Category Archives: Rajasthan Tourism Initiative

Segway Scooters for Tourists at Nahargarh and Amer Fort

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Segway scooters are coming along, riding all the way  to Rajasthan 😀 Yes you heard it right! Now you have a chance to be Akshay Kumar or a carefree child! Starting from today, the tourists visiting Amer and Nahargarh forts in Rajasthan will have an add-on adventure experience of riding a Segway scooter other than elephant rides.

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Picture – Hridesh Kumar Sharma, Director Dept. of Archaeology & Museums

Rajasthan’s archaeological department has inked an agreement with a private firm, which will provide the paid scooters  which will run on batteries. These eco-friendly and battery-operated self-balancing scooters are a hit among people abroad, and now they will run in Rajasthan too.

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The scooter service will initially be started at Jaleb Chowk in Amer and Nahargarh fort, and the company will charge ₹200 for a ride, a tourism official informed.

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The ride will be available between 11am and 3.30pm when the elephant ride is not there, and after 5pm.

 

 

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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’.

 

 

Rajasthan becomes the First State In India To Offer Free Air Travel To Senior Citizens To Pilgrimage Sites

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After the remarkable new schemes for the citizens of Rajasthan, the state government has introduced an all-expense-paid aerial pilgrimage for senior citizens above 70 years, in Jaipur on Tuesday! First in the country, Rajasthan becomes the first state to offer this benefit to the senior citizens.

However, states like MP and Chhattisgarh have been offering all-expense-paid pilgrimage by trains, Rajasthan government has now gone a step further with flying the pilgrims to holy places with its Deendayal Upadhyay Senior Citizens Pilgrimage by Air scheme.

Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje flagged off the first flight to Tirupati Balaji with 30 pilgrims on board, 28 out of who were flying for the first time, at Jaipur International Airport

Other than Tirupati Balaji, the department will send close to 1000 elderly pilgrims in 26 batches to Rameshwaram, Jagannathpuri. The selection of pilgrims for the scheme is through lottery system.

What is the scheme? 

The boarding/lodging and other local travel and ticket expenses of the teerth yatris all will be borne by the government

How are candidates chosen? 

A total of 111 senior citizens have been chosen this year to fly to Tirupati Balaji. In fact, the first batch of 30 senior citizens has already flown to the temple city from Jaipur International Airport. The rest will also be flown out in two bathes, following the return of the first batch.

The move will definitely win the Vasundhara Raje government some applause from the senior citizens especially!

“The happiness of senior citizens will add to the happiness index in Rajasthan.”

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Heliride Festival in Jaipur

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Get ready for a hell of a ride, oh well, we mean Heliride in #Jaipur
Yes you read that right, this Valentine’s Day will be more special than any time ever as Pink City will experience the Valentine Heliride Festival from 12th – 14th February 2017 where helicopter joyriders will see Nahargarh, Jaigarh, Amber fort along with lots of other tourist attractions from a bird’s eye view !

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Not just this, a week long Jaipur Heliride Festival will also take place from 17th – 23rd February 2017, both of these being organised by Heritage On Air, in order to promote helitourism in the State of #Rajasthan

Are you ready for a ride ?

A two-day Bird Fair to enthrall tourists in Dungarpur, Rajasthan

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Good News for the Bird Lovers in Rajasthan!

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 Dungarpur Bird Fair, organized by the District Administration of Dungarpur, is set to enthrall the birding enthusiasts on 12-13 January, 2017. The lakes and forests of Dungarpur host a large diversity of resident and locally migratory birds all through the year. However, the period from October till March also witnesses arrival of a large variety of winter visitors from Central Asia and Europe to escape the inhospitable weather in their native lands.

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The Bird Fair is being held at the famous Gaib Sagar Lake of Dungarpur .The beautiful Vijayraj Rajeshwar temple near the Udai Bilas Palace is also situated inside the lake. Gaib Sagar is surrounded on one side by the famous Badal Mahal and on the other side by the ancient Shreenathji temple.

The events during the fair would highlight the unexplored potential of the beautiful lakes and interesting forest areas of Dungarpur. Interesting activities like photography competition, students quiz and heritage walk as important part of the event will engage the visitors and tourists in Dungarpur.

Rajasthan has its own Madame Tussauds moment; Wax Museum inaugurated in Nahargarh Fort-Jaipur

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A beautiful feather has been added to Rajasthan tourism with the inauguration of wax museum and unveiling of the statue of Bollywood’s legendary actor Amitabh Bachchan.

The Jaipur Wax Museum, which has wax sculptures of around 25 personalities, was opened on Saturday at the Nahargarh Fort, which overlooks the Pink City.

Bollywood actor Govinda, who was accompanied by his wife Sunita Ahuja inaugurated the museum and unveiled the statue of mega star Amitabh Bachchan.

 

Kudos to the makers and operating team at the museum that they could make it happen, because it is tough task to maintain the wax temperature as it might melt due to scorching heat in Rajasthan.

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Since the museum is open for all, people of the Pink City and tourists would get to see the sculpture of the famous celebrities, leaders, personalities from history and great warriors like Maharana Pratap and Sawai Jai Singh here.

 

Rajasthan Tourism goes Mobile techie with the launch of an App for Ajmer Pushkar !!

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Rajasthan government goes mobile friendly and techie with the launch of  a mobile App that provides latest information about tourist attractions in Ajmer and Pushkar with rich content including pictures, audio and video streams and cultural stories.

The App is comprehensive and one-stop solution for tourism needs, a senior official said.
More than 40 places of Ajmer and Pushkar have been covered in the App which instantly provides real-time and highly contextual content to the user. Tourists just need to download an app LeZgo which provides tourism content with multiple features and convenient utilities.
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Useful utilities, like free WiFi, weather information, language translator, forex converter, compass, cab booking, upgraded customs information for foreign visitors, SOS function are among other features of the App, which provides inputs in 12 prominent languages.

After Ajmer, the App which is already catering to 1500 users, will be localised for Jaipur, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Pali and Bharatpur soon.

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The user can search for tourist destinations, get custom designed holiday packages, book a cab in a jiffy, check out the latest and upcoming events in the vicinity, listen along custom designed audio streams. Get an immerse experience of culture, history, languages, food, music, spirituality, sciences, wisdom, Yoga and wellness apart from all the essential information.