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A long weekend awaits to plan a trip to Jaipur | Jaipur Beat

The universe has been kind to all of us and given us two long weekends back-to-back. Yes, we are talking about the Holi long weekend (Sat, Sun, Mon-27th, 28th & 29th March) and the Good Friday long (2nd, 3rd, & 4th April) weekend. And in case your bosses are generous and cool enough to grant you 31st & 1st April days of extra leaves then you just have the whole week off!

It doesn’t get better than this right?
Well, it does if you plan a getaway for these long weekends to none other than Jaipur aka Pink City. And just to substantiate our above hypothesis, allow us to give you some mind-blowing reasons for you to plan your getaway to our favorite city, Jaipur.

The magnificent and spectacular forts and palaces

The city is filled with forts and places that draw the attention of tourists from all over the world. The forts are well known over the globe for their royal architecture, culture, age-old charm, and grandeur. Forts that we would recommend you to visit and experience the royalty of Rajasthan are:

 • Amber Palace – The famous Amer Fort is one of the most visited forts in Rajasthan and is also registered as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Overlooking the Maota lake, Amber Fort is known for its aesthetical style elements. Also, for all the history buffs out there – do you know that Amer was the capital of the state before Jaipur?

Nahargarh Fort – What comes to your mind when it comes to enjoying an eagle’s eye view of Jaipur’s jaw-dropping skyline?
Definitely, it is Nahargarh! One of the favourite spots for Jaipurites.
Situated in the Aravalli mountains, Nahargarh which means “adobe of tigers” is a majestic and spectacular fort. You can enjoy cycling and trekking at this fort and can also visit the Nahargarh biological park. Built in 1734 during the reign of Sawai Jai Singh (1698-1740), the extensive water systems of Nahargarh are one of the most significant features of the fort. So get your walking shoe on and one can take a walk through Water Heritage to uncover history to architecture, and see the history come alive.

Hawa Mahal – This five-storey building continues to be the major attraction of all those travelling to the Pink City. The unique attraction is its 953 windows which were actually constructed to give a cool breeze to the royal ladies that watched processions from the inside of the Wind Palace.

If this architectural wonder intrigues you more, check this out: https://jaipurbeat.com/2018/12/11/things-no-one-tells-you-hawa-mahal-jaipur/

Jal Mahal – Located in the middle of Man Sagar Lake, this 5 storied building continues to stand still in Man Sagar Lake with 4 floors immersed in water.
Back then it was used for royal duck shooting parties. With tranquil waters by the side and birds sitting on top of the chattris makes for a picturesque view. One can enjoy camel or horse safari and also shop for the local handicrafts from the temporary bazaars set near this place.

City Palace – The City Palace, Jaipur is one of the most admired and finest attractions among the places to visit in the Pink City. With an organized layout of large courtyards, perfectly manicured gardens, and magnificent mahals, the palace is still home to the royal family of Jaipur. Apart from its magical architecture, the palace is also known for its beautiful gates.
While planning a trip to Jaipur, make sure you reserve a day to visit the corridors of the City Palace and live a day like the royals!

Jawahar Circle – The newest edition in the list is the ninth gate of Jaipur, known as ‘Patrika Gate’. 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. The vibrant colours and mesmerizing architecture are always admired and make this an Instagram-worthy place as no one can leave without capturing its beauty.

If you want to know more about this circle of colors, culture, food & life, check this blog! https://jaipurbeat.com/2017/06/17/a-circle-of-colors-culture-food-life-jawahar-circle/

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Shopping

• Jaipur is a paradise for shopping lovers. Be it street shopping, wedding shopping, or handicrafts shopping, Jaipur has it all. The list and names of markets and the dedicated ‘Rastas’ for each market make the city a favourite destination for those who love to indulge in shopping. The markets like Johari Bazaar, Tripolia Bazaar, Bapu Bazaar, etc are the soul of our city.

