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JAIPUR AS A TOURIST DESTINATION MANAGEMENT

PROJECT REPORT

ON

JAIPUR AS A TOURIST

DESTINATION MANAGEMENT

Submitted in Personal fulfilment of the requirement for the award of Degree of Master in Tourism Administration

 

Submitted to Deepak Pokhriyal

Faculty of Amity School of Hospitality

 

SUBMITTED BY

RAVINDAR SINGH KRISHNIA

ANKIT YADAV

ARJUN VATWANI

ASHISH SINGH

SHASHANK DATTA

TONJAM RAJU SINGH

Amity School of Hospitality

Amity University Rajasthan

 

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

 

 

We would like to express our special thanks of gratitude to our faculty Mr. Deepak Pokhriyal sir who gave us the golden opportunity to make this Project Report, which also helped us in gaining extra knowledge as we came to know about many new things during our research.

We are really thankfull to him.

Name of candidates

RAVINDAR SINGH KRISHNIA

ANKIT YADAV

ARJUN VATWANI

ASHISH SINGH

SHASHANK DATTA

TONJAM RAJU SINGH

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION TO THE JAIPUR CITY (RAJASTHAN)

Jaipur, the fascinating capital of the marvellous state of Rajasthan, is one of the well-planned cities of its time. Jaipur was established by the then Maharaja, Sawai Jai Singh in the year 1927. The graceful architecture of the City that runs across in pink colour has earned Jaipur the title of “The Pink City”. Jaipur is predominantly known for its musicians, artisans and craftsmen. Today, it is flocked by masses for its fine jewellery, varied textiles and sumptuous cuisine. There are innumerable sagas and stories of culture, traditions, practices and valour. This diverse land of rich cultural heritage is a royal treat for tourists all over the world. Some of the most visited tourist destinations include Hawa Mahal, the palace of winds Amer Fort, the earliest capital of erstwhile Jaipur state Jantar Mantar, the largest observatory City Palace, the residence of erstwhile Maharaja of Jaipur Nahargarh Fort, the hunting residence of erstwhile Maharajas Jaigarh Fort, the artillery storehouse of Rajput Rulers.

Along with these fascinating places, Jaipur is flocked by people for indulgence in shopping. The famous handicrafts, silver and gold jewellery, precious and semi-precious stones, beads and jewellery, blue pottery products, carpets and textiles are the most preferred ethnic items by visitors. Jaipur has a close proximity with Delhi, the national capital and is well connected to other parts of the country through air, rail and road. Jaipur is one of the fastest growing cities of India with productive investment opportunities like Mahindra World City, World Trade Park, etc. The growth of the City is also contributed by the rapidly developing social infrastructure with super-specialities hospitals and medical centres, institutions of higher-learning and schools.

Jaipur Development Authority proposes to develop an International Convention Center & Golf Course (ICC & GC) as an agent to stimulate economic growth in the region on Public Private Partnership (PPP) model. The ICC & GC would be equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and is positioned to tap the demand for Meetings Incentives Convention Exhibitions (MICE) of the tourism segment at both national and international levels.
JDA intend to invite sealed Bids comprising Technical and Price Bids from interested Bidders for Planning, Design, Finance, Construction, Marketing, Operation and Maintenance of the proposed ICC & GC and development of the Residential Complex and Operation and maintenance thereof. The Project would be set up in the Project Site, which is a total of 270 acres of Land in, Dehmi Kalan, Jaipur, Rajasthan, 30 km from the city and 1.5 kms off the Jaipur- Ajmer National Highway (NH-8). Out of the Project Site, 220 acres of the land will be provided by JDA to the Developer/Authorisee on lease of 60 years (inclusive of construction period of 4 years) and remaining 50 acres will be provided for residential development on lease of 99 years (inclusive of construction period of 4 years) JAIPUR INTERNATIONAL CENTRE Proposed site- Campus of HCM RIPA (OTS) Area-Approx- 23000 Sqmt. Facilities proposed: Auditorium:

  1. 500 persons.
  2. Conference Rooms – 100, 80& 60 persons.
  3. Lecture Rooms – 30, 45, 60 & 85 persons.
  4. Lawn – 2000 persons.
  5. Cafeteria/ Restaurants Bed – 250 persons.
  6. Rooms – 25 Single Beds & 35 Double Beds.

INTRODUCTION TO THE ROAD SAFETY PLAN FOR THE JAIPUR CITY

Road safety and congestion free traffic is a multi-dimensional issue that requires a collaborative approach among various agencies and the community. For Road Engineering issues a 12 hours call center to all aspect of road safety is running on toll free number 1800-180-6695 to received complaints regarding Road repairs prone to accidents, potholes, open drain crossings and manholes. Shortly the complaints regarding railings, overgrown trees, localized damage to footpaths, damaged signage’s, hanging wires, poles and stay wires etc would be commenced.

