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Rail Budget 2010 – Rajasthan Gets 17 New Trains, Multi Functional Complexes and Hospitals

Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday presented the annual Railway Budget for financial year 2010-11. Presenting her second Budget in her current stint as minister, Banerjee left passenger fares untouched and service charge for AC tickets was slashed.

Benefits for Rajasthan

Rajasthan Gets 17 New Trains

In this Rail Budget, Rajasthan got 17 new trains apart from rise in the frequency of 3 trains. The tally got almost doubled to the last year when nine new trains gifted to the Rajasthan.

Duranto Express for Jaipur to Mumbai

The new trains include a bi weekly Duranto Express (non-stop train ) from Jaipur to Mumbai besides four Bharat Teerth trains to connect several pilgrimage centres to the religious places in Rajasthan.

Nine Express and Two Passenger Train

The railway minister also announced a new Janmbhoomi train connecting Ahmedabad and Punjab covering the interiors of Rajasthan. Apart from that,  nine Express trains and two passenger trains are also introduced for Rajasthan.

The Express trains include bi-weekly Hyderabad-Ajmer, thrice-a-week Ahmedabad-Agra and weekly Kolkata-Ajmer Express among others.

Multi Functional Complexes & Hospitals

The minister also announced setting up of multi functional complexes at Abu Road, Kishangarh and Sikar and set up outdoor patient department and diagnostic centre – one each at Medta Road, Naguar, Pali Marwar and Rani besides opening three tier multi speciality hospitals at Bandikui and Rewari.

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Explore Rajasthan with Luxury Trains – “Royal Rajasthan on Wheels” and “Palace on Wheels”

Indian Railways is one of the largest and busiest rail networks in the world, transporting over 18 million passengers and more than 2 million tonnes of freight daily.

Palace on Wheels

Basically it  is divided into zones, which are further sub-divided into divisions. The number of zones in Indian Railways increased to16 in 2003. Each zonal railway is made up of a certain number of divisions, each having a divisional headquarters and Rajasthan comes under North Western Railway.

North Western Railway

The North Western Railway is one of the sixteen railway zones in India. It is headquartered at Jaipur. It comprises four divisions: Jodhpur and reorganized Bikaner division of the erstwhile Northern Railway  and reorganized Jaipur and Ajmer divisions of the erstwhile Western Railway.

This zone came into existence on October 1, 2002. This railway comprises a total of 578 stations covering a total of 5449.29 (which is 10 % of the total route in the country) route km out of which 2575.03 are broad gauge and 2874.23 are metre gauge.

Explore Rajasthan with Luxury Trains

To explore rajasthan state luxury trains are the best option as a convenient and suitable mode of transport. These trains provide world class comforts on the wheels while covering a number of excellent travel destinations in the shortest possible time span.

Some Famous luxury trains of Rajasthan:

Royal Rajasthan on Wheels

Royal Rajasthan on Wheels begins every Sunday from New Delhi and traverse through the capital of modern India, Jaipur , Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Sawai Madhopur, Chittaurgarh, Udaipur, Bharatpur, Agra in 7 Nights / 8 Days tour.

Palace on Wheels

Experience Rajasthan and Agra in this luxurious train of Maharajas in 7 Nights / 8 Days.  The train departs from New Delhi and during its  journey, travels around Rajasthan with stops in Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Sawai Madhopur, Chittaurgarh, Udaipur, Bharatpur, and Agra.

The fully furnished coaches have wall-to-wall carpeting, a bar and two restaurants that serve the best of continental, Indian and Rajasthani cuisine. Each compartment also has attached bath and showers, built-in wardrobes and custom-built furniture.

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Travel to Rajasthan – Easily Accessed Through Air Travel

Accessibility to Rajasthan has greatly improved with increase in flying facilities. The number of flights to Rajasthan has increased leading to the comfort for the air travelers.Jaipur Airport

Airports in Rajasthan

Among all the Rajasthan City Airports, there is only one international airport. Rest all the airports are domestic ones.

Jaipur Airport

Jaipur Airport, also known as Sanganer Airport, is the only international airport in the state of Rajasthan. It is located near  Sanganer, at a distance of about 13 km from the City. The airport was granted the status of an international airport on  December 29, 2005, with an aim of catering the increased air traffic to India and also boosting up tourism in the state. With the Terminal 1 capable of individually accommodating four A-320 aircraft at a time, terminal building can cater to 500 passengers at a time.

Jodhpur Airport

Jodhpur also has a domestic airport. It is approximately 5 km away from the city center and has daily flights to Delhi, Mumbai, Udaipur and Jaipur.

