Rajasthan palace hotel, India

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Responsible tourism: Rajasthan palace hotel, India

Environment

Waste materials from bathrooms at the Jog Niwas Palace enter a septic that was built with natural materials that filter and cause the waste materials to be converted to harmless water. Only local sustainable materials are in the building of Jog Niwas Palace and traditional systems of insulation are used to continually save energy. By the spring of 2014 solar energy will be in place at Jog Niwas Palace and account for much of the power needs. Waste items from Jog Niwas Palace are collected by locals who recycle all paper, glass, foodstuffs and plastics. All the furnishings at Jog Niwas were made using sustainable wood from plantations. Indigenous trees and plants are in the Jog Niwas gardens that take far less water than non-indigenous species as well as providing natural insecticides. Bedding and linens are hand-woven from organic cottons and silks and are coloured with natural vegetable and mineral dyes.

Community

We are patrons, and conservators, of the rarest of South Asian Fine and Decorative Art mediums and their history. Local artisans historically under the patronage of the present-day erstwhile Indian royalty and aristocratic families produced many of the highest level handwoven textiles, precious gemstone and precious metal inlays, hand fabricated jewels, statuary, paintings, furniture, real perfume and precious cosmetics made in the World , all produced with sustainable systems and proprietary methods.

After Indian Independence many of these Indian fine and decorative art mediums had, over the decades, become endangered and some extinct due to the lack of patronage and education on their importance and rarity.

We committed ourselves a decade ago to save the remaining master mediums, and to revive the extinct ones, by renewing the traditional patron system of of our region. Today we have accomplished this by working with the remaining master level artisans, and their families, on traditional methods and processes, indigenous raw material sourcing with sustainable methods, and strict quality control that in many cases now surpass the different mediums historical high level. In 2012 we established a research institute, library and salon for the promotion and education of these master art mediums and for the artists and artisans that created them.

We are committed to supporting and preserving our local culture, traditions, artists, artisans, and their families. We presently patron over 80 of Rajasthan and India's master artisans to both ensure the survival and continuation of these fine art mediums from our heritage, and to give constant financial support to the artists, artisans and their families.

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