Rajasthan’s Wildlife Reserves and National Parks to remain open in Monsoon

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Nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts can add one more option to their list of holiday destinations this monsoon. The national parks in Rajasthan, which are usually closed for monsoon between July 1 and September 30, will be thrown open to the tourists’ jungle safari by the forest department.

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Ranthambore National Park (RNP), Sariska and Mukundra Tiger Reserves are the ones that will be kept open this monsoon season. The decision was taken at a recent meeting of the standing committee of the State Board of Wildlife and the Tiger Conservation Federation. Although, the onus of taking appropriate steps to implement the order with due attention to safety concerns, has been left to respective field directors.

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During the last monsoon, Ranthambore Tiger Reserve had thrown open zones 6 to 10 for the public, where chances of tiger sightings were almost zero. But in a year, these have become popular zones of the critical tiger habitat, with reports good sightings of the big cat. “Tigers breed during all 12 months of a year. Some jungle tracks become slushy, but most of the terrain in the park is dry . Besides, opening the zones to tourism helped to check illegal grazing, cutting of forest, and other illegal activities during the monsoon as well as to monitor the movement of tigers,” wildlife experts said.

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 Zones in these parks will be kept open on a rotational basis for three months around the year, wherein each zone would be closed for three months. During monsoons, some zones will be opened for tourism depending on the critical circumstances, condition of roads and keeping in mind the safety of tourists.

So, plan your trip to Rajasthan now if you are looking forward to enjoying the thrills of Jungle in monsoon!

A trip to the Palace in Clouds- Badal Mahal

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Already dreaming of a romantic, indulgent evening here?

Rajasthan is rich with marvelous palaces and forts that never leave to mesmerize its spectators. In the remotes of Shekhawati in Alsisar town is a beautiful palace called Alsisar Mahal! On the top most floor of Alsisar Mahal is this paradise of colors and visual treats for the connoisseurs of luxury and lifestyle – Badal Mahal aka “Palace in  the Clouds”

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The refurbished palace – Alsisar Mahal in Shekhawati is a popular destination after the three consecutive Magnetic Fields Festivals every Year since 2014!  The 17th century palace is an epitome of grandeur and rich heritage. Alsisar Mahal exudes regalia of Royal Rajasthani lifestyle from each corner, the most fascinating and breathtaking being Badal Mahal.

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The arresting Badal Mahal encloses magnificent halls with jack-arched alley and multi hued windows. The walls and domed ceiling of the palace are festooned with exquisite paintings. These paintings are beautifully blended with soft furnishing and vibrant lanterns; all inspired by the refreshing monsoon clouds.

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With the yellow, blue and golden depiction of monsoon clouds, the entire aura of Badal Mahal is beyond your imagination.

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The restaurant has beautiful lounge to have a drink or two followed by delightful seating for dining amid clouds, vibrant lighting and intriguing antiques.  The intricate designs, the colored glass work give a rainbow effect to the clouds. All this in total make Badal Mahal a one of a kind dining experience.

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The restaurant opens up to an open air rooftop which is open only for dinner.
Treat yourself or your loved ones with an exquisite experience of dining under clouds on the top most floor of Alsisar Mahal and enjoying the interior magnificence along with commanding view outside.

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For more information about Badal Mahal and Alsisar Mahal Shekhawati, visit http://alsisarmahal.com/

Night Tourism to begin at Hawa Mahal and Chaura Rasta in Jaipur

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Rajasthan Tourism Department is leaving no stone un-turned to attract the tourists in Rajasthan. Days after the tourism department started night tourism at Vidyadhar Ka Bagh (Vidyadhar Garden), the state government recently announced that Jaipur’s  other attractions including Chaura Rasta and Hawa Mahal will become major tourism destinations for people who enjoy hanging out after dark.

It is announced that the Night tourism will begin at these two places by October. Rajasthan Chief minister Vasundhara Raje held a meeting of tourist department officials to review the ‘night tourism’ project in the city.

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The Parkota walls of the Pink City will be embellished with white mandana. Lights and decorations will enhances its aesthetic appeal and attract more tourists to the old part of the city. A clear focus is emphasized on the cleanliness and hygiene conditions of the surroundings. Attempts will be made to clean the bazaar. Besides, special arrangements will be made keep stray animals away so that tourists can enjoy the beauty of the city area on foot without any hussle.

The Pink buildings in the Walled City will also be decked up with beautiful lights, highlighting the marvelous beauty of heritage structures more prominently.

Night Tourism began at Vidhyadhar ka Bagh, Jaipur

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The introduction of  night tourism in Rajasthan is whole heartedly welcomed by the locals and tourists. The state capital Jaipur becomes the first city in Rajasthan to take this initiative.

After the City Palace, Amer Fort and Albert Hall, one more name is added in the list of night tourism destinations in jaipur! They attract a large number of tourists, hence the 350 year old Vidyadhar Ka Bagh located at Ghat Ki Guni Tunnel is also starting with Night Tourism.

The Vidyadhar garden is a pristine garden located in the heart of Jaipur. One of Jaipur’s best-preserved gardens, this picturesque garden is aesthetically designed and was built in the memory of Jaipur’s chief Architect, Vidyadhar Bhattacharya. Apart from the crystal waters, the tranquil lakes, flower beds and well-maintained gardens, the Vidyadhar Garden has a lot to offer. Nestled in the lap of a popular valley in Jaipur, the garden offers a panoramic view of the city and is the pride of Jaipur’s heavy heritage and culture. The expansive garden embraces artistic fountains, tiers of gardens, multiple  galleries, char bagh style pavilions and shimmering lake. Designed on the lines of  ‘Shilpa Shastra’, the Vidyadhar garden displays ornate frescoes with murals of Lord Krishna, and mesmeric flower beds. The blend of Mughal and Rajput style of architecture evidently echoes from the landscape of this garden. The garden is a heaven for nature lovers. At night, the shimmering and dazzling beauty of these lit up fountains, murals and pavilions would be mind blowing to watch.

