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5 Events In Jaipur Around ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival 2019

Weekend is nearing guys and girls! Get ready to call your friends to one of the most happening city of India, Jaipur because this weekend the PinkCity is all decked up with glamorous events. Want to know which event, simply read on.

  • Craft Stories Under The Mango Tree

Are you one of those who are fond of crafts and would love to know more about the art of its creation? Craft Stories Under The Mango Tree brings to you the established and emerging artisans and craftsmen who will share their rich hands-on experience about the processes of craft creation. Not only this, Craft Stories Under The Mango Tree spreads its branches into fashion, film, market gallery, spotlight exhibition, dialogues, workshops and performances along with space making crafts. This is a one-stop destination for all the art lovers, don’t miss it for sure.

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Date: 25th-28th January

Venue: Jawahar Kala Kendra

Time: 11 a.m. onwards

  • Book Preview with Wine & Cheese

Hold your breath ladies and gentlemen as the Indian politician and writer himself, Dr. Shashi Tharoor is coming to town for his book preview “The Paradoxical Prime Minister” at the recently launched Trove café. A wine & cheese session with Dr. Shashi Tharoor is awaiting your arrival, so wait no more, get your tickets now !

Date: 24th January

Venue: Trove Café at Devraj Niwas

Time: 8:00 p.m. onwards

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  • Womenweave Pop-up

With Womenweave Pop-up the way you look at fashion, will definitely change. Witness a huge range of fabrics, sarees, stoles, dupattas, and towels which are elegantly designed and carefully hand woven that will definitely make you shop till you drop. Pick up your bags and just get going.

Date: 24th-28th January

Venue: Anokhi Basement & Jaipur Modern

Time: 11 a.m. onwards

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  • Locals DISTRICT performing at Club Trove

Yes, you read that right. It has just been a year that Locals DISTRICT marked their entry in techno-music events in Pink City and they are already geared up for their next season. You can watch the action go live in Club Trove much before the scheduled event in March and set the mood for the night. Just be there.

Date: 24th-25th January

Venue: Club Trove

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  • Heritage Evenings at ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival 2019

Get ready to be charmed by the music, fashion, and dance performances at the two heritage evenings at ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival.

  • Clothing as identity at Jawahar Kala Kendra– The artisan designers all the way from Kutch will be showcasing their traditions, costumes, and culture via their designs on the ramp.

Date: 25th January

Time: 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

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  • A majestic evening at Amber Fort– A mix of enthralling music and dance performances that will bring together art, and culture is ready to give you an unforgettable evening at Amber Fort.

Date: 26th January

Time: 7:00 p.m. onwards

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Things No One Tells You About – World Trade Park, Jaipur

What is that one place even your relatives or friends visiting the Pink City for the first time from metropolitan ask for? Yes, World Trade Park is what comes to our mind always! It gives us a moment of pride for being one of the largest malls in the country with 11 floors. But, we are sure there are few things that no one told you about this mall. Curious? Read on to discover what makes this mall so close to the hearts of not only Jaipurites but also for those visiting the city for the first time.

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  • Few hours left in the city and have not seen World Trade Park yet? Don’t worry, you can drop by and visit one of the grandest malls that the city houses on your way to the airport as it is located at a mere distance of 2.8 km from there.

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  • World Trade Park is here to turn your fantasy illusions into reality. This architectural wonder houses a Fantasy World where you can see people selling beautiful accessories like costume jewellery and sunglasses from inside a boat shaped shop or a bus. You can spot umbrellas hanging upside down from the ceiling and the interior designed in a very unusual format that takes you into the world of Arabian Nights.

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  • World Trade Park is not just a shopping mall, but a plethora of entertainment. You name it, and World Trade Park has it. World-class brands like Marks & Spencer, Charles & Keith, Faces, The Body Shop to name a few, Cinepolis, that has the best 3D effects to offer in the city, Play Zone for the kids to get some respite while you are on a shopping spree, and not-to-forget the food court that has a world-class cuisine to offer your taste palettes. This qualifies for a one-stop destination for all your entertainment needs ! 🙂

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  • Did you know that World Trade Park is the 2nd largest mall in India by area whose construction was completed in just a span of 2 years? :O Isn’t that quick?

