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Raj tourism locks down, all monuments shut from Wednesday, 18th March to 31st March 2020

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The state has entered the complete lockdown stage and will close down all historical monuments, including Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar, Amber Fort, and other popular spots, starting Wednesday in a bid to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) will shut all 224 protected sites across the state. It may be noted that the screening of tourists at the major tourist places had been initiated from March 5, coinciding with an Italian tourist couple testing positive for the virus, who had stayed in Jodhpur and also visited the site.

All major fairs and festivals of Rajasthan viz Rajasthan Foundation Day, Gangaur Festival and many more have been canceled by the State Tourism Department till 31st March.
Every year people from all around the world use to come to be a part of these lively celebrations, but due to the prevailing situations and to avoid large gatherings these events have been canceled.

 

Jaisalmer Desert Festival to begin from 7th February 2020

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Rajasthan’s much-awaited festival of the year, “Desert Festival” pulls thousands of tourists from across the world to the desert land of Jaisalmer. The festival takes place over the sand dunes that are iconic to the area.

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Jaisalmer Desert Festival is a cultural extravaganza, which is curated specially for tourists and travelers. It showcases the colourful culture of Rajasthan in the backdrop of mundane desert land. The festival offers to witness amazing musical performances, fascinating competitions, unique beauty pageants and decadent local favorites with a showcase of exquisite handicrafts hard to find anywhere else in the world.

The visitors also get to try their hands on entertaining sports and activities like cricket with local sports lovers or a camel ride etc. If adventure, fun and exploring different cultures is your calling then a visit to the sand dunes of Jaisalmer, Rajasthan during the Desert Festival is a must.

The festival goes on for 3 glorious days every year. This year’s dates are 7th -9th February 2020. Follow the schedule given below- 

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Desert Festival Jaisalmer

Desert Festival Jaisalmer

Mount Abu Winter Festival concluded with fanfare

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People from across the globe visited the renowned Mount Abu Winter Festival which concluded today at the resplendent hill station. The festival embodied the true cultural and traditional spirit of Rajasthan with mesmerizing dance performances, local sports, processions, activities and much more.

The earlier two days of the festival witnessed numerous attractions, performances, competitions and activities as well. These included – Dog Show, Turban Tying Competition, Mehendi Competition, Best of Rajasthan and Live Musical Performances. Much to the delight of the visitors there were also several competitions between the locals and tourists like – Matka Race and Matka Fod as well as Tug of War. Yet another feature of the festival was a grand procession, which started from the Bus Stop and ended at Nakki Lake.

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The concluding day of the festival began with ‘Cycling’ in the morning. This was followed by Mr & Miss Aravali competition in the afternoon and a Heritage Walk in the evening. The evening also witnessed vibrant and colorful cultural performances by Nagar Palika at the  Polo Ground followed by a beautiful display of fireworks in the night at the same venue.

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Top places in Rajasthan for New Year’s Vacations

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With Christmas and New Year vacations around the corner, the airfares are bound to rise. But this year, after the shutdown of Jet Airways, airfares to international destinations like London, Europe, and the US have surged by over 100% as compared to the last year.

Because the international airfares have surged, you don’t have to be dismayed and cancel your holidays abroad. This year don’t go far, rather opt for domestic and short-haul destinations in India itself!

We’ve found a 15-20% jump in advance bookings for destinations like Jaipur and Udaipur from the year-earlier as an increase in winter schedule capacity has resulted in a decline in some domestic fares.

With this in mind, it’s time that you look closer to home and start exploring your own country’s hidden treasures.

There’s so much to see right here in Rajasthan, A Dilli-wala or wali can just explore something new in their neighborhood in Jaipur or the connoisseurs of princely experiences in Mumbai and Bangalore can head a lil extra couple of hours for exotic destinations near Jodhpur, Bikaner or Udaipur.

We’ve listed a few handpicked experiences for you! Pick your destination and enjoy best of experiences locally 😉

 

Ranakpur

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Tucked away in a remote valley in the Aravali range, Ranakpur is situated around 60 km north of Udaipur in Pali district. Ranakpur in the state of Rajasthan is one of the five most important pilgrimage sites of Jainism. It is home to an exceptionally beautiful temple complex and a must-visit for the tourists coming to this region. The place is well connected through a road network to other places in the region. A winter holiday admiring the marvelous marble architecture surrounded by the abundance of nature is no less than a holiday abroad.

