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8 Things To Experience In & Around Jaipur On Rajasthan Day

The majestic land of Maharajas, Rajasthan is the most colourful state in India. Well-known for its rich heritage and royal forts and palaces, Rajasthan’s rich food, beautiful locales, and heritage sites is every travel enthusiasts’ dream come true.

Not just for its golden heritage and royal palaces, the state is well known for exciting things to do. And the city that tops the list in is definitely, our lovely Pink City. Being the paradigm of rich heritage, colourful culture and magnificent architecture is surely a must-visit destination for all the travel enthusiasts. And, what could be a better day to witness the splendid fortresses, majestic palaces, tranquil temples and beautiful havelis spirit than the ‘Rajasthan Day’ itself! Lets experience the colourful Jaipur on this special occasion.

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  • Visit Magnificent Forts – A Tryst With History

Rajasthan is the land of forts and palaces. Whether it be the Amer Fort of Jaipur, Mehrangarh Fort of Jodhpur or  the royal Chittorgarh Fort or the magnificent Kumbhalgarh Fort, these forts and palaces are world famous for their ornate architecture and a luxurious haveli like setting. Long walls and and tall buildings within the fort are worth a visit if you want to delve and know more about the royal history and heritage of the majestic Rajasthan.

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  • Breathtaking Camel And Elephant Ride

One of the most popular tourist attractions to enjoy in Rajasthan, is an elephant and camel safari. The royal elephant safari at Amer Palace in Jaipur offers the ride upto the fort which can be a really thrilling experience for both foreign and local tourists.

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The camel safaris in Pushkar and Jaisalmer is again one of the most exclusive experiences to enjoy on the Rajasthan Day. The exquisite views of the desert seem even more unmatched from a camel’s back!

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  • Shopper’s Paradise

Rajasthan is a fun and frolic state and so is its clothing. The traditional outfit usually comprises a colourful Bandhej or Lehariya dupatta for the women and a vibrant Bandhani turban for the men. Jaipur being the capital of Rajasthan, is also the fashion capital of the state. Its well known that Johri Bazaar and Bapu Bazar are world renowned for its authentic gold and silver jewellery as well as for the traditional handicrafts. Take a tour of the market and get your hands on exquisite pieces of art and jewellery here. The market is a tourist attraction in its own right.

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  • Wildlife & Eco Safari- A Rustic Tour

The uniqueness of Rajasthan lies in its varied geographies. One of the most adventurous things to do in Rajasthan is to take a wildlife and eco tour. Yes, the land of desert is also the home to the beautiful Mount Abu and wild forests. Approximately, 8 hours drive from the Jaipur City, a visit to Mount Abu is must to get some relief from the peak summers and also as a summer retreat during the vacations. As for the wildlife safari, closely located to Jaipur, Sariska National Park in Alwar district, is one of the best habitats for tigers in India. Take a safari through the reserve and spot several species of wild animals, and some exotic species of birds too.

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  • Get Spooky At Bhangarh

Making it to the list of the most haunted places in the world- a visit to Bhangarh is definitely a chilling experience to try on the Rajasthan day. Closely connected to Jaipur, the ruins of Bhangarh Fort are believed to be haunted and it is a common hearing that those who visit after dark does not ever return. Still not scared enough!!  Take a tour yourself to Bhangarh and hear spooky stories from the locals themselves.

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  • Savor The Authentic Rajasthani Cuisine

The royal thali of Rajasthan is the hot, spicy and tempting all at the same time. To try the authentic Rajasthani flavors – Dal, Bati, Churma is definitely a must try for everyone.

The authentic non-veg speciality – ‘Lal Maas’  is definitely the best dish to savor amongst the other Rajasthani cuisines. Jaipur is well known for its royal hospitality, and its mouth-watering chats and kachoris too has been every locals favourite. Amongst the sweet dishes – the Rabri Ghewar is definitely a treat to every dessert lover. Serving the authentic Rajasthani cuisine with a touch of warm hospitality, Jaipur’s vivid food items will make your mouth water with the mere sight!

