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The Legacy of Devasthan Temples

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The Legacy of Devasthan Temples

Rajasthan is a state of many beautiful temples. Out of these temples, many are managed by Devasthan Department. Devasthan is a Rajasthan government department that looks after the temples in the state. The department also takes care of some temples in other states as well because they were built by rulers from the Jaipur, Bikaner, Bharatpur and Kota. The department oversees a total of 203 temples that are self-sufficient as in they are not dependent upon state grant and are run solely by the offerings given by devotees.

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All these attract people not only for religious reasons but also because they are beautiful and offer mental piece to the visitors. Devasthan department is doing a good job of managing the temples in its ambit whether they are located in Rajasthan or in other states. Devasthan temples located in other states include places of worship in Varanasi, Vrindavan, Haridwar, Uttarkashi, Nainital and Gangotri. Managing so many temples is not an easy task but the department is doing well despite devotees thronging these places. A boost to tourism always pays off as it helps both government and pilgrims.

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First Flight of Kota Girls

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First Flight of Kota Girls

As part of an initiative by a social youth group, orphan girls from Kota got a new experience. These girls got an opportunity to fly from Kota to Jaipur. The excitement and happiness was visible on their lovely faces. The group of girls completed the return journey from Jaipur to Kota on a train which again was a novel experience for them.

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It was the first time that these girls traveled on an airplane or on a train. The girls were from Manan Smriti Sansthan in Kota and were on a tour to Jaipur city. They were received by Mr. Manan Chaturvedi on Jaipur Airport who is the chairperson of State Commission for Conservation of Child Rights. We appreciate the effort to bring smile on the faces of children.

Immerse in the nine days of Navratri festivities in Rajasthan

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Navratri begins tomorrow!
Pujas and nine days rituals at home,  holidays on the cards, so many typical traditional outfits, dandiya & garba plans, fasting for peace and prosperity and a lot more is what these nine days indeed promise. When it comes to celebrating traditions and making the most out of these happy times one should never lag behind.

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Navratri is a festival devoted to the worship of Goddess Durga. The word ‘Navratri’ literally means ‘nine nights’ in Sanskrit; Nav – Nine and Ratri – nights. And hence the merriment takes place for 9 days. All through the nine nights and ten days, various forms of Goddess Durga are worshipped.

This year, Navratri is commencing from Thursday, September 21st and will end on Friday September 29th. On Saturday September 30th  Dusshera will be observed to celebrate the victory over evil.

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Each of the 9 days in Rajasthan will start with first seeking blessings from the goddess and then moving on to celebration. Several places in Rajasthan will be lit up during this time with everybody gushing with energy throughout. People get dressed in colorful attires and participate in Garba folk dance and Dandiya-Raas in which people match their steps to the rhythm of music and dance using dandiya (wooden sticks) with their partners.

 

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Navratri festival does bring people closer to each other and soak everyone in its joyous colors! This festival is especially popular among tourists because it gives them an opportunity to get closer to the rich culture of Rajasthan.

So, now that the festival is this close, get ready to participate this year in the enthusiastic and vibrant festival of Navratri! After all this is the exact time to meet locals of town and know more about the state’s culture ;). You just have to know the right place to be!

6th Edition of ‘VASTRA’ to begin from 21st September in Rajasthan’s Capital- Jaipur

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Navratris begin and you find ample reasons to go out and shop for dazzling, attractive stuff for yourself and home! Several carnivals and fairs are organized to spoil you with choices and new trends. So, get ready for another annual bonanza of shopping and fun! The 6th Edition of the 4-day international textile and apparel fair, ‘VASTRA’ will be organized in Jaipur from 21 to 24 September at Jaipur Exhibition and Convention Centre (JECC) in Sitapura. It will be inaugurated by the Union Textiles & Information and Broadcasting Minister, Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani and Rajasthan Chief Minister, Smt. Vasundhara Raje on 21 September, 2017.

The exposition is an all-encompassing trade fair and conference on Textiles and Apparel which will present a fusion of the finest and the latest in textile products – from fiber to fashion, services and technology.

The mega textile fair is jointly organized by RIICO and FICCI. ‘VASTRA’ has created a niche for itself in textile and apparel industry since its inception in 2012. The event is also supported by the Government of Rajasthan.

