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Best places for your next getaway, just 6 hrs drive from Rajasthan’s capital

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Best places for your next getaway, just 6 hrs drive from Rajasthan’s capital

Did you know the Fanciest places perfect for your next getaway are just 6 hr drive away? Yes, we are talking about – the blue city of Jodhpur.

Jodhpur is a beautiful city still rooted in tradition. The city with exotic blue houses reveres the erstwhile royal family of Jodhpur even today. The vibrancy and hustle-bustle of the city have its charm. That’s the reason the city is frequently visited by national and international travellers.

So, this weekend relax and rejuvenate and explore Jodhpur like never before.

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Jaipur-Jodhpur Highway 

Well, it’s not just about the destination even the road journey from Jaipur-Jodhpur is so exciting, an ultimate drive for travel lovers. The entire run offers spectacular views. You’ll be mesmerized by the changing landscape before your eyes at every turn.

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On the way to Jodhpur

So, when the trip is so beautiful, take time to stay only at the best places that we have discreetly chosen for you-

Ajit Bhawan– India’s First Heritage Hotel– where breathtaking decor, extensive facilities and utmost comfort would fit in so perfectly with your idea of a dream vacation that you may hate to leave even when the vacations are over. So holiday like a maharaja at India’s first heritage hotel: the palatial Ajit Bhawan.

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Before being reimagined as India’s first heritage hotel, this iconic building was once home to the former Maharaja’s younger brother, Major General Maharaj Dhiraj Sir Ajit Singh Ji. The Resort exudes royalty from its every nook and corner.

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Rooms have been given an old rustic outlook with modern amenities. A guest can feel the essence of the regal era. If the walls at the Ajit Bhawan could talk, they’d have plenty of stories to tell about the aristocrats that used to call this historic property home. Combining heritage with class, this elegant property offers you all the luxuries of a royal holiday within easy reach of all of the city’s attractions.

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And you never know, if you get a chance to meet the renowned fashion designer Raghvendra Rathore or his elder brother Maharaj Suryaveer Singh ji. Don’t be surprised the place belongs to them only.

Address- Ajit Bhawan, Near Circuit House, National Highway 65,
 Ajit Colony Jodhpur City, Rajasthan, India
Website-http://www.ajitbhawan.com/

On The Rocks- Probably first standalone restaurants in Jodhpur, that introduced the concept of fine dining. On The Rocks is not just a restaurant or a bar, rather it’s a place that provides a variety of ambiences to suit different tastes.

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There are five completely different setups here and we will take you through each of them. Dine at a wonderful open-air restaurant or choose a superbly designed indoor eatery. On The Rocks is ready to leave you mesmerized with its amazing ambience, delicious food from Indian, Pan Asian to Continental Dishes & service with a local touch. You must experience this little world to holiday in style! You will love the Tandoori and Mughlai food offered here. The exclusivity of On The Rocks makes it a must-visit place when you are in Jodhpur.

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Address

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 Near Circuit House, Ajit Colony
Website-www.ontherocksjodhpur.com

Khaas Bagh- A Gem in jodhpur’s crown. ‘Khaas Bagh’ is a connoisseur’s paradise in every sense of the word.

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One can experience the scenic wonders, seated and feasting in the Vintage Car. ‘Khaas Bagh’, this translated means ‘exceptional garden’, stands true to its name. Built-in the early 1900s in an Indo-Islamic-Colonial architectural style, the stunning main building is complemented by a stable-full of classic motorcars, boutiques, restaurants and a well-stocked bar.

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Be it for lunch, dinner or even a ‘sundowner’, do drop by & indulge in an unforgettable experience of royal grandeur that celebrates the finer things in life, because here, ‘the piece de resistance’ is the experience itself!!

Website-https://www.khaasbagh.com/

Wait it’s not over yet..

Pal Haveli- If you are keen into history, you must witness the grandeur of the only living haveli among the 700 Havelis of Jodhpur- Pal Haveli

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With a view of the famous Clock Tower

The Haveli rooms are exquisitely enriched with treasured, antiquated furniture. You’ll experience the most indulgent moments where luxury is met with warm hospitality.

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One of the best experience is dining at its rooftop Indique restaurant. With a captivating view of the majestic Mehrangarh in the backdrop, and 360-degree view of other tourist attractions like Umaid Bhawan, Jaswant Thada, Clock Tower and Gulab Sagar from the terrace, Indique, is an open museum to witness the architectural wonders from such close corners. The imposing open-air restaurant offers a truly romantic setting for a private candlelit dinner. A spectacular view of the skylights renders a sumptuous gastronomical experience under the moon.