This unified Call Center will serve as a platform for the general public to report on road safety related issues so that necessary actions are taken within stipulated time. Prompt response to information and redressal of complaints will help reduce traffic congestion and improve road safety. Apart from this call center the advance facility to register complaint through online along with location photograph mechanism is available on this portal. If the complainant captures the image with GPS enabled device such as Smartphone, Mobile Devices, Camera etc., in which the coordinate (Latitude & Longitude) is embedded the portal captures the coordinates and show the spot on Google Map where work is to be executed.

ACCESSIBILITY

Jaipur is well connected by airway, railway and roadway modes. Jaipur’s Sanganer Airport is 15 km from downtown, a drive of 30 minutes from most of the hotels; whereas, the Jaipur Railway Station is in the heart of town. Trains originating from Jaipur link the city with Delhi, Bombay, Calcutta, Sawai Madhopur and Kota. Similarly, a convenient mode of travel to Jaipur is by road through fleets of tourist buses. Situated on National Highway No. 8, Jaipur is well connected to the rest of the country via road. The Sindhi Camp Bus Stand is the main bus stand. Some of the important distances are given in Table 1.

Table 1: Connectivity with Major Cities

Source: Jaipur for Aliens, Published by Hotel Pearl Palace, Jaipur

Sl. No.

City

Distance in Km.

1

Agra

236

2

Ajmer

131

3

Bharatpur

176

4

Bikaner

321

5

Delhi

258

6

Jaisalmer

638

7

jodhpur

316

8

Mumbai (Bombay)

1202

9

Udaipur

405

 

The city has a well-established and varied public transport system. Rajasthan State Roadways runs regular buses and mini buses within the city. Besides this, government and private coaches are also available on regular basis. For personalized movement around the city, luxurious tourist taxis are also available. Finally, un-metered taxi and auto rickshaws, cycle rickshaws and tangas are easily accessible around the city area at reasonable prices.

 

Air : Indian  Airlines connect Jaipur with Delhi, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Aurangabad, Bombay, Varanasi,  Calcutta, Ahmedabad.

Rail: Jaipur is connected by rail with Delhi, Agra, Ahmedabad, Ajmer, Abu Road (Mount Abu), Udaipur, Bombay and Sawai Madhopur.

Road: Good motor able roads connect Jaipur with Delhi 258 km, Agra 236 km, Bikaner 321 km, Udaipur 405 km, Ajmer 131 km, Jodhpur 316 km, Bharatpur 176 km, Jaisalmer 638 km and Bombay 1202 km

Bus: Regular buses ply from Jaipur to the above places and Alwar, Kota, Sariska, Mathura, Indore, Chittorgarh and Barmer.

ACCOMMODATION

It is noted from the available data that the government has approved of 240 hotels having different categories and 151 paying guesthouses in Jaipur. The largest number of hotels in Jaipur is concentrated in economy hotel establishments, which represent 48.85% of total lodging establishments. Five star deluxe and five star categories represent 2.3% of the total commercial lodging capacity. Other categories of three star, two star and heritage hotels represent 2.05%, 0.26% and 7.16% of total lodging facilities respectively. Apart from these establishments, about 15 Dharmashalas also exist.

Table 2: Number of Lodging Establishments in Jaipur

Source: Department of Tourism, Art & Culture, Jaipur

Sl. No.

Category

Number

1

Five Star Hotels

9

2

Three Star Hotels

8

3

Two Star Hotels

1

4

Heritage Hotels

28

5

Economy Hotels

191

6

Dharmashala/ Ashram

15

7

Circuit House/ Tourist Bungalow

3

8

Paying Guest House

151

9

Other (Resort)

3

Total

409

 

 

FAIRS AND FESTIVALS IN JAIPUR CITY

  1. The Camel Festival is organized by the Department of Tourism of the Rajasthan Government in January every year in Bikaner. The festival begins with a colourful procession of bedecked camels against the red sandstone backdrop of the Junagarh Fort. Held is a tug-of-war contest, best breed competition, camel dance and acrobatics among other things. The camels display amazing footwork, dancing gracefully to the directions of their trainers. Bridal bridles, be jewelled necks, jingling anklets and camel shadows, cast a spell on the audience. In the evenings, is held a traditional rendezvous of renowned artistes and folk.
  1. Teej is another important festival which is rejoiced in Jaipur. On this day, women and girls wear new clothes, jewelleries and make designs on their palms and feet with mehndi (henna). They gather in group in a temple and perform special puja, aarti and offer prasad to Goddess Parvati. Women pray for their husbands whereas girls pray for their future husband. Women and girls perform folk dance, sing traditional teej songs and enjoy swinging. These three are the unique features of this festival.
  1. Kite Festival :  On 14th January, the festival of Makar Sakranti is celebrated all over India. This festive time is rejoiced fovarious reasons but the main reason is the transition of the sun from Sagittarius (dhanu rashi), the zodiac sign to Capricorn (makar rashi). According to the Indian astrology, the northward journey of the sun begins on this day. People take holy bath in the Ganga River and then donate things to the needy people. Also, on this day, people enjoy the flying of kites. Complete sky is adorned with beautiful, big and small colourful kites. In Jaipur, it is declared as the state holiday. Various kite competitions are held in Jaipur as well as across the state in which the most famous is International Kite Festival held by the State Government which goes on for three days.
  1. The Elephant Festival is an annual festival which is held every year in the Pink City, Jaipur. This matchless event is organised on the full moon day of Phalgun Purnima which falls in the month of February/March. It is celebrated on the day before the festivals of colours i.e. Holi. From the ancient times, elephants have always been an important part of the Indian society. The Elephant-headed God.

