November 18 is marked as the Jaipur Foundation Day, and today we are celebrating Jaipur’s 293rd birthday. On this auspicious occasion, Jaipur Beat is sharing some interesting facts about the capital of Rajasthan.
1. The city was founded in 1727 by Jai Singh II, the Raja of Amber who ruled from 1699 to 1743.
2. Jaipur gets its name from its founder Maharaja Jai Singh II, the great warrior and astronomer.
3. Vastu Shastra has guided the building of Jaipur.
4. Hawa Mahal is in the shape of a crown of Lord Krishna with 953 jharokhas or windows.
5. It was one of the earliest planned cities of India, designed by Vidyadhar Bhattacharya.
6. The pink colour denotes the colour of hospitality, as it was used to welcome the Prince of Wales, later Edward VII, in 1876.
7. Jantar Mantar also features the world’s largest stone sundial, and is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
8. Constructed in the year 1876, Albert Hall Museum is the oldest museum of Jaipur.
9. Known for its architectural marvels and vibrant culture, Jaipur made its entry into the UNESCO World Heritage Site list.
10. Jaipur houses 22 stepwells, out of which some are the largest and deepest in the world.
You can take Jaipurites out of Jaipur, but not Jaipur out of the Jaipurites. Isn’t it?
We all have learnt in school about our kings & queens and their never-ending tales of bravery and valour. We all have been impressed with the importance of the royal family. Haven’t we all been for once royal admirers?
We bring you a step closer to the glorious past and stories of our mighty rulers! After all the coronavirus pandemic isn’t stopping the Sawai Jaipur Awards from felicitating people for their commendable contribution. It will take place this year despite all the odds, but as a virtual extravaganza!
Every year, it recognizes the people who have contributed to society through their excellence in various fields. But, this year is a little more special with unveiling BUBBLES, a biography of Late His Highness Brigadier Maharaja Sawai Bhawani Singh MVC, of Jaipur. It will bring back fond memories to those who knew the Maharaja personally, and will inspire definitely the young!
There are 24 categories ranging from preservation of heritage, achiever in sports, medical science, bravery, excellence in traditional crafts, and much more. The name of the awards are based on erstwhile to present rulers of Jaipur and the categories are based on their qualities. Starting from Raja Dulha Rai Award for social work to Rajkumari Gauravi Kumari Award for a person with exemplary achievement in innovation with social impact; Sawai Jaipur Awards will honour individuals and organizations for achievements in their respective fields.
Witness the Royal Virtual Award Ceremony on the official Facebook & YouTube page of MSMS Museum.
As Mahatma Gandhi said, “To find yourself, lose yourself in the service of others.” To acknowledge Bapu’s teachings and walk the path that our Nation’s father has shown to us, we commemorate the week of his birth i.e. 2 nd -8 th October, every year as the Joy of Giving Week. The Joy of Giving campaign encourages people to give -money, resources, skills or time and experience this phenomenal feeling of fulfilment. Although, we feel that the Joy of giving shouldn’t be confined to just one week. However, this particular week encourages and inspires us to reach out to those in need by looking beyond our own self-centred lifestyle and restore humanity. If we look around, there are some compassionate people who are all round the year doing their best to lend their support, to help and uplift the people who genuinely seek society’s attention, with all the possible resources they have. So today, Jaipur Beat acknowledges and applauds those compassionate and courageous minds who have gone beyond their limits and are creating hope for those in need. In fact, here’s a cue on how you too can experience the Joy of Giving along with these organizations.
Praveen Lata Sansthan
An award winning Non Government Organization that works towards empowering girls and women by focusing on education, health, safety and skill development. Their mission is to eradicate poverty and hunger, promote gender equality and empower women, ensure environmental sustainability and rural development. They even run few programs and one of them is called Spotless Dame, which is an initiative to create awareness around menstruation hygiene and innovation of environmentally friendly low cost pad made of Bamboo Charcoal which can be reused for 5 Long Years named MeraPad. Be a part of this revolutionary NGO that are fighting for so many issues to provide a better life to those people.
How often do we see people treat people with HIV+ LIKE normal human beings? Rays is home to more than 50 children that provide all the support needed like education, medical aid, balanced meals and regular exercise. These kids attend regular school and travel across India during summer holidays and are also taught dance, music, art, yoga and other extracurricular activities by the volunteers. Yet another revolutionary NGO that you can help out!
The organisation strives to provide an equal opportunity for person with Cerebral Palsy, Mental Challenges, Autism, and Multiple Disabilities in rural and tribal areas. They enhance the quality of these people’s life by enabling them to achieve their potential and participate in the society. The good deeds that this NGO is doing are worth offering your support in your own way.
