Cultural festivals · Fairs & Festivals · Jaipur

Five Essentials of Navratri Festival 

The most widely celebrated 9-day long Hindu festival, Navratri is celebrated to honour the goddess Durga. This festival holds great significance among people as it is associated with the blessings of Goddess Durga, which represents Shakti, the cosmic energy that animates all beings. Navratri is celebrated in four seasons but the one follows the season of autumn is considered as the most auspicious of all and it also marks the beginning of the festive season. This is also the time when Maa Durge is getting ready to enchant the Pink City in her aura. But do you know what are the 5 essentials of Navratri festival?

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Let’s have a look-

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Fresh Start– Navratri brings a new zeal with itself and there is a wave of new beginnings all around. Be it a new business, new home, a new car or furnishing, transforming into a new self, starting a healthy lifestyle or starting a new relation, we all wait for this time cause we know to embark on a fresh new journey with the blessings of Maa Durga will turn into a success.

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Faith– Of all the stories from folklore, there’s one thing in common- the victory of good from the evil which is why we celebrate Navratri. It’s that time of the year when we finally start visiting the temples quite often to seek the blessings. It’s this time of the year when every Jaipurite takes out some time to visit Amer’s Shila Mata temple. On all these nine-day Navratra festival the Shila Devi temple at Amer Fort holds special significance. Thousands of people from Jaipur and surrounding areas come here to pay offerings to Shila Devi. It is said that Maharaja Mansingh of Jaipur brought the statue of the goddess Shila Mata from Jessore “Bangladesh” in 1604 and till date the idol is placed here and worshipped.

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Fasting– We believe that fasting during Navratra is a way to get spiritually closer to the almighty. There are no fasting rules, everyone has its own reason to fast. Some fast for o it for faith, some to meet out their weight loss goals and few do it for de-toxication. Whatever your reason is fasting is something that we all believe in.

Feasting-  While some people fast, some people eat all the Falahari delight during Navratra. From fruit- chaat to Saabudana Khichdi and Kuttu Ki Puri we keep all the sweet to salty options at hand. The festive season brings a new enthusiasm for the people who are fasting and who is not.

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Fun Unlimited- An how can we miss the ultimate fun. People get into the mode of festivity in full swing. Adorned in glittery Gujarati and Rajasthani lehengas, playing Garba with friends, is all fun and exciting and the most vivid sight of this entire festival. Thousands of Jaipurites of all age groups can be seen stepping together on the beats of Garba & Dandiya music in many places around the city.

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So, if you are in Jaipur during this season you are lucky enough to explore the city in its own uniqueness 🙂

Happy Navratri to you all!

 

 

Forts & Monuments · Jaipur · Rajasthan tourism

Explore Jaipur and its culture- it’s World Tourism Day!

“Which city manages to attract, sustain and grow visitors’ year after year?”

“Which city has a good number of heritage sites in the country?”

“Which city has a rich saga of folklore and tales to tell ?”

“Which city has exquisite culture and heritage that has attracted generations after generations from across the world?”

“Which city has the hospitality tradition ingrained amongst its’ domiciles so deep ?”

Answer to all this is our beloved city- Jaipur

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The majestic land of Maharajas, Jaipur in Rajasthan is one of the most vibrant states in India. Well-known for its rich heritage, royal forts and palaces, Rajasthan’s rich food, culture, beautiful locales, and heritage sites, Jaipur is every travel enthusiast’s dream.

The incredible transformation of this city from a royal abode into a sprawling tourism hotspot is not a one-day effort. Jaipur and tourism go hand in hand for its rich heritage and culture that attract tourists from all over the world. As we are celebrating World Tourism Day on 27th September, let’s embrace the tourist mindset to learn and explore the places and people of Jaipur. Because tourism is not just travelling, it is a fresh sense of appreciation for the things that you encounter every day, right where you live. Uncover with us the variety of tourism sectors growing around us-

 

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Heritage Tourism

Replete with history, the city of royals symbolizes the pinnacle of Rajasthani cultural excellence and magnificent art in architecture of the streets, lanes, forts, palaces, and monuments.

