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The new normal – life after lockdown l Jaipur Beat

Now June 1 onwards we will step out of our homes as the government has eased out on the lockdown, indeed a happy news but Jaipurites need to get accustomed to the ‘NEW NORMAL’; yes, life is not going to be the same. We no longer can roam around in the streets of Bapu Bazaar and hand-pick those juties and kurtis, nor can we enter the World Trade Park just to take a stroll, or munch on the pani-puri of nand, kachori at Rawat or simply have that pao bhaji outside Birla Mandir; as we did earlier and mind you – we can’t even have the house parties going life before. Everything has come to a full stop!

Remember these 5 new thumb rules:

  1. The essentials: Your bag of essentials need to be modified – carrying a sanitizer, gloves, mask are your first set of essentials you need to have no matter where you go. You can skip the lip-gloss or your colonel, but missing a mask would be like risking your own life. Masks are new normal rather the new abnormal and need to be used as mobile phones – we won’t be able to do without it.
  2. Visiting / Inviting home: For the sake of our own and our loved one’s life, we will have to be extra cautious of who we invite and whose home do we visit. It’s like the more people you avoid the more you gift yourself the number of days to live. For the vaccine is still 12-18 months away and even if it comes, how many will it reach out of the 7.8 billion on this planet is a task in itself to calculate. So when you go to meet someone, you will be “clad” in a mask and so will they be – a compulsory accessory and a critical part of our attire, it will be now.
  3. Meeting and greeting: Handshakes, hugs were the old normal. However, the new normal can’t be there. All you do when you meet your friends, parents, colleagues and acquaintances is a ‘namaskar’ as you start to step out.
  4. Visiting the malls/theatres/restaurants/offices: We all have visited the malls just for a stroll or to binge on our favorite food and movie. However, digital is the new normal. Avoid visiting public places as much as you can and switch to online for all your needs. Having said that, in case you visit, ensure you maintain social distancing from people and not hang over them. Imagine gallivanting in the World Trade Park or Gaurav Towers and hundreds of people walking around with a mask on. It’s not going to be a normal feeling; however, we need to get used to it. In case you are the shop owner or are visiting an office, ensure you sanitize everything before having to use it.
  5. Ordering online: Yes, this seems to be the new normal, however, having stuff delivered at your doorstep is equally risky. So when you order, please do not touch the box/parcel and simply put it aside for at least 48-72 hours. Once done, pick up the packet, open it and sanitize and wash the items thoroughly and do not forget to rinse your hands too.

Though we know when living in a cosmopolitan city like Jaipur where people like to meet and greet and hang around, limiting yourself in every sense will surely be a big lifestyle change for us. Isn’t it Jaipur? We hope we could get you close to the new normal, for we don’t want to scare you but make you aware for we value each one of you and want everyone to be safe and healthy.

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All you Need to Know About the New Rules for Flyers | Jaipur Beat

India resumes domestic flights from May 25 after 2-month hiatus due to Covid-19. You might have a lot of questions about the new rules. What time should we reach the airport? How much luggage should we carry? Can we carry our own food?
All the above questions might have crossed your mind and so we have listed down all the
answers/ queries that will guide you on dos and don’ts as you embark on a flight.

Primary rules you need to follow

Wearing a mask and gloves at the airport and during air travel is mandatory. You cannot miss on that otherwise you won’t be allowed to travel. Passengers will have to undergo thermal screening and those who are showing no symptoms of coronavirus will be allowed to travel. Also, every passenger must install Arogya Setu app.

Self-monitor after travel

After you reach your destination you are advised to self-monitor your health for 14 days and in case you start to develop any symptoms of coronavirus you need to inform the district surveillance officer. If you are found with any symptoms you will be isolated and those who have moderate or severe symptoms will be admitted to dedicated COVID Health facilities. The ones with mild symptoms will be given the option of home isolation or isolate in the COVID Care Centre.

After Exiting from the Airport

Passengers should use the authorized taxi and are advised to follow social distancing. You should adhere to the guidelines prescribed by the State/UT government.

New Protocol to be followed in the aircraft

Passengers will have to minimize face to face interaction and any non-essential movement in the aisle will not be allowed. No meal service, newspaper magazine will be available inside the aircraft except for the water bottle.

Boarding rules you need to follow

Passengers will be provided with the safety kit by the airlines and are advised to pay attention to the boarding announcements. You will have to self-scan the e-boarding pass and will have to show an ID card to the airline staff at the boarding gate.

Web Check-in

Passengers should do a web check-in, should obtain a boarding pass online and download baggage tag.

Time to reach the airport

Passengers should reach the airport 2 hours before the departure and only those passengers will be allowed to enter the terminal whose flights are within 4 hours.

Number of bags/suitcases

Only one check-in bag and one cabin bag will be allowed and the use of baggage trolleys has to be minimized.

Getting to the airport

Personal vehicles are allowed inside the airport premises; however, only selected cabs will be allowed to take passengers and staff to and from the airport.

Have a safe flight!

