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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.

Behold the colourful extravaganzas of Gangaur Festival in Rajasthan

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Behold the colourful extravaganzas of Gangaur Festival in Rajasthan

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Vibrant clothes, mehandi designed hands, sounds of folk music, temple hymns and decorated streets! Gangaur festival offers a beautiful blend of religious and colourful extravaganzas in the culturally rich state of Rajasthan. It is among the most enthusiastically celebrated fairs and festivals of Rajasthan. Celebrated across the state, Gangaur reserves a remarkable seat in Jaipur. It is held in the months of March or April. This year’s dates are 30th and 31st March.

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Gangaur festival in Rajasthan is also considered as a celebration of ‘Martial Fidelity‘. Onlookers, especially tourists, find it exciting to watch the various ceremonies and activities of the festivals and show keen interest in learning about the culture.

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You’d love to catch a glimpse of groups of womenfolk, who are the main participants of the festival. They enthusiastically adorn the idols of Eesar (Lord Shiva) and Gaur (Goddess Gauri), the consort of Lord Shiva. The intensity of faith that is manifested as clay idols of Eesar and Gaur is worth admiring. Another noticeable thing would be the women, who beautifully adorn themselves with vibrant outfits and traditional jewellery. The festivals add spark to Rajasthan tourism by attracting people from foreign lands who are inclined towards culture.

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The belief working behind the Gangaur festival is  the hope that the worship would bring harmony in the lives of married women. Serving as the well-known Rajasthan attractions, the festival is equally important for unmarried girls as they get a good husband.

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The Gangaur festival in Jaipur is celebrated with great fervor in the royal families of Rajasthan as well. Magnificent human size idols of Eesar Gangaur are placed in the City Palace and other royal houses for worshiping. The royal women also get mehandi (Heena) applied on their hands by expert professionals.

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The most exciting part of the festival is when women take out the Gangaur processions on the street, followed by immersing these idols in river or lake. The euphonic voice of ladies while singing the traditional songs, dedicated to the Gods is mesmerizing.

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While in Rajasthan, especially Jaipur, don’t miss to sweeten your tongues with finger licking “Ghewar”, a sweet dish that specially being distributed on the occasion.
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No Service Charge On Online Train Tickets Booked through IRCTC for one month

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The online railway ticket booking through the IRCTC website has just become cheaper! Thanks to  the Union Budget 2017!

Earlier, a service tax of Rs. 20 had to be paid while booking Sleeper Class tickets and Rs. 40 for AC class tickets.  This Service charges on e-tickets booked through IRCTC will be withdrawn.

The online booking of railway tickets has witnessed a sharp spurt after the government banned the  500 and 1000 notes on November 8 and the cash crunch that followed. But as people switched to cashless transactions, there was a growing demand that the service charge be waived.

Hence, in a move to make people turn more towards online payments and go cashless, the government has withdrawn taxes from tickets booked through IRCTC’s website.
Now the Online Payment has its own perks. Happy Traveling 🙂

ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival 2017 announced the list of speakers at Curtain Raiser in Delhi

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The ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival to be held from January 19th -23rd, 2017 announces the list of 10 speakers coming to Jaipur in January as part of its weekly campaign. Some of the Themes of ZEE JLF 2017 include Freedom to Dream: India @ 70, The Magna Carta, Translation and World Literature, Women and Marginalised Voices, Sanskrit, and Colonialism and the Legacy of the Raj.

ZEE JLF offers an experience to mingle with authors, interact with industry players, relax in the Festival Delegate lounge and enjoy the live music concerts and Festival Fringe events. The Curtain Raiser of the event in Delhi gathered audiences to enjoy joyous musical performances, powerful dramatic readings and translated renditions at the Taj Mahal Hotel, New Delhi.

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With around 30 languages represented from India and across the world, the Festival will feature authors writing in Indian regional languages including the popular

  1. Volga in Telugu,
  2. S.L. Bhyrappa and Vivek Shanbhag in Kannada,
  3. Kaajal Oza Vaidya in Gujarati,
  4. C.P. Deval and Hari Ram Meena in Rajasthani,
  5. Kanak Dixit and Binod Chaudhary in Nepali,
  6. Dhrubajyoti Bora in Assamese,
  7. Gulzar and Javed Akhtar in Urdu,
  8. Jatindra K. Nayak in Oriya,
  9. Naseem Shafaie and Neerja Mattoo in Kashmiri,
  10. Arunava Sinha and Radha Chakravarty in Bengali
  11. Arshia Sattar, A.N.D. Haksar, and Roberto Calasso in Sanskrit.
  12. Writers in Hindi include Ajay Navaria, Anu Singh Choudhary, Manav Kaul, Mrinal Pande, Narendra Kohli and Yatindra Mishra.

