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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 – Hawa Mahal Jaipur

What is that one thing that you want to take it as a memory with you from Jaipur? It’s beautiful culture, marvellous architecture or authentic Rajasthani food?

We surely left you puzzled right? We will talk about it one by one, but today we are here to tell you few things that no one tells you about Hawa Mahal. We are sure you must have visited this architectural wonder by now that was built by Lal Chand Ustad in the 18th Century and still stands tall in the city. It is our own Taj Mahal that is in the shape of Lord Krishna’s crown and there are a few things that you must have never heard about it. So let’s give you a quick glance at what all these things actually are:

  • Giving a scenic view to the selfie lovers, Hawa Mahal is the tallest building in the world without a foundation and this five-storey building continues to stand tall because of its curved shaped.
  • The most distinctive thing about Hawa Mahal is that it has an entrance from the rear side instead of the front side. Moreover, there are no stairs but only ramps to ascend and descend. Don’t forget to wear your sport shoes the next time you visit it.
  • The colourful jharokhas that you see from the outside, do you know the count of them? Not 1 not 2, but there are 953 Jharokhas ! Can you believe it? These windows were actually constructed to give a cool breeze to the royal ladies that watched processions from the inside of the Wind Palace.
  • The mesmerizing architecture is a fine combination of Mughal & Rajput style that makes it one of the most Instagrammable monuments in Jaipur.
  • Guess what? Pantone’s colour of the year 2019 is Living Coral, which is the colour of our very own Hawa Mahal. This is going to make Hawa Mahal the next hot spot for tourists visiting the city. So, don’t miss it to include it in your Things To Do In Jaipur.
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46 Things Prove That You’re A True Jaipurite

Jaipur, also known as the Pink city, is a city of culture, festivals, shopping, food, heritage and countless other things including the most important – its people! You’re living in Jaipur or have ever lived here, we are sure there are still some things that you definitely love or you could always relate to those.

1. JLN MARG

JLN Marg is more like a car race video game. Only the smarter lot of Jaipurites is able to save itself from the all-new speed cameras installed there. The rest of them just keep losing the game to challans every now and then!

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  1. INDIAN COFFEE HOUSE

Even though the epic Sambhar Dosa and Coffee don’t taste the way they used to, the glossy yellow paint peeling out of the walls still reminds us of the good old days spent in the Indian Coffee House.

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  1. NAHARGARH FORT

Who can say no to the amazing bhutta on the way and RTDC Pakodis uphill, and of course the unmatched view of the city from this mesmerizing hangout spot!

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4. JHALANA SAFARI

With our Patricia, Cleopatra and Bigfoot filling up for Noor, Machli and Ustad of Ranhambore, Jhalana safari is no less than a Ranthambore trip itself for us!

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5. WEDDING SHOPPING

Be it lehangas, sherwanis or any kind of designer dresses and footwear, just pick a design from Pinterest and you have it readymade at Purohit Ji ka Katla and that too without burning a hole in your pocket.

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6. MASALA CHOWK

No more hopping for darling food shops, our favoruite chatpata khana and chatwalas are at Masala Chowk now.

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7. FALUDA AT LINK ROAD

With all the leading upclass icecream parlours mushrooming in the city with exotic flavours and presentation, we still cannot get over the taste of Faluda at Link road. We have stopped here umpteen times with our hands full of shopping bags and growling stomachs!

8. TEEJ PROCESSION

Despite all the metro work going on around the city, Jaipurites have found their way of conducting the Teej procession an get photographed around it.

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9. JAIPUR LITERATURE FESTIVAL                                                                     

Those 5 days of January when it is mandatory to check in to Jaipur Literature Festival at Diggi Palace and flood our Social Media with selfies and celebs pics.

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10. CANDLE MARCH AT STATUE CIRCLE

This coffee hangout point is our place for peaceful candle marches.

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11. THE WORLD TRADE PARK

This grand mall in our Pinkcity is literally treated like a park by Jaipurites.

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12. JAWAHAR KALA KENDRA- ART HI ART!

