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Jaipur’s Bond With Monsoon

With monsoon knocking the doors, heaven has been opened up on Jaipur with those droplets of joy. A rainy season is in every way so amazing, so pleasing and so upbeat! Those washed up plants with magnificently beautiful appearance, that amazing fragrance of wet soil never fails to blow our minds. To make the most out of this beautiful phenomenon of nature we at Jaipur Beat have a list of things to do while it’s pouring outside.

Long Drive

Even if you avoid travelling in a car, it’s the time to change that. Get that car of yours out of the garage, and get geared up for a long drive in rain.  Get an experience, which is beyond imagination and pleasing as well.

P.S.: Be careful of the potholes while driving.

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Rain shower

It’s time to relive our childhood, remember how much you loved dancing in the rain? After all who doesn’t love a rain shower? Frankly, we are fonder of rain showers than our regular indoor shower. And who said we’ve grown up? So go ahead, and soak yourselves up and re-cherish your lives.

P.S.: Don’t forget to take a regular indoor shower afterwards.

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Chai and Pakode

The forever perfect baarish partners. As soon as the droplets of rain touch the soil, the petrichor hits our noses; we immediately start craving a kadak chai along with garm-garm pakode with hari chutney. Yum!

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Get Set On A Date

How amazing would it be to enjoy a nice supper or maybe just a plain simple coffee with the person you love with the rain pouring in the background?  Rain and romance go hand in hand after all.

P.S.: Don’t forget to put a bunch of some old romantic melodies on your playlist for the occasion.

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Chase the artist within.

We have often seen artists bringing out their best work while it rains in movies. Well, it’s not just the movies; people actually find peace in rain and hence are more creative. So go ahead, scribble, draw, paint, play or sing whatever it is just let the artist within show their magic!

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Happy Monsoon.

 

Content credit: Shanza Sarwana

Edited by team Jaipur Beat.

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5 Interesting Facts About Royal Amer Fort

As regal as can be, Jaipur’s magnificent Amer Fort rightly personifies the city’s Rajputana culture. The famous Amer Fort is one of the most visited forts in Rajasthan and also registered as UNESCO World Heritage site. Located 11 km away from the city, the fort is located on a high Aravalli hilltop. The Maota lake outside the fort adds a certain charm to the entire fort.

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Also, for all the history buffs out there – do you know that Amer was the capital of the state before Jaipur? Intrigued enough! Come, explore our stunning Amer Fort with some super cool facts presented to you by Jaipur Beat.

  1. Heritage as old as 1592 A.D.

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The impeccable Amer Fort was built by Raja Man Singh in the 16th century. This magnificent marvel made of red sandstone and marble was later renovated by its successive rulers. While many old parts of the fort have been either destroyed or replaced by other pieces, the humongous Amer Fort truly speaks volume about its royal history.

  1. Magnificent Architecture

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The Amer Fort is a marvellous blend of Rajput and Mughal architecture. The fort mainly comprises of four different parts. The main entrance to the fort is through ‘Suraj Pol’ or Sun Gate which opens directly in the main courtyard. The ‘Jaleb Chowk ‘ is one of the main courtyards with ‘Shitla Mata’ temple situated in the main palace ground. The second courtyard is famous for its spectacular – ‘Diwan-i-Aam’, ‘Sheesh Mahal’ and ‘Sukh Mahal’.

  1. Spectacular Sheesh Mahal

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One of the most striking parts of the fort is its Mirror Palace or Sheesh Mahal. Meant for the queen’s stay, this place is carved with glass paintings and beautiful flowers. Also, with the thousands of attached mosaic mirrors, the interior of Sheesh Mahal appears to be glittering like shiny stars.

  1. Picturesque Kesar Kyari

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The epitome of beauty, Kesar Kyari is a Mughal garden which is part of Maota Lake. Built in a star-shaped form, this garden with its splendid flora is sure to win the hearts of the visitors. Full-bloomed seasonal flowers are planted in the garden to give a breath-taking ornate feel to the magnificent Amer Fort.

  1.  Incredible Elephant Rides and Light & Sound Show

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To make the most of your visit to Amer Fort, it’s a must to enjoy the spectacular elephant safari. Giving you a skyline view of the city, a colorfully decorated elephant safari is must if you want to imbibe in the cultural heritage of the city.

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The popular Light and Sound show at the Amer Fort depicts the royal history of Jaipur screened at the facade of the grand Amer Fort. During the 50-minute show, the colorful lights illuminate the structure and reflect beautifully on Maota Lake, depicting the legendary past of the Amer Fort which is dating back to more than 600 years!!

