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5 Events You Must Not Miss in Jaipur this June

Amidst the raging temperature in the pink city and a few rain showers, the city dwellers have many reasons to step out of their homes this June. Right from colorful exhibitions to new launches and DJ parties, the month is packed with celebrations for people of Jaipur. 🙂 Here is what you should look forward to in the month of June.

1.) F Bar & Lounge, Jaipur- 1st Anniversary

The famous bar and lounge of Jaipur has completed its first year in the city and to celebrate the same with its patrons, F bar has come up with an amazing weekend plan, filled with great music and performers. So get ready to be dazzled with the mixology music and magical nights as F Bar celebrates its one year anniversary. The bar will host DJ Gouri on 1st June, Ankur & Ghalat family on 2nd June and Dance Republic (Nikhil Chinapa + Rohit Barker) on 3rd June.

Venue: F Bar & Lounge,Hotel Golden Tulip.

Date: 1st June-3rd June ’17F bar final2.) Coffee Culture –Opening, Jaipur

The 11 year old coffee brand is all set to spread its wings in the pink city Jaipur and to add glory to their celebration, they are giving the first 300 customers FREE FOOD for the entire year. Coffee Culture Cafes are superior cafe lounges with quirky ambiance & lively atmosphere. Their cafes serve as everyday hangouts for all segments of the society. The place has been known for its coffee, beverages and some great food items like Sizzlers, Pizzas & Burgers. So get ready to explore this new hangout in Jaipur.

Venue: Opposite Genpact, Malviya Nagar

Date: 4th Junecoffee culture final3.) Urge Exhibition

To keep up with the latest trends in apparel, accessories, home décor and jewellery you need to visit this exhibition. We are sure that all the fashionistas and shopaholics of Jaipur will definitely be here to keep their wardrobes updated. To add entertainment to this amazing exhibition, a tarot card reader will also be there for those who are interested.

Venue: Holiday Inn

Date: 9th June – 10th June’17urge4.) Jhalak- Wedding & Lifestyle exhibition

One of the most famous lifestyle exhibitions, Jhalak, is back again with another edition of fabulous style, amazing designs and leading designers. The exhibition has already made a name for itself in the city and has become a go to place for many fashion enthusiasts of the city. If you have never been to this one, make sure to not miss out on it this time.

Venue: Holiday Inn

Date: 21st& 22nd June’17  jhalak5.) Hi Life Exhibition

This is definitely a month dedicated to fashion and lifestyle in the Pink city as yet another fashion exhibition is here to lure fashion lovers. Hi Life, a national level lifestyle exhibition, will be here in Jaipur to present a fashion and luxury extravaganza showcasing premium fashion designers and renowned labels from across the country. The exhibition will host the most desirable designers and their creations from India in furnishing, home decor, handbags, fine jewellery, art and much more.

Venue: SMS Convention Centre

Date: 23rd June – 24th Junehi lifeGiven such an interesting line up of events in June, we are sure you are looking forward to the month with more enthusiasm now. 🙂

 

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Swing in The Celebration of Ramadan in the Walled city of Jaipur

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You can smell festivity in the air and devotion on faces because it’s just the beginning of the month of Ramadan! Observed annually by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting (sawm), Ramadan is followed by the entire Muslim community in order to get closer to God and to remind them and live the life of the less fortunate ones.

Did you know that the word Ramadan comes from the Arabic root ramida or ar-ramad, which means scorching heat or dryness ? Because the time right now is of peak summer and that makes this fasting even more difficult and challenging to follow.

Though Ramadan is followed and celebrated in all the areas of Jaipur, the festival’s real sheen is seen in the walled city, especially Ramganj Bazaar. The market was named Ramganj after Maharaja Sawai Ram Singh II who was the one to bring modernization in the architecture of Jaipur. The name Ramganj, Ram + Ganj (meaning area) reaffirms that this area is the soul of the city as it houses the oldest mosques that smoothly blend in the wise architecture of the walled city of Jaipur. Along with a plethora of mosques, the city’s most authentic Mughal cuisines are found in Ramganj Bazaar and the nearby lanes (galiyan). Ramganj Bazaar is equivalent to the Char Minar of Hyderabad & Jama Masjid of Delhi.

