amer fort · Birla Mandir · City palace · Hawa Mahal · heritage · Jaipur · Jaipur Beat · Jal Mahal · Jawahar Kala kendra · Nahargarh fort · World Trade Park

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

amer-fort-1

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

Samrat Yantra - Jantar Mantar

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

hawa mahal

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

jal-mahal

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

albert-hall

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

walled city

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

city-palace

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

9-wtp1

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

nahargarh

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

jaigarh-fort

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

Galta ji

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

birla-mandir4

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

iskcon

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

raj-mandir

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

jkk-entrance

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

patrika gate

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
lion-safari1
For reference: Nature Wanderers

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

 

birla audi

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

Amrapali

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.

Albert hall · amer fort · Forts & Monuments · Hawa Mahal · heritage · Jaipur · Jaipur Beat · jaipurbeat · Jal Mahal · Nahargarh fort · places in Jaipur

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

hawa-mahalHawa Mahal

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

amer-fort-1

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

jal-mahaljal-mahal

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

nahargarhpadao

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

albert-hall

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?!

Albert hall · Forts & Monuments · Jaipur · Jaipur Beat · Jaipur Happenings · Rajasthan tourism · Travelling · Uncategorized

Things No One Tells You About – Albert Hall Museum, Jaipur

Jaipur ! The name itself has a feeling attached to it. The vibrant colours, the rich culture, the famous monuments, and what not. The city is filled with anything and everything. Since Jaipur has a history attached to it and with history we always get reminded of our very favourite Albert Hall Museum. So today, we’re here to give you some quick facts about Albert Hall, that recently completed 133 years of its existence.

albert-dreamy

–          Did you know that Albert Hall’s fate was decided after laying down its foundation stone in 1876? Yes ! When the Prince of Wales, Albert Edward visited Jaipur back in 1876 it was supposed to act as a Government Building as Madho Singh I had planned. But it had something else in its destiny. Finally after a decade, Albert Hall was built and declared to be used as the State Museum that you see standing tall near Ram Niwas Garden.

albert-hall

–          The style that you see and admire every day and night while passing through the beauteous Albert Hall, is Indo- Saracenic form of architecture that has now become a source of reference for varied classical Indian styles of design.

albert-hall-night.jpg

albert-blue-sky

–          While you take a look at the corridors of the Museum, you will be surprised to see that they are decorated with murals that portray Chinese, European, Egyptian, Greek and Babylonian civilizations. If you want to get the essence of the rich architectural heritage, this is the place to be at!

albert hall_1

–          There are not many that knows about this, but Albert Hall Museum in the past year’s Durga Pooja was replicated at Jharpada Pandal in Odisha ! Bewildered to hear this, but it is true.

–          One of the greatest authors since time immemorial, Rudyard Kipling after seeing the magnetizing beauty of Albert Hall Museum said, “It is now a rebuke to all other museums in India from Calcutta downwards”.

horse_albert hall

We’re sure once you visit this splendor, you will be spellbound with the kit of pigeons flying around and the sight of horse cart standing right in front of the Museum that forms a perfect frame for your next Instagram post. 

pigeons_albert hall

Get ready to fill your Instagram feed with some beautiful pictures of the Museum on your next visit to Jaipur 😀

Jaipur · Jaipur Beat · Jaipur Happenings · night tourism

Explore The Beautiful City Of Jaipur At Night

Night tourism in Jaipur has added a distinctive identity to this captivating city. It began from the year 2015 so that the tourists and the locals get a whiff of the state’s hidden story. Till date, this night tourism has attracted footfall of about 12.2 lakhs as against the total expenditure of Rs. 4.27 crores made for the installation of lighting fixtures.

Here, are 4 places where you can get the faint smell at night and get a spectacular and mesmerizing view of the Pink city.

  1. Amber Fort

JBAmber Fort, the 16th-century monument turns even more enchanting during ‘Amber by Night’ – an initiative by the Department of Tourism, Government of Rajasthan. The different hues of light give a new perspective to the elegance of the fort.

  1. Hawa Mahal

JB 1

When the 953 jharokas of Hawa Mahal aka Palace of Winds are lit up in varied hues at night, the drive around the walled city becomes an illuminated memory forever.

