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Old October 1st, 2010, 09:45 PM   #41
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JAIPUR: It is a promising season ahead for tourists to the Ranthambore national park and the Sariska sanctuary as the tiger reserves open up for tourists after a hiatus of three months from Friday. While two newborns await tourists at Ranthambore, Sariska has five tigers now for the first time since the cat population was wiped away from there.

According to R S Shekhawat, director of the national park, "It sure is a promising season for tourists. It is after a gap of two years that cubs have been bon here and they will fill the vacuum left by the relocation of two tigers from here to Sariska recently." As always all eye at Ranthambore would be scanning the Lady of the Lake or Machli. Now in her old age the tigress is one of the most popular cats at Ranthambore having been spotted by the maximum number of tourists. Despite her failing health there are many tourists who come to Ranthambore just to see her.

"For the first time we have had so many tourists coming to the national park so early. In fact the booking for October 2 is full and we have no capacity," Shekhawat added.

For the first time the park is giving the facility of current online booking.

"Those who come to the park can book their tickets for entry online on the same day. The booking will be on 24 hours. For the morning safari to the park visitors will have to book their tickets between 5 am to 5 pm while for the afternoon session booking will be on from 5 pm to 9 am," Shekhawat added.

Also for the first time the park has been divided into eight zones for safari rides. While five of these routes are within the national park two are at the Sawai Man Singh sanctuary and one at the Sawai Madhopur Park. For Sariska too the promises could not have been better. The gap after the relocation of three tigers to the reserve from Ranthambore ended a couple of months ago with the relocation of two more tigers taking the total to five. "Though it is difficult to say as to whether there will be a rush but with five tigers in the reserve we hope that more people come this time," said KK Garg, the field director of the reserve. Incidentally, the National Wildlife Week too begins from Friday and both the venues would hold numerous competitions.

"We would be hosting painting competitions, photography competitions and a host of other events in collaboration with the WWF and Stripes," said Shekhawat.

The WWF also plan to hold street plays in Ranthambore during the week to spread the message of a peaceful coexsistance between villagers, foresters and animals at the park.

Read more: Sunny side up for sanctuaries - The Times of India http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/c...#ixzz118chuZ4J
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Taj Mahal, Indian jewellery top Games athletes' India plans

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When not practising, almost every foreign athlete staying at the Commonwealth Games Village in New Delhi is like any other tourist visiting India they have heard about and are itching to see the Taj Mahal, bazaars in Delhi, pick up souvenirs and sample the street life of the


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Visiting the Taj, of course, tops the wish list of a majority of the athletes with some making plans to venture into Rajasthan's cities and others looking forward to visit local monuments and temples in and around the national capital.

"I was hoping to go see the markets of Delhi. Also, the Taj Mahal is a must visit for me," says Neoline of the Cook Islands netball team.

"We have received maximum requests to see the Taj Mahal in Agra. If we have had 100 enquires, 90 are for the Taj Mahal", says an official manning the Games Travel Office.

"Others have also expressed interest in visiting palaces and lakes in Jaipur and some are inquiring about the Akshardham Temple in Delhi," he added.

The Organising Committee has arranged for complementary visits for all athletes to the Taj in a special express train, says the official.

"We have prepared all the itineraries well in advance and offer option of road, rail or air transport. We have not started bookings as yet," he adds.

Many athletes stroll around the village, engage in friendly banter, sharing their experiences and enjoying themselves after daily practise sessions, visit the salon to get a pedicure or hair colouring done, chill out in the bar or ice-cream parlour or shop for souvenirs at the village handicrafts shop.

The amphitheatre at the Village is where athletes gather to attend welcome ceremonies, held daily for various contingents, school students put up a dance and song performance.

It is also a hangout zone for athletes, especially at dusk when the musical fountain as well as the Village begins to light up.

A row of wooden Manipuri dancers' sculptures have also drawn the attention of visitors.

Posters of "Incredible India" tourism campaign are plastered everywhere in the international zone of the Village which looks like a mini town with a post office, a gym, a golf simulator and other recreational activities.

The opening of a disco, separated from the bar with a partition has been a talking point for the residents.

"I am certain most of our athletes will visit it as it would give them an opportunity to relax," says an official from the Wales contingent.
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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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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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New Delhi, Oct 5 (IANS) As an incentive for Indian athletes who win medals at the Commonwealth Games, the tourism ministry Tuesday announced it will give them complimentary tickets in luxury trains travelling to tourist destinations.

