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Travel Local: World Class Places in Jaipur to visit!

While Jaipur is always filled with number of places that are world-class, it is time to travel local and appreciate the value of our home now.

The closed country borders, lockdown, and the safety reasons are now making us appreciate the treasure of our city Jaipur.

Here are our top picks-

  1. Amer Fort

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The famous Amer Fort is one of the most visited forts in Rajasthan and is a marvellous blend of Rajput and Mughal architecture. The fascinating beauty of Amer Fort at night is definitely an attraction.

 

  1. Jantar Mantar

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Jantar Mantar is considered to be one of the largest astronomical observatories out of all the 5 in the entire nation. Recognized as the world heritage site by UNESCO, Jantar Mantar is a treat for people who have a lot of interest in astronomy and architecture.

 

  1. Hawa Mahal

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Carved out of red and pink sandstone, this marvelous piece of architecture is recognized as the tallest building in the world built without a foundation. It is our own Taj Mahal that is in the shape of Lord Krishna’s crown.

 

  1. Jal Mahal

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Jal Mahal is a five storied structure built with stones and walls thick enough that no water seeps in. You can watch, behold the sight and, capture its beauty only from a distance.

 

  1. Albert Hall

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Opened as a concert hall in 1876, Albert Hall was then turned into a Museum to promote the local artisans’ work. Soon after that, the museum gained its popularity not only for its exquisite collection but also for its splendid architecture.

 

  1. Walled City

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No matter what transport you choose to reach the walled city, but once you step out of it, a gush of local air filters through you and gives you the major feels of the city. Stroll through with a heart full of patience and excitement because the markets of Jaipur are truly engaging.

 

  1. City Palace

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Based on a fusion of the Vastu Shastra of the Indian architecture, combining Mughal, Rajput and European stylesCity Palace was built by the founder of Jaipur- Sawai Jai Singh II. The most attractive part of the Palace is its four gates that represents the four seasons of the year.

 

  1. World Trade Park

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World Trade Park gives us a moment of pride for being one of the largest malls in the country with 11 floors. This place looks no less than an English house, or a cathedral from inside.

 

  1. Nahargarh

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A blend of Indian and European style of architecture, Nahargarh Fort was built as a retreat on the hilltop at that time. Providing a stupendous view of the city, Nahargarh Fort was built strategically to provide protection to the royal family of Jaipur.

 

  1. Jaigarh Fort

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Providing a great view of the entire Aravalli range, Jaigarh Fort is known for holding the largest canon on wheels in the world. It is situated at a distance of 15 km from the main Jaipur city and is popularly known for not being conquered by anyone in the battles that it has witnessed.

 

  1. Galta Kund

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Within the unfolding lanes of Jaipur you’ll find the most fascinating and intriguing among them all is Galta Ji- the magnificent campus of temples. It’s not just one temple but a marvelous cluster of numerous beautiful temples spread amid the boundaries of Aravali Hills.

 

  1. Birla Mandir

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Situated on the foothills of Moti Doongri Fort, Birla Mandir also known as Lakshmi Narayan Temple is a proud architectural landmark of Jaipur. Unlike other traditional Hindu temples, Birla Mandir is built with a modern approach in pure white marble.

 

  1. ISKCON Temple

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ISKCON Sri Giridhari Dauji Temple is situated in Dholai village, south of Jaipur City. It is one of the famous & most visited temples in Jaipur. This temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna and Lord Balaram which are very beautifully decorated.

 

  1. Raj Mandir

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Lesser of a movie theatre and more of a tourist destination, this is the most beautiful theatre of Asia and we have all taken our relatives from far off cities to this place during vacations.

 

  1. Jawahar Kala Kendra

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Like the rest of Jaipur’ wisely chalked out architecture and planning, Jawahar Kala Kendra boasts of an architecture that spellbinds a beholder at just one glance.

 

  1. Jawahar Circle

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A tall pink structure surrounded by a gamut of trees and lush gardens, that structure is Jawahar Circle – the biggest circular park in Asia. The entrance of Jawahar Circle is through the Patrika gate, which has been designed beautifully.

 

  1. Nahargarh Biological Park
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Who would have thought that Jaipur, the capital city of Rajasthan will offer you a lion safari? But this edition in adventure activities is the Nahargarh Biological Park exclusively for Lion Safari. The zone of the lion safari lies in the Aravali foothills with hillocks that offer panoramic landscape.

