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Gadsisar Lake- A marvelous mélange of lustrous water and picturesque sandstone architecture in Jaisalmer

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Jaisalmer fort

Obtaining gleaming golden touch from its yellow sandstone architecture; the Jaisalmer city of Rajasthan is an aureate fantasy in the Thar Desert. The Sun City brings out the beauty of desert life, where sun shines the brightest, like no other. Known for its miniatures, architecture, bazaars and UNESCO’s world Heritage Site- Jaisalmer is a peaceful place in its solitude, where plains melt into banks of rising sand; trees shrink into shrubs and long thorn- cactus. The dreamy city with its sheer ruggedness always exemplifies sand and desert. But there is this shimmering oasis of water surrounded by marvelous temples and shrines called Gadsisar Lake, which is worth a visit in Jaisalmer!

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Brimming with water and mesmeric avian guests, Gadsisar Lake catches everyone’s fancy for its sheer beauty in the desert land. According to the legends, the Maharaja of Jaisalmer, Raja Jaisal built this lake, which was later revamped by his successor Maharawal Gadsi, who sensed and observed the agony and pain of his people to fetch drinking water from distant places. Hence, he got it redesigned into a rain water conservation lake in the 14th century. It was the only source of water for the Jaisalmer city in the olden days.

Towards the southern part of Jaisalmer city; the entrance to the Gadsisar Lake is the magnificent and artistically carved yellow sandstone archway that is called Tilon-Ki-Pol. Meticulously carved Chattris, Temples, Shrines and Ghats surround the Gadsisar Lake. One can enjoy sighting rare migratory birds that visit the Gadsisar Lake every year.

The marvelous mélange of lustrous water and the mellow yellow of the picturesque sandstone banks appear breathtaking in the desert land of Jaisalmer. A boat ride or a stroll through the ghats while watching the changing hues of ochre with the setting sun is a beautiful retreat for the tourists in Jaisalmer.

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Not to be missed, the serene Gadsisar Lake springs to vibrant colours of life during the annual Gangaur Festival when various cultural performances, food stalls and makeshift shops of nick- knack flock the area.

If you happen to be in Jaisalmer for its signature desert safari and want to break away from all the things called desert, dunes and sand, then visit the Gadsisar Lake for its breathtaking beauty in the Sun City of Jaisalmer!

Jaisalmer Fort in danger, may lose its UNESCO World Heritage Title

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It was yesterday when we were going gaga about the heritage grandeur and architectural beauty of Rajasthan and this news popped from Jaisalmer. The only living fort from 12th Century with a UNESCO World Heritage title is in the dilapidated state now. Jaisalmer Fort is losing its glory due to seepage of water tank and lack of maintenance.

 

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Rajasthan is one of the most attractive and architecturally rich destinations in the world. It has magnificent forts, monuments and sites that attract people from across the world. The problem is that not all the grand structures are in great shape. Sometimes it’s either due to the ignorance on government’s part or the visitors deface them.

Many tourists visit the cities like Jaisalmer, especially, for their legendary forts and palaces.   Around 3,000 inhabitants, who live inside 853 year old fort, fear that the seepage of sewerage water might turn out to be a disaster resulting in damage to lives and properties. The sewerage line which is affecting maximum houses in the fort due to which the walls of the fort are becoming hollow has become a worry for its residents. According to the residents within the walls of Jaisalmer Fort, they are facing the seepage problem since long time. New sewerage line was laid but water is still leaking. The fort is being restored by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) but from last one month no work has been taken place.

Another fear for Jaisalmer Fort is to lose the UNESCO World Heritage Site title. After the collapse took place, International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) visited the site and sent their report to UNESCO.

A special committee of Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) led by ASI superintendent P S Raman in his investigation has mentioned that wall collapsed due to weakening of structure due to seepage in the hill. Jaisalmer Fort may soon slip in the danger list and apprehensions are made that UNESCO might disown it. Shikha Jain, director, DRONAH and coordinator of ICOMOS India said, “After the wall collapse incident UNESCO is monitoring it closely. We have sent two reports and this world heritage site may soon slip into the danger list.”