DESTINATION MANAGEMENT

The tourism sector is complex, incorporating a network of interrelated stakeholders and organisations, both public and private sector, working together. The success of a destination relies on a coordinated approach to the planning, development, management and marketing of a destination. A clearly defined destination management structure can provide destination managers and stakeholders with a place to negotiate sustainable destination development, ongoing management and effective destination marketing outcomes

An effective destination management structure has proactive input from government, tourism organisations, the tourism industry and the host community rather than managed by crises or ad hoc.

DESTINATION MANAGEMENT TIP

Lessons from around the world suggest that an effective destination management structure:

  1. Is a collaborative structure that combines the interests, skills and knowledge of ‘stakeholders’ across government, industry and the community, as highlighted in the Barossa Valley with the establishment of the Barossa Wine and Tourism Association bringing together a range of stakeholders to guide tourism planning, development and marketing;
  2.        Develops a clear stakeholder agreed strategic direction for the development, management and marketing of tourism in a destination.
  1. Establishes an agreed ‘vision’ and image for a destination based on the values of the destination and its stakeholders;
  2. Establishes clear roles and responsibilities for all stakeholders across all elements of destination management and decision-making;
  3. Address the complexities of decision-making and approval processes by developing strategies and partnerships to minimise the levels of decision-making;
  4. Recognises that public-private partnerships are an efficient way to manage and promote destinations;

Establishes cooperative arrangements with partners to ensure effective communication and collaboration. Partnership agreements or MoUs between stakeholders can be used to articulate the governance framework for managing a destination, as highlighted in Victoria’s Geelong Otway Tourism’s bottom up approach to destination management, establishing MOUs with Local Governments and Local Tourism Organisations and encouraging industry membership.

Managing tourism destinations is an important part of controlling tourism’s environmental impacts. Destination management can include land use planning, business permits and zoning controls, environmental and other regulations, business association initiatives, and a host of other techniques to shape the development and daily operation of tourism-related activities.

The term “destination” refers broadly to an area where tourism is a relatively important activity and where the economy may be significantly influenced by tourism revenues. Destination management is complicated by the fact that a single, recognizable destination may include several municipalities, provinces, or other government entities – in island environments it may be the entire country.

Participating governance structures led by local authorities, with the involvement of local NGOs, community and indigenous representatives, academia, and local chambers of commerce, make up what are known as “Destination Management Organizations” (DMOs). Often DMOs take the form of local tourism boards, councils, or development organizations. The network of local tourism businesses (hotels, attractions, transportation services, service providers such as guides and equipment rentals, restaurants, etc.) are also a significant part of a destination.

NEED FOR JAIPUR AS DESTINATION MANAGEMENT

  1. The tourist offices itself are not connected with each other.
  2. So far there is no cooperation among them.
  3. There is no association so far that acts for their benefit.
  4. The tourist information centres were influenced and funded by the local authorities mainly; the tourism industry is nearly not involved.
  5. There are many national regulations / laws in RAJASTHAN that influence the structure (and herewith the development) of the tourism organisations / information centres.
  6. It seems that these regulations do not support the possibilities for the needed changes.
  7. The dependence from the legislations is very (too) strong, it seems to be quite impossible to build up new structures that allow them to act in the international tourism competition; e.g. it should be possible for the tourist information centres to build up public private partnerships or even profit oriented companies.
  8. A huge problem is the lack of cooperation within all the towns.
  9. The tourist offices do not have strong links and partnerships with the local private businesses (hotels, transport companies, restaurants a. s. o.)! This means, that there is a very bad information exchange within the tourism destinations.
  10. Also there is not enough cooperation for building up new products or product chains or cooperation in the field of marketing! All this influences the efficiency and the results of the work of the tourist offices / institutions and the tourism industry as a whole, very negative.
  11. It is not only work done by making code of conduct at destination on should taking care that it followed by properly and it only can be achieved by proper destination management.
Do’s and Don’ts
A code of conduct for both the tourists and the hosts has been worked out as under: –

