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Breathtaking Destinations in Rajasthan you cannot afford to miss during Monsoon

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No other province awaits rains like the desert state of Rajasthan. The first shower of monsoon is like a breath of relief and a full stop to the constant endurance of blazing heat. After a long scorching summer, a monsoon vacation is a must and to make it even more relaxing and refreshing, exploring the beauty of Rajasthan should be on the top of your bucket list. And to know why, take a look at some of the amazing and some hidden destinations of this state which become way more attractive with every shower.

  1. Udaipur

Known as the Venice of East, the rains can bring the romance alive in this city of lakes. The view of clouds, the smell of rain, the greenery and royalty of Taj Lake Palace, City Palace, Sajjangarh Fort aka Monsoon Palace, Fateh Sagar Lake, Lake Pichola, Jag Mandir and their surroundings will make you fall in love all over again.

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  1. Bhainsrorgarh

Who doesn’t love the view of lush green forests and river in monsoon? 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 rains, visit to the Badoli Temple, capturing the beauty of the river and enjoy the moments of relaxation while dining on a cliff is monsoon bliss 😉

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  1. Mount Abu

Visiting a hill station during monsoon can be your first best decision and choosing Mount Abu for the same would be your second best. It is a lethal combination of rains, amazing weather for trek, mountains, waterfalls, flora and fauna, and getting breath taking views from Dilwara Jain Temple and Nakki Lake.

Boat race competition being held at the Nakki Lake in the Summer Festival in Mount Abu.

  1. Keoladeo

Monsoon is the best time of the year to come and enjoy the natural beauty of Keoladeo National Park aka Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary since more than 350 avian species are available for bird watching. The Bharatpur Forest Lodge can be your stop to sit, feel the rain and enjoy the melodious chirping all around.

Keoladeo Sanctuary

  1. Narlai

Midway between Jodhpur and Udaipur, Narlai can be your next destination. Old havelis, jeep safari for spotting deer, panthers, chital, leopards, and trekking are some of the major attractions for this time of the year.

  1. Bundi

Special for receiving greatest amount of rainfall, Bundi is also famous for the Hadoti Palace, the step wellsNawal Sagar Lake, and beautifully carved havelis; this less explored travel destination has its own story to tell via the rains.

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  1. Kumbhalgarh

The rains and cool breeze would be welcoming and soothing for you to visit Kumbhalgarh fort or go out in the wild on a jeep safari in Kumbhalgarh wildlife sanctuary. This is the right weather for you to watch the real beauty of the flora and fauna that comes out with the rain.

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  1. Mahansar

If you are into mythology, Mahansar is the right destination for you where the sone-chandi ki dukan portray gold leaf paintings of Ramayan and life of Krishna, and to enjoy the best of it you need to take a break from burning summers and visit the place during monsoon. The greenery accompanied with cool temperature will leave you amazed.

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  1. Pushkar

The lakes, the wildlife, the scenic beauty and desert camping are only a few of the major attractions in Pushkar. The city comes to life during monsoons as completely different shades of Pushkar are visible in the midst of monsoon showers.

Pushkar Lake

  1. Kuchaman

One of the hidden destinations of Rajasthan, Kuchaman has a lot in store for you especially during monsoons. The cool and refreshing weather is perfect to visit and praise the beauty of Kuchaman Fort, the cliffs, Sheesh Mahal, Meera Mahal, and Jal Mahal.

Kuchaman Fort and otel India November 2009

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  1. Mandawa

Another unexplored place of Rajasthan is Mandawa. The rains are a perfect time to enjoy the old havelis, paintings and open air art gallery in the Mandawa Palace.

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  1. Ranakpur

Known for its spectacular marble Jain temple and few other temples like the sun temple, Ranakpur is ideal when admired in monsoon season. The fall in temperature makes it easier to wander and enjoy the incredible architecture.

