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Your Guide to Ultimate Food Experiences this Winter | Jaipur Beat

There’s not a single person who doesn’t enjoy food. Since Jaipur food is so well-loved, we decided to make a list of the best food items to eat in the winter season. Here we go!

Halwa

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During winters, no one would ever say no to the lip-smacking Gajar or moong dal or badaam ka halwa. We only wait for winters so that we could enjoy this mouthwatering winter speciality topped with desi ghee and dry fruits.

Aloo Tikki

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A mouthful of hot aloo tikki with a burst of flavourful chutneys is a total bliss in winters. Be it on streets or at a wedding, aloo tikki is most enjoyed dish by everyone.

Mawa Kachori

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If you have a sweet tooth and love kachori then Mawa kachori is just for you. A puff pastry filled with aromatic mawa and nuts is one winter speciality that you anyone would want to indulge in if travelling to Jaipur.

Mirchi Bada

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You better be strong enough to try this street snack in which green chillies are stuffed with aloo masala and are deep-fried served with sweet and tangy chutney.

Soup

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A hot bowl of soup with bread crumbs and cream is a total saviour during winters plus a healthy appetiser too.

Dal Baati Churma

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This power-packed Rajasthani dish that is everyone’s favourite is best enjoyed during winters. The one when we get invited at Khol ke Hanuman Ji the level of excitement to get to eat Dal Baati Churma is just next level.

Eggs and Omelettes

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Since the past few years, Jaipur streets are buzzing with street stalls selling egg dishes. Yes, most of us don’t eat at eggs at home 🙂 Most of the egg stalls serve an extensive menu of egg dishes from Omelette Pizza to butter Masala Omelette this list is endless.

Paneer Tikka

Just look at that tempting tandoori chicken or paneer tikka on that plate waiting to be devoured. There are many street joints where you could enjoy paneer tikka plus you could stand next to the griller and enjoy the heat.

Kadhi with Kachori & Samosa

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Hot, spicy and tempting, a superb combination of Rajasthani kadhi and mouth-watering Kachori/Samosa is everyone’s love. Once tasted, it will leave you to ask for more.

Kadhai wala Doodh

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Be it early morning or at late night, the sip of hot kadhai wala doodh (milk) served in kulhad tastes like heaven during winters. It becomes more delicious when paired with freshly taken out jalebi’s.

Gajak

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Dry and crisp sweet made of til and jaggery will keep your body warm on the biting cold days. Winters are incomplete without eating gajak and you don’t have to find it in Jaipur, it’s available in every street and corner and you’ll be surprised to see the variety here.

Dal ke Pakode

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While you sit with frozen hands and crave for some warmth, these garam garam dal pakode are a perfect cure and company for you. Try them on the street side stalls or just make them at home and don’t forget to serve with the green chutney.

Kulche Chole

Traditionally the Punjabi speciality, this dish Kulche Chole is made with lots of spices and masala like onion, tomato and garlic and with lots of butter on it has stolen the hearts of many in Jaipur, especially during the winter season.

 

To all food Connoisseurs, Jaipur will never disappoint you when it comes to food.

 

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Why Makar Sankranti In Jaipur Is Absolutely Not-To-Be-Missed

Hundreds of kites dancing in the sky, and us- on our terrace. That’s the memory every Jaipurite has of Makar Sankranti. Kite-flying is one of the most favourite and zealous festivals in Jaipur. It’s not just about flying kites but also about the battleground that the sky becomes and the way the whole group of family and friends gather up on their terraces and hoot and shout along with the music.

But this is not all! There’s so much more to this festival and the day marks as one of the most auspicious occasions of the year. Here are some of the reasons Jaipurites put their heart and soul into celebrating Makar Sankranti.

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While lakhs of people take dips into the Ganges on Makar Sankranti around the nation, scores of people also arrive at Galta Ji Temple in Jaipur to bathe in the seven holy kunds there. The day is celebrated to worship the Sun God. It is considered that taking dips in the kund at Galtaji on Makar Sankranti absolves us of all our sins.