  • Groove To The Beats Of Folk Music And Dance

To witness the hypnotizing folk music and dance performance of Ghoomar as well as Kalbelia is a treat. Jaisalmer and Barmer, being the land of sand dunes is also the home to some of the most talented folk artists of our nation. Enjoy the lovely music and dance performances in Rajasthan and I bet their singing and dancing skills will completely blow your mind!

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  • Spiritual Journey

Whether it is the visit to the Govind Devji of Jaipur or the Dargah Sharif in the city of Ajmer, Rajasthan is the land of spiritual incarnation. Each year, several thousand of pilgrims descend to the royal land of Rajasthan 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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10 Reasons Why Jaipur is the Happiest City in the World 

Well, it might be a debatable topic to some, but writing from the perspective of someone who has spent an incessant amount of time in Jaipur is surely bound to fall in love with the mesmerizing Pink City.
The amazingness about Jaipur lies in its unique old world charm along with a twist of modernity. Jaipur is a city where both Moti Doongri Ganesh Temple and Gaurav Tower are equally lively in the evenings. It is the city, where the youth is reaching new heights every day and at the same time the older generation still wakes up before the sunrise to have a glimpse of the Mangla Aarti of Govind DevJi.

Today, on ‘World Happiness Day’, we are listing down 10 top reasons that make every Jaipurite happy and proud of!

1.      Never Ending Festivities

Be it Diwali or Eid, Christmas or Mahavir Jayanti, Lohri or Chetichand, Sankranti or Gangaur we, Jaipurites always take time to enjoy all the festivals with our near and dear like it’s our own!

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2.      Street Shopping at Bapu Bazar and Johari Bazar 

Flooded with fashionable Kolhapuris, colorful Lehariya, beautiful semi-precious jewellery and artifacts, Jaipur’s Bapu Bazar and Johari Bazar are rightly called shopper’s paradiseUnlike the shopping experience in metros, buying clothes and handicrafts in Pink City is quite an affordable and a great shopping experience.

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3.      Foodies’ Paradise

You’ll never feel starved when you are in Jaipur. From breakfast to dinner or even late night snacking, Jaipur offers you an array of food items like Rawat’s pyaaz ki kachori, Dal Bati Churma, spicy Lal Maas, and mouthwatering chaats. But to end everything on a sweet note we also have LMB’s famous rabri ghewar and even Pandit’s Matka kulfi.

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4.      Lesser Honking horns

One fine day getting on the streets of Jaipur you might feel that there is no space to walk but we are far better than the hustle-bustle of the metropolitan cities even though we are surrounded by highly developed metropolis cities.

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5.      Jaipurites wear their culture on the sleeves

People think living in Rajasthan is living in an isolated barren desert which has nothing – no water, no liveliness. But we can prove you absolutely wrong. Jaipurites live a tradition, wear its clothes, eat its food, and speak its language. Being in Jaipur gives you an exotic taste of its Rajasthani culture. We bring color to lives by wearing bright, soothing, eye-appealing clothes.

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6.      Elephants in place of cars (is it still there?)

Awestruck! Yes, elephants seen on the streets of Jaipur are no new thing for us. The road is to them like it is to us. You feel like an ant when near it but you equally can be on top of the world when you are in Jaipur!

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7.      Be on the top of the world

We breathe fresh! We love to spend our weekends not lazing around in bed but getting up and climbing a mountain for a site worth seeing – Nahargarh or even sunrise at Jal Mahal.

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8.      A sight to behold

Get up! Open your windows and what do you see – shout out loud ‘Aravallis’!

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9.      Strong Social Connections

Jaipurites are well known for their social and hospitable nature. We have an innate quality to help others in time of need and maintain a strong sense of connection. So, wherever you go if you find a Jaipurite, I assure you can blindly rely on him.

