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ADTOI empowers women to come forward

September 12
11:41 2017

Association of Domestic Tour Operators of India (ADTOI) recently concluded First All Women FAM 2017 at Juna Mahal Ranthambore, Sawai Madhopur in Rajasthan, under the leadership of Reena Chopra, EC Member and Chairperson – Women Empowerment & House Cultivation for ADTOI.



“When we speak about empowering women, it’s for a better tomorrow. Women have taken a back seat but we want them to come forward and become the leaders in the industry. We are planning to do many more women fams & events like photography workshops, adventure activities, bird watching, etc. details of which we will be sharing from time to time”, said Chopra.

The itinerary and theme of the FAM was very well planned with lots of surprises. Everyone followed the theme perpetually. Apart from this, ladies enjoyed quiz, talent hunt, lucky draws, etc.

The hotel where the group stayed was Juna Mahal, which is one of the best luxury hotels in Ranthambore with modern amenities and a swimming pool. The property has all good facilities with traditional design. From a room there is an attached gallery where one can have a great look of Ranthambore. In the morning you will feel fresh air with morning fragrance. This hotel is adorned with all comforts of modern living of a grand haveli. The hotel has antique wooden tailored pillars coupled with the old style stone work and beautifully adorned textured walls. With the majestic view of the Aravallis, neighbouring the Ranthambore National Park, encircling you, one could experience a serene and an exotic ambience striking a perfect balance with nature.

The group visited Ranthambore National Park, which is spread over an area of 392 sq. km. One can easily spot tigers because they roam everywhere in the jungle, you can also see leopards, Striped Hyenas, Sambar deer, Chital, Nilgai, Common or Hanuman langurs, Macaques, Jackals, Jungle cats, Caracals, Sloth bears, Black bucks, Rufoustailed Hare, Indian Wild Boar, Chinkara, etc.

Wildlife photographers and wildlife seekers explore the jungle in a jeep along with guides. The guide will help you to take excellent photographs and spot a tiger. It is fascinating to see how the guides use whistles to send message to each other whenever a tiger is nearby. The jungle has a lot of water bodies that will make you feel refreshed during summer.

The park remains open every year from October to May. It is famous for the exciting and frequent tiger sightings captured dramatically in several books. For jungle safari you have to reach there between 6:30 to 7:00am, following the timing and rules of the park. The guides have many colourful stories to share about the national park. During jungle visit travellers have to stay in the vehicle, because animals can feel offensive and they can attack anyone.

After the jungle safari the participants enjoyed a gala night with full of surprises and lucky draw. After lunch, the group left for the famous and the oldest temple of Lord Ganesha, which is called ‘Ganpati Trinetra Temple’. This temple is situated inside the Ranthambore fort. This is the first Ganesha Temple which is believed to be in existence from the ancient times. The Ganesha idol here has three eyes (Trinetra) and the deity’s idol is along with his entire family (two wives and two kids). For reaching this temple you have to climb 250 stairs. Here, you can also explore an old Lord Shiva Temple and Jain Temple. This place has a deep rooted history. A visit to this place is a must to known about the history of Ranthambore and this temple.

Chopra gave special thanks to C. V. Singh, Owner Juna Mahal, Girish Arora – Explore Nature Ranthambhore, and Geeta Maheshwari, Director, H&M Services for being great hosts. They were felicitated on the tour by the Women Committee.

Chopra said, “I have been given an opportunity to Head the Women Empowerment Committee of ADTOI thereby building a fraternity of Women Entrepreneurs and increase their active participation in the general house in which we have succeeded.”

Recently, ADTOI also organised Self Defence Workshop to promote Safe Tourism for Women Travellers. It was a great event where all female members along with their staff and female family members participated and learnt the techniques of self defence.

She also shared, “We had organised a Self Healing and Meditation programme which helped all ladies to create positive atmosphere and gain self confidence. When we speak about empowering women – it’s for a better tomorrow. Women have taken a back seat but we want them to come forward and become the leaders in the industry.”

“I am trying to do my best to make ADTOI a very robust platform in promoting women empowerment”, she concluded.

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