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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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Image Credit: www.bhainsrorgarh.com

  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.

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  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?

Ganganagar expands its airstrip for intra-state air services with Jaipur and Delhi

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Direct flights

Rajasthan’s Ganaganagar city is all set to expand its airstrip to facilitate intra-state air services connecting the district with Jaipur and Delhi.

Although, there is already an airstrip at Lalgarh but district administration has planned to expand it both ways for landing of commercial flights. According to sources, government is planning to start air services to the border district before next tourist season. The first flight of an intra-state air service from Jaipur to Udaipur via Jodhpur was launched on October 4 last year.

Government has tied up with Supreme Transport Organisation Pvt Ltd., to operate air services between different cities in the state. Several locations of world-class tourism, religious, historical and heritage importance would be benefitted by these air operations.

On an average, Rajasthan attracts over 12 lakh foreign and over two crore domestic tourists every year. Travel pundits hope that these kinds of air services would certainly help in giving a fillip to tourist footfall.

In fact, tourists had to travel by road and so were avoiding some places in Rajasthan. Now, with good air connectivity, tourists would be able to see more cities and spend more time in the Desert State.

8 Sanctuaries in Rajasthan to get the World’s first Leopard Reserves

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It appears that the viral videos of leopards frequently crossing the human habitation boundaries knocked the government officials and wildlife officials! The news is – in first of its kinds conservation effort, the government of Rajasthan is introducing and launching the ‘Project Leopard’ in Jhalana Reserve Forest of Jaipur along with eight conservation reserves and sanctuaries across Rajasthan.

With that the Jhalana reserve will be upgraded with an outer periphery wall and designated as a Leopard Reserve. The blue print of the project is ready with the forest department and would be launched in the first week of October that also happens to be the `Wildlife Week’.

Besides that, the project spread across 1,926.80 square km of sanctuaries in the state, aims at mitigating human-leopard conflicts and conserving the leopard population. Wildlife specialist Valmik Thapar stated “It is the first effort in the world at conserving leopards by reducing conflict between the animal and the man. The core of our mission is based on the crying need to create a better relationship between man and leopard in Rajasthan and secure leopard population which otherwise could dwindle and eventually die out. This unique scheme will enhance the status of the Leopard and boost wildlife tourism across Rajasthan thereby impacting hugely on local economies,”

The project Leopard will run in eight sanctuaries; Jaisamand Sanctuary in Udaipur, Bassi Sanctuary in Chittorgarh, Shergarh Sanctuary in Baran, Kumbhalgarh Sanc tuary-Raoli Todgarh Sanctuary (stretched from Ajmer to Udaipur), Mount Abu Sanctuary-Sundamata Conservation Reserve, Jhalana Aamagarh Conservation Reserve, Jaipur, Jawai Conservation Reserve, Pali and Khetri Bansyal Conservation Reserve, Jhunjhunu.

Brazil witnessed the cultural Grandeur of Rajasthan

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Brazil witnessed the flavour of Rajasthan’s rich culture in an evening shows filled with traditional folk dances on 10 April. The audience was mesmerized by the enthralling performances of Kalbelia, Chari, Ghoomar, Bhawai and other folk dances at Brooklin in Brazil.

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Furthermore, apart from the cultural performances the exquisite handicrafts of the State were also showcased at the venue. The visitors were hugely impressed by the miniature paintings, lac work, fine Kota Doria sarees, traditional leather shoes and block printing on textiles. Rajasthan’s gastronomic delicacies like Papad Ki Sabji, Aloo Mangori Ki Sabji, Besan Gatta, Choorma, Kesaria Kheer and Lapsi specially prepared by chef from the State became a huge hit. Promotional films were shown to the guests and publicity literature was given away to the visitors.

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This visit was a part of the initiative of the Union Ministry of External Affairs to promote cultural exchanges between Brazil and Rajasthan. A 13 member group of the State comprising of 5 craftsmen, 6 folk artistes, one chef and a coordinating officer from Rajasthan Tourism went on a 5-day (8 to 12 April) visit to Sao Paulo and Brasilia.