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10.    Better work-life balance

We value everything that comes our way. We enjoy our work equally as we enjoy being with our friends and families. Who would want more than this?

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In short, Jaipur feels like home! And home is always the happiest place on the earth!
Happy International Happiness Day!

 

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What To SEE, EAT, SHOP In Jaipur During R-Day Weekend and Jaipur Lit Fest 2018

It’s not the Foucault’s Pendulum we are known for, we have the incredible Jantar -Mantar, the largest in the country. As you get knee deep into the Maha-Kumbh of Literature & music, there is a reason its setting could be none other than the beautiful Pink City. The capital of music, culture, literature and art, Jaipur is the home of ‘LekhakiKalakaari and the Kaarigari‘. The quiet & the solitude that this city can offer contrasts with the bursts of colors, its long winding bylanes of history, the languid green hills, placid water bodies, the intricately carved architecture, soulful rustic music and over 1000 temples,  it is aptly called the ‘Paris of the east’ and ‘Choti Kashi’ in the same breath.

You are now in the middle of this beauty as it’s a long weekend and the entire world is rushing to inhale the gyaan, literature, music at the ongoing Jaipur Literature Festival in the city. To avoid the confusions and dilemma, here are some quick hacks for you while you eat, shop, drink, & breathe in the pink city 🙂


SEE: Meet the city in person.

The picture perfect postcards of Hawa Mahal, Amer fort, the old city, and the gorgeous Jal Mahal have described Jaipur for ages. We bring you some of the lesser known yet exquisite places to see in Jaipur.

Ghat ki Ghuni Complex: Sisodia Rani Bagh+Vidhyadhar Ka Bagh
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It is located 8 kilometers from Jaipur on the Agra road. Laid out in Mughal style, it is painted with the legends of Radha and Krishna. The garden is multi-tiered and has fountains, watercourses, and painted pavilions. Vidhyadhar Ka Bagh, the Architect of Jaipur is also abutting this complex.
Galtaji: 
img1Galtaji is an ancient pilgrimage center in Jaipur. Set amidst low hills and packed with locals and tourists alike, the attractive spot has temples, pavilions, and holy Kunds.
Panna Mian Ka Kund:
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Built in the 16th century, this 8 story Kund or Step well was used actively by the community around as a source of water, it was also the place of community gathering where people would come to chat, relax or swim in the cool waters.
 Nahargarh Baoli:
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This stunning organic steps of this ‘Baoli’ are mesmerizing, to say the least. It is located inside Nahargarh fort where the song  ‘Masti Ki Pathshala’ from the movie ‘Rang De Basanti ‘was shot.
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The Jantar Mantar in Jaipur is considered to be the largest of the five astronomical observatories built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, the founder of Jaipur. It contains fourteen geometric devices, designed to measure time, track celestial bodies and observe the orbits of the planets around the sun.
Maharaniyon Ki Chattri
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This is a tomb/ Chhatri for the women belonging to Jaipur’s royal family and is located on the way to Amber fort. This crematorium has several exquisitely carved cenotaphs built to commemorate them. The magnificent beauty and the historical significance of Maharani ki Chhatri makes it one of the most visited tourist attractions in Jaipur.
Isar Lat :
7Ishwar Lat, also known as Swarg Suli is a 60 feet high grand minaret in Jaipur. Also called ‘Swarg Suli‘ or ‘heaven piercing minaret’, this tower near Tripolia Gate was built by Raja Ishwari Singh in 1749 A.D to commemorate a grand victory against his brother Madho Singh in the Bagru war. Ishwar Lat offers a breath-taking view of Jaipur.
Jawahar Kala Kendra:

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Built by one of the most famous Indian Architects of India, Charles Correa, it is an art & cultural center based on the 9 square ‘Vastu Purusha Mandala’ that Jaipur’s walled city plan is based on. Do try the Daal-Baati at their ‘Padharo Sa‘ restaurant.

