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The Walled City marked as a UNESCO World Heritage Site

The royal city of India Jaipur has recently made the entry in UNESCO World Heritage Sites.  For its arcade and royal architecture, Jaipur has always been on the heritage list.  The announcement was made after the 43rd session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee at Baku (Azerbaijan). As Jantar Mantar has been already marked as World Heritage Site and now as the wall city has bagged the title is a proud moment for all of us.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his happiness through Twitter and posted “Jaipur is a city associated with culture and valour. Elegant and energetic, Jaipur’s hospitality draws people from all over. Glad that this city has been inscribed as a World Heritage Site by @UNESCO.

“The city was proposed to be nominated for its value of being an exemplary development in town planning and architecture that demonstrates an amalgamation and important exchange of ideas in the late medieval period. In town planning, it shows an interchange of ancient Hindu, Mughal and contemporary Western ideas that resulted in the form of the city,” UNESCO

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Jaipur you made us proud!

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Things no one tells you about the marvellous doors of City Palace, Jaipur.

Apart from its magical architecture, the royal residence, and a museum, the city palace has lesser known but not less beautiful gates in its third courtyard. In the inner courtyard of City Palace, Pritam Niwas Chowk has four small gates known as Ridhi Sidhi Pol, which are elaborately decorated in brilliant colours. This courtyard is dominated by Chandra Mahal which is said to be the most charming courtyard in City Palace.

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Each door has a different role to play and a story to tell. These gates are adorned with themes symbolising four seasons and are dedicated to a specific Hindu God & Goddess.

  1. Lotus Gate– Beautified with lotus petals and stunning floral patterns representing summer season, Lotus gate is dedicated to Lord Shiv and his consort Parvati. Lotus gate surrounds the statue of God and a motif of sun. The beguiling colours and detailed lotus flower work all over the gate will leave you stunned.

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  1. Peacock gate-It is one of the most famous and admired gates of them all. This gate is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and symbolizes the autumn season. It is located on the North-East side of the courtyard. The carved peacocks surround the statue of God and are brilliantly decorated with colourful paintings.

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  1. Rose gate– The repeated petal pattern represents winter season and is dedicated to Goddess Devi. Rose gate, which is in the third number in the series of the four gates, is beautifully designed and painted with rose petals that also surround the statue of God and a motif of sun.

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  1. Lehariya Gate– The beautifully vivid green coloured gate or the green gate represents the green of spring season. This indicates the start of the spring and is dedicated to Lord Ganesha. Lehariya means waves, which was how it got it’s name. It also has a statue of Lord Ganesha surrounded by the motifs of waves.

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The above-stated gates give us the spiritual connection and the essence of the life of the medieval period in India. The City Palace surely makes you fall in love with its art.

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9 Places To Have A Meal Fit For Kings In Jaipur

We Jaipurites are born in the land of royals and we have been brought up seeing palaces, elephants, royal abodes and the royals themselves. But dining like royals is a different experience altogether.

Jaipur Beat brings you a list of the choicest restaurants of Jaipur for when you are in a mood to be welcomed and served like royals.

  • Baradari- Located in the heart of the City Palace itself, Baradari is synonymous to grandeur and royalty. With the most royal services and a kingly court kind of ambience, this place treats you with regal pleasures.

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  • 1135 AD- Perched up high in the lap of Amer Fort, 1135 AD offers a lavish experience like no other. Brightly lit aisles, with congenial ambience, gives you the true feels of regalia.
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  • Fort- The modern blended with the traditional, Fort divides itself in Chowk and Sultanat. With stone architecture, this place takes you back to age-old forts from the era of Saxons and Vikings.

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  • Shahpura House- Historic jharokha and chattri style architecture of this place does not fail to leave you in the awe of the moment. From the entrance itself, you are bound to feel the palace to its core in every step you take.
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  • Giardino- Taking its name from Italian origin meaning ‘garden,’ Giardino is located in the royal abode Taj Jai Mahal Palace. Celebrating the Italian culinary pleasures, this place provides an insight into Italian elegance and royal opulence.
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  • Shikaar Bagh- A silent abode in the heart of the buzzing city, Shikaar Bagh is a heaven for those who wish to be pampered like royals and enjoy a serene meal with loved ones and family.
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  • Virasat- Celebrating the royal history of Rajasthan, this place speaks of Rajasthani culture in every fibre of its being. From eating in royal thaalis to enjoying the ancient art forms of Rajasthan displayed all around, Virasat is a vibrant showcase of Rangeelo Rajasthan.
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  • The Rajput Room- The name says it all. Situated in the former residence of the Maharaja of Jaipur, the palace turned heritage hotel Taj Rambagh Palace, The Rajput Room is a place where the grandeur unfurls in a Rajputi demeanour inspired by the ancient rulers of Jaipur. Pleasing and colourful ambience takes your heart away at first sight!
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  • Marble Arch- The dream house-palace in the midst of Jaipuri waters Marble Arch is a heaven located in the legendary Jal Mahal. With a dreamy ambience and inexplicable beauty all around, Marble Arch is instilled with white marble furnishings matched up with vibrant décor and interior to create a mesmerizing contrast.
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So the next time you wish to be treated like a royal, make your way to one of these splendid places in the city.

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Experience Blue Hues Of The Pink City!

