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Old September 11th, 2010, 01:52 PM   #21
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Rap for the rajas: India's best new music festival- by The Guardian!

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Rajasthan's International Folk Festival, launched just three years ago and held in a majestic fort in the Blue City of Jodhpur, is one of the most intimate and innovative in India

The sun was rising over one side of Jaswant Thada – an ornate royal burial ground and the perfect panoramic vantage point overlooking Jodhpur – yet the brightest full moon of the year was still lingering in the sky. Identical twins Amit and Asit Goswami greeted the new day joyously with their enchanting sarod and sitar melodies, and those of us who had gathered for this 5.45am start, welcomed the golden glow as it warmed our faces and bare feet, poking out under a sea of uniformly crossed legs. Men executed slow yogic positions at the edge of the crowd; the call to morning prayers entwined with the music. Hot chai was passed round.

Later in the day, we were swept up in the party atmosphere of brilliant Bollywood percussionist Sivamani. His raucous percussion show couldn't have been further away from the peacefulness of the dawn, but it was just as exhilarating. Sivamani was surrounded by his hardcore fans, who were elated by his preposterous rhythms. It felt like being at a "normal" gig. Such contrasting performances, such collisions of old and new India, are typical of the country's newest major music event, the Rajasthan International Folk Festival (Riff), which started in 2007 and attracted 1,800 paying visitors last year.

We were staying at Jodhpur's Umaid Bhawan Palace Hotel, designed by the British architect Edward Lanchester, and constructed between 1929 and 1943. It is one of the world's largest private residences but the former Jodhpur royal family let half of their quarters be converted into a luxury hotel, run by the Taj group. Away from the festival we relaxed in its art deco splendour.

The ancestors of the current maharajah, Gaj Singh II, were great patrons of the arts, and this continues today: the family are keen supporters of Riff. The king, or babji as he is known by locals, could be spotted at many concerts over the weekend, mingling with festival-goers. Avuncular and charming, he explained to me the history of musicians performing at the royal court. Singh, who was educated in Britain, was a schoolmate of Mick Jagger – the attendance of the Rolling Stones' front man at the 2007 festival caused something of a stir.



Jodhpur is known as the Blue City, because of the blue-painted houses that surround the majestic 500-year-old Mehrangarh Fort, where most of the festival events take place. The fort, one of the largest in India, towers over the town, and the winding, cobbled streets up to its entrance are a tough climb. But it was the ideal venue for the festival, as it has a long history of parties and celebrations, being also a former royal residence. The event kicked off on the Friday night, with a magical set from renowned Bollywood singer Rekha Bhardwaj, collaborating with Rehana Mirza, a local singer of maand music, a variety of Rajasthan folk. As I gazed up at the full moon and impeccably starry sky, the duet sounded utterly haunting, like nothing I've ever heard before.

The moonlight also bathed the audience in a courtyard at the fort. The maharajah and his entourage had front row seats, and it felt more like a concert at Buckingham Palace than your average music festival. As it was Gandhi Day, no alcohol was on sale; everyone sipped cans of soft drinks while eating the spiced, barbecued meats and vegetarian curries from the buffet – a definite upgrade from your average festival fare.

So far, so civilised, but things became more thrilling later on as the Dharohar Project took to a stage within the fort. They captivated the crowd with astounding melodies, establishing themselves as the standout act of the weekend. We were particularly mesmerised by Raies Khan, who plays the Rajasthani morchang (similar to a Jew's harp).

Another number spotlighted Jumma Khan Mewati, an MC, who rapped humorously about modern village life, narrating a story of a young man bickering with his wife, who wants to do things that other women in the village don't, like using a mobile phone.

The group was fronted and co-ordinated by Jason Singh, a charismatic beat-boxer from Manchester, who has worked extensively with Nitin Sawhney. "I've always wanted to give something back to India," he said. "My grandparents left in the 50s and 60s to set up life in England, so I wanted to bring something here."

