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Diwali: Then Vs Now

Nostalgia is a beautifully relaxing feeling. Every time we think of the good old days, they leave our faces with a chipper yearning grin. Now is the time for Diwali, we want to take you back into the good old days – we want to make you smile, enjoy and laugh. We want to remind you of how celebrating Diwali with family was as compared to what it is now. So, let’s reminisce the memorable moments and see how amusingly life has changed, and how adulting has changed us:

Freedom to eat- 

Then: Literally gorging on every other mithai.

Now: No more sweets please for me! I am on the Keto Diet.

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Celebrating with family

Then: Looking like a family straight outta Hum Saath Saath Hain.

Now: Trying to juggle between marriage/work/college life and family life.

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Enjoying Holidays

Then: At least 10 days holiday from school.

Now: Getting barely 3 days holiday at work.

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Bursting crackers

Then: Bursting crackers till 2:00 am.

Now: Realising we were unaware of the environmental damage it did and shifting to No crackers wali Diwali.

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Receiving gifts 

Then: Receiving lots of chocolates and sweets from all the uncles, aunties and padosies.

Now: Worrying about giving gifts to everyone!

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100 metres away from Rangoli rule

Then: “Do not play near the rangoli!”

Now: “Rangoli banane mein madat karna zara”

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No-makeup rule

Then: Dreaming of wearing mom’s makeup.

Now: Wearing your own collection!

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No tension of cooking snacks and decorations

Then: Playing in the streets.

Now: “Beta baazar jaakar 2 kilo gende ke phool le aa!” or Let’s do some decorations

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Buying earthen diyas

Then: Buying earthen diyas and decorating them at home.

Now:  Buying readymade fancy diyas. Who has got that much time?

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Visiting family and friends

Then: Being dragged to others’ homes by mom and dad for Diwali Milan

Now: Sending WhatsApp wishes.

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Times may have changed but we still cheer up when it’s Diwali time while fondly cherishing some old memories.

Tag your family and remind them of your beautiful festive journey! 😀

 

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English Shows to Binge Watch before the Summer Ends!

Today we are living in the era of World Wide Web, Jaipurites are becoming more and more techno-savvy, we are internet freaks who are crazy after Instagram, YouTube and also these days’ web series is super popular amongst us. Let’s move forward with the list of amazing English Web Series.

  1. 2 Broke Girls

The show revolves around the lives of Max Black, (Kat Dennings) a daughter of a poor, working-class mother, and Caroline Channing, (Beth Behrs) born rich but now penniless because her father got caught operating a Ponzi scheme. Now both working as waitresses at the same Brooklyn diner. The two soon become friends and started working towards their dream of opening their own cupcake shop. The show is nothing like the mainstream chick-flicks and will definitely leave you rolling on the ground laughing. The show has also won a People’s Choice Award and an Emmy Award & is available on Amazon Prime Video.
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  1. The Office

The show depict the life in an office. It consists of relationships between boss and employees/co-workers. It is created in a satire effect to create humor and comedy. Some of the main characters include Michael Scott (Steve Carell), the boss, Dwight Schrute (Rainn Wilson), a paper sales-man, Pam Beesly (Jenna Fischer), a secretary, and Jim Halpert (John Krasinski), another paper sales-man. There are more sales & accounting people that work in the office that add to the story. The show will have you laughing, crying, celebrating, and falling in love with these characters every step of the way. It has won five Emmy Awards, Screen Actors Guild Awards, and many other awards. You sure don’t want to miss out on watching The Office which is available on Amazon Prime Video.
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  1. Homeland

 The show is a spy thriller where the protagonist, Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes), is a CIA officer who has a bipolar disorder and believes that Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis), who is being held captive by al-Qaeda as Prisoner of War, has been turned against them and poses a threat to the U.S. This sets Mathison on her covert mission. If you’re as intrigued as we are and want to find out where Mathison’s mission will take her as a CIA officer and will she be able to continue her mission, you will have to watch Homeland which is available on Hotstar. The show has garnered global praise and has won Emmy awards, two Golden Globe Awards, and other awards. It is set to premiere its final season in late 2019.

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  1. Hannibal

Hannibal is a Psychological horror-thriller. Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) is a FBI profiler. Jack Crawford (Lawrence Fishburne), who is head of Behavioral Sciences, hires Graham for investigation of a serial-killing that is taking place in Minnesota. While investigating, Graham finds that he himself is getting affected by the disturbing psychiatric behavior and starts to experience hallucinations and disorientation. The series unfolds a new aspect of Will Graham and his struggle to fight his dark-side while Hannibal embraces his own dark-side and wants Graham to learn the same. For all those looking for a mind-bending series that makes you think, “is that even possible?” watch Hannibal. It is available on Netflix.

