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Winter Is Coming!

Hello Fellas! Good is finally happening to us – the winters are almost here (sigh) and we’re finally going to get a break from the heat, even though it has not exactly been as terrible as before. There are lots of reasons to look forward to this season’s winter like school holidays, timely leaves from office, cosy nights but here’s a list of the most important things that we believe everyone gets excited about the most:

  1. Silk

Yes, yes, yes! We finally get to adorn silk sarees and shirts without drenching in our sweat and especially now, considering that the wedding season has just begun – it is the perfect time to flaunt, lads.

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Time to say bye-bye cotton!

  1. Gajar ka Halwa

The Ma-ke-haath-ka Gajar ka Halwa is heaven. The beautiful amalgamation of milk, sugar, delicious carrots topped with crunchy almonds is the best thing god ever invented.

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Drooling already? Same.

  1. Sunbathing

Okay, we know we said we need a break from the heat – but the feeling of sitting under the winter sun is totally different. Sitting on your terrace in the afternoon, eating guava or radish and just absorbing the rays is so so so satisfying.

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  1. Peanuts

Eating roasted peanuts with family is a childhood memory that can only be re-lived during this time of the year, when hundreds of vendors are going to come down the street to sell peanuts. 90s kids would understand the nostalgic feeling of their father getting peanuts wrapped in newspaper, only to eat with Gud.

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  1. Eggs

While eggs are super-duper tasty, they are extremely beneficial during low temperatures. They contain vitamin D which is essential for the body especially because the sun rays are weak.

So, no need to come up with bahanas to eat eggs now! 😜

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  1. Coconut Oil

Damaged hair knows the real pain here –  thankfully we can apply coconut oil now & condition our hair, and skin (yay). Plus, who doesn’t always cherish a good warm oil massage? 😉

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  1. Festivals

This time of the year, many festivals like Jaipur Literature Festival, Jaipur Jewellery Show and obviously the on-going Pushkar Fair, to name a few, begin. There’s madness, fun and celebration of culture, food and knowledge which is extremely exciting.

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  1. Weddings

Gathering with your friends and family after a long time and having a good time is what we all wait for. A wedding in India is filled with lots of emotions – where you celebrate, cry, laugh, probably feel lonely (😂) because you’re still unmarried (just kidding!) and feel blessed. There’s truly nothing like it!

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  1. Boots

Wearing boots and feeling like you own the world is another thing about winters – the only thing disappointing is that you wished it snowed and you got to wear boots often. All the fashion prodigies would agree, eh?

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Looks like we’ve covered the list!

But let us know your favourite part about winters, that you think we’ve missed, in the comment section below! 😁

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Pushkar Fair has a lot more to offer than just camel fair

The greatly awaited Pushkar Fair is right upon us, scheduled to begin on 4th November and will culminate till 12th November on the day of Hindu festival Kartik Purnima. There’s nothing like Pushkar Camel Fair. It’s a celebration of the uniqueness of Rajasthan and experiencing the festival is the dream of every traveler. This is the time when Pushkar comes truly alive with multiple hues.

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The small sleepy town comes out of its hibernation mode and becomes the playground of people from the world over. The history of Pushkar Fair is a hundred years old but the festival keeps not only that historic spirit alive but also has new age elements to it now.

Primarily, thousands of pilgrims and cattle merchants flock the town for holy rituals or the trade of cattle and livestock. But, that’s not all; Pushkar fair has a lot to offer to the travellers who are neither pilgrims nor traders. Buzzing markets, fascinating ghats and activity grounds are enough to catch the fancy of travellers and photographers.

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Sunrise and Sunset: The vibes and the views of Pushkar switch within every hour right from the dawn to dusk, added to that the starry sky above ignited Pushkar Lake gives a heavenly chill in nerves. During early mornings and evenings, when the dust mixes with golden light falling from the sun it’s an absolute delight to watch the camels and the camel traders in the Mela ground. You not only get to see the heard of camels but also get a glimpse into the life of a rural Rajasthan, where the traders heat up the chullahs (a kind of stove used for cooking the food ) and prepare their food with minimum ingredients. Thousands of people from the world across come to capture only this spectacle.

