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Let’s Hear the Tales Behind the 7 Gates of Jaipur this World Tourism Day

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The knock knock joke here in Jaipur’s walled city would take on a completely different meaning with its many doors/ Darwazas/gates spread across the city. We asked many denizens of Jaipur to list the Darwazas of the city and though everybody seemed to agree that they are between 7 to 9 gates in the city but the names on everybody’s list were different. So we dug a bit deeper and have put together a small yet detailed guide for tourists and residents of Jaipur alike to know your one exquisite darwaza of the walled city of Jaipur from another and to never again get lost in the city.
Sawai Raja Jai Singh II did half the work with his architect by planning the city in 3 X 3 squares based on the Indian Vastu-Purush-Mandala. These squares and thus all the roads are aligned North-South or East- West. These 9 +1 squares constitute the Jaipur’s walled city. The city is guarded by 7 primary gates or pols which formed the entry-exit points into the walled city. They are a part of the city ramparts and each gate is unique and its name carries a clue to its location and reason why it’s called that. (Yes, our very own Da-Vinci Code!). The very first clue is, when in doubt – Look up!! 

The centermost square of the Old City is the City Palace and Govind Dev Ji Temple and the 7 Gates are:

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1. Dhruv Pol
Named after the Pole star or Dhruv tara ( which is used in locating the Direction North ) , Dhruv Pol is the Northern most Gate of the walled city. It is now called the Zorawar Singh Darwaza.

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2. Suraj pol
As the name suggests , it translates to Sun Gate , this is the gate to the East of the walled city, towards the eastern hills , in the direction of the rising sun. It also forms the gateway to the famous sun temple built by Sawai Jai Singh and further towards Galta Ji. You can easily identify the gate by the symbol of the 2 painted Suns on the Gate.

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3. Chandpol
Chand Pol means the Moon Gate . Along the East-West Axis of the City, it lies diagrammatically opposite to the Suraj Pol and forms the Western Gate of the walled City.Spot the famous and ancient Chandpole Hanuman Ji Temple with its 25 feet high Shikhar abutting the gate, if you are here you know you have reached the western end of the walled city.

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4. Ajmeri Darwaza / Kishan Pol
This is the 1st of the 4 southern Gates and as the name suggests would command the westerly road towards Ajmer. Also, this gate takes you inside the city towards Kishanpole market, known especially for tie & dye fabrics.

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5. Naya Pol
On the southern end of the Chaura Rasta (or the Wide Road) , this is the 2nd gate of the southern rampart and it means the ‘New Gate’ This gate was earlier a chor darwaza and later increased in size by the Sawai Ram Singh II . The road connects to the City Palace Gate of Tripolia. If you can see Albert Hall through the darwaza, you know you are at Naya Pol.

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6. Sanganeri Darwaza / Shiv Pol
Sanganeri Gate is the 3rd Gate and is located in the southern Ramparts of the Jaipur’s Walled city. This gate governed the route southwards towards the town of Sanganer. It is called Shivpol after the Shivmandir which the royal family would visit during Mahashivratri.

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7. Ghat Darwaza / Ram Pol
The last of the 4 Gates, the Ghat Pol is named after the easterly road towards the Ghat ki Ghuni. Inside the city, this is the way towards the Ramchandra Ji Chowkri and Ramganj Bazar.

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This World Tourism Day know your city a little more with these amazing stories behind the 7 mesmerizing gates of Jaipur.

Happy World Tourism Day!

Readers' Travel Awards 2019

12 beautiful photographs that prove why Udaipur and Jaipur are crowned to be India’s favourite cities | Jaipur Beat

Rajasthan is one of India’s most sought-after tourist destinations for a wide range of reasons, but the most prominent reason is its exclusivity and rich history. Due to that the place holds a distinctive place in the hearts of travellers. It’s the mystical landscapes combined with the hospitality of people that offer one of the most spectacular and pampering journeys to travellers experiencing luxury, here.

At the recently held Readers’ Travel Awards 2019, India’s most discerning travellers picked Udaipur as their favourite city in the country and the ‘Favourite Leisure Destination in India’.  Whereas, our beloved Pink City was crowned runner up in the category of ‘Favorite City in India’. Isn’t that incredible?

