The scent of winter fog, waft from tea stalls, hurried traffic crossing the mild sunshine, the sight of travellers exploring the hilltop Amer fort and locals wandering the narrow streets in traditional Rajasthani attire is a riot of delightful things for the senses at any time of year, but none more so than during the winter months.
We love the rush with which winter arrives and suddenly changes our lives with its aroma, and we never want these winter days to pass.
Winter is the best time to experience Rajasthan’s ‘Pink City’. For the people around, winter is just another season but for a Jaipurite it is a festival in itself.
Festival to indulge in the traditional delicacies, to enjoy gala events, to take pleasure in the legendary Polo game, to celebrate patang baazi, and to participate in the world’s biggest literature festival, the list goes on.
Walk into any part of the city’s bazaars, the one thing that you cannot resist is the tandoori kulhad chai with pakoras.
Samosa, kachori, jalebi, Mirchi-vada and kadhai doodh at night is just the perfect ending note to the day. A true Jaipurite never leaves an opportunity to taste the variety served on its streets. Winters add an extra charm to almost everything we get on the streets and we don’t even miss the outdoors as the city has abundant rooftop bars and cafes.
Not to be missed, the winter chill is best enjoyed at bonfire nights.
Festivals and Events
The World looks up to Jaipur as it hosts some unique events and festivals, which no other city has to offer in winters.
This is the time for Jaipur Winter Polo Season, Children festival, kite festival, Jaipur Art Summit, Jaipur International Film Festival, Rajasthan International Film Festival and the one that needs no introduction- Jaipur Literature Festival and its Music stage. Too much on the platter, yeah?
Watch for Migratory Birds
The time for winged wonders. Gazing at the beautiful migratory birds, that travel from far lands to Mansagar lake, Barkheda and Chandlai lake is one of the kind experiences that we Jaipurites look forward to every year in winters.
The list is never complete without the three must-sees being the towering Palace of the Winds, the hilltop, marble-decked Amber Fort and the sprawling City Palace complex.
The mild winter sun makes the palace hopping a lot more fun.
Get closer to nature
This is the best time to enjoy Safari at Jhalana and enjoy the wilderness from close corners. You never know when you stumble upon a black panther.
For a true Jaipurite, kite flying is not a game but a religion. When hundreds of kites dance in the sky and people dance on their terrace is a sight to behold. This is one of the most favorite and zealous festivals in Jaipur. And every Jaipurite has beautiful memories of Makar Sankranti.
So if you ever plan to visit Jaipur during winter, make sure you don’t miss the intoxicatingly enthusiastic vibe of Makar Sankranti!
As we have entered a whole new decade which brings new hopes, new resolutions, new start to everything and off course new events. We may have celebrated on NYE but we are for sure that January brings with it a lot of reasons to celebrate. Brace yourself because this month is going to be even more exciting!
- Décor India
Date- 3rd – 7th January 2020
Time- 11:30 am – 7 pm
Venue- JECC Sitapura
- Shimmer Wedding Expo
Date- 3rd-4th January 2020
Venue- Birla Auditorium
- Urban Desi- Astandup solo by Karan Hooda
Date- 5th January 2020
Time- 7 pm – 9 pm
Venue- Club Colaba
- Big Bang Youth Festival
Date- 5th January 2020
Time- 11 am
Venue-The Open Space Society
- Jhalak Fashion Exhibition
Date- 10th – 11th January 2020
Time- 11 am – 9 pm
Venue- Holiday Inn
- Rajasthan Food Expo 2020
Date- 10th – 12th January
Time- 10 am – 9 pm
Venue- Birla Auditorium
7. Bas Kar Bassi feat. Anubhav Singh Bassi
Date- 11th January 2020
Time- 7 pm
Venue- Harishchandra Totuka Sabha Bhawan
- Jaipur International Poetry Library- Fest
-11th – 12th January
Time- 11 am – 7 pm
Venue- Science Park
- Dahleez Winter Wedding Lifestyle Exhibition
Date- 11th – 12th January 2020
Time- 10 am – 10 pm
Venue- Utsav Hall, Vidyadhar Nagar
- Jaipur Chocolate Festival
Date- 11th – 12th January 2020
Time- 10 am
Venue- Jawahar Kala Kendra
- Veritart Poetry Session feat. Mohammed Sadriwala
Date- 18th January 2020
Time- 5:30 pm
Venue- Hoztel Jaipur
- Rajasthan International Film Festival 2020
Date- 18th – 22nd January 2020
Time- 9 am – 11:30 pm
Venue- World Trade Park
- Jaipur Literature Festival
Date- 23rd – 27th January 2020
Time- 10 am – 6 pm
Venue- Diggi Palace
- Jaipur Music Stage
Date- 23rd – 25th January 2020
Time- 5 pm – 12 pm
Venue- Clarks Amer
- Trends Wedding & Lifestyle Exhibition
Date- 24th – 26th January 2020
Time- 9 am – 9 pm
Venue- Birla Auditorium
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The Jaipur Literature Festival, famously known as ‘greatest literary show on Earth’, is all set to return for its thirteenth edition from 23rdto 27thJanuary 2020. The five-day literary extravaganza promises to bring together a line-up of exemplary speakers from India and across the world at the historic Diggi Palace.
