the Sarvato-Bhadra Chowk.
:- After the welcome drink, guests will proceed to Sukh Niwas / Sobha Niwas through Khasa Gate (the private entrance to the residence of Royal Family of Jaipur)
:- Guests can have a look of the world famous Chandra Mahal Verandah overlooking the fabulous Jainiwas Gardens with Fountains, the Govind-devji , Ganesh Temple and the Tiger Fort.
Cultural Programme and Cocktails
:- The guests will enjoy a performance of folk dances (Kathak or Rajasthani Dances) with Cocktails at Sukh Niwas / Sobha Niwas.
Royal Dinner
:- Venue : The Sukh Niwas Terrace :25-75 guests : A Buffet Dinner with the combination of Indian/Continental dishes will be laid.
:- The Royal Family Members may join the Dinner subject to their availability.
:- Recital of Sitar and Tabla to accompany the Dinner

-->Jai Mahal Palace
Jai Mahal Palace, the former residence of the Prime Minister of the princely state of Jaipur, is steeped in history. The majestic palace, a vast complex of regal rooms, pretty pavilions and charming colonnades set amidst 18 acres of landscaped gardens, traces its origins to 1745. The stately Moghul Gardens, resonant with the call of peacocks, is a formal, multi-level,quartered garden with pavilions, water channels, flowerbeds, ponds and stone pathways. With its blend of history, elegance and luxury, the heritage hotel is a perfect destination for visitors to Jaipur. The heritage palace has been painstakingly restored and recently refurbished to offer guests the exclusive experience of a royal lifestyle complemented by legendary Taj hospitality. Jai Mahal Palace has always stood for an unparalleled experience in hosting grand occasions, formal gatherings, conferences, meetings and incentives.

-->Baradari Dinner/ Celebration Table
This fine dining area in the center of stately Moghul gardens is subtly lit with ferry lights and decorated with petals and muslin. Guests can enjoy this special occasion at this exclusive celebration table with exquisite table settings, a gourmet meal and personalized service. With the illuminated Palace in the backdrop, this venue becomes ideal for a memorable celebration).

-->The Royal Lounge at the Raj Palace
The Raj Palace, the traditional with some of the modern structures robs the town of its singular character and charm. This beautiful blend of Mughal and Periodic is the oldest mansion of Jaipur. In 1995, Princess Jayendra Kumari Ji decided to restore this luxurious palace into the finest luxury Palace hotel. The Royal family renovated the arched corridors, the residential quarters and its courtyards with small amplifications, Best services were added like Handicap access etc. Museum suites were created which have the finest Royal antiques giving the property the honor of being first museum suite palace hotel of the world as the suites have their private museum. The specially designed frescoes deciphered with the finest mirror and hand painted work and rare palace furniture , Large crystal chandeliers leave you adorned with an astonishing fantasy. The elegance personified and the renowned hospitality is served in its 40 well-appointed rooms and beautiful venues with extreme intimacy and caring personal service in the reborn Raj Palace.

-->The Royal Lounge (coffee shop)
Thakur Sahib uses to meet his officials for the small meetings and coffee breaks in the royal lounge.The Royal Lounge is fitted with Royal furniture, mirrors and Celebrity museum, it has beautiful arches, decorated in tones of pink, green sand gold, the floor is embellished with Italian marble. The Royal Lounge exudes an elegant Royal ambience and it offers an impeccable service with great attention to detail.

-->The Survana Mahal at Rambagh Palace
For nearly two centuries, the Rambagh Palace has been home to generations of royals. Built in 1835,it was later refurbished as a royal guesthouse and hunting lodge.In 1925, Rambagh was converted into a palace, and became the residence of the Maharaja of Jaipur. The 'Jewel of Jaipur' as it is fondly called, remained the home of the Jaipur royal family until 1957, when it was first converted into a luxury hotel by Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II. But it wasn't until 1972 that Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces took over the reins. It is now the 'jewel in the crown' among the authentic palaces of the Taj in India.

The Suvarna Mahal with its exceptionally grand ambience; liveried waiters, gold plated tableware, exquisite china and crystal, grand high ceiling, crystal chandeliers and alabaster lamps, original Florentine ceiling paintings and mirrors - is the signature restaurant of the Rambagh Palace, our culinary masters have meticulously researched the cuisines of the Royal houses of India. On offer are original menus from the royal houses of Jaipur, Mewar, Awadh, Hyderabad, Vijayanagar, Kashmir, Patiala to name a few and have. Complimented with an extensive international Palace wine cellar, live classical music and unobtrusively- pampering intuitive service, the Suvarna Mahal is the epitome of culinary celebration in Royal India

-->Samode Palace
Samode according to the Rajputana Gazetteer of 1879 was a large and flourishing town. The Zamidars (landlords) of Samode the principal thakurs of the state of Amber were the Nathawat clan from Chomu, a branch of the house of Amber, tracing their relation to the Jaipur Maharaja the fabled Prithviraj Singhji the 17th prince of the house of Kacchwaha Rajputs. Gopal Singhji one of his 12 sons was awarded Samode, a noble feudatory of the Amber & Jaipur principality. It was among the wealthiest territories in the Amber kingdom. For the 1st half of it's existence Samode Palace was a little more than a fortified stronghold in the rugged Rajput tradition. Only in the early 19th century under Rawal Berisal did the castle begin to take on the lavish aspects it is now known for. He was an eminent statesman who reached distinction as the principal signatory (on behalf of the Jaipur Maharaja) of the historic 1818 treaty making Jaipur a protectorate of British East India Company.