 

Narlai

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Narlai is a small village surrounded by the oldest Aravalli range in Pali district, Rajasthan. It lies in between Udaipur and Jodhpur. Narlai is a perfect holiday destination to enjoy and experience a Rajasthani village life with the best equestrian Marwari horses.

A comfortable 2 hrs ride from jodhpur—‘Rawla Narlai’ makes for a most charming destination to stop & inhale the magic of rural Rajasthan while you get spoilt with their white-gloved hospitality and its splendid folk tales. This 17th-century village gives a perception of the rural Rajasthan and the visit to this small hamlet would surely leave you spellbound.

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Rawla Narlai, which was once a favorite hunting lodge to the royal family of Jodhpur has been meticulously and tastefully restored and converted to the finest heritage boutique hotel. An abundance of wildlife made this area a popular haunt for a favorite royal indulgence, ‘shikar’ (hunting) & the ‘Rawla’ provided the perfect abode to set up camp during their sojourns.

 

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Go for a countryside safari, or have tea by the lake, climb up to elephant hill or go for a leopard sighting Narlai has plenty of experiences to indulge. Experiencing Mystical stepwell dinner is something no place can even match to.

How to reach: www.rawlanarlai.com

Kumbhalgarh

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Kumbhalgarh Fort

Kumbhalgarh is a Mewar fortress near Udaipur. The magnanimous fort has seven fortified gateways and there are over 360 temples within the fort which is an experience in itself. From the palace top, it is possible to look tens of kilometers into the Aravali Range. Kumbalgarh is situated 82 km from Udaipur towards its northwest and is easily accessible by road.  Beautiful scenery, lush greenery and the frequency of tourists and travelers have also made it one of the most preferred locations for the vacationers.

Alsisar

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In the storybook town of Shekhawati dwells Alsisar, which is an exceptional hamlet of rustic life with an array of colors it garners deep inside the heart of its desert. A pastoral calmness hangs in the air of Alsisar as soon you enter the boundaries of this village of ancient and medieval Havelis. There lies the battle-hardened palace of Alsisar.

 

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Alsisar Mahal is a spectacular retreat featuring splendid views over the village boasting beautifully appointed suites, a darbar hall converted into a modern fine dining establishment, and enchanting lawns and pool. The expansive serene courtyards and gardens lend a distinctive character to transport guests into the romance and grandeur of its dignified era.

 

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From the most playful to the incredibly sophisticated, Alsisar Mahal abides an array of different ambiances and hosts marvelous New Year’s Eve dinner party that will leave you with memories of an unforgettable time in the palace.

How to reach: www.alsisarmahal.com

Ranthambhore

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For those who are passionate lovers of wildlife, India does not dishearten them at all. Ranthambore National Park is a must-see place. This gift of nature having a long history is famous for the tigers It is the place where some unique activities can be enjoyed by travelers since more tigers in comparison to any other sanctuary or park of India can be seen. This excellent tiger reserve is spread over around 400 square kilometers, and it is located in the middle of hill ranges of Aravali and Vindhya.

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Nahargarh Hotel is a retreat here, which is just a few yards away from Ranthambhore National Park. Stretched across acres of land, and encompassed by lush wilderness, Nahargarh dressed in ivory white fortification and set amidst thousands of trees offers a tranquil experience of royalty and wilderness. The exuberant palace hotel is revered amongst the guests for being one of the most indulgent properties in Rajasthan; where adventurous safaris and tiger tour moments bring excitement to mornings, while evenings are more engaging with cultural performances.

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You can experience a fascinating holiday in Nahargarh featuring fine amenities, anticipatory service and mesmeric views of wildlife.
How to reach: www.nahargarh.com

 

Mount Abu

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Situated amidst lush green, forested hills on the highest peak in the Aravali range, Mount Abu is the hill station for the Indian state of Rajasthan. Its cool and soothing climate makes it an ideal retreat for vacationers. Explore a number of Jain temples, including the Dilwara Temples, a complex carved of white marble, or visit the nearby Achalgarh fort, which houses many beautiful temples of its own.