 

  1. Birla Planetarium

 

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Birla Planetarium in Jaipur is one of the main attractions in the itinerary of travellers and was inaugurated by the first Prime Minister of India, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. Birla Planetarium takes you to the lesser known world of galaxy and stars.

 

  1. Amrapali Museum

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Amrapali is a globally renowned, coveted luxury jewellery brand. The heritage jewellery house launched its very own museum in Jaipur. It displays traditional silver jewelled arts of India reflecting the ‘everyday’ life of the people of India.

 

We are sure some of you must have not visited to any one of the above listed places. But as everyone says better late than ever so do visit these treasures of our very own Pink City once the lockdown ends.

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The Best Gift for your Mother during Quarantine

Looking at the present scenario, many of us are at home with family. Let’s face it its quarantine time. It’s better to forget the mother’s day celebration ideas like movie date, dinner date, spa dates or shopping dates with your Mom. This year has come out with unique circumstances but that does not mean the idea of celebrating the moments can be left, in fact, it is more meaningful than ever.

And if you are still hunting to look for the ideas to celebrate the Mother’s Day in a perfect way, look no further. All the ideas mentioned are approved by Moms 🙂

 

  1. A virtual party

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Sign in to Zoom, Google Meet, Duo or any virtual app. Ask all your mother’s friends to be part of the virtual party. She is definitely going to love when the celebration happens with friends. You can plan some fun games like Antakshari, a recipe that you recently learned, or can recite a heartfelt poem to her.

 

  1. A Mother’s Day Slideshow

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We know it’s going to be a no travel year so, why not just live with the memories you have collected while travelling with your Mom. Take out an album or a hard disk to check out all those fun travel moments. You can prepare a slideshow of pictures and you’ll get to refresh your childhood memories. The ones who are not with their mother can send it online and then have a video call.

 

  1. Watch a Mother Daughter Movie

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Play her favourite movie or shows based on mother-daughter bonds like Gilmore Girls, Jane the Virgin or anything that interests her. Call the entire family and just spend dedicated three hours watching a movie with a bucket of popcorn or Nachos (get it from the market) and a cold drink.

 

  1. Treat her with a fancy meal

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Why not prepare something via virtual cooking class to prepare an exotic meal for her. Take your family together in this. Make a video what all happened in her absence from the kitchen during this trial period. She would definitely enjoy watching it and of course, tasting the final outcome.

 

  1. Serve Her Breakfast in Bed

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She is the one who served most of the family members breakfast in the bed but do you remember when the last time she got such pampering. Mother’s Day is the perfect day when you can not treat her for a fancy meal at a hotel or restaurant but still make her happy more than ever. It’s simple than you think- a cup of tea/coffee, some nuts and fruits and pancakes or anything that you feel she prefers in breakfast and if you can make it. If you aren’t there you can order from her favourite local spot and have it delivered.

 

The bottom line is whatever you choose to do spend some time with her and give her a day off if possible. After all, time is the best and most comforting gift of all.

Jaipur Beat wishes all the super moms a Happy Mother’s Day!

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5 Breakfast ideas to kick start your day in a healthy way | Jaipur Beat

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Staying at home during the COVID-19 pandemic is boring and challenging for everyone, and the increased anxiety can cause people to abandon their healthy eating intentions resulting in junk snacking on whatever is around.

So this is also the time when instead of gorging on comfort food, eating a balanced and varied diet will help you develop more immune power to fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. With a little thought and planning, you can continue to make good food choices and maybe even boost your mood and immunity.

The most important meal of the day is eating ‘breakfast like a king’. Breakfast helps to jumpstart your metabolism. Try to eat healthy carbs which digest slowly and make you feel full for a longer time – include whole grain, beans, vegetables.
Must include fruit and vegetable intake along with traditional food like – dhokla, moong ka chilla, millets, idli or dosa, can be consumed wherein the ingredients will also be available at home.
We belive that this is the most important time to eat healthy and stay healthy, Jaipur Beat brings you some healthy options to kick start your morning a healthy way-
Nuts- Nuts are high in fat, low in carbs, and a great source of several nutrients, including vitamin E, magnesium, and selenium and are loaded with antioxidents. The best part is Nuts have been shown to promote weight loss rather than contribute to weight gain.
As long as you eat them in moderation, nuts make for a tasty addition to a healthy and balanced diet.
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Wheat Pasta- To have a healthy breakfast doesn’t mean to have a boring one. The die hard pasta fans can have wheat pasta instead of white pasta as the white one is made of refined carbs, meaning it has been stripped of many nutrients during its processing. Just add some bell peppers and broccoli to make it more tasty. 
After eating this, we bet you will ditch the rich cheesy pasta available in cafes’.
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Poha 
One of the healthiest Indian breakfast, Poha is a wholesome meal and also a good source of carbohydrates and iron, rich in fibre, and full of essential vitamins. We are missing all those Poha thelas in different parts of our city but this dish is certainly something which can be prepared easily by every one at home.
Make it more appealing by adding chopped onion, tomotoa, pomegranate and coriander leaves.