While travelling to this part of the country, vacationers witness the true colours of Rajasthan portrayed by mesmerizing architecture, fascinating festivals, centurion craft, and age-old traditions. In sheer opulence and comfort, this heritage state offers a pristine experience to its travellers which is why its no surprise that both the City of Lakes and Pink City are considered favourite cities of India.

After looking at these stunning photographs of Udaipur and Jaipur, you will also get to know why they are chosen as the Favourite cities in India.

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Udaipur City Palace at night

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Explore Jaipur and its culture- it’s World Tourism Day!

“Which city manages to attract, sustain and grow visitors’ year after year?”

“Which city has a good number of heritage sites in the country?”

“Which city has a rich saga of folklore and tales to tell ?”

“Which city has exquisite culture and heritage that has attracted generations after generations from across the world?”

“Which city has the hospitality tradition ingrained amongst its’ domiciles so deep ?”

Answer to all this is our beloved city- Jaipur

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The majestic land of Maharajas, Jaipur in Rajasthan is one of the most vibrant states in India. Well-known for its rich heritage, royal forts and palaces, Rajasthan’s rich food, culture, beautiful locales, and heritage sites, Jaipur is every travel enthusiast’s dream.

The incredible transformation of this city from a royal abode into a sprawling tourism hotspot is not a one-day effort. Jaipur and tourism go hand in hand for its rich heritage and culture that attract tourists from all over the world. As we are celebrating World Tourism Day on 27th September, let’s embrace the tourist mindset to learn and explore the places and people of Jaipur. Because tourism is not just travelling, it is a fresh sense of appreciation for the things that you encounter every day, right where you live. Uncover with us the variety of tourism sectors growing around us-

 

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Heritage Tourism

Replete with history, the city of royals symbolizes the pinnacle of Rajasthani cultural excellence and magnificent art in architecture of the streets, lanes, forts, palaces, and monuments.

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Heritage places like City Palace, Hawa Mahal, Amber Fort, Albert Hall, Jal Mahal, Jantar Mantar never cease to amaze us with its bewitching architecture and not to forget the walled city painted in pink. And, that is the reason UNESCO inscribed Pink City as the World Heritage Site. It does not just stop here; Jaipur is world’s most Instagrammed destination amongst the new UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Having some of the best forts, palaces and monuments which are till date maintained in absolutely good conditions are very precious for the Jaipurites.

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Wildlife & Adventure Tourism

Jaipur city has some ultimate wildlife and adventure kind of stuff for adrenaline junkies. One can get up close with leopards and venture deep into the dense Jhalana Forest to encounter elusive Leopard or Nahargarh Biological Park for Lion Safari. The zone of the lion safari lies in the Aravali foothills with hillocks that offer panoramic landscape. One of the most popular tourist attractions to enjoy in Jaipur is an elephant safari. For jeep safari, there is the famous Ranthambore National Park, which is a 3-hour drive from Jaipur. It is home to tigers and Sariska National Park, which is just a 2-hour drive. Those looking for adventure can cycle and trek to the Nahargarh hills, or play golf at the golf or Polo club.

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Night Tourism

Jaipur city reveals its true colours at night when it’s drenched with bright colours making it a treat for eyes. The light and sound show at Amber Fort is truly a magical experience, which one should not miss while visiting Jaipur.

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Amber Fort, the 16th-century monument turns even more enchanting during the night. The different hues of light give a new perspective to the elegance of the fort.

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

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Albert Hall, one of the oldest museums of Rajasthan looks even more enthralling as you pass by it at night.

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These illuminated monuments, gates and gardens just add to a visitors list and urge to behold their beauty amidst the darkest hour of the night.

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Wedding Tourism

Pink City- Jaipur has been listed as one of the most Romantic cities in the World! So, this place sets a dreamy ethereal mood for weddings. Jaipur has the most awe-inspiring, romantic getaways that instigate romantic aspirations among the couples in and visiting the city.

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Whimsical palaces and forts with the grandeur of Rajasthan’s royalty render a fascinating ambiance to this wedding destination.

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The city is dotted with heritage hotels that host the most magnificent destination wedding amidst the regal ambience. Jaipur is the ideal place to consummate a grand memorable wedding.