Jaipur Literature Festival is a sumptuous feast of ideas and the past decade has seen it transform into a global literary phenomenon having hosted nearly 2000 speakers and welcoming over a million book-lovers from across India and the globe. For five days, the Pink City is infused with enthusiasm, a riot of colour and infectious energy as literature and art-enthusiasts flock to Jaipur for the Festival. During the Festival days, there are endless places to see, and things to do, some of which include insightful sessions and an exciting and buzzing carnival encapsulating a bookstore, food stalls, a bazaar along with artists at work, and multiple parties hosted on the Festival’s fringes.
Here are some reasons why you would not want to miss out on the thirteenth edition of the festival.
Listen to some of the greatest minds of the world
Jaipur Literature Festival hosts some of the world’s best literary minds and brings them together for several panel discussions and interactions. Experts from diverse fields such as literature, economy, environment, food and science take the stage for stimulating and thought-provoking conversations. Eminent speakers such as recipient of the 2010 Man Booker Prize Howard Jacobson, Pulitzer-winning authors Stephen Greenblatt and Dexter Filkins, celebrated culinary expert Madhur Jaffrey, acclaimed author Elizabeth Gilbert, and leading Indian film director Vishal Bhardwaj, are amongst the first few announced speakers at the Festival for the 2020 edition – so be there to be a part of some life-changing and inspirational sessions!
Book-signings and an opportunity to meet your favourite authors
For all those literature enthusiasts who have spent days glued to books, turning one page after another captivated by the magic of a well-written novel- the Jaipur Literature Festival offers the perfect opportunity to meet your favourite authors in person. Besides attending noteworthy sessions and witnessing book launches, the Festival also has book-signing kiosks at all venues where you can grab that rare signed copy and earn bragging rights!
Art, Culture – Memories Galore!
In addition to being a platform for conversations related to literature and books, the Festival also gives the opportunity to its visitors to experience various forms of art and music. From fascinating art installations to beautiful backdrops for the perfect Instagram shot- there is something for everyone. Dance and music performances make the Festival even livelier. For shopping enthusiasts, the annual Festival Bazaar is a must visit as several craftsmen, designers and entrepreneurs display and sell a vast array of hard-to-resist collectible items. Amongst the many things to be bought are embroidered shawls, exquisite minakari jewellery, funky stationery, edgy accessories, spiffy footwear, and exciting home décor.
For those passionate about music, the Festival begins each day with the calming strains of Morning Music. The stage will be graced by acclaimed artists such as BC Manjunath, an exponent of Konnakoland the mrindangam; sitar maestro and recipient of the President’s Award for the best instrumentalist, Purbayan Chatterjee; leading Carnatic veena-player Saraswati Rajagopalan, and Supriya Nagarajan, a renowned Carnatic vocalist and founder of ‘Manasamitra’.