But how exactly do they go about the fasting?

Every Muslim, mostly after he/she turns 12, considers it their farz (duty) to fast during Ramadan but are excused in case of special circumstances like illness, pregnancy, travel etc. Ramadan is the ninth pillar of Islam and is practiced in reverence of Allah. The month generally consists of 29-30 days depending on the visual sightings of crescent moon and all the followers follow the timetable of Mecca. They eat before 4 a.m. and post that, they don’t eat or drink anything throughout the day, including water. The meal that they have in the morning is called Sehri. As the day proceeds, they recite namaaz at mosque (masjid) in the evening and at around 7:15 i.e. after sunset, they open their fast with something natural like fruits, dates (khajur), milk, water – basically anything which isn’t cooked over fire. Dates are popularly eaten to open the roza for their distinguishing quality of providing instant energy after a day full of fasting. The meal served in the evening is called Suhoor or Iftaar.

After Iftaar, the devotees visit Masjid at around 9 p.m. where Quran is recited for around 1.5 hours and all the people sit there listening to it. After 29 or 30 days, the Eid-Al-Fitr celebrations are in full swing when mosques are decorated, the lanes are dazzling in lights and folks visit each other to wish and exchange sweets especially Sevayian Kheer as it’s also known as Meethi Eid. The night of spotting the moon and ending the fasts is known as ‘Chaand Raat’ or the night of the moon 🙂

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Eid Mubarak 🙂

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8 Ice Cream Places In Jaipur That Will Help You Forget the Heat

Despite of the sudden rain storms in the city, the heat during the day time is quite unbearable. Temperature is soaring and all you need is some respite in any form. Now for the moment of truth, AC Fans sab apni jagah hai but ice cream ka kaam ice cream hi karti hai 😉 Isn’t it ? The only thing that can make you forget the heat and love summers is a scoop of melting ice cream 😀 So let us list out some of our favorite ice cream places in Jaipur that will put the blazing heat in the back seat for sometime and take you to a cooler world 🙂

  1. Iscream Social

    Opened recently in one of the most buzzing areas of Jaipur, every corner of Iscream Social literally screams of ice creams with their colorful interiors and innovative ice creams. The highlight here is the Nitrogen ice-cream & pan flavored ice-cream which is different from the rest and something to look forward to.
    Location : G-8, Neelkanth Tower, Near MGF Mall, C Scheme, Jaipur

    2. Naturals

    A blessing to Jaipur in terms of fruit flavored ice creams, Naturals Ice cream parlor is like a magnet for the seasonal fruit lovers ! Known for their ‘natural’ and delicious fruit flavors especially Mango, Tender Coconut, Cheeku, Strawberry and many more, Naturals has now decked up its interior in the palette of Jaipur’s cultural richness complementing the colors of its flavors 🙂
    Location : A 5, Ground Floor, Suryavanshi Pearl, Sarder Patel Marg, Near Chomu House Circle, C Scheme, Jaipur


    3. Habitz

    A comparatively new kid on the block, Habitz comes like a cold wave of relief in this crazy summer. It has some great ice cream flavors but if you really want to experiment, go for their Green chilly Habitz or Ginger Habitz that feels cold in the beginning and changes once inside your throat. Interesting isn’t it?

    Location : 11, Near Nanak Plaza, Opposite Lane 4, Raja Park, Jaipur



    4. Jalmahal

    Now for the name which might have your childhood memories attached – Jalmahal. If you are a 90s kid, you must have gone to Jal Mahal hundreds of times and come back with a balloon from the sellers who still set outside the parlor on M.I. Road. After so many years and so many ice cream parlors, you will find a rush inside this one typically between 10:30 p.m. and 12 a.m. Ice cream pizza, ice cream sundaes and now ice cream cakes are the desserts to always choose here 😀

    Location : Shop No 85, MI Road, Near, Panch Batti, Jaipur

    5. Thanco’s

    A little like Naturals, Thanco’s is an ice cream parlor on one of the most crowded streets of Raja Park where you can pause and gorge on its fruit flavors and sinful Belgian Dark Chocolate.

