Monthly Archives: February 2014

Trip to Incredible Rajasthan, the Best Weekend Getaway Option

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The month February is ending on a good note. How? Didn’t you take a note of long weekend ? On Thursday 27th Feb, the Mahashivratri is falling, followed by a weekend on 1st and 2nd March. We know you can manage a leave on 28th February. Hereby comes four consecutive days of no work and complete fun in your kitty. 

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Weekends are precious and you deserve to make the most of them. Aren’t you? Since a long weekend is on the cards, don’t let it fizzle out. Make this upcoming weekend awesome by heading for a short and sweet trip. Now the question is where to go. You may plan your journey to India’s most visited tourist destination, none other than culturally rich and vibrant Rajasthan. Weather is also in favor.

Start your journey from the lake city Udaipur. Located at the base of Aravalli Hills, the city is full of royal surprises. Boat ride on the Lake Pichola and admiring the pleasing view of sunrise while sipping a hot cup of tea from the city’s multitude rooftop café are strictly NOT TO MISS. We also recommend a quick jaunt to its colorful bazaars.

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Serene Lake Pichola of Udaipur

Next day, after breakfast proceed for you next destination i.e. Kumbalgarh. Located at 101 kms, it is easily accessible via road within less than 2 hrs from Udaipur. The Kumbalgarh Fort, the birth place of the legendary warrior Rana Pratap is the main attraction of the place. The 36 km long Wall of the fort that claims to be the 2nd longest wall after the Great Wall of China will mesmerize you. Other attractions include- Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary, Vedi temple, Haldi Ghati and the Badal Mahal.

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Wall of Kumbalgarh Fort

If you enjoy architecture and heritage, you would love visiting Ranakpur. Distanced 50 kms from Kumbhalgarh, this pilgrimage town is famous for its beautiful sculptured Jain temples. The nearby ‘Sun Temple’ dedicated to the Sun God is another worth visiting site in the town.

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Ranakpur Jain temple

Last destination of the journey would be picturesque Mount Abu. The only hill station in Rajasthan, Mt. Abu is home to several tourist attractions from natural beauty to architectural and historical places. Intricately carved with superb marble artwork, Dilwara temples of Mount Abu have their own uniqueness to speak of.

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Dilwara Jain Temple

In Mt. Abu, you would enjoy sitting by the banks of its beautiful Nakki Lake and taking boat rides on it. Sit atop of toad looking like rock for a while and enjoy splendorous view of the enchanting Nakki lake and the city. Go for a romantic walk up to Honeymoon Point and enjoy amazing view of stunning sunset. If you’re an adventure lover, exploring Mount Abu on bike would be a superb idea.

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   Nakki Lake of Mount Abu (Image via Google)

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Toad Rock, Mount Abu (Image via Google)

With this, fabulous journey ends and so the weekend. Hope you have great time. Happy long weekend !

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A New Gallery and ‘Water Heritage Walk’ at Jaigarh Fort

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The historic 16th century Jaigarh Fort will see two new value additions which will go a long way in attracting more tourists to the monument. The tourist coming to the Royal Guard Gallery entitled ‘War & Peace’ at Jaigarh Fort will now be able to get a rare glimpse into the distinguished military and diplomatic careers of the last two ruling Maharajas of Jaipur,Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II (1911-70) and Maharaja Sawai Bhawani Singh (1931-2011).

The ‘Royal Guard Gallery’ and the ‘Water Heritage Walk’ were officially inaugurated by the President and CEO of J. Paul Getty Trust, Dr. James Cuno and the Trustee of the Jaigarh Public Charitable Trust as well as the MLA of Sawai Madhopur, Princess Diya Kumari on 23 February, 2014.
Royal Guard Gallery at Jaigarh Fort

Water Heritage Walk

The ‘Water Heritage Walk’ will begin at 9 am and will cover the spread of water channels outside the Jaigarh Fort and the way the water flows into Jaigarh. One can also observe its sedimentation and storage in Jaigarh Fort.

It is interesting to note that the catchment area of water for Jaigarh, extending to about 4 kms from the fort is a network of drains, small canals and their arteries laid in and outside the fort. Small canals that bring rainwater from the higher reaches of the hills are designed in such a way that they are on a gradient and also, at the same time, have an undulating course. The water of the first one or two rains was channelled into an open tank in the south-east part of the fort by closing the gate of the canal leading to the main tank,which was used for horses and other animals. Only fresh and clean water was allowed to collect in the main tanks which were used for drinking purposes.There are five such underground storage tanks that can store almost 6 million litres of water.

As per Princess Diya Kumari said: “The Story of Jaigarh water harvesting structure is a story of ingenuity of a society to innovate for all its needs. The extensive water systems of this fort is one of the most significant features. Similarly, the military and diplomatic careers of the last two Maharajas of Jaipur are well known – and the Royal Guard Gallery will do justice in highlighting their illustrious times”.

Live the Rustic Life of Rajasthan At Choki Dhani Resort, Jaipur

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A trip to beautiful Pink City would be incomplete without capturing the soul and spirit of the ethnic rustic life of the colorful state of Rajasthan. And it can only be experienced at the iconic Choki Dhani Resort that breathes the culture of Rajasthan like no other. An opposed to the majestic lifestyle of rulers of Rajasthan, this fascinating resort with its semi-rural settings brings to life the rich rajasthani culture and cuisine at its best.

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Choki Dhani will leave you awestruck with all the attractions and elements of ethnic culture and traditions. Be it savoring the mouthwatering deliciacies of Rajasthan served in traditional Rajasthani style, games zone, puppet show, mehendi, animal rides, the mandir or live music & dance entertainments, Choki Dhani is just the right place to have great evenings in Rajasthani style.

