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Adventurous Trekking spots 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!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

Strict Instruction: Do Not Litter

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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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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

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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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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?!

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Reasons to Fall in Love With Jaipur Monsoon

Monsoon

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.

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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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The Walled City marked as a UNESCO World Heritage Site

The royal city of India Jaipur has recently made the entry in UNESCO World Heritage Sites.  For its arcade and royal architecture, Jaipur has always been on the heritage list.  The announcement was made after the 43rd session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee at Baku (Azerbaijan). As Jantar Mantar has been already marked as World Heritage Site and now as the wall city has bagged the title is a proud moment for all of us.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his happiness through Twitter and posted “Jaipur is a city associated with culture and valour. Elegant and energetic, Jaipur’s hospitality draws people from all over. Glad that this city has been inscribed as a World Heritage Site by @UNESCO.

“The city was proposed to be nominated for its value of being an exemplary development in town planning and architecture that demonstrates an amalgamation and important exchange of ideas in the late medieval period. In town planning, it shows an interchange of ancient Hindu, Mughal and contemporary Western ideas that resulted in the form of the city,” UNESCO

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Jaipur you made us proud!

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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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Valentine Alert: Ideas to Celebrate Valentine’s Day on Thursday

Valentine’s Day is here and lovers around the world are gearing up for the annual celebration of love. This is the day to tell the one, they are on your mind. But there’s a minor glitch.

This valentine may not be the ideal day to plan an over the board romantic date since it falls on Thursday! But don’t let that stop you from showing your partner a good time. Wondering what special can you do on a week day? We have got you some ideas that can make your Valentine’s Day in pink city make the cut. Checkithow !

For married couples and those living in, nothing can beat the intimacy of breakfast in bed. Prepare a healthy meal of things your partner loves. Decorate it nicely on a tray with a good morning note and some coffee or juice. A healthy kick start is best before the cheat meals that await you later in the day.

For those young love birds who live apart, a nice morning walk will suffice. Go to her place, wake her up with a sweet call, tell her to come down and walk along the streets. The fresh morning breeze, chirping of birds and motor sounds of the rising city will make the perfect companions for you two.

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If you can arrange a car, then it’s even better. Take them on a drive to Jal Mahal or along the Central Park, the two prime locations of Jaipur that look absolutely stunning in the morning. Go another mile and take them on a long drive to Nahargarh Fort, watch the sunrise bring the whole city to life which is mesmerizing to watch. Bring a hot insulated mug of coffee and Maggi for a cozy breakfast. Share your food and spend some quality time in quiet together. Go home and come back to drop them off at work. Before they leave, gift them a nice outfit for dinner later in the evening. Don’t let them open the gift until later. Let the anticipation build for good!

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At lunch, arrange for a dessert to be delivered at their desk. Order anything sweet they like. It can be a sweet, a cupcake, cookies or even ice cream. The thoughtful surprise will surely woo them. Add in some fresh flowers as well. Everyone loves a fragrant reminder of love on the most romantic day of the year. She will fall for your gestures over and over when her colleagues swoon over your little surprises!

For later in the evening, plan a happening night at a bar or lounge. Keep it a secret. Tell them to wear the gift you gave them earlier in the morning. Bars and pubs offer some exciting offers on Valentine’s Day for party lovers that you can take advantage of. Make time to browse in advance and book yourself before it’s too late.

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Drink your fill and dance your hearts out with your lover in your arms. Let the party animal in you unleash itself. Have fun, sneak in some spontaneous romantic kisses, make the night count. Most of all, keep it all about both of you.

If you are not the party wild kind, then a quiet dinner at a lavish eatery can make a good choice. The Stag Café opposite Amber Fort is a chic place to eat under the starry sky. Take in the view of the brightly lit Amber Fort along with the intoxicating smells of food and cool night breeze.