Some of the International writers include

  1.  Winners of the Man Booker Prize Alan Hollinghurst and Richard Flanagan;
  2. NoViolet Bulawayo who was the first black African woman to be shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2013;
  3. Laurence Olivier award winner and two-time Academy Award nominee Sir David Hare, who makes his first visit to the Festival;
  4. internationally acclaimed poet Anne Waldman; bestselling author, poet, activist and teacher Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni;
  5. 2016 Emerging Voices Award winner Eka Kurniawan;
  6. Nassim Nicholas Taleb, who predicted the 2008 global financial crisis;
  7. Writer, journalist and broadcaster Simon Winchester, OBE; the ‘literary institution of one’, Italian writer and published Roberto Calasso;
  8. Neil MacGregor, past director of the National Gallery London and the British Museum and author of A History of the World in 100 Objects;
  9. American Journalist and Pulitzer Prize-winning Dexter Filkins;
  10. Alex Ross, the music critic for The New Yorker and the author of the books The Rest is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century and Listen to This;
  11. Ha-Joon Chang whose books, including 23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism and Economics: The User’s Guide will have been translated into 40 languages and published in 43 countries;
  12. Linda Colley, award-winning historian, academic, author and broadcaster who specialises in post-1700 British history and author of Britons: Forging the Nation 1707-1837 and Acts of Union and Disunion.

 

Art on Wheels by Jaipur Art Summit and Uber

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In another step towards appreciating art and making it accessible to more people, Jaipur Art Summit in collaboration with Uber, has come up with a unique platform, Art on Wheels. The platform is set to give artists from Rajasthan a chance to woo the city dwellers through their art, which will be seen running across the city streets displayed on Uber cars. This innovative campaign has been fashioned to celebrate creativity and to promote and encourage young talent from Rajasthan.

Uber, the urban way of travelling, that has changed the meaning of mobility for millions of people across the world and India, is all set to bring the artists of Rajasthan to the fore by introducing their art on more then 100 Uber vehicles.

The flagging off of the event that launched this initiative took place today at Ravindra Manch at 2:00 P.M. The artwork, converted into vinyl stickers, can be seen displayed on the bonnets of these cars. Inside each of these cars one can find interesting information related to the artist and Jaipur Art Summit.

Not only this, riders using these cars for travel will also get many surprises. Uber has rolled out some very amazing gifts for travelers of, Art on Wheels. The first among those who will get to ride these particular Art on Wheel, cars(available through Uber Go Option on Uber App)  will get two rides absolutely free.  On taking minimum 3 rides from now until Dec 2, 2016 with the #ARTONWHEELS promo code, riders stand a chance to win 10 custom made paintings by local artists. Not only this on 3rdDecember between 12PM – 3PM, riders across the three cities will be able to see a new view on their app called ‘UberART’ which they can use as an option to book  aride and also to experience an #ARTONWHEELS car at the push of a button.

We are sure you cannot wait anymore for your next Uber ride.

Delhi Airport dazzled with 5 Rajasthani Dance Performances on Diwali

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Along with the tinge of lights this Diwali, Delhi Airport offered the passengers to taste the cultural galore of Rajasthan! Dance is the purest way to feel the joy and spirit of festivals! Here’s how the campaign called “#Spread The Light” rejoiced everyone on all the three terminals of Delhi Airport with 5 Rajasthani Dance forms! Let’s together enjoy how our dance forms beguiled the passengers on Delhi Airport
GhoomarPerformed on ceremonious occasions by women folk, the ubiquitous Ghoomar is premier Rajasthani dance form, which beautifully encapsulates the true spirit of Rajasthan’s vivacious culture.

Bhawai- Bhawai is a traditional Rajasthani folk dance form, which is performed with great skill. It is the art of dancing while maintaining a fine balancing act and poising many articles and items on one’s head.

Terah Tali- In this foot tapping and exciting dance form, almost around 13 Manjeeras or Cymbals are tied on the dancing women’s body and these cymbals are used by the folk dancers as accompanying instruments while moving and dancing!

Kalbeliya – This is one of the most sensuous and entertaining among all Rajasthani dances. The female dancers dance and swirl, replicating the movements of a serpent in Kalbeliya dance form.

ChariThe joy of collecting water from miles away in Rajasthan is reflected through this Chari dance. This folk dance is performed by group of women dancers who hold chari or pots on their head and a lighted lamp is then placed in the pot.

Isn’t it a beautiful way to bring the traveling crowd into festive mood ?

 

Get A Glimpse Of Handicrafts At The Shilpgram Fest

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A charming city with the shimmering Lake Pichola and the white City Palace situated in the centre is the first picture that clicks to the mind when one talks about the City of Lakes – Udaipur.

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Set in a village within the proximity of 3 kms in an undulating terrain of land surrounded by the Aravallis in Udaipur, the craftsmen village – Shilpgram is an exhibition of handicrafts from various ethnic groups.

shilpgram Being one of the biggest handicraft fairs of Rajasthan, Shilpgram Fair is held annually during the winter season. It takes place usually in the end of the year and this time it is from 21.12.2015 to 30.12.2015. Rajasthan is recognized for its art and craft worldwide and this fair gives a perfect chance to explore craft, art and culture of various states.

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The fair is not only about artifacts but one can also witness and enjoy various folk dance and music forms at the open air amphitheatre. So, what are you waiting for, book your tickets as we know its captivating!