Monthly Archives: July 2017

Breathtaking Destinations in Rajasthan you cannot afford to miss during Monsoon

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No other province awaits rains like the desert state of Rajasthan. The first shower of monsoon is like a breath of relief and a full stop to the constant endurance of blazing heat. After a long scorching summer, a monsoon vacation is a must and to make it even more relaxing and refreshing, exploring the beauty of Rajasthan should be on the top of your bucket list. And to know why, take a look at some of the amazing and some hidden destinations of this state which become way more attractive with every shower.

  1. Udaipur

Known as the Venice of East, the rains can bring the romance alive in this city of lakes. The view of clouds, the smell of rain, the greenery and royalty of Taj Lake Palace, City Palace, Sajjangarh Fort aka Monsoon Palace, Fateh Sagar Lake, Lake Pichola, Jag Mandir and their surroundings will make you fall in love all over again.

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  1. Bhainsrorgarh

Who doesn’t love the view of lush green forests and river in monsoon? The heritage boutique hotel of Bhainsrorgarh situated on a cliff on the banks of Chambal River will give you the time of your life. Sightseeing during rains, visit to the Badoli Temple, capturing the beauty of the river and enjoy the moments of relaxation while dining on a cliff is monsoon bliss 😉

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Image Credit: www.bhainsrorgarh.com

  1. Mount Abu

Visiting a hill station during monsoon can be your first best decision and choosing Mount Abu for the same would be your second best. It is a lethal combination of rains, amazing weather for trek, mountains, waterfalls, flora and fauna, and getting breath taking views from Dilwara Jain Temple and Nakki Lake.

Boat race competition being held at the Nakki Lake in the Summer Festival in Mount Abu.

  1. Keoladeo

Monsoon is the best time of the year to come and enjoy the natural beauty of Keoladeo National Park aka Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary since more than 350 avian species are available for bird watching. The Bharatpur Forest Lodge can be your stop to sit, feel the rain and enjoy the melodious chirping all around.

Keoladeo Sanctuary

  1. Narlai

Midway between Jodhpur and Udaipur, Narlai can be your next destination. Old havelis, jeep safari for spotting deer, panthers, chital, leopards, and trekking are some of the major attractions for this time of the year.

  1. Bundi

Special for receiving greatest amount of rainfall, Bundi is also famous for the Hadoti Palace, the step wellsNawal Sagar Lake, and beautifully carved havelis; this less explored travel destination has its own story to tell via the rains.

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  1. Kumbhalgarh

The rains and cool breeze would be welcoming and soothing for you to visit Kumbhalgarh fort or go out in the wild on a jeep safari in Kumbhalgarh wildlife sanctuary. This is the right weather for you to watch the real beauty of the flora and fauna that comes out with the rain.

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  1. Mahansar

If you are into mythology, Mahansar is the right destination for you where the sone-chandi ki dukan portray gold leaf paintings of Ramayan and life of Krishna, and to enjoy the best of it you need to take a break from burning summers and visit the place during monsoon. The greenery accompanied with cool temperature will leave you amazed.

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Image Credit: www.imagesofrajasthan.com

  1. Pushkar

The lakes, the wildlife, the scenic beauty and desert camping are only a few of the major attractions in Pushkar. The city comes to life during monsoons as completely different shades of Pushkar are visible in the midst of monsoon showers.

Pushkar Lake

  1. Kuchaman

One of the hidden destinations of Rajasthan, Kuchaman has a lot in store for you especially during monsoons. The cool and refreshing weather is perfect to visit and praise the beauty of Kuchaman Fort, the cliffs, Sheesh Mahal, Meera Mahal, and Jal Mahal.

Kuchaman Fort and otel India November 2009

Image Credit: www.flickr.com

  1. Mandawa

Another unexplored place of Rajasthan is Mandawa. The rains are a perfect time to enjoy the old havelis, paintings and open air art gallery in the Mandawa Palace.

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  1. Ranakpur

Known for its spectacular marble Jain temple and few other temples like the sun temple, Ranakpur is ideal when admired in monsoon season. The fall in temperature makes it easier to wander and enjoy the incredible architecture.

