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Pushkar Fair: A lot more than Camels

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Pushkar Fair: A lot more than Camels

The greatly awaited Pushkar Fair is right upon us, scheduled to begin on 4th November and will culminate till 12th November on the day of Hindu festival Kartik Purnima. There’s nothing like Pushkar Camel Fair. It’s a celebration of the uniqueness of Rajasthan and experiencing the festival is the dream of every traveler. This is the time when Pushkar comes truly alive with multiple hues.

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The small sleepy town comes out of its hibernation mode and becomes the playground of people from the world over. The history of Pushkar Fair is a hundred years old but the festival keeps not only that historic spirit alive but also has new age elements to it now.

Primarily, thousands of pilgrims and cattle merchants flock the town for holy rituals or the trade of cattle and livestock. But, that’s not all; Pushkar fair has a lot to offer to the travellers who are neither pilgrims nor traders. Buzzing markets, fascinating ghats and activity grounds are enough to catch the fancy of travellers and photographers.

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Sunrise and Sunset: The vibes and the views of Pushkar switch within every hour right from the dawn to dusk, added to that the starry sky above ignited Pushkar Lake gives a heavenly chill in nerves. During early mornings and evenings, when the dust mixes with golden light falling from the sun it’s an absolute delight to watch the camels and the camel traders in the Mela ground. You not only get to see the heard of camels but also get a glimpse into the life of a rural Rajasthan, where the traders heat up the chullahs (a kind of stove used for cooking the food ) and prepare their food with minimum ingredients. Thousands of people from the world across come to capture only this spectacle.

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Markets: The narrow streets and lanes of the town have hidden within themselves a whole world of intrigue; from the local artifacts and handicrafts to funky apparels and chunky jewellery, Pushkar’s cozy markets are the treasure trove for a shopping enthusiast.

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Ghats: The Ghats in the holy land of Brahma are said to be nothing less than those of Varanasi. Roaming around the ghats with a soothing sound of hymns and bells renders tranquility to the visitors. While the night scene becomes even more fascinating when evening aarti is performed on these Ghats. Illuminated with multitude of lights the Ghats and lake take the spectators into a world of solace and peace.

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Food: Pushkar is also one heaven for foodies. From street stalls to roadside cafes, wide range of cuisines waits for food lovers to visit and enjoy sumptuous cuisine of Pushkar. Special Masala chai in Kulhad, Authentic Italian pizza, unique Poha Dal Pakwaan and Ugma ji ki kachori are a few to dishes to tantalize your taste buds. However, as you walk down the streets of Pushkar amidst the aroma of freshly made baatis, puris and kachoris being fried right on the street, the whiff of gulkand and the sight of tempting malpuas dipped in sugar syrup will call out only one thing- pure bliss.

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Adventure and Activities: Apart from the buying and selling of livestock, the fair has become an important tourist attraction. Competitions such as the ‘matka phod’, ‘longest moustache’ and ‘bridal competition’ are the main draws for this fair, which attracts thousands of tourists. In recent years, the fair has also included an exhibition cricket match between the local Pushkar Club and a team of foreign tourists. Pushkar Camel Fair has so many events and activities like camel cart ride, horse riding, bullock cart ride and giant wheel that your day will be full but we advise you to take out a little time to stroll in the narrow lanes of the town.

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For your convenience, here’s a tentative impression of the flow of events at Pushkar Camel fair 2019.

4th to 9th November – Cattle Trading
Cattle trading is at its peak during these days along with a variety of cattle contests.

10th to 11th November – Cultural Galore
These two days will see some cultural activities like dance shows, music performances sponsored by the Rajasthan State Government.

12th November – Holy Dips
This is the Holy Day when people take dips in the Pushkar Lake, and other religious ceremonies take place.

How to reach Pushkar:

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By Air

The nearest airport to Pushkar is in Kishangarh, which is 36 kilometres away. Apart from this, Jaipur Airport is the major airport, which is 140 Kms and well-connected to major metropolitan cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata. Once you reach at the airport, you can hire a cab to reach Pushkar. The journey from airport to the city will take approximately 3 hours. You can either pre-book a cab or hire from any of the taxi vendors outside the airport.

