Lakshyaraj Singh Mewar of Udaipur earns 3rd Guinness World Record

Lakshyaraj Singh Mewar of Udaipur, on his birthday on 28th January, commenced a unique ‘Go Green’ initiative called ‘Vriksh Hi Jeevan Abhiyaan’ which has earned him the third Guinness World Record in just under 10 months.

Lakshyaraj is the youngest member of the former Royal Family of Mewar and a Trustee of the Maharana of Mewar Charitable Foundation, Udaipur.

During the ‘Go Green’ campaign, thousands of school students, Indian Army personnel and citizens from all walks of life participated and planted 4035 saplings varies from Amaltaj; Srahdana; Gulmohar; Kesiya Shayma in less than 60 seconds.

World Record in Udaipur

The previous world record for most saplings planted in 60 seconds stood at 2000 but today’s unique initiative in Udaipur by Lakshyaraj has broken the previous record.

‘Go Green’ highlighted Lakshyaraj Singh’s idea for a cleaner and greener tomorrow with more saplings being planted by the citizens themselves.

Speaking on the occasion he said, “The focus has always been to give back to society. And caring for Mother Earth should be a priority for each one of us so that we are able to provide a better tomorrow for the generations to come given the current challenges of global warming, ecological imbalance and various natural calamities which have resulted due to man-made misadventures.”

This is his third Guinness World Record; the first being ‘Vastradaan’ which witnessed the collection of 3,29,250 clothes for donation to the needy. It was followed by the second Guinness World Record to Inspire Education wherein 20 tonnes of stationery items for students were collected within 24 hours.

Lakshyaraj Singh has created awareness on several social issues related to the rural and urban populace in the region. He has conducted campaigns for numerous social causes to create awareness in the field of education, health, environment etc., in order to improve the standard of living and quality of life of the local people. He has also worked on various social projects in association with NGOs like the Sauhardya Charitable Trust.

Lakshyaraj Singh Mewar is the driving force behind the growth story of Udaipur. He is the scion of the oldest dynasty in the world. His unconditional contribution towards the hospitality and tourism industry and society at large is widely recognized.  He lives by the values of creating equal and fair opportunities for growth and sustainability. Mentoring the young mind is at the core of his beliefs.

At HRH Group of Hotels, as the Executive Director, he has been leading innovations and disruptions in the hospitality industry.

He has worked with stakeholders of the travel and hospitality industry to ensure that Udaipur remains one of the world’s most desirable destination. His unique management style and hands-on approach makes him a very approachable leader and the media has hailed him as the ‘People’s Prince’.

26 Interesting Facts About 26 January: Indian Republic Day

Every Indian heart gets filled with tremendous pride as the Tiranga unfurls on the national festivals like 15th August and 26th January every year.

However, a lot many of us are not well-versed with the reason behind celebrating these festivals especially the Republic Day that is celebrated on January each year.


So, here we have listed some insightful facts about the Indian Republic Day.

  1. 26 January 1930 was earlier celebrated as Indian Independence Day because on this day India decided to fight for freedom.
  2. The then Indian leaders wanted to make the date 26 January a historic one, so they decided to launch the Constitution of India on this date.
  3. Dr B. R. Ambedkar took 2 years and 11 months to draft the Constitution of India.
  4. The Constitution was adopted by the Constituent Assembly of India on 26 November 1949.
  5. However, it came into effect on 26th January 1950.
  6. The first Republic Day of India was celebrated on 26th January 1950, almost after 2 years of Indian Independence Day.
  7. Indian Constitution is the longest constitution in the world with a total of 448 articles.
  8. Indian Constitution is written in both English and Hindi.
  9.  Republic Day Celebration is a 3-day long event in New Delhi.
  10. The celebration starts on 26th January with Republic Day Parade and ends on 29th January with Beating Retreat Ceremony.
  11. During the Parade of Republic Day, a Christian hymn “Abide with me” is played because this was Mahatma Gandhi’s favourite hymn.
  12. From 1950 to 1954, Republic Day was celebrated at Irwin Stadium now called National Stadium, Red Fort, Ramlila Grounds and Kingsway.
  13. The first Republic Day Celebration at Rajpath was held in 1955.
  14. The Indian Constitution has never been printed ever.
  15. The original copy of the Indian Constitution is preserved in helium-filled caskets at the Library of Parliament House.
  16. The first President of India, Dr Rajendra Prasad was sworn on 26th January 1950.
  17. The Indian Constitution is inspired by the best aspects of the constitutions of other countries.
  18. The concept of Liberty, Equality and Fraternity has come from the French Constitution.
  19. The 5-year plan came from the Constitution of USSR.
  20. Before 26th January 1950, India followed the Government of India Act 1935, made by the British Government.
  21. The National Awards like Bharat Ratna, Padma Bhushan and Kriti Chakra are awarded on the Republic Day.
  22. The Indian Airforce came into existence as an independent body on the Republic Day.
  23. The Republic Day Parade starts from Rajpath and ends at Red Fort in Delhi.
  24. A 21-gun salute is given to the National Flag and the President of India during the Republic Day Flag Hoisting Ceremony.
  25. Republic Day 2020 is the first time when a woman army officer, Tania Shergill will lead the Army Day Parade.
  26. Hindi was declared as the National Language of India on 26th January 1965.