    Location : hop No-31-32, 12, Gurunanakpura, Raja Park, Jaipur


    6. Indian Falooda

    One more from the lanes of nostalgia and something that redefines evergreen, Indian Falooda Ice cream parlor is a cute little place on the city streets where some old time couples must have shared their first ice cream together. All sizes of the classic Falooda with rabdi, kulfi, noodles and rose sharbat are available here and nothing can take its simple charm way 🙂

    Location : Shop No 28, Link Road, Bapu Bazar, Pink City, Jaipur

    7. Giani’s 

    Right from Delhi’s Chandni Chowk, Giani’s has made its way to various parts of Indian and now in Jaipur as well. With exceptionally rich and fulfilling ice creams, the best ones are Red Velvet, Belgian chocolate and the cold stone sundaes that are a rare find in the city 🙂

    Location : Devraj Niwas, Near Moti Mahal Cinema, Khasa Kothi Crossing, Gopalbari, Jaipur

    8. Softy Corner

    Remember when we did not even know the exotic names of ice creams and all we cared about was ‘Softies’ ? Whenever you want to go back to that feeling of ice cream being filled in your cone by the machine in a spiral shape, visit the Softy Corner which still serves the creamy delicious softy cones 😀

    Location : Shop No. 222, Raja Park, Jaipur


    Let’s scream for Ice Cream 😀

 

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Jaipur Rugs Roll Out The Red Carpet For Rural Artisans At Arcasia Jaipur

A few kilometers away from the hustle bustle of the city, in a far away village, lies a community of artisans who use their gifted hands in making India’s finest hand knotted carpets and a company that bridges the gap between these local artisans and global community – Jaipur Rugs.

One of India’s largest manufacturers of hand knotted rugs, Jaipur Rugs has this time partnered with Arcasia – a forum that has gathered experts and professionals from the architectural industry, to discuss potential methods that could help incorporate green elements and green technology in the project design and construction process progresses. The 3 day event started on 23rd May and Jaipur Beat took the opportunity to meet the artisans at Jaipur Marriott.

The most interesting part of the forum was a setup that offered a live experience of watching the extremely elaborate process of carpet weaving by the rural artisans. Out of the 86 processes that are carried out in this highly skilled art, 5 processes were on display and the feeling was nothing short of bewilderment and admiration to watch 5 women happily carrying out the 5 processes of map making, spinning, Rafu, hand knotting and embossing.

“The idea is to bridge the gap between grass root heroes and global delegates.” said Kavita Chaudhary, the Design Director at Jaipur Rugs. Having been the only Indian company to have won an accolade in the esteemed Carpet Design Awards 2017 and the only Indian company to consecutively win 3 awards at German Design Award, Jaipur Rugs aims at uplifting the grass root level weavers and introduce them to the end consumers and global architects at this event.

Kavita Chaudhary , Design Director of Jaipur Rugs

Headquartered in Jaipur, the 1978 establishment – Jaipur Rugs sells hand-knotted rugs via retail stores and online portal – http://www.jaipurrugsco.com/. Mr. NK Chaudhary, the founder of Jaipur Rugs, came up with this idea after some conflicts of interest with his family which now makes for an interesting background story.

“I get the maximum of my design ideas while travelling. The best ideas come to you when you are in a relaxed mood and the windows and doors of your mind are open.” said Kavita Chaudhary (D/o NK Chaudhary). When asked about her inspirations for such unique and pleasant designs, she said ‘I love Europe. It’s not just the architecture, but the moods of the spaces used in the interiors that in turn inspire the moods of our carpets”.

Each of the women carrying out their tasks earnestly in the colorful setup at the event was a treat to watch. Not only this, every weaver had a lesson to share and story to tell.

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Jaipur RugsJaipur Rugs’ operations span across 20+ branches, 6 states and 600 villages in India with distribution to over 40 countries with its independent base of over 40,000 artisans. The company also has a large distribution base in Atlanta, United States.

Stall of Jaipur Rugs at Arcasia, jaipur

Stall of Jaipur Rugs at Arcasia, Jaipur

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Polo is just not a sport but a Royal Tradition of Jaipur!

