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Jaipur’s Rambagh Palace listed among the top 10 Heritage Hotels in the World

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Yet another feather has been  added in the cap of Rajasthan with Jaipur’s iconic hotel, ‘Taj Rambagh Palace’ being declared among the top 10 heritage hotel properties in the world. This ranking was declared on Wednesday this week by the prestigious travel publication of the United Kingdom, ‘Travel Weekly’. Among the rankings the Rambagh is placed at the 6th rank. It is the only heritage hotel in India to feature in the list.

The magazine quotes the renowned travel company, Cox & Kings which describes the 19th century Palace as one of the best selling hotels among higher-end clients. It goes on to say that originally a hunting lodge of the Maharaja of Jaipur, it was converted into a hotel in 1957.

The magazine further adds that “The Palace now houses 78 restored rooms and suites with elaborate décor filling the interiors, hand- carved marbles latticework, sandstone balustrades and ornate cenotaphs. Guests can explore the Mughal Gardens and dine in what was once the Palace Ballroom, complete with crystal chandeliers and 18th century French architecture… or try yoga, meditation and Indian treatments at the Spa, safe in the knowledge they’re staying somewhere that is, quite literally fit for a prince.”

The General Manager of the hotel, Mr. Manish Gupta said that the ranking has only reiterated their conviction of providing top class luxury and services. Delighting the customer has always been the forte at the Rambagh Palace managed by the Taj Group, he said.

It is to be recalled that the Rambagh Palace had also been declared as the best hotel in the world by Conde Nast Traveller Reader’s Awards in 2009.

Among the other top heritage hotels announced by the Travel Weekly are – Omni Shoreham Hotel (US), Treetops Lodge (Kenya), The Don CeSar (US), Hotel de Rome (Germany), Parador de Santiago de Compostela (Spain), Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise (Canada), Raffles Hotel (Singapore), Inkaterra La Casona (Peru) and Intercontinental Marseille Hotel Dieu (France).

http://www.travelweekly.co.uk/articles/277137/10-of-the-best-heritage-hotels

Where to Stay, Eat, Visit and Shop in Jaipur This Long Weekend

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Where to Stay, Eat, Visit and Shop in Jaipur This Long Weekend

Pink City, Jaipur is among the most loved cities of India. The city has always been a favorite of domestic and international tourists due to its cultural heritage. You get the regal experience in every corner of the city. Now that a long weekend is just around the corner, many people are planning to soak in the aura of this city. If you are also planning a trip to Jaipur this weekend or some other time, here is a quick guide to help you plan-

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Stay Here

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A beautiful place with courteous staff is everyone’s choice of stay. Jaipur has many good hotels where you can stay alone, with family or with friends. You can stay in the heart of city at Devraj Niwas and Zone By The Park for good service at reasonable prices.

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For the taste of Rajasthani heritage, Rawla Narlai Resort and Alsisar Haveli are totally suitable. Jaipur also has many international hotels like Radisson Blue, Marriott and Hilton which provide global experience in traditional Pink City.

 

Eat Here

All the hotels mentioned above have their in-house restaurants where you get a wide variety of national and international cuisines. The Forresta Kitchen and Bar at Devraj Niwas and Bazaar restaurant at Zone By The Park are loved by locals too.

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Bazaar Restaurant

If you want to taste food that reminds of the legacy of Rajasthan, head to Handi Restaurant and Niros Restaurant. Handi is especially known for its Laal Maas, Handi Meat and Mughlai delicacies.

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Jaipur also has many cafes where you can enjoy yummy food in a quirky setup. We like Skylights Café, Nibs Café and Mamu’s Infusion. The best Pyaaz Kachori of the city is available at the popular Rawat Mishthan Bhandar.

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The city also has a thriving night life. Bar Palladio, Blackout Lounge and F Bar and Lounge are the favorites among the hip crowd of the city.

 

Visit Here

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The historical sites are the main attractions of the Pink City. The 3 forts- Amber Fort, Jaigarh Fort and Nahargarh Fort should not be missed. A palace in the middle of Man Sagar Lake, Jal Mahal offers a beautiful view and is the favorite spot of even locals.

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The grandeur of City Palace and pink façade of Hawa Mahal mesmerize visitors. If astronomy fascinates you, you have to visit Jantar Mantar which is a world Heritage site. Albert Hall is the state museum of Rajasthan which has many treasures that you will surely admire.

