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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.

 

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.

Now Monsoon Safari In Ranthambore National Park

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Now Monsoon Safari In Ranthambore National Park

Sariska Tiger Reserve started monsoon safari this year and now it’s the turn of Ranthambhore National Park. From August to September, you will be able to visit Zones 6 to 10 of the park famous for its Tiger population. This is definitely a good news for those who want to experience forests in rain.

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Ranthambhore is one of the favorite wildlife parks of wildlife enthusiasts all over the world. The dense forests and elusive animals always hold the charm. The regular safaris start from October and that’s a great time to spot tigers.

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If you want to visit Ranthambore in the season starting October, online bookings are open now. The bookings started today on 10th August. Better hurry and plan your next visit to the wilds!

4 Places for Balloon Rides in Rajasthan

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4 Places for Balloon Rides in Rajasthan

Flying in the open sky like a bird always fascinates people. Though there are options for that, sky-diving is not everyone’s cup of tea. Riding in a hot-air balloon is the viable option if you want to catch the 360 degree view of a place.

If you also like the idea of floating with the winds, then come to Rajasthan. The breathtaking sceneries of the desert state look even more appealing from a balloon. You can request rides at some places in the state like Manesar and Neemrana. For regular rides, there are four locations in Rajasthan that will fulfill your dream of flying-

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Jaipur

Enjoying the Pink City in all its glory from the sky is so tempting, right? While flying over Jaipur you can soak in the beauty of area around Amber Fort. The mesmerizing Aravali range and grand forts will make you wish that the ride never ends.

 

Udaipur

The serene lakes of Udaipur attract people from every part of the world. The experience of flying over them is got to be unique. You will certainly enjoy the sight of grand palaces standing handsomely.

 

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Pushkar

The holy Pushkar Lake is a gorgeous sight from every angle. Flying over it is an out of the world experience. The floating balloon gives a bird’s eye view of the bright colors of the city. The location of the flights is changed depending on the weather.

 

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A glimpse of the National Park and village life are the high points of balloon rides in Ranthambore. The place is well-known for its population of tigers. When you come here for a jungle safari, a hot-air balloon safari has to be in your itinerary.

Go to www.skywaltz.com  for more information about these Balloon Safaris.

Top 10 Weekend Getaways From Jaipur

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  1. ALSISAR

The entire Shekhawati region has mesmerized millions of tourists and has been aptly dubbed as the ‘Open Art Gallery’ of Rajasthan. The region, which is approximately 200 kms from Jaipur is replete with palaces, minor castles, wells and also a deer sanctuary. As the region is said to be a mini desert, we advice to you travel on a horse or a camel to enjoy the semi desert feel and watch for the well preserved wall painted havelis.

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  1. BHANGARH

How about hiking on a blissful and adventurous break at Bhangarh and discovers the secrets of the Haunted Ruins of Rajasthan along with heritage sceneries?
Flanked among three Aravali Mountains, 52 km. away from Jaipur, Bhangarh is situated in Alwar district of Rajasthan and is known to be India’s most haunted place.
The remains of Bhangarh Fort are informative enough to take you on a mesmerizing journey, of the reminiscence from the past. Entry to the place is closed after sunset due to paranormal activities reported inside. It’s just not the place, but the route also gives whimsical experience.

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  1. BUNDI

With a majority of blue houses, Bundi, loacted 219.7 km away from Jaipur via NH 12, is surrounded by the Aravali Hills. Lazy and narrow lanes, Lakes, around 60 step wells (Baories), temples and mosque dominate the town. Not many knew this fact that Jodhpur- the blue city and Bundi have a strong affinity to the color blue. Get to the top of Bundi Fort to get a glimpse of the beautiful Blue City. A picturesque Nawal Sagar man made lake in the heart of the town, add more beauty to the place, especially during sunset when it soaks the reflection of the two-storied fortified complex ‘Garh Palace’. Garh Palace is host to ‘Chitrashala’ where the walls and ceilings are embellished with miniature paintings. Bundi miniature paintings depicted on the walls are still in its original form.

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  1. DEEG PALACE, BHARATPUR

Relatively less explored in Eastern Rajasthan, Deeg Water Palace is an awe-inspiring visual masterpiece, 192 km from Jaipur in Rajasthan.
Built in 1772, Deeg palace was a luxurious summer resort for the rulers of Bharatpur State. It is open 9 am to 5 pm except on Fridays.
Stay the night at Bharatpur, just 32 km away from here !