'Each of the individual medal winners along with a companion will be given complimentary passes for travel in the luxury trains Royal Rajasthan on Wheels, Golden Chariot, Deccan Odyssey or Maharaja Express according to the category of the medal won,' an official statement said Tuesday.

The statement further said the sportspersons will be felicitated at a special function after the Games culminates. The Games culminate Oct 14.

'In case of team events each team member along with their coach will be given the all inclusive complimentary tickets,' it said.

The trip will include travel, accommodation, food and sightseeing, which ranges from seven to eight nights. The sportspersons can avail the tickets anytime upto March 31, 2012.

The incentive, the statement said, range from Rs.1.20 lakh to Rs.3.20 lakh per person.
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RTDC, GTDC to explore joint marketing avenues

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PANAJI: Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation (RTDC) and Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC) will jointly explore marketing avenues, officials said on Monday.


Addressing a press conference held at the Taleigao community centre, RTDC's general manager J P Pathak said that a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the two state tourism corporations is already in place. "I met the GTDC managing director (MD) this morning. We are looking at marketing tie-ups," he said.


The marketing tie-up will include promoting each other's tourism destinations. The GTDC has signed such agreements with tourism corporations from five different states - Sikkim, Rajasthan, Karnataka, Meghalaya, and Mizoram.


GTDC MD Nikhil Desai had earlier told TOI that such tie-ups are focussed on drawing locals who want to avail their LTA (Leave Travel Allowance). "Locals can plan and book their holidays to any of the five states from the GTDC counter here in Goa. The advantage of doing this through us instead of through a travel agent is the security factor. There is no fear of being duped by fly-by-night tour operators in any of the respective states where a local wants to holiday at," Desai had said.


Meanwhile, the department of Tourism, Rajasthan has organised a two-day mini Rajasthan festival at the Taleigao community centre.

"The reason for organising this festival in Goa is to give a feel of Rajasthan and facilitate a better understanding about the state, provide complete information and showcase its traditional culture ," said Ajeet Singh, assistant director, Rajasthan Tourism. About 25 stalls depicting culture, handicrafts and works from various regions of the state have been erected.

Pathak also said that the fair is part of a road-show undertaken for the first time by Rajasthan Tourism.

Read more: RTDC, GTDC to explore joint marketing avenues - The Times of India http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/c...#ixzz11VHmoVpA
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Cheers! 'Smuggled liquor' on RTDC menu

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Jaipur: You may soon be able to take a swig of smuggled liquor while placing an order of your favourite drink at a hotel or bar of Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation (RTDC).

The state government has decided to release smuggled liquor piling at excise posts and police stations in all districts to the RTDC outlets for sale.

The excise department will undertake a statewide drive to test if the liquor lying with police stations is fit for consumption. The consumable liquors will reach the RTDC outlets while the spurious and outdated ones will be destroyed. This is a classic move of killing two birds with the same stone -- the excise department gets to earn revenue out of illegal liquor and police stations get space to increase their service areas.

The decision was taken to unburden police with stock-keeping of lakhs of litre of smuggled and illicit liquor since years. Principal Secretary finance and excise, CK Mathew said that the excise and police stations are stacked with liquor bottles smuggled or manufactured illegally. "We believe that most of the liquor lying with police stations would be unfit for consumption which we will destroy; the liquor which is consumable will be routed through the RTDC for sale," Mathew said.

Police officials said that lakhs of litre of Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) is lying with excise posts and police stations in the state. The liquor has been seized by excise officials and police teams while intercepting smuggling rackets. In all these cases the excise department tends to lose revenue because shipments are illegally ferried to districts. "We had asked the government to find some solution to liquor piling at our police stations for years; they occupy space and we have to keep their record," a highly-placed official in police department said.

Excise department officials said that they have the permission from courts to dispense with the illegally procured and manufactured alcohol. The department carry out its campaign to identify consumable liquor and destroy the rest between October 12 and November 30.


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Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot today felicitated Krishna Poonia for making India proud by winning the gold in discus throwing at the Commonwealth Games, won by an Indian in athletics after 52 years.

Apart from the cash reward, Gehlot also announced other rewards for Poonia from the state government - posting as Deputy SP in Rajasthan Police Service, allotment of free MIG 'B' house and Rs 5 lakh additional amount for preparation for the 2012 Olympics to be held in London.

Her husband and coach Virendra Poonia has also been awarded Rs 7.5 lakh in cash.

The couple will be able to travel for free in Rajasthan Roadways buses, Gehlot announced at a function organised to honour the Jaipur girl who won the CWG gold in discus throwing on Monday.

