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6 Events in Jaipur to Look Forward to in June 2017

With the summer break hitting its peak and the weather turning a bit more bearable, it’s time for Jaipurites to leave their homes and indulge in some creative and different activities. Your plans for the next few days have been sorted by Jaipur Beat with a list of events to attend in the city. Be it an art, education, food and shopping everything is included in this list to match your different taste. So get up, get ready and soak in some cool events.

  1. Jaipur’s Biggest Food Bloggers Meet

Is there anything better than sitting with fellow food lovers and talking about different food cuisines?  With new cafes opening up every day in the city this is definitely a good place to brush up your Zomato knowledge. For all the upcoming food connoisseurs in the city , Jaipur’s biggest Food bloggers meet on 13th June should not be missed.

Venue- Home Cafe

Food Blogger

2. Baking Workshop – 14th-15th June at Oven- The Bakery & Cafe

Venue- Oven –The Bakery & Cafe, C-Scheme
Bring out the inner baker in you and learn new ways of baking with this workshop. The workshop is for kids only on 14th June where they will get chance to get their hands dirty with exciting baking tricks. The entry fee for the kid’s workshop is Rs.500/-


Ladies Baking Session-15th June, 2017
The most exciting way to learn is in a group; join them for Ladies Baking Session on 15th June & learn new ways to bake from the experts. For Registrations- call at 9654783526

Baking Session

3. Paint Party, Father Painting Workshop by Aditi Agarwal
Venue- O2- The Plant Cafe, Lal Kothi Scheme

Aditi Agarwal is a Jaipur based artist and she will be taking this unusual feather painting workshop for all the art lovers in the city. The perfect way to get your creative streak going take part in this workshop and you will get to keep the feather masterpiece you create. Pick up your phone and call right away to attend this fun event.


4. Jaipur MUN – 15th,16th,17th June

Venue- B.M Birla Auditorium, Statue circle
For all the budding politicians, diplomats and those who love debating, this is the place to be this week. Get yourself registered for this exciting event and start with your research! Jaipur Beat is the Online Media Partner of  JaipurMUN

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5. Wonder Woman Summer Camp


Date- 20th June – 25th June, 2017
Venue- Jaipur Marriot, Tonk road
This 6 day camp is for all the ladies and girls (16 and above) of Jaipur.  The timings will be from 1pm to 4pm and if you can’t commit all 6 days go in for individual sessions.
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6. Food and Craft Expo   

Date- 24th June – 2nd July, 2017
Venue- J.K.K, JLN Marg

Food Mela
This nine day expo brings together food and crafts from all over the country and will give you diverse options to choose from. Satiate your taste buds with cuisines from different states and take back home beautiful crafts.
This is a free ticket event and will be open from 10am to 8pm for all nine days.


Blog Credit- Anjali Sarda (Intern at Jaipur Beat)

Editing – Team Jaipur Beat




9 Snacks Every Jaipurite is Craving On This Pleasant Day

Rain showers are coming to greet us more often now ! Don’t waste time thinking about how to make the most of it and just gorge on the simple, basic and amazing monsoon snacks 😀

  1. Cutting Chai

One of the most suitable and seen is a cup of garam-garam adrakh wali kadak chai with drops of rain adding their own flavor 🙂


  1. Filter coffee

Don’t worry, for all those people who do not prefer tea – have you tried the famous South Indian filter coffee. You’ll really enjoy it in this wet and cold weather !!

  1. Bhutta

A specialty of monsoon, just adds its own taste to the season. With a pinch of salt and lemon juice – it just adds that perfection to the season.

4. Momos

The hot, steaming, vegetarian or non-vegetarian, all kinds of Momos are calling you. The heat is on a break and clouds are on a spree, go for a plate full of Momos now 😀

5. Maggi

Maggi Maggi Maggi 😀 Plain, Atta, Hot Heads or ‘the Masala of India’ ones, Maggi becomes dearer when sun is hiding and clouds are taking over the sky 🙂

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6. Pakoras

Hot and spicy pakoras make a delicious combo with a cup of tea. It sets the mood on a rainy day 😀

7. Chana Jor Garam

It is one of the favorite street food with some tangy and spicy flavor.