Began from Monday i.e. 5th June, 2017, with this now you will be able to see shimmering lights in the night sky and stroll in the vast and beautiful gardens of Vidhyadhar Ka Bagh at just Rs.100 as an entry fee 🙂

New Passport Service Centre inaugurated in Udaipur

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The much-awaited Passport Seva Kendras (PSK) is now open and functional in Udaipur. The The PSK inaugurated this Friday can issue a new passport and renew expired ones.

Apart from printing and dispatching passports, the PSK can perform all other important functions like receiving applications, verifying them and collecting a fee. The PSK, named as Pratap Kendra, is located at Patho ki Magri area near Subhash Marg in the city.

While addressing the crowd, the Union Minister of State for External Affairs General VK Singh said that besides Udaipur there are nine other cities where the PSKs have recently been started. “We are trying to provide passport services to people with ease. We want to make it simple and user-friendly so that people can apply for their passport online and can track of it,” said Singh.

It was decided that the government will open PSKs at the headquarters of every post office in the country. There are around 800 such post offices and PSKs have already been started at 50 of them. Adding to that, a PSK will also be started at Chittorgarh.

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Undoubtedly, the PSK is a boon for the people of Udaipur and it will save them the trouble of travelling to Jodhpur or Jaipur and save money as well. It will also help people living in nearby villages like Salumbar, Dungarpur, Sagwara, Sarada and Kherwada in Rajasthan.

8 Sanctuaries in Rajasthan to get the World’s first Leopard Reserves

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It appears that the viral videos of leopards frequently crossing the human habitation boundaries knocked the government officials and wildlife officials! The news is – in first of its kinds conservation effort, the government of Rajasthan is introducing and launching the ‘Project Leopard’ in Jhalana Reserve Forest of Jaipur along with eight conservation reserves and sanctuaries across Rajasthan.

With that the Jhalana reserve will be upgraded with an outer periphery wall and designated as a Leopard Reserve. The blue print of the project is ready with the forest department and would be launched in the first week of October that also happens to be the `Wildlife Week’.

Besides that, the project spread across 1,926.80 square km of sanctuaries in the state, aims at mitigating human-leopard conflicts and conserving the leopard population. Wildlife specialist Valmik Thapar stated “It is the first effort in the world at conserving leopards by reducing conflict between the animal and the man. The core of our mission is based on the crying need to create a better relationship between man and leopard in Rajasthan and secure leopard population which otherwise could dwindle and eventually die out. This unique scheme will enhance the status of the Leopard and boost wildlife tourism across Rajasthan thereby impacting hugely on local economies,”

The project Leopard will run in eight sanctuaries; Jaisamand Sanctuary in Udaipur, Bassi Sanctuary in Chittorgarh, Shergarh Sanctuary in Baran, Kumbhalgarh Sanc tuary-Raoli Todgarh Sanctuary (stretched from Ajmer to Udaipur), Mount Abu Sanctuary-Sundamata Conservation Reserve, Jhalana Aamagarh Conservation Reserve, Jaipur, Jawai Conservation Reserve, Pali and Khetri Bansyal Conservation Reserve, Jhunjhunu.

Amer Fort ranks 12th among Asia’s top landmarks by TripAdvisor

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We are proud to share that tourists’ favorite and Jaipurites’ pride – Amer Fort ranks 12th among Asia’s top landmarks in Traveller’s Choice Awards by the popular travel portal TripAdvisor:D  Also, on the India list, Amer makes it to the second spot after Taj Mahal 🙂
We’re Proud indeed!

It is undoubtedly the most beautiful fort and the pride of Jaipur!!  Amer Fort, also known as Amer  Palace boasts of an artistic grandeur and structural expertise. It is a reminiscent of the bravery and courage of the mighty Rajputs, who had played a remarkable role in the history of medieval India.

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Crowning the crest of a hill, Amer Fort offers a panoramic view of Maota Lake and the historic old town at the base of the hill, which was the early seat of the Amer kings before they made the fort their capital.

This rambling Palace depicts the true lifestyle of the gutsy Rajputs who are better known for their radical, audacious, volatile and decadent behavior. One among the best hill top palaces, Amer  palace presents a curious blend of Muslim and Hindu architectural design. An aide memoir of the yester years, this palace is a redolent of creativeness of the artisans of ancient time.

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Light & Sound show at Amer Fort

 

In last couple of years, two major developments have taken place at Amer fort. A very old tunnel to connect Amer  Fort and adjoining Jaigarh Fort is now opened for public along with the electric cab facility for the tourists. Though, the magical epitome of grandeur Amer  Fort under the sun light during day is a mesmeric place for tourists in Jaipur, but now it also caters to the night tourists. The fort turns even more fascinating and enticing with the launch of night tourism. Besides, Elephant rides to fort, sound & light shows and cultural evenings have always been a favorite among the visitors.

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Certainly, Amer  Fort, is one of the few places in India where the entry fee is worth it with never ending, consisting of a maze of rooms, tiny and grand!!  Spectacularly set within surrounding rugged hills and dotted with majestic architecture, the UNESCO World Heritage Site Amer Fort is one of the best places to visit on your trip to Jaipur. Now TripAdvisor also agrees 😉