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Amazing Road Trips from Jaipur during Monsoon!

It’s never late to plan an amazing road trip! After all, you have worked for the first 3 days of the week and you got a midweek break on account of Independence day and Rakhshabandhan. Let’s embark on a long drive as there are a lot of places in and around Jaipur that shows how beautiful the surroundings of the city are when it rains.

 

1.     Bhangarh

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Hiking on a blissful and adventurous break at Bhangarh and discovers the secrets of the Haunted Ruins of Rajasthan along with heritage scenery is not a bad idea.

Bhangarh is situated in Alwar district of Rajasthan and is known to be India’s most haunted place. The remains of Bhangarh Fort are informative enough to take you on a mesmerizing journey, of the reminiscence from the past. It’s just not the place, but the route also gives whimsical experience especially during monsoon. Get down anywhere, take pictures but remember to come back before it gets dark as there is no place to stay there.

2.     Ramgarh

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If you love passing through numerous anicuts, waterfalls and lush green forest patches, filled with an abundance of natural beauty, Ramgarh is the place to go.

If you want to stay, here’s for you a rustic The Gateway Hotel Ramgarh Lodge which was originally the hunting lodge of the Maharaja of Jaipur. Far from the bustle of the city, it is still favoured by tourists those who want to relive the glorious kingly life that once was lived by Maharaja of Jaipur.

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3.     Chandlai Lake

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When you want to be a part of a picture-perfect scenic view, Chandlai lake is the best spot for you to pose in front of. The unsung beauty is a small lake, 30 km from the city, to experience the most peaceful picnic you need. No wonder you’ll get a bunch of beautiful pictures.

 

4.     Kukas

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Take a drive on a Delhi National Highway, towards Kukas. Away from the chaos, this place has many luxurious hotels like Fairmont, JW Marriott, Le Meridien, Jaibagh palace and lots more. The crisp enlivening Aravali air envelopes you as soon as you take off in your vehicle on this charming highway covered with verdant greens.

A perfect getaway where you can experience top-notch facilities and fine dining. You can either plan for a lunch with your family or plan a one night stay in any of these places. Sit back, relax, indulge in delicious food.

 

5.     Bundi

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Monsoon is the best time to see Bundi in Rajasthan in full glory as it comes alive with lush greenery and waterfalls. The Aravalis are prettier than ever when it rains and the journey becomes super exciting. The quaint little town is  36 km away from Kota is dotted with pretty lakes, waterfalls, nature trails during monsoon. The idyllic landscape will persuade you to stay back for a day or two.

One wouldn’t believe their eyes after witnessing the scenic view that Bundi has despite being part of dry Rajasthan!

 

6.     Pushkar

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Take a six-lane beautiful highway up to Ajmer and continue to Pushkar through the hilly serpentine road. The temple city of Pushkar raises the spirit of all during the monsoon time when its surroundings brims with lively mesosphere. Gorge on the world-famous Maalpuas of Pushkar or just feel the hippie vibes at one of the many cafes in the town.

Come back with a lot of memories!

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A fanfare of celebrations: Teej in Jaipur

A vibrant splash of colours, tremendous fanfare, and intriguing rituals, Teej festival in Jaipur is the time of year when the city brims with colours and fanfare. While peacocks celebrate monsoons with dancing in the rain, Womenfolk in Jaipur marks the blushing season by singing folk songs and swaying on a tree swing.

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You’ll not find any better way to experience the colourful culture of fascinating Pink City than now!  With the augment of August month accompanied by showers; Jaipur is already brimming with the spirit of ecstasy and Teej festivities.

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Festival though is fêted all over the state but celebrated at its colorful best in Jaipur. Jaipurites welcome the advent of monsoon through Teej celebrations, which is also dedicated to Goddess Parvati and commemorates the day when she was united with Lord Shiva after a penance of a hundred years. A spellbinding procession of Goddess Parvati, followed by Palanquins, chariots, dancers and a band winds magnificently through the Old City of Jaipur for two days.