DO’s

DONT’s

ACCOMODATION: – ACCOMODATION: –
  • Always book into approved/classified hotels or RTDC run hotels.
  • Make enquiries at the Rajasthan Tourism tourist information bureaus located at most railway stations, bus stands, airports.
  • Before staying in a paying guest accommodation, always check about its authorization by the Department of Tourism
    • Always keep your hotel room locked when inside or when out for sight seeing, shopping etc.
  • Don’t stay with or be coaxed into staying with people you meet at railway platforms, bus stands or shopping areas.
  • Don’t think you are getting a bargain if a free ride is given by any transporter to a hotel. Check with Rajasthan Tourism tourist information office first.
  • Don’t allow any one into your room for a drink and snacks or just a chat unless the person is really well known to you.
TRANSPORT:

*Take autorikshaws from pre-paid kiosk wherever available.

*If prepaid autorickshaw is not available settle the fare/charges before embarking on the journey.

*Hire taxis from approved Travel Agency, RTDC or through Rajasthan Tourism Tourist Reception Centres.

SHOPPING:

  • Purchase from reputed or recognized shops.
  • Always insist on a bill for purchases made.
  • Ensure VAT registration numbers in a corner on the bill sheet.
  • Payments made by credit cards must have the amount mentioned in words and numbers too.
  • Always double-check the goods in the parcel before leaving the shop or allowing it to be packed for dispatch.
  • Ensure payment by credit cards is made only once for each bill.
  • Wrongly made out bills must be destroyed there and then to avoid double payment to the shopkeeper.

TRANSPORT:

*Free rides can culminate in trouble at a hotel suggested by the driver.

*Don’t leave your important documents, valuables, luggage etc with the driver.

*Make enquires (as to where and how far each monument, tourist site is located) before setting out on sight seeing with only the driver as a guide.

SHOPPING: –

*Don’t let the driver coax you into doing more shopping than sight seeing.

  • Avoid showrooms near tourist sites or else ensure the price and authenticity of the purchase being made.
  • Avoid shops that have names very similar to Government run emporia or concerns like RTDC(Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation) or Rajasthali, Which are public sector undertakings.
  • Don’t sign on blank letter heads or bills.
  • Avoid carrying out business or developing relations for furthering business with unknown persons who are glib talkers and at times impeccably turned out.

  • Money EXCHANGE: –
  • Take from authorized money exchangers and take a receipt.
  • TAXI: –
  • Utilize services of pre-paid taxis, wherever available.
  • In case CHEATED: –
  • If you are cheated, inform nearest Police Station or Police control room immediately or TAF (Tourist Assistance Force) personnel posted near monuments.

 

  • Avoid help of guide /driver while shopping. Try to avoid shops recommended by them.
  • Don’t let shopkeepers pack your purchases behind a counter or in another room. It must be done in front of you and sign across the joints or ensure some method whereby no changes can be made.

Money exchange: –

  • Don’t exchange from unauthorized money exchangers who do not provide a receipt.

TAXI: –

  • Don’t leave your valuables and goods/ luggage in taxi/auto rickshaw etc.
  • Misc.:-
  • You are advised not to dress in clothes that are too revealing and too scanty.
  • Eat food that you buy yourself.
  • Always ensure your passport and other precious belongings are safe. Never give them to strangers or shopkeepers or staff in the hotel.
  • Misc. :-
  • Don’t hang on to the arms of young men or give them the impression that you find them attractive.
  • Don’t go in for free lunch and dinner or drinks.
  • Don’t roam around in the late hours of the night.

 

SECONDARY DATA COLLECTION

Questionnaire on Jaipur as a Tourist Destination:

1. How will you rate Jaipur as a Tourist destination according to your experience?

  • Good.
  • Average.
  • Excellent

2. What do you like most in Jaipur?

  • Culture.
  • Local people.
  • Tradition.
  • Sightseeing.

3. Have you been to Jaipur earlier or this is your first visit?

  • Yes
  • No

4. Which place do you prefer the most in Jaipur or which place is a source of entertainment for you?

  • Malls.
  • Local Market.
  • Any other places specify.

5. Which mode of transport do you prefer to explore in Jaipur?

  • Tourist buses.
  • Auto.
  • Cabs.
  • Local buses.

6.  Please rate the following facilities out of 10.

  • Safety.
  • Transportation.
  • Cuisine.
  • Local people.
  • Sightseeing.

7.  Was there anything you didn’t like about your visit in Jaipur?

  • Accessibility.
  • Infrastructure.
  • Baggers.
  • Government’ Tourist Information offices.

8. Would you like to recommend Jaipur to Your friends for their vacation?

  • Yes.
  • No

9. Which area do you think about the areas which need to be improved or should be paid much more attention?

  • Transportation
  • Safety.
  • Cuisine.
  • Accommodation.
  • Tourist sites.
  • Restoration.