City palace:
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The City Palace is a splendid example of the foresight that Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II had. As the founder of Jaipur, he took pains to create a magnificent walled city that encloses marvels such as the City Palace. The palace is a beautiful blend of Mughal and Rajput styles of architecture.
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IMG_1825.jpgThe Krishna temple is a rare spireless temple and houses the idol of Govind Devji that Sawai Jai Singh brought from Vrindavan. It is built in the style of Diwan-e-Khas or the court of the ruler as Sawai Raja Jai believed Govind dev Ji to be the ruler of the city & he his instrument. It is based on ‘Bhakti style’of architecture with wide corridors all around.
EAT, what Jaipur eats – The historical notes in the ‘ruaab’ of Jaipur:

Laxmi Mishtan Bhandar, Johari BazaarFamous for its dahi bade, rasgulle, rasmalai, and especially paneer ghevar, LMB is ready to serve you with whatsoever is on your list !

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Mahaveer Rabri Bhandar, Chandpole:

Known for their Rabri, Mohanthaal, Bejar Ki roti and Aloo Pyaz ki Suzi.

Handi: (MI Road & Vaishali Nagar)

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One of the older award winning restaurants of Jaipur. Number one recommendation for Rajasthani non-vegetarian food. Try the Laal Maas, Junglee Maas or the famous Handi Maas from their menu.

Once upon a time: (Nahargarh Fort): 

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The most romantic and incredible view of the Jaipur City as you dine in an ambiance of bygone times.

The Forresta Kitchen & Bar, Bani Park

Located in Bani Park, The Forresta Kitchen & Bar boasts of a fresh green ambiance  along with a rich array of drinks and a scrumptious variety of cuisines. Try Keema Baati and Italian food for the best experience ever. 

Tapri (C- Scheme): 

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 It’s a ‘Chai shop’ with a difference.With all things Chai and delicious light snacks, it’s ideal for breakfast or evening tea.

Muslim Musafir Khana :

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It completely reminds one of Karim’s at Jama Masjid, Delhi in its ambiance. The food is delicious, affordable and unforgettable and the flavors are very different from Karim’s, Delhi.

 

Tattoo Cafe:

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A fairly new restaurant in town, it is located bang opposite Hawa Mahal and is a good choice for breakfast or a cup of coffee. The view of Hawa Mahal early morning as the sun lights up the beautiful monument is priceless and the bonus as the name suggests, get awesome tattoos here. Instagram Alert!

SHOP – City of the handcrafted, you said?

Anokhi Museum:

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At a mere ten-minute walk through the cobbled streets of Amber lies the Anokhi Museum of Hand Printing. Located in a magnificently restored haveli (mansion), the museum displays a varied selection of block-printed textiles alongside images, tools and related objects – all chosen to provide an in-depth look into the complexity of this ancient tradition.

Mayori Clothing  (Bhawani Singh Road, C-Scheme)

With a fresh international take on Jaipur hand-block printing, Mayori clothing amalgamates the traditional printing techniques with modern silhouettes and creates beautiful garments with 100% cotton and a soothing palette of pastels. if you’re a cotton aficionado, explore trendy chic clothing at Mayori.

Blue Pottery, (Kripal Kumbh, Banipark)

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One of the oldest and the most well-known Blue Pottery studios, it was started by Late Shri Kirpal Singh Shekhawat known as the founder of Blue pottery. they are known for their incomparable quality.

Chameliwala Silver Market, MI Road.

20161214_135445The silver market just abutting MI Road is a silver haven. You can pick up semi-precious stones, get them dressed and have them inlaid in silver.Apart from that there is meenakari work on Silver, traditional, contemporary and tribal silver jewelry is available in a huge variety.

Take Back some memories & a little something more

Rajasthali: A Rajasthan government-run emporium which also features works of Bangladeshi designer Bibi Russell. Apart from creative and unique items crafted by rural artisans,you will find exclusive designer collection for men and women.

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Jagmohan/ Chandrahas / Kesar Kasturi: the incredible royal liquors of Rajasthan.Infused with many spices and condiments, these come in the category of collectibles.

