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Rajasthan wins 3 national tourism awards on World Tourism Day 2018

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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).

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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.

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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 Rajasthan and 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.

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Awards Galore for Rajasthan

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Awards Galore for Rajasthan

This World Tourism Day brought a lot of well-deserved awards for the desert state. Rajasthan tourism was awarded by Hon’ble President Mr. Ramnath Kovind yesterday. National Award for Best Tourism Film was won by a 30 second short film that promoted state’s musical instruments in an innovative way. Here’s the film-

Rajasthan tourism was also runner up in  National Tourism Award under Best State- Comprehensive Development of Tourism.

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In another feat on World Tourism Day, Rajasthan famous for its museums made it to the list of travel website Trip Advisor’s Traveller’s Choice Awards for Museums. Five Indian museums appeared among the top 25 Asian museums and two of them are in Rajasthan. City Palace, Jaipur was on 15th position and Bagore Ki Haveli, Udaipur graced the 18th spot on the list.

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The Highlights of Royal Rajasthan on World Tourism Day

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Rajasthan is unarguably the most popular tourist destination in India. The state has so much to offer in the form of historical structures and delightful food. It is also a shopper’s paradise. This World Tourism Day, we bring to you a quick glimpse of the state’s gems-

Jaipur

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The Pink City is called so because of the prominence of colour pink in the four-walled city. Jaipur has many monuments to delight visitors. If you are here just for a day, visiting Amber Fort and City Palace will make your jaunt fulfilling. If you have more time on your hands, don’t miss out on any monument. Nahargarh Fort, Jaigarh Fort, Hawa Mahal and JantarMantar are must see places. The artistic cenotaphs at Gaitore appeal to people looking for something different.

Shop at Bapu Bazaar and Johari Bazaar to get the best out of your trip. Lastly don’t forget to indulge in authentic cuisine of the city. Daal ,Baati, Churma and Laal Maas here are really delightful. For a sweeter experience, sink your teeth in Malpua.

Udaipur

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Come here for a taste of regal luxury. The City of Lakes is beautiful beyond words and staying here is calming and surreal. Boating in Pichhola Lake or sitting by Fateh Sagar Lake will give you cherished memories. The hotels in Udaipur go all out to make you feel like royalty.

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This small city lives at its own pace. Junagarh fort here is a reminder of the city’s rich heritage. Lalgarh Palace is an architectural marvel. Shop for camel-leather jutis here.

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The blue walls of the houses here give the city an old-world charm. The grand Mehrangarh fort watches over the city like a trusted protector. Symmetrical style of Jaswant Thadamemorial is enchanting and the place is a must visit.

Jaisalmer

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Come here for truly experiencing the desert-life. The Golden City’s yellow sandstone monuments transport the onlookers to a different world. Desert-safari is best experienced here in the vast expanse of sand.

Ranakpur

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This beautiful, secluded village is what a laid-back traveler wants. The most popular site in the city is a spectacular Jain Temple dedicated to Tirthankara Adinath. It is made up of white marble and is a sight to behold. The village itself is really charming with its magnificent architecture.

Chittorgarh Fort

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A World Heritage Site and one of the largest forts in India, Chittorgarh Fort is a symbol of courage and sacrifice. This sprawling structure is high on the list of people coming to Rajasthan.

Kumbhalgarh Fort

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Being at this site fills you with awe and admiration for rulers of Mewar. The fort located in Rajsamand district was built by Rana Kumbha. Maharana Pratap who is revered in this region was born in this imposing fort. This is also a World Heritage Site.

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There are very few Brahma Temples and Pushkar has the most popular of them. Evening Aarti at Pushkar Lake fills you with serenity despite being a crowd-puller. Another highly popular event held in the city is annual Camel Fair which attracts visitors of all kinds.

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The top 20 places of Jaipur that will make your World Tourism Day interesting!

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Jaipur is a place with a glorious past and a very rich historic background. People come from far off places just to get the taste of its beautiful monuments and their architecture. For anyone who wants to visit Jaipur or even know about it, here is a list of 20 places one must visit and why.

1. Albert Hall Museum
Situated in Ram Niwas Garden, Albert Hall Museum is home to many beautiful paintings, sculptures and other distinct objects of historic significance. Dated back to 1876, it’s the oldest museum in the state and is quite popular for its Indo-Saracenic architecture. With lush green lawns alongside, you can sit and enjoy the beauty of this gigantic museum from outside.