CONCLUSION

 

Destination management is very important for a Country like India, because Tourism is the source of developing Country economy very fast also it generates job directly as well as indirectly. Ministry of Tourism must start taking steps to functions the Tourist offices systematically to meet the tourist demand making them satisfy from all the various factor and readily available a) Accommodation    (b) Accessibility (c) Guidance (d) Ensuring security (e) Travel documents (f) Developing Infrastructure (g) Controlling of baggers. Private sector needs to be guided by the Government not to overexploited the destination, All these given factors needs to improve to make tourist destination into world class tourist destination.

KHAJURAHO TOURIST SPOTS (M.P.) INDIA

Khajuraho

Explore :

In the temple architecture of India, the Khajuraho complex remains unique. One thousand years ago, under the generous and artistic patronage of the Chandela Rajput kings of Central India, 85 temples, magnificent in form and richly carved, came up on one site, near the village of Khajuraho. The amazingly short span of 100 years, from 950 AD – 1050 AD, saw the completion of all the temples, in an inspired burst of creativity. Today, of the original 85, only 22 have survived the ravages of time; these remain as a collective paean to life, to joy and to creativity; to the ultimate fusion of man with his creator. Why did the Chandelas choose Khajuraho or Khajirvahila – garden of dates, as it was known then – as the site for their stupendous creations? Even in those days it was no more than a small village. It is possible given the eclectic patronage of the Chandelas and the wide variety of beliefs represented in the temples, that they had the concept of forming a seat of religion and learning at Khajuraho. It is possible that the Chandelas were also believers in the powers of Tantrism; the cult which believes that the gratification of earthly desires is a step closer to the attainment of the infinite. It is certain however, that the temples represent the expression of a highly matured civilization. Yet another theory is that the erotica of Khajuraho, and indeed of other temples, had a specific purpose. In those days when boys lived in hermitages, following the Hindu law of being “brahmacharis” until they attained manhood, the only way they could prepare themselves for the worldly role of ‘householder’ was through the study of these sculptures and the earthly passions they depicted.

Facts / Did you know?

The creators of Khajuraho claimed descent from the moon. The legend that describes the origin of this great dynasty is a fascinating one: Hemavati, the beautiful young daughter of a Brahmin priest was seduced by the moon god while bathing in the Rati one evening. The child born of this union between a mortal and a god was a son, Chandravarman. Harassed by society, the unwed mother sought refuge in the dense forest of Central India where she was both mother and guru to her young son. The boy grew up to found the great Chandela dynasty. When he was established as a ruler, he had a dream-visitation from his mother, who implored him to build temples that would reveal human passions, and in doing so bring about a realization of the emptiness of human desire. Chandravarman began the construction of the first of the temples, successive rulers added to the fast growing complex.

Khajuraho

Must see places :

The Temples:

The architectural style of the Khajuraho temples is very different from the temple prototype of that period. Each stands, instead of within the customary enclosure, on a high masonry platform. Combined with the upward direction of the structure, which is further accentuated by vertical projections, the total effect is one of grace and lightness, reminiscent of the Himalayan peaks. Each of the chief compartments has its own roof, grouped in such a way that the highest is in the centre, the lowest over the portico, a triumph of skill and imagination in recreating the rising peaks of a range. The temples of Khajuraho are divided into three geographical groups: Western, Eastern and Southern.

The Western group:

This is certainly the best known, because it is to this group that the largest and most typical Khajuraho temple belongs: The Kandariya Mahadev. Perfectly symmetrical, it soars 31 km high. Though the four temples that stand at the corners of the main shrine are now in ruins, the main shrine has an exquisitely carved entrance arch with a multitude of themes. Celestial beings, lovers serenading musicians… movements captured in stone, frozen in time, yet retaining a quality of warm, pulsating life. The very stone seems to have taken on the living, breathing quality of the carved figures.

Beyond the archway of the Kandariya Mahadev, lie the six interior compartments; the portico, main hall, transept, vestibule, sanctum and ambulatory. The ceilings are particularly noteworthy and the pillars supporting them have intricately carved capitals. The transept’s outer walls have three horizontal panels showing deities of the Hindu pantheon, and groups of lovers, a pageant of sensuousness, vibrantly alive.

Also in the western group is the Chaunsat Yogini, the only granite temple in the Khajuraho group. Dedicated to Kali, it is also unique in being quadrangular in plan. Only 35 of the original 65 cells remain and no image of Kali has survived: Not surprisingly, since this is the earliest surviving shrine of the group dated to 900 AD. Another Kali Temple (originally dedicated to Vishnu) is the Devi Jagadambe Temple.

North of it facing eastward to the rising sun, is the Chitragupta temple, dedicated to the sun-god, Surya. The image of this powerful deity in the inner sanctum is particularly imposing: 5ft high, and driving a seven-horsed chariot. The group scenes depicted are equally spectacular: royal processions, elephant- fights, hunting scenes, group dances. The lavish lifestyle of the Chandela kings and their court is here in all its pomp and glory.

