Visitors will now have to pay an entry fee at Amber’s Elephant Village

When: 08 August, 2017
Where: Elephant Village, Jaipur
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The world’s third elephant village, popularly known as ‘Haathi Gaon’ in Jaipur, Rajasthan, has now been taken over by the Rajasthan forest department. While the forest department has recently introduced an entry fee for tourists visiting the Elephant Village with effect from 08 August, 2017. The entry so far has been free of cost. The amount collected will be used for the welfare of the elephants.

The village has so far been under the Rajasthan Tourism Department. The premises of the Amber Palaces, some 15 kms from Jaipur city, has maximum number of India’s elephants in captivity. The pachyderms are used for joy rides to the Amber Fort and back. On the first day, after the entry fee was announced, around 55 foreign tourists and 53 domestic tourists visited Elephant village and paid for the entry.

A housing project for a 100 elephants and their Mahouts, the Hathi Gaon (or elephant village) is situated at the foot of the hill of the Amber Palace and Fort near Jaipur. The design involved first structuring the landscape first to create a series of water bodies to harvest the rain runoff, as this is the most crucial resource in the desert climate of Rajasthan. The idea of the site planning was to mold a structure and system that would help regenerate the landscape in a decade to approximate the tropical landscapes that are the natural habitat for elephants and open to viewing for tourists and visitors.

Happy Independence Day India – 2017

When: 15 August, 2017
What: Independence Day Celebrations
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August 15, 2017 to be celebrated as ‘Sankalp Parva’: Government of India

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The Center has decided to observe this Independence Day as ‘Sankalp Parva’ and asked the people to dedicate themselves to social causes and share their ideas to make a new India. The Independence Day on August 15, 2017 to be celebrated as the ‘Sankalp Parva’, the Ministry of Personnel said in an order. Terming ‘Quit India Movement’ as an important milestone, the government has asked people to take a pledge to create a new India that is strong, prosperous and inclusive.

The Quit India Movement or ‘August Kranti’ began on August 9, 1942. “Under the leadership of Mahatma Gandhi, people across India, in every village, city, transcending all barriers came together with a common mission to uproot imperialism,” the order said. As the nation would be observing 75th anniversary of the Quit India Movement this year, five years from now i.e. in August 2022, we will complete 75 years as an independent nation, it said.

“This five-year period, from 2017-2022, gives us an unique opportunity of ‘Sankalp’ to ‘Siddhi’ towards a new India. Hence, August 15, 2017 be celebrated as the ‘Sankalp Parva’ or the Day of Resolve, and in 2022 our nation will transform that resolve into ‘Siddhi’ or attainment,” it said. This five-year period can ignite the transformation that will create an India we dream of.

This Independence Day, let us resolve: Dirt-Quit India; Poverty-Quit India; Corruption-Quit India; Terrorism- Quit India; Casteism-Quit India; Communalism-Quit India!

Happy Independence Day India!

World Elephant Day – 2017

When: 12 August, 2017
What: World Elephant Day
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They’re intelligent. They’re family-oriented. They have great memories. They are capable of feeling a wide range of deep emotions, from intense grief to joy bordering on elation, as well as empathy and stunning self-awareness. They create complex, supportive societies much like our own. Taking into consideration all of that and much, much more, what’s not to love about elephants? Still, countless elephants are brutally killed every year for their ivory by greedy poachers who then leave their carcasses to rot in the sun. As Graydon Carter, Editor of Vanity Fair, put it:

We admire elephants in part because they demonstrate what we consider the finest human traits but the way we treat them puts on display the very worst of human behavior. World Elephant Day is the perfect time to find out more about these amazing animals and what we can do to preserve and protect them so they do not go the way of the mammoth.

