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The Chambal River Hanging Bridge gets inaugurated by Hon’ble Prime Minister Sh. Narendra Modi in Kota, Rajasthan

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Incredible India’s iconic 6-lane single plane Cable Stayed Bridge with the nation’s longest 350 meter central clear span and sky touching 80 meter tallest pylon, across river Chambal, Kota NH-27 on East-West Corridor of Rajasthan is ready and gets inaugurated by Hon’ble Prime Minister Sh. Narendra Modi just now.

The 6-lane cable-stayed bridge has been built across the Chambal river at Kota regions of Rajasthan and will be opened for traffic soon. PM Narendra Modi is in Rajasthan to inaugurate various projects worth Rs 15,000 crore and will dedicate the Chambal river bridge to the nation. Let’s have a look at some interesting facts about the breathtaking bridge and its scenic images:

The 30 metres wide bridge is 1.4 kilometre long. Its height is 125 metres, with the longest span at 350.5 metres, that is 1,150 feet.

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The cable stayed bridge over the Chambal river has been built at an approximate cost of Rs 277.67 crore.

According to Road Transport and Highways Minister, the bridge had been stuck for years due to many problems but could be completed with the remarkable efforts of the government and national Highway Authority.

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The Chambal river bridge project comes under the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI). The bridge is situated on the Kota Bypass. It crosses the Chambal River just outside the city.

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Image Credits: Hon’ble CM Rajasthan Smt Vasundhara Raje 

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Tourists will have to pay entry fee for visiting Elephant Village in Jaipur

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Elephant Safari has been one of the most preferred activities among the tourists visiting Jaipur. For that reason, Hathi Gaon, the Elephant Village gained popularity in the recent past.

Though, the development of the village is still underway. Only 25 percent of the work related to the Elephant Village project has been completed. So as to fund the remaining development, Rajasthan Forest Department has announced entry fee for tourists visiting Elephant Village in Jaipur. The fee will be charged in the name of maintenance and development of the village. A domestic tourists will have to pay Rs 50 for an entry ticket, while an international tourist will be charged Rs 300.

The new rates have come into effect from Tuesday, August 08, 2017. The administration of Elephant Village was handed over to forest department from the Rajasthan tourism department. On the first day, after the entry fee was announced, around 55 foreign tourists and 53 domestic tourists visited Elephant village and paid for the entry.

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Hathi gaon ( Elephant village ) is a small village that was set up by the government in 2010 to give proper shelter and water facilities to all the families and their elephants that served tourists in and around Amer Fort during the day. Along with all the homes and shelters for the elephants there are big man-made ponds in the village designed specifically for elephants to relax and bathe in it after a long hard day’s work. People can visit the place and enjoy the sight of many elephants playing and bathing in open which is a rare sight in this part of India. It’s a photographers paradise indeed.

A perfect get away from Jaipur, Hathi Gaon is a splendid abode of Elephants for the families with children who can spend good time in the cool breeze and greenery all around with elephants entertaining themselves and their visitors.

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Image Credits: 2 and 3 via google.in

Breathtaking Destinations in Rajasthan you cannot afford to miss during Monsoon

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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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Image Credit: www.bhainsrorgarh.com

  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 wellsNawal 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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Image Credit: www.imagesofrajasthan.com

  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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Image Credit: www.flickr.com

  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?

Gadsisar Lake- A marvelous mélange of lustrous water and picturesque sandstone architecture in Jaisalmer

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Obtaining gleaming golden touch from its yellow sandstone architecture; the Jaisalmer city of Rajasthan is an aureate fantasy in the Thar Desert. The Sun City brings out the beauty of desert life, where sun shines the brightest, like no other. Known for its miniatures, architecture, bazaars and UNESCO’s world Heritage Site- Jaisalmer is a peaceful place in its solitude, where plains melt into banks of rising sand; trees shrink into shrubs and long thorn- cactus. The dreamy city with its sheer ruggedness always exemplifies sand and desert. But there is this shimmering oasis of water surrounded by marvelous temples and shrines called Gadsisar Lake, which is worth a visit in Jaisalmer!

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Brimming with water and mesmeric avian guests, Gadsisar Lake catches everyone’s fancy for its sheer beauty in the desert land. According to the legends, the Maharaja of Jaisalmer, Raja Jaisal built this lake, which was later revamped by his successor Maharawal Gadsi, who sensed and observed the agony and pain of his people to fetch drinking water from distant places. Hence, he got it redesigned into a rain water conservation lake in the 14th century. It was the only source of water for the Jaisalmer city in the olden days.