Jaipur Watch Company:  

jaipur-watch-company-2Custom made, Bespoke luxury Watches from Jaipur.

Trunk Company, Jaipur: Bespoke, handcrafted trunk furniture from Jaipur.

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Rajputana Custom Motorbikes:

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Rajputana: A labor of love, handcrafted bike restoration/ customization Mecca.

Now, the basics

Traveling to & from Jaipur:

Air: Jaipur International Airport connects Jaipur to all major cities in the country as well as major international destinations. The capital of India, New Delhi is merely 250 Km from Jaipur. If you cannot get a direct flight to Jaipur, get one to Delhi as there are multiple daily connections between the two cities. The easiest way is to go to makemytrip.com or yatra.com and book your flights.

Rail: Jaipur Junction is a well-connected station with trains from all across the country. The easiest way to travel from Delhi is by the Double Decker train or Rajdhani.To book your train tickets, click here

Road: There are many Public and private operators of Buses as well as taxis in the city. Rajasthan government run RSRTC is a very good option or try the private operators for traveling to and from the Jaipur.

Getting around Jaipur: It is mostly a square.

Taxis: Uber or Ola: There are plenty of Uber and Ola Cabs easily available for within the city travel through the phone apps. They are the safest, fastest and most reasonably priced mode of transport. For Intercity travel Hippocabs is providing an exclusive for the JLF. Rajputana cabs.  You also have an option of using Rajasthan government run taxis for within and outside city tours.

Rickshaws: E/Cycle /AutoThere are plenty of Rickshaws in the city be it e-rickshaws, cycle (shorter distances) or auto rickshaws. They easily navigate the city through the traffic be it the old or the new city. They are available 24 X 7 and outside most hotels and public places. Negotiate & settle the fare before taking the ride as they don’t use meters. Use google maps whenever in doubt.

Buses: Low Floor buses / Jaipur Safari / Pink Pepper. The comfortable seating, a wide network of bus stands & the low prices of the government run low floor buses make it an ideal companion to travel around the city. The city also offers interesting open air private tour buses to savor the beautiful scenic view the city provides. Click to book Jaipur safari for ‘Jaipur by the night’ tour or the day Safari tour. You can also ride the Pink Pepper buses which doubles up as a restaurant.

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Metro: If you are located anywhere between Mansarover or Chand pole, take the Metro to get to JLF. The nearest Metro stations to the Diggi Palace, the venue for JLF, are Sindhi Camp Station and Jaipur Railways station. From outside the metro stations, take Rickshaws or cabs as convenient.To check the route, fares, and stops, click here.

Take this slice of Jaipur back with you in these few days of the Jaipur Literature Festival. Who knows, once you fall in love with the city, the next time you return back here not in the audience but right up on the stage.

Till the next time, so long and thanks for all the love.

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8 Places In Jaipur You Must Visit To See Diwali Lighting

Diwali is just 2 days away and we know you are busy with cleaning, shopping, getting houses renovated/painted, or organizing Diwali parties 😉 In this busy schedule of yours, pause for a second and think what makes Diwali so special. New clothes, a nip in the air, the faint smell of crackers, noise and excitement all around, and …lights !! We all light up our houses on Diwali in different ways, but every city has its own way of lighting itself up every year. Among all these cities, Jaipur shines in a way that it feels like it’s truly welcoming Lord Rama after his 14 years of exile and dancing in joy and festivity. So let’s look at few places in Jaipur that you must not miss to see this Diwali 🙂

  1. Johri Bazaar

    Johri bazaar, the market that is famous all over the world for its scintillating jewellery, especially made and found in Jaipur, is seen gleaming with lights on Diwali.

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  2. World Trade Park

    Not a newbie anymore, World Trade Park stands as one of the most posh places in Jaipur to shop, eat, watch movies, hang out and what not. However, it comes as no surprise that WTP wraps itself in the spirits of Diwali in its own elite and glittering way.