Apart from that, it is also a bad news for tourists visiting Jaisalmer.  A tourist visited who visited the fort lately has mentioned, “The Fort is in very bad shape and the colour of the stone that should be ‘Golden’ has become dull.”

Today we want to remind everyone that our heritage needs to be protected. This is an important eye opener  towards maintaining the beauty of our state and keeping the spirit of Rajasthan alive forever. Archeological Department will be doing its worl, but let us all on our part be aware of the importance of our heritage and try not to harm these treasures by scribbling on their walls, spiting and littering.
“Our heritage is the most precious treasure, preserve it because we will not be able to create it again”

News Source Courtesy- http://www.deccanherald.com/content/606964/12th-century-jaisalmer-fort-might.html

25 Best Things to Do In Rajasthan

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25 Best Things to Do In Rajasthan

There is never a dearth of things to do in the magnificent Rajasthan! Sightseeing, shopping, eating, dancing are just the beginning. There is so much to do that it’s impossible to write everything in a single article. We will not be talking about the lakes as they have been covered recently here. Here is a small list of the things that will make you want to keep visiting Rajasthan-

1.Eat

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Oh yes, eating your heart out is a must in the desert state. The ever popular Daal, Baati, Churma cannot be missed. Gatte ki Sabzi, Pyaaaz Kachori, Laal Maas, Ker Sangri, Ghevar, Malpua…the list is quite long! The real taste of Rajasthani dishes can be experienced only when you are here.

Chokhi Dhani in Jaipur is well known for its authentic food and Rajasthani experience.

 

2.Drink

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Chhaach and Lassi are daily staples of the state. The cooling Chaach or buttermilk is served with meals here. You can enjoy it whenever you feel thirsty. The frothy, creamy Lassi that comes in earthen glasses is simply amazing. Lassiwala in Jaipur has iconic status.
Aam Panna and Kanji are other drinks from the state to hydrate you.

 

3.Shop

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There is so much to shop from the regal state! Jaipur is the ultimate destination for jewellery buyers. A large variety of traditional Rajasthani prints from different cities will spoil you for choice when buying clothes. Indulge in bandhni, block-prints, leheriya and heavy embroidery.
Besides clothes and jewellery, you can buy a variety of artifacts in every city of Rajasthan. Wood-work, marble work, blue pottery and puppets are the must-buys.

 

4.Live like a royal

Umaid Bhawan Palace

There are numerous heritage hotels in Rajasthan. One of them is Umaid Bhawan in Jodhpur. It was given the status of the best hotel in world. Umaid Bhawan was originally the residence of royals and you will feel like royalty when you stay here.

Other grand hotels in the state are Rambagh Palace (Jaipur), Ranvas (Nagaur), Udai Bilas Palace (Dungarpur), Oberoi Udai Vilas (Udaipur) and Alsisar Haveli (Jaipur) to name a few.

 

5.Hop on a camel

Pushkar Camel fair

A ride that might make your heart jump! First you sit on a camel that’s sitting and as it stands up, you start rocking really fast. This is one ride that you will remember always. You can ride a camel in small enclosed spaces too but a ride in the real desert is something else altogether.

 

6.Royal Elephant ride

Elephant Rides

The royal ride, elephant is a regular sight in many cities of Rajasthan. In Jaipur, you can ride all the way to Amber Fort on an elephant. It’s a leisurely ride where you can enjoy the beautiful view of city too.

If you want to spend a whole day with elephants then head to Dera Amer where you can even give a bath to the grey animals!

 

7.Camping in the Deserts

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Staying in deserts is a wonderful experience and you can get it in Rajasthan. You will love living in tents for a few days. These tents have all the modern amenities for your convenience in the middle of vast areas of sand. Jaisalmer is best for such desert safaris.

 

8.Dancing

Mount Abu Festival

Kalbeliya, Ghumar, Kachchi Ghodi, Bhavai and Gair are some of the most popular dance forms of Rajasthan. Kalbeliya is the snake dance where ladies dressed in black can put even the snakes to shame with their flexibility. The peppy music of all these dance forms will make you dance along with the mesmerizing dancers.

