35 top Jaipur hotels booked as Cong comes to brainstorm

The long list of guests for the Congress Chintan Shivir, to be held from January 18 to 20, has resulted in around 35 of Jaipur's prominent hotels and guesthouses being booked to accommodate 395 delegates, 1,600 invitees and more than 200 mediapersons.

All RTDC hotels are completely booked. Not only did the hotels stop accepting bookings about a month ago, all prior bookings were cancelled too. Sources in the Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation said though all rooms in these hotels are not booked by the AICC yet, they are keeping some rooms on hold for additional bookings as the guests' list is getting longer every day. In Hotel Gangaur, for instance, 31 of the total 63 rooms have been booked by the organisers. But when tourists try to book online, the RTDC website informs that there are no rooms available from January 17 to 20. Similar is the case in all hotels booked for the Shivir.

However, Congress leader and officer on special duty to CM, Pukhraj Parashar, said, "There is no shortage of hotels in Jaipur. We have booked around 35 hotels only. Tourists will not face any problem."

When Congress workers finalised the number of guests on Sunday, the list of 319 delegates rose to 395, including CWC members, ministers, central poll panel members, AICC general secretaries and spokespersons, states in-charge, frontal organisation heads, legislature party leaders, state presidents and special invitees like senior leaders. The total number of invitees for the AICC meet on January 20, first estimated to be 1,400, rose to 1,600 later. Workers said the number of invitees from the media has crossed 200. Mediapersons will be accommodated at Hotel Clarks Amer.

Delegates, NSUI and Youth Congress members will stay in Circuit House, Officers' Training School cottages and prominent hotels.

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