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To take a dip in the kund at Galta Ji Temple, you might as well trek up the small hill that exits the city from Galta and Surajpole gates. It’s a sight to behold when you see the amount of faith that Jaipurites put into worshipping on Makar Sankranti.

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People around the country also believe that donating clothes, jaggery, corn, ground peanuts and sesame is a good omen and brings prosperity.

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2. Harbinger of spring
Makar Sankranti falls on the equinox and the day and night are equally long. After this day, the days start to get longer and nights shorter. It also marks the onset of spring season. This also brings a welcome relief from the cold wave of the bygone winter.

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3. The Harvest Festival
Makar Sankranti is celebrated every year as the harvest festival of the country. The Rabi crop is harvested in the month of January and corn, mustard, peanuts, sesame etc. are the major crops harvested at this time. One day before Sankranti, i.e. on Lohri the new crop is offered to god through worshipping fire.

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4. Kite Buying
Kite buying is a serious affair in Jaipur. People don’t just by any random kites. They especially head to kite markets like Handipura, Haldiyon Ka Rasta, and Kishanpole bazaar to buy the best kites. It takes an understanding of the science behind the designing of kites in order to buy the best ones. You can find hundreds and thousands of kites in all shapes, sizes and designs according to your preference. Some of the popularly known designs of kites are Chaand-dara, Glass-dara, Mangal-dara, Aankhal-dara, Tripatta, Dadhiyal etc.

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5. Kite- Flying

A true jaipurite knows how to fly a kite and the science applied behind it.

It takes a lot of patience, time and effort to prepare for kite flying. The night before Sankranti the whole family sits together to put ‘tang’ in kites with white saddha.

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On Sankranti, everyone’s duty is sorted! Makar Sankranti food is all about pakode, moongfali, popcorn, khichadi, gajak, feeni, ladoo and papdi-chat and the children in the house go up and down the terrace for serving them. The youngsters become DJs playing the best songs the loudest.

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And oh! What an art kite flying is. As soon as the ‘Dangal’ starts in the sky, you can hear “Woh kaata” every five seconds from a terrace or two around!

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  1. The evening sky

As the day sets in, the kites start to come down and gradually the whole sky is lit up with fireworks and paper lanterns known as “Tukkals” or “Kandeel.” The night view on Sankranti is absolutely mesmerizing and one of those experience that is hard to get over!

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So if ever you plan to visit Jaipur during winter, make sure you don’t miss the intoxicatingly enthusiastic vibe of Makar Sankranti!

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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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Here’s what awaits you at the Grub Fest in Jaipur

You cannot buy happiness, but you can buy food and that’s as good as it!

Buckle up Epicureans! To prickle the hearts of foodies in Jaipur, the biggest food festival is almost here!

Ready to be held at the venue that takes you on a dreamy ride through the past- The Diggi Palace, The Grub fest is going to be India’s Premier Food Festival in Jaipur.

The Grub Fest with its first edition in Jaipur would bring together more than fifty restaurants ready to give you a hysteric food experience with their signature delicacies that you’d remember for a very long time. The culinary treasures from the most colloquial cores of India as well as the exquisite food delights from International cuisines would be on a platter for you to taste and relish.

Who can attend-

The event is going to be a wonderland for the food lovers as it’s the perfect chance for them to take in the aromas, try out interesting cuisines, fill their baskets with unique gourmet products, indulge in mouth-watering desserts and learn some of the best-kept food secrets from the most talented chefs from the country.

The organic products market at the fest is surely going to give you some diet goals and make you want to adopt a better lifestyle.

All you have to do is buy the tickets from Rs. 199 onwards on the spot or online!

Here is a quick link for the tickets 🙂

Why this is one of the best Fest ever-

Apart from the palatable food that’s going to get you grubbing, this fun fest is will be grooved up with the eventful evenings of stellar performances by well-known artists and uniquely designed games like Garry Knock out and the Sassy Ring Toss among the others.

