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Amer Fort ranks 9th in Asia’s top landmarks 2018 by TripAdvisor

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We are proud to share that tourists’ favourite and Rajasthan’s’ pride – Amer Fort ranks 9th among Asia’s top landmarks in Traveller’s Choice Awards 2018 by the popular travel portal TripAdvisor 😀

It is undoubtedly the most beautiful fort and the pride of Jaipur!!  Amer Fort, also known as Amer Palace boasts of an artistic grandeur and structural expertise. It is reminiscent of the bravery and courage of the mighty Rajputs, who had played a remarkable role in the history of medieval India.

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Crowning the crest of a hill, Amer Fort offers a panoramic view of Maota Lake and the historic old town at the base of the hill, which was the early seat of the Amer kings before they made the fort their capital.

This rambling Palace depicts the true lifestyle of the gutsy Rajputs who are better known for their radical, audacious, volatile and decadent behaviour. One among the best hilltop palaces, Amer Palace presents a curious blend of Mughal and Rajput architectural design. An aide memoir of the yester years, this palace is a redolent of creativeness of the artisans of ancient time.

 

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Though the magical epitome of grandeur Amer Fort under the sunlight of the day is a mesmeric place for tourists in Jaipur, but now it also caters to the night tourists. The fort turns even more fascinating and enticing with the launch of night tourism. Besides, elephant rides to fort, sound & light shows and cultural evenings have always been a favourite among the visitors.

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Certainly, Amer  Fort, is one of the few places in India where the entry fee is worth it with never ending, consisting of a maze of rooms, tiny and grand!!  Spectacularly set within surrounding rugged hills and dotted with majestic architecture, the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Amer Fort is one of the best places to visit on your trip to Jaipur. Now TripAdvisor also agrees 😉

 

Experience Ranthambore Festival at Nahargarh Palace

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Ever wondered what life would be like in some other state than the one you’re currently living in? What if we told you that a grand festival is waiting in an old palace somewhere in the deserts of Rajasthan for you to truly witness what living in Rajasthan feels like?

It’s not just a bunch of turbans or camels we’re talking about. It’s about everything that makes Rajasthan the colourful and celebrated desert it is.

Ranthambhore Festival in the Nahargarh Palace of Ranthambhore has for you a three day carnival to get into the spirit of Rajasthan and admire the beauty of the state while closely experiencing the quintessence it is made of.

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Imagine yourself in  a palace, attending music concerts and watching documentaries, eating lavishly some regal supper, learning new art, talking to people from different countries,  sitting under the stars and venturing into the forest nearby. Can’t get any better, right? Indulge in the collaboration of art, music, dance, food, cinematography, adventure and intellectual activities and shopping at the Ranthambhore Festival on the 19th, 20th and 21st of January.

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The festival has activities enough for you to remain in awe of the exquisiteness of the humble state. A festival for you to experience, learn and take back with you the art of the state with activities like drum circle, folk instrument classes and performances, meditation and yoga, hot air ballooning, open mic, culinary venture, musical performances from around the globe, documentary screening, music and nature conservation, bicycle tour of Ranthambore’s environs,  souk, mid-night star gazing session, traditional block printing workshop,  pottery workshop and the most esteemed  Royal Secret Supper.

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If this doesn’t make you pack your bags right away, we don’t know what will.

 

Date-19, 20 and 21 January

 

Venue– Nahargarh Palace, Ranthambhore, Rajasthan.

Getting there- By Air

The closest airport is Jaipur, which is 160 kms from Nahargarh Palace, Ranthambore. Jaipur is well connected to all metros with daily flights operated by Indigo, Go Air, Jet Airways, and Indian Airlines. Once you land, you can take a prepaid airport taxi or a private taxi to Ranthambore. This will cost you approximately Rs 2500.

By Train (Recommended)

Sawai Madhopur station is only three kilometers (ten minutes drive) from Ranthambore and is well connected to almost every city in India by superfast trains, being the most important railway junction in Rajasthan.

By Road

Ranthambore is well connected with all major highways and if you’re planning a road trip, here’s what you need to know. Jaipur to Ranthambore 180 Km (Approx. 3h via Rajasthan State Hwy 24) Delhi to Ranthambore- 381 Km(Approx. 6 Hours via NH8 and NH 11A) Mumbai to Ranthambore – 1031 Km (Approx. 16 h 51 min via NH 3) Udaipur to Ranthambore- 388 Km (Approx. 6h 10 min via NH 76 and RJ SH 29) Agra to Ranthambore- 239 Km (Approx. 4h 23 min via via RJ SH 1) Ahmedabad to Ranthambore – 640 Km (Approx. 9h 47 min via NH8 and NH 76)

 

Segway Scooters for Tourists at Nahargarh and Amer Fort

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Segway scooters are coming along, riding all the way  to Rajasthan 😀 Yes you heard it right! Now you have a chance to be Akshay Kumar or a carefree child! Starting from today, the tourists visiting Amer and Nahargarh forts in Rajasthan will have an add-on adventure experience of riding a Segway scooter other than elephant rides.

