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Reasons to Fall in Love With Jaipur Monsoon

Monsoon

The auspicious month of Sawan has begun and is ready to shed its vibrant and vivid colours to nature. It is that time of the month where you explore the magnificent impact and captures the serenity as monsoon never comes alone with the rain but with the irresistible cravings for delicacies and also sways us to go for thrilling rides and indulge in the aesthetic pleasures. The pink city will make you fall in love with its beauty when adorned with the raindrops and incensed with the mesmerizing petrichor.

Here’s a sneak-peak of Monsoon oriented activities which will make you fall in love with the walled city.

Styling up the wardrobe with colourful Lehriya

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Jaipurite celebrates every occasion with a new lease of life. To mark the beginning of Monsoon season and Sawan) month, everyone drapes themselves with the vibrant colourful and traditional Lehriya.  Jaipur Bazaars are flooded with a distinctive and vivid pattern of lehriya to give your wardrobe a unique cultural touch.

So what keeps you at bay? Go and get yourself draped in the colours of Rajasthan.

Guilt-Free Eating

 

Monsoon season paves the way to binge over the local delicacies like pakodas, samosa, kachori and Mirchi vada. These roadside snacks will make your cravings irresistible and will tempt you to have more and more of it. To enjoy the drizzling you could also visit the most exciting place-Masala chowk and celebrate the tastes of Jaipur. This place will entice you to leave your diet plans aside and drool over the scrumptious food.

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Goth at Khole ke Hanuman ji

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The monsoon season invites you to hold goth(picnic) at Khole Ke Hanumanji and spend leisure time with your family and friends by savouring your taste buds with the delicious daal baati churma, Mirchi ke tapore and variety of churma’s which is served here as prasadi. This spiritual temple offers a mesmerizing view from the top of the hill which is a feast for the eyes especially in the rainy season.

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Long Drives – Nahargarh Jaipur for a view to die for

 

The month of Sawan is at its peak, waking up the weekend plans which were snoozing during scorching summer. Explore the city and do not miss the mesmerizing weekend getaway spot, situated at the rim of Aravalli Hills, Nahargarh.

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This place has to offer you a splendid picnic spot with your loved ones, eye-capturing Instagram posts, and stories and a view of the Walled City you can die for, savouring the season of Sawan with a bhutta in your hand.

Season’s best Ghewar

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Monsoons are one of the typecasted seasons of the year. It is the season when you cling towards a hot cup of coffee, a plate of tempting pakoras but Jaipurites crave for Ghewars, a delicacy which will allow you to sideline the diet plans guilt free. When eating ghewars at Jaipur, you could not think of calories any more rather you will be swayed by the undeniably delicious dessert drenched in sugar and garnished with rabri.

Season’s Best Ghewar

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Monsoon is not the only month of ‘mists and mellow fruitfulness’ but also a start to the preparation for upcoming festivities as well. The two most celebrated festivals during this season are Teej and Raksha Bandhan.  Teej is dedicated to Goddess Parvati, celebrating the day she united with Lord Shiva after a span of 100 years. This celebration in Jaipur is an extravagant sight with lively processions, innumerable rituals, and delicious savouries inclusive of city’s one of the best Ghewar. One cannot afford to miss this if in the Pink city.

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To relish this season leisurely, pack up your bags and plan a trip to Jaipur.

Happy Sawaan Month 🙂

 

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Events you can’t afford to miss this July in Jaipur

The monsoon month, July is here and it’s all about that chapaak and shopping. And we are, so not planning to waste it by sitting at home. Pink City is a happening town and filled with people looking for something or the other to go to and have fun, so if you belong to the crazy lot and looking for a month full of fun activities then you sure can’t afford to miss these events in the upcoming month.