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  3. Trimurti Circle

    The circle dedicated to the martyrs of police force, is decorated subtly with flowers and is not to be missed as it is one of the most famous landmarks of pink city.

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  4. Motisons Jewellers

    Having one of the fanciest buildings in Jaipur, Motisons Jewellers leave no stone unturned when it comes to the festival of lights. Just like their gorgeous jewellery and interesting building, their Diwali lighting also stands out and makes a lot of heads turn !

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  5. Amer fort

    Although Amer fort is well lit all year round and stands as a symbol of pride and history in Jaipur, it oozes a different level of aura altogether on Diwali with its yellow sandstone shining brighter and looking like a golden castle in pink city.

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    6. Raja ParkAn always crowded area of Jaipur, because of its versatility as it has the power to provide anything to a person ranging from a basic panipuri to a perfect wedding dress, Raja Park gives the feel of a beaming street lit on the festival of Diwali.

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    7. Albert Hall Museum

    The State museum of Rajasthan is lit in all the colors that one can only wish to see in a rainbow and even the pigeons that love to rest here are compelled to sit down and admire this exquisite architecture.

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    8. GT Bazaar

    The gem of Malviya Nagar for all the foodies and shopaholics, GT Bazaar is lit up and glowing like a thousand stars are falling from the sky to bless the earth this Diwali.

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    So keep all things aside, and take out some time to soak into the actual essence of Diwali – the festival of lights 🙂

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6 Events in Jaipur You Must Attend This July

A new month is upon us with new events, new plans and yes a completely new taxation system. We, the people of Jaipur, might take some time to adjust with the GST but when it comes to events we hardly need any time to get ready and join the latest happenings in the town. Therefore let’s get ready to check out what does month of July has in store for us (wishing that it includes lots of rain). 🙂

 

1.) Saat Phere – The luxurious wedding fair Saat Phere will host its next season in the month of July and will showcase a fabulous assortment of wedding products and services through a range of designers,startups and celebrated brands. For all those who are looking forward to a wedding should definitely attend this one for some early shopping.

Date: 7th – 8th July 2017

Venue: Shakun Hotelsaat phere2.) Honestly Speaking with Amit Tandon – The famous comedian will soon be in the city to tickle your funny bone. The comedian, Amit Tandon, also known as – The Married Guy, has made a huge place for himself in the standup comedy circuit and has a lot of fans around the country. The lovers of standup comedy must not miss this event.

Date: 9th July 2017

Venue: Maharana Pratap Auditoriumamit tandon3.) Aspiration – New tax or old tax, we are not going to stop shopping especially when we have a lifestyle exhibition coming up in Jaipur. On 10th and 11th of July, Aspiration – a lifestyle exhibition, will host its yet another fashionable edit with many brands.

Date: 10th – 11th July 2017

Venue: SMS Convention Center aspiration4.) Shubham Rakhi Exhibition – One of the most popular exhibitions in Jaipur, Shubham Rakhi exhibition is back. According to the astrologers Jaipurites may experience a long shopping spree this month as we hardly know anyone who has been to this exhibition and come back empty handed. 🙂

 

Date: 14th – 15th July 2017

Venue: Birla Auditoriumshubham5.) Neha Kakkar Live Event – All the music lovers rejoice as the voice behind ‘london thumakda from Queen’ and ‘Kar Gayi chull from Kapoor and Sons’ , Neha Kakkar, will be soon in Jaipur to give a live performance.

Date: 16th July 2017

Venue: SMS Investment Groundneha kakkar6.) Adaa – In order to increase your shopping bill, Adaa, a lifestyle exhibition, is coming up with a range of designers in fashion, jewelry and décor segments. You are going to see some fresh and amazing brands at this exhibition.