Republic Day in India is an important event of Indian history. Let’s take a moment to salute the Constitution of India that stands second to none.

Happy 71st Republic Day to All!!!

India rocks at 1st Indian Racketlon Challenger in Udaipur

Indian players rocked the four racket sports at the First Indian Racketlon Challenger Tournament by securing five out of seven titles in the events.

Abhinav Kashyap scripted a big win by beating top seed Duncan Stahl in the high-quality neck to neck match on the first day of CHA Indian Open Racketlon International Tournament.

Racketlon India

The three-day-long event was held at Field Club Udaipur from 10 January to 12 January 2020.

The result of the tournament was as below:

  1. Men A Elite: Akshinthala, Abhinava Kashyap
  2. Men A Elite Doubles: Akshinthala, Abhinava Kashyap + Siddharth Nandala
  3. Men B Advance: Frank Kleiber (Germany)
  4. Mix A Elite Doubles: Shusmita Panigrahi + Siddharth Nandal
  5. Women A Elite: Pooja Shah
  6. Seniors 40+: Ashutosh Avinash Pednekar
  7. Senior 40+ Doubles: Monesh Mashruwala + Ashutosh Avinash Pednekar

In racketlon, one has to play all four racket sports sequentially as TT, Badminton, Squash and Lawn Tennis.

This was the first the country has hosted an International Racketlon Tournament and it has proved out to be a great success. The event was organised by Rajasthan Racketlon under the aegis of Racketlon India Sports Association.

Racketlon Udaipur

The above information was furnished by Rajasthan Racketlon President Manish Murdia, Vice President Deepak Bhansali and Secretary Vikramaditya Chaufla.

Udaipur’s film gets nominated at Asia’s Top Film Festival- JIFF

A feature-length documentary film, ‘The 14th February & Beyond‘ directed by Udaipur-based filmmaker Utpal Kalal has been nominated for the 12th Jaipur International Film Festival, one of Asia’s top and world’s reputed film festival.

This is the first time that a director from Udaipur has made it to Jaipur International Film Festival. Utpal Kalal is a filmmaker based out of Udaipur, who has directed several music videos, short documentaries and commercials. ‘The 14th February & Beyond‘ is Utpal’s first feature-length documentary film.

A doctor by profession who went on to pursue his passion for cinema, Utpal Kalal got the inspiration to do this film from his curiosity to understand the hype and negative situation arising on 14th February, popularly known as Valentine’s day. As an adolescent, he never had any pleasant thought about this day in his tender mind.

Utpal’s film talks about the same thought about this day. It brings in front, the bizarre shades of this global lovefest and its negative effects on the society. ‘The 14th February & Beyond’ is trying to explore the ground facts regarding Valentine’s Day while sharing some experts’ views around the topic into the form of a documentary film.

Utpal has made this film with the hope that it ignites a conversation about this issue that has been overlooked so far.

Travel Pants to Satisfy the Urban Urge of Minimalism

Over the years, fashion for women has taken a radical turn. Women’s clothing has become more inclusive, and the world is now opening to comfortable clothing. This change has not only been welcomed by the fashion community but the women who are avid travellers. While travelling, women choose comfortable, loose jumpers over skinny jeans, flip-flops over designer boots and baggy blouses over off-shoulder tops.

It’s not only the shoes and tops that matter, but also women travel pants play a significant role when on the road. Women’s travel pants have become minimal yet stylish. You don’t have to worry about getting that picture-perfect shot because with these women travel pants, you’ll be Insta famous in no time. 

Dreamy in Blue

Boat Culottes - Denim Blue
Boat Culottes – Denim Blue

The best part about these women’s travel pants is that it easily transforms into office wear as well. The fabric and the silhouette give you plenty of legroom to have your endless adventures without interruptions.  These travel pants feature a comfortable waistband, with subtle draping details and an uneven hemline to give them a classic finish.

