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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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Events in August Awaits your Presence!

Festivities are around the corner and, you are all anchored with your plans. Jaipur is also one step ahead in making your August plan more exciting and power-packed with new endeavours. The festival of Teej, Rakhi, Independence day, World Photography day and what not is already in store.

Jaipur and Jaipurites are already excited as one could plan for festivals, comedy gig, and a variety of exhibitions and workshops that are happening this August. With a list of events below, prepare and plan wisely to have a blast this month-

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Teej and Rakhi are the most important festivals of this season and, which is something you cannot miss. The colourful Teej processions, splendid exhibitions, delicious savouries will give you a perfect festival vibe.

Jaipur’s Royal Teej Celebration

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Teej Festival though is fêted all over the state but celebrated at its colourful best in Jaipur. Dedicated to Goddess Parvati a royal procession is held every year during Shrawan month. On the occasion women, girls dress up in their colourful best leheriyas, adorn lac bangles, sing devotional songs, put up mehndi, eat delicious savouries. The mesmerizing procession of Goddess Parvati winds magnificently through the Old City of Jaipur via Tripoliya Gate (City Palace) Tripoliya Bazar and Gangauri Bazar with chariots, decorated camels, dancing folk artists, brass bands and royal palanquins for two days. Get your cameras ready to capture the real flavour of Jaipur!

Date: 3rd-4th August 2019

 JAIPUR TEEJ TOUR by Red Earth India

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The tour is particularly curated for the tourists who can observe the glorious festival of Teej in the Walled City in addition to the culture and traditions of Jaipur by visiting the old Bazaars and temples. If you want to experience the grand procession of Teej in the Pink City and revel in the city’s bazaars and shop for Jaipur specials; let’s take a walk through the 18th c. the walled city of Jaipur. Explore some lesser-known Vaishnava temples of Jaipur, relish special festival food and Rajasthani delicacies and uncover the crafts & design heritage of the city with RedEarth India.

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Check out the most exciting exhibitions and workshops

 Rakhi Malhaar by Anantaya Decor

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Raksha Bandhan is a festival of irreplaceable bonds and promising vows. To celebrate this sibling spirit, Anantaya Decor brings to you the gift launch exhibition where you could choose from a range of products starting from eco-friendly rakhis, upcycled makhmal bags, handmade pottery, Kathhaa wearable jewellery and many more. Visit to buy the ideal gift for your sibling.

Rakhi Exhibition by Sumayaa

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Sumayaa Exhibitions is the biggest shopping platform for today’s lifestyle needs and this season they are organizing rakhi exhibition in the city with the best of exhibitors and their products.

Rakhi Workshop at Art Forte

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Join a Creative workshop at Art Forte on this Rakhi tie a handmade rakhi on your brother’s hand.

 House of Masaba – Jaipur Pop Up

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House of Masaba bringing their array of silhouettes and prints to Jaipur. The show is presenting the latest collection by houseofmasaba at Grand Uniara Hotel.

BrushPen Calligraphy Workshop by Royal Letters

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Looking for some artful lessons on calligraphy to create beautiful designs? Brushpen Calligraphy by Royal Letters is in town this August to give you a complete workshop on this for 2 days. Join this workshop and bring the creator in you.

StoryTelling Documentary Workshop-TOSS

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This documentary workshop by TOSS can be a golden opportunity for the amateur or the budding filmmakers as acknowledged personalities like Nilotpal Majumdar and, Surpriyo Sen will be the part of the mentor panel. It will focus on in-depth discussions on multiple genres and new ways of expressions. Register yourself to experience learning with professionals.

Entertainment, Entertainment & Entertainment

This August your stomach will hurt so much with all the laughter coming to your way. There are many stand up comedians coming to Jaipur to give you all a good laugh. Choose your favourite artist and have a great time this season, laughing.

Jeeveshu Ahluwalia – Stand-Up Comedian

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You’ll be in splits of laughter and bouts of dance all through the same evening at the Grand Launch of Hi Lo (The Underground).

Venue: Hotel De Nada

Date and Time: 2nd August 2019, 8:00 P.M.

Vijay Yadav – Bantering You

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Venue: Club Colaba, Jaipur

Date and Time: 4th  August 2019; 7:30 P.M.

Sundowner Poll Party – DJ Jhonnie Ernest

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Celebrate the bond of friendship from sunny day to starry night at Jaipur’s first real Sundowner & Pool Party.

Venue: Hotel De Nada

Date and Time: 4th  August 2019; 3:00 P.M.

Atul Khatri Live

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Venue: Fort-Kitchen and Banquet

Date and Time: 18th August 2019; 7:30 P.M.

Not Just Baniya! A stand up comedy solo by Gaurav Gupta

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Venue: Club Colaba

Date and Time: 18th August; 8:00 P.M.

Varun Thakur: Punchline Comedy Show

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Venue: Hotel Clarks Amer

Date and Time: 31st August 2019; 8:00 P.M.

