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5 Things That Will Change The Face Of JLN Marg If Metro Gets Constructed

Metro which has given a new life and looks to the city of Jaipur is on the go to make the life of riders more comfortable. After the successful completion of Phase 1 of the Jaipur Metro, it is ready to move on with its Phase 2. Most popular and travelled road Jawahar Lal Nehru Marg is one of the leading contenders for the Phase 2. JLN Marg is also famous among the VIPs as it serves the perfect neat, clean and well-kept route for the Presidents, Vice Presidents and other important dignitaries of the country and other nation’s dignitaries.

If we get the metro rolling on the JLN Marg, here are the 5 things that will bring change into a life of a normal Jaipurite.

  1. Jawahar Circle Ab Door Nahi

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You won’t have any reason to be lazy to get up, drive to the Jawahar Circle for a refreshing morning walk.  You simply have to catch the metro from your nearest station and move on for a morning train ride.

  1. WTP Ka Ek Naya Nazariya

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WTP, a drastic development to the historic city of Jaipur gets clicked from every angle. Once the metro starts, you will get a new angle to click this giant blue building, and nothing wrong if you can capture the sight of this beauty in the backdrop to your selfie.

  1. Ae Bhai Zare Dekh Ke Chalo, Par Ab Dekhne Ki Zaroorat Nahi 

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Traffic is one of the growing reasons for people’s irritation. Red lights are meant to be followed but what if a right going bike or car stops in the extreme left and cuts your way to run ahead of you to go right. Blood really boils during such instance especially when you come tired after the day’s work. One problem which the metro might solve is no stopping at the red lights and jump the congested traffic during office hours. You will be saved from the most difficult Rajasthan University’s crossing.

  1. Saras Parlor – Tumko Na Bhool Payengey Hum

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Saras Parlour, a place which is associated with lots of Jaipurites. Most of us have spent our childhood nights at Saras Parlour standing in long queues for garam doodh and jalebi in winters and softy ice creams during summer nights. But so sad, if the metro takes its way on JLN Marg we have to cease the exit to the Saras Parlour.

  1. Babuji Dheere Chalna  

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The JLN Marg has butter like smoothness because of its VIP importance. Seeing this, people usually take off like a plane and are caught red-handed by the smart yet clever police. But as the metro starts, you need not worry about the speed limit as it has its own pace.

What if it actually happens? We will definitely miss the wide view that we get while moving through this road 😦

 

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Public Transport Day – 5 Types of Public Transport You Need To Use in Jaipur

Public transport has been underrated for a really long time in our city. However, in the light of current events, where people who travel by their personal vehicles can be seen standing in long queues at gas stations (courtesy the ban on Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000 notes) fighting for change amount, it seems the best time to ditch our vehicles and enjoy our huge public transport system. Today on public transport Day we bring to you reasons for which you can be thankful to public transport in the city.

1.Metro – Jaipur metro has come as a boon to Jaipurites. Jaipur is the sixth city in India to have the facility of metro train. The traffic has eased a lot since the introduction of metro. It has become a lot easier for people to travel to the city. The first phase of metro covers the route from Mansarovar to Chandpole Bazaar, which has definitely made the transport on such a busy route, very fast and easy. Not to forget the metro has also added a lot to our city’s infrastructure.

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2. Low Floor Buses – Low floor buses are another example of comfortable and cost effective public transport in the city, with the fares starting from Rs. 7. There was a time when travelling in buses used to look like a pain to people however not anymore. Low floor buses in Jaipur have changed the complete scenario. The comfortable seating and a wide network both are an amazing example of excellent public transport system.

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3. E-rickshaw – No more would people of Jaipur want to travel in the old city in their own vehicles, reason being the slow moving traffic and no space for parking. In such times e-rickshaws come for your rescue. The very cheaply priced rickshaw can easily get you from point of the old city to another in minutes. The view that you get while travelling in them is an added bonus.

4. Cycle Rickshaw – Well, Cycle rickshaws have been our public transport partners since ages. We cannot forget that it is the easiest transport system that we can have when we need to travel short distances.

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5. Auto Rickshaw – If we need to mention the most used public transport system in Jaipur it will definitely be auto rickshaws. You can find these rickshaws anywhere in the city at any time of the day. They are your 24/7 travel companion.

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We are sure this piece of information is the biggest need of the hour. Happy Public Transport Day.