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  • World Trade Park added another feather in its cap this Diwali by hosting the 1st LED Balloon Festival of India. Yes ! The very first one was held in our very own Pink City. Doesn’t that make you smile with pride?

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Don’t you love World Trade Park even more now? 😉

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Things No One Tells You – Hawa Mahal Jaipur

What is that one thing that you want to take it as a memory with you from Jaipur? It’s beautiful culture, marvellous architecture or authentic Rajasthani food?

We surely left you puzzled right? We will talk about it one by one, but today we are here to tell you few things that no one tells you about Hawa Mahal. We are sure you must have visited this architectural wonder by now that was built by Lal Chand Ustad in the 18th Century and still stands tall in the city. It is our own Taj Mahal that is in the shape of Lord Krishna’s crown and there are a few things that you must have never heard about it. So let’s give you a quick glance at what all these things actually are:

  • Giving a scenic view to the selfie lovers, Hawa Mahal is the tallest building in the world without a foundation and this five-storey building continues to stand tall because of its curved shaped.
  • The most distinctive thing about Hawa Mahal is that it has an entrance from the rear side instead of the front side. Moreover, there are no stairs but only ramps to ascend and descend. Don’t forget to wear your sport shoes the next time you visit it.
  • The colourful jharokhas that you see from the outside, do you know the count of them? Not 1 not 2, but there are 953 Jharokhas ! Can you believe it? These windows were actually constructed to give a cool breeze to the royal ladies that watched processions from the inside of the Wind Palace.
  • The mesmerizing architecture is a fine combination of Mughal & Rajput style that makes it one of the most Instagrammable monuments in Jaipur.
  • Guess what? Pantone’s colour of the year 2019 is Living Coral, which is the colour of our very own Hawa Mahal. This is going to make Hawa Mahal the next hot spot for tourists visiting the city. So, don’t miss it to include it in your Things To Do In Jaipur.
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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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6 Super-Amazing Safari Escapade In Jaipur

What did you get up to at the weekend ? Is it like just a casual another day when you sleep till late, go for a movie, catch up with a friend or a dinner plan with the family ?

Sounds little unexciting and monotonous. Right?

Jaipurites can’t be so lacklustre, so here we are with trips that will do a trick to make your weekends exhilarating. Not many are aware that Jaipur city has some ultimate adventure kind of stuff for adrenaline junkies and the best part is you don’t need to take official offs but can squeeze real adventure in just a few hours.

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Let’s go for an adventure-filled weekend and for a super-amazing Safari escapade in our beautiful city, Jaipur

  1. Elephant Safari

Take an Elephant ride on the cobbled path and explore the magnificent Amer Fort and its surroundings. Elephant rides to Amer take you into a regal era and make you feel as Maharajas.

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  1. Leopard Safari

Get up close with leopards and venture deep into the dense Jhalana Forest. Be ready to encounter elusive Leopard just in front and a range of other wildlife and birds. Strongly recommended for those who are looking to get something more besides hopping through various heritage monuments and shopping.

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  1. Camel Safari

One of the best activities to engage at this time of the year is to take a camel ride and indulge in admiring the sunset view at Mansagar lake. Feel the peace and serene moments near the calm water of Jal Mahal in its purest form.

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  1. Jeep Safari

Your trip to Jaipur is incomplete without the exciting Jeep Safari – the name itself can give a thrilling rush to the nerves of any adventure seeker. Jungle Safari indeed is a great choice to experience the adventures of the treacherous inside the jungle roads.

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For reference: Nature Wanderers

  1. Horse Safari

At Albert Hall take a horse ride and enjoy this quintessential tonga song with the echo of OP Nayyar’s music and Sahir’s lyrics – ‘Maang Ke Saath Tumhara’. We bet amidst the lush green Ramniwas garden, taking a horse safari will let you forget all your worries.