 

9.Dune Bashing

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Go off-roading in deserts and blast a few dunes. If you have an adventurous streak, you have to head to Jaisalmer to drive a mean-machine through the sand dunes.

 

10.Enjoy Polo

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This is the game of elites and Polo tournaments are organized in February-March in Jaipur. If you have plan well, you will have no trouble in witnessing men riding horses and trying to beat one another in the stylish sport.

In some festivals, you can even enjoy elephant polo and camel-polo.

 

11.Sail on Water Scooter

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Rajasthan has this too! The state might be a ‘desert’ but there are many lakes here. For riding on a water scooter or on a speed-boat, Udaipur is the destination. Splashing around in the majestic Fateh Sagar Lake is what you need to do.

 

12.Fly on a Balloon

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You can enjoy balloon rides at three places in the state- Jaipur, Pushkar and Ranthambhore. Early morning rides on the balloon offer the best 360 degree view, you can dream of.

 

13. Go Zip Lining

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Another adventure sport where you can zip over the scenic locales! Neemrana Fort is a well known spot for zip-lining. Mehrangarh Fort at Jodhpur also offers the adrenalin pumping sport.

 

14.Fly Kites

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You have to plan a trip to Jaipur on the festival of Makar Sakranti that usually falls on 14th January. So many kites are there in the sky that day that you will barely catch a glimpse of sky. On the day an event is organized near the picturesque Jal Mahal where a lot of kite-enthusiasts gather to beat one another in the game of kites.

Jodhpur is also a great option to witness the Kite Festival.

 

15.Mount Abu Summer Festival

Mount Abu Festival

The hill station of Rajasthan remains pleasant even when the rest of the state is hot. Mount Abu Summer Festival is celebrated on the festival of Buddh Purnima every year. You can enjoy a grand procession and folk performances here.

 

16.Pushkar Camel Fair

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You will find yourself surrounded by camels for 5 whole days when you are in Pushkar during this fair. The festival culminates on Kartik Purnima. The Longest Moustache Competition at the fest is well known. Camel decoration contests and camel race are also organized during the fair.

 

17.Gangaur and Teej Festivals

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Jaipur is the place to see the Gangaur festival in all its glory. There are enthralling dance performances on the streets on the day of festival. Locals and tourists alike throng the four walled city to enjoy the myriad shades of Rajasthan. The festival falls after Holi in March or April.

The Teej Festival is the celebration of monsoon. It falls in July-August and is a great opportunity to enjoy the vibrancy of Jaipur.

 

18.Watch Movies like a Royal

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You will forget even the swankiest multiplexes once you see the regality of Raj Mandir cinema hall in Jaipur. This is not just another movie theatre. It is a place where you get the royal treatment while enjoying a movie. The cinema hall has sparkling chandeliers and soft carpets to make you feel all regal.

 

19.Spend Time in Wilds

Tiger Ranthambhore

Another must-do in Rajasthan! Ranthambhore National park should be your destination to spot tigers and many other wild animals. Sariska Tiger Reserve is agreat option as well. For bird-watching, go to Keoladeo National Park in Bharatpur.

 

20.Trek

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Rajasthan is heaven for trekkers. Naldeshwar, Amber and Alwar are especially popular to explore in the early morning. You can go for overnight and full day treks in Mount Abu.

 

21.Fort Hopping

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You need a few months if you want to visit every fort in Rajasthan. The most popular forts in the state are Kumbhalgarh, Mehrangarh, Chittorgarh, Nahargarh, Amber, Jaigarh and Junagarh to name a few. Each of these forts has unique architectural styles to keep you enchanted.

 

22.Admire Abhaneri

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Chand Baori step-well in Abhaneri is a sight that you will not forget. Chand Baori has 3,500 steps that go down to more than 13 stories. It is about 100 feet deep and is one of the deepest and largest step-wells in India.

 

23.Uncover the Ruins of Bhangarh

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If you are a horror-film junkie, you cannot miss the Bhangarh Fort between Alwar and Jaipur. It is believed that this fort is haunted. The place is in ruins and is one of the spookiest places in India.