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  1. American Horror Story

An American anthology-horror television series, with each season conceived as a self-contained mini-series, each following a different set of characters, setting, and storyline. Each season has a different story to tell about many horrific things and places. The series takes its genre very seriously and leaves its viewers off balance and disturbed afterwards. So if horror is your genre then you need to be watching American Horror Story. The show is currently available on Hotstar.

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  1. F.R.I.E.N.D.S.

 You have been living under rock if you don’t already know about F.R.I.E.N.D.S. It’s a classic sitcom. The story revolves around the lives of six friends in their 20’s and an insomnia cafe. Rachel Green (Jennifer Aniston) flees from her wedding and finds Monica Geller (Courteney Cox), a NYC Chef and her childhood friend, and soon becomes a part of their group of singles which includes Joey Tribibiani (Matt LeBlanc), a struggling actor, Chandler Bing (Matthew Perry), Phoebe Buffay (Lisa Kudrow), a masseuse, and Ross Geller (David Schwimmer), a newly divorced Paleontologist and Monica’s elder brother. Friends gives you all the humor, romance, career issues, sentiments, and overall a dream to experience the same with your own friends. Friends is available on Netflix and we highly recommend binge watching it.

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  1. Breaking Bad

 Yet another classic, Braking Bad, is a neo-western crime-drama series. It tells the story of a struggling and depressed Chemistry school teacher, Walter White (Bryan Cranston), with a stage-3 lung cancer. His disease causes this meek high school teacher to turn towards crime. He starts manufacturing and selling crystallized meth (recreational drug) under the name Heisenberg, to secure his family’s financial future. The show garnered appreciation world-wide and received 16 Primetime Emmy Awards, eight Satellite Awards, and the list goes on. The show has even made it to the Guinness World Records. Now where will this new secret identity lead Walter is something you don’t want to miss. Breaking Bad is available on Netflix, so don’t miss this extraordinary series.

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  1. Chernobyl

 A magnificent series based on a true story, Chernobyl dramatizes one of the worst man-made catastrophes in the history of human-kind. The series concentrates on the nuclear plant disaster that took place in Soviet Ukraine in April, 1986. The show informs us of the cause of the disaster and stories of several people who died in it. The series released recently and has already been praised by television critics across the ocean alike. It is available on Hotstar for the Indian audience.

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  1. How I Met Your Mother

An American live-action sitcom, How I Met Your Mother, is a frame story, Ted Mosby in the year 2030, narrates to his children the events that led him to meet their mother. The story starts in 2005 in New York City and involves his best friends Barney Stinson (Neil Patrick Harris), a womanizing- playboy, Robin Scherbatsky (Cobie Smulders), news reporter, and long-lasting couple, Marshall Erikson (Jason Segal) and Lily Aldrin (Alison Hannigan). The story goes through the journey of Ted meeting the mother of his children, ups and downs in their careers, and Marshall and Lily’s relationship. Overall, the show has unique structure, humor, and incorporation of dramatic elements. It is available on Hotstar.

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  1. Family Guy

Family Guy is an animated sitcom that centers around the Griffins, a family consisting of parents Peter Griffins and Lois Griffins, their children Meg, Chris and Stewie, and their anthropomorphic pet dog, Brian. The series is majorly based on self-referential humor and emphasizes on gags that make reference to current events and/or modern cultural icons. Although the series has been a part of several criticism and controversy, it gives you a hearty laugh. Also, they have special episode dedicated to India. Do watch it and have fun.

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  1. The Simpsons

 Another hilarious animated sitcom is The Simpsons which is set in a satirical depiction of the working class and includes parodies of American culture and society, television, and the human condition.  The main characters are the Simpson family who live in Springfield town (fictitious name). Though the Simpson are a dysfunctional family, many episodes examine their relationships and bonds with each other, which provides its audience with a mix of emotions. The Simpsons have also been a part of various controversies, bans, and even racial stereotyping due to its nature. But it has been one of the most high grossing, long-running show, so you cannot afford to miss it!

