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Resorts are on the Rise at Raffles Hotels & Resorts

With many markets seeing a robust return to leisure travel following more than a year of disruptions and pent-up demand, Raffles Hotels & Resorts enters an exciting phase of growth which will see the revered brand add several new resort destinations to its worldwide portfolio of hotels, resorts and residences. A heritage luxury brand known for creating landmark properties in key destinations around the world, Raffles plans to double its footprint of resorts over the next three to five ye...
Tags: Travel, Middle East, Dubai, Accor, Rajasthan, Palm Jumeirah, Aravalli, Udaipur, Raffles, Palm Dubai, Raffles Hotels amp, Raffles Udaipur, Stephen Alden, Macau China Sentosa Singapore Manama Bahrain, Jaipur India Resort, Raffles Orient Express


Readings: Mars Geology, Human Diversity, India Rock Art

 A few interesting readings:1) NASA's Mars Perseverence Rover is hard at work. It has an amazing collection of geochemical instruments which are probing the surface with the aim of categorizing the mineralogy and chemistry of surface materials. The hope is to pinpoint regions which could have hosted microbial life.Signs of Life on Mars: NASA's Perseverance Rover Begins the Hunt 2) How are Andaman Islanders closer to Swedes than to Africans?Razib Khan explain in this informative essay on patterns...
Tags: Technology, India, Africa, Seo, Nasa, Genetics, Archaeology, Mars, Haryana, Smithsonian Magazine, Aravalli, Human Evolution, Human Migrations, Sedimentary Rocks, Geochemistry, Suvrat Kher


Fossil Dickinsonia Indicates Ediacaran Age For Upper Vindhyans

 It looks like one of the long running debates in Indian stratigraphy has been resolved. The Vindhyan Basin is one of several Proterozoic age basins in Peninsular India. The youngest rocks in this basin have been accepted to be of Neoproterozoic age i.e. less than 1 billion years old. But absolute dating of these rocks is tough. Criteria like youngest detrital zircon ages, which tell us the age of the youngest source rocks from which sediments were derived, were hinting at an age of about 850- 9...
Tags: Russia, India, Seo, Geology, Antarctica, Stratigraphy, LAN, Aravalli, Sedimentary Basins, Suvrat Kher, Vindhyan Basin, Peninsular India, Dickinsonia, Geology of India, Bhimbetka, Ediacaran


Haryana SIC orders State Government to conduct a survey of the 60 illegal farmhouses

Principal secretaries of key departments to conduct a survey of the Aravalli area. The post Haryana SIC orders State Government to conduct a survey of the 60 illegal farmhouses appeared first on NextBigWhat.
Tags: Business, News, State Government, Haryana, Aravalli, National News


Kumbalgarh Fort: Home to One of the Longest Walls in the World

It wasn’t until I read up about Kumbalgarh fort that I learnt it houses the longest wall in India and the third longest in the world. The fort wall of Kumbalgarh which can be described as Great Wall of India stretches over 36 km across the Aravalli range in Rajasthan. Kumbalgarh fort might not be as extravagant as Chittorgarh fort with impressive structures, but built in the 15th century by Rana Kumbha, it is one of the prominent forts in Mewar region.  Rising to a height of more than 3600 fee...
Tags: Travel, India, Jain, Unesco World Heritage, Aravalli, Udaipur, R Niranjan Das, Niranjan Das, Maharana Pratap, Rana Kumbha, Kumbalgarh, Kumbalgarh Fort, Rajasthan Kumbalgarh, Mewar, Kumbha Palace


Marble Temples of Ranakpur

By the River Maghai and nestled cosily amidst the Aravalli hills in Rajasthan are the magnificent Jain temples of Ranakpur. Made from marble in the 15th century by a Jain businessman, it apparently took almost 50 years to construct them. It is also considered to be one of the prominent temples in Jainism along with the ones at Dilwara and Palitana. The temples which are known for their extensive intricate carvings, designs and figurines are built in Maru Gurjara style of architecture. T...
Tags: Travel, Jain, Rajasthan, Aravalli, Udaipur, Jainism, R Niranjan Das, Niranjan Das, Ranakpur, Palitana, River Maghai, Dilwara, Adinatha