 

24.Get Artsy at Museums

Albert Hall

If you want to see the culture of Rajasthan in detail, Shilpgram Museum in Udaipur will fulfill the desire. Jaipur is home to many well-stocked museums like Albert hall, Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II Museum in City Palace, Dolls Museum, Anokhi Museum of Hand Printing and Hawa Mahal Museum.

 

25.Offer Prayers

Ajmer Sharif Urs Fair

Rajasthan is the land of temples. There are very few temples of Hindu Lord Brahma and one of them is at Pushkar. Some other popular temples in the state are located in Jaipur- Govind Devji Temple, Moti Dungri Temple and Galtaji Temple.

Deshnok Temple or Karni Mata Temple near Bikaner is one of a kind as you will thousands of rats here which are considered sacred.

In Ajmer, the Dargah of Sufi Saint Moinuddin Chishti is frequented by devotes of all faiths. It is believed that all your wishes come true at this place.

So people, we hope that this list will get you started. Do share your favorite things to do in Rajasthan with us!

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The Joy of Rajasthan Day Celebration

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Rajasthan DiwasThe vibrant streets of the prominent cities of Rajasthan are brimming with life and celebrations as the colourful state of India celebrates its 67th Foundation Day today! With the soulful ambiences of cultural extravaganzas and lively performances, Rajasthan offers a gala time to the visitors and its citizens on this memorable day every year.

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Rajasthan is regal and unique. Our state is celebrating its 67th birthday today and the age in this case is not just a number. Rajasthan has really grown but it’s far from old. The biggest state of India state has progressed, developed and become modern. The modernity has not arrived at the cost of our traditional values for sure.

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World Trade Park

 

Our beautiful state has retained its old world charm while adopting contemporary ways. Every place in Rajasthan is different. The capital city of Jaipur is among the favorite travelling destinations for people around the world. Udaipur spells luxury at its best. Jaisalmer’s white stones and sand give it an identity of its own. Jodhpur, Bikaner and every other place has something new to offer.

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We are proud of our multi hued state and wish that it keeps getting better.

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Witness The True Essence Of Jaisalmer At The Annual Desert Festival 2016

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When you want to visit Rajasthan for its grandeur, heritage, colorful fairs and festivals and its mesmerizing landscapes – the Jaisalmer Festival is just the right event. The Annual Desert Festival, a 3 day affair starts the coming weekend, and is scheduled from 20th February – 22nd February 2016.

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Surrounded by the tall golden sand dunes, the city shines and sparkles during the festival. This year the festival is going to be much bigger and extravagant. From fusion musical evenings to talent shows by local artists promoting their art; from photography contests to desert food festival, which will be taking place for the first time where people will get a chance to savor the taste of traditional dishes of the region. Though these are some new additions to the previous usual events like camel polo, turban tying competition and many others.

Jaisalmer Desert Festival

Jaisalmer Desert Festival

Pack your bags and book your tickets. Get ready to soak in the fun, frolic and vivid cultures and traditions under the pleasant sun at the Jaisalmer Desert Festival 2016.

 

 

 

Why January-February are the best months to travel to Rajasthan!

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We bet January is a fantastic month to travel to Rajasthan. The pleasant weather is more welcoming in this month. This time of the year is more promising if you are a traveler who loves to discover every bit of your destination and just don’t want to confine yourself in the luxury and comforts of any resort/hotel.

It’s that time when the natives just love making life a celebration and display to the world why Rajasthan is called the ‘land of colors’. In each of the festivals there is something special to see.

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So, why not pack your bags and plan a trip to Jaipur, Bikaner, Shekhawati and Jaisalmer and enjoy the varied shades of festivity during the month of January and February.

 

Jaipur Tourism

Jaipur Tourism

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This is the best time to visit Jaipur when the blushing Pink city enjoys multiple festivals viz, Kite festival, international kite flying competition on Sankranti, Jaipur Literature Festival, Vintage Car Rally and Polo season.

