Explore Ranthambhore this Monsoon

What: Wildlife / Jungle Safari
When:
July – September 2018
Where: Ranthambhore, Rajasthan.
Know More: communications@travelplanraj.com

When the heat and dust are washed away with monsoon rains, Rajasthan – the only desert state of India becomes more of a paradise as half of its cities turns lush green from dusty brown.

Wildlife and nature lovers can add another option to their list of destinations this monsoon.

With the increasing popularity of Ranthambore, which has also become the highest revenue grossing national park in India (usually closed between July 1 and September 30), the last monsoon, Ranthambore Tiger Reserve (RTR) had thrown open zones 6 to 10 for the public even during the monsoon season.

In a year, these have become popular zones of the critical tiger habitat, with reports good sightings of the big cat. “Tigers breed during all 12 months of a year. Some jungle tracks become slushy, but most of the terrain in the park is dry. Besides, opening the zones to tourism helped to check illegal grazing, cutting of forest, and other illegal activities during the monsoon as well as to monitor the movement of tigers,” wildlife experts said.

Plan your trip and let the adventure begin!

 

Advertisements

World Heritage Day – 2018

18 April is internationally celebrated as the WORLD HERITAGE DAY.  Rajasthan is home to 8 World Heritage Sites, namely:

  • Jantar Mantar, Jaipur: is an astronomical observation site built in the early 18th century. It includes a set of some 20 main fixed instruments.This is the most significant, most comprehensive, and the best preserved of India’s historic observatories.JANTAR MANTAR
  • Keoladeo National Park: This former duck-hunting reserve of the Maharajas is one of the major wintering areas for large numbers of aquatic birds from Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, China and Siberia. Some 364 species of birds, including the rare Siberian crane, have been recorded in the park.

Image result for Keoladeo National Park

And, 6 Hill Forts of Rajasthan as listed below:

  • Chittorgarh Fort: Spread over an area of 280 Hectares, it is situated on a hill 180 high making it the largest fort in India. It is said that the fort was built by the Mauryans in the 7th Century AD. The Chittorgarh Fort also boasts of having 84 water reservoirs within its campus in the past, which could hold enough water to meet the needs of 50,000 soldiers of the kingdom for 4 consecutive years.

Image result for Chittorgarh fort

  • Kumbhalgarh: The Invincible – with the continuous 38 Km wall (the second longest wall in the world, after The Great Wall of China), it is the birthplace of the Great Indian Warrior “Maharana Pratap”. The fort remained impregnable to direct assault, and fell only once, due to a shortage of drinking water, to the combined forces of Mughal Emperor Akbar, Raja Man Singh of Amber, Raja Udai Singh of Marwar, and the Mirzas in Gujarat.

Image result for Kumbhalgarh fort

  • Ranthambore Fort: The fort lies within the Ranthambore National Park, which used to serve as a hunting ground for the Maharajahs of Jaipur before Indian independence. The fort is known for the glory and valour of Hammir dev of the Chauhan dynasty. Rajput King Sapaldaksha of Chauhan Dynasty started the construction of the fort on 944 AD. And since then many of his successors contributed towards the construction of Ranthambore Fort. 

Image result for Ranthambore fort

  • Gagron Fort: The Gargoan Fort’s is a fascinating place and its uniqueness lies in the fact that is surrounded by water from 3 sides and a by a deep moat on the fourth. The Gargoan Fort lies at a distance of 12 Kms from Jhalawar in Rajasthan. Inside the fort, there exists a temple of Lord Shiva, Ganesha and divine Durga, whereas just outside the fort there is mosque of Sufi saint Mittheshah where a grand fair is organized every year, on the Eve of Moharram. 