Show Timings: English- 7:00 p.m. onwards and Hindi- 8:00 p.m. onwards

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Jaipur’s iconic monuments to host Heritage Evenings at Zee JLF!!

Zee Literature Festival in its 11th edition in association with Rajasthan Tourism is celebrating the pink city’s rich heritage, against the exquisite backdrop of its iconic monuments.

Zee Jaipur literature festival 2018 will host two grand events at Jaipur’s iconic Amber Fort and Hawa Mahal. Being held on the evenings of January 26th and 28th, these events will showcase spellbinding performances against the exquisite backdrop of monuments that celebrate the city’s rich cultural heritage.

Under the Stars @ Hawa Mahal– The Troth-Usne Kaha Tha, a multimedia dance theatre performance, presented by Akademi.Friday, 26th January, 7:30 pm

 

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A Majestic Evening @ Amber Fort– Sarangi maestro Ustad Kamal Sabri followed by Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi – A Tribute to Jagjit Singhby Shekhar Ravjiani. Sunday, 28th January, 7:30 pm

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So get ready for two glorious Heritage Evenings comprising enchanting music and cultural performances,
Entry to these Evenings are by invitation only!

Date- 26th & 27th January, 2018

 

 

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Spend the Weekend looking at the magnificence of Amer Fort By Night

While night tourism in several places in Jaipur has managed to amaze both the residents and tourists, it’s the grandeur of Amber fort that mkes this sight 100 times more intriguing.

The fascinating beauty of Amer Fort for night tourism has added a new dimension to tourism in the city. With beautiful placement of lights to enhance the visual display of the monument and its places, is quite an experience not only for foreigners but also domestic tourists who came to see the Amer Fort at night. Amer By Night was definitely an attraction.

Here’s a glance at ‘Amer by night’ which illuminates vibrant hues at Jaleb Chowk, Diwan-e-Aam, Mansingh Mahal , Baradhari , Sattais kacheri and Sheesh Mahal.

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For the night tourism, Amer Fort opens at 07.00 pm to 10.00 pm every evening.

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Nostalgic Tale of the Tonga ride in JAIPUR!

Jaipur 2017

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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) 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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 🙂

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20 Places to visit when travelling to Jaipur

Jaipur is a place with a glorious past and a very rich historic background. People come from far off places just to get the taste of its beautiful monuments and their architecture. For anyone who wants to visit Jaipur or even know about it, here is a list of 20 places one must visit and why.

1. Albert Hall Museum
Situated in Ram Niwas Garden, Albert Hall Museum is home to many beautiful paintings, sculptures and other distinct objects of historic significance. Dated back to 1876, it’s the oldest museum in the state and is quite popular for its Indo-Saracenic architecture. With lush green lawns alongside, you can sit and enjoy the beauty of this gigantic museum from outside.

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2. Amar Jawan Jyoti
Amar Jawan Jyoti was established as a tribute to the martyrs who fought and sacrificed their lives for the pride and honor of the nation. In the evenings, the place is lit with beautiful colored lights which makes the view all the more spectacular. Here one can view art, sculptures and audio visual movies dedicated to the defense force of the country. It is a perfect place for those who are keen to hear the gallant tales of the soldiers of our nation.

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3. Amer Fort
Amer or Amber Fort is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which is among the most visited places in Jaipur. The fort situated high on a hill overlooking the Maota Lake, is spread over a vast area with four levels, each having a courtyard. Every evening, the fort hosts a spellbinding Light and Sound Show, scripted by the great poet and lyricist Gulzar and voiced by Bollywood superstar Mr Amitabh Bachchan. With a blend of folk music, the show brings to life the legends, history, traditions and cultures of the Rajputs and Jaipur City. The high walls of the fort, made of red sandstone and marble, create an awe-stricken backdrop for the light – effects. This is something to be witnessed by every Jaipurite at least once in their lifetime.

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4. Birla Mandir
Birla Mandir, also known as Laxmi Narayan Temple, is a marvel made entirely of white marble. Situated on the elevated platform of the Moti Dunagri Hill, it looks splendid glowing in the night light. The major attraction is towards the idol of Lord Vishnu and Goddess Laxmi, which is carved out of one single piece of marble. With the pure and peaceful aura of the temple, surrounded by lush green lawns, it is the ideal hangout place for many Jaipurites as well as tourists to spend their evenings.

