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Udaipur:  Among the Top 15 Cities of World

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Venice of the East and the City of Lakes- Udaipur is a lakeside paradise of shimmering marbles and oozing romance. A peaceful city on the banks of Lake Pichola wins hearts of millions. Udaipur is said to be one of the best cities in India. Well, turns out that it is not just best of India, but stands among the best cities around the world. It has been ranked third best out of the listed 15 best cities of the world by Travel + Leisure magazine based on sights and landmarks, culture, cuisine, friendliness, shopping, and overall value. Udaipur excelled leaving behind Mumbai and Delhi and is the only Indian city in the list.

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Known for its breathtaking scenery, class apart museums and luxurious hotels, Udaipur holds pride in its history. With the explosions of colors in the markets, Udaipur is a city full of cultural and traditional marvels. With its numerous lakes and unusually calm and peaceful aura in India, Udaipur has become World’s Third Best City making India proud.

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14 Monsoon Destinations Of Rajasthan You Must Visit

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No other province awaits rains like the desert state of Rajasthan. The first shower of monsoon is like a breath of relief and a full stop to the constant endurance of blazing heat. After a long scorching summer, a monsoon vacation is a must and to make it even more relaxing and refreshing, exploring the beauty of Rajasthan should be on the top of your bucket list. And to know why, take a look at some of the amazing and some hidden destinations of this state which become way more attractive with every shower.

  1. Udaipur

Known as the Venice of East, the rains can bring the romance alive in this city of lakes. The view of clouds, the smell of rain, the greenery and royalty of Taj Lake Palace, City Palace, Sajjangarh Fort aka Monsoon Palace, Fateh Sagar Lake, Lake Pichola, Jag Mandir and their surroundings will make you fall in love all over again.

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  1. Bhainsrorgarh

Who doesn’t love the view of lush green forests and river in monsoon? The heritage boutique hotel of Bhainsrorgarh situated on a cliff on the banks of Chambal River will give you the time of your life. Sightseeing during rains, visit to the Badoli Temple, capturing the beauty of the river and enjoy the moments of relaxation while dining on a cliff is monsoon bliss 😉

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  1. Mount Abu

Visiting a hill station during monsoon can be your first best decision and choosing Mount Abu for the same would be your second best. It is a lethal combination of rains, amazing weather for trek, mountains, waterfalls, flora and fauna, and getting breath taking views from Dilwara Jain Temple and Nakki Lake.

Boat race competition being held at the Nakki Lake in the Summer Festival in Mount Abu.

  1. Keoladeo

Monsoon is the best time of the year to come and enjoy the natural beauty of Keoladeo National Park aka Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary since more than 350 avian species are available for bird watching. The Bharatpur Forest Lodge can be your stop to sit, feel the rain and enjoy the melodious chirping all around.

Keoladeo Sanctuary

  1. Narlai

Midway between Jodhpur and Udaipur, Narlai can be your next destination. Old havelis, jeep safari for spotting deer, panthers, chital, leopards, and trekking are some of the major attractions for this time of the year.

  1. Bundi

Special for receiving greatest amount of rainfall, Bundi is also famous for the Hadoti Palace, the step wells, Nawal Sagar Lake, and beautifully carved havelis; this less explored travel destination has its own story to tell via the rains.

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  1. Kumbhalgarh

The rains and cool breeze would be welcoming and soothing for you to visit Kumbhalgarh fort or go out in the wild on a jeep safari in Kumbhalgarh wildlife sanctuary. This is the right weather for you to watch the real beauty of the flora and fauna that comes out with the rain.

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  1. Mahansar

If you are into mythology, Mahansar is the right destination for you where the sone-chandi ki dukan portray gold leaf paintings of Ramayan and life of Krishna, and to enjoy the best of it you need to take a break from burning summers and visit the place during monsoon. The greenery accompanied with cool temperature will leave you amazed.

Sone Chandi Ki dukan

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  1. Pushkar

The lakes, the wildlife, the scenic beauty and desert camping are only a few of the major attractions in Pushkar. The city comes to life during monsoons as completely different shades of Pushkar are visible in the midst of monsoon showers.

Pushkar Lake

  1. Kuchaman

One of the hidden destinations of Rajasthan, Kuchaman has a lot in store for you especially during monsoons. The cool and refreshing weather is perfect to visit and praise the beauty of Kuchaman Fort, the cliffs, Sheesh Mahal, Meera Mahal, and Jal Mahal.

Kuchaman Fort and otel India November 2009

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  1. Mandawa

Another unexplored place of Rajasthan is Mandawa. The rains are a perfect time to enjoy the old havelis, paintings and open air art gallery in the Mandawa Palace.

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  1. Ranakpur

Known for its spectacular marble Jain temple and few other temples like the sun temple, Ranakpur is ideal when admired in monsoon season. The fall in temperature makes it easier to wander and enjoy the incredible architecture.