 

The Winter Festival takes place each year in Mount Abu during the last week of December. It celebrates the happiness and cheerfulness among the people of this picturesque hill station. Tourists are welcomed here during the festival with great enthusiasm and they celebrate the festival with great joy and happiness.

Pushkar

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Pushkar has a magnetic appeal with 400 temples that are blue-white and a number of mesmerizing ghats. The town resounds with chanting of hymns, along with drums and gongs. Pushkar is a happy tourist attraction for the mix of eager tourists flocking from the world over.

There is a dash of westernization due to foreign tourists but the town retains a mystique. The Nag Pahar is a small hill that separates Pushkar from Ajmer a mere 11 km apart, which is another attraction you mustn’t miss. And, when it comes to hot air ballooning ride in Rajasthan, one should make their way to Pushkar.

Bhainsrorgarh

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Who doesn’t love the view of lush green forests and rivers? The heritage boutique hotel of Bhainsrorgarh situated on a cliff on the banks of Chambal River will give you the time of your life. Sightseeing during winter, a visit to the Badoli Temple, capturing the beauty of the river and enjoy the moments of relaxation while dining on a cliff is holiday bliss.

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When it comes to the adventure holiday, you just can’t let go of the number of options that can be experienced here in Rajasthan. To feel the thrills and chills, paragliding over Jodhpur and Jaisalmer can prove to be completely out of heaven. Feeling of butterflies in the stomach when taking a flight atop some grand forts is simply hard to define in some limited words is priceless. There is something about Rajasthan’s beautiful landscapes, and palaces dotted on them; they create a royal aura, and if seen from high above the fray, their beauty doubles up and would rekindle the tourists’ love for air travel. Besides, Udaipur, Ghanerao, Kumbhalgarh, and Udaipur are some of the best places to go trekking in Rajasthan.

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Wait no more and plan a trip in your very own country’s Royal Rajasthan, and make it an insta-worthy getaway of the year with your loved ones. There will be ample moments to capture on your trip to these destinations of Rajasthan.

 

Kumbhalgarh Festival- a vibrant three-day celebration of the cultural heritage of Rajasthan.

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Kumbhalgarh Festival- a vibrant three-day celebration of the cultural heritage of Rajasthan.
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The multi-hued culture of Rajasthan will be on full display during the upcoming Kumbhalgarh Festival from 1st – 3rd December 2019 at the majestic Kumbhalgarh Fort. The festival aims to enthrall the onlookers with everything that Rajasthan stands for. Various cultural performances and competitions are planned to give the participants a glimpse of the rustic side of the state.

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The festival commemorates Maharana Kumbha’s contribution toward art and culture at the historic fort of Kumbhalgarh, located at Aravalli Hills, 84 km north to Udaipur. Many activities and cultural programmes are organized to entertain the people visiting the fest. The cultural festival has been organized for more than a decade annually.

The festival is divided into two sections- day and night. In the daytime, there are exhibitions by the locals where they display regional ethnic wear, jewellery, handicrafts, souvenirs, etc. In the evening it is full of sound, vibrant and colourful light with dance and music performances by the finest artists across India. A few competitions among locals and foreigners are also conducted such as Pagadi Bandho (Tying the turban), Mehendi Mandana (henna applying)Tug of war, musical chair, etc. Visitors also witness the historical and popular puppet show organized every year.

Around the festival time, Kumbhalgarh Fort turns into a majestic sight with the decorations and lightings. The 3-day festival brings the art and culture of other states together and hosts competitions to bring out the enthusiasm among the visitors. Kalbeliyas, Langas, Terahtaali, Kachi Ghodi and Odissi dancers enthrall the audience with their performances. The fest is also looked upon as an opportunity for foreign tourists to get the taste of Rajasthan. The Sufi songs, Rajasthani folk dance, and saperaI (snake) dance are the major highlights of Kumbhalgarh Festival. 

The magnanimous fort is popular as a World Heritage Site, constructed and expanded in the course of the 15-19th century by Rana Kumbha. Kumbhalgarh is also the birthplace of Maharana Pratap, the great king, and warrior of Mewar. The mighty fort, believed to be built by Rana Kumbha in the 15th century, is also known as the second-largest wall after the Great Wall of China.

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Jaipur City Palace opens for Royal Stays.

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Jaipur City Palace opens for Royal Stays.

