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The Gajak Guide For You Crazies, Who, Just Like Us, Had No Idea Which One’s Which.

Winter in Jaipur is usually synonyms with loads of gajak on all those cold nights. And gajak love, for every jaipurite, is undeniably strong. But, I guess we have all faced this nightmare when mom sends us to bring some gajak, and the confusion just over boards our intelligence and wrecks our judgement. Defeated and lost, we come back home empty-handed saying the shop was closed. It doesn’t have to happen ever again, we promise when visiting a gajak shop, just open up this guide and you’re all set.

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Assorted gajaks

It’s a typical categorization after all?

Well, not really. We too felt so, until we went ahead and researched. Well, there a lot more types than we imagined, but you know, they fell more like a parody of the few original types of gajak, so we decided and skipped them, for good.

1 Til– One of the humblest gajaks known to mankind, and it’s better you know there is a til laddu in the options too. So, til, is basically a kind of Superfood, it has enormous benefits to our health and, is tasty, in gajaks to say the least.

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Til Sugar Rewdi

Til’s most know gajak is til papdi Patti. However, it comes in a variety of til gud, til mawa, til gud khasta and what not.

Sweetener– Mawa, Gud, and plain old processed Sugar

Shape– Rolls(rarely), Rewdi, Patti(bar) and Ladoos.

2. Mungfali (peanut)- this gajak’s so popular it has its own name, it’s called chikki. It’s usually made with gud and is also available with a combination of til. It’s so widely popular, we are sure it’s the top-selling item at every gajak shop we came across.

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Mungfali Gud gajak (Chikki)

Sweetener– Gud, processed Sugar(rarely)

Shape-Patti(bar), and, you may find it in other shapes too.

3. Son– This one’s borrowed from the iconic son papdi, and yes, its one of those ‘other types’, but, at least, it’s iconic, unlike, chocolate flavored gajak. It’s mostly happened to be made with gud.

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Son Sugar gajak

Sweetener– Gud, processed Sugar

Shapes– Patti, Ladoo, and sometimes, Rolls too.

4 Mawa (khoya)Gud mawa and til mawa remains the most common options, but there’s a simple mawa gajak all on its own too.

Sweetener– Gud, and sometimes, processed Sugar is added.

Shape– Patti(bar), Ladoo, and rarely Rolls.

5. Dry fruit– there are a lot of different varieties in dry fruit gajaks, its range includes kaju, pista, and badam gajaks. People have a love-hate relationship with them, but you aren’t short on options anyways, so we leave that up to you.

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Kaju Pista gajak

Sweetner– Gud, processed Sugar, Mawa.

Shapes– Usually Patti(bar), oval, and what not.

If you still happen to have doubts or confusions, or a query, ask us in the comments section and we will be happy to help. 

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Things No One Tells You About – Jal Mahal, Jaipur

January, that time of the year when everybody be it Jaipurites or tourists always ask for this one place, Jal Mahal. Yes! Jal Mahal is in Jaipur, the capital city of Rajasthan and no, it is not built on any island like other water palaces. This 5 storied building continues to stand still in Man Sagar Lake with 4 floors immersed in water and dare anyone come near it. You can watch, behold the sight and, capture its beauty only from a distance as it is too introverted to let anybody close to it. We’re sure you must have visited this eyeful multiple of times, but let’s enlighten you today on these unknown facts about your favourite “Water Palace”.

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  • Initially, Jal Mahal welcomed the royal family with open arms and let them have a gala time here. Back then it served as a host to duck hunting parties for the royals. Years passed by and it started getting shy. And now, you can only have a look at it wondering what makes this architectural marvel stand tall in the water body.

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  • Come February, and you can spot large number of migratory birds dancing here and there, enjoying the serenity of water at Jal Mahal. This once again revives the liveliness in it.

 

 

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  • Chameli Bagh of Jal Mahal was a grand spectacle to watch back when beautiful dance and musical performances painted this splendor in its own colours.
  • Built in red sandstone, Jal Mahal is one of the most photographed monuments in Pink City. With tranquil waters by the side and birds sitting on top of the chattris giving it a picturesque view, tourists and localites love to spend their soothing evenings here, clicking selfies with it in the backdrop.

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  • Catch the sight of this exquisiteness this weekend with your loved ones, but only from the outside as no one can actually go inside it to see it.

