Cruise Through the Chambal with Gharials.

‎”The integrity of aquatic life and fauna is the best biological indicator of a river’s health”.

By that measure the Chambal may be one of the healthiest of Indian rivers, protected by its harsh ravine infested environs and the desperadoes who abounded there.

There are many nature watching opportunities available for the visitors to Dholpur and Chambal River in Rajasthan. The best opportunities for sighting and photography of Gharial can be had by hiring a boat with experienced driver and guide, available at several points along the river.  A boat excursion will also offer many good viewpoints for photography of water , shore birds and unique landscapes.

The only specialized small fish-eating crocodilian – the Gharial (Gavialis gangeticus) – is the most sought after specie in the Chambal River. One could see quite a few of these beautiful (and Critically Endangered) creatures basking on the banks of the river.  Some of them would be tagged with a red band tied to their tail which indicates that apparently they are released recently from the Gharial breeding center.

There is one interesting story about the origin of the name Gharial.  Gharial males have a bulbous growth on the tip of their snout. This resembles a pot or ghara (in Hindi). Hence, the name Gharial is introduced.  Such an explicit sexual dimorphism is not found in any other crocodilian species.

The much fortunate ones could also see a number of turtles basking on the tiny rocks jutting out of the river. Perhaps, they enjoy the sunny days after many hours of deep floating. Walking trails in the ravines and along the river also offer opportunities for close observation of the wide variety of plants and animals.

Next time on your visit to Dholpur, Rajasthan don’t miss to treat your eyes with the statuesque sight of Chambal, its habitats and the rare specie gharials.


Jaipur Jewellery Show: 23 to 26 December, 2011. Raj Mahal Palace


If hankering on glitz and glitters of gems and Jewellery is your cup of tea , then here’s am amazing chance for you to witness the statuesque masterpieces of jewellery which Rajasthan is famous for.

Jaipur Jewellery Show is the significant event in the calendar of the Gems and Jewellery show the world over. Aptly christened “The December Show” dated from 23 to 26 December 2011 will remain slotted year after year. The second largest Jewellery Show in India is emerging as one of the Asia’s largest Jewellery show also. JJS has completed its 8 years successfully and this is its 9th exhibition in India. More than 30000 visitors visit this show every year. It is a business2business as well as business2consumer Jewellery fair. Every year JJS promotes one gemstone and this year it is promoting Kundan Meena.

Visit the December Show for flabbergasting extravaganzas and spellbinding collection of resplendent Jewellery from different renowned jewellery houses and merchants from around the world.

Jaipur Geared Up for Pravasi Bhartiya Diwas- 2012

With registrations already beginning for the Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas-2012 and about 1,500 delegates expected to come to Jaipur for the event, the state government is working on a war footing to make various arrangements.

A special care has been taken while planning the arrangements for Pravasi Bhartiya Diwas-2012. There are other facilities like providing transport and boarding facility to the NRIs on which the government is keeping a close tab. Officials say 150 registrations have been made till now. “Although normally every year around 600 delegates come, we are expecting the turnout to be 1,500 this time. Messages have been conveyed to NRIs from Rajasthan also.

A reality check has already been conducted at prominent places of Jaipur on Tuesday. Special attention will be given to the Walled City area. The Walled City has been divided into three zones.  Perhaps, a weekly review of cleanliness and other preparations may be done after that.  Along with the beautification of the city ‘carpeting’ of all the major roads would be done. “Carpeting means that the potholes on all the roads will be filled up.

All the monuments in Jaipur will be spruced before the event. There is a proposal to create help desks for delegates at all tourist spots. The tentative spots where lunch, dinner and cultural programme for the NRIs would be hosted have been decided. Jai Mahal Palace, Sisodiya Rani ka Bagh and City Palace would be the places where the lunch, dinner and cultural programme would be arranged.

Not a single notch is left unnoticed to make arrangements for Pravasi Bhartiya Diwas-2012 and delight all the NRI’s coming to the  city of beautiful architecture and culture. “Padharo Mhare Des”

Mobile Phone and ID card must in RSRTC buses

Mobile phone and Photo identity card a must for travel in RSRTC buses. Rajasthan State Road transport Corporation will send text messages containing PNR numbers of passenger bookings e tickets online soon. The passengers will be permitted to travel without a print out of their tickets if they carry their cell phones containing PNR. The photo identity card will also have to be carried by the passenger.

This process has been started to make all the details of transparent moreover, if any updates in timings will be there the passengers will be updated respectively. The step will be observed from next month.

Jaipur Metro Station: The Replica of Magnificent Heritage Sites !

The upcoming Metro Corridor in Jaipur from Mansarovar to Chandpole, that will link the Walled City and a few historic sites, will have stations with a heritage look.

A portion of the Chandpole station facade, which will directly connect the metro network to the Walled City in phase II, will be modeled on ‘Ghat ki Guni’ heritage. The design and architecture for the metro stations at Sindhi Camp and railway station are yet to be decided.
Like Delhi, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) will model the station exteriors on the architecture of havelis in the Walled City. The idea is to replicate the look of the monuments at the stations as though they are a part of the heritage site itself.

It is also agreed upon that the new construction would not cause damage to the pre constructed buildings and not spoil the heritage structure. The DMRC officials said the technology will be successfully used to protect historical monuments in Jaipur, similar to Delhi and Chennai for Metro projects.

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