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11 Things You Did Not Know About Jaipur Metro

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Jaipur Metro completes one full year today. Our Metro runs between Chandpole and Mansarovar providing hassle free commuting to a lot of Jaipurites. We are very happy with the successful completion of a year and wish many more to Jaipur Metro!
Now that it has been running for quite some time, we thought that you would like to get acquainted with some facts about our beloved Jaipur Metro that you might or might not know 🙂 Here they are-

1.Number of commuters is quite high

Initially, many people were apprehensive about the number of passengers in Metro considering Jaipur is not that big a city and traffic is not too bad. All of them were proved wrong very soon as 96 lakh people traveled in Metro in its first year.

2. Revenue
A high number of travelers translates to high revenue and Jaipur Metro Rail Corporation (JMRC) earned a revenue of rupees 10.12 crores in first year.
JMRC’s average daily revenue is 2.77 lakh rupees. We are impressed!

3. First Metro in a tier II city
It is believed that all the modern development takes place only in the 6 metros in India. Jaipur proved it wrong and became the first tier II city to get a Metro train.

4. No Mishaps
Well, touchwood! There have been no accidents in the first year of Jaipur Metro and we hope that it will always stay this way.

5. On time every time
Yes, in a country where trains are infamous for impunctuality, Jaipur Metro has been punctual 99.9% time. We are sure that 0.1% will be covered this year!

6. Empowering Women
Jaipur is the first city to have a Metro station where the staff consists of only women. Shyam Nagar Metro station is taken care of by women from cleanliness to running every other operation.

7. Unique Fare Model
This model won Jaipur Metro the ‘Best Emerging Metro 2015’ award. Ours is the only metro that has separate fares for peak and non-peak hours.

8. Peak Hours make it a good earner
The ridership in Metro during the peak hours is 33% so the higher fare charged during this time gets more revenue. Revenue of Jaipur Metro has increased by 30% during the rush hours.

9. Cheaper Operations
The swanky Jaipur Metro operates at a very nominal cost. Our Metro’s Operational Cost is just Rs. 4 crore/km compared to Rs. 10 crore/km in Delhi and Rs. 7 crore/km for Bangalore.

10. Women Friendly
Jaipur Metro has not only empowered women but it is also more supportive. There are two rooms for lactating mothers on 2 Metro Stations. We are sure that more will come!

11. It’s Strict
The Metro in Pink City is serving people at its best but it doesn’t mean that there is no penalty. Littering at stations is strictly prohibited and there is fine for litterers. 1200 commuters have been fined for littering so far. It will really help in maintaining the cleanliness.

Happy birthday Metro ! Wish you a long and safe life ahead 🙂

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30 Shades of Jaipur

Pink city, city of colors, capital of Rajasthan, the first planned city of India, isn’t Jaipur known to people all across the world for its various shades ?  Unlike Christian Grey, all the shades of Jaipur are gorgeous and worth watching 😉 So here you go !

1. Metro

One of the fastest implementations in the Metro sector, Jaipur Metro is the first metro in India to run on Double-storey elevated road and Metro track. The first line of the Jaipur Metro, called Phase 1A, comprising 9.63 kilometres of route from Mansarovar to Chandpole Bazaar, was opened to public by Vasundhara Raje, the Chief Minister of Rajasthan, on 3 June 2015, and thus, it became the sixth rapid transit system in India. Now, we proudly call ourselves a Metro city !

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2. Jaipur Literature Festival

World’s largest free literary festival happens in Jaipur ! Every year, everyone, not just in Jaipur, but from all around the world visits the pink city especially for this magnetic festival that keeps getting better every time like the old wine. To get a taste and a glimpse of the literary geniuses from all genres, people swarm in to the Jaipur Literature Festival with a footfall of around 2 lakh in 5 days. Apart from literature, one gets to witness the latest fashion trends, the best eateries, all kinds of cuisines, and a whole new shopping experience at JLF.

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3. Makar Sankranti

Celebrated on 14th Jan every year, Makar Sankranti is a festival that brings out the highest level of zeal and voices especially in the city of Jaipur ! While some men and women gang up at the roof tops and fly their kites as soon as the sun rises, a lot of women are seen passionately cooking the delicious dishes for the day. Friends come together for the day and even strangers meet at the flying get-togethers and are seen having the time of their lives.

