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Down the memory lane with Jaipur: Alvida 2013 !!

As we are all set to enter the new year, let’s go down the memory lane and reminisce all that happened in pink city in 2013 🙂

Jolly January

The year 2013 began on a positive and clean note when Congress party chief Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh visited Jaipur for Chintan Shivir. Even though the motive was to ‘connect’ with the urban middle class, Jaipur got a great deal as the entire city was spick and span, a view that we hardly get to see 😀

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At the same time, there was one thing that sure was loved by us; Inauguration of Ghat ki Ghuni tunnel in Jaipur by Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi on January 19th. This 2.8-km long tunnel in Jaipur offers an alternative route to connect Pink City with Agra. The tunnel has sensors for controlling air pollution, display boards and cameras for checking vehicles’ speed !

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Jaipur Lit Fest, Asia’s leading literature event that happens every year in Jaipur was this time graced by the great Dalai Lama, the Tibetan spiritual leader who came and enlightened us with his knowledge and superb wisdom.

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Classy February

Royalty, class and pride, hail the Indian army !! The civilians of Jaipur got a golden chance to witness the 61st Cavalry’s annual parade, an elaborate cavalry drill organized by the army for the first time in the history of pink city.

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This took place in Rambagh Polo Ground where 130 officers; sardars and sawars dressed in ceremonial outfits were seen mounting the well groomed horses. But of course the audience was seen behind the cameras clicking pictures like there would be no tomorrow to those precious moments 😀

Merry March

The pleasant march came with something that is close to all our hearts: luxury and cars. The 15th Edition Vintage and Classic Car Rally was held and people were seen mesmerized as it included rare cars like a 1923 Austin 7 Chummy, 1956 Thunderbird and a 1941 Packard that happened to be the first AC car that greeted the visitors at Hotel Jai Mahal Palace.

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March came with a little hitch though. The much acclaimed Elephant festival this year was a little disappointment for the tourists as the major highlight “Elephants” were missing due to the ban by Government.

Exciting April

Our very own Sawai Man Singh Stadium in Jaipur proudly and gladly welcomed its first match of IPL Season-6 between Rajasthan Royals and Kolkata Knight Riders. Jaipur was seen overjoyed as the cricket freaks for whom cricket is more of a religion, could show their love by screaming and jumping in the stadium seeing their own team play.

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With this, Jaipur also got a taste of Kingfisher beerup !! The famous Kingfisher Beerup event that happens every year, for the first time was also experienced in pink city.

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Beer games combined with live screening of IPL, lots of food, dance, music and Jaipur blasted with endless masti. It was organised at The Forresta Kitchen & Bar and encashed really well on social media with the twitter world buzzing with hastag KFBeerup.

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As the summers were on the peak, every creature had their own way to deal with it. In an unusual incident, while two Italian tourists were having a happy elephant ride in Jaipur, the elephant decided to jump in the Maota Lake below the Amber fort to escape the terrible heat !!

Scorching June

The super hot June came with the sight of the largest Supermoon of the year!! Coined by astrologer Richard Nolle, the term “supermoon” means a bigger and brighter full moon. Many Jaipurites clicked and sent their pictures of Supermoon to Jaipur Beat.

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In this glorious month, our historic beloved Amber fort made it to the UNESCO’s world heritage list in the 37th session of the World Heritage Committee. A proud moment that was 🙂

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Progressive July

Bidding goodbye to summers, came July with some relief from the heat !! Along with this, The Jaipur International Airport also bid farewell to its international terminal, Terminal 1 and all the domestic and international flights to and fro are now taken care of by the Terminal 2 😀

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Jaipur created its own textile park called ‘Jaipur Integrated TEXCRAFT Park Pvt. Ltd.’ The Park has been created to prevent and control the pollution caused in Sanganer and nearby areas due to the chemical disposition from dyeing and painting of clothes in a large scale in the area.

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A two-day weekend festival called ‘Jaipur by Nite’ was held to promote Jaipur as an all-year destination. The colorful event saw the main historical monuments all decorated and the famous bazaars situated within the city walls were open till late night.

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Included in the itinerary were two cultural evenings showcasing live music, fashion show, sound and light show, shopping, food and drinks at the City Palace and Hotel Clarks Amer.

The happening August

As the rain showered Jaipur, the Teej celebrations filled the pink city with joy and Jawahar Kala Kendra pepped up with a lot of folk dancers performing to this cheerful festival !!

