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Celebrating World Hindi Day With The Words That Connect Us Even In English!

Hum C se hi “Cool” nahi, क से कूल bhi hai.

हिंदी एकमात्र ऐसी भाषा है जो हम जयपुर वासियों को जोड़कर रखती है| ऑटोवाला हो या कैब ड्राइवर, स्विग्गी वाला हो या जोमाटो वाला, चाय की थड़ी वाला हो या 5 स्टार रेस्टोरेंट वाला, सब के जब्बान पर बस हिंदी ही है| तो क्यों न हम आज का दिन हिंदी के उन शब्दों के नाम करदें जिनसे यहाँ पर घूमने आने वाले अनेक पर्यटक भी वाकिफ है|

  1. Parkota (परकोटा)

Kyunki Jaipur wale apni walled city ko parkota ke naam se bulate hai!

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  1. Rasta (रास्ता )

Yaha har ek raste ki apni alag khasiyat hai. Chaura Rasta- Stationary lovers, maniharon ka Rasta- lac bangles, Haldiyon ka Rasta- kite market, and the list goes on.

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  1. Padao (पड़ाव )

Jaha oopar khula aasman aur neechey talab, ussey kehty hai hum padao.

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  1. Thadi (थड़ी)/ Tapri (टपरी)

Thadi ho ya tapri, iss sardi ke mausam mein “ek garam chai ki pyaali” toh yehi best milti hai!

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  1. Kulfi (कुल्फी )

Tan tan wali kulfi (Indian ice cream) hum sabke dil ko bahut lubhati hai.

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  1. Masala Chowk (मसाला चौक)

Kyunki Masalo ke bina, Rajasthani khana kaha banta hai!

  1. Hawa Mahal (हवा महल)

Andar ho ya bahar, yaha keval hawa hi hawa hai !

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  1. Jantar Mantar (जंतर मंतर)

Yahaan sooraj ki kirne apna alag hi jaadu dikhati hai.

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  1. Jal Mahal (जल महल)

Jiske chaaron taraf jal hi jal ho, aur woh khud bhi jal mein samaya ho, usko hum Jal Mahal ke naam se jante hai!

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We’re sure by now you know that Hindi has and continues to be the connecting factor between all.

If you feel we have missed anything, leave us a comment in the comment section below. Happy World Hindi Day!

 

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A Day Through Jaipur’s Walled City Market

No matter what transport you choose to reach the walled city market, but once you step out of it, a gush of local air filters through you and gives you the major feels of the city. From the street vendors all around trying to sell you ethnic jewellery, clothes, toys, bed sheets, handkerchiefs, edibles and what not, to the truly colourful shops loaded with Jaipuri jootis, block print and leather handbags, wedding outfits, vibrant Jaipuri lehengas and much more- the markets of Jaipur are truly engaging.

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Stroll through with a heart full of patience and excitement and you’ll surely find yourself drooling over the local delicacies including the famous Kachoris, Samosas, Mirchi vadas retrieved from the piping hot oil and put on little paper serving plates.

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Moreover, after you have had a long day of discovering the lanes of the walled city market, you can finally binge on the Rajasthani delicacies for dinner like Dal Baati Churma, Gatte ki sabzi, Laal Maas, and Ker Sangri.

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Further, while you stand right in front of the Palace of Winds, the legendary Hawa Mahal, you’ll realise that there actually are 953 windows in it. Located in the midst of the market and surrounded by the hustle and bustle of the city, the place has an enchanting significance to it, which would surely lure you into seeing it inside out.

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You can further explore the local culture and the colours of Jaipur with the local market that offers Jaipuri leather items, junk jewellery, Jaipuri block print dresses and bedsheets, quilts, handicrafts including blue pottery items and traditional kathputlis, mirror work items, and much more.

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On the other hand, you may dive into Hindu spirituality with temples like the renowned Hanuman temple, the Govind Dev Ji temple and Garbh Griha.

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Next, when you have crossed through the booming traffic, the metro construction taking place at Badi Chaupad and the loud yet prismatic market, you are finally ready to enter the gates of the truly magnificent City Palace of Jaipur, which was once the abode of the royal Rajput rulers. For years and years, Jaipur has celebrated its legacy of having inherited this beautiful monument that presents itself as Jaipur’s crown.

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Witnessing the grandeur of living and lifestyle of Jaipur’s royals at the City Palace Museum, you’ll be taken back in time with the treasures of the bygone era. From the enticing Chandra Mahal to the mesmerizing Peacock Gate, Lotus Gate, Green Gate and Rose Gate; City Palace just never fail to bewitch you with its beauty.