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  1. Jaipur

Last yet not the least – capital city, the Pink City. Witness the Teej festival which marks the advent of monsoon along with the awe inspiring sites of Jal Mahal, Albert Hall museum, step wells, Hawa Mahal and the temples in Jaipur especially during the rains because it’s the best time of the year to enjoy the marvelous beauty of the city.

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And you cannot skip the delicious cuisine of Rajasthan while going around the state and enjoying the major attractions, can you?

What you should look forward to at Talk Journalism

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Talk Journalism is the next big thing happening in Jaipur and it starts in tomorrow. With the advent in technology the biggest hike the biggest amount of technology startups have definitely happened in the media industry. The reach of media has now penetrated every nook and corner of the country and none of us have been left untouched by the same.

The youth of the country, which also accounts for largest part of population in India, is the biggest user of the mass media. Not only is youth a receiver but also the biggest contributor in the same too. Today a large no. of start ups in India are being run by the youth itself. Many more youngsters are trying to make a name for them in this huge and ever evolving media industry. Luckily for the youth of Jaipur, Talk Journalism 2017 is coming up with so many amazing opportunities to learn and make a place for them.

For those looking to carve a space in the media industry, here are few Talks and Workshops at #TJ2017 they should not miss-

Workshops by Google, Youtube and Twitter

Who better then these media giants to give you an insight about functioning of digital media?  Youtube and Twitter are two of the biggest social media platforms in today’s time and have an undisputed global reach. Similarly Google is the largest search engine in today’s time and learning from people running the show at the back end of these companies is nothing short of excellence.

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Talk by Gaurav Hajela, Co—Founder of Jaipur Beat (Digital Magazine)

Jaipur Beat, today is the biggest digital platform in the pink city Jaipur and the students of mass communication and journalism in the city will get an opportunity to listen to Mr. Gaurav Hajela, Pioneer of Social Media in Rajasthan, a Social Media and Branding Consultant and also a seasoned photographer and ad film maker. His talk on how the role of Digital Media industry is shaping up in this city is sure to help students in finding their place in this industry.

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Storytelling Workshop by Kommune

Kommune, a leading community of artists, producers, patrons and art lovers will be presenting a storytelling workshop at the event. The session followed by a workshop will have artists like Tess Joseph, Shamir Reubena and Hussain Haidry. In case you are interested in sharing your stories, this is the best platform.

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Student Newsroom

Apart from all the learning that youngsters will get at the event, they will also get a chance to showcase their talent too. Student newsroom, a contest by Talk Journalism, gives the students of mass communication and journalism a chance to submit stories, created by them and the winners will get a chance to be published nationally within a month from the event.

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Apart from the amazing contests, workshops and talks the youth of the city and media enthusiasts have a chance to network with the high profile people of the industry. We are sure that you are not going to miss this chance. 🙂 

Venue: Fairmont Hotel, Jaipur

Date: 28th July – 30th July 2017

Register Online: http://www.talkjournalism.in/tj-online-registration/

Rajasthan witnesses the festivities of Saawan Teej

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Rajasthan is always bathed in the colours of fairs and festivals all round the year! Festival of every religion is celebrated here with true passion and similar beauty, be it welcoming or bidding farewell to a season, praying for the healthy life of spouse or any other small or big occasion for that matter. Each festival holds a significant importance in the lives of people in Rajasthan.

 

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One would not just feel the lively spirit of Rajasthan’s people around the festivals, but could also witness the rich culture of Rajasthan. And one such festival is Teej, which is falling today, 26th July this year 🙂 As per mythology, Teej was the day when Goddess Parvati reunited with Lord Shiva after a long separation. It is believed that whoever worships Parvati on this day is fortunate enough to get their desired life partner by her blessings. Sinjhara is celebrated one day prior to Teej when the swings are decked with flowers and hung from trees, women dressed in leheriya and decked with beautiful jewellery make merry and sing songs! Teej symbolizes celebration of growth when women observe fasts for the long life of their husbands and men pray for good rain and crop.

The Jaipur City of Rajasthan celebrates Teej with great pomp and fair. One day before Teej, a married woman receives Sinjhara from her parents, which is a hamper that includes bindi, vermilion, mehandi or henna, bangles, ghewar and Lehariya as a symbol of their love and covertures. She then adorns herself with henna, jewels, wear lahariya sari and take delight in the celebrations of this auspicious festival of Teej.

