Ganganagar expands airstrip to connect with Jaipur, Delhi

When: 01 July, 2017
Where: Ganganagar, Rajasthan
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Rajasthan’s Ganaganagar city is all set to expand its airstrip to facilitate intra-state air services connecting the district with Jaipur and Delhi. A proposal to this effect has been prepared and would be submitted to the civil aviation department soon. There is already an airstrip at Lalgarh and district administration plans to expand it both ways for landing of commercial flights.

The current airstrip at Lalgarh has a length of only 1,300 meters on which only small planes can land. For landing of commercial flights, the airstrip should be at least 1,600 meters. So, district administration plans to expand it on eastern and western directions. Expanding 300 meters in both directions would be sufficient. The air services should be operational by 2018. The first flight of an intra-state air service from Jaipur to Udaipur via Jodhpur was launched on 04 October, 2016. The Government has tied up with Supreme Transport Organisation Pvt Ltd., to operate air services between different cities in the state. Several locations of world-class tourism, religious, historical and heritage importance would benefit by these air operations.

 

No Monsoon Safari’s in Rajasthan’s Wildlife Reserves

When: 01 July, 2017
Where: Ranthambore, Sawai Madhopur
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Ranthambore and Sariska Wildlife Parks to remain closed for Monsoon.

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With the monsoon’s, comes disappointment for all game-safari lovers. The wildlife safari for the season usually comes to a close. The forest reserves of Rajasthan that are closed during the monsoons include Ranthambore Tiger Reserve, Sariska Tiger Reserve, Keolado National Park, Darrah Sanctuary, Sajjangarh Santuary, Kumbalgarh Sanctuary, Desert national Park as well as Mount Abu Sanctuary.  While the Forest Authorities had recently announced that the Wildlife reserves and parks will remain open during the Monsoons, but after NTCA’s objection, the Rajasthan Forest Department has taken its previous orders back and decided to close the reserves.

All the three tiger reserves of Rajasthan — Ranthambhore, Sariska and Mukandara — will be closed this year during monsoon. According to the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA), the Rajasthan Forest Department has dropped its orders to keep the parks open during monsoon keeping in mind various reasons. However ZONE 1-5 at the Ranthambhore National Park will remain closed during the monsoon season i.e from 01 July up-to 30 September 2017, Zone 6-10 will remain open for safaris. Ranthambhore National Park will re-open with all 10 Zones from 1st October 2017 and all tourist activities will then commence as usual.

Ranthambore Jeep safari price hiked

When: 23 June, 2017
Where: Ranthambore National Park, Sawai Madhopur
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With effect from 23 June, 2017, the jeep safari at the Ranthambhore National Park has become costlier. The Forest Department has ordered to introduce new rates last Friday on-wards from the morning shift. Tourists will now have to pay an added sum of Rs 1020/- for the Gypsy safari. The new rates have been increased after March 2015. The revenue generated will be used for the development of the Park.

No increase in Canter safari rates – There has been no change in rates of Canter (open top roof safari bus) safari by the forest department and the rates of open safari buses (Canter) have been decided to be kept the same as earlier.

Jeep safari rates were increased due to high demand for Jeep – According to the forest officials, 80 percent of tourists visiting the park demand private gypsy’s. While the numbers of gypsy’s at the Ranthambore National Park are limited, it is not feasible to provide the same for everyone.  According to the Forest Department, if the rates for the gypsy safari is increased, visitors and tourist’s will opt for the Canter Safari instead. Added advantage here is that the canter can accommodate, 18 to 20 tourists at the same time, and the gypsy can accommodate only 5 to 6 people, making it a more Eco friendly way to travel.

Monsoon Safari’s in Rajasthan’s Wildlife Reserves

When: 01 July, 2017
Where: Ranthambore, Sawai Madhopur
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With the monsoon’s approaching, comes disappointment for all game-safari lovers. The wildlife safari for the season usually comes to a close. But in order to promote ecotourism, the forest officials have initiate jungle safari’s in their respective buffer zone’s from July 01, 2017. It is indeed a good news for wildlife lovers as National Parks have come up with monsoon safari’s this year. According to the authorities, the safaris will not focus on tiger sightings but to educate people about the richness of Forest reserve’s.