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Cultural Tourism – The colourful city becomes even livelier and lovely with the festivals celebrated here in a flamboyant way. The city observes different fairs and festival at a different time of the year like Gangaur festival, Teej festival, Kite festival.

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Jaipur is also the home to some of the most talented folk artists of our nation. Enjoy the lovely music and dance performances and we bet that the folk music and dance performance skills will completely blow your mind!

The best way to enjoy Jaipur’s culture is through its food. Jaipur is well known for its royal hospitality, and its mouth-watering delicacies are chats and kachoris which have been every local’s favourite. Not to miss the royal thali of Rajasthan, which is hot, spicy and tempting all at the same time. The national and international tourists always make sure to try the authentic Rajasthani flavours – Dal, Bati, Churma and an authentic non-veg speciality – ‘Lal Maas’ – the best dish to savour amongst the other Rajasthani cuisines. and how can we miss Jaipur’s Special sweet delicacy Ghewar.

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Jaipur’s markets Johri Bazaar and Bapu Bazaar are world-renowned for their authentic gold and silver jewellery as well as for textile, leather craft and other traditional handicrafts. People from the world over love to shop here.

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Medical & Wellness Tourism

Jaipur, a city that is celebrated all across the world for its culture and heritage, has also registered its name in the world for its medical and wellness tourism. From Yoga,to Ayurveda to high-end wellness and spa centres, it is also a world leader in low-cost foot prosthesis known as Jaipur Foot definitely deserves a big mention whenever one speaks about the pink city.

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Spiritual Tourism

The landscape of Jaipur is dotted with various temples and pilgrims. The temples here have a royal touch and splendour and are highly praised for their architectural beauty and faith by the tourists. Whether it is the visit to the Govind Devji or Moti Doongri Ganesh Ji, or Galta Ji or Khole Ke Hanuman Ji, Jaipur is the land of spiritual incarnation. Each year, several thousand of pilgrims descend to the royal land to offer their prayers and seek blessings. It is said that a prayer offered at these holy temples does not go unanswered!

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MICE Tourism

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Culturally rich city, Jaipur, has a stylish high-class environment that caters to the business needs too. Thus, it is the most preferred destination for the MICE market that offers everything a business traveller wants.

The connectivity and the developed infrastructure make this the most preferred place to host big events and exhibitions. Jaipur Literature Festival, Vastra, Stone Mart, GITB- Great India Travel Bazaar, JJS, and JAS Jewellery Shows are to name a few.

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One of the most important ways to celebrate World Tourism Day is to pick a destination that you want to visit and visit it.

So are you packing your bags to embrace tourism?

 

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Things No One Tells You About – Albert Hall Museum, Jaipur

Jaipur ! The name itself has a feeling attached to it. The vibrant colours, the rich culture, the famous monuments, and what not. The city is filled with anything and everything. Since Jaipur has a history attached to it and with history we always get reminded of our very favourite Albert Hall Museum. So today, we’re here to give you some quick facts about Albert Hall, that recently completed 133 years of its existence.

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–          Did you know that Albert Hall’s fate was decided after laying down its foundation stone in 1876? Yes ! When the Prince of Wales, Albert Edward visited Jaipur back in 1876 it was supposed to act as a Government Building as Madho Singh I had planned. But it had something else in its destiny. Finally after a decade, Albert Hall was built and declared to be used as the State Museum that you see standing tall near Ram Niwas Garden.

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–          The style that you see and admire every day and night while passing through the beauteous Albert Hall, is Indo- Saracenic form of architecture that has now become a source of reference for varied classical Indian styles of design.

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–          While you take a look at the corridors of the Museum, you will be surprised to see that they are decorated with murals that portray Chinese, European, Egyptian, Greek and Babylonian civilizations. If you want to get the essence of the rich architectural heritage, this is the place to be at!

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–          There are not many that knows about this, but Albert Hall Museum in the past year’s Durga Pooja was replicated at Jharpada Pandal in Odisha ! Bewildered to hear this, but it is true.

–          One of the greatest authors since time immemorial, Rudyard Kipling after seeing the magnetizing beauty of Albert Hall Museum said, “It is now a rebuke to all other museums in India from Calcutta downwards”.

