Monthly Archives: May 2012

1000 RSRTC buses to be equipped with GPS


The Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation (RSRTC) has decided to equip its 1000 state transport buses with GPS devices. The installation process has begun from Tuesday. This system will not only enable the authorities to keep a track on the long-distance buses but will also facilitate them to curb diesel pilferage which has been a big concern since it was increasing with the RSRTC buses.

With installation of the GPS, travel with the long-distance buses of RSRTC would be more convenient thus system would be connected with the public information system (PIS).

As in railways, passengers waiting at the central bus stand, Jaipur, can now listen to the regular announcement of the exact time of arrival of the buses.

Advantages of GPS

–         Passengers can see the movement of the buses and their positions on the web portal of RSRTC

–         In case the driver is exceeding the permissible speed limit, it would be known to the control room of RSRTC. Defaulting drivers would be warned over phone to control the speed

–         In case of any accident the information would be noticed by the control room and thus officials can act promptly in such emergencies.

Falling rupee makes domestic tourism more attractive


With the sliding rupee making overseas travel 15-30% costlier, local hotspots have become favoured destinations for most Indian tourists this holiday season.

As the domestic currency oscillated between Rs. 52 to 56 against the US dollar over the past month, the volatility forced Indian tourists to either postpone their vacation overseas or choose less costly domestic destinations. In some cases, people have shortened their foreign trips, travel experts said.

A broad cross-section of tourists is bearing the brunt of the falling rupee as they made travel plans well in advance. Last one month’s trend show a flat or small growth in outbound tourism. The demand has not really taken off considering this is the peak season. The change in behavioral pattern, due to rupee fall, is basically seen among the lower and the middle class of Indians.

They have either postponed their travel plans or are choosing destinations within India. Places like Kerala, Goa and Rajasthan are popular. Domestic 20-25% shift is seen.

As per trends observed, domestic travel bookings have seen 20-25% rise especially since those who plan vacation on tight budgets are doing extensive research to figure out the best possible and less-costly holiday destination.

Many of those choosing Rajasthan prefer richer experience in terms of facilities. Indians who have shifted to spending holiday within the country have upgraded their travel for richer experience… So Indians are booking five star hotels and resorts where they can enjoy the luxury and leisure for the same budget they had decided to do spend on foreign trip.

Many travel websites are offering good discounts for hotel bookings. Travelers could either opt for better clubbed deals or look at short-haul destinations instead of long-haul ones to optimize their holiday budgets.

Meanwhile, Rajasthan is offering a great deal on small and long holiday packages with special offers and extensions. Now, what’s keeping you at bay? Plan for an amazing pocket friendly trip to Rajasthan and surprise your family with an unforgettable holiday experience.

Carry-on Baggage Advice for Air Travelers


Only the rare passenger flies without carrying at least one piece of carry-on baggage, and many have to check one or more pieces of luggage as well. While there is always the risk of having items lost, misplaced, stolen, or damaged, many of the common risks can be reduced, avoided, or eliminated with a little bit of planning. The following pieces of advice provide some basic information on how to deal with many of the more common baggage related issues.

A reasonable approach to carry-on baggage is keep in mind three things: think small, think smart, and think safe. Keep in mind the following points when you pack and you will likely avoid any problems with your carry-on baggage while you are on the aircraft

Think Small

The maximum size carry-on bag for most airlines is 45 linear inches (the total of the height, width, and depth of the bag). Anything larger should be checked.

No oversize packages or luggage can be stowed on-board. Stow only your essentials (such as prescriptions, personal hygiene items, passports and other documentation) and valuable items, such as jewelry or cameras, in your carry-on bag.

Think Smart

Plan to check more of your baggage and carry less with you in the cabin.
Check with your airline before packing to determine its carry-on guidelines regarding the number of items you may carry and the maximum size of those items.
Keep valuable or hard to replace items like money, jewelry, computers, computer data, and important papers with you in carry-on baggage and not in checked baggage.
In certain situations the airline may require most or even all of your bags to be checked, so be prepared to do so.

Think Safe

Carry-on items which may fall from overhead bins can injure you or other passengers during flight or in the event of an emergency evacuation. Stow heavy items under the seat in front of you, not overhead. Don’t stack items in the overhead storage bin. If an emergency evacuation is necessary, leave your carry-on items on the plane. Retrieving personal items may impede the safe evacuation of passengers. Remember, be safety conscious be when stowing your carry-on items.

Think Healthy

Make sure that you keep items critical to your health and well being with you in the cabin and not in checked baggage.
If travel with eyeglasses or sunglasses, make sure your have a sturdy eyeglass case for each pair to protect them while they are in your carry-on or in another bag in the overhead bin.