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Albert Hall

 

One more place that you cannot miss visiting is Raj Mandir Cinema Hall. The movie theatre is built in royal style and you have to see it even if you don’t have time to watch a complete movie. The theatre has huge chandeliers and soft carpets that add to the royal experience.

 

Shopping

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Johari Bazaar and Bapu Bazaar are a shopper’s paradise. Everything Rajasthani is available here. Leheriya and bandhej prints, jewellery, Jutis and artifacts, you can buy everything in these markets.

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World Trade Park

If you want to shop, eat and hangout in a modern setup the World Trade Park is a must visit.

Jaipur is a magnificent city that will charm you with its amazing beauty!

 

Enjoy Holidaying in Jaipur, Rajasthan with Zone By The Park

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Enjoy Holidaying in Jaipur, Rajasthan with Zone By The Park

The love for travelling keeps many of us going. Travel is a great refresher and when it comes to travelling in India, Rajasthan provides an eclectic mix of places. The Pink City, Jaipur is one of the most loved tourist hubs of the state. When we think of Jaipur, the images of mouthwatering food, vibrant clothes and alluring jewellery come to our mind, not to mention the ‘pink’ connection!

The fact is that Jaipur is more than all this. The city is an experience that you can get only when you are here. Just one glance at the city will make you fall in love with its beauty. When you are in such a breathtaking place, your time of rest has to be really refreshing and amazing. A hotel in Jaipur offers you a truly rejuvenation experience and that is Zone by the Park.

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Zone by the Park is a trusted chain of hotels all over India and their property in Jaipur is incredible. Starting with the stylish façade of the building to the services, you will enjoy the Stay in Jaipur. Zone By The Park is located in the posh Bani Park area of Jaipur. Bani Park is well connected with the rest of the city so moving around is very easy. The hotel is built on the concept of meeting and socializing so it has an open setting. There are ‘Mini Zones’ in lobby for the ones who want to have their own space.

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Now let’s talk about what’s waiting for you inside the Best Hotel in Jaipur!

Rooms

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 Zone by the Park Jaipur has rooms of all kinds. Whether you are coming solo or with a group, there are well appointed rooms to cater to your needs. This Accommodation in Jaipur has rooms with modern interiors and comes with all the luxurious facilities that you need for a comfortable stay. Soft beds, big windows, stylish bathrooms, work desks and sitting corners, everything is in place. The rooms have Wi-Fi connectivity and large HD televisions too. You can even block the light and noise at any time of the day. We assure you that there is a lot more in there.

 

Food

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For Food, you get two spots at this hotel in Jaipur- Bazaar Restaurant and Playa by Zone Restaurant and Bar. Bazaar is a multi-cuisine restaurant that serves delectable food in a bright and open setting. The restaurant features live cooking station and a pizzeria. Bazaar also has a quirky street-style food cart.

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At Playa, you can enjoy quick bites on rooftop by pool-side. If you would rather have your food in bed, we serve it that way too.

 

Wellness

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This Budget Hotel in Jaipur has a well equipped gym with all the required machines to keep your workout going.

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If you want to feel pampered, Zone has a spa that will take away all your tiredness after a long day.

 

Pool

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Another highlight of the beautiful hotel is a pool on the rooftop. You can lie down by the pool side and read your favorite book or work or generally have some laidback moments.

 

Work

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This place to stay in jaipur also has a meeting room and a banquet hall. These rooms come with modern facilities like audio-visual equipments. You can organize any kind of event at these halls. The banquet hall can easily accommodate up to 250 people.

 

Offers

If you book your room 7 days in advance you get 15% off. You can even avail 20% discount when booking 14 days in advance. You can get 15% discount even when booking 3 days prior if you are staying for a longer duration.

We love Zone by the Park Jaipur and are sure that a stay here will recharge you too. This is a Corporate Hotel in Jaipur but is perfectly suitable for all types of travelers!

For details visit their website- http://www.zonebythepark.com/jaipur/overview.php

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14 Monsoon Destinations Of Rajasthan You Must Visit

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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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  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.

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  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 wells, Nawal 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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  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.

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  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.

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  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?

 

 

7 Royal Palaces of Rajasthan That Were Turned into Hotels

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7 Royal Palaces of Rajasthan That Were Turned into Hotels

Rajasthan is known world over for its majestic forts and palaces. These grand structures remind us of our glorious past. Many of these forts and palaces have been converted into heritage hotels so now everyone with money to splurge can enjoy the royal life. There are many such hotels in Rajasthan and here are some of our favorites-

1. Raj Palace, Jaipur

Raj Palace is more than two and a half centuries old palace converted into a grand heritage hotel. In 1995, PrincessJayendra Kumari Ji decided to restore this luxurious palace into the finest luxury Palace hotel. The Royal family renovated the arched corridors, the residential quarters and its courtyards with small amplifications.