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Apart from the traditional procession of Goddess Teej in the city, to showcase the galore and culture of Rajasthan ‘Taal Katora Ki Paal’ becomes the hub for cultural events, where the Teej idols will be submerged later.

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Teej is marked with great pomp and fair in Jaipur. One day before Teej, a married woman receives Sinjhara from her parents, which is a hamper that includes bindi, vermilion, mehandi or henna, bangles, ghewar and Lehariya as a symbol of their covertures.

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If you are a connoisseur and wish to blend in the festivities and experience it from close then waste no moment. Buy a special tie and die pattern, called LEHARIYA, which is only available at this time of the year. The wall city market area of Bapu Bazaar and Johari Bazaar offers many shops.

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The significance of lacquer (lac) bangles is also very special, and Jaipur is famous for its alluring lacquer bangles. Don’t miss to check out the multihued adornments that render more beauty the festive attire.

Get your hands decorated with the henna patterns, which you can get done at different corners of the city. The front façade of Saraogi Mansion near Bapu Bazaar, the lanes of Johri Bazaar and major shopping malls like Pink Square, GT and Crystal Court would have numerous henna artists, who decorate beautiful hands with fascinating designs.

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The tempting aromas of Ghewar being cooked on sweet shops, colourful lehariyas, and
blossoming flowers and women folks decked up with henna on hands in their traditional best add more colours to the essence of the jovial season.

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The government of Rajasthan state arranges a special sitting area for foreign tourists coming to witness this magnificent festival by providing comfortable viewing and to photograph the procession from the terrace of the Hind Hotel opposite Tripoliya gate.
This monsoon, travel to Jaipur to not just feel the lively spirit of Jaipurites around the festival, but also witness and partake in the jovial culture of the colourful Pink City of Rajasthan.

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Ghevar: A savory dessert delight of Jaipur

“The belly rules the mind” goes a famous Spanish proverb, a tantalizing phrase that Jaipur, the land of the kings and rich cuisines, is no stranger to. Rajasthani platter is a scrumptious combination of sweet, spicy and colorful dishes. We Jaipurites with our salivating mouth proudly say that it is incomplete without the mention of Dal-Bati-Churma, a traditional wholesome meal of Rajasthan. Mind you, sweet dishes are never addressed as ‘dessert’ in our land, because unlike desserts which are had after the meal, we relish desserts before, during and after the meal.

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Now is the perfect time to talk about the much-celebrated dessert in this season of special festivities. “Ghevar”,  an incredible Rajasthani Delicacy which is widely popular and traditionally associated with Teej Festival (locally called Sawan ki Teej or Hariyali Teej) and Raksha Bandhan festival falling in the month of August.

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Ghevar is a round mesh-like disc-shaped fried delicacy drenched in cardamom and saffron flavoured sugar syrup and topped with sliced nuts and flavored rabri. We bet you are already dreaming to gobble Ghevar because this festival Dessert is always a chart-topper!

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The luscious sweet is enjoyed indifferently as per an individual’s taste preferences; some enjoy it crispy while others love it tender with the toppings of Mawa or Malai.  Ghevar also tastes great when it is eaten with hot Milk or Kheer.

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Having such a variety in taste, Ghevar can definitely satiate your sweet tooth pangs for the time being but cannot satisfy your need to have it again and again. “Padharo mahare des” is an apt phrase, which means: “Welcome to my land”, where you can experience the flavours of uniqueness that it has to offer and enhance it with the wonderful hospitality, food AND Sweet Dishes like Ghevar that Jaipur is famed the world over.

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Get Ready for the New Releases to Binge-Watch and Chill

There were days when Friday was a filmy weekend. Every Friday was a blockbuster day as there is a buzz for the new films, a weekend packed with queues outside the cinema complex. People would stand outside the scorching heat to get the first look of their favourite actors on the first day per se but how time changes.

