Chandigarh to Kanyakumari: Bharat Darshan Special Train Tour from January07, 2012

A special Bharat Darshan train from Chandigarh to Kanyakumari will be started by the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) on January 7, 2012. During its 12-day journey, the train will cover a number of destinations. A special coach to Goa will leave on January 4, 2012.

Commuters will be taken to Shirdi, Tirupati, Rameshwaram, Madurai and Kanyakumari. The train will start from Chandigarh Railway Station on January 7 at 10 am and return on January 18. The cost of the journey will be Rs 6,156. Apart from Chandigarh, the passengers can board the train from Ambala, Kurukshetra, Panipat and Jaipur. Around 480 passengers will be accommodated.

IRCTC will be arranging for the boarding and lodging of the passengers. The places where road transport is required will also be provided by the corporation. The passengers are also given insurance cover.

IRCTC has also planned a tour of Goa. A special non-AC coach, comprising 72, seats will be attached to Kerala Sampark Kranti Express leaving from Chandigarh on January 4 at 9.20 am. The train will reach Madgaon on January 5. On January 6 and 7, the passengers would be taken on a tour of Goa. The passengers will return to Chandigarh on January 9. The package cost for single occupancy is Rs 7,015.

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Bharat Darshan Tourist Train: IRCTC’s New Year Gift

Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) has announced the Bharat Darshan Special Tourist train fromChandigarh on December 25. The train on its 11-day journey will go via Delhi Cantonment, Jaipur,Ajmer, Dwarka, Somnath to Ahmedabad.

The IRCTC would charge Rs. 5643 from each passenger. This will cover expenses for travel,  food and transport facility to the tourist sites.

Booking of Bharat Darshan Special Tourist Trains is available online on the IRCTC website.

IRCTC has also offered special trains for visiting religious and leisure destinations in southIndiaincludingHyderabad,Madurai, Vishakhapatnam,Salemand Dindigul among others as part of the Bharat Darshan package in the New Year.

‘Rajasthan Calling’ Campaign in India to Boost Tourism in Rajasthan

A two-month campaign that will tour 22 Indian cities showcasing Rajasthan’s food and culture to further boost the states’ tourism is launched in India.

‘Rajasthan Calling’ kick started on Dec 16 from Gurgaon, Haryana and will stopover for three days in each city as part of promoting the campaign.

The campaign would facilitate better understanding about the state and provide complete information and showcase our traditional culture including handicraft and food. The major highlight of the festival will be live dances, shopping and a food court. This is not all, the famous Rajasthani delicacies like dal baati choorma, kachori, mirchi pakora and traditional sweets will definitely titillate the taste buds of the visitors.

Meanwhile, handicrafts and other local attractions like wooden toys, terracotta, stone artifacts, gota and Zardozi work, and leather products will surely be crowd-pullers. 

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With 13.78 lakh foreign tourists and 255 lakh domestic tourist arrivals last year, Rajasthan is easily one of the most sought-after tourist destinations inIndia.

The Annual Craft Mela in Jaipur

The Craft Mela has become a premium point of attraction for tourists and local populace in Rajasthan as it gives them the glimpse of the rich cultural heritage of the state and the nation.

Rajasthan Rural Non Farm development agency in association with Indian Council for Cultural relations (ICCR) have organized an 11 day long craft fair starting from December23, 2011 to January02, 2012, inviting artisans from different cities across India.

This is a perennial festival organized at different times of the year at Jawahar Kala Kendra’s Shilp gram in Jaipur. These festivals showcase the rich cultural heritage of not only Rajasthan but also of different parts ofIndia. Handicrafts and artistic products from Goa, Chattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh, Assam,Punjab, UP, West Bengal etc. are displayed here and sold.

People in large number gather to the venue to buy wooden furniture, pottery, spices, herbs, hand woven fabrics and many more attractive stuff. You can also find some antique items and a variety of pickles. If you are good at bargaining then it’s an ultimate shopping destination for you. Organizers also arrange folk dances, puppet shows and other mode of entertainment to keep the event alive.

It is one of the best places to buy a memento if you are a tourist and JKK is also an amazing evening hang out destination for the locals, the festival also offers mouth watering delicacies for food junkies like Dhokla of Gujarat, Dosa of the South, Kababs from Afghanistan, Paav Bhaji of Mumbai, Chat from Delhi.

Craft Mela is the perfect destination where you can find all the attractive as well as delicious items at one place. 

 

The Nagaur Cattle Fair

The Nagaur Fair or the Cattle Fair of Rajasthan is held in the month of January-February every year. This year the fair dates are slated from January30 to February02, 2012. The Fair, which unofficially goes for eight days, is the second largest cattle fair of India, and boasts of trading about 70,000 bullocks, camels and horses every year. Nagaur, where the fair is organized, is one of the most charming Rajput towns in Rajasthan.

Thousands of animals, magnificently garlanded with lots of accessories, to provide a vibrant look to them, are gathered at the fair for trading. The owners, displaying their colourful turban and long moustaches, sell cows, bullocks, oxen, horses and camels. In addition to the huge animal exhibition, the fair is also popular for its Mirchi Bazaar (red chilly market), which is biggest inIndia. The fair also trades for wooden items, iron-crafts and camel leather accessories and many other things.

Besides doing business, the visitors get excellent opportunity to enjoy a diversity of enthralling activities at the fair. The major sports held at the fair include tug-of-war, camel races, bullock races and cockfights. While jugglers; puppeteers, storytellers and campfire evenings make it a life time experience; feel the stillness of the desert sand amid the enchanting ambience created by the folk music of Jodhpur.