Jaipur · Jaipur Beat · jaipurbeat · Mother's Day

The Best Gift for your Mother during Quarantine

Looking at the present scenario, many of us are at home with family. Let’s face it its quarantine time. It’s better to forget the mother’s day celebration ideas like movie date, dinner date, spa dates or shopping dates with your Mom. This year has come out with unique circumstances but that does not mean the idea of celebrating the moments can be left, in fact, it is more meaningful than ever.

And if you are still hunting to look for the ideas to celebrate the Mother’s Day in a perfect way, look no further. All the ideas mentioned are approved by Moms 🙂

 

  1. A virtual party

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Sign in to Zoom, Google Meet, Duo or any virtual app. Ask all your mother’s friends to be part of the virtual party. She is definitely going to love when the celebration happens with friends. You can plan some fun games like Antakshari, a recipe that you recently learned, or can recite a heartfelt poem to her.

 

  1. A Mother’s Day Slideshow

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We know it’s going to be a no travel year so, why not just live with the memories you have collected while travelling with your Mom. Take out an album or a hard disk to check out all those fun travel moments. You can prepare a slideshow of pictures and you’ll get to refresh your childhood memories. The ones who are not with their mother can send it online and then have a video call.

 

  1. Watch a Mother Daughter Movie

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Play her favourite movie or shows based on mother-daughter bonds like Gilmore Girls, Jane the Virgin or anything that interests her. Call the entire family and just spend dedicated three hours watching a movie with a bucket of popcorn or Nachos (get it from the market) and a cold drink.

 

  1. Treat her with a fancy meal

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Why not prepare something via virtual cooking class to prepare an exotic meal for her. Take your family together in this. Make a video what all happened in her absence from the kitchen during this trial period. She would definitely enjoy watching it and of course, tasting the final outcome.

 

  1. Serve Her Breakfast in Bed

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She is the one who served most of the family members breakfast in the bed but do you remember when the last time she got such pampering. Mother’s Day is the perfect day when you can not treat her for a fancy meal at a hotel or restaurant but still make her happy more than ever. It’s simple than you think- a cup of tea/coffee, some nuts and fruits and pancakes or anything that you feel she prefers in breakfast and if you can make it. If you aren’t there you can order from her favourite local spot and have it delivered.

 

The bottom line is whatever you choose to do spend some time with her and give her a day off if possible. After all, time is the best and most comforting gift of all.

Jaipur Beat wishes all the super moms a Happy Mother’s Day!

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The Stillness of Jaipur City Speaks Volume for its Beauty | Jaipur Beat

Never before our camera captured the streets of Jaipur like this. The buzzing streets of our very own Pink City with vehicles, people, tea stalls, shops and even stray animals is now still. This calmness around the Rastas (term used in Jaipur for lanes) of Jaipur is helping the earth heal. As we sit inside our homes the nature is celebrating me time with blissful sight of blue skies giving the joy of breathing clean air. No doubt, we can ever stop falling in love with the beauty, people, culture, heritage, cuisine and most importantly, Colors of the Pink city.

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Deserted look of the most travelled JLN road, where red
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But somewhere we miss the nostalgia that rings in the streets of our city. The day to day actions that keeps the city going has come to a halt. The above pictures depicts the very soul of a city is missing, thus, they are all in black and white.

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Always buzzing with travellors and hawakers the Gandhi Nagar railway station
is longing to be hoarded with people.

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But if we look at the bright side all the pictures it shows how we are fighting COVID19 together by staying inside which is the need of the hour. And let’s not forget the silent heroes that are risking their lives to save others such as, doctors, police, volunteers, nurses and all those who are stepping outside of the house to serve the people. So in return of their determination we all need to stay at home and save ours and everyone’s life.

Lastly, let’s hope that Jaipur city once again comes alive with the colors and everything comes back to the way it was i.e. to normal life.

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Summer is incomplete without these 5 Jaipuri delights!

There is no escaping from the summer heat that. ACs, coolers and Fans run all day making you feel better but the cold feeling that comes from within has to be the best. When you eat or drink something cool in summer, the satiating feeling is out of this world. Keeping ourselves on the cooler side is required for good health as well. All these things simply mean that we must keep loading ourselves with refreshing drinks and foods that keep us going at this time of the year.

Here are our favorite Jaipuri delights for this summer and we are sure that they are your favorite too!

  1. Lassi

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This sweet treat full of cream of Lassiwala is a must have during summers. Even though one glass of this lassi is quite filling you will be asking for more of this sweet curd based drink. Some like it with salt too but the sweet lassi is one of the most refreshing drinks. It even helps in alleviating the hunger pangs as well.

 

  1. Kulfi and Faluda

Either you love faluda or you hate it but kulfi is everyone’s favourite. The creamy, rich kulfi from Ramchandra needs no introduction but even the hawkers sell good kulfi in Jaipur. It makes us feel good instantly. The cool quotient of kulfi can be enhanced with a few smooth strands of faluda and assorted sugary syrups.

 

  1. Juices

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Gulnar situated in the heart of the walled city where the people of Jaipur goes for refreshing juices. The shop has 4 more outlets sprawled in different areas. The real magic is sitting in this small little shop in Kishanpole bazaar and sipping fresh juices which will definitely revitalize your long summer days.