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  1. Jaipur

Last yet not the least – capital city, the Pink City. Witness the Teej festival which marks the advent of monsoon along with the awe inspiring sites of Jal Mahal, Albert Hall museum, step wells, Hawa Mahal and the temples in Jaipur especially during the rains because it’s the best time of the year to enjoy the marvelous beauty of the city.

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And you cannot skip the delicious cuisine of Rajasthan while going around the state and enjoying the major attractions, can you?

Rajasthan’s Wildlife Reserves and National Parks to remain open in Monsoon

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Ranthambhore Gate

Nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts can add one more option to their list of holiday destinations this monsoon. The national parks in Rajasthan, which are usually closed for monsoon between July 1 and September 30, will be thrown open to the tourists’ jungle safari by the forest department.

Ruins of Ranthambhore

 

Ranthambore National Park (RNP), Sariska and Mukundra Tiger Reserves are the ones that will be kept open this monsoon season. The decision was taken at a recent meeting of the standing committee of the State Board of Wildlife and the Tiger Conservation Federation. Although, the onus of taking appropriate steps to implement the order with due attention to safety concerns, has been left to respective field directors.

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During the last monsoon, Ranthambore Tiger Reserve had thrown open zones 6 to 10 for the public, where chances of tiger sightings were almost zero. But in a year, these have become popular zones of the critical tiger habitat, with reports good sightings of the big cat. “Tigers breed during all 12 months of a year. Some jungle tracks become slushy, but most of the terrain in the park is dry . Besides, opening the zones to tourism helped to check illegal grazing, cutting of forest, and other illegal activities during the monsoon as well as to monitor the movement of tigers,” wildlife experts said.

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 Zones in these parks will be kept open on a rotational basis for three months around the year, wherein each zone would be closed for three months. During monsoons, some zones will be opened for tourism depending on the critical circumstances, condition of roads and keeping in mind the safety of tourists.

So, plan your trip to Rajasthan now if you are looking forward to enjoying the thrills of Jungle in monsoon!

Night Tourism to begin at Hawa Mahal and Chaura Rasta in Jaipur

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Rajasthan Tourism Department is leaving no stone un-turned to attract the tourists in Rajasthan. Days after the tourism department started night tourism at Vidyadhar Ka Bagh (Vidyadhar Garden), the state government recently announced that Jaipur’s  other attractions including Chaura Rasta and Hawa Mahal will become major tourism destinations for people who enjoy hanging out after dark.

It is announced that the Night tourism will begin at these two places by October. Rajasthan Chief minister Vasundhara Raje held a meeting of tourist department officials to review the ‘night tourism’ project in the city.

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The Parkota walls of the Pink City will be embellished with white mandana. Lights and decorations will enhances its aesthetic appeal and attract more tourists to the old part of the city. A clear focus is emphasized on the cleanliness and hygiene conditions of the surroundings. Attempts will be made to clean the bazaar. Besides, special arrangements will be made keep stray animals away so that tourists can enjoy the beauty of the city area on foot without any hussle.

The Pink buildings in the Walled City will also be decked up with beautiful lights, highlighting the marvelous beauty of heritage structures more prominently.

Its Time To Rediscover Rajasthan At The Resurgent Rajasthan Summit

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With less than a day left for the Resurgent Rajasthan Partnership Summit, the state is all set to make Rajasthan as the new investment hub and has left no stone unturned for this grand meet.

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Jaipur is shining to welcome delegates from all round the world and one can see massive development in eco-tourism to help contribute in sustainable development. Jaipurites are all keeping a vigil at this grand summit , from policemen ready strict on the duties to the practice session by artist for the grand night of Resurgent Rajasthan at Janpath. The state seems to have pulled up their socks and be spick and span. Here is the official schedule of the two – day Resurgent Rajasthan.

