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Making your way from Jaipur to Bikaner? Include THESE 7 places on your itinerary for a visual feast

If you're a shutterbug, a foodie or a just person looking for a break from monotony, this city will surely serve you well.

From Bikaneri Bujia, Raj Kachori to Ghevar and Kesar Finni, Bikaner is famed for its sweets and savouries. But there's so much more to this city than its palate pleasers and we're gonna take you on a virtual of just that! So if you're in Jaipur and are planning on taking up a mini-vacay after the pandemic calms down, then consider Bikaner, lying about 334 km away from the Pink City. If you're a shutterbug, a foodie or a person looking for a break from monotony, this city will surely serve you well.


Take a halt at Junagarh Fort

The magnanimous structure around which the city of Bikaner grew up, Junagarh Fort had its foundations built in the year 1478, when it was called Chintamani. The present structure was built in the year 1589 and it was in the 20th-century, when it was renamed as the Junagarh Fort, also hailed as the Old Fort. This fort is the epitome of architectural expertise and it represents the different cultures of the various rulers it has seen. The palaces within the fort, gardens, balconies and kiosks, all speak of the glory of the days gone by!

Make sure to visit the Lalgarh Palace

Lalgarh Palace was built by Maharaja Ganga Singh of Bikaner, between the year 1902 to 1926 and was known to be his abode, after the Junagarh Fort. Rich with elaborate wings and giant corridors decorated with paintings, Lalgarh Palace speaks of the enormous wealth we Indians had, for centuries! Now, a part of this prestigious palace has been turned into a luxurious heritage hotel, which offers you a stay so regal, that it will echo in your mind throughout your life.

Don't skip out on the Rampuria Haveli 

Constructed in the 15th century by Balujee Chalva for a wealthy merchant family, the Rampuria Haveli oozes with exquisite designs and its patterns showcase the reason why it is considered to be an architectural masterpiece! The Dulmera red sandstone exterior coupled with aesthetically rich insides of this bewitching haveli, makes for a marvellous experience to indulge in.

Check out Gajner Palace

Another big name in the famed heritage hotels of the country, Gajner Palace is one of the most extraordinary locales, you will ever set your eyes on! Located 30 km from Bikaner, this gorgeous palace in the vicinity of the Gajner Wildlife Sanctuary, is of the most sought-after properties. Built in red sandstone in the proximity of Gajner Lake, this arresting site will make you want to stay back a little longer!

Take a tour of Gajner Wildlife Sanctuary

Once a hunting ground for the Maharaja of Bikaner, Gajner Wildlife Sanctuary houses a single lake where all the animals can be spotted, quenching their thirst. So if you're a photographer and are looking to frame some stellar visuals of fauna, then this is where you have to be. It is one of the most well-liked wildlife sanctuaries in the state and it is home to a variety of animals like deer, antelope, nilgai, chinkara, blackbuck and desert foxes, amid others.

Snap the beauteous Devi Kund Sagar

With each chhatri dedicated to each ruler of the Bikaji dynasty, Devi Kund Sagar is a crematorium that contains the graves of all the members of the royal family. It started with the founder of Bikaner, Rao Bikaji and is one of the most enchanting locales the city has to offer, in terms of its architecture and the serenity around! A mix of Rajput and Mughal style of architecture, made in red sandstone in the earlier years and then in white marble, you must pull up at Devi Kund Sagar at least once.

Spot vultures of different kinds at Jorbeed

One of the largest dumping yard for carcass in the country, you can spot vultures of different kinds at Jorbeed, that have vanished from the cities! Around 12 km from Bikaner, Jorbeed made its place on our list because it comes with sights that you will rarely find anywhere in the country. An umpteen variety of eagles and other birds can also be spotted here along with occasional spotting of the yellow-eyed pigeons. A haven for all you birders, Jorbeed is also full of desert foxes and chinkaras as well!

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Known as the biggest camel farm of Asia and for its intricately carved jharokhas, that can be spotted throughout the city, Bikaner is a sight for sore eyes and will make you want to travel back in time! While a trip from Jaipur to Bikaner is the ideal plan for you to pick up, do wait for the COVID-19 tallies to recede, before heading out.

Tom Junod once said, "You don't have to love cooking to cook, but you have to do more than love baking to bake. You have to bake out of love." And these home bakers of Kanpur are doing exactly the same! If you believe life is too short to say no to calories and cake, read on about these dynamic bakers who are baking deliciousness out of love.

A dessert lover would understand the importance of quality baked goods and if you are one of them, we have compiled a list of some of the best home entrepreneurs in Kanpur:

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Fighting against hunger, THESE 5 NGOs are a silver lining for the needy in Lucknow!

This World Food Day, get to know about these 5 NGOs fighting against hunger in Lucknow

There is an abundance of food-delivery apps in the market today that have managed to reduce the gap between your homes and restaurants. However, there is no such modern solution to bridge the long-prevailing gap between a one-time meal and the underprivileged. No matter how developed any city in India is today, the issue of hunger is a prominent one everywhere, and Lucknow is no exception.

But keeping intact our faith in humanity, are certain groups and individuals who're working round the clock to ensure that each day, the number of people going to sleep hungry, reduces significantly. This World Food Day, get to know about 5 NGOs working towards this cause and provide them with your support however you can. A little help goes a long way!