Udaipur Airport

Udaipur Airport or Maharana Pratap Airport or Dabok Airport  is the airport at Udaipur, Rajasthan. It is situated 22 km  east of Udaipur. A new terminal was recently renovated. The Udaipur airport is named after Maharana Pratap who was a Maharana (ruler) of Mewar, a state in northwestern India.

Jaisalmer Airport

Jaisalmer  Airport is primarily an Indian Air Force base. The airport has a single runway of 9,000ft in length and 150ft in width.

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40 Tigers Sighted in Ranthambore National Park in Rajasthan

Ranthambore National Park is one of the biggest and most renowned national park in Northern India. The park is located in the Sawai Madhopur district of southeastern Rajasthan, which is about 130 km from Jaipur.

Considered as one of the famous and former hunting grounds of the Maharajas of Jaipur, today Ranthambore National Park terrain is major wildlife tourist attraction in India. It has pulled the attention of many wildlife photographers and lovers in this destination.

40 Tigers in Ranthambore

During the past few years, there has been a decline in tiger population in Ranthambore due to poaching and other reasons. However there were some tigers who succeeded in carrying on their genes even in such circumstances.

According to recent Forest department survey, there are 40 tigers in and around Ranthambore National Park and Sawai Madhopur wildlife sanctuary.  The survey done in the core division of these tiger project (from April 30, 2009 to May 10, 2009) reveals that there were 14 males, 16 females and 10 cubs.

According to Reports, January to November 30, 2009, only 1 tiger lost its life due to the struggle among the animals in Bakola forest area. Illegal activities in the protected areas have come down drastically and the department has collected Rs 74,000 as fine during the period.

Ranthanbore Fort

Ranthanbore National Park is not only about wildlife. There is a fair bit of history and legend too that somehow makes a heady cocktail of a safari viz-a-viz the impregnable Chauhan Fort which is strategically located at a height of 215 meter. One has to climb a flight of stairs to reach the fort.

Ranthambore Safari Booking

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Tourism Industry – Emerging Business Sector for Private Investment in Rajasthan

Tourism is the largest service industry in India, with a contribution of 6.23% to the national GDP and 8.78% of the total employment in India.

India witnesses more than 5 million annual foreign tourist arrivals and 527 million domestic tourism visits.

The tourism industry in India generated about US$100 billion in 2008 and that is expected to increase to US$275.5 billion by 2018 at a 9.4% annual growth rate.

Rajasthan Tourism Industry

Rajasthan is famous for its rich cultural heritage, wild life and safaris, sand dunes and bio-diversity. It is endowed with ancient forts, magnificent palaces, large and small museums etc.

All these make the State of Rajasthan a favorite destination for tourists the world over.

Foreign Tourists visit in 2008

The total number of inbound tourists in India were 14,77,646 and out of these 10.5% visited Rajasthan.

Given this figure, the Government has taken several steps for promoting investment in the tourism sector.

Business Opportunities

As a result of all this, numerous opportunities have emerged for private investment it includes:

1. Investment in the development of tourism units: A Hotel Policy has been announced that offers a number of incentives for setting up of hotel units. A land bank has also been developed for setting up hotels in various important cities.

2. Development of heritage buildings in Rajasthan as tourism properties: The State Government is facilitating an arrangement wherein private heritage properties  can be taken up by investors in a joint venture or on management contract. The Government is in the process of identifying government properties of heritage value, which would be given out on lease arrangements.

3. Rope-ways: Specific locations have been identified (Udaipur, Ajmer, etc.) and Ropeways Act has been formulated to facilitate investment.

4. Adventure tourism products in Rajasthan: River sports, hot air ballooning, desert sports, horse safari, aero-sports, etc.

5. Development of Medical Tourism including starting more naturopathy, yoga and meditation centers.

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    Planning to Do Business in Rajasthan – Detailed Overview on Industrial Scenario

    Rajasthan is located in Northwestern India and has boundaries with the States of Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, and Gujarat as well as a long international boundary with Pakistan.

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    Most Lucrative Investment Destination

    Rajasthan, with its heritage, culture and art has mesmerized the world for centuries. But in recent times, Rajasthan has rapidly emerged as one of the most lucrative investment destinations in India.

    Advantages of Doing Business in Rajasthan

    Wide-ranging economic reforms, availability of low cost labour, access to cheap and a variety of raw material  and intermediate products, a large domestic market, a mature financial sector and political stability are some  of the factors which have increased investment flows.

    This business environment is powered by an enterprise-friendly government, good  infrastructure and a young & highly skilled workforce which attracts lots of business players.

    Economy of Rajasthan

    According to Indian Brand Equity Foundation (IBEF) Rajasthan is the second largest mineral producing state in  India.  The state’s gross domestic product (GDP) grew at an impressive compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 14.1  per cent between 2002-03 and 2008-09 to reach US$ 41.74 billion.  Rajasthan’s economy is primarily agricultural and pastoral with one-third of Rastaban’s GDP .