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Indique Restaurant- Pal Haveli, Jodhpur
Address
Pal Haveli, Gulab Sagar,
Near Clock Tower,
Jodhpur
Website- http://palhaveli.com/

Pal Garh Resort– Just 20 min away in the of outskirts of Jodhpur, find this beautiful destination untouched-Pal Garh. The place garners pleasure and peace of mind for the travellers. With a laid-back yet beautifully spirited surrounding Pal Garh is a splendid retreat.

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Relax by the Open to Sky pool or in their beautiful done heritage rooms no doubt Pal Garh is a great escape.

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Address
Pal Village, Jodhpur, Rajasthan
Website-https://www.palgarh.com/

Well, let’s take a drive for 2 more hours and reach somewhere which is still unexplored

Rawla Narlai-A Heritage Resort- A comfortable 2 hrs ride from both—‘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.

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Rawla Narlai, which was once favourite 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 favourite royal indulgence, ‘shikar’ (hunting) & the ‘Rawla’ provided the perfect abode to set up camp during their sojourns.

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Step Well Dining at Narlai 

 

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.

Address
Village Narlai, Rajasthan, India
Website-http://www.rawlanarlai.com/

Wait no more and plan a trip and make it an insta-worthy getaway with your loved ones 🙂 There will be ample moments to capture on your trip to this part of Rajasthan.Road Trip

 

Happy Weekend Trip!

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Photography by PathfynderSolutions

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New Air India flights to connect Golden Triangle-Delhi-Jaipur-Agra

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December, which is a tourist’s season of Rajasthan, gets a real boon with the latest announcement by Air India for the Golden Triangle. The Golden Triangle, covering the lands of maharajas and nawabs/ mughals in the three cities of Jaipur, Agra, and Delhi makes for the must visit places in tourists itinerary.

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Now, the ‘Golden Triangle’ of Delhi-Jaipur-Agra’ will soon give much more convenience to the travellers with the start of Jaipur-Agra sector flights from December 8.

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The thrice-a-week flight will be operational on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.

Departure- Jaipur 11am to Agra at noon.

Fare- Jaipur-Agra minimum fare is Rs 2007

Arrival- Agra 1.15 PM- Jaipur- 2.15

Fare- Agra-Jaipur is Rs 1680.

The inaugural flight has been scheduled for December 8, Friday, after which regular flights will be operational from December 11 Monday. The flight is being launched under UDAN scheme by Alliance Air. An ATR aircraft will be used for this sector.

As far as Delhi-Jaipur connectivity is concerned, Flight AI 9687 departs from Delhi at 9.55 am and arrives in Jaipur at 10.55 am while Flight AI 9688 departs Jaipur at 1.35 pm and reached Delhi at 2.35 pm.

India’s first Astronomy Resort that offers Star Gazing in Rajasthan

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It is quite rare to find a sky full of twinkling stars amid the dust and pollution of the cities we live in. We hardly get chances to gaze at and experience the beauty of the cosmic world above us. How many times have you thought to just lie down beneath the open sky and gaze at the millions of twinkling stars until you fall asleep? So here’s a big breakthrough!  Get away from your dreary life of this concrete jungle and rush to Astroport Sariska, which is India’s first Star Gazing Resort that offers an unimaginable experience of sky and beyond.

To delight and provide utter relief & excitement to your soul, this resort allows you to do just that- Star Gazing! Astroport at Sariska is every astronomy enthusiast’s dream come true. It gives you all the feel of camping under the clear starry sky and doesn’t really make you face any of the hardships of forest. Sounds like a plan for tonight? Then go ahead 😉

Situated near the Aravalli Range of Alwar District in Rajasthan, the India’s first Astronomy-resort is just 3 hrs drive from Jaipur and five-hour drive from Delhi. Sariska is known to be the second darkest place in India hence Astroport Resort offers to enjoy an amazing view of the starlit sky at night.

What’s more that makes Astroport unique is- it’s not just a holiday or weekend resort but also offers education of astronomy and space sciences, which means there is something for the kids as well as grownups. The indulgent activities planned by their team of experts are full of fun combined with a sense of learning.

Organic farming, drip irrigation and use of solar energy show that they are also sensitive towards protection of nature and conservation. If eco-friendly way of living is also something your look for on a holiday, then this place will excite you.

