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Jaipur- A destination that wins the heart of travellers | Jaipur Beat

It’s National Tourism Day and when we talk about tourism, how can we miss talking about our beloved Jaipur City?

The city, that welcomes visitors from all over the world. The city, that has a good number of heritage sites in the country and has a rich saga of folklore and tales to tell. The city, that has exquisite culture and legacy that has attracted generations after generations. The city, that wins the hearts of travellers from across the globe for its old-world charm including heritage, culture, landscape, cuisines, and a lot more. 

The Pink City has all the things/experiences to offer for travellers of all kinds making it one of the “Best Destination”. So let’s have a look at what’s in store for you depending on the kind of traveller you are.

Let’s enjoy the beauteous Pink City through Jaipur Beat’s blog.

  1. The History Lover

For its arcade and royal architecture, Jaipur has always been on the heritage list and a top destination for history lovers. It’s wondrous architecture, be it the Wall City, Bazaars, Hawa Mahal, City Palace, UNESCO sites Amer Fort & Jantar Mantar, and many more places which attract locals as well as travellers. Also, the Havelis and heritage hotels of Jaipur illustrate the rich architecture and grandiosity of the royal era of Rajputana. These heritage sites are worth seeing and experiencing. 

Amer Fort
Hawa Mahal
Jantar Mantar

2. The Culture Enthusiasts

You simply could not have found a better place to travel than Jaipur if you want to experience culturally rich cities. Jaipur will give you a chance to explore and experience its culture from close quarters. Taking a simple walk to Jaipur’s bazaars, the Rastas will offer you to witness the glorious traditions that are surviving and now thriving in the beautiful heritage city. Plus there is always the typical Rajasthani way of living where men & women in their traditional attire can be seen. So all in all, the Pink City represents a cultural feast. Some of the most popular places to visit like City markets, Johri Bazaar, Bapu Bazaar, Tripoliya Bazaar, etc. will help you dig deep into the cultural heritage. The colourful city becomes even livelier and lovely with the festivals celebrated here in a flamboyant way. The city observes different fairs and festivals at different times of the year like Gangaur festival, Teej festival & Kite festival.

Kite Festival
Teej Festival

3. The Nature Lover

Jaipur is a storehouse of exotic flora and fauna, green spaces, surrounding lakes & unique wildlife, set to be discovered by any nature lover. One of the best ways to see and enjoy the abundant nature in Jaipur is to visit places like Man Sagar Lake, Chandlai Lake, Barkheda, Maota in Amer. The avian beauties will capture your attention and you won’t be able to resist photographing them.

For such are the treats in store here that it’s hard to think of a place that is more rewarding to the nature seeker. 

Man Sagar Lake
Chandlai Lake
Maota Lake

4. The Food Lover

Did someone just say “Food”? 😛

If you think of yourself as a food lover, there will be something to keep your palate occupied throughout your stay in Jaipur. The best way to enjoy Jaipur’s culture is through its food. Jaipur is well known for its royal hospitality and its mouth-watering delicacies including chats and kachoris which are also every local’s favourite. Not to miss the royal thali of Rajasthan, which is hot, spicy, and tempting all at the same time. The national and international tourists always make sure to try the authentic Rajasthani flavours – Dal, Baati, Churma and an authentic non-veg specialty – ‘Lal Maas’ – the best dish to savour amongst the other Rajasthani cuisines. And how can we miss Jaipur’s special sweet delicacy Ghewar?!

Kachori
Dal Baati Churma
Ghewar

5. The Religious Kind

The landscape of Jaipur is dotted with various temples and pilgrims. The temples here have a royal touch & splendour and are highly praised for their architectural beauty & faith by the tourists. Whether it is the visit to the Govind Devji or Moti Dungri Ganesh Ji, or Galta Ji or Khole Ke Hanuman Ji, Jaipur is the land of spiritual incarnation. Each year, several thousand pilgrims descend to the royal land to offer their prayers and seek blessings. It is said that a prayer offered at these holy temples does not go unanswered!

Moti Dungri Ganesh Ji Temple
Galta Ji Temple
Khole Ke Hanuman Ji Temple

6. The Adventurous One

Jaipur has some ultimate wildlife and adventure kind of stuff for adrenaline junkies. One can get up close with leopards and venture deep into the dense Jhalana Forest or Nahargarh Biological Park for a lion safari. The zone of the lion safari lies in the Aravali foothills with hillocks that offer a panoramic landscape. One of the most popular tourist attractions to enjoy in Jaipur is the elephant safari. For jeep safari, there is the famous Ranthambore National Park, which is a 3-hour drive from Jaipur. It is home to tigers and also Sariska National Park which is just 2 hours away. Those looking for adventure can cycle and trek to the Nahargarh hills, or play golf at the Golf or Polo club.

