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Photographs that reflect the beauty of Jaipur city in monsoon

Monsoon is here and we cannot get over the serenity of Jaipur City. As the little pitter-patter drops fall from the sky they don’t just bring with them the petrichor but a wave of aesthetic pleasure which enhances the beauty of Pink City even more. The fresh green landscape of Jaipur with new life from the top. You don’t believe us, have a look.

  1. Picturesque view of Amer Fort covered in clouds

 

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2. Lake ‘Sagar’, Jaigarh Fort and the lush green landscape

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3.  Like mystical clouds looming over Jal Mahal at Man Sagar Lake

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4. Bird’s Eye view of Rajasthan Legislative Assembly or Vidhaan Sabha

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5. Rain washed Wall City, Jantar Mantar, City Palace in one frame

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6.  Green cover on otherwise Barren hills of Jhalana and the Pink Houses

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7. The City doesn’t rest even when it rains. View of Tripolia Bazaar and Choti Chaupar

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8.  Monsoon spellbound Jaigarh Fort

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10. Paanch Batti after a shower of rain

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11. Sanganeri Gate in the drenched walled city

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12. Trimurti Circle and its glorious reflection

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13. Last but not least – The bheeghi bheeghi walls of Jalmahal Palace

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14. Believe us!! We are still in Jaipur 🙂

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So, what are you waiting for? Go have fun and enjoy the saavan and the thandi-thandi hawa.

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6 Upcoming Events In Jaipur To Make Your Jaded July, Jovial

Let’s face it! At this time of the year we all have our lazy mode turned up. But doesn’t the idea of relaxing in front of the TV seem to be too dull and boring when there is so much going in your own city. Yes! You read it right. Jaipur has enthralling events lined up for each one us. From food to books, art to craft and painting to gardening a lot much fun is coming your way.

So gear up Jaipurites as Jaipur Beat has listed some enthusiastic events to be held in the city in the month of July.

Here we go!

  1. Flavours of Golden Triangle      

Come and experience the authentic flavours from the streets of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur at the ‘Flavours of Golden Triangle’, a food festival going on in Saffron, a culinary odyssey. The fest is on roll with finger-licking delicacies perfectly combined with a world- class ambiance.

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Date– 27th – 15th July, 2018

Timings–   7:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Venue– Saffron, Jaipur Marriott Hotel

  1. Lock the box: Bookchor’s Warehouse Sale

A big shoutout to the book worms! Save the date as one of the biggest book sale is coming to our city. With 90,000 pre- owned books in store and a box in hand, the only deal for you is to arrange as many books in the box as you can. Sounds interesting? Well yes, as it much more than just a sale.

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Date– 6th – 8th July, 2018

Timings– 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Venue– Birla Auditorium, Jaipur

  1. Indian Textile Exhibition

Venture a historic tale of the Evolution of Indian Textiles starting from the period of freedom struggle of 1947 to the present day India. A glimpse of our rich history is aesthetically portrayed and captured through detailed art. Do visit if you are an art admirer!

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Date– 22nd June, 18- 31st July, 18

Timings– 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Venue– Jawahar Kala Kendra

  1. Community Based Mural Painting Workshop

Try out your skills on this community based mural painting workshop by the famous international artist Cole Swanson. Indulge into something new every time and take chances as you never know what may come across as a hidden talent.

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Date– 14th July, 18

Timings– 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.

Venue– The Open Space Society, Frontier Colony, Adarsh Nagar

  1. Paper Craft Workshop

Take your creative heads on a spin! White canvas art academy brings to Jaipurites a ‘News Cycling with Newspaper Recycling’ workshop by a Delhi based designer Ranjan De. With an agenda to recycle waste newspapers and make our world greener, they initiate to do this by teaching to create utility artefacts from waste newspapers. Think out of the box and have fun!