The state government had earlier announced free allotment of 25 bigha land in IGNP region to players from the state who would win medals in Olympics, Asian Games and CWG games and allotment of 25 bigha of land on reserve price for those athletes who would represent the state in these games.
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New Delhi, Oct 13 (PTI) Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) will give an award of Rs 5 lakh in cash to discus thrower Krishna Poonia for winning a gold medal in the Commonwealth Games. An announcement in this regard was made by RCA president and Union Minister for Rural Development C P Joshi after Poonia met him here at his office. "The achievement of Krishna Poonia is inspiring to all Indian players. Rajasthan Cricket Association has decided to give her an award of Rs 5 lakh in cash for her outstanding performance in the CWG games," Joshi said. The cash award will be given to Poonia at a programme to be organised in her honour in Jaipur on December 6, he added. Expressing her gratitude to Joshi, Poonia said, "My dream has come true because of the support and blessings of the people of the country. The moment of my victory was amazing to me." She also gave the credit of her victory to her husband and coach Virendra Singh Poonia. Poonia, a resident of Gagarvaas village of Churu district in Rajasthan, gave the country its second gold medal 52 years after Milkha Singh won the yellow metal for India.PTI PKU SHN
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Super-luxury Volvo begins service in Rajasthan

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JAIPUR: The Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation started plying a fleet of super-luxury Volvo buses between Jaipur and Delhi on Saturday. The Euro III bus was flagged off by chief minister Ashok Gehlot at Sindhi Camp bus stand in the morning.

The 43-seater super luxury buses is being run for the first time in the country by any state roadways corporation. Among its unique features are toilet, pantry with facilities of microwave oven, TV channels on each seat, laptop charger, mobile charger, push button seats at 45 degree for relaxing, etc. The passengers will also be served tea, coffee, snacks, etc. in the bus itself.

"The RSRTC with the launch of this service will become the front-runner in Volvo bus operations in the Northern region on the most popular Jaipur-Delhi route. Importantly, the passengers will be able to cherish this service characterised by quality, comfort and timeliness," said Vikas Ranjan Dahiya, regional sales manager- North & Central, Volvo buses.

The bus was flagged off by chief minister Ashok Gehlot at the Sindhi Camp bus stand at 9.30 am. Transport minister Brij Kishore Sharma presided over the function. MP Mahesh Joshi and MLAs Mohan Lal Gupta and Pratap Singh Khachariyawas were present.

Currently, the Rajasthan State Roadways Corporation is running 11 Volvo buses on contract basis, while 15 Volvos and 10 Mercedes buses are being run by the Corporation itself. These buses are now running on Delhi-Ahmedabad, Delhi-Jodhpur, Jaipur-Lucknow, Jaipur-Patan and Jaipur-Vrindavan route. Such buses will also be run on Jaipur-Dehradun and Jaipur-Shimla route. The roadways will shortly be going for online booking facilities for all the routes.
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विश्व धरोहर सूची के लिए सात पहाड़ी किलों की सर्वे रिपोर्ट इसी माह

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उदयपुर/चित्तौड़गढ़. राजस्थान के सात प्रमुख किलों को वर्ल्ड हैरिटेज सूची में शामिल करने के लिए पहाड़ी किलों का सर्वे किया जा रहा है।

प्रारंभिक रिपोर्ट इस माह के अंत तक भारतीय पुरातत्व विभाग को सौंप दी जाएगी। अगली साल जुलाई में यूनेस्को टीम इनका निरीक्षण करेगी। सात ऐतिहासिक किलों में चित्तौड़गढ़, रणथम्भौर, कुंभलगढ़, गागरोन, बाला किला अलवर, आमेर तथा जालोर शामिल हैं। यह बात राज्य सरकार व भारतीय पुरातत्व विभाग की ओर से नियुक्त कंसलटेंट शिखा जैन ने शुक्रवार को दुर्ग पर मीडिया से बातचीत में कही।

उन्होंने कहा कि भारतीय पुरातत्व विभाग व राज्य सरकार द्वारा राजस्थान के प्रमुख सात ऐतिहासिक स्थलों को विश्व धरोहर सूची में शामिल करने के लिए सर्वे रिपोर्ट तैयार की जा रही है। गत साल जयपुर के जंतर-मंतर को विश्व धरोहर की सूची में शामिल किया गया था। इस साल सरकार विभाग के साथ सात किलों को वर्ल्ड हैरिटेज में शामिल करने के लिए प्रस्ताव भेज रही है। छह का सर्वे हो चुका है।

