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12 Events to attend in Jaipur this October

Come festive season and it starts raining events and exhibitions in Pink City. People all across the city are prepared for loads of fun, festivities and not to forget shopping. And, why not, this is the start of festival season. On this occasion Jaipur Beat brings to you the necessary information about events that you will not want to miss this October.

1.Abhivyakti Garba

It’s Navratri time and Navratri in Jaipur brings a lot of fun and festivities in the city along-with religious fervor. What could be a better way to celebrate Navratri then celebrating it together with the whole city doing Garba. Like every year this year again Dainik Bhaskar is organizing a huge Graba festival during Navratri for all the Garba lovers. So grab your partner and go enjoy some Garba Raas at Abhivyakti Garba Mahotsava.

Date: – 1st Oct – 4th Oct.

Venue: Jaipur

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2.Mega Crockery Sale

BP Bharat fine bone china is coming up with a huge exhibition of its crockery at Rajput Sabha Bhawan for 10 days. This is one of a kind exhibition cum sale that you should look forward to if you are a fan of ceramic crockery.

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3.Dandiya Night (Nahargarh Fort)

Our culturally rich heritage is all set for a grand Garba celebration. People who want to celebrate Navaratri soaking in our culturally rich heritage, like kings and queens once did; they should definitely attend the Garba night that will be hosted at Nahargarh Fort.

Date: 1st Oct.

Venue: Nahargarh Fort, Jaipur

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4.Jahnvi – Diwali Night bazaar (Diggi Palace)

Get ready for a heavy dose of shopping as Janhvi, the diwali night bazaar will come up on 1st & 2nd October at Diggi palace. If you are looking for redecorating your wardrobe with some festive collection then Janhvi is the place to be, with over 40 chosen designers of Apparel.  .

Date: 1st – 2ndOctober

Venue: Diggi Palace

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5.Urge Exhibition (Hotel Hilton)

Like we mentioned it is raining exhibitions in Jaipur and we definitely can’t get enough of them. Urge, a wedding and lifestyle exhibition is for all those who are really tired of going to every nook and corner of the city for wedding shopping. Urge brings the best brands together at one place for you to come and shop till you drop.

2nd & 3rd October

Venue: Hotel Hilton

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6. Jhalak Wedding & Lifestyle Exhibition (Mariott Hotel)

The wedding festivities and shopping never end here in pink city. Jhalak the wedding and lifestyle exhibition is back with its next edition of amazing wedding collection. For all the people this is the time to indulge in shopping more than ever.

Date: 3rd – 5th October

Venue: Hotel Hilton

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7.Aspiration Diwali Fest (SMS Convention Centre)

Aspiration is a lifestyle show that has become pretty famous in Jaipur recently. We are sure aspiration is going to give you many reasons to be extravagant.

Date: 3rd Oct – 4th Oct

Venue: SMS Convention Centre

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8.A Touch of Class (Amroddon Ka Bagh)

Diwali season is probably the only season when people plan to decorate their homes more than they decorate themselves. A touch of class is exactly the event everyone, who is looking to decorate their home, looks forward to every year in Jaipur. This exhibition covers Interior & Lifestyle, Property & Home Finance, Consumer Goods & FMCG and Electronics & Information Technology with over 400 brands.

Date: 6th -11th Oct

Venue: Amaroodon ka Bagh

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9.Shubh Diwali & Wedding Exhibition (JKK)

Jawahar Kala Kendra is undoubtedly the one of the best destinations for exhibitions in town. This festive season we have Shubh Diwali Exhibition being hosted at JKK for all the exhibition goers of Jaipur. The exhibition will have brands from multiple industries like Jewelry, Décor, Handicrafts, Ceramics and many more.

Date: 7th – 9thOct

Venue: Jawahar Kala Kendra

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10.Tattle Tales (Grand Uniara)

Tattle tales, a new and vibrant exhibition in Jaipur, is coming up with its second edition for the festive season. This exhibition features many upcoming designers and trends. It is a platform for young designers from fashion and lifestyle industry who exhibit their designs through this exhibition.

