Gauhar Jaan – remembring the legend

Gauhar Jaan was an Indian singer and dancer from Calcutta.

She was one of the first performers to record music on 78 rpm records in India and released by Gramophone Company of India.

Gauhar’s first performance was at the courts, in what is today called Bihar, in 1887

Gauhar was born on June 26 in 1873, and her birth name was Angelina Yeoward. Her father was Armenian and her mother Victoria Hemmings was an Indian by birth. After her parents’ divorce, Victoria moved to Benaras with a Muslim nobleman and the then eight-year-old Angelina accompanied her mother there.

Both mother and daughter converted to Islam when in Benaras. Victoria changed her name to Malka Jaan and Angelina’s name was changed to Gauhar Jaan. Malka became a noted singer and Kathak dancer in Benaras.

Some years later, the mother-daughter duo moved to what was then called Calcutta where Gauhar began to train as a Hindustani classical musician. Soon, she also became accomplished in Kirtan and Rabindra Sangeet, among other musical forms.

 

Source:TOI

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International Yoga Day

WHAT: International Yoga Day
WHEN: Every Year on 21 June
BOOK NOW: Write to us for an exclusive yoga session with a trained yoga master  – operations@travelplanraj.com

 

21 June annually is celebrated as International Yoga Day all around the world since – 2015, declared unanimously by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).  Yoga is a physical, mental and spiritual practice attributed mostly to India. The Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his UN address suggested the date of 21 June, as it is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and shares special significance in many parts of the world.

Here are some facts about yoga to add to your knowledge:

  • The first known appearance of the word “yoga”, with the same meaning as the modern term, is in the Katha Upanishad, composed about fourth to third century BCE.
  • Maharishi Patanjali is a saint who is believed to have lived sometime during the 2nd century BCE. He is known for his treatise on Yoga, entitled “Patanjali Yoga Sutra”.
  • There are 196 Yoga Sutras or aphorisms.
  • There are 84 classic Yoga Asanas, the Asana is one of the 8 limbs of Yoga.
  • Yoga increases self-confidence.
  • Hasyayoga or Laughter Yoga is practised in more than 60 countries
  • According to Hindu mythology, Shiva is considered the Supreme Lord of Yoga.
  • Ancient yogis believed that we only have a limited number of breaths in each life. Hence, it made sense to stretch our life out a bit longer by taking slow and deep breaths.

 

 

 

World Oceans Day

Celebrated every year on 08 June (since 2002), “World Oceans Day” is a reminder of its major role in our life, that we need it more than it needs us and we need to start now to stop treating it as a garbage disposal.

DID YOU KNOW: Plastic pollution is causing tremendous harm to our marine resources:

  • 80% of all pollution in the ocean comes from people on land.
  • 8 million tonnes of plastic per year end up in the ocean, wreaking havoc on wildlife, fisheries and tourism.
  • Plastic pollution costs the lives of 1 million seabirds and 100,000 marine mammals per year.
  • Fish eat plastic, and we eat the fish.
  • Plastic causes $8 billion in damage to marine ecosystems each year.

A REMINDER: Oceans cover more than 70% of earth’s surface and are the lungs of our planet, providing most of the oxygen we breathe.

Change starts with you

There are many things we can do as individuals to reduce our plastic consumption.

Use less plastic and recycle the plastic you must use!

 

Celebrating 29 Successful years

Travel Plan India

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” A JOURNEY OF A THOUSAND MILES BEGINS WITH A SINGLE STEP ”
– Lao Tzu

Travel Plan was founded on 25 May 1989 and has now grown to be one of the leading travel providers in Rajasthan. We have been at the forefront of tourism in the state and are among the first companies to promote many unique hidden gems to the travellers.

Our core business is travel planning, marketing, research for new products & consulting.

Our expertise and services range from – guides, chauffeur driven cars, special experiences, festival celebrations and event, hotel booking, news, assistance and information, business meetings, wedding till planning entire tour including some offbeat locations nobody is telling you about.

Quite Simple we focus on planning and arranging tailor-made tours for independent travellers and also work with agents nationwide.

 

Travelling to Rajasthan?
Pack your bags and let us do the rest! 

Luxury trains of INDIA

1 – Maharaja  Express

The Maharaja Express is known for providing world-class hospitality and maximum convenience for experiencing multiple destinations in a short span of time. Owing to the top-notch facilities and comfort that it offers travellers, it has been awarded the ‘World’s Leading Luxury Train’ title at the World Travel Awards five times in a row, from 2012 to 2016.
There are a total of 5 unique itineraries that the Maharajas Express has to offer which covers:-

  • Heritage of India: Nights/8 Days 

    Mumbai – Ajanta – Udaipur – Jodhpur – Bikaner – Jaipur – Ranthambhore – Agra – Delhi

  • Indian Splendour: 7 Nights/8 Days
    Delhi – Agra – Ranthambhore – Jaipur – Bikaner – Jodhpur – Udaipur –  Balsinor – Mumbai
  • Indian Panorama: 7 Nights/8 Days
    Delhi – Jaipur – Ranthambore – Fatehpur Sikri – Agra – Gwalior – Khajuraho – Varanasi – Lucknow – Delhi
  • Treasures of India: 3 Nights/4 Days 
    Delhi – Agra – Ranthambhore – Jaipur – Delhi
  • Gems of India: 3 Nights/4 Days 
    Delhi – Agra – Ranthambhore – Jaipur – Delhi

2- Palace On Wheels

The Palace on wheels is rated as one of the top ten luxury train journeys in the world. It offers you a heart-rending trip to the splendid forts and palaces of Rajasthan in just seven days. On rolling back wheels of time, we find the rulers of princely states of Rajputana, Gujarat, the Nizam of Hyderabad and the Viceroy of British India travelled by these luxurious coaches. After independence, these coaches were parked and remained in this state for a quarter of a century until in 1981-82, when the Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation and Indian Railways launched a special heritage tourist train for providing a uniquely memorable experience to the tourists visiting Rajasthan. There are 39 Deluxe Cabins &b 2 Super Deluxe Cabins (total passenger capacity is of 82 passengers). The basic concept of the train tour is that overnight you travel in comforts of AC sleeping Chamber daytime enjoy-pre arranged group sightseeing tours in AC buses.

