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Pushkar Fair 2012, Rajasthan

Every November, the sleepy little township of Pushkar in Rajasthan, India comes alive with a riot of colors and a frenzied burst of activity. The occasion: PUSHKAR FAIR. Very few, if at all any, fairs in the world can match the liveliness of Pushkar. Most people associate the Pushkar Fair with the world’s largest camel fair. But it is much more than that.

Contestant J.S. Chounan shows his moustache to the crowd after winning the annual "longest moustache" competition at the Pushkar Mela on Friday, Oct. 30, 2009. According to locals his moustache is a combined total of 11 feet (3.35 meters) long and took 18 years to grow. (AP Photo/Kevin Frayer)

Start Date : Sunday, 18 November 2012
End Date : Wednesday, 28 November 2012
Venue : Pushkar Village
City : Pushkar
State : Rajasthan
Country : India
Category : Fairs & Festivals

It is an occasion for villagers from far and near to gather together and enjoy a welcome break from their harsh life of the arid desert. And enjoy they do! In dazzling style and colors.

It is an occasion for Hindu pilgrims to converge for a holy dip in the sacred Pushkar Lake to “wash away the sins of a lifetime” and pay obeisance at the ONLY Brahma temple in the world.

For the visitor, it is an unparalleled and unforgettable experience to capture the vibrancy of the entire state of Rajasthan in one place. This blog by The Tour Planners, attempts to give you a glimpse of the magic of Pushkar. Of course, you have to be there to truly understand it.

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We’ve Reached 2,000 Likes on Facebook

You like us! You really like us, and we can’t thank you enough for it.

You helped us surpass the 2,000-like mark on Facebook  just now, and it feels great! We Couldn’t Have Done It Without You! And yes, we mean YOU.

Every single person who ‘liked’ the page, tweeted or posted about the page, every single blogger who wrote about us and shared it and most especially – every person who commented and sent us messages which encouraged us to keep on posting something valuable to the page.

We started our Facebook page to have another venue to reach you, our customers, in a more personable manner. We’ve used our page to let you know about exciting changes at The Tour Planners, share contests with you, give you access to travel tips from our experts and to respond to your questions.

We know Facebook is very personal for some and are thrilled that more than 2,000 of you let our updates come into your news feeds daily, so we wanted to say a big “Thank you” from all of us.

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We look forward to more fun on Facebook. Now, onward we go to 3,000 and beyond. Thanks again.

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National Highway 22, Featured in the History Channel’s “Deadliest Roads”


National Highway 22, Featured in the History Channel's "Deadliest Roads"

National Highway 22, Featured in the History Channel's "Deadliest Roads"

* It is a 459 km National Highway in Northern India that runs from Ambala through Chandigarh and Himachal Pradesh up to Khab on the Chinese border.

* It is also commonly known as Hindustan – Tibet Road.

* It starts from Ambala, in northern Haryana as an offshoot of NH 1, the NH 22 runs north towards Zirakpur, outside Chandigarh.

* This first 40 km stretch, running partly through eastern Punjab, is named as the Ambala Chandigarh Expressway, and is a modern and well-maintained four lane section with several bridges and three major flyovers.

* At Zirakpur, it meets the NH 7, and turns north-east through Panchkula to Pinjore, where the NH 21A heads north-west, then to Kalka and Parwanoo.

* This section is currently being widened to four lanes, and a concurrent project is underway to build a new road between Pinjore and Parwanoo, bypassing the highly congested roads in Kalka.

* After Kalka, the highway enters Himachal Pradesh, and as the terrain changes it becomes a mountain road with extensive hairpin turns.

* It continues north-east to Solan, and then north to Shimla, where it joins the NH 88.

* From Shimla, it heads approximately north-east towards the Chinese frontier, reaching the border town of Khab just before the Line of Actual Control.

* Beyond Khab, the road runs for a short distance through Namgial to the Shipki La pass, where it enters Chinese territory.

* The final 100 km stretch from Shimla was featured in the History Channel’s “Deadliest Roads” series for its poor maintenance and hazardous driving conditions all thru the year.