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Most people view the architectural brilliance of Jal Mahal from across the Jaipur-Delhi Road but if you take a walk for a kilometre or two into the valley behind the lake, its true beauty will reveal.

Did we just make you love Jal Mahal even more? If yes, then we think we have sorted your weekend evening plans! 😉

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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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9 Places To Have A Meal Fit For Kings In Jaipur

We Jaipurites are born in the land of royals and we have been brought up seeing palaces, elephants, royal abodes and the royals themselves. But dining like royals is a different experience altogether.

Jaipur Beat brings you a list of the choicest restaurants of Jaipur for when you are in a mood to be welcomed and served like royals.

  • Baradari- Located in the heart of the City Palace itself, Baradari is synonymous to grandeur and royalty. With the most royal services and a kingly court kind of ambience, this place treats you with regal pleasures.

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  • 1135 AD- Perched up high in the lap of Amer Fort, 1135 AD offers a lavish experience like no other. Brightly lit aisles, with congenial ambience, gives you the true feels of regalia.
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  • Fort- The modern blended with the traditional, Fort divides itself in Chowk and Sultanat. With stone architecture, this place takes you back to age-old forts from the era of Saxons and Vikings.

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  • Shahpura House- Historic jharokha and chattri style architecture of this place does not fail to leave you in the awe of the moment. From the entrance itself, you are bound to feel the palace to its core in every step you take.
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  • Giardino- Taking its name from Italian origin meaning ‘garden,’ Giardino is located in the royal abode Taj Jai Mahal Palace. Celebrating the Italian culinary pleasures, this place provides an insight into Italian elegance and royal opulence.
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  • Shikaar Bagh- A silent abode in the heart of the buzzing city, Shikaar Bagh is a heaven for those who wish to be pampered like royals and enjoy a serene meal with loved ones and family.
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  • Virasat- Celebrating the royal history of Rajasthan, this place speaks of Rajasthani culture in every fibre of its being. From eating in royal thaalis to enjoying the ancient art forms of Rajasthan displayed all around, Virasat is a vibrant showcase of Rangeelo Rajasthan.
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  • The Rajput Room- The name says it all. Situated in the former residence of the Maharaja of Jaipur, the palace turned heritage hotel Taj Rambagh Palace, The Rajput Room is a place where the grandeur unfurls in a Rajputi demeanour inspired by the ancient rulers of Jaipur. Pleasing and colourful ambience takes your heart away at first sight!
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  • Marble Arch- The dream house-palace in the midst of Jaipuri waters Marble Arch is a heaven located in the legendary Jal Mahal. With a dreamy ambience and inexplicable beauty all around, Marble Arch is instilled with white marble furnishings matched up with vibrant décor and interior to create a mesmerizing contrast.
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So the next time you wish to be treated like a royal, make your way to one of these splendid places in the city.

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Keep Your Bucket List Ready For The Authentic Jaipuri Delights!

An itinerary is never complete without some delicious local foodie delights of the place in it. So ditch the stereotypical food chain brands and savour the luscious and irresistible treats that are just not-to-be-missed when you visit Jaipur!

  • Dal Baati Churma– Who can miss the legendary Dal Baati Churma? The saada, masala and mawa baati dipped in ghee, served with dal and three different kinds of churma is the Aan Baan Shaan of Rajasthanis.
  • Gatte ki Sabzi– It’s one of the most basic of dishes cooked in Rajasthani homes, but the tempering done with red chillies and garlic adds a very different, not-to-be-forgotten flavour to it.
  • Ker Sangri– This is the legit sabzi of Rangeelo Rajasthan’s “Registhan.” Ker, a shrub berry and Sangri, a bean of a flowering tree called Khejari, come together to make this exclusive delight of Rajasthan. It is often enjoyed in winter!
  • Laal Maans– This one is for the non-veg fans! Lamb or Mutton in a sauce of yoghurt and hot Mathania chillies is rich in garlic and has a very spicy flavour to it. 
  • Aloo Pyaaz ki Sabji with Bejad ki Roti– Out of all the things that you find in Jaipur, this one is totally different with not just the rich in spices Aloo Pyaaz ki Sabji but also the rich in ghee and fibre Bejad roti.
  • Lehsun ki Chutney– Red, hot and spicy, this chutney is what will have your taste buds on fire! Extremely spicy, lehsun chutney is made by grinding garlic with dried red chillies.
  • Gajak– For all the sweet tooths out there! You just cannot leave Jaipur without taking along this “til ki patti” from Jaipur.
  • Mirchi ke Tipore– Mirchi fried in besan and mustard oil along with the other spices makes up for this spectacular appetizer!
  • Kachori– Kachori in Jaipur is not just food, it is a feeling. Available in various options, like Dal, Pyaaz and even Mawa, this delicious desi delight will have your senses tingled.
  • Sev Tamatar ki Sabji– Last but not the least, the chatpati Sev namkeen put in tomato curry is one of the simplest and one of the most palatable dishes from Jaipur.