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Padmanabh Singh at City Palace

Among the world’s most ancient sports, the game of Polo is as “Exclusive as Elusive”, in the cities of Jaipur & Jodhpur in Rajasthan. The very name invokes vision of aristocracy and excellence, of style and rare athletic prowess. Polo is a game that signifies glamor, intelligence, power, adventure, elegance, graceful teamwork, class and above all – Royal Tradition.

Since the days of Emperor Akbar it has been the Indian Maharajas that have given this game its Royal Tradition. The history of Polo in Indian is full of proud achievements. Since 1887, this fascinating game has been greatly influenced by the traditions of Rajasthan. It is a matter of pride that most of the high handicap players produced in India have been from Rajasthan. While the 61st Cavalry also based in Jaipur, has kept it alive in the army.  Here, the game is not just played on horses; there is camel polo, elephant polo and even bicycle Polo. As time passed, the polo scene has changed but Jaipur and and Jodhpur still lead the way and are considered to be a perfect destination for Polo has become a part of the royal heritage of Rajasthan which is being forward now with new generation of the royals of Jaipur.

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Living up to this family tradition, the 18-year old HH Maharaja Sawai Padmanabh Singh of Jaipur, Pacho as he is fondly called by his friends, has been selected in the Indian Polo Team. He is the youngest ever player to represent India in a World Cup match.  The XI World Cup Zonal Play Offs are scheduled to be held in Iran from 29 June to 7 July this year. It is to be recalled that the last time India had won the World Cup was in France in 1957 under the captainship of late HH Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II of Jaipur, and now it’s his great grand son Maharaja Padmanabh Singh who becomes the second player from the erstwhile Jaipur Royal Family to represent the country in the World Cup. Isn’t it true that history repeat itself 🙂

It is also to be noted that the present World Cup is now known as ‘Jaipur World Cup’. It was presented by late HH Maharaja Sawai Bhawani Singh in Buenos Aires in 1982.

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Image Via Google- Maharaja Man Singh II

Polo Tradition in Jaipur

In Jaipur, the polo tradition dates back to Raja Man Singh Ji, King of Amber, who in the 16th century had taken a keen interest in chaugan while staying in Akbar’s court. Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh, three generations later, famous for shifting the capital from Amber to Jaipur, built a sophisticated polo field next to his palace, starting a long tradition of opening elaborate grounds in which to play the game.But it was Sawai Man Singh II, in the mid 20th century, who brought the Jaipur polo tradition to its climax as he became one of the most celebrated international players, reaching a level 9 handicap. Maharaja Sawai Man Singh built polo ground in his own palace, Rambagh, Maharaja Sawai Man Singhji wanted to create a sport complex for his city around the polo grounds. With this in mind, he gave a large piece of land to this city to build a stadium. Today, we know it as the Sawai Man Singh stadium,Jaipur

Game of Polo is back and we are sure that the long standing legacy of Jaipur for this game will be alive. With young Maharaja Padmanabh Singh of Jaipur, Polo lovers will once again witness some thrilling action on the field of Iran this year.

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A New Breakfast Haven in Jaipur – Begin your day with ‘Namak Ishq Ka’

‘Khaane mein namak kam hain, thoda upar se daal do’, ‘I think it’s too salty’, every thing we taste every day is driven in taste by one thing – namak. But there is one type of namak you would be dying to taste but will always be at the crossroads is ‘Namak Ishq Ka‘ 😉 Well, not anymore ! Opened as a kiosk of all things savory, ‘Namak Ishq Ka’ in Tilak Nagar is a small haven for all the salty and spicy food lovers 😀

Like the name goes, Namak Ishq Ka is blooming with a namkeen menu like namak paare, samosas, bedmi aloo, but what’s so special about them? They are cooked in desi ghee, yes.

Started by Mr. Vivek Chaturvedi – Founder & Chief Mentor at WIWO.Global, a creative agency, ‘Namak Ishq Ka’ endeavours to bring the taste of Uttar Pradesh to Rajasthan.

“Rajasthan has an arid environment and has a dire need for people to consume desi ghee  in their diets according to the weather conditions here”, said Vivek.