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Wednesday, 18 November, 2015

7:00 pm onwards Cultural Programme followed by Dinner Hotel Jai Mahal Palace

 

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Inaugural Session at Hall 1

7:30 am Registration opens
10:00 am Entry closes for Inaugural Session
10:30 am – 1:00 pm INAUGURAL SESSION
1:00 – 2:00 pm Lunch

2:00 pm to 5:00 pm                 Parallel Sectoral Session

  Hall 1 Amber Fort Hall Kumbhalgarh Hall Gagron Fort Hall Auditorium Convention Centre
2:00 – 3:15 pm Smart Cities & Highways : Reshaping Urban Infrastructure Leveraging Tourism for Sustainable Development Auto and ESDM Sector: Welcoming the New Age

 

Live Screening of the Session at Mehrangarh Hall

Transforming Healthcare Delivery in Rajasthan

 

Live Screening of the Session at the Chittorgrah Hall

Make in India: Skilling Rajasthan
3:45 – 5:00 pm Agriculture and Food Processing: Exploring Marketing and Investment Opportunities Focus Country Session: Japan Sustainable Mining: Managinig, Benefits & Risks

 

Live Screening of the Session at Mehrangarh Hall

Focus Country Session: Singapore

 

 

 

Live Screening of the Session at the Chittorgarh Hall

Regulatory Reforms:  Creating an Investor Friendly Environment

 

2:00 – 5:00 pm ITALY: One-to-one Meeting

 

Country Lounge: ITALY

AUSTRALIA: One-to-one Meeting (Sports & Tourism)

Country Lounge : AUSTRALIA

7:00 pm RESURGENT RAJASTHAN NITE Janpath, Opposite Vidhan Sabha
8:30 pm onwards Dinner Hotel Rambagh Palace

Friday, 20 November 2015

MSME Conclave & Valedictory Session at Hall 1

8:00 am onwards Registration Starts
9:30 am Entry closes for MSME Conclave
10:00 am – 12:00 noon MSME: Growth Engine for Make in India – Opportunites & Challenges
12:00 noon – 1:30 pm Valedictory Session
1:30 pm onwards Lunch

 

Acting As Natural Coolers – Some Monuments In Rajasthan You Never Knew About

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Our ancestors long before predicted the modern climate phase and designed so beautifully looking monuments. Some of these ancient architectures of the land of Rajasthan are designed so as to portray natural cooling system principle. Rajasthan’s Hawa Mahal and Chand Baori are a perfect example of how the interiors served as natural coolers without the use of electricity.

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Hawa Mahal was constructed around 300 years ago by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh. He being a believer of Lord Krishna designed it in the form of a crown – his ‘mukut’. This unique ‘Palace of Winds’ has its roots from physics’ Venturi effect. According to this principle, the fluid pressure is reduced and is constricted in a fixed path which lets the same cool air to flow all around. Another important feature which helps it to be a natural cooler is its walls. They are made of lime and stone which not only help cool the surroundings but also increases the life span of this well preserved monument.

Chand Boari

Chand Baori, a step well with around 3500 stairs is also situated in the dry arid land of Rajasthan. Serving two purposes at the same time- one of water collection and storage and other, providing a stage for leisurely activities, this funnel shaped creation of Raja Chand is also an example of natural cooling principle. Based on the passive cooling strategy, the consistent temperature of soil is absorbed to cool a building. This 13 storey Boari is a well portrayed example of natural cooling system.

Places to Visit in Rajasthan on National Tourism Day

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The National Tourism Day is celebrated in India on January 25th every year since 1988. It was aimed to generate awareness about the country’s tourism different kinds of activities and socio-cultural activities.

Tourism is a leading activity of the twenty-first century for job creation and environmental protection. It is increasingly playing a vital role in contribution to the sustainability and overall growth of the tourist destinations and regional communities by different means. Tourism brings people from different countries together and fosters a beautiful relationship and mutual understanding of each other’s culture.

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To get away from one’s working environment is, in a sense, to get away from one’s self; and this is often the chief advantage of travel and change.

So this National Tourism Day, you can plan to tour the culturally rich, diverse, exotic and historical destinations of Rajasthan- the Royal state of India!