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2. Amar Jawan Jyoti
Amar Jawan Jyoti was established as a tribute to the martyrs who fought and sacrificed their lives for the pride and honor of the nation. In the evenings, the place is lit with beautiful colored lights which makes the view all the more spectacular. Here one can view art, sculptures and audio visual movies dedicated to the defense force of the country. It is a perfect place for those who are keen to hear the gallant tales of the soldiers of our nation.

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3. Amer Fort
Amer or Amber Fort is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which is among the most visited places in Jaipur. The fort situated high on a hill overlooking the Maota Lake, is spread over a vast area with four levels, each having a courtyard. Every evening, the fort hosts a spellbinding Light and Sound Show, scripted by the great poet and lyricist Gulzar and voiced by Bollywood superstar Mr Amitabh Bachchan. With a blend of folk music, the show brings to life the legends, history, traditions and cultures of the Rajputs and Jaipur City. The high walls of the fort, made of red sandstone and marble, create an awe-stricken backdrop for the light – effects. This is something to be witnessed by every Jaipurite at least once in their lifetime.

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4. Birla Mandir
Birla Mandir, also known as Laxmi Narayan Temple, is a marvel made entirely of white marble. Situated on the elevated platform of the Moti Dunagri Hill, it looks splendid glowing in the night light. The major attraction is towards the idol of Lord Vishnu and Goddess Laxmi, which is carved out of one single piece of marble. With the pure and peaceful aura of the temple, surrounded by lush green lawns, it is the ideal hangout place for many Jaipurites as well as tourists to spend their evenings.

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5. Chokhi Dhani
For an ultimate Rajasthani experience, Chokhi Dhani, located approx 23 km from Jaipur on Tonk Road, is a place you can’t afford to miss. With the artificial village environment, soak in the spirits of Rajasthani culture and traditions. The lip smacking, traditional Rajasthani food adds to the charismatic appeal of Chokhi Dhani. Once you visit the place, the paintings, the wall art, the camel rides, the dance performances, the enthusiasm, the traditions, the Rajasthani attire and the smiling faces are all bound to mesmerize you and make you feel ecstatic.

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6. Chulgiri
Situated in the lap of the Aravali Ranges, is a beautiful Jain temple, Chulgiri. It’s famous for its 60 ft tall dome, which shelters the enormous 21 ft tall sculpture of Mahaveer Swami. The way to the temple is an adventure in itself. Hiking and trekking on the Aravali Hills is altogether a different experience and many tourists visit Chulgiri just for this. The Ghaat Ki Ghooni tunnel which eventually leads to the temple, is a major tourist attraction. During monsoon, surrounded by the greenery, the place looks all the more beautiful and attractive. With many scenic views, it’s a perfect place for a peaceful picnic.

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7. City Palace
Located in the heart of the old city of Jaipur, City Palace is where the Kachwaha Rajput clan ruled from. Built in the 18th Century, the Palace is a blend of Rajput, Mughal and European styles of architecture. Within the premises, one will find many gardens, ravishing courtyards and a Museum displaying many artefacts from the bygone era. Buildings like Mubarak Mahal, Chandra Mahal, Maharani Palace add to the allure of the Palace. Their richly crafted walls and ceiling, marble flooring and the mirror work are just an addition to the beauty of the palace. Govind Dev Ji temple, which is in the palace premises, is also a major tourist attraction and sees a heavy footfall daily.

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8. Galtaji
An ancient pilgrimage site, Galtaji, surrounded by the Aravali Hills has a series of temples built in a narrow crevice. From the hills flows a natural spring, that fills the seven sacred kunds, which the pilgrims consider as holy and come in thousands to bathe here. Galta ji is also famous for the hundred of monkeys that live here in the Galwar Bagh or also known as the monkey temple. It is considered very auspicious to visit the temple and to bathe in the kund on Makar Sankranti.

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9. Hawa Mahal
Hawa Mahal or Wind Palace, built in the shape of Lord Krishna’s crown, is the world’s tallest building without a foundation. With 953 Jharokhs, it was built for the Royal Ladies to witness the day to day activities happening on the streets without actually being seen. It was a great retreat in the summers as the winds would blow inside and cool the entire palace. No tourists can ever resist admiring the beauty of this Wind Palace.