Similar in plan to the Kandariya Mahadev is the Vishwanath Temple. Lions flank the northern steps and elephants the southern, leading up to the temple. Within, there is an impressive three headed image of Brahma. The exteriors are profusely carved.

Facing the shrine is a Nandi Temple with a massive, 6 ft high Nandi bull.

Since the first few Chandela rulers were devotees of Vishnu, there are some important Vaishnavite temples in the Khajuraho group, the finest of which is the Lakshmana Temple. The lintel over the entrance shows the trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva, with Lakshmi, Vishnu’s consort. The sanctum is richly carved and has a three-headed idol of Vishnu’s incarnations, Narsimha and Varaha. The boar incarnation also appears in another Vaishnavite shrine, the Varaha Temple. The statue here is a mammoth 9 ft high one, its surface covered with figures from the Hindu Pantheon.

The Khajuraho temples are no longer living places of worship, with a few exceptions. The Matangeswara Temple for example is still a place of worship. Dedicated to Shiva it has an 8 ft high lingam. South of this temple is the open air Archaeological Museum, which has a beautiful displayed collection of statues and friezes collected from the area: the remains of long vanished temples.

The Eastern Group:

Hindu and Jain temples make up the Eastern Group, which lies close to the Khajuraho village. The largest Jain temple, Parswanath, is in this group. Exquisite in detail, the sculptures on the northern outer wall make this temple perhaps the finest in the group. The themes of these carvings are the timeless ones of every day, mortal activity. A woman sits bent pensively on a letter; a lovely young girl removes a thorn from her foot, the master craftsmen of Khajuraho display here their deep understanding of the trifles that make up a human life. Within, the sanctum has a throne, which faces a bull : emblem of the first tirthankara, Adinath. The actual image of Parswanath from which the temple derives its name was installed as recently as 1860. The other Jain temple in this group is the Ghantai Temple. Though almost in ruins now, it still bears evidence of its original splendour. Particularly, arresting is the frieze which depicts, in graphic detail, the 16 dreams of Mahavira’s mother and a multi-armed Jain goddess riding on a winged Garuda. North of Parswanatha is the more modestly sized Adinatha Temple. The three Hindu temples in the Eastern Group are the Brahma, Vamana and Javari Temples. A double row of apsaras, celestial nymphs, adorn the outer walls of the Vamana temple. A variety of sensuous attitudes: languid, provocative, mischievously inviting, give credibility to the theory that Khajuraho’s erotica were meant to test the devotees who came to worship their gods at the temples.

http://www.mptourism.com/web/images/act_Southern_Temple.jpgThe Southern Group:

5 km from the Khajuraho village, lies the Southern Group of temples. The fine Chaturbhuj Temple in this group has a massive intricately carved image of Vishnu in the sanctum. Duladeo Temple, another of the southern group, is a little away from the road to the Jain group of temples. Though remains of temples belonging to the Khajuraho group have been discovered at Jatkari, 3 km away and even at Maribag in Rewa, it is at the 3 main groups that the imperishable glory of Khajuraho, the sensuous celebration of life, the aspiration towards the infinite, remains.

The Lights and Sounds Show:

This fascinating Son-et-Lumiere spectacle evokes the life and times of the great Chandela Kings and traces the story of the unique temples from the 10th Century to the present day.Mounted in the complex of the Western Group of temples, the 50-minute show runs in Hindi and in English every evening. Amitabh Bachchan, the Indian super star, narrates the story of Khajuraho in his mesmerising voice.

Timings of Sound & Light Show at Western group of temples: English: 06:30 pm to 07:25 pm. Hindi: 07:40 pm to 08:35 pm.

Entry fees: Foreign Adult: Rs. 350/- Foreign child: Rs. 200/- Indian Adult: Rs. 120/- Indian Child: Rs. 60/-

Khajuraho

 

Getting there:

 

Khajuraho is connected to Delhi & Agra with regular flights.

 

Khajuraho is connected by regular bus services with Mahoba, Harpalpur, Satna, Jhansi, Gwalior, Agra, Jabalpur & Bhopal.

 

Khajuraho has its own rail head. Apart from that, the other nearest railheads are Mahoba (64 km) and Harpalpur (94 km). Jhansi (175 km) and Satna (117 km) are convenient railheads for visitors from Delhi, Mumbai, Calcutta, Chennai, Agra & Varanasi.

Hotel Jhankar(CP)

     

 

Room Category

Available Rooms

Tariff (INR)

 

 

 

Single

Double

Extra Bed

AC

19

1990

1990

425

Tel: (07686) 274063 / 274194
Email: jhankar@mptourism.com


 

Hotel Payal(CP)

     

 

Room Category

Available Rooms

Tariff (INR)

 

 

 

Single

Double

Extra Bed

AC

14

1990

1990

425

Aircooled

11

1290

1290

325

Tel: (07686) 274064 / 274076
Email: payal@mptourism.com


 

Tourist Village (CP)

     

 

Room Category

Available Rooms

Tariff (INR)

 

 

 

Single

Double

Extra Bed

AC

11

1590

1590

350

Tel: (07686) 274062
Email: tvkhj@mptourism.com

“NIGHT AND DARKNESS”

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NIGHT  IN ONCE LIFE…

IT WILL BRING DARKNESS IN BEINGS LIFE….