Vivek and his entire team belongs to Uttar Pradesh. All the spices used to cook the food are directly called from UP especially hing or Asafetida that changes the basic taste of everything is specially brought from Uttar Pradesh. The most distinctive dish of this place is its mouth watering Bedmi AlooA full meal with crispy puris, Aloo accompanied by Kulhad Chaach made with bundi, Bedmi Aloo is a dish that belongs to Mathura, Agra and other Western parts of U.P. A plate worth just Rs. 50 is a full meal at any time of the day. Also, it is served in a special thali and you can really have your buds feeling like their rolling on the taste of Nawabs and culture of Rajasthan.

Bedmi Aloo

When asked about the quirky and fun name of the food place, Vivek chuckled and said ‘I don’t have a sweet tooth and am very fond of savory items. Also, I love the popular song from the movie Omkara and hence came up with Namak Ishq Ka.’

All things aside, let us share with you what made us fall for this place, the samosas. Made in shuddh desi ghee, the samosas were hot, crispy and they absolutely melted in the mouth unlike a lot of refried oily samosas we sometimes encounter. Also, the samosas are just worth Rs.15 per piece and the permanent accomplice – Kulhad Chai soothes your soul.

Healthy, hygienic and succulent, we had our breakfast meal sorted with Namak Ishq ka, it’s your time now 😉

 

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5 Unfiltered Poems About Indian Society You Need To Hear Right Now

Everyday when we pick up the newspaper and read about latest developments that are happening in our city we feel proud. However off late, with every passing day, the city is seeing a rise not only in the crime rate but also in the brutality with which these crimes are being committed. The same story runs across the whole country and it’s time that we stop here and take a strong stand against these crimes. Especially when the law holders in the country are quiet, it is time that some of us take the initiative to speak, what is unspoken.

Luckily for us, the young generation is taking up this duty and how? In a poetic manner, something that neither can be suppressed nor forgotten. Taking up this responsibility further, we are sharing some ‘Unerased’ poetry that not only won our hearts but also spoke about matters that no one has had the guts to speak.

1.) A brown girl’s guide to gender 

Slut shaming, acid attack and marital rape, so these words ring a bell. Well why not they have been making rounds on the internet and the media for a while however our society fails to will recognize these words because marriage  means a license to sleep with your spouse even if it is against her wishes and there is no harm in calling a girl, who wears short dresses, a whore. Do you tend to disagree with this?  Then you will definitely agree with this millennial who talks about these sensitive topics and more.

2.) Before you commit suicide

Depression and fear of failure have taken more lives in our country than any other accidents. The pressure that many and specially youngsters feel everyday that sometimes pushes them to end their lives 😦 in order to run away from it, is huge. To all those who have gone through such days here’s a poem that talks about all that you have been through and probably many others like you.

3.) Pyaare baba – Who hasn’t heard about Nirbhaya. We all know the plight that she went through. The saddest part of her story wasn’t that it happened but the fact that it is happening again and again. The worst part is that thousands of people came together for a candle light march to raise voice against the incident and then… WENT BACK HOME. The point is that such incidents create a stir for a while but later on people just move on. We bet that the pain in every word of this poetry will create a hurricane in the society, which will end only with the end of such brutality. 

4.) The legal Rapist – Marital rape strikes again and why not? After being subjected to this crime not just for days or years but for centuries, finally someone has had the courage to speak it out loud. You need to listen to this one till the end.

5.) Sex Talk – The topic of the poem is enough to create a hullabaloo about it but there is more to the poem than its title. The young poet has brought up many topics around sex that are completely avoided by our society. Whether it’s the matter of LGBTQ or talking about sex with your children, this young poet has done justice to these issues with her subtle words.

If like us you also think that it is important to share these messages then kindly do so.

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A Humble Story of the Most Iconic Restaurant in India- Niros, Jaipur

In 1940s, the only development that Pink City witnessed outside the walled City of Jaipur was the Mirza Ismail Road, which today is the Prime Street of Jaipur. As you walk on M.I Road, among the big brands stands a restaurant that humbly stood the test of time, the one that has defied the art and alchemy of palate over years, over decades, from generation to generations, not just managed to sustain but beating the fierce competition in hospitality market. Yes, it is none other than ‘Niros’ Jaipur, that began its journey on August 1, 1949 by launching the First Multi Cuisine Restaurant of Jaipur.  Over a period of 67 years, from a classic restaurant, Niros went on to become a landmark and is now fixed in the list of ‘India’s 75 Most Iconic Restaurants’ of the country.