As the evenings wrap up for the two-day fest a line-up of artists like Lisa Mishra, Musical Doctorz, the very talented Kutle Khan and none other than Bohemia are going to set the stage on fire!

This is not all! At the Grub Market, you can expect a whole variety of homegrown and organic products to stock up your kitchen with homemade jams, peanut butter, pickles and much more.

What to look apart from Food-

Why just food, Grub Street is also going to lure your heart with chic junk jewellery, pretty ethnic and western wear, traditional footwear, stationery items and much more- name it and they have it all!

And lastly, with so much to look forward to, who would want to stay up cuddled in their blankets on a weekend? Come on Jaipurites, gear up for one of the best food fests ever to be held in the Pink city. ❤

Date:15th-16th December’ 2018

Venue: The Diggi Palace

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Keep Your Bucket List Ready For The Authentic Jaipuri Delights!

An itinerary is never complete without some delicious local foodie delights of the place in it. So ditch the stereotypical food chain brands and savour the luscious and irresistible treats that are just not-to-be-missed when you visit Jaipur!

  • Dal Baati Churma– Who can miss the legendary Dal Baati Churma? The saada, masala and mawa baati dipped in ghee, served with dal and three different kinds of churma is the Aan Baan Shaan of Rajasthanis.
  • Gatte ki Sabzi– It’s one of the most basic of dishes cooked in Rajasthani homes, but the tempering done with red chillies and garlic adds a very different, not-to-be-forgotten flavour to it.
  • Ker Sangri– This is the legit sabzi of Rangeelo Rajasthan’s “Registhan.” Ker, a shrub berry and Sangri, a bean of a flowering tree called Khejari, come together to make this exclusive delight of Rajasthan. It is often enjoyed in winter!
  • Laal Maans– This one is for the non-veg fans! Lamb or Mutton in a sauce of yoghurt and hot Mathania chillies is rich in garlic and has a very spicy flavour to it. 
  • Aloo Pyaaz ki Sabji with Bejad ki Roti– Out of all the things that you find in Jaipur, this one is totally different with not just the rich in spices Aloo Pyaaz ki Sabji but also the rich in ghee and fibre Bejad roti.
  • Lehsun ki Chutney– Red, hot and spicy, this chutney is what will have your taste buds on fire! Extremely spicy, lehsun chutney is made by grinding garlic with dried red chillies.
  • Gajak– For all the sweet tooths out there! You just cannot leave Jaipur without taking along this “til ki patti” from Jaipur.
  • Mirchi ke Tipore– Mirchi fried in besan and mustard oil along with the other spices makes up for this spectacular appetizer!
  • Kachori– Kachori in Jaipur is not just food, it is a feeling. Available in various options, like Dal, Pyaaz and even Mawa, this delicious desi delight will have your senses tingled.
  • Sev Tamatar ki Sabji– Last but not the least, the chatpati Sev namkeen put in tomato curry is one of the simplest and one of the most palatable dishes from Jaipur.

You may leave Jaipur after your indelible stay, but Jaipur would forever be in your heart with random memories of its scenic beauty, cultural richness and not to forget crave-worthy local dishes.

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Enjoy Grills By The Pool At Jaipur Marriott Hotel

Have you experienced “Grills By The Pool” in your own Pink City? Hotel Jaipur Marriott has come up with this unique concept, where a wide variety of vegetarian and non-vegetarian grilled delicacies at the poolside will be served in the evenings.

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An exclusive live kitchen from where guests can enjoy the sight of the food being cooked right in front of them and their unique attraction being that the grills are prepared here with hard wood charcoal seasoned with apple and mesquite wooden chips.

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Sea food options like prawns, lobsters and squids are the exclusivity of the menu. All steaks and grills are accompanied with potato of the day, seasoned fresh vegetable greens and a choice of sauce whereas all tandoori dishes are served with the signature Indian bread.