Ajmer: Dargah and Beyond

The namaz (prayer time) was over and the road which until that moment was filled with people offering prayers, eased up a little. I still had to rub shoulders and make my way through the crowded road that led to the shrine. I went past numerous shops and stalls selling myriad items such as flowers, caps, fabrics, snacks, sweets, tea etc. A waft of the fresh flowers and incense sticks from the shops took me further ahead to the entrance of Dargah Sharif in Ajmer. While I visited the Darga...
Tags: Travel, Delhi, Jain, Jaipur, Rajasthan, Ahmedabad, Urs, Ajmer, Aravalli, Mughal, Akbari, Shah Jahan, Jainism, Chauhan, R Niranjan Das, Niranjan Das


Money, drugs, sex, parties: The idle luxury of the ultra-rich of Delhi, high on hypocrisy, borrowed money and dubious deals

Delhi playboy Charlie leads a life of idle luxury full of money, drugs, sex and parties. A cocaine overdose kills his ditzy girlfriend, thrusting him into a maelstrom of conspiracy, murder, blackmail and promiscuity. As his world is upended Charlie finds himself at the mercy of an enigmatic woman, an unscrupulous swami, a society-obsessed policeman, a slippery drug pusher and a disloyal valet. The only person who can help him is his missing aunt. Holed up in the country palace that ...
Tags: Travel, London, India, Delhi, New Delhi, Westland, Valencia, Rita, Charlie, Ranbir Kapoor, Krishna, India Today, Indian Express, Aravalli, Arjun Kapoor, Tiger Shroff


Proterozoic Upper Vindhyan Succession: Fossils And Age

I came across a remarkable paper by S. Kumar published in the December 2016 issue of The Palaeontological Society of India. It is an overview of all the published reports of megafossils from the Proterozoic age Vindhyan Basin of Central India. The findings read like a special issue of Retraction Watch. I am not implying any fraud or scientific misconduct (neither does S. Kumar), and the papers in question have not been retracted either. Rather, he concludes, based on a rereading of earlier revie...
Tags: India, Seo, Geology, Fossils, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Ma, Kumar, Central India, Aravalli, Nainital, Mussoorie, Sedimentary Basins, Rewa, Azmi, Suvrat Kher


Mount Abu Geology

A reader asked me about the geology of Mount Abu and how it relates to the Aravalli fold mountains. Mount Abu is a popular tourist destination in the Sirohi district of Rajasthan. It forms a distinct elevated area ( ~ 5,500 feet ASL) and provides a much needed respite from the heat of the Rajasthan plains.Here is my short note.Mount Abu is a batholith. That means it is a big body of granite, made up of magma which cooled deep in the subsurface, and which has been exhumed by erosion.The satellite...
Tags: Seo, Delhi, Rajasthan, ASL, Aravalli, Proterozoic, Suvrat Kher, Pandit, Mount Abu, Meert, Geology of India, Malani, Marwar, Joseph Meert, Ambaji, Mount Abu Geology


How Old Are The Aravalli Mountains Of Rajasthan?

By the age of a mountain range I mean the time since the formation of significant topography. I don't mean the age of rocks making up the mountains. There are plenty of instances where terrains made up of rocks of a particular age have been rejuvenated and uplifted by earth movements later in time. The most spectacular example in India are the Himalaya. The oldest rocks in the Himalaya are dated to about 1.8 billion years. These, along with rocks ranging in age from more than a billion years to ...
Tags: India, Seo, South Africa, Geology, Swaziland, Delhi, Rajasthan, Karnataka, Himalaya, Hill, Archean, Aravalli, Udaipur, TTG, Proterozoic, Sedimentary Basins


Remotely India: Folding At Margins Of The Vindhyan Sedimentary Basin

Remotely India # 9This is a geology rich image! Source: Rajasthan Tourism It shows Gagron Fort in the Jhalawar district of Rajasthan. I came across it while watching a history show on EPIC channel. Looking at the steeply dipping strata I identified them as the metamorphosed and deformed Aravalli Group sediments of early Proterozoic age.I then checked a geological map and realized I had gotten the stratigraphy completely wrong. These steeply dipping rocks belong to the mid-late Proterozoic Vindh...
Tags: India, Seo, Geology, ISRO, Rajasthan, Bundi, Aravalli, Proterozoic, Rewa, Suvrat Kher, Vindhyan Basin, Jhalawar, Purana, Bhuvan, Folds, Remotely India


