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Kota Citrus Fruit Centre Developed 24 Varieties Of Citrus Fruits

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Agricultural Tourism is a new trend in Rajasthan and we are happy to report that Rajasthan’s popular city Kota has some good news for the agriculture and farming enthusiasts!

It came out as a great announcement that around 24 varieties of citrus fruits are being developed at the Centre of Excellence (CoE) for Citrus Fruits at Nanta near Kota. The project, which methodically came in progress in 2014-15, is fast making waves as the state-of-the-art centre for plant development and orchard management of citrus fruits. Spread over 6.8 hectares, the primary objective of the centre is to develop citrus fruit saplings. This was informed by the Principal Secretary Agriculture and Horticulture, Government of Rajasthan, Ms. Neelkamal Darbari.

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Among the 24 varieties developed are Clementine, Michale Daisy, Kinnow, Nagpur Mandarin, Nagpur Seedless, Jaffa among others.

 

Ms. Darbari further said that the plant development and orchard management for developing these fruits are based on Israeli technology like mulch, drip and ridge bed system for irrigation. Within a short span of time the Centre is grafting 50,000 plants annually. The Centre has largely achieved its objective of producing disease free and high quality planting material. It is also doing its bit for creating new varieties of citrus fruits suitable for export in the global market. The centre also aims in promoting mechanization in orchard operations. The development of intensive horticulture technologies, spreading awareness about post-harvest and value addition technologies, fertilization and irrigation management techniques are its long term goals.

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According to Principal Secretary Agriculture the forthcoming Global Rajasthan Agritech Meet (GRAM) in Kota later this month, the Centre will be drawing attention for the yeoman service it is providing to the citrus fruit industry of the region. Needless to say that the potential of post-harvest processing projects will be explored by the investors at GRAM.

The Director Horticulture, Mr. Vijay Pal Singh said  that the project has the facilities of a primary nursery (plant grafting), a second nursery (budding), protected mother block (nurturing mother plants), open mother block (mother plants located outside the green house) and two demonstrations of root stock and inter space.

Mr. Singh further added that the centre has proved to be a boon for the region considering that the citrus production of fruits is its strength. The climate is suitable for orange orchards. Kota division is contributing 98% of the State produce in terms of ‘Nagpur Orange’. While majority of oranges produced here are Nagpur – there is scope of introduction of new varieties of oranges like Jaffa, Valencia and Daisy.

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The post harvesting investment possibilities will relate to projects for orange grading, waxing and packing. With Kota division being strong in orange production (Jhalawar district being the largest in the State for the produce), there is immense potential for packaging and branding operations of the locally sourced fruit as well. The Department is mulling of marketing the produce as ‘Raj Santara’.

 

 

21 places of Rajasthan to undergo air quality monitoring

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With the rise in the population and development of the country, there have various environmental concerns pacing up. And to control these, various initiatives are being taken up like monitoring air quality on regular intervals.

Rajasthan is one such state that has already begun with it rather than waiting for the festival of lights Diwali. There are 21 places in the city that have been selected for the same.

Initially, air quality at six places each in Jaipur and Jodhpur and three places each in Alwar, Kota and Udaipur will be monitored. Each station will be monitored on 24-hour basis twice in a week. Various equipments have been procured for the same. Moreover, state department recently prohibited the burning of leaves and left-over straw after harvesting of crops in the entire state.DSC05899

 

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.

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  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! 🙂

 

Rajasthan Goes On An Innovative Move For Wildlife Conservation

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The Indian Railway Ministry actively considered World Wildlife Fund (WWF) proposal to paint the station and coaches with images of wildlife so as to conserve and promote the conservation of wildlife.

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One such station which will be the first Indian Railway Heritage Station is that of Sawai Madhopur. The teams of local artists led by Narayan Singh and Gajanand Singh, who are the members of the Ranthambore School of Arts, are towards the end of these huge wall paintings.

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The idea does not stay confined to the tiger town of Sawai Madhopur only, but the Chief Minister has appreciated the initiative so much that she has ordered to extend it to the second phase. She has laid down the idea of getting several stations to be painted in their geographical specialty like Bikaner taking inspiration from the floral prints of Badal Mahal, Jodhpur getting Rajasthani puppets, Udaipur in its Nathdwara art painted on the respective stations and coaches.