You may leave Jaipur after your indelible stay, but Jaipur would forever be in your heart with random memories of its scenic beauty, cultural richness and not to forget crave-worthy local dishes.

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Experience The Unique Stay At Heritage Hotels In Jaipur!

Since, the Sun’s playing hide and seek , flowers are in full bloom and the weather’s just perfect neither chill not that hot , the  month of December is definitely the best time to plan your vacation in the beauteous Pink City, Jaipur   

And if you intend to experience the unique stay in Heritage hotels, you’re at the right place. The havelis and heritage hotels of Jaipur illustrate the rich architecture and grandiosity of the royal era of Rajputana.

Thus, for an intimate and indwelling experience of Rajasthan’s warm hospitality and rich memoirs, there’s perhaps no better way than staying at the heritage hotels. Rajasthan with a shimmering royal past, weaves a story through its magnificent, war-torn forts and palatial constructions which are later converted into palatial houses for travellors tore live the regal era.

Blending the erstwhile elegance with the avant-garde outlook, these converted heritage hotels in and around Jaipur, give an unforgettable and world-class experience.

  1. Alila Fort Bishangarh

Located at Bishangarh Village in the Jaipur District, barely 6 km off the Delhi-Jaipur National Highway, Alila Fort Bishangarh is perched magnificently upon a granite hill.  The bold, striking architecture of Alila Fort Bishangarh appears seamlessly sculpted from the surrounding rustic terrain, overlooking 360-degree views of the impressive Rajasthani landscape.

https://www.alilahotels.com/fortbishangarh

  • Sujan Rajmahal

Home to the Maharaja of Jaipur, this exquisite royal palace is located at the heart of Rajasthan’s bustling capital. An enclosed oasis, secluded in verdant gardens, Rajmahal Palace is the repository of a celebrated history. Tall bay windows, mirrored doors and meticulously appointed interiors allow guests to be transported to a new era of 21st century regal living. 

http://sujanluxury.com/raj-mahal/

  •  Rambagh Palace

Originally built in 1835, Rambagh Palace has stepped gracefully through many royal transitions—from the home of the queen’s favourite handmaiden, to royal guesthouse and hunting lodge, and later as the residence of the Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II and his queen, Maharani Gayatri Devi. Today, this jewel in the Taj’s crown offers 78 stunningly restored grand luxury rooms and suites which were the chambers of the former Maharaja.

 https://taj.tajhotels.com/en-in/taj-rambagh-palace-jaipur/

  • Alsisar Haveli

Stay in princely style in a luxurious regal room or choose the maharaja suite to experience the illustrious hospitality of Rajasthan. By the leafy, lush trees lined pool, complete with newly refined gazebos and cenotaphs, enjoy refreshing swimming hours, poolside snacks and mojito pop treat, or dinner at the extensive restaurant with Rajasthani specialties.

http://www.alsisarhaveli.com/

  • Narain Niwas Palace

Standing grand amidst modern day Jaipur is Hotel Narain Niwas Palace, whose crest reads – “Brave deeds live, though bodies die”. Traditionally, ‘Niwas’ means a home of the royals. Hotel Narain Niwas Palace is one of the finest heritage hotels of the princely state of Rajasthan, showcasing a good example of history amalgamating with modern times.

 https://narainniwaspalace.hotvel.com/jaipur

  • Hari Mahal Palace

Hari Mahal Palace is situated in the heart of the peaceful city Jaipur. Hari Mahal Palace, built as a city residence of Rajadhiraj Hari Singhji of Achrol, dates back to 1930. Royal Family of Achrol was an important part of the “Barah Kothri” or twelve leading chiefs of the Jaipur state. The present Rajadhiraj Mahendra Singh continues to reside in one part of palace and while the other part of the palace has been converted into a Heritage Hotel (Hari Mahal Palace).