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  1. Big Bang Theory

 Apart from being an acclaimed sitcom, what’s amazing about this show was that it was filmed in front of a live audience. Big Bang Theory is all you need if you are a self-acclaimed nerd or a science lover. You ask why? David Saltzberg, a professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of California, LA, checks scripts himself and provides dialogue, mathematics, equations, and the diagrams used as props for the show. Sounds nerdy-enough! Go online and checkout the chronicles of Leonardo, Sheldon, Penny, Raj, Howard, Bernadette and Amy and tell us who you relate to the most. The series is available on Hotstar.

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  1. Arrow

This one is for all the DC comic lovers. Arrow, is a superhero series about a billionaire playboy, Oliver Queen a.k.a. Arrow (Stephen Amell), who is isolated from the rest of the world due to a shipwreck and spends five years of his life on a mysterious island. On returning, he decides to spend his life fighting crime and corruption as a secret vigilante, and chooses a bow and arrow as the weapon of his choice. Follow Arrow through his journey against crime and find out if he succeeds. It is available on Netflix and Hotstar.

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  1. Flash

Another DC character that has been leaving his mark on TV is Flash. The idea of Flash came to surface after two appearances by Barry on Arrow. Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) is a crime scene investigator who gains super-human speed by getting struck by lightning and after awakening from coma finds out about his power, hence, becomes Flash. He uses his powers to fight-off criminals while keeping his identity a secret. The series experience loads of time-travel too, which makes it all the more interesting to watch. You can watch the series on Hotstar.

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  1. Mindhunter

Mindhunter is a crime-drama web series based on the book. The series is set in 1977 – in the early days of criminal psychology and profiling at the FBI. The show focuses on FBI agents Holden Ford (Johnathan Groff), agent Bill Tench (Holt McCallany), and psychologist Wendy Carr (Anna Torv). This series will push the boundaries of how you think and will make you wonder how these killers are triggered by the slightest of the things. Watch out for the Mindhunter only on Netflix.

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  1. Law and Order

 Law and order is a legal-drama that dramatizes police procedures. Each episode is divided into two parts whereby the first part follows police work and the later part follows legal and courtroom proceedings. Though the show was criticized, it gives an insight of the police, detectives, and trial that takes place during an investigation. If you crave for a show that provides you with a new mystery/case to solve every time you watch it, then this is your ‘must watch show’. The show is available on Hulu.

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  1. Grey’s Anatomy

 Grey’s Anatomy is a drama show that provides you romance, comedy, emotions, and a lot of acquaintances to medical lives. The fictional series focuses on the lives of surgical interns, residents, and attending physicians both in terms of their careers as they develop into seasoned doctors, and their personal lives and relationships. It has tried to aptly depict how the doctors struggle to balance their personal lives with their hectic professional lives, which often leads to serious stress. It introduces us to the side of doctors that we often miss to see either as a patient or an acquaintance. To all the doctors out there now we understand, and if you too want to have a deeper dig at it, don’t miss Grey’s Anatomy. You can watch it on Hotstar.

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  1. This is Us

 An amalgamation of romance-comedy-tragedy-drama, This is Us follows the lives of three siblings known as “Big Three” (Kevin, Kate and Randal) and their parents Jack and Rebecca. It is full of heart-wrenching moments and is guaranteed to leave you in tears with every episode. If you want to go for emotional rollercoaster ride then bring out that ice-cream tub and binge watch. This is Us, on Hotstar.

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  1. House of Cards

 House of Cards is an American political-thriller series set in Washington D.C. and is the story of the power-hungry Congressman, Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey), and his equally ambitious wife, Clair Underwood (Robin Wright). The series depicts how the duo seek each other’s success to each other’s ventures and how the lust of power drives Frank Underwood to do vile things such as having an affair, ruining reputations, and even killing. Watch out for conspiracy of Frank Underwood on Netflix.

 

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  1. Designated Survivors

 The next political-thriller on the block has to be the Designated Survivors. It is the story of the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Thomas Kirkman, who was named Designated Survivor after surviving an explosion that claimed the lives of the President and everyone in the line of succession except for him. This leads to Kirkman immediately becoming the President, unaware of what is to come next. The show is available on Netflix.

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  1. Westworld

 Westworld is a science-fiction show set in an unspecified time in the future. Westworld is a theme park which allows guests to experience the old times, an environment populated by ‘hosts’ (androids, nearly indistinguishable from humans). Hosts are supposed to fulfill guest’s every desire and follow a predetermined set of intertwining narratives. This cycle of narrative keeps on going as new guests arrive because their memories are reset and then repeated daily. But problems are about to arise in Westworld as members of a small group of hosts are starting to retrieve some of the memories from their previous life. Will the Hosts recover completely or will they continue to be exploited by their guests? Watch Westworld to find out, available on Hotstar.