Striped Right

Hiatus Stripe Pants
Hiatus Stripe Pants

Taking inspiration from the women of today, this travel pant design brings together the two essentials of the modern world – style and comfort. These relaxed pants feature a laid-back taper towards the hem, and the stripes come together to give that ultimate boho-chic vibe. Pair these pants up with a classy white blouse, and you’re good to go on your next solo adventure.

Travel in Style

Cargo Pants – Black
Cargo Pants – Black

The key to uncovering the secrets of a distant land and its by-lanes is clothing that doesn’t limit you but lets you be. These knit cargo pants are a must-have if you like to say, exploring the local markets on foot or going on a hike. The design of these cargo pants comprises two pockets at the back and one in the front – allowing you to keep all your essentials secure while your hands are free to click pictures of that flowy sunset.


The Fisherman Pants – Charcoal
The Fisherman Pants – Charcoal

Taking inspiration from the relaxed nuances of beach life and that bluish-grey horizon, these travel pants fully imbibe the effortlessness of the waves as they crash into the pebbly shores. The charcoal colour is symbolic of the vastness of the evening sky and allows you to express yourself with grace and panache. Team this number with a racerback tank top and comfortable sneakers to rock that effortlessly cool 21-st century girl vibe. These pants are a go-to for those early morning yoga sessions, brunches, or even those late-night city escapades. 

Women today are not hindered by what others think. Instead, these fierce-yet elegant ladies believe in making a style statement of their own. Whether it is about carrying themselves up with grace or about pushing the envelope of stereotypical norms, women today are bold, adventurous, ambitious and passionate about following their dreams. Clothing options such as women’s travel pants and tops from leading lifestyle brands such as Nicobar embrace these changing times with chic-yet minimal designs. Especially these comfortable women travel pants help the leading ladies of today to express themselves and explore the vast possibilities with ease.

Cultural Festival Season begins in Lake City

The last month of the year is promising some amazing cultural fun to the people of lake city. The most awaited events of the city – Shilpgram Mahotsav and Flower Show will begin from 21st December and 25th December respectively. Along with this, the hill station of Rajasthan, Mount Abu will witness the fervour of Sharad Mahotsav from 29th to 31st December 2019.

Mewar recently hosted the amazing Kumbhalgarh Festival where artists and craftsmen from around the country exhibited their best of talent. The fever of this fiesta has not yet even subsided and people have already started looking forward to the upcoming Shilpgram Mahotsav and the most enquired, Flower Show of Udaipur.

Shilpgram Mahotsav – The Art and Craft Fair

Shilpgram Mahotsav is a cultural art and craft fair organized by West Zone Cultural Centre at the craft village of Udaipur, Shilpgram. The 10-day long event is an amalgamation of different cultures from across the country. The event is organised at the end of every year and is witnessed by thousands of people from all over the country.

Shilpgram Utsav

Flower Show

Flower Show is a unique flower exhibition held at Fateh Sagar Pal. The entire Pal is decorated with beautiful and unique varieties of flowers spreading a soothing fragrance all around the place.

Flower Show Udaipur

Along with these, there are many carnivals and events which will be happening around the city on Christmas and New Year.

The line-up of these amazing cultural extravaganza is making Udaipur, the most favoured choice for winter tourism. All these festivals promise an exclusive experience to the tourists and also to the people of the city, making Udaipur the best destination to travel in December.

Finally! Jaisamand overflowing after 3 years.

The beauty of the lake city is finally overflowing in the form of Jaisamand. After the torrential rain shower which was witnessed in some parts of the city on Thursday evening, the second-largest manmade lake, Jaisamand, outpassed its capacity of 27.6 feet and started overflowing.

Although many parts of the city were deprived of Thursday rains, there was an inflow of water in almost all the lakes of the city after the heavy showers experienced on Monday night. This has brought the water level of all the lakes to its highest capacity.

It has been weeks since people have been waiting to see Jaisamand Lake overflowing. This incident has happened after 3 years as earlier the lake was seen in this form in 2016.

Water-level of other lakes of the city:

(Source: Patrika News)

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Special Weekly Train from Udaipur to Bikaner.

Udaipur will now have direct train connectivity to Bikaner for the upcoming festive season. This new train will start on 2nd October and will be operational until 25th December 2019 to cater to festive traffic running between the cities.