Indian researchers produce biodiesel from waste carbon using local bacteria

In India, researchers from New Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University have discovered that by bringing together species of bacteria from Aravalli marble mines near Alwar and from brackish waters in the high-altitude Pangong Lake in Ladakh on the border with China can create biodiesel. The bacteria from the marble mines can sequester atmospheric carbon dioxide into organic compounds, including lipids that the lake bacteria can convert into biodiesel. Lipids make up 60% of the microbe’s body weight....
Tags: China, India, Research, Carbon, New Delhi, Biodiesel, Ladakh, Aravalli, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Alwar, Pangong Lake


Photomicrograph: Super Mature Quartz Arenites From Proterozoic Cuddapah Basin

One of the vivid memories of my Master thesis fieldwork in South India were a series of brightly reflecting hills. In the afternoons, the bare slopes of the hills were a blinding white and you had to wear dark sun glasses to minimize the glare.These hills were made up of the Paniam Quartzite. This sedimentary sequence is part of the Neoproterozoic Kurnool Group which represents one megacycle of deposition in the long lasting Paleoproterozoic to Neoproterozoic Cuddapah Basin.  In sedimentary petr...
Tags: Russia, Seo, Geology, Rajasthan, Archean, South India, Andhra Pradesh, Central India, Aravalli, Basu, Proterozoic, Sedimentary Basins, Sedimentary Rocks, Suvrat Kher, Vindhyan Basin, Baltic Shield


Which Are Older? Lakshadweep Islands Or Andaman Nicobar Islands?

A friend asked me this question:Which formed first, Andamans or Lakshadweep?My answer was-Lakshadweep islands as a system of living coral atolls etc is a Holocene system (past 12 thousand  years). These coral communities rest on earlier Pleistocene reefs. So the history of reefs and atolls is probably a Quaternary phenomenon going back several hundred thousand years when ice age driven sea level fluctuations resulted in shallow seas and vertical coral growth. Below these Pleistocene and Holocene...
Tags: India, Africa, Seo, Geology, Coral Reefs, Subduction, Holocene, Central India, Aravalli, Sea-levels, Plate Tectonics, Andaman Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Suvrat Kher, Lakshadweep Islands, Glyn Roberts


Train ride through the Aravali Hills

Today we are scheduled to take the scenic ride on the narrow gauge local train down through the Aravalli hills to the little town of Phuulud. We wake early and go to breakfast to find that most of the Germans have already finished. We reckon they have spen
Tags: Aravalli, Aravali Hills


8 Wellness Resorts to Start Your New Year Off Right

By Alia Akkam for Architectural Digest. Courtesy of Hacienda AltaGracia As 2016 unfurls, hopeful vows to lead healthier, more balanced lives will be made in spades. But before you fully embrace a daily regimen of kale smoothies and Pilates workshops, why not jump-start your routine with some inspiring travel plans? Instead of using your holiday gift money to book tickets for an animated urban sojourn filled with museum queues and wee-hours bars, consider a more subdued wellness-minded retreat. ...
Tags: Indonesia, Singapore, San Francisco, Jennifer Aniston, New Zealand, Myanmar, Tom Brady, Itc, New Delhi, Costa Rica, Huffington Post, Caribbean, Queenstown, Yangon, Inle Lake, Anguilla


How Should We Travel?

In the second of a series of articles looking at the ethics of travel, David Jobanputra argues that we need not worry about rights and wrongs so long as we are properly ‘immersed’. He goes on to suggest how we might engage in immersive travel experiences and why they can benefit both the traveller and their host.  In last week’s piece, we began looking at the normative ethics of travel, or what I otherwise called ‘should questions’. ‘Should questions’ come in many shapes and sizes, from the tri...
Tags: London, Tibet, Scotland, Africa, David, Beijing, Rajasthan India, Europe Asia, Aravalli, David Jobanputra, David Jobanputra David Jobanputra, Social Anthropology at University College, Java David


Travel as Development

Tourism can be presented as a force for good, but is it really helping to develop its host nations? Is the idea of development itself flawed? David Jobanputra looks at the history of aid to help understand the role modern travellers are playing in the world around them.           In last week’s piece I looked at the idea that travel ‘damages’ cultures, and showed how, perhaps counter-intuitively, this is in fact a meaningless assertion; culture is not some ancient and fragile ornament in da...
Tags: Europe, London, Tibet, Scotland, Africa, David, Beijing, States, Rajasthan India, Europe Asia, Aravalli, David Jobanputra, David Jobanputra David Jobanputra, Social Anthropology at University College, Java David