Although the entire state is marked with fascinating and breathtaking tourism destinations, but the following few are the places you must visit once in your life (the repeat trip, however, is guaranteed)

Jaipur

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The Capital city of Rajasthan is steeped into history and culture, where the past comes alive in magnanimous forts and palaces, and the modern developments have beautifully blended with the heritage. The bustling bazaars of Jaipur, famous for Rajasthani jewellery, fabric and shoes, possess a timeless quality and are surely a treasure-trove for the shoppers. This fascinating city with its romantic charm takes the visitors into an epoch of royalty and tradition.

Jodhpur

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Rambling between Meharngarh and Umaid Bhawan, the sun kissed city of Jodhpur voices the stories of beautiful Queens, handsome Maharajas, fierce battles and bejeweled royal palaces from each of its corners. The markets of Jodhpur are vibrant and full of life; reflecting not just the multi-cultural composition of its people but also the enigmatic charm of its music and art.

Udaipur

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Also known as the “Venice of East”, the city of lakes is any travel enthusiast’s dream destination. Bewitching palaces idealistically dwelled on islands of mirror like lakes; magical museums, serene gardens, splendid monuments, massive forts, vivacious ‘Mewar Festival’ and colourful bazaars describe beautiful Udaipur, the modern capital of Mewar decorously.

Jaisalmer

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Jaisalmer, popular for the shimmering desert and camel rides, is a golden fantasy in the Thar Desert that brings out the beauty of desert life like no other.

Pushkar

Pushkar camel fair

The many temples, ghats and holy lake put forth Pushkar as a sanctifying town in India. With the only temple dedicated to Brahma, Pushkar is considered as the most sacred pilgrimage of Hindus. While the annual Pushkar Camel fair makes it a carnival of life every year.

 

 

Disclaimer: The unmarked pictures are sourced from Google.

 

Rajasthan Tourism: Flashback 2013

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A year of Tourism in Rajasthan

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Time runs really fast!! It feels like few months ago we celebrated the arrival of year 2013 and how soon we are here to bid a Good bye to this eventful year and ready to welcome the new 2014!!

The year 2013 saw us reporting latest tourism updates from all over Rajasthan and bringing you up to Rajasthan’s cultural event updates and much exclusive news! Let’s have a flashback of the events, updates and new things happened in Rajasthan in the year 2013…..

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The year began with pleasant winters and the Pink City- Jaipur poised for the Annual Times Food Awards that gave city dwellers, visitors and tourists a good guide of best eat out places of all categories and specialties in Jaipur – Now be it traditional or continental, a theme based or regional and a discotheque or an elite dine out, you name it and the guide has it all. The prominent festival of kites “Makarsankranti” was celebrated in the same month while the Royals of Rajputana were continue to enjoy the Jodhpur Polo Season began in December.  But, the best of the month’s highlights is Jaipur Literature Festival that intrigued world literature enthusiasts, art biggies and “The Dalai Lama” to the Pink City of Rajasthan.

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The Dalai Lama

The months of February and March bore remarkable festivals of international standards like Jodhpur desert festival, Alwar festival, Nagaur festival and the first of its kind- Art festival. A big relief for the tourists was Indian Govt.’s relaxation on transit visa rules. Apart from the cultural and trade festivals, the Vintage motor bike and car rally in Jaipur enthralled the localities and tourists in Rajasthan. India’s Rail budget was happy news for the travelers and the introduction of several tourist, special, holiday trains brought in the joy among travelers. The much acclaimed Elephant festival this year was a little disappointment for the tourists as the major highlight “Elephants” were missing due to the ban by Government. However, Holi was still an incredible affair of colours and more colours…. !!

The following month was again full of events and festivals in Rajasthan. Among the wonderful sound and light shows at the prominent forts of Rajasthan, one more show was introduced at the Akbari Quilla of Ajmer. The World Heritage Day was also celebrated with multifarious cultural events and historical monuments of Rajasthan. On this day, the Govt. also proposed the ecological, sports and adventure tourism in Rajasthan.

