Jaipur

26 Reasons Why Your Next Travel Destination Should Be Jaipur!

Studded with India’s most celebrated sites, Jaipur has a story of its own and the city is full of hidden treasures to be explored. A mere mention of the city Jaipur invokes various images of folklore and festivities, colours, traditions, captivating architecture and exquisite Rajasthani cuisine. Here are a few among the plethora of reasons to why your next travel destination should be Jaipur.

1. Heritage Hotels

The havelis and heritage hotels of Jaipur illustrate the rich architecture and grandiosity of the royal era of Rajputana.

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Pic courtesy- Alsisar Haveli, Jaipur

2. Jaivana Canon

Jaigarh fort, once responsible for the security of both Jaipur and Amer, houses the Jaivana cannon, the largest cannon in the world.
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  3. Step Well

The ‘Bawdi (बावड़ी)’, or step well, inside the Panna Mian ka Kund near Amer fort in Jaipur is absolutely transfixing . If there’s one word for this architectural wonder, it’s ‘mesmerizing’.

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4. Jantar Mantar

The biggest stone observatory in the world, Jantar Mantar of Jaipur which has also been inscribed on the World Heritage List as “an expression of the astronomical skills and cosmological concepts of the court of a scholarly prince at the end of the Mughal period”

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5. Daal Baati

A trip to Jaipur would be incomplete without laying your hands on the traditional cuisine and scrumptious, ‘Daal Baati’.

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6. Kundan Meena Jewelry

Kundan Meena jewelery is a symbol of beauty and royalty which was started by the skillful hands of Rajasthani craftsmen.The blend of two has created a new idiom of jewelry.

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Pic Courtesy : Birdhichand Ghanshymdas Jewellers

7. Jaipuri Quilts

Did you know that the pure-cotton Jaipuri razais (quilts) with beautiful block-prints and soothing colours are famous all-over the world? These quilts are one of the best hideout zones at homes during winters.

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8. Hawa Mahal

The beauty of this monument is that it lies midst the hustle-bustle of Old Jaipur, and yet it never fails to stand out for its architecture and history.

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9. Nahargarh

Have you ever paused and stared at the beauty of Jaipur from the top of Nahargarh? You will be left spellbound. 🙂

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10. Amber Fort

This magnificent fort built from pale yellow and pink sandstone and white marble is a gemstone of Pink City.  No tourist would ever miss a chance to see and explore the architectural beauty of Amber Fort.

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11. Polo

Among the world’s most time-honored sports, Polo is not less than a religion in Rajasthan. For a game, that is as “Exclusive as Elusive”, Jaipur is one of the homes of polo, in Rajasthan.

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12. Lassi wala

What are summers without this thandi fresh lassi by the famous Lassiwala at M.I. Road in Jaipur ?

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13. Mojari

Put your foot down and brighten up your wardrobe with Jaipuri jutis.

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14. Lal Maas

The food in Rajasthan is no less alluring than its vibrant culture and traditions. Laal Maas which is one of the age-old culinary delight of Rajasthan, is generously spiced and doused with lots of garlic & yogurt to warm up the heart and soul.

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Pic Courtesy: Handi Restaurant, Jaipur

15. World Trade Park

Jaipur apart from being a tourist destination is surely an ideal place for shopping too. World Trade Park gives the brand conscious and the not so brand conscious people a great space to choose and shop from among the best and exclusive brands of the world.

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16. Birding

Ever thought of going on a walk, watch birds and click them ? Jaipur offers a number of avenues to click and watch wildlife and landscapes in their pure un-bound habitats.

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17. Photography

Photography has given us the power to tell beautiful stories, inspire generations and bring a change into the world! Photographers, amateur or ace will never run out of subjects in Jaipur.

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18. Elephant Ride

Chal chal mere saathi, mere haathi ! Due to the growing love of tourists for Jaipur, elephant rides at Amber fort have been increased. Representing a royal statement of majesty, Elephants in Rajasthan with their mythical grandeur are an intrinsic part of our traditional culture.

