Vintage tourist train between Delhi and Alwar

A vintage tourist train by Indian Railways, consisting of two coaches hauled by steam engine ”Akbar”, has commenced in the current season between Delhi and Alwar in Rajasthan from October 27, 2013.

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The 48 year-old steam engine is one of the last surviving vintage steam locomotives in the country. Named after the great Mughal emperor Akbar, the Pacific class broad gauge loco is capable of speeds up to 110 kmph and used to haul prestigious express trains.

After remaining out of service for several years, ‘Akbar’ was restored, overhauled and reclaimed in full working condition. The engine was recently in the news with its use in the famous film ‘Bhag Milkha Bhag’, portraying the life of famed Indian runner Milkha Singh.

The tourist train will start from Delhi Cantonment Station of the capital and travel to Alwar (138 kms) in Rajasthan via Rewari on a tour package which includes a visit to the Sariska National Park near Alwar. This would also give an opportunity to the tourists to sight tigers in Sariska.

The train in its current season will travel between October 2013 and April, 2014 on every second and fourth Saturdays.

Booking can be done on IRCTC’s website http://www.railtourismindia.com.

Special Train from Bangalore to Rajasthan for Tourists

Rupee depreciation has simply boosted local tourism with more travelers taking interest in visiting Indian tourist destinations and Rajasthan tops the list. Tourism industry is apparently taking extra special care to delight local tourists and travelers in India….

As part of Dasara holidays, IRCTC is flagging off its special Royal Rajasthan Charter Train from Bangalore consisting of four – 3Tier AC Coaches and nine Sleeper Class Coaches on October 09, 2013 on a 12-day tour carrying tourists from Bangalore, Mysore, Hassan, Arsikere, Hubli, Bellary to the magnificent tourist destinations in Rajasthan — Udaipur-Chittaurgarh-Jaipur-Jaisalmer-Jodhpur- Mount Abu.

The unique features of the charter train are that it carries only tourists, has a separate Pantry car to cater South Indian vegetarian food, each coach has a manager and a security; coaches are equipped with Public Announcement system. The charter train also includes accommodation wherever night stays are planned and buses are arranged for sightseeing.

The tourists have been classified into Budget, Standard, Comfort & Deluxe and the rates are: Rs. 19,050, Rs. 21,370, Rs. 27,950 and Rs. 32,550 respectively.

For details contact: Ph: 080-25537772, Mob: 96638-77788, 96638-83323

Albert Hall

Rajasthan is not popular for nothing, its undulating terrains, colorful festivals, tempting cuisines and warm people are just gluing and win your heart at once. So, what stops you now? Go get your holidays booked with Royalty of Rajasthan!!

New flights for Tourism in Jodhpur

jodhpur Airport

With the onset of Rajasthan’s tourist season in October, airline operators will introduce two new flights from Jodhpur. According to the Civil Airport Director Mr. S.N. Borker, Spice Jet will run a flight between Delhi, Jodhpur and Jaisalmer, while Jet Airways would run special additional flights between Delhi and Jodhpur.  Bookings are already open for these two flights starting from October, 2013

We are also glad to share that Jodhpur is awarded with the best Airport among 52 Airports in the country during Traveler’s Satisfaction Survey conducted last month.

Two luxury trains in Rajasthan to don a new look

The popular luxury trains of Rajasthan – Palace on Wheels and Royal Rajasthan on Wheels are soon going to get a major makeover.  Being sensitive towards the expectations of the travelers, the Indian Railways and RTDC have decided to refurbish the trains with new heritage look adorned by the finest trappings one can expect from a luxe train.

All the facilities  in the trains are being modernized including water purifiers in washrooms aside from superior communication and entertainment devices. Even the dining cart, the bar and lounge will be given a new look. The spa and health club will also get major upgrades.

As for the RROW makeover, the wooden floors would be covered with exquisite carpets to minimize noise. Further, new doors will replace existing ones. Besides, the train speed will also be increased so that guests spend less time on wheels and enjoy more time at the destinations. However, the itinerary and tariffs for the trains will remain same in 2013-14.

6 HILL FORTS OF RAJASTHAN NOW IN UNESCO’S WORLD HERITAGE LIST

Cheer spread in the tourism as well as the art and culture sector today in Rajasthan when its 6 hill forts were selected to be in the UNESCO’s World Heritage List. The hills forts are – Amber, Chittorgarh, Gangron, Jaisalmer, Kumbhalgarh and Ranthambore. The Tourism, Art & Culture Minister, Ms. Bina Kak said: “the selection of these forts is a reflection of our work done in the past. We stand by our commitment towards conservation and protection of our rich cultural heritage, of which we are immensely proud.”