Travel as Cultural Perversion

"Real" or "authentic" must be among some of the most over-used terms in travel marketing and travel writing. Below tourism expert David Jobanputra takes a fascinating look at the the myth that cultures have an underlying "true" core which should be protected from change. Does tourism damage culture? In last week’s piece, I looked at the idea that international travel is a neo-colonial venture founded on domination and dependence. This expansionist regime, it was argued, restructures economies, t...
Tags: London, Tibet, Scotland, Africa, Americas, David, Beijing, West, Britain, Belgium, Starbucks, Laos, Bangkok, Majorca, East, Rajasthan India


Travel as Imperialism

This week's travel essay is a controversial one, painting travellers as modern-day imperialists. Below tourism expert David Jobanputra explores the relationship between tourists and their host nations. Are tourists just "capitalist parasites"? Now there is subject ripe for discussion. Please do leave your thoughts. If you enjoyed this article, you can subscribe to the rest of the series via our RSS feed. "I do not want my house to be walled in on all sides and my windows to be stuffed. I want th...
Tags: London, Tibet, Scotland, Africa, US, David, Beijing, Hyderabad, Marrakesh, Rajasthan India, Europe Asia, Mohandas K Gandhi, Aravalli, David Jobanputra, David Jobanputra David Jobanputra, Social Anthropology at University College


Travel: the ultimate must-have possession?

In the third of a series of articles exploring why we travel, David Jobanputra asks if our travels are anything more than an act of consumption through which we can define ourselves as we wish. Sophisticated, trendy, caring; we choose a personal brand identity to which we aspire and the travel industry supplies us with the right product to match. If you enjoyed this article, you can subscribe to the rest of the series via our RSS feed.    The Apple iPad, Reebok Classics, Sainsbury’s Taste the...
Tags: New York, London, Tibet, Scotland, India, Africa, David, Beijing, West, Stephen Fry, Caribbean, Rajasthan India, Europe Asia, Aravalli, David Jobanputra, David Jobanputra David Jobanputra


Travel as Epic Adventure

In the second of a series of articles exploring why we travel, David Jobanputra looks at the idea of travel as an adventure and asks what it is that drives us to seek the unknown and the unexpected. He discusses the different possible motives that might lurk behind our desire to experience adventures, and how our travel lust may be as much about looking after our personal brand as it is about satisfying a curiosity in the world around us. If you enjoyed this article, you can subscribe to the res...
Tags: London, Tibet, Scotland, Africa, David, Beijing, Malta, Gene Hackman, Henry Miller, Rajasthan India, Europe Asia, Arabia, Aravalli, David Jobanputra, David Jobanputra David Jobanputra, Social Anthropology at University College


Travel as Religious Experience

In the first of a series of articles exploring why we travel, David Jobanputra looks at the rituals that are associated with modern long-term travel and asks whether they are in some way a parallel to the religious and spiritual rituals that people have followed for countless generations. A thought-provoking article that should conjure familiar images to anyone who has experienced the backpacker trail.  If you enjoyed this article, you can  subscribe to the rest of the series via our RSS feed . ...
Tags: UK, London, Tibet, Scotland, Africa, Earth, David, Beijing, West, New Zealand, Rajasthan India, Europe Asia, Dumas, Aravalli, David Jobanputra, David Jobanputra David Jobanputra


Introducing Andy Jarosz as Guest Editor and our Travel Essay Series

November marks the start of a new project on the Tourdust blog, we’ve invited Andy Jarosz from the acclaimed 501 Places blog to take the reins as guest editor of the blog and the @tourdust twitter account. During Andy’s reign as guest editor we will be publishing a series of thought provoking articles questioning why we travel, how it effects the places we visit and ultimately how we can improve the impact we have on local communities. We’ll be asking if travel is a rite of passage, a mytholog...
Tags: Travel, London, Tibet, Scotland, India, Africa, David, Beijing, Antarctica, Eastern Europe, Andy, Soviet Union, Rajasthan India, Europe Asia, Aravalli, David Jobanputra