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When we talk about luxury hotels in India, the opulence of heritage properties in Rajasthan cannot be overlooked. Carrying an illustrious history of royalty, these magnificent palaces now serve as the epitomes of fine living. Now, Rajasthan’s capital city Jaipur has another new palace added to its list of heritage properties available for Royal stays, and that is the fathoming City Palace, Jaipur. The pink city is already on the map for foreign travelers, and this addition will undoubtedly garner more attention to the royal legacy of Jaipur.

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A stay at the City Palace will provide an inspiring journey into the rich history, cultural heritage and artistic traditions of Jaipur’s royal family. The room comes with an indoor swimming pool. Guests will be feted by a private butler who will arrange curated city experiences including shopping tours, guided walks through local museums and other excursions. Authentic Rajasthani meals may be enjoyed at the terrace overlooking the Aravalis, and peaceful daily breakfasts can be had in the company of peacocks who are often a sight at the Palace’s lush gardens.
Your experience with City Palace starts as soon as you walk out of the airport where a chauffeur-driven car will be waiting to transport you to your exquisite chambers. Booking the Gudliya Suite will let you have access to a lounge, kitchen, bathroom, and an indoor swimming pool. The suite is located in a private section of the palace. Starting from November 23, the airbnb suite can be booked for an inaugural price of INR 71455 per night, but the original tariff, which is INR 572280 per night, will begin from January 1, 2020. Once you arrive, a private butler is assigned to you to take care of all your special needs to provide sightseeing recommendations, make travel arrangements for excursions, organize restaurant bookings, etc. A member of the royal staff will also be assigned to escort you on a private shopping tour of Pink City’s highly lauded retail treasures.
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Guests will also be treated to two curated gourmet experiences: breakfast and dinner, at City Palace’s in-house restaurant, Baradari. The cafe was renovated for adaptive re-use a couple of years ago and its new avatar as a modern restaurant has been quite a success. You can expect tailored menus featuring hearty Rajasthani dishes like laal maas, top-shelf wine, and champagne, as well as an interaction with the chef during these meals.
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Finally, history and architecture buffs will be pleased to know that there’s a complimentary guided tour of the 1700s complex conducted by a member of the royal staff who will explain the intricacies of the architecture, art, and décor at the palace. If you’re still curious, ask questions about Jaipur’s legendary, historic sagas of war and love and you’ll hear some incredible folk tales.

It is applaudable to know that the proceeds of each booking will go to the Princess Diya Kumari Foundation, a local nonprofit dedicated to supporting rural women and people of Rajasthan.

 

 

Pushkar Fair to begin from 4th November 2019

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Pushkar Fair to begin from 4th November 2019

There’s nothing like Pushkar Camel Fair. It’s a celebration of the uniqueness of Rajasthan and experiencing the festival is the dream of every traveler. This is the time when Pushkar comes truly alive with multiple hues. The small sleepy town comes out of its hibernation mode and becomes the playground of people from the world over.

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The history of Pushkar Fair is a hundred years old but the festival keeps not only that historic spirit alive but also has new age elements to it now. This year the much-awaited fair will begin on 4th November and will culminate on 12th November on the day of Hindu festival Kartik Purnima.

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Apart from the buying and selling of livestock, the fair has become an important tourist attraction. Competitions such as the ‘matka phod’, ‘longest moustache’ and ‘bridal competition’ are the main draws for this fair, which attracts thousands of tourists. In recent years, the fair has also included an exhibition cricket match between the local Pushkar Club and a team of foreign tourists. Pushkar Camel Fair has so many events and activities that your day will be full but we advise you to take out a little time to stroll in the narrow lanes of the town. Also, don’t forget to try local foods and do indulge in retail therapy. Spend some time at the famous Brahma Temple and watch the evening Aarti at Pushkar Lake too.

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For your convenience, here’s a tentative impression of the flow of events at Pushkar Camel fair 2019.

4th to 9th November – Cattle Trading
Cattle trading is at its peak during these days along with a variety of cattle contests.

10th to 11th November –  Cultural Galore
These two days will see some cultural activities like dance shows, music performances sponsored by the Rajasthan State Government.

12th November – Holy Dips
This is the Holy Day when people take dips in the Pushkar Lake, and other religious ceremonies take place.