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Date– 6th – 11th July, 2018

Timings– 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Venue– White Canvas, E-10, Ram Path, Shyam Nagar, New Sanganer Road

  1. Sustainable Kitchen Gardening Workshop

Good news for the mommies! Engage your child in a fun, knowledgeable and interactive 15 day session of sustainable kitchen gardening where they will be taught about the methods of kitchen gardening in an elaborated manner. From composting kitchen waste to making paper pots, this innovative workshop can be attended by kids from the age- group of 7- 12 years.

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Date– 15th– 29th July, 2018

Timings– 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Venue– Devi Nagar

So, hurry and register yourselves in such creative and interactive events!

 

Content credit: Muskaan Kasat

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5 Water-Bodies In Jaipur That Are a Must Visit In Monsoons

Jaipur is finally showered with the bliss of monsoon 😀 Do you also feel like jumping in puddles and dancing freely in the rain ? During this time, don’t you miss being around water bodies to see them filling up after an entire year and breathing their fresh smell right after it has rained ? If you are a water being, you don’t have to go too far as here we are listing some beautiful water places in and around Jaipur for you to visit and feel the rain 🙂

  1. Ramgarh Dam

    Approximately 30 km away from Jaipur city, with the way cocooned by verdant trees on both sides, there lies Ramgarh dam. A place which once had a sprawling artificial lake and would attract tourists like bees to honey, is now dry but has managed to resume its freshness by the landscape, greenery and the famous Ramgarh lodge where you can rush to during the coming long weekends in August 🙂
  2. Lake ‘Sagar’ 

    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. You can reach the lake by car or by walking towards it. Just beware and don’t get too lost in its beauty ! 😉

  3. Jalmahal Palace

    A palace partially submerged in the Mansagar Lake of Jaipur, 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 only during the rainy months of July to September and is a natural habitat for more than 150 species of local and migratory birds and a hang out spot for humans of both kinds as well 😉

  4. Chandlai Lake 

    When you want to leave the cliches behind, and go to a place that might surprise you with its infinite splendor, drive to the Chandlai lake. While you finally will have to walk till you spot some birds playing in the lake and flying from here to there, it will all be worth it when you see the sight of the rare flamingos and pelicans flocking together at this lovely and small lake just 30 km away from Jaipur 🙂

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  5. Maota Lake

    Below the superb Amer fort, lies 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 🙂

    Happy Monsoons 😀

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11 Amazing Places Every Photographer Must Visit In Jaipur During Monsoon

If you’re a passionate traveller and carry a smartphone or a camera or both , there are high chances that you love photography as well.
Apart from eating and dancing in rain, there is one more thing that carries its own charm in monsoons, Photography ! So if you are a local or a tourist who is luckily in Jaipur right now, these are the places that can be captured through your lens but touch your heart instantly and will stay there forever.

 1. Jal Mahal

Jal Mahal or Water Palace, where every Jaipurite or visitor of Jaipur would just love to just sit by and watch the magical lake and mesmerizing architecture of the palace. Sunrise and Sunset are the best times to get some terrific shots at this place with a perfect blend of nature and architecture.

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2. Bhangarh Fort

We doubt you haven’t heard of the “Most Haunted” place of India : Bhangarh Fort ! Located 80 km away from Jaipur, this place is extremely popular for its historical ruins, roofless houses and the gorgeous backdrop of Aravallis that will make your time picture perfect – literally.

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3. Smriti van

Located on the famous JLN Marg in pink city, as you move around the twisting tree-canopied walkways of this forest escapade, Smriti Van, you will know what a heaven of birds looks like ! Apart from capturing the bright greens of monsoon, if you are fond of bird photography, you will get some extremely colorful and varied birds to click in different angles.

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4. Albert hall Museum

Residing in the Ramniwas Garden, Jaipur , Albert hall is the oldest museum in Rajasthan also proudly known as the ‘State Museum of Rajasthan’. A classy example of Indo-Saracenic architecture, the most picturesque view of Albert Hall is when the pigeons are sitting on its chattris or flying all around under the azure blue sky 🙂

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 5. Panna Mian Ki Baori (Stepwell)

Panna Mian ka kund or stepwell near Amber fort is one of the treasured places which if visited during Monsoon, you will remember it through out your life ! Although all the stepwells have their own magical aura, this one is comparatively less populated and shines out its real vibrancy during rains.

