Saturday, March 22, 2014

Elephant Ride at Amber Fort, Jaipur

The Amber Palace, around 12 km from Jaipur, is among the most famous hilltop forts in India. The 16th century fort built by Raja Man Singh is a perfect blend of Hindu and Muslim architecture.

An elephant ride to the top of this fort is one of the most popular activities in Jaipur .This is the chance to ride an elephant up to the Amber Fort like the royalty of Rajasthan once did. In Amber fort about 100 elephants were used to ride to the historic fort.Mount the animal from a raised platform and sit comfortably in a specially designed, secure seat as the majestic animal winds its way up the ramparts of the fort. The elephant is a gentle creature and the mahout (a person who drives the elephant) uses an ankush (a sharp hook used to guide a tamed elephant by prodding it on the back of its head) to guide the animal up the ramparts. The animals look beautiful as the mahouts decorate them, especially the trunk, with floral and geometric patterns using colored chalk and powders. Once guests reach the top, will enter the PALACE through the grand Singh Pol (Lion Gate) gateway and continue to Jaleb Chowk, the courtyard where you will disembark from the pachyderm

Kindly note that Dep’t of Archeology fixed the timing of Elephant Ride With the summer regulations for the use of elephants coming into force, limiting the number of rides and timing, 

According to the summer regulations an elephant could be used form 0700 Hrs till 10.00 Hrs &  Evening 1530 to 1700 Hrs from 1 APRIL  2014 to 30 APRIL 2014 and will allow ONLY 03 ROUND PER ELEPHANT & from  01 MAY 2014 TO 30 JUNE 2014 ONLY 02 ROUNDS WILL BE ALLOWED &  01 JULY 2014 TO 30 SEPT 2014 only 03 ROUND WILL BE ALLOWED and during the winter from 01 Oct  2014 to 31 March 2015  - 05 rounds will be allowed.

The summer timings will be- Morn.Timing 0700 Hrs.to 1000 Hrs and eve 1530 Hrs to 1700 Hrs.

This was decided after elaborate discussions with various government departments as using the elephants in the scorching sun is harmful to the health of the jumbos. Please note there is a maximum of two passengers allowed on an elephant at one time. Elephant ride is not permitted downhill. Furthermore, the elephant ride is subject to availability. The elephant ride service will be provided on a first come, first served basis. It has been happening very often that despite spending hours in queue for elephant ride tourists are deprived of same as the official allotted number of rotation per elephant gets exhausted. The elephant ride at Amer fort can’t be guaranteed due to this fact. We requests & suggests you that please inform  all the guests with option  Elephant Ride failing Jeep Ride  to avoid any unpleasant situation with guests and also any legal compensation of failure to provide committed services etc. Kindly note that elephant ride cannot be guaranteed under any circumstances.

Kindly note that during the Navratra Festival Elephant ride at Amber fort will be NOT available due to Heavy rush of devotees visiting at Shaila Mata Temple at Amber Palace.

Please note the dates of Navratra and EID Festival

Chatra Navratra 31 MARCH  2014 TO 09 APRIL 2014 – NO ELEPHANT  RIDE

Winter Navratra  25 SEPT 2014 TO 03 OCT 2014             NO ELEPHANT RIDE

EID FESTIVAL (Depends on Moon)   29 JULY  2014 / 05 OCT 2014 -May Not be available

PLEASE NOTE THAT DURING THE NAVRATRA FESTIVAL LIGHT AND SOUND SHOW AT AMBER FORT TIMING WILL BE CHANGED.

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Monday, April 15, 2013

Taj Mahal - Useful Information & tips




Taj Mahal - SH 62, Agra 282001, India
Type: Architectural Buildings, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Monuments/ Statues
Fees: Indian (Rs.20) || Foreigners (Rs.750)
Open: 06 Am – 06 Pm all Days || Friday Closed
Owner: Renowned for its spectacular architecture and aesthetic beauty, the Taj Mahal is also a symbol of enduring love, built by Shah Jehan to house the grave of his beloved wife, Queen Mumtaz Mahal, who died following the birth of their 14th child.

“Mughal architecture at its best.”
There can be no doubt in any one’s mind after seeing Taj Mahal at Agra, that it is the most beautiful building ever constructed. This is architecture at its absolute best. The calligraphy, carvings and designs are exquisite.
We were lucky to have azure sky with almost no cloud and no haze at all. The place does tend to be quite crowded, but take your time to soak in the beauty of the place.

“breath taking & Magnificent building ”
I didn’t expect the Taj Mahal to be a highlight of a recent trip to India, it was. It is well worth seeing. I didn’t enjoy the "tour" inside; it was far more beautiful to walk around the outside and simple look at this magnificent building.