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We’re sure once you visit this splendor, you will be spellbound with the kit of pigeons flying around and the sight of horse cart standing right in front of the Museum that forms a perfect frame for your next Instagram post. 

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Get ready to fill your Instagram feed with some beautiful pictures of the Museum on your next visit to Jaipur 😀

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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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Let’s Celebrate Teej With Great Zeal In Jaipur

The hues of love, culture and beauty mingled with the tints of heritage, handicrafts and a grand legacy brought down the generations. You are pink, I am pink; for pink is the color that this city leaves in our hearts forever. Jaipur, also known as the ‘Pink City’ was founded by Maharaja Jai Singh II in November, 1727. Known worldwide for its rich culture and architectural beauty, Jaipur is the largest city of Rajasthan, and its capital too. What makes it different from all other cities is its deeply rooted heritage that houses in itself not just the beauty of traditions and different art forms but also paves way for technological and architectural advancements. Whether it is about festivals or food, travel and tourism or corporal sector, Jaipur has a niche for every possible genre.

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The months of July and August are the most prismatic ones in Jaipur. The city looks dipped into and drunk on rainbows. With the petrichor mixing in with the amazing fragrance of our favourite ‘chai and pakode’ comes again the most voraciously celebrated festival of ‘Teej’. Teej is one of the most colourfully celebrated festivals in Jaipur. It’s all about women dressed in jazzy leheriya, patricoloured lehengas, ‘Mehendi ki khushbu’ and ‘Saawan ke jhule’. And when it comes to Teej, how could we forget our favourite Malai Ghewar!

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Teej falls on the third day after new moon. Teej as a festival is celebrated three times during the Indian month of Shravan, namely Hariyali teej, Kajli Teej, and Hartalika Teej. Badi Teej is celebrated with great zeal and pomp in our Jaipur city. Married women fast for the day and pray to Goddess Parvati for the long lives of their husbands and children. Young girls put on vibrant lehangas and leheriya sarees and enjoy the swings under lush green trees. As magnificent as this festival is, it keeps an immensely important place in the hearts of Jaipurites. We celebrate it with all kinds of food and festive preparations. Jaipur’s Teej celebration is not only famous across the nation, but also known across the globe for its enlivening and pulsing rituals, and traditions.

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The very famous Rajasthani dessert ‘Ghewar’ is the authentic food associated with Teej. Other savoury dishes associated with Teej are ‘Malpua,’ ‘Kesar Jalebi,’ and ‘Mirchi Pakode.’ The mere thought of a kesar jalebi or a delicious malpua melting in our mouths is enough to get us high on love for this festival!

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Besides the amazing excitement among common people for Teej, every year the Rajasthan Tourism carries out a pageant procession that passes from various areas of the old city of Jaipur including Tripolia Bazar, Chaugan Stadium  and Talkatora. Rajasthani folk dances, palanquins, tableaux, vividly ornamented elephants and drama are different parts of this vibrant pageant that takes place on the day of Haryali Teej. Scores of Jaipurites along with national as well as international tourists turn up to enjoy the festivities of this grand pageant. Apart from the common spectators, it also attracts hundreds of photographers and videographers for the extravaganza. Teej Procession is one of the biggest pageant held in Jaipur, over the year.

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Teej, for Jaipurites is not a mere monsoon festival, it is also a feeling of being tied to our colourful roots of Rajasthani tradition, that keep the beauty and avidity for culture alive year after year.

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5 Must Know Facts about City Palace

The City Palace, Jaipur is one of the most admired and finest attractions among the places to visit in the Pink City. With an organized layout of large courtyards, perfectly manicured gardens, and magnificent mahals, the palace is still a home to the royal family of Jaipur.

It houses beautiful amalgamation of Mughal and Rajput architecture and narrates the city’s glorious historical past which can be seen at the major attractions of the City Palace, thus making it a perfect sight for every history enthusiast and photographers.

While making a trip to Jaipur, make sure you reserve a day to visit the corridors of the City Palace and live a day like the royals!