The festival was established to help ensure the continuation of the region's musical heritage. The vast Thar desert, which takes up much of the state, has been home to many generations of musicians, who perform the songs of the ages on obscure instruments, creating an uplifting sound that contrasts with the harsh surroundings.

To attract both metropolitan Indians and overseas music lovers – as well as those on the travellers' trail – collaborations such as the one between Singh and Dharohar Project are commissioned to showcase local talent alongside the stars of India's burgeoning classical and popular music genres.

Most performances took place in the early morning or evening, avoiding the heat of the day. We made several early starts to witness sunrise performances, although some young visitors carried on the age-old festival tradition of staying up all night; others slept up at the royal graveyard, so they could be gently woken by the music. Megna, who was visiting from the neighbouring city of Jaipur, confessed, "I haven't been to sleep, as you can probably see from my eyes."

What was also striking about these dawn devotional concerts was that you didn't need a ticket, so many locals came along to see what the festival was all about. Piyush Soni, a local jewellery maker, said: "Whenever you listen to music you are in heaven, so you must listen to music."

Workshops and smaller events were held during the day at the fort, for those who could hack the heat. And in Jodhpur itself there was plenty to do away from the festivities, particularly if culture or cuisine are your thing. We bought chai, spices and scarves at the Sardar market in the city centre, and sipped lassis at sundown on the rooftop terrace of the Haveli Inn Pal hotel, watching the throngs below. Mehrangarh Fort's museum is unmissable: the paintings and treasures housed there narrate the fascinating history of the region. We were only there for a long weekend but, during a longer stay, guided tours to the desert, neighbouring cities, and temples could be easily arranged.

India has a huge number of events celebrating its musical past and present, but I imagine few are as intimate, authentic and friendly as this. Everywhere we went people wanted to discuss the performances. Hannah, originally from Glasgow but now living in Delhi, went to the first festival three years ago and liked it so much she had returned with friends.

"Any festival being held in such an incredible venue is a complete gift," she said, "and the combination of the Rajasthani music, which is so powerful, passionate and rhythmic, and the guest artists they collaborate with, is very unusual. I haven't seen anything like this in India or anywhere else."
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Old September 15th, 2010, 11:13 PM   #22
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उदयपुर में फ्रांस की ‘रानी’

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उदयपुर.झीलों के लबालब होने और नैसर्गिक सौंदर्य लौटने के साथ ही दुनियाभर के फिल्म निर्माता निर्देशकों की नजरें इस खूबसूरत शहर पर लगी हुई है। हॉलीवुड के बाद फ्रांस के टीवी सीरियल ‘रानी’ की उदयपुर के ऐतिहासिक स्थलों पर शूटिंग की जानी है। इससे पहले हॉलीवुड की दो निर्माता कंपनियों ने शूटिंग की इजाजत मांगी है।


फ्रांस की रानी सीरियल की शूटिंग उदयपुर के ऐतिहासिक स्थल सिटी पैलेस, जयसमंद झील व उसके किनारे स्थित पहाड़ी पर बने रूठी रानी के महल में इस सीरियल की शूटिंग होगी। फ्रांस की इस सीरियल कंपनी को भारत की कीर्ति प्रोडक्शन द्वारा मदद की जा रही है, जिसका हिंदी रूप बाद में तैयार किया जाएगा।


इस सीरियल में काम करने वाले प्रमुख कलाकार फ्रांस से आएंगे और कुछ कलाकारों को मुंबई से बुलाया गया है। जिला प्रशासन ने जयसमंद, रूठी रानी का महल और अन्य हैरिटेज हवेलियों में शूटिंग की इजाजत दे दी है। इससे पहले हॉलीवुड की दो निर्माता कंपनियों ने यहां फिल्म शूटिंग की इजाजत मांगी है, जिस पर फैसला होना बाकी है। इस फिल्म में टॉम क्रूज सहित अन्य कई कलाकार शामिल हैं।