 “Awesome - “What can I say?”
Taj Mahal is definitely deserving to be called a 'wonder'. It’s a Worth place to visit.  After seeing pictures of this monument for my whole life, I was still unprepared to experience it's beauty first-hand. Yes, there were a lot of people there, but the building and outbuildings are stunning.
When you visit Taj Mahal, it is not same what you see in the photos or videos. It is a once in a life time experience which you surely would like to experience again. No camera can capture the real beauty of Taj Mahal neither can words describe the feeling what you will have when it is in front of your eyes.


I paid 750Rps to visit this wonder of the world and it is worth it. So breathtaking to admire its beauty and its surroundings. I had a sunset view. What a view, what an experience, takes your breath away.
The history surrounding it, is so sad but beautiful So peaceful, well kept, easy to get around
Not to be missed if you see nothing else you need to see this.
Taj Mahal is definitely worth seeing once. I don't believe it could be duplicated today. It is truly an architectural marvel and will not disappoint. The line to enter can look long, but they are quite efficient at moving it along.

Tip 01: If a helpful gentleman offers to show you "best" spot for a photo, he is not just being friendly and helpful! He is expecting a tip. So, if this makes you uncomfortable, politely decline the offer.
Tip 02: Good quality camera is a must
Tip 03: Go early if possible to avoid the hot part of the day, and of course don't forget it will be closed on Fridays.
Tip 04: After the tour is over, the guide will pressure you to go to the tourist type of souvenir shop that he benefits from. Maybe you want to do some shopping, but if you don't - you will have to be very firm.

Monday, February 18, 2013

News - Train link to Katra likely to open by June


Train link to Katra likely to open by June
 
Travelling by train to Katra, the base camp to the Vaishno Devi shrine, is set to become a reality by June when railways expects to complete the work on this stretch of the ambitious Kashmir rail link project.The opening of the 25-km Udhampur-Katra section could see a good number of trains running up to the town, saving passengers the bother of undertaking journey by road from Jammu to the shrine which sees an annual flow of about 10 million people.

"We hope to complete work on the section by May following which there would be inspection by commissioner of railway safety before it is commissioned," said CAO of Udhampur- Srinagar-Baramulla Rail Link Project B D Garg.The route passes through inhospitable terrain making it an extremely challenging engineering project.

Talking about one of the tunnels on the section, a portion of which gave in, leading to delays, he said the problem has been sorted out as "we abandon that portion and create a detour". Ballast-free track is being laid before winding up the work. The 292-km-Udhampur-Katra-Quazikund-Baramulla rail link is vital for the Kashmir Valley as it aims at boosting the economic prosperity of the region by facilitating transportation. Plans are afoot to electrify the entire stretch later on.

At present, passenger trains ply between Jammu and Udhampur and between Qazigund and Baramulla. The commissioning of the Udhampur-Katra section is expected to bring in more pilgrims to the Vaishno Devi shrine from across the country. Keeping this in mind, the vast expanse of Katra station has been provided with pilgrim guide tourist assistance, cloak room, waiting hall, VIP lounge, escalators and lifts besides parking space on the either side of the station. Talks are on with Vaishnodevi Shrine Board to have a counter at the station itself.

"While the facilities at the station are one of the best in the country, the three platforms itself can accommodate 26 coach trains," Garg said. The first floor has been provided with plush accommodation facilities matching star hotels with cafeteria by IRCTC. Garg noted the construction of the station has given a spurt to the local economy and hospitality sector as a number of hotels have sprung up in close vicinity along with other commercial establishments.


Saturday, January 26, 2013

Tourist Monuments Entry Fees in Delhi, Agra & Jaipur


Tourist Monuments Entry Fees in Delhi, Agra & Jaipur

 

India has several beautiful monuments in the world. India's grand repository of

ancient cultural and natural treasures is of great significance to the history 

and civilization of the world.


New Delhi : This is the capital of India is a mix of the ancient and modern architecture. Divided in two parts, Old Delhi & New Delhi, the city is a travel 

hub of Northern India and exerts a beguiling charm on visitors. The ancient forts, majestic buildings and historic ruins find their modern counterparts in the tall skyscrapers, diplomatic enclaves and well-planned townships of New Delhi. There are many tour packages options starting from Delhi.

Tourist Places in Delhi : Red Fort, Jama Masjid, Raj Ghat, India Gate, Parliament Street, President House (Rashtrapati Bhawan), Lotus Temple, Humayun Tomb, Qutab Minar, Akshardham Mandir, Birla Temple, 

Agra : This is the land of culture and heritage. Agra is the city of the world famouse monuments Taj Mahal. It is famous for its marble inlay work, leather goods, brasswares, finely worked precious and semi-precious stone jewellery and ornate zari embroidery.

Tourist Places in Agra :
Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Itmad-Ud-Daula Tomb, Sikandra Fort, Fathepur Sikri

We at TRAVEL MITRA want that the tourists should enjoy the ride viewing the historical monuments and taking the knowledge of their history. Therefore, we are providing the latest and updated information on Monuments Entrance Charges in India for the benefit of tourists from all across the globe.