The train will run from Udaipur to Bikaner via Churu, Jhunjhunu, and Sikar. This will be a relief to the passengers travelling between these cities on a frequent basis. For the devotees of the Karni Mata Temple of Bikaner, this train will make it convenient to visit the temple in the upcoming Navratri festival.

The train number 09677 will leave from Udaipur on every Wednesday at 6:45 pm and will reach Bikaner on Thursday morning at 9:25 am. The returning train number 09678 will leave from Bikaner at 1:25 pm on every Thursday and will reach Udaipur on the next day at 3:55 am.

The train will have a total of 18 coaches including one two-tier AC coach, two three-tier AC coaches, nine Sleeper coaches and four General coaches.

The Railway Department can change this special festive train to permanent train if it receives a good response during this duration.

Have you witnessed the best dance performances of this city yet?

The finale of the Forum Just Dance, the signature event of the renowned Forum group took place on 1st June 2019. The event was organized in the premises of Forum Celebration Mall from 6 p.m. to 8.30 p .m.

The event enjoyed a magnanimous success with more than 150 participants from the city.

There were many unforgettable performances of various dance forms like traditional, patriotic, western and much more.

Top 10 participant were selected from each category and the winner was chosen from the selected one.

The winners are as follows:

Solo Category:

  • Winners from Age Group of 10 to 15 are:

First position: Angel Sukhwani

Second Position: Himakshi Lohar

Third Position: Vineet Mathur

  • Winners from Age Group of 16 and Above are:

First position: Tanishka Sutrakar

Second Position: Swaraj Singh

Third Position: Kavya Dixit

Group Dance Category:

First position: SADA Dance Group

Second Position: Jitendra Dance Group

Third Position: JDCA Group

The details for the next signature event of the group, ‘Forum Junior Chef Champ’ is coming up soon.

The last date to register for Forum Junior Chef Champ is 20th June 2019.

For registrations, use the following link:

And for those who’ve missed the event, don’t worry because we’ve got you covered. In this article, we are sharing with you, some of the best snippets from the event.


उदयपुर के चौराहों के अजीब नाम जो अपने आप में एक अनोखी कहानी समेटे हैं।

हर शहर अपने अंदर बहुत सारी कहानियाँ समेटे हुए होता है। जिसके शहरी उन कहानियों से अनजान होते है,और वो कहानियाँ इतिहास के तह-खाने में कहीं पड़ी पड़ी धूल फ़ाँक रही होती हैं। उदयपुर शहर की भी कुछ ऐसी ही कहानियाँ जो इतिहास के झरोखों से किसी नयी पीढ़ी के ज़हन में बस जाने के इंतज़ार में झांक रही है, पर आज की पीढ़ी की ज़रूरतों ने ज़िंदगी को इस क़दर व्यस्त कर दिया है कि हमें उन बातों को जानने की फ़ुरसत ही नहीं मिलती है। लेकिन हमने आपका काम आज आसान करने की सोची और आपके लिए लाए हैं शहर की कुछ बातें।

क्या आपने कभी उदयपुर शहर के चौराहों के नामों पर गौर किया है?

हर एक शहर में कुछ चीज़ें उसकी पहचान से जुड़ी होती हैं । आप आम तौर पर किसी शहर में चले जाओ तो वहाँ आपको शास्त्री सर्कल, प्रताप सर्कल,अम्बेडकर चौराहा या गांधी चौराहा मिल जाएगा। लेकिन उदयपुर शहर में प्रवेश करते ही आपकी मुलाकात ठोकर चौराहा,सेवाश्रम चौराहा, भट्टा  चौराहा से होगी और तब तक होती रहेगी जब तक कोई योगी जी आकर इनका नाम ना बदल दें । आप अक्सर इन चौराहो को पार करते समय सिर्फ इतना ख़याल रखते है कि कोई पुलिस कांस्टेबल आपको ना पकड़ ले और झट से उसे पार कर लेते है और अगर बिना पकड़ाए पार कर लेते हैं , तो खुश हो जाते हैं |

लेकिन क्या कभी आपने थोड़ा ठहर कर इन चौराहों के बारे में जानने कि कोशिश की है, कि इनके नाम ऐसे क्यों है?