Date: 18th -19th July 2017

Venue: Holiday Inn adaaHappy Shopping! 🙂

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Purohit Ji ka Katla – Jaipur’s Wholesale hub for Wedding Shopping

The Wedding season is right upon us and we know you can’t wait to shop! Although Jaipur has become a big name when it comes to wedding shopping destination with the growth of major fashion brands, retail chains and amazing concept stores in the city. But there’s one place that still holds a magnetic charm for all the good things it offers to the shoppers- Purohitji Ka Katla! .

Okay, if we can ignore its suffocating entry points, Purohit Ji Ka Katla, by far is one of the most wonderful shopping destinations for the wedding shoppers in the Pink City!

Though, the most complicated market space in the city, Purohit Ji Ka Katla after so many years, still holds its traditional market charm, which can be seen in the passion with which each local steps inside the lanes and makes their way through the pouring crowd.  Majority of the buyers seen here are the locals and rural people from nearby areas of Jaipur, as tourists could never really reach THIS market of the walled city. A wholesale market hidden within the Johri Bazaar is the shopping hub for cheapest goods, hence the people from villages nearby come here to shop products in bulk.

Intrigued by the glitz and glitter of wedding fabrics, dresses and sherwanis hanging on the entrance of the market, out team at Jaipur beat decided to give this Katla a shot. So we are here with our first hand experience of ‘Purohit Ji ka Katla’

Let us take you to the back story of the ‘Katla’ as it is fondly called by the locals. Even though this market is decades old but we are good at digging roots and found out that  this particular area was actually a place to keep the horses and carriages belonging to the royal family, sounds interesting! Oh yes, as we moved further we noticed it to be a huge compound, very spacious to manage the horses. Each shop has steps that lead to a room, which was the place where the horses were kept. Now the shopkeepers use it as a store to keep goods. Some of these rooms were surprisingly  bigger than the shops.

In spite of the old world traditional practices, we observed best of the both worlds (modern and traditional) in Katla. If you are tired of sitting in the old traditional shops with “gaddas” and about to have a heat stroke you can quickly move to the fancy upmarket fully air-conditioned shops within the Katla.  All these shops are run by families who have been involved in the same business for generations. It’s heart warming to see the “peedhiyas” keeping the traditions intact and showing family traditions of business run by generations after generation with same zeal and enthusiasm.

The market houses some of the most traditional shops of the city. There are cozy, beautiful lanes that are amazingly organized in geometrical shapes with everything from fabrics, raw materials, accessories, jewellery, nick knacks to utensils, toys, stationery, party suppliers, decorations, plastic stuff and house hold items to offer. Interestingly, the market also has makeshift shops, which are seasonal according to the festivals. As Raksha Bandhan is the closest festival right? Hence these shops change their products and stock doris, loomis and rakhis.

This is the hub for wedding shopping in the city and the beautiful saree shops attract one’s eyes!  These are manufactured in nearby villages and further sold to retailer shopkeepers and customers. Most of the material found here is brocade, cotton, while Lehariya and bandhej dominate the market. The Sarees and lehangas sold here are also imported from Kolkata  for its handwork and Surat for machine work.

This is this beautiful shop of Gopal Lal Radharam Safewala which is one of the many shops from where you can rent sherwani’s starting at the price of 2000 and going on till 25,000. A mirage of multicolored safas , torans, varmala are few of the hundreds of wedding things you can find in Purohit Ji ka katla. Ramsahay Banshidhar is a shop specializing in tassels used in dresses and items used for Baraat Swagat in weddings.

 

The most number of customers visit Katla during festive season and in month before the wedding time which is locally termed as  ‘Saawah’. Since the prices of the all the things are very low you would not even feel like bargaining. The special wedding mala for grooms caught our attention which is designed and decked up with currency notes and it is only found in Purohit Ji ka Katla.

Mukesh tailor is one of the oldest tailors in the market. Currently the fourth generation of the family is involved in stitching of poshaks for all the main temples in the city like the Govind Dev ji temple. The shop is very small but has been the workplace for this family for the past 50 years.

