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Central Park: My Story

Sprawling lawns dotted with early risers twisting their bodies before the sun breaks at the horizon, mark the start of my day. Filled with frenzied excitement, I see people running on the tracks laid upon me; I see them eagerly waiting at the gym; I see them laughing and I even see them just sitting back, soaking in the divine charm of mother nature in search of peace.

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I hear the melody of birds chirping early in the morning, I see them take a flight in the enormous sky in search of food. I am the Central Park of Jaipur, landlocked in the heart of Pink City. I find immense pride in sharing such close vicinity with the founder of Jaipur, Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II.

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With the sunrays falling on the National flag which stands tall on my grounds, each and every patriot feels a surge of gratification running through them. The art in form of stone sculptures that I contain in my being represents something mighty, yet beautiful.

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As the day proceeds,  I am completely transformed, people start leaving and at some point I am left alone…but I am never completely abandoned.

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Sometimes I hear the laughter of young boys and girls when the world is bathed in the warmth of sun it is me, who provides some comfort to those who seek it. To those poor rickshaw pullers who keep dragging their rickshaws in the screeching heat,  it is I who shades them from the sun, those who want a place to give themselves a break from the buzz of urban jungle, it is I who takes them in my lap and let them sleep peacefully and those who have their loved ones in the hospital, it is I, who let them have a little peaceful time away from their worries, in arms of nature.

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As the evening approaches and the sun gradually goes down, I transform once again. Once again I change my character, to become a family ground. A place for people to visit for some quality time with their loved ones, their young toddlers. With urban projects setting up, people look at me and get assured that their children still have a place to go out and live their childhood like the way they did, running around, playing real games, getting dust on their clothes. Indulged in the sweet melancholic music of their laughter I feel grateful for my existence.

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With the sun finally sinking, the sky turns a mixture of brilliant red and orange, beautiful and serene giving the air a tranquil feel. The extravagantly colourful sky, reminding everyone of the beautiful endings is sometimes the reason behind people visiting me.

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As the night falls I am quite once again, with the only audible sounds of traffic and buzzing streets and they too eventually fade away in the quite of night and I find peace watching the moonlight sky.

Picture credit: Aparna Natha and team Jaipur Beat

Content credit: Shanza Sarwana

 

 

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6 Parks for Cool Morning Walks in Jaipur

As we celebrate World Earth Day today, let’s take out some time to appreciate nature and remind ourselves of what Leonardo DiCaprio quoted in his Oscar winning speech “Let us not take this planet for granted. I do not take tonight for granted.”

Our city has a culture of enjoying rich food as well as burning the calories the first thing in the morning. In Jaipur, you see morning walkers at 5 in the morning even during cold weather. Whether you want to stay in shape or just calm your senses, a quiet morning walk is a must. There are many well-maintained gardens in Jaipur that are thronged by Jaipurites in the morning. You too should definitely walk or run around in any of these naturally beautiful places. These are the top 6 gardens in Jaipur to revive you in the early hours of the day-

1. Central Park

This is the favorite morning-walk place of Jaipur people. The lush greenery, the chirping birds, the nutritious juices and our high-flying national flag, all make Central Park an ideal spot for fulfilling mornings.

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2. Kulish Smriti Van

Located on JLN, the Kulish Van is a forest turned into a walking/jogging place. Early in the morning, you can see people doing yoga in the garden near entrance. The walking track here is not hard and cemented so the feeling of wild is still there. You will see peacocks roaming around and lotuses blooming. You can also enjoy healthy juices available near the entrance or just dash to Saras Dairy for a hearty breakfast.

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3. Jawahar Circle Garden

This garden is famous for lip smacking Pav Bhaji available here but it is also a great place to feel refreshed in morning. This huge garden is the biggest circular park in Asia. Walk inside the garden or just roam around the circle admiring the greenery and flowers.

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4. Ram Niwas Garden

The garden famous for its zoo is an ideal place to stretch your body and get ready for the day. Hear to the chirping birds and jog around. Enjoy the site of pigeons flying around Albert Hall with the cool morning air.

