Category Archives: Rajasthan Tourism

RTDC Shuts Down 15 Units

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Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation (RTDC) has closed doors of 15 of its loss making properties. The shut down list includes Hotel Jhunjhunu, Hotel Fatehpur, Hotel Jhunjhunu, Hotel Chandravati, Hotel Mahua and Motel Behror which used to be really popular just a while ago.

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These were cheap options for tourists but with changing times they didn’t remain that attractive. The hotels were shut down from 10th November this year. The closed properties will be auctioned off in the next financial year.

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The following units have been shut down-

Tourist Village, Pushkar

Hotel Gawri Rishabhdev

Hotel Vrindavati, Bundi

Hotel Haveli, Fatehpur

Hotel Jhunjhunu

Hotel Chandravati, Jhalawar

Motel Behror

Motel Ratangarh

Motel Shahpura

Motel Ratanpur

Motel Dausa

Jheel Village, Ramgarh

Motel Pokhran

Motel Mehwa

Motel Devgark

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Chittorgarh Fort, the Witness to the Valor of Rajput Queen Padmavati

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Chittorgarh Fort, the Witness to the Valor of Rajput Queen Padmavati

Chittor established in 728 AD by Bappa Rawal is one of the oldest cities of Rajasthan. The imposing Chittorgarh Fort here among the oldest in the state is not only grand to look at but also has equally grand stories attached to it. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Chittorgarh fort might be in ruins now but that doesn’t diminish its importance.

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The fort has total seven gates or Pol-  Padan Pol, Bhairon Pol, Hanuman Pol, Ganesh Pol, Jodla Pol, Laxman Pol and Ram Pol which is the main gate. A circular road in the fort links all the gates.

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Vijay Stambh is called the symbol of Chittor and was built by Rana Kumbha to celebrate his victory over Mahmud Shah I Khilji. The 72 feet high Kirti Stambh built by a businessman, Jijaji Rathore is dedicated to the first Jain tirthankar Adinath.

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There are 130 temples in the fort premises. The most popular ones are- Meerabai Temple, Kumbha Shyam Temple (Varaha Temple), Kalika Mata temple and Tulja Bhawani temple.

 

The three-storied Rani Padmini’s palace is surrounded by a water-body. Legend has it that Sultan of Delhi Alauddin Khilji saw the Padmavati’s image in the same water-body and got attracted to her.

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The fort has another impressive palace known as Rana Kumbha Palace. This is the place where Rani Padmini, Rani Nagmati and other women of the fort did Jauhar. Jauhar was a Rajput tradition where women immolated themselves on burning fire when the defeat in a war was certain. It was done to not get caught by vicious attackers. The brave Rajput warriors fought to death but never surrendered. This reflects the courage and pride of Rajput clan.

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Chittorgarh Fort was attacked thrice, once each by Alauddin Khilji, Bahadur Shah and Akbar. The story of the attack by, Alauddin Khilji is the most well-known. Poet Malik Mohammad Jayasi wrote a poem known as Padmavat which mentions the legend. According to the poem- Rani Padmini or Padmavati was the wife of Rawal Ratan Sen the ruler of Chittor. Padmavati was exceptionally beautiful and hearing about her beauty, Alauddin Khilji attacked Chittorgarh to get the queen. A battle ensued where Ratan Sen was killed and Rani Padmavati along with Rani Nagmati and other women committed Jauhar.

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The authenticity of this story has not been established but that hasn’t made it any less popular. Jauhar was anyway a tradition. It shows that Rajput women were symbols of gallantry, honor and culture. The upcoming Hindi movie ‘Padmavati’ has got mired in controversies over various events depicted in it. The idea of taking creative liberties might not have gone down well with some people but the fact remains that a movie cannot lessen a fearless woman. Whatever is shown in a movie can’t take away from history and what Rajput women stand for.

If you are also enamored by the legends and want to witness the place where it all happened, head to Chittorgarh Fort.

Wonderflip, a Fun-Filled Extravaganza to be Held in Udaipur

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Wonderflip, a Fun-Filled Extravaganza to be Held in Udaipur

International and Indian DJs, folk-performances and live music, all this and more will amaze you in Wonderflip which will be organized from 9th to 12th November. The venue for this performing arts and music festival is Ravla Khempur, a haveli which is just a 45-minute drive away from Udaipur.