Shopping Guide To Jaipur’s Bazaars

• Johari Bazaar (paradise for jewelry lovers) – Visit for Gem, Jewelry, Handicrafts, Furniture and Art, Chandpole Bazaar – If you love marble artifacts, handicrafts, furniture this is the perfect place for you.

Maniharon ka Rasta – The Lane of Jaipur Where Bangles Clink & Crockery Cackles

• But if you someone who prefers shopping in a mall, our suggestion is to visit World Trade Park which is the grandest mall of all times.

A 360 Degree Guided Tour of World Trade Park Jaipur !!

Food

You think of Jaipur and you automatically think of some mouth-watering food. You will completely agree with us once you hog on these scrumptious dishes at some of the finest places of Jaipur. Be it spicy Pyaj ki Kachori or sweet Mawa Kachori, or Pandit ki Pav Bhaji, Samrat ke Samose, Lassi at Lassiwala, Lal Maans or LMB ki chaat the list of Jaipur’s special delights goes on and on. You can either walk from place to place or gather at Masala Chowk for the tempting street food.

For the finest gourmet experiences don’t miss out on The Forresta Kitchen & Bar.
How can we miss mentioning Rajasthani Laal Maans or Jaisalmeri Junglee Maans and the place to have that is Handi Restaurant in Jaipur which you must try!

Luxury hotels and restaurants

If you are the one who would love to experience Jaipur in luxury and live & eat like the royals, Jaipur has got your back for this as well. Jaipur has some of the luxurious and heritage hotels in India. Rambagh Palace, Samode Haveli, Alsisar Haveli, Leela Palace, Fairmount are the ones we truly recommend.

Here is our quick list- https://jaipurbeat.com/2018/12/02/experience-the-unique-stay-at-heritage-hotels-in-jaipur/

Alsisar Haveli

If you think that’s all sorry we still have a lot- Sisodia Rani ka Bagh, Vidhyadhar ka Bagh, Jawahar Kala Kendra, Panna Mian Ka kund, Galta Ji temple, Gaitore ki Chhatriyan, and the list can go on forever.

Convinced enough to visit Jaipur for a weekend getaway?
From food to shopping to sight-seeing and luxury stays, the Pink City has a lot to offer. Words don’t do justice to the immense and exhaustive cultural diversity and heritage of Jaipur.
Pack your bags now to experience the love of Jaipur. Padharo Mhare Des! Jaipur awaits you all!!

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Unique Experiences in Jaipur | Jaipur Beat

Jaipur is a city that has a lot to amaze both the locals and the tourists. From being a perfect mélange of old and new, traditional and modern to royal and chic; Jaipur has everything.

We at Jaipur Beat bring to you top 5 unique experiences you can have in Jaipur.

Stunning monuments: There is no dearth of monuments to visit in Jaipur. While you are aware of the four UNESCO World Heritage Sites namely – Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar, City Palace and the majestic Amer Fort; there are a handful of other monuments to be amazed at. From Galta Ji Temple (Monkey Temple), Hanuman Temple (Khol Ke Hanumanji), Jal Mahal, Gaitore ki Chhatriyan, Panna Mina ka Kund, Nahargarh Fort, Jaigarh Fort, Albert Hall, to Chand Baori Abhaneri and Anokhi Museum (90kms away from Jaipur); get on with these each day and relive the royal bygone era.

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Exquisite crafts: Shopping for Jaipur’s exquisite crafts is one of the most satisfying experiences one can have especially if you are a shopaholic. From a wide range of handicrafts – blue pottery, block print, carpets, jewellery, gemstones, clothes, juttis, to puppets, and more. Some of the most authentic shopping experiences can be provided by the city’s old Bazaars/ Markets, an experience that is amongst the most authentic of all things to do in Jaipur.