By Bus

Regular buses between Jaipur and Ajmer ply every hour. However, buses from Delhi to Ajmer and further to Pushkar are easily available. The Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation runs deluxe and semi-deluxe buses (both air-conditioned and non-air-conditioned) connecting Ajmer to nearby cities and then transport you to Pushkar for a very nominal fare.

By Train

You will need to take a train to Ajmer and then take a 30-minute drive to Pushkar. The Ajmer railway station is well-connected with major Indian cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur, Allahabad, Lucknow, Kolkata, Bhopal, and Bangalore. Some of the most popular trains that run daily on this route are Ajmer Shatabdi and Ajmer Rajdhani. Apart from these, other trains are Chetak Express, Aii Sdah Express, Aravalli Express and Bsb Express. Once you reach at the station, you can hire a taxi to reach Pushkar.

So what are you waiting for? Go and enjoy India’s Biggest and world’s famous festival Pushkar Fair.

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Ranthambhore Zone 1-5 closed for safari till 7th October, 2019

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Owing to the heavy rainfall in some parts of Rajasthan, safari bookings for zones 1 to 5 have been stopped in Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve, Rajasthan till 7th Oct 2019 and can be extended to 15th October, looking at the heavy downpour in the area.

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The bookings for safari will resume once the weather conditions improve and as the forest department instructs accordingly.

However, current bookings will continue for the safari in zone 6 to 10.

 

 

Experience the grandeur of Jaipur- it’s World Tourism Day

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Experience the grandeur of Jaipur- it’s World Tourism Day

“Which city manages to attract, sustain and grow visitors’ year after year?”

“Which city has a good number of heritage sites in the country?”

“Which city has a rich saga of folklore and tales to tell ?”

“Which city has exquisite culture and heritage that has attracted generations after generations from across the world?”

“Which city has the hospitality tradition ingrained amongst its’ domiciles so deep ?”

Answer to all this is our beloved city- Jaipur

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The majestic land of Maharajas, Jaipur in Rajasthan is one of the most vibrant states in India. Well-known for its rich heritage, royal forts and palaces, Rajasthan’s rich food, culture, beautiful locales, and heritage sites, Jaipur is every travel enthusiast’s dream.

The incredible transformation of this city from a royal abode into a sprawling tourism hotspot is not a one-day effort. Jaipur and tourism go hand in hand for its rich heritage and culture that attract tourists from all over the world. As we are celebrating World Tourism Day on 27th September, let’s embrace the tourist mindset to learn and explore the places and people of Jaipur. Because tourism is not just travelling, it is a fresh sense of appreciation for the things that you encounter every day, right where you live. Uncover with us the variety of tourism sectors growing around us-

 

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Heritage Tourism

Replete with history, the city of royals symbolizes the pinnacle of Rajasthani cultural excellence and magnificent art in architecture of the streets, lanes, forts, palaces, and monuments.

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Heritage places like City Palace, Hawa Mahal, Amber Fort, Albert Hall, Jal Mahal, Jantar Mantar never cease to amaze us with its bewitching architecture and not to forget the walled city painted in pink. And, that is the reason UNESCO inscribed Pink City as the World Heritage Site. It does not just stop here; Jaipur is world’s most Instagrammed destination amongst the new UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Having some of the best forts, palaces and monuments which are till date maintained in absolutely good conditions are very precious for the Jaipurites.

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Wildlife & Adventure Tourism

Jaipur city has some ultimate wildlife and adventure kind of stuff for adrenaline junkies. One can get up close with leopards and venture deep into the dense Jhalana Forest to encounter elusive Leopard or Nahargarh Biological Park for Lion Safari. The zone of the lion safari lies in the Aravali foothills with hillocks that offer panoramic landscape. One of the most popular tourist attractions to enjoy in Jaipur is an elephant safari. For jeep safari, there is the famous Ranthambore National Park, which is a 3-hour drive from Jaipur. It is home to tigers and Sariska National Park, which is just a 2-hour drive. Those looking for adventure can cycle and trek to the Nahargarh hills, or play golf at the golf or Polo club.

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Night Tourism

Jaipur city reveals its true colours at night when it’s drenched with bright colours making it a treat for eyes. The light and sound show at Amber Fort is truly a magical experience, which one should not miss while visiting Jaipur.

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Amber Fort, the 16th-century monument turns even more enchanting during the night. The different hues of light give a new perspective to the elegance of the fort.

