Friday, February 25, 2011

Rajasthan Tours - A Day In The Life Of The Jungle Traveller

India has so much variety in the experiences she has been able to offer travellers that you will never be able to run out of novel reasons to be here in a whole lifetime. Among the many attractions that have made India a tourist magnet, Rajasthan Tours rate extremely favourably. This is one of the most frequented circuits for domestic and international travel, and there has been no one who has returned from a tour of this desert state disappointed.

There are many different kinds of tours which you can select on a Rajasthan Tour. Rajsthan Forts and Palace Tours, desert tours and historic tours are the popular reasons why Rajasthan is the preferred choice. However, the one tour which takes precedence over all these is the Wildlife Tour in Rajasthan.

Rajasthan houses within it several  Indian Wildlife Sanctuaries Tours and parks which have gained fame for the hospitable habitat they make for the animals, and also the ease with which tourists can master the terrain and marvel the wonders of nature. On its part, the state has also taken impressive measures to ensure all travellers are given the best in accommodation and assistance.

The various wildlife reserves in Rajasthan boast of numerous animals whose sightings are sought after by thousands of tourists. While most of the lesser known sanctuaries are feeding and breeding grounds for common species of  Tiger and birds Tours , parks like Kumbalgarh and Ranthambore offer an opportunity to spot rare beasts like leopards, tigers, deer and bison.

Gone are the days when a jungle safari meant long, arduous days in the gruelling sun, and returning to sparse accommodation and frugal meals. Jungle safaris in Rajasthan have given luxury a new definition altogether. Lavish tents adorn the banks of rivers where animals come for a drink of water. As you sit sipping your morning cup of Assam tea, you can encounter a parched tiger have her fill on the opposite bank. Why toil laboriously when you can afford the same experience sitting in the lap of comfort? Resorts have left nothing to imagination. Every fantasy is manifested in the form of opulent tents and rooms, all of which are air conditioned contain everything that is required to make you feel indulged. Complete with internet connectivity and telephonic access, you are unlikely to feel like you are removed from the hustle of city life, until you leave the confines of room and get engulfed by nature around you.

If you are looking for a chance to get to the animals at close quarters, Wildlife Tours in Rajasthan give you just this chance. Your very own tour guide will bring you up to speed with legends, history and facts about the park and its inhabitants. You are safe, and most likely to enjoy a sighting as the experienced tour guides will help acquaint you with trails and likely haunts. Try accomplishing any of this on your own, and getting a glimpse of any animal is unlikely.

Travel agents have the expertise to allow you to cherish your Wildlife And National Park Tour with the very best in travel, stay and experiences. Give in to your wild side, and take a Wildlife Tour of Rajasthan.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Taj Mahal Tour - Most Popular Tour of India

Rob appeared fairly sullen and in an introspective mood every now and then to his colleagues. Little did they realise that this behaviour stemmed from the fact that his first marriage anniversary was in the month of March and prior to that he wanted to make his first valentine’s day after marriage very memorable for his wife. But he just couldn’t zero down on something special. At least not till he came across  Erco Travels website and hurray in five minutes he found what he wanted to surprise his wife with , something that his months of donning the thinking cap couldn’t even find.

He will take his wife for a week-long  Tour to India  and will plan a special visit to the famous monument of love-the Taj Mahal.

Once this decision was taken planning the rest was extremely easy for him as he left it all to Erco Travels. He only had to discuss in detail with them about his special requirements and the rest was taken care of. And what a trip that was!

He simply asked his wife to pack her bags and loved the look on her face when she realised that they were boarding a flight to India. After landing in Delhi on 13th they were whisked off to Agra Tour by Erco Travels agent and when he took his wife to Taj Mahal on 14th February both were spell bound by the magnificent sight in front of their eyes.

The Erco Travels agent informed them that Taj Mahal was built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in the memory of his third wife-Mumtaz Mahal, who died giving birth to their child. So the emperor ensured that Taj Mahal  became the finest example of Mughal architect and what he himself aspired for the monument can be best described in Emperor’s own words( translated in English): Emperor Shah Jahan himself described the Taj in these words:

Should guilty seek asylum here,
Like one pardoned, he becomes free from sin.
Should a sinner make his way to this mansion,
All his past sins are to be washed away.
The sight of this mansion creates sorrowing sighs;
And the sun and the moon shed tears from their eyes.
In this world this edifice has been made;
To display thereby the creator's glory.