Astroport has luxurious camping facilities. There are Swiss tents with attached bathrooms. The food served is grown within the premises. There are activities like rock climbing, nature walk, jungle safari, village tours, track n sign, camel safari, horse riding, pottery, organic farm tour, yoga, aerobics and much more to engage you during the day time.

And it doesn’t matter if you are an uninitiated soul, there are guides and educators who are happy to explain you all the constellations and galaxy patterns. Well, yes you can definitely touch and operate astronomical equipment like telescopes, professional cameras and binoculars that are readily available here.

Nevertheless, Sariska is a wildlife reserve that offers to see tigers, birds and native wildlife. So there’s a lot more to experience in and around Sariska too.

Credits Shashank Birla

Hit this place called Astroport Resort and enjoy an experience of stargazing like never before.  Or we shall say , Live the beautiful lines, “Taaron Se Karein Baatein… Chaandni Raatein”

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All the images are sourced from Astroport Resort

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.

Amer Fort ranks 12th among Asia’s top landmarks by TripAdvisor

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We are proud to share that tourists’ favorite and Jaipurites’ pride – Amer Fort ranks 12th among Asia’s top landmarks in Traveller’s Choice Awards by the popular travel portal TripAdvisor:D  Also, on the India list, Amer makes it to the second spot after Taj Mahal 🙂
We’re Proud indeed!

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 a 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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Amer Fort, Jaipur

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 behavior. One among the best hill top palaces, Amer  palace presents a curious blend of Muslim and Hindu 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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Light & Sound show at Amer Fort

 

In last couple of years, two major developments have taken place at Amer fort. A very old tunnel to connect Amer  Fort and adjoining Jaigarh Fort is now opened for public along with the electric cab facility for the tourists. Though, the magical epitome of grandeur Amer  Fort under the sun light during 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 favorite 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 😉

Intra-state flights from Jaipur to Jodhpur and Udaipur to operate from next week

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Those who all are travelling to Rajasthan can take a sigh of relief now as there will be enhancement in air connectivity between major tourist destinations in Rajasthan. The flight would start from Jaipur to Jodhpur in the first phase and then Udaipur the next week. Major sectors such as tourism, heritage and business will definitely get boosted with the launch of this air-connectivity service in the state.

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The intra-state 9-seater plane would operate for 6 days in a week. The schedule will be:

DEPARTURE TIME ARRIVAL TIME
Jaipur 10.15 AM Jodhpur 11.30 AM
Jodhpur 11.45 AM Jaipur 1.00 PM
Jaipur 4.30 PM Udaipur 6.00 PM
Udaipur 6.15 PM Jaipur 7.45 PM

Minimum airfare for the same has been fixed at Rs 3,499 per ticket.

So, when are visiting us again? 🙂

 

 

Monsoon brings an end to the safari season in wildlife sanctuaries

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With the monsoon season approaching, comes a disappointing news for all safari lovers, photographers  and travelers. The season for safari in wildlife sanctuary will be closing on 30th June 2016 and is expected to remain closed till 30th September 2016. The safaris and reserves of Rajasthan include Ranthambore Tiger Reserve, Sariska Tiger Reserve, Keolado National Park, Darrah Sanctuary, Sajjangarh Santuary, Kumbalgarh Sanctuary, Desert national Park, Mount Abu Sanctuary, SitaMata Sanctuary and Tal Chapper Sanctuary.

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There are various safety reasons due to which the safaris in the sanctuaries of Rajasthan  remains closed during this time. One of them being heavy rainfall due to which the tracks lose its shape and the water collects which may shoot up the chances of accidents.  peacock

 

The other reason is that this is the breeding season for many animals. It is optimal for the survival of the young in terms of factors such as ambient temperature, water and food availability and also behavioral changes in many animals. Related interests and behaviors are expressed and accepted during this period.

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Also, the growth in flora and fauna hikes up vegetation covers which spreads over the roads and tracks increasing the chances of attacks by wild animals and also the poisonous plants that grow alongside that may harm the visitors. Hence, for your safety, it will remain closed this season.

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But , hey, don’t be disappointed. Rajasthan provides a wide scape for tourism. Those who want to travel must not cancel their plans due to this reason. Rajasthan welcomes you all with open hearts and wide arms. It’s a state that offers immense opportunities of exploring various cities, heritage sites, and culture . It’s the perfect time to  explore all that while the sanctuaries remains closed.

For more details about the places you can discover in Rajasthan, please wait until the next blog comes up!

Khamma Ghani! 🙂