Jaipur · Travel Photo Tour

Welcoming the Photography Wonders of The World During Festival on Wanderlust!

For anyone visiting Jaipur, it is customary for him to keep the camera shutters happy with ample photography opportunities in the Pink City. Be its magnificent forts, mesmeric lakes, gorgeous palaces, compelling historic structures, fascinating markets, colorful vistas, there are plenty subjects that do not let your camera leave its charm to capture frames.

But for the very first time, Jaipur will play host to an international open-air travel photography festival- Travel Photo Jaipur. This is the inaugural edition of the festival, which is to be an annual event-taking place in Jaipur each February.

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With large format photographic prints on display across the city, Travel Photo Jaipur will invite the visitors to discover the heritage along with events and interventions that will eventually transform the Pink City into a platform for showcasing and contemplating photography.

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The 9day festival between 5-14th of Feb, 2016 by an acclaimed list of national and international exhibiting photographers will be open to all, residents and visitors alike, reaffirming Jaipur’s position as an international cultural haven for the arts.

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In addition to the displays of the 14 exhibiting photographers, a number of special interventions and exhibitions will also be staged during the festival time.

All exhibitions on display between the 5th and 14th of February 2016. For details- http://travelphotojaipur.com/exhibitions/

Special Inteventions- http://travelphotojaipur.com/special-interventions/

All Event Details-

FRIDAY 5th February-

Venue-Jawahar Kala Kendra

Time- 17:30H – 18:15H

Waswo X. Waswo.The Foreign Photographer in a Post-Colonial Terrain

18:30H – 19:30H

Mauro Bedoni. COLORS Magazine: Ordinary stories from extraordinary people

SATURDAY 6th February

10:30H – 11:15H

Thomas Seelig. The New Grand Tour

11:30H – 12:15H

Rafal Milach. Collective as a Merging Process

16:00H – 16:45H

Rahaab Allana and Giles Tillotson in conversation. New Perspectives on the Photography of Maharaja Sawai Ram Singh of Jaipur

16.50H – 17:35H

Louise Clements. Expanding Photography: an Illustrated talk on photo festivals, mass participation and socially engaged practice in international contemporary photography

17.40H – 18.25H

Gideon Mendel. Drowning World- The Elements

SUNDAY 7th February

11:00H – 11:45H

Cristina de Middel. To Be Continued

12:00H – 12:45H

Yumi Goto. Revisit to Refine Your Photobook

Event Details- http://travelphotojaipur.com/events/

So, fuel your passion of travel photography, with 14 exhibitions, two special interventions and a host of talks and lectures as ‪#‎TPJ2016‬ promises an exciting look at the wonders of the photographic world.

Fairs & Festivals · Jaipur

Birding Fair in Jaipur

Your interest and enjoyment of bird watching gets its wings!!For all Bird Lovers coming 5th & 6th February the favorite hotspot ‘Jal Mahal‘ will be your destination as once again it’s time for the annual Bird Fair in Pink City.


JalMahal, the place where you would just love to just sit by and watch the magical lake, mesmerizing architecture and the chirping of the birds.

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The time top get binoculars and cameras and gather at Jal Mahal to to soak in the wonderful sights and sounds of birds




The Dastkar Bazaar which has been showcasing crafts from pan-India at the Urban Haat (opposite Jal Mahal) since October in Jaipur will once again be exhibiting new products. The products of the new artisans will be on display from 19th to 31st January between 11am and 8pm.

This time the participants from North India will showcase vibrant fibre basketry, wool and cotton rugs, paper mache crafts, handmade dolls, metal and craft decoratives, woolen and cotton rugs, lacquer products, herbal beauty care range, textiles embellished in traditional Ari and Sozni embroideries, Chikankari garments and leather footwear.

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Similarly from Western India on display will be elegantly designed Meenakari and thread jewellery, multi-colour Kavad decoratives, copper chimes, marble inlay products, applique based home furnishings, miniature and charcoal paintings, terracotta and black clay pottery, leather footwear and bags, block printed and embroidered garments, home furnishings embellished with fine embroideries, Kota and cotton weaves, metal decoratives, recycled cloth bags and organic produce.


Other attractions this time include the gond painting from Central India, fibre and woolen craft works and traditional Kantha textiles from Eastern India as well as bidri decoratives and leather crafts from South India.

Copper bells from Gujarat

One can learn the wonders of hand-crafted skills from traditional craftspeople at the Live Craft Demonstrations as well. It will include wood carving, rug weaving, hair braiding, thread jewellery, leather footwear and pottery.

Moonj basketry crafts from UP


On weekends the Bazaar will also have enthralling cultural performances from 4pm onwards.