Date: 15th Oct

Venue: Hotel Grand Uniara

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11.Vastra – International textile & apparel Fair

 Jaipur has indeed begin to become an international platform for many industries specially for textile and apparel. Jaipur is again set to host Vastra which is an international platform for Textile and Apparel designers to showcase their talent to the world and form strategic alliances globally.

Date: 20th -23rd October

Venue: JECC

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12.Colorstrokes (Diggi Palace)

Colorstrokes is more of an extravagant affair with many pop up workshops, brands and live performances coming together to pamper you. We would say it is more of an experiential event than an exhibition. You sure must mark it in your calendar and visit it.

Date: 22nd Oct

Venue: Diggi Palace

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Hope this will guide you to prepare your calendar for this month.

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Say Hello to Jaipur’s Fooderati

Unravelling the city through its food is what the food bloggers do best with their tantalizing food pictures and critiques on the flavors that a city has to offer, at times the flavors are new and other times some old forgotten delicacies buried in time. Now, Jaipur is a city of Food Connoisseurs and people love their food. The traditions and techniques of cooking take painstaking effort and they expect the same from all the newbies in town. Food is a serious business here.

Be it Mehrunisa’s Khad Murg to Goaplji’s Pani Patashi in the walled city or Niros ‘Lal Maas’ to Mamu’s falafel, the city is a gastronomic haven for its denizens.

And nothing is more important to them than its new and upcoming breed of food bloggers who guide us and take us through the city by lanes ‘one bite at a time’. Jaipur Beat takes the initiative to celebrate city’s Food Bloggers who brave their tongue and health alike to write about the food places so that our food experience is nothing short of incredible .Here is a list of top food bloggers of our city whom you should be following:

1.) And.Then.I.Ate

This super cool food blog is run by the sister duo, Ria & Richa Kumbhat. The idea of starting a food blog came to them when, after living in Abu Dabhi, UAE for 13 years, which is already a home to a lot of amazing food bloggers. They moved back to Jaipur and found out that there are hardly any food blogs in the city. A quest for finding the best of what Jaipur has to offer and write about it is what led to ‘And.Then.I.Ate’.

This blog is currently operating both on Instagram & Facebook, Instagram being their main page.Having traveled over 17 countries, their knowledge of different cuisines has helped them in this endeavor. We are sure their experience is going to be quite useful for you while choosing a diner for eating out.

Link Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/and.then.i.ate/

Link Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/andtheniate/

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2) Jaipur Food Blog

This food blog must be on the top of the list for anyone who is looking for amazing food options in every nook and corner of the city. If you are all into what the streets have to offer in terms of food then Jaipur Food Blog is there to guide you in your endeavor. The blog has captured some amazing food delicacies from the streets of Jaipur along with the hip cafes of Jaipur. We say you check them out once before you go ahead for your next eating expedition.

Link Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jaipurfoodblog/

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3.) Jaipur Food Coaster

Divya Bhati, is the person behind Jaipur Food Coaster. Her idea to start JFC came from a very strong impulse to keep people posted about the most significant ingredient of life; food – where to eat and what to eat. According to Divya the whole experience of dining out depends on one’s choice of dishes from the menu, this is where JFC steps in and helps people chose only the best from the variety offered. Her aim is to help her readers in securing maximum pleasure while they are out on an eating spree.

Link Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jaipurfoodcoaster/?hl=en

Link Zomato: https://www.zomato.com/users/jaipurfoodcoaster-192998

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4.) The Foodie Devi

Radhika Agarwal a.k.a. foodie Devi is a budding food blogger from Jaipur and a foodie herself. Radhika has covered cafes, restaurants and diners across the length and breadth of the city. For all the Jaipurites out there who hate to have bad experiences with food while dining out should definitely check out The foodie Devi. We are sure you cannot go wrong with her advice.

Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/thefoodiedevi/?hl=en

Facebook : www.facebook.com/TheFoodieDevi

Zomato : http://zoma.to/u/173389

Snapchat : thefoodiedevi

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5.) The Food Truck Travel

Here is yet another blog that is redefining food for Jaipur. The food truck travel takes you on a ride to some amazing food experiences. When we say ride, we mean it. This blog also gives wonderful insights into the bloggers many travel experiences as well. Now that’s a good read.:)

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thefoodtrucktravel/?hl=en

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We are sure that this blog is filled with enough homework for our food lovers. So, people get set and go hunt these blogs before you embark on another food journey in the city.

 

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20 Places to visit when travelling to Jaipur

Jaipur is a place with a glorious past and a very rich historic background. People come from far off places just to get the taste of its beautiful monuments and their architecture. For anyone who wants to visit Jaipur or even know about it, here is a list of 20 places one must visit and why.

1. Albert Hall Museum
Situated in Ram Niwas Garden, Albert Hall Museum is home to many beautiful paintings, sculptures and other distinct objects of historic significance. Dated back to 1876, it’s the oldest museum in the state and is quite popular for its Indo-Saracenic architecture. With lush green lawns alongside, you can sit and enjoy the beauty of this gigantic museum from outside.

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2. Amar Jawan Jyoti
Amar Jawan Jyoti was established as a tribute to the martyrs who fought and sacrificed their lives for the pride and honor of the nation. In the evenings, the place is lit with beautiful colored lights which makes the view all the more spectacular. Here one can view art, sculptures and audio visual movies dedicated to the defense force of the country. It is a perfect place for those who are keen to hear the gallant tales of the soldiers of our nation.

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3. Amer Fort
Amer or Amber Fort is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which is among the most visited places in Jaipur. The fort situated high on a hill overlooking the Maota Lake, is spread over a vast area with four levels, each having a courtyard. Every evening, the fort hosts a spellbinding Light and Sound Show, scripted by the great poet and lyricist Gulzar and voiced by Bollywood superstar Mr Amitabh Bachchan. With a blend of folk music, the show brings to life the legends, history, traditions and cultures of the Rajputs and Jaipur City. The high walls of the fort, made of red sandstone and marble, create an awe-stricken backdrop for the light – effects. This is something to be witnessed by every Jaipurite at least once in their lifetime.

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4. Birla Mandir
Birla Mandir, also known as Laxmi Narayan Temple, is a marvel made entirely of white marble. Situated on the elevated platform of the Moti Dunagri Hill, it looks splendid glowing in the night light. The major attraction is towards the idol of Lord Vishnu and Goddess Laxmi, which is carved out of one single piece of marble. With the pure and peaceful aura of the temple, surrounded by lush green lawns, it is the ideal hangout place for many Jaipurites as well as tourists to spend their evenings.

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5. Chokhi Dhani
For an ultimate Rajasthani experience, Chokhi Dhani, located approx 23 km from Jaipur on Tonk Road, is a place you can’t afford to miss. With the artificial village environment, soak in the spirits of Rajasthani culture and traditions. The lip smacking, traditional Rajasthani food adds to the charismatic appeal of Chokhi Dhani. Once you visit the place, the paintings, the wall art, the camel rides, the dance performances, the enthusiasm, the traditions, the Rajasthani attire and the smiling faces are all bound to mesmerize you and make you feel ecstatic.

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6. Chulgiri
Situated in the lap of the Aravali Ranges, is a beautiful Jain temple, Chulgiri. It’s famous for its 60 ft tall dome, which shelters the enormous 21 ft tall sculpture of Mahaveer Swami. The way to the temple is an adventure in itself. Hiking and trekking on the Aravali Hills is altogether a different experience and many tourists visit Chulgiri just for this. The Ghaat Ki Ghooni tunnel which eventually leads to the temple, is a major tourist attraction. During monsoon, surrounded by the greenery, the place looks all the more beautiful and attractive. With many scenic views, it’s a perfect place for a peaceful picnic.