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4. Gigantic Forts & Palaces

Amber (pronounced Amer), a UNESCO World Heritage Site, situated about 11 kilometres from Jaipur, is the classic fort-palace with a magnificent aura. Along with an elephant ride to the fort , you will see its various shades every evening when an exemplary saga of culture & heritage of Rajasthan comes to life with its Sound & Light Show and now it’s also open for night tourism 🙂

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Nahargarh

The highest fort in Jaipur where Aamir Khan shot ‘Pathshaala’ from the famous Rang De Basanti and also the shot from where they all fall down 😉  Nahar meaning Tiger and Garh meaning fort makes this name as Tigers used to roam in the area and people say that you can still spot a leopard or a tiger if you are lucky ! From the top of this fort, Jaipur looks like a twinkling gem at night.

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Jalmahal Palace

A water palace as it is called in a more English way, Jalmahal rests in the middle of Man Sagar lake like the pearl of its soul. Although it looks beautiful in the day time with birds by the side of lake and flying all the way to the palace to alight on its strong walls, the real magnificence of Jalmahal is witnessed under the blue starry sky at night when the water shimmers and the palace gives a perfect fairy tale feel to the beholder.

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5. India Ka Flag

Don’t get confused now because we Jaipurites fondly call the Indian flag in Central Park by this name. This fluttering flag is the tallest in India with a height of 206 feet and makes us feel proud every time we pass by it.

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6. Museums

Jaipur has some quaint museums to attract everyone. Albert Hall Museum is the oldest one in Rajasthan and is always bustling with curious tourists and guess what? It is now even open for Night Tourism ! The grand City Palace also houses a museum- Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum. Both these museums have artifacts, costumes, armors and musical instruments etc. from the eras of different rulers.

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7. Jaipuri Razai

When the temperature drops in Jaipur, these special quilts come to rescue 😉 These razai or quilts have the power to keep you warm even in bitter cold. Brightly colored Jaipuri quilts are anything but boring. Buy them in cotton, chenille or silk to grace your home.

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8. Jawahar Kala Kendra

If you are a Jaipurite, it has to be one of your favorite places to hang out. Jawahar Kala kendra aka JKK is the cultural hub of the Pink City. It hosts cultural fests, theatre festivals and art exhibitions. Not only this, you can taste Jaipur’s famous dal, bati, churma at Madhuban here 😀 For the lovers of South Indian food, Indian Coffee House of JKK is the coolest place !!

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9. Sarga Suli

A symbol of Jaipur’s victory , Sarga Suli is a tower located in Aatish Market that was once the highest in Jaipur ! Originally known as Ishar Lat., King Ishwari Singh got it built after defeating Madho Singh. Going to the top gives an amazing 360 degree view of the city and when it’s lit during Diwali, it looks beautiful with all the colors oozing out and spreading on the walled city.

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10. Chokhi Dhani

Chokhi Dhani – Chokhi meaning ‘good’ and Dhani meaning ‘village’, is probably the most popular ‘modern’ and visited tourist place in Jaipur. Tourists from across the globe come to Jaipur specially to visit Chokhi Dhani which is like an amusement park designed like a village. It gives you a glimpse of the culture of Rajasthan. You can enjoy camel rides here and dance with Kalbeliya dancers. It has a really huge variety of delectable Rajasthani food on offer. Here the food especially Dal Baati is served with lots of love and ghee just like you are dining at a village 😉

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11. Panch Batti

It literally means ‘5 lights’. It is basically a traffic signal that is too busy. Panch batti is a symbol of Jaipur just like its pink walls. You will find big showrooms, classy restaurants and high-end hotels near this point. And this is how it looks on a rainy day 🙂

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12. Baoris

Baoris aka Stepwells, are one of the most dramatic places seen in a lot of Hindi movies where lots of dance sequences have been shot. The most popular Baori is at Abhaneri near Jaipur. This one is called Chand Baori and is the biggest step-well. Hindi movie fans must have seen the beauty of this Baori in the movie Paheli.

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13. Temples

Jaipurites are simple God-fearing people and this is proved by the large number of temples in city. Moti Dungri temple and Birla Mandir are full of devotees all the time. The huge Govind Dev temple is a landmark that is especially amazing on Janmashtami. If you want to see temples on hills, head to Galta Devi, Shila Mata at Amer, Khole ke Hanumanji, Choolgiri and Garh Ganesh temples.