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 6. Nahargarh Fort

Lying on the edge of Aravalli hills, Nahargarh fort has been a romantic spot in Shuddh Desi Romance, a Friends’ hangout place in Rang De Basanti and a favorite among Jaipurites to visit especially in rains ! Just go up there, sit at Padao restaurant and you will automatically get your perfect shots.

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7. Chandlai Lake

A very beautiful and small lake 30 km away from Jaipur , Chandlai offers another birding sight. The main attraction is the various Migratory birds seen at this place, especially Flamingos.

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8. Hawamahal

One of the most famous pink sandstone architectural marvels , Hawamahal situated at Badi Chaupad with five storeys and 953 windows is every photographer’s delight. But what’s challenging is how you make your click different from all others. Hawamahal is well lit and looks beautiful ,even at night !

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9. Maota Lake, Amer

Below the superb Amer fort, lies 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 !

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10. Chand Baori (Stepwell) – Abhaneri

Abhaneri is 95 km from Jaipur, it is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Dausa. Built back in 8th century, it is one of the deepest and largest stepwell in India. The phenomenal structure is 64 feet deep and consists of 1000 perfectly symmetrical narrow steps, spanning 13 storeys. The stepwell is one of the most photogenic places, and looks even more serene during monsoon as the water fills in the bavri. So, f you’re planning a weekend getaway this is the place you need to go to.

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11. Patrika Gate – Jawahar Circle

Patrika Gate is one latest yet trendiest spot to visit during monsoon. It is situated at Jawahar Circle, at a distance of 2 km from Jaipur International Airport. This place has become photographers’ favourite, with hand-painted motifs depicting the traditional side of Pink City which includes paintings of temples, forts, rulers of Jaipur, jewelry, and photographs of Hawa Mahal, City palace, Jal Mahal, etc. Opposite to the gate is a lush green garden surrounding a fountain offering musical show every day from 7:30 p.m. if you’re in the town then Jawahar Circle is a must visit spot, kyuki Jaipur aaye or waha nhi gaye, toh kya khaak Jaipur aaye!

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Picture Courtesy- Gaurav Hajela Photography (https://www.facebook.com/gauravpics)
Updated – June, 2019.

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6 Monsoon foods in Jaipur you should never miss

 

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With the start of Saavan or monsoon, there’s one more thing which hits us very strongly, irresistible craving for good food ! Apart from the regular hogging, there are a few dishes that are too special to be missed if you’re in Jaipur in the pleasant monsoon season. These can be found at the famous local eateries in pink city like LMB, BMB, Sodhani etc or cooked at home and enjoyed as much as the rains !!

  1. Mirchi ke tapore 

    This spicy instant dish is a yummyJaipuri recipe ofharimirch (green chillies) wrapped in a lusciousteekha masala cooked in a typical Rajasthani style. Thisachaar (pickle) type vegetable can be enjoyed with steamed rice and dal,baati,poori,paranthe or anything you want to experiment with.mirchi ke tapore

  1. Kadhi KachoriThis superb combination of Rajasthani kadhi and mouth watering Kachori where the Kachori is broken a little and filled with kadhi turning out to be a terrific tasteful snack 😀

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  2. Dal pakodeHaven’t these protein rich delicacies been your first love in the rainy season ? Ek cup chai and garam garam dal pakode with green chutney makes a rainy evening just perfect !

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  3. Churma 

    This richsweet Rajasthani dish is passionately cooked with ghee and sugar or jaggery (gur) and generally eaten with the famous Dalbaati.churma

  4. Dal BaatiThis signature Rajasthani delight where Baatis are dumplings made from wheat or millet flour, cooked over hot charcoal and ash and served with yellow dal, loads of ghee, churma and even boora (granulated sugar)to make the most of monsoon 🙂

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  5. Ghewar This heavenly Rajasthani sweet dish mainly associated with Teej festival is found in amazing varieties like plain, mawa, malai and is a favourite especially in the saavan ke mahine !!