रूठी रानी का महल

एशिया की सबसे बड़ी मानव निर्मित जयसमंद झील के किनारे स्थित पहाड़ी पर बने रूठी रानी के महल से पूरी झील दिखाई देती है। कहा जाता है कि मेवाड़ के राजा ने यह महल रानी के रूठने पर बनवाया था, तब से ही लोग इसे रूठी रानी का महल कहते हैं। महल घने जंगल के बीच बना है, जहां नाव और पगडंडी से जाया जा सकता है।
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Rural, eco-tourism to remain mainstay of tourism in Rajasthan

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Rajasthan tourism has chalked out new defined tourism projects to further enhance the tourism experience in the state. The state is set to offer its special products for the Commonwealth Games 2010 and a 14 day long fair is being organised in Jaipur for tourists with an aim to promote cultural tourism.

In line with the promotion of cultural and heritage tourism, the state aims to promote Shekhawati on the lines of Hampi in Karnataka. Speaking about their plans and projects, Usha Sharma, principal secretary to the government, department of tourism, and chairman, Rajasthan State Hotels Corporation, in an exclusive with Express TravelWorld, said, “Apart from the well known splendours of Rajasthan, which are its forts and palaces, Rajasthan has a lot to offer in the area of heritage and culture. We are keen to offer our tourists a unique experiences such as Ghat ki Ghuni, which is a special attraction on the Jaipur-Agra road. This place has remarkable heritage attractions and will be promoted for night tourism. Rajasthan is also home to picturesque lakes, hence promotion of lake tourism is also on the anvil.”

She further added that the state is looking to promote lake tourism as an experience. "But amongst all this, we will continue to focus on rural and eco-tourism as one of our primarily aspects for tourism promotion," she said. Jantar Mantar in Rajasthan has also been listed in July 2010 as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
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‘The tourism industry is witnessing a sea change’

Dr Manjit Singh, CMD, Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation (RTDC), talks about areas that need to be focused upon at the IATO convention and his department's concerted efforts to reposition Rajasthan in the travel/tourism space. By Sudipta Dev.

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What are your expectations from the IATO conference being held in Rajasthan?

The topic for this year's IATO convention -“Tourism- In the New World Order” is well chosen. It is true that the tourism industry is witnessing a sea change. The present scenario of global tourism is likely to be affected with the issues being discussed at various platforms, such as global warming, global cooling, rising of sea levels, viz- a-viz global recession, economic meltdown, terrorism, regional imbalance. The experts and panel speakers are not merely expected to deliver their opinion but to ensure that it paves a concrete path for the tourism industry of India when the IATO convention is scheduled to be held in the most colourful and historic state of India - Rajasthan.

Product upgradation in the tourism sector is the call of the day and government should take a proactive approach in developing public private partnerships and should work as a catalyst in building world-class infrastructure and providing services of the same benchmark to become a most preferred tourist destination of the world.

Employment in tourism/travel industry is yet another important factor. According to a survey of WTTC, the top ten countries to generate largest amount (absolute term) of Travel & Tourism Economy Employment includes China followed by India, USA, Indonesia, Japan, Mexico, Brazil, Vietnam, Thailand and the Russian Federation in that order.

The future travel related needs lay largely on online travel sites and their quick loading is essential. A study revealed that 57 per cent of online shoppers will wait three seconds or less before abandoning the site; 65 per cent of 18-24 year olds expect a site to load in two seconds or less; 59 per cent of consumers do something else when waiting for a travel website to load. Nearly one in five (19 per cent) open another travel site in a new window when made to wait; and 34 per cent would be less likely to visit a site after experiencing technical problems like slowness or errors on the page.

Are you making efforts to showcase Rajasthan beyond the forts and palaces? How?