From a normal Art Exhibition centre to an upmarket café, JKK is the place for the connoisseurs of art. It in no way lags behind the “Kala Ghoda” of Mumbai or “Indian Habitat” of Delhi.

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13. AMAR JAWAN JYOTI

The memorial built for the martyrs makes our heart skip a beat.

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14. RAJ MANDIR

Lesser of a movie theatre and more of a tourist destination, this is the most beautiful theatre of Asia and we have all taken our relatives from far off cities to this place during vacations.

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15. SAMOSA/KACHORI

We Jaipurites are so fond of Samosa, kachori and mirchi bada that even the 44°C in summer cannot stop us from having our favourites.

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16. TAPRI

We believe that the tea, maggi and poha taste better when taken at Tapri with the on-looking Indian Flag.

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17. BIRLA MANDIR

For the proud Jaipur ke niwasi!

This is lesser of a holy worship place but more of a touristy destination.

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18. BIG FAT JAIPURI WEDDINGS

Every Indian girl dreams of getting married in royal palaces of Jaipur that have now been converted into 5-star heritage properties.

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19. LIGHTING AROUND THE CITY

With the night tourism having started in the city, the city has lost its sleep and it’s always drenched in the brightest lights through the nights.

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20. GAURAV TOWER

Our love for this first shopping mall is never going to be less. It still stays as the best saviour for the college bunkers and the shopaholics.

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21. METRO

Metro ride for us is not about travelling to places but for taking a better city view.

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22. ISAR LAT OR SARGASULI

Though known for giving a breathtaking view of the city, most of us have never climbed up to there to the top.

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23. PATRIKA GATE

Situated on a traffic signal at JLN road this is now amongst the top instagram worthy place.

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24. JAIPUR TRAFFIC POLICE

We avoid connecting with them on the roads but follow them for their Social media posts.

25. SARAS PARLOUR

From morning Doodh Jaelbi to late night coffee Saras Parlour for Jaipurites is never too far.

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26. JAIPUR STATION

With the beautiful wall paintings and hi class lounge facilities, Jaipur station has changed the way people travel to and from Jaipur.

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27. GATES OF THE CITY

Pink walls of Jaipur fortified with the seven gates. Only jaipurites can recognize the names of these unique Darwazas.

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28. LASSIWAALA AT MI ROAD

The Lassiwala is the place we do not miss taking our relatives to, because it serves the biggest and the most delicious glass of Lassi in the city. We challenge that even today no can can drink the largest glass of lassi that they serve.

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29. HAWA MAHAL

With the increasing traffic and metro work around the city area, it becomes difficult to get the picture postcard view of Hawa Mahal. The brand new cafés in front of Hawa Mahal have got us covered from where we can have a great view of the place.

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30. LAXMI MISHTAN BHANDAR

We all know, when our relatives visit us, the LMB is listed in their *Thingstodo

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Every  Jaipurite must have enjoyed Goths in some of its multiple kitchens. Especially in the Sawan month.

32. LEHERIYA: For Jaipur women, this vibrant leheriya pattern is a compulsory Saawan (Monsoon) purchase.

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33. ELEPHANT RIDE:

We have lived that perfect Maharaja moment taking on an elephant Ride from Maotha to the Amer Fort. We are not even surprised to see elephants in the city area. We’re just used to the grandeur.

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34. Ghat Ki Guni TUNNEL

Yes! We’re proud that Rajasthan’s first road tunnel is in JaipurThe 2.8 km long twin-tube tunnel has been grilled through the Aravalli hills on the Jaipur Agra road.

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35. 14TH JANUARY 

Koi doubt mat rakhna it’s a National Holiday for Jaipurites. Kite flying is not just a festival but also an experience of infectious energy here.

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36. MOTI DOONGRI: No auspicious ceremony, new purchase of vehicle or wedding in Jaipur is complete without taking the Aashirwaad of Ganesh Ji at Moti Doongri.

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37. LAC BANGLES: An intrinsic part of Jaipur woman’s Accessories is Lac or lacquer bangles. Jaipur women  love to stack them and tourists love to take them home as a souvenir.