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19. Witness Wall city

The hustle-bustle and architecture of the walled city of Jaipur should not be missed if you are on a trip to Jaipur. The narrow lanes within the walled city throw up plenty of visual treats.  A must visit for the shopaholic and the food lovers who like to explore every tit and bit of the local markets.

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20. Camel Safari

A tourist should never miss a chance to take a ride on the ship of the desert at any place in Rajasthan.

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21. Bhandhej & Leheriya Shopping

Bhandhej and Leheriya are the two most demanded prints by the locals and the tourists of Jaipur. These two remain on the top of every shoppers’ list,  in Jaipur.

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22. Galtaji Temple

Built in pink stone, Galtaji temple is a gorgeous spot and consists of a kund which is considered holy and thousands of pilgrims come every year especially on Makar Sakranti to bathe in it.

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23. Pyaaz Ki Kachori

Rajasthan is globally famous for its succulent fried snacks, and Rawat’s Pyaaz Kachori with a crisp, flaky and deep-fried crust; stuffed with a lightly caramelized and exceptionally seasoned onion filling is the signature dish from Jaipur!

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24. Ghewar

This disc shaped mava delight aka ‘Ghewar’ will conquer all your sweet cravings. 🙂
Best places for ghewar in Jaipur: Rawat Mishtan Bhandar, LMB, BMB, Gopi Mishtan Bhandar and many more in walled city.

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25. Chokhi Dhaani

Chokhi Dhani means ‘special village’ and this mock Rajasthani village resort, about 20 kms south of Jaipur, lives up to its name.  This is one place in Jaipur that tries to capture the cultural heritage and charm of Rajasthan and its village life.

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26. Jaipur Literature Festival

The largest FREE literary festival of Asia, the ZEE Jaipur literature festival brings together some greatest thinkers and  writers from across the world to come together and engage in intellectual debates and discussions in the beautiful capital of Rajasthan.

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Jaipur Theatre Festival 2014 Presenting Incredible Plays!

Jaipur is getting all crazy as one of the biggest theatre festivals of India, Jairangam 2014, hits the Pink City with some incredible plays by renowned theatre artists, directors and playwrights of the country. Jaipur Theatre Festival began on December 8 and will continue till December 15, 2014  at Ravindra Manch and Jawahar Kala Kendra. It has created a rage among the theatre lovers of Jaipur and everybody in the city is going insane.

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This festival also saw school and college students participating in ‘Nukkad Natak’ at various places in the city to showcase their talent and voice their messages about various social issues. Day 1 & 2 witnessed brilliant street plays performed by artists from city based theatre groups and school and college drama societies.

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Jairangam in association with Jaipur beat also initiated an online photography contest, Khushboo-e-Jaipur, which was held from 1st – 25th November, 2014. The contest created a buzz on social media and received an overwhelming response from the photography lovers of the city. The shortlisted photographs of the contest have been displayed at an exhibition at Jawahar Kala Kendra which was inaugurated on December 10, 2014. The top 3 winners will be declared on the 15th of this month.

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The week long theatre festival will see great artists like Manav Kaul, Kalki Koechlin, Makarand Deshpanade, Avatar Gill, Rakesh Bedi, Lushin Dubey etc. perform on stage and add to the glory of the festival. With a promise to bring famous plays by noted writers and dramatists of the country like Salaam India, Sir Sir Sarla, Colour Blind, etc., Jairangam 2014 has already become a sesnsation in the town.

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Here is the list of plays that will be performed in this festival from 8th to 15th December, 2014 at Jawahar Kala Kendra and Ravindra Manch.

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Food

Enjoy The Wintry Days At Tea Tradition!

Isn’t a cup of hot Masala Tea along with Aaloo Pakode a perfect combination to satiate your hunger pangs on a breezy day? Tea Tradition at Raja Park is definitely one of those places that will appease your diet with a range of eats and teas which can be savored anytime during the day.

