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5 Reasons Why You Should Visit Ranthambore for Wildlife Safari in Summers!

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tiger.jpgSummer season is here again in its full bloom and the first thing that hits our mind about summers is the sweltering heat. Well, for the wildlife freaks there isn’t any better time to get into the lush forest of Ranthambore National Park. It is located in the Sawai Madhopur district of southeastern Rajasthan, which is about 130 km from Jaipur.

Read to know the reasons why we are suggesting Summers as the best time  for Ranthambhore-

  1. One of the best place to see Feline Wonders- Yes, Ranthambhore Forest is one such place that has maximum tiger density when compared to any other tiger reserve of the country. The number of tigers increased to 60 in 2016. There are 10 zones in the national park and each zone has marked territories for several tigers. It is believed that zones 1 to 5 are the best places for spotting tigers. The remaining zones have lesser sightings for tigers.
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Tigress T-60 with her cub, Ranthambhore, June 16.

 

2. Chances of sightings not so rare-  As the deciduous forest is at its driest state, chances of sighting grows manifolds. Your eyes can wander through the wide dried jungle giving you far better chance to see the feline wonder even from a distance which is not the case in winters when the jungle is lush green. When the hot and blazing sun dries up all the water bodies in the forests, it becomes easier to see denizens of the wild who are forced to quench their thirst at these tiny oases left in this dry season of the year.

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Tigress T-17, May 2012

3. Varied Habitat- Apart from that the great Landscape of Ranthambore is a sight to behold in itself; it is evident that Ranthambore is the only place which has ravines, lakes, vast fields, small plateaus and valleys, hilltops, rugged land all at one place. Besides the presence of historical ravines, the great Ranthambore Fort within the National Park makes up for a terrific backdrop for photography.

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4. Glimpse near the water body– Birds and animals of the park appear panting and their usual movements become soporific as they spend most of their time in the shade of survived trees, which are left around perennial waterholes. This state of the deciduous forest in dry season creates a perfect condition for observing wildlife with the maximum chances of sightings because all the wildlife creatures will eventually pay a visit to have water; you just have to wait patiently around the water bodies.

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The most amazing thing is this formation of several water belts in Ranthambore National Park.  No matter how grilling the sun is, if you really wish to see the tigers then these are the spots you should drive to.

 

Another interesting advantage of visiting Ranthambore National Park in summer is the increasing alarm-calls or distress-calls emitted by langurs, when they see a predator. This helps in getting the direction as where to drive for tiger sighting. And without the benefit of covering grasses the tigers can be easily sighted, as the dry and sparse vegetation during summers is conducive for a clear glimpse into the heart of the jungle.

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Ruins of Ranthambhore

5. The Vintage Backdrop- Ranthambhore National Park carries with it decades of history. Witnessing the grandeur of majestic tiger against the glory of bygone era can not be experienced anywhere else as in its premises stands many archaeological remnant.

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So the next time if you are wondering what could be the best time to visit Ranthambore, don’t allow the prospect of soaring temperature to divert your plans. We bet it is summer with its equivalent heat for sure, which is the coolest time to visit Ranthambore National Park.

Great Indian Travel Bazaar gets underway in Jaipur

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Great India Travel Bazaar, a joint initiative of Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI), Rajasthan Tourism, and Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, , is the three days B2B travel show that promotes Rajasthan as a preferred tourist destination. The event was inaugurated in Jaipur on Sunday.

The three-day tourism fair was inaugurated by NC Goel, Additional Chief Secretary – Tourism, Government of Rajasthan in the presence of Suman Billa, Jt. Secretary – Tourism, Government of India, and Jyotsna Suri, Chairperson, Tourism Committee of FICCI.

The highest priority to tourism infrastructure in the State is assured by the tourism department ministers during the event. Rajasthan has already submitted proposals to the Union Tourism Ministry to the tune of Rs. 500 crores for developing innovative circuits like Spiritual, Heritage, Mega Desert, Tribal and Eco-Adventure. Some infrastructure projects under the schemes of PRASAD and SWADESH were also being developed.

Owing to the development of infrastructure as well as an aggressive and creative marketing campaign, in the year 2016, Rajasthan registered an impressive growth of domestic tourist arrivals by 18% while that of foreign tourist arrivals by 3 %. In the current year, the tourist arrival trends are suggesting even better growth.

There has been an impressive growth of foreign tourist arrivals in the country to the tune of 11% and around 9% in domestic tourist arrivals in 2016, said Billa. The trend in initial months of 2017 indicate a growth of 16%. The primary reason for a quantum jump in the tourist arrivals was also owing to the introduction electronic visa facility.