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10. Jaigarh
Jaigarh, situated on the Cheel ka Teela of the Aravali Ranges, over looks the Amber Fort and the Maota Lake. Also known as the Victory Fort, it is very similar to the Fort of Amber in terms of structure and architecture. The fort has a cannon named Jaivana which was once the world’s largest cannon on wheels. It is convenient to visit Jaigarh and Amber Fort on the same trip as they are considered as one complex.
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11. Jal Mahal
Situated in the heart  of the Maan Sagar Lake, is the fine masterpiece of both Rajput and Mughal architecture, Jal Mahal. A five storied building, Jal Mahal has 4 floors underwater and only one floor above it. While it is not open for tourists to visit it from inside, one can marvel at the beauty of this Water Palace from outside, enjoy the picturesque view and have a treat at the nearby Chowpatis.

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12. Jawahar Cirlce
Jawahar Circle, located near the Jaipur International Airport is considered as the largest circular park in Asia. The park has many musical fountains, swings jogging track and a chowpaati place to gorge on tasty food. Having a calm and soothing atmosphere, many people come here to spend some quality time.

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13. Jantar Mantar
Jantar Mantar, also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has many stone, brass and masonry instruments which were made based on astrology and ancient Hindu Sanskrit texts. The place has the World’s largest stone sundial which has created a major buzz among the tourists.

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14. Kanak Vrindavan
Located at the foot of Nahargarh Hills, is a beautiful garden surrounded by lush green lawns and trees and fountains. It has many exquisite ‘Chhatris’ that depict the architecture of the bygone era. The Kanak Vrindavan valley, often being used as a backdrop for my Bollywood movies and a perfect picnic spot, offers a breathtaking view of the Jaipur City and the alluring nearby places.

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15. Nahargarh
At the edge of one of the oldest mountain ranges in the world, Aravali Hills, stands a magnificent fort named Nahargarh. It’s the favourite hangout place of many Jaipurites because of the height on which the Fort is situated and the breathtaking view of the city that it offers. Trekking to the top of the hill, where the fort stands, is an experience like never before.

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16. Panna Meena ki Baori
Panna Meena ki Baori, located near the Amber Fort, is an architectural marvel of the 16th Century. This step well was constructed as a community gathering place for the locals. During the monsoons, the place looks very attractive and soothing. The beauty of the place lies in the unique concept of symmetrical staircases. Legends say that a person can’t use the same staircase to go up and down and many tourist visit this place to check it out themselves.

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17. Raj Mandir
Constructed in the Art Moderne Style of architecture, Raj Mandir was considered as the finest architecture building in the history of the cinema halls. The beautiful chandeliers, the carpeted floors, crafted walls and everything about the place makes it a royal experience for the visitors. Titled as the ‘Pride of Asia’, this cinema hall is very popular among the tourists as well as the locals.

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18. Sisodia Rani Ka Bagh
Located near Ghat Ki Ghooni, Sisodia Garden was constructed by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh as a token of love for his second queen, Queen Sisodia of Udaipur. The garden is adorned with beautiful flower beds, musical fountains, water channels and murals displaying the eternal love story of Radha-Krishna. The place serves as a very famous tourist and picnic spot.

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19. Sargasuli
Constructed as a symbol of victory of Maharaja Sawai Ishwari Singh over Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh, the tower is also called ‘Victory Tower’. The specialty of this sky-high building is that, from its roof one can get a 360 degree panoramic view of the entire Pink City. Located in the heart of the city, this tower is a very popular tourist destination in Jaipur.

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20. Vidhadhar ka Bagh
A pristine garden, Vidhadhar ka Bagh was built in the memory of the architect of the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur, Vidhadhar Bhattacharya. Located near the Sisodia Garden, the place is a display of scenic beauty surrounded by beautiful fountains, lush green flower beds, royal pavilions and murals of Lord Krishna. It’s a very famous tourist attraction and an ideal place for a peaceful getaway.

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Enjoy the architectural beauties of Pink City and connect with the glorious history of each monument as this is the best time of the year to visit the city of Jaipur.

Written by our intern: Avni Mehta

Important Rajasthan Monuments to visit on World Tourism Day

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The department of tourism has lined up a series of events on the occasion of the World Tourism Day (WTD) on September 27. This year, the day is being celebrated under the theme ‘Tourism and Community Development – Focusing on the Ability of Tourism to Empower People and Provide Them with Skills to Achieve Change in Their Local Communities’.

In the state, the celebrations will begin with the revival of the popular programme ‘Music in the Park’. Classical singer Parveen Sultana will perform at the Central Park on Saturday from 7 pm. This event is being organized by DoT in association with the Jaipur Development Authority (JDA). Entry to the programme is free. Besides, musical performances, heritage walks and along with a free entry to the monuments in the state under the department of archaeology and museums will mark the day.

