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Decoding the Significance of the Festival of Lights

 

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Diwali, as we all know, is the grand festival that is celebrated all over the country with new full zeal every year. It is also one of the most important festivals for Jaipur and Jaipurites, as here it is observed for a full 5 days. During this time entire Pink city is decked up, and all monuments and buildings are lit up which makes the city truly beautiful and full of splendour. The preparations start almost a month ago when Jaipurites starts cleaning the house, and decorating it because Diwali is not just a day-long affair for us but it is a complete five-day long event. And we believe to celebrate each and every day of Diwali with full passion. But did you know the significance of all these five days?

Let’s get a bit of knowledge about our favourite 5 Diwali days-

Dhanteras

Dhanteras which is also known as “Dhanvantari Trayodashi” is the first day of the five days of Diwali celebration. The legend behind celebrating Dhanteras is that the ocean was churned by Gods and demons to get Amrita or nectar. Dhanvantari (known as physician of Gods) had emerged out with a jar of elixir from the ocean. That is why this day is celebrated as Dhanteras.

It is believed that buying things such as gold or silver coins, jewellery, new utensils or other new things is the sign of Lakshmi coming home whole year. On this day Jaipur markets like Tripolia Bazaar, Johari Bazaar gets all bustled up with the people as everyone is busy buying the things.

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Roop Chaturdashi

The second day is Roop Chaturdashi which is also known as Naraka Chaturdashi, Kali Chaudas or Choti Diwali. After a month-long cleaning of the home, it is time to deck up ourselves. It is believed that on this day it is very important to take care of one’s body and also improving one’s appearance through external means. In the old days, women used to apply ubtan to get that natural glow and now they go to parlours to get the festive look.

Whatever you opt for, this day signifies that you need to glow & shine like Diwali lights.

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This is the main day and marks the return of Lord Rama along with wife Sita to their kingdom from 14 year-long exile after defeating Ravana. When Rama, Sita and Lakshaman were back, the people of Ayodhya celebrated the return of their king by illuminating the earthen diyas and bursting firecrackers. Hence, Diwali is the celebration of Homecoming. We light up homes, wear new clothes, prepare lots of delicacies and offer prayers to Goddess Lakshmi. No matter where you are Jaipurites love to come back home to be with their family, and this is the true essence of this festival of Diwali.

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Govardhan Pooja

The fourth day is Govardhan Pooja or Annakoota, people show their gratitude towards Lord Krishna by offering various types of food. The story behind this day is that, once Lord Indra got angry for the villagers had stopped offering him lavish meals which in return he promised good rains for their crops. So he flooded the village and soon it was underwater. Lord Krishna then came to their rescue by lifting the huge Govardhan Mountain on his little finger.

Bhai Dooj

Last day is called Bhai Dooj which celebrates the love of brother and sister. On this day, women pray to God for the long and prosperous lives of their brother and apply ‘tilak’ on their foreheads. According to mythology, on this day Yamraj visited his sister Yami, where she welcomed him with an aarti, applied tilak and offered sweets. Moved by his sister’s love he declared that any brother who received ‘tilak’ from his sister shouldn’t be afraid of death.

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Now, that you know the significance of the five days of Diwali, go ahead and take part in the rituals and celebrations this Diwali with great enthusiasm. But remember to play eco-friendly Diwali and avoid bursting crackers for the sake of our environment.

Wishing you all a Joyful & Safe Diwali!

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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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Lifestyle Exhibition in the Festive Month of October|Jaipur Beat

The festive season is around the corner and we couldn’t be more excited about it for its festive spirit is all around the city. The city is drenched in colours and is buzzing until late at night especially the markets. Festival season means buying new things for your home and for yourself and that is why there’s a boom in the markets at this time of the year. If you have already explored the city markets, you can check out these mind-blowing lifestyle exhibition. So, make some space in your wardrobe and go shopping at-

 

1. Varam

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Date- 30th Sept – 2nd Oct

Time- 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Venue- D-2 Janpath, Shyam Nagar

2. Jaipur Lifestyle Expo 2019

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Date- 1st – 2nd October

Time- 08:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Venue- Hotel Grand Uniara

3. The Craft Collective

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Date- 1st – 2nd October

Time- 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Venue- Ritu Kedia For Exclusive, Civil Lines

 

4. Jhalak Fashion Exhibition

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Date- 1st – 3rd October

Time- 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Venue- Jaipur Marriott Hotel

 