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5 Things We Will Miss If JLF Is Not Held At Diggi Palace In 2017

With the negativity and controversies coming up as every edition of Jaipur Literature Festival starts, one thing is sure to get stuck for once as you don’t know whether it’ll happen or not. This year also started with a sad note on a controversy and you never know that 10th Jaipur Literature Festival will take place at Diggi palace or there will be a shift in the venue. If in any case the venue is changed, some things which will definitely be missed about Diggi palace are –

  1. Running into people we know

With people from all genres sharing a common platform, may it be an actor, minister, writer, photographer – Diggi Palace offering a small ground you may bump into someone you have never dreamt of 😉 But you never know whether the new venue will offer the same opportunity or not!



  1. Free Registration

Hosting to Asia’s largest literature festival, the Diggi palace gives the venue to attend the festival free of cost. Purchasing a ticket to attend the festival is not valid here and this is one of the greatest things that you see lakhs of people enjoying the festival in its true sense.



  1. Diggipuri Chai

The Diggi Palace is sure to have one specialty at the festival to attract more tourists to enjoy some ethnic experience, and that one thing of Diggi is its Diggipuri Chai 🙂

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  1. Parking hassle

Even though the venue is centrally located, one major problem which everyone faces around this area is parking. Competing to park your car first is always fun, but even if there is dirt and garbage or a small space available, you’ll always try to adjust and accommodate in that small little space 😉 And after parking you feel free of this one headache that you drove down till the venue! Won’t you miss this parking competition at a new venue?

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  1. Central Location

Centrally located in the beautiful Pink City, Diggi Palace is easily accessible from any nook and corner of Jaipur. Hotels, hospital, cafes, you name any facility, Diggi Palace is surrounded by all of them from around. Start thinking from now on as you never know whether Diggi Palace will remain the venue for the next JLF edition 🙂






Jaipur · Vintage Car Rally

Witnessing vintage wheels is nothing short of an experience!

For some of us, cars are probably just vehicles that take us to our desired destination every day, but today, it was different as Jaipur was charmed with the glorious tale of Vintage cars.

Narrating a legacy which just couldn’t be ignored, the motive force in the mission to uphold quaint old cars, Rajputana Automotive Sports Car Club enamoured the Pink City of Jaipur with historical and exotic cars from the past, all at one place for display at the 18th Vintage and Classic Car Rally 2016 at Jai Mahal Palace in Jaipur. Organized in association with the Department of Tourism, Rajasthan, the two days’ event brought together the aristocratic car collectors and owners in Jaipur. The 18th Vintage and Classic Cars Rally is an annual event which takes place in the capital city of Rajasthan having participation of iconic cars that dates back to the early century. Sparkling bright in their full glory, the Royal and Vintage Cars in Jaipur was a feast for the eyes of the common people.

With more than 100 participants, the Vintage and Classic Car exhibition was inaugurated for display by Hon’ble Minister of Public Works Department & Transport, Government of Rajasthan, Mr. Yunus Khan at Jai Mahal Palace, Jaipur.

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The car present at the exhibition are Austin, Chevrolet, Didge, Mercedes, Morris, Studebaker, Cadillac, Jaguar, MG TC, Rolls Royce, Buick, Rover, Humber and many more, the list is endless.

Let’s take a glimpse of the 18th Vintage Car Exhibition held at Jai Mahal Palace today-














Wait.. It’s not over! A truly enchanting day awaits as tomorrow all these Vintage queens will be on Jaipur roads. Witness the cheerful fête between vintage and heritage

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6 Fashion Trends Spotted At JLF 2016

We truly wish that there is no year that passes without Jaipur Literature Festival giving us some very interesting fashion moments and upcoming fashion divas to witness and probably follow 😉

  1. Blue in the head
    You can miss anything in this exceptionally crowded festival, but not someone with as funky a hair color as blue !jlf 2016
  2. Shawl it up
    Prints are in the air, and slowly slowly, they are filling every wearable thing with their eternal charm ! So if you thought shawls are not for the young, these ladies donning them with style will  probably make you think again 🙂jlf 2016
  3. Desi scarves
    While we crave for scarves of all kinds and colors all year round, it is an absolute delight to watch the Indian prints beautifully done on scarves and perking up the look.IMG_8450 copy
  4. Bag stories
    Have you ever found yourself staring at a bag and getting lost in the story narrated by it ? Well, we just did !IMG_8460 copy
  5. Clever Sweater
    You must have seen these in 1970’s when the gorgeous celebrities and child actors were seen wearing sweaters with all kinds of cute prints, they are back !
  6. Eccentric Nun Coat
    It takes confidence and eccentricity to carry something like a nun coat and not to forget, the right kind of accessories !_DSC0041
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A Sneak Peek Into The Food Stations At JLF 2016 ;)

The ongoing Jaipur Literature Festival takes the Pink City into a world class destination. This year, the 9th JLF 2016 can been seen richly decorated with the art and craft of puppets with people from all walks of life crazily participating in the literary talks and discussions at the Diggi Palace.

