Jaisalmer , City and Fort , Rajasthan

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Jaisalmer Fort

Jaisalmer Fort

 

 

Jaisalmer a World Heritage City founded atop the Trikuta Hill in 1156 AD by Maha Rawal Jaisal Singh a Bhati Rajput , Sixth in his ruling generation, the earlier city was Loduvra , still has a Jain temple remembering its past .

A yellow stone which is available in abundant around  is used in the architecture of this city . It has given the identity of being named as Sonar Qila   or The Golden City of India .

World famous Balcony in stone at Patwa Haveli, Jaisalmer Fort

This city had a strategic location on route for trading caravans en route Persia , Middle East , Egypt ,Africa , Sindh ,  North and Central of India carrying Silk and Spices .

The Bhati Rajputs are Chandravanshi claims to be decedents of Lord Krishna , In 1293 AD the Turk emperor Ala Ud Din Khilji invaded India and captured the Fort , the Bhati Royal families migrated for safety to various places like Jaisal , Larkana , Talwandi . It was after 1627 AD when Mughal Emperor Shajahan took over , the Rawal Sahal Singh  acknowledge  his patronage and then in 1818 AD the King Mulraj accepted the political alliance with the British . After the 1947 AD the creation of independent India and Pakistan the trade route was shifted to Mumbai port and city lost its importance as a trade route.

Main entrace Toran gate Jain temple , Fort Jaisalmer

In Jaisalmer water is scarce as it is part of Thar Desert  it is almost entirely a sandy waste . There are no perennial streams, and only one small river Kakni  which flows for about 48 km and then vanishes into Rann Kutch . Amar Sagar was the water reservoir used as a main source of water which got dried up due to increase in demand for agriculture .

House , living Museum , Fort Jaisalmer

In 1367 AD Rawal Gadsi Singh excavated a lake now known as Gadsisar Lake  a water conservation tank to fulfill the water requirements of this dry city, till 1970 AD before the Rajasthan Canal came in , it was the main source of water for Jaisalmer 

Gadsisar Lake , Jaisalmer , Rajasthan

This city remained strategically important due to skirmishes between India and Pakistan , roads , rail head and the Rajasthan Canal served to revive the surrounding desert areas.

Kanoi Village , Desert Spring Camp at Sand Dunes

Tourism is a major industry in Jaisalmer , famous for its Sand Dunes , Desert wild life , Camping , Camel and Jeep  Safaris  around Jaisalmer attracts tourists from all over the world.

Sunset at Kanoi , Sand Dunes, Desert Spring camp

Tourists from all over the world come and stay at Desert Spring Camp to have an  experience of Sunset and Sunrise in the Thar Desert .

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Hyped medical tourism lacks substance

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Updated: Mon, 06 Feb 2012 12:50:26 GMT | By Maneesh Pandey, Mail Today

Hyped medical tourism lacks substance

The absence of niche health products for medical tourists from targeted regions coupled with a lopsided pricing strategy almost makes it a flop show.
The hype over medical tourism in the country is not backed by substance.

In fact, the tourism ministry’s annual report points to gaps and glitches posing as roadblocks in making the sector a money-spinner for the travel industry.

For instance, the absence of niche health products for medical tourists from targeted regions coupled with a lopsided pricing strategy have made the “much hyped medical tourism a near flop show”, ministry officials said.

African and West Asian countries are potential clients. They could contribute 80 per cent of the total targeted medical tourists in the country. But they were not tapped to its full potential.

“The handicap begins at the first stage. The prospective medical tourists from Africa and West Asia are mostly non-English-speaking people. The nonmedical staff employed to target these groups are not able to communicate properly. Using interpreters is neither comfortable nor efficient. The tourists have complained about the competence of the medical and paramedical staff, which includes documentation, and most have been disappointed with the available boarding facilities,” the ministry’s annual report says.

 These tourists can change India’s prospects because most of them were not covered by the social security and health insurance that people in the US and the UK enjoy.

Major markets include Oman and UAE in West Asia and Nigeria, Tanzania, Mauritius, Kenya and Gambia in Africa.

Tourism minister Subodh Kant Sahai has been pressing for medical tourism to boost foreign arrivals.

Most tourists “are concerned on settlement of bills and lack of clear instructions and post procedure monitoring,” a ministry official said. The price consciousness is such that a lot of South Asians register in India as “domestic patients” because they come on tourist, not medical visas. The ministry suggests that the government must reassess the medical visa policy. A medical visa allows three entries per year and there should be a gap of two months in between two entries. A medical tourist, who travels for consultation with doctors, has to wait two months for treatment. “India is losing a big chunk of potential medical tourists to Thailand due to the cumbersome visa regulations,” the report says.

Source: www.indiatoday.in