    Various Industry Sectors in Rajasthan

    # Agriculture
    # Cement
    # Energy
    # Gems and Jewellery
    # Handicrafts
    # Mining
    # Stone
    # Textile
    # Tourism

    In upcoming days we will be writing about various industry sectors of rajasthan, business oppounities, where to invest, recent business growth, key business in rajasthan and lot of other related aspects.  Stay tuned to learn more.

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    Tazia Tower in Jaisalmer Rajasthan – Five Storied Structure of Great Historical Significance

    Tazia Tower is one of the major tourist attractions in Jaisalmer. It is a five-storied structure of great historical significance, which ascends from Badal Mahal (Cloud Palace) in Jaisalmer.

    Tazia Tower in Jaisalmer

    Imposing Architecture

    Each storey of this pagoda like imposing figure features a beautifully carved balcony that is famous for their individual designs.

    The most important palaces in this complex are Badal vilas, Jawahar Vilas, Dari Khana and Zenana Mahal. These were the homes of the former royal family adorned with modern facilities which indicates the British influence.

    Significance of Tazia ?

    Tazias are the fragile, split bamboo and elaborately decorated paper and tinsel models of Taj like mausoleums made by Shia Muslims during the period of Muharram, to commemorate the martyrdrom of Hassan and Hussain, the Prophet’s grandsons.

    History about Tazia Tower

    The silavats of Jaisalmer, being Shia Muslims, decided to migrate to Pakistan when it was established in 1947. Before leaving their desert Home, they expressed their love for their homeland and their ruler by building this tower in the shape of tazia and presenting it to the ruler.

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    Mohta and Mava Patti Havelis in Bikaner – Symbol of Wealth, Architectural Design and Colours

    Located at Banthia chowk Bikaner, Mohta havelies cluster is well known among tourist for their architectural design. Havelies in mava patti and kothari Mohalla also deserve special mention.

    Bikaner Havelis

    Haveils – Symbol of Wealth and Status

    These havelies were the residence of wealthy merchants who had a fancy for beauty and art. Nine months in a year they lived in far off lands to earn money and then came to this city to rest and enjoy and build havelies and live in them, show their wealth and status, their love, fascination for architecture and colours.

    Haveli’s Attractions

    In every haveli the dankhana is the most adored room and most prestigious too. The guests are received here. It is significant to mention that every haveli has two dankhanas. One for men and another for women and these are situated at the main entrance of the haveli. A dankhana generally has six pillars. Every pillar has a glass mirror with gold frame engrossed with flowers mostly roses.

    Every diwankhana has paintings of gods and goddesses. Apart from religious deities and flowers, the leaves fruits like apples, grapes, oranges and bananas also find place in most havelies in Bikaner.

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    Harasar Haveli in Bikaner – Offers Great Hospitality in Traditional Rajput Manner

    Situated in Bikaner, Harasar Haveli was the residence of Army Minister of the former princely State of Bikaner – Late Colonel Rao Bahadur Thakur Jeoraj Singh.

    Harasar Haveli in Bikaner

    Harasar Haveli in Bikaner

    He was the ruling chief  (Thakur) of the Thikana of Harasar, which was granted to him as an additional field by Maharaja Ganga Singhji of Bikaner.

    Heritage Hotel of Bikaner

    This Harasar Haveli was converted to a  heritage hotel of Bikaner in 1997 by Kanwar Visvajeet Singh,  the grandson of Thakur Jeoraj Singh. Now this haveli provides great hospitality in a traditional Rajput manner for their guest.

    Harasar Haveli Features

    Harasar Haveli has Rooftop giving a commanding view of the Junagarh Fort, Lallgarh Palace and of other prominent landmarks of the city, up to the sand dunes surrounding Bikaner. Every evening, folk dance and music performances by gypsies are arranged along with dinner.

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    Kothari Havelis in Bikaner – Old Marwari Architecture and Art Collection

    Bhairondan Kothari Haveli

    Located at Bikaner, Bhairondan Kothari is one of the most beautiful havelis in Rajasthan.  The European influence is obvious in the architecture of this haveli.

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    It imparts fascinating beauty to its floors. Marble tiles are studded in the floors of the haveli. The beautiful poem of Kamayani is also written on these stone.

    Poonam Chand Kothari Haveli

    Another remarkable haveli near this haveli is the haveli of Poonam Chand Kothari. Its exterior carvings are as beautiful as those of Daga havelies.

    Havelis Attractions

    These both havelis contains excellent art collection. Remarkable carved sandalwood doors and windows, airy sandstones balconies, balu strades and lacy jharokhas (latticed stone window) enclose an old fashioned world where the generation overlap.

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