 

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Bread Breakfast- Start your day with ultimate bread breakfast.  There are many ways to create healthier breakfast sandwiches that still include the carbs you crave, but are piled high with veggies, and healthy fats. This delicious, easily breakfast recipe is perfect for a busy family, where you just can’t go wrong! Though White bread is good too but it simply misses out the goodness of brown or whole wheat bread.

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Sprouts Salad– Add these tiny balls of nutrition to your breakfast. The best part is they are easy and cheap to grow and, and thus offer additional environmental benefits by avoiding pesticides and type of food additives.

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Last but not the least is to add some portion of fruits or fruit juices with your breakfast.
Tip- Eat everything in moderate amounts. 
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Summary– A healthy breakfast is important, especially because it is supposed to keep you energised till lunch time. It also boosts your metabolism and keeps your blood sugar levels stable.
Eat Healthy, Stay Healthy!
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The Stillness of Jaipur City Speaks Volume for its Beauty | Jaipur Beat

Never before our camera captured the streets of Jaipur like this. The buzzing streets of our very own Pink City with vehicles, people, tea stalls, shops and even stray animals is now still. This calmness around the Rastas (term used in Jaipur for lanes) of Jaipur is helping the earth heal. As we sit inside our homes the nature is celebrating me time with blissful sight of blue skies giving the joy of breathing clean air. No doubt, we can ever stop falling in love with the beauty, people, culture, heritage, cuisine and most importantly, Colors of the Pink city.

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Deserted look of the most travelled JLN road, where red
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But somewhere we miss the nostalgia that rings in the streets of our city. The day to day actions that keeps the city going has come to a halt. The above pictures depicts the very soul of a city is missing, thus, they are all in black and white.

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Always buzzing with travellors and hawakers the Gandhi Nagar railway station
is longing to be hoarded with people.

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But if we look at the bright side all the pictures it shows how we are fighting COVID19 together by staying inside which is the need of the hour. And let’s not forget the silent heroes that are risking their lives to save others such as, doctors, police, volunteers, nurses and all those who are stepping outside of the house to serve the people. So in return of their determination we all need to stay at home and save ours and everyone’s life.

Lastly, let’s hope that Jaipur city once again comes alive with the colors and everything comes back to the way it was i.e. to normal life.

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Summer is incomplete without these 5 Jaipuri delights!

There is no escaping from the summer heat that. ACs, coolers and Fans run all day making you feel better but the cold feeling that comes from within has to be the best. When you eat or drink something cool in summer, the satiating feeling is out of this world. Keeping ourselves on the cooler side is required for good health as well. All these things simply mean that we must keep loading ourselves with refreshing drinks and foods that keep us going at this time of the year.

Here are our favorite Jaipuri delights for this summer and we are sure that they are your favorite too!

  1. Lassi

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This sweet treat full of cream of Lassiwala is a must have during summers. Even though one glass of this lassi is quite filling you will be asking for more of this sweet curd based drink. Some like it with salt too but the sweet lassi is one of the most refreshing drinks. It even helps in alleviating the hunger pangs as well.

 

  1. Kulfi and Faluda

Either you love faluda or you hate it but kulfi is everyone’s favourite. The creamy, rich kulfi from Ramchandra needs no introduction but even the hawkers sell good kulfi in Jaipur. It makes us feel good instantly. The cool quotient of kulfi can be enhanced with a few smooth strands of faluda and assorted sugary syrups.

 

  1. Juices

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Gulnar situated in the heart of the walled city where the people of Jaipur goes for refreshing juices. The shop has 4 more outlets sprawled in different areas. The real magic is sitting in this small little shop in Kishanpole bazaar and sipping fresh juices which will definitely revitalize your long summer days.

 

  1. Rabri

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Mahaveer Rabri Bhandar- one of the oldest places in Jaipur this rabri bhandar is famous not only for its rabri but also for a range of other sweets. This creamy and rich textured rabri is another summer delight that is very fulfilling.