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38. PANDIT PAO BHAJI

Only a true Jaipurite can figure it out who is the original Pandit pao Bhaji wala. Prove us wrong!

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39. AMER FORT

For Jaipurites Navratris starts and ends here after a visit to Shila Mata temple at Amer Fort

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40. SURYA VANSHI LAMPOSTS

‘United we stand’ when the urban development planned to replace these lampposts with new designs.

The spirit of a true Jaipurite. !!

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41. CAFES AND RESTAURANTS

There’s a myriad of shortlived restaurants opening around the city at every nook and corner. And we are always eager to try the food at all of them.

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42. FITNESS

Our city is becoming aware about fitness with all the gyms opening around the city. We first eat at the cafes and restaurants mushrooming around, then we rush to the gym for the love of fitness.

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43. CENTRAL PARK

We don’t just go to the gym for maintaining a healthy lifestyle, we also go to the central park to run the long track and finally gain back energy with the healthy Aloevera, Beetroot, Bottle Guord juices available right outside.

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There isn’t a day that goes by in Jaipur when there isn’t an exhibition or social event. From our exclusive Jaipur Literature festival, to Talk Journalism, Hidden Treasures, Decor India, Jaipur Jewellery show, and the list goes on.

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45. FASHION SHOWS

Jaipur being the textile hub, is big on fashion too. Every now and then there is a fashion show conducted by renowned designers in up-class hotels of our city, and not just this, recently a fashion show was held in the metro too!

46. PAINTINGS AROUND THE CITY

From the metro station walls, to flyovers and government buildings, you can see the Rajasthani scriptures, paintings, mandala art and patterns all over the city, done by local artists.

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At last, Jaipur tere jaisa koi nahi 🙂

 

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The City Of Magic And Magnificence- Jaipur

From the highest point of Nahargarh fort to the deepest point of Man Sagar Lake, the aura of pink running through the veins of Jaipur makes it one of the most amazing cities to not just explore, but also to live in.

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Built as beautiful walled city years and years ago by the royal Rajput rulers, Jaipur has always been the hub of heritage and culture. To add a beautiful edge to it, the walled city has caught a high pace on development and growth along with conserving the original essence of it.

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From the mesmerizing spots at the ancient Amer, Nahargarh and Jaigarh Forts to the newest Experience Centre and Dravyavati River Project, the city is almost a perfect metaphor for Magic Realism. Truly traditional to the core till date, the city area still remains painted in the colour that names it the Pink City. On the other hand, the city is all set to set up sky high standards with being a metro city as well as a smart city.

So if you ever visit Jaipur, don’t leave before you-

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Experiencing the captivating view of Jaipur city at night from the top of Nahargarh.  The city looks enchanting from the height and now that it’s Diwali time, you can see the whole city sparkling in colours and lights.

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Visiting the awe-inspiring City Palace, that gives you a ride back into the royal history of Jaipur.

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The forts of Jaipur- Amer Fort and Jaigarh Fort, that provide a heartwarming view from the top and Jaigarh also houses the biggest canon “Jaivana.”

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Clicking a picture with the Taj Mahal of Jaipur- Hawa Mahal, the legendary palace of winds situated right in the heart of the city.

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Experiencing the night tourism of the city, for it looks absolutely dreamy when it up all around.

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EAT

The street food– Pyaaz ki Kachori, Mava Kachori, Samosa, Mirchi Vada- they are light on the pocket and taste like a foodie’s paradise.

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The authentic Rajasthani delicacy- Dal Baati Churma. This is something you just don’t miss when you visit Jaipur.

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The absolutely irresistible Cold Coffee at Statue Circle. Moreover, If you visit around monsoon, Ghevar is a big turn on at that time.

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BUY

When you come to the textile hub, you don’t leave without buying clothes. Different kinds of clothes including kurtas, sarees, jackets, handmade purses, cozy quilts, bedsheets etc. printed in Jaipuri and block prints with animal motifs like elephants and camels along with floral prints on vibrant colours just own your heart at first sight.