Towards the southern part of Jaisalmer city; the entrance to the Gadsisar Lake is the magnificent and artistically carved yellow sandstone archway that is called Tilon-Ki-Pol. Meticulously carved Chattris, Temples, Shrines and Ghats surround the Gadsisar Lake. One can enjoy sighting rare migratory birds that visit the Gadsisar Lake every year.

The marvelous mélange of lustrous water and the mellow yellow of the picturesque sandstone banks appear breathtaking in the desert land of Jaisalmer. A boat ride or a stroll through the ghats while watching the changing hues of ochre with the setting sun is a beautiful retreat for the tourists in Jaisalmer.

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Not to be missed, the serene Gadsisar Lake springs to vibrant colours of life during the annual Gangaur Festival when various cultural performances, food stalls and makeshift shops of nick- knack flock the area.

If you happen to be in Jaisalmer for its signature desert safari and want to break away from all the things called desert, dunes and sand, then visit the Gadsisar Lake for its breathtaking beauty in the Sun City of Jaisalmer!

Maharaja Padmanabh Singh of Jaipur to represent Indian Polo Team in Iran

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The Polo lovers will once again witness some thrilling action on the field of Iran this year. HH Maharaja Sawai Padmanabh Singh, erstwhile Jaipur royal and one of the youngest players  has been selected in the Indian Polo Team. He is just 18 years and youngest ever player to represent India in a World Cup match. The XI World Cup Zonal Play Offs are scheduled to be held in Iran from 29 June to 7 July this year.

Maharaja Padmanabh Singh has shown outstanding polo skills and performance in the past few years in the different tournaments. Within a short span of time his handicap has also risen to +2. The other players selected in the team are: Lt. Col. Ravi Rathore (+5); Abhimanuyu Pathak (+5); Angad Kalaan (+4); Siddhant Sharma (+3) and Pranav Kapur (+2).  The team will leave for conditioning cum coaching programme shortly.

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It is to be recalled that the last time India had won the World Cup was in France in 1957 under the captaincy of late HH Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II of Jaipur. It is also to be noted that the present World Cup is now known as ‘Jaipur World Cup’. It was presented by late HH Maharaja Sawai Bhawani Singh in Buenos Aires in 1982.

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Incidentally, Maharaja Padmanabh Singh is the second player from the erstwhile Jaipur Royal Family to represent the country in the World Cup. He is the Brand Ambassador for the leading and prestigious Argentinean leisure polo-centric company, La Martina. He studied in Mayo College in Ajmer and Millfield School in London where he  excelled himself in the game of polo.

An elated young Maharaja of Jaipur said: “It is indeed gratifying to learn that I have been selected in the Indian Polo team to represent for the World Cup. I am further inspired to do my utmost for contributing to the game of polo and keeping the long standing legacy of Jaipur for this game alive.”

Image Courtesy: HH Maharaja Sawai Padmanabh Singh’s Facebook Account

Different Shades of Jawahar Kala Kendra

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Most people are familiar with the proud center of art & crafts and in fact a lot more than that with Jawahar Kala Kendra aka JKK in Jaipur. Like the rest of Jaipur’ wisely chalked out architecture and planning,  JKK boasts of an architecture that spellbinds a beholder at just one glance. No doubt, when the place is so unique and the location is worth shooting it is common to capture the same by one and all using own artistic spin.

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Dedicated to India’s first Prime Minister Jawahar Lal Nehru, Jawahra Kala Kendra is truly metaphoric to the city of Jaipur i.e. an astonishing synthesis of past and future. A contemporary building based on an archaic notion of the Cosmos; the very same Navgaraha mandala, with one of the squares moved aside and beautiful murals inside, based on cosmology.

IMG_0035 copyJKK was built by Rajasthan Government with the plan prepared by the renowned architect Charles Correa in 1986. The building was ready in 1991 and of course, the plan was inspired by the original city plan of Jaipur, consisting of nine squares with central square left open.

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This multi-arts center has been created  with the purpose of preserving Rajasthani arts and crafts and it was in 1993 that JKK was open to the cultural connoisseurs. 

IMG_9932 copyBuilt by Rajasthan government with the purpose of preserving Rajasthani arts and crafts, JKK adapts and applies concepts from ancient architectural principles called the Vastu Vidya.