Akshaya Patra Foundation

The Akshaya Patra Foundation is a non-profit organisation spread across India that operates a school lunch programme (Mid-Day meal). Established in the year 2000, the aim of this organisation is to counter classroom hunger and aid in the education of children. Reportedly, it feeds more than 18 lakh children every day, across the country. With its presence in several cities including Lucknow, the Akshaya Patra Foundation also worked to distribute food among the migrant workers during the COVID crisis last year. Donate to this noble cause by clicking on the website link attached below.

Contact: 097924 48359

Website: The Akshaya Patra Foundation

The Robin Hood Army

The Robin Hood Army is a volunteer-based organisation that was established in 2014 by Neel Ghose and Arushi Batra. This establishment works to get surplus food from restaurants and the community, to serve less fortunate people. The idea behind the conception of this NGO is to create self-sustained chapters across the world, that will look after its local community. Like all the other chapters, Lucknow Chapter of this volunteer-based organisation conducts various drives across the city. If you wish to become a part of this group log on to their official website now!

Contact: Send a mail on info@robinhoodarmy.com

Website: The Robin Hood Army

Roti Bank

Roti Bank is a citizen led organisation who's primary aim is to provide food to the needy. To attain this goal, Roti Bank has a team spread across the country including a bunch in Lucknow that is purely dedicated to the cause. Roti bank collects left-over and excess food from homes and events and distributes it among the needy. One can donate in cash or kind or even volunteer to become a part of this thoughtful initiative. Click on the website link to know more about this organisation.

Contact: 7905881802

Website: Roti bank Lucknow

Vijay Sri Foundation

Vijay Sri Foundation is a non-government organization, that was launched in the year 2009 in Lucknow. The main objective of this organisation was the distribution of food to the needy poor in hospitals. Initially, home-cooked food packets were distributed among attendants of poor patients admitted in various wards of Lucknow's King George Medical College. Gradually, the operations grew to other hospitals in the city as well. Currently, around 900 patients are served food everyday, under its "Prasadam Sewa" campaign. To join their team or contribute monetarily, log on to their official website.

Contact: 099358 88887

Website: Prasadam Sewa

Feeding India

Found in the year 2014, Feeding India was formed to solve the complex challenges of food wastage, malnutrition and hunger in India. As a part of its Corporate Social Responsibility, Zomato acquired this organisation in 2019 to deal with these issues. With its presence in Lucknow, Feeding India by Zomato designs interventions to decrease hunger among the communities that are underserved. If you wish to donate or know more about this organisation check out their official website.

Contact: Write to them here

Website: Feeding India

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Even though these organisations are working hard to improve the situation, it is upon all of us to make sure that we don't waste food and do whatever we can to help and feed the poor. To fight and beat the global problem of hunger, a collective effort is a must!

Students below the age of 18 allowed to travel in Mumbai local trains

Reportedly, all services accessible for fully-vaccinated citizens are now allowed to those under 18 & to those who can't take the jab due to medical reasons.

Ushering in relief for students, the Government of Maharashtra has decided to let students under the age of 18 avail of various services in the state. As per the order issued on Thursday, students that are not eligible for vaccination will now be allowed to travel on the local trains. Apart from this, access to other facilities like entry into malls, multiplexes, temples (in certain districts), auditoriums, restaurants and wedding halls have also been granted to those who cannot take the COVID-19 vaccine yet.

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41 districts in Uttar Pradesh declared COVID free

Reportedly, none of the 75 districts of Uttar Pradesh have recorded daily COVID cases in double-digits, lately

UP seems to be on a path to recovery, with 41 districts reported as COVID-free. Reportedly, none of the 75 districts in the state have recorded daily COVID cases in double-digits lately, suggesting a downward trajectory of this viral disease in the state. Owing to proactive initiatives like the aggressive 'Trace, Test & Treat', the state's positivity rate has dropped down to 0% in the last week, as per the official data.

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Industries in UP to use Japanese Miyawaki method of afforestation to offset carbon emissions

Reportedly, strict action will be taken against those who fail to comply with this order.

In a bid to reduce the carbon footprint in the state and counterbalance the industrial carbon emissions, the government of Uttar Pradesh has directed all the industries present across the state, to adopt the Japanese Miyawaki afforestation technique. As per the order issued on Wednesday, strict action will be taken against those who fail to comply with the order including revoking of industry's license to operate.

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​Launch of the Mumbai flight from new Sindhudurg Airport paves way for rapid development!

Now, the beaches of Ganapatipule are just 85 minutes from Mumbai.

The launch of the Sindhudurg Airport and a flight service from Mumbai, is a milestone development that has brought the two cities closer to each other. Launched as the maiden service under the RCS-UDAN scheme, the flight will be operated by Alliance Air company, read reports. The 72-seater flight covers the 530-KM distance between the two cities in just 85 minutes.

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NITI Aayog hails Indore as the benchmark model for plastic waste management in India

NITI Aayog has issued a 'Sustainable Urban Plastic Waste Management' to amplify city-level garbage management.

Known as the cleanest city in India, Indore has now been hailed as the benchmark model for plastic waste management in the country by the NITI Aayog. As per reports, the city's innovative garbage management concept not only reduces plastic waste but also recycles it for construction projects, promoting the ideas of sustainable development among 2 million people. The module also favours the set up of economical ways to tackle waste management and to ensure an independent system to run its activities.

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