Happy Diwali! From Travel Plan India.

With the gleam of ‘diyas’ and echo of chants, let happiness and contentment fill your life. Happy Diwali from Travel Plan India. 

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Here’s one thing no body is telling you about Jaipur – A Countryside Yoga Session

Jaipur was the stronghold of a clan of rulers whose hill forts and series of palaces in the city are major attractions today. Dazzling the eyes of tourists with its several architectural landmarks, stylish monuments, palaces, museums, wide avenues and colorful bazaars, Jaipur is quite the charmer and never fails to thrill. While that is something everyone knows off, here are the Things to do no one is telling you about.

A Countryside Yoga Session

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One of the greatest pleasure of travel is taking in gorgeous scenery not normally encountered in daily life, and at Things to do we let you savor these views. Experience the ideal combination of a gorgeous sunrise along with a relaxed yoga session in traditional surroundings on the rooftop of a gorgeous age old mansion. With a beautiful sunrise above your head, this inspirational early morning activity in the countryside is a unique way to explore the desert land. Yoga isn’t just about physical postures nor is it just ‘pranayamas’ and ‘asanas’, it is an entire system that shapes the man, physically, morally, mentally, socially and spiritually. So come and use our beautiful private space dedicated to individual instructions perfect for beginners or for individuals who are getting back into yoga after an extended hiatus. Get picked up from your hotel early morning in a chauffeur driven car and head out to an age old ‘haveli’ in the countryside for a memorable experience. Enjoy a relaxed yoga session in traditional surroundings under the guidelines of a professional yoga instructor. With a backdrop of the countryside farms, welcome the morning sun with the perfect ‘Surya Namaskar’. At the end of the session, take part in an interactive session with the Yoga guru to learn more over tea.

Highlights
⦁ Experience the ideal combination of a gorgeous sunrise.
⦁ Enjoy a relaxed Yoga session at the rooftop of a country home.
⦁ Enjoy an interactive session with the Yoga guru over tea.

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Lion safari at Nahargarh Biological Park in Rajasthan to begin from April 2018

When: April, 2018
What: Lion Safari
Where: Nahargarh Biological Park, Jaipur
For more information, contact us at: communications@travelplanraj.com

The Nahargarh Biological Park is spread across 720 hectare and located on the Jaipur-Delhi highway, about 12km from the state capital.

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This is second such initiative in India aimed at the conservation and population growth of the Asiatic lion.

Wildlife enthusiasts visiting Jaipur’s Nahargarh Biological Park (NBP) will now have the opportunity to include a lion safari in their tour itinerary by April next year. In 2016, chief minister Vasundhara Raje inaugurated the park, which has become a suitable for breeding center of lions and a major tourist attraction.

The park is spread across 720 hectare and located on the Jaipur-Delhi highway, about 12km from the state capital. Lion safari is being developed in 36.72 acre area and with a total project cost ₹ 4 crore that will be funded by the Jaipur development authority (JDA). The state forest department in order to promote eco-tourism, conserve wildlife, facilitate breeding of lions, provide nature education to visitors, have planned the safari.

An Asiatic lioness in the park, Tejika gave birth to three cubs, including Tara a female and two male cubs Tripura and Tejas. The cubs were named by the CM in addition, wolfs, jackals and hyenas too have given birth in the park. “We are planning to shift Tejika and her cubs to the area where the safari will conducted that already houses two lions, including Siddharth, a male and Suhasini, a female, the officials said. The three lions were brought from Gujarat last year, he said.

The project being jointly developed by the JDA and forest department, is progressing fast, the official said, adding that the forest department has completed the grassland development, weeding of juliflora, renovating four old water bodies and interlinking of pipelines. The Jaipur development authority has started fencing work and it will be completed by the end of February, while other civil work, including an entrance gate, a retiring chamber or night shelter, a water tank, a cave, and a visitor path are in process.

The area of the lion safari lies in the Aravali foothills with hillocks with a couple of nallahs that provide visitors a view of the panoramic landscape. The central zoo authority has approved a layout plan of 36.32 hectare. At present, the park has 21 enclosures, where endangered animals, including lions, a tiger, and a leopard among others are provided with a natural habitation.