  1. Alfaaz Open Mic (5th July) Pint House Sky Bar & Kitchenette

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2. Dubfounded Album Launch Party Amarass nights at RRAP (5th July)

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3. Virsa at JKK (10th July -21th July)

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4. Kitab Lovers Mega Book Fair (11th July) Rajput Sabha Bhawan

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5. Parmish Verma (13th July) Club Zarza, Jaipur

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6. Bas kar Bassi (13th July) Levels Club, Jaipur

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7. Juniors Cyclothon (21st July) SMS, Jaipur

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8. Kunal Kamra Stand-up (26th July) Harishchand Totuka Bhawan, Jaipur

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Lifestyle Exhibitions

As we all know Jaipur is an exciting city with that cultural tadka added to it and ensures nothing is left out of it. So. If you too don’t want to be missed out of that tadka then mark the dates, to go to these super awesome lifestyle events in Pink City.

1. The Summer Shop (16th – 17th July) Hotel Radisson Jaipur City

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2. Dahleez Lifestyle Exhibition (2nd July – 3rd July) Fort, Durgapura, Jaipur

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3. Hidden Treasure (23rdJuly – 24thJuly) SMS Convention Center

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4. Aspiration Luxury Lifestyle Exhibition (12th – 13th July)  SMS Convention Center

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5. Shubham Rakhi Exhibition (19th – 20th July) Birla Auditorium

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6. The Cultured Wedding (26th – 27th July) Taj, Rambagh Palace

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7. Anantaya Big Deal (24th June – 7th July) Hotel Narain Niwas Palace

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Happy Moonson Y’all 🙂

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Photographs that reflect the beauty of Jaipur city in monsoon

Monsoon is here and we cannot get over the serenity of Jaipur City. As the little pitter-patter drops fall from the sky they don’t just bring with them the petrichor but a wave of aesthetic pleasure which enhances the beauty of Pink City even more. The fresh green landscape of Jaipur with new life from the top. You don’t believe us, have a look.

  1. Picturesque view of Amer Fort covered in clouds

 

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2. Lake ‘Sagar’, Jaigarh Fort and the lush green landscape

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3.  Like mystical clouds looming over Jal Mahal at Man Sagar Lake

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4. Bird’s Eye view of Rajasthan Legislative Assembly or Vidhaan Sabha

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5. Rain washed Wall City, Jantar Mantar, City Palace in one frame

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6.  Green cover on otherwise Barren hills of Jhalana and the Pink Houses

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7. The City doesn’t rest even when it rains. View of Tripolia Bazaar and Choti Chaupar

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8.  Monsoon spellbound Jaigarh Fort

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10. Paanch Batti after a shower of rain

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11. Sanganeri Gate in the drenched walled city

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12. Trimurti Circle and its glorious reflection

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13. Last but not least – The bheeghi bheeghi walls of Jalmahal Palace

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14. Believe us!! We are still in Jaipur 🙂

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So, what are you waiting for? Go have fun and enjoy the saavan and the thandi-thandi hawa.

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Gates of Jaipur: The Reflection of Opulence and Grandeur

Jaipur, the capital city of the land of Maharajas: Rajasthan. A city with so much to narrate about the culture and traditions, a city that reflects the royalty of Rajputs; a city with a splendid history. The foundation of the city was laid in the 16th Century by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II. The Maharaja did everything to make it a spectacle for the entire world and to keep it safe from intruders. He built a city so grand and so beautiful that we can’t help but admire even today. Everything in Jaipur was built according to Vastu Shastra. With its magnificent forts and palaces, the unrivalled historic architecture of Jaipur narrates a story of grandeur and opulence.

When it comes to the architecture we often talk about palaces and forts and other monuments. But what we often forget is one of the most important parts of our city’s history, the Gates of Jaipur. The popular 7-8 gates of the city are said to be the original entrance into the walled city.

  1. Suraj Pol

Suraj Pol or the Sun Gate is situated at the east of the walled city, in the direction of the rising sun. The gate can easily be identified by the two sun painted on it.

Suraj Pol

  1. Chand Pol

Chand Pol or the Moon Gate is situated at the western side of the city near Chand Pol Bazaar and Gangauri Bazar. It lies on the same axis as the Suraj Pole Gate.

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  1. Ram Pol

Popular as Ghat Gate, it leads its passersby to Ramganj.