इसमें चित्तौड़गढ़ दुर्ग, रणथम्भौर, कुंभलगढ़, गागरोन, बाला किला अलवर, आमेर तथा जालोर किले का सर्वे कर प्रस्ताव तैयार किया जा रहा है। अब तक गागरोन दुर्ग को छोड़ छह किलों का सर्वे हो चुका है। राज्य सरकार व पुरातत्व विभाग की संयुक्त रिपोर्ट फरवरी में तैयार कर यूनेस्को के पास पहुंचेगी। यूनेस्को के प्रतिनिधि रिपोर्ट का अवलोकन करने के बाद जुलाई में यहां आएंगे। वर्ल्ड हैरिटेज की सूची में शामिल होने के संबंध में नामों का प्रकाशन वर्ष 2012 में होगा
I really really hope that all of them make it! it will be a big boost not tourism only but the buildings themselves as more funds will be available to not just make sure the buildings are in good shape but the surroundings are well. Jantar Mantar has benefited a lot from becoming a world heritage site and has seen an increase in the number of tourist so hopefully if these sites make it then they can replicate the same thing!
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Rajasthan tourism to get a facelift, courtesy Centre

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JAIPUR: As soaring mercury levels put a temporary hiatus on tourist inflow to the desert state, the Union government loosens its purse strings for developing the sector in the state.

For developing new sectors and nurturing new destinations the Union ministry of tourism has sanctioned close to Rs 100 crore for tourism developmental work. This time around destinations like Pali, Jalore, Baran and Virat Nagar fall in the scheme of things of the Union government which is also pitching in for the state capital which aspires to be world-class in the years ahead.

The projects getting a go ahead under the centrally enforced scheme include; Jodhpur-Jaisalmer-Barmer-Bikaner for mega dessert tourism circuit, which gets a bounty of Rs 50 crore, not much explored Pali- Jalore- Sirohi sector which get Rs 8 crore for developing Goadvad tourism circuit, Daang tourism circuit (Bharatpur, Karauli and Sawai Madhopur), Virat Nagar and Alwar district circuit too gets Rs 8 crore for development.

In addition to these circuits, Bhanddevra destination in Baran is envisaged to be developed in a circuit with Rs 5 crore sanction.

Sources in state tourism ministry said the Union government has shown interest in developing Kumbhal Garh-Tat Garh-Rawali- Ranakpur forest area as ideal destinations for eco-tourism and for that has sanctioned Rs 8 crore.

Further the Union tourism ministry has sanctioned funds of Rs 4.8 crore to aid Jaipur's bid of becoming world class. The sanctioned fund will be used to beautify the old state assembly (now town hall) and that apart will add golf course too in the list of upgradation.

Sources at state tourism department also said that to upgrade the amenity facilities at highways on various national and state highways a grant of Rs 6 crore has been given to the 14 units of RTDC.

Read more: Rajasthan tourism to get a facelift, courtesy Centre - The Times of India http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/c...#ixzz186sZBVNL

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बीकानेर के 6 मंदिरों का जीर्णोद्धार होगा

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.धार्मिक पर्यटन को बढ़ावा देने के लिए केंद्रीय पर्यटन विभाग बीकानेर के 6 मंदिरों का जीर्णोद्धार करवाएगा। मेगा डेजर्ट ट्यूरिस्ट सर्किट योजना के तहत विभाग को देवस्थान विभाग से इस कार्य के लिए एनओसी मिल गई है।

योजना के तहत बीकानेर शहर के पांच और कोलायत के एक मंदिर का चयन किया गया है। जीर्णोद्धार के लिए एक करोड़ 90 लाख रुपए का बजट स्वीकृत किया गया है। करीब चार महीने पहले केंद्रीय पर्यटन विभाग के दल ने इन मंदिरों का दौरा किया था।

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योजना के तहत बीकानेर स्थित देवस्थान विभाग के शिवबाड़ी मंदिर के लिए 15 लाख, लक्ष्मीनाथ मंदिर के लिए 90 लाख, राजरतन बिहारी मंदिर के लिए 54 लाख, नागणीचजी मंदिर के लिए 30 लाख रुपए की स्वीकृति दी गई है।

कोलायत के एक विभागीय मंदिर, गैर विभागीय मंदिर और घाटों को भी योजना के तहत चुना गया है। कोलायत के लिए दो करोड़ दो लाख रुपए का बजट अलग से निर्धारित किया गया है।