Blue pottery in jaipur – Jaipur Beat

 

Abundant nature: While Jaipur is rich in its history and culture, the city is a treasure house of nature too. One of the best ways to see the sights of Jaipur is to start off on an early morning cycling ride or a quad biking. You can also head to witness some untamed wildlife at Nahargarh Sanctuary via a Jeep safari, do zip-lining. Or you can simply trek the Aravalis that are crowned with lush green trees. In case you are someone who loves a long drive, strolling across the city, walled city and outskirts can be quite a nourishing experience for you.

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Delicious food: Owing to its arid and dry climate, Jaipur’s cuisine is a foodie’s paradise. Cooked with rich and tasty ingredients and an amalgamation of various techniques – both old and new; Jaipur food is to die for. Whether you have a sweet tooth or have a knack for something tangy, you have a wide range of delectable to pick from. Must try are its kachori, jalebi, ghewar, gajak, chaats, typical Rajasthani cuisine comprising of dal-baati-churma and ker sangri ki sabzi.

dalbaatichurma – Jaipur Beat

 

Colourful culture: Just as the name suggests – Pink City, the culture of Jaipur is also very vivid and colourful. Full of vibrancy, you can see a perfect blend of cultures in the city strolling across like one. All festivals in the city are celebrated with extreme zest and almost every month has one of them and has its own specific food and attire associated with it.

 

 

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Your Guide to Ultimate Food Experiences this Winter | Jaipur Beat

There’s not a single person who doesn’t enjoy food. Since Jaipur food is so well-loved, we decided to make a list of the best food items to eat in the winter season. Here we go!

Halwa

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During winters, no one would ever say no to the lip-smacking Gajar or moong dal or badaam ka halwa. We only wait for winters so that we could enjoy this mouthwatering winter speciality topped with desi ghee and dry fruits.

Aloo Tikki

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A mouthful of hot aloo tikki with a burst of flavourful chutneys is a total bliss in winters. Be it on streets or at a wedding, aloo tikki is most enjoyed dish by everyone.

Mawa Kachori

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If you have a sweet tooth and love kachori then Mawa kachori is just for you. A puff pastry filled with aromatic mawa and nuts is one winter speciality that you anyone would want to indulge in if travelling to Jaipur.

Mirchi Bada

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You better be strong enough to try this street snack in which green chillies are stuffed with aloo masala and are deep-fried served with sweet and tangy chutney.

Soup

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A hot bowl of soup with bread crumbs and cream is a total saviour during winters plus a healthy appetiser too.

Dal Baati Churma

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This power-packed Rajasthani dish that is everyone’s favourite is best enjoyed during winters. The one when we get invited at Khol ke Hanuman Ji the level of excitement to get to eat Dal Baati Churma is just next level.

Eggs and Omelettes

Eggs

Since the past few years, Jaipur streets are buzzing with street stalls selling egg dishes. Yes, most of us don’t eat at eggs at home 🙂 Most of the egg stalls serve an extensive menu of egg dishes from Omelette Pizza to butter Masala Omelette this list is endless.

Paneer Tikka

Just look at that tempting tandoori chicken or paneer tikka on that plate waiting to be devoured. There are many street joints where you could enjoy paneer tikka plus you could stand next to the griller and enjoy the heat.

Kadhi with Kachori & Samosa

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Hot, spicy and tempting, a superb combination of Rajasthani kadhi and mouth-watering Kachori/Samosa is everyone’s love. Once tasted, it will leave you to ask for more.

Kadhai wala Doodh

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Be it early morning or at late night, the sip of hot kadhai wala doodh (milk) served in kulhad tastes like heaven during winters. It becomes more delicious when paired with freshly taken out jalebi’s.

Gajak

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Dry and crisp sweet made of til and jaggery will keep your body warm on the biting cold days. Winters are incomplete without eating gajak and you don’t have to find it in Jaipur, it’s available in every street and corner and you’ll be surprised to see the variety here.