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Away from the urban life, in its authentic artisan village like setting, you can spend hours and hours wandering through its quaint mud and thatch dwellings. Do allow yourself a plenty of time when you are at this stop-destination for fun, food and entertainment. You are certainly going to relish every moment spent in this wonderful village themed resort.

Rajasthani traditional dance GHUMAR means Round and Rounds

At the resort, you will experience an amazing blend of splendid Rajasthani culture and contemporary amenities in typical ethnic ambiance. In its tastefully designed and cozy cottage dwellings, you may book your stay as well. Every room is richly adorned with traditional décor and offers all the conveniences to make your stay outstanding and memorable. With its conference room, outdoor barbeque, Kesariya, Rhunjhun-disco cum bar, Sansha spa and other facilities, the resort makes a perfect choice whether you are on a business trip, vacation or for a wedding reception.

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Choki Dhani Resort
Address : 12 Milles Tonk Road, Via Vatika Jaipur, Rajasthan

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Waterworld: Aquatic adventures across India

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With a 7000km coastline, hundreds of rivers and waterfalls, a long monsoon and spurt in adventure outfitters, India is fast emerging as a destination for water sports, discover ANURAG MALLICK and PRIYA GANAPATHY.

Surf with Swamis, swim with dugongs, rapel down waterfalls, attend monsoon carnivals and raft in rivers from the Himalayas to the Western Ghats as you discover India’s top water sports haunts…

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Raft the Surla Mhadei, Dudhsagar Falls & other adventures (Goa)
Most popular beaches like Baga, Calangute, Candolim and Dona Paula offer a range of adventure sports like parasailing and water scooter or jet ski rides. But all the offbeat action in Goa is tucked away from the beaches in the lush hinterland. Brave an adventure bike ride from Kullem as you wade through mountain streams to reach the base of India’s fifth highest waterfall Dudhsagar. John Pollard of Southern River Adventures, who pioneered 6 rafting stretches…

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Kaila Devi Fair, 2014

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Starting from March 28, 2014, the annual Kaila Devi fair will take place in thre kaila Devi temple in Karauli district of Rajasthan in the honor of Kaila Devi (Mahalaxmi, the Goddess of Wealth) and will last for a fortnight.

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Besides having the high historical importance and mesmerizing natural beauty, Rajasthan takes pride in its rich culture. And fairs and festivals offer that platform to portray its rich cultural heritage. Amongst its several celebrated fairs, Kaila Devi fair is one such fair which is celebrated with full enthusiasm and devotion in the month of Chaitra every year. Socio-cultural events and associated great religious significance make this famous fair truly a worth visiting.

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At the Kaila Devi temple, a steady flow of devotees can be seen all year around. But the count of pilgrims goes upto two lac during the fair. To please the Goddess, devotees offer cash, coconut, bangles & sweets and participate in several rituals.

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“Kanak Dandoti” is one such interesting ritual observed by staunch pilgrims. This religious rite sees devotees covering 20 kms of the distance to reach the temple by lying on prostrate and drawing lines with their hands, then standing up and advancing up to the drawing line. While some take break during the ritual, others endure the severity of the ritual- without food and rest !

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To create a lively atmosphere, devotional hymns in the praise of the guardian Kaila Devi are sung in the spacious courtyard of the temple.  A lot of entertainment activities, such as amusement rides, plenty of eating options, singing and dancing performances by local tribe take place at the fair.  The close by Hanuman temple and Bhairon temple are other attractions.
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Built by the famous princely Jadaun Rajput Rulers of Karauli Empire, Karauli Temple is situated on the banks of the Kali Sil river in the hills of Trikut, almost 2 kms away from the Kaila village of Karauli district. The holy town Karauli is located at 103 kms from Sawai Madhopur and 160 kms from Jaipur.
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Alwar Festival of Rajasthan

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Popularly known as the land of tigers, Alwar is a charismatic city situated at the foothills of the Aravali ranges. The city derived its name from the Salva tribe located in that region. The name Alwar is the final outcome of deformation of Salwapur, as it was called earlier.

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Alwar festival is an occasion to have lots of fun and enjoyment for three-days which is scheduled to take place in the region from February13 to 15, 2014. The festival provides great opportunity to witness the folk culture, music, handicrafts and colorful traditions of the region.

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Shilp Gram’ (handicraft village) is also organized by the Alwar Collector and chairman of the festival committee to showcase hand-made items and laying a stress on to promote the manual skills. It holds a variety of events, including elephant polo, fancy dress and sketching competitions for children and flower show. The exotic, rare and antique items of the region are exhibited here.

 

Jaisalmer Desert Festival

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Jaisalmer Desert Festival

If you hanker to explore the many facets of Rajasthan, then a visit to Jaisalmer during Jaisalmer Desert Festival is something you would not want to wish at this time of the year. Colorful desert festival in ‘The Golden City’ Jaisalmer is organized for three days from 12 to 14 February 2014.

One can witness real cultural and heritage at its full bloom during Jaisalmer Desert Festival. From folk artists dancing and songs, this desert festival has everything to allure domestic and international tourists. Jaisalmer Desert Festival is organized by Rajasthan Tourism Department at Sam Sand Dunes located at 40 km from Jaisalmer city.

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Events At Jaisalmer Desert Festival 2014

  • Dance & Songs by Folk artists
  • Acrobatics by Local Nomadic Gymnasts
  • Entertaining Puppet Shows
  • Snake Charmers Dance
  • Turban tying competition
  • Longest moustaches competition
  • Mr. Desert contest
  • Camel Race
  • Camel Polo
  • Camel Dance competition
  • Camel Decoration competition

Venue: Sam Sand Dunes, Jaisalmer