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Image Credits : WWF and Dharmendra Khandal

Take a Holy Dip at the Chandrabhaga Fair   

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Chandrabhaga Fair is held every year in Jhalawar, Rajasthan during the auspicious month of Kartik (October – November).

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This Fair attracts people from all over the world and devotees come from around to cleanse their soul by taking a dip in the holy Chandravati River on the full moon day. It also witnesses big cattle fair and you can also immerse yourself in an array of musical and cultural activities.

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How To Reach

Jhalawar doesn’t have any airport but one canfly to the nearest airport in Kota, which is only 87kms away from Jhalawar. Jaipur, Bundi and Kota are well connected to Jhalawar through NH12. One can also hace access to train and reach the nearest rail head- Ramganj Mandi, which only 25 kms away from Jhalawar.

Make your visit a memorable experience by visiting the Chandrabhaga Fair, which starts tomorrow – 24th November to 26th November 2015.

 

Cycle ride for Tourists

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Rajasthan is a tourist centric state. It offers a wide range of tourism options to visiting tourist to choose from such as aqua tourism in Kota-Bundi region, wild life tourism in Sawai Madhopur and Udaipur regions.Desert safari in the desert areas of Jodhpur Barmer, Jaisalmer. Bird tourism in Bharatpur, Jaipur and Jodhpur regions. Winter tourism in Mount Abu and historical and heritage tourism in every corner of the State. There seems to be no other State in the country which offers such a variety package.

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Coming to Rajasthan! Wish to explore the state as per your itinerary. Then gear up yourself.  Wouldn’t it be a great fun to hop the ghats of Pushkar or snake the narrow lanes of Jaipur or wave the hilly slopes of Udaipur on cycle. The State Government has come out with a policy for promoting Eco-Tourism through cycle tourism. In the line with a similar policy of the Goa Government, rules have been made under which interested tourist can hire a cycle on rent

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Though the government intends to implement this plan in nine prominent tourist cities but initially four cities Ajmer-Pushkar, Kota Jaipur and Udaipur have been selected and very soon tourist coming to these cities will have a eco friendly transport mode taking them to places of their interest. The official formalities for the same have been completed and the implementation is in the offing.

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The company selected to provide bicycles in these cities will have to set up cycle stand at allotted spots and shall rent them @ Rs. 10 for one hour. The best part of the scheme is that the person taking cycle on rent need not return to the spot where he originally rented the vehicle, instead he can return the cycle at any of the company’s approved spot. The selected company will provide 500 cycles at Jaipur and 200 cycles each for rest of cities.

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This is a welcome initiative of State Government who is inclined to make tourism mainstay of State economy. Providing more options for the tourism will definitely attract new genre of tourists  to the state.

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Monsoon trail in Hadauti

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Another avenue opens to State tourism. With golden triangle, desert trail, jungle safari etc. already a hit with tourists, tourism department of the state to undo the image of state being seasonal tourism place and add new facility is contemplating to boost Monsoon tourism in Hadauti region of Rajasthan.

Hadauti region is different in context to ecological and natural environment from other regions of State.  The region experiences heaviest rainfall as compared to other regions. The scenic water bodies and other natural spots in Hadauti are a treat to eyes for the visitor. The department is to promote tourist spots in Kota, Bundi, Baran and Jhalawar where waterfalls, namely, Bheemlat, Rameshwar and Menal and Sarson, Gagron Fort, Chambal River and Chambal garden gladden the hearts of aqua tourism lovers.

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Hadauti region being a part of an ancient civilization has many archaeological sites which are an additional sightseeing spot apart from the more visited ones. Besides, a lot of religious sites and an array of fairs such as Bundi Utsav, Chandrabhaga fair, and Kota Dusherra fair attract a large number of tourists prominently domestic ones to savor the natural beauty of the region.

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The tourist spots of hadauti region have liven up during monsoon and the tourism department is anticipating a boost in tourism riding upon its intense campaign in this regard.

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