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When the 953 jharokhas of Hawa Mahal aka Palace of Winds are lit up in varied hues at night, the drive around the walled city becomes an illuminated memory forever.

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Albert Hall, one of the oldest museums of Rajasthan looks even more enthralling as you pass by it at night.

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These illuminated monuments, gates and gardens just add to a visitors list and urge to behold their beauty amidst the darkest hour of the night.

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Wedding Tourism

Pink City- Jaipur has been listed as one of the most Romantic cities in the World! So, this place sets a dreamy ethereal mood for weddings. Jaipur has the most awe-inspiring, romantic getaways that instigate romantic aspirations among the couples in and visiting the city.

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Whimsical palaces and forts with the grandeur of Rajasthan’s royalty render a fascinating ambiance to this wedding destination.

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The city is dotted with heritage hotels that host the most magnificent destination wedding amidst the regal ambience. Jaipur is the ideal place to consummate a grand memorable wedding.

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Cultural Tourism – The colourful city becomes even livelier and lovely with the festivals celebrated here in a flamboyant way. The city observes different fairs and festival at a different time of the year like Gangaur festival, Teej festival, Kite festival.

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Jaipur is also the home to some of the most talented folk artists of our nation. Enjoy the lovely music and dance performances and we bet that the folk music and dance performance skills will completely blow your mind!

The best way to enjoy Jaipur’s culture is through its food. Jaipur is well known for its royal hospitality, and its mouth-watering delicacies are chats and kachoris which have been every local’s favourite. Not to miss the royal thali of Rajasthan, which is hot, spicy and tempting all at the same time. The national and international tourists always make sure to try the authentic Rajasthani flavours – Dal, Bati, Churma and an authentic non-veg speciality – ‘Lal Maas’ – the best dish to savour amongst the other Rajasthani cuisines. and how can we miss Jaipur’s Special sweet delicacy Ghewar.

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Jaipur’s markets Johri Bazaar and Bapu Bazaar are world-renowned for their authentic gold and silver jewellery as well as for textile, leather craft and other traditional handicrafts. People from the world over love to shop here.

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Medical & Wellness Tourism

Jaipur, a city that is celebrated all across the world for its culture and heritage, has also registered its name in the world for its medical and wellness tourism. From Yoga,to Ayurveda to high-end wellness and spa centres, it is also a world leader in low-cost foot prosthesis known as Jaipur Foot definitely deserves a big mention whenever one speaks about the pink city.

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Spiritual Tourism

The landscape of Jaipur is dotted with various temples and pilgrims. The temples here have a royal touch and splendour and are highly praised for their architectural beauty and faith by the tourists. Whether it is the visit to the Govind Devji or Moti Doongri Ganesh Ji, or Galta Ji or Khole Ke Hanuman Ji, Jaipur is the land of spiritual incarnation. Each year, several thousand of pilgrims descend to the royal land to offer their prayers and seek blessings. It is said that a prayer offered at these holy temples does not go unanswered!

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MICE Tourism

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Culturally rich city, Jaipur, has a stylish high-class environment that caters to the business needs too. Thus, it is the most preferred destination for the MICE market that offers everything a business traveller wants.

The connectivity and the developed infrastructure make this the most preferred place to host big events and exhibitions. Jaipur Literature Festival, Vastra, Stone Mart, GITB- Great India Travel Bazaar, JJS, and JAS Jewellery Shows are to name a few.

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One of the most important ways to celebrate World Tourism Day is to pick a destination that you want to visit and visit it.

So are you packing your bags to embrace tourism?

Jaipur by Nite to enthrall the locals and tourists in Rajasthan’s Pink City

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Jaipur by Nite to enthrall the locals and tourists in Rajasthan’s Pink City

Jaipur is a city that offers a lot to explore to its tourists, be it historic forts and palaces, colourful markets, traditional delicacies, rich cultural heritage, all mimic the irresistible charm of this beautiful city perfectly. The idea of exploring  Jaipur at Night has added a distinctive identity to this captivating city.

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Up till now, Jaipur has seen a lot of events that portray the rich heritage and culture of the city. But there’s just one event that shows the other side of the city which is as magical as it can be under the glittering night sky. Yes, we are talking about one of its kind festivals- Jaipur by Nite.