This is the season to bleed blue! Royals are back with a bang and Jaipurites are cheering for blue. Whilst you plan to go to the stadium, you might face a lot of blue and white uniformed policemen, who will be there to guide your way. The Pink City’s mood is turning into white and blue this summer and we decided to present to you, the unique places in Jaipur that are based on the same theme.

  • Bar Palladio

An ode to the Italian style and cuisine, Bar Palladio is that wonder place that takes you on a fantasy world of its own. You look left or right, top or bottom; all you will see is the soothing colour of blue and white. So give a pleasure to your eyes and make your evenings special tonight !

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  • World Trade Park

Have you seen the evolving city of Jaipur? If not, then you must definitely visit World Trade Park, one of the rising gems of the city. With a plethora of entertainment sources and wide array of food along with being a favourite spot among Jaipurites for the brands that this place holds, World Trade Park is that apple of the eye that no one can afford to miss.

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  • Jai’pour Café & Bar

Enter the world of Jai’pour, the exotic Greek themed café and bar that will make you forget about you being in the capital city of a desert. Soak up the sun in the sunbathed blues and melt into the starlit skies and make your parties unique only at Jai’pour Café & Bar.

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  • Badal Mahal

Situated in the City Palace Complex, Badal Mahal (Cloud Palace) is one of those rare architectural marvels that give you all illusion of cloud like picture formation wherever you look. Finest piece of artworks and paintings are a great attraction for tourists here, where wind keeps on blowing naturally inside the palace.

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  • Diggi Palace

Situated in the heart of the Pink City lies a land that is pure and natural, Diggi Palace which is till now owned by the royals of the Diggi, offers more than you seek for. The beautiful façade and the majestic location will make you relive the heritage of yester years. Moreover, it hosts the “Greatest Literary Show On Earth” , Jaipur Literature Festival where people from all walks of life come to attend the show from all the world.

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  • Asteria

With the concept of reintroducing drinks with a twist to Jaipur, Asteria is a roof-top lounge that has music for every kind of soul. The best part is that you can choose your place to sit right from the terrace to your own couch to a private two-seater, Asteria offers them all.

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So set your mood to blue and white this summer season and feel it in the air !

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9 Heritage Sites In Jaipur That Will Blow Your Mind Away

Rajasthan is blessed with the marvellous monuments and heritage sites. For which, we can’t thank enough our royals and the architects of building these heritage sites. Today on the International Day for Monuments and Sites, let’s dedicate this beautiful wealth to our ancestors by taking a look at the royal and rich history of our monuments, which are an evidence of bygone era.

  1. Hawa Mahal

Carved out of red and pink sandstone, this marvelous piece of architecture is recognized as the tallest building in the world built without a foundation. Constructed for the purpose of festivals and processions being watched by royal ladies without been seen, Hawa Mahal has about 953 windows from where the ladies could see the happenings of the city.

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  1. City Palace

Based on a fusion of the Vastu Shastra of the Indian architecture, combining Mughal, Rajput and European styles, City Palace was built by the founder of Jaipur- Sawai Jai Singh II. Some of its parts are opened for public by the royal family of Jaipur, who still owns the palace. The most attractive part of the Palace is its four gates that represents the four seasons of the year.

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  1. Jaigarh Fort

Providing a great view of the entire Aravalli range, Jaigarh Fort is known for holding the largest canon on wheels in the world. It is situated at a distance of 15 km from the main Jaipur city and is popularly known for not being conquered by anyone in the battles that it has witnessed.

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  1. Jantar Mantar

Jantar Mantar, Jaipur is considered to be one of the largest observatories out of all the 5 in the entire nation. Recognized as the world heritage site by UNESCO, Jantar Mantar is also filmed in many national and international movies, gaining a great shooting spot for movies.

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  1. Nahargarh Fort

A blend of Indian and European style of architecture, Nahargarh Fort was built as a retreat on the hilltop at that time. Providing a stupendous view of the city, Nahargarh Fort was built strategically to provide protection to the royal family of Jaipur. Also, Heritage Water Walks have been started at Nahargarh by individuals and Tourism Department of Rajasthan to inculcate the habit of water conservation among people.

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  1. Albert Hall

Opened as a concert hall in 1876, Albert Hall was then turned into a Museum to promote the local artisans’ work. Soon after that, the museum gained its popularity not only for its exquisite collection but also for its splendid architecture.

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  1. Gaitore

Delicate carvings on each cenotaph of the Gaitore are unique and have an exclusive quality of architecture that grabs the attention of the visitor. It was known as the cremation ground of the Kachhwaha Rajputs of Jaipur, the most popular royal families in Rajasthan. Plan a day out at Gaitore, located at a distance of 16 km from Jaipur and enjoy the intricate patterns engraved in the walls and domes.

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  1. Jal Mahal

A five storied structure built with stones and walls thick enough that no water seeps in, Jal Mahal is situated at a place from where on one side you can watch monuments, temples and hills and on the other side, the hustle bustle of the city. Beautifully lit up at night, Jal Mahal is a must included place for every tourist planning to visit Jaipur.

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  1. Amer Fort

One of the most romantic palaces in Jaipur, Amer Fort looks like a magical castle of a fairyland in the Maota Lake. Enlisted as the UNESCO World Heritage Site under the category “Hill Forts of Rajasthan”, Amer Fort even provides elephant rides from the foot of the hill.

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If you think that Jaipur has no night life, let us tell you that a lot of these heritage sites have started with night tourism. So be it day or night, paying a visit to these sites is always a pleasure to your eye.