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If you wish to chill out with your friends without spending too much, then Tea Tradition offers great choices for you all. The iced tea, milk shakes and cold coffee here will certainly please the crowd who are totally indifferent to changing season, while the tea lovers should absolutely break the tradition of sipping their regular home-made teas and head towards Tea Tradition. You won’t be disappointed at all with the variety of snacks offered here. The eats would totally go well with your beverage.

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Though the seating capacity here is limited and you might have to wait before you comfortably seat yourselves, but the food and warmth with which it is served would impress you without fail. And you will surely forget about your irksome wait.

 

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Another interesting thing which we got to know about Tea Tradition is that it completed its 100 days on November 7, 2014. Jasmit Singh, the proud owner of this cafe enthusiastically told our team members about how his cafe attracted a lot of crowd on that day. Their joyous celebrations of completing 100 days were visible on their Facebook Page.

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So all you people don’t wait too long and rush to Tea tradition today. And don’t forget to get some pictures clicked. Happy winters! 🙂

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Jaipur

10 Things Which Make Diwali Celebrations So Special!

All of us wait all year for this vivid festival of lights and celebrations, and when it finally arrives, there is just so much to do 😀 Amidst these so many things that we love, here are 10 things that make this festival absolutely special and memorable every single year 🙂

1. Fairy lights everywhere!
You can simply amaze yourself every year by the strikingly lit buildings of the pink city. The joy of lighting up your houses on the occasion of Diwali is unpretentiously overwhelming.

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2. Puja
The feeling of peace and joy you get during the puja is unmatchable and the yummy sweets offered after the puja make you forget all about your weight loss resolutions.

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3. Shoppers’ delight
The ardent love for shopping rushes out instantly from the typical shopaholic humanly figures during Diwali time and the special discounts, weekend offers make them go gaga.

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4. The food lovers and stuffers
It’s that time of year when you all like to fill your mouths with every possible delicacy completely ignoring your diet patterns.

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5. The pretty people around.
Diwali is the time when you love to embellish yourselves by donning the best of your traditional wear.
The decked up people and the pretty faces around simply add to the city lights.

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6. Crackers
Bursting crackers is sheer madness but fun too! Seeing the random kids in your vicinity bursting crackers and then jumping out their skin to ward-off the bang is hilarious.

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7. Gifts
It is such a great feeling when you are surrounded by gifts and sweets. Diwali is one chance to get anything you want from your parents as gifts. So present your requests wisely.

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8. Photographs
People love to get clicked when they are best dressed.
Studio clicks, selfies or just the random pictures of your rangoli, photographs always bring smiles on your faces. So go and click!

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9. The Diwali greetings
The joy, thrill and warmth you experience on receiving Diwali wishes from your closed ones lasts for life.

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10. Family Reunions
It’s that one time of the year when you get to meet your entire extended family and all you feel like singing is ‘ Hum Saath Saath Hain’.

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Jaipur

Niros Jaipur : Celebrating a glorious journey of 65 years

“I have explored everything from top shot five star hotels to the best dhaabas, and always end up eating at Niros, because this is where my heart lies”, says Bina Kak on the joyous occasion of 65th birth anniversary of Niros today.

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There are so many cafes and restaurants opening up almost every day in Jaipur giving an equal competition to all the oldies, but as they say ‘Old is gold’ ! Among all these new outlets appealing to the teenagers and college going crowd in Jaipur, stands a restaurant amidst the most enticing shopping and foodie area of pink city: Niros.

While walking around the streets of M.I. road after a round of shopping, you spot a small restaurant called NirosNOT ! You never ‘spot’ Niros, you know Niros by heart, by mind and especially by tongue 😉 This restaurant that lies in the lane of many more eateries, ice cream places, and shopping outlets, but what’s absolutely interesting is that it stands out and shines just like an old wine that keeps getting better and dearer each day.