“Well, I visited Niros for the first time in 1949 and since then whenever I visit Jaipur (or wish to dine out) I make sure to come and dine here.” This quote is not by one but many, who visited Niros in its year of establishment and were charmed and delighted by the appetizing food and charmed by its ambiance. People visiting Niros were not limited to Jaipurites or foreigners; they include celebrities like Lt. Rajmata Gaytri devi, Lt. Rajeev Gandhi, Farooq Abdullah, Lt.Rajesh Khanna, Prakash Padukone, Naomi Campbell, Ranveer singh, Shobha Dey, Bina Kak, Shobha De, the list is endless.

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The restaurant had the most humble beginnings with Late Shri Ved Pardal, visiting the vegetable market every morning and procuring fresh vegetables and meat and coming back to the restaurant to work till late night and come up with the most wonderful delicacies for his customers. With perseverance to make a place for non vegetarian food in a market where people had an inclination towards vegetarian only, the restaurateur didn’t leave any stone unturned. The result of which is visible in the success and monopoly that Niros has in Jaipur when it comes to non-vegetarian food.

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Ved Pardal owner of the First multi Cuisine Restaurant of Jaipur- Niros at the Counter in 1950
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Dimple and Rajesh Khanna at Niros
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Partner at Niros Shri Rajnish Pardal with Maharaja Arvind Singh Mewar

The restaurant created a big name for itself when dining out wasn’t even an option in India let alone Jaipur. With the increase in popularity of the dining out culture many cafes and restaurants have come up in the city, serving cuisines from around the world but none has been able to match the popularity that Niros has gained in all these years.

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Shri Vinay Pardal and Rajnish Pardal, carried forward the legacy of the restaurant further of their father Late Sh. Ved Pardal. However, it wasn’t a cakewalk for them. Both of them have worked hard alongside their father and learned every trait of the business before taking the lead. Rajnish Pardal, an outstanding cook and also a Food Columnist now has created indigenous recipes that are now a part of ‘Niros’ menu whereas Shri Vinay Pardal takes care of efficient management of the restaurant. Whenever you visit Niros, you will always find the owners available at the restaurant to charm you with their food, service and humility.

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Owners and partners at Niros- Shri Rajnish Pardal and Vinay Pardal

Now that we have shared a great deal about the restaurant and what lies behind the making of this iconic restaurant let us share when Jaipur Beat was recently invited to visit the restaurant. To begin with the ambiance it is undoubtedly the coziest restaurant one can find in Jaipur. The beautiful wall painting by renowned artist Satish Gujral adds appeal to the place, where the spirit of Rajasthan is depicted by the figurines of king and the queen playing Chaupad. The soft lighting adds to the serenity and tranquility.

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But like any other foodie, our favorite part of the restaurant was food. Now many of us know that Niros is famous for its non vegetarian food but how many of you know that the restaurant serves more vegetarian dishes than non vegetarian, each of which is delightful. We can say that we got a chance to gorge on their North Indian and Chinese menu.

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With a huge platter of scrumptious dishes, including but not limited to Niros’ famous Paneer Butter Masala, Pindi Chana, Vegetable Rice, Chinese Noodles and Manchurian, it will be very tough to choose one of these as the best. Our binge eating didn’t end here as we moved on to some of the popular Niros desserts including Niros Special, Faluda Kulfi and Caramel Custard.

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From our food list you can sure make out that we spent one wonderful afternoon at one of the most iconic restaurants, in the world. All we can say in the end is that we were bowled over by the food, ambiance, legacy of Niros and moreover by hospitality of our hosts, Vinay Pardal and Rajneesh Pardal, gentleman who run the restaurant right now.
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The wall of the restaurant displays awards received at Times Food Awards. 

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Well, just a cherry on the cake, we say.

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Witness The Rise of The Pink City, Jaipur- Now and Then

Jaipur, the largest city of Rajasthan, the construction of which started in 1727 by HH Sawai Jai Singh, was built following the principles of Vastu Shastra and it took around 4 years to complete the construction of major palaces, roads and squares of the city. Jaipur is noted as India’s first planned city then and now is among the fastest emerging metropolis of the nation. The life in the Pink city in 18th-century that was full of Rajasthani flamboyance embraces modernity swiftly by 21st Century while retaining its centuries old charm.