Teej Mata

On City level, a decorated procession of Goddess Parvati winds magnificently through the Old City of Jaipur with chariots, elephants and dancers for two days. Other than the traditional procession of Goddess Teej, to showcase the charm and culture of Rajasthan this year  once again ‘Taal Katora Ki Paal’ will be the hub of a large number of folk and cultural events, where locals and tourists can enjoy the cultural activities. Later the Teej idols will be submerged at Taal Katora pond.

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The tempting aromas of Ghewar being cooked on sweet shops, colourful lehariyas, and blossoming flowers and women folks decked up in their traditional best add more colours to the essence of jovial season.

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Rajasthani Delicay- Ghewar

So if you also wish to join in the festivities of Saawan ki Teej in this beautiful weather, then visit Jaipur as the celebration will continue till 27th evening here!

Gadsisar Lake- A marvelous mélange of lustrous water and picturesque sandstone architecture in Jaisalmer

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Obtaining gleaming golden touch from its yellow sandstone architecture; the Jaisalmer city of Rajasthan is an aureate fantasy in the Thar Desert. The Sun City brings out the beauty of desert life, where sun shines the brightest, like no other. Known for its miniatures, architecture, bazaars and UNESCO’s world Heritage Site- Jaisalmer is a peaceful place in its solitude, where plains melt into banks of rising sand; trees shrink into shrubs and long thorn- cactus. The dreamy city with its sheer ruggedness always exemplifies sand and desert. But there is this shimmering oasis of water surrounded by marvelous temples and shrines called Gadsisar Lake, which is worth a visit in Jaisalmer!

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Brimming with water and mesmeric avian guests, Gadsisar Lake catches everyone’s fancy for its sheer beauty in the desert land. According to the legends, the Maharaja of Jaisalmer, Raja Jaisal built this lake, which was later revamped by his successor Maharawal Gadsi, who sensed and observed the agony and pain of his people to fetch drinking water from distant places. Hence, he got it redesigned into a rain water conservation lake in the 14th century. It was the only source of water for the Jaisalmer city in the olden days.

Towards the southern part of Jaisalmer city; the entrance to the Gadsisar Lake is the magnificent and artistically carved yellow sandstone archway that is called Tilon-Ki-Pol. Meticulously carved Chattris, Temples, Shrines and Ghats surround the Gadsisar Lake. One can enjoy sighting rare migratory birds that visit the Gadsisar Lake every year.

The marvelous mélange of lustrous water and the mellow yellow of the picturesque sandstone banks appear breathtaking in the desert land of Jaisalmer. A boat ride or a stroll through the ghats while watching the changing hues of ochre with the setting sun is a beautiful retreat for the tourists in Jaisalmer.

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Not to be missed, the serene Gadsisar Lake springs to vibrant colours of life during the annual Gangaur Festival when various cultural performances, food stalls and makeshift shops of nick- knack flock the area.

If you happen to be in Jaisalmer for its signature desert safari and want to break away from all the things called desert, dunes and sand, then visit the Gadsisar Lake for its breathtaking beauty in the Sun City of Jaisalmer!

Rajasthan to have 6 new Intra-state Air Service Routes

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The intra state air services between Jaipur- Udaipur, Bikaner and Jodhpur launched in 2016 was a great success in Rajasthan! In no time now, the intra-state air service will be extended on six new routes of Rajasthan that’ll include Ahmedabad and Delhi. Rajasthan Government has given consent to this proposal and the same to the Union Civil Aviation Ministry for necessary formalities.

A letter has been sent to the Civil Aviation by Chief Secretary Ashok Jain, that states, “It has been decided to expand the intra-air services on six routes which are Jaipur-Kota, Delhi-Sawai Madhopur, Delhi-Kishangarh, Delhi-Shri Ganganagar, Jodhpur-Ahmedabad and Jaipur-Jodhpur-Jaisalmer”

Earlier, Supreme Airlines was commissioned for operation of flights on a regular basis on Jaipur-Udaipur-Bikaner routes. In the previous Budget the CM had announced to expand intra-air services to other cities and the letter written by the CS comes in its continuance. In the letter, the CS has recommended for the same air operator Supreme Airlines to run the operations on new routes. In the letter it has also been requested that the department commence flight operations immediately after completion of necessary formalities and receipts of mandatory approvals and no objections certificates (NOC) from respective organisations by the air operator.