Royal History

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Located in the heart of the Pink City, the City Palace has been the official residence of rulers of Jaipur. It was built in accordance with the Vastu Shastra, under the guidance of Sawai Jai Singh II by two renowned architects- Vidyadhar Bhattacharya and Sir Samuel Swinton Jacob, depicting the fusion of Rajput, Mughal and European architectural styles.

Story Behind The Gates

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Inside the City Palace, the Pritam Niwas Chowk houses 4 gates where each has a different role to play and a story to tell. These gates represent four seasons and Hindu gods and goddesses. The Peacock Gate with motifs of peacocks represents autumn and is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The Lotus Gate have continual flower and petal pattern representing summer season and is dedicated to Lord Shiva and Parvati.  The Green Gate is suggestive of spring and is dedicated to Lord Ganesha. Lastly, the Rose Gate with repeated petal pattern represents winter season and is dedicated to Goddess Devi.

Magnificent Structures inside the City Palace

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The legendary City Palace is said to comprise one-seventh of the walled city of Jaipur with temples, edifices, courtyards, gardens and a museum. Some major attractions include Diwan-i-Aam, Diwan-i-Khas, Mubarak Mahal, and Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum. Diwan-I-Khas, decorated with plush chandeliers was once a private audience hall of the royals is now an art gallery. Interestingly, the hall also features two huge sterling silver vessels which are officially recorded as the world’s largest sterling silver vessels.

The City Palace Museum

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The City Palace Museum which is now called Maharaja Sawai Man Singh Museum houses largest and finest collection of arms in India. It includes- swords, double-edged cutters, daggers, knives, axes and arrows of various shapes and sizes. The sword of Maharaja Man Singh that weighs about 5 kilograms is one of the attractive exhibits. It also has a vintage collection of baggis.  One of the major attractions is Victoria Baggi which was gifted by Prince of Wales to the Maharaja in 1876. Also on display are the mahadol, a palanquin with a single bamboo bar that was used for carrying the idols of Hindu gods during festive processions.

A Royal Abode to the Royal family

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The Chandra Mahal is a seven-storied cream-white structure, sumptuously adorned with unique paintings and floral decorations with mirrored walls and ceilings. It has screened balconies and a pavilion at the roof from where a panoramic view of the city can be seen. It is set amidst well laid out gardens and a decorative lake in the foreground. At present, the royal family resides in the Chandra Mahal.

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10 Reasons Why Jaipur is the Happiest City in the World 

Well, it might be a debatable topic to some, but writing from the perspective of someone who has spent an incessant amount of time in Jaipur is surely bound to fall in love with the mesmerizing Pink City.
The amazingness about Jaipur lies in its unique old world charm along with a twist of modernity. Jaipur is a city where both Moti Doongri Ganesh Temple and Gaurav Tower are equally lively in the evenings. It is the city, where the youth is reaching new heights every day and at the same time the older generation still wakes up before the sunrise to have a glimpse of the Mangla Aarti of Govind DevJi.

Today, on ‘World Happiness Day’, we are listing down 10 top reasons that make every Jaipurite happy and proud of!

1.      Never Ending Festivities

Be it Diwali or Eid, Christmas or Mahavir Jayanti, Lohri or Chetichand, Sankranti or Gangaur we, Jaipurites always take time to enjoy all the festivals with our near and dear like it’s our own!

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2.      Street Shopping at Bapu Bazar and Johari Bazar 

Flooded with fashionable Kolhapuris, colorful Lehariya, beautiful semi-precious jewellery and artifacts, Jaipur’s Bapu Bazar and Johari Bazar are rightly called shopper’s paradiseUnlike the shopping experience in metros, buying clothes and handicrafts in Pink City is quite an affordable and a great shopping experience.

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3.      Foodies’ Paradise

You’ll never feel starved when you are in Jaipur. From breakfast to dinner or even late night snacking, Jaipur offers you an array of food items like Rawat’s pyaaz ki kachori, Dal Bati Churma, spicy Lal Maas, and mouthwatering chaats. But to end everything on a sweet note we also have LMB’s famous rabri ghewar and even Pandit’s Matka kulfi.

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4.      Lesser Honking horns

One fine day getting on the streets of Jaipur you might feel that there is no space to walk but we are far better than the hustle-bustle of the metropolitan cities even though we are surrounded by highly developed metropolis cities.

