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Embark on a Journey With Rajasthan’s Heritage Train – Palace on Wheels

Embark on a Journey With Rajasthan’s Heritage Train – Palace on Wheels

When you come to the royal state of Rajasthan, you know how royal things can come in your way. When you come to the city of royals, there has to be something unique to let you experience the luxuries of the bygone era of the Maharajas. One such royalty that a tourist cannot afford to miss is the heritage train – The Palace on Wheels. The train is well known nationally as well as internationally and has won many laurels to the country.

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The tagline of this luxurious train is self-explanatory – A Week in Wonderland.  From the royal Rajput forts to the bustling streets, everything has something unique and royal touch to itself. Similarly, how about a journey boarding a train can get – it beholds its own beauty.

And we got lucky enough to capture a glimpse of this luxurious train during the Great Indian Travel Bazaar.

The Royal Rooms

The rooms are crafted after a great thought. There are 14 coaches and each coach has its own speciality. Right from the artworks, paintings, bed linen, and even the wall art is based on the theme of the city on which the name of the coach is based.

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Unwind and relax after a full day of sightseeing with your fellow friends at the luxurious bar. Choose from a large array of choices available and de-stress your day’s worries.

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Dining And Cuisines

Two restaurants are on board with you, when you travel on the Palace on Wheels. Maharaja Restaurant and Maharani Restaurant offers you an exclusive affair on wheels like never before. Soups, salad, continental, Indian and desserts, have whatever you want and make this culinary affair an amazing one.

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Royal Spa

We told you it has everything. To rejuvenate and reinvigorate your soul on the wheels, Palace on Wheels brings to you a royal treatment where you can get a therapeutic treatment far from the hubbub of the city in a relaxing environment and the only noise you hear is of the track wheels. It will be one of a kind leisure trip for you.

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We hope you enjoyed your journey onboard with us in the Palace on Wheels. You can book your room in this train for a solo journey ahead. Happy Journey!


The Great Indian Travel Bazaar’18 Starts Tomorrow

The Great Indian Travel Bazaar’18 Starts Tomorrow

Rajasthan – a state where if you visit once, you cannot take your eyes off. The state of Rajasthan has always something new to offer every time you visit. The different places of tourist interests along with its picturesque beauty have made Rajasthan an important international tourist destination.


With the enormous increase in the inflow of tourists during the last one year, the tourism industry in India has seen a drastic change. Here is another chapter of Great Indian Travel Bazaar (GITB) 2018 taking place in the fabled Pink City from April 22 to April 24.  The event is being organized by the Department of Tourism, Govt. of Rajasthan; Ministry of Tourism, Government of India and Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI). It is supported by leading national and regional associations like Hotels & Restaurant Association of Rajasthan (HRAR), Indian Heritage Hotels Association (IHHA) and Rajasthan Association of Tour Operators (RATO).


Apart from the host state – Rajasthan, Tourism departments of 9 other statesGujarat, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Goa, Punjab and Tamil Nadu are also participating. The main focus during the 3-day travel bazaar will be on inbound tourism. Inbound tourism generally refers to, when a person travels from his/her home to another country for not less than 24 hours and not more than a few months for leisure. The 10th edition will host B2B meetings with over 280 tour operators from around 55 countries.

During the exhibition, do not miss the special showcase of the luxurious train ‘Palace on Wheels’ by the Rajasthan Tourism Department on 23 April at Durgapura Station, Jaipur.

Inaugural Session:22 April’18 at The Lalit, Jaipur

Exhibition: 23-24 April’18 at JECC Jaipur, Jaipur

Rajasthan tour operators are visiting Heritage Hotels to offer fresh royal tours in the state


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Rajasthan is globally acclaimed for its historical forts monuments and luxury palaces that narrate the fascinating story about its kings and kingdom. Most of the majestic fort and palaces have been converted into luxury heritage hotels and resorts.

These palace hotels offer to see and experience the grandeur of Rajasthan’s regalia to its visitors from different parts of the world. So as to promote the nuances and renovations in various heritage properties in the recent past, a group of 8 prominent tour operators of Rajasthan went on a FAM Tour to a large number of heritage properties in the State.

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It is expected that this will enable the tour operators to market these properties more effectively to the tourists and visitors, as informed by the Senior Vice President, Rajasthan Association of Tour Operators (RATO), Mohan Singh Mertiya.

The visit of the tour operators has been organized by RATO along with the Indian Heritage Hotels Association (IHHA). The group will visit Shekhawati (Nawalgarh; Alsisar, Mandawa) Bikaner; Jodhpur, Rohet, Pokaran and then reach Jaisalmer on September02, 2017 for the IHHA Annual Convention. At the IHHA Convention the tour operators will have B2B meetings with heritage property owners.

Beginning their tour from Jaipur on August30, 2017, the tour operators have already visited the heritage properties of Pink City. On the way back they will also visit Khejarala; Nimaj and  Pushkar finally to return Jaipur.

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 The group of tour operators at Hotel Hari Mahal before their departure for FAM tour.


According to the IHHA officials, enough attention and time was not given by tour operators to heritage hotel owners at events like Great Indian Travel Bazaar and other such travel forums since they have to compete with larger hotels and prestigious chains. This visit will be entirely focused on the heritage hotels and has been organized for the first time.

The tour operators visiting the heritage properties are : Kuldeep Singh Chandela; Mohan Singh Mertiya;  Mahender Singh; Amit Bomb;  Sukhdev Singh; Inder Vijai Singh;  Nitin Mathur and Aditya Agrawal.

It is to be recalled that 6th Annual Convention of the Indian Heritage Hotels Association (IHHA) will be inaugurated at Suryagarh in Jaisalmer on September02, 2017. The theme of the Convention this year will be ‘Harnessing Heritage to Tourism Advantage’.