 

LIFE IS TOO SHORT TOO LIVE……

HER EXPRESSION WAS ALIVE…..

 

ELEMENTS OF ANGER MAKE HIM FIRE…..

BUT ALWAYS HE WANTS TO ADMIRE…..

 

STILL SHE DOESN’T HAVE ANY LIGHT……..

BUT HE ALWAYS WANTS TO GET SIGHT…….

 

NO MORE HE FEELS HAPPY……….

SHE JUST WANTS SOME SMILE THERAPY…….

 

NIGHT ALWAYS BRINGS DARKNESS……..

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AS SUN BRINGS SHININESS……

 

I WANT TO WRITE SOME MORE CREATION…..

YOU ARE THE ONLY ONE OF MY CREATION….

“LIFE”

life is liking

Life is something which we can’t,

God give us life,

Life giving us relationships,

Relationship gave us love,

Love giving us feelings,

life is love

Feelings giving us tears,

But life is not finish,

Love is part of life,

Tears is essence of life,

Feelings is a gift of life,

Live life, live life, live life…………..

Love makes relations,

Tears are reason of broken relations,

Feelings share relations,

Overall life is name of evolutions,

tears n apart

We don’t have sense to write,

We don’t have god grace to write,

But we write as life is writer,

Heart have life, life have die,

That’s not all lie because god shy…………

Tour to Punjab

Tour to  Punjab Itinerary for 7nights / 8 days

By:-  R V

INTRODUCTION

  • The word Punjab is derived from the two Persian words “Panj” which means “five” and “ab” means “water”, so the combined meaning of the Punjab is the land of five rivers namely – Indus, Ravi, Sutlej, Beas, and Jhelum that flow towards the southeast crossing the entire state.
  • The land of Punjab is a land of prehistoric Indus Valley civilization where early settlement of the Aryan race took place on the fertile soil around 1500 BCE.

ITINERARY

Day 01 Amritsar

  • Arrive Amritsar Airport.
  • On arrival meet and greet by our representative who will take you to the hotel.
  • Start your city tour with the blessings of Golden Temple-the most important Sikh shrine also known as Harminder Sahib and Durbar Sahib.
  • Then visit Jallianwala Bagh- the place that reminds every Indian of the brutal and hearless massacre by British general Dyer.
  • Visit Durgiana Temple: – The temple complex houses Shree Laxmi Narayan Mandir with a huge pond on its periphery.
  • Maharaja Ranjit Singh Museum in Ram Bagh.
  • The landscaped garden with summer palace of Maharaja Ranjit Singh in the center.
  • It has a museum with relics of Mughal era and hand drawn sketches and portraits of the ruling Sikhs.
  • Afternoon at your leisure for shopping etc.
  • Evening we will take you for spa treatment, back to Hotel.
  • Overnight at Amritsar Hotel.

Day 02 – Amritsar

  • On day 2 leave early morning for Bhakra Dam which is just 2 hours 30 minutes away from Amritsar.
  • Having come to Punjab, you should see the Bhakra Nangal Dam.
  • Back to Amritsar by 4 o’clock in the evening.
  • Evening visit Indo-Pak Wagah Border to watch Flag Retreat Ceremony- Wagah, an army outpost on Indo-Pak border 30 Kms from Amritsar where the daily highlight is the evening “Beating the Retreat” ceremony.
  • Soldiers from both countries march in perfect drill, going through the steps of bringing down their respective national flags.
  • As the sun goes down, nationalistic fervor rises and lights are switched on marking the end of the day.
  • Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 03 – Jalandhar

  • Morning drive to Jalandhar on arrival in jalandhar check in hotel.
  • Then start your city tour with Pushpa Gujral Science City.
  • Science City is being built with its aim of learning, fun & amusement out of Science for people of all ages & all walks of life.
  • It will arouse creativity in young minds; help in building a scientific temper in the state, Gurdwara Chhevin Padshahi Guru Hargobind visited the city of Jalandhar during his tour of Doaba area.
  • Gurdwara Chhevin Padshahi in Basti Shaikh, Jalandhar city, stands on the spot where Guruji granted interview to a Muslim holy saint popularly known as Shaikh Darvesh, Devi Talab Mandir It is situated in the heart of Jalandhar City.
  • The old Devi Talab has been renovated and, in its centre, a new temple has been built.
  • Overnight stay in hotel.

