Monthly Archives: August 2012

Rajasthan becomes the first state to formulate, declare and issue the “Eco -Tourism guidelines”.

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A day after the Supreme Court invited suggestions and objections for framing guidelines for conservation of tigers, Rajasthan on Thursday came up with its own guidelines, the first state to do so.

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The guidelines, to be submitted to the court as an affidavit by Friday, seeks to promote tourism but disperses it over a wider area than just confine to the national park only. It also seeks to promote eco-tourism in lesser known areas, non-forest areas and even on private lands adjoining tiger reserves by developing them into alternative wildlife land use options. Currently tourism in the state has been confined to areas of government ownership and is managed solely by the forest department.

The guidelines make it clear that tourism zones may include core areas, critical tiger habitat, buffer areas and other wildlife rich areas . It also speaks about the park management having the liberty of changing the tourism zone every year on a rotational basis to ensure that no particular zone is over utilized.

The state government also takes the onus of managing tourist traffic and for channelizing it responsibly by taking regular feedback from them. It opts for thinner traffic by discouraging congestion and of conducting tourism impact studies once in three years. But it makes clear of its intentions of allowing tourism in specified areas of national parks.

Rajasthan Eco tourism guidelines can be accessed on following link- http://www.rajforest.nic.in/

Ranthambore’s green cover expands after torrential rain

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Fifty-two tigers against a backdrop of lush green undergrowth, springs, waterfalls and brimming water bodies. This and much more await tourists this season at Ranthambore tiger reserve. The torrential rain in the state for the past one week, though threw life out of gear in most places, has added more greenery to the forests in the state.

Though the national park is now closed for tourism due to monsoon, it is scheduled to open on October 1. “Torrential rain has done a world of good to forests in the state. While the water bodies in Ranthambore are overflowing, the rains have virtually turned the reserve into a rainforest. If tourism is ever allowed in the reserves, it will be a treat for the visitors,” an official said.

“The rain has also added to the green cover of the reserve. With no entry for tourists or vehicles, nothing has been able to disturb the undergrowth in the forests.

Source: TOI

Chitra Cafe in Jaipur

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Quite unlike a normal hotel restaurant, there are several unique features that make Chitra Cafetaria a popular choice with the tourists as well as the locals in Jaipur, the Pink City .

Chitra Cafeteria, Jaipur offers a warm and cozy ambience where you can dine in a relaxed and comfortable manner. The soothing lights, coupled with the neutral colors of the walls  make it one of the most elegant restaurants of the city. Chitra Cafeteria is a self-service restaurant, which can accommodate a maximum of 75 people.  Here, the guests can enjoy lazy breakfasts, lunches and dinners in a long, languid verandah that opens up to the Sun and its warmth but if you would like to eat privately, there is formal dining, adding to the majestic experience of eating like royalty as well!

Visitors can see their food being prepared and served since the kitchen and the dining area is not separated by any wall or door. Chitra Cafeteria in Jaipur specializes in continental and North Indian food. Less oil and fewer chilis are used to prepare the gourmet delights. The family managed restaurant believe in providing hygienic food to the guests. Moreover, a lot of emphasis is also paid to clean and good quality food. They aim to provide fresh, home-like food made under strict supervision of the ladies of the family. Chitra ji herself gave a 1.5 hour long Indian cooking demonstration at Chitra Cafe, a few months back. It was on special request of an interested group of travelers. The dishes prepared were Baigan Masala, Baigan Bharta, Palak Paneer, Roti, Paratha, and Plain/Cheese Naan.

Visual Menu is a unique feature of Chitra Cafetaria – All available dishes for the day are put on display, which means you know the portion size as well as the product that you will be getting, no surprises and guess work required as you try to decipher the menu as in a regular restaurant.

Chemicals are a Noxious substances from which modern foods are made, but Chitra Cafe  serves you a complete health. They make their own bread, jams, cakes and other bakery products without using any chemical additives. The honey used comes from the Litchi fruit orchards of the Himalayan foothills. Fresh salads, using organic vegetables whenever possible; availability of seasonal Indian vegetables and not just the regular curries, authentic Italian pasta are some of the things that make food at the Chitra Café a delightful experience.

“Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet”. If you hanker for vegetarian fare with a home cooked aroma head for the Chitra Cafe . . . . . because one can come day in, day out, to savor the tasty fare, suffer no guilt pangs about calories, nor survive on Digene doses; all that while being easy on your pocket . . . .

Enjoy the ever delicious and fresh vegetarian meals on your weekends or some Sunday morning with Arya Niwas Hotel at very popular Chitra Cafeteria…

Address: Chitra Cafeteria; Behind Amber Tower, Sansar Chandra Road, Jaipur 302001 Ph: 0141- 4073450, 400

Delhi Jaipur Double-Decker train to begin its first journey Today

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After a long awaiting period, finally Delhi-Jaipur double-decker train service starts from today,  the August24, 2012 !