 

  1. Ice Cream

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Remember when we did not even know the exotic names of ice creams and all we cared about was ‘Softies’? Our day wouldn’t end without making a trip once or twice a week to Guddu Ice Cream Parlour.

 

Now, we only wish that this lockdown gets over soon so that we can go and enjoy these amazing summer delicacies.

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Explore the beauty of lakes through your eyes, until you get a chance to relive it | Jaipur Beat

The warm month of May is arriving soon, which means summer heat, humidity, balmy evenings, and picnic days are almost here. When the temperature crosses the 40 degrees mark is when we think of ways to escape the heat. From carrying a water bottle along with you to going to water theme park, we do everything that give us some relief from this blistering heat.

Here in Jaipur, we may not have beaches to go to but we are grateful for these water places for existing. At least once or twice we plan a day out to one of these places during summer with our family and friends.

But this year we guess we’ll have to wait for the lockdown to get over before making any plan, until then let’s have a look at our favorite water places!

  1. Lake Sagar

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A hidden beauty and the primary source of water for the adjoining forts of Amer and Jaigarh as well as the city of Amer – Lake Sagar is a 17th century gem that flows in the arena of Jaipur. This place looks even better during monsoon with all the greenery around it.

 

  1. Chandlai Lake

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When you want to leave the clichés behind, and go to a place that might surprise you with its infinite splendour, drive to Chandlai Lake. This place lets you grab a picnic basket, fill it with goodies maybe throw in a game of Pictionary and take a long scenic drive to this Oasis of Flamingos at Chandlai Lake.

 

  1. Mansagar Lake

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Jalmahal is a poet’s muse, an artist’s eye candy, a tourist’s paradise and a local’s respite. The Mansagar Lake is full of freshly drained water that flows from the hilly catchment of the lake and is a natural habitat for more than 150 species of local and migratory birds. A very popular hangout spot for humans of both kinds as well.

 

  1. Barkheda

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Located 20 km away from Jaipur, Barkheda is a village in Rajasthan. Right in front of the famous Jain temple, there is a lovely pond which is definitely not an ordinary water body. Barkheda pond is a superb destination for sightseeing and picnic to experience the calmness of water in the company of chirping birds.

 

  1. Maota

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Below the superb Amer fort, lays the Maota Lake which swathes the pink city in its allure in the monsoons giving the residents and tourists a chance to stand near it and sip tea, while the photographers can find their right moment to capture this absolute visual delight.

 

  1. Galta Ji

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Galta Ji- the magnificent campus of temples is not just one temple but a marvellous cluster of numerous beautiful temples spread amid the boundaries of Aravali Hills. It is also famous for the hundred of monkeys that live here in the Galwar Bagh or also known as the monkey temple.

 

Which place will you visit first after the lockdown gets over?

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Cinema Halls that you might be missing during Lockdown!

To keep up with the norm of social distancing, luckily we have Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hot Star the coolest solutions that allows us to binge-watch our favorite shows and movies.  Can you imagine life during lockdown without these streaming services?

We should really be thankful that today we can watch a wide variety of shows, movies, documentaries and so much more as they keep you entertained and makes your Quarantine life easier.

But to be honest, there’s a little part within us that fails to catch the nerve with the experience of going to cinema halls to watch a movie.

That’s a whole different feeling watching a movie on a big screen binging the big popcorn basket. Don’t you agree?

It’s going to take a long time before making movie plans with friends and families.

But we can take a nostalgic trip to our favorite Cinema Halls where we used to catch latest released movies!

 

  1. Raj Mandir

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Raj Mandir is not just a Cinema Hall but the ‘Pride of Asia’ that opened on 1st June 1976. Although it holds a position among top tourist destination of the city we sometimes watch movies as that’s the only option left when all the other multiplex has been sold out. And one can never forget the mouth watering Pyaaz Ki Kachori being served there!

 

  1. Golcha Cinema

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Golcha claim to first come up with the first 70 mm cinema screen in Rajasthan. The hall also gained popularity for its delicious Prem Prakash samosa. Somehow it survived and revived with new wave which has been converted from a single screen to multi screen theater now.

 

  1. Cinepolis- World Trade Park

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A movie-theater chain that offers state-of-the art sound & projection technology Cinepolis is Jaipur’s one of the finest cinema hall. Another reason it’s famous is that almost every foreign language movies are released here.