  1. Vidhyadhar Garden

JB 2

The newest addition to night tourism in the city is a 350-year-old Vidhyadar Ka Bagh which has been revamped with lush green garden, beautiful fountains, sparkling with yellow and blue lights, recalled as Vidhyadhar garden. It was built in the fond memory of Jaipur’s chief architect, Vidhyadhar Bhattacharya. Nestled in the lap of a valley, the garden offers a panoramic view of the city.

  1. Albert Hall

JB 3

Albert Hall – one of the oldest museum of Rajasthan, looks even more enthralling as you pass by it at night. To let the people soak in the beauty of these monuments, the Department of Archeology and Museum also holds cultural programmes hosting renowned artists from Rajasthan and nearby places, like Kathak performance at Albert Hall under the full moonlight (poornima).

Meanwhile, preparations are being made for illuminating other places like  Sanganeri gate, New gate, Tripolia gate, Chandpole have also been taken up in the project where external theme based lighting will be done. The project also involves façade lighting of three main bazaars of the city, namely Chaura Rasta, Tripolia Bazaar and Johri Bazaar.

JB 4

JB 5

These lit up monuments, gates and gardens just add to a visitors list and behold their own beauty amidst the darkest hour of the night. Don’t forget to get a glimpse of these places as you drive through them 😉

Celebrations · Children Film Festival In JAipur · Cultural festivals · Events in Jaipur · Fairs & Festivals · Forts & Monuments · Jaipur · Jaipur Beat · Jaipur Happenings · Music Festival · Rajasthan events · Rajasthan tourism

5 Things Not To Be Missed During the Rajasthan Festival

Being in Jaipur during the end of the month of March brings to you to celebrate with us the Foundation Day of this majestic Land of Kings. Exactly 69 years ago on March 30, 1949 Rajasthan was united to become a republic state of India. Being the largest in terms of area in the country, Rajasthan differs from east to west and north to south.

If you are in Jaipur, these 5 things are not to be missed during the ongoing Rajasthan Festival.

  1. Children’s Film Festival

CFFTo start with the youngest, Rajasthan Festival has something to connect to every age group. There are a few films like Bhago Bhoot, Gili Gili Atta, etc. screened for children on 29th and 30th March to enjoy and learn at Inox Cinema Hall, Crystal Palm, Jaipur.

  1. Police Tattoo Show

OpeningArmed men have always attracted people and so does their work. With the opening ceremony which starts today from 5:30 pm at JDA Polo Ground, the Police Tattoo Show are ought to leave you spellbound with their acts. Do not miss the Motor Bike Show by ‘Seema Bhawani’ Women Cammando team of BSF.

  1. The Trio’s Mega Concert

Shankar-Ehsaan-LoyShankar Mahadevan, Ehsaan Noorani and Loy Mendonsa- the greatest trio of music industry often called as Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy will leave you breathless against the mesmerizing backdrop of Albert Hall on the 29th of March 7:00 pm onwards.

  1. Grand Closing Ceremony

vidhan-sabhaCelebrations can go on without any reason but to start something new the previous have to finish successfully. With more to come in the next few months, the grand closing ceremony which will take place at Janpath on 30th March from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm adding much grandeur to the evening with divisional tableaux of folk performances and much more.

  1. Lit Up Jaipur

Amer -JBHow can one forget the beauty of this captivating city. With lights on at all the forts, museums, government buildings, the fabled city enhances its beauty even more from every corner when lit up. If you are least interested in attending any of the events taking place, do not forget to drive through the streets of Jaipur during this time of the year. It beholds a totally different feeling and a sight not worth missing 😉

Jaipur · Jaipur Beat

Nostalgic Tale of the Tonga ride in JAIPUR!

Jaipur 2017

IMG_2740.jpg

The lush green Ram Niwas garden and the broad roads that line the borders of Albert hall are bustling with life. Amidst the dreamy scene what the passers-by could not miss is the magnanimous Albert Hall.

From quite some time this has become my work place too. Everyday I look up to the tourists flocking in cabs and luxury cars, getting selfies clicked against the glorious backdrop. Just like the joyful pigeons that surround this grand monument, they too were happy in themselves with no time to look at me standing at the two corners of the road with the never ending wait to take somebody for a Tonga ride. (A Horse Drawn Carriage Decorated Colorfully) 

IMG_2647

Yes, I was side lined by a new age rage, an e-Rickshaw driver having filled his passenger seats with people squeezed in a little space moved with pride. Unlike Tongas it is easier for them to manoeuvre their vehicles.