LOL Night at Hi Lo by Nishant Tanwar

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Date & Venue- The Native Bar on Friday, 9 August 2019

The fun has a different connotation for everyone. Some find pleasure in playing with words; some take enthusiasm in writing words or, some, like to dance on the words penned by others. Every concern is taken care of with different programs and workshops.

Jaipur Brew Fest

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Venue: Beatles Bar and Lounge

Date and Time: 2nd-3rd August 2019; 5:00 P.M. onwards

Food is bae. Truism to this aphorism is affirmative as food has always been a top priority for us. Find out what the city has to offer-

The Brunch Affair

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Venue: Socorro, Crown Plaza, Jaipur

Date and Time: 4th, 18th, 25th August 2019; 12:30 P.M.

 Raja Babu Thali Weekend Brunch

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Venue: Tapri Ashram

Date and Time: Every Sunday from 3rd-31 August 2019; 8:00 A.M.

The plethora of events above will keep you high spirited this whole month. Attend whatever suits you the best and amuse yourself to the core.

Let’s enjoy the month of August!

If you are organising an event in Jaipur, write to us to get a feature.

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This Sawan Season Embark Into a World of Colourful Lehriya

Sawan or Shravan, the holiest month of Hindu calendar is at its inception. Showers of rain comes with the vibrancy of festivities, colours of Lehriya, flavors of sweets and blessing of the ruling Lord Shiva. There is an aura of absolute piousness filled with a sight of religious processions, men and women dipped in the devotional activities.

Sawan, in Rajasthan, is not only a celebratory month but a month which experiences everything draped in the exalting waves of Lehriya.

Lehriya, meaning a ‘Leher’, a wave. In ancient times the wave embodies a craft which brings hope to the arid state of Rajasthan.  Lehriya is like an heirloom, which is our rich heritage, and people adorning themselves in those impeccable waves presents a cultural and spiritual image of Rajasthan. During this season, you could witness Lehriya in all forms ranging from suits, sarees, scarfs, safas, bangles, puppets and whatnot. When in Jaipur you could grab yourself a Lehriya print attire and flaunt yourself clothed in the culture of Jaipur. Listed below are fascinating items in Lehriya:

The tie and dye technique of printing wave on cotton sarees is the only freshness one needs during the humid weather. The plain Lehriya is everyday wear which makes you look vibrant in any season of the year, but women during the festival of Teej or season of Sawan prefer to wear Samudra Rajashahi Leheriya as different colors denote different festivals and meanings.

Safas, Pagdis has been a vital part of our Indian culture and heritage. Men with colourful lehriya safas give a royal visual to anyone who sees them. Despite Safa’s everyday usage, men perceive it as a mark of honour and respect. In Jaipur, you could witness men in such mesmerizing prints which will entice you to grab one safa at least.

Embrace the auspicious month of Sawan with the vivacious hues of Lehriya dupattas and sway like a diva. This season offers an excuse to look elegant every day and flaunt the gorgeous side of yours by swathing yourself in the vibrantly designed lehriya scarfs and rule the streets like a queen.

Lehriya’s richness is a synthesis of fine craft and an elongated process. Plain lehriya is classic but, many people during the festive month desire some additional work. To cater to this need, you can explore the markets of Jaipur and find a wide range of Lehriya suits inclusive of kalamkaari, chalk line, gota patti, sequin, and mirror work.

Sawan and Lehriya are a deadly and admired combination among the Jaipurites as well as the tourists that you will see Lehriya all around the Pink City. You can buy the prints on puppets, bangles and any other traditional item.

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Jaipur Witnesses the Grand Finale of Youth Festival Jazbaa 1.0

Jazbaa 1.0, the festival of youth, leading towards social empowerment with modern age technology and providing start-up opportunities, culminating with a grand finale organized by IIEC community at G P Birla Auditorium, Rukmani Birla School Jaipur.
The power-packed digital extravaganza was unique matrimony of technology and empowerment where youth across India participated to launch their path-breaking digital creations that will empower society. Under the guidance of an educator and technocrat Mr Vimal Daga, occasion served as a concourse to unleash the brilliance in technology and entrepreneurship.

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The event which was powered by Llinux World Informatics Pvt Ltd and RedHat provided the youth with a platform to meet and greet veterans from the world of digital technology, and learn insights from Mr Mahavir Shrama – Chairman, Rajasthan Angels (RAIN) and Mr Neeraj Bhatia, Director Commercials and Sales, RedHat.

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Ambiance buzzed with excitement and happiness as the day progressed with
series of live sessions, interactions, and presentations, exchange of ideas
between students and educators and start-up professionals. Students indulged in showcasing their technological presentations on vivid social issues to the organizers who took the opportunity to Meet, Pitch and Team up with Young Entrepreneurs from their respective booths.

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Humanoid Service Robots, first time in Jaipur!