The Pink City has undergone a sea change- its people, their pace of life, transportation, visibility of the gender ration on streets, how they dressed and their expressions but even today when you pass through the buzzing lanes of the capital city you’d recognize that you are walking through more than 3 hundred years of living heritage. The city gates, havelis, courtyards, palaces and monuments have been witness to the changing phase of lifestyle in Jaipur keeping intact its ambiance.

Owing to the great urban planning in past, the modern development has never affected the true grandeur of Jaipur. The City with its new infrastructure and global exposure is undoubtedly the most beautifully evolved ancient city of the country. Today, Jaipur proudly retains its pink hues; the built heritage standing tall and firm alongside the splendor of modern infra with equaled wider lanes together weave a marvelous picture of three hundred centuries living in harmony!
Jaipur’s historic erections during the times of yesteryears when compared with its today’s look make a fascinating story- on one glimpse it is what it was centuries back and on other one can comprehend with its Oh So New Look 🙂

Jaipur Beat brings to you the fascinating story of Jaipur Now-and Then through the historic and modern photographs of Jaipur –

  1. Galta Gate, Jaipur

It is the only gate to enter the walled city of Jaipur.The view of Jaipur City developed around Galta Gate is ravishing, while back then there was very few construction and long range of barren land.

 

2.  Hawa Mahal, Jaipur

Built in 17th Century and perched in the middle of the walled city, Hawa Mahal is also known as the Palace Of Winds. Its walls of pink color give a hint of the Pink City. It was constructed especially for the royal women to be a part of the festivities, as they were secluded from the society by ‘parda’ system. Having its own history, today gives it a worldwide recognition.

3.  Tripoliya Gate, Jaipur

Once the point of entrance and arrival of Royal Families from City Palace, Tripoliya is a famous land mark in Jaipur. One thing that hasn’t changed since then is the procession of Gangaur and Teej from this restored Gate of Jaipur. Now, this gate is open to use exclusively for royals living inside City Palace and closed for the common man.

4.  Johri Bazaar, Jaipur

Johari Bazaar is the popular shopping arena of Jaipur dedicated to the market of gems and jewellery.  As the name suggests, Johari Bazaar attracts jewellers and buyers of precious semi-precious gems and metals from across the world.

 

5.  Govind Dev Ji Temple, Jaipur

Govind Dev ji is one of the prominent temples of Rajasthan. Since decades it is visited by thousands of devouts annually. Dedicated to Lord Krishna, the temple is well preserved by the royal family of Jaipur.

6.  City Palace

City Palace is located in the heart of the old city of Jaipur. It is where the Kachwaha Rajput clan ruled from. Built in the 18th Century, the Palace houses many gardens, splendid courtyards and a Museum displaying many artefacts from the bygone era.

7.  Badi Chaupar- Chaupar means a large square and Badi means Big. This is also known as Manak Chowk and located near to famous Hawa Mahal. This is one square that leads to many fascinating bazaars of Jaipur. The under process construction of metro station can be seen in this area.

8.   Chandpole Gate

Adjacent to the famous Hanumanji temple with 25 feet high dome, Chand Pol is the Moon Gate . Along the East-West Axis of the City, it forms the Western Gate of the walled City. Spotting this gate means you have reached the western end of the walled city.

9. Badi chaupur-

Another view of Badi Chaupar where one can see how over the centuries mode of transportation changed from camels to auto, rickshaw, cars and buses and the change will continue as very soon it will be metro site as well.

 

10.  Albert Hall

Albert Hall Museum is located in Ram Niwas Garden of Jaipur. The foundation stone of Albert Hall was laid during the visit of the Prince of Wales, Albert Edward to Jaipur in 1876 and completed in year’s time in 1877 by the architect Samuel Swinton Jacob, then Director of Jaipur PWD.It is a home to many beautiful paintings, sculptures and other distinct objects of historic significance. It is the oldest museum in the state and is quite popular for its Indo-Saracenic architecture.


* Old Jaipur Pictures taken from Google