Great Indian Travel Bazaar gets underway in Jaipur




Great India Travel Bazaar, a joint initiative of Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI), Rajasthan Tourism, and Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, , is the three days B2B travel show that promotes Rajasthan as a preferred tourist destination. The event was inaugurated in Jaipur on Sunday.

The three-day tourism fair was inaugurated by NC Goel, Additional Chief Secretary – Tourism, Government of Rajasthan in the presence of Suman Billa, Jt. Secretary – Tourism, Government of India, and Jyotsna Suri, Chairperson, Tourism Committee of FICCI.

The highest priority to tourism infrastructure in the State is assured by the tourism department ministers during the event. Rajasthan has already submitted proposals to the Union Tourism Ministry to the tune of Rs. 500 crores for developing innovative circuits like Spiritual, Heritage, Mega Desert, Tribal and Eco-Adventure. Some infrastructure projects under the schemes of PRASAD and SWADESH were also being developed.

Owing to the development of infrastructure as well as an aggressive and creative marketing campaign, in the year 2016, Rajasthan registered an impressive growth of domestic tourist arrivals by 18% while that of foreign tourist arrivals by 3 %. In the current year, the tourist arrival trends are suggesting even better growth.

There has been an impressive growth of foreign tourist arrivals in the country to the tune of 11% and around 9% in domestic tourist arrivals in 2016, said Billa. The trend in initial months of 2017 indicate a growth of 16%. The primary reason for a quantum jump in the tourist arrivals was also owing to the introduction electronic visa facility.

GITB is the most significant platform and the sole promoter of Inbound Tourism in India. Giving a snapshot of GITB over the past few years the Chairperson of Tourism, Jyotsana Suri  highlighted that the number of buyers have increased from 260 to 275. There has also been significant rise in the number of B2B meetings from 3000 to 10,800 since it began.

Glimpses of GITB 2016

Glimpses of GITB 2016

The Great Indian Travel Bazaar ended yesterday. It was a grand affair where global buyers and sellers of tourism products met. The event saw participation by the biggest hotel chains, spas and tour operators etc. Many Indian states also promoted their tourist-destinations.

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The event was a success and we believe that it will give a fillip to tourism in our country. GITB 2017 will be held from April 23 to 25 so the promoters better start planning already.

Take a look at some pictures from the event that will make you want to be there next year.

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6 Things to Do in Jaipur When You Are Done With The Great Indian Travel Bazaar

6 Things to Do in Jaipur When You Are Done With The Great Indian Travel Bazaar

So you have booked your tickets for Jaipur and are all set for GITB 2016 but have you thought about what you would do for some fun? Recreation is a must after hectic business activities to refresh your mind. When you are in Jaipur there is no dearth of fun things to do. We have put together a list of top things that you must do in Jaipur-

1. Shop Some Souvenirs


Shopping is the first thing that comes to everyone’s mind, when they visit the Pink City. Get some traditional Rajasthani prints like bandhej and leheriya for sure. Jaipur jutis, mirror work clothes and handicrafts should be on your list as well. The four-walled city has markets for everything from jewellery to shoes. Bapu Bazaar is a great market to shop at and so is Hawa Mahal.


2. See the Sights


Amer fort is the most popular tourist destination in Jaipur. The Light and Sound Show will give you chills and you will remember it always. Do not miss out on other grand forts like Jaigarh and Nahargarh. A stroll near Jal Mahal will make your evening when you feel the breeze on your face.


3. Chokhi Dhani


Want the taste of real Rajasthan? Make sure that you visit Chokhi Dhani. It’s a beautiful place that is modeled like a village. Here you can experience camel and elephant rides and dance with folk dancers. The Rajasthani food is offered in a traditional setting at Chokhi Dhani, a first for many tourists.


4. Eat like locals


There are many food-joints that Jaipurites frequent for the authentic taste. As a tourist you might want something that you can find easily so simply go to statue circle, order a yummy cuppa at Uncle’s Coffee. Ramchandra kulfi at Ajmeri Gate is the stuff that dreams are made of. For authentic Jaipuri food and desserts, LMB in Johari Bazaar is very popular among locals and tourists alike.


5. Balloon Ride


You do not get to fly in a hot air balloon everywhere but Jaipur is different. Book a balloon ride and behold Jaipur in all its glory from sky. This is a once-in-a-lifetime kind of experience so you should go for it this time.


6. World Trade Park


The much loved symbol of modern Jaipur, World Trade Park is a place for shopping the big brands and eating at the hippest food chains. Even if you do not want to shop, you will love to roam around here.

The Great Indian Travel Bazaar to Commence On April 17

The Great Indian Travel Bazaar to Commence On April 17

So, GITB is back and it’s going to be bigger than last years. This is a global market for tourism products aimed at promoting tourism in India. This year will see the eighth edition of the bazaar that will be held from April 17-19, 2016 at Jaipur Exhibition and Convention Centre (JECC) Sitapura, Jaipur, Rajasthan.

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The Great Indian Travel Bazaar is attended by exhibitors and buyers from all over the world. The exhibitors include Indian & international tour operators, hotel & spa owners, health care institutions and investors. Ministries related to tourism, transport and media will also participate in the event.

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Picture this to get an idea about the size of event- more than 253 booths, congregation of 270 tour operators from 50 countries and more than 500 tourism product sellers from India.

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The mart is organized in Jaipur which is already a top tourist destination. This gives the event a bigger appeal. Everything at The Great Indian Travel Bazaar 2016 is well planned as the government wants to leave no stone unturned to make India an even bigger draw for International tourists.