GITB is the most significant platform and the sole promoter of Inbound Tourism in India. Giving a snapshot of GITB over the past few years the Chairperson of Tourism, Jyotsana Suri  highlighted that the number of buyers have increased from 260 to 275. There has also been significant rise in the number of B2B meetings from 3000 to 10,800 since it began.

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

Visit the 8 best heritage monuments and sites of Rajasthan on World Heritage Day

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World Heritage Day is celebrate across the globe on 18th April every year. It is not just a day to cherish the monuments from history, but to raise awareness about protecting our history and culture.  Rajasthan is globally popular for its rich heritage of architecture and culture. Having some of the best forts, palaces and monuments are till date maintained in really good conditions as they are very precious to the lives of Rajasthanis.

1) Jantar Mantar, Jaipur

Recognized as the World Heritage Site, this observatory fascinates the visitors with the collection of various  astronomical instruments which were used earlier to know the correct timings through the movement of celestial bodies.

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2) Chittorgarh Fort, Chittor

One of the largest forts of India, it is the true epitome of Rajputana pride and vigor. This massive fort though being attacked thrice by the enemies, couldn’t take over the powerful people of this place. The fort of Chittor is known for its own beauty and uniqueness.

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3) City Palace, Udaipur

The grandness of this palace can be seen now, as it took almost 400 years to construct this complex. The attractiveness of this palace is shown more effectively as it is surrounded by Lake Pichola. This magnificent palace stands as a fusion of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture.

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4) Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur

One of the largest private residences of the world is the house of the erstwhile Jodhpur royal family. Not only being a private residence, it also provides the chance to experience the royal and luxurious life at the Taj Palace Hotel in Umaid Bhawan, Jodhpur.

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5) Hawa Mahal, Jaipur

Hawa Mahal, also known as the Palace Of Winds is situated in the capital city of the state of Rajasthan. Its walls of pink color give a hint of the Pink City – Jaipur. It was constructed especially for the royal women to be a part of the festivities, as they were secluded from the society by ‘parda’ system. Having its own history, today gives it a worldwide recognition.

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6) Chand Baori, Abhaneri

A 13 storey step well is one of the oldest and most attractive landmarks of Rajasthan. Constructed mainly to conserve water in the dry desert of Rajasthan is an architectural wonder in itself.

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7) Amer Fort

Amer or Amber Fort is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which is among the most visited places in Jaipur. The fort situated high on a hill overlooking the Maota Lake, is spread over a vast area with four levels. Every evening, the fort hosts a spellbinding Light and Sound Show. With a blend of folk music, the show brings to life the legends, history, traditions and cultures of the Rajputs and Jaipur City.

Amer Fort, Jaipur

8) City Palace Jaipur

Located in the heart of the old city of Jaipur, City Palace is where the Kachwaha Rajput clan ruled from. Built in the 18th Century, the Palace is a blend of Rajput, Mughal and European styles of architecture. Within the premises, one will find many gardens, ravishing courtyards and a Museum displaying many artefacts from the bygone era. Buildings like Mubarak Mahal, Chandra Mahal, Maharani Palace add to the allure of the Palace. Their richly crafted walls and ceiling, marble flooring and the mirror work are just an addition to the beauty of the palace. Govind Dev Ji temple, which is in the palace premises, is also a major tourist attraction and sees a heavy footfall daily.

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Brazil witnessed the cultural Grandeur of Rajasthan

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Brazil witnessed the flavour of Rajasthan’s rich culture in an evening shows filled with traditional folk dances on 10 April. The audience was mesmerized by the enthralling performances of Kalbelia, Chari, Ghoomar, Bhawai and other folk dances at Brooklin in Brazil.

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Furthermore, apart from the cultural performances the exquisite handicrafts of the State were also showcased at the venue. The visitors were hugely impressed by the miniature paintings, lac work, fine Kota Doria sarees, traditional leather shoes and block printing on textiles. Rajasthan’s gastronomic delicacies like Papad Ki Sabji, Aloo Mangori Ki Sabji, Besan Gatta, Choorma, Kesaria Kheer and Lapsi specially prepared by chef from the State became a huge hit. Promotional films were shown to the guests and publicity literature was given away to the visitors.

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This visit was a part of the initiative of the Union Ministry of External Affairs to promote cultural exchanges between Brazil and Rajasthan. A 13 member group of the State comprising of 5 craftsmen, 6 folk artistes, one chef and a coordinating officer from Rajasthan Tourism went on a 5-day (8 to 12 April) visit to Sao Paulo and Brasilia.