http://harimahalpalace.com/

  • Shahpura House 

The Shahpura Hotels are an exceptional achievement in the restoration of a royal and valuable heritage. They hold pride of place in India’s heritage and that of Rajasthan. The present owners, Maharaj Surendra Singh, descendant of the royal family of Shahpura, committed to restore the properties – the Hotels, the House (the royal residence) – to their splendid and personally attended by the owners, are also embedded with world-class contemporary luxury, original glory and offer the experience to discerning travellers from across the world. The hotels are planned for with great care during the restoration. A wealthy history blends seamlessly with the comforts of the present.

http://www.shahpura.com/

  • Hotel Bissau Palace

Bissau Palace is an elegant traditional hotel built in 1919 and recently renovated. Close to the walled city and overlooking the Tiger fort the Bissau offers an oasis of calm, care, comfort and respite from the ‘heat and dust’ of the city.

http://bissaupalace.com/index.htm

  • Chomu Palace

Chomu Palace, a reflection of the Royal Palaces of India, is a 300 year old elegant fortified palace hotel and one of the places to visit in Rajasthan. It revives the gracious lifestyles of the princes of Rajasthan and the heritage of India. It is an authentic and historic palace that discreetly blends with the modern amenities and facilities. 

http://www.chomupalacehotel.com/

  • Ramgarh Lodge

This heritage hotel is an exceptional blend of unmatched traditional hospitality with contemporary efficiency. Complete with smart spacious rooms that offer breathtaking views of the Aravalli Hills, The Gateway Hotel Ramgarh Lodge is perfect for business travellers and leisure seekers.

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  • Jai Mahal Palace

Built in 1745, the Jai Mahal Palace is a stunning piece of Rajasthan’s heritage, a great example of Indo-Saracenic architecture set amidst 18 acres of landscaped Mughal gardens. Jai Mahal Palace has been the residence of three Prime Ministers of the princely state of Jaipur. Painstakingly restored and recently refurbished, it is now a luxury five-star Taj heritage hotel equipped with all modern-day comforts. The 94 rooms and six suites offer you unbeatable views of the city and palace gardens.

 https://taj.tajhotels.com/en-in/jai-mahal-palace-jaipur/

  • Arya Niwas

Arya Niwas Hotel opened its doors for guests in 1983. Passionately cared for, our hotels offer green & open surroundings, elegant architecture, clean and well maintained rooms and hygienic food.

http://www.aryaniwas.com

  • Samode Haveli

An urban oasis in the historic walled city of Jaipur, Samode Haveli is a traditional Indian mansion set in a verdant garden with apartments arranged around a series of intimate courtyards. Built 175 years ago as a residence of the rulers of Samode, it is still occupied by their descendants, who have converted their home into a luxury hotel.

 http://www.samode.com/samodehaveli/

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Enjoy A Nip In The Air In Jaipur

The weather has suddenly taken a new turn and it is an ideal night to go for that dinner date in our very own Jaipur city. The nip in the air is calling to all the romantic couples out there in the Pink City to make the most of this memorable night. So hop on with us and make this mid-week blue into a happening one tonight !

  1. The Forresta

That cozy ambience and those cute little corners amidst the lush green ambience at The Forresta makes a perfect romantic dinner spot for all !

Address: 
Ground Floor, Devrajniwas, Near Moti Mahal Cinema, Bani Park

2. Skyfall By Replay

Looking for a quite romantic dinner or with music, Skyfall takes care of all.

Address: 
5th Floor, SB 57, Riddhi Tower, Tonk Road, Opposite Sawai Mansingh Stadium

3. Asteria

For all the blues and whites lovers, Asteria is the best combination of rooftop and romantic places in Jaipur.

Address: 
Shopping Centre, B2, Tonk Rd, Choti Chopad, Sitabari, Durgapura

4. Sultanat- Fort

Rocky ambient, Sultanat by Fort is an ideal location for all the romantic couples in Jaipur.

Address: 
SL Marg, P-20, Jawahar Lal Nehru Marg, Adinath Nagar

5. 1135 AD

Candle light dinner just below the stars is always a good idea. So why not head towards 1135 AD tonight ?

Address: 

Amer Road, Amer Fort