The hotel is awarded as “the best heritage hotel of India” by the Government of India and voted as “The leading heritage hotel of the world” consecutively for seven times by World Travel Awards.

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2. Samode Palace, Jaipur

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The sprawling palace is located 40 kilometers north of Jaipur. The palace is built in Indo-Saracenic architecture and has an amazing combination of Indian and Mughal styles. The murals on the walls are equally fascinating.

3. Shiv Niwas Palace, Udaipur

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This palace shaped like a crescent was built in early 20th century. The palace is now a heritage hotel and is located on the banks of picturesque lake Pichhola. The hotel has 19 deluxe rooms, 8 terrace suites, 6 royal suites and 3 imperial suites

4. Ranvas, Nagaur

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Ranvas is a small hotel located inside the 500-year-old Ahhichatragarh Fort in Nagaur. Ranvas literally means ‘abode of queens’ and the place certainly is grand. The hotel now has a swimming pool and two restaurants. You can enjoy mughal-sufi cuisine here apart from a variety of national and international delicacies. You will love walking on the gleaming marble floors here and you can visit the Ahhichatragarh Fort even when it’s closed for outside people.

5. Udai Bilas Palace, Dungarpur

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Next on the list is Udai Bilas Palace in Dungarpur near Udaipur. It is situated on the banks of Lake Gaibsagar. The hotel has exquisite Rajput architecture, fine murals, miniature paintings and stone carvings to satiate your hunger for historical beauty.

6. Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur

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This hotel needs no introduction as it was recently declared the best hotel in world. Umaid Bhawan is located in Jodhpur and was built in the 1930s. Taj Group manages the 347-room hotel now. Come here to experience the ultimate luxury.

7. Rambagh Palace, Jaipur

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The majestic palace was built in 1835 in Jaipur. It also served as residence to the Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II and his queen, Maharani Gayatri Devi. This palace still has the regal feeling intact and is decorated with hand-carved marble latticework, sandstone balustrades, cupolas and cenotaphs. The verdant Mughal Gardens enhance its beauty.

Top 10 Weekend Getaways From Jaipur

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  1. ALSISAR

The entire Shekhawati region has mesmerized millions of tourists and has been aptly dubbed as the ‘Open Art Gallery’ of Rajasthan. The region, which is approximately 200 kms from Jaipur is replete with palaces, minor castles, wells and also a deer sanctuary. As the region is said to be a mini desert, we advice to you travel on a horse or a camel to enjoy the semi desert feel and watch for the well preserved wall painted havelis.

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  1. BHANGARH

How about hiking on a blissful and adventurous break at Bhangarh and discovers the secrets of the Haunted Ruins of Rajasthan along with heritage sceneries?
Flanked among three Aravali Mountains, 52 km. away from Jaipur, Bhangarh is situated in Alwar district of Rajasthan and is known to be India’s most haunted place.
The remains of Bhangarh Fort are informative enough to take you on a mesmerizing journey, of the reminiscence from the past. Entry to the place is closed after sunset due to paranormal activities reported inside. It’s just not the place, but the route also gives whimsical experience.

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  1. BUNDI

With a majority of blue houses, Bundi, loacted 219.7 km away from Jaipur via NH 12, is surrounded by the Aravali Hills. Lazy and narrow lanes, Lakes, around 60 step wells (Baories), temples and mosque dominate the town. Not many knew this fact that Jodhpur- the blue city and Bundi have a strong affinity to the color blue. Get to the top of Bundi Fort to get a glimpse of the beautiful Blue City. A picturesque Nawal Sagar man made lake in the heart of the town, add more beauty to the place, especially during sunset when it soaks the reflection of the two-storied fortified complex ‘Garh Palace’. Garh Palace is host to ‘Chitrashala’ where the walls and ceilings are embellished with miniature paintings. Bundi miniature paintings depicted on the walls are still in its original form.

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  1. DEEG PALACE, BHARATPUR

Relatively less explored in Eastern Rajasthan, Deeg Water Palace is an awe-inspiring visual masterpiece, 192 km from Jaipur in Rajasthan.
Built in 1772, Deeg palace was a luxurious summer resort for the rulers of Bharatpur State. It is open 9 am to 5 pm except on Fridays.
Stay the night at Bharatpur, just 32 km away from here !

