Sunday, October 11, 2009

Jodhpur - Blue City of Rajasthan - Picture - Video

Jodhpur widely known as blue city of Rajasthan, Jodhpur is a highly fortified city. The city is well identified by the Meherangarh fort, standing tall on the sandstone hills. This fort is one of the brilliant specimens of the Rajsthan's architecture and thus attracting numerous tourists on Jodhpur tours. As you approach to this city, the mighty fort will zoom into the horizon. The magnificent city of Jodhpur lies beneath the fort.

Jodhpur blue city
The old city of Jodhpur justifies the sobriquet of blue city. The city is not highly developed but it tourism significance is no less. The city encircled by 10 km long wall has a number of narrow glittering streets, selling various things like incense, roses, sewers, saris and perfume. But the hectic pace of city doesn’t lessens the tourists love for the city who keep pouring in year after year on Jodhpur tours to explore the various attractions of the city. Some of these tourist attractions are as follows:

Also check this video on Blue city.

Jodhpur - Rajasthan -

Mehrangarh Fort: - this magnificent fort is one of the prime attractions of Jodhpur. It is a captivating place to visit. The fort located at a height of 125m is a fascinating piece of architecture. This one of the largest forts encompasses many palaces, museum, galleries and temples. The museum is home to the outstanding compilation of Royal tapings depicting the affluence of Marwars. The Chamunda Devi Temple in the fort complex is devoted to the goddess Durga. The widow alcoves of the temple offers a Panoramic view of the city .

Umaid Bhawan Palace: - This palace is another gem from the treasure trove of Jodhpur and a significant reason for the Jodhpur tour. One part of this magnificent palace with 365 rooms has been turned into hotel and museum and another serves as home of the present Maharaja of Jodhpur .

Jaswant Thada: Jaswant Thada memorial houses the royal cenotaph in pure white marble and serves as a landmak in Jodhpur.

The other attractions of Jodhpur tours are; Mandore Park, Kilana Lake and Maha Mandir. Besides this exploring the city markets at your own is an experience in itself.

Camel Fair Pushkar - Winter festival in Rajasthan

Camel Fair Pushkar

Camel is also called ship of deserts as it is the only animal able to adjust well in this barren land. The significance of this animal in Rajasthan cannot be undermined as this creature helps making life comfortable. Camel fair pushkarThe camel fair Pushkar can be a chance to appreciate the utility of this animal. This fair in the small town of Pushkar is a window to explore the colourful rural life of the Rajasthan. The weeklong pushkar camel fair is held on Ashtami in the Hindu month of Kartik (October-November) on the full moon day. For the entire week, activities like live stock, camel and horse trading take place. The fair receives huge crowd and great tourists influx from India and abroad. This fair is also an occasion for showcasing acrobatics, comedy, music and folk dances of the local Rajasthani performers, giving travellers an insight into the life of the region.

The camel fair Pushkar is held in the winters when weather is pretty good, giving a breather from the hot summers. The sand dunes are all new weaving music on the wind tunes. The huge vibrancy of rainbows embraces both man and the surroundings equally. The shops showcase every hue and colour of the Rajasthan. Even the camels are not untouched with these colours as they come decorated with attractive accessories on the occasion of camel fair Pushkar. The aura attached with this village of Pushkar is welcomed with great interest and enthusiasm by the tourists as they come all the way from their countries to explore the Pushkar Camel fair and participate actively in the camel races and various other activities.

Apart from the camel fair, Pushkar is also known for one of the few temples of Lord Brahma. The place got its name from the flower petals. Pushkar refers to being born from flower. According to a Hindu belief a swan was released by the Gods carrying a lotus in its beak. It was supposed that where the flower will fall the God Brahma will perform a large yagna there. The place where flower fall, named as Pushkar. By going on camel fair Pushkar you will discover this mythical place.

This camel fair is marked by the numerous stalls adorning this sacred place. After conclusion of camel fair, the fair takes a holy turn as people jostle for a holy dip in the lake as it salvages from all the sins of present and previous births.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Indian Hotel industry will add 55,000 rooms in next 3-4 years

According to consulting firm HVS India "The Indian hotel industry will create double the number of rooms from the present in 3-4 years by adding an estimated 55,000 rooms."

The development of new rooms is going to be led by regional real estate players and hospitality firms as most large real estate developers have abandoned or scaled down their expansion plans. The study revealed that fewer new rooms were announced last year but developers started work on a higher proportion compared to 2007-08.

Of the 94,115 rooms announced by various hotels and real estate developers for the year ended March 2009, 60% of the rooms saw some active development. Compared to this, in the previous year (April 2007-March 2008) companies announced plans to build over 1.14 lakh rooms of which 58% saw actual development.