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Authentic camel leather jutis, bags, diaries etc. are found right in the walled city and are big among foreign visitors.

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The exclusive Blue Pottery items of Jaipur are nowhere else to be found and are totally handmade.

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Colourful Lac bangles at Maniharo ka rasta, gold jewellery at Johri Bazaar, and Kathputli showpieces add a vibrant angle to your shopping list.

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We as citizens of this magical city are evolving in our ways and choices- shifting from the Indian Coffee House at Jawahar Kala Kendra to Café Quaint, from coffee at GVD to Café Coffee Day, from the ancient gates of the city to their newest sibling Patrika Gate and much more, we still plan family outings at Amer Fort during monsoon and we still enjoy clicking pictures of Hawa Mahal, only now we have a café to capture it from!

The magnificence of our surreal city Jaipur is never fading, but going through a constant metamorphosis.

 

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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.

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Picture credit: Aparna Natha

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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.

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8 Cool Places To See in Jaipur at Night

When you step out of your house in the streets of Jaipur at night, do you feel a faint smell in the air knowing that somewhere around there is something that carries a whiff of magic and a hidden story ? Jaipur nightlife is one of those elusive experiences, if you know where to go 😉 But don’t worry, we are here to guide you thought the merry streets of Jaipur to the places which bring out the best of Jaipur’s nights 🙂

  1. Jal Mahal

    The city that might not boast of water bodies so much, houses the most magnificent water palaces in the world – Jal Mahal, located in the middle of the Man Sagar lake. The palace and the lake around it were renovated and enlarged in the 18th century by Maharaja Jai Singh II of Amber and it shines like a golden gem in the middle of blue lake at night.1404577_761259103900121_1720743497_o
  2. Statue Circle

    One of the most famous landmarks and circles of Jaipur, the white ‘Statue’ at the circle is of the founder of Jaipur – Sawai Jai Singh II. This pristine white structure looks even more royal at night with a beaming crowd of locals storming around it for walk in the garden, to grab a scoop of ice-cream or have a cup of the famous coffee at Statue Circle.statue-circle-night
  3. Amber Fort
    Once the capital of the state of Rajasthan, Amber boasts of the spectacular beauty – the Amer fort. Situated 10 km away from Jaipur on Jaipur-New Delhi road, the sight of the lit-up Amer fort is arresting at night and unmissable for the one who is visiting Jaipur for the first time or nth time.amer-at-night
  4. Jawahar CircleSaid to be the biggest circular park in Asia developed on the highway, Jawahar Circle is located on the Jawaharlal Nehru Marg. The circle is surrounded by various kiosks but the highlight is a musical fountain that changes lights and splashes the beholders with a happy refreshing feel.jawahar-circle-fountain
  5. Hawamahal
    Hawa meaning wind and mahal meaning palace, Hawamahal aka Palace of the Winds is a pink sandstone palace that represents in its pure glory the essence of pink city. When its 953 windows called jharokhas are lit up in varied hues at night, the drive around the walled city becomes an illuminated memory forever.hawamahal
  6. Amar Jawan JyotiDrenched in the spirit of pride, Amar Jawan Jyoti evokes patriotism at just one sight. Glorifying the selfless sacrifice of soldiers from the state of Rajasthan, this place has a tranquil aura around it, that you can soak into while sitting on the stairs and watching the traffic pass by.img_4990
  7. Nahargarh Fort

    If you have seen Rang De Basanti or Shuddh Desi Romance, you know what we are talking about. The one place which a lot of towns around the world are missing on, is the Nahargarh fort. On the edge of Aravalli hills, Nahargarh fort brings out in you the innate desire of living life on the edge, especially when you gaze at the dark blue sky blanketing the illuminated pink city.nahargarh-night
  8. Albert Hall MuseumOne of the oldest museums of Rajasthan which is also the state museum – Albert hall, couldn’t get any better after night tourism began here. It is now seen shining in glorious colors oozing a sense of pride in the architecture of pink city.albert hall
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11 Amazing Places Every Photographer Must Visit In Jaipur During Monsoon

If you’re a passionate traveller and carry a smartphone or a camera or both , there are high chances that you love photography as well.
Apart from eating and dancing in rain, there is one more thing that carries its own charm in monsoons, Photography ! So if you are a local or a tourist who is luckily in Jaipur right now, these are the places that can be captured through your lens but touch your heart instantly and will stay there forever.