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Apart from these celebrations, there was one more thing that was seen rising and rising high: the onion prices. This was followed by a weird incident where an onion laden truck was robbed by a group of three armed men at Shahpura village on Jaipur-Delhi highway, believe it or not !!

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In this month itself, one of the best schools of Jaipur; Maharani Gayatri Devi (M.G.D.) Girls school, that changed the way of girls’ education and took it to a new level, completed its 70 years.

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Run September

With a lot of noise and excitement came chugging the Jaipur Metro with its first trial run on September 18 that was done between Mansarovar and Shyamnagar stations. The metro when it begins will hopefully ease off a lot of traffic issues and transport facilities in the pink city.

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Along with this, to the delight of Jaipurites, started a tourist bus service namely ‘Hop on Hop off’ connecting all major tourist spots and market places of Jaipur.

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Sporty October

Even though we love October for a plenty of reasons, this time it was for Indian cricket and the great wall of India. Yes, you got it right ! The gentleman of Indian cricket and then skipper of Rajasthan Royals, Rahul Dravid, retired after winning every match that he played in the S.M.S Stadium, Jaipur in 2013.

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Moreover, in the ODI series of India vs Australia, Jaipur became the city to host India’s biggest ODI victory so far against the Kangaroos 😀 India recorded its highest successful run chase in this match scoring a 362 against 359 by Aussies with 9 wickets and 39 balls remaining.

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Sweet November

As the cold winds entered the domains of Jaipur, it celebrated 286 years of its foundation on November 18 with a lot of dhoom-dhaam !!

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This time, Jaipur hosted its first Art Summit at Jawahar Kala Kendra 😀 It was a true pleasure to watch the royal Rajasthan’s art being expressed in the forms of canvas, visual and digital art, sculptures, interactive art and other contemporary and folk-centric expressions.

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For the first time ever, Jaipur hosted an electric concert ‘Rahmanishq’ by none other than the Oscar winning and soul touching music maestro A.R. Rahman, who came and sizzled the city with his voice.

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Chilly December

Like it is said ‘Last but not the least’, this year December was surely the month that changed everything for the pink city. Rajasthan State Assembly Elections were held on 1st December with a voter turnout of approx. 74%, that was the highest ever for the state. With clear majority, BJP won the elections and Vasundhara Raje replaced Ashok Gehlot as the Chief Minister of Rajasthan.

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Along with the new CM, came vrooming into our lives the brand that defines what bikes are all about; Harley-Davidson. Harley opened its first showroom in Jaipur at Sahakar Marg, while the owners celebrated it with a huge launch party and a rally of bikes.

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 After an eventful 2013, just hold your breath and get set for another year, that is about to begin !!

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A not so crazy Dhoom !!

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When Aamir (Sahir) makes his entry running down on a bank building’s wall in Chicago, what’s the first thing that comes to your mind? That’s right, Spiderman it is. The next mind blasting entry is our very efficient ACP Jai Dixit (Junior Bachchan) who makes you jump off your seats as he crashes a village road in an auto rickshaw to fight a bunch of local Mumbai goons who have no connection to the rest of the movie whatsoever.

This is Dhoom 3, so the entire movie is not as hilarious as the entries of the lead cast. Now let’s come to the plot. As every branch of Western Bank of Chicago is getting robbed very smartly, Jai Dixit and Ali (Uday Chopra) fly to Chicago to probe into this case. Here begins a thrilling tale of Chor Police.

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Like it is shown in the trailers, the movie has a lot of circus in it, run by Sahir where he shows his best magic trick. The circus is financed by the banks, obviously through robbery. Behind this unbelievable magic and the impossible robberies (that are never shown in the movie), there lies Sahir’s little secret that the world, audience and ACP Jai Dixit is oblivious to. The question is that why does Sahir rob only this bank? When and how will his secret be out ? Will Sahir be able to achieve his mission impossible or will Jai Dixit destroy his game ? These are the questions that keep you glued to your seats in the entire movie.

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Katrina Kaif comes to do a little aerobics to Kamli with a toned body and skimpy clothes to impress Aamir to be a part of his Circus. That’s all she adds to this film apart from a romantic railway station scene straight from Jab Tak Hai Jaan.

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The film has average and minimum music, long bike chasing scenes, some not so great dialogues, in short nothing in front of the previous Dhoom films, but if you’re a hard core Aamir Khan fan, watch it for his yet another amazing performance.