 

  1. Inox
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Another movie chain that’s spread in every corner of Jaipur and is very old, it is very famous among Jaipurites. Every inox theater is situated in Jaipur’s biggest mall so after watching a movie we used to roam around the mall and do a little shopping thus, a perfect day out.

 

  1. Entertainment Paradise
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Entertainment Paradise which is famous for marriage gardens is also popular for its theater with one of the finest ambiance. Whenever we have a guest it was mandatory to take them to watch a movie here.

 

Did we freshen up your memories with your friends and family?

Tell us in the comment section below yours favorite Cinema Hall!

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5 tempting street foods to taste through your eyes only!

Those were the days when we could literally go to Jaipur’s famous street food joints and eat anything we were craving for. Pure bliss!

But this lockdown has put a halt to these wonderful days of filling our tummy with yummy street foods. Let’s just hope that all of this passes soon enough so that we can get back to our normal lives and feel the freedom to eat all the appetizing street food again.

Well, now that everyone has become a chef of their house and trying out almost every other dish to satisfy their cravings, we thought we could give you the taste of these tempting street foods. Because let’s be honest, nothing can beat the taste of street food.

  1. Gol Gappe

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If there is anything in India that’s in abundance, it’s gol gappe wallas! The first bite you take of Nand’s or Gopal Patashi Wala’s Pani Puri that bursts with the spicy mashed potatoes, chutneys and spiced water is everything.

 

  1. Kachori & Samosa

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We believe these two are the national breakfast and evening snack of every Jaipurite. The love for Rawat’s famous Pyaz Ki Kachori and Samrat’s hot and crispy Samose is very strong. Nothing can compare to the pleasure of savouring them with green or tamrind chutney!

 

  1. Pav Bhaji

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The love of spices, mouth watering Bhaaji and the finger licking buttery pav served with the zest of sizzling hot chutney and lemon, is like heaven in the mouth. We bet the first name that popped in your head was of Pandit Pav Bhaji , because it’s a paradise for a true foodie and pav bhaaji maniac.

 

  1. Paneer Tikka

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How can we not mention Radheshyam Bhatia when talking about barbeque? Just look at that tempting paneer tikka on that plate waiting to be devoured. Marinated in the goodness of curd and masalas with the smoked capsicum and onions also add to the heavenly taste of these Paneer Tikkas.

 

  1. Kulfi

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The cooling and tasty Kulfi-Rabdi or the humble Matka-Kulfi of Indian Ice Cream and Kulfi Faluda is the best. Whether it is their Rooh Afza loaded Faluda kulfi or Kesar Pista Rabdi Gola, each and every bite of it will give you a straight ride to the heaven!

 

So, what all did you tried making at home?

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A virtual visit to 5 iconic places in Jaipur

Amidst the COVID-19 outbreak we are still travelling to Jaipur’s most iconic places. Are you? And no, we haven’t stepped out of our home also we can take you along with us. You ask how?

Now that everything has become virtual, why not travel to these places virtually!

Hop on people, cause we are about to embark on an adventurous journey to Jaipur’s 5 iconic places that would take you back to your good old memories.

 

  1. Hawa Mahal

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Hawa Mahal, a monument, a memory, a landmark, the pride of Jaipur; a place you just cannot miss going to! Looking out of those windows of the wind palace your eyes stumble upon the shops on the busy streets and people walking by everything looked so lively.

 

  1. Amer Fort

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As regal as can be, Jaipur’s magnificent Amer Fort rightly personifies the city’s Rajputana culture. This place vibrates with its legendary past and not to forget the Sound and Light show which is an exemplary saga of culture & heritage of Rajasthan.

 

  1. Jal Mahal

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On a beautiful day, when you think about hanging out with family/friends, the one spot that you always think of is Jal mahal palace! This Water Palace is definitely the most loved place to witness the glorious sunset with your loved ones.

 

  1. Nahargarh

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Another iconic place of Jaipur and is loved by everyone even the directors of Rang De Basanti, Nahargarh. The view from Nahargarh Fort, which stands out on the hills of Aravali, is out of this world especially during night. It is definitely a rare sight that is worth visiting for!

 

  1. Albert Hall

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Standing tall in the midst of Ram Niwas gardens, the front face of the Albert Hall is every spectator’s delight. In the evening the museum is covered in vivid colours which add to the charm and magic of the Albert Hall Museum. However, the most amazing sight is when a large kit of pigeons rests there and flies away giving an unforgettable picturesque view!!

 

Wasn’t it a fun trip to these iconic places?!