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Markets: The narrow streets and lanes of the town have hidden within themselves a whole world of intrigue; from the local artifacts and handicrafts to funky apparels and chunky jewellery, Pushkar’s cozy markets are the treasure trove for a shopping enthusiast.

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Ghats: The Ghats in the holy land of Brahma are said to be nothing less than those of Varanasi. Roaming around the ghats with a soothing sound of hymns and bells renders tranquility to the visitors. While the night scene becomes even more fascinating when evening aarti is performed on these Ghats. Illuminated with multitude of lights the Ghats and lake take the spectators into a world of solace and peace.

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Food: Pushkar is also one heaven for foodies. From street stalls to roadside cafes, wide range of cuisines waits for food lovers to visit and enjoy sumptuous cuisine of Pushkar. Special Masala chai in Kulhad, Authentic Italian pizza, unique Poha Dal Pakwaan and Ugma ji ki kachori are a few to dishes to tantalize your taste buds. However, as you walk down the streets of Pushkar amidst the aroma of freshly made baatis, puris and kachoris being fried right on the street, the whiff of gulkand and the sight of tempting malpuas dipped in sugar syrup will call out only one thing- pure bliss.

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Adventure and Activities: Apart from the buying and selling of livestock, the fair has become an important tourist attraction. Competitions such as the ‘matka phod’, ‘longest moustache’ and ‘bridal competition’ are the main draws for this fair, which attracts thousands of tourists. In recent years, the fair has also included an exhibition cricket match between the local Pushkar Club and a team of foreign tourists. Pushkar Camel Fair has so many events and activities like camel cart ride, horse riding, bullock cart ride and giant wheel that your day will be full but we advise you to take out a little time to stroll in the narrow lanes of the town.

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For your convenience, here’s a tentative impression of the flow of events at Pushkar Camel fair 2019.

4th to 9th November – Cattle Trading
Cattle trading is at its peak during these days along with a variety of cattle contests.

10th to 11th November – Cultural Galore
These two days will see some cultural activities like dance shows, music performances sponsored by the Rajasthan State Government.

12th November – Holy Dips
This is the Holy Day when people take dips in the Pushkar Lake, and other religious ceremonies take place.

How to reach Pushkar:

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By Air

The nearest airport to Pushkar is in Kishangarh, which is 36 kilometres away. Apart from this, Jaipur Airport is the major airport, which is 140 Kms and well-connected to major metropolitan cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata. Once you reach at the airport, you can hire a cab to reach Pushkar. The journey from airport to the city will take approximately 3 hours. You can either pre-book a cab or hire from any of the taxi vendors outside the airport.

By Bus

Regular buses between Jaipur and Ajmer ply every hour. However, buses from Delhi to Ajmer and further to Pushkar are easily available. The Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation runs deluxe and semi-deluxe buses (both air-conditioned and non-air-conditioned) connecting Ajmer to nearby cities and then transport you to Pushkar for a very nominal fare.

By Train

You will need to take a train to Ajmer and then take a 30-minute drive to Pushkar. The Ajmer railway station is well-connected with major Indian cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur, Allahabad, Lucknow, Kolkata, Bhopal, and Bangalore. Some of the most popular trains that run daily on this route are Ajmer Shatabdi and Ajmer Rajdhani. Apart from these, other trains are Chetak Express, Aii Sdah Express, Aravalli Express and Bsb Express. Once you reach at the station, you can hire a taxi to reach Pushkar.

So what are you waiting for? Go and enjoy India’s Biggest and world’s famous festival Pushkar Fair.

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Gear up for 16 Intriguing Events in November

Life’s a party if one knows how to party!

Every month there are a load of events happening around the city that gives us a chance to explore, interact with new people and have fun. October month was filled with workshops, music shows, festivals and a lot of fun-filled activities. Now that we are about to enter into November with absolutely no festivals to celebrate, we have listed down some events that would make this month a little interesting.

So, without wasting any time let’s see what all interesting events are stored in this month!