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The revelers will get to sway to the tunes of well-known DJs such as Patrice Baumel, Eagle And Butterflies and Ankytrixx. Gipsy Sound Revolution, Clown with a Frown and The Chizai Quartet are the live bands that will feature at the event. The themes of various performances include Vintage Circus, Salvador Dali and Fairyland.

Apart from music, the festival will feature experiential art, installations and dance parties. Klove Light Design’s room of reflection and illusion is another attraction of Wonderflip. For some adrenalin rush, witness daredevil stunts by professionals from Royal Enfield. Get your fashion-fix with capsule designer collections on display.

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The most appetizing food and luscious drinks will be served by the restaurants that will stay open at all times. If you are looking to experience Rajasthan, go for horse-safaris and off-road cycling. This one event Wonderflip has something for everyone so don’t miss!

The cost of tickets is Rs. 10, 500. You can also camp in a luxury tent for the complete duration of festival for rupees 26,500 for two people.

A Mobile App to Navigate Around Jaisalmer is Launching Soon

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A Mobile App to Navigate Around Jaisalmer is Launching Soon

If you are planning a trip to the Golden City of Rajasthan, you will be happy to know that a mobile application to serve as tourist guide is in the works. It will be a smart beacon app which will communicate with beacon sensors installed at various points in the city through your phone’s bluetooth.

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Jaisalmer urban improvement trust is installing beacon sensors at 15 popular tourist locations. With this, tourists will be able to visualize the map on the app, chose the route of their liking and move around the city with ease.

Tourists will also be able to read and listen to the information regarding the history of the spots they are approaching through the app. The information will be delivered in different languages for the convenience of visitors.

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Sonar Kila, Deewan Salim Singh Ki Haweli, Sam sand dunes, Tanot Mata temple, Gadisar lake, Patwa Haveli, Fossils Park, Ramdevra temple, Mandir Palace and Kuldhara village are some of the locations where the beacons are getting installed.

This step will keep tourists free from the snare of cons posing as tourist guides.

Chandrabhaga Fair 2017 from Next Week in Jhalawar

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Chandrabhaga Fair 2017 from Next Week in Jhalawar

A dip in the Holy Chandravati river is the highlight of Chandrabhaga Fair which is held every year in  Jhalrapatan, 6 kilometers from Jhalawar. The fair is held in the Hindu month of Kartik. This year the fair will be held from 3rd to 5th November.

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A big cattle fair is an important part of the event. Multiple cultural and musical activities are also organized to enthrall the viewers. Deepdan, Shobha Yatra and various competitions form the most attractive part of this 3 day affair. The fair attracts pilgrims and travel enthusiasts from world over.

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If the travel bug is biting you or you simply want a spiritual experience, head to Chandrabhaga Fair next week.

Celebrate this Christmas with Bird Fair in Udaipur

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Celebrate this Christmas with Bird Fair in Udaipur

Here’s a good news for bird enthusiasts! The third edition of Bird Fair will begin on 25th December in Udaipur. Everyone from experts to bird-watchers to general public can be a part of this fun event. A bird photography competition for women and another photography competition will be the highlights of the Bird Fair in Udaipur. For students, quiz and poster-making competitions will be held. Children will be able to get bird-tattoos as well.

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There will be a bird-racing on 22nd December. For the racing, the experts will be divided into multiple teams and taken to an area where they will analyze birds and submit their report to the organiser. The team, presenting report on the maximum number of birds, will win.

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This Bird Fair will increase awareness about different varieties of birds. Make the upcoming Christmas holidays fun and start planning a visit to the Bird Fair in Udaipur.

 

Pushkar Camel fair 2017 Programme Details

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Pushkar Camel fair 2017 Programme Details

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. The small sleepy town comes out of its hibernation mode and becomes the playground of people from world over.

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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. This year the much awaited fair will begin on 28th October and will culminate on 4th November on the day of Hindu festival Kartik Purnima.

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Pushkar Camel Fair has so many events and activities that your day will be full but we advise you to take out a little time to stroll in the narrow lanes of city. Also, don’t forget to try local foods and do indulge in retail therapy. Spend some time at the famous Brahma Temple and watch the evening Aarti at Pushkar Lake too.

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For your convenience, here’s a tentative schedule of the events planned at Pushkar Camel fair 2017.

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Have fun and click lots of pictures!

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