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  1. JODHPUR

Rambling between the mighty Mehrangarh fort and Umaid Bhawan, the sun kissed city of Jodhpur is situated 337 km away from Jaipur. Founded by Rao Jodha in 1459, Jodhpur is dotted with soaring forts and palaces shimmering in sandstone while the narrow lanes lead to an alluring world of antiques and handicrafts. The blue of houses renders an alluring “Blue City” especially to be seen at sunrise and sunset. The other places to visit include Sheesh Mahal, and Osiyan Temple that are some of the most imposing architectural works of ancient times and the Osiyan sand dunes will take you away from all the hustle bustle. Jodhpur Sweets, Gatta, Chakke ki sabzi and Mirchibada are not be missed !

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  1. MOUNT ABU

Mount Abu is the only hill station in the dry arid lands of Rajasthan, which can be reached through a 7 hour drive from the capital city of Jaipur. This hill station provides a great tourist destination owing to its picturesque land. Some of the main attractions of the city are Nakki Lake, Dilwara Temple, Mt. Abu Wildlife Sanctuary. Capture a perfect sunset from the Sunset Point in Mt. Abu J

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  1. NAWALGARH

Situated 115 km from Jaipur, Nawalgarh is better known as the ‘Open Air Art Gallery’. It is a small town where the vibrant streets depict the true blend of architecture smoothly fusing the Hindu, Mughal, Persian and British facets together. As you walk down this “Open Air Art Gallery” you will be amazed to see how the painted havelis and frescoes have captured the culture,customs and royal lifestyle of the Shekhawatis. The Roop Niwas Kothi , Murarka Haveli, Bhagton Ki Choti Haveli are some architectural gems which illustrate an impeccable mélange of Rajput and European architecture.

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  1. PUSHKAR

Situated 14 km (8.7 mi) northwest of Ajmer, Pushkar is one of the oldest cities in India and is also one of the five pilgrimage sites for the Hindu. The town has hundreds of temples, including 14th-century Jagatpita Brahma Mandir, a temple dedicated to Lord Brahma- creator of the world. People from all over the world visit Pushkar especially for Pushkar Fair, the largest cattle fair of the country. Set on Pushkar Lake, Pushkar is a sacred Hindu site with 52 ghats (stone staircases) where pilgrims bathe. You can also drive to the Dargah in Ajmer !

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  1. RANTHAMBORE

Once a hunting preserve of the Maharajas of Jaipur and now a Project Tiger Reserve, Ranthambore National Park or Ranthambhore is one of the largest national parks in northern India, covering an area of 392 km². It is situated in the Sawai Madhopur district of southeastern Rajasthan, about 160 km southeast of Jaipur. Ranthambore gives a unique flavor of nature, history and wildlife and houses a large number of Bengal tigers that can be easily observed hunting and taking care of their young ones during the jungle safari.

The destination pulls the attention of myriad wildlife lovers and photographers every year. The legendary Machli or T-16, is probably the oldest and world’s most photographed Tigress alive who also has a postal stamp on her.

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  1. SHAHPURA

65 kms. Away from Jaipur city, Shahpura, offers a life that is unhurried, a beautiful town of friendly people un-spoilt by the creepy fingers by modernity. The real charm lies in visiting its quaint village and experiencing a feel of authentic rural Rajasthan with all its charming eccentricity. Exquisite and discreet, the 300 years old impressive Shahpura Haveli is a tribute to the glorious past.

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Ranthambore National Park Is Now Open For Full Day Safari

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Ranthambore – a land of tigers is situated south from Jaipur. With approximately 3 hours distance, the famous Ranthambore National Park lies in the city of Sawai Madhopur.

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The National Park is all set to follow a similar path of full day safari same as that of the sanctuaries of Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh. The officials along with the tourism department have opened full day safari into Ranthambore National Park for the visitors and tourists.
With the maximum number of 40 vehicles permitted to enter the park, the forest department have equally divided it into 20 gypsies and 20 canters keeping in mind the carrying capacity of maximum 6 people.
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The authorities have also laid the price of the full day ticket for foreigners as 40,000 and that of Indians as 30,000.
All the wildlife seekers and photographers, don’t you think that you can make the most of it. So, why not opt for a full day safari the next time you visit Ranthambore 🙂

Ranthambore National Park to have one more Tiger Safari zone

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Good news from the Jungle!! The Ranthambhore National Park will open a new zone for Tiger Safari from January 18, 2014.

Tiger sighting is something which is on top of the minds of tourists visiting Ranthambhore National Park. No chital or chinkara could quench that thirst to see and click a tiger. But the over load traffic of visitors at the various permitted tiger zones has made it uneasy for the visitors as well as forest habitats. So as to reduce the tourist pressure on the existing nine zones, one more new zone is opened for Tiger Safari in the area called Antri at Ranthambhore National Park.

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The forest officials, after their two to three months’ research, conformed that there are four or five adult tigers and three cubs in this zone. Besides, the zone also has some beautiful water bodies and the presence of panther is also an added attraction.

So, what is rolling over your mind? Rejoice and as soon the booking opens plan for an adventurous and hustle free Tiger Safari at Ranthambhore National Park.