The intra state air services between Jaipur- Udaipur, Bikaner and Jodhpur launched in 2016 was a great success in Rajasthan! In no time now, the intra-state air service will be extended on six new routes of Rajasthan that’ll include Ahmedabad and Delhi. Rajasthan Government has given consent to this proposal and the same to the Union Civil Aviation Ministry for necessary formalities.
A letter has been sent to the Civil Aviation by Chief Secretary Ashok Jain, that states, “It has been decided to expand the intra-air services on six routes which are Jaipur-Kota, Delhi-Sawai Madhopur, Delhi-Kishangarh, Delhi-Shri Ganganagar, Jodhpur-Ahmedabad and Jaipur-Jodhpur-Jaisalmer”
Earlier, Supreme Airlines was commissioned for operation of flights on a regular basis on Jaipur-Udaipur-Bikaner routes. In the previous Budget the CM had announced to expand intra-air services to other cities and the letter written by the CS comes in its continuance. In the letter, the CS has recommended for the same air operator Supreme Airlines to run the operations on new routes. In the letter it has also been requested that the department commence flight operations immediately after completion of necessary formalities and receipts of mandatory approvals and no objections certificates (NOC) from respective organisations by the air operator.
This initiative by Rajasthan Government in collaboration with civil aviation department will boost tourism in the desert state as Sawai Madhopur, where Ranthambore National Park is located, will get connected to Delhi. Also, Ajmer, known for Dargah and Puskhar, has also been proposed to be connected under the proposal. The two states, Delhi and Gujarat have come under the expansion of the services, which will further fetching more tourists from various locations.
The Lake City, Udaipur is making the country proud at the global level. got featured in the ‘The World’s Top 15 Cities’ list in a survey done by famous magazine Travel and Leisure. Leaving Mumbai and Delhi behind, Udaipur grabbed the place in World’s best cities to travel.
According to magazine Travel and Leisure, Every year for the World’s Best Awards survey, they ask readers to weigh in the different cities of the World on travel experiences around the globe — to share their opinions on the top cities, islands, cruise ships, spas, airlines, and more. Readers rated cities on their sights and landmarks, culture, cuisine, friendliness, shopping, and overall value.” And this is the final result that they provided.
The lake city of Rajasthan, Udaipur is one of the finest tourist destinations in the state of Rajasthan, famous for its magnificent palaces and shimmering lakes with milky white architecture. It is popularly known as the Royal Wedding destination in India as well as across the borders.
Here is the list of all the 15 cities:-
15. Barcelona, Spain
14. Udaipur, India
13. Siem Reap, Cambodia
12. Rome, Italy
11. Santa Fe, New Mexico
10. Luang Prabang, Laos
9. Ubud, Indonesia
8. Cape Town, South Africa
7. Hoi An, Vietnam
6. Oaxaca, Mexico
5. Florence, Italy
4. Kyoto, Japan
3. Chiang Mai, Thailand
2. Charleston, South Carolina
1. San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
According to Travel and Leisure, “The World’s Best Cities list also speaks to our readers’ growing interest in Asia.”
Rajasthan is a land of many festivals. We enjoy our festivals with great pomp and fervor. As the state is all about colors, there is no wonder that it becomes even more vivid during festivals. Rajasthanis have a special place for Saawan in their hearts as the whole month is full of festivities. Saawan can be touted as the longest festival as every day is a celebration in this month. Besides sprinkles of rain, here are more reasons why we Rajasthanis love the season of Saawan-
Saawan is the time when the lovely ladies of Rajasthan can show their love for lehariya every single day. Women adore this traditional print but cannot wear it all the time as no one wants to commit the fashion faux pas of repetition. Saawan is the perfect excuse to flaunt vibrant Lehariya prints every day.
This month brings back Jhoola on trees. All of us love to swing high on the jhoolas and our inner child becomes really happy in Saawan. Swinging on decorated Jhoolas with friends makes this rainy month special.