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  1. Stranger Things

 The next series that has been garnering appreciation all over the globe is Stranger Things, a science fiction-horror series. The series is set in the 1980s in the fictional town of Hawkins. Things starts to get wired after a secret paranormal experiment that includes human subjects conducted by Hawkins National Laboratory goes wrong and ends up creating a portal to an alternate dimension known as “The Upside Down” after which a boy called Will Byers gets abducted by a creature from the Upside Down. Now Will’s friends are in search of him, will they be able to find him? Watch the journey of the kids in search of their friend, only on Netflix!

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  1. Sherlock

 Sherlock is a British crime-drama based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle‘s Sherlock Holmes detective stories. The show is set in modern-day London where Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch) solves various mysteries with his flat mate and friend, Dr. John Watson (Martin Freeman). Though the Londoners are suspicious of him in the beginning, his intellect and exceptionality persuade them of his value. Watch Sherlock’s expedition from a detective to a reluctant celebrity. You can watch the series on Netflix.

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  1. Dexter

Dexter is a crime-drama-mystery, set in Miami. Dexter Morgan (Michael C. Hall) works with Miami Metro Police Department as a forensic technician specializing in blood splatter pattern analysis and leads a secret life as vigilant serial killer, who only kills those criminals that slipped from the hands of justice system. What lead Dexter to become what he is? Do you think he is a monster or a guardian? Watch and decide for yourself on Hotstar.

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Get your schedule all set and your chores done to start binge watching these shows and making the most of your free time!

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Pedal Down All Your Worries With Pink Pedals, Jaipur

“You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy a bicycle and that’s pretty close.” – Anon

Have you tried going back into time and re-cherish your life? Riding in the morning sunny skies or the hazy winter lights of Central Park, pushing pedals briskly at JLN Marg trying to beat your friends while feeling the cool breeze arouses nostalgic sentiments in the times of fast growing Jaipur.

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The city of surprises has never let its people down and so hasn’t Jaipur Beat. So amidst the busy urban life, we want you to trace your steps back towards a healthy lifestyle with cycling and revive the memory lane.

Give a rest to your lethargic minds, as Pink Pedals Jaipur takes up a bold initiative towards motivating the Jaipurities to give a test ride to their happiness. It is a unique concept associated with providing bike rentals to the people of each generation; from tiny-tots to grandpas and grannies and taking a step towards a greener and pollution-free Jaipur. This ingenious bike rental strategy has gathered 25,000 followers in a short span of time with the motto of of riding towards a sustainable and salubrious environment.

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Located at Jawahar Circle, bicycle riding in the labyrinth of greenery leaves a mesmerizing and ever- lasting experience.

These user- friendly bikes has a wide variety of range; from gearless to geared, tiny bikes for kids to higher handles for the older, and branded to non-branded, appealing  to the customer’s comfort level at a minimal rental cost of 20Rs./20min (gearless) and 60Rs./20min (geared).

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So gear up and tighten up your knots as bike riding in Jaipur now has a new ‘no excuse’ propaganda!

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Come and join them with Pink City’s first ever ‘Juniors Cyclothon’ on 17th June and let your child unleash the joy of riding. Pamper them to win the amazing hampers and exciting gifts with an unforgettable experience in bask of nature. Register now!

For further details contact 072299-42277.

Content credit– Muskaan Kasat

Photo credit– Aparna Natha

Both are working as an intern at Jaipur Beat. 

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It was all about Smiles, Makeovers & NGO Kids at F-Salon, Jaipur.

All children are god’s little angels irrespective of caste, color, creed and are blessed with the ability to bring joy all around them. F-Salon, as we all know, is an ultra-glamorous, cutting edge hair & makeup salon with its teams of experts. So what is the connection between the two? A wonderful initiative called ‘Foster Smiles’ by F-Salon in collaboration with Jaipur-based NGO, Naya Sawera to bring a little bit of magic in the lives of specially challenged & underprivileged kids by giving them ultra-cool makeovers.

While the right to education, healthy food, safe shelter and the basics still remains a tremendously important concern for these that this NGO is continuously working hard to provide, one had to see what on its onset seemed like ‘just ‘a fun idea for the children quickly transformed into an empowering one. We often forget, of all the things we can give these children, the ability to hope, believe and dream is unmatched & priceless.