Chana jor garam

8. Samosas/Kachoris

Garam Garam samosas with 2 types of chutneys – we know you want these right now 😀

9. Jalebi

How can Jaipurites end without meetha 😉 Hot jalebis anyone?

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Gharaz- A Contemporary Jewelry Brand From Jaipur Turns 3

With various markets like Johari bazaar, Haldion ka raasta and many other markets which are solely dedicated to jewelry. It’s not uncommon for another brand to open up in Jaipur. The pink city tops the lists of wedding shopping destinations in the country and the jewelry shops in the city have majorly contributed to that. Be it gold, silver, lac, thewa, meenakari and kundan the options and varieties are innumerable and this is another reason why the name Jaipur is synonymous with jewelry shopping in the whole world.

Among many small shops and big stores Gharaz is a brand started by Vishakha Agarwal who comes from a family involved in the jewelry trade and is the fourth generation of her family in this industry.

The budding young designer hosted an event called “GHARAZ TURNS 3” at cafe Lazy Mojo to celebrate the successful completion of 3 years of her brand which was started in 2014.

JAIPUR BEAT attended the event and got a chance to see her exquisite collection of contemporary and modern jewelry which has a touch of tradition. Her work involves a fusion of different styles which was clearly visible in her jewelry and jewelry customization as per choice of the client. The event was co-hosted by her sister Akshya Agarwal who handles her own home decor brand called the Bhrti home decor and is also the director of Avyaya Welfare Foundation, an NGO promoting skill based development. The fashion aspect was introduced by Nidhi Agarwal, their youngest sister. The sister trio is very creative and wishes to show the culture and rich heritage of Jaipur in all their respective fields. the event was also attended by Mrs. Archana Surana, director of ARCH Academy, who appreciated the work of Vishakha who is the alumnus of ARCH academy.


Vishakha’s pieces are simple, classy, elegant and cost effective. She uses nickel free gold plating as it has a longer life and does not cause skin allergies. Other than diamond, silver she also uses semi precious jewels with mostly pastel shades for her designs as they can be worn on an everyday basis and  for parties and weddings and also adds a cool, casual vibe to any look.

What stands out in her collection is that all the pieces are very light weight contrary to the appearance that they give. The neck pieces look heavy but once after trying those on you won’t feel the weight. The jewelry is designed keeping in mind the modern women and as an addition to the personality of the person wearing it. The most unique designs are the ones which are made up of vintage coins with inscription on them. “Rather than buying something for a special occasion which you won’t wear again, it’s better to invest in pieces which you can wear in your office, for a party and even in weddings”, quoted Vishakha, designer of Gharaz.


Her collections are handcrafted by local Jaipur artisans and involve a lot of traditional carving on jewelry. Her upcoming collections will involve the use of wood and brass.

The label has bought in a new aspect to jewelry shopping in the city with online store which provides shipping all across the world.  The designer is working very hard to complement traditional jewelry from Jaipur with her own brand which stands to create modern looks for women of every age. She wishes to change the image of Jaipur jewelry from traditional to modern with a touch of elegance. She is also creating a balance and incorporates the rich culture of Rajasthan in her modern pieces. Her collection is also available at around 30 different online portals.


She has a retail store along with her sister who is working in home decor at 72, Vishnu garden colony, opp. Airport boundary main Tonk road, Jaipur. You can also shop from their website which is and respectively and their Instagram handles which are @gharazbyvishakha and @bhrtihomedecor.


These young Jaipurites are working to create a different shopping experience in the fields of jewelry and home decor for everyone in the city and also in other parts of the country.


Blog Credit- Anjali Sarda (Intern at Jaipur Beat)

Editing – Team Jaipur Beat

Jaipur · Jaipur Fashion · lifestyle exhibition

URGE -A Lifestyle Exhibition You Must Explore!

To keep up with the latest trends in apparel, accessories, home décor and jewellery, we are sure that all fashionistas of Jaipur will visit this 2 day exhibition URGE going on at Holiday Inn. We couldn’t miss the Day 1 and Jaipur Beat have done the homework for you! And we bet even if you aren’t someone who spends on designer clothing, you don’t mind being there and witness the rich treasures of fashion industry.

