Explore the Vivid Beauty of Rajasthan in this Winter Holiday

The various cultures and traditions of India are at its best in the winter season due to the many festivals and fairs. Peoples and places of the different parts of India are submerged in the colorful festivity. As the hill stations of India are the lifeline of summer vacation, the landscape destinations of India are best explored in the winter season. Among various landscape regions to explore, the landscape of Rajasthan has its own distinct charm.

The dazzling hues of bygone Imperialism and the strong pinch of historicity in the ambiance are what make the vivid landscape of Rajasthan a distinguished tourist destination in India. The Rajasthan is not merely a tourist destination, but it is a live experience of the glamour and the valor of the rulers of the ancient Rajasthan. This state has many places in the platter as the famous tourist destinations that it will take around a month to explore the heritage, monuments, traditions, cultures, landscape beauty and the wildlife of Rajasthan.

Why Winter is the best season to visit Rajasthan

The winter season in Rajasthan normally starts from November and stays till February, and considered as the best time to travel in Rajasthan. During the winter season, the temperature varies from 10 degree Celsius to 27 degree Celsius in the daytime, which makes the weather very pleasant to travel and explore this beautiful land and its vibrant tourist attractions. This weather is perfect not only for the traveling but also for getting indulged in any adventure or social activity to enjoy your holiday to the fullest.

Also, the winter season is best for the nature lovers as the greenery and colorful flora of the region is in full bloom and is very lush after the monsoon season. The regions around the hilly terrain of the Aravali Hills are best for nature sighting and trekking during November to February. The foggy ambiance in the morning has its own charm and felt amazing while trekking amidst the beautiful locality of the Aravali mountain range. The captivating sight of exotic migratory birds and their enchanting chirping sound at the Bharatpur Sanctuary will make you feel delightful throughout the day.

Five Places in Rajasthan to be Explored Best in the Winter

Here, in this blog, you will get to know the best five tourist destination in Rajasthan which is best to be explored in the winter season as these places get very hot during the summer season due to the high temperature. Also, the festivals and fairs, which are organized during the winter season, make these places a must visit during this season.

Jaisalmer – Land of Sand Dunes and the Camel Safari

Jaisalmer, a most visited tourist place and an ultimate city amidst the desert, is the real delight in the winter season when the temperature is low and the weather is very pleasant. During the winter season, the camel ride in the desert and jeep safari amidst sand dunes is real bliss during the daytime, which can’t be possible in summer season due to excessive heat. In the temperature that hovers around 22-23 degree Celsius, any tourist activity is a fun in this mild weather.

The nights are a bit colder for you to have a cozy sleep while the days are pleasant to have fun and explore the place without any mess of the summer heat. Also, this time is considered best for the romantic travelers, especially who are on their honeymoon tour. The charm of Jaisalmer can be enjoyed only in the winter.

Ranthambore – Land of Royal Bengal Tigers and the Wildlife

Spending a holiday amidst a forest in winter is something a delightful boon for wildlife enthusiasts. When it comes to the wildlife, nothing could beat the lush raw forest of Ranthambore and the amazing wildlife of the Ranthambore National Park. It will be an adrenaline-raising experience to get the sight of a majestic tiger suddenly emerged in front of your safari vehicle from the foggy ambiance of the forest in the winter season. The foggy weather of the winter season makes the forest more mysterious and adventurous.

Visit the mighty Ranthambore Fort and face the rich history and the grandeur of the imperial era of Rajasthan. You can explore the large Fort without getting tired in the winter season due to the cold and pleasant weather, contrary to the summer season when the temperature is unbearable in the daytime. Exploring the Ranthambore Tiger Reserve in the winter season will let have the experience that can be memorable for the lifetime.

Bharatpur – Land of the Exotic Migratory and Domestic Birds

Bharatpur – Land of the Exotic Migratory and Domestic Birds
Bharatpur – Land of the Exotic Migratory and Domestic Birds

The Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, a world heritage site, is a most famous tourist destination for the bird lovers. Also known as the Keoladeo National Park, the Bharatpur Sanctuary is the paradise for the bird photographers and documentary makers. With being home to more than 370 different species of migratory and domestic birds which are beautifying the large expanse of the wetland and the blue sky, the morning exploration of the park can be relaxing and enchanting to mind.