Pilgrimage Tourism in Rajasthan

Rajasthan the land of splendor is a visual delight of shrines, palaces, forts, mansions, fairs, festivals, culture and traditions. Some of renowned and spiritual pilgrimage places of India are found in Rajasthan. The fascinating pilgrimage places of Rajasthan attract huge number of pilgrims and devotees towards them all around the year. Apart from being a pilgrim destination these places are appealing to tourists as well, as they have various other attractions in them. Raj Tourism Buzz will help you with some of the most important pilgrimage destinations in Rajasthan.

Brahma Temple, Pushkar  

One of the oldest cities of India– Pushkar is famous for housing the only Brahma temple in the world. Located on the banks of Pushkar Lake this temple is dedicated to Lord Brahma “the creator God”, who is believed to have performed penance here for 60,000 years to have a glimpse of Lord Radha Krishna. Steps of marble lead you to the interior of the temple where a silver turtle lies embossed in the floor and around it are hundreds of silver coins embedded in the floor only. This temple holds an important place in the Hindu religion and is visited by hundreds of devotees every year. Pushkar also has various other temples that can be visited such as Varah Temple, MahadevaTemple, Gayatri Temple and Raghunath Temple etc.

Dargah Sharif, Ajmer 

The city of Ajmer on Ana Sagar Lake is one of India’s most important pilgrimage sites for Muslims. It attracts its fair share of pilgrims and tourists from all over. Dargah Sharif is one of the most sacred Muslim shrines in India and is venerated by both Hindus and Muslims. Situated at the foot of a hill, this is the tomb of a Sufi saint, Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti who had come to Ajmer from Persia in 1192 and devoted his life to the upliftment of the poor.

Dilwara Temples, Mt Abu

 

Mt. Abu the only hill station in Rajasthan is known for various facts and the extraordinary Jain Dilwara Temples is one of them. The temples here are counted among India’s finest temple architecture with intricate carving that showcases the brilliant work of the artisans. The oldest temple in this complex is “Vimal Vasahi” which is dedicated to the first tirthankar, Adinath and took 14 years to build which was started in 1031.The other temples in the complex are “Bhimashah Pittalhar”, “Mahaveerswami” “Neminath”and “Khartar Vasahi”.

Eklingji Temple, Udaipur 

Located 22kms fromUdaipuron the banks of Indersagar Lake, Eklingji Temple is a huge temple complex consisting of 108 temples. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva with a 50ft high black stone statue with four faces depicting his four forms. The east-facing part is recognized as Surya, the west-facing part is Lord Brahma, the north-facing part is Lord Vishnu and the south-facing part is Rudra i.e. Lord Shiva himself. The other deities that are worshipped here include Parvati, Ganesha, Kartikeya and Saraswati.

Govind Devji Temple, Jaipur

 

The temple is a vital part of the City Palace complex – Govind Dev Ji Temple. It is one of the prominent temples of Rajasthan and situated in Jaipur, it is visited by many people annually. Dedicated to Lord Krishna and has been well preserved by the earlier royal family. The idol was brought from Vrindavan, installed here by Sawai Jai Singh.  Govind Devji is an incarnation of Lord Krishna. It is visited by many pilgrim and devotees along with tourists who visit the City Palace.

Jain Temple, Ranakpur

 

Ranakpur the city holding a huge respect in the Jain community as it is one of the five main religious places of Jains. The city has incredibly carved Jain Temples in India. Well known for its magnificent white marble temples created in 15th century during the reign of Rana Kumbha and enclosed within a wall. The main temple is “Chaumukha Temple” which is dedicated to Lord Adinath and is a four faced temple. The breathtaking architectural style of the Temple is distinct and unique. There are 29 halls and 80 domes standing on the 1444 pillars of which amazingly no two are alike with their own interesting carving.  Ranakpur is undoubtedly one of the most visited religious destinations in Rajasthan.

Karni Mata Temple, Deshnok

 

Deshnok is a small village in Rajasthan located just 30kms from Bikaner, is known for Karni Mata Temple which is dedicated to Karni Mata, an incarnation of goddess Durga. It is a magnificent temple with huge silver gates and carved marbles. One strange feature of the temple that amuses everyone is that the temple is house to huge number of brown rats that wander all over the place without any hindrance and seeing the rare white rat is believed to be auspicious.

Shrinathji Temple, Nathdwara

 

Nathdwara located just 48kms from Udaipur, is a holy town and known for housing Shrinathji Temple dedicated to Lord Krishna. The idol of this temple is carved out from a single piece of black marble. According to history the statue was being moved to Mewar kingdom from Mathura during the reign of the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb. But the chariot in which the statue was being shifted got stuck here and did not moved further; hence a shrine was established at Nathdwara.

Desert Storm 2012

Be a part of the most adrenalin fuelled event – DESERT STORM 2012.

Starting from New Delhi, the rally will move to the Mandawa, Suratgarh, Bikaner, Jaisalmer, Barmer and Bhuj. Officially, the program begins on February 18, 2012. Flag off will be from Delhi on February 20, 2012 and finish at Ahmadabad on February 25, 2011.

The race is divided into different categories ranging from extreme- no limit and extreme terrain; controlled speeds, extreme terrain to  time speed distance format, 4 wheel drive vehicles; controlled speeds and moderate terrain.

No matter what you choose, it won’t be a cakewalk!!!

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