Arrange for some special medical needs. Remember that if you need something for medical reasons, in most cases you will be allowed to take it with you in your carry on baggage, even if it is one of the items normally prohibited in the cabin.
If you are a diabetic, make sure you pack with you medical supplies, emergency snacks, and other items that diabetics should carry when traveling.

Enjoy the trouble free Journey by remembering these special measures and practices! Bon Voyage

Government approves the master plan for Sambhar Heritage Town


The town of Sambhar, an International Union for Conservation of Nature(IUCN) Wetlands Ramsar site, which was slowly losing its heritage, now has a master plan that has been recently approved by the Rajasthan government. The master plan for Sambhar is specifically designed to combat ecological threats by controlling unregulated salt industry and stabilizing ecology, while establishing guidelines to restore the architectural and religious heritage of the town.

All historical and heritage monuments in Sambhar would be documented and there is a proposal to prepare a separate conservation plan. Area around Devyani and Sharmishta sarovar is proposed to be declared as a special heritage conservation zone that would be conserved and developed for tourism.

Now Rajasthan would soon have one more beautifully developed heritage destination for the travel aficionados.



Delhi-Jaipur AC Double Decker Train to ply from June05, 2012


The wait for double-decker A.C. train from Jaipur to Delhi gets prolonged. The AC Double Decker train that was slated to ply from May 20, 2012 will now ply from June 5, 2012.

It will have 13 coaches with a seating capacity for 120 passengers in each coach. The lower floor of the train has a capacity of 70 passengers while the upper floor has a capacity of 50 passengers.

The Train would depart from Jaipur at 06.00 am and would reach Gurgaon at 09.38 am, Delhi Cant at 10.05 am and Delhi Sarai Rohilla at 10.30 am.

The fares are as follows –

(a) Jaipur to Gurgoan – Rs 327
(b) Jaipur to Delhi Cant – Rs 337
(c) Jaipur to Delhi Sarai Rohilla – Rs 347

Detailed Itinerary of Maharaja Express’s “Heritage of India” Tour


Tour Duration: 08 Days / 07 Nights
Places covered: Mumbai – Ajanta – Udaipur – Jodhpur – Bikaner – Jaipur – Ranthambore – Agra – Delhi

Tariff: Total for seven nights per person on double occupancy basis from $ 5, 560 (Deluxe Cabin)

Detailed itinerary

DAY 01: (Saturday) Board the Train at Mumbai onto Ajanta
After traditional welcome, complete your registration formalities and proceed to board the train.
Dinner on board.
DAY 02: (Sunday) Ajanta Caves
Visit the world heritage site of Ajanta :
Marvel the rock cut caves dating back to 2nd Century B.C. with their exquisite frescoes and sculptures.
DAY 03: (Monday) Udaipur
Admire the magnificent landscape as you arrive into Udaipur. Visit the City Palace and Crystal Gallery. Experience traditional hospitality over lunch at an exclusive venue and later proceed for an optional walking tour through the colourful and vibrant Old Market or visit the Vintage car collection of the royal family or enjoy an enthralling Sound and Light show in the Palace.
DAY 04: (Tuesday) Jodhpur
A ride through countryside brings you to Jodhpur. Enjoy a walking tour of the Old Clock Tower Market and continue to the majestic Ivlehrangark Fort. Later, savour dinner at an exclusive venue. Enjoy visit to a local village as a optional activity.
DAY 05: (Wednesday) Bikaner
Arrive at the desert kingdom of Bikaner.
Take an optional excursion to Deshnok (Rat Temple) or Lalgark Palace Museum or Camel breeding Farm or shop for Kundan Jewellery. In the afternoon visit the unassailable fortress of Junagarh.
Participate in a camel-cart procession followed by sunclowner cocktails, barbecue and folk performance on the sand dunes.
DAY 06: (Thursday) Jaipur
The ‘Pink City of Jaipur welcomes you with an exhibition elephant polo match and champagne lunch at an exclusive venue. Thereafter, proceed for visit to the impregnable Amber Fort followed by free time for optional activities-shopping/Spa/Golfing/visit to City Palace.
DAY 07: (Friday) Ranthambore – Fatehpur Sikri
Embark on an exciting game drive into the Ranthambore National Park. Continue the journey to see the fascinating royal court complex of Fatehpur Sikri.
DAY 08: (Saturday) Agra
Disembark in Agra – Proceed for an early morning visit to the exquisite Taj Mahal followed by champagne breakfast. Continue to Delhi as your journey comes to an end.