नहीं की होगी, हम बता देते है।

ठोकर चौराहा

शहर में प्रवेश करते ही आपका सामना ठोकर चौराहे से होगा. “ठोकर” एक मेवाड़ी शब्द है जिसका मतलब एक ब्रेकर भी हो सकता है, और कोई ऐसी जगह भी होती है जहाँ लोग आकर कुछ पल के लिए रुकते हो। अब नाम भी जनता ने रखा है तो जनता के पास अलग अलग कहानियाँ भी है।

सिंघानिया लॉ कॉलेज के डीन डॉ.धर्मेश जैन ने बताया कि  मादड़ी इंडस्ट्रियल से आते वक़्त यहाँ चौराहे से पहले चढ़ाई होती थी जिसकी वजह से इसे ठोकर कहाँ जाने लगा और इस चौराहे का नाम ठोकर चौराहा पड़ा।

वहीं आयड़ में रहने वाले एक बुजुर्ग से बात की, तो उन्होंने कहा कि आयड़ से आने वाली सड़क पर  यह पहला चौराहा था और यहाँ आस पास के लोग मजदूरी पर जाने से पहले रुका करते थे, बातचीत किया करते थे, और इसे ठोकर कहा जाने लगा, एक लैंडमार्क की तरह। फिर बाद में साल बीतते गए  और मादड़ी  से आने वाली चढ़ाई को भी ख़त्म कर दिया गया पर इस चौराहे ने ठोकर नाम को अपना लिया और खुद का एक अस्तित्व स्थापित कर दिया है।

सेवाश्रम चौराहा

सेवाश्रम चौराहे पर बजाज कॉर्प लिमिटेड नाम की एक कंपनी का ऑफिस है जिसकी स्थापना 1965 में हुई थी। अब आप सोच रहे होंगे कि कैसा लेखक है, चौराहे की बात करते करते कंपनियों की बात करने लगा है, पर सेवाश्रम चौराहे के नाम के पीछे हाथ भी इसी कंपनी का है। इस का नाम पहले बजाज सेवाश्रम था और इसी कंपनी के नाम के कारण इस चौराहे ने सेवाश्रम नाम से अपनी पहचान बनाई जो आज भी कायम है।

कुम्हारों का भट्टा

अगले विचित्र नाम के साथ नंबर आता है भट्टे चौराहे का और आप सोच रहे होंगे इसमें क्या है, यह तो सामान्य नाम है, और हम सभी इसके बारे में जानते है। पर ज़रा ठहरिये! कुछ नया लाये है।

यह हम सभी जानते हैं  कि यहाँ रहने वाले कुम्हार समुदाय के कारण इसका नाम कुम्हारों का भट्टा है पर क्या आप यह जानते हैं  कि भट्टे पर रहने वाले कुम्हारों को मेवाड़ राजघराना उत्तरप्रदेश से लेकर आया था, मिट्टी के सामान की अपनी ज़रूरतों को पूरा करने के लिए। आज यहाँ रहने वाले लोगो की छठी, सातवीं पीढ़ी है| शहर का फ़ैलाव होने के बाद यह चौराहा शहर के बीच में आ गया और भट्टों से निकलने वाले धुँए के प्रदूषण  कारण सरकार ने भट्टों पर रोक लगा दी। आप जब चौराहे के अंदर गलियों में प्रवेश करेंगे तो लोग आपको आज भी वहां मिट्टी के सामान बनाते हुए मिल जायेंगे और दीवाली के मौके पर शहर के दीयों की जरूरत भी यही पूरी करते है। भट्टे तो रहे नहीं पर एक छाप रह गयी है उन भट्टो की, जो इस चौराहे के नाम के रूप में लोगों  को अतीत की याद दिलाता रहेगी ।

दुनिया में चल रही रेट रेस हमें अपनेपन के एहसासों से बहुत दूर ले गयी है। हम उन चीज़ों के बारे में भी कुछ नहीं जानते जहाँ अपनी ज़िंदगी के सबसे हसीन पल गुजार दिए हैं ।

कुछ जगहों से आपको जुड़ाव जरूर होगा पर आप उनके बारे में अगर कुछ नहीं जानते हैं  तो वो जुड़ाव आपको आनंदित नहीं करेगा। मैं आशा करता हूँ कि इस आर्टिकल को पढ़ने के बाद आपका इन चौराहों को देखने का नज़रिया बदलेगा। ऐसी कई बातें और कहानियां हैं जो आपका इंतज़ार कर रही हैं । ज़रूरत है तो बस आपकी  कुछ पलों की  फुर्सत की…

अगर आप भी शहर की ऐसी जगहों के बारे में जानते है तो हमें बताएं कमेंटबॉक्स में और अगर किसी जगह की कहानी जानना चाहते है तो भी सुझाएँ  ताकि हम आपके लिए ऐसी और कहानियाँ निकाल कर ला सकें |


यह एक गेस्ट आर्टिकल है जिसके लेखक अंसार मंसूरी है.