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A range of mocktails, shooters and breezers are also available to wash down the grills and other delectable delights. Desserts like chocolate fondant with vanilla ice cream, hazelnut chocolate custard tart with vanilla ice cream and homemade cinnamon ice cream are available to choose from, for all the dessert lovers out there.

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The restaurant is open from 7p.m. to 11p.m. Already having water in the mouth? Plan out your weekend here!

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6 Kachori Joints in Jaipur You Can’t Afford To Miss

Some people like it sweet, some like it savory and well, some dishes have the power to be both 😀 One of them is the Indian delicacy – Kachori 😀 Do you already feel your mouth water ? A simple puffed-up fried snack belonging to Rajasthan is a Jaipurite’s heartbeat especially right after he/she wakes up 😉 The texture of this Indian snack is crispy, flaky with delicious base which can be packed with all manner of delicious fillings, whether sweet or savory.

So let us take you on a fun trail of Kachoris in Jaipur, where some oldest and favorite joints are calling out the die-hard Kachori fans, also recently featured in the You Tube food show ‘Jeeman Season 2 by Jaipur Beat‘ 😀

  1. Samrat Restaurant

Samrat Restaurant in Jaipur is one of the oldest shops in the city serving the best Pyaz ki Kachori since 1965 with their all-time favorite Dahi Amchoor Chutney and Tamarind Chutney. Pyaz ki Kachori is a savory filled with onions and other Indian spices which originated in Jodhpur, soon became a common breakfast option in Rajasthan.

Where: Shop No. 273, Chaura Rasta, Modikhana, Jaipur.

  1. Radhe Kachori

Radhe Kachori in Jaipur is popularly known to serve the best Hing ki Kachori in town since 1963. Hing ki Kachori is prepared with ground urad dal, with refreshing flavors of asafetida and is often accompanied with Dahi and Coriander Chutney.

Where: Churukon Ka Rasta, SBBJ Street, Chaura Rasta, Jaipur.

  1. Khuteta Namkeen Bhandar

This small joint in the heart of the city is popular for its small dynamite known as Aloo ki Kachori, which is plain flour dough filled with potatoes and spices, served in Delhi chaat style with Mint and Coriander Chutney taking the taste on total different level!

Where: 90, Kishanpole Bazaar, Chandpole, Jaipur

  1. Sampat Namkeen Bhandar

Now this place follows the rule of using skinned potatoes for their world famous Aloo ki Kachori, as they help in easy digestion. Sampat Namkeen Bhandar, is every Kachori lovers favorite spot since 1936 for their spicy Aloo ki Kachori, with doesn’t requires a need for Chutney but definitely a glass of water!

Where: Baba Harish Chandra Marg, Kishanpole Bazaar, Jaipur.

  1. Shri Ram Namkeen Bhandar

There have been days when the rain made the window panes hazy, making me crave for some Shri Ram Namkeen Bhandar’s  crispy Dal ki Kachori, which is again a common household name in Jaipur. Their Dal ki Kachori are best enjoyed with Kadhi and Tamarind Chutney since ages!

Where: Tresor Apple Store Street, M I Road, Jaipur.

  1. Rawat Mishthan Bhandar

Any celebration is incomplete without Rawat Misthan Bhandar’s Mawa Kachori, a brand serving the authentic Mawa Kachori in Jaipur, which is a sweet delicacy filled with mawa and dry fruits dipped in sugar syrup, invented by Shri Rawatmal ji Deora of Rawat Mishthan Bhandar and considered as their signature dish.

Where: Ground Floor, Opp. Polo Victory Cinema, Station Road, Sindhi Camp, Jaipur.

Check out the episode of Kachori Trail of Jaipur featured on ‘Jeeman Season 2 – Food Trail of Rajasthan’ by Jaipur Beat 😀

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Lit-hiker’s guide to Jaipur & more!

