Register your Railways’ Complain/Suggestion via SMS

Good news about our Indian Railways. Now the travelers  will feel much happy and also feel free to travel more in trains. Here is the news!!

You can now register your complaint/ suggestion regarding railways just via an SMS. The complain could be about bad condition of trains, Poor sanitation in toilets of station, waiting rooms or the trains, or it may be some safety issue.  All you need to do is “Type in your message box < IRCOMP>  leave space and then <your suggestion/complaint> and send it to 57886

Many times while traveling by train we are put to unexpected inconvenience, we react by cursing and criticizing. No other response. Of course once we reach our destination we just forget.

There is no use in cursing the darkness around you, do light a candle however small it be, it gives an inspiration and ten more candles will be lit . The process continues reducing the darkness..

Please pass on this message to your friends and it may help some other traveler in need including you .

Dholpur- Home to Raj Niwas Palace

A fairly recent state which came about in 1805, Dholpur is known all over the country for its locally-quarried sandstone. This is a red stone which had been used extensively in palaces in the building of New Delhi.

Being closer to Agra, Dholpur witnessed many important battles.

Jhor, a village 16 kms. from Dholpur, was the site of the oldest Mughal garden in the sub-continent. The gardens were first established by Babar in 1527. It was discovered in the late 1970s. There are still signs of the intricate planning that went into these famed gardens.

Mach Kund, a lake surrounded by over a hundred temples, lies one km away and only comes to life once a year for a pilgrimage. Surrounding areas like Bari, Damoh waterfall near Sarmathura, Talab-e-Shahi lake and Kanpur Mahal, Van Vihar Wildlife Sanctuary and Ram Sagar Sanctuary offer interesting excursions.

One of India’s most amazing temples, Ekottaso Mahadeva Mandir in Dholpur, is built like a huge 200 foot wide chariot wheel with the main central shrine like the hub of a huge wheel that contains sixty-four smaller inward facing shrines on the surrounding circular courtyard.

What appear as insignificant villages now, have a fascinating history. The proximity to the Mughal capitals has left its mark in all these areas.The Mughal influence can be felt strongly here.

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Annual Baneshwar Fair- 2012

The Baneshwar fair scheduled from February03 to 07, 2012 is held at a small delta formed by the river Som and Mahi in its present form is actually a merger of two fairs: one which used to be held in honour of Baneshwar Mahadev (Lord Shiva) and another fair which started after the construction of the Vishnu temple by Jankunwari, daughter-in-law of Mavji, a highly revered saint considered to be an incarnation of Lord Vishnu.

This is a religious festival with simple and traditional rituals. On this occasion tribal from the neighboring states of Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat join their brethren from Rajasthan to offer prayers to Lord Shiva at Hanumangarh. The Baneshwar fair is predominantly a tribal fair with more than half of the congregation consisting of Bhils.

The Bhils attending Baneshwar Fair sing traditional folk songs in high pitched voices sitting around a bonfire every night. Groups of villagers are also invited to participate in the programme. The fair resounds with the gaiety of songs, folk dances, magic shows, animal shows and acrobatic feats. Adding to the excitement are the joy rides on merry-go-rounds and swings.

Baneshwar Fair is one of the most exciting fairs to be witnessed by the tourists from other countries.

The Spring Festival of Basant Panchmi!

Basant Panchami, the fifth day of spring, is celebrated by propitiating Goddess Saraswati.  As she symbolizes the constant flow of wisdom, she also represents the full blossoming of multi-hued Nature, kindling the light of inspiration and hope.

Basant Panchami is also believed as the birthday of Goddess Saraswati. The spring festival of Basant Panchami is especially celebrated in the institutions of learning. As Saraswati is the goddess of learning, Students observe the blessings from Maa Saraswati. Spring is the season when crops are fully bloomed, so people also celebrate this occasion by flying kites.

Yellow color is given special attention and dominates everywhere on this particular day. Yellow color is associated with Goddess Saraswati as well as the mustard crop.

People wear yellow clothes; make yellow color sweets on this day of Saraswati Puja. The Goddess of art, learning, knowledge and wisdom, Maa Saraswati is worshipped with full dedication. On this day, People also feed Brahmans with the feeling that their ancestors are accepting the food. Kite-flying has become the part of this festival and people really enjoy this event.

