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Old September 5th, 2010, 07:56 PM   #1
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Rajasthan Tourism, Conservation & Development | राजस्थान पर्यटन, संरक्षण, विकास

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Old September 5th, 2010, 08:01 PM   #2
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Rajasthan to launch campaign to attract domestic tourists

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With an aim to attract domestic tourists, the state government will launch a campaign "Rajasthan calling" from September 8 that will travel across 19 cities of the country, an official said today.

A two-day 'Mini Rajasthan Festival' will be the major highlight of the campaign which will go to Kochi, Chennai, Mumbai, Bangalore, Patna, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Lucknow, Patna, Ranchi, Surat, Pune, Bhubneshwar, Goa, Jammu, Ludhiana, Vadodara and Chandigarh.

The festival would provide complete information about the taditional culture, exquisite range of Rajasthani handicraft products and delicacies, Rajasthan government's principal secretary and commissioner (tourism) Usha Sharma said.

Live cultural performances, food court, free application of mehendi (heena) on palms will be the main attraction of the festival, she said.

"The food court will have stalls serving famous dal baati choorma, Rajasthani kachories, mirchi pakora and traditional sweets. The traditional dances to be performed will include famous Chari, Gujri, and Algoja forms," she said.

The state's popularity is primarily owing to its incredible tourism products: its rich heritage, its forts, lakes, colourful fairs, golden sand dunes, rich wild life, wellness tourism among others, the official added.

People living in those cities please do check it out!
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Royal Rajasthan on Wheels rolls on first commercial journey from Delhi

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NEW DELHI: New super luxury Train "Royal Rajasthan on Wheels" rolled on it's first commercial journey for this year to Rajasthan and other destinations specially first time for Khajuraho, Varanasi from Safdurjung Railway station, New Delhi Sunday.


This initiative is a concrete step towards making the presence of the state in the area of Rail Tourism for which the Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and State Tourism Minister Bina Kak are working tirelessly.

After the grand success of Palace on Wheels which is a (in joint venture of Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation Ltd.(RTDC) and Indian Railways, they started a new super luxury train Royal Rajasthan on Wheels last year.

This new train has much more luxuries and modern facilities, includes first time Spa and Jim, for the passengers. The train has the capacity of carrying 82 passengers at one time with one Super Deluxe saloon, thirteen Deluxe Saloons and two restro-lounges. In first trip 33 tourist including 10 Indians passengers are traveling in this super luxurious train.

The Palace on Wheels starts its journey on every Wednesday between the months of August to April whereas the New super luxury train will run on every Sunday between the months of September to April from Delhi.

On this occasion, the Chairman, Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation Ltd.(RTDC) Manjeet Singh was also present.
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Old September 5th, 2010, 09:16 PM   #4
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good thread jodhu
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Old September 5th, 2010, 09:20 PM   #5
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Yeah I was thinking about creating it from a long time and then after that conversation with you I thought let's just create a different thread for one of the most important industries of Rajasthan.
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Folk in the Fort, Jodhpur set for music fest in October

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New Delhi, Sep 6 (PTI) Music lovers can look forward to a good deal of international flavour at the this year's fourth annual music festival, RIFF, hosted at the Meharngarh Fort in Jodhpur next month.The festival, a part of the the five-day 'Rajasthan International Folk Festival' beginning October 21 showcases the variety of folk music from the desert state as well as brings in diverse musicians from UK, Tanzania, Australia and other countries."This year we are showcasing a lot of local very senior Rajasthani artists and are stalwarts in their own right," Divya Bharati, Director, Jodhpur RIFF told PTI.

Organised in collaboration with the Jaipur Virasat Foundation and Mehrangarh Museum Trust the festival has Mick Jagger and Maharaja Gaj Singh of Jodhpur as its patrons.The festival is scheduled to open with a Maand performance, to be followed by traditional vocals by Ashwini Bhide.Nirgun bhajans by Jamuna Devi, a Rudra Veena performance by Ustad Bahauddin Dagar, Male Khan on the Nad and a recital by Pt Chandra Prakash, an exponent of Haveli Sangeet of the Nathdwara Temple tradition are the other highlights of the festival.Apart from these the international collaborations that are in store is British Tamil singer Susheela Raman who is jamming with Rajasthani folk artists to create a medley."Raman also plans to take the folk artists to London to perform at the monthly club event "Outer India" soon after the Jodhpur event," says Bharti."Another artist Sona who does her own version of 'Desi Soul' is a very promising upcoming artist whose performances are a must watch out for," he adds.

