Rajasthan Government

About Government of Rajasthan

The State of Rajasthan is one of the most desired destinations of tourists in India for both domestic & International traffic. Rajasthan, which is a premier tourist destination attracts tourist for its historical forts, palaces, art and culture.
Tourism occupies a prominent place in the Rajasthan's agenda as a crucial industry for socio-economic development of the state, by providing education & employment. Seeing the significance of tourism in the economic development, the Government has framed various policy measures for establishing tourism as a Industry.
The Rajasthan Government has been making numerous efforts for the maximum benefit of tourism sector. The Department of Tourism is working as a separate entity for the execution of national and state level policies and programmes and also as a coordinating agency for the Central - State Government Department/Offices and Private sectors activities for promotion of tourism in the state.

Chief Minister of Rajasthan

Vasundhra Raje
Smt. Vasundhara Raje, the present Chief Minister of Rajasthan State, was born on March 8, 1953 in Mumbai. She is the fourth child of the incumbent Ruler of Gwalior Jivaji Rao Scindia and his wife Rajmata Vijaya Raje. She completed her school education from Presentation Convent, Kodaikanal. Thereafter, she graduated in Economic and Political Science (Hons.) from Sophia College, Mumbai University, Mumbai.
Smt. Vasundhara Raje was conferred the Third U.N. Women Together Award in New York.
Smt Raje came in touch with Rajasthan with her marriage to the incumbent ruler of Dholpur, Maharaja Hemant Singh on November 17, 1972. Since then her relationship with Rajasthan has become stronger...more on Vasundhara Raje

Past Chief Minister of Rajasthan(2008 - 2013)

Shri Ashok Gehlot is the past Chief Minister of Rajasthan State. He was born on 3rd May 1951 at Late Lachman Singh Gehlot's house in Jodhpur, Shri Ashok Gehlot has been active in politics right from student life. A Science and Law Graduate, Shri Gehlot holds Post Graduate Degree in Economics subject.
Shri Gehlot was elected to the Lok Sabha from Jodhpur for the first time in 1980. He also represented Jodhpur constituency in the 7th, 8th, 10th and 11th Lok Sabha.
Shri Gehlot has also a keen interest in social service. He worked in Bangladesh refugee's camp during liberation war of Bangladesh in 1971 and also contributed in the extension of adult education through Nehru Yuva Kendra.
He worked for Slum and Jhuggi area development and participated in Camps organised by Gandhi Peace Foundation at Seva Gram Aurangabad, Indore etc. Shri Gehlot has also been actively associated Kumar Sahitiya Parishad and Rajiv Gandhi Memorial Book Bank, Jodhpur.

Governer of Rajasthan

Smt. Margaret Alva
Smt. Margaret Alva is a Governer of Rajasthan. She was governor of Uttarakhand from 2009-12 and has been a member of Rajya Sabha since 1974.

Promotion of tourism in Rajasthan

For tourism promotion and Publicity and aggressive marketing, following efforts are being made at the department level:
1. Printing of Tourism Publicity Literature
2. Advertising
3. International Conferences
4. Film, Photos, VHS, CD's etc.
5. Exhibitions
6. Seminar & Conferences
7. Hospitality
8. Library
9. Souvenirs.
Apart from above Department participates in the various international and national exhibitions, seminars and conferences. In the previous year, department has conducted Rajasthan Road Shows in the southern region of country in Coimbatore, Chennai and Kolkata, which have been most successful.
Department has represented Rajasthan in overseas this year at WTM, London, TAAI, Malaysia and PATA, Singapore.