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Started by late Ved Prakash Pardal in 1949 and now run by his sons Rajnish and Vinay Pardal, Niros was the first place in Jaipur to serve Continental food, and good continental food ! Despite being popular and loved, Niros never rested on its laurels and kept on working towards excellence and soon became the only centrally air conditioned restaurant in the city in 1962 and the first one to bless Jaipurites with Chinese food on the menu in 1970. From a classic restaurant, Niros went on to become a landmark by which every other place, lane and shop was known to all the locals and tourist guides in Jaipur. We can say that before Google Maps came in, Niros was the definition of maps in Jaipur !!

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Late Ved Prakash Pardal, Founder of Niros

Niros Jaipur Beat

With a garden ambiance complimented by potted plants and murals by the internationally acclaimed artist, Satish Gujral, Niros has a simple yet a very posh ambiance. “As Niros completes 65 glorious years today, I feel extremely nostalgic and miss my dad more than ever. I want to thank all those who love us and have made this possible and look forward to their visits and patronage hereafter” – Rajnish Pardal, owner of Niros.

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Rajnish Pardal, Owner of Niros

When asked about what Niros means to the Jaipurites as it completes 65 years of success today, 60 year old Shekhar Verma , a retired professor of University of Rajasthan and a food connoisseur says ‘In early 70s, I used to go there every day for their special Keema Samosas which were available only from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.  People used to queue up to have those amazing things which were available only at Niros’

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Shekhar Verma, Retired professor, Universirty of Rajasthan

“The subtle interiors, cozy ambiance and soft contemporary English music have been the most appealing features of Niros and if I say I am in love with their Chicken A La Bomb Femme, it will be an under statement.” Shekhar Verma adds.

Indian politician, social activist and Bollywood actress Bina Kak is someone who loves to explore different places but somehow, Niros just does it for her. “Even though it’s quite irritating not being able to like any other place in Jaipur, what’s truly amazing and satisfying is the way they treat us. The music is extremely good and still not too overpowering. At the same time you will always find the who’s who comfortably sitting and enjoying their time. Some of their chefs are as old as the restaurant and that’s probably the secret behind their consistent recipes.”

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Her top favourites are the Chicken bharta, fish, Niros special desserts especially Caramel custardKidneys on toast and French onion soup. “The best part is that you get to have the paan of your choice at the end of the meal.” Bina Kak adds.

Not just Bina Kak, even her daughter Amrita Kak, a popular singer who’s now married and resides in the Punjabi hub of Delhi, gets constant craving for the food of Niros to the extent that the delicious Chicken Tikka masala is packed and sent to her from Jaipur to Delhi.
The restaurant has received the opportunity to serve various renowned personalities like the Ex- Chief Minister of Jammu & Kashmir, Farooq Abdullah and his son, Omar Abdullah, Indian film actors & directors, cricketers like Kapil Dev, artists etc.

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Farooq Abdullah, Ex Chief Minister of Jammu & Kashmir

Some locals who belong to Jaipur and have been staying outside for a few years also expressed their views on Niros. Nitin Hajela, now working in Bangalore, says “For me, Niros is one of the iconic restaurants of Jaipur. My memories here date back to my childhood days when it was always a matter of joy and privilege to dine here with family and relatives. It was here I had my first tryst with continental cuisine. Amongst Rajasthani cuisine, Laal maans is the most savoured dish though the entire menu which is worth trying. I never miss to visit this place in my trips to Jaipur”

After a nostalgic trip with the older generation, Jaipur Beat also asked the younger generation as to what role does Niros play in their present day life. Swati Thapar, 25, working for a Social media firm says “Whenever there is an occasion in the family or friends, the first place that comes to my mind is Niros. Apart from chicken and fish, I love to have the Spanish omelette and Cheese macaroni at Niros”

There are very few things which never change and if they do, you keep loving them more every day.
So all you Jaipurites, the weekend is knocking at your doors so how about quickly wrap up and celebrate by going out tonight to Niros and experience the joy of sharing good food and good times together !!

