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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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Saraogi Mansion: Shopper’s Delight

Jaipur is famous for wedding shopping and among the most admired shopping marvels in its territory is the famous Saraogi Mansion. Nestled adjoining the walled city, this huge arcade is known as a highly popular destination for wedding purchasing in Jaipur. As magnificent as the name suggests, it houses an equally splendid variety of bridal wear, regular wear and accessories due to which it is a hot go-to destination for Jaipurites and tourists alike.


Yes! We all have visited this place numerous times. Be it as a kid holding our mother’s hand and admiring the colourful shops, or as an adult; we find something new every time we visit. 

Jaipur Beat is here to give you a full tour of in and around Saraogi Mansion to make your shopping experience a more pleasurable one!

Let’s roll Jaipurites!


From the entry on left side of the building, walk down towards the lower ground floor to enter the local haat bazaar which has got just about everything to cater to your needs and pampering.

  • Immediately to the right of the staircase is a famous store known as ‘Varkha’s, a popular stop-by junction. From branded cosmetics, watches, skin care products, and accessories to Barbie shampoo and deodorants; this place has it all at a reasonable price.

We are confident you will have at least one bag from Varkha’s with you at the end of the day.


  • After Varkha’s we take you ahead in the lower shopping area. If you’re looking for hair and skincare products then head down to these local shops which sell all your favourite brands like Wella, Schwarzkopf, Body Shop, L’Oreal professional, Maybelline, Chambor, L’Oreal, Revlon and Nykaa. Add to this many more and a wide range of deodorants, perfumes, shower gel, serums, nail polish etc. Other delights like hair straighteners and curlers are also available at a good price here.
  • It is very important to accessorize a good wardrobe with equally good footwear. If you look around, the market has several shops with shoes for kids, women and men. Ranging from easy flip-flops to fancy heels or sporty shoes to Doctor Scholls, the variety offered here is a delight for all shoppers.


  • Complete the exclusive look with a little accessorizing! Wind your way in and out of various accessory shops and pick your favourites from earrings, artificial jewellery and bracelets et al. These pretty and elegant delights can be paired up with western as well as traditional outfits.
  • Shopping feels incomplete without buying goodies for little kids. Naturally, the next stop is the kids’ section. Buy cute little outfits for your kids from Stella’s kids’ store and choose the perfect outfit for any every occasion.


  • Right opposite is Prem Traders, which is one of the oldest and most popular stores here. This showroom is a super favourite for purchasing intimate wear, infant utilities, clutches and purses, nightwear and swimsuits; all in varied shapes, colours and patterns.

And now begins your ascent to the ground floor.


The showrooms here cater to wedding shopping needs in the best possible way.

  • Visit Pratap Sons, a pristine showroom of Jaipur and which is famous for heavy and designer bridal lehengas, wedding outfits and ethnic wear. The garments are inspired from Jaipur’s prints and handwork with a royal touch for a gorgeous makeover. The amazing variety makes it tough to choose just one.


  • Right opposite Pratap Sons is Nikhaar Fashions, yet another very popular stop for trendy and designer wedding wear. Once again, making choices from among these elite selections is an experience to remember.


On this floor as well; walk around and explore the endless shops selling artificial and real jewellery like alluring bangles, necklaces, earrings and many more attractive ornaments to accessorize beautifully with heavy dresses.


All said and done, this area of the Mansion is a delightful mix of Indian wear like unstitched and ready-made suits, sarees, Indo-western wear, bridal lehengas and simple ones and dresses to fit any occasion.


The next natural move is to the first floor to find treasures here.

  • Rama’s at Saraogi mansion is one of Pink City’s oldest retail stores for Indian ethnic wear. They deal predominantly in Kurtis, so if you are fond of comfortable cotton Kurtis or even heavy ones then Rama’s is a must visit. They also have a wide classic range of lehengas and suits to choose from. 


Saraogi Mansion has so much in store for its customers that the shopping may never end. While exploring the market, or afterwards, take a break and try the delicious food from the streets near the mansion.

  • Located near the parking, Falahaar Junction is a heaven for people who eat Jain food or for those who are fasting, as it is 100% onion and garlic free. Fresh fruit cream yoghurt and sabut daane ki khichdi are one of the best served here and loved by Jaipurites.

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Buckle up Jaipurites! Our tour of Saraogi Mansion may have ended here but yours has just started.


Content credit: Muskaan Kasat

Picture credit: Kratika Jain & Aparna Natha

Edited by team Jaipur Beat.