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14. Jantar Mantar

We have electronic clocks now but Jaipur had its very own clock way before. Jantar Mantar looks intriguing but is a popular place among tourists and locals alike.

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15. S.M.S Stadium & Arjuna Statue

This is the latest jewel in the crown of Pink City. An imposing statue of warrior Arjuna has been erected outside SMS stadium. Even many Jaipurites might not be able to tell you the full form, so popular is the name SMS. It is Sawai Man Singh Stadium where many sports events are organized including international cricket matches. SMS stadium is not limited to sports and witnesses a lot of other activities as well. The statue symbolizes sportsman spirit and is a sight that you simply cannot miss.

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16. Vivid Festivals 

Teej festival falls during monsoon where women swing on swings decorated with flowers and processions are also taken out from Tripolia Gate to Chaugan Stadium while Gangaur sees large processions of ladies carrying earthen pots with lamps glowing inside on their heads. The seven day festival is especially visible inside the four walled city where people gather to see performances by Rajasthani artists.

 

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17. Hawa Mahal

Created in the shape of Lord Krishna’s crown, with 953 windows, this mesmerizing airy palace is one of a kind !! People come here to experience the wind. You need to walk quite a lot here and the wind feels really good afterwards. The palace is surrounded by shops now that sell everything associated with Jaipur 🙂

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18. Jaipuri Prints

Whether it’s the block prints, leheriya, bandhej or Sanganeri prints, you will love each of them. Leheriya and bandhej are mostly bright while the block prints are more subdued and extremely classy.

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19. Walled City 

We have come halfway discussing the shades of Jaipur, so well, Pink has to be the most prominent one ! The walled city is all pink, whether it’s the walls or shops. In 1876, the Prince of Wales and Queen Victoria visited India on a tour. Since pink denotes the color of hospitality, Maharaja Ram Singh of Jaipur painted the whole city pink in color to welcome the guests and since then, Jaipur came to be known as the pink city 🙂

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20. Mojri

The traditional-style shoes from the city are called mojris. They can be worn with all kinds of outfits though. Mojris are mostly made of camel leather. Famous for being peppy and comfortable, you can buy some plain pairs or something that has multiple colors to suit any outfit !!

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21. Raj Mandir

Once called as the Asia’s most beautiful cinema hall, Raj mandir is the temple for cine-goers. It’s beautiful from outside and royal from inside. The carpeted floor and shining chandeliers make you feel like a royal. Even non-Hindi speakers come here to watch Bollywood movies just to experience the magnanimity of Raj Mandir.

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22. Jaivanna

The biggest cannon in the world lies in Jaipur and it goes by the name Jaivanna. It is kept at Jaigarh fort and the gigantic cannon astonishes everyone and reminds us of the old glorious days 🙂

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23. Blue Pottery

Blue pottery is associated with Jaipur and you will see a lot of it here. The colors are not limited to just blue and you can sometimes see green, yellow and even brown. The fragile and lively pottery has the power to change the look of any room with its rich look !

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24. Jewellery

A lot of to-be brides come to Jaipur to shop for their jewellery. This is proof enough of how exquisite our jewellery is. From Kundan and jadau to Meena work, everything is available here. Silver jewellery and gemstones from the city are also hugely popular and the most visited are the jewellery fairs especially JJS i.e. Jaipur Jewellery Show where visitors from all over the world come to see various types of jewellery displayed.

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25. Statue Circle

Built as a tribute to Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, the founder of Jaipur, Statue Circle is one of the most popular landmarks also seen as a very calm sight in the city. This circle isn’t ordinary and is surrounded by balloon sellers, coffee shops, ice cream stalls and a garden which is always beaming with people having a fun time with family and friends.

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26. Lassiwala

This is an iconic shop famous for its lip-smacking lassi. It is always full of people who want to have a taste of this cooling drink.

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27. Meetha Khana

Jaipur people have strong sweet teeth. Ghevar is the most loved sweet here. All kinds of Indian sweets are made extra yummy in the city but Churma from Jaipur is one of a kind. Food is incomplete without desserts here.