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While you take away Jaipuri clothes, quilts, jooties and jewellery as souvenirs for your loved ones away with you, the most beautiful things you take along would still be the sights of the vivid liveliness of the city.

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6 Things To Never Miss At Hawa Mahal Market

Hawa Mahal, a monument, a memory, a landmark, the pride of Jaipur; a place you just cannot miss going to while in Jaipur.

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Looking out of those windows of the wind palace or the Hawa Mahal, your eyes stumble upon the shops on the nearby lanes of the roads. No matter how much you try to ignore, you are simply drawn to the shops and find yourself in the rich market commonly known as the Hawa Mahal Market.

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With hundreds of shops lined one after the other, you just go on an unintentional shopping spree.

  • The most distinctive product available in the market, goat leather bags. While some claim the bags to be genuine camel lather, most of them are made up of goat leather. From handy little slings to travel bags, a variety of bags in all size and shapes to suit your needs the best is available in the market.

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  • The market has a special treat for those who love Jaipur’s infamous hand block printing. You find a number of sellers with boxes full of blocks meant for the sole purpose of printing. Go ahead and get your hands on beautifully carved blocks and experiment with printing on your own.

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  • Remember those Jaipuri Razaiyan you’ve heard of? Well, this is the perfect place to get one for yourself.  The 250 years old Kadarbaksh Razaiyan has in-house for you exquisite razayian with beautiful hand block prints of different patterns.

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  • The market has a lot many shops to offer you kurtis with Sanganeri prints. One of the most famous of them is Gulab Chand. If you like dressing up your little girl you must pay a visit to Hawa Mahal Market, sets of lehenga cholis in the markets appropriate to fit even little girls of age 3-4.

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  • How many times we have heard the words “Incredible India?”   Little souvenirs at Hawa Mahal Market show us how incredible we truly are.

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  • To serve your hungry tummies in the middle of your shopping spree, a lot of chatwalas can be found while strolling through the market. Or you can have a seat at Wind View Café right opposite the Hawa Mahal.

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The next time you plan on visiting Hawa Mahal, make sure you have some extra time to spare in the Hawa Mahal Bazaar, the market clearly has a lot to offer.

Content credit: Shanza Sarwana

Picture credit: Aparna Natha

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Explore The Beautiful City Of Jaipur At Night

Night tourism in Jaipur has added a distinctive identity to this captivating city. It began from the year 2015 so that the tourists and the locals get a whiff of the state’s hidden story. Till date, this night tourism has attracted footfall of about 12.2 lakhs as against the total expenditure of Rs. 4.27 crores made for the installation of lighting fixtures.

Here, are 4 places where you can get the faint smell at night and get a spectacular and mesmerizing view of the Pink city.

  1. Amber Fort

JBAmber Fort, the 16th-century monument turns even more enchanting during ‘Amber by Night’ – an initiative by the Department of Tourism, Government of Rajasthan. The different hues of light give a new perspective to the elegance of the fort.

  1. Hawa Mahal

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When the 953 jharokas of Hawa Mahal aka Palace of Winds are lit up in varied hues at night, the drive around the walled city becomes an illuminated memory forever.

  1. Vidhyadhar Garden

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The newest addition to night tourism in the city is a 350-year-old Vidhyadar Ka Bagh which has been revamped with lush green garden, beautiful fountains, sparkling with yellow and blue lights, recalled as Vidhyadhar garden. It was built in the fond memory of Jaipur’s chief architect, Vidhyadhar Bhattacharya. Nestled in the lap of a valley, the garden offers a panoramic view of the city.

  1. Albert Hall

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Albert Hall – one of the oldest museum of Rajasthan, looks even more enthralling as you pass by it at night. To let the people soak in the beauty of these monuments, the Department of Archeology and Museum also holds cultural programmes hosting renowned artists from Rajasthan and nearby places, like Kathak performance at Albert Hall under the full moonlight (poornima).

Meanwhile, preparations are being made for illuminating other places like  Sanganeri gate, New gate, Tripolia gate, Chandpole have also been taken up in the project where external theme based lighting will be done. The project also involves façade lighting of three main bazaars of the city, namely Chaura Rasta, Tripolia Bazaar and Johri Bazaar.