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  1. JODHPUR

Rambling between the mighty Mehrangarh fort and Umaid Bhawan, the sun kissed city of Jodhpur is situated 337 km away from Jaipur. Founded by Rao Jodha in 1459, Jodhpur is dotted with soaring forts and palaces shimmering in sandstone while the narrow lanes lead to an alluring world of antiques and handicrafts. The blue of houses renders an alluring “Blue City” especially to be seen at sunrise and sunset. The other places to visit include Sheesh Mahal, and Osiyan Temple that are some of the most imposing architectural works of ancient times and the Osiyan sand dunes will take you away from all the hustle bustle. Jodhpur Sweets, Gatta, Chakke ki sabzi and Mirchibada are not be missed !

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  1. MOUNT ABU

Mount Abu is the only hill station in the dry arid lands of Rajasthan, which can be reached through a 7 hour drive from the capital city of Jaipur. This hill station provides a great tourist destination owing to its picturesque land. Some of the main attractions of the city are Nakki Lake, Dilwara Temple, Mt. Abu Wildlife Sanctuary. Capture a perfect sunset from the Sunset Point in Mt. Abu J

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  1. NAWALGARH

Situated 115 km from Jaipur, Nawalgarh is better known as the ‘Open Air Art Gallery’. It is a small town where the vibrant streets depict the true blend of architecture smoothly fusing the Hindu, Mughal, Persian and British facets together. As you walk down this “Open Air Art Gallery” you will be amazed to see how the painted havelis and frescoes have captured the culture,customs and royal lifestyle of the Shekhawatis. The Roop Niwas Kothi , Murarka Haveli, Bhagton Ki Choti Haveli are some architectural gems which illustrate an impeccable mélange of Rajput and European architecture.

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  1. PUSHKAR

Situated 14 km (8.7 mi) northwest of Ajmer, Pushkar is one of the oldest cities in India and is also one of the five pilgrimage sites for the Hindu. The town has hundreds of temples, including 14th-century Jagatpita Brahma Mandir, a temple dedicated to Lord Brahma- creator of the world. People from all over the world visit Pushkar especially for Pushkar Fair, the largest cattle fair of the country. Set on Pushkar Lake, Pushkar is a sacred Hindu site with 52 ghats (stone staircases) where pilgrims bathe. You can also drive to the Dargah in Ajmer !

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  1. RANTHAMBORE

Once a hunting preserve of the Maharajas of Jaipur and now a Project Tiger Reserve, Ranthambore National Park or Ranthambhore is one of the largest national parks in northern India, covering an area of 392 km². It is situated in the Sawai Madhopur district of southeastern Rajasthan, about 160 km southeast of Jaipur. Ranthambore gives a unique flavor of nature, history and wildlife and houses a large number of Bengal tigers that can be easily observed hunting and taking care of their young ones during the jungle safari.

The destination pulls the attention of myriad wildlife lovers and photographers every year. The legendary Machli or T-16, is probably the oldest and world’s most photographed Tigress alive who also has a postal stamp on her.

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  1. SHAHPURA

65 kms. Away from Jaipur city, Shahpura, offers a life that is unhurried, a beautiful town of friendly people un-spoilt by the creepy fingers by modernity. The real charm lies in visiting its quaint village and experiencing a feel of authentic rural Rajasthan with all its charming eccentricity. Exquisite and discreet, the 300 years old impressive Shahpura Haveli is a tribute to the glorious past.

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Ranthambore National Park Is Now Open For Full Day Safari

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Ranthambore – a land of tigers is situated south from Jaipur. With approximately 3 hours distance, the famous Ranthambore National Park lies in the city of Sawai Madhopur.

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The National Park is all set to follow a similar path of full day safari same as that of the sanctuaries of Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh. The officials along with the tourism department have opened full day safari into Ranthambore National Park for the visitors and tourists.
With the maximum number of 40 vehicles permitted to enter the park, the forest department have equally divided it into 20 gypsies and 20 canters keeping in mind the carrying capacity of maximum 6 people.
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The authorities have also laid the price of the full day ticket for foreigners as 40,000 and that of Indians as 30,000.
All the wildlife seekers and photographers, don’t you think that you can make the most of it. So, why not opt for a full day safari the next time you visit Ranthambore 🙂