About Jaipur By Nite

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Jaipur By Nite is a cultural event that takes place after the monsoon season when the historical city comes alive to its natural charm and is drenched in its brightest lights and when the Aravalis are prettier than ever, enhancing the beauty of the city even more. The pink city will make you fall in love with its beauty when adorned with the raindrops and incensed with the mesmerizing petrichor. Isn’t this the time to explore it?

Why not, let’s dig into the most happening festival of the year.

The much-awaited event and a point of attraction among tourists, ‘Jaipur by Nite’ is back with its 7th edition with its two days carnival that will be celebrated on September 27th- 28th 2019.

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Come, explore and enjoy the beauty of the majestic Pink City under the moonlit sky but do not miss the cultural events that are the biggest attraction of the festival.

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Enjoy the mirthful performances of Darshan RavalKaafila Band, Nathulal Solanki, Swaraag Band, Specially abled Kids from Disha foundation and Fitness Fun of Marathon Run on 27-28 September.

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We are sure this will make you fall in love with the city, only if you enjoy the season leisurely. So pack up your bags and plan a trip to Jaipur.

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Register now for the most awaited festival

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No Elephant Rides to Amer Fort from 28th September to 8th November

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No Elephant Rides to Amer Fort from 28th September to 8th November
On Account of Navratri, the elephant ride will not be permitted at Amber Fort in Jaipur from 28th September to 08th October 2019.
Navratri Sthapna marks the beginning of festivities in almost all the states of India. While some travel buffs see this season as the season to travel to different parts of the world.
If you are traveling to Rajasthan’s capital city Jaipur in the upcoming week and have elephant ride and night visit to Amer, then you need to skip that from the list as on the occasion of Navratri, the elephant rides and night tourism will remain closed from 28th September to 8th November, 2019 at Amer Fort. These facilities will remain closed owing to the security of tourists and arrangements of Navratra Mela at the Shila mata Mandir located at Jaleb Chowk in Amer Fort.
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However, Jeeps and cars will be allowed to go up to the fort. Alternatively, an Elephant ride can be provided at the elephant village. Tourists can indulge in other elephant activities like painting and feeding the elephants and interaction with the mahout to learn about their routine.

Best places for your next getaway, just 6 hrs drive from Rajasthan’s capital

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Best places for your next getaway, just 6 hrs drive from Rajasthan’s capital

Did you know the Fanciest places perfect for your next getaway are just 6 hr drive away? Yes, we are talking about – the blue city of Jodhpur.

Jodhpur is a beautiful city still rooted in tradition. The city with exotic blue houses reveres the erstwhile royal family of Jodhpur even today. The vibrancy and hustle-bustle of the city have its charm. That’s the reason the city is frequently visited by national and international travellers.

So, this weekend relax and rejuvenate and explore Jodhpur like never before.

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Jaipur-Jodhpur Highway 

Well, it’s not just about the destination even the road journey from Jaipur-Jodhpur is so exciting, an ultimate drive for travel lovers. The entire run offers spectacular views. You’ll be mesmerized by the changing landscape before your eyes at every turn.

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On the way to Jodhpur

So, when the trip is so beautiful, take time to stay only at the best places that we have discreetly chosen for you-

Ajit Bhawan– India’s First Heritage Hotel– where breathtaking decor, extensive facilities and utmost comfort would fit in so perfectly with your idea of a dream vacation that you may hate to leave even when the vacations are over. So holiday like a maharaja at India’s first heritage hotel: the palatial Ajit Bhawan.

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Before being reimagined as India’s first heritage hotel, this iconic building was once home to the former Maharaja’s younger brother, Major General Maharaj Dhiraj Sir Ajit Singh Ji. The Resort exudes royalty from its every nook and corner.

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Rooms have been given an old rustic outlook with modern amenities. A guest can feel the essence of the regal era. If the walls at the Ajit Bhawan could talk, they’d have plenty of stories to tell about the aristocrats that used to call this historic property home. Combining heritage with class, this elegant property offers you all the luxuries of a royal holiday within easy reach of all of the city’s attractions.

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And you never know, if you get a chance to meet the renowned fashion designer Raghvendra Rathore or his elder brother Maharaj Suryaveer Singh ji. Don’t be surprised the place belongs to them only.