The Festival will also host a power-packed Heritage Evening at an iconic and historic venue in Jaipur. Supported by Rajasthan Tourism, this majestic evening at Amer Fort will feature a mesmerising performance by Pandit Rajendra Gangani, one of the leading practitioners of the Jaipur Gharana of Kathak. He will pay tribute to the age-old classical dance form, along with an ensemble of Kathak dancers. Les Souffleurs or The Whisperers, an artistic group created by Olivier Comte, will enthrall audiences with a unique production where they whisper poetic secrets into each other’s ears, using a hollow cane. To end the evening on a musical note, world-renowned sitarist Shubhendra Rao will present ‘East Marries West—A Legacy’ as a celebration of his Guru, the sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar’s 100th birth anniversary. He will be joined by his wife, Saskia Rao-de Haas, who is hailed as a pioneer for introducing the ‘Indian cello’ to classical Indian music.
iWrite at Jaipur BookMark
For all aspiring authors and poets with multiple drafts scribbled behind every notebook and diaries filled with words that you hope will one day be read by the world- ‘iWrite’ by Jaipur BookMark is the perfect platform. After a very successful first edition last year, iWrite is back to inspire literary aspirants. Shortlisted participants get a platform to share their work and receive constructive guidance from international publishers, literary agents, translators and other industry experts in a pitching session at Jaipur during JBM.
If you can write compelling copy and want to get close to where the action is, the Jaipur Literature Festival 2020 Blogging Competition is your chance to make that leap. Highlighting the Festival’s core aim to support and promote artistic expression through writing, the Blogging competition will give ten chosen writers a chance to inspire audiences through their words on the Festival’s official blog site. The winners will also be invited to the Festival and cover various sessions from the 23rd-27th of January 2020.
The Delegate Experience
While the Festival is open to all, specially-curated Delegate packages guarantee an experience to remember. Delegate-only lunches serve as an opportunity to meet and mingle with like-minded literary enthusiasts and make new connections. The well-stocked Delegate Lounge provides a luxurious reprieve and priority seating on special occasions ensures a close-up view of the Festival. The Delegate package also includes an invitation to attend the beautiful Heritage Evening at Amer Fort, and a tote to take home. These Delegate Packages range from INR 6,300 per day to INR 23,800 for five days.
Hello Fellas! Good is finally happening to us – the winters are almost here (sigh) and we’re finally going to get a break from the heat, even though it has not exactly been as terrible as before. There are lots of reasons to look forward to this season’s winter like school holidays, timely leaves from office, cosy nights but here’s a list of the most important things that we believe everyone gets excited about the most:
Yes, yes, yes! We finally get to adorn silk sarees and shirts without drenching in our sweat and especially now, considering that the wedding season has just begun – it is the perfect time to flaunt, lads.
Time to say bye-bye cotton!
- Gajar ka Halwa
The Ma-ke-haath-ka Gajar ka Halwa is heaven. The beautiful amalgamation of milk, sugar, delicious carrots topped with crunchy almonds is the best thing god ever invented.
Drooling already? Same.
Okay, we know we said we need a break from the heat – but the feeling of sitting under the winter sun is totally different. Sitting on your terrace in the afternoon, eating guava or radish and just absorbing the rays is so so so satisfying.
Eating roasted peanuts with family is a childhood memory that can only be re-lived during this time of the year, when hundreds of vendors are going to come down the street to sell peanuts. 90s kids would understand the nostalgic feeling of their father getting peanuts wrapped in newspaper, only to eat with Gud.
While eggs are super-duper tasty, they are extremely beneficial during low temperatures. They contain vitamin D which is essential for the body especially because the sun rays are weak.
So, no need to come up with bahanas to eat eggs now! 😜
- Coconut Oil
Damaged hair knows the real pain here – thankfully we can apply coconut oil now & condition our hair, and skin (yay). Plus, who doesn’t always cherish a good warm oil massage? 😉
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This time of the year, many festivals like Jaipur Literature Festival, Jaipur Jewellery Show and obviously the on-going Pushkar Fair, to name a few, begin. There’s madness, fun and celebration of culture, food and knowledge which is extremely exciting.
Gathering with your friends and family after a long time and having a good time is what we all wait for. A wedding in India is filled with lots of emotions – where you celebrate, cry, laugh, probably feel lonely (😂) because you’re still unmarried (just kidding!) and feel blessed. There’s truly nothing like it!
Wearing boots and feeling like you own the world is another thing about winters – the only thing disappointing is that you wished it snowed and you got to wear boots often. All the fashion prodigies would agree, eh?
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Looks like we’ve covered the list!