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Image via Google

  1. Kite Festival: January 14, 2016

Kite Festival is celebrated with great enthusiasm in Jaipur. On this day, colourful kites are flown over the pink city; the sky can be seen full of colors and as the sun sets fabulous fireworks brighten up the night sky. International Kite flyers land in the city to participate in Kite Flying competitions organized at Jal Mahal.   Devotees even take a dip into the holy waters.

  1. Jaipur Lit Festival– 21st to 25th January 2016

It is an annual literary festival, which takes place in the Pink City of Jaipur since 2006. It is also described as Asia’s biggest literary festival.

Jaipur Literature Festival

3. 18th annual Vintage and Classic car rally – January 23rd ( Exhibition) and 24th ( Drive) of.Jaipur Polo Season- December 28 – January 31, 2016

Image Courtesy: Rajputana Automative Sports Club, Jaipur

Image Courtesy: Rajputana Automative Sports Club, Jaipur

 

4. Jaipur Polo Season- December 28 – January 31, 2016

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Image Jaipur Polo Club

Bikaner Camel Festival– Organized by Department Of Tourism on January 09 and 10, 2016, the Bikaner Camel Fair focuses on finely decked up camels, camel shows, camel races and camel dances. January is just the right month with this mesmerizing display of colors and culture of Rajasthan.

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Kumbhalgarh Festival
Kumbhalgarh festival is scheduled to take place from 28th to 30th January, 2016. The festival is mainly divided into two parts, one for the day time and other for evening. Day time’s festivities offer folk performances by the folk artists of Rajasthan with exciting competitions for tourists. Evening in Kumbhalgarh is just breathtaking with the explosion of sound, light, colour and dance multiplying its beauty many times. A visit to Kumbhalgarh in this beautiful month would be your moments of lifetime.

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Shekhawati Festival The entire Shekhawati region will be transformed into a venue of fair and festivals from 12th to 14th February, 2016. The Shekhawati festival delivers a gala event for the sale and purchase of cattle. The festival also has an assortment of attractions for art and craft lovers. Experience the true vibrancy of rural Rajasthan alongside frescoed havelis and return home with an unforgettable impression of friendliness of the people and comprehensive agricultural revolution in the villages of Shekhawati.

Image Courtesy: shekhawatifestival.com

Image Courtesy: shekhawatifestival.com

Alsisar Mahal, Shekhawati

Alsisar Mahal, Shekhawati

Jaisalmer Festival   With interesting activities like camel racing, turban tying, and the longest moustache competition, this quirky Indian festival is no less than the excitement of Bikaner camel Fair. Jaisalmer Festival ( 20th to 22nd February) showcases the cultural wonders of Rajasthan in each and every aspect. Dressed in vibrant and colorful attire, the people of Jaisalmer dance and sing on foot tapping ballads of heroism, romance and tragedy of yore, which is a pure treat to soul.

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Fireworks fill the sky, splashing the town with even more burst of colors and bringing the Jaisalmer fort to life for three days.

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So wait no more, you have the calendar dates and the list of cities with their respective festivals to be held in the month of January and February, book you tickets and Padharo Mhare Des 🙂

Experience Different Aspects Of Rajasthan With The Desert Circuit

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With the increasing number of tourists visiting the colorful state of Rajasthan, the IRCTC has introduced a royal train to the state, specially designed to cater to the middle class.

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The Desert Circuit is a semi – luxurious train which offers a package of 4 nights and 5 days. The train departs s from New Delhi on a five day odyssey with an array of deluxe facilities. The ‘Desert Circuit covers Rajasthan’s famed cities of sprawling deserts Jaisalmer and the eclectic heritage of the Pink City – Jaipur.

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This special train which runs on the lines of the royal Palace on Wheels has its first halt at Jaisalmer for 2 days where tourists can enjoy the camel safari, sunset and visit the Sonar Haveli, Patwa Ki Haveli, Gadisar Lake and many others. The next halt is in the Pink City, where the tourists get to visit the City Palace, Jantar Mantar, Amber Fort, Hawa Mahal and other tourist spots.