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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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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’.

 

 

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