Rob and his wife were amazed to hear that it took almost twelve years for the Emperor to build this main structure of the monument and another ten to build the rest of the area for which he used not less than 1000 elephants to transport building material to the construction site and used labour force of almost 20,000 workers and craftsmen to construct this seventh wonder of world.

Rob spent whole day in the watching the beautiful monument and was surprised to see how popular the place was among foreign tourists. People-both national and international thronged the place in hordes and loved every moment of  Tal Mahal Tour. However, what matter the most to him was the fact that this was one visit that he and his wife were sure to remember forever.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Forts And Palaces Tour Of Rajasthan

Ann a student of Travel and hospitality sector was researching on her summer project-The Forts and Palaces of India. “Hey, your studies are interesting”, exclaimed her brother peeping out of his thick physics book of twelfth standard and “look at me, always need to sleep and eat with atoms and chemicals”, he grimaced and closed his book. “Tell me how India got so many forts and palaces”.

“It is simple” said Ann. India has a rich and long history in which various dynasties ruled different parts of country and this is what gave us such a rich heritage. These palaces offer an insight into the life of the royalty of the country. While many a monuments of erstwhile period have been destroyed, government has gone out of way to restore and maintain these buildings in the best possible manner.

Special highlights of these forts and palaces are the arched gateways, carved marble columns, arcade corridors, various royal museums showcasing royal treasures and personal belongings of the Rajas and Maharajas and their queens. Strolling through these architectural wonders one can soak in the feeling of royalty and relive the majestic grandeur that once was in the golden era of India.

Many of these palaces have also been converted into museums or hotels, while some palaces are still lived in by the royal family member. A India Tour of these magnificent architect marvels is always any tourist delight explained Ann.

“Oh, is that so”, stated Tom, getting more and more drawn in the conversation. I thought that no one lives in these palaces and also that a fort is only in Delhi and nowhere else. “Not at all brother”, said a confident Ann. Let me tell you about forts and palaces in various parts of India:

•The forts in Delhi: Delhi, the capital of India, boasts of many forts and palaces that have played crucial roles during various periods of Indian history. The Red fort, built by Emperor Shahjahan is extremely prominent in the city and has become one of the national symbols, after all the Prime Minister of country addresses the nation from this place on every Independence day. This fort has had a rich history including invasions and massacres.

The other important forts in Delhi are Tughlaqabad, Siri fort, Purana Quila and Firoz Shah Kotla.

Forts and Palaces of:
•Rajasthan: Rajasthan’s forts and palaces are the major tourist destination in North India Tour primarily because the state has rich history and was also ruled by many kingdoms. These rulers were great connoisseurs of art and brilliant builders. The most famous forts and palaces in Rajasthan are located in Chittor, Jodhpur, Jaipur, Udaipur, Jaisalmir, Amber and Nahargarh.

•Uttar Pradesh: In Uttar Pradesh the Agra fort was the centre of Indian politics for a long time from the reign of the Lodhis to the Mughal emperor Shahjahan, who shifted the capital to Delhi. The fort is one of the most impressive structures in the world Taj Mahal and along with the complex in Fatehpur Sikri is the finest example of Mughal palace architecture. There are some other notable forts and palaces in Allahabad, Aligarh and Jaunpur.

•Madhya Pradesh: Madhya Pradesh has many forts from the era of early Islamic rulers of 12th to 15th century, followed by the Hindu Rajputs and Maratha rulers. Some important forts were also built by the 18th century tribal rulers.

•Maharashtra: Maharashtra came into prominence during the reign of the Maratha king Shivaji. The Marathas were in constant conflict with the Mughals and this is when Shivaji built many forts to continue his fight against the Mughals. There are other forts built by the early Turkish sultans of Delhi and the Portuguese.

“I am impressed and amazed”, said an awed Tom. “Let’s request parents to take us on a tour of all these”, he stated.