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28. Spicy Food – Mirchibada & Pyaaz ki Kachori 

Every food item is a little extra spicy in the city full of sweet people. Whether you like kadhi or mirchibade, be sure that it has the power to make your face go red. Make sure to try the famous Sev from the shops on the streets that lead to Amer fort and the spicy Jaipuri treat – Pyaaz Kachori from Rawat !

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29. World Trade Park

World Trade Park is the symbol of modern Jaipur. The sprawling blue and silver building houses the biggest fashion brands. It has a stylish food court where youngsters and even the older generation love to hang out.

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30. Lakes

Jaipur may not be the city of lakes but our Man Sagar Lake is a popular tourist spot. A palace is situated in the middle of lake and is rightly called Jal Mahal. People come here to just stroll here and soak in the beauty. We also have Chandlai Lake and Ramgarh Lake which need a little more care.

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Top 10 Blogs of Jaipur Beat in 2015

With the year 2015 coming to an end, we know that this year has been the year of blogs, an year where every second you had at your disposal hundreds of blogs telling you about 10 things to do, 7 things to not do, etc etc ! Among all the reads, we hereby compiled 10 top blogs of Jaipur Beat, which were not just read, but enjoyed by our lovely readers. Here we go down the nostalgic lane and take you with us 🙂

These are in the descending order !

10. The Story Behind The Success Of Sanjay Omelette!!

The year would not have been complete without covering the legendary Sanjay Omelette who resides near Janta Store in Jaipur and has been a proud participant of Master Chef India.

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9. 12 PHOTOGRAPHS THAT FASCINATE YOU TO TRAVEL TO JAIPUR

There are pretty images and stunning images clicked by many, while they travel to the Pink City but some images are simply a feast to the eyes. Let’s have a look on these picturesque images, which are surely going to fascinate you and compel you to pack your bags !

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8. 5 Best Pubs In Jaipur To Chill At This Weekend

Planning to remove the stress of the week and start afresh, then it’s time to tap your feet to the beats of DJ, as we list down some of the best pubs in the city where you can enjoy the nightlife by dancing to some of your favorite tracks, and enjoy drinks with your friends or loved ones.

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7. 9 Funny Reasons Why Metro Is The Best Thing That Could Happen To Jaipur

Jaipur Metro has finally arrived and not just this, it is one of fastest built metros in the country and also the first one that will provide feeder service from its very inception. But well, Jaipurites have better and lighter reasons to travel in #JaipurMetro

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6. 6 Best Places In Jaipur To Shop Rajasthani Prints!

When you think about the beautiful and eternally fashionable prints and fabric, one city that surely comes to your mind is Jaipur ! Every corner of the pink city holds a different visual delight that can possibly make your wardrobe more happening and interesting every single day.

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5. Fun Filled Adventure Sport Activities, Now in Jaipur!

Under the brand name of ‘Tao Experiences’ Jaipurites will now have one of its kind center for adventure, entertainment and leisure at Kukas in Jaipur.

 

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4. 9 Things You Have Definitely Heard If You Belong To Or Live In Rajasthan

You are a true Rajasthani if you have heard these lines at least once in your lifetime, probably from a distant cousin, in your college located in a different state or from an NRI relative 😉

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3. 8 Reasons Why Sankranti Is An Integral Part Of A Jaipurite’s Life

Let us tell you, Sankranti is not just a festival in Jaipur, it a part of their lives ! Following are a few reasons why Jaipurites are in love with Sankranti.

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2. 26 Reasons Why Your Next Travel Destination Should Be Jaipur!

A mere mention of the city Jaipur invokes various images of folklore and festivities, colours, traditions, captivating architecture and exquisite Rajasthani cuisine. Here are a few among the plethora of reasons to why your next travel destination should be Jaipur.

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1. 25 Things That Prove You Are A True Jaipurite

You might be living in Jaipur for years now, and there is a new place which comes up every day in this evolving world, but there are still some things which make you a die-hard Jaipurite and no matter what changes, these things might not change 😉

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2016 will bring a lot more blogs for you to read, love and laugh about 🙂

 

 

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9 Funny Reasons Why Metro Is The Best Thing That Could Happen To Jaipur

It is a historic day in Jaipur today !! Jaipur Metro has finally arrived and not just this, it is one of fastest built metros in the country and also the first one that will provide feeder service from its very inception. But well, Jaipurites have better and lighter reasons to travel in #JaipurMetro 😉 Find out !