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The newly restored Tal Katora  

Jaipur beat is coming up with a new story that talks about our history, our mistakes with a learning curve- to value our heritage.
The story is about Tal Katora. Why Katora? As it looks like a floating cup so it got the name –Tal Katora (Water Body +Cup Shape). Many of us remember spending time at Talkatora and Pondric garden with our grandparents. Back then when it was in a good condition.

And here goes the story…Once the Pride of walled Jaipur City ‘Tal Katora’ which is situated just behind the Jai Niwas garden, fenced on three sides by broad embankments and on the fourth by Badal Mahal of City palace, that has lost its charm for years has now regained its glory.  

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Earlier it was known to be flooded with alligators that were regularly fed at the Darbar expenses (Paid by Jaipur Royalty) but with the passage of time it became nothing but a barren land. With the advancement of urban development and the starting of piped water supply, vanished the lure of the water structure which was the life line for the city dwellers and soon it was used as a major dumping ground for the cities solid waste.
I remember visiting the place some 15 years back and I recall it just as the name (Garbage Dump Ground) with bad odor that made it difficult to even stand for a moment.

But we learned from our mistakes and after almost 22 years the place restored its splendor with the help of volunteers and Jaipur municipality.

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Now there is water in the tank, people living in neighboring area have blocked their household drainage to stop the filth flowing in, entirely changing the face so much that  when someone comes across the splendid Talkatora Garden he is sure to feel amazed by the overwhelming beauty which was lost for years.

Newly restored and developed Tal Katora and Pondrik Uddyan has now become a wonderful place. With colorful fountains reaching a height of 70 ft., array of flowering pots is surely adding to the terrific beauty of the abode. People of all ages are visiting this place now and enjoying hot summer evenings sitting over the lush green grass next to the soothing fountains.

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Cosmic Delight

 

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Colorful fountains light up the beauty of night sky

So, whether as a tourist or a local, the pleasant sight of these pressure fountains and Talkatora lake with boating is encouraging enough to make one trip 😀 Apart from admiring the fountains and illuminated trees, one can also get the flavor of ‘Chuski- Barf Ka Gola’ and big sized Papodams sold by the vendors outside the park.

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Gardening during Monsoon

Monsoon is the best season for planting, and also for preparing the existing plants for taking in the full pleasure of nourishment. Planting trees at this time reduces much of your labour on their establishment and maintenance. All sizes of trees and shrubs can be planted during the rainy season if you give careful attention to watering. The best way to welcome monsoon is planting trees and preparing the existing plants for nourishment. Here are some favoured plants for monsoon gardening:

1. Yellow Bladderwort (Utricularia stellaris): These insectivorous plants grow catchy yellow flowers, capture tiny insects and animals in the bladder and digest them.

2.  Dew Flower (Commelina benghalensis): This lovely plant bears flowers that have two, shiny dark blue petals. The entire flower is enclosed in a green sheath, with only two petals protruding out. There are various species of this plant; a few have yellow or orange-purple petals.
3. Monsoon Cassia (Cassia tora): These plants can cover any extra patches in your garden. The pale yellow petals are set against the leaves.
4. Hill Turmeric (Curcuma pseudomontana): These plants grow along the ground and the small flowers that emerge from between the broad leaves are a pretty sight to see. The flowers grow in various hues including mauve-purple, yellow, rose, crimson and red. This is certainly one of the top monsoon plants for your garden.

Even though all the above tips are very easy to follow and they are very well known to everybody, due to lack of time and energy many cannot exactly follow them. Once we practice in the proper way, it will become our routine then. Try to grow a rose plant. One day if you happened to see the first rose blooming in that plant, you will feel that happiness of gardening definitely. Then, you will start to plant some small plants which may be of some use to your kitchen. This will give you a complete happiness. Don’t forget to use natural manure. Try to avoid more use of chemicals to nurture the plants. Plant more trees and shrubs, in organic way. Enjoy Gardening!