He later became Chief Minister of Jaipur and weilded absolute power. Samode Palace quite clearly began expanding at the time of his reign and continued under his descendant Rawal Sheo Singh who was the Prime Minister of Jaipur state for several years during the middle of the 19th century. He is credited with the Palace's most fabulous addition - the extravagantly florid had painted Darbar Hall and the overlooking gallery which forms the breathtaking Sheesh Mahal or the hall of mirrors.Samode Palace was transformed into one the country's premium palace hotels in 1987, and is a perfect example of Rajput-Moghul architecture. The palace is built on a small hillock and planned in a progression of courtyards of increasing height. Dinner at Infinity Pool is best place for special dinner.

PUPPET SHOW
The puppets in Rajasthan are one of the popular sources of entertainment in the state. The art of puppetry is practiced by a community of agricultural laborers of Rajasthan. Known as the Bhats, these people have been associated with Rajasthani string puppetry to carry forward their traditional occupation. Though they belong, originally, to the Nagaur area in the Marwar region, they travel all through the countryside to exhibit their skills. Also known by the name of the "kathputliwalas", they usually perform the puppet shows during the late evenings.

In the puppet shows of Rajasthan there are a number of wooden dummy dolls that are dressed up in bright and color attires. These puppets are attached with strings that the puppeteer uses to move them around. A miniature stage is set up with the help of a cot that is laid by length. The puppeteer tacks his puppets over a rope joined to the upper legs of the cots. The cots are covered with sheets in order to conceal the puppeteer from the view of the public. He moves the jointed limbs of the puppets with the help of strings attached to each of them.

Loud beats on the dholak (a kind of drum) announce the starting of the puppet show. Throughout the show, there is hooting and whistling by the puppeteers. Each of the puppet shows of Rajasthan has a theme different from the other. One of the most popular themes is that of the dialogues of Amar Singh Rathore of Nagaur. The plays are usually narrated by the female members of the troupe. The narration is accompanied with appropriate songs and beats on the drums that are in perfect harmony with the movements of the puppets. The shows, usually lasting one hour, are enjoyed by people belonging to all the age groups.

Demonstration of Rajasthani dishes
Kindly note that some places in Rajasthan are food -lover's haven and they will find the authentic home cooked Rajasthani food prepared over wood fire or continental and traditional meals tempered to suites the guest's plate with refined home made recipes collected through several generations. Lotus seeds with cardamom, rosewater-and-rose-petal pudding - the time-honored family dishes cooked with care by the gentle ladies are exceptionally tasty, and considered some of the finest in the region. Meals flavored with fenugreek and chilies, grown organically from fields nearby, are savored in the open-air dining tent with vistas across the lake that is as superb as the food. Vegetarian and non vegetarian meals most of the vegetables are home grown and organic.

The programme will include an early morning market excursion to see the way local food is produced and sold Like Samosa Jelebi sweet making, snack namkeen station and demonstration. How spices are ground and you will discover a myriad of fascinating fruits and vegetables. You will enjoy the variety of dishes you have prepared after each workshop as well as at the gala lunch / dinner.
Cooking workshops will be conducted through-out the year for our guests and especially on weekends, either in the palace kitchen or at front lawn. The cooking class is a 1½ hour demo on simple recipe that a foreign tourist can easily follow.

We try to demonstrate a complete meal which includes

1. Two Vegetarian dishes.
2. One Non Veg. Dish
3. Rice Pulao
4. Chapati
5. And a sweet dish
The guests get to sample what they cook. Every guest is handed out a small recipe book which includes all that we teach.

Demonstration of Indian dishes at Diggi Palace
An Exclusive Culinary Experience we will take you to a local noble family house for a cooking demonstration and tasting of traditional home-style Indian cooking. A full meal will be demonstrated to you. You can choose to participate in the cooking, or merely watch and learn. Before visiting the home, You will get list for Purchase of vegetables and spices from local bazaar with our Food Guide, to learn about the ingredients and essentials of Rajasthani cooking. Excellent cooking demonstrations are offered by the Royal family of Diggi Palace Jyotika Kumari Ji and Kaushal Kumari Ji a member of Royal Family whose home is Diggi Palace.

They using recipes of the region Guests will be introduced to the wounders of Indian food, they will learn how to combine ingredients such as spices, Pulses, Grains and oils as well as prepare traditional dishes of Indian / continental cuisine like Prepration of Red Meat, Curries and Khadi, Veg dish, Royal preparation of roasted goat, Vegetable.curries and rice and these also include the mysteries of Indian Roti, Paratha french chatnis, raita and dhal. Your hands-on interaction during the cooking class with the family members will be the main highlight of your experience also. Guests get to sample will enjoy the variety of dishes you have prepared after each workshop what they cook. Every guest is handed out a small recipe book which includes all that we teach.


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