Tour (7 Nights/8 Days): Delhi – Jaipur – Ranthambhore – Chittorgarh – Udaipur – Jaisalmer – Jodhpur – Bharatpur – Agra – New Delhi

 

3- Deccan Odyssey

Deccan Odyssey Train has been thrice voted as the best luxury train in Asia. The train operates on six different journeys of 7 Nights duration across India- covering Forts & Palaces Of India, Taj Mahal, Tiger & Lion forest reserves and UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Ajanta Ellora Caves & Hampi etc. Deccan Odyssey Train owned & operated by State Govt Of Maharashtra & both off board/on board services are Outsourced to a private travel company. 7 Nights Journies :

  • Mumbai – Vadodara – Udaipur – Jodhpur – Agra – Sawai Madhopur – Jaipur – Delhi
  • Mumbai – Vadodara – Udaipur – Jodhpur – Agra – Sawai Madhopur – Jaipur – Delhi
  • Mumbai – Nashik – Ellora Caves – Ajanta Caves – Kolhapur – Goa – Ratnagiri – Mumbai
  • Mumbai – Bijapur – Aihole & Pattadakal – Hampi – Hyderabad – Ellora Caves – Ajanta Caves – Mumbai
  • Mumbai – Vadodara – Palitana – Sasan Gir & Somnath- Little Rann of Kutch – Modhera & Patan – Nashik – Mumbai
  • Mumbai – Aurangabad – Pench (Ramtek) – Tadoba – Ajanta – Nashik – Mumbai

4- Golden Chariot

This South India Version of Palace On Wheels was launched in March 2008 & has been rated by The Vanity Fair, U.K. amongst the top seven train journeys in the world. Built & operated on the same concept as it’s more famous North India counterpart, The Golden Chariot Train is a joint collaboration between Indian Railways & State Govt. Of Karnataka; & the onboard hospitality is managed by Maple Group of Hotels.

Tours:

  • Special Royal Mysore Dasara Tour
  • Golden Chariot Train Pride Of South circuit

 

New Property in Rajasthan

WHAT:  Jawai Sagar Resort
WHERE: Near Pali, Rajasthan, India.
Plan your trip: Communications@travelplanraj.com

We are happy to announce The Jawai Sagar Resort, a new property for your next holiday escape in this magical countryside. It is situated at such an amazing location – the Jawai Dam near Pali district (Rajasthan), with a rejuvenating aura of nature and wildlife. Apart from the beautiful property and great location, it has just opened for guests and has yet to prove its worth. Check out what all it has to offer:

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History: The Jawai dam construction across the Jawai river was started in 1946 by Maharaja Umaid Singhji the ruler of Marwar. In a desert state, the importance of conserving and storing water is an integral part of its progress and prosperity. Jawai lake for many years was the principal source of water for Jodhpur city and in water surplus years a boon for the local agriculture.

Brief: At the Jawai backwaters, nestled at the base of a sheer granite outcrop called Nag Giri or Cobra Mountain is situated Jawai Sagar Resort. These outcrops are also the abode of the resplendent Indian leopard. The northern edge of the resort is lapped by the waters of the Jawai lake where the Indian Mugger Crocodile might be seen basking in the sun while flocks of Flamingos and Pelicans circle the waters.

Rooms and amenities: 

  • The resort has 12 double rooms and each room has a private verandah with magnificent views of the Jawai Lake. With – air conditioning, wifi, tea coffee maker, mini bar and spa quality bathroom amenities.
  • To minimise sound we do not have TV sets in the room.

Activities:

  • Dawn and Dusk Safari
  • Bird watching
  • Village Safari
  • Boat ride
  • Special high-tea / sundowner
  • Trekking/Hiking

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Location:

JawaiSagar, Village Sena
District Pali
Rajasthan 306707

At distance of: 
175 kms from Jodhpur
140 kms from Udaipur
290 kms from Ahmedabad
390 kms from Jaipur
700 kms from Delhi
26 kms from Sumerpur on NH 48
The nearest railway station is Falna at 28 kms.

National Technology Day

When   – Every year on 11 May, since 1999.
Where – INDIA
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May 11 is marked as National Technology Day to commemorate India’s technological achievements, including Operation Shakti at Indian Army’s Pokhran Range in 1998. After five successful nuclear tests, Ex-PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee declared India a nuclear state, the sixth country to do so.
On the same day, India successfully tested its first indigenous aircraft Hansa-3 and short-range missile Trishul.
Under the then prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the country started observing the day as National Technology Day every year since 1999. The man behind the successes of these milestones was APJ Abdul Kalam, who went on to become the 11th president of India on July 25, 2002.
Dr APJ Abdul Kalam was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 1981, Padma Vibhushan in 1990 and Bharat Ratna – the highest civilian honour – in 1997. The Bharat Ratna came just a year before he played a key role in the Pokhran test. He worked his way to become the driving force behind India’s space and missile programmes and came to be known as the ‘Missile Man of India’.
Recalling the stellar contributions made by India’s scientists in the Pokhran tests, PM Narendra Modi says in one of his speeches, “The world is well aware of the Pokhran tests. Under Atal Ji’s leadership, successful tests were carried out and the entire world was witness to India’s might. The scientists made the nation proud.