The exhibition has a range of designer boutiques from and around the country showcasing exclusive jewellery, handbags and other products. The clothes are beautiful and the jewellery is exquisite. Apart from outside cities, this year many upcoming brands of Jaipur also got a chance to showcase their products and designs.

Our aim is to bring handpicked art, fashion, home decor, jewellery and other luxury products from different parts of the country and provide a unique shopping and lifestyle experience to Jaipurites- Says Aditi, Daughter of Anju Yadav (Founder of Urge Exhibition)

So here are some stalls that caught our attention and are definitely worth your visit-

Pankhari by Neeharika
– If you love experimental fashion that’s creative and yet edgy, check out collection at Pankhari by Neeharika a designer from Gurugram who specializes in pair garments, which is already an upcoming trend for weddings. The designer have ornately crafted Chanderi and Cotton suits and she excels in the fusion of Indian and Western wear. Her work with intricate detailing and exclusive handiwork on pure material will leave an unforgettable impression at first sight.

Jugnee – a Jaipur based jewellery brand, Jugnee presents a beautiful handcrafted collection of earrings and necklaces collection. The beauty lays in the fact that each piece is different from the other and you will never bump into someone wearing the same jewellery as you.


Who doesn’t love discounts, hop onto Into, brand exhibiting handcrafted pure leather and organic bags which have been produced by local jaipur artisans. Their collection is elegant and classy.


Lately, the trend is turning towards organic fashion and thus how can we miss Bubble Basket Soaps–with a range of all organic soaps, scrubs and bath salts and too at affordable prices. Try their lip balms a huge hit among shoppers and definitely worth your every single penny. And that was just not one was, another was The Victory store who have come up with their all natural and herbal makeup kits.


No fashion is complete without footwear, and here it was Haute Steppers for all the traditional juttti lovers in the city. Appealing embroidery wok on contrasting coloured jootis, weaving just not a unique palette for your foot but a high dose of glamour too.


If you’re an experimental free-spirited diva at heart, you would love to wear one from


Komal Kala – a young fashion designer. Her collection shows the true side of Jaipur.  The colours are vibrant with a range of pastel shades bringing together Indo western flavors for the summer weddings.  All the designs are exclusive with their capes being a rage in the exhibition.

Other stalls that you should definitely visit include “Fashion Hub” from Kashmir that showcases elegant collection of silk saris, suits and stoles; “Aarika Collections” for their beautiful gotta patti work designs, “Neera Creations (Mumbai) and Taani Creation were few other names which you don’t want to give a miss.

Let’s make use of this weekend and give a visit to Urge Lifestyle Exhibition.

Venue: Holiday Inn

Date: 9th June – 10th June’17

Blog and Photo Credit- Anjali Sarda (Intern at Jaipur Beat)

Editing- Team Jaipur Beat



Educational Institutes in Jaipur · Jaipur · Jaipur Beat · Jaipur Happenings

12 Top Colleges and Universities in Jaipur for Higher Education

The 12th standard results are out and the admission process, in higher learning institutes, across the city is in full swing. After acing the senior secondary exams, students in Jaipur must definitely be flipping through many college websites in order to find the right one for them. Given this scenario we decided to lighten the burden of the confused students of Jaipur by sharing a list of top colleges and universities in Jaipur for higher education.

Girls Colleges


One of the oldest all girls college established in 1944 and situated in the heart of the city. The college offers degrees in B.A, B.Com, B.SC, B.CA and B.B.A. Today the college is a part of university of Rajasthan and is Asia’s largest multi faculty college. Extracurricular activities are given equal importance as academics for the overall development of students. college final edit2.) IIS UNIVERSITY

This all girls institute for higher education has a plethora of undergraduate, post graduate and professional courses due to the vast number of departments. NSS and NCC are extremely active and various clubs work to enhance the activity of the college.  The girl’s hostel is well furnished and gives a chance to girls from different parts of Rajasthan to live and study in an enriching environment. final edit3.) KANORIA

Established in 1965 this institute offers higher education for women in UG, PG and other skill enhancement courses. It is situated on JLN Marg which also has other institutes for higher education. The college also has a hostel, computerised library, swimming pool, auditorium and various laboratories. kanoria final edit Boys


Established in the year 1844 by the maharaja of Jaipur the college got its affiliation from university of Rajasthan in the year 1974. The campus is beautiful and the buildings are designed keeping in mind British Architecture. Courses offered are B.SC (pass course), B.SC (honours) and B.CA (under self finance scheme). The college houses a boy’s hostel with a capacity of 200 students and also has a well furnished library with over 1 lakh books.