5. Festive Fever Jaipur | Funky Fish

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Date- 3rd October

Time- 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Venue- Hotel Holiday Inn

 

6. India Shopping Expo 2019

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Date- 4th – 6th Oct

Time- 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Venue- B. M. Birla Auditorium

 

7. The Urban Thaat

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Date- 4th – 5th Oct

Time- 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Venue- Hilton, Hawa Sadak, Jaipur

8. Dahleez Diwali Lifestyle Exhibition

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Date- 9th – 10th Oct

Time- 10:00 AM – 09:00 PM

Venue- Fort Lounge, Jawahar Lal Nehru Marg, Adinath Nagar, Jaipur

 

9. Lagan Mandap Wedding & Lifestyle Exhibition

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Date- 10th – 11th Oct

Time- 10:00 AM – 09:00 PM

Venue- Holiday Inn, Jaipur City Centre, Jaipur

10. Desi Bazaar: Indian Designer Haat Bazaar with Festive Vibes

 

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Date- 10th – 11th October

Time- 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Venue- Bhatia Bhawan Jaipur

11. Hidden Treasures Winter Festive Edit

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Date- 11th – 12th October

Time- 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Venue- Hotel Diggi Palace

12. Shimmer- Diwali Lifestyle Exhibition

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Date- 12th – 13th Oct

Time- 11:00 AM – 09:00 PM

Venue- Hotel Sarovar portico

 

13. Blooming Tassels

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Date- 14th – 15th Oct

Time- 10:00 AM – 08:00 PM

Venue- Bais Godown, opp godown no.5, Jaipur

14. The Luxury Living

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Date- 15th – 16th Oct

Time- 10:00 AM – 09:00 PM

Venue- Holiday Inn Jaipur city centre, Sardar Patel Road

15. Labels Lifestyle Exhibition

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Date- 17th – 18th Oct

Time- 11:00 AM – 08:00 PM

Venue- Hotel Grand Uniara

16. The Royale Flea

 

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Date- 17th – 20th Oct

Time- 11:00 AM – 09:30 PM

Venue- Barwada House, Jacob Road, Ajmer Road, Civil Lines

 

17. City Flea | City Shor

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Date- 18th – 19th October

Time- 11:00 AM – 08:00 PM

Venue- Home Café By Mr. Beans

 

18. Patola Bandhej- Banarasi Diwali Exhibition

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Date- 18th – 20th October

Time- 10:30 AM – 7:30 PM

Venue- KK Square, Prithviraj Road, C-Scheme

19. Numaish Premium Fashion & Lifestyle Exhibition

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Date- 19th – 20th Oct

Time- 11:00 AM – 08:00 PM

Venue- Hotel Royal Orchid, Tonk Road

 

20. DOR – A Fashion & Lifestyle Exhibition

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Date- 19th – 20th October

Time- 11:30 AM – 10:00 PM

Venue- Gulabi Nagari, Bani Park

 

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This Diwali, Let’s Keep Our Culture Alive!

Preserved and passed on for generations, the elixir of living the life and the footprints of our ancestors, the culture, the traditions and the zeal of life. Diwali is not just about a festival in our country. It is more about heritage, and its preservation.

On Diwali we celebrate the return of Ram from 14 years of exile, and growing up, Diwali was all about lighting up diyas, cooking sweet Indian delicacies, sparking fire crackers, and worshipping Lord Ganesha and goddess Laxmi. With the change in time and tradition, we are losing the grip on soul of this festival. Here are a few things we all need to turn back to this Diwali!

  1. The Elaborate Diwali Pooja- The elaborate Diwali pooja always used to be a family affair but now it is also losing its value to us. The conventional ways of celebrating Diwali started by pooja are changing with most of the youngsters migrating to different cities for education and job. We should learn to pray on our own if we cannot reach home on Diwali. 🙂

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  1. Sweets– Where there is celebration, there has to be sweets, but nowadays we are turning towards chocolates and other dessert options that are known to be #gluttonfree #cholesterolfree #fatfree and whatnot. We are forgetting that the delicious recipes of homemade sweets like laddus, gulabjamun, barfi, halwa, mathri, etc. that have been handed down to us by our nani and dadi are much healthier and delightful in every sense.

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  1. New Clothes- The zeal of the festival Diwali needs to be kept alive with new clothes, because Diwali also marks a new beginning, the end of evil and the victory of the good. We promise you that you are going to have a worthy stock of pictures for Instagram with a new ethnic attire.