 

Kishangarh airport inaugurated today

When: 11 October, 2017
Where: Kishangarh, Rajasthan
For more information, contact us at: communications@travelplanraj.com

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The Kishangarh airport has been inaugurated today by Jayant Sinha, minister of state for civil aviation along with the chief minister Vasundhara Raje at 2:30 pm. The airport has been given the licence by Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). This license is required for airlines to operate at any airport. Moreover, DGCA, has also granted the permission for operation of 50-seater aeroplane between Kishangarh and Delhi. The flights should start operating from 25 October. The airport will have six check-in counters and the capacity of 150 passengers.

In the days to come, regular commercial flights will begin, as airlines will soon be submitting the proposals to the airport authority for starting their operations. Apart from Jaipur, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Bikaner, and Kota, Kishangarh has become the seventh town in the state to have an airport. Many of these cities are already connected via intra-state airline services. Notably, this will be an important airport of the country as it will be feeding the pilgrims of Ajmer and Pushkar. Earlier, VIP passengers were using helipad in Ghughra village in Ajmer. This step will boost business in this city which is famous for its marble. Tourists wishing to visit Kishangarh and nearby cities like Ajmer and Pushkar will also be benefited.

Turf facts

  • This will be an important airport of the country as it will be feeding the pilgrims of Ajmer and Pushkar.
  • DGCA, has granted permission for operation of 50-seater airplane between Kishangarh and Delhi.
  • After Jaipur, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Bikaner & Kota, Kishangarh is 7th town in state to have an airport.
  • The airport will enable air connectivity to devotees visiting the Sufi shrine at Ajmer, the Pushkar lake. and Brahma Temple in Pushkar which is a 45 min drive from Kishangarh.

Confirmed Routes

  • Delhi-Ajmer and Udaipur-Ajmer

Coming soon

  • Mumbai-Delhi via Ajmer
  • Ajmer-Bangalore via Delhi
  • Ajmer-Kolkata via Jaipur
  • Ajmer-Chennai via Delhi
  • Ajmer-Hyderabad via Delhi

Diwali Celebrations By Travel Plan – 2017

When: 19 October, 2017
What: Diwali Celebration By Travel Plan
Where: Castle Kanota, Jaipur
For more information, contact us at: communications@travelplanraj.com

Diwali Celebrations 2017 - Travel Plan India

Kindle the light of wisdom, the light of life that brings a smile upon every face, ’cause friends and countrymen Diwali is upon us and it is impossible to hide the excitement that comes with this rather crazy affair, marked by a blare of firecrackers on the streets and a flourish of ceremonial activities in every Indian home. Amidst this riotous mirth, join us this Diwali as we take the fun outdoors yet again. Bringing the true spirit of Diwali to Jaipur, our Diwali Celebration is a happy affair filled with fun and attended by revelers of all ages, backgrounds and faiths.

With the gleam of diyas and the echo of the chants, let happiness and contentment fill your life. Get in touch with the experience of being alive with us this Diwali.

7 Images that will make you want to travel to Jaipur

In the midst of the buzzing streets and the day to day activities of the local residents lie the splendorous of Jaipur’s majestic past that are islands of relative calm evoking a different pace and another world. Dazzling the eyes of tourists with its several architectural landmarks, stylish monuments, palaces, museums, wide avenues and colorful bazaars, Jaipur is quite the charmer. We bring to you, 7 images that will make you want to visit the city now.

Sagar

One of the best kept secrets of the city of Amer is a 17th century lake ‘Sagar’, which was the primary source of water for the adjoining forts of Amer and Jaigarh. Tucked away beyond Kheri Gate the lake can be reached by car and then one can walk around its boundary. Built during the reign of Raja Man Singh, the lake which is divided into two parts- the Upper Sagar and the Lower Sagar, kept a check on the water table of the region. It was designed in a manner that it was connected with various step wells in the region, which automatically filled up once the ‘Sagar’ had reached its capacity.

Abhaneri Step Wells

The sleepy little village of Abhaneri, just outside of Jaipur, is known for its marvelous baoris, better known as step wells, which were built in the 8th Century, almost a thousand years ago, to be able to harvest whatever little water the rains brought to these dry lands. Jaipur is set in a desert and these tanks were used as cool places of retreat and as water reservoirs during parched times of the year, however, it is little known that these step wells were also dug up for the luxurious usage of water by the wealthy!

