Monthly Archives: August 2019

Indian Railways to begin Ramayana Circuit trains from November 2019

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Indian Railways to begin Ramayana Circuit trains from November 2019

Owing to successful runs of four packages of special tourist trains last year in 2018, on Ramayana Circuit, covering places associated with Lord Rama as mentioned in the famous Indian epic Ramayana, Indian Railways is again re-launching two tour packages on this circuit this year in November, 2019. The two tourist trains will be run by Indian Railways PSU – Indian Railway Catering & Tourism Corporation Ltd(IRCTC). These packages are part of Bharat Darshan scheme of IRCTC.

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The first such train by the name “Shri Ramayana Yatra” is scheduled to depart from Jaipur (Rajasthan) via Delhi on 3rd November 2019. The package also includes the option of visiting Ramayana related places in Sri Lanka for a limited number of seats.

Shri Ramayana Yatra will start from Jaipur Railway Station with boarding / deboarding Stations at Alwar, Rewari, Delhi Safdarjung, Ghaziabad, Moradabad, Bareilly, and Lucknow.

The tour, which is starting on 03rd November, 2019 which will be a 16 Nights -17 Days tour, tourists will be visiting the tourist places associated with Lord Ram also known as “Ramayana Circuit of India”. Major places covered in this journey are Ram Janmbhoomi and Hanuman Garhi at Ayodhya, Bharat Mandir at Nandigram, Sita Mata Mandir at Sitamarhi (Bihar), and Janakpur (Nepal), Tulsi Manas Mandir and Sankat Mochan Mandir at Varanasi, Sita Samahit Sthal at Sitamarhi (UP), Triveni Sangam , Hanuman Mandir and Bharadwaj Ashram at Prayag, Shringi Rishi Mandir at Shringverpur, Ramghat and Sati Anusuiya Mandir at Chitrakoot, Panchvati at Nasik, Anjanadri Hill and Hanuman Janm Sthal at Hampi & Jyotirlinga Shiva Mandir at Rameshwaram.

 

Fare, facilities: Tourists will be offered vegetarian meals, accommodation and wash and change facilities in dharmashalas. All transfers & sight-seeing arrangements at tourist places will be by Non AC buses. A dedicated tour manager of IRCTC will be traveling with the tourists during the entire tour.

The total capacity of the train will be 800 Seats. Per person fare for the trip from Jaipur in Shri Ramayana Yatra, Tourist Train is Rs. Rs.16065 for the Indian Part of this tour covered by train.

Rajasthan’s Pink City ranked 35th among the friendliest cities in the world 2019

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Rajasthan’s Pink City ranked 35th among the friendliest cities in the world 2019

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The term Friendly is not new to the netizens of Rajasthan’s capital city- Jaipur. Pink City lives up to this day and night.  But what a proud moment as Jaipur makes it to the list of ‘50 Friendliest Cities of the World’

Jaipur has been ranked 35th in a list that brought out the 50 friendliest cities in the world. The survey has been conducted with a social audience of 1.5 million people.  The international survey cites that it’s the only Indian city to have made it to the list, with a “young and vibrant population”. It’s also “a student-friendly city” and is “popular on the tourist trail.”It also said that the tourism industry here is strong, with residents making the country proud with their attitude towards visitors.

Well, we know the true meaning of Athithi Devo Bhava. 

From how easy the city is to navigate or strangers helping you find your way when that pesky roaming data doesn’t work to making new best friends in a local bar, Jaipur the only city of India made you feel ‘the most welcome’.

A proud Jaipurite 🙂

Tourists denied free entry to Chitrashala: Bundi’s spellbinding miniature paintings

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Tourists denied free entry to Chitrashala: Bundi’s spellbinding miniature paintings

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The eighteenth-century Chitashala of Bundi is nothing lesser than a mesmerizing result of art and creative imagination at one place all together. Numerous tourists from across the world come to come to Bundi to see the miniature paintings of the world-famous school of Bundi paintings.

The mesmerizing miniature paintings of Chitrashala are the most striking reminiscent of the rare art. The walls, ceiling of Chitrashala are completely covered with paintings of the Bundi school which are still in very good condition. These splendid paintings in the Chitrashala are par excellence and can be compared with probably the best anywhere in the world.

Chitrashala is situated within Taragarh Palace, for which the management of the palace is charging an entry fee of Rs. 500/- Chitrashala, however, falls in the list of monuments protected by Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and as per the norms, visiting such monuments cannot be charged or restricted between sunrise and sunset.

On our tour of Rajasthan, when we were traveling different places and exploring hidden gems of Rajasthan for the second edition of our coffee table book, Soul of Rajasthan, it was the paintings of Chitrashala that caught our fancy the most. Awestruck by its intricacy we decided to make Chitrashala’s photograph as Soul of Rajasthan’s cover picture.

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Depriving the tourists of cherishing these beautiful miniature paintings by charging a fee would not justify the purpose of opening the art palace and injustice towards the connoisseurs of the rare art.

Here’s a glimpse of Chitrashala from the time when we visited Bundi.

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Jaipur witnessed a fanfare of colours with Teej Festivities

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Jaipur witnessed a fanfare of colours with Teej Festivities

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A vibrant splash of colours, tremendous fanfare, and intriguing rituals, Teej festival in Jaipur is the time of year when the city brims with colours and fanfare. While peacocks celebrate monsoons with dancing in the rain, Womenfolk in Jaipur marks the blushing season by singing folk songs and swaying on a tree swing.

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One can never find any better way to experience the colourful culture of fascinating Pink City than now!  With the augment of August month accompanied by showers; Jaipur is brimming with the spirit of ecstasy and Teej festivities.

Sawan Teej festival was celebrated on 3rd and 4th August 2019. Teej
Festival though is fêted all over the state but celebrated at its colorful best in Jaipur. Jaipurites welcomed the advent of monsoon through Teej celebrations, which is also dedicated to Goddess Parvati and commemorates the day when she was united with Lord Shiva after a penance of a hundred years.

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A spellbinding procession of Goddess Parvati, followed by Palanquins, chariots, dancers and a band took place magnificently through the Old City of Jaipur for two days.

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