3.Mehendi and Bangles
The custom of henna comes back in Saawan. Hands adorned with fragrant orange colors look just beautiful. Every lady loves the jingling sound of bangles but hardly anyone wears them in today’s times. In Saawan, women get to indulge in their love for colorful bangles without having to worry about dress codes.
The weather turns cooler and there is greenery everywhere. This makes for the perfect setup for picnics with family and friends. So many well maintained, lush gardens in Rajasthan make picnics marvelous.
Ghewar is a delicacy that makes Rajasthanis wait one whole year before they can gorge on it again. We love to gorge on the decadent flavors of this sweet every day in Saawan month.
6.Saawan Ke Geet
Dancing on the tunes of Saawan Aayo Re is always fun in this rainy month. Songs related to Hindola (swings), teej, Sawan Ke Jhoole Pade flow in the air of the state throughout Saawan. Ladies sing these folk songs while enjoying rides on a swing.
Teej brings all elements of Saawan together. The festival which pays tribute to Nature is all about women enjoying themselves. They dress up in lehariya, apply henna, bedeck themselves with jewellery and sing while swinging on beautiful jhoolas. Then there is teej procession which splashes cities with many more colors. The dances and other folk performances in teej procession lure not just Rajasthanis but people from every corner of the world.
What’s not to love about Saawan!
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.
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.
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.
The ride will be available between 11am and 3.30pm when the elephant ride is not there, and after 5pm.
Rajasthan’s Ganaganagar city is all set to expand its airstrip to facilitate intra-state air services connecting the district with Jaipur and Delhi.
Although, there is already an airstrip at Lalgarh but district administration has planned to expand it both ways for landing of commercial flights. According to sources, government is planning to start air services to the border district before next tourist season. The first flight of an intra-state air service from Jaipur to Udaipur via Jodhpur was launched on October 4 last year.
Government has tied up with Supreme Transport Organisation Pvt Ltd., to operate air services between different cities in the state. Several locations of world-class tourism, religious, historical and heritage importance would be benefitted by these air operations.
On an average, Rajasthan attracts over 12 lakh foreign and over two crore domestic tourists every year. Travel pundits hope that these kinds of air services would certainly help in giving a fillip to tourist footfall.
In fact, tourists had to travel by road and so were avoiding some places in Rajasthan. Now, with good air connectivity, tourists would be able to see more cities and spend more time in the Desert State.
We were happier after the recent announcement of the opening of Wildlife reserves and parks to be opened for Monsoon, But after NTCA’s objection, Rajasthan Forest Department has taken its previous orders back and decided to close the reserves.
All the three tiger reserves of Rajasthan — Ranthambhore, Sariska and Mukandara — will be closed this year during monsoon. According to the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA), the Rajasthan Forest Department has dropped its orders to keep the parks open during monsoon, as it is the breeding period of wild animals, especially the tigers, and also because of safety concerns for visitors.
Although, there is still some hope of tiger sighting as five of ten zones remain open during monsoon where tourism continues unabated. One zone of Sariska also remains opened for tourism during monsoon.
Ranthambore National Park rejoiced the monsoon travelers by throwing the park open to tourists in monsoon season too. But there’s an added price to pay as the Gypsy Safari has become costlier v.e.f. from June 23, 2017.
Yes the tourists will now have to shell out more from their pockets, for sighting tigers in Ranthambore National Park (RNP). The department of forest has hiked the safari charges for the tourists who want to ride a Gypsy in the Park. No hike has, however, been proposed for safari in canters.
Now, both domestic and foreign tourists will have to pay more for tiger safari in Ranthambore National Park. Previously, the booking price per person was Rs.727 for a domestic tourist and it has now been increased to Rs. 897 per person after the hike of Rs.170. Similarly, gypsy booking price for foreign tourists has been increased to Rs1,637 from the previous fee of Rs1,467. The increase in revenue is being attributed to the growing population of tigers in Ranthambore reserve.
Apart from this, Ranthambore in 2016 launched a ‘tatkal’ tiger safari scheme, allowing tourists to go on a full day or half day forest safari from sunrise to sunset.