Except for the renowned literature personalities like Ruskin Bond, Shobhaa Dee and many more in and around the place, the venue savors some rich appetite for all participants and visitors. You can savor some heavy Punjab cuisine at Punjab Grill, some burgers of Burger Farm, nachos, sandwiches, pasta of Brown Sugar, bakery item from Home Café. So, we are sure you can’t go hungry and starving for food with such amazing menu offered by each food joint. So, let’s take a sneak peek to the food stations!

Punjab Grill

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Punjab Grill - Biryani



Burger Farm

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Home Cafe

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10 Things To Do At JLF 2016 Apart From Literature

The most awaited event of the year and which also marks the colorful start of the new year 2016 – Jaipur Literature Festival is finally here ! Although ‘Literature’ is the quintessence of the name as well as the festival, but just in case you are not a vehement literature enthusiast, we must tell you that there are a lot more things in store for you at JLF 2016.

  1. FashionIt’s no news that it’s one thing to get up, dress up and go to work/college/school, and it’s one thing to get up and get dressed to attend JLF, because ‘what if you run into some chic batch mate or a judgmental colleague there?’ So watch out for some people setting the fashion trends for 2016 and you dress your best at JLF 😉IMG_1175
  2. FoodWhen you enter Durbar Hall, starting from scrumptious looking bakeries to Chai & snacks, you name a dish and you will find it at JLF, and that too in a wide variety ! If you are a new venture, make sure to have your stall at JLF next year as there is no better place to come into notice like this.
  3. MusicMusic is another thing which has come up excellently as a separate event at JLF for which the music aficionados fly from various places to Jaipur just to listen  to their favorite genres of the melodious music festival.Amer
  4. Rajasthani CultureEach year, a new theme marks the onset of JLF and the ambiance which is splattering with hues and jollity, every year finds some innovative ways and elements to fill up the visitors with awe and locals with pride for the vivid culture of Rajasthan.JLF 2016
  5. ShoppingWith JLF’s official merchandise store selling interesting things like their own mugs with the quotes of this year’s speakers, handmade notebooks, t-shirts, bookmarks, scarves etc and giving them away in the recycled newspaper bags, there is a lot to look forward to for a shopaholic and a souvenir lover to remember JLF by. Apart from these, you will find really good books and Rajasthani kurtis, jootis, postcards etc.jlf 2016JLF 2016
  6. SelfiesWe know you don’t need to read this blog to know about this extra luxury 😉 With the beautiful decorations and backdrops, your selfie mania will see a jovial boost at JLF 2016 😉Auw6Ciq-C27eOOCpDbBm8ZuMf-OJ1IYPUygicSdbJmz3 copy
  7. NetworkingDiggi Palace being a not so huge venue for JLF, there are very high chances that you might run into old friends, new friends, colleagues and even speakers for that matter. So rekindle bonds and probably find someone to have a healthy discussion with 🙂At71FjyVRsJzzcWcw9CgvJWg4aOHbC7D03tO9lkklcaV copy
  8. Diggipuri ChaiDid you know that Diggipuri chai at JLF at Diggi Palace is one of the major attractions at JLF ? No? Then try it this time and you will know why 😀JLF 2016
  9. Ride in colourful autosThe colorful autos with intriguing designs oozing the vibrant Rajasthani culture are standing right outside the venue to make your experience at the over crowded JLF easier 🙂JLF 2016
  10. PhotographyWhen all the above points are present in one place, no photographer can even think of missing to click such a melange of beautiful things, not forgetting the portraits of visitors and speakers in action 🙂

    So pick up your bag and visit JLF !! 😀


Chilling Watery Winter

A poem depicting winters of Jaipur as seen from the eyes of Jalmahal Palace. 

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Rising to the fog in the grays of sky
Like a floating angel I smoothly lie
I watch the blue waves shiver
As the chirping birds quietly quiver

Alighted on my sun kissed walls
Their summer banter is missed by all
The black, white and chocolate brown
All of them perking up the pink town

Far away through the misty winds
I see some faces, with joy they brimmed
With devices in hands and eyes on them
To capture me with a single thumb
Some leaning on boundaries
Some gazing in haze
Overlooking the city
In pure amaze


Written by Nupur Agrawal,

Social Media & Content Manager at Jaipur Beat