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Rajasthan Tourism Beat is a comprehensive source of Rajasthan Travel and hospitality news. The blog intend to provide authentic and detailed information regarding Rajasthan as tourist destination.

IRCTC announces new Special Trains for Summers

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In a new move to deal with the summer rush, Indian Railways’ northern division has announced special summer trains.

The special trains will operate on the following routes—New Delhi-Barauni, Anand Vihar-Chhapra, Chandigarh-Gorakhpur, Jammu Tawi-Udaipur. For those traveling to Rajasthan from Delhi or Jammu, here are the details of the weekly special train.

Jammu Tawi-Udaipur weekly special train (04972): It departs from Jammu at 9:30 AM every Thursday and reaches Udaipur next day at 9:20 AM. Then it leaves Udaipur at 1:50 PM every Friday and reaches Jammu next day at 3:20 PM.

Other special trains from Delhi to different parts of the country are as follows
New Delhi-Barauni AC train (04404): It departs from New Delhi at 7:25 AM every Tuesday and Friday, and reaches Burani Junction next day at 7:45 PM. Likewise, the train departs Burani every Wednesday and Saturday at 9:35 PM and reaches Delhi next day at 10:10 PM.

Anand Vihar-Chhapra train (04036): It departs from Anand Vihar in Delhi at 10:50 PM every Tuesday and reaches Chhapra next day at 7:30 PM. The train then departs from Chhapra at 11:30 PM every Wednesday and reaches Anand Vihar next day at 8:30 PM.

Chandigarh-Gorakhpur train (04924): It departs from Chandigarh every Thursday at 11:15 PM, and reaches Gorakhpur next day at 5:30 PM. Then it leaves from Gorakhpur at 10:10 PM every Friday and reaches Chandigarh next day at 2:25 PM.

Enjoy your vacations !

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Jewellers Association Show’19 to enthrall Jaipur from 6th -9th April, 2019

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Jewellers Association Show’19 to enthrall Jaipur from 6th -9th April, 2019

 

Rajasthan’s capital Jaipur, the city of Jewels is famous for its rich culture, heritage, art and is a hub of artists, designers, jewellers, and vintage connoisseurs. The city is a magnet for jewellery lovers from across the globe. Among the famous jewellery shows of the city, the Jewellers Association Show needs no introduction. The feast for jewellery enthusiasts has grown leaps and bounds through the years and has drawn many visitors to the city from all over the world.

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Jaipur is all set to host the Jewellers Association Show’19 from April 6th to April 9th at Jaipur Exhibition and Convention Center (JECC), Jaipur and we are already excited. The show is speculated to be much more extravagant than it has been and every jewellery lover in Jaipur will have a chance to participate in one way or the other. With jewellers from all around Jaipur being prepped to showcase their designs, and with over 500 booths’ space, the JAS is all set to create headlines internationally and to set a new standard in the jewellery industry.

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We know the people of Jaipur has an undeniable love for art and fashion, and we believe JAS serves the right purpose by showcasing the talent of Jaipurites to the world, all while giving the people of Jaipur a chance to experience jewellery differently. The choice of items and the amount of inspiration is going to be simply iconic, this is an exclusive chance for Jaipurites to experience jewellery, art, and fashion, from all over the city. Rather than going in a shop with limited designs and a particular design language, you get to experience and explore everything under one roof, and this is what makes JASa one of a kind opportunity.

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JAS will be in its 13th edition this year. JAS has been internationally acclaimed as one of the greatest jewellery show in India and has been a feast for the people of Jaipur. Over 500 booths will be set up in over 100000 Sq. Ft. in Jaipur’s state-of-the-art Jaipur Exhibition and Convention Center, Sitapura. The four-day long gems and jewellery event will feature jewellery, relics, gemstones and much more for all the jewellery and art enthusiasts. Started back in 2007, JAS had managed to gain undeniable presence over the world and has highly esteemed Jaipur.

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Last year the people visiting the show were over 30000, this year, we believe the JAS will smash all its previous records. The Jewellers Association started in 1927 with 37 members as an effort to bring together the jewellers of Jaipur, currently, there are over 3000 members of the Jewellery Association. The show is aimed at providing the jewellery enthusiasts and jewellery lovers a platform for converging, planting and exchanging new ideas, all while drawing inspiration from others. JAS brings together manufacturers, traders, artisans, designers, retailers, and wholesalers, with everyone fulfilling others’ needs, it is surely an environment of its own kind and is unlike anything else.

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Jaipur is a beautiful city, we all know that. So, take your time out to explore this pink marvel and walk around the unwinding streets of the Johri Bazaar. Yes, we have a complete Jewellers market also. The city is an architectural wonder with numerous breath-taking buildings. The temperature in April is moderate and springy.

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It’s time to plan your visit to Jaipur!

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Jhalawar: a fascinating bird sighting destination.

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Jhalawar: a fascinating bird sighting destination.