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Heritage places like City Palace, Hawa Mahal, Amber Fort, Albert Hall, Jal Mahal, Jantar Mantar never cease to amaze us with its bewitching architecture and not to forget the walled city painted in pink. And, that is the reason UNESCO inscribed Pink City as the World Heritage Site. It does not just stop here; Jaipur is world’s most Instagrammed destination amongst the new UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Having some of the best forts, palaces and monuments which are till date maintained in absolutely good conditions are very precious for the Jaipurites.

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Wildlife & Adventure Tourism

Jaipur city has some ultimate wildlife and adventure kind of stuff for adrenaline junkies. One can get up close with leopards and venture deep into the dense Jhalana Forest to encounter elusive Leopard or Nahargarh Biological Park for Lion Safari. The zone of the lion safari lies in the Aravali foothills with hillocks that offer panoramic landscape. One of the most popular tourist attractions to enjoy in Jaipur is an elephant safari. For jeep safari, there is the famous Ranthambore National Park, which is a 3-hour drive from Jaipur. It is home to tigers and Sariska National Park, which is just a 2-hour drive. Those looking for adventure can cycle and trek to the Nahargarh hills, or play golf at the golf or Polo club.

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Night Tourism

Jaipur city reveals its true colours at night when it’s drenched with bright colours making it a treat for eyes. The light and sound show at Amber Fort is truly a magical experience, which one should not miss while visiting Jaipur.

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Amber Fort, the 16th-century monument turns even more enchanting during the night. The different hues of light give a new perspective to the elegance of the fort.

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When the 953 jharokhas of Hawa Mahal aka Palace of Winds are lit up in varied hues at night, the drive around the walled city becomes an illuminated memory forever.

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Albert Hall, one of the oldest museums of Rajasthan looks even more enthralling as you pass by it at night.

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These illuminated monuments, gates and gardens just add to a visitors list and urge to behold their beauty amidst the darkest hour of the night.

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Wedding Tourism

Pink City- Jaipur has been listed as one of the most Romantic cities in the World! So, this place sets a dreamy ethereal mood for weddings. Jaipur has the most awe-inspiring, romantic getaways that instigate romantic aspirations among the couples in and visiting the city.

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Whimsical palaces and forts with the grandeur of Rajasthan’s royalty render a fascinating ambiance to this wedding destination.

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The city is dotted with heritage hotels that host the most magnificent destination wedding amidst the regal ambience. Jaipur is the ideal place to consummate a grand memorable wedding.

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Cultural Tourism – The colourful city becomes even livelier and lovely with the festivals celebrated here in a flamboyant way. The city observes different fairs and festival at a different time of the year like Gangaur festival, Teej festival, Kite festival.

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Jaipur is also the home to some of the most talented folk artists of our nation. Enjoy the lovely music and dance performances and we bet that the folk music and dance performance skills will completely blow your mind!

The best way to enjoy Jaipur’s culture is through its food. Jaipur is well known for its royal hospitality, and its mouth-watering delicacies are chats and kachoris which have been every local’s favourite. Not to miss the royal thali of Rajasthan, which is hot, spicy and tempting all at the same time. The national and international tourists always make sure to try the authentic Rajasthani flavours – Dal, Bati, Churma and an authentic non-veg speciality – ‘Lal Maas’ – the best dish to savour amongst the other Rajasthani cuisines. and how can we miss Jaipur’s Special sweet delicacy Ghewar.

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Jaipur’s markets Johri Bazaar and Bapu Bazaar are world-renowned for their authentic gold and silver jewellery as well as for textile, leather craft and other traditional handicrafts. People from the world over love to shop here.