But let us know your favourite part about winters, that you think we’ve missed, in the comment section below! 😁
A mundane afternoon was turned into a glorious one when a curious few uncommon literati reveled at an unusual Hendrick’s brunch on the pristine environments of The Rajmahal Café, SUJÁN Rajmahal Palace. While these remarkable individuals were marking their attendance in Jaipur Literature Festival, Hendrick’s and SUJÁN Rajmahal Palace decided to play host to their spectacular feats and oddities, in a most unusual way. Centered upon the partaking of whimsically marvelous offerings such as Hendrick’s & Tonic with Cucumber, Hot Spiced Apple, The Lesley Gracie and Hendrick’s Gin Buck, in an atypical brunch setting, the sublime titillations were enjoyed by Rajesh Ajmera, Rajeev Arora, Tarang Arora, James Pennefather, Angad Singh Gandhi, Abhilasha and Vipul Bhandari among others.
For those bursting at the edge of ordinariness, the unusual Hendrick’s Gin is infused with the curious, yet marvellous, essences of rose and cucumber, delectably supported by no less than 11 botanicals from the four corners of the world. Created in 1999, this whimsical concoction produces a wonderfully refreshing gin with a delightfully floral aroma.
About The Rajmahal Café:
The Rajmahal Café is set in the sprawling grounds of SUJÁN Rajmahal Palace and brings a new slice of Italian inspired cuisine to the Pink City. The alfresco, all day dining experience, celebrates carefully sourced, seasonal Italian produce with much-loved classics and some special fusion interpretations of traditional recipes. Stylish, yet easy-going, The Rajmahal Cafe brings a welcome freshness to the Jaipur restaurant scene.
Hendrick’s is a delicious super premium gin, made with a number of unusual twists to deliver a most curious arrangement. Unlike ordinary gins, Hendrick’s is distilled in Scotland in two utterly dissimilar sorts of still – Victorian Bennett and rare Carter-Head still, under the watchful eyes (and nose) of Master Distiller, Lesley Gracie. www.hendricksgin.com
Hendrick’s is made by William Grant & Sons – an award-winning, independent, family-owned distiller founded by William Grant in 1886 and still controlled by the fifth generation of his family. The Company distils some of the world’s leading brands of Scotch whisky, including the world’s favourite single malt Glenfiddich, , the handcrafted range of ‘The Balvenie single malts’ and the world’s third largest blended Scotch Grant’s, as well as selected other spirits, including Tullamore Dew and ‘Sailor Jerry’.
Shopping, shopping, and shopping! Yes, no vacation is complete without shopping and when you come to Jaipur, then going on a shopping spree is a must. Buckle up everyone as Jaipur Beat is all set to give you “Things to Shop for When in Jaipur”.
- Magnificent Mojaris
The best part of owning magnificent mojaris is that you can pair it up with your denims as well as ethnic wear. Shop the exclusive vibrantly hued Mojaris of soft camel leather that are both comfortable and lasts longer from Bapu Bazaar and Nehru Bazaar.
- Dazzling Gota Patti Sarees
Change your look this wedding season and look trendy with Jaipuri Gota Patti sarees. Brides take pride to have it in their trousseau, so why not shop for your favourite coloured saree from Johari Bazaar and add a touch of glamour to your look.
- Vibrant Leheriya
Right from DDLJ’s Simran to Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhaniya’s Kavya in leheriya Dupatta, we can’t simply stop drooling over it. Buy it at this time of year and pair it with your plain kurtis and we are sure your dupatta will become the talk of the town amongst your friends.
- Pulsating Jewellery
Visiting Jaipur for your wedding shopping and not buying jewellery from here is no less than a crime! Yes, we mean it. Jaipur being a hub for jewellery market, be it Kundan, Meena or Polki, you have to have a look at them and we assure you won’t leave the market place without carrying bags full of jewellery.
- Speldid Lac Bangles
With a zillion of colour combinations and precious & semi-precious stone embellishments, Lac Bangles at Maniharon Ka Rasta is surely not to be missed. We are sure you will be stunned to see the gazillion variety of bangles that this place has.
- Comfy Quilts
The perfect souvenir for your loved ones who stay in cold places is Jaipuri quilts. Yes, Jaipur has a quilt named on it. Made of pure cotton fabric, they help you keep cozy and warm in cold winter nights. Don’t forget to look for them in Bapu Bazaar.
- Brilliant Blue Pottery
Be it a house-warming gift for your loved ones or a décor item for your own house, handcrafted Blue Pottery is a perfect idea for all. So go on and explore your choice of artefacts at Blue Pottery Art Centre situated at Amer Road and you will definitely get handful of them back home.