Image result for Gagron fort

  • Amer Fort: Located high on a hill, it is the principal tourist attraction in Jaipur. Constructed of red sandstone and marble, the attractive, opulent palace is laid out on four levels, each with a courtyard. It consists of the Diwan-i-Aam, or “Hall of Public Audience”, the Diwan-i-Khas, or “Hall of Private Audience”, the Sheesh Mahal (mirror palace), or Jai Mandir, and the Sukh Niwas where a cool climate is artificially created by winds that blow over a water cascade within the palace. Hence, the Amer Fort is also popularly known as the Amer Palace. The palace was the residence of the Rajput Maharajas and their families.

Image result for amer fort

  • Jaisalmer Fort: This World Heritage Site in Rajasthan stands on the Trikuta Hill in Jaisalmer, amidst the golden stretches of the great Thar Desert. The Fort camouflages in the yellow desert as its massive yellow sandstone walls shine in a lion color during the day fade to honey-gold color as the sun sets. This is why the fort is also known as Sonar-Quila or Golden Fort. With as many as five to six hundred thousand tourists visiting it annually, the Jaisalmer Fort is one of Rajasthan’s most popular tourist destinations.

Image result for Jaisalmer fort

 

World Sacred Spirit Festival – 2019

When and where

Nagaur – February 18,  19, and 20, 2019

Jodhpur – February 22 and 23, 2019

Image result for World Sacred Spirit Festival - 2019Image result for World Sacred Spirit Festival - 2019In February 2019, the most extraordinary and sacred music festival in the world will take place at the prestigious forts of Nagaur and Jodhpur. Highlights of this extravaganza include soulful performances by a number famous artists, singers and teachers from around the world. Illuminated by thousands of blazing candles, the sinfully spiritual acts and performances shall transport you into a bygone era, allowing your spirit to wander across time, bringing about a newfound purpose to your life.

Certainly, making a trip to Rajasthan during this period is not only about the music festival but exploring exotic destinations which is home to old forts, palaces, vibrant clothing, surreal desert beauty and a large variety of delicious cuisines.

Nagaur lies about between Bikaner and Jodhpur – dates all the way back to the 4th century BC. The large old Fort has many glorious tales of bravery of the erstwhile rulers of the states. While Jodhpur – the second largest city in Rajasthan is popularly known as the Blue City. It is famous as the ancient capital of the Marwar kingdom. With a rich and colourful history – Jodhpur marks its origin back to the year of 1459 AD. and it is also a delightful blend of the modern and the traditional.

Fairs and Festivals in April 2018

MEWAR FESTIVAL

When: 08 – 10 April

Where: Udaipur, Rajasthan

 

Related image

One of the most colourful festivals celebrated in Rajasthan, the Mewar Festival coincide with Gangaur Festival every year in the month of March-April. During this period, the whole city is immersed in vibrant colors with the bright lights and decorations at the local market and numerous cultural performances adding to the vibrant traditional wear of the locals. Its legacy makes it unique as the ceremonies and the rituals associated with the Royal House of Mewar still take place with the same grandeur and pomp as they did 75 years ago. As the date of the Mewar festival etches closer, Udaipur welcomes the locals/tourists with a spectacular ambience of mesmerizing decorations and traditional songs sung by performing artists who start pouring into the city for the festival. The 3-day long Mewar festival is brought to an end with an impressive display of fireworks. All of these things make it a special experience to indulge more in the reality other than the usual sightseeing. You can also test your photography skills as you will find numerous picture perfect frames and moments with loud character.

 

 

SUMMER FESTIVAL – MT. ABU

When: 29 – 30 April

Where: Mount Abu, Rajasthan

Image result for summer festival 2018 mount abu

When the weather starts to get warm again in the desert state of India, Rajasthan celebrates the unique 02-day Summer Festival in the only hill station of the state – MOUNT ABU, to welcomes the season with a  renewed excitement. The festival starts on the day of Buddha Poornima and is mainly a celebration of the vibrant soul of Rajasthan. The highlight is undoubtedly the Sham-e-Qawwali, which features some of the best folk singers from various parts of India, followed by many other soulful instrumental and vocal music performances and mesmerising sight of folk dances, like Ghoomar and Dhap.  Along with a colourful showcase of folk culture, the festival also hosts horse racing events, tug of war, skating races, CRPF band show and boat races on the Nakki Lake. The festival concludes with a dazzling display of fireworks and the gorgeous landscape of Mount Abu, with its verdant hills and lakes, make it a one-of-its-kind experience. If you have not planned a trip to Udaipur yet, these dates will definitely give you a lot more experiences to cherish for a lifetime.