Forts and palaces are gifts of history to Rajasthan and the backbone of tourism in the state. The importance of forts and palaces cannot be ignored but with changing times we cannot totally rely on them. Therefore, it is required to look beyond and develop an approach which is composite and contemporary. The state has already taken steps in this direction by introducing All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) at Sam sand dunes, proposal for introducing houseboats in potential lakes of Rajasthan and also a plan in mind to introduce adventure tourism in a big way. Hot air ballooning and camel safari are another two areas which have attracted a large number of tourists to Rajasthan.

What are the significant tourism initiatives being driven by you currently?

Being chairman and managing director of RTDC since March 2009 I have taken initiatives to reposition RTDC in the tourism/travel industry. To name a few of the initiatives taken in 2009, which are further being strengthened:
  • Renovation and upgradation of RTDC hotels and motels
  • Star categorisation: Lake Palace Siliserh (Alwar), Castle Jhoomar Baori (Ranthambhore), Man Palace (Sarovar Pushkar) and Hotel Gokul (Nathdwara) renovated and upgraded as Heritage Hotels. Castle Jhoomar Baori has been awarded classification under Heritage category
  • Upgradation of guest room according to star category; value added facilities; purchase of very high standard tents
  • RTDC Network and reservation offices have online reservation facility from December 2009. Instant reservation of RTDC hotel/motel/city tour/package tour and luxury trains can be done by login at www.rtdc.in, and paying through credit card
  • Installation of Hotel Management Software at RTDC hotels to ensure efficiency and convenience for guests.
  • Branded as “Raj Bhraman” 16 new package tours have been launched with air conditioned car, air conditioned room, breakfast and dinner
  • A new look for Palace on Wheels and introduction of spa. Launch of Royal Rajasthan on Wheels.


Please give some information about the recently introduced ecotourism policy.

The main objectives of the ecotourism policy are: to promote ecotourism in specified ares of the national parks/ sanctuaries/forests and other areas as a conservation and educational tool; to encourage eco-tourists to visit, enjoy and appropriate the nature on a sustainable basis; to enhance awareness about the need for nature conservation among masses; to preserve the existing forts, palaces and other heritage buildings by providing access to ecotourism for educational and recreational purposes; and to empower local communities to manage ecotourism and generate incentives for conservation through alternate and livelihood options.

The people of Rajasthan have a centuries old tradition to be friendly with the ecosystem. This tradition has carried on throughout history and the last saga of the sacrifice of 364 Bishnois at Khejarli to save trees is unparalleled in the history of the world. This age old tradition needs to be given a policy framework to be incorporated in the promotion of ecotourism. The government is making steady progress in this direction by way of incorporating eco-friendly policy initiatives like banning construction activity near parks/sanctuaries in Rajasthan to make people consider the environment while creating tourism activities in and around the natural parks. The government has recently introduced a total ban on plastic bags in the entire state which is likely to prove a milestone in improving the environment as a whole.

What is your current strategy for the hospitality sector?

Indian domestic market is growing steadily due to the growth of wealth in the middle class of India. It is because of VI Pay commission given to government employees and overall growth of the economy. Domestic travellers are looking forward to leisure and excursions with their families/friends within India and abroad. Efforts are bieng made by state governments/corporations in developing new circuits, adventure tourism, medical tourism, etc.

Increase in NRI tourism in India, and especially in Rajasthan, is another area to be considered for growth of tourism in this country. Hon’ble chief minister of Rajasthan has taken a proactive approach by heading the delegation to attend the RANA convention held recently in USA. This will certainly bear fruits in the future. He has also announced to organise a convention for the targeted audience at Jaipur during early 2012.
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RTDC receives `six crore to develop wayside amenities

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With the Queen's Baton arriving in Rajasthan in September, the state is preparing to lure tourists during the Commonwealth Games. Dr Manjit Singh, chairman and managing director, Rajasthan Tourism Development corporation (RTDC) said, “As per the estimates, around one lakh people would come to India during the Games, out of which 40 per cent would be expected to visit Rajasthan and the Golden Triangle. Keeping that in mind, RTDC is developing and renovating its hotels all across the main cities like Jaipur. We have planned several activities including cultural programmes to attract tourists. According to him, the central government has allocated ` six crore to improve the wayside facilities. RTDC is working towards the development of national highways including Delhi - Jaipur, Agra - Jaipur etc, along with the improvement of the ITDC hotels. In Jaipur, keeping in mind the Commonwealth games, air conditioned city tour buses have been deployed for the tourists.