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7. City Palace
Located in the heart of the old city of Jaipur, City Palace is where the Kachwaha Rajput clan ruled from. Built in the 18th Century, the Palace is a blend of Rajput, Mughal and European styles of architecture. Within the premises, one will find many gardens, ravishing courtyards and a Museum displaying many artefacts from the bygone era. Buildings like Mubarak Mahal, Chandra Mahal, Maharani Palace add to the allure of the Palace. Their richly crafted walls and ceiling, marble flooring and the mirror work are just an addition to the beauty of the palace. Govind Dev Ji temple, which is in the palace premises, is also a major tourist attraction and sees a heavy footfall daily.

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8. Galtaji
An ancient pilgrimage site, Galtaji, surrounded by the Aravali Hills has a series of temples built in a narrow crevice. From the hills flows a natural spring, that fills the seven sacred kunds, which the pilgrims consider as holy and come in thousands to bathe here. Galta ji is also famous for the hundred of monkeys that live here in the Galwar Bagh or also known as the monkey temple. It is considered very auspicious to visit the temple and to bathe in the kund on Makar Sankranti.

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9. Hawa Mahal
Hawa Mahal or Wind Palace, built in the shape of Lord Krishna’s crown, is the world’s tallest building without a foundation. With 953 Jharokhs, it was built for the Royal Ladies to witness the day to day activities happening on the streets without actually being seen. It was a great retreat in the summers as the winds would blow inside and cool the entire palace. No tourists can ever resist admiring the beauty of this Wind Palace.

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10. Jaigarh
Jaigarh, situated on the Cheel ka Teela of the Aravali Ranges, over looks the Amber Fort and the Maota Lake. Also known as the Victory Fort, it is very similar to the Fort of Amber in terms of structure and architecture. The fort has a cannon named Jaivana which was once the world’s largest cannon on wheels. It is convenient to visit Jaigarh and Amber Fort on the same trip as they are considered as one complex.
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11. Jal Mahal
Situated in the heart  of the Maan Sagar Lake, is the fine masterpiece of both Rajput and Mughal architecture, Jal Mahal. A five storied building, Jal Mahal has 4 floors underwater and only one floor above it. While it is not open for tourists to visit it from inside, one can marvel at the beauty of this Water Palace from outside, enjoy the picturesque view and have a treat at the nearby Chowpatis.

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12. Jawahar Cirlce
Jawahar Circle, located near the Jaipur International Airport is considered as the largest circular park in Asia. The park has many musical fountains, swings jogging track and a chowpaati place to gorge on tasty food. Having a calm and soothing atmosphere, many people come here to spend some quality time.

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13. Jantar Mantar
Jantar Mantar, also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has many stone, brass and masonry instruments which were made based on astrology and ancient Hindu Sanskrit texts. The place has the World’s largest stone sundial which has created a major buzz among the tourists.

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14. Kanak Vrindavan
Located at the foot of Nahargarh Hills, is a beautiful garden surrounded by lush green lawns and trees and fountains. It has many exquisite ‘Chhatris’ that depict the architecture of the bygone era. The Kanak Vrindavan valley, often being used as a backdrop for my Bollywood movies and a perfect picnic spot, offers a breathtaking view of the Jaipur City and the alluring nearby places. 

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15. Nahargarh
At the edge of one of the oldest mountain ranges in the world, Aravali Hills, stands a magnificent fort named Nahargarh. It’s the favourite hangout place of many Jaipurites because of the height on which the Fort is situated and the breathtaking view of the city that it offers. Trekking to the top of the hill, where the fort stands, is an experience like never before.

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16. Panna Meena ki Baori
Panna Meena ki Baori, located near the Amber Fort, is an architectural marvel of the 16th Century. This step well was constructed as a community gathering place for the locals. During the monsoons, the place looks very attractive and soothing. The beauty of the place lies in the unique concept of symmetrical staircases. Legends say that a person can’t use the same staircase to go up and down and many tourist visit this place to check it out themselves.

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17. Raj Mandir
Constructed in the Art Moderne Style of architecture, Raj Mandir was considered as the finest architecture building in the history of the cinema halls. The beautiful chandeliers, the carpeted floors, crafted walls and everything about the place makes it a royal experience for the visitors. Titled as the ‘Pride of Asia’, this cinema hall is very popular among the tourists as well as the locals.