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These lit up monuments, gates and gardens just add to a visitors list and behold their own beauty amidst the darkest hour of the night. Don’t forget to get a glimpse of these places as you drive through them 😉

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Murals in Jaipur- A Whole New Fantasy World

It is reckoned ‘the earth without art is eh’ and we do follow this conception and believe that creativity of visuals is indeed one of the best ways to express one’s contemplation or existence 🙂

We are already familiar that Jaipur has had an interesting history in terms of arts. Its monuments and forts echo the splendid stories of past times. We are glad that a platform has been given to those who can continue this patrimony. Indian street art has experienced a major reform in the contemporary world. Wall arts like graffiti and murals have made their way through and are becoming an admired form of artwork for locals and tourists. These aesthetic portrayals have finally been introduced to the pink city and the latest trend of making the walls prettier is being enjoyed by the audiences as it is tremendously pleasing for the sight 🙂

The expertise of these artists has aggrandized the charm of city. These incredibly stunning and captivating images have adjoined the originality and elegance of our loved city. Most of these focus on signifying the cultural genes of Jaipur and are built on the walls of metro stations and railway stations.

Let’s delve into some of these eloquent depictions,

This marvellous stroke of colours is built on the walls of Ram Nagar Metro station. It is an epitome of unity and love for each other as citizens of J town. It is made by the brilliance of Mr Akhlaq Ahmad, famous graffiti designer of Delhi. He is the artist behind the creations, ‘We love Chandigarh’ and ‘We love Delhi’.

This mural is opposite to the ‘We love Jaipur’ art. It shows reverence and honor for the iconic Hawa Mahal by highlighting every small element of it. Furthermore, the characters at each side gloriously present the civilization.

This masterpiece is painted at Vivek Vihar metro station and signifies the importance of inter sex society. “Though a third category has been added as part of reservation and gender equality, the reality is that nobody is willing to employ inter sex people [sic],” said artist Poornima Sukumar.

We respect the way inter sex community has managed to pave their way through this not-so-acceptable and judgmental society.

Exactly facing the last mural, this is another addition to the Cartist project. It is aesthetic and charismatic. The eyes of the lady look real and possess the ability to form a direct connection with the public. The mural is distinctively drawn up, considering minute details 🙂


The Delhi based artist Arun Kumar displayed his skills at Shyam Nagar Metro Station. It is highly attractive and couldn’t be more apt to today’s need for water conservation. Even though the motive is based on a social concern, he has made sure that the culture is depicted.

Location being the same, this is extremely captivating as it represents the voice of mother. Kahili Young indeed manages to render a bold and fearless impact of flora and fauna.

Easily recognizable, this artwork can be spotted on the side wall of the mall, Crystal Palm. It highlights the authentic Rajasthani get up as the mustachioed man wears turban and the common Bandhani print 😀 Even though typical, the bright colours make this mural as graceful as it is !!

These murals on the walls of Gandhi Nagar railway station are quite famous and have been created along the basic traditional theme. The mustache, clothes, camels and elephants add to the show of heritage and customs and ooze the culture of Rajasthan 🙂

We bet you didn’t know most of these before. However, if you hold any other information, please do not hesitate in sharing it with us!
And do visit these magical wall arts, you’ll surely be awed 🙂

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Witness The Rise of The Pink City, Jaipur- Now and Then

Jaipur, the largest city of Rajasthan, the construction of which started in 1727 by HH Sawai Jai Singh, was built following the principles of Vastu Shastra and it took around 4 years to complete the construction of major palaces, roads and squares of the city. Jaipur is noted as India’s first planned city then and now is among the fastest emerging metropolis of the nation. The life in the Pink city in 18th-century that was full of Rajasthani flamboyance embraces modernity swiftly by 21st Century while retaining its centuries old charm.

The Pink City has undergone a sea change- its people, their pace of life, transportation, visibility of the gender ration on streets, how they dressed and their expressions but even today when you pass through the buzzing lanes of the capital city you’d recognize that you are walking through more than 3 hundred years of living heritage. The city gates, havelis, courtyards, palaces and monuments have been witness to the changing phase of lifestyle in Jaipur keeping intact its ambiance.

Owing to the great urban planning in past, the modern development has never affected the true grandeur of Jaipur. The City with its new infrastructure and global exposure is undoubtedly the most beautifully evolved ancient city of the country. Today, Jaipur proudly retains its pink hues; the built heritage standing tall and firm alongside the splendor of modern infra with equaled wider lanes together weave a marvelous picture of three hundred centuries living in harmony!
Jaipur’s historic erections during the times of yesteryears when compared with its today’s look make a fascinating story- on one glimpse it is what it was centuries back and on other one can comprehend with its Oh So New Look 🙂

Jaipur Beat brings to you the fascinating story of Jaipur Now-and Then through the historic and modern photographs of Jaipur –

  1. Galta Gate, Jaipur

It is the only gate to enter the walled city of Jaipur.The view of Jaipur City developed around Galta Gate is ravishing, while back then there was very few construction and long range of barren land.