Informal website :
maharajaCo-educational colleges


In a short span of 7 years, St. Xavier’s College has achieved the position of one of the top colleges in Jaipur. The college offers undergraduate courses in arts, management, computers and commerce. The annual college fest “ZEST” is considered one of the best in Jaipur and it involves participation from various colleges of India. It also has another campus in Nevta.

Established 12 years ago as a branch of Pearl Academy, the Jaipur center boasts a huge campus with a beautifully designed building. UG and PG courses are offered in fashion, jewellery, interior, styling etc. It is also one of the highest ranked design colleges in Rajasthan.

Built on a land of 122 acres the university is not only for its beautiful campus but also for its quality education which is offered in UG, PG and PHD courses. Undergraduate courses include architecture, engineering, fashion design, humanities, social science etc. They have the facility of daily transportation for students residing in Jaipur and also have a separate boys and girls hostel in the campus. MNIT

It was founded in 1963 with aim of educating the youth in science, engineering and management. The college offers both Bachelor’s and Master’s courses. The lush green campus extends to 312 acres and has the facility of a fully computerised library, canteen, guest houses, bank, medical facilities and more. NIMS UNIVERSITY

Located in the outskirts of Jaipur, it is a self financed university offering courses in medicine, architecture, nursing, dentistry, humanities, social sciences, management, law and many more. The university has also contributed for the upliftment in rural areas of Rajasthan with their social outreach programs which have benefited thousands of needy patients all over the state. final edit10.) JAIPUR NATIONAL UNIVERSITY

Jaipur national university was established in 2007 and it offers various traditional and distance courses in fields like management, sciences, technology, engineering, social sciences, law etc. The institute also offers research programs and has grown immensely since its inception 10 years back. jnu


Amity University, Rajasthan, believes in nurturing talent along-side excellence in academics. Green pollution free campus creates ideal ambience for learning and personality development. The University looks at grooming of youth beyond excellence. It offers graduate, post-graduate as well as Ph.D programmes in a lot of conventional as well as unconventional fields.

12) R.A. PODAR Institute of Management

The oldest B-School in the city, Ramnath Anandilal Podar Institute of Management (RAPIM), has been a pioneer in management education for past 45 years. Founded in the year 1974 the institute offers courses in MBA, MBA(Services Management) and MBA(Executive) along with a  Ph.D. program in Management. The institute is affiliated to Rajasthan University, which adds to its credibility


Wishing all the students good luck with the upcoming challenge of choosing a college! 🙂

Blog Credit- Anjali Sarda (Intern at Jaipur Beat)

Anjali is currently pursuing Bachelor’s in Phil from Delhi University.

(Blog updated : May, 2019).


Bask in Nature’s Bliss by Chilling at These 10 Cafes in Pink City

It’s World Environment Day today. If you ask yourselves about how you are contributing to the environment, some of you will know that you are looking after the environment in your own little ways, while some of you still need some motivation to start to do that. There are thousands of ways to keep the environment cleaner and greener, but there are some people who are doing it in creative ways as well, for instance, have a look at these cafes & restaurants in Jaipur which have been created either around nature or with nature as their central element. This is the reason why, they will always stand out because nothing comes even remotely close to hanging out, eating, drinking and talking midst nature while breathing fresh air 🙂

1.) Full Power Rooftop
With one of the most breathtaking panoramic views of the city, the rooftop of Full Power, situated near Hathroi Fort, instills you will full power and pride about Jaipur and its beauty. But what makes this rooftop more special is the ambiance that is full old greens with planters all around spreading a fresh vibe all over the place !2.) Hats Off Cafe
Situated in Kukas at a comparatively remote location, Hats Off cafe is a sports Restro Cafe with vast stretches of greens, sports activities and a chance to spend a lot of time especially during monsoons and evenings in Jaipur !