Dal ke Pakode

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While you sit with frozen hands and crave for some warmth, these garam garam dal pakode are a perfect cure and company for you. Try them on the street side stalls or just make them at home and don’t forget to serve with the green chutney.

Kulche Chole

Traditionally the Punjabi speciality, this dish Kulche Chole is made with lots of spices and masala like onion, tomato and garlic and with lots of butter on it has stolen the hearts of many in Jaipur, especially during the winter season.

 

To all food Connoisseurs, Jaipur will never disappoint you when it comes to food.

 

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Ghevar: A savory dessert delight of Jaipur

“The belly rules the mind” goes a famous Spanish proverb, a tantalizing phrase that Jaipur, the land of the kings and rich cuisines, is no stranger to. Rajasthani platter is a scrumptious combination of sweet, spicy and colorful dishes. We Jaipurites with our salivating mouth proudly say that it is incomplete without the mention of Dal-Bati-Churma, a traditional wholesome meal of Rajasthan. Mind you, sweet dishes are never addressed as ‘dessert’ in our land, because unlike desserts which are had after the meal, we relish desserts before, during and after the meal.

Ghevar

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Now is the perfect time to talk about the much-celebrated dessert in this season of special festivities. “Ghevar”,  an incredible Rajasthani Delicacy which is widely popular and traditionally associated with Teej Festival (locally called Sawan ki Teej or Hariyali Teej) and Raksha Bandhan festival falling in the month of August.

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Ghevar is a round mesh-like disc-shaped fried delicacy drenched in cardamom and saffron flavoured sugar syrup and topped with sliced nuts and flavored rabri. We bet you are already dreaming to gobble Ghevar because this festival Dessert is always a chart-topper!

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The luscious sweet is enjoyed indifferently as per an individual’s taste preferences; some enjoy it crispy while others love it tender with the toppings of Mawa or Malai.  Ghevar also tastes great when it is eaten with hot Milk or Kheer.

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Having such a variety in taste, Ghevar can definitely satiate your sweet tooth pangs for the time being but cannot satisfy your need to have it again and again. “Padharo mahare des” is an apt phrase, which means: “Welcome to my land”, where you can experience the flavours of uniqueness that it has to offer and enhance it with the wonderful hospitality, food AND Sweet Dishes like Ghevar that Jaipur is famed the world over.

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Modern Chowpatty – The latest Food Junction in Jaipur!

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Just when Jaipurites were thinking that the city has started settling on a new food complex ie Masala Chowk at Ram Niwas Garden that hosts in itself a variety of dishes, there came “Modern Chowpatty” which is now the talk of the town.
Call it Choupati or Chow-patty, it serves the same purpose as it’s counterpart, just in a much-sophisticated way as well as with a fresh outlook.
People not only just come here to soak in the beauty of the natural and fresh air, but also to enjoy the lip-smacking snacks that are served here. The food stalls at the Modern Chowpatty serve a variety of vegetarian delights.
From Rawat ki Kachori, Chaap from Delhi, Chatpati Kolkatta Chaat, Thai, Mexican and Lebanese cuisines to tea, ice cream, juices, shakes everything is right here.

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A haven for vegetarians, this place houses 15 renowned brands from around the city which include the likes of –

Rawat Mishthan Bhandar

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Chaap Nation

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Shree Gopi Pavitra Bhojnalaya

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Fumo Express

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Tea Tradition Xpress

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Desi Junction

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House Of Delicacies

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Nibs Express

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Krishna Live Ice cream 

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Kalkatti Chat Bhandar

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Ramchandra Kulfi

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Just like any other place which is in its new days, The Modern Chowpatty also is less crowded and this makes one’s meal worthwhile due to the less disturbance along with fast servicing. The rate at which it’s gaining ground from people around the city is phenomenal and has been getting a decent amount of footfall after the evening.

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But what catches our attention is its dining area. The unique circular shaped dining areas are something that we have never seen and experienced in Jaipur.  The Modern Chowpatty works on cashless basis i.e get your royal pass issued and you will be free from cash payments on every stall individually.