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The main building contains six exhibition galleries, open air theatre, auditoriums, dormitories, and coffee house.

IMG_0135 copyEach section of the building resembles the characteristics of the respective planet; for instance, the library is located in the Jupiter section, which attributes to knowledge and wisdom.

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The murals from the Jain mythology, the charts and paintings on the ceiling of the central dome formulate the exceptional nature of JKK.

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However, while preserving the cultural heritage and art of the state, JKK saw age catching up as far as maintenance of its building was concerned. Hence, it was revived and refurbished in 2016.

IMG_0700 copyWith the new lighting and the red sandstone could once again be seen shining clean and attractive enough to draw towards it a swarm of tourists, history lovers, local residents and art aficionados.

IMG_0079 copyRight from the entrance till the exit, every corner, center and even the smallest parts of Jawahar Kala Kendra either tell or make a story.

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The building is designed with walls bearing paintings, murals, all of them based on astronomy and cosmology, but there are some which also give an honest tribute to art and theatre.

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One of the oldest and most iconic coffee houses of Jaipur – Indian Coffee House, houses in its newly revamped look an admirable mural of Ebrahim Alkazi – a living legend who is one of the most influential Indian theatre directors and drama teachers belonging to 20th-century Indian theatre. 

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The Coffee House in the lunar section portrays the less revealed aspects of Indian astronomy through the paintings and creativity shown here; even on the coffee – tables. Every table depicts a different phase of Moon as seen in a painting at the coffee house.

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Adjoining the main building of JKK, a rural complex housed in it 9.5 acre complex known as Shilpgram is the venue for fairs, haat bazaars and festivals.

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Let’s take a walk through this ultimate hub of arts and crafts through this video-

Kota Citrus Fruit Centre Developed 24 Varieties Of Citrus Fruits

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Agricultural Tourism is a new trend in Rajasthan and we are happy to report that Rajasthan’s popular city Kota has some good news for the agriculture and farming enthusiasts!

It came out as a great announcement that around 24 varieties of citrus fruits are being developed at the Centre of Excellence (CoE) for Citrus Fruits at Nanta near Kota. The project, which methodically came in progress in 2014-15, is fast making waves as the state-of-the-art centre for plant development and orchard management of citrus fruits. Spread over 6.8 hectares, the primary objective of the centre is to develop citrus fruit saplings. This was informed by the Principal Secretary Agriculture and Horticulture, Government of Rajasthan, Ms. Neelkamal Darbari.

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Among the 24 varieties developed are Clementine, Michale Daisy, Kinnow, Nagpur Mandarin, Nagpur Seedless, Jaffa among others.

 

Ms. Darbari further said that the plant development and orchard management for developing these fruits are based on Israeli technology like mulch, drip and ridge bed system for irrigation. Within a short span of time the Centre is grafting 50,000 plants annually. The Centre has largely achieved its objective of producing disease free and high quality planting material. It is also doing its bit for creating new varieties of citrus fruits suitable for export in the global market. The centre also aims in promoting mechanization in orchard operations. The development of intensive horticulture technologies, spreading awareness about post-harvest and value addition technologies, fertilization and irrigation management techniques are its long term goals.

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According to Principal Secretary Agriculture the forthcoming Global Rajasthan Agritech Meet (GRAM) in Kota later this month, the Centre will be drawing attention for the yeoman service it is providing to the citrus fruit industry of the region. Needless to say that the potential of post-harvest processing projects will be explored by the investors at GRAM.

The Director Horticulture, Mr. Vijay Pal Singh said  that the project has the facilities of a primary nursery (plant grafting), a second nursery (budding), protected mother block (nurturing mother plants), open mother block (mother plants located outside the green house) and two demonstrations of root stock and inter space.

Mr. Singh further added that the centre has proved to be a boon for the region considering that the citrus production of fruits is its strength. The climate is suitable for orange orchards. Kota division is contributing 98% of the State produce in terms of ‘Nagpur Orange’. While majority of oranges produced here are Nagpur – there is scope of introduction of new varieties of oranges like Jaffa, Valencia and Daisy.

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The post harvesting investment possibilities will relate to projects for orange grading, waxing and packing. With Kota division being strong in orange production (Jhalawar district being the largest in the State for the produce), there is immense potential for packaging and branding operations of the locally sourced fruit as well. The Department is mulling of marketing the produce as ‘Raj Santara’.