1. Zomaland Picnic

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Date- 2nd – 3rd November

Time- 12PM – 10PM

Venue- Pinkcity Garden & Resorts

 

2.City Flea

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Date- 2nd – 3rd November

Time- 11AM – 8PM

Venue- Home Café By Mr Beans

 

3. 4×4 Off Road Drive

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Date- 3rd November

Time- 9AM – 5PM

 

4. Pushkar Fair

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Date- 4th – 12th November

Venue- Pushkar

 

5. SAGA- The Literature Festival

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Date- 8th – 9th November

Time- 10AM- 4PM

Venue-Kanoria P.G. Mahila Mahavidyalaya

 

6. Dunes Music Festival

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Date- 9th November

Time- 4PM – 10 PM

Venue- Details Soon

 

7. Vijay Yadav Live

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Date- 10th November

Time- 8PM

Venue- Levels Club

 

8. Painting Competition CUM Exhibition

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Date- 12th – 14th November

Time- 11AM Onwards

Venue- Jawahar Kala Kendra

 

9. Largest Rajasthan Folk Dance

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Date- 14th November

Time- 6PM – 9PM

Venue- Jawahar Kala Kendra

 

10. Dabu Expedition

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Date- 16th November

Time- 11AM – 5PM

Venue- Creatis, Bais Godam

 

11. Ekadashi Exhibitions

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Date- 16th – 17th November

Time- 10AM

Venue- Birla Auditorium

 

12. Sab Moh Maaya Hai- Garv Malik Live

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Date- 17th November

Time- 7.30PM – 9.30PM

Venue- Club Colaba

 

13. DAHLEEZ Winter Wedding Lifestyle Exhibition

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Date- 22nd – 23rd November

Time- 11AM – 9PM

Venue- Birla Auditorium

 

14. Polaris Rally Cross Jaipur 2019

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Date- 23rd November

Time- 11AM – 8PM

Venue- Thar Motorsport

 

15. Grand Opening of Decathlon Jaipur Centre Mall

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Date- 23rd – 24th November

Time- 10AM – 10PM

 

16. Devesh Dixit Live

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Date- 24th November

Time- 7.30PM – 9.30PM

Venue- Club Colaba

 

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A Walk Through Of Pushkar When It Comes Alive During Pushkar Fair 2018

Though the Pushkar Fair is celebrated for ten days in the Kartik month, its last four days are critically important for the sacred reasons. On the main day of Kartik Purnima, lakhs of people take a dip in the holy Pushkar lake, and in the evening Lord Brahma is offered prayers at the Varaha Ghat with thousands of brightly lit diyas floating in the lake, making it a marvellous spectacle to watch. So if you have not yet visited you can still plan your Pushkar trip. 

Pushkar Fair has started with a full swing where you can see livestock owners from all across the country coming here to trade cattle especially camels – the Ship of Desert. It’s priceless to see the expressions on the faces of these men when they sit patiently in the Pushkar Mela Ground for days and wait for the trade to take place.

Not just their faces, there are few more sights that are truly glowing and precious during this time. Though Pushkar’s streets are known for their colorful fervor and unique shopping experience, they are swathed in their own charm at the time of Pushkar fair.

The boisterous bazaars of Pushkar is the spectacle that one shall never miss; the streets refreshed in the shades of red, yellow, pink, blue are, synonymous to the people of Rajasthan and their culture. It’s interesting and fun to navigate on Pushkar’s narrow alleys during the fair time when each and every corner is brimming with action.

Did we say thousands of camels ? Well the only living beings who have started giving a tough competition to the cattle in the last few years is the ‘Photography Enthusiasts’ who come from all around the globe in large groups and are seen more in number than the cattle itself 😉

And why won’t they? After all, who would want to miss these magical spectacles ?

The fair has already started from 15th November and continues till 23rd November and if you love photography, culture, Rajasthan, streets, food, adventures, camel rides or any beautiful thing on the planet, we suggest you to pack your bags are start your journey to Pushkar !

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10 Not-To-Be-Missed Experiential Moments At Pushkar Fair 2018

After a whole year of longing, here it comes again carrying along the true essence of Rajasthani culture and vibrant colours of dessert- The Pushkar Fair. Offering prismatic views and traditional items from the land of ghats, Pushkar fair is one of the biggest tourist attractions that take place every year.

The temple city of Pushkar raises the spirit of all during the annual Pushkar Fair when this beautiful town bustles with lively mesosphere. Let’s teleport you to the abode of camels and horses. Here’s what you can expect at this year’s Pushkar fair.