Ranthambore National Park
Elephant Ride at Amer Fort

7. The Shopaholic 

Jaipur’s markets, Johri Bazaar and Bapu Bazaar are world-renowned for their authentic gold and silver jewellery as well as for textile, leather craft, and other traditional handicrafts. People from all over the world love to shop here. Shopping for Jaipur’s exquisite crafts is one of the most satisfying experiences one can have especially if you are a shopaholic. From a wide range of handicrafts – blue pottery, block print, carpets, jewellery, gemstones, juttis, clothes to puppets, and a lot more. Some of the most authentic shopping experiences can be provided by the city’s old Bazaars/ Markets, an experience that is amongst the most authentic of all things to do in Jaipur.

So, when are you planning a trip to Jaipur?

Happy National Tourism Day!

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Unique Experiences in Jaipur | Jaipur Beat

Jaipur is a city that has a lot to amaze both the locals and the tourists. From being a perfect mélange of old and new, traditional and modern to royal and chic; Jaipur has everything.

We at Jaipur Beat bring to you top 5 unique experiences you can have in Jaipur.

Stunning monuments: There is no dearth of monuments to visit in Jaipur. While you are aware of the four UNESCO World Heritage Sites namely – Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar, City Palace and the majestic Amer Fort; there are a handful of other monuments to be amazed at. From Galta Ji Temple (Monkey Temple), Hanuman Temple (Khol Ke Hanumanji), Jal Mahal, Gaitore ki Chhatriyan, Panna Mina ka Kund, Nahargarh Fort, Jaigarh Fort, Albert Hall, to Chand Baori Abhaneri and Anokhi Museum (90kms away from Jaipur); get on with these each day and relive the royal bygone era.

albert hall

 

Exquisite crafts: Shopping for Jaipur’s exquisite crafts is one of the most satisfying experiences one can have especially if you are a shopaholic. From a wide range of handicrafts – blue pottery, block print, carpets, jewellery, gemstones, clothes, juttis, to puppets, and more. Some of the most authentic shopping experiences can be provided by the city’s old Bazaars/ Markets, an experience that is amongst the most authentic of all things to do in Jaipur.

Blue pottery in jaipur – Jaipur Beat

 

Abundant nature: While Jaipur is rich in its history and culture, the city is a treasure house of nature too. One of the best ways to see the sights of Jaipur is to start off on an early morning cycling ride or a quad biking. You can also head to witness some untamed wildlife at Nahargarh Sanctuary via a Jeep safari, do zip-lining. Or you can simply trek the Aravalis that are crowned with lush green trees. In case you are someone who loves a long drive, strolling across the city, walled city and outskirts can be quite a nourishing experience for you.

Statue circle

Delicious food: Owing to its arid and dry climate, Jaipur’s cuisine is a foodie’s paradise. Cooked with rich and tasty ingredients and an amalgamation of various techniques – both old and new; Jaipur food is to die for. Whether you have a sweet tooth or have a knack for something tangy, you have a wide range of delectable to pick from. Must try are its kachori, jalebi, ghewar, gajak, chaats, typical Rajasthani cuisine comprising of dal-baati-churma and ker sangri ki sabzi.

dalbaatichurma – Jaipur Beat

 

Colourful culture: Just as the name suggests – Pink City, the culture of Jaipur is also very vivid and colourful. Full of vibrancy, you can see a perfect blend of cultures in the city strolling across like one. All festivals in the city are celebrated with extreme zest and almost every month has one of them and has its own specific food and attire associated with it.

 

 

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Travel Local: World Class Places in Jaipur to visit!

While Jaipur is always filled with number of places that are world-class, it is time to travel local and appreciate the value of our home now.

The closed country borders, lockdown, and the safety reasons are now making us appreciate the treasure of our city Jaipur.

Here are our top picks-

  1. Amer Fort

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The famous Amer Fort is one of the most visited forts in Rajasthan and is a marvellous blend of Rajput and Mughal architecture. The fascinating beauty of Amer Fort at night is definitely an attraction.

 

  1. Jantar Mantar

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Jantar Mantar is considered to be one of the largest astronomical observatories out of all the 5 in the entire nation. Recognized as the world heritage site by UNESCO, Jantar Mantar is a treat for people who have a lot of interest in astronomy and architecture.

 

  1. Hawa Mahal

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Carved out of red and pink sandstone, this marvelous piece of architecture is recognized as the tallest building in the world built without a foundation. It is our own Taj Mahal that is in the shape of Lord Krishna’s crown.

 

  1. Jal Mahal

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Jal Mahal is a five storied structure built with stones and walls thick enough that no water seeps in. You can watch, behold the sight and, capture its beauty only from a distance.

 

  1. Albert Hall

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Opened as a concert hall in 1876, Albert Hall was then turned into a Museum to promote the local artisans’ work. Soon after that, the museum gained its popularity not only for its exquisite collection but also for its splendid architecture.

 

  1. Walled City

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No matter what transport you choose to reach the walled city, but once you step out of it, a gush of local air filters through you and gives you the major feels of the city. Stroll through with a heart full of patience and excitement because the markets of Jaipur are truly engaging.

 

  1. City Palace

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Based on a fusion of the Vastu Shastra of the Indian architecture, combining Mughal, Rajput and European stylesCity Palace was built by the founder of Jaipur- Sawai Jai Singh II. The most attractive part of the Palace is its four gates that represents the four seasons of the year.