The forest reserves of Rajasthan that are closed during the monsoons include Ranthambore Tiger Reserve, Sariska Tiger Reserve, Keolado National Park, Darrah Sanctuary, Sajjangarh Santuary, Kumbalgarh Sanctuary, Desert national Park as well as Mount Abu Sanctuary. Out of which Ranthambore National Park (RNP), Sariska iger Reserve and Mukundra Tiger Reserves are the ones that will be kept open this monsoon season. The decision was taken at a recent meeting of the standing committee of the State Board of Wildlife and the Tiger Conservation Federation.

The national parks in the state, which are usually closed between July 1 and September 30, will be thrown open to the public by the forest department. Ranthambore, Sariska and Mukundra tiger reserves are the ones that will be kept open this monsoon season. The decision was taken at a recent meeting of the standing committee of the State Board of Wildlife (SBWL) and the Tiger Conservation Foundation (TCF).

However, the onus of taking appropriate steps to implement the order with due attention to NTCA’s concerns, has been left to respective field directors. In a letter to Tiger Range States, NTCA had approved the closure of all tiger reserves as per the recommendations of the technical committee for a minimum period of three months. The NTCA had cited a few reasons for shutting the national parks for tourists during monsoons in 2006, a practice which continues till date. According to NTCA, forests rejuvenate during monsoon, which was also the breeding time for tigers. Besides, the mud tracks become slushy with rains and the possibility of safari vehicles getting stuck in the slush was greater, posing a safety risk for tourists.

During the last monsoon, Ranthambore Tiger Reserve (RTR) had thrown open zones 6 to 10 for the public, where chances of tiger sightings were almost zero. But 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.

Zones in these parks will be kept open on a rotational basis for three months around the year, wherein each zone would be closed for three months. During monsoons, some zones will be opened for tourism depending on the critical circumstances, condition of roads and keeping in mind the safety of tourists. Wildlife enthusiasts can have a fantastic opportunity to explore wildlife amidst the rains. Thou in case of heavy rains in the area, the Forest department has the right to close safari zone’s and cancel safari’s without any prior notice.

 

Celebrating International Yoga Day – 2017

When: 21 June, 2017
What: International Yoga Day
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Yoga is an ancient physical, mental and spiritual practice that originated in India. The word ‘yoga’ derives from Sanskrit and means to join or to unite, symbolizing the union of body and consciousness. Today, on 21 June, 2017 it is practiced in various forms around the world and continues to grow in popularity. Recognizing its universal appeal, on 11 December 2014, the United Nations proclaimed 21 June as the International Day of Yoga by resolution 69/131. The International Day of Yoga aims to raise awareness worldwide of the many benefits of practicing yoga. Just five minutes a day can transform your life! Whether you’re seeking health and joy or peace and love, whether it’s success in the world or inner exploration you’re striving for, yoga can help you cut through the struggle and walk through life with ease.

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The theme for the 2017 celebration, organized by the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations, is ‘Yoga for Health.’ The theme highlights the fact that yoga can contribute in a holistic way to achieving an equilibrium between mind and body. The organizers believe that this approach to health and wellbeing can make a direct and useful contribution to humankind’s quest to achieve sustainable development and move towards lifestyles that are in harmony with nature.

“Yoga is an invaluable gift of India’s ancient tradition. It embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfillment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well-being. It is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and the nature. By changing our lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help in well being. Let us work towards adopting an International Yoga Day.” — Narendra Modi, UN General Assembly

 

Night Tourism To Begin At The Palace of Winds

When: October, 2017
What: Night Tourism
Where: Hawa Mahal, Jaipur
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Soon after the tourism department started night tourism at ‘Vidyadhar Ka Bagh’, the state government also announced night tourism at Chaura Rasta and Hawa Mahal. As part of the ‘Jaipur Night Tourism’ project, Rajasthan government will also illuminate ‘Chaura Rasta’ and ‘Hawa Mahal’ by October 2017. In the second phase, the focus will be on Tripolia bazaar, Chhoti Chaupad & Johari Bazaar. The government has set targets for this project for 15th August, 2018. Attempts will be made to clean the bazaar. Additionally the authorities will keep stray animals at bay so that tourists can freely explore the city area on foot. The state capital, Jaipur has become the first city in Rajasthan to take on the initiative of Night Tourism, setting examples for the rest.

The ‘Parkota’ walls of the Old City will be embellished with artwork. Lights and decorations will enhances its aesthetic appeal and attract more tourists to the old part of the city. A clear focus is emphasized on the cleanliness and hygiene conditions of the surroundings. Attempts will be made to clean the bazaar. The Pink buildings in the Walled City will also be decked up with beautiful lights, highlighting the marvelous beauty of heritage structures more prominently.