 1. Jal Mahal

Jal Mahal or Water Palace, where every Jaipurite or visitor of Jaipur would just love to just sit by and watch the magical lake and mesmerizing architecture of the palace. Sunrise and Sunset are the best times to get some terrific shots at this place with a perfect blend of nature and architecture.

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2. Bhangarh Fort

We doubt you haven’t heard of the “Most Haunted” place of India : Bhangarh Fort ! Located 80 km away from Jaipur, this place is extremely popular for its historical ruins, roofless houses and the gorgeous backdrop of Aravallis that will make your time picture perfect – literally.

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3. Smriti van

Located on the famous JLN Marg in pink city, as you move around the twisting tree-canopied walkways of this forest escapade, Smriti Van, you will know what a heaven of birds looks like ! Apart from capturing the bright greens of monsoon, if you are fond of bird photography, you will get some extremely colorful and varied birds to click in different angles.

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4. Albert hall Museum

Residing in the Ramniwas Garden, Jaipur , Albert hall is the oldest museum in Rajasthan also proudly known as the ‘State Museum of Rajasthan’. A classy example of Indo-Saracenic architecture, the most picturesque view of Albert Hall is when the pigeons are sitting on its chattris or flying all around under the azure blue sky 🙂

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 5. Panna Mian Ki Baori (Stepwell)

Panna Mian ka kund or stepwell near Amber fort is one of the treasured places which if visited during Monsoon, you will remember it through out your life ! Although all the stepwells have their own magical aura, this one is comparatively less populated and shines out its real vibrancy during rains.

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 6. Nahargarh Fort

Lying on the edge of Aravalli hills, Nahargarh fort has been a romantic spot in Shuddh Desi Romance, a Friends’ hangout place in Rang De Basanti and a favorite among Jaipurites to visit especially in rains ! Just go up there, sit at Padao restaurant and you will automatically get your perfect shots.

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7. Chandlai Lake

A very beautiful and small lake 30 km away from Jaipur , Chandlai offers another birding sight. The main attraction is the various Migratory birds seen at this place, especially Flamingos.

Chandlai Jaipur Beat

8. Hawamahal

One of the most famous pink sandstone architectural marvels , Hawamahal situated at Badi Chaupad with five storeys and 953 windows is every photographer’s delight. But what’s challenging is how you make your click different from all others. Hawamahal is well lit and looks beautiful ,even at night !

Hawamahal Jaipur Beat

9. Maota Lake, Amer

Below the superb Amer fort, lies the Maota lake which swathes the pink city in its allure in the monsoons giving the residents and tourists a chance to stand near it and sip tea, while the photographers can find their right moment to capture this absolute visual delight !

Maota lake Jaipur Beat

10. Chand Baori (Stepwell) – Abhaneri

Abhaneri is 95 km from Jaipur, it is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Dausa. Built back in 8th century, it is one of the deepest and largest stepwell in India. The phenomenal structure is 64 feet deep and consists of 1000 perfectly symmetrical narrow steps, spanning 13 storeys. The stepwell is one of the most photogenic places, and looks even more serene during monsoon as the water fills in the bavri. So, f you’re planning a weekend getaway this is the place you need to go to.

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11. Patrika Gate – Jawahar Circle

Patrika Gate is one latest yet trendiest spot to visit during monsoon. It is situated at Jawahar Circle, at a distance of 2 km from Jaipur International Airport. This place has become photographers’ favourite, with hand-painted motifs depicting the traditional side of Pink City which includes paintings of temples, forts, rulers of Jaipur, jewelry, and photographs of Hawa Mahal, City palace, Jal Mahal, etc. Opposite to the gate is a lush green garden surrounding a fountain offering musical show every day from 7:30 p.m. if you’re in the town then Jawahar Circle is a must visit spot, kyuki Jaipur aaye or waha nhi gaye, toh kya khaak Jaipur aaye!