This initiative by Rajasthan Government in collaboration with civil aviation department will boost tourism in the desert state as Sawai Madhopur, where Ranthambore National Park is located, will get connected to Delhi. Also, Ajmer, known for Dargah and Puskhar, has also been proposed to be connected under the proposal. The two states, Delhi and Gujarat have come under the expansion of the services, which will further fetching more tourists from various locations.

Udaipur featured among the top 15 cities of the World to travel

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The Lake City, Udaipur is making the country proud at the global level. got featured in the ‘The World’s Top 15 Cities’ list in a survey done by famous magazine Travel and Leisure. Leaving Mumbai and Delhi behind, Udaipur grabbed the place in World’s best cities to travel.

According to magazine Travel and Leisure, Every year for the World’s Best Awards survey, they ask readers to weigh in the different cities of the World on travel experiences around the globe — to share their opinions on the top cities, islands, cruise ships, spas, airlines, and more. Readers rated cities on their sights and landmarks, culture, cuisine, friendliness, shopping, and overall value.” And this is the final result that they provided.

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The lake city of Rajasthan, Udaipur is one of the finest tourist destinations in the state of Rajasthan, famous for its magnificent palaces and shimmering lakes with milky white architecture. It is popularly known as the Royal Wedding destination in India as well as across the borders.

Here is the list of all the 15 cities:-

15. Barcelona, Spain

14. Udaipur, India

13. Siem Reap, Cambodia

12. Rome, Italy

11. Santa Fe, New Mexico

10. Luang Prabang, Laos

9. Ubud, Indonesia

8. Cape Town, South Africa

7. Hoi An, Vietnam

6. Oaxaca, Mexico

5. Florence, Italy

4. Kyoto, Japan

3. Chiang Mai, Thailand

2. Charleston, South Carolina

1. San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

According to Travel and Leisure, “The World’s Best Cities list also speaks to our readers’ growing interest in Asia.”

 

7 things that make Saawan beautiful in Rajasthan

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Rajasthan is a land of many festivals. We enjoy our festivals with great pomp and fervor. As the state is all about colors, there is no wonder that it becomes even more vivid during festivals. Rajasthanis have a special place for Saawan in their hearts as the whole month is full of festivities. Saawan can be touted as the longest festival as every day is a celebration in this month. Besides sprinkles of rain, here are more reasons why we Rajasthanis love the season of Saawan-

1.Lehariya

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Saawan is the time when the lovely ladies of Rajasthan can show their love for lehariya every single day. Women adore this traditional print but cannot wear it all the time as no one wants to commit the fashion faux pas of repetition. Saawan is the perfect excuse to flaunt vibrant Lehariya prints every day.

 

2.Jhoola

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This month brings back Jhoola on trees. All of us love to swing high on the jhoolas and our inner child becomes really happy in Saawan. Swinging on decorated Jhoolas with friends makes this rainy month special.

 

3.Mehendi and Bangles

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The custom of henna comes back in Saawan. Hands adorned with fragrant orange colors look just beautiful. Every lady loves the jingling sound of bangles but hardly anyone wears them in today’s times. In Saawan, women get to indulge in their love for colorful bangles without having to worry about dress codes.

4.Picnics

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The weather turns cooler and there is greenery everywhere. This makes for the perfect setup for picnics with family and friends. So many well maintained, lush gardens in Rajasthan make picnics marvelous.

 

5.Ghewar

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Ghewar is a delicacy that makes Rajasthanis wait one whole year before they can gorge on it again. We love to gorge on the decadent flavors of this sweet every day in Saawan month.

 

6.Saawan Ke Geet

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Dancing on the tunes of Saawan Aayo Re is always fun in this rainy month. Songs related to Hindola (swings), teej, Sawan Ke Jhoole Pade flow in the air of the state throughout Saawan. Ladies sing these folk songs while enjoying rides on a swing.

 

7.Teej

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Teej brings all elements of Saawan together. The festival which pays tribute to Nature is all about women enjoying themselves. They dress up in lehariya, apply henna, bedeck themselves with jewellery and sing while swinging on beautiful jhoolas. Then there is teej procession which splashes cities with many more colors. The dances and other folk performances in teej procession lure not just Rajasthanis but people from every corner of the world.

What’s not to love about Saawan!