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  1. Shiv Pol

Now known as the Sanganeri Gate, it leads to the Sanganer. Shiv Pol stands to guard the entry of Johari Bazaar.

Shiv Pol

  1. Ajmeri Gate

Situated near Choti Chaupad, the gate was built to guard the southern entrance of the walled city and leads on the roads to Ajmer.

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  1. Ganga Pol

Situated at the north-east section of the walled city, it is not known to many.

  1. Dhruv Pol

Commonly known as the Zorawar Singh Gate, Dhruv Pol is the northernmost gate of the walled city. It is named after the Pole Star or the Dhruv Tara, a star that marks the North direction.  It is also the widest of all the gates.

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  1. Naya pol

Now known as the New Gate, it opens at the Chaura Rasta while you travel through the ever-bustling MI Road. The gate showcases a blend of European architecture with local style.

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After these 8 gates were built, every evening at dusk a cannon was fired to alarm the citizens of the closing time and the gates remained closed until dawn to keep the city clean of intruders crawling inside the city in dark. This practice continued till the 1940s, thereafter development outside these gates started and the gates remained open.

We went a little further and did some digging only to find that the list of gates is much greater than just 7 or 8.

  1. Sireh Deori Gate

The gate that leads you to the Jaleb Chowk and further to Govind Dev Ji temple and City Palace.

Sireh Deori Gate

  1. Tripolia Gate

The beautiful white gate near Govind Dev Ji Temple is one of its kinds. The gate is not open to the general public. It is still used only by the erstwhile Royal family, a tradition accepted by the locals without any opposition.

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  1. Naqqarkahne ka Darwaza

It might not be of much importance anymore, but the gate during the reign of Maharajas was used to announce their arrival by eulogizing their works.

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The magnificent City Palace is known to the world as the residence of the royal family also has a number of awe-striking gates.

  1. Rajendra Pol

Right outside the Mubarak Mahal is a gate that portrays the flamboyant Hindu gatehouse architecture. The Rajendra Pol is flanked by two elephants both of which are carved out of a single marble.

Rajendra Pol

  1. Ganesh Pol

The gate at the exit of the City Palace that leads you out to the Jaleb Chowk.

  1. Ridhisidhi pol

The gate that on exiting the Rajendra Pol, leads you to the Pritam Niwas Chowk.

The Pritam Niwas Chowk is known to have four gates each representing a different season:

  1. Peacock Gate

It is the most alluring gate with paintings of peacocks signifying autumn.

Peacock Gate

  1. Lotus Gate

With continual flower and petal patterns, it stands as a symbol of summer.

Lotus Gate

  1. Green Gate

Also called the Leheriya gatesignifies spring.

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  1. Rose Gate

With repeated flower patterns, the gate is seen as a symbol of winter.

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Today, these gates are merely symbolic; part of city’s history, nostalgia and built heritage. However, they are an important element of Jaipur’s rich architectural legacy for which the city is famous across the world.

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5 Reasons To Binge On Bhutta This Monsoon In Jaipur

The pleasure of eating bhutta in rains is unmatchable and unimaginable for those who have not yet accomplished this honourable deed. In fact we believe that such people do not exist. A true Indian always craves for bhutta during monsoon. However, in case we are wrong and you’re an exception, here’s a list of reasons why you should rush to the nearest vegetable vendor or bhuttawalah to eat it.

  1. Healthy

There’s not only one health benefit of eating corn but many. These include, prevention from cancer due to excessive antioxidants, controlling diabetes due to richness in fibre that keeps blood sugar levels normal, controlling hypertension, increasing energy, aiding digestion and controlling cholesterol level due to richness in Vitamin C. These benefits should be convincing enough. But wait, we have more valid reasons!!!

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  1. Good for pregnancy

For all those who are preggers, bhutta is tremendously advantageous for you. Corn is rich in fibre that alleviates problems like constipation, which is very common in pregnancy. It reduces the risk of birth defects such as Spina Bifida since it is rich in folate too.