The melody of the birds chirping in the tranquil locality of the park will let you feel close to Nature. The flocks of the exotic migratory birds which visit here in the winter season make this destination a must visit during the winter season. You can also catch the fabulous Brij festival organized at the end of the winter season just before the Holi festival every year.

Jaipur – Land of the Splendid Forts and Palaces

Jaipur – Land of the Splendid Forts and Palaces
Jaipur – Land of the Splendid Forts and Palaces

Exploring the pink city of Jaipur is not merely a tourism activity, but delving into the history of the grandeur Imperialism in Rajasthan. The unique blend of contemporary and ancient architectures, the modern lifestyle and the rich old traditions makes this city a must visit to understand the zeal and liveliness of the people of Rajasthan. The numerous hues of traditions and culture with the signature of the Imperialism in the surroundings that define this exceptional historic city are the real attraction here for the tourist from all over the world.

Known as the land of Forts and Palaces, the Jaipur has been attracting all kinds of people with diverse interests, be it artist, historian, architect, handwork lovers, Nature lovers or just a normal explorer. The dazzling Jal Mahal, historic Jantar Mantar, grand Hawa Mahal, there are the numerous gems of historic wonders that Jaipur offers to its visitors. The winter festival known as the Magnetic Fields Festival held in December every year is the festival to watch and get involved in. This festival will show you the real festive nature of the Rajasthani people.

Pushkar – Land of Spirituality and Sacred Festivals

Pushkar – Land of Spirituality and Sacred Festivals
Pushkar – Land of Spirituality and Sacred Festivals

Famous for being a pilgrimage destination in the Hindu Religion, the Pushkar is the home to more than 400 temples which are dotting the land of Pushkar adorned around 52 Ghats. One of the most famous tourist destinations in Rajasthan, the Pushkar is best explored during the winter season due to the pleasant weather. The major temples such as the Brahma temple, the Savitri temple and the Pushkar Lake are the prime attraction here. Also, the sacred fairs and festivals which are held in the winter season such as Pushkar Fair, Nagaur Fair, Tejaji fair, the sacred music festival, and the Blue Lotus Festival are the big draw for a large number of tourists from all over the world.

One More Tiger in Sariska National Park Gets the Radio Collar

Jaipur, Rajasthan

News Updated: Apr 26, 2017

After trying for many days, finally on Tuesday, the forest officials somehow managed to place a radio collar around the neck of a 3-year old semi-adult tiger named as ST-11 in the Sariska Tiger reserve (STR) zone.

According to a forest official, they succeed in the third attempt of putting the collar on this big cat in the Akbarpur forest range of STR. The big cat was roaming in the Alwar buffer zone since one year and the officials were trying for collaring this tiger so that they can effectively monitor the tiger.

The experts from the Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun were working together with the officials of the Sariska National Park to collar the tiger.

The tiger, ST-11, holds a very important value for the Sariska Tiger reserve as it is the first tiger which is born in this tiger reserve after the successful relocation of the big cats from the nearby tiger reserve of Ranthambore National Park.

As per the STR field director R S Shekhawat, the tiger ST-11 was born to ST-10 and grew up in the forest areas of Decera, Lodge and Rampur of the reserve.

Shekhawat also mentioned that ST-11 has got the radio collar with having a very high-frequency so that it can be monitored effectively. As of now, seven tigers possess the radio collars around their necks in Sariska.

As the Sariska National Park had lost its tiger population completely by 2005 due to the high rate of poaching incident, the tigers from the nearby Ranthambore National Park have been relocated here to repopulate and enhance the tiger count in the Sariska tiger reserve zone. Till now, eight tigers have been successfully relocated from the Ranthambore Tiger reserve in Sawai Madhopur to STR, which is now a natural habitation to around the 14 big cats which include 9 females and 5 males.


Resource:  http://www.hindustantimes.com/jaipur/another-sariska-tiger-gets-radio-collar/story-FmZsptYPYQvJ4CNDYweTwN.html

5 Most Eminent Rulers of the Medieval Rajasthan

The state of Rajasthan is as famous for its colorful culture and festivals as its Royal heritage that inscribed the history of Rajasthan. The mesmerizing Forts and Palaces of Rajasthan proudly tell the mightiness and valor of the Rajput Kings and Chiefs of the bygone era of Rajasthan. The Rajputs Kings are not only known for their courage and high esteem, but also for their art and culture which shows in the creation of some of the most illustrious and remarkable Forts and Palaces in the Royal era of Rajasthan which still stands proudly.