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Medical & Wellness Tourism

Jaipur, a city that is celebrated all across the world for its culture and heritage, has also registered its name in the world for its medical and wellness tourism. From Yoga,to Ayurveda to high-end wellness and spa centres, it is also a world leader in low-cost foot prosthesis known as Jaipur Foot definitely deserves a big mention whenever one speaks about the pink city.

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Spiritual Tourism

The landscape of Jaipur is dotted with various temples and pilgrims. The temples here have a royal touch and splendour and are highly praised for their architectural beauty and faith by the tourists. Whether it is the visit to the Govind Devji or Moti Doongri Ganesh Ji, or Galta Ji or Khole Ke Hanuman Ji, Jaipur is the land of spiritual incarnation. Each year, several thousand of pilgrims descend to the royal land to offer their prayers and seek blessings. It is said that a prayer offered at these holy temples does not go unanswered!

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MICE Tourism

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Culturally rich city, Jaipur, has a stylish high-class environment that caters to the business needs too. Thus, it is the most preferred destination for the MICE market that offers everything a business traveller wants.

The connectivity and the developed infrastructure make this the most preferred place to host big events and exhibitions. Jaipur Literature Festival, Vastra, Stone Mart, GITB- Great India Travel Bazaar, JJS, and JAS Jewellery Shows are to name a few.

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One of the most important ways to celebrate World Tourism Day is to pick a destination that you want to visit and visit it.

So are you packing your bags to embrace tourism?

 

Jaipur · Talk Journalism

Making it Click! Prominent photojournalists come together to talk about how is it being a photojournalist.

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Camera for long has stood an icon of journalists identity. Pictures from war and revolutions have recorded history live from ground zero. Yet, between camera and action lies a long and risky pause that encompasses a photojournalist’s life. This behind the camera journey revealed ahead of the audience on the third day of Talk Journalism 2019 as senior photojournalists Purushottam Diwakar of India Today and Bhagirath Basnet of The Times of India went in a panel discussion with Gaurav Hajela, Founder and Managing Director of Pathfynder Solutions

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Each of these photojournalists over decades of their experience has earned a long list of admirers and been appreciated on various occasions. However, even these are not unknown to the disappointments that come in routine. 

While talking on the risks that a journalist dares for a perfect angle and shot, they happen to mention of few tragedies. Either of them though agreed on another persistent fear.

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“A photojournalist at times spends long hours waiting for the right picture. Even if he manages to capture it with great effort the same might not get published,” they agreed unanimously. 

A photojournalist though has to learn to think beyond the lights and technical aspects of photography and demand of the publisher while they click the shoot. They have to be constantly aware of their surroundings, at times this could literally a lifesaver. 

Diwakar narrated a lesson from his wealth of experience. It was during an expedition in the remote areas of Africa that he came across a tribe that has so far remained untouched by the modern world. No journalist has ever reached the tribe and less was known about them to the outside world. Diwakar was none the less excited to capture their story first. 

He couldn’t understand their language but tried to make the most of their gestures and expressions. It’s during this that he made a horrifying revelation.

“They wanted to kill me,” he said. 

At the moment he had to let go of the urge to record the tribe’s life and start thinking to save his own. A smooth exit and hasty descend from the hill helped him to stay alive to narrate the story. 

The discussion continued to highlight several other aspects of visual media and shared many interesting experiences. It was though the passion that seems to have kept the life of the photojournalists clicking.

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Capturing history live in their camera, a photojournalist brings their audience closest to the actual scene of action. The camera has for long been a symbol for media and the photojournalists are the torch bearers of the same. 

Courtesy- Newsroom at Talk Journalism

Text: Dr Kailash Gupta | Copy Edit: Niharika Raina |

Editorial Coordination: Rupali Soni & Niharika Raina 

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11 exciting sessions for those looking to carve a space in the media industry at #TJ19|Jaipur Beat

In the fast-developing era of technology, the media space is changing like never before. There is a need for a platform where professions, trends related to it, technological advances, challenges are discussed and debated.

