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Maiden flight took off from Kota to Delhi.

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With the state’s stamping expansion of the air connectivity between the cities has added one more to its bag. The nine-seater Supreme Airlines took off from Kota airport fully loaded at 7:15am for Delhi, landing safely and successfully at 8:30am, covering the distance in one and a half hour.

Since its inception, the Kota Airport which was established by Ex Royals of Kota, prior to Independence had landing facility only for VIP charter planes till August last year. Kota being one of the most important educational and industrial hub gets a number of students, industrialists and tourists from all over. Regular efforts made by the State Government to promote tourism and other related sectors has helped in connecting small cities through roads, railways and air, thus introducing direct connectivity between Kota, Sawai Madhopur and Delhi.

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The schedule of the flight is as follow – it will take from Jaipur airport at 6 am and will reach Kota at 6:45am and will depart from Kota airport for Delhi at 7 am and reach Delhi by 8:30 am. On the return leg, the aircraft would depart from New Delhi for Kota at 5 pm and reach Kota at 6:30pm and later fly from Kota airport at 6:45 pm for Jaipur to reach by 7:30 pm. This one day trip from Kota to Delhi is said to approximately cost Rs. 5,499 and will fly six days a week from Monday to Saturday. Hope to see the air services extend from Kota to other cities in the coming months to other cities like Indore and Ahmedabad.

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A Weekend To The Cinematic World

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With the Oscar winners wooing the world on one end, Rajasthan’s education hub Kota is all set to host a cinematic affair the upcoming weekend. The city will host the two –day Chambal International Film Festival on 10th and 11th March’18 which is being organized by Anugoonj Media Pvt. Ltd.

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Picture Credit: http://www.ciff.co.in/

The festival has entries of 316 films from 28 countries over the world including Switzerland, US, Canada, Greece, Germany, China and many others, out of which 160 will be screened during the event. The awards have been given 15 categories including Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor/Actress and several others which will be judged and presented during the event by acclaimed artists.

The event will also screen ‘Harishchandrachi Factory’ which was selected as India’s official entry to the Academy Awards in the Best Foreign Language Film category. It is a Marathi film directed by Paresh Mokashi which depicted the struggle of Dadasaheb Phalke  – father of the Indian cinema in making Raja Harishchandra – India’s first full length feature film.

Kota being a hub for students fighting various competitive exams, hope this event adds a small cherry on their cake in their respective genres. Also to add, Kota being honored to have the miniatures Seven Wonders of The World, the event will also boost tourism in the city.

 

 

Jhalawar becomes the new Bird Sighting Destination in Rajasthan

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Rajasthan’s historic district with religious values- Jhalawar is slowly and gradually making its mark in Eco-Tourism and wildlife. The traditionally rich land of Hadoti region is becoming a new Birding Hot Spot in Rajasthan and is attracting tourist from across the world. This year the Second Bird Festival of the District has been organized with Zeal and Enthusiasm along with collaboration of District Administration and Forest Department.

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According to the Bird enthusiast Anil Rodgers, the Bird Festival has been organized in a wonderful manner and under the keen supervision of District Collector Dr. Jitendra Kumar Soni. The presence and participation of school and college student, wildlife research scholars, scientists, local bird and environment lovers, participants from Kota, Bundi, Udaipur, Chittorgarh and Bharatpur including many other District added to the charm of the festival. A world class Wildlife and Birding Photography Exhibition showing the true Wild colours of Hadoti along with a rare and exclusive stamp collection was also a part of the festival.

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Jhalawar is replete with the rich avifaunal biodiversity, there are more than 250 local and migratory species recorded here. Including Bar Headed Geese, Greylag Geese, Ruddy Shelduck, Flamingoes, Northern Shovelor, Northern Pintail, Common Teal,  Gadwal, Red Crested Pochard, TufftedPochard,  White Eyed Pochard, Common Pochard, EurasionWegion, Pallas Gull, Black Tailed Godvit, Redshank, Green Shank and many other waders. Moreover, Jhalawar has active habitation of critically endangered long billed vultures, and White Rumped Vultures and you can also see rare Asian King Vulture (Sarcogypscalvus)  and endangered Egyptian Vultures in Abundance. Wetlands of Jhalawar are big attraction to see the tallest flying bird, Sarus Cranes are breeding here in good numbers as well as you can see Painted storks, Whooly necked stork, Migratory Black Stork and Resident Black Necked Stork in the Gorges and Open Wetlands.

Besides these, Ancient Kolvi Caves, World Heritage Site Gagron Fort, Dalhanpur Ruins, Sun Temple, Chandrabhaga Temple are worth visiting places in Jhalawar. Enriched with old traditional values wouldn’t be able to miss the hospitality of the people of Jhalawar.

All images via: Wildlife Photographer Anil Rodgers

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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First Flight of Kota Girls

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First Flight of Kota Girls

As part of an initiative by a social youth group, orphan girls from Kota got a new experience. These girls got an opportunity to fly from Kota to Jaipur. The excitement and happiness was visible on their lovely faces. The group of girls completed the return journey from Jaipur to Kota on a train which again was a novel experience for them.

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It was the first time that these girls traveled on an airplane or on a train. The girls were from Manan Smriti Sansthan in Kota and were on a tour to Jaipur city. They were received by Mr. Manan Chaturvedi on Jaipur Airport who is the chairperson of State Commission for Conservation of Child Rights. We appreciate the effort to bring smile on the faces of children.

The Chambal River Hanging Bridge gets inaugurated by Hon’ble Prime Minister Sh. Narendra Modi in Kota, Rajasthan

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Incredible India’s iconic 6-lane single plane Cable Stayed Bridge with the nation’s longest 350 meter central clear span and sky touching 80 meter tallest pylon, across river Chambal, Kota NH-27 on East-West Corridor of Rajasthan is ready and gets inaugurated by Hon’ble Prime Minister Sh. Narendra Modi just now.

The 6-lane cable-stayed bridge has been built across the Chambal river at Kota regions of Rajasthan and will be opened for traffic soon. PM Narendra Modi is in Rajasthan to inaugurate various projects worth Rs 15,000 crore and will dedicate the Chambal river bridge to the nation. Let’s have a look at some interesting facts about the breathtaking bridge and its scenic images:

The 30 metres wide bridge is 1.4 kilometre long. Its height is 125 metres, with the longest span at 350.5 metres, that is 1,150 feet.

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The cable stayed bridge over the Chambal river has been built at an approximate cost of Rs 277.67 crore.

According to Road Transport and Highways Minister, the bridge had been stuck for years due to many problems but could be completed with the remarkable efforts of the government and national Highway Authority.

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The Chambal river bridge project comes under the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI). The bridge is situated on the Kota Bypass. It crosses the Chambal River just outside the city.

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Image Credits: Hon’ble CM Rajasthan Smt Vasundhara Raje 

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’.