3.) Jai’pour Cafe & Bar
Built with interiors inspired by Greece, Jai’pour Cafe & Bar has an ambiance that oozes nature with its fresh bougainvillea plants, small planters and trees surrounding and contrasting the blue and white theme !Location – Bani Park4.) Brown Sugar Lounge

Have you visited the Brown Sugar Lounge on Tilak Mark in C-Scheme? Completely distinct from the other Brown Sugar cafes in town, this one is not just a bakery, but a beautifully designed cafe with interesting vintage props and garden feel at the entrance. The small wooden gate opens to the cafe which smells of freshly watered plants and you can see some of them hanging on the roof !5.) Taruveda Bistro

A restaurant that started with a small store & spa along with serving some delectable cuisines in Jaipur, Taruveda Bistro gives you a feel of having a table set right in the middle of a green and dense jungle. More than the indoor, it’s the outdoor rooftop setup cocooned by the trees, that attracts denizens to come here for feel, food & conversations.Location – Near Civil Lines6.) O2 – The Plant Cafe

As the name goes, this cafe is all about breathing fresh oxygen !  If you are looking for a garden kind of place where all you want to do is sip on some coffee, iced tea and read a book or just catch up with your friends peacefully, this is the place to be at. O2 – The Plant Cafe, in Lal Kothi is one of those gems which takes you away from the noise & closer to the nature 🙂7.) The Forresta Kitchen & Bar

What’s there in a name ? Well sometimes, the name has it all. Forest ambiance, pebbles on the floor, an open bar and a kitchen that cooks magic – this is Forresta Kitchen & Bar for you. Situated in Bani Park, Forresta is known for its incredible ambiance and mist liners making it heavenly to hang out in the outdoors inhaling fresh oxygen from the surrounding trees and eating till your heart and soul is full.8.) Decked Up by Garden Cafe

Garden cafe is not unfamiliar to any resident of Jaipur ! Serving food for more than 20 years and being the first ones to have delicious South India food in Jaipur, Garden Cafe now has a branch ‘Decked Up’ in Vaishali Nagar. It is green, clean, with great food and a perfect hangout joint for family, friends and may be some old-school dates ?9.) Home Cafe

Converted into a cute summer doll house kind of cafe from the first of its kind cafe in Jaipur – Mr. Beans, Home Cafe doesn’t just offer a homely ambiance with a delicious menu, but an outdoor space which is set up with a garden ambiance with fairy lights and empty cages to accompany you while you get cozy in your chairs and conversations.10.) Wassup

One more thriving in the exotic jungle theme, Wassup is a cafe set right on the main road in C-Scheme, but it just takes one step inside the cafe to forget where you came from.

*Images for points except 1, 3, 7 and 9 have been taken via Google.


5 Crazy Ways Jaipurites Can Enjoy the ICC Ind vs Pak Match Tomorrow

Tomorrow there will be no lies, no fake excuses for not going to work, no guilt for being a couch potato all day, because tomorrow is the day all Indians are eagerly waiting for – It’s India vs Pakistan clashing for the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 !! And the best part, it’s a Sunday 😀

So sorry for all those film makers who decided to release their movies in India on this weekend because very few will be leaving their televisions and stepping out, and if any of you can afford to miss the match, you can plan a drive around the city because you might not get such empty roads anytime soon 😉

Jokes apart, everyone has a different way of enjoying the match, and we are hereby listing 7 odd ways in which you can use your high spirits the right way while watching India vs Pakistan tomorrow 😀

1. Family Bonding

It’s time to give yourself and your Mom a break , but mind it, the sports channel doesn’t get a break :p Order all the food, snacks, drinks and gather everyone to get glued to the television and watch the match uninterrupted 😀

2. Breathe Blue

You don’t need to have blueberries or a Blue Lagoon but you can take out your bluest of shirts from the wardrobe and put them on to cheer your team with their own color 😀 You can also paint your faces with Indian tricolor if you are feeling very patriotic 🙂