"Despite the economic downturn, Indian hospitality will see the maximum development of rooms in the next 3-4 years. The rate of development of rooms would be much higher, something that we have not seen in the past ten years," said Manav Thadani managing director at HVS India.
He added that even as big real estate developers have shrunk their hotel plans, regional real estate developers as well as Indian hotel companies are continuing with their own expansion plans. Mumbai, Delhi NCR, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Pune were among the top five cities in terms of active development of new projects announced last year.

With revival in corporate activity, business travel is expected to bounce back sooner compared to the leisure travel market which is one reason why hotel construction is being pursued aggressively in Mumbai, believe hotel consultants.

On the other hand the five year tax holiday granted by government for hospitality projects in Delhi & NCR region to increase supply of rooms for the forthcoming Commonwealth Games is driving hotel construction in this region. But the HVS report points out that only 5,700 rooms of the 8,776 rooms being actively built are expected to open for the games next year.

Raymond Bickson, managing director of the Indian Hotels Company (IHCL), who is also the chairman of World Travel & Tourism Council, India Initiative( WTTCII) said that the Indian hospitality sector will witness improvement in the future.

"Thanks to the huge domestic market, the Indian hospitality sector is expected to continue to grow even as other markets like US and UK are witnessing a degrowth," he said.

Vivek Nair vice chairman & managing director of luxury hotel operator Leela Hotels & Resorts, said, "Occupancies in Gurgaon and Bangalore have already witnessed an improvement and I believe the winter season would result in better times for the industry."

Mr Nair added that the recent RBI notification which has delinked hotels from the "high risk category" of real estate business, will provide hospitality firms with easy access to funds for hotel development.


Saturday, October 3, 2009

Holy men cleaning river Ganges for Ardha Kumbha mela next year

Thanks to Ganges Committee. Hundreds of holy men of Ganges Committee. local residents, and pilgrims are cleaning the river Ganges of garbage and silt in Haridwar.

The flow of the river into the town has been stopped for little over two weeks for cleaning ahead of the 'Ardha Kumbha', a huge congregation of Hindus, to be held early next year in the town.

"Ganges Committee members, volunteers and seers start the cleaning drive of the river after the Ganges canal is closed for some time annually. We are removing clothes, wood, iron and glass pieces from the river, thrown by people into the Ganges unknowingly. We have started the cleaning drive so that the pilgrims coming here find the river Ganges clean," said Ram Kumar Mishra, president, Ganges Committee.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Rajasthan International Folk Festival 2009 at Mehrangarh Fort

5 day Rajasthan International Folk Festival 2009 started at the Mehrangarh Fort. In this festival more than 150 local and international folk, classical and fusion artistes will participate, the festival is presented by two of the country?s leading heritage trusts - Mehrangarh Museum Trust (MMT) of Jodhpur and Jaipur Virasat Foundation (JVF).

Festival director Divya Bhatia said, "We have aimed at creating a music festival with a specific folk ethos, where various genres of music can celebrate their essential vitality together."

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

40 new rooms in Hotel Parkview - Rent @ 700 Rs per room

40 new rooms will be built in Hotel Parkview by renovating an existing block.The rooms will be air-conditioned and be available for around Rs 700 a day.This will extent the room facilities in chandigarh hotels

A K Malhotra, CITCO General Manager (Tourism), said, “The proposal has been approved and we will start construction soon. These rooms will have all good facilities and the tariff for a day will not be more than Rs 750 per month.”

Another project on the anvil is CITCO’s ambitious Golf Tourism plan. Under this project, the tourism department plans to offer packages, that will include two days’ stay in the five star Hotel Mountview at a rate of Rs 13,000 per person per day.

According to the tourism department, the number of tourists visiting the city has been increasing by around 20 per cent every year for the last five years.

Officials say 29,000 foreign tourists visited the city in 2009.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Mussoorie Hill Station - Queen of Hill Station in India

Mussoorie is a picturesque hill station in the hills of Himalayas and known by the sobriquet of ‘Queen of Hill Stations’. This hill station in Garhwal region in the state of Uttranchal situated at an altitude of 2003 m above the sea level. Named after a local plant 'Mansoor' that grows in the hills in plenty the Mussoorie tour is one of the dream tours of the tourists and backpackers. The city is well connected from Dehradun and other major city of the India is breathtakingly beautiful.