Rajasthan’s historic district with religious values- Jhalawar is slowly and gradually making its mark in Eco-Tourism and wildlife. The traditionally rich land of Hadoti region is becoming a new Birding Hot Spot in Rajasthan and is attracting tourist from across the world.

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This year the Second Bird Festival of the District has been organized with Zeal and Enthusiasm along with a collaboration of District Administration and Forest Department.

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According to the Bird enthusiast Anil Rodgers, the Bird Festival has been organized in a wonderful manner and under the keen supervision of District Collector Dr. Jitendra Kumar Soni. The presence and participation of school and college student, wildlife research scholars, scientists, local bird and environment lovers, participants from Kota, Bundi, Udaipur, Chittorgarh and Bharatpur including many other District added to the charm of the festival. A world-class Wildlife and Birding Photography Exhibition showing the true Wild colors of Hadoti along with a rare and exclusive stamp collection was also a part of the festival.

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Jhalawar is replete with the rich avifaunal biodiversity, there are more than 250 local and migratory species recorded here. Including Bar-Headed Geese, Greylag Geese, Ruddy Shelduck, Flamingoes, Northern Shovelor, Northern Pintail, Common Teal,  Gadwal, Red Crested Pochard, TufftedPochard,  White Eyed Pochard, Common Pochard, EurasionWegion, Pallas Gull, Black Tailed Godvit, Redshank, Green Shank and many other waders. Moreover, Jhalawar has active habitation of critically endangered Long-billed vultures, and White Rumped Vultures and you can also see rare Asian King Vulture (Sarcogypscalvus)  and endangered Egyptian Vultures in Abundance. Wetlands of Jhalawar are a big attraction to see the tallest flying bird, Sarus Cranes are breeding here in good numbers as well as you can see Painted storks, Whooly necked stork, Migratory Black Stork and Resident Black Necked Stork in the Gorges and Open Wetlands.

Besides these, Ancient Kolvi Caves, World Heritage Site Gagron Fort, Dalhanpur Ruins, Sun Temple, Chandrabhaga Temple are worth visiting places in Jhalawar. Enriched with old traditional values wouldn’t be able to miss the hospitality of the people of Jhalawar.

Image Credits: Wildlife Photographer Anil Rodgers

Jal Mahal: a fascinating reverie in Jaipur

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Jal Mahal: a fascinating reverie in Jaipur

January, that time of the year when everybody be it Jaipurites or tourists always ask for this one place, Jal Mahal. Yes! Jal Mahal is in Jaipur, the capital city of Rajasthan and no, it is not built on an island like other water palaces. This 5 storied building continues to stand still in Man Sagar Lake with 4 floors immersed in water and dare anyone come near it. You can watch, behold the sight and, capture its beauty only from a distance as it is too introverted to let anybody close to it. We’re sure you must have visited this eyeful multiple of times, but let’s enlighten you today on these unknown facts about your favourite “Water Palace”.

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  • Initially, Jal Mahal welcomed the royal family with open arms and let them have a gala time here. Back then it served as a host to duck hunting parties for the royals. Years passed by and it started getting shy. And now, you can only have a look at it wondering what makes this architectural marvel stand tall in the water body.

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  • Come February, and you can spot a large number of migratory birds dancing here and there, enjoying the serenity of water at Jal Mahal. This once again revives the liveliness in it.
  • Chameli Bagh of Jal Mahal was a grand spectacle to watch back when beautiful dance and musical performances painted this splendor in its own colours.
  • Built in red sandstone, Jal Mahal is one of the most photographed monuments in Pink City. With tranquil waters by the side and birds sitting on top of the chattris giving it a picturesque view, tourists and locals love to spend their evenings here, clicking selfies with it in the soothing backdrop.

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  • Catch the sight of this exquisiteness this weekend with your loved ones, but only from the outside as no one can actually go inside it to see it.

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Most people view the architectural brilliance of Jal Mahal from across the Jaipur-Delhi Road but if you take a walk for a kilometer or two into the valley behind the lake, its true beauty will reveal.

Did we just make you love Jal Mahal even more? If yes, then we think we have sorted your weekend evening plans! 😉

Immerse in the galore of festivities at Rajasthan Winter Festival, Mt. Abu

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Celebrated with great fervor in Rajasthan’s hill station Mount Abu, this is a colorful festival to relish in the winter season the otherwise hot state. The main element of this festival is a large fair for local artisans to showcase their works. In addition, you can find many cultural activities and attractions during this festival. If you are looking for a destination that also offers adventure time, this is the right festival to take part in. Take a trip to  Mount Abu, Rajasthan right in time for the festival.