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5. Kanak Vrindavan

If you are lucky to live near the old city, Kanak Vrindavan is the best place to enjoy a blissful morning. This garden is full of verdant greenery to rejuvenate your senses. You can walk to Jal Mahal as well to enjoy the serene mornings.

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6. Talkatora Lake

Newly restored and developed Tal Katora and Pondrik Uddyan has now become a wonderful place. With colorful fountains reaching a height of 70 ft., array of flowering pots is surely adding to the terrific beauty of the abode. People of all ages are visiting this place now and enjoying hot summer evenings sitting over the lush green grass next to the soothing fountains.

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Happy Worth Earth Day 🙂

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6 Reasons Why You Must Spend Sunday Morning With Birds At Central Park

What are your Sunday mornings like? Are you an early riser ? Do you begin them with a morning walk or a hot cup of tea or do you spend it snoozing the alarm till 12 in the noon ? 😉 Let us today walk you through how birds spend their Sunday morning, which we witnessed on our Sunday visit to Central park of Jaipur 🙂

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  1. A Noisy Good Morning 🙂
    The common mynas, one of the most frequently found birds in India, are no shy fellows ! They are seen hopping around, calling out and incessantly chirping and talking to other birds of the feather 😉  You can see for yourself how this one is a people’s person, oops ! birds’ bird 😀talk
    While some are suspicious about someone clicking their morning pics 😉 Just like this rose-ringed parakeet, aka parrot 🙂

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  2. Basking in SunJust like all of us, they love basking in the warmth of early morning rays and smelling the grass to feel the dew drops 🙂

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  3. Morning WalkThere is nothing like strolling in the arms of nature, ain’t it ? But strolling is for the lazy lads, this red-wattled lapwing pulls off a brisk walk like a boss ! After all, health comes first.

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  4. Breakfast First !
    As it’s synonymous to health 😉
    Who says you have to shower first and then eat ? We are the master of our lives and we’ll eat the brightest thing around, and we bet you will crave to taste it as well 😉parrot eating
  5. Hand pump lessonsFor we are independent and don’t depend on humans to feed us 😉
    P.S. Common mynas are generally found in pairs. Because teamwork.

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  6. Open air bathTo pull that off, you either gotta be as carefree as a villager taking baths in lakes and near wells, or by paying a King’s ransom to a fancy resort, or, you just ought to be a bird and enjoy the cool water under the shining sun in summers 🙂

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    Because two is company 😀

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    So how about spending this Sunday with these energetic birds in the arms of nature and starting your day on a high note ?

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Mornings at Central Park

One can’t actually think of anything that is more enjoyable & refreshing than a nice early morning walk when the city is just beginning to wake up. We all know morning walk is good for us and that we should go for it but somehow it is easier to lay in bed. It took longer to actually get out of bed and do it but once you do, you felt simply astounding and motivated to keep it up in order to maintain the feeling of being so optimistic and alive.

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And to actually keep you enthused, an excellent place for walk is must. Being a Jaipurite, one knows well about an exceptional place to walk that is Central Park, which is the most popular park among walkers & Joggers, located almost in the centre of the city. As a walker I was impressed with Central park’s beauty and size, making it a wonderful place to enjoy a bit of relaxation where people can spend hours in the enthralling and imposing atmosphere. The beautiful 4.5 km walkway of the park fills one with rejuvenating freshness escaping the din & chaos of the surrounding city. A wonderful designed park, having intensely manicured grass land. Its vast stretch of seasonal plants with their enigmatic aroma makes any visitor spellbound.

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After an interesting strenuous walk, all those walkers who are coming to the park treat themselves & rehydrate with fresh & healthy juices like those of wheat grass, aloe Vera, bitter guard, guard tomato juices, feeling replenished again.
So get your butt up, wash your face, dress up, wear comfy shoes come & explore all that nature has to offer early in the morning.