 

Mesmerizing Closing Ceremony of Rajasthan Festival at Janpath Jaipur

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A four-day long celebration of Rajasthan’s glory was marked in Jaipur to commemorate 68th year of Rajasthan’s foundation. The celebrations kicked off with an aim to highlight Rajasthan’s art, culture, tradition and heritage to attract tourism into the state.

The grand Rajasthan Festival’s Closing Ceremony was a fitting finale to the past three days of cultural extravaganza witnessed on 30th March at Janpath in Jaipur.

Enjoy the view of the cultural and projection mappingtoday at Janpath at the Closing Ceremony of ‘Rajasthan Festival’ in Jaipur.

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The mega event showcased the true essence of Rajasthan – its brave hearts, mighty warriors, rich wildlife, colorful festivals and vibrant culture – while portraying the State’s future readiness. The event saw an integration of technological elements like projection mapping on the striking facade of the Vidhan Sabha; water projection and finally a laser integrated music performance.

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(From left to right) The Chief Guest the Queen Mother of Bhutan, Her Majesty Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck and Rajasthan Chief Minister, Smt. Vasundhara Raje today at Janpath in Jaipur at the Closing Ceremony of ‘Rajasthan Festival . Also seen are:  the Governor of Rajasthan, Shri Kalyan Singh (extreme right) and Group Chairman, Vedanta Resources, PLC, Shri Anil Agarwal.

The Chief Guest on the occasion was the Queen Mother of Bhutan, Her Majesty Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck. Among the dignitaries present on the occasion were also the Governor of Rajasthan, Shri Kalyan Singh and the Rajasthan Chief Minister, Smt. Vasundhara Raje, Minister of State for Tourism, Smt. Krishnendra Kaur ‘Deepa’ and Group Chairman, Vedanta Resources, PLC, Shri Anil Agarwal.

The evening ended with a spectacular fireworks show at Janpath.

 

City of lakes from the eyes of an artist

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From rich heritage to fair and festivals, Udaipur offers varied experiences to tourists. Called as the City of Lakes of Rajasthan, this city has wonderful lakes where you can sit and adore the rising and setting sun with birds hovering around.

As you walk around the city, you find chirpy and smiling faces passing by who are always willing to help you. And the beauty is enhanced even more by the tourists who keep coming in to explore this incredible city.

Among these avid travelers are creative geniuses from dispersed backgrounds who genuinely take interest in the city’s marvels. Some of them being photographer, bloggers, architects, illustrators who sit by the roadside and look at it through their creative eyes.

Here are a few beautiful pictures of Udaipur in the ink of such an artist, Ekaterina Petrunina from Russia who uses the pseudonym of “babayuka”. She is an illustrator and vector artist and all these images were originally hand-drawn by her. Take a look. 🙂

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Aren’t these simply amazing?

 

With Pushkar Festival comes the grand Taj Gateway Resort

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Ajmer is one of the jewels of Rajasthan that has a rich history stretching back to the Rajputs, Mughals and Marathas. It brings out a beautiful blend of Sufi and Hindu traditions. The tourist destination has various attractions and due to the rapidly increasing tourism, various major brands are showing interest in opening new resorts and hotels in this area.

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Recently, Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces announced the opening of The Gateway Resort at Pushkar Bypass, Ajmer. The 81-room and suite resort hotel is built in Rajasthani style with royal scape. Located in the heart of Aravalli hills, this place offers a vast nestle of leisure and royalty for avid travelers.

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The streets leading to Ajmer Dargah

From location to the facilities, the resort provides everything: Spa to relax, conference hall for business meetings, swimming pool, luxurious rooms etc.

With the upcoming Pushkar festival, people will find it convenient to stay there amidst the beautiful location with all the facilities. Pushkar and its attractions are 11km from the resort by road so the distance is not going to be a problem for them. And for all those wishing to explore more of Rajasthan, then even for them the location is going to be a centre point as the resort is just 15km from Ajmer railway station and 140 km from Jaipur airport.

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So, prepare yourself for the Pushkar Festival as it’s going to be huge and stay here for a luxurious holiday! 🙂