Viren Sharma a canine behaviourist and CEO of International Dog Bazaar is an ardent dog lover who has feed more than 50,000 stray dogs during COVID pandemic. This dog man of India started his passion in 2001 has now recorded adoption of more than 1000 stray dogs in a month, highest in India by any animal welfare organization and has revolutionized the pet industry with his unique concepts. He is the voice for the voiceless!
The only purpose of Jaipur Rugs Foundation is to reach to remote rural areas to empower them to lead a good life. Jaipur Rugs work with 40,000 weavers in 6 states of India that provides them the opportunity for personal growth and development. This organisation ensures the best of artisans work to the customers and sustainability to the rural artisans.
Rani Ratna Kumari Foundation is a charitable trust that focuses on women empowerment in Shahpura. It has been working for the upliftment of the social status of women and especially the skilled lady workers of hand block printing. This organisation works towards holistic development in the rural areas through job creation for women and promises to provide them aid and support.
We totally understand how exhausting it must be to stay at home for the past few months and not being able to socialize enough or attend exciting events that keep taking place in our Pink City.
The pandemic isn’t ending but this long halt at home has to come to an end. After all, all of us are itching to see what’s going around– check-out new trends and off-course festival shopping! What if you get this all at one place that too from the luxury of your home?
Jaipur Beat has come across this amazing exhibition in the city! The FICCI FLO ( an organization to empower women) has come up with an interesting Virtual Exhibition of the stuff manufactured, designed and procured by the women associated with them. In the current times when everything has gone virtual, FICCI FLO has announced “Travelling Trunks – A whimsical event that brings 50 hand-picked favourites from across the nation to the beautiful Pink City. Scheduled from 17th to 19th October 2020 Travelling Trunks promises a bonanza of the pop-ups of apparels, accessories and home decor with exclusive workshops, exotic foods and never-ending live music!
Isn’t it the dream to go shopping without having to pay for the tickets?
And, the timings of this exhibition couldn’t be this much perfect as the biggest festivals are approaching. Don’t hold your excitement as the Travelling Trunks Virtual Exhibition is bringing in your favourite happening, vibrant streets as well as high-end fashion together at one event! Get ready to fulfil all of your shopaholic needs and entertainment greed that too by sitting on your couch.
We bet this one of a kind virtual exhibition is going to be one of a kind experience! Are you in?
Pro Tip: Call up your friends, fix up a time and go shopping with Travelling Trunks!
Are you craving for the ecstatic feeling when setting off for a road trip? The feeling of wind blowing through your hair and the open road in front of you? That scenic view of leafy avenues lined on the sides? Those unforgettable moments of singing along with your friends and family? Indeed, road trips create memories to cherish for a lifetime. Especially the urge to travel after staying indoor for months has been more than ever. You feel like driving away from the mundaneness of your home routine. Research even shows that travel can help reduce stress & anxiety, and that’s all you need right now. Since we can’t travel really far, let’s find our little joys by travelling nearby. The road network of Rajasthan is highly impressive, and that is why there are beautiful places around the Pink City that are ideal locations for a road trip journey. Pick your favourite place from these and make full use of the upcoming long weekend by planning a short road trip!
Sariska National Park
One of the most celebrated tiger reserve forests in India, the Sariska National Park is situated in the Alwar district. It offers an exciting wildlife experience and also houses the ruins of medieval temples.Apart from tigers, you can also spot many endangered species here.
Distance from Jaipur: 133 km
The journey between Jaipur to Pushkar can be covered smoothly without much hassle as Ajmer has commendable road connectivity. The spirituality and tranquillity of Pushkar along with the beautiful architectural wonders has made it a major crowd puller.You can sit next to the lake for some solace and peace.
Distance from Jaipur: 144km
On your road trip from Jaipur-Delhi, stop at the gorgeous Neemrana Fort. Perched atop a small hillock, it looks like a crown jewel of the town. The mesmerizing beauty of the majestic fort will take you back in time to its days of glory. Vintage car tours are something very unique and famous to this place.
Distance from Jaipur: 148km
Known for the feel of authentic rural Rajasthan, Alsisar is dotted with quaint villages.Located in the Jhunjhunu district of Rajasthan, Alsisar is well connected by road with Jaipur. You can also visit Alsisar Mahal which stands tall in the desert and exudes a glorious history.
Distance from Jaipur: 200km
Bharatpur is known for the Keoladeo National Park and Lohagarh Fort, as its beauty spreads across beautiful streams, rich forests & diverse wildlife. You will spot many monkeys on the way to the park. On your journey to Bharatpur from Jaipur, you can take a break at the historic city, Dausa.