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  1. Lion Safari

Who would have thought that Jaipur, the capital city of Rajasthan will offer you a lion safari? But the latest edition in adventure activities is the Nahargarh Biological Park exclusively for Lion Safari. If you dream for Kenyan Lion Safari but unable to plan at this moment enjoy Nahargarh Safari till the time. The zone of the lion safari lies in the Aravali foothills with hillocks that offer panoramic landscape. This soon is going to be the hot spot of Lion sighting and Photography.

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For reference: Nature Wanderers

So, Jaipurites why not make your weekend all about safari this time! 🙂

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Gates of Jaipur: The Reflection of Opulence and Grandeur

Jaipur, the capital city of the land of Maharajas: Rajasthan. A city with so much to narrate about the culture and traditions, a city that reflects the royalty of Rajputs; a city with a splendid history. The foundation of the city was laid in the 16th Century by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II. The Maharaja did everything to make it a spectacle for the entire world and to keep it safe from intruders. He built a city so grand and so beautiful that we can’t help but admire even today. Everything in Jaipur was built according to Vastu Shastra. With its magnificent forts and palaces, the unrivalled historic architecture of Jaipur narrates a story of grandeur and opulence.

When it comes to the architecture we often talk about palaces and forts and other monuments. But what we often forget is one of the most important parts of our city’s history, the Gates of Jaipur. The popular 7-8 gates of the city are said to be the original entrance into the walled city.

  1. Suraj Pol

Suraj Pol or the Sun Gate is situated at the east of the walled city, in the direction of the rising sun. The gate can easily be identified by the two sun painted on it.

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  1. Chand Pol

Chand Pol or the Moon Gate is situated at the western side of the city near Chand Pol Bazaar and Gangauri Bazar. It lies on the same axis as the Suraj Pole Gate.

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  1. Ram Pol

Popular as Ghat Gate, it leads its passersby to Ramganj.

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  1. Shiv Pol

Now known as the Sanganeri Gate, it leads to the Sanganer. Shiv Pol stands to guard the entry of Johari Bazaar.

Shiv Pol

  1. Ajmeri Gate

Situated near Choti Chaupad, the gate was built to guard the southern entrance of the walled city and leads on the roads to Ajmer.

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  1. Ganga Pol

Situated at the north-east section of the walled city, it is not known to many.

  1. Dhruv Pol

Commonly known as the Zorawar Singh Gate, Dhruv Pol is the northernmost gate of the walled city. It is named after the Pole Star or the Dhruv Tara, a star that marks the North direction.  It is also the widest of all the gates.

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  1. Naya pol

Now known as the New Gate, it opens at the Chaura Rasta while you travel through the ever-bustling MI Road. The gate showcases a blend of European architecture with local style.

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After these 8 gates were built, every evening at dusk a cannon was fired to alarm the citizens of the closing time and the gates remained closed until dawn to keep the city clean of intruders crawling inside the city in dark. This practice continued till the 1940s, thereafter development outside these gates started and the gates remained open.

We went a little further and did some digging only to find that the list of gates is much greater than just 7 or 8.

  1. Sireh Deori Gate

The gate that leads you to the Jaleb Chowk and further to Govind Dev Ji temple and City Palace.

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  1. Tripolia Gate

The beautiful white gate near Govind Dev Ji Temple is one of its kinds. The gate is not open to the general public. It is still used only by the erstwhile Royal family, a tradition accepted by the locals without any opposition.

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  1. Naqqarkahne ka Darwaza

It might not be of much importance anymore, but the gate during the reign of Maharajas was used to announce their arrival by eulogizing their works.

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The magnificent City Palace is known to the world as the residence of the royal family also has a number of awe-striking gates.

  1. Rajendra Pol

Right outside the Mubarak Mahal is a gate that portrays the flamboyant Hindu gatehouse architecture. The Rajendra Pol is flanked by two elephants both of which are carved out of a single marble.