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en to the sound of silence and cicada concerts at the night while cool bridge whispering in your ear playing sweet melodies of hills and forest just give a visit to Mussoorie and this place will leave you nostalgic. The Cool climate, spotless roads, refreshing air, natural scenery and numerous remnants of colonial past are thing to define the Mussoorie tours.

While on tours to Mussoorie you van visit some of the attractions of the city Camel's Back Road , offering picturesque glimpse of sunset that resembles a sitting camel. Gun hill is known for an exhilarating ropeway ride, the second highest peak in Mussoorie. The hill offers an incredibly scenic glimpse of the Himalayan ranges.

Mussoorie Lake, a beautiful lake located on the Mussoorie-Deharadun road is other tourist attraction most visited by the tourists.
The other places worth visiting in Mussoorie are; Library, Landour, Happy Valley, Mall, Clouds End, Childer's Lodge, , Jharipani Falls, Bhatta Falls, Mossey Falls and beautfull Kempty Falls.

Ladakh best Hotels - Stay in the ice desert

Ladakh is sandwiched between the Great Himalayas and the Karakoram hills are fast emerging as a centre of adventure sports. The steep cliffs, the rough scenery, the infertile terrain has enough capability of attracting tourists. it is no surprise it is visited by tour buffs and several other visitors who like to relish its bumpy terrain. There are numerous Hotels in Ladakh to accommodate the tourists. Ladakh, the ice desert is populated by lovely people. They live in small villages adjusting to the rough terrain. The people living here are very delightful and great followers of Buddhist faith. Greatly influenced by Tibetan culture, the place has got the sobriquet of "Little Tibet". You can explore the culture of Ladakh taking accommodation in one of the Ladakh hotels.

Indus River LadakhImage :Indus River in Ladakh

Ladakh is so unpolluted and heavenly that your stay in one of hotels in Ladakh is able to infuse you with the feeling of walk in to the paradise. The visit of Ladakh is a vacation far from the madding crowd of the cities. Many people and tourist visit this part of Kashmir to indulge in the various adventure sports.

The Hotels in Ladakh have been classified in the various categories like star category hotels and budget and economy hotels. These hotels offer the state of the art facilities to visiting tourists to make their sojourn a point to remember for the lifetime.

Keeping in the view the needs of the business travellers these hotels are armed with the business facilities like conference and banquette halls.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Waterhole Landour Mussoorie image

Waterhole Landour Mussoorie image

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

75 tourists in Himachal isolated by landslides

Around 75 tourists, including 50 foreigners, are still stranded in Himachal Pradesh's Spiti Valley after the closure of roads due to landslides triggered by rains and snowfall last week, police said on Tuesday.

"Around 75 tourists are still stuck at different locations in and around Kaza town in the Spiti Valley after the closure of roads due to landslides," Superintendent of Police S R Rana said.

Friday, September 11, 2009

MUFB Asia coming up with new Restaurant and Bar in North India

The first Man United Restaurant and Bar will be opened in New Delhi by the end of this year. Till now, MUFB Asia has outlets in Singapore, Indonesia, Bangkok, Korea and Japan.

Mr. Rajan Madhu, one of the directors of Great Moments Hospitality Pvt. Ltd, said, “We are excited that after bringing Fashion, Life Style, Art and Music we now bring to India another exciting concept which is related to the world’s number one sport, which is football and the most popular football club in the world that is Man United.

“Our endeavor is to cater our guests with paramount entertainment of unending regalement in hospitality and sports.”

Mr. Andy Yun, Chief Executive Officer of MUFB (Asia) said, “India is a great and promising market. You have market that is looking for new ideas and concepts.

“I am confident that Man United thematic restaurants and bar will bring you the best moments of a new and special dining and entertainment experience in Northern India.”

Indian captain Bhaichung Bhutia was also present at the event wearing a Red Devils jersey despite being an Arsenal fan.

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Monday, August 24, 2009

North India Peole expecting rains in August

As there is already sokha in North India but If all proceeds as to plan, Delhi with its close by states like Punjab and Haryana could be in for a late blew of wash rooms by the month-end. The harbinger of what examines like good report is a climate occurrence renowned as the Madden-Julian oscillation that brings clouds and rainfall in the tropics.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Himachal Pradesh will spend Rs 156.38 crore to develop Ecotourism in nine districts

According to a UNI report, Himachal Pradesh (HP) will spend Rs 156.38 crore to develop Ecotourism in nine districts of the hill state including Kullu, Shimla, Kinnuar, Bilaspur, Chamba, Lahul Spiti, Sirmour, Solan and Kangra. Prem Kumar Dhumal, Chief Minister, Himachal Pradesh recently informed the Assembly that 18 proposals had been sent to the Centre to seek funds for new projects and the Centre had given its nod to 11 proposals and granted Rs 46,875 crore.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Best tourist places during winter in North India - Top Most Spots

Top Most & Best places to visit during winter in North India

A large number of tourist visit India during winter to avoid the hot summers .Travelling remote places is easier as climate is comfortable during this period. People come for various specified reasons like honeymoon, holiday and pilgrims as it is time for famous Kumbh mela. A large number of them visit the tourist attraction like Agra, Delhi and Jaipur, the famous golden triangle Goa of India. Visit the monument of love Taj Mahal in Agra and Royal palaces in Jaipur. Also explore the various attraction of old and New Delhi.