Here’s the list of 7+ popular monuments you can visit for free on account of  World Tourism day in Rajasthan.

City Palace, Jaipur: An amalgamation of traditional Rajasthani and Mughal architecture, City Palace complex has several palatial structures.

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City Palace, Udaipur: Originally started by Udai Singh, additions have been made to this building in such an ingenious manner that it is difficult to imagine that the building was not conceived as a whole.

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Hawa Mahal, Jaipur: Tha landmark building of Jaipur is a multi-layered palace with a beehive structure built by Sawai Pratap Singh (grand son of Sawai Jai Singh and son of Sawai Madhoo Singh) in 1799.

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Vijay Stambh, Chittorgarh: Translated as the Victory Tower, it is a nine-storeyed 37 metres high structure with sculptures of a secular nature to ornate the exteriors.

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Jantar Mantar, Jaipur: Jantar Mantar of Jaipur, the ‘Yantralaya’ of Sawai Jai Singh II built on his designs, is the largest of five astronomical observatories founded by him in 1716.

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Amber Fort Jaipur: Known for its artistic style of Hindu elements, Amer Fort is the principal tourist attractions in the Jaipur area, located high on Aravalli hillock. . With its large ramparts, series of gates and cobbled paths, the fort overlooks the Maota Lake, at its forefront.

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Museums Museums can be a great way of peeking into the history of a place and culture as each artifact has some interesting tale. The museums in Rajasthan can get you a clear understanding of the rich and diverse culture, traditions, arts, history, crafts and other notable features of the state. The major Museums of Rajasthan are:

  1. Alber Hall Museum Jaipur
  2. SMS City palace Museum Jaipur
  3. Udaipur Museum
  4. Government Museum Jodhpur
  5. Junagarh Fort Museum Bikaner
  6. Mehrangarh fort Museum Jodhpur
  7. Rao Jodha Museum Kota

World Tourism Day Celebration in Jaipur

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On World Tourism Day today i.e. September 27, 2013, The Department of Tourism of every state is doing something on this occasion to foster awareness about social, cultural, political and economic values of tourism, so is Rajasthan’s.  The Hon’ble Minister Tourism, Art & Culture, Ms Bina Kak graced the celebration of the World tourism Day by inaugurating the website of ‘Rajasthan State Archives Department’ yesterday. The website displays more than 35 lakh historical documents of erstwhile princely states and the state’s history.

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For today, a number of events are lined up in the Jaipur city to delight tourists.
There is going to be a bonanza of Rajasthani folk music and dances for music lovers at the open air theatre in Jawahar Kala Kendra (JKK) in the evening.

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During the day, a photography exhibition on heritage tourism will also be displayed at the JKK. Besides this, there are going to be performances of folk dancers, shehnai and nagada players at Jaipur’s most prominent and ancient museum i.e. Albert Hall, astronomical observatory which is Jantar Mantar and the beautiful fort, Amer fort during the day.

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Not just this. The foreign as well as domestic tourists visiting Jaipur today will be distributed tourism literature and will be accorded a warm welcome by being garlanded at Albert Hall, Jantar Mantar, Amer fort, Tourism Reception Centre, Air Port, Railway Station and the Bus Stand. To add, there is a free entry to all museums and heritage structures today.

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Be a part of the colorful activities and experience the richness of culture during such celebrations in Rajasthan!!

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Rajasthan observes World Tourism Day with offers and celebrations!

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The entire tourism industry in India and countries across the world celebrate the World Tourism Day, which is on September 27 each year. The day aims to foster awareness among the international community of the importance of tourism and its social, cultural, political and economic values.

In Rajasthan, different types of competitions, such as photo competitions promoting tourism, as well as tourism award presentations in areas such as ecotourism, are held on World Tourism Day. Other activities include free entries, discounts or special offers for the general public to any site of tourism interest to promote World Tourism Day on or around September 27.

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Many tourism enterprises and organizations, as well as government agencies with a special interest in tourism, celebrate the event with various special events and festivities.

This year, on the occasion of World Tourism Day, the Government monuments like Amber Mahal, Mehrangarh Museum etc will be open free of entry fees for all the tourists in Rajasthan. 

Best Wishes from Rajasthan Tourism Buzz on World Tourism Day 2012 🙂