As per Railway officials the train will leave Sarai Rohilla at 5.35pm and reach Jaipur at 10.05 pm. It will leave Jaipur at 5.55am the following day for the return journey.

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 Double-Decker train will have only two stoppages i.e. Gurgaon and Delhi cantonment.

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

Elefantastic !! The real adventure with Elephants in Rajasthan

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Looking for a real elephant – adventure in Rajasthan? Apart from the best tours, rides and safaris in Jaipur, Rajasthan, the amazing place called “Elefantastic” also offers you an opportunity to really experience and witness the lifestyle of an elephant.

Elefantastic is an initiative begun in 2012 to understand and promote the well being of the few surviving giants of the planet. They promote Eco-tourist values and look out for the ones who would want to put their hand forward for the trunk.

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In their elephant programme you can get closer to these magnificent creatures and become their friends….. Wash the elephants, feed and water them. Have a painting-class and learn about elephant-decorations. Learn about elephant medicines and treatments. Ride them to the lake for a swim and a scrub. Watch the elephants fall asleep at night and wake up with them in the early morning hours.

Elefantastic is one such entertaining tourist programme in Rajasthan that would give you a completely different and adventurous experience with elephants, way beyond just riding.

If you wish to visit us and want to enjoy time with the elephants please contact Elefantastic directly through their email or over the phone.

Email: info@elefantastic.in, rahul.elefantastic@gmail.com Ph: +91 8094253150 Address: 90 Chandra Mahal Colony, Delhi Road, Amber- Jaipur India

An affair with great food and wine in Jaipur!!

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The Pink City Jaipur is buzzing with new, old or popular food Joints at every corner of the road.  The Forresta Kitchen and Bar is a comparatively new entrant in the food horizon of Jaipur but there is no doubt that it clearly distinguishes itself from the other well known restaurants in the Pink City.

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If they promise to provide you with the most delicious food in a wonderful ambience then we must tell you that it is matched up by a clean and healthy kitchen.

Succulent, juicy, crispy and undoubtedly, mouth-watering-kebabs are a sure way to make the most of the pleasant weather if you are in this city of vibrancy and nature.


These mouth melting meat or vegetable grilled skewer dishes are liked by one and all and are sure to satisfy any palate. With the lush and lavish ambiance of Forresta and its outdoor dining area, the taste only gets better.

You order a kebab, wiping a trickle of saliva that escapes the corner of your mouth. You dream of how good it’s going to be. The big moment arrives. You’re excited. Inevitably, you go for more.

Forresta does not just offer you a regular menu and a stable bar but it also believes it bringing along something special for you every day. Beer tower and home delivery are some examples which they have introduced which surely set apart their restaurant in Jaipur along with the ambience and taste.

 

 

This season they have again come up with a unique way of making their guests feel special. There are some new offers available at Forresta :

  • Buy 6 drinks of Signature Whisky and get one Non veg/ Veg Starter free
  • Buy 6 drinks(30 ML each)  of Black Dog 12 y.o and get one Non Veg/ Veg Starter free
  • Buy 2 Vladivir Vodka and get 1 free

 

So don’t miss to visit Forresta Kitchen and Bar on your trip to Jaipur for a relaxing ambience, your favorite bar, delicious food and special offers which will let you enjoy all of them together and cherish till your next visit to Jaipur.

To Book a table call them on +91-9929999599 or drive to The Forresta Kitchen and Bar, Devraj Niwas, Khasa Kothi Crossing, Jaipur Rajasthan.

Eid-ul-Fitr in Rajasthan

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Rajasthan, a colorful state of multiple religions, friendly people and many festivals one after another, celebrates Eid-ul-Fitr with great enthusiasm and fervor. This years Eid-ul-Fitr would be celebrated on August20, 2012.

Eid ul-Fitr marks the end of the month of Ramadan. ‘Fitr’ means to break and it signifies the breaking of the fasting period and of all evil habits. It is a show of joy at attaining spiritual prosperity after a month of fasting. The holy month of Ramadan which culminates into the festival of Eid-ul-Fitr unites all Muslims in fasting, feasting, worship and prayer. It is a time for contemplation, spirituality, peace and brotherhood.

Muslims celebrate ‘Eid ul Fitr on the first day of Shawwal -the tenth month of the Islamic calendar, following the month of Ramadan (in which the revelation started and ended 20+ years later, and which is also the month of fasting). Following a Lunar calendar, Muslims mark the beginning of the month with the sighting of the new crescent.

A special dish called “sheer khorma” which is also called “Seviyan Kheer” and biryani is prepared and served to the guests on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr.

Muslims attend a special community prayer in the morning and visit friends & relatives to exchange greetings of “Eid mubarak” – “a blessed Eid” joyfully.