Jaipur is renowned for its cultural heritage, magnificent architecture all over the world and the list can go on and on. Many successful startups have sprung out of Jaipur. And yet another venture of Pink City has proved the talent which the city entails. Jaipur’s own company Club First introduced their Humanoid Service Robots Sona .5 and Sona 1.5 on June 16, 2019. The company proudly claims that they are the first to introduce such Robots in India, which does not follow a magnetic-path to reach its destination, and what makes you feel even better is that it is completely manufactured and designed in India itself. The unique feature of both the robots consists of its design, algorithms and it having a human-like spine, which is also first in the world (developed by Neelima Mishra CEO, Club First).

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Bhuvnesh Mishra, Managing Director says that their journey started in 2013 and from that day there was no turning back. But this journey had its own ups and downs; the biggest challenge was to develop a navigation technology which will facilitate the robot in mapping the location like humans do, in order to reach their destination.

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Sona .5 and Sona 1.5 though quite similar are different from each other in terms of some minor features like heights and weights. It works in the range of 60 meters and has 2 GB RAM and 8 GB of storage capacity which can be utilized as a mapping storage. The robot use wireless technology and auto-charges itself. It has various types of sensors like vision, ultrasonic, touch, laser and heat helps it adapt to its surroundings, the robots are completely harmless and developed as per the Conformity of European Standards.

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Club First didn’t want to introduce a product that will force the industry to modify their ambiance according to the machine instead they wanted a machine that will adapt to work in any environment. Furthermore, they want that the technological market should not be owned by the foreign developers rather Indians should take initiative and work towards development of the country. Indigenous manufacturing not only adds to the development of the country but also makes replacement feasible. Club First assures you replacement of any parts of the robot. They wish to initiate the introduction of their robots with restaurants as it will provide a better interaction opportunity with the customer, in future they wish to extend their venture for army purpose, disaster management, hospitals as well as offices.

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Jaipur Beat appreciates Club First’s initiative and hope they will inspire others to work towards innovative ideas for a brighter future and be welcoming to the change that will come with the new innovative technology.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Things to do with your dad, this Father’s Day!

No day could ever be enough to cherish the relation of affection and care with our fathers and reciprocate to what he does for us.  But we can indeed celebrate this heartfelt relationship to admire the superhero in our lives and enjoy it to the fullest with some warm and ingenious gestures.

Hence with Father’s Day around the corner, most of you have already started scratching your heads into thinking of such creative and yet unscripted ideas to make the day a memorable one for our greatest dads.

Here is a list of the things you can do with your papa that will make his day in a little different manner.

  1. Road trip with dad

The ride is about to get bumpy but not the one that will hurt your back but the one you can enjoy with your dad this father’s day. So, fasten your seat belts and get ready for an adventurous trip to maybe Neemrana fort for a spectacular sunset or Pushkar to gusto camel safari or you may visit Sambhar Lake, Ranthambore, and Bhangarh Fort for a thrill experience with your dad.

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  1. Binge watching, old classics with your old man

From Do Bigha ZaminAmar Prem to Amar Akbar Anthony and Dewar, these are the golden classic hits of the 40s and 60s. You can make your dad’s day by watching these classics or listening to the music with him, with popcorn and coke you can enjoy this father’s day binge watching with your old man.

  1. Cook with your dad and serve him

We all like to eat but there are few who love to cook. If your papa’s choice is the latter then why not cook with him. You can help him with lunch or while cooking supper. It will really make his day and this aid is worth a lot than any gift to him.

  1. A little surprise for him

We all appreciate surprises, and few surprises are sabse hatke. If your dad’s been longing for a pet for a long time, father’s day is apt for introducing a new little member to the family. Your dad will absolutely love it.

  1. Nostalgic times with papa

Father’s don’t tell us but they like spending time together and talking about the times of their old days. The tales they tell us always give a lesson and also we get to know how notorious they were when they were kids. So, those who are still not sure about the gift for father’s day can give one of the most valuable presents that is their time.

  1. Spa trip with him

Why should moms have all the fun at the spa? Our dads also love to relax and pamper themselves. This Father’s Day you can overwhelm your papa by taking a trip together that will not tire him instead relieves him.

  1. Phone de-tox for the whole day

The addiction of mobile is not limited to just youngsters anymore but to our moms and dads as well! Let’s get ourselves phone de-toxed this Father’s Day and keep all the mobile phones aside. Rather sit together and do the things your father and you love doing together.
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  1. Watch Cricket World Cup 2019 with dad

The cricket fever is on and the most awaited match of India vs. Pakistan is on 16th June 2019 same day as Father’s Day. What’s the best thing to do together with him than watching the Cricket World Cup match?

  1. A techno-savvy father

If you and your dad are those techno-savvy and video games freaks then what’s better than a video game battle with your dad. And you can spend your Sunday with your dad the whole day playing games and spending time together.

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Happy Father’s Day to all dads, grand-dads and the mothers who have been there for us as the ‘dad’!