पर्यटन को मिलेगा बढ़ावा

देवस्थान आयुक्त बजरंगलाल शर्मा ने बताया कि मेगा डेजर्ट ट्यूरिस्ट सर्किट योजना के तहत जिन मंदिरों को चुना गया है वे बीकानेर के प्रसिद्ध मंदिर हैं। योजना से जुड़ने के बाद यहां पर्यटकों की आवाजाही बढ़ेगी। यहां मंदिरों को आकषर्क रूप देने के साथ ही जनसुविधाएं बढ़ाई जाएंगी
Transaltion: 6 temples to be renovated in Bikaner

To increase religious tourism/pilgrimages the union ministry for tourism has granted 1 crore and 90 lakhs for the renovation of 6 temples. The ministry has got the NOC under the Mega Desert Tourist Circuit scheme from the Devsthan Vibhag.

Under the scheme five temples in Bikaner city and one in Kolayat will be renovated. 15 lakh will be spent on shivbari temple,90 lakh on lakshimanth temple,54 lakh for Rajratan Bihari temple and 30 lakh for naagnechji temple.

In kolayat a temple under the Devsthan vibhag and one other which is not under it have also been chosen. Their ghaats will also be renovated. For Kolayat a seprate budget of 2 crore 2 lakh has been allocated.

The aim is to increase tourists as the temples are already famous. They hope to improve public amenities as well.
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Kaylana, Machiya safari parks to be made tourist spot

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Jodhpur: Jodhpur is set to get new tourist spots in coming days. The safari parks situated in Kaylana and Machiya are set to be turned into tourist spots.

Chief Secretary of Jodhpur Municipal Corporation Dinesh Kumar Goel ordered that a proposal be sent to Rajasthan government for the purpose. Talking to councillors on Saturday, Goel suggested a society be founded for the maintenance of the safari parks.

Currently, Water Distribution Department looks after the upkeep of Kaylana Lake while the PWD takes care of the guest house at Machiya.

DFO Akansha Chowdhari said the Detail Project Report (DPR) of a biological park in, Machiya has been approved.
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Sursagar palaces to get back their splendor

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Jodhpur: The glory and splendor of the 17th century palaces of Sursagar would soon return as the central government, under the Mega Desert Circuit scheme, has allocated a budget of R 1 crore 40 lakh for renovating the historic structures.

The palaces, which are currently in a dilapidated condition, were once famous for their architecture and rock cuttings. They also served as British residencies during the reign of Maharaj Takht Singh and Jaswant Singh.

The maintenance of the huge forts was continuously neglected in the post-independence era resulting in massive damage to them.

Bhaskar’s initiative bore fruit

The Bhaskar group has been consistently highlighting the poor maintenance of Sursagar palaces. Recently, Dainik Bhaskar published the pictures of the ramshackle palaces and appealed the government to immediate step assuring the renovation of the ancient buildings.

Renovation work to start soon

Delhi based tourist experts had sent a project report to the central government in August regarding the Mega Desert Circuit.

Hari Singh Rathore, additional director, Tourism Department, said the government has approved the project.

Once the details on the project in made available to the department, the on-ground work would commence soon after, said Rathore.
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1000 crore for lost garden - Jaipur lake palace with terrace lawn gets new lease of life

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Jaipur, Dec. 26: Chameli Bagh, a lost 18th-century garden atop a palace whose lowest floor is under water several months a year, will be a Rs 1,000-crore new-year gift for tourists to Jaipur.

Jal Mahal, the palace in the middle of Mansagar lake built in 1799 by Sawai Pratap Singh, served as a “floating pavilion of pleasure” for Rajput kings who used it for duck shooting parties. The lake fell into disuse over 100 years ago and gradually became a sewage dump, the filth and the stench keeping visitors away.

The four-storey red sandstone palace and the terrace garden with a magnificent view of the Nahargarh hills will for the first time open to tourists in mid-January thanks to the Mansagar and Jal Mahal Revitalisation programme, a public-private partnership to develop Mansagar Valley as a tourist corridor.

The valley, located in the vicinity of the imposing Amer, Nahargarh and Jaigarh forts, is the gateway to Jaipur from the Delhi side and is about 20km from the airport.

Jal Mahal Resorts, a private firm, has taken the lake and the area around it — totalling 432 acres — on a 99-year lease from the state government to create a fully integrated tourist destination.

The 310 acres of the lake and the palace cannot be used for commercial purposes but the 100-acre stretch around it will be used to generate revenue.