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  1. Jaipur

Last yet not the least – capital city, the Pink City. Witness the Teej festival which marks the advent of monsoon along with the awe inspiring sites of Jal Mahal, Albert Hall museum, step wells, Hawa Mahal and the temples in Jaipur especially during the rains because it’s the best time of the year to enjoy the marvelous beauty of the city.

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And you cannot skip the delicious cuisine of Rajasthan while going around the state and enjoying the major attractions, can you?

 

 

Long Weekend Is Finally Here! Plan Your Vacations Now!

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The most awaited festival – Holi in Rajasthan has a unique taste and experience. If you are a travel aficionado, a trip to the colorful state of Rajasthan is a must for the coming long festive holiday. We have got 6 cities from Rajasthan which must be visited for the weekend.

  1. Jaipur

Jaipur has some unique ways to celebrate the festival of colors. The Department of Tourism in Jaipur welcomes tourists to enjoy and splash colors in a common gathering at Rambagh Polo Ground. They dance to the beats of some Rajasthani songs played by local artists and performers. The royal family is also a part of this joyful event.

Holi in Jaipur

  1. Bundi

Bundi is a quaint small town with more than 50 baoris (step wells) holding magnificent architectural structure. Bundi is famous for its painting of festivals, animals and birds which can be seen in Chitra Shala – an open art gallery.

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  1. Kota

Another city in the Hadauti region, Kota is an example of combination of medieval and modern age which is majestically portrayed in the forts and museums. The museums also have a rich collection of art and artifacts of this region. The famous Chambal river of Rajasthan is a famous tourist attraction. The river has Rajasthan’s nuclear and thermal power plants. It also houses some extensive wildlife which can be seen on the Chambal safari.

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  1. Jodhpur

If you want to relish the real luxury, Jodhpur has some majestic heritage properties like Ajit Bhawan and Umaid Bhawan Palace to treat yourself and make your senses capture the royal pride.

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  1. Bharatpur

Bharatpur has some really nice attractions and is perfect host to this season. The Keoladeo Bird Sanctuary, Dholpur Palace, Deeg Palace. But one major attraction which can only be captured on the festival of Holi is the colorful fountains at Deeg palace, which can be sighted only once a year thus, creating a monsoon like ambience.

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  1. Udaipur

The city of lake celebrates holi, splashing colors with the royal family of Mewar. The whole city seems to be drenched in the colors.

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It’s your turn to choose among these destinations and add your riot of colors to these places.

Happy Holi! 🙂

 

It’s A Musical Weekend In Udaipur

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Udaipur being one of the best places to explore the royal heritage and culture amidst a perfect and romantic set up of the City Palace as a backdrop, the musicians from all around the world celebrate India’s first music festival this weekend.

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With the ongoing Lake Festival, more than 100 artists from 12 countries including France, Ghana, Italy, Spain and India are ready to regale and celebrate soothing music among the picturesque location of the City of Lakes.  

The festival has some amazing music band s and live performances as they celebrate cultural diversity at its best with India and Spain honour 60 years of diplomatic relation. 

WHAT:    Udaipur World Music Festival 2016
WHEN:    13th & 14th February 2016 (Saturday & Sunday)
VENUES: Fateh Sagar Paal & Railway Training Institute Ground – Udaipur
ENTRY:    FREE
TIMINGS: Sessions in Afternoon: 2:00pm – 5:00pm | Sessions in Evening: 6:00 – 10:00pm

Get A Glimpse Of Handicrafts At The Shilpgram Fest

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A charming city with the shimmering Lake Pichola and the white City Palace situated in the centre is the first picture that clicks to the mind when one talks about the City of Lakes – Udaipur.

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Set in a village within the proximity of 3 kms in an undulating terrain of land surrounded by the Aravallis in Udaipur, the craftsmen village – Shilpgram is an exhibition of handicrafts from various ethnic groups.

shilpgram Being one of the biggest handicraft fairs of Rajasthan, Shilpgram Fair is held annually during the winter season. It takes place usually in the end of the year and this time it is from 21.12.2015 to 30.12.2015. Rajasthan is recognized for its art and craft worldwide and this fair gives a perfect chance to explore craft, art and culture of various states.

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The fair is not only about artifacts but one can also witness and enjoy various folk dance and music forms at the open air amphitheatre. So, what are you waiting for, book your tickets as we know its captivating!

6 Relaxing Sojourns of Rajasthan This Summer 

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Originally a house to the royalties, are now one of the best heritage hotels of Rajasthan. Everyone has a fantasy to spend a day in the splendor and grandeur of these hotels and experience that royal treatment of a chauffeur opening the door of your car and keeping it safe, a person well dressed in a turban serve you, a royal and extravagant 3 course meal always at a click and so on. Staying in one of these magnificent palace hotels indeed gives you the highlight to a wonderful trip and experience the real ethnic culture and traditional heritage of that place.