Day 04 – Ludhiana

  • Morning drive to Ludhiana
  • Check in hotel on arrival in Ludhiana
  • Visit Sri Dukh Niwaran Sahib is though not a Historic Place, still doing very well in Spreading Sikh Guru’s Message to All Over.
  • Ludhiana is an industrial town, but it is having few places for Tourist interest also. Whoever comes here has never gone back without imbibing the essence of Punjab.
  • Overnight stay at Ludhiana.

Day 05 – Patiala

  • Arrival in Patiala check in hotel.
  • Start your tour Qila Mubarak Complex The Qila Mubarak complex stands in 10-acre ground in the heart of the city, and contains the main palace or Qila Androon (literally,’inner fort’), the guesthouse or Ran Baas and the Darbar Hall.
  • Sheesh Mahal was built behind the main Moti Bagh Palace to serve as a pleasure complex.
  • The paintings in two of its well maintained, mirror-worked chambers are of Kangra and Rajasthani qalam, depicting the poetic visions of Keshav, Surdas and Bihari.
  • Gurdwara Dukh Nivaran Sahib: This shrine is situated in what used to be the village of Lehal, now part of Patiala city.
  • According to local tradition, supported by an old handwritten document preserved in the Gurdwara, one Bhag Ram, a jhivar of Lehal, waited upon Guru Tegh Bahadur during his sojourn at Saifabad (now Bahadurgarh), and made the request that he might be pleased to visit and bless his village so that its inhabitants could be rid of a serious and mysterious sickness which had been their bane for a long time.
  • Overnight stay in Patiala.

Day 06 – Chandigarh

  • Start your city tour with Rock Garden which consists of various arts and objects made of industrial and urban waste.
  • It is situated in sector-1. The credit of its foundation goes to Dr Nek Chand who was the road inspector in the Engineering department of Chandigarh.
  • Then visit to Sukhna Lake that lies in the foothills of shivalik range.
  • People visit in the morning to enjoy fresh breeze.
  • It serves as a picnic spot and good place for water activities.
  • After that visit Rose Garden which is Asia’s largest Rose garden.
  • It contains more than 17,000 plants and over 16,000 varieties of roses.
  • The venue serves annual rose festival or festival of gardens.
  • In the evening enjoy shopping in sector 17 market.
  • Back to hotel, overnight stay in Chandigarh hotel.

Day 07 – Anandpur Sahib

  • After breakfast, drive to Anandpur Sahib from Chandigarh.
  • Check in hotel on arrival to Anandpur sahib.
  • It is one of the most important sacred places of the Sikhs and is closely linked with their religious tradition and history.
  • It was founded in the year 1664 by ninth guru, Sri Guru Teg Bahadur ji.
  • The Guru purchased this site from the ruler of Bilaspur. After that visit Sri Kesgarh Sahib, it is located in the centre of Anandpur Sahib.
  • It is also known as Takht Sri Kesgarh Sahib.
  • It was the place where Khalsa was born.
  • Leave for Pragpur which will take you 1 hour and 18 minutes to reach Pragpur.
  • Known as the heritage village of India, Pragpur is part of the Kangra Valley.
  • It is the home of the famous Kangra school of painting.
  • If you want to truly experience the culture and heritage of India, you should make a trip to Pragpur.
  • Overnight Stay at hotel.

Day 08 – Anandpur

  • After breakfast, drive back to Chandigarh Airport for your onward/Return Journey.

COST SHEET

TRANSPORT:

  • AC INDICA: 14000 + 10%          = 15400/2 = 7700 PP
  • NON AC INDICA: 13000 + 10% = 14300/2 = 7150 PP
  • AC SUPPLEMENT: 7700 – 7150 = 550 PP

AIRFARE:

  • BOM – ATQ :  7800 PP
  • IXC – BOM  : 7200 PP
  • TOTAL        : 15000 PP
  • HOTEL                                                 : 21400
  • TRANSPORT                                       : 7150

AGENTS COMMISSION.

  •  MARK UP                                            : 5000
  • Miscellaneous                                       : 500
  • TOTAL                                                  :  34050

Cost to be quoted to per passenger = Rs. 34050/-

Tour cost includes

  • Accommodation on double room basis.
  • All currently applicable taxes.
  • All transfers and sightseeing by non-AC Indica car.
  • Parking at the airport.
  • Breakfast at Amritsar and Anandpur sahib.
  • All meals at jalandhar, Ludhiana, Patiala and Chandigarh.

Tour cost doesn’t includes

  • Airfare.
  • Entrance fees.
  • Any personal services such as tips, laundry etc.
  • Lunch and dinner at Amritsar and Anandpur sahib.

Supplement cost

  • AC supplement Rs 550 per person.
  • Airfare supplement for

(a)    Mumbai to Amritsar :  7800 PP

(b)    Chandigarh to Mumbai  : 7200 PP

“The Spiritual Journey may be over, but the memory, will stay with you forever.”

THANK YOU!