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

When: April, 2018
What: Lion Safari
Where: Nahargarh Biological Park, Jaipur
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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.

National Parks in India reopen to full houses in October, 2017

When: 01 October, 2017
Where: Ranthambore National Park, Sawai Madhopur, Rajasthan
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Ranthambore National Park re-opens on 01 October, 2017.

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First week of October is a very crucial week for all Tiger lovers in India. They eagerly await the re-opening of the national parks after the three long month closure due to monsoons. Even before the Tiger sightings, the first few pug marks generate mental celebration as that is information enough on the well-being of the beloved Tigers! Ranthambhore and Kanha National Parks this year will open to full houses practically in terms of Tiger sightings. The Tigers have given a lot of hope for a wonderful season ahead for those interested in sighting Tigers this year. Ranthambhore on the other hand has retained everything as of last year. Bandhavgarh and Tadoba also anticipate big opening.

The Ranthambore National Park reopened for the season on 01 October, 2017 after a long monsoon break. Every year Ranthambore National Park remains closed for three month during the monsoons i.e July, August and September. Although Jungle safari zones 6 to 10 remain open for tourists for monsoon safaris. But the post monsoon period visit to Ranthambore National Park is always more promising.

Jodhpur RIFF — 2017 to bring together folk and international music yet again

When: 05 – 09 October, 2017
What: Jodhpur RIFF – A music festival
Where: Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur
For more information, contact us at: communications@travelplanraj.com

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A joint initiative of the Mehrangarh Museum Trust, Jodhpur RIFF is a not-for-profit partnership project involving two of India’s leading heritage trusts: Mehrangarh Museum Trust and Jaipur Virasat Foundation. The festival has been endorsed by UNESCO as a “Peoples” Platform for Creativity and Sustainable Development.” Timed to coincide with “Sharad Purnima” the brightest full moon of the year in north India, Jodhpur RIFF features a series of spectacular concerts and events based in and around Mehrangarh Fort, voted “Asia’s Best Fortress” by Time Magazine.

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The 11th edition of the annual Rajasthan International Folk Festival (RIFF) will begin on October 5, under a full moon sky at the historic Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur. The festival will bring together the melodic folk tunes of India’s royal state and music from across the world with collaborated performances, artistes interactions and demonstrations. “Rajasthani folk musicians are at the heart of Jodhpur RIFF. Their traditions are acknowledged and celebrated at the festival. They benefit from growth and exposure through high- quality international collaborations as well as through our efforts to present them in festivals in India and across the globe,” Maharaja Gaj Singh II of Marwar-Jodhpur, chief patron of the festival said.

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The festival will feature over three hundred and fifty Rajasthani and international musicians including famous Manganiyar singer and musician Nihal Khan, Kamaycha players Ghewar Khan and Darra Khan and folk singer Babunath Jogi. As part of the ‘UK-India Year of Culture 2017’, The Spree (Paisley) twins will perform at the opening concert on October 6 along with Ross Ainslie who will lead the collaboration featuring fiddle player and composer Angus Lyon, Hindustani vocalist Smita Bellur and Sindhi Sarangi master Asin Langa.

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Performing in two languages, Gaelic and Marwari, a collaboration of Scottish band Shooglenifty and Marwari group Dhun Dhora will mark the premiere of their upcoming music album at the festival. The album will be recorded and filmed in Scotland and India and will be released in 2018. Musicians and singers from Rajasthan’s Bhil tribe will also present their traditional folk music at the Jodhpur RIFF. The festival will also host performances by Brazilian band Bixiga 70, gypsy jazz musician Nicotine Swing, and famous Spanish guitarist Paco Renteria among others. The folk music festival will come to a close on October 9.

For the complete program, click here Jodhpur RIFF 2017 Program

Dussehra 2017 – All You Need To Know About Significance Of Vijaydashami

When: 30 September, 2017
What: Dussehra (Religious Celebration)
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While the northern and southern parts of the country commemorates ‘Dussehra’ as the day of Ram’s victory over Ravana, the eastern part remembers the slaying of ‘Mahisasura’ – the buffalo demon by Durga. Dussehra or Vijayadashami marks the end of the nine-day long festive journey of Navratras. While the northern and southern parts of the country commemorates it as the day of Ram’s victory over Ravana, the eastern part remembers the slaying of Mahisasura – the buffalo demon by Durga. Though each state adds its own flavor to Dussehra, its symbolism remains the same – the triumph of good over evil.

In Sanskrit, the word ‘Dus’ means evil and ‘Hara’ stands for destruction and Dussehra essentially signifies restoration after chaos and destruction. It is symbolic of new beginnings and therefore marks the onset of preparations for the festival of lights – Diwali, which comes twenty days after the festival. Enormous effigies of Ravana, who had abducted Sita, are burnt along with that of his brothers Meghanada and Kumbakaran in the northern and southern part of the country as part of Dussehra celebrations. ‘Ramlila’, which is an enactment of the life and glory of Ram through short plays form an essential part of the revelry.

The eastern part adds its own flavour to the grandeur where it is celebrated as Vijayadashmi – the day of Durga’s return to heaven after purifying the world of evil forces. One of the most popular features of this day is the Shindur Khela, where married women smear vermilion on each other after making offerings to the goddess, to keep the joys of their married lives intact. The day of Dussehra also holds a lot of importance for Buddhists in the country as it is on this very day, that the famed king of the Mauryan Empire – Ashoka pledged non-violence and converted to Buddhism. Irrespective of cultures or beliefs, the connotation of Dussehra remains the same – the onset of a new journey after the end of evil.

Celebrating the triumph of good over evil — wishing you a ‘Happy Dussehra’! From all of us here at Travel Plan.