* GMR Corporation appears to maintain that 100 Km stretch because of the need to transport material to its two projects upriver.

* Beyond Dhalli, it is not maintained much but still a lifeline for the local people.
Reference Link : Know Your Destination

Grand Kerala Shopping Festival – Dec. 1, 2011 – Jan. 15, 2012

The Grand Kerala Shopping Festival (GKSF) is a unique shopping fiesta that redefines the very essence and enjoyment of shopping. Kerala the southernmost State in India, popularly known as ‘Gods Own Country’ has always been a favourite for travelers and tourists from around the globe across the ages.

The ever-inviting borders of this land never leave you empty handed once you traverse them. The Grand Kerala Shopping Festival, the signature shopping festival of Kerala, is yet another fascinating event that stands testimony to this fact.

The festival, managed by Government of Kerala, is on its fifth edition, which starts from December 1, 2011 and concludes by January 15, 2012. Fresh enterprises, mind blowing offers and exciting prizes – both for shops and shoppers – make GKSF the biggest shopping extravaganza in the country.

Guaranteed prize for each and every single purchase in the form of scratch ‘n’ win coupons and gift vouchers. Mega prize up to 101 kilogram of gold is also for the taking. Furthermore this year, GKSF will be providing 100% VAT refund for the consumers from outside Kerala. GKSF welcomes you all to get hold of this amazing opportunity to savour the new experiences in shopping.

About GKSF

The festival first started on 2007 Dec 1 to next year Jan 15, celebrated as Grand Kerala Shopping Festival and since then it became an annual shopping festival. The event lasts for 46 days and the very special fact about GKSF is that the entire Kerala is participating in this festival.

As done during the previous years, the festival is conducted by Tourism Department in co-ordination with the Industries & Commerce Department, Finance Department and Local Self Government Department to fulfill the objective. Through this shopping festival, the Kerala Government intends to transform the State into a hub for international shopping experience and there by “Launch Shopping Tourism” in the state. In the process, the brand image of Kerala Tourism would go a long way to help upgrade the infrastructure of traditional marketing centres in Kerala.

The organizers are well set with get show on road of the version-5 of the Biggest ever Shopping Extravaganza, the “Grand Kerala Shopping Festival” with novel initiatives and exciting prizes to the shops and shoppers. Like the government promised, GKSF is shaping up to its full throttle with the experiences from the previous years.

Offers and offers from big brands and MEs for their product, hotels give their special offers, exciting prizes, fun full events and many more!!! With all these special discounts available, GKSF would be the right choice for your shopping terminal.


Prize structure of daily draw
Prize (Sovereign)
No. of Winners per day
No. of winners in a week
1st week – (10 days)
2nd week – (7 days)
3rd week – (7 days)
4th week – (7 days)
5th week – (7 days)
6th week – (8 days)
Total Winners
Weekly draw
Prize (Sovereign)
No. of winners/week
No. of winner/6 week
1st prize
10 sov
2nd Prize
5 sov
Mega draw
Prize (Sovereign)
No. of winners
1st prize
1 KG
2nd Prize
½ KG

It is made known to all the concerned that Government has announced 101 Kg gold in the normal carat of 22 carat. But the South Indian Bank will issue gold to the winners in 24 ct only. So the quantum of gold prize to the winners will be regulated in terms of 24 ct. That is the weight in gm of 22 ct will be converted to the corresponding weight in 24 ct. Thus there will be slight reduction in weight due to this conversion. For eg 1000gm of 22 ct gold = 916gm of 24 ct. So for each sovereign this proportionate reduction in weight will be there.

The winner is liable to pay taxes as per existing rules in force.

Scratch and Win Prizes
There will be Gold coin-1 gm (24ct) as instant prizes instead of Gift article, GKSF 5 will have redeemable coupons of value Rs.100 as Scratch N ‘Win Prizes. The winner can avail discount corresponding to the amount won or can purchase from the shops to the value of the redeemable coupon.