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18. Sisodia Rani Ka Bagh
Located near Ghat Ki Ghooni, Sisodia Garden was constructed by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh as a token of love for his second queen, Queen Sisodia of Udaipur. The garden is adorned with beautiful flower beds, musical fountains, water channels and murals displaying the eternal love story of Radha-Krishna. The place serves as a very famous tourist and picnic spot.

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19. Sargasuli
Constructed as a symbol of victory of Maharaja Sawai Ishwari Singh over Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh, the tower is also called ‘Victory Tower’. The specialty of this sky-high building is that, from its roof one can get a 360 degree panoramic view of the entire Pink City. Located in the heart of the city, this tower is a very popular tourist destination in Jaipur.

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20. Vidhadhar ka Bagh
A pristine garden, Vidhadhar ka Bagh was built in the memory of the architect of the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur, Vidhadhar Bhattacharya. Located near the Sisodia Garden, the place is a display of scenic beauty surrounded by beautiful fountains, lush green flower beds, royal pavilions and murals of Lord Krishna. It’s a very famous tourist attraction and an ideal place for a peaceful getaway.

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Enjoy the architectural beauties of Pink City and connect with the glorious history of each monument as this is the best time of the year to visit the city of Jaipur.

Written by our intern: Avni Mehta

 

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7 Gates of Jaipur That Have a Story To Tell

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The knock knock joke here in Jaipur’s walled city would take on a completely different meaning with its many doors/ Darwazas/gates spread across the city. We asked many denizens of Jaipur to list the Darwazas of the city and though everybody seemed to agree that they are between 7 to 9 gates in the city but the names on everybody’s list were different. So we dug a bit deeper and have put together a small yet detailed guide for tourists and residents of Jaipur alike to know your one exquisite darwaza of the walled city of Jaipur from another and to never again get lost in the city.
Sawai Raja Jai Singh II did half the work with his architect by planning the city in 3 X 3 squares based on the Indian Vastu-Purush-Mandala. These squares and thus all the roads are aligned North-South or East- West. These 9 +1 squares constitute the Jaipur’s walled city. The city is guarded by 7 primary gates or pols which formed the entry-exit points into the walled city. They are a part of the city ramparts and each gate is unique and its name carries a clue to its location and reason why it’s called that. (Yes, our very own Da-Vinci Code!). The very first clue is, when in doubt – Look up!! 🙂

The centermost square of the Old City is the City Palace and Govind Dev Ji Temple map-copyand the 7 Gates are:

1. Dhruv Pol
Named after the Pole star or Dhruv tara ( which is used in locating the Direction North ) , Dhruv Pol is the Northern most Gate of the walled city. It is now called the Zorawar Singh Darwaza.

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2. Suraj pol
As the name suggests , it translates to Sun Gate , this is the gate to the East of the walled city, towards the eastern hills , in the direction of the rising sun. It also forms the gateway to the famous sun temple built by Sawai Jai Singh and further towards Galta Ji. You can easily identify the gate by the symbol of the 2 painted Suns on the Gate.

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3. Chandpol
Chand Pol means the Moon Gate . Along the East-West Axis of the City, it lies diagrammatically opposite to the Suraj Pol and forms the Western Gate of the walled City.Spot the famous and ancient Chandpole Hanuman Ji Temple with its 25 feet high Shikhar abutting the gate, if you are here you know you have reached the western end of the walled city.

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4. Ajmeri Darwaza / Kishan Pol
This is the 1st of the 4 southern Gates and as the name suggests would command the westerly road towards Ajmer. Also, this gate takes you inside the city towards Kishanpole market, known especially for tie & dye fabrics.

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5. Naya Pol
On the southern end of the Chaura Rasta (or the Wide Road) , this is the 2nd gate of the southern rampart and it means the ‘New Gate’ This gate was earlier a chor darwaza and later increased in size by the Sawai Ram Singh II . The road connects to the City Palace Gate of Tripolia. If you can see Albert Hall through the darwaza, you know you are at Naya Pol.

