Am­ber Fort can­cels ele­phant rides

DNA (Delhi) - - INDIA - Ab­hishek Ti­wari cor­re­spon­dent@dnain­

Jaipur: The famed Am­ber fort has started mak­ing prepa­ra­tions for the nine-day Navra­tri fes­ti­val start­ing later this month. The world fa­mous monument, which also houses the Shila Mata tem­ple will also halt ele­phant rides for the pe­riod.

Night tourism ac­tiv­i­ties will also not be con­ducted. The ligh­tand-sound show will have only one per­for­mance at 8:30 pm.

These ac­tiv­i­ties are typ­i­cally at the top of to-do lists for tourists vis­it­ing Jaipur. Since the tourism sea­son in the state starts in Septem­ber it­self, even week­days see lots of foot­falls.

Pankaj Dharen­dra, Suprint­en­dent of Am­ber fort, said ele­phant rides will not be avail­able start­ing Septem­ber 20 through Septem­ber 30. Start­ing Oc­to­ber through March, 2018, 5-6 rounds daily for each ele­phant will be per­mit­ted.

While the morn­ing ses­sion will be from 7:30 am to 11:30 am, the evening rides will be con­ducted from 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm .

On the oc­ca­sion of World Tourism Day, en­try to Am­ber Fort will

be free on Septem­ber 27.

A meet­ing re­lated to re­view­ing the ar­range­ments at the fort dur­ing the Navra­tri fes­ti­val was con­ducted re­cently. No­tably, due to the Shila Mata tem­ple which sees a lot of devo­tees the nine days of Navra­tri, ad­di­tional se­cu­rity ar­range­ments have been made.

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