Current Initiatives Projects

1. Adventure Sports Tourism: It is the important dimension of Tourism Sector. Recently department has organised adventure sports activities at Jaipur and Kota. For identification of adventure sports tourism sited in the State, Project Report is being prepared.
2. Fairs Festivals and Cultural Programmes: The Fairs and festivals of Rajasthan are the example of State's lively cultural heritage. Through the organization of these fairs and festivals and cultural programmes, attracting tourist makes tourism promotion.
They have a great appeal for tourists. Department by organizing the world known annually fairs and festival, tends to promote the prosperous cultural heritage of State.
3. Golf Tourism: Today Golf Tourism has been pivot in the field of Tourism. It makes tourist to stay form more at a place. The expertise is being hired for preparation of Project Report for making international standard Golf Complex in Rajasthan.
4. Jal Mahal Project: Tenders have been received from the private entrepreneurs for investment in the development of Jal Mahal, Jaipur. The highest bidder would provide annually Rs. 2.52 crore and Rs. 125 crores will be invested on this project in the upcoming yrs.
5. Rope-way: For establishing Ropeway at Mt. Abu and Udaipur Project report was got prepared and tenders were invited.
6. Tizara Fort: The Project Report for the renovation, reconstruction and commercial use of Tizara Fort has been prepared. Tender quotations have also been received. Its disposal is under consideration.
7. For the wide publicity of Rajasthan Tourism, new brand "Rajasthan simply colourful" has been adopted and which has gain well appreciation.

Safety and Security

Rajasthan is a peaceful state and its people are friendly and well meaning. This piece of an advice is meant to caution but you should not be paranoid otherwise you miss knowing about the very vibrant people and culture of Rajasthan. Like anywhere else, reasonable caution is your best weapon against theft or worse. Rajasthan is very safe and there are no civil disturbances.

Tourist Assistance Force

Tourist Assistance Force Though TAF (Tourist Police) was started in State from 01-08-2000, for the safety, security and assistance to the tourist, department made efforts to resolve the problems experienced by tourist and to protect them from anti-social element, so that they had hassle free stay in the State. Presently the force has been deployed at Jaipur, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Pushkar (Ajmer) and Mt. Abu. In the cfy, a budget provision of Rs. 35.00 lacs has been sanctioned and till Oct' 2003, Rs. 15.74 lacs have been spent on the same.

Local Police

Local police is helpful and a police station or an out post is always near you. A police station is called a 'Thana' and an out post is called a 'chowki'. Lookout for the sign below which is prominently displayed on police stations. Even patrolling Police Jeeps or Gypsies can be hailed in case of trouble. In all towns for contacting the nearest police post or dial 100.

Tourism Policy

The State new Tourism Policy was released on 27-9-2001. The mission statement of the Tourism Policy is to evolve a pragmatic policy designed to ensure optimum utilization of rich tourism resources of the state to generate employment specially in rural areas, to develop a ready market for the rich and varied handicrafts, to preserve varied bio-diversity, natural historical, cultural and cultural heritage of the state by scientific methods and to accelerate contribution of tourism industry in socio economic development of the state by making tourism a truly People's Industry in Rajasthan.
Tourism was declared as an industry in 1989 and with the issue of notification dated 7-11-2002, the condition of issuing separate notification granting benefits to Tourism Industry has been deleted and now benefits to Tourism, would be available at par with the Industry.

Tourist offices in Rajasthan

Ajmer Tourist Reception Center, RTDC Hotel Khadim 0145-2627426
Alwar Tourist Reception Center, Opposite Railway Station 0144-221868
Banswara Tourist Office, Near Bus Stand 02962-241081
Bharatpur Tourist Reception Center, RTDC Hotel Saras, Agra Road 05644-222542
Bikaner Tourist Reception Center, Hotel Dhola Maru 0151-2544125
Bundi Tourist Office, Circuit House Campus 0747-222697
Chittorgarh Tourist Reception Center, Janta Avas Grih, Near Railway Station 01472-241089
Jaipur Tourist Reception Center, Tourist Hotel (Govt. Hostel), MI Road 0141-2365256/2370180
Jaisalmer Tourist Reception Center, Station Road 02992-252406
Jodhpur Regional Tourist Office, RTDC Hotel Ghoomar Campus, Jodhpur 0291-2545083
Kota Tourist Reception Center, RTDC Hotel, Chambal 0744-2327695
Mount Abu Tourist Reception Center, Opposite Bus Stand, Mount Abu/td> 02974-243151
Udaipur Tourist Reception Center, Fateh Memorial, Surajpol, Udaipur 0294-2411535/2411364