Distance from Jaipur: 184km
The highway connecting Jaipur to Ranthambore offers a picturesque stretch which portrays the exquisitely rich culture of the state. Ranthambore is a paradise for nature lovers and is famous for its safari tours & biodiversity.You can spot many wild species that are freely roaming around in the jungle.
The knock knock joke here in Jaipur’s walled city would take on a completely different meaning with its many doors/ Darwazas/gates spread across the city. We asked many denizens of Jaipur to list the Darwazas of the city and though everybody seemed to agree that they are between 7 to 9 gates in the city but the names on everybody’s list were different. So we dug a bit deeper and have put together a small yet detailed guide for tourists and residents of Jaipur alike to know your one exquisite darwaza of the walled city of Jaipur from another and to never again get lost in the city. Sawai Raja Jai Singh II did half the work with his architect by planning the city in 3 X 3 squares based on the Indian Vastu-Purush-Mandala. These squares and thus all the roads are aligned North-South or East- West. These 9 +1 squares constitute the Jaipur’s walled city. The city is guarded by 7 primary gates or pols which formed the entry-exit points into the walled city. They are a part of the city ramparts and each gate is unique and its name carries a clue to its location and reason why it’s called that. (Yes, our very own Da-Vinci Code!). The very first clue is, when in doubt – Look up!!
The centermost square of the Old City is the City Palace and Govind Dev Ji Temple and the 7 Gates are:
1. Dhruv Pol Named after the Pole star or Dhruv tara ( which is used in locating the Direction North ) , Dhruv Pol is the Northern most Gate of the walled city. It is now called the Zorawar Singh Darwaza.
2. Suraj pol As the name suggests , it translates to Sun Gate , this is the gate to the East of the walled city, towards the eastern hills , in the direction of the rising sun. It also forms the gateway to the famous sun temple built by Sawai Jai Singh and further towards Galta Ji. You can easily identify the gate by the symbol of the 2 painted Suns on the Gate.
3. Chandpol Chand Pol means the Moon Gate . Along the East-West Axis of the City, it lies diagrammatically opposite to the Suraj Pol and forms the Western Gate of the walled City.Spot the famous and ancient Chandpole Hanuman Ji Temple with its 25 feet high Shikhar abutting the gate, if you are here you know you have reached the western end of the walled city.
4. Ajmeri Darwaza / Kishan Pol This is the 1st of the 4 southern Gates and as the name suggests would command the westerly road towards Ajmer. Also, this gate takes you inside the city towards Kishanpole market, known especially for tie & dye fabrics.
5. Naya Pol On the southern end of the Chaura Rasta (or the Wide Road) , this is the 2nd gate of the southern rampart and it means the ‘New Gate’ This gate was earlier a chor darwaza and later increased in size by the Sawai Ram Singh II . The road connects to the City Palace Gate of Tripolia. If you can see Albert Hall through the darwaza, you know you are at Naya Pol.
6. Sanganeri Darwaza / Shiv Pol Sanganeri Gate is the 3rd Gate and is located in the southern Ramparts of the Jaipur’s Walled city. This gate governed the route southwards towards the town of Sanganer. It is called Shivpol after the Shivmandir which the royal family would visit during Mahashivratri.
7. Ghat Darwaza / Ram Pol The last of the 4 Gates, the Ghat Pol is named after the easterly road towards the Ghat ki Ghuni. Inside the city, this is the way towards the Ramchandra Ji Chowkri and Ramganj Bazar.
This World Tourism Day know your city a little more with these amazing stories behind the 7 mesmerizing gates of Jaipur.
Alright, all said and done. It’s really the time to break free from the mind-wracking boredom of staying at home and hit the road for real adventure. Though, all our trekking trips, weekend getaways to mountains and beaches seem like far plans, but why did we forget that Apni Pyari Pink City has so much to offer?
We have always perceived Jaipur as a land of culture and heritage with magnificent forts and palaces, but voilà! Jaipur is way prettier than this, especially during the Monsoon. To enjoy the rustic beauty of the hills and the age-old fort, try trekking around the aravalis of Jaipur. Today, Jaipur Beat will take you on a journey to some of the lesser known yet breathtakingly captivating trekking spots within Jaipur that’ll give your weekend a fresh breath of adventure. Now you all must be wondering, “Other than Nahargarh where else can we go for a good trekking?” Scroll down as we ensure that each of these treks are mind-blowing and adventurous enough to leave you feeling rejuvenated!
Thank us later-
1. Hathni Kund
Also known as Water Valley Trek, this place gives you a feel of adventure along with all the lush greenery and serene beauty amid the hustle and bustle of the city. Located 17km away from Jaipur, the trek starts at Charan Mandir near Nahargarh Fort and ends at the same place.