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Eating out may seem like a routine for long dating or married couples. So how do you spice it up? Recreate your first date! Take them to the same place, order the same menu and revisit your memories. Take pictures of the night. Make a deal of recreating your outings every once in a while. A cozy dinner at rooftop of your apartment, or the balcony can be a good option as well. Indulge in conversations.

Talk about the time that has passed and the future that awaits. Couples living apart can make a romantic night out of Valentine’s Day by packing take out dinner and going to some open public space to eat. This is good time to talk about your feelings. Say it out! Tell them how you feel. You’ll surprised how well it turns out without the mandatory lavish hangout at a restaurant or bar. After all it’s not the place but the person you are with who makes things special and out of the ordinary, isn’t it?

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Guest Post By: Ankit Jain

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7 Places In And Around Jaipur, We ‘Discovered’ On School Bunks

We have all been there, haven’t we?

Well if you haven’t, you missed on a lot. But hey, you must have heard stories from your friends at least, about how incredible these places are, well we are here to set a collection of places in around Jaipur we went to on our school bunks. So, if you haven’t been to any of these places, we recommend you to go and feel them, for yourselves.

1. Nahargarh – There is absolutely no way Nahargarh isn’t topping the list on this one, it’s like the coolest there has ever been in Jaipur. Nahargarh Fort was the top priority on full day bunk, but, if the weather was too bad, well, there were some indoor options to look at too. But as kids, we loved a little soak, didn’t we?

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2. Crystal Palm – Situated in virtually the center of the city, it was quite easy to reach, even by public transport. Crystal Palm was our choice of theatre, to go to, for one of the reasons being they never really snitched on us. It was this sacred custom we took an oath to, to watch every incredible (sometimes bad) movie releasing, on first day, first show. And guys, those were arguably the best times. What’s more to Crystal Palm is it has a play zone, a McDonald’s, and MGF just opposite the road, simply put, it happened to be extremely sorted, all in one.

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3. Indian Coffee House (ICH) – Biased towards the one situated at MI Road over the one in JKK, maybe it was the rustic ambiance, or simply, it’s reachability. But, certainly, it was rule number 1 in the sacred book of rules to start the school bunks by having breakfast at ICH. The menu was fairly low priced, like a dream come true, for us school kids.

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4. Samode Palace – Reaching there was an adventure on its own, it was an approximate 1.5 hours ride from the center of the city. The usual timings for bunks were 6 hours, stretching it up to 7 hours was the upper limit. So, reaching, chilling, enjoying, and, being back on time from Samode Palace was a feat of its own. And you do realize it has about 850 steps to reach the top of the mountain?

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850 steps in school shoes, just called it a challenge back then. LOL.

5. Ramgarh Dam – It’s again, one of the natural beauties of our beautiful Jaipur. Reaching Ramgarh was, well, tough. The road was so bad at the time, you were surely taking home a sore back from the trip. Note, it’s a dry dam, there’s as such no water in the dam, but, the place itself, has a feel attached to it. If you happen to go there, be careful of the monkeys, they are going to steal your food and laugh at your face, while eating it all of course. 🙈

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6. Kanota Dam – It’s the place to be if you are looking for some really good landscape, for those display pictures you could never put up on your social media. 😰🤣

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It was full of water at the time. It still happens to have water in it, but it’s a tad bit tougher to reach now. There are actually 2 sides of the dam you could have reached, one side where the locals don’t allow people to visit anymore, as they claim it to be their part of the land, and, one side where the fishing takes place, the area is kind of all fenced now, but back then it wasn’t.

7. Sagar – You can’t call yourself a Jaipurite if you haven’t been to Sagar, but a lot of people we meet happen to not know there is any such place in Jaipur 🤔

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Sagar is to be reached by taking the other road from the last crossroad to Amer, the local pujaris won’t have an issue until you aren’t creating a nuisance over there. It’s an iconic jewel of a place Jaipur has, it has got everything to it. And, if you are bored of Nahargarh on your bunk, this was the place to head to and vice versa.