The stage for the same is getting ready at the biggest Media Festival on 20th September 2019 at Fairmount Jaipur-

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Talk Journalism has seen a successful run of five editions and now it is coming up with its sixth edition which is scheduled on 20th-22nd September 2019. The festival has been mainly designed to benefit all the professionals, students and enthusiasts of journalism.

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Talk Journalism is an initiative of The Vox Foundation which aims at bridging this gap and takes a step towards initiating the media dialogue. The only dedicated festival that celebrates Media and Journalism and gives a platform to the aspiring media professionals to discuss and debate about related issues. The festival attracts the pioneers in media and lets them share their experiences about the industry with the audience. It is the most enriching experience in a journey of being a journalist.

For the students of Mass Communication and Journalism, this is a great platform where the students can meet these speakers and hear the words of wisdom from them. Aspiring media professionals can meet experts and can attend workshops by Google, Twitter, Facebook. Be a part of the Photography Competition and Quizzes. And the most important thing #TJ19 will be having HR Representatives of leading Media Houses and they will be on the lookout for interns at the event.

For those looking to carve a space in the media industry, here are few Talks and Workshops at #TJ2019 they should not miss-

  1. Restoring Faith in Journalism– Session by Pratap Bhanu Mehta, Sheshadari Chari, Pritish Nandy, Yashwant Vyas and Seema Chisti.

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  1. Is Sports Journalism more placid than Political Journalism – Session by Ayaz Memon, Sharda Urga and Navneet Mundra.
  2. State of Satire- Cyrus Brocha a TV anchor, comedian, political satirist, columnist, podcaster and the author in conversation with Anant Jha.

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4. Speaking Truth to Power- The Ramon Magsaysay Award winner and the Managing Editor of NDTV India Ravish Kumar and Eugene Robinson an associate editor of The Washington Post

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5. Dateline Kashmir: Post article 370- The scrapping of Article 370 and the mixed thoughts about it will be discussed by the Rajesh Raina and Praveen Dhonti.

6. Is Serious Journalism Sustainable on Digital -Akash Banerjee, Govind Raj, Prasanna, Vignesh, Shivendra and Jairaj will be moderating.

7. Perils of being an Editor- A session by Siddhart Vardrajan, Srinivasan Jain, Prafulla Ketkar, Meenal Baghel and Arijit Sen.

8. Political Journalism: Is it all about access -Rahul Shrivastav, Narendra Nath, Mahesh Langa, Marya Shakeel and Tribhuvan.

9. Tackling Information- In a world where misinformation can lead to dangerous results, it is important to know how to tackle them. Jency Jacob, Prateek Sinha, HR Venkatesh and Trushar Barot will be taking this session.

10. Presentations- Facebook Presentation by Trushar Barot, Twitter presentation by Amrita Tripathi and Google workshop by Surabhi Malik

11. The Language of Journalism- Ashwani Pareek, Rahul Dev and Sandeep Purohit

Registrations for the event is entirely free.

20 – 22 September @Fairmont, Jaipur

https://www.talkjournalism.in/event-registration/

 

Jaipur · Weekend Getaways

Just a 6 hr drive away, find the fanciest Insta worthy places for your next getaway | Jaipur Beat

Did you know the Fanciest places perfect for your next getaway are just 6 hr drive away? Yes, we are talking about – the blue city of Jodhpur.

Jodhpur is a beautiful city still rooted in tradition. The city with exotic blue houses reveres the erstwhile royal family of Jodhpur even today. The vibrancy and hustle-bustle of the city have its charm. That’s the reason the city is frequently visited by national and international travellers.

So, this weekend relax and rejuvenate and explore Jodhpur like never before.

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Jaipur-Jodhpur Highway 

Well, it’s not just about the destination even the road journey from Jaipur-Jodhpur is so exciting, an ultimate drive for travel lovers. The entire run offers spectacular views. You’ll be mesmerized by the changing landscape before your eyes at every turn.