The centrepiece of the festival is expected to be the multi percussionist Pete Lockett, who will perform with 14 Rajasthani musicians.Other international performers include Lahore-based Mekaal Hasan band, that will blends eastern classical music with 1970s jazz band style, Warszawianka, a 16-member folk dance ensemble from Poland.DJ Maga Bo from Brazil, known for mixing different musical forms like dubstep, jungle kudiro and kwaito would be be performing for the first time in India.Other artists expected to perform are the Zawose family from Tanzania, and the flamenco gypsy-jazz guitarist, Augustin Carbonell. A flamenco-kalbeliya dance collaboration would be presented at the finale of the festival that will conclude on October 25.
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what are the events organized in view of CWG??
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A special tour has been organised for tourists coming in the cwg so they cover interesting spots in rajasthan which are closer to delhi. I posted an article about the ghost town of bhangarh which has already become popular. There are also events for the queens baton relay so they capture all of rajasthan heritage and culture. You can find the articles in the cwg thread, rajasthan general news thread.
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Government plans to explore new tourist spots in Rajasthan

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Jaipur, Sep 7 (PTI) With the state already being a favourite destination among tourists, Rajasthan government wants to explore lesser known destinations to give an impetus to the tourism industry.
Stressing that the state has much more than just sand dunes, forts and palaces, the government said it is preparing itself to explore new sites and places which can be promoted as new tourist destinations in the coming years.

"We are going to get prepared Detailed Project Reports (DPRs) of a few places as the state has some wonderful areas which can be developed to woo more and more tourists," Rajasthan Tourism Minister Bina Kak told PTI.
"We want to present a unique and inclusive picture of Rajasthan globally and want to show that Rajasthan is not only about sand dune, forts, palaces and Havelies," Kak said.

"Buddhist caves, architectural masterpiece temples, water bodies are also the part of incredible Rajasthan which we plan to explore by next year," she said.
Kak said that the otherwise rugged Shergarh fort is on the priority of the government.

"Magnificent Shergarh fort in Jhalawar is not so popular and there is a huge scope to develop it. We are planning to propose its name from the state to be added to UNESCO�s world heritage site in 2011," she said.

According to statistics provided by the Rajasthan tourism department, 2,66,32,105 tourists, including 10,73,414 foreigners visited Rajasthan last year with a 10.74 per cent deficit as compared to 2008.
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can you please post pic of this fort...
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Google it.
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it is looking as if it is destroyed in a war
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Old September 7th, 2010, 08:32 PM   #13
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Now read the article and what it says about the fort. If you still have trouble understanding then tell me.
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Old September 7th, 2010, 08:46 PM   #14
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Now read the article and what it says about the fort. If you still have trouble understanding then tell me.
seeing the state of it how could it be popular
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Clearly you reading issues. If you read it properly then it says "not so popular" and "there is a huge scope to develop it"
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Clearly you reading issues. If you read it properly then it says "not so popular" and "there is a huge scope to develop it"
i am saying the same thing it is not popular because of its state.....
btw why they said so it means it is a bit popular
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oh ffs! they intend to develop it and get it into the world heritage sites. which means there must be something there. It might be popular with local tourists and not with national and international ones. There are only 2 photographs of it on google both of them don't give a clear picture so I wonder how you came to that conclusion that it looks like a war site. Now stop trolling.
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ROYAL RAJASTHAN

India’s new super luxury train ‘Royal Rajasthan on Wheels’ was flagged off from New Delhi on Sunday.

It has several new destinations added to the itinerary as compared to the previous luxury train ‘Palace on Wheels’.

The new luxury train is a joint venture of Rajasthan Tourism and Development Corporation and the Indian Railways.

The government decided to launch a new train with improvised provisions for tourists keeping into mind the ‘Palace on Wheels’ concept that has been a hit with the tourists.

“See, firstly, our itinerary is very different. None of the trains has a similar itinerary as ours. In this, we cover Rajasthan, we cover Madhya Pradesh and Khajurao and we cover Agra and Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh as well,” said B. K. Sharma, general manager of the luxury train.

“The itinerary of none of the trains covers all this. The theme of the interiors is entirely different from the other trains. We have super deluxe suites, which are not there in any other train. There are saloons, cubical showers, satellite TV, and also there are spa and gym, which are not present in any other train,” he added.

The 22-coach train has the capacity of carrying 82 passengers in a journey with one Super Deluxe saloon, 13 Deluxe Saloons and two restro-lounges.

Special discounts are being offered for the upcoming 2010 Commonwealth Games.

“Regarding Commonwealth Games, we have made some extra efforts. We have given a 10 percent discount on the fares of the train. We know that this is a very good moment for our country that tourists from across the world would come here,” said G. N. Bhatt, Joint Director, Public Relations Department of the Government of Rajasthan.

“When a foreign tourist comes to Delhi he definitely visits the Golden Triangle, – Delhi, Jaipur and Agra. This train covers all the three destinations. So, the tourists coming here for the Commonwealth Games would also take the advantage of this train,” he added.
http://www.livetradingnews.com/royal...than-21116.htm

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Karnataka and Rajasthan wooing domestic tourists

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As domestic tourism is picking up in the country, various states are competing with each other to woo tourists with Karnataka and Rajasthan Tourism conducting road shows and 'mini festivals' in Kerala to showcase their culture and varied products.

While Karnataka launched its road show here yesterday, Rajasthan Tourism is organising a two-day 'Mini Rajasthan Festival’ here. The first 6 months of 2010 has already shown an over 20 per cent increase in arrivals both domestic and international in Karnataka, according to Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation (KSTDC) Managing Director, Vinay Luthra.