Mother's Day

6 magic tricks to make your mother the happiest this Mother’s Day

It’s Mother’s Day tomorrow i.e. 11th May 2014 and of course it’s  Sunday (as Mother’s day always falls on the second Sunday of May). Thinking of what to gift your mom this Mother’s Day?? Have you run of gift ideas to give your mom?? How about gifting her an experience this time? Here is a tiny and easy list of things that can make this Mother’s Day one of the happiest days you can gift her.

1) Spa treatment: Gift your mom a spa at her favorite beauty salon or the one you think is the best to pamper her on this special day.

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2) Movie tickets: Send her or take her away from the daily routine to watch a latest release or the one she has been wanting to watch for a while.

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3) Clean the house: Every mom likes a clean house, but she’s the only one who does it all the time ! So take this chance and see how her smile will light the entire day for you.

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4) Cook for her/Take the charge of kitchen: For a change, let her be free today as you take over the charge of kitchen, cook her favorite dish and make her feel special and valued.

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5) Send your mother out for a coffee meet with her friends: Make her share this day and her feelings with other mothers i.e. her friends over a brewing coffee and let her enjoy these light moments.

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6) Take her and the family out for a leisurely dinner meal: Choose a new restaurant in town or just go to her favorite place and treat her with a delicious meal to have a perfect end to this day.

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Just go for these simple ways to make this Mother’s Day special and see how your mother has a pleasant smile on her face at the end of the day and know that happiness sometimes lies in the smallest things 🙂

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Lohri and Sankranti Jaipur’s way

Do you know what one of the best things about our country is? That no matter where the festival originates, it just belongs to and spreads its joy across almost the entire nation J On this note we wish you all a very happy Lohri !! This festival originated in the state of Punjab to celebrate the harvest of Rabi crops, and went on to become a way to celebrate the fertility and joy of life.

Lohri is celebrated and enjoyed with a lot of dhoom dhaam in our lovely pink city as well. This festival offers a beautiful sight of people, friends and family dressed in bright colored attires, singing and dancing to the drum beats along with bonfire. The Punjabis in Jaipur living in Raja Park and Malviya Nagar areas especially started preparing for Lohri celebrations few days back and are all set for the energetic bonfire tonight !!

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Apart from just dancing and doing the all time favorite Bhangra dance, everyone throws sweets, puffed rice, peanuts and popcorn into the flames signifying letting go of all the worries and grudges while singing popular folksongs and exchange greetings.  Last but not the least comes that thing which is the life of every festival; Food 😀 Since it’s Punjabi, it has to be the mouth-watering and delicious winter traditional dinner of makki-di-roti (millet bread) te sarson-da-saag (cooked mustard herbs) !! For dessert or meetha, sesame seed or Til is an inseparable part of the Lohri celebrations. Eating Til in any form like Til ke laddoo is considered be auspicious both for the festival and for the taste buds 😉

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Kai Po Che !! 

The celebrations don’t end here!! As the fire of Lohri fades away, it gives way to another festival that is enjoyed with crazy fervor in Jaipur; Makar Sankranti, celebrated on 14th Jan every year. By the way did you guys know the meaning of Makar Sankranti? Makar means the zodiac sign Capricorn and Sankranti means transition of Sun from the Sagittarius zodiac sign to Capricorn, interesting right??

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While all the men gang up at the roof tops and start flying their kites as soon as the sun rises, most of the women are passionately cooking the delicious dishes for the day. Friends come together for the day and even strangers meet at the flying get-togethers and are seen having the time of their lives.

And just for your information, kite flying is not just a festival in Jaipur, it’s a war 😉

Once the competition sets in, hardly anyone is a stranger, and the fun and excitement is unbeatable! Kites are flied across the city, at terraces, community parks, pre-decided venues like the Chaughan stadium, Ram Niwas Garden, etc.