It’s not the Foucault’s Pendulum we are known for, we have the incredible Jantar -Mantar, the largest in the country. As you get knee deep into the Maha-Kumbh of Literature & music, there is a reason its setting could be none other than the beautiful Pink City. The capital of music, culture, literature and art, Jaipur is the home of ‘Lekhaki, Kalakaari and the Kaarigari‘. The quiet & the solitude that this city can offer contrasts with the bursts of colors, its long winding bylanes of history, the languid green hills, placid water bodies, the intricately carved architecture, soulful rustic music and over 1000 temples,  it is aptly called the ‘Paris of the east’ and ‘Choti Kashi’ in the same breath.

With beautiful yet poignant experiences that this city offers, it is all that the thirsty soul of an artist seeks. If Marco Polo could describe Venice over and over again as 55 Invisible Cities, Jaipur in its folds carries endless layers still to be unraveled.

Here, we play the ‘Babel Fish’ to you and make you bite an indelible slice of Jaipur’s Vastu Purush Mandala.

See: Meet the city in person.

The picture perfect postcards of Hawa Mahal, Amer fort, the old city, and the gorgeous Jal Mahal have described Jaipur for ages. We bring you some of the lesser known yet exquisite places to see in Jaipur.

Ghat ki Ghuni Complex: Sisodia Rani Bagh+Vidhyadhar Ka Bagh
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It is located 8 kilometers from Jaipur on the Agra road. Laid out in Mughal style, it is painted with the legends of Radha and Krishna. The garden is multi-tiered and has fountains, watercourses, and painted pavilions. Vidhyadhar Ka Bagh, the Architect of Jaipur is also abutting this complex.
Galtaji: 
img1Galtaji is an ancient pilgrimage center in Jaipur. Set amidst low hills and packed with locals and tourists alike, the attractive spot has temples, pavilions, and holy Kunds.
Panna Mian Ka Kund:
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Built in the 16th century, this 8 story Kund or Step well was used actively by the community around as a source of water, it was also the place of community gathering where people would come to chat, relax or swim in the cool waters.
 Nahargarh Baoli:
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This stunning organic steps of this ‘Baoli’ are mesmerizing, to say the least. It is located inside Nahargarh fort where the song  ‘Masti Ki Pathshala’ from the movie ‘Rang De Basanti ‘was shot.
Gaitore Cenotaphs:
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Just off the Jaipur-Amber road is Gaitore, where the former Maharajas of Jaipur are entombed. The chhatris (cenotaphs), made of white marble display the distinctive Rajput style of architecture. The open pavilions with ornate domes are supported by delicately sculpted pillars. The crematorium is located in the middle of yellow sandstone hills.
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The Jantar Mantar in Jaipur is considered to be the largest of the five astronomical observatories built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, the founder of Jaipur. It contains fourteen geometric devices, designed to measure time, track celestial bodies and observe the orbits of the planets around the sun.
Maharaniyon Ki Chattri
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This is a tomb/ Chhatri for the women belonging to Jaipur’s royal family and is located on the way to Amber fort. This crematorium has several exquisitely carved cenotaphs built to commemorate them. The magnificent beauty and the historical significance of Maharani ki Chhatri makes it one of the most visited tourist attractions in Jaipur.
Isar Lat :
7Ishwar Lat, also known as Swarg Suli is a 60 feet high grand minaret in Jaipur. Also called ‘Swarg Suli‘ or ‘heaven piercing minaret’, this tower near Tripolia Gate was built by Raja Ishwari Singh in 1749 A.D to commemorate a grand victory against his brother Madho Singh in the Bagru war. Ishwar Lat offers a breath-taking view of Jaipur.
Jawahar Kala Kendra:

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Built by one of the most famous Indian Architects of India, Charles Correa, it is an art & cultural center based on the 9 square ‘Vastu Purusha Mandala’ that Jaipur’s walled city plan is based on. Do try the Daal-Baati at their ‘Padharo Sa‘ restaurant.