Rajendra Pol

  1. Ganesh Pol

The gate at the exit of the City Palace that leads you out to the Jaleb Chowk.

  1. Ridhisidhi pol

The gate that on exiting the Rajendra Pol, leads you to the Pritam Niwas Chowk.

The Pritam Niwas Chowk is known to have four gates each representing a different season:

  1. Peacock Gate

It is the most alluring gate with paintings of peacocks signifying autumn.

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  1. Lotus Gate

With continual flower and petal patterns, it stands as a symbol of summer.

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  1. Green Gate

Also called the Leheriya gatesignifies spring.

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  1. Rose Gate

With repeated flower patterns, the gate is seen as a symbol of winter.

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Today, these gates are merely symbolic; part of city’s history, nostalgia and built heritage. However, they are an important element of Jaipur’s rich architectural legacy for which the city is famous across the world.

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Let’s Celebrate Teej With Great Zeal In Jaipur

The hues of love, culture and beauty mingled with the tints of heritage, handicrafts and a grand legacy brought down the generations. You are pink, I am pink; for pink is the color that this city leaves in our hearts forever. Jaipur, also known as the ‘Pink City’ was founded by Maharaja Jai Singh II in November, 1727. Known worldwide for its rich culture and architectural beauty, Jaipur is the largest city of Rajasthan, and its capital too. What makes it different from all other cities is its deeply rooted heritage that houses in itself not just the beauty of traditions and different art forms but also paves way for technological and architectural advancements. Whether it is about festivals or food, travel and tourism or corporal sector, Jaipur has a niche for every possible genre.

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The months of July and August are the most prismatic ones in Jaipur. The city looks dipped into and drunk on rainbows. With the petrichor mixing in with the amazing fragrance of our favourite ‘chai and pakode’ comes again the most voraciously celebrated festival of ‘Teej’. Teej is one of the most colourfully celebrated festivals in Jaipur. It’s all about women dressed in jazzy leheriya, patricoloured lehengas, ‘Mehendi ki khushbu’ and ‘Saawan ke jhule’. And when it comes to Teej, how could we forget our favourite Malai Ghewar!

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Teej falls on the third day after new moon. Teej as a festival is celebrated three times during the Indian month of Shravan, namely Hariyali teej, Kajli Teej, and Hartalika Teej. Badi Teej is celebrated with great zeal and pomp in our Jaipur city. Married women fast for the day and pray to Goddess Parvati for the long lives of their husbands and children. Young girls put on vibrant lehangas and leheriya sarees and enjoy the swings under lush green trees. As magnificent as this festival is, it keeps an immensely important place in the hearts of Jaipurites. We celebrate it with all kinds of food and festive preparations. Jaipur’s Teej celebration is not only famous across the nation, but also known across the globe for its enlivening and pulsing rituals, and traditions.

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The very famous Rajasthani dessert ‘Ghewar’ is the authentic food associated with Teej. Other savoury dishes associated with Teej are ‘Malpua,’ ‘Kesar Jalebi,’ and ‘Mirchi Pakode.’ The mere thought of a kesar jalebi or a delicious malpua melting in our mouths is enough to get us high on love for this festival!

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Besides the amazing excitement among common people for Teej, every year the Rajasthan Tourism carries out a pageant procession that passes from various areas of the old city of Jaipur including Tripolia Bazar, Chaugan Stadium  and Talkatora. Rajasthani folk dances, palanquins, tableaux, vividly ornamented elephants and drama are different parts of this vibrant pageant that takes place on the day of Haryali Teej. Scores of Jaipurites along with national as well as international tourists turn up to enjoy the festivities of this grand pageant. Apart from the common spectators, it also attracts hundreds of photographers and videographers for the extravaganza. Teej Procession is one of the biggest pageant held in Jaipur, over the year.

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Teej, for Jaipurites is not a mere monsoon festival, it is also a feeling of being tied to our colourful roots of Rajasthani tradition, that keep the beauty and avidity for culture alive year after year.