 

Four-day Rajasthan Divas Festival to mark state’s foundation day inaugurated in Jaipur

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‘Rajasthan Festival’, organised by Department of Tourism, Rajasthan kicked off from 27 to 30 March 2017. The four-day event is witnessing a variety of rich cultural events to celebrate the historical establishment of the majestic state of Rajasthan.

On 27 March, the Opening Ceremony began with the lighting of the Rajasthan Day Torch. The finals of the Rural Sports as well as the Cultural Extravaganza by the well known theatre director, Bhanu Bharti,  held at the SMS Stadium.

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On 27 and 28 March, a Cycle Marathon by the Sports Department was held at the SMS Stadium. On the same day ‘Jaipur Kathak Samaroh’ by Jaipur Kathak Kendra in association with the Jaipur Development Authority (JDA) are organized at the Central Park. ‘The Theatre of E. Alkazi’ (Exhibition) will be displayed at Jawahar Kala Kendra (JKK) from 27 March to 5 April. On 28 March, there will be a Tattoo Show by Border Security Force (BSF) and Rajasthan Police at the JDA Polo Ground.

On the next two days – 28 and 29 March there will be ‘Bhajans’,  ‘Qawwalis’, ‘Gurbani’, ‘Vedic’ Chanting at a temple, a church and a gurudwara. The events will be organized in association with the Sanskrit Academy. A Children’s Film Festival has also been organised in a centrally located multiplex – Inox Crystal Palm. Similarly, International Festival of Short Films on Culture & Tourism will be held at Indralok Auditorium.

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On 29 March, an exciting Air Fly-Past and Air Warrior Drill by the Indian Air Force (IAF) will be held. Furthermore, the Army Pageant will showcase Trick Riding, Massed Pipes and Drums Show will be held by the Indian army at the JDA Polo Ground. In the evening, renowned Bangladeshi fashion designer, Bibi Russell will present a Heritage Fashion Show. Later the well-known bollywood singer Mohit Chauhan will perform at 7 pm at the mega-concert at the Albert Hall.

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On 30 March, the ‘Rajasthan Day Celebration’ will witness an attractive Projection Mapping Show dedicated to the people of Rajasthan at the Vidhansabha, Janpath. On 30 and 31 March, Gangaur procession will also take place at their traditional route from Tripoliya Gate to the Talkatora.

 

Udaipur has a new tourist destination- Pratap Park

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Udaipur- the city of romance is replete with mesmeric gardens! Saheliyon ki Badi, Wolkem Park, Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay Park and Maniklal Verma park at Dudh Talai, etc renders Udaipur the title of garden destination also for decades now.  A breath of fresh air comes in the form of Pratap Park, that has come up at the Pichola Ring Road, at a virgin location on the southern banks of Pichola.  This area is going to be new for everyone in the lake city as well as for tourists and the development of a public park in the area is a positive step in developing the other side of Pichola, which is not very frequented.

Giving onlookers and visitors a not very oft seen view of Udaipur from the denser side of Pichola, the park is equipped with world class standards in form of making it an eco-friendly park complete with Solar Lights, Neem Fertilizers, recycled cement slurry tiles and local stones.  For those who are unfamiliar with the area, there are two roads that lead to it, one is via Mulla Talai, which is a precarious route, replete with narrow lanes, et al, while the other is the more adventurous and easy route from Dudh Talai, through the Jungle Safari route.

The park has been developed in memory of Late Shri Pratap Singh Bhandari, who has been instrumental in developing tourism in Udaipur and surrounding areas.

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Pratap Park, situated on the shores of historical Lake Pichola. Built on an area of about 60,000 Square feet, the park comprises of an open gymnasium,  a 250 meter acupressure walking track, gardens with mogra flowering and ample parking.

Giving a delightful feel of patriotism for the city of Udaipur, the “I LOVE UDAIPUR” sign in iron letters with the lovely backdrop of Lake Pichola and the City Palace.

This public – private partnership would enhance tourism by becoming a perfect photo spot and make open spaces for the locals to lead a healthier living.

In the upcoming summer season, this park would easily turn out to be a location of choice for tourists, trekkers as well as locals, who will be pleased to witness the much lovelier view from the banks of Pichola, with the twin seven start hotels, the Lake Palace, City Palace, Jag Mandir and Machla Magra all encompassed in one beautiful panoramic view.

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