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Here winter is not a season but a festival|Jaipur Beat

The scent of winter fog,  waft from tea stalls, hurried traffic crossing the mild sunshine, the sight of travellers exploring the hilltop Amer fort and locals wandering the narrow streets in traditional Rajasthani attire is a riot of delightful things for the senses at any time of year, but none more so than during the winter months.

We love the rush with which winter arrives and suddenly changes our lives with its aroma, and we never want these winter days to pass.
Winter is the best time to experience Rajasthan’s ‘Pink City’. For the people around, winter is just another season but for a Jaipurite it is a festival in itself.

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Festival to indulge in the traditional delicacies, to enjoy gala events, to take pleasure in the legendary Polo game, to celebrate patang baazi, and to participate in the world’s biggest literature festival, the list goes on.

Winter Delicacies

Walk into any part of the city’s bazaars, the one thing that you cannot resist is the tandoori kulhad chai with pakoras.

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Samosa, kachori, jalebi, Mirchi-vada and kadhai doodh at night is just the perfect ending note to the day. A true Jaipurite never leaves an opportunity to taste the variety served on its streets. Winters add an extra charm to almost everything we get on the streets and we don’t even miss the outdoors as the city has abundant rooftop bars and cafes.
Not to be missed, the winter chill is best enjoyed at bonfire nights.

Festivals and Events

The World looks up to Jaipur as it hosts some unique events and festivals, which no other city has to offer in winters.

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This is the time for Jaipur Winter Polo Season, Children festival, kite festival, Jaipur Art Summit, Jaipur International Film Festival, Rajasthan International Film Festival and the one that needs no introduction- Jaipur Literature Festival and its Music stage. Too much on the platter, yeah?

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The time for winged wonders. Gazing at the beautiful migratory birds, that travel from far lands to Mansagar lake, Barkheda and Chandlai lake is one of the kind experiences that we Jaipurites look forward to every year in winters.

Monument Hopping

 

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The list is never complete without the three must-sees being the towering Palace of the Winds, the hilltop, marble-decked Amber Fort and the sprawling City Palace complex.
The mild winter sun makes the palace hopping a lot more fun.

Get closer to nature

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This is the best time to enjoy Safari at Jhalana and enjoy the wilderness from close corners.  You never know when you stumble upon a black panther.

Kite Flying

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For a true Jaipurite, kite flying is not a game but a religion.  When hundreds of kites dance in the sky and people dance on their terrace is a sight to behold. This is one of the most favorite and zealous festivals in Jaipur. And every Jaipurite has beautiful memories of Makar Sankranti.
So if you ever plan to visit Jaipur during winter, make sure you don’t miss the intoxicatingly enthusiastic vibe of Makar Sankranti!

 

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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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This year the Sawan Teej festival will be celebrated on 3rd and 4th August 2019. Teej
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.

Ghevar

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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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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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Modern Chowpatty – The latest Food Junction in Jaipur!

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Just when Jaipurites were thinking that the city has started settling on a new food complex ie Masala Chowk at Ram Niwas Garden that hosts in itself a variety of dishes, there came “Modern Chowpatty” which is now the talk of the town.
Call it Choupati or Chow-patty, it serves the same purpose as it’s counterpart, just in a much-sophisticated way as well as with a fresh outlook.
People not only just come here to soak in the beauty of the natural and fresh air, but also to enjoy the lip-smacking snacks that are served here. The food stalls at the Modern Chowpatty serve a variety of vegetarian delights.
From Rawat ki Kachori, Chaap from Delhi, Chatpati Kolkatta Chaat, Thai, Mexican and Lebanese cuisines to tea, ice cream, juices, shakes everything is right here.

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A haven for vegetarians, this place houses 15 renowned brands from around the city which include the likes of –

Rawat Mishthan Bhandar

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Chaap Nation

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Shree Gopi Pavitra Bhojnalaya

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Fumo Express

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Tea Tradition Xpress

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Desi Junction

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House Of Delicacies

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Nibs Express

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Krishna Live Ice cream 

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Kalkatti Chat Bhandar

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Ramchandra Kulfi

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Just like any other place which is in its new days, The Modern Chowpatty also is less crowded and this makes one’s meal worthwhile due to the less disturbance along with fast servicing. The rate at which it’s gaining ground from people around the city is phenomenal and has been getting a decent amount of footfall after the evening.

