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Quarantine Meals At Your Doorstep | Jaipur Beat

If you are quarantined and unable to cook or your entire family is quarantined, the first thought which will come to your mind will definitely be how to take care of your meals? That too, eating a healthy balanced diet is essential for your health especially when your immune system needs to fight back.

There are a few food outlets, and even home chefs in the city taking this as an opportunity to help the people & families suffering in these stressful times and in turn delivering quarantine meals. Helping others in their times of need is the best gift of humanity and there is no bigger lesson than this that 2020 has given us!

So, Jaipur Beat is here to share some quarantine meal services in Jaipur to help you and your loved ones amid this pandemic.

1. Spiced Up

Based in Bais Gowdown, Tiffin Tales by Spiced Up delivers home food, packed safely to your doorstep in these difficult times. From home style meals, to indulgent meals to international cuisines to snacks, they have it all for your home isolation. They offer breakfast lunch, snacks and dinner starting from Rs 99.

Contact: +91 7760587681

https://www.instagram.com/spicedup.in/

2. Saas Bahu Ki Rasoi

Serving thali for corona suffering families, Veena & Rajeshwari operate from a home kitchen. The duo have turned their cooking passion in this lockdown into a “Saas Bahu Ki Rasoi” and they cook comfort food that tastes just like home without compromising on the ingredients and products used for it.

You can add more to this thali of daal, roti & sabjee as per your choice or even customize your order.

Rajeshwari: +91 9982128866

Veena: +91 9829075457

https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Food-Delivery-Service/Saas-Bahu-Ki-Rasoi-114993783664561/

3. Mr. Rajat Jain & Mrs. Tanvi

Offering Sattvik food, the couple with the thought of helping those in need started to deliver food to quarantined people. You can book your breakfast by 10am and evening meal by 3 PM, as they deliver from 1 PM to 7 PM. Sattvic diet is considered very nutritious, and they provide a Rs.100 Tiffin with 2 sabjee & 2 roti.

Mr. Rajat Jain: +91 9875011998

Mrs. Tanvi: +91 8290660119

4. Arya Niwas Hospitality (Chitra Cafeteria & Amaltas by Om Niwas)

For those wanting Indian & International vegetarian cuisine, the restaurant customizes and prepares as per your taste. They analyzed that food is the major problem facing for quarantined families & individuals, especially for the elders who are skeptical about outside food. Hence already known for their homemade like taste, they initiated with this service.

Take a look at their menu!

Contact: +91 9829367879

https://www.instagram.com/arya_niwas_hospitality_/

Delivering as per your area are these 3 dedicated individuals:

5. Siddharth Jain

Always on his toes to help individuals & families in self isolation or home quarantine.

LOCATION: Mahavir Nagar, Gayatri Nagar, Gopalpura, Jai Jawan, Lal Bahadur, Income Tax, Durgapura, Shreeji Nagar, Malviya Nagar, Surya Nagar, Siddharth Nagar

Contact: +91 9414063303

6. Manish Jain

Along with his family, Manish Jain started with meal packages 2 months ago to help those under home quarantine.

LOCATION: Mansarovar, Patrkar, Muhana Mandi Road, Gujar Ki Thadi, Sanganer, Pratap Nagar

Contact: +91 9351428421

7. Shefali Jain

2 months ago, Shefali Jain started this quarantine food service along with her husband and family. Professionally, a doctor & lecturer in Subodh College, Shefali aims to help the isolated people in these difficult times.

LOCATION: Nirman Nagar, Shyam Nagar, Vaishali Nagar, Ajmer Road

Contact: +91 9829455868

Bookmark this blog and share it with people around in the city, as you never know who might be in need of this!

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Celebrating Jaipur Foundation Day | Jaipur Beat

November 18 is marked as the Jaipur Foundation Day, and today we are celebrating Jaipur’s 293rd birthday. On this auspicious occasion, Jaipur Beat is sharing some interesting facts about the capital of Rajasthan.

1. The city was founded in 1727 by Jai Singh II, the Raja of Amber who ruled from 1699 to 1743.

2. Jaipur gets its name from its founder Maharaja Jai Singh II, the great warrior and astronomer. 

3. Vastu Shastra has guided the building of Jaipur.

4. Hawa Mahal is in the shape of a crown of Lord Krishna with 953 jharokhas or windows.

5.  It was one of the earliest planned cities of India, designed by Vidyadhar Bhattacharya. 

6. The pink colour denotes the colour of hospitality, as it was used to welcome the Prince of Wales, later Edward VII, in 1876.

7.  Jantar Mantar also features the world’s largest stone sundial, and is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

8. Constructed in the year 1876, Albert Hall Museum is the oldest museum of Jaipur.

9. Known for its architectural marvels and vibrant culture, Jaipur made its entry into the UNESCO World Heritage Site list.

10. Jaipur houses 22 stepwells, out of which some are the largest and deepest in the world.

You can take Jaipurites out of Jaipur, but not Jaipur out of the Jaipurites. Isn’t it?

Happy 293rd Birthday to Jaipur!

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Enhance the festive spirit with mouth-watering delights this Diwali | Jaipur Beat

With the second wave of COVID-19, everyone is puzzled about their Diwali plans. No gatherings, no card parties, no fun of shopping & hopping from one shop to the other. But life goes on and so does the celebrations of life. 

Where there is celebration, there have to be sweets that are healthy and delightful in every sense. Indian sweets come in a variety of colours, shapes and flavours. You name it, and you get it!