Amber

Perched on a hill the historic fort of Amer, the ancestral capital of the city, is set in a picturesque background. The splendid Amer Fort was built in 1600 by Raja Man Singh, commander-in-chief of the Mughal army during Akbar’s reign and certainly one the greatest general of medieval India.

Amber View

There is no better way to take in the magnificence and the beauty of the Amber Fort other than from the mountains that hold it. Walk around the fort, not towards it, a unique way of soaking in the magnificence of the Amer fort and its surroundings. Go off the beaten track on a journey through the Aravalli’s, only to find that it is from this view point that one can see the entire Amber town and the fort right in the center while the fort wall adorns the entire hill like a beautiful necklace.

hawa mahal

The honeycomb Hawa Mahal is arguably Jaipur’s most acclaimed landmark. The tapering Hawa Mahal, literally meaning the Palace of Winds, was built in 1799 to enable the ladies of the royal household to watch the street processions while remaining in a strict state of pardha. A five-storey facade, is decked with no less than 593 finely screened windows and balconies. Though the primary source of its appeal is undoubtedly the front, visitors can go inside to see exactly where the women sat, and take a close look at the detailed stonework.

Jal Mahal

Literally meaning the water palace, it was built in 1799 by Maharaja Madho Singh as a summer resort for the royal family. The Jal Mahal palace is considered an architectural beauty built in the Rajput and Mughal styles of architecture providing a picturesque view of the lake and the hills that surround it.

Jai Garh- Panorama

Undeniable a must visit while in Jaipur is the Jaigarh Fort, a majestic stronghold built by Sawai Jai Singh II. This almost intact fort is surrounded by huge battlements and is connected to the Amber Fort with subterranean passages. Originally built to protect the Amber Fort and the palace within the complex, the Jaigarh fort is architecturally similar to the Amber Fort and offers a panoramic view of the city of Jaipur. In the picture, standing deserted but not devastated, the Jaigarh Fort.

 

 

 

 

 

Tips and tricks to pack for your next trip to Jaipur!

Travelling to Rajasthan, shed all those layers!

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The month of October is the best time to visit this desert land. While the temperatures continue to drop once the monsoon has passed, come October winter starts to sets in that lasts till February.  The days are usually warm, sometimes still hot with really pleasant evenings, it really is the best time to be outdoors! With these pointers, you can be sure to stay comfortable within the elements. We recommend –

A sun hat and an umbrella are advisable – You must carry a high factor sun block along with that sun hat. The sun could be harsh here.

A pair of great walking shoes are a must – Be it shopping or sightseeing, you have to walk a lot to explore his city. Some parts of the old city should be explored by foot so a comfortable pair of walking shoes are a must.

A Coat – With a slight nip in the air as winter starts to settle in October on-wards, it would do no harm for you to carry a light weight coat along with you as the evenings sometimes get little nice and pleasant.

Sunscreen – To protect your skin from getting damaged, a traveler must always carry sunscreen and in fact must keep it in the backpack.

Mosquito repellent – A lot of your visits will be out in open areas, its always recommended to go so as to protect as you can.

As always, plan to layer – but you rarely will require on more than two layers in early October up to mid November. Try wearing shirt/tee shirt topped with lightweight fleece or knit sweater/jacket to start or end the day.

A shawl is occasionally handy – While a lightweight shawl (that could be tucked in a tote bag/day pack) would be handy, especially for covering your head if visiting places of religious interests. Also carry socks if you don’t like to walk around bare feet – while you have remove your shoos if visiting a temple/mosque, even homes of some locals (depends on individuals) carry some hospital footies with tread on soles, but simple low ankle socks work just fine.

Carry packing cubes in your duffel – In case you plan to go camping or choose to stay at one of the tented accommodations: one for pants, one for shirts, one for “evening” wear. While eventually that changes to one cube for clean clothes and one for the soiled ones. Even thou it is easy to find laundry services in hotels – usually not too expensive.

Bring a few granola bars or some kind of snack that you like – Given long traveling times with only spicy/deep fried snacks out on the road, you may want to eat something but may not be able to. While salted chips and fruit are usually easy to find.

Carry your own medication – You may not find what suits you best when you are on the go. And so it is always advisable to carry your own meds while travelling any where in the world.