Place Of Celebration: Mount Abu, Rajasthan

Time Of Celebration: 29 To 31st December 2018

Unique Attractions and Activities to enjoy during the festival:

  1. Gair, Ghoomar, Daph and other dance performances
  2. Music performances
  3. Boating and rowing races take place in the Nakki Lake
  4. Fireworks at night
  5. Kite flying contest
  6. Fair conducted for handicrafts and handlooms.
  7. Food Festival

Don’t just end your vacation with the festival alone. Explore Mount Abu to have a complete vacation in the hills of Rajasthan.

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Bundi Festival: a celebration of culture and adventure

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Bundi Festival: a celebration of culture and adventure

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A celebration of culture and adventure in the marvelous town of Bundi, Bundi festival is the occasion that turns the city into a vivid spectrum. The festival is spreading the colors of festivity on 26-28 November, 2018.

Partaking or witnessing the three-day long Bundi Festival in Rajasthan is a beautiful way to delight the adventurer inside you. With exciting activities, cultural performances and beautiful landscapes, Bundi Festival is one of the most invigorating experiences to make memories in Rajasthan.

Bundi, situated in Hadoti region of Rajasthan is set 35 km NW of Kota on NH 12.

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It is a remarkable cluster of traditional art, culture and craftsmanship and visitors are left charmed by its magnificence. The programmes at Bundi festival includes a colourful grand procession, arts & crafts fair, ethnic sports, cultural exhibition, classical music & dance program, turban competitions, bridal clothing, musical band competitions, and a sparkling fireworks display.

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Unlike other towns of Rajasthan which are crowded with tourists, Bundi is one place which is still able to preserve its charismatic charm.  Bundi Festival is a marvelous festival of culture, celebrations, and fanfare!

 

 

 

Galta Ji Jaipur – The Sacred Kund of Natural Water Springs, Ponds and Cluster of Temples

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Decades ago in the year 1726, the Maharaja of Jaipur established this kingdom of royal architecture. Within the unfolding lanes of Jaipur you’ll find many temples and holy halts But the most fascinating and intriguing among them all is Galta Ji- the magnificent campus of temples, yes you read it right, it’s not just one temple but a marvelous cluster of numerous beautiful temples spread amid the boundaries of Aravali Hills. Unlike any other tourist spot in Jaipur, Galta ji is rather more popular among locals and pilgrims from adjoining villages for its religious significance.

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Dated back to 16th century, Galta Ji temple was developed further by Sawai Jai Singh II’s companion Vaishnavite Ramanandi Diwan Rao Kriparam. The temple complex however is named after the Saint Galav who spent his whole life in search of truth and meditated for 100 years within this compound. Touched by his perseverance, the Gods appeared before him and blessed this place with abundant water. So as to honour the great Saint Galav; the temple was named after him. The gaumukh shaped structures (Cow’s mouth) secretes holy water and the water from these natural springs is further accumulated in the ‘kunds’.

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Of all the seven tanks, the holiest is the Galta Kund, which never goes dry. The pre historic temple is flocked by thousands of pilgrims every year who believe that taking holy dip in these natural springs of Galta ji would wash off all their sins. Holy months or dates like Makar Sankranti, Ekadashi, the revered month Kartik ,which is currently going on, Purnima (Full moon night of Kartik month) are the important dates when the crowd of pilgrims is at its peak.

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Located 10-11 kms from Jaipur in the sprawling expanses, the striking temple of Galta ji appears more of a mansion replete with temples, pavilions, natural springs and sacred kunds. The compound of pink sandstone with brilliant layout is primarily dedicated to the Sun God that rests on the top of the temple which is decked up with intricate gazebos, carved pillars and painted walls.

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Galta ji also houses the temple of RamGopal ji- an architecturally beautiful temple dedicated to lord Vishnu whose Idol in the temple is unique that appears like Lord Krishna and Rama both. As per the legends, lord Krishna appeared before Goswami Tulsidas ji in the form of lord Rama. Hence we see the image of both lord Ram and Krishna in the idol.

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Another major attraction is Hanuman temple that stands out for being surrounded by hundreds of monkeys. When you enter the temple you’ll find a mass of monkeys ranging from babies to adults all playing around, sleeping, feeding and taking care of each other by grooming them. It totally feels like an empire of monkeys where you can feed them with bananas or nuts; which is also another way of washing off sins according to local guides and hawkers.

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Nevertheless this lush green landscape of nature, where the sight of bathing pilgrims, praying women, meditating monks, decorated cows and makeshift shops of attractive souvenirs offer another kind of solace, on the other hand the compassing hills, lush green vegetation with breathtaking landscapes, offer a mind blowing panorama of the surroundings and the Pink City.

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Galtaji Temple is a treasure trove of heritage and a sacred pilgrimage where pilgrims would dive into the kunds with the idea that they would receive a good karma, and monkeys are treated as sacred animal and worshiped like Gods.  A visit to Galta ji that attracts people from far lands owing to its tranquility, temples, kunds, people and pilgrims is one in a lifetime experience that not just offers a travel story but also fills your soul with sacred sanctifying thoughts while returning home!

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