Address- Ajit Bhawan, Near Circuit House, National Highway 65,
 Ajit Colony Jodhpur City, Rajasthan, India
Website-http://www.ajitbhawan.com/

On The Rocks- Probably first standalone restaurants in Jodhpur, that introduced the concept of fine dining. On The Rocks is not just a restaurant or a bar, rather it’s a place that provides a variety of ambiences to suit different tastes.

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There are five completely different setups here and we will take you through each of them. Dine at a wonderful open-air restaurant or choose a superbly designed indoor eatery. On The Rocks is ready to leave you mesmerized with its amazing ambience, delicious food from Indian, Pan Asian to Continental Dishes & service with a local touch. You must experience this little world to holiday in style! You will love the Tandoori and Mughlai food offered here. The exclusivity of On The Rocks makes it a must-visit place when you are in Jodhpur.

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Address

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 Near Circuit House, Ajit Colony
Website-www.ontherocksjodhpur.com

Khaas Bagh- A Gem in jodhpur’s crown. ‘Khaas Bagh’ is a connoisseur’s paradise in every sense of the word.

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One can experience the scenic wonders, seated and feasting in the Vintage Car. ‘Khaas Bagh’, this translated means ‘exceptional garden’, stands true to its name. Built-in the early 1900s in an Indo-Islamic-Colonial architectural style, the stunning main building is complemented by a stable-full of classic motorcars, boutiques, restaurants and a well-stocked bar.

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Be it for lunch, dinner or even a ‘sundowner’, do drop by & indulge in an unforgettable experience of royal grandeur that celebrates the finer things in life, because here, ‘the piece de resistance’ is the experience itself!!

Website-https://www.khaasbagh.com/

Wait it’s not over yet..

Pal Haveli- If you are keen into history, you must witness the grandeur of the only living haveli among the 700 Havelis of Jodhpur- Pal Haveli

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With a view of the famous Clock Tower

The Haveli rooms are exquisitely enriched with treasured, antiquated furniture. You’ll experience the most indulgent moments where luxury is met with warm hospitality.

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One of the best experience is dining at its rooftop Indique restaurant. With a captivating view of the majestic Mehrangarh in the backdrop, and 360-degree view of other tourist attractions like Umaid Bhawan, Jaswant Thada, Clock Tower and Gulab Sagar from the terrace, Indique, is an open museum to witness the architectural wonders from such close corners. The imposing open-air restaurant offers a truly romantic setting for a private candlelit dinner. A spectacular view of the skylights renders a sumptuous gastronomical experience under the moon.

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Indique Restaurant- Pal Haveli, Jodhpur
Address
Pal Haveli, Gulab Sagar,
Near Clock Tower,
Jodhpur
Website- http://palhaveli.com/

Pal Garh Resort– Just 20 min away in the of outskirts of Jodhpur, find this beautiful destination untouched-Pal Garh. The place garners pleasure and peace of mind for the travellers. With a laid-back yet beautifully spirited surrounding Pal Garh is a splendid retreat.

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Relax by the Open to Sky pool or in their beautiful done heritage rooms no doubt Pal Garh is a great escape.

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Address
Pal Village, Jodhpur, Rajasthan
Website-https://www.palgarh.com/

Well, let’s take a drive for 2 more hours and reach somewhere which is still unexplored

Rawla Narlai-A Heritage Resort- A comfortable 2 hrs ride from both—‘Rawla Narlai’ makes for a most charming destination to stop & inhale the magic of rural Rajasthan while you get spoilt with their white-gloved hospitality.

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Rawla Narlai, which was once favourite hunting lodge to the royal family of Jodhpur has been meticulously and tastefully restored and converted to the finest heritage boutique hotel. An abundance of wildlife made this area a popular haunt for a favourite royal indulgence, ‘shikar’ (hunting) & the ‘Rawla’ provided the perfect abode to set up camp during their sojourns.

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Step Well Dining at Narlai 

 

Go for a countryside safari, or have tea by the lake, climb up to elephant hill or go for a leopard sighting Narlai has plenty of experiences to indulge. Experiencing Mystical stepwell dinner is something no place can even match to.

Address
Village Narlai, Rajasthan, India
Website-http://www.rawlanarlai.com/

Wait no more and plan a trip and make it an insta-worthy getaway with your loved ones 🙂 There will be ample moments to capture on your trip to this part of Rajasthan.Road Trip

 

Happy Weekend Trip!

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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.