The idea is to “create a tourism hub, a destination in itself, using Jal Mahal as a bait”, said Rajeev Lunkad, project director at Jal Mahal Resort.

“Most of the work is wrapped up except the entrance and finishing touches. It has been decided to have a soft launch in January and later it will be thrown open to the public. It would be the first time that Jaipurites and tourists would be able to see and visit the garden and Jal Mahal. Even the present Jaipur royal family, headed by Brigadier Bhawani Singh, visited it for the first time only recently,” Lunkad added.

The complete project will cost over Rs 1,000 crore, said N.R. Kothari, chairman of KGK Enterprises, parent company of Jal Mahal Resorts.

Chameli Bagh, built with arched passages in the Rajput and Mughal style and accessible only to the royal family, was lost over time.

It has been redesigned by American designer Mitchell Crites, who used the “char bagh” concept for the makeover. It now follows the pattern of Amer, with four square gardens on each side. The garden is all white, with only white flowers and the white Andhi marble found in the existing columns of Jal Mahal and the palaces of Amer and Jaipur.

The rectangular chhatri on the roof is influenced by the Bengal style of architecture.

Plans are afoot to create a museum on the third floor, recreating the history of Jaipur with rare photographs. Tourists will be transported to the palace in boats shaped like a swan, a horse etc, and will likely spend a couple of hours taking it in.

The lowest floor, which only has passageways and no rooms, is submerged during the monsoon months when water in Mansagar reaches about 99 metres.

Chameli Bagh and its restoration, which has taken around seven years, was featured in the BBC series Around the World in 80 Gardens.

Crites, the designer, said: “The BBC team was fascinated by the fact that they could be present at the birth of a major contemporary garden, which has its roots in the 18th century and also incorporates latest developments in the 21st century like water technology, lighting features and horticulture.”
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UDAIPUR: The Nehru Yuva Kedra Sangathan (NYKS), a flagship scheme of Union ministry of youth affairs has decided to promote rural tourism in Rajasthan.

Talking to TOI, vice-president NYKS, Amardeep Singh Cheema, said, "This state has immense potential in rural tourism because of ancient buildings and structures."

He said the programme will help youths to get employment. NYKS also wants to engage them in various activities like community development, vocational training and sports by building infrastructure and women empowerment.

"We would like to intensify women empowerment schemes in the state and raise literacy level," added Cheema. NYKS offers vocational training in handicrafts and medicine to rural women.

Regarding National Youth Festival, he said it will evoke a sense of activism among youths. Organisers say they are overwhelmed with the response so far. NYKS has over 10 million registered members in India. They are in 510 districts promoting social activities among the rural youths. NYKS members are also working in Naxalite-hit regions.


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JAIPUR: It is destination Jaipur this weekend. With three major events being held in Pink City simultaneously, the hotels in the state capital are completely sold out till January 25.

While the 48th annual national conference of the Indian Academy Of Pediatrics (Pedicon) is already on, an international exhibition on Stonemart has begun on Thursday and the much-awaited Jaipur Literature Festival will begin on Friday. Hundreds of visitors participating in these events have made a beeline for the state capital and the hoteliers can't stop smiling.

"We are fully booked and catering to guests at the Stonemart, Pedicom and Jaipur Literature Festival, apart from the guests of a wedding to be held at the hotel,'' says Suresh Menon, sales manager, Sheraton Rajputana. Rajputana has 218 rooms, the highest among the five-star hotels here.

More than 4,000 doctors from the country are participating in Pedicom, while hundreds of delegates, including 105 from abroad, are in Jaipur to attend the Stonemart. Delegates and book lovers have also started pouring in for the literature festival.

Rajesh Rajpurohit, general manager of Ramada, says that the hotel rooms for this period was sold out a long time ago.

"A majority of our rooms have been booked by the pharma companies for Pedicon and hence, we have a large number of doctors as our guests right now,'' said Rajpurohit, adding that the hotel has prepared a special healthy menu' keeping the doctors in mind.

Not just the five-star hotels,even the budget and heritage hotels in the city are also completely booked. So are RTDC hotels like Ganguar and Teej. There are no rooms available in the city till January 25.

Several tour operators agree that guests who made up their mind to join in at the last minute are ready to pay double the normal rate. "We were approached by a pediatric from Bangalore, who initially was looking for a room for Rs 5,000 per night and increased it to Rs 10,000 but we were unable to help him find a room,'' says an operator. The demand for taxis too has gone up and so have the rates at the last moment.



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