  1. Sunrise

When the dust mixes with golden light falling from sun, the ship of desert shines beautifully exuding absolute delight !

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  1. Tranquil Ghats

If you really want to see and know how ‘ghat ghat ka pani’ tastes and looks, there is no better place than Pushkar.

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  1. Beautiful Camel Fair

Expect lots of fun and amazement! As the name suggests, you will see thousands of camels at the fair area. The camels are beautifully decorated. They are brought here not only for trading but also for entertainment of the tourists. A camel ride is not to be missed. Camel decoration contests and races are held at the fair. Besides camels, you can enjoy horse-riding too.

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  1. Folklore

Musical performances by folk artists from all over Rajasthan are the major draws. Live dance and singing performances by talented performers make the time special. Besides music, you will also see acrobatics and comic performances at Pushkar Fair.

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  1. Devotion

When you are at Pushkar Fair, you are not limited to enjoying just the fair but it is also a great time to see the holy Pushkar city at its best. There is only one Lord Brahma temple in the world and Pushkar has it. Besides visiting the temple, taking a dip in the holy Pushkar Sarovar nearby is also part of the ritual.

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  1. Street Food

It’s Rajasthan, so there is no way you can escape the thought of delicious food anywhere and everywhere, but here, as you walk down the streets, you find the baatis being freshly made, kachoris being fried and malpue exuding utter bliss !

  1. Street Shopping

The boisterous bazaars of Pushkar is the spectacle that one shall never miss; the streets refreshed in the shades of red, yellow, pink, blue are, synonymous to the people of Rajasthan and their culture. It’s interesting and fun to navigate on Pushkar’s narrow alleys during the fair time when each and every corner is brimming with action.

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  1. Colourful Turbans

Red, green, pink, yellow, orange, or all in one, the Rajasthani men never shy away from flaunting their fashion mantra i.e. the colorful gorgeous turbans.

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  1. Hot Air Balloon Safari

If you have an adventurous streak, taking a hot-air balloon ride over the bustling terrain has to be in your list. Seeing all the activities from top is amazing and you can take a chopper ride too.

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  1. Sunset

Last but not the least, that time of the day when the camel needs respite, the chill in the air is felt by all, the men and women start to prepare for their meals on chulhas, the sun is seen setting in spreading the scintillating palette of colours on the sky which is an absolute treat to watch and to just sink in.

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Date: 16th-23rd November, 2018

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9 Foodie Favorites at Pushkar Covered on A Special Food Trail by Jaipur Beat

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Though the annual Pushkar Fair is famous for live stock trading but do you know Pushkar is also one heaven for foodies. From street stalls to roadside cafes, wide range of cuisines waits for food lovers to visit and enjoy sumptuous cuisine of Pushkar. In this holy town Non-veg food is strictly prohibited and when it comes to vegetarian food there is always a feeling of limited options available. But there’s no other place that can match the variety of veg cuisines offered here.

When Jaipur Beat decided to be at Pushkar Fair, we left no street uncovered to find out some food gems of Pushkar and we zeroed on a handful of them to try their food owing to some strong recommendations.

As we walked down the streets amidst the aroma of freshly made Baatis, steaming hot tea being served in mitti ka kulhad(earthen pots), puris and kachoris being fried right on the street, the whiff of gulkand and the sight of tempting malpuas dipped in sugar syrup were oozing out utter bliss.

Let us take you through a safar of the Pushkar streets during the annual Pushkar Mela where Jaipur Beat tried some rarest mouthwatering dishes so that next time, you don’t have to think before you eat –

1.Tea Stall Hawker– In India wherever you travel, having a cup of tea is no big deal. Roadsides are dotted with chai wallahs who serve tea boiled up with spices, sugar and milk. But here at Pushkar this Chai Wala adorning pagdi serving steaming hot tea in mitti ka kulhad will surely grab your attention.

ADDRESS – Brahma Temple Road

2. Poha Pizza Pakwan- You must have heard of Poha, Pizza, and Dal Pakwan but here comes a crazy fusion called Poha Pizza Pakwan which is available only here at Pushkar Breakfast Corner. This is one of the most relished breakfasts in Pushkar. A crispy crunchy mathri is topped with dal (cooked lentils) and regular poha with onion, tomato sprinkled  with chatpata masala.  But remember you could only get it if you hit the streets before 10 am.

