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Experience Ranthambore Festival at Nahargarh Palace

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Ever wondered what life would be like in some other state than the one you’re currently living in? What if we told you that a grand festival is waiting in an old palace somewhere in the deserts of Rajasthan for you to truly witness what living in Rajasthan feels like?

It’s not just a bunch of turbans or camels we’re talking about. It’s about everything that makes Rajasthan the colourful and celebrated desert it is.

Ranthambhore Festival in the Nahargarh Palace of Ranthambhore has for you a three day carnival to get into the spirit of Rajasthan and admire the beauty of the state while closely experiencing the quintessence it is made of.

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Imagine yourself in  a palace, attending music concerts and watching documentaries, eating lavishly some regal supper, learning new art, talking to people from different countries,  sitting under the stars and venturing into the forest nearby. Can’t get any better, right? Indulge in the collaboration of art, music, dance, food, cinematography, adventure and intellectual activities and shopping at the Ranthambhore Festival on the 19th, 20th and 21st of January.

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The festival has activities enough for you to remain in awe of the exquisiteness of the humble state. A festival for you to experience, learn and take back with you the art of the state with activities like drum circle, folk instrument classes and performances, meditation and yoga, hot air ballooning, open mic, culinary venture, musical performances from around the globe, documentary screening, music and nature conservation, bicycle tour of Ranthambore’s environs,  souk, mid-night star gazing session, traditional block printing workshop,  pottery workshop and the most esteemed  Royal Secret Supper.

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If this doesn’t make you pack your bags right away, we don’t know what will.

 

Date-19, 20 and 21 January

 

Venue– Nahargarh Palace, Ranthambhore, Rajasthan.

Getting there- By Air

The closest airport is Jaipur, which is 160 kms from Nahargarh Palace, Ranthambore. Jaipur is well connected to all metros with daily flights operated by Indigo, Go Air, Jet Airways, and Indian Airlines. Once you land, you can take a prepaid airport taxi or a private taxi to Ranthambore. This will cost you approximately Rs 2500.

By Train (Recommended)

Sawai Madhopur station is only three kilometers (ten minutes drive) from Ranthambore and is well connected to almost every city in India by superfast trains, being the most important railway junction in Rajasthan.

By Road

Ranthambore is well connected with all major highways and if you’re planning a road trip, here’s what you need to know. Jaipur to Ranthambore 180 Km (Approx. 3h via Rajasthan State Hwy 24) Delhi to Ranthambore- 381 Km(Approx. 6 Hours via NH8 and NH 11A) Mumbai to Ranthambore – 1031 Km (Approx. 16 h 51 min via NH 3) Udaipur to Ranthambore- 388 Km (Approx. 6h 10 min via NH 76 and RJ SH 29) Agra to Ranthambore- 239 Km (Approx. 4h 23 min via via RJ SH 1) Ahmedabad to Ranthambore – 640 Km (Approx. 9h 47 min via NH8 and NH 76)

 

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Boating facilities halted for tourists at Keoladeo National Park

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Keoladeo National Park is one of the historical national park in India that welcomes thousands of tourists every year due to the attraction of migratory birds. The park offers a joyride on boat to the tourists so that they can enjoy watching birds from close. But not any more. Owing to the decreased level of water in the lake, tourists visiting Bharatpur’s Keoladeo National Park will not be able to enjoy boating, one of the main attractions at the sanctuary.

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A World Heritage Site, the national park has been facing lack of water due successive scanty monsoon, hitting the breeding of local birds. The park has four boats joyrides in lake and for tourists to watch migratory birds that roost in the trees to the lake. Thousands of migratory birds from Europe, Siberia, China and Asia visit to park for nesting on the babool trees in every winter.

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Birds, including painted stork that visit the park for nesting and breeding every year, have gone to other lakes due to shortage water, said park director Ajit Udhoi. Hence, looking at the sensitivity of the issue and scarcity of water, the officials have decided on keeping the boats at bay.

Tourists, however, can visit the park.