* Kindly Note that NRI's while travelling must carry their Indian Passport or any other valid document of India, to avail the local monument fee.
All prices are given in INR (INDIAN RUPPEES)




Monuments Charges in Delhi
Name of Monuments
Indian
Foreigners
Jama Masjid, Delhi
Free
Free
Red Fort (Monday Closed) Delhi
Rs.10
Rs.250
Humayun Tomb Delhi
Rs.10
Rs.250
Qutab Minar Delhi
Rs.10
Rs.250
National Museum (Monday Closed) Delhi
Rs.10
Rs.150
India Gate Delhi
Free
Free
Parliament House, Delhi
Free
Free
President House (Rastrapati Bhawan), Delhi
Free
Free
Birla Mandir, Delhi         
Free
Free
Raj Ghat, Delhi
Free
Free
Gandhi Smriti (Monday Closed) Delhi
Free
Free
Lotus Temple (Monday Closed) Delhi
Free
Free
Akshardham Temple (Monday Closed) Delhi
Free
Free
 Chhatarpur Mandir Delhi
Free
Free
Monuments Charges in Agra
Taj Mahal (Friday Closed), Agra
Rs.20
Rs.750
Agra Fort, Agra
Rs.20
Rs.300
Fatehpur Sikri
Rs.20
Rs.260
Itmad-Ud-Daula / Baby Taj
Rs.20
Rs.110
Sikandra
Rs.20
Rs.110
Meriyam Tomb
Free
Rs.100
Ram Bagh
Free
Rs.100
Mehtab Bagh
Free
Rs.100
Monuments Charges in Jaipur
Amber Fort, Jaipur
Rs.25
Rs.150
City Palace, Jaipur
Rs.75
Rs.300
Hawa Mahal, Jaipur
Rs.10
Rs.50
Jaigarh Fort, Jaipur
Rs.35
Rs.75
Jal Mahal, Jaipur
Free
Free
Janter Manter, jaipur
Rs.20
Rs.100
Statue Circle
Free
Free
Nahargarh Fort
Rs.10
Rs.30
Central Museum
Rs.15
Rs.100
Albert Hall
Rs.10
Rs.50



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Friday, January 25, 2013

Full Moon Light Taj Mahal at Agra Visit Information



Full Moon Light Taj Mahal at Agra Visit Information -

Night viewing of Taj Mahal has been allowed for five nights in a month including the Full Moon night and two days before and two days after except Fridays and month of Ramzan as per the order of Hon’ble Supreme Court of India. 
   

The night viewing tickets of Taj Mahal can be purchased from the Booking Counter located in the office of Archaeological Survey of India, Agra Address: Circle, 22 The Mall, Agra, Uttar Pradesh in between 10-00 am to 6-00 p.m. one day (24 Hrs) in advance of the date of night viewing. For a small service fee, we can assist you in purchasing the tickets.


To Purchase the Tickets we required the Scan Photocopy of Passport for all the visitor who want to visit Taj Mahal in Full Moon Light. Tickets are non Refundable & non transferable once purchase.
The night viewing of Taj Mahal is opened from 8-30 p.m. to 12-30 in eight batches of 50 persons for half an hour duration. The visitors of the night viewing of Taj Mahal have to report at Shilpagram complex (Next to Hotel Taj Resorts, Agra) half an hour in advance of the viewing time. The entry is allowed from the Eastern Gate of the Taj Mahal only after security check near the Eastern gate.

No video camera is allowed in side the monument during the night viewing. 



Requirements to Purchase the Tickets:
  1. A photo copy of your passport by email to us. (Scanned Copy)
  2. A photo copy of your visa to India by email to us. (Scanned Copy)
  3. Name and address of Hotel/ Guest House in Agra where you will be staying and How Long.
  4. Name address of Hotel/ Guest House of your stay prior to arriving in Agra.
  5. Your Home Address with Phone Number/s
  6. The cost of ticket and handling fee is $22.00 cash/ check only.
  7.  If you prefer the ticket/s to be delivered to your hotel, please add $ 5.00 delivery expence.
  8. The tickets are non transferable.
  9. Ticket and fees are non refundable.




FULL MOON (POORNIMA IN NIGHT ) YEAR-2013 TO 2020
Month \ Year
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
2020
January
26
15
04
23
11
01/31
20
10
February
25
14
03
22
10
-
19
08
March
26
16
05
22
12
01/30
20
19
April
25
14
03
21
10
29
18
07
May
24
14
03
21
10
28
18
06
June
22
12
02
19
08
27
16
05
July
22
11
01/30
19
08
27
16
04
August
20
10
29
17
07
25
14
03
September
18
08
27
16
05
24
13
01
October
18
07
26
15
05
24
13
01/31
November
16
06
25
14
03
22
11
29
December
16
05
24
13
03
22
11
29



  If you want to purchase entry ticket/s to Taj Mahal, please send the above documents by mail/ e-mail to travelmitra@gmail.com



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