The Rajasthan government has announced that with restrictions being lifted under Lockdown 5.0, it will be reopening monuments under its archaeology and museum department for tourists. Starting from Monday, 1st June 2020 All monuments—except those in containment zones and curfew areas—are now open four days a week for two weeks. Hours will be staggered at first, but from the third week onward, tourists will be able to visit the monuments daily.
Tourism stakeholders have welcomed the government decision to allow reopening of these places but are also concerned as the coronavirus outbreak is still raging.
On the first day of reopening, the tourism department organised cultural performance by folk artistes at 32 monuments in the state including in capital city. It was to mark the reopening of the monuments.
Starting June 1, from when the Centre”s Unlock 1 guidelines come into force, monuments, except those falling in the containment or curfew areas, will open four days a week (Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday) for the first two weeks and social-distancing protocols will be followed properly.
Tourist travel timing is kept between 9 am to 2 pm in the first week and from 9 am to 1 pm and then 3 pm to 5 pm in second week. They will open daily from the third week. Entry to the 32 ticketed monuments is free in the first and the second week, and 50 per cent ticket amount will be charged from third week, the official said.
Tourism is the lifeline of Rajasthan and a key industry. Reopening of monuments will help the trade and those earning their livelihood from the tourism sector.
The re-opening will also delight the local travellers who are locked down in their homes and wish to visit these monuments.
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.
Image via Rajasthan Tourism Official
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-
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.
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.
A very happy and joyful New Year to all our readers. May 2020 bring in the best holidays, experiences and adventures to all of you! Undoubtedly, we all had a magnificent 2019, thanks to the wonderful destinations, events, and festivals in Rajasthan!
You all have been great readers in all these years. Gear up as you are going to read a lot of exciting news and blogs on this site, which will help you plan your holidays in Rajasthan this year as well. 2019 saw us reporting the latest tourism updates from all over Rajasthan and bringing you up to Rajasthan cultural event updates and many exclusives! Several cultural festivals in 2020 are round the corner and this year is again full of celebrations and events in Rajasthan. So stay tuned to Rajasthan Tourism Beat 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!
Rajasthan tourism department is increasingly using technology and social media to promote tourism in the state. The efforts paid off as Rajasthan bagged three awards in the National Tourism Awards 2016-2017 on Thursday.
The awards are National Award for Most Innovative Use of Information Technology (Social Media and Website), National Award for Best Film Promotion Friendly State and Comprehensive Development of Tourism (jointly with Goa).
Image via Rajasthan Tourism Official
Hotel Samode Haveli near Jaipur was awarded in the ‘Best Heritage Hotel’ category whereas the Oberoi Udaivilas in Udaipur was awarded the best hotel in the five-star deluxe hotel category.
The awards were given in various segments including Travel, Tourism and Hospitality.
Andhra Pradesh got the first prize in the state category of comprehensive development of tourism. Kerala bagged the second prize while Rajasthanand Goa jointly shared the third prize.
The awardees were chosen on the basis of several parameters including tourist footfall, initiative of the state government and policies taken to make the state tourist friendly.
Palace on Wheels, the popular luxury train of Rajasthan has brought another glory for the nation. The Pacific Area Travel Writers Association (PATWA) has awarded the POW for the PATWA International Award under the category of ‘Tourist Train of the Year’.
The results were announced during ITB Berlin Travel event happening in Berlin, Germany from 9th March to 11th March, 2018.
One of the most prestigious luxury trains of India, Palace on Wheels began its maiden run on January 26, 1982. Since then, it is treating its passengers with a royal sojourn through various hues of the vibrant state of Rajasthan. Palace on Wheels Luxury Train boasts of the royal coaches of the erstwhile rulerswhich allow visitors to traverse the Golden Triangle Circuit, Udaipur, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur and Sawai Madhopur.
With the unparalleled hospitality, the train has gained worldwide reputation for providing the sojourn of a lifetime to the passengers. In the past too, palace on Wheels has won PATA Gold Award for the year 1987. In 2010 it was voted as the 4th most luxurious train in the world.
We are also rejoiced to share that travelling in Palace on Wheel- the luxury train has become more accessible as its fares are reduced to 50% by railways.
Plan a royal journey to princely state of Rajasthan in Palace on Wheels 🙂
On the occasion of ‘Dhulandi’ – the Holi Festival of colour, Amer Fort of Jaipur as well as Jantar Mantar will open in the afternoon from 03.00 pm to 05.00 pm post Dhulandi celebrations.
It is a great news for the tourists who are planning their visit to Jaipur to witness the festival of colours along with its historical monuments and forts. Amer and Jantar Mantar are the monuments of great historical significance and are on the ‘UNESCO World Heritage Sites’ list.
Looking at the travel plans of numerous tourists , who are planning to mark their Holi in Jaipur, the Department of Archaeology and Museums, Government of Rajasthan has decided upon opening the Amer Fort and Jantar Mantar post noon.
So, plan ahead joyfully, and happy holi 🙂
For more information please contact:
Pankaj Dharendra, Superintendent, Amer Fort (M: 09414251730)
Shashi Sawami, Superintendent, Jantar Mantar (M: 09785247246)