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It is expected that over 250 exhibitors from 13 states will showcase their products over net exhibition space of 3600 sqm at JECC. Furthermore, around 300 overseas buyers from more than 50 countries and 200 representatives from around 100 Indian buying houses/agents are slated to attend the event. Karnataka is participating as Partner State and Odisha, Madhya Pradesh, Uttrakhand and West Bengal are participating as supporting States in the event.

The first three days of the event will be devoted exclusively to B2B and the last day will be open for B2C, involving retail sales. General public is invited to visit the fair on 24thSeptember to shop for their favourite products.

This year VASTRA will have few new features like: Roundtable Conference on “Making Rajasthan a Garment Hub”; Jaipur Designers Festival and Sari Workshop. The exposition will continue to have Business Fashion Shows, Design Display Wall for budding designers, Rajasthan Pavilion which will showcase arts and crafts of Rajasthan.

‘Jaipur By Night’ concludes on the glittering notes

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The 5th edition of the three-day cultural festival ‘Jaipur by Nite’ concluded on Saturday late night with a unique night marathon. Around 1500 runners participated in the marathon. It was flagged off by brand ambassador for the marathon Maharaja Padmanabh Singh of erstwhile Jaipur royal family at 10 pm.

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‘Jaipur By Nite’ was jointly organized by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Young Indians (YI), Ministry of Tourism, Government of India and the Department of Tourism (DOT), Government of Rajasthan. Rajasthan Khadi & Village Industries Board and the Department of Archaeology & Museums also supported the initiative.

On the occasion Swaraag Band performed the musical programme while Ms. Neela Singh performed scintillating ‘Zumba’.

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The unique night marathon began from the City Palace. There were two categories – for 10 kms run (with timing chip) and for 5 kms (without timing chip). The route for the 10 kms run was from City Palace to Gandhi Circle on JLN Marg and back and that for the 5 kms run was from City Palace to SMS Hospital Gate No. 6 and back. The marathon, like last year, was a distinct activity and unique initiative wherein the participants joined from various parts of the country to witness and promote beauty and heritage of Pink City at night. Ambassadors of Fiji, Poland; three senior diplomats from Greece; diplomats from Kongo and Uganda as well as participants from Indore, Gurgaon, Mumbai and many other places took part. IAS officer Kuldeep Ranka and his wife Poornima Ranka participated in the 10 km marathon while Ashwani Bhagat and his wife participated in the 5 km run.

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The winner of the 2nd edition of Jaipur By Nite Marathon was Mr. Ajay Kumar (34.39) while Mr. Abhimanyu Gurjar (36.22) and Mr. Shivendra Singh (36.47) finished second and third, respectively. In female category, Ms. Kiranjeet (51.02) finished first.

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Members of the Indian National Polo team Mr. Angad Kalan, Sidhant Sharma, Pranav Kapur including National Coach Uday Kalan and Fitness Coach Ajay Singh also participated in the marathon.

The two-day food festival entitled ‘The Bite Fest’ concluded yesterday. The fest had stalls from Burger Farm, Decked up by ‘Garden Café’, Fat Lulu’s, Crunchy Gourmet, TGIH, Papa Cream, Keventers, What a Patty, Liquido, Zarpar, Clarks Amer, Hilton and Chokhi Dhani.

The other attractions for the evening were Rajasthani troupe performances like Kachhi Ghodi, Bhope Bhopi, Dhol wale, Ghoomar dancers, Kaalbelia, astrologer and mehendi artists,etc.

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IRCTC introduces ‘Book Now Pay Later’ facility in Tatkal Ticket Booking Service

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IRCTC (Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation) has introduced and new feature for booking tickets called “Buy Now Pay Later”. You can now buy your railway tickets via IRCTC website and pay later, which could reduce the hassle of going through the payment process at the time of booking.

In accord to this new facility to book tickets under Tatkal quota through official site of IRCTC, passengers can now pay later for the tickets that are booked under the Tatkal scheme. For passengers travelling under Tatkal quota, earlier they need to pay first using standard online payment gateways and then portal confirms the ticket. To get tickets under this quota, IRCTC users are able to pay using debit card, credit card or cash and get delivery of their tickets at their doorstep. As per the information, IRCTC processes about 130,000 tatkal transactions on daily basis and most of the tickets get booked within few minutes of the quota and as soon as the counter opens.