 

SOURCE: Rajasthan Tourism

Jet Airways schedule update

Jet Airways has updated their Jodhpur’s schedule for the below-mentioned flights till 31 Aug’18:-
pexels-photo-358319.jpeg
For Delhi:- 
 
9W 688 – Depart Delhi – 9:45 AM – Arrival Jodhpur 11:35 AM
9W 689 – Depart Jodhpur – 12:15 PM – Arrival Delhi – 14:05 PM.
9W 729 – Depart Delhi -12:30 PM – Arrival Jodhpur 14:20 PM
9W 732 – Depart Jodhpur – 14:45 PM – Arrival Delhi – 16:30 PM.

For Mumbai: – 
 
9W 412 – Depart Mumbai- 11:45 AM – Arrival Jodhpur 13:25 PM
9W 413 – Depart Jodhpur – 13:55 PM – Arrival Mumbai – 15:50 PM.
Only on Sunday:-
9W 153 – Depart Mumbai- 12:15 PM  – Arrival Jodhpur 14:00 PM
9W 154 – Depart Jodhpur – 14:50 PM – Arrival Mumbai – 16:50 PM.

Jaipur Airport Upgradation

  • When: From March’18 until May’18
  • Where: Jaipur, Rajasthan.

pexels-photo-534249.jpeg

The Jaipur airport is undergoing a major up-gradation started on 01 March’18 and is expected to be completed by 31 May 2018. The JIA runway will remain shut for runway upgrades from 01 March 2018 to 24 March’18 from 10.00 hrs to 18.00 hrs and from March 24 to May 31 from 22.00 hrs to 06.00 hrs. 

The flights have been closed and rescheduled from 01 March accordingly. It is advised to keep checking the flight timings frequently to avoid last minute hassle.

The following flights from 10.30 hrs to 18.00 hrs are suspended (until further notice)

  • G8 492 / 15.55 hrs. ( Jaipur / Mumbai )
  • 9W 2262 / 09.20 hrs. ( Jaipur / Chandigarh )
  • 9W 2054 / 16.20 hrs ( Jaipur / Mumbai )
  • 9W 2416 / 17.00 hrs. ( Jaipur / Delhi )
  • 9W 2261 / 16.05 hrs. ( Jaipur / Udaipur )
  • 9W 2267 / 16.10 hrs. ( Jaipur / Indore )
  • 6E 914 / 17.35 hrs. ( Jaipur / Hyderabad )
  • 6E 569 / 14.05 hrs. ( Jaipur / Chennai )
  • 6E 913 / 13.35 hrs. ( Jqipur / Jammu )
  • SG 923 / 12.55 hrs ( Jaipur / Ahmadabad )
  • SG 2892 / 12.50 hrs. ( Jaipur / Jodhpur )

*Any change in arr./dep. flight program, may kindly be advised in advance.

Chaitra Navratra & Gangaur festival 2018

When: March 2018
Where: Jaipur, Rajasthan
For more information, contact us at: communications@travelplanraj.com

This is to inform you that:

  • CHAITRA NAVRATRA will start on 18th March & end on 26th March’18. As usual Govt. close Elephant ride at Amber Fort due to heavy rush of devotees at Shila Devi ( Kali Temple) at Amer Fort.

From 17th TILL 26th MARCH, ASCENDING ELEPHANT RIDE AT AMBER HILL WILL BE REMAIN CLOSED.

 

  • GANGAUR FESTIVAL – on 20th & 21st March’18City palace will remain open till 4 pm. Gangaur Mata ( Parvati ) Idol Procession from Tripolia City Palace Gate will start in evening hrs. around 17.30 for both these dates.