3. Baatein, Beer & Betting

Oh no we ain’t encouraging you to get involved in some illegal serious betting, but the innocent guess games which keep you hooked. How about doing it over a fridge loaded with beer cans/bottles and lots of conversations that can happen in the breaks !! But hey, don’t let the remote slip away in the wrong hands 😉

4. Open Air Screening in Town

What’s better than watching Ind vs Pak match in the comfort of your house? Watching it under the open sky with good food, great ambiance and some amazing offers in the best restaurants & cafes in town! Watch out for some unbelievable offers at The Forresta Kitchen & bar and Jai’pour Cafe & Bar in Jaipur and you never know you might get lucky 😉

5. Be a Couch Potato

Pyjamas – Check
Remote hidden under the seat – Check
Tata Sky – Check
Snacks handy – Check

Couch Potato Mode on 😀

So brace yourselves Jaipur, this isn’t a match, it’s a war !!

*Images of point no. 1, 2, 3 and 5 via Google


21 Photographs By A Jaipur Man Who Captured The Beauty of Himalayas With An iPhone

In a world where we are so engrossed in technology and the addictions related to it, we often forget to look up and see the beauty that lies there in front of our eyes – raw and unfiltered.

But here is a man who hails from Jaipur, is a passionate traveller, active social media enthusiast and a creative photographer who has travelled to more than 10 countries and has been clicking Rajasthan with a different perspective for over 10 years – Gaurav Hajela*. His photographs have been published by the leading websites, newspapers & magazines and he knows Rajasthan like the back of his hand. With two editions of coffee table book ‘Soul Of Rajasthan’ under his belt, his thirst for seeing and capturing new horizons refuses to stop. This time, he desired to explore the Himalayas and experimented with clicking these mesmerizing vistas of Himachal Pradesh with his iPhone.

Jaipur Beat is excited to take you on a road journey from Chandigarh-Rampur-Sangla-Chitkul-Kalpa-Fagu and back to Chandigarh through this beautiful Photo Blog, where India just kept getting more beautiful at each turn.

Be ready to skip the beat when you get to see beauty all around surrounding the nature 🙂

On the way from Shimla to Kinnaur, there is a small town called Rampur. And this is what the journey offers you 🙂

Rampur - Gaurav Hajela

The journey to Sangla (situated in Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh at a height of 9000 feet) is no cakewalk. Hence the umbrella rocks are here on NH 22 highway to protect the roads and vehicles which look like some tiny kids crossing a tunnel !

En route Sangla - Gaurav Hajela

Continuing on one of ‘world’s deadliest roads’ but what makes up for it is the company of River Sutlej flowing along the highway and accompanying till Kinnaur 🙂

NH 22 - Gaurav Hajela

The grand and quite a clouded entry to the divine Sangla Valley !

Sangla Valley - Gaurav Hajela

A sight worth melting for 🙂 Tiny tots on their way to school in Sangla, all of them wearing the flowered Kinnauri caps, distinguishing them from other school kids !

Sangla Valley - Gaurav Hajela

A small beautiful hotel Apple Pie at Rakcham much ahead of the Sangla village spotted while heading towards the snow peaks !

Sangla Hotel - Jaipur Beat

Sunshine falling on snow capped mountains = A Golden Moment.

Golden sunrise at Sangla - Jaipur Beat

Sangla Valley seen en route Chitkul – the last village on India’s side of Indo-Tibetan border, 28 km away from Sangla 🙂Chitkul Village Himachal Pradesh - Jaipur Beat
Not a very smooth road ahead, let’s get distracted by the warm sun, cold breeze, tall mountains and pine trees !

Chitkul In Himachal Pradesh - Jaipur Beat

Do you see a green establishment on the bottom right of this picture ? That’s the little gorgeous Chitkul village from far away. Chitkul Village - Jaipur Beat

An auspicious welcome with flying Tibetan prayer flags 🙂

Chitkul - Jaipur beat

The much needed dose of steaming Maggi noodles at Chitkul village.

Maggi in Himachal Pradesh- Jaipur Beat

Eye-to-eye. A local connection 🙂

Sangla - Jaipur Beat

On the way down the hills. Slight drizzling and the greens get greener. On the way to the tiny little Kalpa Village !

