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
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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.

Jodpur RIFF

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.


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.


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.

Happy World Tourism Day! From Travel Plan India

When: 27 September, 2017
What: World Tourism Day
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Are You A Responsible Traveller?


‘Are you a responsible traveller?’ As the United Nations General Assembly affirmed when announcing the adoption of 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, tourism can contribute to all the three dimensions of sustainable development – economic, social and environmental – and each of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Not only does the sector spearhead growth, it also improves the quality of people’s lives. It can bolster environmental protection, champion diverse cultural heritage, and strengthen peace in the world. In this spirit, World Tourism Day 2017 presents a unique opportunity to raise awareness on the contribution of sustainable tourism to development among public and private sector decision-makers and the international community, while mobilizing all stakeholders to work together in making tourism a catalyst for positive change.

The ‘World Tourism Day’ celebration was started by the United Nations World Tourism Organization in the year 1980 which is celebrated every year at 27 September. This particular day was selected as at this day the laws of the UNWTO came into force in the year 1970 which is considered as the big landmark for the global tourism as it aims to aware to people about the significant role of the tourism inside the international community as well as to exhibit how the social, economic, cultural, political values are affected by it globally.

Celebrate World Tourism Day by taking the pledge to #TravelEnjoyRespect



Delhi-Bikaner Daily Flight Takes Off Today

When: 26 September, 2017
Where: Delhi – Bikaner
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The much awaited flight between India’s capital Delhi and Bikaner, Rajasthan took off today. The flight will take off from the Delhi Airport at 1:30 PM and reach Bikaner at 2:45 PM. It will fly back from Bikaner at 3:15 PM to arrive in Delhi giving the city of Bikaner easy access. The flight will function daily. An airline associated with Air India will provide the service. The two cities are separated by a distance of about 450 kilometers while it is an overnight journey by train.

‘Abhaneri’ festival — 2017

When: 21 – 22 September, 2017
What: Abhaneri Festival
Where: Abhaneri, Rajasthan
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A two-day Abhaneri’ festival will be held at the Abhaneri village in Dausa district from 21 to 22 September, 2017 to promote rural tourism in the area. The festival will witness artistes performing Shehnai Vaadan, puppet show, Behrupia, Raavanhatha, among others at Chand Baori and Harshat Mata temple on 21 and 22 September from 10 am to 5 pm. The Department of Tourism, Government of Rajasthan in collaboration with the Dausa District Administration organises the annual event. On 21 September, there will be various cultural performances like Mayur Dance, Langa singing, Kacchi Ghodi, Behrupia, Bhawai Dance while on 22 September evening there will be a Kavi Sammelan performance by Abdul Ayub Gauri at Chand Baori (step well).

‘Abhaneri festival’ is named after the village Abhaneri in the Dausa district which is around 90 km from Jaipur on the Agra road. This two-day festival has gained immense popularity amongst the tourists around the globe. This year, it will be held from 21 to 22 September, 2017 with various Rajasthani & local folk performances like Kachhi Ghori, Kalbeliya, Ghoomar, and Bhawai. Festival was initiated by Rajasthan Tourism in 2008, it is of great significance for Rajasthan. The village of Abhaneri was originally named Abha Nagri, meaning “city of brightness”. The place is popular for the Chand Baori-step well, one of the largest step wells built over a thousand years ago. Be a part of the celebrations at Abhaneri and dip into the rustic charm of traditional Rajasthani music.

Chand Baori is one of the largest step wells built over a thousand years ago in the Abhaneri village of Dausa, 95 kms from Jaipur The beautiful structure was built during the 8th and 9th centuries and has 3,500 narrow steps arranged in perfect symmetry, which descend 20m to the bottom of the well. Centuries ago, the stepwells were built in the arid zones of the state to provide water throughout the year.


Free Entry At Amber Fort on World Tourism Day – 2017

When: 27 September, 2017
What: World Tourism Day
Where: Amber Fort, Jaipur
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The entry at Amber Fort will be free for travelers and visitors on World Tourism Day i.e 27 September, 2017. While there will be no elephant ride available at The Amber Fort from 20 September up-till 30 September, 2017. Due to the on-going festivities at the ‘Shila Devi Temple’ at Amber Fort,  ELEPHANT RIDE will be CLOSED for travelers & visitors a day before the Navratra’s up-till a day after it’s last day.

The booking counters for tourists and visitors during the same period, i.e 21 September to 29 September, 2017 has been set up at Singhpol as well as Tripolia Gate, while the exit point has been set at the Tripolia Gate for a hassle free movement of Visitors as-well as devotees during the Navratra’s.

The Elephant ride will resume from 01 October, 2017 with five rounds per elephant while the timings will be from 7:30 am to 11:30 am and from 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm. And the timing for Night Tourism from 01 October, 2017 to 31 March, 2018 will be 6:30 pm to 09:00 pm.

Night visits to Amer Fort will also be closed for tourists & visitors during the period of Navratra. The Sound & Light Show at Amer fort from 21 September up-till 29 September, 2017 will have only one show in English at 8.30 pm.