Friday is not the only blockbuster day, and it is the era for web series where any day could be as rocking as a Friday. People who not only enjoy but savour every episode knows the feeling of that adrenaline rush, veins pumping with excitement, heart beating faster and faster. There is nothing better than a sight of the desired conclusion.

To make your plans for the weekend sorted, here is a list of the upcoming web series:

  1. ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK

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Orange is the new black the prison drama is one of the most-watched TV series on Netflix. The series revolved around the Litchfield prison of women in the United States, where it portrays the degradation of women, witnessing a various form of corruption and problems with the political institution and authorities at the prison.

This comedy-drama is the perfect fit for some real talk on women prisons and their setbacks.

The new season will air on 26th July 2019 on Netflix.

 

  1. SACRED GAMES

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Sacred Games is the first Netflix original series in India. It is a thriller based series revolving around the inspector Sartaj Singh who on Gaitonde’s warning about the end of Mumbai, is on a quest to save the city. The series is critically acclaimed and the news of Season 2 has already ignited a spark in the minds of people. The next season promises new twists and turns and the addition of new characters as well.

Looking for something ALL-IN-ONE, Sacred games right here is the mystery, crime thriller you might want to binge-watch.

It will premiere on 15th August 2019 on Netflix.

 

  1. CARNIVAL ROW

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Carnival Row is a neo-noir fantasy web television series which is soon going to premiere its first season on Amazon Prime Video. The American series revolves around the mysterious creatures that fled from their homeland to the city and creating confusion all around.

If you are looking for uniqueness, this fantasy accompanied neo-noir drama can fulfil your watchlist desires.

To know more, about this thriller watch it on Amazon Prime on 30th August 2019.

 

  1. STRANGER THINGS

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The American science fiction-horror web television series, Stranger Things is back with its season 3. The series revolves around supernatural events in the town of Hawkins, Indiana due to the opening of the gate leading to the Upside-down. The new season sets in the summer season will unravel many more of your doubts, making it an enthralling watch.

If horror science fiction interests you, Stranger Things should be your call this weekend.

It premiered on Netflix on 4th July 2019.

 

  1. Money Heist

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Money Heist is the Spanish heist series which grabbed everyone’s interest with the two seasons focusing the heist on the Royal Mint of Spain. The new season is back with another plan of the heist of Bank of Spain with a leap of 2 years. The series is also available in English audio, so engross yourself on this thrilling ride.

Money Heist is all that a true masterpiece of heist looks like.

It premiered on Netflix on 19th July 2019. 

So, there are multiple options for you this season. Choose according to your preference and have a happy Netflixing weekend.

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Reasons to Fall in Love With Jaipur Monsoon

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The auspicious month of Sawan has begun and is ready to shed its vibrant and vivid colours to nature. It is that time of the month where you explore the magnificent impact and captures the serenity as monsoon never comes alone with the rain but with the irresistible cravings for delicacies and also sways us to go for thrilling rides and indulge in the aesthetic pleasures. The pink city will make you fall in love with its beauty when adorned with the raindrops and incensed with the mesmerizing petrichor.

Here’s a sneak-peak of Monsoon oriented activities which will make you fall in love with the walled city.

Styling up the wardrobe with colourful Lehriya

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Jaipurite celebrates every occasion with a new lease of life. To mark the beginning of Monsoon season and Sawan) month, everyone drapes themselves with the vibrant colourful and traditional Lehriya.  Jaipur Bazaars are flooded with a distinctive and vivid pattern of lehriya to give your wardrobe a unique cultural touch.

So what keeps you at bay? Go and get yourself draped in the colours of Rajasthan.

Guilt-Free Eating

 

Monsoon season paves the way to binge over the local delicacies like pakodas, samosa, kachori and Mirchi vada. These roadside snacks will make your cravings irresistible and will tempt you to have more and more of it. To enjoy the drizzling you could also visit the most exciting place-Masala chowk and celebrate the tastes of Jaipur. This place will entice you to leave your diet plans aside and drool over the scrumptious food.