  1. Sleep in AC at a very low cost

    Summers are at the peak, and power cuts are as normal as breathing everyday. So who wouldn’t want to pay a small cost to take a nap in the peaceful Metro 😀
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  2. From ‘Bhaiya yeh kaha padega’ to a woman’s soft voice guiding them to the next metro station

    No stopping in the corner of the road and asking random people about the address !
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  3. Saving on detergents and from buying new clothes as there will be no one splashing water or mud on you

    Dhoop, garmi, pollution se pareshaan ? Metro hai na 😉
    No more fearing the careless drivers while walking on the road 🙂
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  4. New destination to click selfie / share on social media

    Not that you have had enough of adulating yourself by clicking non stop selfies at WTP and all the possible historical attractions, but look here, you have a new place to satiate your narcissist desires :p
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  5. Need new excuses for coming late as “Tyre puncture or traffic jam” won’t work anymore 

    Leave behind the archaic traffic excuses for reaching office late as they will not work anymore 😉
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  6. Saving a trip to salon as no traveling in this heat means no tan
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  7. Chance to start a new love story…metro, you both, daily, same time.

    You can create your own ‘Life in a Metro’ by either meeting someone there or travelling with your special one in Metro daily without any disturbance or noise 🙂
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  8. Humaare paas monuments hai, malls hai, markets hai, aur ab ..Metro hai  😀

    Well now no one can dare to ask you ‘Do you travel on camels or elephants?’
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  9. You get to call Jaipur a ‘Metro city’ 😉

    It’s a proud and almost an emotional moment 🙂
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Down the memory lane with Jaipur: Alvida 2013 !!

As we are all set to enter the new year, let’s go down the memory lane and reminisce all that happened in pink city in 2013 🙂

Jolly January

The year 2013 began on a positive and clean note when Congress party chief Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh visited Jaipur for Chintan Shivir. Even though the motive was to ‘connect’ with the urban middle class, Jaipur got a great deal as the entire city was spick and span, a view that we hardly get to see 😀

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At the same time, there was one thing that sure was loved by us; Inauguration of Ghat ki Ghuni tunnel in Jaipur by Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi on January 19th. This 2.8-km long tunnel in Jaipur offers an alternative route to connect Pink City with Agra. The tunnel has sensors for controlling air pollution, display boards and cameras for checking vehicles’ speed !

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Jaipur Lit Fest, Asia’s leading literature event that happens every year in Jaipur was this time graced by the great Dalai Lama, the Tibetan spiritual leader who came and enlightened us with his knowledge and superb wisdom.

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Classy February

Royalty, class and pride, hail the Indian army !! The civilians of Jaipur got a golden chance to witness the 61st Cavalry’s annual parade, an elaborate cavalry drill organized by the army for the first time in the history of pink city.

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This took place in Rambagh Polo Ground where 130 officers; sardars and sawars dressed in ceremonial outfits were seen mounting the well groomed horses. But of course the audience was seen behind the cameras clicking pictures like there would be no tomorrow to those precious moments 😀

Merry March

The pleasant march came with something that is close to all our hearts: luxury and cars. The 15th Edition Vintage and Classic Car Rally was held and people were seen mesmerized as it included rare cars like a 1923 Austin 7 Chummy, 1956 Thunderbird and a 1941 Packard that happened to be the first AC car that greeted the visitors at Hotel Jai Mahal Palace.

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March came with a little hitch though. The much acclaimed Elephant festival this year was a little disappointment for the tourists as the major highlight “Elephants” were missing due to the ban by Government.

Exciting April

Our very own Sawai Man Singh Stadium in Jaipur proudly and gladly welcomed its first match of IPL Season-6 between Rajasthan Royals and Kolkata Knight Riders. Jaipur was seen overjoyed as the cricket freaks for whom cricket is more of a religion, could show their love by screaming and jumping in the stadium seeing their own team play.

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With this, Jaipur also got a taste of Kingfisher beerup !! The famous Kingfisher Beerup event that happens every year, for the first time was also experienced in pink city.

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Beer games combined with live screening of IPL, lots of food, dance, music and Jaipur blasted with endless masti. It was organised at The Forresta Kitchen & Bar and encashed really well on social media with the twitter world buzzing with hastag KFBeerup.