Himachal Pradesh - Jaipur Beat

A panorama of Sangla, with a sight of Kinnaur Kailash visible, the peak that is on ever avid trekker’s to-do list !


Vishnu Temple at Kalpa – Can you stop staring at the wooden architecture?

Temple at Kalpa - jaipur Beat

A famous monastery in Chinni village !

Monastery at Chinni Village in Himachal Pradesh - Jaipur Beat

Tiny Dhaba with a tiny soul peeping out.

Flowing clouds and foggy sky blur the sight of the towering hills and make a picture perfect landscape. This is the town of Fagu, and the netted view you see on the bottom right, is just a glimpse of how the residents protect their precious plantations.

Fagu - Himachal Pradesh

A Pahadi sunset.

Sunset in Himachal Pradesh

That’s quite a dramatic farewell, only till we meet again.

Himachal Pradesh

For those who cogitate that having great shooting gear will help in taking fantastic photographs and it’s just the equipment that give enough competitive edge in taking great photographs, Gaurav Hajela reinforces this belief that its just not technology at every stage but it’s creativity that gives you an edge ultimately.

*The photographer of this astounding series clicked in Himalayas – Gaurav Hajela is also the founder of Jaipur Beat.


Jaipur · Jaipur Beat · Jaipur Happenings

Diggi Palace – Sleek Blend of Royal & Contemporary in the Heart of Jaipur

Now famously known for hosting the world’s biggest literature festival – Jaipur Literature festival aka JLF, Hotel Diggi Palace is a resplendent palace turned into hotel in the heart of pink city. Built by Shri Thakur Saheb Pratap Singh Ji Diggi of the then ruling family of Diggi principality in 1860, this 19th century palace blends the best of royal Indian hospitality with European ‘art de vivre’.
Situated on 18 acres of land, Diggi Palace is one of Rajasthan’s most loved luxury accommodation options, which has also played host to a lot of lavish & royal weddings in town. Going back a little in history, when Sawai Jai Singh Ji built the city of Jaipur, the town was built in 9 squares. Diggi Palace earlier occupied the space where now resides the Albert Hall Museum, but was later shifted to its present location. The palace was partly converted into a heritage hotel in 1991 by the present owners Thakur Ram Pratap Singh Diggi and his wife, Jyotika Kumari Diggi, who still live in the palace and also run the hotel.

The palace is basically a garden estate that opens up through a courtyard that’s surrounded by an array of ‘durbars’ (banquet halls), fresco painted ‘deodis’ (doorways), ‘havelis’ (palace wings) and lush green gardens on all sides. Following the philosophy of ‘Life is a fete’ , Diggi Palace is always coming up with something innovative, regal and fun to keep you hooked to its magnetic charm 🙂 From the largest literature festival and fashion extravaganzas to grand weddings & culinary journeys, Diggi Palace has a thousand ways to regale you.

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The gate right in front of the courtyard opens to the Durbar Hall that is painted in shades of Wedgwood & Jodhpur blues along with pista-green colored walls. The archways and stained glass windows lead to a hall which houses the paintings of the royals of Jaipur. While walking around the palace, the only sounds you can hear are the people whispering to each other and birds unabashedly chit chatting in their shrill voices perhaps because it’s a post-nap chat session for them 😉

Through the shaded walkways when you enter the garden area, you could see a peacock ambling just like you, except that it looks like it belongs to the Palace with its own shade of blues and greens blending in the plush architecture.
The palace comes alive in the evening with the Front Lawn dimly lit and the peacock which was strolling in the garden some time back, is now perched high on the tree, only his silhouette to be seen in the sunset skies.
The soft breeze in the expansive lawn draws you towards it and smoothly merges in the aroma of Rajasthani spices being cooked in the kitchens of Baradari Mahal – A Gourmet Restaurant at Diggi Palace.

The authentic and delectable recipes of Rajasthan have been meticulously curated over the years by the Diggi family and crafted with perfection at The Baradari Mahal. The dining experience is a bliss as it tears you away from the bustling scene of the city and treats your buds with a royal taste that takes you closer to the land of Rajasthan.