 

2.  Hawa Mahal, Jaipur

Built in 17th Century and perched in the middle of the walled city, Hawa Mahal is also known as the Palace Of Winds. Its walls of pink color give a hint of the Pink City. It was constructed especially for the royal women to be a part of the festivities, as they were secluded from the society by ‘parda’ system. Having its own history, today gives it a worldwide recognition.

3.  Tripoliya Gate, Jaipur

Once the point of entrance and arrival of Royal Families from City Palace, Tripoliya is a famous land mark in Jaipur. One thing that hasn’t changed since then is the procession of Gangaur and Teej from this restored Gate of Jaipur. Now, this gate is open to use exclusively for royals living inside City Palace and closed for the common man.

4.  Johri Bazaar, Jaipur

Johari Bazaar is the popular shopping arena of Jaipur dedicated to the market of gems and jewellery.  As the name suggests, Johari Bazaar attracts jewellers and buyers of precious semi-precious gems and metals from across the world.

 

5.  Govind Dev Ji Temple, Jaipur

Govind Dev ji is one of the prominent temples of Rajasthan. Since decades it is visited by thousands of devouts annually. Dedicated to Lord Krishna, the temple is well preserved by the royal family of Jaipur.

6.  City Palace

City Palace is located in the heart of the old city of Jaipur. It is where the Kachwaha Rajput clan ruled from. Built in the 18th Century, the Palace houses many gardens, splendid courtyards and a Museum displaying many artefacts from the bygone era.

7.  Badi Chaupar- Chaupar means a large square and Badi means Big. This is also known as Manak Chowk and located near to famous Hawa Mahal. This is one square that leads to many fascinating bazaars of Jaipur. The under process construction of metro station can be seen in this area.

8.   Chandpole Gate

Adjacent to the famous Hanumanji temple with 25 feet high dome, Chand Pol is the Moon Gate . Along the East-West Axis of the City, it forms the Western Gate of the walled City. Spotting this gate means you have reached the western end of the walled city.

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Another view of Badi Chaupar where one can see how over the centuries mode of transportation changed from camels to auto, rickshaw, cars and buses and the change will continue as very soon it will be metro site as well.

 

10.  Albert Hall

Albert Hall Museum is located in Ram Niwas Garden of Jaipur. The foundation stone of Albert Hall was laid during the visit of the Prince of Wales, Albert Edward to Jaipur in 1876 and completed in year’s time in 1877 by the architect Samuel Swinton Jacob, then Director of Jaipur PWD.It is a home to many beautiful paintings, sculptures and other distinct objects of historic significance. It is the oldest museum in the state and is quite popular for its Indo-Saracenic architecture.


* Old Jaipur Pictures taken from Google

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Set Yourself Free In The Creative Aura Of Cafe Lazy Mojo

With booming cafe culture, Pink City has got so many hangout cafes to enjoy and relish the moments spent. May it be over a cup of coffee, a proper meal or even a kitty or birthday party – cafes have turned into a get together hub for everyone. But these days, going beyond the food and location, what is being seen is the upcoming and flourishing creativity that comes out when you step into a new cafe.

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Cafe Lazy Mojo – a bakery cum Italian café in Jaipur opened last year, is one of the most talked about places right now. Besides its quirky name and fine location, what’s drawing Jaipurites to this newbie is its peppy and thoughtfully created ambiance. With a small open area, a common inside sitting and an isolate area for parties – all are separated and well distributed and creatively done. The classy and colorful interiors with the soft peppy music, surely makes you feel a little lazy to relax and refresh.

While you look at the funky design of the menu card and choose your food from the wide variety, you will love the small sweet wait for your food to be served. Why? Because you will find yourself too busy reading the fun quotes on the walls and gazing at the meticulously done interiors, also adding a local touch with walls designed with paintings of Hawa Mahal, Albert Hall Museum and sketches of our freedom fighters.

 

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The menu has some delicious and lip – smacking dishes and drinks like Penne Arabiata, Oreo shake, Nutella Ice Cream Shake, Vegetable Thai Curry, Keema Pao and many more to offer which makes a visit to Lazy Mojo a wholesome experience.

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Set yourself free in the creative aura of Lazy Mojo 😉