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“Urs Special” train from Udaipur to Ajmer announced.


For the convenience of passengers during 800th Khwaja Urs fair at Ajmer, IRCTC will run “Urs Special” from Udaipur to Ajmer and back.

The Train No. 09615 to depart from Ajmer on 27 May at 12.30 am and will reach Udaipur at 5.30 am. Similarly on the return, Train No. 09616 will depart from Udaipur at 4.30 pm and will reach Ajmer at 10 pm.

The annual celebration at the Dargah or tomb of the Sufi saint Khwaja Muinuddin Chisti, in Ajmer will be observed with great fervor from June03 to 09 this year. The celebrations continue for six days, commencing with the hoisting of a white flag on the tomb by the Sajdanashin.

New Cubs Sighted at Ranthambore National Park.


After two new tiger cubs were spotted in the month of April, the wildlife authorities in Ranthambore were elated after they found T-39 with a cub on Monday. With this, the number of cubs born in the last 10 months has gone up to 21.

The total number of tigers in the park has now gone up to 47 which include 26 adults (12 males and 14 females) and 21 cubs, according to the wildlife authorities at the Ranthambore National Park.

The wildlife authorities have also said that T-17 tigress in the park is also pregnant as judged by her behavioral changes. Usually, a tigress hides her cub for three months, so we will have to wait for three months for confirmation.

Some of the wildlife enthusiasts including state tourism and environment minister Bina Kak have shared pictures of T-39 with a cub and many tiger lovers have expressed happiness.

This might be a right time to visit the park and you could be the lucky one to get a glimpse of these little cubs and their frivolity 🙂

Maharajas’ Express Heritage of India to Embark on its Maiden Voyage in October


The latest in the repertoire of Indian luxury trains, Maharajas’ Express concluded a successful seasonal run after going through several changes in terms of journeys, operators and tariff. The operators of Maharajas’ Express, Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) have introduced five new journeys for the upcoming run season. Heritage of India is one of the five journeys introduced by this Indian luxury train and will embark on its maiden voyage on 6th October, 2012.

The recently introduced Heritage of India journey is an endeavor to encapsulate the real heritage of India during 8 days and 7 night’s journey on board Maharajas’ Express.

The week long rail journey encompasses various destinations in India which include Mumbai, Ajanta, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Bikaner, Jaipur, Ranthambore, Fatehpur Sikri, Agra and Delhi.This uber-luxe train has a capacity to accommodate 88 passengers in its 43 well-appointed cabins which includes a presidential suite spanning over entire carriage offering grandness and exclusivity to its guests.

The cabins of this Indian luxury train are outfitted with various state of the art amenities which include LCD television, individual temperature control, electronic safe and attached bathroom among others. Besides above mentioned facilities, there are two suave restaurants, a lounge bar and a souvenir coach which add wonders to the opulence of this weeklong sojourn on board Maharajas’ Express train. The highlight of this lavish train is the meticulously designed itineraries that come coupled with various exclusive insider experiences making it one of the most enticing journeys in India.

Maharaja’s Express Heritage of India: Tour Schedule


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Kanak Vrindavan Valley


Kanak Vrindavan valley is a picturesque spot located in the desert lands of Jaipur, Rajasthan. This beautiful valley is placed on the bed of Nahargarh hills in the vicinity of Amber Fort, at Jaipur – Amber road. Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh, the founder of Jaipur, labeled it as Kanak VrindavanValley, some 280 years ago. The Maharaja was so possessed with this place that he consequently built a temple dedicated to Shri Govind Devji in the same complex.

According to the religious beliefs, waters from numerous rivers are intermingled here for carrying out the Ashwamedh Yagna which is why Kanak Vrindavan Valleyis also believed to be a sacred place in Jaipur. The temples in the valley are decorated with fine carving and look exquisite with exotic chhatris (cenotaphs), lattice and mirror work.

Kanak Vrindavan Valley lies between the Aravalli ranges and one can capture its beautiful view from all the three forts of Jaipur. The vast plantation of Dhok and Kadamba trees in a sequence within the valley adds to its beauty along with water cascades, brooks, blooming flowers and lotus ponds.

Divided into eight sections, the garden comprises a series of fountains. The picture of the garden is amazing and one cannot describe its beauty in words. Kanak Vrindavan valley is simply breathtaking and due to its inexplicable charm, it has made background to many Bollywood movies.

At night, when the temple is brightly lit, it offers a heavenly picture on the earth itself. The sounds of chants and hymns offered to the God complete the celestial picture of the place. If you are on a trip to Jaipur, do not miss this enchanting valley which is always in bloom.