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Picture Courtesy- Gaurav Hajela Photography (https://www.facebook.com/gauravpics)
Updated – June, 2019.

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Different shades of pink city on World Tourism Day

On this World Tourism Day, how about planning an awesome weekend at Jaipur and enjoying the colors at pink city like never before !!

As you open your eyes early in the morning, just pick up your bag pack and drive away to the Jal Mahal palace standing in the middle of the Man Sagar lake. When the sun rises from behind the palace , the sky takes a shade of the vivid orange and the sparkling lake turn the sight into a silhouette of the most beautiful sunrise.

IMG_2336 - CopyAfter the breath taking view, go further and reach the Amer palace, one of the most precious gems of Jaipur that shines with pride in the hues of yellow. The Suraj Pol gate welcomes you with warmth, the name signifying the first ray of sun falling on Amer turning the gate into a glowing orange colored splendor.

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After the delightful morning it’s time for an equally delightful breakfast !! Thinking where and what to eat?? Don’t bother and head towards the Rawat Mishtan Bhandar on Station road. Is the smell of freshly prepared pyaaz ki kachoris already making your mouth water?? Enjoy the yummiest pyaaz kachoris in town with a big glass of lassi here and get all charged up for the rest of your journey in Jaipur.

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A perfect beginning of the day must be followed by an interesting afternoon and what can be more interesting in pink city than shopping ? So it’s time to go the walled city and see that it has an offer that you can’t refuse; a matchless shopping extravaganza !! While you see the city side wrapped in bright colors, you can pick your block prints from Chaura rasta, Tripolia bazaar. If you’re fond of jewellery or your friends/ girlfriends or mothers are fond of them, get some exquisite pieces from Johari Bazaar, Bapu bazaar, M.I. road. These markets are also clad with bandhej (tie & dye), lac bangles and jootiya that are specially found here. Now that your hands are full of shopping bags and heart is filled with joy, your belly surely needs a good treat.

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The one place where you’d enjoy both vegetarian and non-vegetarian cuisine equally is Niros, located on M.I. road. The lal maans and chicken is the specialty if you’re a non-veg freak, and you can try baingan bharta if you’re a vegetarian. Make sure that you keep a little space in your bellies for some delicious desserts at Jalmahal Ice cream parlor situated right there.

Watching a sunset is as precious as the sunrise, isn’t it? Drive to the Nahargarh fort and witness the wonderful sight of the sunset from the top of the fort. As the sky gets into a blue mood, the city is lit up and the view from the top is spectacular and worth capturing. It’s time to catch the “Light and Sound” show at Amer. The show presents the symphony of the scintillating shades of light that illuminate the Amber fort after sunset along with narrating the history of the fort in the baritone voice of Amitabh Bachchan (the famous superstar of Indian cinema).

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Now it’s your turn to decide whether you want to come down and have the famous Rajasthani dal baati churma at LMB ( Laxmi Mishtan Bhandar) or leave for a long drive that will take you through the way Jaipur has changed its shades in the last few years. If you have decided to watch the city at night, then drive to Hawamahal to see how its windows have now been back lit and tells a different story at night.

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While going towards the Albert Hall Museum, have a look at how the State museum of Rajasthan reflects the deep rooted culture Jaipur is soaked in. On your smooth drive on JLN marg leads to the well lit Shree cements building making way to the newly developed shopping mall; World Trade Park of Jaipur. Now it’s time for a scrumptious dinner at Chokhi Dhani. Gorge on the Rajasthani thali festooned with the freshly cooked dal baati churma served with warmth and affection.

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If you are planning to spend one more day at Jaipur, you might go to see the grand City Palace and Jantar Mantar the next day and check if Jawahar Kala Kendra (JKK) is hosting any theater or exhibition for your visual delight.

So are you ready to have the most amazing weekend at Jaipur ??