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Engulf In The Five F’s Of Navratri

Navratri Sthapna marks the beginning of the festive season and for the next month or so, it is all about food, festivity, faith, fasting and a lot of fun! Navratri brings a new zeal with itself and there is a wave of new beginnings all around.

Jaipur Beat brings you the five F’s of this beautiful season of love, happiness, colours and light.

  1. Faith– The first and foremost thing that Navratri is about- Maa Durga’s love and blessings. The elaborate ‘puja’ and ‘havan’ during the Navratras cannot be forgotten. Moreover, it’s that time of the year when we finally start visiting the temples quite often due to Navratri. Visiting Amer’s Shila Mata temple is the most important #ThingsToDO which every Jaipurite tries to achieve ditching the tight schedule.

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  1. Fasting- It’s the first question we ask – Are you on fast? That’s the most important part of Navratri. Some do it for faith, some to meet out their weight loss goals, and some do it for de-toxication but some like us are always after the best Falahaari delights. No matter the reason, we all believe in fasting and choose to instil some healthy eating habits during these nine days of Navratri.

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  1. Food– Even though Navratri is about fasting, yet food is the constant love. We always find substitutes for what we cannot eat during Navratras. From fruit- chaat to Saabudana Khichdi and Kuttu Ki Puri we keep all the sweet to salty options at hand. And for those who are not fasting, festive season brings a new enthusiasm for the same old spicy food.

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  1. Festivity- There is an air of festive mood in the weather with all the festive discounts, shopping spree, family functions and wedding functions lining up. You can see light and decorations wherever you turn your head.

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  1. Fashion- Last but not least, fashion always makes the place for itself when it comes to the festivity. We have all tip-topped ourselves with glittery Gujarati or Rajasthani lehengas and Angrakhas some time or the other for the epic Garba and Dandiya night or even taking out our traditional Indian outfits.

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The best time of the year is right here. Let’s enjoy it to the most!

Wishing you all a very Happy Navratri ! 🙂

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8 Instagram-Worthy Places To Visit In Jaipur

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With an increasing craze for photography, everyone is a photographer and every place instagrammable. But there are some places in our lovely Pink City which have become absolute favourites of the travellers and photographers over the time.

The glory of heritage and the majesty of olden times have made our Pink City a heritage hub and a city most ardent and avid. It is not just full of life, but also houses in itself some masterpieces of ancient architecture. Jaipur offers the photography freaks some of the most admirable and royally classic Instagram posts.

On this World Photography Day, we bring to you the most clicked places of Jaipur from Instagram.

  1. Hawa Mahal

Built in 1799 under the rule of Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh, this beautiful monument of our city has been renovated over time only to turn much more glorious than before. It is known to have been built with little jharokhas and has 953 windows in all. The interesting reason behind the unique designing of this place was that the royal ladies were not supposed to come out of purdah. Hence, these jharokhas provided the royal ladies a good view of daily life outside the palace. The intricate detailing in the windows and jharokhas along with the unique five storey honeycomb-like structure, account to one of the most clicked and admired places of Jaipur. Hawa Mahal is also known as Palace of Winds or Palace of the Breeze.

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  1. Panna Meena Ka Kund

This place has taken photography levels in Jaipur to crazy time and again. Among the most favourites of photography lovers, and forever trending in hashtags; Panna Meena Ka Kund is said to be one of the hidden treasures of Amer. The place adds to an extraordinary excitement with a mystery that nobody can use the same staircase to get down and come upstairs again. It is known to look the most mesmerizing during the monsoon season. It is also known as Panna Miyan Ki Naoli.

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  1. City Palace

This place does not just keep importance as a heritage site of Jaipur, but also is an absolute classic of the times when the royals ruled over the beautiful city. City Palace has seen a number of grand celebrations and weddings of the royal family. Prismatic and ravishing designing of this place is a never ending romance between Rajasthani, Mughal, and European architecture. With intricate detailing with colourful patterns and designs inside out, City Palace feeds your photographs collection in stockpiles! It houses in itself some famous places like Mukut Mahal, City Palace Museum, Maharani’s Palace and Sri Govind Dev Ji Temple.

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  1. Nahargarh

Known to be ‘The Most Happening place of Jaipur,’ Nahargarh offers an experience most lingering to its visitors with its absolutely amazing view of the Pink City from the top. Not only is it a popular place among the lens lovers, but also a sought-after place for pre-wedding shoots. The view from Nahargarh is the most bewitching on Deepawali night when the whole Pink City is ornamented with scintillating jazzy lights.