M.B Dresses which is also a 60 year old shop is involved in retail of different kinds of materials. Their customers include boutiques and event management companies of Jaipur. Major high end boutiques of the city shop for raw material like borders, boutis and latkans from katla. These materials which are made by hand are also exported to various parts of the country. You will get to see a lot of Gotta Patti work in these shops.

The shop owners in the katla are endearingly called Sethjis and they claim to be coming to their shop on a regular basis for more than 30 years.

Purohit Ji Ka Katla is an experience altogether! There are innumerable shops to see and you need atleast 2-3 hours to explore this market. The market opens at 11.00- 11:30 am and you can shop till 8-8:30 pm except Sundays .

So if you are planning to  pay a visit to the Purohit Ji ka Katla then here’s Jaipur Beat’s quick tip for you- Stay hydrated 😀  However, once you enter the lanes the weather wouldn’t even matter as it’s much cooler inside with the riot of colours. Warning for claustrophobic  It will be very crowded but it’s definitely worth a visit.

 

HOW TO REACH:

As there are a lot of entrances to the market, but the best way is to go towards Badi Chaupad from Johari Bazaar and ask the passers by to guide you till the entrance 😉

Pick up your tote, a water bottle and drive down to Purohit Ji Ka Katla to witness the real charm of the market as the best time to visit this place is now 😀

Blog Credit- Anjali Sarda (Intern at Jaipur Beat)

Editing – Team Jaipur Beat

 

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Max Fashion To Have Two New Destinations in Jaipur

Jaipur loves fashion and fashion loves Jaipur back. 🙂 Let’s agree that fashion is no more a one time affair that we care about only around weddings and festivals. Men, Women & even children today love to look their fashionable best everyday. Keeping up with the trend and the changes, that happen every day in the fashion industry has to offer, is the desire of every one.

However, the question isn’t how fashion forward we are, the question is how to keep up with the changing trends and stay updated on fashion front. Well, Jaipur is lucky in these terms as we do not have to face such issues. All we need to do is to head to Max Fashion and pick up clothes and accessories of our choice. 🙂 Whether we have to dress up for a presentation at office, a coffee date, a casual hangout with friends or a festival, we always get something to wear at this store and that too at affordable prices.max-3 max-1

Max Fashion

Max is a leading fashion brand offering customers a one stop shop for clothing, accessories and footwear requirements of everyone including men, women and children. Max, a fashion brand by Landmark Group has pioneered the concept of ‘Latest fashion at great prices’ in the country, thereby offering the discerning shopper a vast choice with international fashion & quality. The store ambiance offers an international shopping experience making shopping for the entire family an absolute delight. Globally Max has over 350 stores across 16 countries and in India, Max has more than 160 stores across 60 cities.max-2

The Launch 

Max Fashions store present heart of the city at MGF Mall, isn’t new to anyone in the city. We have all been there for our apparel, accessories and footwear requirements. The brand is now all set to launch two new stores, in the city at, Pink Square Mall and Triton Mall. The stores will be launched on 1st March by none other then our very own, Balika Vadhu fame, TV actor from Jaipur, Smita Bansal. The opening of new stores not only brings more international fashion options for the citizens of the Pink city but also makes these trends more accessible to people. For all the fashion enthusiasts this is the time to be there and celebrate fashion at Jaipur.img-20170227-wa0002

What’s in Store for Jaipurites?

The opening of such a grand store that brings in the latest trends to your favorite malls is definitely an advantage to you. The high end collection at Max Fashions available at the most competitive prices covers women’s ethnic and western apparel & accessories, men’s wear and kids wear. This makes the store a 360 degree outlet for all you family’s fashion requirements. All we can suggest now is to throw away your anxieties about keeping up with the trends, and make the most of these upcoming Max Fashion stores in our city.max-4

All the fashion lovers in the city, get ready to shop till you drop. The Fashion fiesta starts on 1st of March. 🙂

Venue: Pink Square Mall: 12 P.M. Onward

Venue: Triton Mall: 2:00 P.M. Onward