IMG_2909.jpg

I ignore him and was ogling at the two children coming towards me; with curious eyes I was all attentive and happy but they immediately rushed towards pigeons smilingly with open arms.

IMG_2669

IMG_2764Undoubtedly they were self-conscious to take a tonga ride in 2017, moreover I was not as shiny as I used to be. With pale caparison, I was no more a choice for their Instagram stories and Snapchat posts. Yes. I have realized that the time has changed.

IMG_2937.jpg

With me quietly standing, Noor Mohd. tangawala and I could read all kinds of emotions ripping through his mind while patting me- about the rising cost of maintaining me, worrying about his hand to mouth existence as he could hardly earn between 200-300 Rs. per dacoupled with pressure from JMC and animal rights activists time to time.

IMG_2818.jpg

I feel bad for him 😦

My mare can’t dare to lift his head anymore with pride. Even the power, strength and the gorgeousness of him while pushing me and running with his crowning glory long flowing hair, could not match the progress that the city has achieved in all these decades.

IMG_2683

From approx. 1500 Tangas a few years back in the city we are now just four around the hot spot Albert hall. Forget about the days when I used to go for all those journeys across the historic city of Jaipur, and at times even uphill to Amer Fort, Nahargarh and Galtaji. My mind takes me back to the days of yore, when there were few bicycles on the road and meagre cars, even the rickshaw came much after India got independence. Washed and dressed every day I was the one pompously inhabiting the maximum space on Jaipur roads.

IMG_2755

The period when I was not enforced to position myself as unwanted as now but was treated chiefly by the royals of the city. At all the four Chaupars inside the wall city there was dedicated area for me and my companions to stay as this was the time when there was immense craze to take a tonga ride if you have to travel to places. Sadly, today I am barred to get inside the Wall city as it is burdened with population and traffic.

But even now, my ears yearn for the gentle clip-clop (Sound of horse feet while running)

The only thing that calms me now is the melodious sound of my ghungroo echoing in the ether taking me back to the quintessential tonga song with OP Nayyar’s music and Sahir’s lyrics – ‘Maang ke saath Tumhara’ J

IMG_2840

I know it is time for me to bid adieu to the city I love but somewhere in my heart I wanna grow up once again in this beautiful Pink city and relive the days of yore 🙂

IMG_2655

gardens · Hot in Jaipur · Jaipur · Jaipur Beat · Jaipur Happenings · Travelling

Along with the Monsoon Showers, Jaipur gets a new park- Sawan Bhado !

Ram Niwas Bagh was built by Maharaja Sawai Ram Singh in the 19th century. From that time, the exotic garden had been subjected to numerous new introductions, adding to its elegance and charm. The luscious green parks, majestic structures held the park together firmly. But with time, it started losing its charm when people began interfering with maintaining the cleanliness and harmony of the Bagh.

Under the smart city project, an old garden of Ram Niwas Bagh was renovated by the Jaipur Development Authority (JDA) which is named as Sawan Bhado Park. It was inaugurated by the Chief Minister on 25th June, 2016. Located near Albert Hall Museum, the garden has been creatively crafted, and has several attractions.

Albert Hall

Walk with Jaipur Beat to get a first look of this newly done ‘Sawan Bhadon‘ park-

IMG_0891.JPG

As soon as you enter, you can notice that trees have been given various forms and shapes such as of elephant, swan which adds a picturesque effect to it.

IMG_0880.JPG

Properly drafted maps with areas alphabetically marked and information boards have been put up to guide the joggers and visitors about the way. Also, the fact gallery helps them to know more facts about plants and trees.

IMG_0796.JPG

It doesn’t just provide a jogger’s path to walk on, but also has separate flowerbeds for roses and palms. You think this is it? No. There is a “Garden of Seasons”, as they call it, which will have seasonal plants sown there.To retain the beauty and freshness of these flowers, long and circular fountains have been made. The visitors can comfortably walk or sit around and bathe themselves in the serenity and calmness of the park.

IMG_0841.JPG

The rich tapestry of green hue is added to the garden with the greenhouse area provided for trapping of sun rays for plant kingdom.