During the period, there were about 1.98 crore domestic arrivals against 1.43 crore in the same period the previous year. While 1.60 lakh foreign tourists visited the state in the first six months this year, against 0.96 lakh during the same period the previous year, he said, adding 'this was very encouraging as the tourist season was yet to begin'.

Karnataka which earlier was concentrating of Information Technology and BT, has realised the immense potential of tourism, he said. The budgetary allocation for tourism which was hardly about 15 crore five years ago was now Rs 250 crore, more than double of Kerala's allcoation to tourism.

As part of its tourism promotion campagin called 'Rajasthan Calling' Rajastahn Tourism is organising 'Mini festivals' in 19 major cities across the country, including Kochi, Chennai, Mumbai, Bangalore, Patna, Kolkata, Lucknow and Chandigarh.

During the festival, Rajasthan's traditional culture, exquisite range of its handicraft products and Rajasthani delicacies would be showcased. Besides, live dances and a food court would be held, Vinod Ajmera, Additional Director, Department of Tourism, Rajasthan said.

About 25 stalls depicting the state's culture, handicrafts, including wooden toys from Bassi, Chittor, Terracota from Siaya, Stone Artefacts from Banswara, Zardozi work from Nyla village, Leather Bags, Jutis from Jodhpur and Shinmal, Tie & Die from Akola, Brass Nakkashi- Balahedi and Forest Products from Barna, he said.

"With 14.8 lakh foreign tourists and 283 lakh domestic tourist arrivals in year 2008, Rajasthan is easily one of the most sought-after tourist destinations in India', he said.

Rajasthan's popularity is primarily owing to its incredible tourism products its rich heritage, its forts, palaces, lakes, colourful and lively fairs and festivals, golden sand dunes and rich wild life, adventure sports, handicrafts, shopping, among other pullers, Ajmera said.

Karnataka Tourism has signed an agreement with OSS Air Management Operations for Heli Tourism, which would start soon, Luthra said. Twenty-three helipads are being set up in district headquarters.

Country's first night time wildlife safari at Bannerghatta National Park, on the lines of Singapore, would take off in two years time, he said adding the government had set apart Rs 180 crore for the same.

A new brand of eco tourism experiences called 'Jungle Camps and Trails' has been launched and the 'Great Western Ghat Trails' would be launched soon, he said. From October, 'Silver Chariot' project in which tourists are taken on buses will take off. The trip will cover the route of the 'Golden chariot'. The tariffs would work out to Rs 3000 per person per night, he said.

Sanganakallu, a pre historic village near Hampi belonging to the neolithic age has been excavated and is being developed as a tourist destination that would be of interest to avid history buffs. This destination takes the visitors back to 8000 years ago. 'We found signs of paintings, a medicine factory where traditional medicines were made and a took factory', he said.

Karnataka Tourism has called for expression of interest for launching Cruise Tourism on the high seas of Karwar. It was also aiming to explore new markets of Japan, China, Spain and Scandinavia, he said. There are also plans to undertake international roadshows at London, Paris, Frankfurt.
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Bid to make Rajasthan safe for tourists

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JODHPUR: With a quantum jump in the arrival of foreign tourists, the need of the hour is to project Rajasthan as a safe destination. According to the department of tourism, the first two quarters of 2010 have seen an escalation of 26.3% in foreign tourist arrivals indicating that Rajasthan is back on rails as a favoured destination.

In line with positioning a global tourism brand, against the backdrop of some alarming trends in sexual exploitation through sex tourism, paedophilia and prostitution at pilgrimage tourism towns, the Heritage Hotel Association Owners will soon take a pledge of code of conduct for safe & honourable tourism. This code was conceptualised and drafted by the Union ministry of tourism n association with the Indian chapter of Pacific Asia Travel Association, Save the Children - India, an NGO, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes and Equitable Tourism Option.

"The objective is to encourage tourism to be undertaken with respect for basic rights like dignity, safety and freedom from exploitation of both tourists and local residents — people and communities who may be impacted by tourism in any way," said Gaj Singh at the commencement of another term as the president of the Heritage Hotels Association.

This code shall be applicable to all owners, suppliers, contractors, employees of travel and tour sector, including hotels, restaurants, lodges, tour agents, entertainment establishments etc. It shall be applicable to service providers like event management organisations, entertainment providers, transport operators like taxis, buses, tour guides and other services or agencies associated with the trade.

"This would aid prevention of prostitution, sex tourism and any other forms of sexual exploitation like assaults and molestation in tourism. Besides, the support would also enhance prevention of forced and involuntary drug use, manipulated and incorrect information, cultural and social intolerance which could increase vulnerability to crime," said Gaj Singh.

All hotels and tour operators shall train and maintain two persons as focal points to ensure all safety norms and guidelines are adhered to.

Read more: Bid to make Rajasthan safe for tourists - The Times of India http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/c...#ixzz0z7TaJmTS
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