Here, in this article, you will know about the 5 most celebrated rulers of the various Kingdoms of Royal Rajasthan in the medieval era, who had not only shown the valor and courage during their regime but keep inspiring people in the modern era as well.

Hammir Dev Chauhan (1283-1301)-

Hammir Dev Chauhan, also known as Hammiradeva, was the legendary king of the part of Rajasthan in the medieval era and was the last king of the Chauhan dynasty who ruled Ranastambhapura, known as Ranthambore in modern times. He conquered several neighbor states ruled by other Hindu kings in order to expand his kingdom. And, due to which he was left without any allies at the time of the Great War between him and Alauddin Khilji, the mighty Muslim Sultan of Delhi. In the war against Khilji’s general in 1290 and 1299, he defeated Khilji’s army, but in 1301, an army led by Khilji himself resulted in the defeat and death of Hammir Dev. He was the most glorious ruler the Ranthambore Fort ever witnessed. The fort is still standing proudly in the Ranthambore National Park telling the story of this mighty king.

Rana Kumbha (1433-1468)-

Also known as the ‘Hindu Sultan’ and ‘Abhinav Bharta Charya’, Rana Kumbha (or Kumbhakarna) was the most eminent ruler of Mewar in that era. He was the king with great administrative skill, amazing battle prowess and intellect. He was like the bright sun in the history of Mewar. During 35 years of his regime, he never lost any battle and extended his territory till Malwa and Agra in south and north respectively. Furthermore, he also was a great builder and known for renovating of 32 Forts around Mewar including the most famous the Kumbhalgarh Fort which is also a world heritage site. He also showed his creative side by writing various literature such as Samgita-raja, Rasika-Priya, Sudaprabandha, and Kamaraja-ratisara.

Hem Chandra Vikramaditya (1501-1556)-

Hem Chandra Vikramaditya, also known as Hemu, was the Hindu general of the Adil Shah Suri. He famously won the 22 battles for the Adil Shah against the Afghans and Mughals. In 1556, he defeated the army of Akbar in the battle of Delhi and then earned the name Vikramaditya. He established the ‘Hindu Raj’ in North India for a short duration from the Purana Quila in Delhi. In the year of 1556, Hem Chandra was killed in the second battle of Panipat fighting against the Mughals.

Maharana Pratap Singh (1540-1597)

Maharana Pratap Singh was the king of Mewar, the most powerful kingdom in the Rajasthan at that era. He becomes the legendary King due to his fighting attitude against the mighty Akbar when nearly all of the Rajput Kings and Chiefs accepted the supremacy of Akbar and entered into his vassalage. He famously fought the battle of Haldighati in 1576 but that resulted in his defeat and he had to retreat and had to operate from the hilly area of Mewar. He continued fighting against Akbar and later recaptured many of his lost territories from Akbar. The Maharana was died in 1597 due to the injuries he got during a hunting accident. At the site of Maharana’s funeral in Chavand, a Chhatri (monument) was established which is a prime tourist attraction in Chavand.

According to a prominent Historian Satish Chandra, due to his defying of the mighty Mughal empire almost alone and unaided by the other Rajput states, Rana Pratap represents the glorious saga of Rajput valor and the spirit of self-sacrifice for the esteem and principles. The sporadic warfare method used by Rana Pratap was later extended further by Panna, and his younger brother Jaimal.

Maharaja Suraj Mal (1707-1763)

The Jat king Maharaja Suraj Mal, also known as Sujan Singh, was the powerful ruler of Bharatpur located in the present day Rajasthan. He is famously described as the “Plato of the Jat people” and the “Jat Odysseus” by the modern historians and writers due to his extraordinary political acumen, high intellect and clear vision. After conquering many battles against cumulative armies, he showed his immense power and war strategies. In 1763, he died in the battle with the Nawab Najib ad-Dawlah.

