Sunday, June 14, 2009

KOTA ( The Industrial City)

General information:

Famous as         :     The Industrial City
Location            :      South of Rajasthan (240 km from Jaipur)
Temperature    :   Summer : 42.6°C – 27.3°C,
                                  Winter- 29.7°C – 9.7°C,
                                   Rainy Season : July – mid September
                                  (very humid)
Clothing             :   Summer – Light cotton clothes,
                                 Winter – Woolens
Language          :     Rajasthani, Hindi, English
Best Season       :   September to March
to Visit

By air                      :   No Airport of it’s own.
                                      Nearest airport is Jaipur (240 km)
By Train                :   Railway station is at the extreme northern                                       end of the town. Jaipur is 5 hours and
                                      Delhi is at 10 hours distance.
By road                  :   Well connected. Main bus station on Bundi                                       road. Good service to main cities as                                       Ajmer, Chittorgarh,Jaipur, Udaipur,
                                      Jodhpur and Bikaner.
Local                :          Taxis, Auto-Rickshaws and tongas.

Places to see:
         Chambal Garden, Kota Barrage, Kishore Sagar,
         Govt.Museum, Maharao Madho Singh Museum,
         Kota Fort, Jag Mandir, Nahargarh Fort,
         Rock Painting of Alaniya.

Excursion :
        Darrah Wildlife Sanc. , Rana Pratap Sagar Dam,
        Fort of Bhainsrodgarh , Haveli of Devataji ,
        Haveli of Devataji , Bhanddeora Temple,
       Remains of Garhgachh , Ishwari Niwas Haveli,
       Baroli, Sitabari , Shergarh
       Remains of Shahbad and Mosque.

Others :
        Kansua temple, Bhitria Kund,
        Adhar Shila, Yatayat Park.

  Famous articles-
              -   Kota Doria Sari (finely weaved with cotton and
              -   silk threads), art and craft items,
              -   Potteries and stone craft, handicraft items
              -   (miniature paintings), Kota Stone

  Shopping Place
                Local Bazaars ( the Government Emporia,
                departmental store)

Fairs and Festivals:
         Dussehra Fair ( Oct-Nov)
         Gangaur (March-April)

Welcome-group :
         : Hotel Umed Bhawan Palace.

Heritage hotels and resorts :
         Hotel Brijraj Bhawan Palace,.
         Sukhdham Kothi, Palkiya Haveli ,
         Bhainsrorgarh Fort Hotel,
         Brijraj Bhawan Palace.

Other :
         Hotel Navrang, Hotel Everest,
         Hotel Meghdoot, Hotel Payal,
         Hotel Surya Royal,
         Gayatri Hotel,
         Khajanchi Hotel,
         Hotel Phul Plaza.

         Chambal Hotel, Payal Hotel,
         Hotel Vrandavan, Madras Hotel
         Hotel Panihari, Palace View Garden.

Restaurants :
         Hotel Phul Plaza : Vegetarian restaurant
         Flavour Restaurant ( Indian, continental, fast food),
         Barkha Restaurant,
         Treat Restaurant,
         Eatos Restaurant.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

JAISALMER ( The Golden City )

General information:

Famous as         :   The Land of Sand, The Golden City
Location            :   West Rajasthan ( 26.92° N and 70.9°E) near the
                                 border of India and Pakistan 285 km from
Temperature    :  Summer -25°C – 45.6°C,
                                 Winter- 23.6° C- 4.9°C ,
                                 Rainy Season – very humid (July-                                  mid September) , 15 cm per year
Clothing             :  Summer – Light cotton clothes,
                                 Winter – Woolens
Language          :   Rajasthani, Hindi, English
Best Season       :   October to February
to Visit

By air                      :   Connected by air to Aurangabad (via Jodhpur
                                     and Jaipur)
By Train                :   Connected by train service to Jodhpur and
By road                  :   Jaisalmer is well connected by road with major
                                     cities of India (as Jodhpur, Jaipur, Bikaner,
                                     Barmer, Anhmedabad etc.)
Private companies also operate the tour through road.

Places to see:
         Sonar Killa famous as Golden Fort (Jaisalmer Fort),
        Tazia Tower, Jain Temples,
         Rishabdevji temple, Gyan Bhandar(Library), Manak
        chowk, Havelies, Patwon Ki Haveli, Gadsisar Lake,
         Museums (Government museum and folk museum)
         Ramdevra, Pokaran, Barmer.

        Badabag (Garden), Amar Sagar, Khuri Sand Dunes, Lodurva
             Wood Fossil Park
        Kuldhara - Here the remains of hundreds of year old town
                           could be seen.
        Sam Sand Dunes – The sunset and Camal Safari are special
        Sudhasari – It’s a Desert National Park where the wild life                            including famous Great Indian Bustard
                           can be seen.
        Akal Wood Fossils Park - about 180 years old wood fossils.

  Famous articles-
              -   Silver Jewellery, Rajasthani mirror work, hand woven
              -   antique articles, oil lamps,
              -   Embroidery work, traditional rugs.
  Shopping Places
                Sadar Bazar, Manak Chowk, Sonaron Ka Bass,
                Rajasthani Government shop, Khadi Gramuddyog,
               Moti Seema Gram,

Fairs and Festivals:
Desert Festival -(late January – Mid February according to
                         lunar calender)

This festival is the major attraction of Jaisalmer. Tourists from all over the world are lured towards the golden city to enjoy this colourful spectacle of music and festivity. The desert city rejoices along with the Rhythmic dances-Ghoomar, Gangaur, Gair Dhap, Moria, Chari,Terahtal. This festival coincides with the full moon in February. The grand finale is a trip to Sam Sand Dunes where one can enjoy the music and dance performances on the dunes.
               Special ‘Tourist Village’ is set up at this time by the Rajasthan Tourist Development.

    -: Gangaur ( March- April)


Resort :       Rajwansh Resorts

Luxury :
         Gorband palace Sam Road
         Heritage Inn. Sam Road
         Narayan Niwas , Himmat Garh Palace Hotel,
         Deoki Niwas, Fort Rajawada
         Hotel Rang Mahal,
         Hotel Mahadev Palace.
         Jawahar Niwas Palace (Bada Bagh Road)

Moderate :
         Hotel Rawat Kot,
         Hotel Nachana Haveli.
         Hotel Mandir Palace,.
         Narayan Niwas Palace Hotel

Budget :
         Hotel Dhola Maru, Hotel Sona,
         Gangaur, Hotel Deoki Niwas Palace
         Rawal, Hotel Jaisal Castle, Rd
         Hotel Panihari, Swastika.

RTDC Hotels :

         Moomal Tourist Bungalow,
         Moomal Tourist Bungalow,
         Godawan Midwa (Pokaran)

Restaurants :
         Bikaner(Only Veg.)
         Chandan Shri(Veg.)
         Kalpana ( Veg. & Non Veg.)
         Sky Room ( Veg. Non Veg.)
         Top Deck ( Veg & Non Veg)

Camel Safari/ Desert Trekking:
       Camels are available for short joy rides at Sand dunes.
        Camel Safari and desert trekking (1-10 days) programs
        are also organized by travel agents.

Jaisalmer is the world famous city of Rajasthan. A number of tourists arrive here every year to view the golden beauty. Jaisalmer still retains the medieval mystic and charm; the narrow bazaar lanes offer a unique shopping experience.