 

  1. World Trade Park

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World Trade Park gives us a moment of pride for being one of the largest malls in the country with 11 floors. This place looks no less than an English house, or a cathedral from inside.

 

  1. Nahargarh

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A blend of Indian and European style of architecture, Nahargarh Fort was built as a retreat on the hilltop at that time. Providing a stupendous view of the city, Nahargarh Fort was built strategically to provide protection to the royal family of Jaipur.

 

  1. Jaigarh Fort

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Providing a great view of the entire Aravalli range, Jaigarh Fort is known for holding the largest canon on wheels in the world. It is situated at a distance of 15 km from the main Jaipur city and is popularly known for not being conquered by anyone in the battles that it has witnessed.

 

  1. Galta Kund

Galta ji

Within the unfolding lanes of Jaipur you’ll find the most fascinating and intriguing among them all is Galta Ji- the magnificent campus of temples. It’s not just one temple but a marvelous cluster of numerous beautiful temples spread amid the boundaries of Aravali Hills.

 

  1. Birla Mandir

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Situated on the foothills of Moti Doongri Fort, Birla Mandir also known as Lakshmi Narayan Temple is a proud architectural landmark of Jaipur. Unlike other traditional Hindu temples, Birla Mandir is built with a modern approach in pure white marble.

 

  1. ISKCON Temple

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ISKCON Sri Giridhari Dauji Temple is situated in Dholai village, south of Jaipur City. It is one of the famous & most visited temples in Jaipur. This temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna and Lord Balaram which are very beautifully decorated.

 

  1. Raj Mandir

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Lesser of a movie theatre and more of a tourist destination, this is the most beautiful theatre of Asia and we have all taken our relatives from far off cities to this place during vacations.

 

  1. Jawahar Kala Kendra

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Like the rest of Jaipur’ wisely chalked out architecture and planning, Jawahar Kala Kendra boasts of an architecture that spellbinds a beholder at just one glance.

 

  1. Jawahar Circle

patrika gate

A tall pink structure surrounded by a gamut of trees and lush gardens, that structure is Jawahar Circle – the biggest circular park in Asia. The entrance of Jawahar Circle is through the Patrika gate, which has been designed beautifully.

 

  1. Nahargarh Biological Park

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For reference: Nature Wanderers

Who would have thought that Jaipur, the capital city of Rajasthan will offer you a lion safari? But this edition in adventure activities is the Nahargarh Biological Park exclusively for Lion Safari. The zone of the lion safari lies in the Aravali foothills with hillocks that offer panoramic landscape.

 

  1. Birla Planetarium

 

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Birla Planetarium in Jaipur is one of the main attractions in the itinerary of travellers and was inaugurated by the first Prime Minister of India, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. Birla Planetarium takes you to the lesser known world of galaxy and stars.

 

  1. Amrapali Museum

Amrapali

Amrapali is a globally renowned, coveted luxury jewellery brand. The heritage jewellery house launched its very own museum in Jaipur. It displays traditional silver jewelled arts of India reflecting the ‘everyday’ life of the people of India.

 

We are sure some of you must have not visited to any one of the above listed places. But as everyone says better late than ever so do visit these treasures of our very own Pink City once the lockdown ends.

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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

Chandlai

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

jal mahal

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

maota

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

galtaji-temple

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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A virtual visit to 5 iconic places in Jaipur

Amidst the COVID-19 outbreak we are still travelling to Jaipur’s most iconic places. Are you? And no, we haven’t stepped out of our home also we can take you along with us. You ask how?

Now that everything has become virtual, why not travel to these places virtually!

Hop on people, cause we are about to embark on an adventurous journey to Jaipur’s 5 iconic places that would take you back to your good old memories.

 

  1. Hawa Mahal

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Hawa Mahal, a monument, a memory, a landmark, the pride of Jaipur; a place you just cannot miss going to! Looking out of those windows of the wind palace your eyes stumble upon the shops on the busy streets and people walking by everything looked so lively.

 

  1. Amer Fort

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As regal as can be, Jaipur’s magnificent Amer Fort rightly personifies the city’s Rajputana culture. This place vibrates with its legendary past and not to forget the Sound and Light show which is an exemplary saga of culture & heritage of Rajasthan.

 

  1. Jal Mahal

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On a beautiful day, when you think about hanging out with family/friends, the one spot that you always think of is Jal mahal palace! This Water Palace is definitely the most loved place to witness the glorious sunset with your loved ones.

 

  1. Nahargarh

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Another iconic place of Jaipur and is loved by everyone even the directors of Rang De Basanti, Nahargarh. The view from Nahargarh Fort, which stands out on the hills of Aravali, is out of this world especially during night. It is definitely a rare sight that is worth visiting for!

 

  1. Albert Hall

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Standing tall in the midst of Ram Niwas gardens, the front face of the Albert Hall is every spectator’s delight. In the evening the museum is covered in vivid colours which add to the charm and magic of the Albert Hall Museum. However, the most amazing sight is when a large kit of pigeons rests there and flies away giving an unforgettable picturesque view!!

 

Wasn’t it a fun trip to these iconic places?!