Resource: http://www.ranthamborenationalpark.in/blog/5-eminent-rulers-medieval-rajasthan/

Plan An Enchanting Rajasthan Tour During Festival And Fair Seasons!

E Dressed in colorful outfits, men and women look quite dazzling adding a whole new and exciting experience to the visitors’ life. Enjoy seeing local men wearing turbans and beautiful women in attractive colorful traditional outfits – lehangas and accessories. It is such a wonderful presentation of Rajasthani folk in verve.

In this state, several interesting festivals are organized that are equally thrilling and full of excitement. These festivals tender a simply uniqueness to the taste of individuals or vacationers. In addition, it is a great opportunity to enjoy colours in a fun environment, being miles away from your regular hustle and bustle of your life.

So, planning a tour to Rajasthan during festival seasons is a way to have a unique and real feel of Rajasthani culture by tourists. Whether it is a Hindu festival, Marwadi festival or a muslim fair, every type of festival gets equal enthusiasm from people living in Rajasthan. People celebrate all types of fairs and festivals with same zeal and spirit that is hard to find from any other place in India. It is indeed a marvelous experience watching men and women losing themselves while enjoying each moment of life in this colorful place. Every performance is full of courtesy, affection, love and respect for ancient time. This is a reason, the Rajasthan Tourism gives so much importance to festival seasons making them a part of their tour options.

Let us discuss few highly celebrated fairs and festivals in Rajasthan that you must participate in-

Camel Festival – Makes A Rajasthan Tour Joyous-

Every year in January, the camel festival is held in Bikaner. It is a colourful and exciting show of bravery and marvellous camels. These bedecked camels are brought here specially to attract the bystanders through their poise and elegance. In this festival, you can enjoy several camel activities comprising of camel dance on the song sung by its owners, camel racing to fascinate the onlookers by its attractive outfit and much more. This festival gets a life and more excitement when music, colourful lights etc. add up to it that creates a fun environment in the festival which is worth enjoying. Being tourists in Rajasthan, you should not miss to participate in camel festival if you are there in Bikaner in January.

Desert Festival –

A key festival for Jaisalmer, Desert Festival is among one of the most cherished festivals of Rajasthan. This festival is organized in yellow sands of unending Thar Desert in February every year. The Desert festival is quite famous among foreign tourists as they love to explore the countless picturesque facades of this state. So, planning your Rajasthan tour in February will be truly exciting as you can enjoy taking part in Desert festival where you would enjoy watching musical performances, moustache and turban tying competitions, fire-works, exciting camel races and much more. It is truly exciting festival where thousands of people take part every year.

Festival of Pushkar-

It is amongst the most relished festivals of Rajasthan. Pushkar festival is a five days program celebrated with lots of colours, dances and great Rajasthani cultural events. On this festival, the event of camel festival is one of the most interesting experiences. Every year, more than twenty five thousand camels participate in this festival with attractive attire. This festival has many things that catch attention of global tourists to it. So, this season come Rajasthan and have a close look of Pushkar festival that will be a life time experience of your life.

Rajasthan Tour During Elephant Festival-

Making your Rajasthan tour during elephant festival is a great way to add more fun to your trip. At this festival, the visitors get a chance to see ornamented elephants taking parts in beauty competition, races and parades. The prime venue for elephant festival is Polo Grounds in Pink City – Jaipur which is quite close to famous Rambagh Hotel. This festival is celebrated at the time of Holi; thus, the environment gets filled with colours, entertainment and lots of amusement.

Important Travel Tips For Having A Perfect Tour To Rajasthan!

One who is a passionate travel enthusiast can never think of skipping a tour to Rajasthan. Rajasthan has a unique fascination that attracts many travellers. Tourists from almost every nation of the world love to explore the exclusiveness of Rajasthan attractions. But, to have the best out of this tour, it is mandatory for tourists to plan Rajasthan tour is a thoughtful way. So that, they can enjoy every bit of their tour. With a poor tour plan, there are chances for you to miss many significant activities and attractions of this tour. So, here are few helpful tips that you should consider while planning a perfect Rajasthan tour.

Plan Your Stay Duration:

The Rajasthan tour mainly emphasises 4 cities – Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur & Udaipur. So, to visit these city and have a glimpse to each attraction, you have to spend at least 2 nights to each city. In addition to considering proper stay duration to these cities, you should not forget to include one additional day to cover few on other sights that lie on the way.