2. Bhuteshwar Nath Mahadev Trek
This trek is located near Nahargarh Biological Park which is one of the most popular starting points. It is much longer than the Hathni Kund but this place also serves the best views and some tranquil time. The best time to go for a hike is early morning so that you can beat Jaipur’s heat!
3. Chour Ghati Trek
This desolate place offers a beautiful trek in the remnants of Aravalis covered with beauty of greenery, chirping of birds and calmness. The trek is marked with amazing rocky trails which provide easy reach to the Monkey temple. It starts and ends at Galta Ji gate. It is a must visit for adventure lovers who are keen to be at a really quiet and mesmerizing place.
4. Chulgiri Trek
Being a prominent place, Chulgiri hills offer a more rustic trekking experience with various picturesque views. Since it is on the border with Jhalana Forest which is a home to many leopards, it is suggested to opt the stairs which lead to the Jain temple. The view from the top of the temple would leave you awestruck.
So, gear up with basic necessities and get going on an adventurous trail with your friends!
P.S. Don’t forget your mask, sanitizer, water bottles and most importantly- trash bags.
Jaipur Beat is proud to announce the “Social Symphony Awards” an initiative to honour such inspiring brands and individuals of Jaipur, who have leveraged their greatest strength of adopting digitalization, who have observed the new trends and adapted with their dynamic and creative decision making in these harsh times.
To create a symphony among different industries, brands, and creators, Jaipur Beat emerged with an idea to recognize those who were not shaken by the pandemic crisis and made a remarkable comeback through the medium of social media
This pandemic has taken a toll on everyone mentally and economically but there were some who chose to come out stronger than ever battling the odds in the uncertain times. In these exceedingly tough times for businesses, where launches were getting deferred, movie theatres, malls, restaurants & cafes were downing shutters, and travel was grinding to a halt, Social Symphony Awards decided to reward the brands and creators who took this as an extraordinary opportunity to take over social media and adapt to the new digital era.
Jaipur’s rich cultural heritage is displayed in the traditions, customs, lifestyle, art and architecture of this place. The way of life in Jaipur is a mix of legacy and modernity which unfolds the glorious past and the contemporary lifestyle in which social media plays an integral part.
It was launched on 8th August with a vision to see Social Symphony Awards as one of the most authentic and respected awards for being the pioneer and the only-cross industry award in Jaipur. An in-depth scientific analysis was conducted to choose the best out of best in each category.
We have unveiled 12 categories and 82 nominees to celebrate the most creative content on social media across the city.
Social Symphony Awards was possible because of the enormous effort of our high profile and distinguished jury members from varying backgrounds including media professionals, food connoisseurs, educationists, authors, photographers, influencers, creative directors and entrepreneurs. Real-time panel discussions were conducted with statistical data where they deliberated over the nominations and considerately selected the winner based on the criteria of the category. The discussions were high-spirited brimming with healthy discussions and valuable outputs.
Witness a grand celebration of the finest talent, fans and enthusiasts from across the city as we bring alive the experience of the Awards to you on any device of your choice.
The Social Symphony Awards is all set to go live on 4th September at 6:30pm on the official Facebook page of ‘Jaipur Beat’.
Nothing stops a creative mind from being outstanding even in the most crucial times that others are saying “That’s Inspiring” about them in the near future.
The current COVID-19 pandemic has been a game-changer for many of us. This unforeseen and adverse circumstances in life, business and mindsets have also impacted a majority of brands and businesses heavily. As we know, “Change is constant; embracing it wisely is in our hands.” Despite the bad hit there are some who have stood the time and risen to success with their exponentially positive and inspiring presence in the digital scenario.
Jaipur Beat is proud to announce the “Social Symphony Awards” an initiative to recognize and honour such inspiring brands and individuals of Jaipur, who have leveraged their greatest strength of adopting digitalization, who have observed the new trends and amazed digital wizards with their dynamic adaptability and creative decision making in these harsh times.
Social Symphony Awards promises a power-packed online award ceremony where various individuals and brands from around 15 categories of different industries will be judged based on their excellence. The nominated brands will get to be featured on Jaipur Beat, which is one of the leading Digital Magazine of Jaipur. Further, a jury of industry experts will judge these nominated categories on various parameters, whilst the selection of jury members from different backgrounds will ensure a fair judgment. The winners of the Social Symphony Awards will be felicitated on our digital media platforms.
Hold your breath as the Pink City’s first and the only social award is here to celebrate the innovation, creativity and originality of the brands and people that entertain and inspire us and have a positive mark on social media.
Our Mission: Our mission is to give recognition to the brands and individuals who were not shaken by the crises and made a remarkable comeback.
Our Vision Our vision is to see Social Symphony Awards as one of the most authentic and respected awards known for being the pioneer and the only-cross industry award in Jaipur.