The History of World Elephant Day

World Elephant Day was created in 2011 by two Canadian filmmaker Patricia Sims and Thailand’s Elephant Reintroduction Foundation and was first celebrated on August 12, 2012. Currently, the demand for ivory is the biggest in China, with the price of ivory often exceeding the price of gold, something that makes elephants bigger targets than ever. Habitation loss is also a danger to the world’s elephant population as it deprives elephants of the hundreds of pounds of food they need every day, making it more difficult for them to breed and making it easier for poachers to track them down. Circuses and tourism are also serious threats to the animals’ well-being.

How to Celebrate World Elephant Day

The best way to celebrate this day is to take the opportunity to educate yourself about these magnificent mammals and share your knowledge with others. As ever, simply spreading the word about the dangers these magnificent mammals face via social media can actually make a real change. If you want to get a bit more involved, you could choose to make a donation to a foundation dedicated to protecting elephants from poachers or relocating them to locations better suited to their needs.

Whichever way suits you best, make sure that you spend this day in a way that helps elephants the world over so we, in turn, can continue to marvel at them and their uniquely fascinating way of life.

International Tiger Day – 2017

When: 29 July, 2017
What: International Tiger Day
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International Tiger Day is held annually on July 29 to give worldwide attention to the reservation of tigers. It is both an awareness day as a celebration. This was first celebrated in 2010 and was founded at an international summit that had been called in response to the shocking news that 97% of all wild tigers had disappeared in the last century, with only around 3,000 left alive. Tigers are on the brink of extinction and International World Tiger Day aims to bring attention to this fact and try to halt their decline. Many factors have caused their numbers to fall, including habitat loss, climate change, hunting and poaching and Tiger Day aims to protect and expand their habitats and raise awareness of the need for conservation. Many international organisations are involved in the day, including the WWF, the IFAW and the Smithsonian Institute.

The good news is that the world seems to have brought back the tiger, as a species, from the brink of extinction, thanks to efforts like International Tiger DayInternational Tiger Day 2016 came in the wake of a 22% increase in tiger population across the world, according to a World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and Global Tiger Forum report published earlier last year. The WWF has said the global tiger population, which was around 1 lakh about a century ago, had declined to historic lows, with several species of tigers being wiped out entirely. However, that trend is now reversing, thanks to efforts like International Tiger Day, which is held annually on July 29 to give worldwide attention to the reservation of tigers.

According to figures available on the official website for International Tiger Day, the largest tiger population in the world is in India, which has 1,706 of the 3,948 tigers across the globe, primarily in Asia. The increase in number of tigers has happened as causes behind their near extinction, like loss of habitat, poaching and man-animal conflict have been addressed.

Time is short. Right now, the number of wild tiger is at its lowest ever!

  • We have lost 97% of all wild tigers in a bit over 100 years.
  • Instead of 100,000, as few as 3000 live in the wild today, in 2015 it was 3200!
  • A number of Tiger species have already been extinct.
  • Tigers may be one of the most admired animals, but they are also vulnerable to extinction.

At this rate, all tigers living in the wild could be extinct in 5 years!

How did this happen?

Habitat loss

Tigers lost 93% of their natural habitat due to the expansion of cities and agriculture by humans. Fewer tigers can survive in small, scattered islands of habitat, which lead to a higher risk of inbreeding. These small islands of habitat also make tigers more vulnerable to poaching

Human wildlife conflict

People and tigers are competing for space. The conflict threatens the world’s remaining wild tigers and poses a major problem for communities living in or near tiger forests. As forests shrink and prey gets scarce, tigers are forced to hunt domestic livestock, which many local communities depend on for their livelihood. In retaliation, tigers are killed or captured. “Conflict” tigers are known to end up for sale in black markets. Local community dependence on forests for fuel-wood, food and timber also heightens the risk of tigerattacks.

Climate change

One of the world’s largest tiger populations is found in the Sundarbans—a large mangrove forest area shared by India and Bangladesh on the northern coast of the Indian Ocean. This area harbors Bengal tigers and protects coastal regions from storm surges and wind damage. However, rising sea levels that were caused by climate change threaten to wipe out these forests and the last remaining habitat of this tiger population. According to a WWF study, without mitigation efforts, projected sea level rise—nearly a foot by 2070—could destroy nearly the entire Sundarbans tiger habitat.