Basant Panchami is a festival full of religious, seasonal and social significance. It is celebrated by Hindus all over the world with enthusiasm and new sense of optimism.

The Ajmer Pushkar Rail Link Opened

The holy town of Pushkar became part of the railway map on Monday when the first train from Pushkar chugged on its way to Ajmer. Union Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi flagged off the train at a glittering ceremony attended by a huge gathering.

Addressing a meeting at the flagging off of the first train, Rajasthan’s chief minister Ashok Gehlot said that investments in Rajasthan will increase as there is a network of roads and railways even to remote places.

The 10-coach train, which will run all days except Tuesdays and Fridays, will start off from  Ajmer  at 9.15 am and reach Pushkar at 10.40 am and return at 3.40 pm to reach  Ajmer  at 5 pm. A meagre fare of Rs. 5/- will be charged from each passenger of the train, less than half of what is being charged by buses for the same distance.

This will change the image of Rajasthan as proper infrastructure is coming up here.

Union minister of state for IT and communications Sachin Pilot requested the railway minister to provide new trains in the route.

Three Not to be Missed Sights in Rajasthan

Rajasthan is famous all over the world for its stunning forts and palaces that have been gloriously standing since decades in this princely state. They are the perfect example of the architectural heritage of Rajasthan. The reminders of rich history of this eternal land are one of the major attractions of the state as well our country.  A journey through these masterpieces makes travelers come back here again and again to enjoy the majestic blend of royal past and modern comforts.

Kumbhalgarh and Ranakpur

Perched atop one of the loftiest parts of the Aravalli Hills, Kumbalgarh is the highest fort in Rajasthan. The Badal Mahal, or the Palace of Clouds, rises above it although you come rather more for the tranquil views than any architectural tour de force. Within the large fort stand clusters of disused Hindu temples and shrines along with a couple of small villages.

You couldn’t ignore all you’ll hear of the fort’s massive walls extending more than 30km: you can,  however,  enjoy the Aravalli countryside by orbiting the entire site on these remarkable walls in a marvellous day-walk (it’s about 15km to 20km), during which the distant Badal Mahal often remains in view. Nevertheless, night view is altogether a different experience.

Nearby Ranakpur boasts the Chaumukha Temple, a confection of intricately sculpted marble. Known for their sculptural prowess, this is one of the Jain faith’s most important and beautiful temples.

 Bundi

Bundi, the former capital of a similarly-named princely state, is one of the nicest little towns in southern Rajasthan. On the hillside looming over its old quarter’s convoluted lanes stands Bundi Palace. For decades this extraordinary pile was officially closed to the public by the reclusive titular maharajah. Now it’s open and although the royal contents are long gone, it remains an extraordinary place to explore. On the plateau above stands Taragarh fort, with its semi-ruined buildings and step-wells, another wonderful place to visit with fine views across town. Farther south nearKotaat the confluence of the Chambal and tiny Brahmani rivers lies Bhainsrorgarh.

Still owned by the descendants of the ruling nobleman, the modest fort-palace stands atop a cliff overlooking the Chambal. A nearby dam ensures the river is always full.  Clean and edged by farmland, there’s an almost European softness to the landscape.

Today’s travelers have a great opportunity to experience the royalty of these forts and palaces by staying in them as most ancient structures have opened their doors to travelers and running as heritage hotels. Plan your vacation to Rajasthan and experience the grandeur of these three magnificent destinations.

Brij Festival

The Brij Festival takes place a few days before Holi, the festival of colours. This year the Brij festival will be celebrated from February02 to 04, 2012. Held in honor of Lord Krishna, this festival is marked by verve and zest. Villagers, in gay, multihued attire, can be seen singing and performing the Raslila dance-the immortal love-story of Radha and Krishna. All of Bharatpur comes alive to the sound of folk melodies on this festival held on the eve of Holi.

Men and women, young and old, rich and poor-all are touched by the spirit of this festival. Boisterous revelers spare no one during this festival and delight in splashing colour on everyone around.

Bharatpur is situated on the Delhi – Mumbai main railway line and also on National Highway no. 11 (Bikaner -Agra).Agra being the nearest Airport (56 kms.)

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