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Pushkar Camel Fair 2014

Posted on Mon, 10/27/2014 - 16:37 by easytours

The small town of Pushkar in Rajasthan is a two and a half hour drive (130 km) from the state capital Jaipur. Pushkar is the venue for the world renowned Pushkar Camel Fair and the town is located on the banks of an eponymous holy lake.

The actual dates of the Pushkar Camel Festival vary every year as they coincide with the lunar calendar, and the festival always ends on the night of a full moon. This year the festival dates are scheduled at the end of October running through November.

As the time of the festival approaches, the sleepy little town comes alive as elaborate preparations begin for the Pushkar Fair. These activities result in the many unique events, spectacles and sights that one can experience during the fair. These include a number of ethnic cultural events such as the colorful and vibrant Rajasthani dance performances, as well as traditional sporting events to coincide with the fair. During the fair, villagers bring over 100,000 heads of cattle (about half of which are camels) to trade and sell.

Apart from its commercial aspects, the festivities are also buoyed by a plethora of activities such as horse shows, camel races, camel and cow beauty contests, acrobatics, camel safaris and much more.

Apart from being a city of 400 temples, Pushkar prides itself on being the site of the only Brahma temple dedicated solely to the worship of the Hindu God of Creation.

Sariska Tiger Reserve has two new additions

Posted on Mon, 10/20/2014 - 19:01 by easytours

Rajasthan’s Sariska Tiger Reserve recently announced a tigress has given birth to two cubs.

“Two cubs … [were] spotted Thursday evening through camera traps,” a field director with the reserve recently told the media.

Sariska Tiger Reserve’s tiger population is up to 13 after two new cubs were spotted this summer.

Officials with the tiger reserve said that the cubs appear to be four- to five-months-old and healthy. The two cubs represent only the second set of new tiger births in the Sariska reserve since adult tigers were moved here from the nearby Ranthambore Tiger Reserve in 2008.

Poaching inside the reserve decimated the tiger population in the early 2000s. A population survey between 2005 and 2006 found no trace of tigers in the reserve, and officials arranged to have 7 breeding-age adults moved to the park from the Ranthambore Tiger Reserve while increasing park security to protect against illegal hunting and trapping.

The two new cubs bring the total population of tigers inside the Sariska reserve to 13.

Visas on Arrival to be offered to U.S. Citizens

Posted on Thu, 10/16/2014 - 15:39 by easytours

During a recent trip to New York City Narendra Modi, India’s recently elected president, announced that the Indian government would be extending visa on arrival services to U.S. citizens as early as the first of next year.

Modi made the announcement during a speech delivered in front of a crowd of thousands at Madison Square Garden during his first trip to the U.S. as the President of India.

Modi’s government is hoping that an easier visa process will lead to more international tourism traffic in locations like Humayun’s Tomb in Delhi.

The current government is predicting the new, easier visa process to lead to a boost in inbound tourism to the Indian subcontinent. To accommodate the predicated increase in travelers, new facilities are being planned and current facilities will be upgraded to handle the potentially increased workload.

It’s likely that visa on arrival services will be similarly extended to other countries including the United Kingdom and Canada, but full details regarding the roll out of the new program have yet to be made available.

Taj Mahal may expand moonlight viewings

Posted on Wed, 10/08/2014 - 12:44 by easytours

Travelers looking to catch a moonlight glimpse of Agra’s most famed attraction, the Taj Mahal, may soon find it to be a much easier endeavor.

Delhi Tours Rashtrapati Bhavan
Travelers in Agra may soon have more opportunities to see the Taj Mahal at night under the moon.

Catching the Taj Mahal in the light of the moon has been a much vaunted itinerary item for decades, but a lack of facilities has severely limited the Agra Tourism Department’s ability to hold nighttime viewings of the ancient Mughal monument. That could all quickly change if the city’s talks with the Archeological Survey of India, the federal body in charge of many of India’s treasured historic places, go according to plan.

Mehtab Bagh, a Mughal garden from the 17th century, faces the Taj Mahal from across the Yamuna River. While current night viewings of the Taj Mahal are limited to four or five days a month at the front gates of the monument, the ASI and city of Agra hope to create new facilities at Mehtab Bagh to accommodate 500 people nearly every night of the year.

Thousands of new trees will link two national parks; provide new habitats for India’s endangered tigers

Posted on Mon, 09/22/2014 - 12:13 by easytours

A number of local businesses are partnering with the governement of Madhya Pradesh and the United Nations’ Environment Program to plant thousands of trees throughout the state in one of India’s largest-ever reforestation projects.

The project calls for 300,000 new trees to be planted over the course of the next three years to increase the total forest cover between Kanha Nationial Park and Pench National Park in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. The project will link the two national parks, some 70 miles away from each other using the local highways, with an unbroken chain of protected forest officials hope will enlarge wildlife populations.

“This project also hugely focuses on encouraging tiger breeding and movement in the Kanha-Pench corridor,” a local business leader working with the project recently told the Times of India.

Jaipur Tours Elephant Ride
The reforestation project hopes to create new habitats to encourage growth in the national parks’ tiger populations.

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