Happy shopping 🙂
Once again the twelfth edition of Zee Jaipur Literature Festival has come to an end. Yet again this year’s festival was an upgraded version of the previous year. Starting off with well-organized things like no on the spot registration for any day thus, resulting in fewer crowds on the weekends and second, putting up the sign boards to guide people with the sessions being held in which area. The rest was the same like dressing up the Palace with colors, Book Store- to buy books that are being launched at the festival, Food Stalls- to munch on your favorite dish and Bazaars- to add more stuff to your closet. Now without further ado let’s talk about the sessions and the speakers and give you a brief summary of what all happened at 2019’s JLF.
Day 1- As per the rituals, this year started off with Shruthi Vishwanath’s Morning Music of a wonderful rendition of spiritual poet Tukaram. The inaugural session opened the Festival’s Session with Sanjoy K. Roy, the Managing Director of Teamwork Arts; accentuated the need to respect the writers in today’s world.
Right after the inaugural session Sachin Pilot was in conversation with Sreenivasan Jain and was asked questions on the recent nature of politics and also shared his views on freedom of expression. Germaine Greer talked about her book On Rape and Nirbhaya case in a session Beyond The Female Eunuch. After the lunch hour, AJ Finn expressed his stirring journey of writing his bestseller The Women in the Window.
Day 2- With the melodious voice of Usha Uthup, the second day of the festival kick-started the power packed sessions. In the session, Adi Shankracharaya: Hinduism’s Greatest Thinker, Pavan K. Verma spoke about Shankaracharya in the context of understanding the complex form of Hinduism. Egypt’s profound writer and cultural lecturer Ahdaf Soueif in a session The Battle of Egypt: Dispatches from the Revolution, talked about how people protested to end the Governance of President Hosni Mubarak.
Venki Ramakrishnan shared his views about the human side of science and also of his recent book Gene Machine: The Race to Decipher the Secrets of the Ribosome.
Day 3- Saturday morning started with an uplifting performance by Vidya Shah followed by a thought-provoking session where Rajdeep Sardesai discussed the number of issues on journalism and how its nature is changing in India. Moving on to the next session of the bestselling novel Call Me by Your Name, the American Writer Andre Aciman talked about writing and romance.
In a book launch of Every Vote Count: The Story of Elections in India, Navin Chawla stated that why it is a prime concern to take immediate action in increasing the number of women Members of Parliament.
Day 4- Yann Martel, author of Life of Pi, in conversation with Jerry Pinto, shared his thought of how he wrote this book in an attempt to understand the curious phenomenon called faith. In a book launch of Ria Sharma’s Make Love Not Scar, she discussed the dreadful phenomena of acid attack with her partner and acid attack survivor Reshma Qureshi, who shared her painful story of the attack.
In an inspiring session of Women and Power that brought together, feminists from around the world and each talked about the relation of women with power.
Day 5- The last day of JLF was also packed with powerful sessions. A session on Kumbh: the Greatest Gathering on Earth, where Deshna Mehta said that no other place than Kumbh to understood the importance of life. Nigerian poet and author Ben Okri talked about how reading Rabindranath Tagore changed his life. He also said that the freedom to ask the question and examining reality in depth will make people more aware.
Manisha Koirala shared her views on how people expected her to look beautiful all the time in the session Breaking Free: A New Kind Of Beautiful. There were two or more sessions that talked about politics and the battle between Congress and BJP for the 2019 election.
To sum up this year’s Literary Festival, which was partly heated discussions, inspiring sessions but most importantly to bring together people from all over the world under one roof in the name of Literature.
The wait is over ladies and gentlemen, the greatest literary show on earth, ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival 2019 begins today and we are already loving it. Hosted against the backdrop of Rajasthan’s stunning cultural heritage and the Diggi Palace in the state capital of Jaipur, Jaipur Literature Festival has entered the beautiful Pink City. Gone beyond literature, you can see people decked up in their best attires, clicking selfies, sipping on a hot cup of tea right in the morning, and shopping quirky little things from the Festival Bazaar. A colourful festival is right here in your city awaiting your arrival.
Let’s have a quick glance at what this year’s JLF has in store for all of us and we’re sure these pictures will make you want to attend it now !