Speaking on the marketing strategy of the state, Singh remarked, “From nature to culture, Jaipur offers variety to the tourists in terms of wildlife, sand-dunes, forts, palaces and luxury trains. The Government of Rajasthan has been following a proactive approach and we are marketing the product both nationally and internationally. With Jantar Mantar being declared as a World Heritage Site, we expect a further increase in tourism. In fact, the Royal Rajasthan on Wheels is expected to carry 7000-8000 foreign tourists this season.” Speaking about the spa facility introduced on the two luxury trains-Palace on Wheels and Royal Rajasthan on Wheels, Singh said, “Tourists travel for seven nights and eight days in the trains, so we have introduced spa as an additional facility that tourists can avail on board that provides them with relaxation therapies to unwind. Along with this we have the best of wines and multi-cuisines available in the trains. The train has been renovated on the basis of the feed back taken from the travellers.”

RTDC has planned road shows in 19 Indian cities to promote tourism and hotels of Rajasthan. About the future plans, he said, “We are soon to come up with a package for domestic tourists in our luxury trains. Land is available on concessional rate to people who wish to open hotels in Rajasthan.”

On the emerging opportunities in the state, he said, “Rajasthan offers a range of tourism avenues that needs to be explored, adventure tourism and lake tourism, are important ones. Furthermore, areas such as Siliset, Kota and wild life sactuaries such as Tal Chapar Sanctuary should be promoted as destinations. Another interesting aspect that could be brought to focus is border tourism.” Speaking about the challenges faced by the state on the infrastructure front he stated, “Rajasthan has one of the best roads, law and order and hotels, but there is a need to improve the air connectivity from other cities of Rajasthan as well.”
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Fairy Queen heritage train begins trips again next month

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New Delhi: Fairy Queen, the world's oldest working steam engine, is ready to haul a popular heritage train from Delhi to Sariska National Park in Rajasthan once again beginning on Oct 23, the railway ministry said on Thursday.

A great attraction among steam engine lovers across the globe, the Fairy Queen train will run from Delhi Cantonment railway station in New Delhi to the national park in Alwar district of Rajasthan between Oct 23, 2010 and March 12, 2011, the ministry said in a statement.

But before the start of its regular service, the Northern Railway plans to have its additional run Oct 9 during the Oct 3-14 Commonwealth Games.

The Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation (RTDC) has worked out a comprehensive two-day package for heritage tourism, the release said.

The full package would include on-ground catering, boarding, lodging, transfer facilities, visit to Sariska National Park and a cultural programme show, it said.

The train would depart from Delhi on day one at 9 a.m. and reach Alwar at 3 p.m. the same day, the release said adding the passengers would be lodged in Hotel 'Tiger Den' at Sariska.

On day two, the train will depart from Alwar at 1 p.m. to reach Delhi at 6.45 p.m. the same day. It will stop for 10 minutes each at Garhi Harasuru, Pataudi Road, Rewari, Ajarka and Khairthal stations during the journey.

The RTDC has fixed a tariff of Rs.10,200 per adult and Rs.5,100 per child for full package, while the journey between Delhi and Alwar with sight seeing and stay at Sariska National Park would cost Rs.7,100 per adult and Rs.3,550 per child.

A one-way train journey between Delhi and Alwar would cost Rs.3,200 per adult and Rs.1,600 per child, the release added.