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  1. Amber Fort

If there’s a monsoon go-to place in Jaipur, it is this. This place is a principal tourist attraction and offers a large area for photo sessions and family hangouts. Located 11 kms from the main city area, Amber Fort consists of a Diwan-i-Aam, Diwan-i-Khas, Sheesh Mahal, and Sukh Niwas. The fort overlooks the Maota lake that adds to another photogenic spot in the list. Amber is also famous for a temple dedicated to Shila Devi, a goddess of the Chaitanya cult. The whole Jaipur city looks awe-inspiring and fascinating from high up top.

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  1. Jal Mahal

Majestically standing in the middle of the Man Sagar Lake, Jal Mahal is the ultimate place to beautify your Instagram feed. From silhouette pictures to selfies, this place always looks absolutely breath- taking. The place is surrounded with beautifully carved cenotaphs and chhatris which add to the glory of this fascinating place.

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  1. Patrika Gate

Located at Jawahar Circle on the Airport Road, this gate is the ninth gate of Jaipur. It not only keeps heritage value but also the aesthetic value due to its modern architecture mingled with traditional style. The poly-chromatic patterns and vibrant surroundings make this gate one of a kind. It also keeps historical value related to its number since the base for construction of ancient Jaipur was taken as number nine and this gate completes the lineage. The vibrant colours and mesmerizing architecture is always admired and captured when visited by travellers and tourists.

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  1. Albert Hall Museum

Named after the Prince of Wales in 19th century, Albert Edward, the building itself is a part of museum display due to its Indo- Seracenic architecture. This beautiful building is not just popular as a photography spot but also for the occasional concerts and programs held here.

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Pictures taken from Instagram.

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Jaipur’s Bond With Monsoon

With monsoon knocking the doors, heaven has been opened up on Jaipur with those droplets of joy. A rainy season is in every way so amazing, so pleasing and so upbeat! Those washed up plants with magnificently beautiful appearance, that amazing fragrance of wet soil never fails to blow our minds. To make the most out of this beautiful phenomenon of nature we at Jaipur Beat have a list of things to do while it’s pouring outside.

Long Drive

Even if you avoid travelling in a car, it’s the time to change that. Get that car of yours out of the garage, and get geared up for a long drive in rain.  Get an experience, which is beyond imagination and pleasing as well.

P.S.: Be careful of the potholes while driving.

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Rain shower

It’s time to relive our childhood, remember how much you loved dancing in the rain? After all who doesn’t love a rain shower? Frankly, we are fonder of rain showers than our regular indoor shower. And who said we’ve grown up? So go ahead, and soak yourselves up and re-cherish your lives.

P.S.: Don’t forget to take a regular indoor shower afterwards.

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Chai and Pakode

The forever perfect baarish partners. As soon as the droplets of rain touch the soil, the petrichor hits our noses; we immediately start craving a kadak chai along with garm-garm pakode with hari chutney. Yum!

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Get Set On A Date

How amazing would it be to enjoy a nice supper or maybe just a plain simple coffee with the person you love with the rain pouring in the background?  Rain and romance go hand in hand after all.

P.S.: Don’t forget to put a bunch of some old romantic melodies on your playlist for the occasion.

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Chase the artist within.

We have often seen artists bringing out their best work while it rains in movies. Well, it’s not just the movies; people actually find peace in rain and hence are more creative. So go ahead, scribble, draw, paint, play or sing whatever it is just let the artist within show their magic!

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Happy Monsoon.

 

Content credit: Shanza Sarwana

Edited by team Jaipur Beat.

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5 Interesting Facts About Royal Amer Fort

As regal as can be, Jaipur’s magnificent Amer Fort rightly personifies the city’s Rajputana culture. The famous Amer Fort is one of the most visited forts in Rajasthan and also registered as UNESCO World Heritage site. Located 11 km away from the city, the fort is located on a high Aravalli hilltop. The Maota lake outside the fort adds a certain charm to the entire fort.

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Also, for all the history buffs out there – do you know that Amer was the capital of the state before Jaipur? Intrigued enough! Come, explore our stunning Amer Fort with some super cool facts presented to you by Jaipur Beat.

  1. Heritage as old as 1592 A.D.

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The impeccable Amer Fort was built by Raja Man Singh in the 16th century. This magnificent marvel made of red sandstone and marble was later renovated by its successive rulers. While many old parts of the fort have been either destroyed or replaced by other pieces, the humongous Amer Fort truly speaks volume about its royal history.

  1. Magnificent Architecture

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The Amer Fort is a marvellous blend of Rajput and Mughal architecture. The fort mainly comprises of four different parts. The main entrance to the fort is through ‘Suraj Pol’ or Sun Gate which opens directly in the main courtyard. The ‘Jaleb Chowk ‘ is one of the main courtyards with ‘Shitla Mata’ temple situated in the main palace ground. The second courtyard is famous for its spectacular – ‘Diwan-i-Aam’, ‘Sheesh Mahal’ and ‘Sukh Mahal’.