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So, when the trip is so beautiful, take time to stay only at the best places that we have discreetly chosen for you-

Ajit BhawanIndia’s First Heritage Hotel– where breathtaking decor, extensive facilities and utmost comfort would fit in so perfectly with your idea of a dream vacation that you may hate to leave even when the vacations are over. So holiday like a maharaja at India’s first heritage hotel: the palatial Ajit Bhawan.

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Before being reimagined as India’s first heritage hotel, this iconic building was once home to the former Maharaja’s younger brother, Major General Maharaj Dhiraj Sir Ajit Singh Ji. The Resort exudes royalty from its every nook and corner.

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Rooms have been given an old rustic outlook with modern amenities. A guest can feel the essence of the regal era. If the walls at the Ajit Bhawan could talk, they’d have plenty of stories to tell about the aristocrats that used to call this historic property home. Combining heritage with class, this elegant property offers you all the luxuries of a royal holiday within easy reach of all of the city’s attractions.

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And you never know, if you get a chance to meet the renowned fashion designer Raghvendra Rathore or his elder brother Maharaj Suryaveer Singh ji. Don’t be surprised the place belongs to them only.

Address- Ajit Bhawan, Near Circuit House, National Highway 65,
 Ajit Colony Jodhpur City, Rajasthan, India
Website-http://www.ajitbhawan.com/

On The Rocks- Probably first standalone restaurants in Jodhpur, that introduced the concept of fine dining. On The Rocks is not just a restaurant or a bar, rather it’s a place that provides a variety of ambiences to suit different tastes.

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There are five completely different setups here and we will take you through each of them. Dine at a wonderful open-air restaurant or choose a superbly designed indoor eatery. On The Rocks is ready to leave you mesmerized with its amazing ambience, delicious food from Indian, Pan Asian to Continental Dishes & service with a local touch. You must experience this little world to holiday in style! You will love the Tandoori and Mughlai food offered here. The exclusivity of On The Rocks makes it a must-visit place when you are in Jodhpur.

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Address

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 Near Circuit House, Ajit Colony
Website-www.ontherocksjodhpur.com

Khaas Bagh- A Gem in jodhpur’s crown. ‘Khaas Bagh’ is a connoisseur’s paradise in every sense of the word.

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One can experience the scenic wonders, seated and feasting in the Vintage Car. ‘Khaas Bagh’, this translated means ‘exceptional garden’, stands true to its name. Built-in the early 1900s in an Indo-Islamic-Colonial architectural style, the stunning main building is complemented by a stable-full of classic motorcars, boutiques, restaurants and a well-stocked bar.

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Be it for lunch, dinner or even a ‘sundowner’, do drop by & indulge in an unforgettable experience of royal grandeur that celebrates the finer things in life, because here, ‘the piece de resistance’ is the experience itself!!

Website-https://www.khaasbagh.com/

Wait it’s not over yet..

Pal Haveli- If you are keen into history, you must witness the grandeur of the only living haveli among the 700 Havelis of Jodhpur- Pal Haveli

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With a view of the famous Clock Tower

The Haveli rooms are exquisitely enriched with treasured, antiquated furniture. You’ll experience the most indulgent moments where luxury is met with warm hospitality.

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One of the best experience is dining at its rooftop Indique restaurant. With a captivating view of the majestic Mehrangarh in the backdrop, and 360-degree view of other tourist attractions like Umaid Bhawan, Jaswant Thada, Clock Tower and Gulab Sagar from the terrace, Indique, is an open museum to witness the architectural wonders from such close corners. The imposing open-air restaurant offers a truly romantic setting for a private candlelit dinner. A spectacular view of the skylights renders a sumptuous gastronomical experience under the moon.