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6. Sanganeri Darwaza / Shiv Pol
Sanganeri Gate is the 3rd Gate and is located in the southern Ramparts of the Jaipur’s Walled city. This gate governed the route southwards towards the town of Sanganer. It is called Shivpol after the Shivmandir which the royal family would visit during Mahashivratri.

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7. Ghat Darwaza / Ram Pol
The last of the 4 Gates, the Ghat Pol is named after the easterly road towards the Ghat ki Ghuni. Inside the city, this is the way towards the Ramchandra Ji Chowkri and Ramganj Bazar.

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There are many more smaller gates spread throughout the city like the Samrat Pol, Char Darwaza, Ganga Pol, Chanpori Pol , Ganesh Pol , Tripolia, Naqqarwala etc but those are internal gates but each with a story of their own. Watch this space for more!!

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Rambagh Palace’s Steam Lounge Bar Launches its New Menu!

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Some call it the pink city; some call it the Paris of India, but the truth remains that Jaipur is as wholesome as an apple pie. The city oozes joy and is a palette of a thousand colors, each one of which has its own story to tell. But midst all this, it’s Jaipur’s tryst with royalty that shines in its forts & palaces with their intriguing tales, some of which have been heard, and some still stay unveiled.

Like a surreal slice of royalty on a busy road of Jaipur, stands the magnificent Rambagh Palace, which looks like it has been plucked out of a Karan Johar movie set. As you set your foot inside the lavish premises, a mysterious passage on the right hand side leads you to ‘Steam’, a life-size steam engine themed lounge & bar on wheels, and trust us, you are in for a very fancy ride. Making way through the bushes, when you step on to the station like setup, the welcoming breeze and warmth of service crew will prep you for a special evening ahead.

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So when we were invited to taste the new entries in their menu last night, we were quite ecstatic and curious to see what could have been added to the existing array of luscious dishes and exotic drinks. We stepped inside the bogie to see the tastefully crafted interiors done in rich sun lemon with hints of cobalt blue adding to the regal side of this steam engine. As we sat and gazed through the glass windows at the station outside, we were presented with a sumptuous menu which has been aptly and cleverly named in railway lingo, yes!

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Appetizers become ‘Green Signal’ and while we gave ours, we received a delish platter of Hummus bi tahina and pita bread along with Chicken Harira soup. The queer combination of Lebanese and Moroccan cuisine gave us the splendid kick start that our tummies needed that evening 😉 Other options on the menu were a potpourri of Indian, Arabic, Mediterranean and French delicacies making the foodie experience also a multicultural fiesta.

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We went through the ‘Narrow Gauge’ with some steaming ‘Sigara borek’ filled with feta cheese & spinach taking our taste buds on a walk through the streets of Turkey! Through all this, we especially enjoyed the legen -wait for it- dary steam locomotive as they called them – the Italian classic with a little twist – Steam Special Pizza. With fresh cheese, little chunks of chicken tikka, mint and coriander, this Italian favorite made Steam a gourmet haven for us forever. To give it company, they served us an interesting new cocktail – ‘Orange Mint Spritzer’ that literally raised our spirits 😉

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After all this, it was time for the ‘Final stop’ aka desserts. Being high on sweet tooth, we ordered a plethora of bonne bouches. Highly recommended is the oh-so-soft melt-in-thy-mouth New York Cheese cake & Ommali – an Egyptian style bread pudding served with palace made cinnamon ice cream that will put a perfect end to a scrumptious evening and make you look forward to the next one very soon.

Watch the video of ‘The Steam Experience’ here

 

 

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Must watch Festivals of Jaipur for Tourists!

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Being a highly spirited and spiritual country, festivals are at the heart of people’s lives in India, and Jaipur is one of the most wonderful and lively city in Rajasthan that celebrates each festival with great fervor and enthusiasm. The numerous and varied festivals that are held throughout the year in Jaipur offer a marvelous way of seeing Indian culture and its people’s way of celebrating life at its best. Remarkably, a huge number of tourists from other parts of India and foreign lands flock to Jaipur just to witness and take part in these vivacious festivals celebrated in Jaipur.  As the World Tourism Day is approaching, we at Jaipur Beat want you to be acquainted with all the popular festivals celebrated in Jaipur.