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Jaipur Tourism Development Corporation organises the International Kite Festival at a local stadium every year, where kite enthusiasts from all across the world show off their skills. A kite market is held, alongside which are food stalls, cultural performances and special kite displays at night, when illuminated kites – known as Tukals – are flown (14th January – 16 January 2014).

As and when the kites are being flown, comes an arena of amazing food i.e. dal ke pakode, peanut chikkis, jaggery (gur) and what not !!

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The entire pink city looks like its bathing in a riot of colors in the form of different kind of kites that brighten up the sky and the sound of ‘Woh kaata’ is musical to the ears and talks about what the lively pink city is all about !!

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Life at “Lokrang”

Where life was seen overflowing with colors and the air was filled with moments of joy, that’s where Jaipur Beat was present, capturing the happiness live!!

Presenting a perfect blend of Indian culture and colors of traditions through eleven days long dance festival, ‘Lokrang-2013′ was held at Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur, to celebrate the energetic folk art and cultural tradition of India.

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Started in 1994, Lokrang is an 11 day festival held every year in the month of October-November approximately 15 days before Diwali from the first day of the month of Kartika. This year it started from 19th Oct and went on till 29th Oct. Lokrang or say “National Folk Festival” comprises National Dance Festival and National Handicraft Fair (Gandhi Shilp Bazar) at the Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur.

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The presentations of National Dance Festival are performed in the beautiful ambiance of “Madhyavarti” (Open air theatre) of JKK. It starts around 7 in the evening and goes on for almost 2 hours. This year more than 60 kinds of Dances from the performers from 18 States and 1 union territory were presented to the audience.

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Be it Mayur dance of Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat’s garba, Chari dance from Rajasthan or a lot more dances from various states, the one thing that they all showered was happiness !! Each artist came with an expertise and flawless expressions which made the eyes gaze in admiration. The joy on their faces and a myriad of colors filled the air with happiness and it looked like the entire country is soaked in the spirit of celebrations.

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Simultaneously, the National Handicraft Fair at the Shilp Gram of JKK depicts the worthy participation of the indigenous craftsmen from various states of the country. This craft fair has been promoting and representing the indigenous- conventional crafts and also enhancing the interaction within artisans and art lovers in a mesmerizing rural ambience of authentic significance.

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The Celebrations Begin with Navratri :)

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So what do the Navratri and this festival-full month mean to you Jaipurites? Poojas at home, a lot of holidays from school or college, lots of typical traditional outfits, dandiya & garba plans, fasting for peace and prosperity and a lot more is what October indeed promises. When it comes to celebrating traditions and making the most out of these happy times we never lag behind. After all this is the exact time to meet all the fellow youngsters of town and know the juicy gossips in the air ;). You just have to know the right place to be!

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The days are going to start with an auspicious pooja and an all-too-enchanting Om Jai Ambey Gauri bhajan. The pleasant feeling you derive makes this a happy time. Some start the Navratri with prayers at Amer’s Maata’s Mandir. For the next nine days, prayers and fasting are going to be rigorous and dedicated.

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The dandiya nights and garba evenings are going to be eclectic, fun and pleasant. While these events bring the mood of the season alive, they are the temporarily the most ‘it’ places of the pink city. Ask the young Jaipurites and they will know how happening Sundaram, Jai Club and Grassfields’ dandiya galas get 😉 Why should the grown-ups be any behind? Abhivyakti, by Dainik Bhaskar certainly is one of the largest and the oldest garba gathering of the city. There are even preparatory dance classes, planned by the organisers. Abhivyakti is as traditional as it gets!

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The 9 day Navratri festival is followed by the Vijay Dashmi on the 10th day. It is the culmination of the Ramlila which is enacted ceremoniously during Dussehra, the effigies of Ravana, Kumbhakarna, and Meghanada are burnt to celebrate the victory of good (Rama) over evil forces on the ‘Vijaya Dashami’ day. Ofcourse we all have learnt that at school and from our good-old Ramayana show on Doordarshan. How many of us have special family memories and those school enactments fresh in our minds?!