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  1. Cleaning our homes- Scientifically, it is a good idea to clean your house around mid-October and mid-November because after the monsoon, cleaning makes sure all the germs and infectants are eradicated from the house.

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Although, religiously it is believed that goddess Laxmi visits the homes of devotees on the night of Diwali to bless them with happiness, luck and prosperity for the rest of the year. Therefore, we illuminate and decorate our houses with diyas, lights and rangoli.

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  1. Firecrackers- Burning of firecrackers also carries a scientific logic behind itself apart from the celebration. The heat produced in the environment due to burning of the crackers makes sure that all the disease causing microbes are removed from the environment after the end of monsoon. But the perpetually increasing pollution restricts us from doing so, and we can opt for lighting mustard oil diyas for the same effect.

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So this Diwali, let’s make a promise that we are not going to feel guilty about having an extra gulab jamun, or bursting the fire crackers, that we are not going to wear that old comfortable jeans, rather try a slightly uncomfortable but new dress; that we are going to make sure our houses are spick and span before Diwali. Let’s make a promise to preserve the enriched culture handed down to us by our ancestors.

Happy Diwali!

 

 

 

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7 Things We Find During Diwali Cleanliness Drive At Home!

They say Diwali is all about lights, festivity, and celebration. But is it just about that?

Diwali is also about cleaning the whole house like never before; it is also about nostalgia on finding out old stuff, and about remembering the old Diwali days. Jaipur Beat takes you on a trip to find the lost treasures that we only find out and remember about in “Diwali ki Safai”. Here follows a list of things that we find during our Safai Mania!

  • The Memories!

There are always some pictures from childhood that our parents took of us having made the mess. There are also the pictures from family trips to hill stations or simply to Amber Fort in Daddu’s lap or papa’s shoulders. Good times!

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  • The Money

We all have that secret place for keeping extra cash that we never told anyone about. Moreover, we ourselves forgot about having kept it there! And Tada! It pops out of nowhere during Diwali Safai.

  • Toys

Those childhood treasures, miniature cars, teddy bears, dolls, planes and whatnot. Those toys are just there to stay and be admired year after year, and you smile thinking about the tantrums you used to throw at losing them for the shortest span of time.

  • Clothes

The long forgotten dress that used to be your favourite but you grew out and eventually forgot about it. It’s about time you donate them at the Mother Teresa Home or Neki ki Deewar in Jaipur

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  • Home Décor Items

Year after year we buy new stuff to decorate our house on Diwali, and the old stuff just gets dumped in the storeroom, only to be noticed on next Diwali safai!

  • Cards

Birthday cards, wedding cards, written letters and messages that you kept under the mattress and forgot about.

  • Trivial things

That lost jewellery piece that you kept safely in your drawer only to take it out now, or the coins and pennies in nooks and corners.

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Diwali is the biggest festival of the year and the most exciting one too, but the “Diwali Safai” also has its own advantages, that bring along a lot of things that we loved and lost, or forgot about during the year!

Did you start your Diwali Safai yet? What did you find? Let us know in comments!

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6 November Events In Jaipur That Are Not To Be Missed

Life is too short to miss the festive moments and we believe in celebrating every moment of our lives. This festive season brings along a month which is filled with fervor and you will soon be more excited to know about the events that are going to be held in our very own Pink City. So join us for this festive ride of November !

  1. Golden Thredz

Experience the best of the best latest fashion, designer clothing, fashion jewellery, designer handbags, footwear and other accessories at Golden Thredz. It is one of its kind premium shopping extravaganza that will give a complete makeover to your wardrobe. So carry some extra bags because you might need it 😉

Date: 23rd-24th November

Time: 11a.m. onwards

Venue: Diggi Palace

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  1. OnePlus 6T Pop up showroom

Unlock speed in Pink City now ! Yes, you heard that right because OnePlus 6T Pop up showroom is opening its gates in the city from tomorrow. It has some exciting offers and goodies lined up and you also stand a chance to win OnePlus 6T! So wait no more, head towards it now.

Date: 2nd November

Time: 11 a.m. onwards

Venue: M.I. Road

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  1. Diwali

The most awaited festival of the year by not only Jaipurites but the entire nation, Diwali is here guys! The excitement to shop for new clothes, to see the beautiful city being lit up, loads of sweets gorged upon and how can we forget the family gatherings which we wait for every year. We are already excited for Diwali, are you?

Date: 8th November

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  1. Mrs. India

Get ready to witness India’s most dignified Married Woman Beauty Pageant, Mrs. India. It is not just any conventional beauty pageant, rather it emphasizes on grace, poise, confidence, originality, intelligence, and talent.