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  1. Hot

Another reason to binge on bhutta is that nothing is better than the feeling you get after having hot food in a cold weather. It will keep you cosy. Apart from that, since it is served hot, it reduces the chances of getting infection when eating out.

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  1. Tasty

As simple as that! Corn is amazingly tasty, especially when you roast it, smother it beautifully with butter and add a pinch of salt and red chilli powder along with some lemon juice.

(We bet you imagined it and are hungry now).

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  1. Making fun-filled memories

You can spend time with your friends while eating bhutta and drinking chai, its perfect companion. What is better than some tittle tattle with your loved ones in a nice weather while savouring upon some snacks? It is fun especially when you’re at places like Jal Mahal or find vendors while driving uphill to Nahargarh.

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So go grab a bhutta, if you haven’t already!

Do not forget to share your monsoon bhutta pictures and mention your favourite bhutta point with us in the comment section. We would absolutely love to hear from you. 🙂

 

Content credit: Neha Mantri

Edited by Team Jaipur Beat

 

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Let’s Celebrate Teej With Great Zeal In Jaipur

The hues of love, culture and beauty mingled with the tints of heritage, handicrafts and a grand legacy brought down the generations. You are pink, I am pink; for pink is the color that this city leaves in our hearts forever. Jaipur, also known as the ‘Pink City’ was founded by Maharaja Jai Singh II in November, 1727. Known worldwide for its rich culture and architectural beauty, Jaipur is the largest city of Rajasthan, and its capital too. What makes it different from all other cities is its deeply rooted heritage that houses in itself not just the beauty of traditions and different art forms but also paves way for technological and architectural advancements. Whether it is about festivals or food, travel and tourism or corporal sector, Jaipur has a niche for every possible genre.

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The months of July and August are the most prismatic ones in Jaipur. The city looks dipped into and drunk on rainbows. With the petrichor mixing in with the amazing fragrance of our favourite ‘chai and pakode’ comes again the most voraciously celebrated festival of ‘Teej’. Teej is one of the most colourfully celebrated festivals in Jaipur. It’s all about women dressed in jazzy leheriya, patricoloured lehengas, ‘Mehendi ki khushbu’ and ‘Saawan ke jhule’. And when it comes to Teej, how could we forget our favourite Malai Ghewar!

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Teej falls on the third day after new moon. Teej as a festival is celebrated three times during the Indian month of Shravan, namely Hariyali teej, Kajli Teej, and Hartalika Teej. Badi Teej is celebrated with great zeal and pomp in our Jaipur city. Married women fast for the day and pray to Goddess Parvati for the long lives of their husbands and children. Young girls put on vibrant lehangas and leheriya sarees and enjoy the swings under lush green trees. As magnificent as this festival is, it keeps an immensely important place in the hearts of Jaipurites. We celebrate it with all kinds of food and festive preparations. Jaipur’s Teej celebration is not only famous across the nation, but also known across the globe for its enlivening and pulsing rituals, and traditions.

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The very famous Rajasthani dessert ‘Ghewar’ is the authentic food associated with Teej. Other savoury dishes associated with Teej are ‘Malpua,’ ‘Kesar Jalebi,’ and ‘Mirchi Pakode.’ The mere thought of a kesar jalebi or a delicious malpua melting in our mouths is enough to get us high on love for this festival!

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Besides the amazing excitement among common people for Teej, every year the Rajasthan Tourism carries out a pageant procession that passes from various areas of the old city of Jaipur including Tripolia Bazar, Chaugan Stadium  and Talkatora. Rajasthani folk dances, palanquins, tableaux, vividly ornamented elephants and drama are different parts of this vibrant pageant that takes place on the day of Haryali Teej. Scores of Jaipurites along with national as well as international tourists turn up to enjoy the festivities of this grand pageant. Apart from the common spectators, it also attracts hundreds of photographers and videographers for the extravaganza. Teej Procession is one of the biggest pageant held in Jaipur, over the year.

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Teej, for Jaipurites is not a mere monsoon festival, it is also a feeling of being tied to our colourful roots of Rajasthani tradition, that keep the beauty and avidity for culture alive year after year.