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As we walked into the salon, we found a bunch of shy, well-behaved kids quietly sipping their juice packets, huddled together looking a little perplexed with the glass façade, shiny lights & people all around them. One child wondered about too much electricity, the other about the tall buildings and the third was just glad to have had an off day from school. With owners Dushyant and Praanjal instantly connecting and cracking jokes with the kids, soon all we could hear was laughter and excitement.

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At ease now, the kids loved sitting in front of the large luxurious mirrors at the F-Salon all set for their makeover. They all gingerly marched to the hair washing stations and were given a head wash all set for their new stylish haircuts. You would think these kids would be clueless about style but they all had their list of preferences and famous movie stars etched in their heads & hearts.

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With curling, crimping, razor cuts, highlights, nail art, grooming sessions and blow-dryers blowing away at the salon, the kids were in the some of the best hands in the industry. The whole place was packed with heavy action.

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One of the defining moments of the entire event was seeing how with every snip of the scissor, the kids transformed. From being shy to happy and then confident. In a matter of minutes, one could see the change which was though only in the outer appearance but managed to bring out the light of confidence from somewhere deep within these kids. It was as if they shed an outer layer of shyness, with bright shiny eyes and a smile on their faces courtesy the experts at F-salon, they looked super confident of themselves, their tomorrow and a quiet belief in their own power.

In the end, who gave back whom became blurred but every face in the room be it the children, the staff at the F-Salon and others were beaming with happiness and large generous smiles. More power to you kids, we say.

Way to go F –salon! What an incredible initiative indeed.

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Feel The Snowfall At Snow Park In Jaipur

Since the temperature is now dropping and summers are about to depart, don’t you think you should take full mazaa of this leaving summer ?? Umm so what can be a different place to go to in Jaipur where people of all groups can have a gala time ? The answer lies in GT Central. It is the new ‘Snow Park’ that has opened in Jaipur !!

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For starters, the idea of entering a place with -6 degree Celsius (yes) with a lot of snow to play with is itself so pleasantly enticing that a visit to this place is impossible to resist. All you have to do is drive/ride to GT Central, go to the counter of Snow Planet, get the tickets and be ready for a joyous time thereon. While at the counter, you can already see Santa Claus flying in his sleigh with his reindeer welcoming you to his super happy world 😀

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Now you just have to collect your jacket, gloves and a pair of boots and you’re ready to go. A guy will open the gate for you and there it is. A land full of snow with the beautiful Snow White and her seven dwarfs standing right in front of you along with the Snow Queen Elsa giving you a feel that you have left behind all your worries and are now living in a perfect Disney fairy tale. There are many balls spread all over the snow to play football, throw-ball and whatever you want to. It is surely a paradise for children as they have a lot of activities to do around here. To add to the feel, there are snowy green pine trees all around standing tall with some cute penguins and adorable snow bears by their sides. Behind the snow slide, stands a Giant Polar Bear watching his little snow town 🙂

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As you continue to walk to your right, there is a snow clad staircase and there you see those lovable snowmen with stylish hats and colorful caps along with ebony wood benches with snowflakes spread over them where you can just sit, relax and click selfies 😉

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Just continue to climb up and it keeps getting better and more fun 😀 You can do sledging for which there are two separate sections, one for adults and another one for tiny tots which is smaller and not too steep.

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If you take a right from the staircase, a Snow Cafe welcomes you where there are wooden chairs and tables with a fence where you can literally ‘chill out’ and chit chat may be. While standing by the fence, you can see the whole view of the park below where the children can be seen wrapped in jackets, laughing and throwing snow at each other !

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You can even see a Dance floor with flash lights and experience a unique feel of dancing in snow with your friends and family!! While you cross the lovely London Bridge and get a superb picture clicked over there, you can also spot the extremely sweet little Winnie the Pooh sitting by and adding a bright feel with his yellowish orange and red attire 🙂
From there you can take the extremely fun snow slide which is fast and furious and makes you land in the heap of snow 😀

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Apart from this, you will also get to witness snowfall making you feel like you are in a magical haven, cocooned in snow where snowflakes are falling like feathers from heaven and there is nothing more serene in the entire world.

So get out of your bed, dress up and feel the magic of Snow Park this weekend before winters take over 🙂
P.S The timings are 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. for weekdays and 11:30 a.m. – 10 p.m. for weekends and holidays.