Here we go-

  1. Holi

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The colorful and lively spirited two days festival in Jaipur celebrates the victory of good over evil and the abundance of spring harvest! The fun of exuberantly throwing color powder and water all over each other, dancing on raunchy numbers under water sprinklers with tempting treats of bhang pakodas, thandai and gujiyas is just unexplained!! Holi in Jaipur, which is scheduled for 13th March in 2017, is a fun filled festival to participate if you are happy to get drenched in colors and colorful water 😀

 

  1. Teej Festival 

It is the time of spring when Goddess Parvati meets her beloved Lord Shiva after a long time. While the women in Jaipur pray for long life of their husbands. An elaborate procession of accoutrements with adorned camels, horses and elephants parade through the walled city of Jaipur. And, this procession of Teej is an important tourism activity, which is an experience of lifetime for the travelers and photographers.  Jaipur’s streets can be seen brimming with lehariya fabrics and sarees, the festive dessert Ghewar adds perfect flavor to ignite temptations. Mark your calendar for 24th August 2017, Thursday 🙂 

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  1. Gangaur Festival 

Gangaur Festival is also marked in reverence to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. The word is formed from ‘Gan’ and ‘Gauri’Gan is another name of Shiv while Gauri is used to address Parvati. The festival, which will fall on 30th March 2017, is celebrated by women of Jaipur. Similar to Teej, a mesmerizing procession of Goddess Parvati winds magnificently through the Old City of Jaipur via Tripoliya Gate (City Palace) Tripoliya Bazar and Gangauri Bazar with chariots, decorated camels, dancing folk artists, brass bands and royal palanquins for two days.

 

  1. Kite Festival

This is one festival which eliminates all the boundaries between young and old, kid and elders. Many tourists plan their Jaipur vacation in such a way that it falls around Sankranti. A tremendous blend of fun and religious observances, Sankranti is celebrated on 14th January every year and the day is celebrated as Kite Festival. The religious significance of the festival is marked by doing charity and taking an early morning holy dip in Galtaji- the religious water pond in Jaipur.! The Pink City’s sky turns into a canvas of colors with Kites; the spirited sounds of “Woh Kata”, hot pakodas and loud speaker music – each element of Makar Sankranti in Jaipur is worth not to be missed.  As the day fall in the arms of evening a marvelous show of firework and lanterns mesmerizes the onlookers till late night.

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  1. Jaipur Jewellery Show

Jaipur Jewellery Show, to be held on 23, 24, 25, 26 December 2016 at JECC Sitapura, Jaipur.  is one of the most spectacular jewellery shows in entire Asia. Connoisseurs of gems and jewels from across the world visit Jaipur to attend this show of Glitz and glamour. One thing which is synonymous to Jaipur today is its exquisite jewellery. Jaipur’s quintessential jewellery is widely acclaimed not just for its superior craftsmanship but also for emotions that each creation is able to garner. Such is the extensive display of gemstones, rough stones and finished exquisite jewellery that no one can resist admiring this Show.

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  1. Jaipur Literature Festival

World’s largest free literary festival happens in Jaipur ! Every year, everyone, not just in Jaipur, but from all around the world visits the pink city especially for this magnetic festival that keeps getting better every time like the old wine. To get a taste and a glimpse of the literary geniuses from all genres, people swarm in to the Jaipur Literature Festival with a footfall of around 2 lakh in 5 days. Apart from literature, one gets to witness the latest fashion trends, the best eateries, all kinds of cuisines, and a whole new shopping experience at JLF. Save the Dates: 19- 23 January, 2017. 

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Oprah Winfrey at JLF in Jaipur

7. Diwali Festival

The city celebrates the festival of Diwali in its own fashionable manner. As far as eyes could see, there is burst of lights in culturally vibrant Jaipur. Trust us; Jaipur is the best place to experience Diwali festivity where all the streets, shops and buildings are bathed in the magnificence of colorful lights and decorations. The festivities of Diwali will amaze you one week prior and after the October 30th, 2016. 