 

Kumbhalgarh Fort

Kumbhalgarh Fort

Gagron Fort

Gagron Fort

Jaisalmer Fort

Jaisalmer Fort

Chittorgarh-Fort

Chittorgarh-Fort

Amer Fort, Jaipur

Amer Fort, Jaipur

RANTHAMBHORE-Fort

RANTHAMBHORE-Fort

These hill forts were approved in the 37th Meeting of the World Heritage Committee in Cambodia on 21 June. The selection of these forts, located in different cities, as a serial cultural property, is the first of its kind ever by UNESCO.

Now with the selection by UNESCO these six forts will receive enhanced international recognition the way the Jantar Mantar in Jaipur did after being selected in the World Heritage List in 2010. This selection will also pave way for other monuments to be nominated for being included in the World Heritage List. In fact, the work relating to Stepwells of Abhaneri, Bandikui, Bundi as well as the Fresco paintings of Shekhawati region for being submitted for consideration to UNESCO list has already started.

All these efforts will sure reinforce positioning of Rajasthan on the world tourism map as a favored tourist destination.

It is to be recalled that several missions of ICOMOS (advisory body to UNESCO) visited Rajasthan since 2011 and discussed the nomination in great detail with State Archaeology Department, ASI and the Indian Advisory Committee on the World Heritage under the Ministry of Culture.

Within the State of Rajasthan, six extensive and majestic hill forts together reflect the elaborate, fortified seats of power of Rajput princely states that flourished between the 8th and 18th centuries and their relative political independence. The extensive fortifications up to 20 kilometres in circumference optimized various kinds of hilly terrain, specifically the river at Gagron, the dense forests at Ranthambore, and the desert at Jaisalmer, and exhibit important phase of development of an architectural typology based on established “traditional Indian principles”.

Trains to Vaishno Devi shrine up to Katra likely to start in July

Travel to Vaishno Devi shrine is expected to get much easier as several Mail, Express and local trains are expected to go up to Katra, the shrine’s base camp.

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Ongoing project of the construction of 25 km-long Uddhampur-Katra rail link is almost complete, and several mails, express and local trains are likely to go up to Katra, the base camp of Vaishno Devi shrine from July onward.

The new route will let pilgrims to reach the base camp of Vaishno Devi shrine at Katra without having to break their journey at Jammu.

The Udhampur-Katra rail route passes through inhospitable terrain, making it an extremely challenging engineering project.

The route consists of seven tunnels and 30 small and big bridges, including a 185-feet high tunnel. A total of seven tunnels span over 10 km of the 25-km stretch.

The trains, including New Delhi-Uddhampur Uttar Sampark Kranti, Jammu Mail, Chandigarh-Katra Express, Delhi Sarai Rohilla-Uddhampur Express, Ahmedabad-Uddhampur Express, Delhi-Pathankot Express, among others are likely to reach Katra once the line is operational.

Katra station is ready with three platforms and two more platforms will come up later.

Special Trains from Jaipur for Jyotirlingam Pilgimage

Dwarka

The Ministry of Indian Railway has decided to launch seven Jyotirlring special trains from Jaipur Junction. These trains will run under the authorization of Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation. The trains are scheduled for departure from Jaipur Junction on 30th June 2013 and passengers boarding these trains will return back to the Jaipur by 11th July. Trains will cover the various ‘Mahadev’ pilgrim spots in the course of 10 days.

A most revered pilgrimage circuit in India is the visit to the holy places of 12 Jyotirlingas It will be an enthralling experience for any of the Shiva devotee. Pilgrims will have an opportunity to visit the various temples on route. The itinerary of the routes and pilgrim spots covered is as follow:

July, 1 – Mahakaleshwar temple of Ujjain.

July, 2 – Onkareshwar and Dwarika of Indore.

July, 4 –  Naageshwar.

July, 5 – Somnath.

July, 7 – Grhineshwar  of Aurangabaad.

July, 8 – Bheemashanker.

July, 9 – Trimbhakeshwar.

You can get your bookings done from now onwards. Ticket fare per passenger is going to be Rs. 6600.

Spend your vacations differently this summer by visiting all these auspicious pilgrim spots.

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