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As the summers were on the peak, every creature had their own way to deal with it. In an unusual incident, while two Italian tourists were having a happy elephant ride in Jaipur, the elephant decided to jump in the Maota Lake below the Amber fort to escape the terrible heat !!

Scorching June

The super hot June came with the sight of the largest Supermoon of the year!! Coined by astrologer Richard Nolle, the term “supermoon” means a bigger and brighter full moon. Many Jaipurites clicked and sent their pictures of Supermoon to Jaipur Beat.

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In this glorious month, our historic beloved Amber fort made it to the UNESCO’s world heritage list in the 37th session of the World Heritage Committee. A proud moment that was 🙂

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Progressive July

Bidding goodbye to summers, came July with some relief from the heat !! Along with this, The Jaipur International Airport also bid farewell to its international terminal, Terminal 1 and all the domestic and international flights to and fro are now taken care of by the Terminal 2 😀

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Jaipur created its own textile park called ‘Jaipur Integrated TEXCRAFT Park Pvt. Ltd.’ The Park has been created to prevent and control the pollution caused in Sanganer and nearby areas due to the chemical disposition from dyeing and painting of clothes in a large scale in the area.

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A two-day weekend festival called ‘Jaipur by Nite’ was held to promote Jaipur as an all-year destination. The colorful event saw the main historical monuments all decorated and the famous bazaars situated within the city walls were open till late night.

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Included in the itinerary were two cultural evenings showcasing live music, fashion show, sound and light show, shopping, food and drinks at the City Palace and Hotel Clarks Amer.

The happening August

As the rain showered Jaipur, the Teej celebrations filled the pink city with joy and Jawahar Kala Kendra pepped up with a lot of folk dancers performing to this cheerful festival !!

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Apart from these celebrations, there was one more thing that was seen rising and rising high: the onion prices. This was followed by a weird incident where an onion laden truck was robbed by a group of three armed men at Shahpura village on Jaipur-Delhi highway, believe it or not !!

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In this month itself, one of the best schools of Jaipur; Maharani Gayatri Devi (M.G.D.) Girls school, that changed the way of girls’ education and took it to a new level, completed its 70 years.

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Run September

With a lot of noise and excitement came chugging the Jaipur Metro with its first trial run on September 18 that was done between Mansarovar and Shyamnagar stations. The metro when it begins will hopefully ease off a lot of traffic issues and transport facilities in the pink city.

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Along with this, to the delight of Jaipurites, started a tourist bus service namely ‘Hop on Hop off’ connecting all major tourist spots and market places of Jaipur.

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Sporty October

Even though we love October for a plenty of reasons, this time it was for Indian cricket and the great wall of India. Yes, you got it right ! The gentleman of Indian cricket and then skipper of Rajasthan Royals, Rahul Dravid, retired after winning every match that he played in the S.M.S Stadium, Jaipur in 2013.

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Moreover, in the ODI series of India vs Australia, Jaipur became the city to host India’s biggest ODI victory so far against the Kangaroos 😀 India recorded its highest successful run chase in this match scoring a 362 against 359 by Aussies with 9 wickets and 39 balls remaining.

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Sweet November

As the cold winds entered the domains of Jaipur, it celebrated 286 years of its foundation on November 18 with a lot of dhoom-dhaam !!

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This time, Jaipur hosted its first Art Summit at Jawahar Kala Kendra 😀 It was a true pleasure to watch the royal Rajasthan’s art being expressed in the forms of canvas, visual and digital art, sculptures, interactive art and other contemporary and folk-centric expressions.

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For the first time ever, Jaipur hosted an electric concert ‘Rahmanishq’ by none other than the Oscar winning and soul touching music maestro A.R. Rahman, who came and sizzled the city with his voice.

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Chilly December

Like it is said ‘Last but not the least’, this year December was surely the month that changed everything for the pink city. Rajasthan State Assembly Elections were held on 1st December with a voter turnout of approx. 74%, that was the highest ever for the state. With clear majority, BJP won the elections and Vasundhara Raje replaced Ashok Gehlot as the Chief Minister of Rajasthan.

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Along with the new CM, came vrooming into our lives the brand that defines what bikes are all about; Harley-Davidson. Harley opened its first showroom in Jaipur at Sahakar Marg, while the owners celebrated it with a huge launch party and a rally of bikes.

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 After an eventful 2013, just hold your breath and get set for another year, that is about to begin !!