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Picture – Hridesh Kumar Sharma, Director Dept. of Archaeology & Museums

Rajasthan’s archaeological department has inked an agreement with a private firm, which will provide the paid scooters  which will run on batteries. These eco-friendly and battery-operated self-balancing scooters are a hit among people abroad, and now they will run in Rajasthan too.

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The scooter service will initially be started at Jaleb Chowk in Amer and Nahargarh fort, and the company will charge ₹200 for a ride, a tourism official informed.

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The ride will be available between 11am and 3.30pm when the elephant ride is not there, and after 5pm.

 

 

Enriched experiences of vibrant Rajasthan

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The vibrant and colorful Rajasthan is a traditionally and culturally rich state of India which is visited by a large number of tourists from India and from different parts of the world. Vacations in Rajasthan have always been an enriching experience for the state has a mélange of events and activities to enthrall its tourists.

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One of the most beautiful and lavish places on earth, Rajasthan is famous for numerous reasons. The state is covered with ancient palaces, temples, havelis (mansions) and forts. The different places of tourist interests along with its picturesque beauty have made Rajasthan an international tourist destination.  Comprising of different cities with their unique feature, identity and specialty Rajasthan presents an inter flow, as if a junction of multiple cultures and traditions.

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The festival season in Rajasthan is kick starting once again !! Our endeavor is to introduce you to these multicolored destinations in Rajasthan through our blogs on Rajasthan Tourism Buzz . We introduce you to each and every city and destination which is worth a visit and depicts the beauty alongside tales of Royalty lived in the era of Rajputana and beyond.  You would be virtually taken to those magnificent destinations in Rajasthan through our blogs.  Not only this, We would continue to constantly update  you with the current celebrations, events and festivals happening in all the cities of Rajasthan which you may plan to attend and enjoy!!

 

Magnificent forts and palaces of Rajasthan

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” Magical and Mystical” – Rajasthan is the state that spells royalty in its way of life. Legendary epics of bravery and romance can still be smelled in its soil. Enticingly known as ‘Land of Kings‘, Rajasthan has multi hued faces from Great Indian Thar Desert in west to Tiger cocoon ‘Sariska’ in the east. Romance and adventure prevail in every nook and corner of Rajasthan, and its diverse culture makes it a cultural rich destination of India. Mammoth forts attract heritage enthusiasts from across the borders. Rajasthan is much known for its historically rich ‘Forts and Palaces

Impressive history of Rajasthan tells about Kings and Queens of Rajasthan and the forts built during their reign narrate some nerve chilling stories of valor and bravery of those Kings and Queens. Though every fort has a unique and exciting story to tell, but their magnificence is worth admiring and being cherished. Regal and luxurious palaces of Rajasthan are marvelous in their own ways. India’s largest Chittorgarh fort speaks of Rajput’s bravery and regalia. Other famous forts are Jaigarh Fort, Mehrangarh Fort, Jaisalmer Fort, Junagarh Fort. The most recognized forts of Rajasthan which are also honored with the title of UNESCO’s “World Heritage Site” title are Amber, Chittorgarh, Gangron, Jaisalmer, Kumbhalgarh and Ranthambore.

 

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These magnificent forts together reflect the elaborate, fortified seats of power of Rajput princely state Rajasthan that flourished between the 8th and 18th centuries and their relative political independence. So, whenever you are planning to visit Rajasthan, do not miss to pay a visit to magnificent Forts and Palaces of Rajasthan for a truly regal experience.

Rajasthan Forts to make it to the UNESCO’s World Heritage Tag

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The famed hill forts of Rajasthan are inching closer to get the World Heritage Site status.

At the moment, seven forts Chittorgarh, Kumbhalgarh, Gagron, Ranthambore, Amber, Jalore and Bala Kila are on the Unesco tentative list.

The full landscape view of Kumbhalgarh Fort

The full landscape view of Kumbhalgarh Fort

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Amber Fort

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Kumbhalgarh Fort

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The UNESCO team was in Jaipur on Monday to discuss the nomination of ‘Hill forts of Rajasthan’ for the world heritage site status. The ‘Hill Forts of Rajasthan’ are strategically built in a series and located on the oldest mountain range of the Aravallis or the Vindhyan range in the region.

According to UNESCO, the series of seven hill forts in Rajasthan represent the genius of Rajput military architecture in the medieval and post medieval period. The forts built in local stone masonry trace the development of the fort typology and evolution of the Rajput architectural style from the 15th to the 19th century.

Historians and researchers also noted that five of these forts-Chittorgarh, Gagron, Kumbhalgarh, Ranthambore and Jalore-include additional historic layers from the 6th to 10th century, while exhibiting significant structure of the Rajput military architecture of the 15th and 16th century.

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The Amber Fort and Bala Kila Fort represent the later phase of a mature Rajput architectural style. The forts are important records of the political scenario of the period, marked by strife and subjugation from the Sultanate and the Mughal Empire and friction amongst the Rajput kingdoms ruled by various clans.

At the moment the Jantar Mantar and Keoladeo National Park are the two sites from state listed on the World Heritage List.

Let’s see whether these magnificent forts could make up to the list of World Heritage Sites.