Yeah ! Digital India 🙂

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Ambience- Open Air
Food- Multiple brands, Only Vegetarian
Experience – One of its kind!
Location- 303, Nirman Nagar C, Kings Road, Shyam Nagar Police Station, Jaipur.
Parking- Valet parking available.
Go yourselves and explore and we are sure you wouldn’t be disappointed.
Happy Eating!

 

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When in Jaipur, Eat like Jaipurites do!

Most travelers heading to Jaipur, are aware of the fact that Rajasthani dishes are awesome, but most, don’t have a local friend or relative to tell them exactly what to try. We have made a guide just for you folks who are traveling to Jaipur, in a hope that you get to try everything we locals’ love, and why Rajasthan, is called a foodie’s paradise.
With so many upbeat cafes and restaurants, it is confusing for travelers what to eat in Jaipur. Here’s a quick guide by Jaipur Beat.

Laal Maas

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Laal Maas

Laal maas is a delectable dish originated from Rajasthan itself, you may find it some places outside of Rajasthan too, but the authentic taste of Rajasthan is hard to copy. The dish is eaten with Indian Breads (Bajra roti, Bejad Roti, Jungli roti, Roomali roti, and whatnot).

Ghewar

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Ghewar

This delectable dessert, also available topped with malai, is something we could die for. Ghewar is the epitome of all desserts, and remain the number one dessert of choice for everyone in Rajasthan.

Mirch ke Tapore, Besan Mirch

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Mirch Tapore

These savory pickles are a feat in their own. Served as something like a side and achar, these are sure to take your breath away. Mirch Tapore and Besan Mirch resembles a lot in the green chili part but tastes worlds apart. Best thing undeniably is you will probably get both in every Rajasthani thali you order.

Dal, Bati and Churma

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Dal, Bati and Churma

The famous trio of Rajasthani cuisine, the humblest of them all, the most eaten too we guess. There are various Bati’s in the scene, there’s a Plain Bati, a Masala Bati, a Keema bati and many more. The Churma comes in 4 or 5 varieties as well, there’s simply nothing like Churma when it comes to Rajasthani desserts.

Bajra roti, Bejad roti.

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Bejad Roti

These Indian Breads add up on a different level to taste when combined with the famous flavorful Rajasthani dishes. For records, Bejad roti tastes heavenly with Aloo Pyaaz sabzi and Lasaan ki chutney and is a must try.

Aloo Pyaaz ki sabji and Lasaan ki Chutney

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Lasaan Chutney

Aloo Pyaaz ki Sabji is the real-life manifestation of heaven. Even though Lasaan ki chutney is something you can probably associate with any dish, it just adds a level of sophistication to Aloo Pyaaz’s taste. The magic of this chutney is undeniable, that’s quite the reason you’ll pretty much find it in every Rajasthani thali and being sold loose in the shops too. It may seem easy to make at home, but the authentic Rajasthani Lasaan ki chutney is just too difficult to recreate.

Kachoris, Mirch vada, Samosas

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Samosa

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Mirchi Vada

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Kachori

We believe these three should be announced as the national breakfast and evening snack of India. The Rajasthani’s love for these is very very strong. The world-famous Kota kachori is something you’ll only find in Rajasthan, while authentic Samosas and Mirchi Vadas are hard to find outside Rajasthan. We bet you have all grown up eating these three on every Sunday morning, because we, definitely did.

Bajre ki khichdi

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Bajre ki khichdi

Bajre is khichdi is khichdi reinvented by Rajasthanis to taste a million times better, it’s served with jaggery, white butter and loads of ghee. Bajre ki khichdi is basically a winter dish and will keep you warm all winters long, all while making your taste buds dance.

This is only half the list and the next part is coming very soon. Till then, keep exploring and keep eating. 😉