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5. Chokhi Dhani
For an ultimate Rajasthani experience, Chokhi Dhani, located approx 23 km from Jaipur on Tonk Road, is a place you can’t afford to miss. With the artificial village environment, soak in the spirits of Rajasthani culture and traditions. The lip smacking, traditional Rajasthani food adds to the charismatic appeal of Chokhi Dhani. Once you visit the place, the paintings, the wall art, the camel rides, the dance performances, the enthusiasm, the traditions, the Rajasthani attire and the smiling faces are all bound to mesmerize you and make you feel ecstatic.

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6. Chulgiri
Situated in the lap of the Aravali Ranges, is a beautiful Jain temple, Chulgiri. It’s famous for its 60 ft tall dome, which shelters the enormous 21 ft tall sculpture of Mahaveer Swami. The way to the temple is an adventure in itself. Hiking and trekking on the Aravali Hills is altogether a different experience and many tourists visit Chulgiri just for this. The Ghaat Ki Ghooni tunnel which eventually leads to the temple, is a major tourist attraction. During monsoon, surrounded by the greenery, the place looks all the more beautiful and attractive. With many scenic views, it’s a perfect place for a peaceful picnic.

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7. City Palace
Located in the heart of the old city of Jaipur, City Palace is where the Kachwaha Rajput clan ruled from. Built in the 18th Century, the Palace is a blend of Rajput, Mughal and European styles of architecture. Within the premises, one will find many gardens, ravishing courtyards and a Museum displaying many artefacts from the bygone era. Buildings like Mubarak Mahal, Chandra Mahal, Maharani Palace add to the allure of the Palace. Their richly crafted walls and ceiling, marble flooring and the mirror work are just an addition to the beauty of the palace. Govind Dev Ji temple, which is in the palace premises, is also a major tourist attraction and sees a heavy footfall daily.

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8. Galtaji
An ancient pilgrimage site, Galtaji, surrounded by the Aravali Hills has a series of temples built in a narrow crevice. From the hills flows a natural spring, that fills the seven sacred kunds, which the pilgrims consider as holy and come in thousands to bathe here. Galta ji is also famous for the hundred of monkeys that live here in the Galwar Bagh or also known as the monkey temple. It is considered very auspicious to visit the temple and to bathe in the kund on Makar Sankranti.

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9. Hawa Mahal
Hawa Mahal or Wind Palace, built in the shape of Lord Krishna’s crown, is the world’s tallest building without a foundation. With 953 Jharokhs, it was built for the Royal Ladies to witness the day to day activities happening on the streets without actually being seen. It was a great retreat in the summers as the winds would blow inside and cool the entire palace. No tourists can ever resist admiring the beauty of this Wind Palace.

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10. Jaigarh
Jaigarh, situated on the Cheel ka Teela of the Aravali Ranges, over looks the Amber Fort and the Maota Lake. Also known as the Victory Fort, it is very similar to the Fort of Amber in terms of structure and architecture. The fort has a cannon named Jaivana which was once the world’s largest cannon on wheels. It is convenient to visit Jaigarh and Amber Fort on the same trip as they are considered as one complex.
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11. Jal Mahal
Situated in the heart  of the Maan Sagar Lake, is the fine masterpiece of both Rajput and Mughal architecture, Jal Mahal. A five storied building, Jal Mahal has 4 floors underwater and only one floor above it. While it is not open for tourists to visit it from inside, one can marvel at the beauty of this Water Palace from outside, enjoy the picturesque view and have a treat at the nearby Chowpatis.

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12. Jawahar Cirlce
Jawahar Circle, located near the Jaipur International Airport is considered as the largest circular park in Asia. The park has many musical fountains, swings jogging track and a chowpaati place to gorge on tasty food. Having a calm and soothing atmosphere, many people come here to spend some quality time.

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13. Jantar Mantar
Jantar Mantar, also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has many stone, brass and masonry instruments which were made based on astrology and ancient Hindu Sanskrit texts. The place has the World’s largest stone sundial which has created a major buzz among the tourists.

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14. Kanak Vrindavan
Located at the foot of Nahargarh Hills, is a beautiful garden surrounded by lush green lawns and trees and fountains. It has many exquisite ‘Chhatris’ that depict the architecture of the bygone era. The Kanak Vrindavan valley, often being used as a backdrop for my Bollywood movies and a perfect picnic spot, offers a breathtaking view of the Jaipur City and the alluring nearby places. 

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15. Nahargarh
At the edge of one of the oldest mountain ranges in the world, Aravali Hills, stands a magnificent fort named Nahargarh. It’s the favourite hangout place of many Jaipurites because of the height on which the Fort is situated and the breathtaking view of the city that it offers. Trekking to the top of the hill, where the fort stands, is an experience like never before.