Date: 18th November

Time: 11a.m. onwards

Venue: KK Royal Days

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  1. Silk expo

More shopping is here Jaipurites ! Get your hands on one of the finest silk collection here that will make you fall in love with silk again.

Date: Till 5th November

Venue: Jawahar Kala Kendra

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  1. Impressions- A kids fashion show

A big shout out to all the parents! Get ready to dress your kids in as fashionable way as possible because the Kids only fashion show Competition is here. So bring your kids along and see them in the limelight in Jaipur !

Date: 18th November

Time: 1:00 p.m. onwards

Venue: Tender Years School

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5 ‘Little Things’ will make you fall In Love with JAIPUR’s Winter!

The most pleasant time of the year is right here when not just the Jaipurites but the tourists from all over the world throng to Pink city.

Let us take you to those little things that make winter one of the favourite seasons for the locals as well as for those who travel to Jaipur.

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The feeling of winter mornings that start with a warm sunlight to afternoon sunbathing with family whilst devouring our favorite moongfali and santara, sipping tea from the corner wala thela, marching out in the most fashionable leather jacket during pleasant evenings and finally getting cozy in the warm blanket as the night falls are few most cherished things that we all enjoy.

Wait. That’s not it. The thought of festivals and vacations at this time of the year makes this period even more special.

Here are the Five little things that make this season more joyful.

  1. Change is all around us

The mundane summers and the long sunny sweltering afternoons no longer deprive us of going outside for a long spell. The weather is just perfect; offering a perfect mix of sun and clouds. The soft morning mist mingling with the early morning light and the little dew drops falling on the leaves give us the most dramatic scape to be witnessed as soon as we leave our beds. Feel it while taking a morning walk at Rambagh Golf club, Central Park, Smriti van or to any other park.

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Morning at Jal Mahal, Mansagar Lake

2. The Festival Season

The Pink city has always been synonymous with festivals and colours. The festivals make it worth to experience this season in all its glory. The aura of festivity starts from Diwali celebration in Jaipur when the city is dressed in its beautiful best.

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Diwali Celebration in Jaipur
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Then comes the fascinating World famous Pushkar Fair carrying along the true essence of Rajasthani culture and vibrant colours of dessert exuding absolute delight.

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Camel Safari at Pushkar Fair

As you are back from delightful desert land, the glittering Jaipur Jewellery Show-JJS welcomes you, followed by an unparalleled melting pot of amazing thoughts, great thinkers and minds, and the JLF music stage at the Jaipur Literature Festival giving us some serious fashion ticks. How could you miss our passion for kite flying making the sky a colourful canvas?

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Jaipur Literature Festival

 

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Kite Flying in Jaipur

 

We bet no other city has this much to offer in just one season.

3. Time to Gorge on Season’s Treats 

Winter and winter delicacies walk hand in hand. When you’re in Jaipur, nothing compares to the pleasures of indulging in winter delicacies that offer a variety of veg and non-veg choices. From warming yourself on a wintry day with some Garma Garam Doodh Jalebi at Saras Parlour or the piping hot samosas at Shankar, winter months are much awaited to savour Gajak, Ladoos, Bajre ki khichdi, kadhai Ka doodh, Malpue, Dal ke Pakore, Moong Dal Ka halwa and variety of irresistible egg joints. Streets full of amazing winter delicacies make us forget about all our weight loss resolutions.

 

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Doodh Jalebi at Saras Parlour
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Smoky Tikkas

4. It’s time for Band Baja Baraat

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The beautiful backdrop of forts and palaces become more pretty when decked up under the open sky in winters. Thus, the wedding planners and pandits are set for the winter wedding packages. Not just those coming for destination weddings, there is always some or the other member of the family who is getting married in winter months allowing us to do a lot of winter shopping and dressing later 😉

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5. Atithi Devo Bhava

Last but not least, we love it to have guests at home this season. As this is the best time to take them on a city tour, from climbing up to Amber or Nahargarh to walking on the streets- everything seems so much of fun when compared to doing the same activities in the sweltry and humid harsh summers. So, if you want to visit your family and friends who are in Jaipur, kindly make a note that this is the season when they will happily welcome you.

Bapu Bazaar by Jaipur Beat market

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Aren’t we so fortunate to be able to live in a place where we have this liberty to enjoy all the seasons and can actually see it happen how weather changes slowly and beautifully each day?