Mukundra Hills in Kota to become India’s first tiger reserve offering Water Safari

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Kota’s Mukundra Hills Tiger Reserve (MHTR) will be the first tiger reserve in the country offering both “wildlife safari” and “water safari” services to the tourists.

“Tourists visiting MHTR for wildlife safari will also get the option of boat ride in Chambal river from Jawahar Sagar sanctuary to Bhainsrodgarh sanctuary to get a glimpse of beauty of MHTR and Chambal valley,” said Om Birla, the BJP MP from Kota, after a visit to the park and interaction with its officials on Tuesday.

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MHTR is rich in flora and fauna with the perennial Chambal river flowing through it. There are around 60 panthers, 1,000 cheetal/sambhar deer, 60 bears, 1,000 wild boars and 500 blue bulls. However, there is no tiger in the park at present. Iinfrastructural projects are underway in the park ahead of the proposed release of tigers in it by March next year.

Birla said that ecotourism would start at the park after the release of tigers. “Water safari and wildlife safari will both boost ecotourism in the region and generate employment opportunities for people,” he added. The MP said that the water safari project, including the 25-km boat ride in the Chambal river, would be funded by the Urban Improvement Trust (UIT) of Kota.

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Informing about water safari plan at MHTR, SR Yadav, deputy conservator of forest, MHTR, said that wildlife safari and water safari services will be started only after the released tigers will get acclimatised with the new habitat, which may take some months.

A documentary film on MHTR will also be made for the first time, which will show the flora and fauna, heritage structures and aquatic life at MHTR. “The documentary film will be of around 5 to 10 minutes,” said Yadav.

MHTR was formed in 2013 by joining wildlife sanctuaries of Kota region including Dara wildlife sanctuary of Kota, Jawahar Sagar sanctuary of Bundi, Chambal Ghariyal sanctuary of Kota and Bundi districts and some forest blocks of Chittorgarh district. The park is spread in around 759.99 sqkm area including 417.17 sqkm of core area and around 342.82 sqkm of buffer area.

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Rajasthan Forest Department rejoices as Jamwa Ramgarh Wildlife sees Tiger after 17 Years

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Jamwa Ramgarh- another striking natural habitat of wildlife gives us a reason to rejoice as a tiger- the cub of ST-9 was spotted in the sanctuary a few days ago. The striped animal’s arrival will bring hope of a revival in wildlife tourism in the Jamwa Ramgarh area in the near future. The tigress ST-9 belongs to the Sariska Tiger Reserve and her cub ST-15 strayed to Jamwa Ramgarh Sanctuary recently. For the past 40 days, this two-and-a-half-year-old cub has been spotted moving around different parts of the sanctuary but now it seems that the grown up tiger has found his territory.

Known for its artificial lake, Ramgarh is situated at a distance of approximately 35 km from Jaipur city. The lake covers an area of 15.5 sq. km. The safari tourism in this lush area is expected a boost with the arrival of this tiger.

 

Lion Safari to Start in Nahargarh Biological Park, Jaipur

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Lion Safari to Start in Nahargarh Biological Park, Jaipur

Another safari is being developed in Rajasthan for wildlife enthusiasts. After tigers and leopards, tourists coming to the state will be able to witness the king of the jungle. The safari is expected to open in April next year. Three new cubs- one female Tara and two males, Tripura and Tejas were born recently in the biological park. Tigress Tejika gave birth to them. The tigress and her cubs will be shifted to that area of the park which is already inhabited by one female and male lion. Suhasini and Siddharth respectively. Another pair of lions will be brought to the Nahargarh Biological Park from Jodhpur Zoo.

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The work is in progress and will be finished by the end of February. The purpose of  the safari is to promote eco-tourism, conserve wildlife, facilitate breeding of lions as well as to provide nature education to visitors. The park is just 12 kilometers from Jaipur and is located on Jaipur-Delhi highway.

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After NTCA’s objection, Ranthambore and Sariska Wildlife Parks to remain closed for Monsoon.

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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.

 

Ranthambhore Tiger Safari in Gypsy becomes costlier by Rs 170

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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.

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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.

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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.