  1. Spectacular Sheesh Mahal

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One of the most striking parts of the fort is its Mirror Palace or Sheesh Mahal. Meant for the queen’s stay, this place is carved with glass paintings and beautiful flowers. Also, with the thousands of attached mosaic mirrors, the interior of Sheesh Mahal appears to be glittering like shiny stars.

  1. Picturesque Kesar Kyari

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The epitome of beauty, Kesar Kyari is a Mughal garden which is part of Maota Lake. Built in a star-shaped form, this garden with its splendid flora is sure to win the hearts of the visitors. Full-bloomed seasonal flowers are planted in the garden to give a breath-taking ornate feel to the magnificent Amer Fort.

  1.  Incredible Elephant Rides and Light & Sound Show

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To make the most of your visit to Amer Fort, it’s a must to enjoy the spectacular elephant safari. Giving you a skyline view of the city, a colorfully decorated elephant safari is must if you want to imbibe in the cultural heritage of the city.

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The popular Light and Sound show at the Amer Fort depicts the royal history of Jaipur screened at the facade of the grand Amer Fort. During the 50-minute show, the colorful lights illuminate the structure and reflect beautifully on Maota Lake, depicting the legendary past of the Amer Fort which is dating back to more than 600 years!!

Show Timings: English- 7:00 p.m. onwards and Hindi- 8:00 p.m. onwards

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11 Things To Not Forget While Travelling To Jaipur

Jaipur….Naam to suna hoga 🙂 The capital of Rajasthan and the largest Indian State- Jaipur is the land of vibrant colors,  marvellous architectures, monuments and palaces. With so much written and seen about this place in history pages and in movies most people think, they know everything about Jaipur City

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But let us tell you, many times, they are mistaken, absolutely and entirely. Let’s see Pink City from a little different perspective through the eyes of Jaipur Beat.

  1. Everyone does not speak Marwari or English. Majority speaks Hindi

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As soon as you enter the Pink City, don’t assume that everyone here will greet you with Marwari or English. Majority of the people here are Hindi speaking, so it is better if you speak to them in Hindi. (If you know)

  1. Don’t feel pressured by honking or traffic

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While commuting in Jaipur, be ready to face someone overtaking you from left, crossing red lights, over speeding or honking without any reason. Be prepared because there are no drills to deal with it. Avoid driving on your own instead hire a cab or an auto. 

  1. Buy liquor before 8 p.m.

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Don’t assume that Jaipur is a city with no party culture. We do party and prepare for that in advance as in Jaipur, liquor shops close sharp at 8 p.m. Don’t forget to stock all your liquor before 8 p.m.

  1. Don’t litter

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Jaipurites are trying hard to fight this habit of littering around. So dare you to think of littering Jaipur, because ‘Swachhta Song’ is our daily alarm. So, don’t even dare to mess with the cleanliness of the city.

  1. Fashion is great but dress according to the weather

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We have the liberty of enjoying each and every weather. The temperature is extremely hot in summers, humid in monsoon and chilly in winters. Don’t just pack your bags thinking you are going to desert state of Rajasthan which is famous for its deadly summers.

  1. Authentic food is too spicy

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We can imagine your love for authentic food but, don’t forget that the authentic spicy food, be it Laal Maans or Pyaaz Ki Kachori, Mirchi Bada or street side Gol gappas, will get you burning stomach pains. Beware guys else carry your antacid!

  1. Take the flavours of both new and old city

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Have planned your city tour on the basis of heritage monuments, gates and other historical points and city bazaars? Change it now, don’t miss to see the new gate of Jawahar circle or WTP or take a metro ride to experience Pink City from newer perspective.

  1. Live the day but don’t miss the nightlife

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Elephant ride to Amer or Light and Sound show? Albert Hall in the daytime to enjoy the sight with multitudes of pigeon flying or at night with mesmerising royal glory? Some choices are difficult to make. Jaipur is one off city which is to be visited for its beauty in the daytime as well as at night. So, don’t miss it and spend at least one night in the city.

  1. Extra cash and ATM cards

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Sab Kuch to sab jagah milta hai but when you’re in Jaipur you will get stuff which is not easily available in your city. The busy market streets from handmade to flagship stores makes this place as one of the best places on earth to shop. Don’t regret later that you’re not carrying enough cash to splurge.

  1. Dal Baati is not our staple

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Like any other traveller, even a Jaipurite eats Dal Baati occasionally. It’s not our staple food. We too survive on dal roti 🙂

  1. People here are humble

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Last but not the least, the people that you meet in Jaipur are humble and always ready to help. You are entering the city which is filled with sweetness and modesty.