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Goth at Khole ke Hanuman ji

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The monsoon season invites you to hold goth(picnic) at Khole Ke Hanumanji and spend leisure time with your family and friends by savouring your taste buds with the delicious daal baati churma, Mirchi ke tapore and variety of churma’s which is served here as prasadi. This spiritual temple offers a mesmerizing view from the top of the hill which is a feast for the eyes especially in the rainy season.

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Long Drives – Nahargarh Jaipur for a view to die for

 

The month of Sawan is at its peak, waking up the weekend plans which were snoozing during scorching summer. Explore the city and do not miss the mesmerizing weekend getaway spot, situated at the rim of Aravalli Hills, Nahargarh.

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This place has to offer you a splendid picnic spot with your loved ones, eye-capturing Instagram posts, and stories and a view of the Walled City you can die for, savouring the season of Sawan with a bhutta in your hand.

Season’s best Ghewar

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Monsoons are one of the typecasted seasons of the year. It is the season when you cling towards a hot cup of coffee, a plate of tempting pakoras but Jaipurites crave for Ghewars, a delicacy which will allow you to sideline the diet plans guilt free. When eating ghewars at Jaipur, you could not think of calories any more rather you will be swayed by the undeniably delicious dessert drenched in sugar and garnished with rabri.

Season’s Best Ghewar

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Monsoon is not the only month of ‘mists and mellow fruitfulness’ but also a start to the preparation for upcoming festivities as well. The two most celebrated festivals during this season are Teej and Raksha Bandhan.  Teej is dedicated to Goddess Parvati, celebrating the day she united with Lord Shiva after a span of 100 years. This celebration in Jaipur is an extravagant sight with lively processions, innumerable rituals, and delicious savouries inclusive of city’s one of the best Ghewar. One cannot afford to miss this if in the Pink city.

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To relish this season leisurely, pack up your bags and plan a trip to Jaipur.

Happy Sawaan Month 🙂

 

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Events you can’t afford to miss this July in Jaipur

The monsoon month, July is here and it’s all about that chapaak and shopping. And we are, so not planning to waste it by sitting at home. Pink City is a happening town and filled with people looking for something or the other to go to and have fun, so if you belong to the crazy lot and looking for a month full of fun activities then you sure can’t afford to miss these events in the upcoming month.

  1. Alfaaz Open Mic (5th July) Pint House Sky Bar & Kitchenette

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2. Dubfounded Album Launch Party Amarass nights at RRAP (5th July)

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3. Virsa at JKK (10th July -21th July)

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4. Kitab Lovers Mega Book Fair (11th July) Rajput Sabha Bhawan

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5. Parmish Verma (13th July) Club Zarza, Jaipur

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6. Bas kar Bassi (13th July) Levels Club, Jaipur

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7. Juniors Cyclothon (21st July) SMS, Jaipur

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8. Kunal Kamra Stand-up (26th July) Harishchand Totuka Bhawan, Jaipur

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Lifestyle Exhibitions

As we all know Jaipur is an exciting city with that cultural tadka added to it and ensures nothing is left out of it. So. If you too don’t want to be missed out of that tadka then mark the dates, to go to these super awesome lifestyle events in Pink City.

1. The Summer Shop (16th – 17th July) Hotel Radisson Jaipur City

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2. Dahleez Lifestyle Exhibition (2nd July – 3rd July) Fort, Durgapura, Jaipur

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3. Hidden Treasure (23rdJuly – 24thJuly) SMS Convention Center

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4. Aspiration Luxury Lifestyle Exhibition (12th – 13th July)  SMS Convention Center

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5. Shubham Rakhi Exhibition (19th – 20th July) Birla Auditorium

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6. The Cultured Wedding (26th – 27th July) Taj, Rambagh Palace

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7. Anantaya Big Deal (24th June – 7th July) Hotel Narain Niwas Palace

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Happy Moonson Y’all 🙂

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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.