 

  1. Rabri

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Mahaveer Rabri Bhandar- one of the oldest places in Jaipur this rabri bhandar is famous not only for its rabri but also for a range of other sweets. This creamy and rich textured rabri is another summer delight that is very fulfilling.

 

  1. Ice Cream

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Remember when we did not even know the exotic names of ice creams and all we cared about was ‘Softies’? Our day wouldn’t end without making a trip once or twice a week to Guddu Ice Cream Parlour.

 

Now, we only wish that this lockdown gets over soon so that we can go and enjoy these amazing summer delicacies.

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Explore the beauty of lakes through your eyes, until you get a chance to relive it | Jaipur Beat

The warm month of May is arriving soon, which means summer heat, humidity, balmy evenings, and picnic days are almost here. When the temperature crosses the 40 degrees mark is when we think of ways to escape the heat. From carrying a water bottle along with you to going to water theme park, we do everything that give us some relief from this blistering heat.

Here in Jaipur, we may not have beaches to go to but we are grateful for these water places for existing. At least once or twice we plan a day out to one of these places during summer with our family and friends.

But this year we guess we’ll have to wait for the lockdown to get over before making any plan, until then let’s have a look at our favorite water places!

  1. Lake Sagar

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A hidden beauty and the primary source of water for the adjoining forts of Amer and Jaigarh as well as the city of Amer – Lake Sagar is a 17th century gem that flows in the arena of Jaipur. This place looks even better during monsoon with all the greenery around it.

 

  1. Chandlai Lake

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When you want to leave the clichés behind, and go to a place that might surprise you with its infinite splendour, drive to Chandlai Lake. This place lets you grab a picnic basket, fill it with goodies maybe throw in a game of Pictionary and take a long scenic drive to this Oasis of Flamingos at Chandlai Lake.

 

  1. Mansagar Lake

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Jalmahal is a poet’s muse, an artist’s eye candy, a tourist’s paradise and a local’s respite. The Mansagar Lake is full of freshly drained water that flows from the hilly catchment of the lake and is a natural habitat for more than 150 species of local and migratory birds. A very popular hangout spot for humans of both kinds as well.

 

  1. Barkheda

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Located 20 km away from Jaipur, Barkheda is a village in Rajasthan. Right in front of the famous Jain temple, there is a lovely pond which is definitely not an ordinary water body. Barkheda pond is a superb destination for sightseeing and picnic to experience the calmness of water in the company of chirping birds.

 

  1. Maota

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Below the superb Amer fort, lays the Maota Lake which swathes the pink city in its allure in the monsoons giving the residents and tourists a chance to stand near it and sip tea, while the photographers can find their right moment to capture this absolute visual delight.

 

  1. Galta Ji

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Galta Ji- the magnificent campus of temples is not just one temple but a marvellous cluster of numerous beautiful temples spread amid the boundaries of Aravali Hills. It is also famous for the hundred of monkeys that live here in the Galwar Bagh or also known as the monkey temple.

 

Which place will you visit first after the lockdown gets over?

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Cinema Halls that you might be missing during Lockdown!

To keep up with the norm of social distancing, luckily we have Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hot Star the coolest solutions that allows us to binge-watch our favorite shows and movies.  Can you imagine life during lockdown without these streaming services?

We should really be thankful that today we can watch a wide variety of shows, movies, documentaries and so much more as they keep you entertained and makes your Quarantine life easier.

But to be honest, there’s a little part within us that fails to catch the nerve with the experience of going to cinema halls to watch a movie.

That’s a whole different feeling watching a movie on a big screen binging the big popcorn basket. Don’t you agree?

It’s going to take a long time before making movie plans with friends and families.

But we can take a nostalgic trip to our favorite Cinema Halls where we used to catch latest released movies!

 

  1. Raj Mandir

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Raj Mandir is not just a Cinema Hall but the ‘Pride of Asia’ that opened on 1st June 1976. Although it holds a position among top tourist destination of the city we sometimes watch movies as that’s the only option left when all the other multiplex has been sold out. And one can never forget the mouth watering Pyaaz Ki Kachori being served there!

 

  1. Golcha Cinema

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Golcha claim to first come up with the first 70 mm cinema screen in Rajasthan. The hall also gained popularity for its delicious Prem Prakash samosa. Somehow it survived and revived with new wave which has been converted from a single screen to multi screen theater now.

 

  1. Cinepolis- World Trade Park

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A movie-theater chain that offers state-of-the art sound & projection technology Cinepolis is Jaipur’s one of the finest cinema hall. Another reason it’s famous is that almost every foreign language movies are released here.

 

  1. Inox
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Another movie chain that’s spread in every corner of Jaipur and is very old, it is very famous among Jaipurites. Every inox theater is situated in Jaipur’s biggest mall so after watching a movie we used to roam around the mall and do a little shopping thus, a perfect day out.

 

  1. Entertainment Paradise
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Entertainment Paradise which is famous for marriage gardens is also popular for its theater with one of the finest ambiance. Whenever we have a guest it was mandatory to take them to watch a movie here.

 

Did we freshen up your memories with your friends and family?

Tell us in the comment section below yours favorite Cinema Hall!