It said the train will make about two trips per month with the first trip commencing Oct 23. The subsequent trips have been scheduled for Nov 13 and 27, Dec 11 and 25, Jan 8 and 22, 2011, Feb 12 and 26 and March 12.
So, Palace on wheels, Rajasthan Royal on Wheels and Now Fairy Queen!
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UNESCO includes Kota into the indian heritage city network.

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Dev, Tom Cruise to shoot in Rajasthan

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After Danny Boyle directing Slumdog Millionaire, Julia Roberts shooting in Delhi for Eat Pray Love, and Ang Lee scouting location and talent for the Booker-winning Life Of Pi, India is continuing to woo top Hollywood A-listers.

Two more Hollywood films–Tom Cruise's much-awaited Mission Impossible 4 and Fox Searchlight's The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, starring Dev Patel– are both commencing production in Rajasthan come October.

A highly placed source informs, "Tom Cruise's film is going on floors on October 10 in Udaipur. After finishing the two-month-long schedule in Udaipur, the crew will move to Jaipur for another month-long shoot." Another source reveals, "They have booked rooms in Shiv Vilas, a five-star hotel in Jaipur." The hotel authorities confirmed, "Yes, we got an inquiry from Tom Cruise's Hollywood production film for bookings in November and December, but they haven't confirmed yet."

The source adds, "A Delhi-based production company, I Top, has been hired to do line production for the Tom Cruise film."

Meanwhile, Fox Searchlight starts The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel with Dev Patel in Udaipur. The film, which is based on Deborah Moggach's book, These Foolish Things, tentatively stars Julie Christie, Judi Dench and Tom Wilkinson. The film is going on floors in October and will have two-and-a-half-month-long schedule.

A source informs, "India Take One Production, which did line production for Slumdog Millionaire, is handling the production of this one too. The work on this film is going on full-steam. Two weeks ago, they were casting for the supporting cast in Jaipur."

Another reliable source informs, "The crew has hired a lot of props from Lalji handicrafts, an antique store based in Jodhpur. They have taken furniture, cabinets, glass, brass, silver items and carpets from them.""

Being such high profile films, the production teams of both movies are understandably operating in a tight-lipped, secretive manner. A source informs, "Even the people who have been hired to work on the projects are kept in dark about the star cast and details of the film till the time the shoot begins." But we are a step ahead. Watch this space for more.


Read more: Dev, Tom Cruise to shoot in Rajasthan - The Times of India http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/e...#ixzz10ABTk4QN
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Tom Cruise: ‘The Rajasthan shooting for Mission Impossible 4!’

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Tom Cruise, the Hollywood hottie is soon to land in Rajasthan, India, for his shooting schedule of the film ‘Mission Impossible 4’.
The stud, who has a huge fan following in India, is going to have a two month long shooting schedule in Udaipur, which has a rich lineage of cultural heritage landmark structures, which have the grandeur effect of the great Maharajas that ruled before India attained Independence.


The Mission Impossible’, team is to stay in Udaipur after which, a month long stint in Jaipur will reportedly complete the Indian filming schedule. Reports are that a Delhi based production line co. ‘I Top has been roped in for the live production of the Mission Impossible 4’, project.
Now, with many foreign directors and producers making a beeline for Indian soil to come out with some oriental touch in their films, this sure seems to be a win- win situation for all concerned.
With the ‘Mission Impossible ‘series being one of the most popular films, and Tom Cruise ruling the hearts of millions, this 4th installment of the series too, seems to be quite a raring film in the making!(ENSNN)
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Rajasthan mulls tie-ups with Assam, Meghalaya to promote tourism

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Rajasthan is exploring tie-ups with Assam and Meghalaya to promote tourism through "cross-cultural exchange".

Rajasthan Tourism today organised a roadshow in Guwahati – 'Rajasthan Calling' – in a bid to attract tourists from Assam and North-East.

The two-day festival is part of Rajasthan Tourism's domestic tourism promotion campaign to be held in 19 major cities across the country, including Kochi, Chennai, Mumbai, Bangalore, Patna, Kolkata, Ahmadabad, Hyderabad, Lucknow and Chandigarh.