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16. Panna Meena ki Baori
Panna Meena ki Baori, located near the Amber Fort, is an architectural marvel of the 16th Century. This step well was constructed as a community gathering place for the locals. During the monsoons, the place looks very attractive and soothing. The beauty of the place lies in the unique concept of symmetrical staircases. Legends say that a person can’t use the same staircase to go up and down and many tourist visit this place to check it out themselves.

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17. Raj Mandir
Constructed in the Art Moderne Style of architecture, Raj Mandir was considered as the finest architecture building in the history of the cinema halls. The beautiful chandeliers, the carpeted floors, crafted walls and everything about the place makes it a royal experience for the visitors. Titled as the ‘Pride of Asia’, this cinema hall is very popular among the tourists as well as the locals.

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18. Sisodia Rani Ka Bagh
Located near Ghat Ki Ghooni, Sisodia Garden was constructed by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh as a token of love for his second queen, Queen Sisodia of Udaipur. The garden is adorned with beautiful flower beds, musical fountains, water channels and murals displaying the eternal love story of Radha-Krishna. The place serves as a very famous tourist and picnic spot.

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19. Sargasuli
Constructed as a symbol of victory of Maharaja Sawai Ishwari Singh over Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh, the tower is also called ‘Victory Tower’. The specialty of this sky-high building is that, from its roof one can get a 360 degree panoramic view of the entire Pink City. Located in the heart of the city, this tower is a very popular tourist destination in Jaipur.

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20. Vidhadhar ka Bagh
A pristine garden, Vidhadhar ka Bagh was built in the memory of the architect of the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur, Vidhadhar Bhattacharya. Located near the Sisodia Garden, the place is a display of scenic beauty surrounded by beautiful fountains, lush green flower beds, royal pavilions and murals of Lord Krishna. It’s a very famous tourist attraction and an ideal place for a peaceful getaway.

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Enjoy the architectural beauties of Pink City and connect with the glorious history of each monument as this is the best time of the year to visit the city of Jaipur.

Written by our intern: Avni Mehta

 

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8 Perfect Romantic Places In Jaipur Where You Can Propose On This Valentine’s Day

As Jaipur has already been declared one of the most romantic cities in the world, there is no doubt that in case you are planning to ask the ‘Will you’ question on this Valentine’s Day, Jaipur is the perfect place to do it ! But Jaipur is full of some extremely romantic places where you can propose, let us suggest some 🙂

  1. NahargarhAlong with the first ray of sun rising or when the sky is full of hues at twilight, there is nothing more surreal and romantic a place than Nahargarh fort to said the golden words to your love 🙂

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  2. Hot Air Balloon 

    Go Breezy 😉 Just imagine a scene where you are thousands of feet above the ground and are soaking the beauty of the pink city and there it is, the biggest day of your life – a perfect proposal in the air ❤ So go ahead and book the Sky Waltz Hot air balloon ride.Hot Air Balloon - JB (VD)Photo Credits – Sky Waltz

  3. Albert Hall Museum 

    Midst the backdrop of the gorgeous pigeons flying in front of the Albert Hall Museum which looks like an architectural marvel, there lies a hidden shade of love. So go down on your knees, and ask her out right here !JB (VD) - Albert hall

  4. Polo Ground 

    If you are both watching the game of royals i.e. the Polo Match, either your tastes match perfectly or you’re doing it for your partner, so in both cases, there will be no better time and place to commit to each other 😀JB(VD) - Polo Ground

  5. Jalmahal Palace 

    A dreamlike palace standing in the middle of a vast lake in the town of royals, and the swaying blue waves are trying to say something to you – ‘Just tell her you are going to love her for the rest of your life’ 😉
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  6. Vintage Car 

    A long drive has been the most conventional yet one of the most romantic ideas of a date ever, and when this is combined with a royal vintage car, it becomes even more special and makes for a unique and beautiful place to confess your love.JB (VD) - Vintage Rally 1Photo Credits – Rajputana Automotive Sports Car Club

  7. Dinner at City Palace 

    If adventure, drives and sight seeing is not your idea of romance, choose the classic ‘Dinner Date’, but remember that it shall not be ordinary. Go to the regal and lavish City Palace which oozes a royal charm which shall charm her in a way that she says ‘I do’ 😉JB (VD) - BaradariPic Via Google

  8. Amer fort 

    Be it at the Light & Sound Show or just while admiring the colossal fort of Jaipur especially in the evening, let your loved one know what’s in your heart and mind while all the lights around you are lit bright and heavens are giving you a clear signal 😉JB (VD) 3 Elephant safariHappy Valentine’s Day ❤