There are a few experiences in life that money can’t buy, they say. watching the sun go down over the Great Thar, ankle deep in the cool sand, as the sweltering day turns into a chilly desert night…yes, that’s one of them. If you’re lucky enough to visit the Sam sand dunes on a full-moon night, the desert looks like chandi, they say. Like silver.
But there’s more to Rajasthan than just the desert, although arguably it is the most breathtaking. Just about a 45-minute drive away from Sam is Jaisalmer, home to the Golden fort, the only living fort in the world. Jodhpur beckons you with the Mehrangarh fort, as mighty as the city is blue. And for a budget traveller, Zostel is probably the best location to stay, through the winding lanes and into the heart of the old city. It seems as though the fort was built just to watch over you. The promise of udaipur is its lakes, over half a dozen of them. And through the lakes are the magnificent heritage structures that make this city, quite literally, fit for kings.
March is considered peak tourist season in Rajasthan. The weather has yet to descend into its summer heat of hell, desert spring is blooming, and the vibrance of Rajasthani folk music and dance can be experienced at every corner. This March, however, was different. As the state grappled with its first COVID-19 cases, which came with Italian tourists, the travel and tourism industry took a massive hit.
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On Food and Travel
I HAVE NEVER CONSIDERED myself a foodie. Over the years of travel across Europe, I have gotten by with whatever I have come across, which being a vegetarian has at times been only bread and cheese. Food was not a priority and I spent the least amount of time searching for the specialities that a place had to offer. Now I wonder though if I was missing something in my travels.
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NURTURING THE ROOTS
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THE White KNIGHTS OF Rewa
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DODGING THE Taj
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WORLD MEETS INDIA GURUGRAM
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The Royal Biker Boys
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UNDERUTILISED, THE FACILITY HAS 309 PATIENTS NOW; 56 HAVE DIED IN 1 WEEK
पीने-पिलाने के नए इंतजाम
राजस्थान सरकार ने परंपरागत आबकारी नीति को 1 अप्रैल को अलविदा कह दिया और अधिसूचना जारी कर दी कि राज्य के बारों में माइक्रोब्रूअरी या बीयर बनाने की छोटी मशीनें लगाई जा सकेंगी. आबकारी महकमा सरकार का दूसरा सबसे बड़ा कमाऊ महकमा है और 15 साल के ठहराव के बाद मुख्यमंत्री अशोक गहलोत ने आखिरकार इसमें कुछ बदलाव किए. इस कदम ने कइयों को हैरत में डाल दिया, क्योंकि शराब को हाथ तक न लगाने वाले गहलोत शराब से जुड़े और रियायतें मांग रहे लोगों के प्रति कम ही दयावान जाने जाते हैं.
डूबता मरु जहाज
राजस्थान में ऊंट कानून अपने राज्य पशु को बचाने के लिए बना था, लेकिन वह ऊंटों की घटती तादाद और ऊंटपालकों की मायूसी का कारण बन गया, क्या गहलोत सरकार ऊंटों की रक्षा कर पाएगी?
Now You See Me
Delhi based Studio Lotus has planned RAAS Chhatrasagar along the linearity of a 150 year old dam in Rajasthan such that it offers sweeping vistas and a wildlife camp experience
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SINKING DESERT SHIP
The Camel Act was meant to save Rajasthan’s state animal. Instead, it has led to dwindling numbers and despairing herders. Can the Gehlot government save the camel?
A SHOT AT RECOVERY
Marking a major departure from its conservative liquor policy, the Rajasthan government, on April 1, issued a notification allowing bars in the state to operate microbreweries.
ADIDAS ORIGINALS LAUNCHES 2ND STORE IN CHANDIGARH
Keeping with the brand’s key focus to offer innovation, consumer centricity and brand familiarization in street style, the adidas Originals new store launch at Elante Mall in Chandigarh witnessed unmatched energy and enthusiasm as excited consumers and shoppers visited the new hood to shop the latest drops from their favourite brand.