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Things to remember when you visit Jaipur for the first time

Winter is the best season to visit Jaipur- the land of heritage cocooned in colours of Rangeelo Rajasthan and blessed with a warm climate. With a boom of travellers and tourists around the city at this time, Jaipur Beat makes sure that the guests in Jaipur do not go disappointed. Here are a few things you need to remember before you come to Jaipur.

  1. Jaipur is not so hot after all!

The most important thing you need to remember is that although situated in Rajasthan the desert state, Jaipur is not and hot as it is assumed to be. The days are pretty warm but the nights and early mornings are chilly. You don’t want to miss the early morning and night views in Jaipur while sneezing in your blanket. So do carry your woollens.

 

 

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2. Food can catch you off guard.

When in Jaipur, there is a variety of Rajasthani food from Daal Bati Churma to Kachori, Samosa, Mirchi Vada, Laal Maas, Mirchi Tapore, Gatte ki sabzi to Ker Sangri for drool over. If you are not a regular fan for spicy food, avoid eating too much. The spices and fried food can give you a grumpy stomach and act as a spoilsport on your trip.

 

 

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3. Don’t forget the camera!

A camera is something you surely shouldn’t forget when you travel to Jaipur because the city promises some breathtakingly rich-in-culture-and-colours sites. Like Amer Fort, Hawa Mahal, City Palace, view from nahargarh, Jal mahal, Albert Hall, Patrika Gate and so much more. You would definitely want to capture all the colours that Jaipur has to offer.

 

 

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4. Beat the heat

Even though it’s winter, the days is Jaipur get a pretty Sun. So it is always a good idea to carry your sunglasses, cap, sunscreen as well as the water bottle with you because you surely don’t want to be getting sunburns.

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5. Make space for souvenirs

You wouldn’t want to leave Jaipur without buying some authentic Jaipuri stuff like block print dresses, quilts, bed sheets, Jaipuri jootis, leather bags, Lac jewellery and other embellishments etc. Keep your luggage light so that when you leave Jaipur you have enough space to carry souvenirs.

 

 

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If you plan to visit Jaipur in January make sure your dates clash with either the Kite Festival or the Jaipur Literature Festival. While one offers you to witness a sky booming with colourful kites all day and gleaming chandelier kites at night, the other one promises to be a sumptuous feast of ideas for your mind.

 

 

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So whenever you come to Jaipur in the winter season, do consider these things for an amazing trip!

Happy travelling!

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A Day Through Jaipur’s Walled City Market

No matter what transport you choose to reach the walled city market, but once you step out of it, a gush of local air filters through you and gives you the major feels of the city. From the street vendors all around trying to sell you ethnic jewellery, clothes, toys, bed sheets, handkerchiefs, edibles and what not, to the truly colourful shops loaded with Jaipuri jootis, block print and leather handbags, wedding outfits, vibrant Jaipuri lehengas and much more- the markets of Jaipur are truly engaging.

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Stroll through with a heart full of patience and excitement and you’ll surely find yourself drooling over the local delicacies including the famous Kachoris, Samosas, Mirchi vadas retrieved from the piping hot oil and put on little paper serving plates.

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Moreover, after you have had a long day of discovering the lanes of the walled city market, you can finally binge on the Rajasthani delicacies for dinner like Dal Baati Churma, Gatte ki sabzi, Laal Maas, and Ker Sangri.

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Further, while you stand right in front of the Palace of Winds, the legendary Hawa Mahal, you’ll realise that there actually are 953 windows in it. Located in the midst of the market and surrounded by the hustle and bustle of the city, the place has an enchanting significance to it, which would surely lure you into seeing it inside out.

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You can further explore the local culture and the colours of Jaipur with the local market that offers Jaipuri leather items, junk jewellery, Jaipuri block print dresses and bedsheets, quilts, handicrafts including blue pottery items and traditional kathputlis, mirror work items, and much more.

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On the other hand, you may dive into Hindu spirituality with temples like the renowned Hanuman temple, the Govind Dev Ji temple and Garbh Griha.

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Next, when you have crossed through the booming traffic, the metro construction taking place at Badi Chaupad and the loud yet prismatic market, you are finally ready to enter the gates of the truly magnificent City Palace of Jaipur, which was once the abode of the royal Rajput rulers. For years and years, Jaipur has celebrated its legacy of having inherited this beautiful monument that presents itself as Jaipur’s crown.

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Witnessing the grandeur of living and lifestyle of Jaipur’s royals at the City Palace Museum, you’ll be taken back in time with the treasures of the bygone era. From the enticing Chandra Mahal to the mesmerizing Peacock Gate, Lotus Gate, Green Gate and Rose Gate; City Palace just never fail to bewitch you with its beauty.

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While you take away Jaipuri clothes, quilts, jooties and jewellery as souvenirs for your loved ones away with you, the most beautiful things you take along would still be the sights of the vivid liveliness of the city.

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6 Things To Never Miss At Hawa Mahal Market

Hawa Mahal, a monument, a memory, a landmark, the pride of Jaipur; a place you just cannot miss going to while in Jaipur.

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Looking out of those windows of the wind palace or the Hawa Mahal, your eyes stumble upon the shops on the nearby lanes of the roads. No matter how much you try to ignore, you are simply drawn to the shops and find yourself in the rich market commonly known as the Hawa Mahal Market.

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With hundreds of shops lined one after the other, you just go on an unintentional shopping spree.

  • The most distinctive product available in the market, goat leather bags. While some claim the bags to be genuine camel lather, most of them are made up of goat leather. From handy little slings to travel bags, a variety of bags in all size and shapes to suit your needs the best is available in the market.

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  • The market has a special treat for those who love Jaipur’s infamous hand block printing. You find a number of sellers with boxes full of blocks meant for the sole purpose of printing. Go ahead and get your hands on beautifully carved blocks and experiment with printing on your own.

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  • Remember those Jaipuri Razaiyan you’ve heard of? Well, this is the perfect place to get one for yourself.  The 250 years old Kadarbaksh Razaiyan has in-house for you exquisite razayian with beautiful hand block prints of different patterns.

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  • The market has a lot many shops to offer you kurtis with Sanganeri prints. One of the most famous of them is Gulab Chand. If you like dressing up your little girl you must pay a visit to Hawa Mahal Market, sets of lehenga cholis in the markets appropriate to fit even little girls of age 3-4.

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  • How many times we have heard the words “Incredible India?”   Little souvenirs at Hawa Mahal Market show us how incredible we truly are.

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  • To serve your hungry tummies in the middle of your shopping spree, a lot of chatwalas can be found while strolling through the market. Or you can have a seat at Wind View Café right opposite the Hawa Mahal.

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The next time you plan on visiting Hawa Mahal, make sure you have some extra time to spare in the Hawa Mahal Bazaar, the market clearly has a lot to offer.

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