Finding Right Places To Accommodate During Your Rajasthan Tour:

All the famous cities which are highlighted earlier have appropriate accommodation option suiting every taste and budget. If you want to have luxurious stay during your tour, then, you won’t face any difficulty in finding accommodation like famous Taj. In cities like Jodhpur and Udaipur, you can get accommodation in Rajasthan Heritage Tour palaces which are converted into luxury hotels.

If you are tight on your budget, then accommodating in Rajasthani Havelis is a brilliant option to go with. Staying in Havelis gives a window to culture and tradition of Rajasthan. So, it is another brilliant accommodation option for you.

Road Tour Or Other Tour Alternatives:

If you do not have sufficient time to spend on Rajasthan tour, then certainly railway is a good alternative. But, if you want to have full fun of this tour, then no other alternative can match the experience of a road tour. Choosing a road tour, one gets an opportunity to visit several small villages and towns that appear along its way. Thus, it makes a tour more fun and adds more excitement.

Options In Local Transport:

Rajasthan offers several options in local transport like tuk-tuks, battery-driven autorickshaws, regular autorickshaws, cabs and local buses. These local transport options make a journey more comfortable and enhance the connectivity to various places in a city. Thus, when you will be here in Rajasthan, you won’t find any difficulty in reaching from one place to another.

Where To Eat:

Rajasthani food has a different taste and aroma. There are plenty of places that serve high quality food on the table in Rajasthan. In all cities mentioned above, you can find good restaurants that serve all types of Indian, continental, Chinese, Rajasthani, Gujarati food. So, you won’t have to compromise with your taste during your Rajasthan tour.

Shopping In Local Markets:

Shopping will be a fun activity in local Rajasthani markets. Roaming around the local bazaars, you will encounter a tremendous range of options to shop. Colourful lamps, handmade-bags, traditional home-décor, colourful dresses will enchant you and encourage you to grab on.

Rajasthan Tourism: At a Glance

Where to Stay?

Whenever we plan for a trip the very first thing that strikes in our mind is accommodation. And it is quite obvious also. As far as the Tourism in Rajasthan is concerned accommodation facility is ease to find. Tourists can choose from five star suites, heritage hotels luxury resorts and even budget accommodation. In order to promote tourism in the state “The Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation” runs and operates hotels and resorts across the state that offer laid back stay amidst the land of Desert.

How to Roam Around?

It is a great advantage to the traveler of Rajasthan that almost all cities in state are well connected through a strong road and rail network to other major cities across India. Jaipur, the state capital, has a very good network of national and international air links. Domestic flights operate from Udaipur and Jodhpur also.

What to Eat?

Though Rajasthan is a land of Maharajas and great warriors but what makes the state distinct and popular is its cuisine. Rajasthan dishes are famous all over the world. The cooking style of Rajasthan is influenced by the war like lifestyle of the Rajputana warriors. Local dishes that should not be missed here are Daal – Baati, Churma and Gatte Ki Sabzi. A number of multi-cuisine restaurants and eating points that offers a variety of Indian and continental cuisine options.

How is the Weather?

The months of November through February are the best time to visit Rajasthan. Pre monsoon season April to June when temperature go up 45 degree Celsius, Rajasthan receives scorching heat. July to September is the monsoon season which receives rainfall with temperatures between 35 degree Celsius to 40 degree Celsius. December to March is the winter season which sees temperatures falling to freezing in hard core desert area of Rajasthan.

Major Tourists Attractions in Rajasthan

  • Palace on Wheels
  • Royal Rajasthan on Wheels
  • Fairs and Festivals
  • Wild Life Sanctuaries and National Parks
  • Wild Life
  • World Heritage Sights
  • Adventure and Sports
  • Shopping

Major Strength of Rajasthan Tourism

  • Rajasthan is Blessed with Attractive Tourism Products
  • High and Good Quality Accommodation
  • Excellent Transportation Services
  • Varied range of Shopping Products

