Wednesday, November 26, 2014

James Tod: The man behind the creation of Todgarh

Lieutenant-Colonel James Tod has found a place in the history of Rajasthan, owing to the respect that he gave to the local rulers in his works. He was not only an officer of the British East India Company, but also an Oriental scholar who created a series of works on the history and geography of India.

Among his academic works, the book 'Annals and Antiquities of Rajasthan' gained worldwide popularity. It is based on the materials that he collected during his time spent in Rajasthan. James Tod was born on the 20th of March, 1782, in London, and received his education in Scotland. 

Upon joining the East India Company as a military officer, he got the opportunity to travel to India as a cadet in the year 1799. Rising quickly in rank, he was appointed as a political agent for Rajputana's select regions. When he arrived in the region that is now known as Todgarh, he was truly impressed with the aura that the place exuded.

James Tod spent twenty years of life in this region and founded a small village, which came to be known as Todgarh. While staying in Todgarh resorts during their vacation, tourists would get to explore all the historical structures built by James Tod.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Wildlife photographers would love to be in Todgarh

The northern tropical deciduous forest in Todgarh-Raoli Wildlife Sanctuary is an exciting place to catch some wonderful birds and animals in action. This sanctuary is set amidst the picturesque Aravalli mountain ranges, and provides plenty of opportunities for wildlife photographers to capture some great snaps of its wildlife in their cameras.

Spread over a vast area of about 497 square kilometres, this region also has a glorious history that is replete with tales of its former Rajput rulers.
Climate of this wildlife reserve is characterized by moderate winters and hot summers. It is home to various species of wild animals, such as, deer and antelopes. Herbivores that are found in this region include Blue Bulls, Sambar, and Chinkara. This sanctuary also has a sizeable population of carnivores like Jungle Cats, Wolves, and Striped Hyenas. Photographers can get some excellent pictures of their favourite animals during their visit to this region. They can also photograph birds like Pelicans, Herons, Storks, Teals and Ibises.

While on a trip of Todgarh, these photographers would need a comfortable place to stay. The well-furnished rooms provided by United-21 Royal Resort,Todgarh would be ideal for their accommodation. They would also get to enjoy the latest facilities and some wonderful amenities in this resort.