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Indique Restaurant- Pal Haveli, Jodhpur
Address
Pal Haveli, Gulab Sagar,
Near Clock Tower,
Jodhpur
Website- http://palhaveli.com/

Pal Garh Resort– Just 20 min away in the of outskirts of Jodhpur, find this beautiful destination untouched-Pal Garh. The place garners pleasure and peace of mind for the travellers. With a laid-back yet beautifully spirited surrounding Pal Garh is a splendid retreat.

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Relax by the Open to Sky pool or in their beautiful done heritage rooms no doubt Pal Garh is a great escape.

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Address
Pal Village, Jodhpur, Rajasthan
Website-https://www.palgarh.com/

Well, let’s take a drive for 2 more hours and reach somewhere which is still unexplored

Rawla Narlai-A Heritage Resort- A comfortable 2 hrs ride from both—‘Rawla Narlai’ makes for a most charming destination to stop & inhale the magic of rural Rajasthan while you get spoilt with their white-gloved hospitality.

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Rawla Narlai, which was once favourite hunting lodge to the royal family of Jodhpur has been meticulously and tastefully restored and converted to the finest heritage boutique hotel. An abundance of wildlife made this area a popular haunt for a favourite royal indulgence, ‘shikar’ (hunting) & the ‘Rawla’ provided the perfect abode to set up camp during their sojourns.

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Step Well Dining at Narlai 

 

Go for a countryside safari, or have tea by the lake, climb up to elephant hill or go for a leopard sighting Narlai has plenty of experiences to indulge. Experiencing Mystical stepwell dinner is something no place can even match to.

Address
Village Narlai, Rajasthan, India
Website-http://www.rawlanarlai.com/

Wait no more and plan a trip and make it an insta-worthy getaway with your loved ones 🙂 There will be ample moments to capture on your trip to this part of Rajasthan.Road Trip

 

Happy Weekend Trip!

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Photography by PathfynderSolutions

Best Beauty Salons · Fashion Beat · Jaipur · Jaipur Fashion

Jaipur’s Luxury Salon Sizzlin Scizzors celebrates its 4th anniversary!

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As Jaipur’s premium health and beauty salon Sizzlin Scizzors turns 4, let’s take you along on a brand’s journey because we believe anniversaries are always special.

The first membership-based, full-service salon in Jaipur, celebrates its fourth anniversary this month. Since the salon’s founding on September 2nd 2015, Scizzlin Scizzors has delivered exceptional service with unparalleled quality for clients to look their best every day. 

Founded by Mrs Deepali Chugh and Mr Vaneesh Chugh, within a short span of time, it became the most favourite Salon and grew to open three branches in Jaipur. Professionalism and dedication today makes it to the topmost salons in Jaipur. Not just for Jaipurites, but over 500 B-Town celebrities have visited Sizzlin Scizzors so far which makes it favourite salon of Bollywood. 

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 Sizzlin Scizzors has flourished over these years and for the records, with their highly trained stylists & makeup artists and with the best aura & ambience they have served over 2,50,000 clients. 

Sizzlin Scissors has fostered successful partnerships with exceptional makeup and product lines, such as renowned hair and cosmetics company. Besides that, they work exclusively with various international beauty, skincare and haircare brands to give their best service to its clients.

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Sizzlin Scizzors has become a go-to salon for brides-to-be. Specializing in weddings, the salon is at the forefront of wedding beauty and style.
You can count on them to create the perfect look to delight you and your bridal party on your wedding day with their pampering signature service. Over 8,000 bridal makeups have been done by their professional makeup artists. They have even collaborated with over 250 national and international brands and have been a part of over 1,200 National & International events.
 

Now you know why it’s the most talked salon of Jaipur.

We wish a very happy 4th anniversary to Pink City’s celebrity salon that serves all your grooming and beauty needs with top-notch service. 

Address-

Location- Plot no. 16, Gautam Marg, Vaishali Nagar
Contact Details –  0141 491 7006

E-mail: mail@sizzlinscizzors.com