"We will explore the possibility of tie-ups with the state governments of Assam and Meghalaya to promote tourism in our state through cross cultural exchange," said Punita Singh, assistant director, department of tourism, Rajasthan.

Tie up with tour-operators of Assam and North-East was on cards of Rajasthan Tourism, besides organising such festivals and road-shows in other parts of the region in near future, added Singh.

Though Singh could not give any figure on the tourist inflow from North-East into Rajasthan on yearly basis, she said the state tourism department was mulling to put a mechanism in place in future to keep a count on state-wise domestic tourist inflow figures.

Singh said that Rajasthan was focusing more on domestic tourists to promote its tourism sector.

"With 14.6 laksh foreign tourists and 283 lakh domestic tourists' arrivals in 2008, Rajasthan is now one of the most sought-after tourist destinations in India," she said.

Singh said the primary reason for organsing the festival in Guwahati was to give a feel of Rajasthan and facilitate a better understanding about the state and provide complete information, besides showcasing Rajasthan's traditional culture and the exquisite range of handicraft products and delicacies.
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Travel and Leisure votes Udaipur Lake Palace as the best Hotel in the Worl...

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ट्रैवल एंड लेजर के वर्ल्ड बेस्ट अवार्ड 2010 से सम्मानित, 15वें वार्षिक पाठक सर्वे में मिला तोहफा


उदयपुर. ऐतिहासिक पीछोला झील के बीच स्थित होटल ताज लेकपैलेस (जगनिवास) को इस वर्ष का दुनिया का सर्वश्रेष्ठ होटल होने का खिताब मिला है। दुनिया की प्रतिष्ठित पत्रिका ट्रैवल एंड लेजर के पंद्रहवें वार्षिक पाठक सर्वे में होटल लेकपैलेस को वर्ल्ड बेस्ट होटल अवार्ड 2010 के लिए चुना गया है।
गौरतलब है कि होटल लेकपैलेस को इस वर्ष मई में वर्ल्ड अल्टीमेट डेस्टीनेशन 2010 व जनवरी में ट्रैवलर्स चॉइस अवार्ड 2010 भी मिल चुका है। इससे पहले उदयपुर के होटल उदयविलास को एशिया के नंबर वन होटल का दर्जा मिल चुका है और गत वर्ष 2009 व 2010 के लिए दुनिया के सर्वश्रेष्ठ शहर का खिताब भी उदयपुर को हासिल हुआ था।

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होटल लेकपैलेस ऐतिहासिक पीछोला झील के बीच स्थित है। इसके चारों ओर पानी होने से सिटी पैलेस के पीछे स्थित बंसीघाट से नाव द्वारा इस तक पहुंचा जा सकता है। होटल के हर सुइट से अरावली उपत्यकाओं के बीच स्थित पीछोला झील का नैसर्गिक सौंदर्य दिखाई देता है। यहां आने वाले विदेशी मेहमान इस जगह को फ्लोटिंग ताज के नाम से जानते हैं। 250 साल पुराने इस पैलेस को सबसे रोमांटिक जगह का भी खिताब मिल चुका है। इसमें लिली पोंड पर्यटकों को खासा आकर्षित करता है।

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Old September 26th, 2010, 01:59 PM   #34
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Rajasthan In Incredible India Adverts...

In this advert the Rajasthan bits are: at the start when he is eating a jalebi he is in the Jaisalmer fort. Then when he is in a horse carriage he is going towards the Ummaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur. And directly after that he is playing cricket in Jaisalmer Fort and buying souvenirs and flying a kite. Then the train he is walking into is the Palace On wheels which covers destinations in Rajasthan. Then he presses the horn of the autorikshaw in Jodhpur.

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Rajasthan In Incredible India Adverts...