ADDRESS – Pushkar Breakfast Corner
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3. Kachori- A popular local breakfast dish in Rajasthan are these round fluffy Kachoris stuffed with tempting masalas and fried till golden brown, but this crispy kachori being served with tamarind chutney at ‘Ugma Ji Ki Kachori,  is an absolute treat that needs special attention.

ADDRESS – Ugma Ji Ki Shop
Opp Maheshwari Seva Sadan

4. Out Of The Blue Café- The crowded streets of Pushkar during the fair time leave no space to relax. But here we see this calm and serene lake view rooftop cafe – Out of the Blue. With the soothing blue interior this café is your ultimate relaxation point and one stop destination for all your cravings of delectable Italian and continental cuisines and of course for some truly delectable pizzas. A perfect retreat for our “Firangi Mehmaan” and those with videshi taste buds.

ADDRESS – Out Of The Blue Cafe’

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5. Malpua- Malpua is a sweet delicacy that is made best only in Pushkar and that too in Halwai Ki Gali. These little ‘pancakes’ coated with nutty sugar syrup are the ultimate sweet indulgence. Malpuas are quiet heavy on stomach but no one can stop at just one. They are made even richer when served with Rabdi (sweet condensed milk). Sarvadia Mishtan Bhandar is the name to remember as they serve the best Malpuas in Pushkar.

ADDRESS – Sarwadiya Mishthan Bhandar
Halwai Gali, Badi Basti, 

6. Poori Aloo- The popular Indian breakfast of Poori Aloo needs no introduction. We all have had it at different places but the poori aloo served at Pushkar is unique as the use of curd in their aloo curry distinguishes it from the rest.

ADDRESS –Shri Sarveshar Sweets and Namkeen 
Halwai Gali, Badi Basti, 

7. Falafel

Pushkar is a much sought-after destination for international tourists and that is the reason along with all the Rajasthani delicacies, Pushkar is also famous for its continental cuisines. You can find many street shops serving Falafel and hummus wraps. They have so many kinds of laffas  (what’s this) that you can sit here for an entire day and you still can’t finish trying them all!

Address- Pawan Restaurant
Narsing Ghat

8. Makhaniya Lassi

Pushkar is famous for its Gulkand- a sweet caramelized preserve of rose petals. And here we get to taste the lassi with a unique blend of mawa, yogurt and gulkand. For the best Gulkand lassi, the top in town is Kumawat Lassiwala, a small stall near Brahma temple.

Address- KUMAWAT MAKHANIYA LASSI
Near Brahma Temple

9. Dal Baati

Once known as Rajasthan’s staple food, Baati is eaten with Dal and Churma and varies in tastes and sizes all across Rajasthan. In Pushkar Baatis are quite big in size, which are dipped in desi ghee and served in this tempting Thali.

Address- Pooja Restaurant

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We tried to eat everything possible but still missed many. If you think it’s over, wait there is a long list pending for our next visit. Till then- Happy eating 🙂

Let’s watch this Special Episode on Pushkar Food Trail-

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Marvel at the Streets of Pushkar during Pushkar fair

The temple city of Pushkar which is famous for its Brahma temple (the only temple of Lord Brahma in the world) and Pushkar lake raises the spirit of all during the annual Pushkar Fair when this beautiful town bustles with lively mesosphere.

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Streets of Pushkar

The boisterous bazaars of Pushkar is the spectacle that one shall never miss; the streets refreshed in the shades of red, yellow, pink, blue are, synonymous to the people of Rajasthan and their culture. It’s interesting and fun to navigate on Pushkar’s narrow alleys during the fair time when each and every corner is brimming with action.

Let Jaipur Beat take you on a totally different sojourn in the galiyan of Pushkar.

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Chai wala at a perfect spot for your evening tea cravings

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A man of colours

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Mera Bharat Mahan

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A happy Dal Baati maker woman

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Book enthusiast pondering over

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Rajasthani bandhej 

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No.1 Soda Shikanji

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Man with a plan

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Flower and garland stop

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Curious Rajasthani women

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Colourful and unique take away badges

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Shopping streets