Teej Celebrations At City Palace Jaipur

When: 26 – 27 July, 2017
Time: 5.30 pm on-wards (On both days)
Where: City Palace – Tripolia Gate – Chhoti Chaupar – Talkatora – Jaipur, Rajasthan
What: Cultural Programme & Teej Procession
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Relish the colors of Rajasthan in this most unique and time-honored festival.

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The traditional Teej procession with all its regal pomp and pageantry, started yesterday i.e 26 July, 2017 from the City Palace, Jaipur. Winding its way through the Tripolia Bazar, Chhoti Chaupar & Gangauri Bazaar the procession winded up at the Chaugan Stadium. The procession was be led by an elephant, followed by a mélange of cultural performances likes Kachhi Ghodi, Gair, Kalibaliya and Chakri dances along with a brass band. The procession included: a cannon carriage, bullock carts, a horse carriage, followed by the Goddess in a silver palanquin. Arrangements for the tourists to witness the procession were made at the terrace of the Hind Hotel. The procession will also be carried out today at the same venue at the same time, i.e 27 July, 2017 5:30 pm on-wards.

Please note – If you wish to witness the procession from the roof top, sitting arrangements for the same begin at 4:30 pm.

Intra-air services soon on 6 new routes

When: 19 July, 2017
What: Intra State Air Services
Where: Rajasthan, India
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Jaipur, Kota, S Madhopur, Kishangarh, S Ganganagar, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer Ahmedabad & Delhi will be connected

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Soon, the intra-air services will be extended on six new routes including direct connectivity to New Delhi and Ahmedabad. The state government gave consent to this proposal on principle and forwarded the same to the Union Civil Aviation Ministry for necessary formalities. As per the letter shot to the civil aviation by chief secretary Ashok Jain, it has been decided to expand the intra-air services on six more routes which are Jaipur-Kota, Delhi-Sawai Madhopur, Delhi-Kisahangarh, Delhi-Shri Ganganagar, Jodhpur-Ahmedabad and Jaipur- Jodhpur- Jaisalmer.

So far the service are available on three routes from Jaipur to Jodhpur, Bikaner and Udaipur. The air service was launched by in October, 2016 and Supreme Airlines was commissioned for operation of flights on a regular basis on these routes. In the previous Budget the CM had announced to expand intra-air services to other cities and the letter written by the CS comes in its continuance. In the letter, the CS has recommended for the same air operator to run the operations on new routes. In the letter it has also been requested that the department commence flight operations immediately after completion of necessary formalities and receipts of mandatory approvals and no objections certificates (NOC) from respective organisations by the air operator.

This move will boost tourism in the desert state as Sawai Madhopur, where Ranthambore National Park is located, will get connected to Delhi. Also, Ajmer, known for Dargah and Puskhar, have also been proposed to be connected under the proposal. Two states, Delhi and Gujarat come under the expansion of the services fetching more tourists and business too.

Segway scooters for tourists at Amer and Nahargarh, Jaipur

When: 05 July, 2017
Where: Amber Fort, Jaipur
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Segway scooter service will be available to tourists at Amer and Nahargarh in Rajasthan from 05 July, 2017.

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Tourists visiting Amer and Nahargarh forts in Rajasthan will have an add-on adventure experience of riding a Segway scooter other than elephant rides now. The eco-friendly and battery-operated self-balancing scooters are a hit among people abroad. The state archaeological department has inked an agreement with a private firm, which will provide the paid scooter service to tourists from July 05 onwards. The scooters are eco-friendly and will promote adventure activity. The service will initially be started at ‘Jaleb Chowk’ in Amer and Nahargarh fort. The ride will be available between 11am and 3.30pm and post 5pm. while the elephant ride is not available. The trial of the scooters was undertaken in December last year.