In this advert the sand dunes are in Rajasthan. The the woman in pink dress is standing in patwon ki haveli, jaisal mer. Then the village is also in Rajasthan and then the dancers dancing and colour all around is also shot in one of the havelis in jaisalmer. Then the woman showering rose petals is in one of the havelis of jaisalmer as well.

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Incredible India Pick a colour....Blue

In the pick a colour series Rajasthan featured a lot as well.

Blue: In the blue advert the boy runs in the streets of Jodhpur and ends up at the top of mehrangarh fort admiring the blue city of Jodhpur.


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Incredible India pick a colour.... PINK

This whole advert is filmed in Jodhpur...

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Incredible India Camel Band

Again filmed in Jodhpur

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फॉक्स हिस्ट्री में दिखेंगे उदयपुर व जैसलम

A little bit of nice promotion. Fox history channel will feature Udaipur and Jaisalmer.

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उदयपुर, जैसलमेर के अलावा इसमें दिल्ली, भोपाल, अहमदाबाद, लखनऊ, बनारस, कोलकाता, कोनार्क, गोआ और शिमला शामिल हैं।


उदयपुर. प्रसिद्ध टेलीविजन चेनल फॉक्स हिस्ट्री एंड एंटरटेनमेंट देश में विभिन्न अनछूए अनूठे पहलुओं पर आधारित विभिन्न राज्यों की सांस्कृतिक परंपराओं का एक ट्रेवल शो शुरू करने जा रहा है। इसके लिए 13 शहरों का चयन किया गया है, जिसमें राजस्थान के उदयपुर व जैसलमेर शामिल हैं।

अद्वितीय और दिलचस्प अवधारणाओं पर आधारित इस ट्रेवल शो के माध्यम से देश में अब तक प्रसिद्धि पाने से वंचित रहे इन शहरों के प्रत्येक पहलू, यानी सांस्कृतिक गतिविधि, ऐतिहासिकता, सामाजिक एवं सांस्कृतिक परम्पराएं, कथा-कहानियों को प्रदर्शित करने का प्रयास किया जायेगा।
उदयपुर आई टीम में फॉक्स चेनल के मुख्य कलाकार व एंकर आर जे मलिष्का ने एक भेंट में बताया कि 13 शहरों के 13 एपीसोड तैयार किये जा रहे हैं, इनमें से प्रत्येक आधे घंटे का होगा। उदयपुर, जैसलमेर के अलावा इसमें दिल्ली, भोपाल, अहमदाबाद, लखनऊ, बनारस, कोलकाता, कोनार्क, गोआ और शिमला शामिल हैं।

झीलो की नगरी उदयपुर शहर के बारे में पूछे जाने पर सुश्री मलिष्का ने बताया कि ट्रेवल शो की रिसर्च टीम को यहां बहुत ही अनूठी चीजें मिली हैं, जो देश और दुनिया में कम ही देखने को मिलती हैं। इनमें पानी पर पेंटिंग, मीनाकारी, चित्रकारी, आदिवासी भीलों का गवरी नृत्य आदि शामिल हैं। उन्होंने बताया कि उदयपुर में कई ऐसे पुरातात्विक स्थल भी हैं जिन पर ध्यान दिया जाये, तो यहां आने वाले पर्यटक उनकी तरफ आकर्षित हो सकते हैं।
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40 new hotels to open in Jodhpur



translation: The country's famous hotel groups have shown an interest in Jodhpur. Around 40 new hotels are to be opened in Jodhpur which includes big names like Oberoi, Redisson and bright. Due to increase in demand there is a shortage of rooms in the peak seasons. Currently there are 10 heritage hotels and 3 five star hotels in Jodhpur. It is estimated that there is a shortage of around 200 rooms every peak season forcing the tourists to head for other cities like Udaipur and Jaisalmer. And it is estimated that in the next five years the city will require 500 more rooms. To increase building of hotels the state govt introduced new hotel policy which gave several freebies etc.
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