But some adventurous ones make a plan to visit the snow capped hills to take part in various ice sports like skiing and others. They head towards the hilly area of Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh. These thrill loving enthusiasts have no fear in their mind while participating in challenging sports. One of the famous adventure sports destinations in India is Gulmarg (famous for The Ski Club of India). Gulmarg is now well known among the skiing enthusiast as skiing paradise of India.

Tourist also prefer to visit the destination like Shimla and Kullu Manali tours as a part of their winter trip, to indulge in adventure sports and catch the beautiful glimpses of the ice clad hills. While visiting shimla, must visit the tourist attraction of Shimla like The Mall of Shimla , the Christ Church, Mock Library, Gaiety Theater, Town Hall and General Post Office. Also visit the Kullu and Manali to see the ice capped hills of these areas.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Comfortable stay at Delhi Hotels

Delhi with rich historical past attracts a horde of tourists round the year. A lot of picturesque destinations are in its fold so it is hard to resist the lure to the city beckoning as the capital of India. It is the place which has so many things to offer to the tourists from different backgrounds. There are Mughal period monuments on the one side, and sparkling shopping malls on another. Whatever your purpose may be to visit Delhi, hotels of Delhi are there to make your stay comfortable and pleasing in Delhi. Delhi hotels serve the tourists with a grin and a feeling of ‘Atithi Devo Bhav’ at their hearts. Some of the hotels in Delhi are of world class, and their hospitality is second to none. Delhi hotels have an upper edge over others in terms of cuisines. Their are a number of five star deluxe hotels, five star hotels, four star hotels, three star hotels and budget or low priced delhi hotels to suit every pocket. A large number of these budget hotels are located near railway stations and interstate bus terminals.

The former Rajput kingdom - Rajasthan

The western most state of India - Rajasthan is known as the former land of royals is rich with historical and cultural heritage. Rajasthan the former Rajput kingdom’ is also house of forts, palaces and havelis that gives you a peep into its glorious past. A holiday in Rajasthan, would is just superb as far as tourism is concerned.

Tourists from across the world make a beeline every year to rediscover its wonderful historical, cultural and architectural past. The land of Rajasthan with its marvellous forts, glorious palaces, frescoed havelis, very old temples, bird sanctuaries, wild life parks is the perfect destination for newly weds and families to spend an unforgettable holiday. There are various locations in Rajasthan to visit. You can visit the pink city jaipur for its various tourist locations like Amber fort. Jantar Mantar, wind palace and other things. The blue city Jodhpur is also a tourist attraction. While you are on tour in Rajasthan you can also visit the city of lakes and palces; Udaipur where you can visit the lake Pichola and havelis of rich merchants. You can also visit the city of Jaisalmer and Bikaner to satiate the visitor within you.

Rajasthan Festivals - How rajasthani people celebrate their festivals

Rajasthan, the land of former royals is a house of vast deserts, loaded cultural heritage and simple and welcoming people. The vivacious and colorful cultural milieu of Rajasthan makes it an attractive tourist destination. But what make tourist enthralled is festivals in Rajasthan. It is the main reason why a high percentage of tourists come to visit the place. People irrespective of age group can be seen in colorful clothes walking around in streets. People from the neighboring towns and villages as well as international tourists buy traditional items and hang with folk performances.
The reason behind festivities may vary as it is change of season and sometimes the it is related from religion. But as it appears that people left no chance to celebrate the moment Along with the environment, the sweltering soil of Rajasthan too celebrates the traditional festivals with natives.

Some of the well known festivals of Rajasthan includes
• Camel Festival Bikaner
• Desert Festival Jaisalmer
• Elephant Festival Jaipur
• Gangaur Festival Jaipur
• Mewar Festival, Udaipur
• the Teej Festival Jaipur
• Ganesh Chaturthi
• Kota dussehra
• Shekhawati festivals also gathers a huge crowd every year. All these festivals make Rajasthan a colourful country as it is called Rangeelo Rajasthan.