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But what catches our attention is its dining area. The unique circular shaped dining areas are something that we have never seen and experienced in Jaipur.  The Modern Chowpatty works on cashless basis i.e get your royal pass issued and you will be free from cash payments on every stall individually.

Yeah ! Digital India 🙂

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Ambience- Open Air
Food- Multiple brands, Only Vegetarian
Experience – One of its kind!
Location- 303, Nirman Nagar C, Kings Road, Shyam Nagar Police Station, Jaipur.
Parking- Valet parking available.
Go yourselves and explore and we are sure you wouldn’t be disappointed.
Happy Eating!

 

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When in Jaipur, Eat like Jaipurites do!

Most travelers heading to Jaipur, are aware of the fact that Rajasthani dishes are awesome, but most, don’t have a local friend or relative to tell them exactly what to try. We have made a guide just for you folks who are traveling to Jaipur, in a hope that you get to try everything we locals’ love, and why Rajasthan, is called a foodie’s paradise.
With so many upbeat cafes and restaurants, it is confusing for travelers what to eat in Jaipur. Here’s a quick guide by Jaipur Beat.

Laal Maas

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Laal Maas

Laal maas is a delectable dish originated from Rajasthan itself, you may find it some places outside of Rajasthan too, but the authentic taste of Rajasthan is hard to copy. The dish is eaten with Indian Breads (Bajra roti, Bejad Roti, Jungli roti, Roomali roti, and whatnot).

Ghewar

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This delectable dessert, also available topped with malai, is something we could die for. Ghewar is the epitome of all desserts, and remain the number one dessert of choice for everyone in Rajasthan.

Mirch ke Tapore, Besan Mirch

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These savory pickles are a feat in their own. Served as something like a side and achar, these are sure to take your breath away. Mirch Tapore and Besan Mirch resembles a lot in the green chili part but tastes worlds apart. Best thing undeniably is you will probably get both in every Rajasthani thali you order.

Dal, Bati and Churma

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The famous trio of Rajasthani cuisine, the humblest of them all, the most eaten too we guess. There are various Bati’s in the scene, there’s a Plain Bati, a Masala Bati, a Keema bati and many more. The Churma comes in 4 or 5 varieties as well, there’s simply nothing like Churma when it comes to Rajasthani desserts.

Bajra roti, Bejad roti.

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Bejad Roti

These Indian Breads add up on a different level to taste when combined with the famous flavorful Rajasthani dishes. For records, Bejad roti tastes heavenly with Aloo Pyaaz sabzi and Lasaan ki chutney and is a must try.

Aloo Pyaaz ki sabji and Lasaan ki Chutney

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Aloo Pyaaz ki Sabji is the real-life manifestation of heaven. Even though Lasaan ki chutney is something you can probably associate with any dish, it just adds a level of sophistication to Aloo Pyaaz’s taste. The magic of this chutney is undeniable, that’s quite the reason you’ll pretty much find it in every Rajasthani thali and being sold loose in the shops too. It may seem easy to make at home, but the authentic Rajasthani Lasaan ki chutney is just too difficult to recreate.

Kachoris, Mirch vada, Samosas

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Mirchi Vada

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We believe these three should be announced as the national breakfast and evening snack of India. The Rajasthani’s love for these is very very strong. The world-famous Kota kachori is something you’ll only find in Rajasthan, while authentic Samosas and Mirchi Vadas are hard to find outside Rajasthan. We bet you have all grown up eating these three on every Sunday morning, because we, definitely did.

Bajre ki khichdi

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Bajre ki khichdi

Bajre is khichdi is khichdi reinvented by Rajasthanis to taste a million times better, it’s served with jaggery, white butter and loads of ghee. Bajre ki khichdi is basically a winter dish and will keep you warm all winters long, all while making your taste buds dance.

This is only half the list and the next part is coming very soon. Till then, keep exploring and keep eating. 😉