1. Ajit Bhawan, Jodhpur

Ajit Bhawan is situated in the heart of Jodhpur, which allows easy accessibility to this ‘blue city’. The ancestral property of the Jodhpur royal family,  now turned into a royal heritage hotel which shares its perfect legacy by providing personalized hospitality and ensuring all the facilities that make you a royal guest. Along with the royal treatment, it also provides with various recreational facilities like open swimming pool, gym and a spa which gives Ayurvedic treatments and therapies to relax in this royal stay. The perfect ambiance gives the old world its modern comforts and reminds the guests of the old world charm. What make this place great are some details and some little surprises supplemented with that rustic look.

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2. Devigarh, Delwara

An 18th century 7 storey palace in Delwara is a luxurious and sophisticated retreat which has come up with all the local and traditional works and materials. Reopened after years of restoration, Lebua- a hotel chain, has given Devigarh a splendid look with the confluence between the old and the new not forgetting the specialties of the bygone era. Devigarh has received various awards and is considered one of the best designed hotels in the world and on the subcontinent.

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3. Ananta Spa and Resort, Pushkar

It is situated in one of the oldest existing cities of India – Pushkar. Laying in the periphery of the temple of Lord Brahma- the creator of the world, one definitely experiences tranquility and serenity around them at The Ananta Spa and Resort. The calm ambience of this 62 luxuriant guestroom is sure to rejuvenate your mind, body and soul and replenish all your senses.

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4. Fairmont, Jaipur

Surrounded with the oldest mountain range-Aravallis, is located in the quiet suburbs, away from the hustle bustle of the city life. This luxury hotel is a blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architectures, reflected through the traditional décor with modern facilities of swimming pool, spa, convention hall, etc.

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5. The Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur

Situated in the city of lakes with the backdrop of the Aravallis lies, today’s one of the largest and finest hotels in India. Lake Pichola adorns this majestic hotel which gives a spectacular and magnificent look to this ‘city of lakes’. Having some specific characteristics of grand courtyards, flourishing green gardens, mirrored and decorative domes and large pavilions makes it a perfect romantic place.

Oberoi Udaivilas

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6. Neemrana Fort

A place where people usually decide to go just hip-hopping from one place to another is this Neemrana Fort; a 15th century heritage resort which is inbuilt with beauty and treasures of history. It is a unique resort located near the capital- Delhi. The moment you enter, I’m sure you’ll remain awestruck by the huge foyer, thick wooden doors, antique walls (which have that old paintings and are not in any effort to rebuild or get renovated) and the royal jhulas’. This grand resort along with well equipped accommodation offers a calm ambience and some great adventure sports like zip lining. It has some well equipped facilities of an open air theatre, spa, open swimming pool and the journey still remains as unfinished after visiting here.

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A Dip Into The 6 Famous Lakes Of Rajasthan This Summer

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1) Nakki Lake

Do you know why is it named as Nakki Lake? Here is it.  Dug out from the nails for the protection from demons, thus got it name as Nakki Lake. Situated on the only hill station of Rajasthan- Mount Abu, Nakki Lake serves the most important tourist destination of Mount Abu as well as Rajasthan.

Nakki Lake

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2) Ana Sagar Lake

Approximately 13 kms spread this lake built by Anaji Chauhan is in the city of Ajmer. Ana Sagar is the biggest artificial lake in Ajmer, with a small accessible island. Another small lake in Ajmer is Foy Sagar.

Ana Sagar

3) Gadisar Lake

A man-made lake which was initially constructed for water conservation, is the only perennial water body in the desert city of Rajasthan, and thus proves to be the must visit site in Jaisalmer.

Gadisar Lake

4) Pushkar Lake

A sacred lake which has a religious significance, is a must visit during the major fair of India – Pushkar Fair. It has its own beauty during the night, when people sit at the Ghats to enjoy the serene beauty and peaceful environment.

Pushkar Lake

5) Mansagar Lake

Situated in the capital city of Rajasthan- Jaipur is an artificial lake which has Jal Mahal situated in the middle. It is a famous tourist attraction of Jaipur which also provides the facility of boating. The Jal Mahal highlights the attractiveness and importance of this lake.

Mansagar Lake

6) Lake Pichola

Considered as one of the most beautiful lakes of Rajasthan, is situated in the ‘City of Lakes’ – Udaipur. Some of the main tourist attractions of Udaipur are situated along the periphery of this lake. With its own charm, people also come to enjoy its scenic beauty – sunrise and sunset. Fateh Sagar Lake is also an important lake of Udaipur which is connected with Lake Pichola. This lake was originally constructed for irrigation purpose, and to provide water for drinking in the city of Udaipur.

Lake Pichola