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Summers and Scorching by now had moderated the tourism in state, yet an Interpretation centre at the UNESCO’s World Heritage Site Jantar Mantar- Jaipur was inaugurated. While Udaipur opened World’s first Silver Museum, the six Rajasthan Forts- Ranthambhore Fort, Kumbhalgarh Fort, Gagron fort, Amber Fort, Chittorgarh Fort and Jaigarh Fort won the UNESCO’s world Heritage Status in June 2013.

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Springs, with a respite from heat and sun’s rage, brought in the spirit of Teej festival with an inclusion of elephant procession. The tempting aromas of Ghewar being cooked on sweet shops, colourful lehariyas, and blossoming flowers clearly indicated the festive spirit of Rajasthan. And the “Jaipur by Night” cultural event added more colours to the essence of vernal season.

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The following months saw some pretty serious developments in terms of advances in tourism; Food Craft institute was inaugurated for a major breakthrough in tourism. The Palace on Wheels and Rajasthan Royals on Wheels chugged on the season’s first journey after major renovations. The Ranthambhore National Park after some renovations rejoiced and opened for the season with the great ecstasy of sighting new tiger cubs, and the most photographed tigress Machhli of the National Park received special honor (Indian postal office postcard with her picture) for being oldest alive big cat in India. The season once again marked the arrival of celebrations, festivals and happiness all around the region.  Annual cultural festivals like Jodhpur RIFF, Ranakpur Festival, Marwar festival, Sufi festival and Dussehara are still fresh in our memories. And, how can we forget the electric concert by Oscar winner A R Rehman in Jaipur?

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Another major development in tourism, by the end of the year, we saw are the international hospitality brands opening hotels in Rajasthan, The Lemon Tree and Ginger Hotels are up and running in Jaipur, while few more are ready to come out of pipeline.

Celebrating and reporting, we almost came to the end of the year, but a lot of action is yet to talk about. We celebrated Diwali- the biggest and greatest festival of India with much extravaganza and fanfare in Rajasthan. The entire Rajasthan was ignited with lights and more lights everywhere. Then our cattle traders got indulged into pretty serious trade at the annual Pushkar fair which is more of an important tourist fair in Rajasthan and beyond. We’re sure you would have seen our special photo blog on the same.  So is the Bundi Utsav, held every year, that attracts thousands of traders and tourists to this magnificent land of art and culture.

The outset of December chill and the Jodhpur polo season are synonymous in Rajasthan tourism so the Polo Season began on the December 01, 2013. With the opening of Harley Davidson’s  Rajasthan Dune Chapter in Jaipur, December was a power packed month with one event after another back to back. Be it the largest international Jewellery extravaganza of “Jaipur Jewellery Show” or the “Jaipur Theatre Festival- Jairangam,” each was a huge crowd puller, but the Electro Techno Dance and Music festival, The “Magnetic Fields festival,” held at the backdrop of 17th century Royal palace Alsisar Mahal in Shekhawati, won all the accolades by the readers of Rajasthan Tourism Buzz.   The fantastic, full of life year 2013 concludes with the three days’ Winter Festival at Mount Abu- the only hill station of Rajasthan.

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Here’s wishing you a very happy and prosperous New Year from the entire team of Rajasthan Tourism Buzz. May 2014 bring you the best holidays you have ever had. We had a fantastic 2013, thanks to the wonderful readers like YOU !

You are going to read a lot of exciting news and blogs on this site in the coming few weeks. Several cultural festivals in 2014 are round the corner and this year is again full of celebrations and events in Rajasthan.  So stay tuned to Rajasthan Tourism Buzz as we continue to bring you the latest and greatest information from the world of travel and tourism in Rajasthan.

We hope you stick with us as we strive to continue the trend into the next year as well!