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With a charm unlike any other city, now you must be knowing why Jaipur has a prominent place on tourists map 🙂

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8 Reasons Why Jaipur Is The Most Peaceful City To Live In

It’s International Day of Peace today. The General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and people. So let us ask you a simple question. What does peace mean to you ? What according to you soothes your soul and brings your mind to peace ? A fresh cup of morning tea at your favorite tapri ? Or suddenly running into a familiar person at the market ? Peace means different things to different people in different nations, places and cities. Midst all the hustle bustle of life and a relentless race, there stands a city, a place that has seen its shades change in the last gazillion years and yet, it maintains its calm and renders peace to every restless soul that resides in its lap – the city of Jaipur.

And we ain’t saying this because we love Jaipur, but for the simple reason, that if any person on this planet will see this city with open eyes, they will fall in love with it at first sight. Let’s find out why 🙂

  1. Traffic woes ? What are they ?No, it’s not like we don’t know what traffic jams are. But we actually don’t know how to get stuck in them for more than half an hour and we owe this to Vidyadhar Bhattacharya, the man who planned the architecture of Jaipur in 1727 making the pink city one of the first planned cities of India 🙂

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2. Locals of Jaipur

Wherever you go, whichever place you stay in or shift to, initially what you see and soak in to is the infrastructure, transportation, weather and all the things which strike you first about a place. But as soon as you take your eyes off the surface, you see what really matters – the people. It could be the guy who gives you newspaper everyday, the lady who comes to deliver milk at your place or a little boy gladly feeding pigeons in front of Albert Hall, you find yourself bonding with them, a beautiful and a peaceful bond.arun-mazumdar3. The other side of Nightlife

To all the people who visit here for the first time and ask ‘Does Jaipur have night clubs ?’ Yes it does. Quite a lot of them. But let’s be honest, it’s not our strength. Because in the name of nightlife, we have some thing which barely any other metropolitan city can offer, and even if it does, it takes you so much time to reach there, that half the magic ends on the way itself. So in case you want to have a look at the other side of nightlife, where there isn’t a congested room but an open sky, no deafening music but the voices of your friends falling in your ears and no disco lights but a twinkling array of stars, throwing light on the well-lit pink city when you look at it from the top of Nahargarh fort 🙂nahargarh-at-night4. Festive Times

Jaipur is growing at a fast pace, is well established with malls, Metro, better infrastructure and other facilities, but in this fast paced life, there is one thing that people hold on to – religion. You will find people getting completely soaked in the spirit of the numerous festivals that the Jaipur culture blesses them with !Teej2.JPG5. Distances

It’s funny how we think that anything beyond 10 km is actually far and causes a change in our plans while in Delhi/Bangalore, anything within the same distance witnesses a sigh of relief ! So distance – never a problem !jaipurshot6. The rural lives

Yes there is a Metro up and running in the city, but the moment you go beyond that, you find a completely different shade of Jaipur – the rural side. Whenever you feel your life isn’t good enough, just look beyond it and go to the nearby villages of Jaipur. You will see how the turban clad men and some beautiful women dressed in neon colored sarees and lehengas lead a simple life filled with bare necessities, daily chores and a pure feeling of contentment.image1-17. Everyone knows Everyone

‘That guy used to come to my tuitions’, ‘ I have seen this woman in the wedding I went to last week’, are the common sentences you’d get to hear in Jaipur ! What we simply love about this city is that everyone knows everyone through someone or the other 😀 So whatever you do, wherever you go, someone must be surely watching you 😉 Jokes apart, it’s a feeling so warm and secure, that nothing can beat it 🙂img_11238. You can Stop… and Breathe

No traffic issues, no rushing hours and no deadlines can dampen the spirit of Jaipurites, and they always find time to stop and breathe, even if it’s just for a pyaaz ki kachori on their way to work, leisurely breakfast of Doddh Jalebi on Sunday or to spontaneously catch up with a friend in the evening over a mirchibada or golgappe 😉jal mahal.jpgNeed we say more ?