IMG_0836.JPG

Not only joggers get to have fun but also bird watchers and photographers find themselves surrounded with exorbitant fleets of birds and kingdom of plants.

IMG_0820.JPG IMG_0864.JPG

Keeping alive the age old tradition of Rajasthani chhatris, or pavilions, they have built them here with architectural balance.These chhatris and sitting spaces are given incredible designs that add poetic oneness to it!

IMG_0793.JPG

Alongwith taking care of their visitors, they have shown generosity towards birds by building them birdhouses for shelter.

IMG_0887.JPG

Isn’t it incredible? But this needs to be taken care of so that this gem persists. Let’s take a pledge to take care of it this time and assist in keeping it maintained while we spend some time in nature’s unruffled arms!

Food · Jaipur · Jaipur Beat · restaurants in jaipur

Set Yourself Free In The Creative Aura Of Cafe Lazy Mojo

With booming cafe culture, Pink City has got so many hangout cafes to enjoy and relish the moments spent. May it be over a cup of coffee, a proper meal or even a kitty or birthday party – cafes have turned into a get together hub for everyone. But these days, going beyond the food and location, what is being seen is the upcoming and flourishing creativity that comes out when you step into a new cafe.

JB - Lazy Mojo 3

Cafe Lazy Mojo – a bakery cum Italian café in Jaipur opened last year, is one of the most talked about places right now. Besides its quirky name and fine location, what’s drawing Jaipurites to this newbie is its peppy and thoughtfully created ambiance. With a small open area, a common inside sitting and an isolate area for parties – all are separated and well distributed and creatively done. The classy and colorful interiors with the soft peppy music, surely makes you feel a little lazy to relax and refresh.

While you look at the funky design of the menu card and choose your food from the wide variety, you will love the small sweet wait for your food to be served. Why? Because you will find yourself too busy reading the fun quotes on the walls and gazing at the meticulously done interiors, also adding a local touch with walls designed with paintings of Hawa Mahal, Albert Hall Museum and sketches of our freedom fighters.

 

JB - Lazy Mojo 1

 

The menu has some delicious and lip – smacking dishes and drinks like Penne Arabiata, Oreo shake, Nutella Ice Cream Shake, Vegetable Thai Curry, Keema Pao and many more to offer which makes a visit to Lazy Mojo a wholesome experience.

JB - Lazy Mojo 6

JB - Lazy Mojo 2

 

Set yourself free in the creative aura of Lazy Mojo 😉

Books of Jaipur · Jaipur · Jaipur Beat

Jaipur Patterns – A New Adult Coloring Book In Jaipur

Remember the childhood days when you were given a coloring book to color and scribble on. Recalling the past experiences, the concept of coloring is now trending and is in the limelight among the adults too.

JP 5

 

Coloring is soothing and used to unwind the stress for some; it is a great way to spark your creativity for others. One such adult coloring book in Jaipur, which is probably the only book in India also, is ‘Jaipur Patterns’ by Renu Bhagwat.

JP

JP 4

Renu Bhagwat is an architect and planner who has worked with great organizations to built Jaipur’s unique and rich heritage. She also runs a online clothing store – Firroza, which deals with the hand block printed garments for women. The concept of Adult coloring which is not so common in India but is now trending has its influence from the western countries. According to the author, no two things are similar, not even the leaves of the same plant look similar. Her thought behind this book was to see the beautiful and intricate images from nature and around. She decided to pick a heritage building one by one.  Belonging to the Pink City she chose to start with India’s most important royal complexes – The City Palace. She tells that the first thing one tends to see is the door and that is what inspires her to come up with her book – Jaipur Patterns, which is inspired by the doors of the royal courts of City Palace.

JP 1

JP 2

So let’s start coloring the pages of Jaipur Pattern to revive the symbolic patterns from the royal courts of the City Palace and enjoy this new and trending hobby of coloring.

JP 3

The book is available with Anantaya at Narayan Niwas Palace and CMYK shops at Albert Hall, Jantar Mantar & Amer. For people outside Jaipur please write in mail at renu.bhagwat@gmail.com. For More details, visit the website – http://www.colouringmattersfoundation.org/ and follow on  Facebook -https://www.facebook.com/colouringmattersfoundation/?fref=ts

 Get your copies now 🙂