Diversity in the Tourists Destinations

Ranthambore Jungle Safari – Rajasthan Tourism India

Ranthambore National Park is located in the Indian state of Rajasthan. Ranthambore is one of the best wildlife destinations where we can explore different kinds of wildlife species along with the star attraction of the park – Royal Bengal Tiger. If you are wildlife enthusiasts and love watching tigers in their natural habitats then leave the town behind and get ready to discover India’s wonderful Ranthambore National Park. Travelers can choose from Jungle Safari either by Jeep or Canter. Safari is conducted in two different shifts of Morning and Evening as well. The morning and evening game drives inside the tiger reserve area ensures the sightings of Tigers, Elephants, Jackals, Monkey and variant species of deer as well as a wealth of birdlife. Getting the subtle glimpses of Leopards and Royal cats in the wild would be the most cherished moment of life. The Jungle Safari in Ranthambore National Park gives you an opportunity to discover the precious jewels of India’s natural heritage as well as the architectural and historical monuments.

Safari Zones in Ranthambore National Park

The entire area of the Ranthambore National Park is divided into ten distinct safari zones in order to promote hassle free tourism inside the Tiger Reserve area. Travelers need to book safari vehicle as per their preference 90 days before their actual arrival. Both safari types (Canter/Jeep) offers the equal opportunity for wildlife sightings as all zones of the park is flooded with the numerous varieties of animals. Each zone takes you to the deep wilderness as there are no such bad zones.

Explore Rajasthan India through inspiring tour Itinerary

Generally we plan our trips well in advance and it needs almost complete information about the places to cover, idea about the duration of the trip(time required to complete the trip), condition of the  road and which suitable route you should opt etc. We should not take these points lightly because it may seems general but if we plan by keeping these in minds – the trip surely would go terrific and memorable.

Every city in the state of Rajasthan is an ultimate tourist’s destination and invokes us to camp for at least three days. These historical and ancient city gives us an opportunity to explore its forts, Havelis, Lakes, Shopping destinations and nearby many luxury gateways. Here is a brief description of customized tour itinerary and Rajasthan Tour Packages which takes you to the hidden gems of Rajasthan. It has been designed by our local tour experts in order to enhance maximum sightings of these wonderful places.

Historic Rajasthan Tour: You may start your enchanting tour with historical Pink City Jaipur – so called because once in 1876 its old districts were painted in pink to welcome Prince Albert. As per your proposed itinerary rich the Rajasthan’s capital city Jaipur as early as you can. The soothing and pleasing atmosphere welcomes your arrival at the airport itself. Soft Hindustani classical music playing on the speakers adds charms to your fresh arrival.

There are numerous key monuments in the city to explore. Some of them include Hawa Mahal, Jantar – Mantar and Govind Ji Ka Mandir; all are situated along the walking distance of each other. The massive and impressive appearance of Hawa Mahal built with red and pink sandstone and decorated with quicklime. An amazing architecture of the interior unfolds over five levels.

After hunting these many places if you are left with the bit energy and passion you can head towards Albert Hall Museum and Doll Museum before you leave for Amer Fort (11 Kms journey). Amer fort is sprawling, sturdy structure sprinkle elegance from the outside, its unique architecture, red sandstone walls mesmerizes you in first sight. A marble dome touches the sky while the green water of the natural moat formed by Mota Lake is the special attraction of the fort.

If You opt for the Rajasthan Cultural Tour then after spending pleasing night in Jaipur we head towards Pushkar (Distance between Jaipur and Pushkar is 142 Kms by Road). Pushkar Rajasthan is famous as one of the Pilgrimage site in Rajasthan. The town of Pushkar is surrounded by hills from three sides and a sandy bank rides up to the fourth. It is generally spoken that when a lotus flower fell from Brahma’s hand Pushkar Lake was created.

As per your proposed itinerary further you can head towards Ajmer – the most sacred city in Rajasthan. There are so many things that you need to keep in your mind before you pay visit to the Khawaza Moinuddin Chisti Dargah in Ajmer. Soon after paying tribute to one of the  holy place of Rajasthan  you may head towards Jodhpur. Jodhpur is famous for the Mehrangarh fort with its unique architecture as well its museum – which has a collection of weapons, paintings, palanquins and clothes. 100 Kms surface drive will take you to the Jaisalmer.

The above proposed tour plan may be customized as per your need or the other circumstances you require.