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10 Events Happening In Jaipur In The Month Of August

With the onset of monsoon comes a new ray of hope and relief. With the plants going green and flowers coming in their full bloom comes a moment of joy. With the colors blooming from all ends, the festive fever also comes alive. The month-long sawan ka mahina, teej and rakhi comes with the bonding of love and get together not only of families but also of friends.

To make these moments memorable and cherishable, we have got a list of events happening in the month of August in our very own Pink City.

  • Monsoon Tiki Delight

Keeping the spirit of the vibrant and colourful season of Sawan in mind, Pink City’s first and original restro bar on wheels – Steam at the Taj Rambagh Palace is celebrating- ‘Monsoon Tiki Delight’ till 12th August, in which it is offering a whole range of colourful, refreshing monsoon drinks and complimenting it with a choice of vegetarian and non vegetarian satay.

So, Jaipurites it’s time to revel in the spirit of monsoon with the exotic Bacardi Tiki Cocktails.

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Date: 27th July – 12th August

Venue: Steam, Rambagh Palace

  • Mad About Clay Exhibition

Almost all of us have at least once put our hands in clay and tried to give it some shape. Time to relive those days and try a hand onto it. And if you haven’t ever done so, indulge into something new every time and take chances as you never know what may come across as a hidden talent.

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Date: 3rd – 5th August

Venue: Mool Foundation

Lifestyle Exhibitions

  • Jhalak

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To keep you trendy and fashionable this festive season, Jhalak offers you to flaunt all the fashion luxuries under one roof.

Date: 3rd-4th August

Venue: Hotel Holiday Inn

  • Shimmer Rakhi and Lifestyle Exhibition

With the festival of Rakhi just 15 days away, what to gift your sisters must be the main question to ponder about. Come and pick some exclusive handmade and classy gift items to make it a memorable affair for the rest of the life.

Date: 9th-10th August

Venue: Hotel Sarovar Portico

  • Talk Journalism

Often referred to as the 4th pillar of a democracy, media has been and will always be a hyped industry. Amidst all the fun and frolic of the season, some serious talks are a must for a smooth functioning. India’s biggest media and journalism festival – Talk Journalism is here again to discuss and debate about media.

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Date: 10th-12th August

Venue: Fairmont, Jaipur

  • Teej 

Celebrated by the Rajasthani folk women, Teej is a festival that every Jaipurite looks forward to. In Jaipur every year Teej procession is carried out in association with Rajasthan Tourism. The pomp and pagentry of the traditional procession starts out from the Zanani-Deodhi of the City Palace. It passes through Tripolia Bazaar, Chhoti Chaupar, Gangauri Bazaar, Chaugan stadium, and finally converges near the Talkatora. Elephants, old palanquins, chariots, bullock carts, and folk performances are all part of it.

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Date: 13th-14th August

Venue: Tripolia Gate

  • 3rd Edition of World Photography Day

How can world photography day not be celebrated with all the photographers and artists being together on one platform? If you are a photography enthusiast come and witness the 3rd edition of World Photography Day at Lalit Kala Akademi.

Date: 19th – 22nd August

Venue: Lalit Kala Akademi

  • Women’s Adventure Monsoon Drive

Why should boys have all the fun 😉 This time its not the boys but the girls and their jeeps to go for an adventurous ride.

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Date: 20th August

Venue: Kanota

  • Jaipur By Nite Marathon

If you are proud of the city in which you live, its time to run for its historic glory and heritage. So run to experience the Pink City. But before you get down to it, make sure to register yourself at http://www.jaipurbynite.com

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Date: 25th August

Time: 7 pm onwards

Venue: Hotel Clarks Amer, Jaipur

  • JAS’18

A platform where you can find all the renowned jewellers of the city as well as the country at one destination. If you are interested in jewellery and its know how, this event is a not miss.

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Date: 31st August

Venue: JECC, Sitapura

So, get ready Jaipurites for month long of excitement and celebrations coming your way.