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5.      Jaipurites wear their culture on the sleeves

People think living in Rajasthan is living in an isolated barren desert which has nothing – no water, no liveliness. But we can prove you absolutely wrong. Jaipurites live a tradition, wear its clothes, eat its food, and speak its language. Being in Jaipur gives you an exotic taste of its Rajasthani culture. We bring color to lives by wearing bright, soothing, eye-appealing clothes.

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6.      Elephants in place of cars (is it still there?)

Awestruck! Yes, elephants seen on the streets of Jaipur are no new thing for us. The road is to them like it is to us. You feel like an ant when near it but you equally can be on top of the world when you are in Jaipur!

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7.      Be on the top of the world

We breathe fresh! We love to spend our weekends not lazing around in bed but getting up and climbing a mountain for a site worth seeing – Nahargarh or even sunrise at Jal Mahal.

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8.      A sight to behold

Get up! Open your windows and what do you see – shout out loud ‘Aravallis’!

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9.      Strong Social Connections

Jaipurites are well known for their social and hospitable nature. We have an innate quality to help others in time of need and maintain a strong sense of connection. So, wherever you go if you find a Jaipurite, I assure you can blindly rely on him.

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10.    Better work-life balance

We value everything that comes our way. We enjoy our work equally as we enjoy being with our friends and families. Who would want more than this?

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In short, Jaipur feels like home! And home is always the happiest place on the earth!
Happy International Happiness Day!

 

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Women of Jaipur Ride E-Rickshaws & Paint the Town Red

India as a country is definitely moving ahead with women empowerment and Jaipur, like all other cities is catching up on empowering and strengthening its women in various aspects. It is always good to hear about development in this respect. That is why, when we first heard about the concept of ‘The Pink City Rickshaw Company’, which runs e-rickshaws in the city driven by women, we were really excited and happy. 🙂

IMG_3947 (1)Among the female inhabitants of Jaipur, it is very essential to bring the women from lower income group or marginalized groups to the forefront and help them stand on their feet. Many a time women from this section of the society are left behind in the whole plan of development, due to inaccessibility to education or skill development. ACCESS Development Services’ ( A section 25 not-for profit company) saw this gap and started working towards bridging the same through its new initiative titled, ‘The Pink City Rickshaw Company’.Flyer-A5

The project is aimed towards developing the women of lower income group into trained E-Rickshaw drivers. The company is hiring and training the women in Rickshaw driving skills. The E-Rickshaw being provided to the women is not the regular E-Rickshaw that you get to see but a new aged, stylized and designed like a buggy: E-Rickshaw. Women are not only trained in driving but are also trained in social skill development. The compact and comfortable e-rickshaws have been modified to add a collapsible canopy and ergonomically designed seats, mechanical improvement for greater safety and also offer a locker for safekeeping of belongings of the clients, a mobile charger, water bottle/ newspaper holder, city maps and so on. The rickshaws are eco-friendly and contribute towards a healthy environment.Pink city rick snap mod.

The travel services provided by the company will have pre marked tours and the customers can choose their favorite from the designed tour packages. The tour packages involve journeys to heritage sites of the city, shopping destinations in Jaipur and places of cultural importance.

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So far the company has reached out to 40 women. The first batch of 20 women is completely trained and has also started to provide services to guests of some well known hotels in the city. On being asked, the women drivers replied that they are enjoying becoming a part of such a huge project.
“With increasing traffic and people wanting to travel short distances in rickshaws, it is a great opportunity to earn a livelihood”, quoted Lalita Ji, who hails from Ramgarh Mod and is a part of the second batch. Shahzad, a resident from Shivaji Nagar, is a part of the first batch and has completed her training. She has started working for the company and has taken many tourists for a ride in her E-rickshaw. She gets very happy to take foreign tourists on tours and says that she can interact with them too, as the company has trained her on the social skills as well. 🙂

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The E-rickshaws have an IVRS app installed with the pre marked routes, which will prove to be helpful for both tourists and add a secured system for operations for women drivers. This is a first of its kind endeavor in the pink city and we are proud of it. All the best to the team of The Pink City Rickshaw Company! 🙂