City palace:
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The City Palace is a splendid example of the foresight that Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II had. As the founder of Jaipur, he took pains to create a magnificent walled city that encloses marvels such as the City Palace. The palace is a beautiful blend of Mughal and Rajput styles of architecture.
Govind dev Ji temple.
IMG_1825.jpgThe Krishna temple is a rare spireless temple and houses the idol of Govind Devji that Sawai Jai Singh brought from Vrindavan. It is built in the style of Diwan-e-Khas or the court of the ruler as Sawai Raja Jai believed Govind dev Ji to be the ruler of the city & he his instrument. It is based on ‘Bhakti style’of architecture with wide corridors all around.
Eat, what Jaipur eats – The historical notes in the ‘ruaab’ of Jaipur:

Bhagat Mishtaan Bhandhar, Kishanpol Bazaar: 

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Their Doodh Ka Ladoo and Choguni Ladoo are to die for and Jaipur swears by it.

Mahaveer Rabri Bhandar, Chandpole:

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Known for their Rabri, Mohanthaal, Bejar Ki roti and Aloo Pyaz ki Suzi.

Handi: (MI Road) 

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One of the older award winning restaurants of Jaipur. Number one recommendation for Rajasthani non-vegetarian food. Try the Laal Maas, Junglee Maas or the famous Handi Maas from their menu.

Once upon a time: (Nahargarh Fort): 

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The most romantic and incredible view of the Jaipur City as you dine in an ambiance of bygone times.

Baradari: (City Palace) :

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Located at City palace, this is a beautifully renovated property to see and dine at.

Tapri (C- Scheme): 

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 It’s a ‘Chai shop’ with a difference.With all things Chai and delicious light snacks, it’s ideal for breakfast or evening tea.

Muslim Musafir Khana :

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It completely reminds one of Karim’s at Jama Masjid, Delhi in its ambiance. The food is delicious, affordable and unforgettable and the flavors are very different from Karim’s, Delhi.

Santosh Bhojanalya:  (Sindhi camp bus Station)

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If you ask anybody in Jaipur where to get the best Daal-Baati from, they will either answer ‘Khole ke hanuman ji or somebody’s house and both are invited affairs. In case that doesn’t happen, head to this small joint opposite the bus station, recommended for authentic rustic flavors of Daal-Baati, the way Rajasthan eats it.

Tattoo Cafe:

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A fairly new restaurant in town, it is located bang opposite Hawa Mahal and is a good choice for breakfast or a cup of coffee. The view of Hawa Mahal early morning as the sun lights up the beautiful monument is priceless and the bonus as the name suggests, get awesome tattoos here. Instagram Alert!

City of the handcrafted, you said?

Anokhi Museum:

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At a mere ten-minute walk through the cobbled streets of Amber lies the Anokhi Museum of Hand Printing. Located in a magnificently restored haveli (mansion), the museum displays a varied selection of block-printed textiles alongside images, tools and related objects – all chosen to provide an in-depth look into the complexity of this ancient tradition.

Blue Pottery, (Kripal Kumbh, Banipark)

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One of the oldest and the most well-known Blue Pottery studios, it was started by Late Shri Kirpal Singh Shekhawat known as the founder of Blue pottery. they are known for their incomparable quality.

Chameliwala Silver Market, MI Road.

20161214_135445The silver market just abutting MI Road is a silver haven. You can pick up semi-precious stones, get them dressed and have them inlaid in silver.Apart from that there is meenakari work on Silver, traditional, contemporary and tribal silver jewelry is available in a huge variety.

Take Back some memories & a little something more

Rajasthali: A Rajasthan government-run emporium which also features works of Bangladeshi designer Bibi Russell. Excellent collection of handcrafted wares of Rajasthan.

Jagmohan/ Chandrahas / Kesar Kasturi: the incredible royal liquors of Rajasthan.Infused with many spices and condiments, these come in the category of collectibles.

Jaipur Watch Company:  

jaipur-watch-company-2Custom made, Bespoke luxury Watches from Jaipur.

Trunk Company, Jaipur: Bespoke, handcrafted trunk furniture from Jaipur.