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Making your Celebration simpler: Christmas & New Year’s in Jaipur

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As 2013 nears its close and as we head close to the last week, and indeed the most happening and most celebrated one, of December and this year, the excitement is palpable. Everybody we know is busy making plans and hunting the best party destination in the Pink City. We thought we could help and make your search a little simpler.

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For starters you must know that every hang-out, hotel and restaurant has something planned for Christmas and New Year’s. There is a Christmas carnival and bash and un-ending number of events planned for kids, families, singles and couples at The Fern Hotel, on December 24th, December 25th in the morning and in the afternoon. There will be Christmas carols, candy floss, face painters, a gala Christmas-special buffet dinner and lunch and much more! It is going to be thrilling for your kids, nieces or nephews as well; they are going to love you for it! Oh, and they have a Christmas special Turkey Station on the Christmas eve; now that’s something new 🙂

Christmas-180x300The Hotel Park Inn in Bani Park has organised a rooftop Christmas-theme party for the Christmas eve, December 24th, in the late evening. It is strictly for couples; now that seems interesting 😉 A celebrity DJ of the town would be playing foot-tapping music, not to mention the unlimited drinks and a delectable dinner.

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As the New Year comes close are we all not looking back at the year and rating it in our head? The Facebook yearbook that features your highlights of the ending year, which you updated about, sums it perfectly. Anyhow, arrive the New Year’s evening and we are all set for the last and definitely not the least happening event of the year. If a classic pre-planned party is your idea, then The Lalit has two great parties to offer, for two very different kinds of audiences! The one at their Central Courtyard is all about soothing ghazals and stirring Qawwalis this New Year’s Eve with the performances by Nizami Bandhu who take you into the beautiful tradition of Sufism. The other one is of course where you have to buckle up your party shoes with DJ Kartech playing Bollywood and pop tracks. Teenagers, young adults or adults, if your idea of welcoming New Year’s is in a big group of friends and if something less expensive would be something more suitable 😉 then we have good ideas for you too.

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You could guzzle up the drinks and devour the gourmet food amidst a romantic and welcoming ambiance at The Forresta Kitchen & Bar. Here you pay for what you order; nothing more and nothing less!

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For some New Year’s has appeal when you are away from most of the city and its hustle-bustle. If that’s so, we would strongly recommend the heritage Alsisar Hotel on the Sansar Chand road in Jaipur. One of the up-town royal places, where you would find a selective few of the city. The good part of all these places is the chance to over-stay and it would always be welcome 😉 What we mean is that one could book suites for the night if they choose.

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Before we wish you a happy week, here are a few smart things we want you to know and keep in mind! One, there are some interesting online shopping sites like Groupon that have awesome discounts and party deals on offer, to some of the posh places of Jaipur! Two, prepare for you and your friends’/family’s safety well in advance. When you are going to drive back home, let your sober friend drive. If it is an all girls’ gang you are in, arrange for a chauffeur or book yourselves a cab for the late night. It might sound very banal right now, but it would do you a lot of good to be cautious. Only if we could prove it with statistics!

Have a Merry Christmas and a great New Year’s Jaipur! We want you to bid farewell to the ending year singing and dancing, make resolutions for the coming one and tell us all the New Year gossip of the Pink City!!

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Discover Opulence this Weekend at the Jaipur Jewellery Show 2013

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The Jaipur Jewellery Show in its 11th edition began yesterday in full spring. Inaugurated by Margaret Alva, and scheduled for 20-23 December 2013, It is the largest business to business & business to consumer jewellery exhibition of India. Such is the extensive display gemstones, rough stones and finished exquisite jewellery that, jewellers from all over the world come together to exhibit their work for mass-sale and retail.

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Once you enter the show venue, the first thing that comes to notice is the classic organisation and order of the whole gamut of jewellery stalls. There is a lot of creativity involved in the decor of each exhibitor’s stall and it is reflective of the persona of their jewellery brand. After all, amongst the vast range of awards announced in this show, one is for the Best Booth at the show! This year, the prizes for the best stall were given to by Jewels Emporium and Birdhichand Ghanshyam Das Jewellers. Birdhichand’s booth was indeed the highlight with its video wall, and the theme of Rajasthani Architecture.

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The organising team puts their sweat and soul into the show’s success; it is to their credit that JJS has been listed in the renowned jewellery exhibitions of the world. They are a team with a cause! Some of their social objectives is to create job opportunities at rural and urban level and to initiate social projects.

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With the advent and vast success of the show, the jewellery market potential of Jaipur has come to light; so much so, that the Gem and Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC) has organized India-China buyer-seller meet and also India-Russia summit.

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