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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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Admire the works of Top Artists at the Sculpture Park in Jaipur

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Come 10th December 2017 and you will be able to admire the works of leading Indian and international artists in Jaipur. The Government of Rajasthan is launching The Sculpture Park at Madhavendra Palace, Nahargarh Fort in collaboration with Saat Saath Arts. This exhibition is being planned as an annual event.

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This year, artworks by 15 Indian and 9 international artists will be exhibited at the palace. Some of the artists include Subodh Gupta, Jitish Kallat, LN Tallur, Huma Bhabha, Aastha Butail, Anita Dube, Vibha Galhotra, Reena Kallat, Bharti Kher, Mrinalini Mukherjee, Manish Nai, Gyan Panchal, Prashant Pandey, Thukral and Tagra, Ravinder Reddy, Asim Waqif, Benitha Perciyal, James Brown, Stephen Cox, Evan Holloway, Matthew Day Jackson, Hans Josephsohn, Arlene Schechet and Arman.

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Many renowned international galleries including Hauser & Wirth, London, Salon 94, New York, Xavier Hufkens, Brussels, Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York and Livingstone Gallery, The Hague are also lending their artworks for the Park.

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The park has been curated and designed by Peter Nagy, director of Nature Morte Art Ltd. The entrance fee to the park will be just Rs 20 (for Indians) and Rs 50 (for foreigners).

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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.

Galta Ji Jaipur –The Sacred Kund of Natural Water Springs, Ponds and Cluster of Temples

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Decades ago in the year 1726, the Maharaja of Jaipur established this kingdom of royal architecture. Within the unfolding lanes of Jaipur you’ll find many temples and holy halts But the most fascinating and intriguing among them all is Galta Ji- the magnificent campus of temples, yes you read it right, it’s not just one temple but a marvelous cluster of numerous beautiful temples spread amid the boundaries of Aravali Hills. Unlike any other tourist spot in Jaipur, Galta ji is rather more popular among locals and pilgrims from adjoining villages for its religious significance.

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Dated back to 16th century, Galta Ji temple was developed further by Sawai Jai Singh II’s companion Vaishnavite Ramanandi Diwan Rao Kriparam. The temple complex however is named after the Saint Galav who spent his whole life in search of truth and meditated for 100 years within this compound. Touched by his perseverance, the Gods appeared before him and blessed this place with abundant water. So as to honour the great Saint Galav; the temple was named after him. The gaumukh shaped structures (Cow’s mouth) secretes holy water and the water from these natural springs is further accumulated in the ‘kunds’.

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Of all the seven tanks, the holiest is the Galta Kund, which never goes dry. The pre historic temple is flocked by thousands of pilgrims every year who believe that taking holy dip in these natural springs of Galta ji would wash off all their sins. Holy months or dates like Makar Sankranti, Ekadashi, the revered month Kartik ,which is currently going on, Purnima (Full moon night of Kartik month) are the important dates when the crowd of pilgrims is at its peak.

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Located 10-11 kms from Jaipur in the sprawling expanses, the striking temple of Galta ji appears more of a mansion replete with temples, pavilions, natural springs and sacred kunds. The compound of pink sandstone with brilliant layout is primarily dedicated to the Sun God that rests on the top of the temple which is decked up with intricate gazebos, carved pillars and painted walls.

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Galta ji also houses the temple of RamGopal ji- an architecturally beautiful temple dedicated to lord Vishnu whose Idol in the temple is unique that appears like Lord Krishna and Rama both. As per the legends, lord Krishna appeared before Goswami Tulsidas ji in the form of lord Rama. Hence we see the image of both lord Ram and Krishna in the idol.

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Another major attraction is Hanuman temple that stands out for being surrounded by hundreds of monkeys.When you enter the temple you’ll find a mass of monkeys ranging from babies to adults all playing around, sleeping, feeding and taking care of each other by grooming them. It totally feels like an empire of monkeys where you can feed them with bananas or nuts; which is also another way of washing off sins according to local guides and hawkers.

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Nevertheless this lush green landscape of nature, where the sight of bathing pilgrims, praying women, meditating monks, decorated cows and makeshift shops of attractive souvenirs offer another kind of solace, on the other hand the compassing hills, lush green vegetation with breathtaking landscapes, offer a mind blowing panorama of the surroundings and the Pink City.

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Galtaji Temple is a treasure trove of heritage and a sacred pilgrimage where pilgrims would dive into the kunds with the idea that they would receive a good karma, and monkeys are treated as sacred animal and worshiped like Gods.  A visit to Galta ji that attracts people from far lands owing to its tranquility, temples, kunds, people and pilgrims is one in a lifetime experience that not just offers a travel story but also fills your soul with sacred sanctifying thoughts while returning home!

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Gear Up for Bundi Utsav in Rajasthan!

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A little drop of fantasy exists in this vast land of Rajasthan. Little is known, not talked much, there lies a tiny town Bundi, in Hadoti region  of Rajasthan which is set 35 km NW of Kota on NH 12.

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But every year this little town grabs all eyes on it during its Annual Bundi Utsav. This three day festival is going to kick start from Nov 6 2017 and will go on till Nov. 8.  The Bundi Festival is celebrated in the month of Kartik (October-November) and includes several spiritual and traditional activities. It is a remarkable cluster of traditional art, culture and craftsmanship and visitors are left charmed by its magnificence. The program includes a colourful grand procession, arts & crafts fair, ethnic sports, cultural exhibition, classical music & dance program, turban competitions, bridal clothing, musical band competitions, and a sparkling fireworks display. Early in the morning, after the full moon night of Kartik Purnima, women and men clad in attractive colourful costumes light diyas or lamps on the banks of River Chambal and seek blessings.

On its second day, tourist would be taken on village tour to pottery village Thikerda.

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Unlike other towns of Rajasthan which are crowded with tourists, Bundi is one place which is still able to preserve its charismatic charm.  Bundi Utsav is a marvelous festival of culture, celebrations and fanfare!

Mark Your Calendar!!

Dates- 6-8 Nov, 2017