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Rajputana Custom Motorbikes:

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Rajputana: A labor of love, handcrafted bike restoration/ customization Mecca.

Now, the basics

Traveling to & from Jaipur:

Air: Jaipur International Airport connects Jaipur to all major cities in the country as well as major international destinations. The capital of India, New Delhi is merely 250 Km from Jaipur. If you cannot get a direct flight to Jaipur, get one to Delhi as there are multiple daily connections between the two cities. The easiest way is to go to makemytrip.com or yatra.com and book your flights.

Rail: Jaipur Junction is a well-connected station with trains from all across the country. The easiest way to travel from Delhi is by the Double Decker train or Rajdhani.To book your train tickets, click here

Road: There are many Public and private operators of Buses as well as taxis in the city. Rajasthan government run RSRTC is a very good option or try the private operators for traveling to and from the Jaipur.

Getting around Jaipur: It is mostly a square.

Taxis: Uber or Ola: There are plenty of Uber and Ola Cabs easily available for within the city travel through the phone apps. They are the safest, fastest and most reasonably priced mode of transport. For Intercity travel Hippocabs is providing an exclusive for the JLF. Rajputana cabs.  You also have an option of using Rajasthan government run taxis for within and outside city tours.

Rickshaws: E/Cycle /Auto: There are plenty of Rickshaws in the city be it e-rickshaws, cycle (shorter distances) or auto rickshaws. They easily navigate the city through the traffic be it the old or the new city. They are available 24 X 7 and outside most hotels and public places. Negotiate & settle the fare before taking the ride as they don’t use meters. Use google maps whenever in doubt.

Buses: Low Floor buses / Jaipur Safari / Pink Pepper. The comfortable seating, a wide network of bus stands & the low prices of the government run low floor buses make it an ideal companion to travel around the city. The city also offers interesting open air private tour buses to savor the beautiful scenic view the city provides. Click to book Jaipur safari for ‘Jaipur by the night’ tour or the day Safari tour. You can also ride the Pink Pepper buses which doubles up as a restaurant.

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Metro: If you are located anywhere between Mansarover or Chand pole, take the Metro to get to JLF. The nearest Metro stations to the Diggi Palace, the venue for JLF, are Sindhi Camp Station and Jaipur Railways station. From outside the metro stations, take Rickshaws or cabs as convenient.To check the route, fares, and stops, click here.

Take this slice of Jaipur back with you in these few days of the Jaipur Literature Festival. Who knows, once you fall in love with the city, the next time you return back here not in the audience but right up on the stage.

Till the next time, so long and thanks for all the love.

Food · Jaipur · Jaipur Beat

Calories Don’t Count

It’s World Food Day today! Jaipur is known as a food paradise. It offers a plethora of visual treats to anyone travelling to Jaipur. From theme based cafes to formal dining in lavish restaurants, and not to forget the yummy street food – Jaipur is becoming a melting pot for the foodies.

Getting up from the bed for breakfast, how can you miss on paneer pakoras and doodh jalebi from Saras Parlor, or may it be Shankar ke garma garam samosa, Lassiwala Ki Lassi and Samrat ki kachori. Though it all sums up to be heavy but it’s delicious and the localities are lucky enough to gorge on these delicacies whenever they want.

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Jaipur cuisine gives some robust and delectable flavors in some of its star dishes – dal bati churma, laal maas, ker sangria, gate ki sabzi, ghewar and a lot more for luncheon or dinner. Your trip remains incomplete if you didn’t dig into any of these sumptuous dishes. Localites are lucky enough to gorge on these delicacies whenever they want.

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ghewar

If your stomach is still not full or has a little space, head out onto the streets to get a bite of the local snacks and delicacies. You can really bet on a stall of Pandit Pav Bhaji which has been serving from at least last 15 years, or even try Bhelpuri in Raja Park (in front of Julie Furniture). If you want everything at one place Kanha can be the perfect place.

Jaipur and its food, thus compel you to come back and savor its taste lavish cuisine.

Happy #WorldFoodDay 🙂

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