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This new feature annuls the transaction failures as well as in many cases, money gets debited and ticket is also not get issued due to many reasons behind and the refund cycle is also in between 7 to 15 days of time. In accord to the experts, pay on delivery feature prevents the use of a payment gateway and assist users to do the bookings in a few seconds of time and raises the chances of getting confirmed tickets under tatkal quota. The step by step methodology to avail IRCTC services and avail this scheme are been mentioned in below.

  • To make use of this service, customers need to visit the IRCTC website and register at irctc.payondelivery.co.in.
  • Customers can also access the same on mobile and needs to download ‘Book My Train on Mobile’ for iOS and Google platforms.
  • Once the website gets opened, select Pay-on-delivery payment option.
  • Choose the delivery address.
  • As soon as the ticket gets booked, digital delivery will happen instantly through SMS or e-mail.

Now the travelers can buy railway tickets through IRCTC platform and pay later that will lower down the hassle of going all through the payment process at the booking time. It is going to render simplest checkout experience to people and using the same, you can pay the amount within just a single click. So, avail the facility, make sure to enjoy the checkout experience that this feature is been providing and no longer you have to struggle about the delivery of your ticket as the payment is not been done. The 14 day period is totally interest free so make sure to do the payment on time and travel safely.

For tatkal tickets, IRCTC users will be able to pay via cash, debit card or credit card by opting to have tickets delivered at their doorstep. IRCTC processes 130,000 Tatkal transactions daily. A majority of these tickets are booked within minutes of the quota opening.
The new feature eliminates the transaction failures as often the money gets debited and the ticket is not issued due to multiple reasons. The refund cycle is about seven to 15 days.
The pay on delivery feature completely circumvents the use of a payment gateway and will help users make the bookings in just a few seconds greatly increasing their chance of booking a confirmed ticket under the tatkal quota, experts says.
Steps to avail the IRCTC service
  • To avail the service customers need to visit the website and register at http://irctc.payondelivery.co.in
  • Customers can download ‘BookMyTrain on Mobile’ available for Google, ios platforms
  • On the website, choose Pay-on-Delivery payment option
  • Following this, select Delivery Address
  • The digital delivery happens instantly via SMS /email

Enjoy booking Tatkal Tickets hassle free 🙂

Pushkar- a quintessential experience

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Pushkar- a quintessential experience

The architecture, monuments, history or the calmness and serenity normally defines the beauty of any city, but around 145 kms from Jaipur in Rajasthan, is the temple city of Pushkar which is famous for its Brahma temple (the only temple of Lord Brahma in the world) and Pushkar lake that raises the spirit of tourists.

Annual Pushkar Fair is an important event that takes place in the month of November every year but the fact is the place has its own charm when visited during off days.

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2 hr. 30 min drive from Jaipur to Pushkar on a 6-lane highway NH48.

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As we moved towards winding through the endless vistas of Aravali hills and patches of sand and green fields of marigold farming, lay this beautiful town that bustles with huge crowd, temple bells and lively mesosphere.

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The boisterous bazaars of Pushkar is the spectacle that one shall never miss; the streets refreshed in the shades of red, yellow, pink, blue are, synonymous to the people of Rajasthan and its people.

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It’s interesting and fun to navigate on Pushkar’s narrow alleys on foot because anyway that is the only option. The streets scented with incense sticks along with marigold flowers and red roses — handicraft shops lined on both sides, choc-a-bloc with intricately designed cloth danglers, bags and other artifacts are so unique and distinctive that you would love to binge at each and every corner.

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Paraphernalia of Pushkar

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The decked up endless rows of Rajasthani paraphernalia in pulsating colours, is something beyond words. Tourists often carry back home these as souvenirs. It is difficult to muse on shops only because your eyes are utterly on a different sojourn.

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At once you’re looking at a monk with savage white stripes painted across his nose, sandal wood beads in his hand and at the same time your taste buds are titillating with the sight of Gulab Jamun and freshly made Malpua’s. Malpua is a sweet delicacy that is made best only in Pushkar.

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The Famous Malpua of Pushkar

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Pushkar is one hub of religious happenings but over a period of time it has become a hub of cultural extravaganza. All the streets of this beautiful and historic town lead to the Pushkar Lake through the tranquil Ghats.

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Spend your day shopping and as the sun sets down sit by the lake side and witness the evening aarti performed on the ghat and soak yourself up in the chanting of hymns and mantras. Spiritual travelers must visit Pushkar as this is one lifetime experience to cherish.

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Stay tuned to know about the places to stay in Pushkar in our next blog 🙂