Known the world over as the pink city, Jaipur was founded by Maharaja Sawai
Jai Singh in 1727 A.D. the city was planned by the architect Vidhyadhar,
under the instructions of the Maharaja. The king was an astronomer and a
connoisseur of arts. And his taste is conspicuous in the beautiful city
constructed by him. A fascinating land, Jaipur has innumerable palaces,
monuments & gardens that attract hoards of visitors every year. Fairs
and festivals reflects the exuberant charm of the people here. The cheerful
nature of the local inhabitants is reflected in the vibrant colours &
captivating music that enliven their spirits, even in this arid desert land.
The ceiling of the state lounge has been created using the famed 'Phad' or
foil work, depicting festivals like Teej, Gangaur, Holi, Diwali etc. the
royal emblem of the state, in Zardozi work, graces the valance. The walls
have been decorated with miniature paintings of the famous Jaipur style of
painting. The ceilings have painted frescoes, done in complementary colours,
reflecting the state's colour scheme of Blue & Gold.
This powerful kingdom of the Jhalas, a clan of valiant Rajputs, was created
in the year 1838 A.D. it is a charming land with immense natural beauty.
Tales of valour and chivalry and numerous folklore abound in this region.
Jhalawar also has some beautiful temples and ancient Buddhist caves. The
ceiling has been worked out in a medium use by the local inhabitants of
Jhalawar to decorate their home. A play of colours and mirror work has been
used in the medium of plaster of paris to create a unique ambience. The
royal insignia of the erstwhile state in Zardozi work is seen on the valance
along with handicrafts supporting the table tops of the state lounge.
This capital of the Marwar kingdom lies on the tip of the Thar Desert and
was the seat of a formidable dynasty of rulers from the 15th century
onwards. The mehrangarh fort which dominates the city of Jodhpur is
fascinating with its cusped arcades and the Mughal influenced designs of the
Moti mahal recreated in mother-of-pearl work on the ceiling. The royal crest
is highlighted on the valance alongwith the miniature paintings in the lunge
which is typical of the Jodhpur school of Art.
The bani thani paintings of the state with their exaggerated features like
eyes and long fingers, are well-known. One of these famous paintings is
recreated on the ceiling in acrylic, painted with enamel and foul. The crest
appears in zardozi work on the blinds of the windows with an artwork of the
Kishangarh School of art highlighted on the wall of the state lounge.
prosperous Rajput State, Kota is picturesquely located beside the chambal
river, surrounded by verdant forests and picnic gardens. The city palace is
a grand structure. The entry to the palace is through the hathi pol, which
is brightly painted with figures of elephants. Kota is well known for the
Kota school of design. These elements have served as the basis for designing
the décor of this coach. The distinctive features of the Kota school
of art can be seen in the oil paintings titled "Raja aur Praja"
(The Monarch and his subjects) on the ceiling. It depicts Raja Ram Singh II
(1826-66) of Kota amidst a royal procession.
This erstwhile state has earned an enviable reputation the world over for
its gold fort, near pratapgarh. Especially the coloured glass- work within
it is remarkable. The style of work has a typically Indo-European influence
is quite conspicuous. The rooms highlight this style through the framed
works of art done in the same style. The ambience and colour scheme has also
been designed in keeping with this school of art. The gold foil and glass
work also has semi-precious stones embedded in it, and has been done in a
mix media created from cone and paint embossed particle boards. The royal
insignia has been placed prominently. Mounted miniatures done in the sirohi
school style lend a unique character to the décor.
Lazing on the edge of the lake Pichola, Udaipur was the capital of the
Sisodia Rajputs after they moved from Chittaur. The City palace in Udaipur
is a complex of reception halls, residential suites and internal courts from
which the state lounge and bedrooms take their colour schemes-dominant blue
and white. The most fascinating of the inner courts is the Peacock court
where peacocks have been modelled in high relief and faced with coloured
glass mosaic. The lounge décor is influenced by the 'Mor Chowk' or
the Peacock Court. The medium used is a combination of relief work and patra
or oxidized white metal work. The royal crest of the state, in alluring
zardozi work, is set on the valance of the blinds.