Get Ready to Witness Sambhar Lake while Riding on a Train

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Get Ready to Witness Sambhar Lake while Riding on a Train

A new train is on the cards for tourists. The popularity of Rajasthan’s Sambhar Lake has increased and the place is seeing good number of tourists. To make this spot more attractive, government is planning a dedicated train for Sambhar. This train will show visitors the natural process of salt getting deposited in the lake.

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There is already a meter gauge line in place and the train will ply on that. The train will travel a distance of about 14 kilometers. Tourists will be able to board the train at a station called Jhapok. The train is expected to be functional some time next year.

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Jodhpur RIFF 2017 Begins Today

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Jodhpur RIFF 2017 Begins Today

The 5 day annual cultural extravaganza, Rajasthan International Folk Festival (RIFF) starts today. The festival is organized to coincide with Hindu festival Sharad Purnima which is a full-moon night. The imposing Mehrangarh Fort of Sun City Jodhpur is the venue of the event like every year. Jaswant Thada will also host some of the events.

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2017 is the UK and India cultural year. To celebrate this, The Spree (Paisley) Twins will perform tomorrow. Many foreign artists are collaborating with local performers to present never seen before acts. More than 350 international artists will grace the event with their unforgettable performances. Traditional folk music by Bhil tribe will be one of the highlights.

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Today, the festival started with a Children’s Folk Morning which was meant for school groups only. The real fun will begin at opening night tonight. Tonight you will get to witness traditional Rajasthani folk performances from 8:30 pm to 10 pm.

Jodhpur Rajasthan International Folk Festival (RIFF 2012)

The weekend is close so don’t miss this much awaited folk festival!RIFF4

South Asian Sufi Festival To Dazzle The Pink City This Friday

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Ranthambore National Park Opens for Tourists

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Ranthambore National Park Opens for Tourists

One of the prime tourist attractions of Rajasthan, Ranthambore Tiger Safari opened for tourists from 1st October. Ranthambore Forest has maximum tiger density in the country. There are 10 zones in the national park and each zone has marked territories for several tigers. Zones 1 to 5 are considered prime spots for sightings of India’s national animal.

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The thrill of spotting a tiger lures a huge number of people to the park throughout the time it stays open. T-16 better known as Machali was the most iconic tigress of the sanctuary. She passed away on 18th August 2016. Still, there are many more mighty wild cats for you to admire. People make numerous trips to this park to satiate their hunger for adventures.Whether you have been here before or are a first-timer, a visit to Ranthambore National Park will enthrall you. Here’s the schedule-

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The Grand Dussehra Celebrations at Kota

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The Grand Dussehra Celebrations at Kota

Dussehra is celebrated with great fervour in many parts of India. Each celebration has something different but dussehra celebrations in Kota city of Rajasthan are the most well-known. In Kota Dussehra is celebrated for 25 days every year. At the occasion, a fair is organized which starts on the first day of Navratri and goes on till a day before Dhanteras festival which marks the beginning of Deepawali.

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The tradition of Dussehra fair was started in 1723 AD by Maharao Durjanshal Singh Hada. Those days, the celebrations used to last 3 days. Maharao Ummed Singh II (1889-1940 A.D.) was the one who made Dussehra Mela what it is today.

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The effigies of Ravana, Kumbhakarana and Meghnad are more than 75 feet tall here. A child dresses as Lord Ram does the honour of burning the effigies with an arrow of fire. Cultural programmes are organized and popular artists from all over India come to perform at the fest. Not only locals, but people from other parts of the country also come to witness the grand celebrations. International tourists also come to immerse in Dussehra Mela in Kota.

You can also become a part of this well-known celebration of victory of good over evil. Here’s the schedule-

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Awards Galore for Rajasthan

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Awards Galore for Rajasthan

This World Tourism Day brought a lot of well-deserved awards for the desert state. Rajasthan tourism was awarded by Hon’ble President Mr. Ramnath Kovind yesterday. National Award for Best Tourism Film was won by a 30 second short film that promoted state’s musical instruments in an innovative way. Here’s the film-

Rajasthan tourism was also runner up in  National Tourism Award under Best State- Comprehensive Development of Tourism.

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In another feat on World Tourism Day, Rajasthan famous for its museums made it to the list of travel website Trip Advisor’s Traveller’s Choice Awards for Museums. Five Indian museums appeared among the top 25 Asian museums and two of them are in Rajasthan. City Palace, Jaipur was on 15th position and Bagore Ki Haveli, Udaipur graced the 18th spot on the list.

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The Highlights of Royal Rajasthan on World Tourism Day

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Rajasthan is unarguably the most popular tourist destination in India. The state has so much to offer in the form of historical structures and delightful food. It is also a shopper’s paradise. This World Tourism Day, we bring to you a quick glimpse of the state’s gems-

Jaipur

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The Pink City is called so because of the prominence of colour pink in the four-walled city. Jaipur has many monuments to delight visitors. If you are here just for a day, visiting Amber Fort and City Palace will make your jaunt fulfilling. If you have more time on your hands, don’t miss out on any monument. Nahargarh Fort, Jaigarh Fort, Hawa Mahal and JantarMantar are must see places. The artistic cenotaphs at Gaitore appeal to people looking for something different.

Shop at Bapu Bazaar and Johari Bazaar to get the best out of your trip. Lastly don’t forget to indulge in authentic cuisine of the city. Daal ,Baati, Churma and Laal Maas here are really delightful. For a sweeter experience, sink your teeth in Malpua.

Udaipur

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Come here for a taste of regal luxury. The City of Lakes is beautiful beyond words and staying here is calming and surreal. Boating in Pichhola Lake or sitting by Fateh Sagar Lake will give you cherished memories. The hotels in Udaipur go all out to make you feel like royalty.

Bikaner

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This small city lives at its own pace. Junagarh fort here is a reminder of the city’s rich heritage. Lalgarh Palace is an architectural marvel. Shop for camel-leather jutis here.

Jodhpur

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The blue walls of the houses here give the city an old-world charm. The grand Mehrangarh fort watches over the city like a trusted protector. Symmetrical style of Jaswant Thadamemorial is enchanting and the place is a must visit.

Jaisalmer

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Come here for truly experiencing the desert-life. The Golden City’s yellow sandstone monuments transport the onlookers to a different world. Desert-safari is best experienced here in the vast expanse of sand.

Ranakpur

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This beautiful, secluded village is what a laid-back traveler wants. The most popular site in the city is a spectacular Jain Temple dedicated to Tirthankara Adinath. It is made up of white marble and is a sight to behold. The village itself is really charming with its magnificent architecture.

Chittorgarh Fort

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A World Heritage Site and one of the largest forts in India, Chittorgarh Fort is a symbol of courage and sacrifice. This sprawling structure is high on the list of people coming to Rajasthan.

Kumbhalgarh Fort

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Being at this site fills you with awe and admiration for rulers of Mewar. The fort located in Rajsamand district was built by Rana Kumbha. Maharana Pratap who is revered in this region was born in this imposing fort. This is also a World Heritage Site.

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There are very few Brahma Temples and Pushkar has the most popular of them. Evening Aarti at Pushkar Lake fills you with serenity despite being a crowd-puller. Another highly popular event held in the city is annual Camel Fair which attracts visitors of all kinds.

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