So let’s go find out some home chefs and outlets in the city who are making all the efforts to serve us the best during this festive time. From opulent and hatke sweet options to traditional Indian mithais, we have covered Jaipur’s delicious sweet options.

Cauldron Sisters

Ratika & Richa from Cauldron Sisters are making ‘not a mithai box’. They are making all cookies which look exactly like Mithai and serve it in mithai flavours like Kesar Peda, Rasmalai Cookie, Coconut Laddoo Macaroon & Gulab Jamun Brookie. 

The best part is that these are homemade in their kitchen & most of the ingredients that they use in preparations are dry that allows a long shelf life. And for health-conscious souls, these are also little low in calories as compared to usual sweets taken in the festivals.  

https://www.instagram.com/cauldron_sisters/?hl=en

Scrumptious Slice

Doorva Sharma is making delectable desserts in town and they’re worth every single bite. If you are someone for whom no festivity is complete without indulging in the fragrance of freshly baked items, then you can enjoy it from the Scrumptious Slice. Homemade cakes, cupcakes and many other savouries are baked to perfection all by hand and lots of love.

https://www.instagram.com/the_scrumptious_slice/

Chatokri 

Founded by Rekha Khaitan, Chatokri is a culmination of her passion for food. Their USP is that they curate and handpick from selected partners across the country. We hope you enjoy their collection as much as we enjoyed putting it here. 

https://www.instagram.com/chatokri/

Govindjee

Savour mouth melting sweets and a wide variety of Namkeen from the very old & trusted brand of Jaipur, Govindjee, originally Vijay Store at Choti Chaupar since 1954. They are offering all types of Gajak, dry fruits, cereals, & also they are the largest Indian Manufacturer of Traditional HAND ROASTED Namkeen. Their Malai Gajak, made of til (sesame seeds) and gud (jaggery) is highly recommended for all the Gajak Lovers. We bet, you can’t stop by having just one!

https://www.instagram.com/govindjeejeeyo/

Kalptaru Jain Store

This is a newly opened store at Rajapark that offers a whole lot of variety of sweets, dry fruits in premium quality to choose from. Freshly made sweet boxes like Chidawa ka Peda, Kaju Katli and many more will be the best if you want to gift. You may also get special festive packings such as special boxes for gifting on special occasions. 

https://www.instagram.com/kalptaru_jain_store/

LMB

How can we miss without talking about the legendary LMB. Situated in the walled city and also in Vaishali Nagar, LMB is going an extra mile to deliver to your home in all parts of the country. From Rasgulla to Gulab Jamun, Rasmalai to Halwa, & Kaju Katli they are famous for the range of delicious sweets that they make and on Diwali they have specially curated a Festive Gift Collection as well. 

https://www.instagram.com/laxmimisthanbhandar/

So, what are you waiting for, lets’ sweeten the festive spirit with Diwali sweets. Happy Festivities 🙂

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Your quest for a royal destination wedding ends here | Jaipur Beat

Grand venues, splendid gardens, rituals with a backdrop of a palace or fort, hundreds of dishes in numerous cuisines, and eye-popping trousseaus! Weddings in India are always known for putting up an extravagant show!

Unfortunately, it’s been almost 8 months that the coronavirus has turned our lives around in an unimagined way; social distancing is the new normal and the smashing royal weddings are now embracing intimate celebrations. But, rather than being gloomy about what it used to be in the past, read further as Jaipur Beat has discovered a royal wedding destination – Alsisar Mahal in the storybook town of Shekhawati. Located at a 4.5 hours drive from Jaipur,  Alsisar Mahal may put a rest to the quest of the couples who are chasing a silver lining for their wedding, in the current situation.

The 17th Century Palace Hotel is like a thrust with imperial heritage, grandeur, and magnificence in Royal Rajasthan.

We, absolutely, understand that the couples are facing restrictions on the guest list, but this is also an opportunity to tie the knot in an intimate ceremony in the presence of your family and close relatives, without compromising on the grandness of the destination and wedding ceremonies.

With Alsisar Mahal’s special palatial wedding package you can make your dream destination wedding come true.

At Alsisar Mahal, weddings are very special with imperial ambiance and a variety of beautiful venues to offer within the 17th-century palace. They are offering marvelous décor and royal services for a cherished union.

With various magnificent venues for a gathering of a hundred guests, the splendid palace is the best destination to consummate a memorable wedding.

Their opulent and well-maintained rooms ensure that each guest experiences the royalty of Rajasthan.

The couple and their guests can feel the versatility in wedding events with mehandi and brunches at the garden area and complete their nuptials and host Reception in the grand hall.

The late-night dance party can be hosted at their soundproof Dungeon Lounge, which is an eccentric dungeon themed venue of Alsisar Mahal.

Alsisar Mahal’s dining area with a spectacular interior fulfills an indoor dining requirement with grandeur and class. The illustrious wedding arrangements at Alsisar Mahal leave an everlasting impression of the wedding on your guests.

Have this intimate royal affair with 100 guests for two nights starting from INR 10 Lakhs + taxes! The palatial package includes a Royal Rajasthani welcome, 43 luxurious rooms with bed and breakfast, magnificent wedding venues, opulent spaces, a wedding hall, soundproof DJ at Dungeon Lounge for late-night entertainment.

Already started to fancy a royal wedding at erstwhile noble’s home?
For reservations and queries write to alsisar@alsisar.com or contact on +91 76650 08154

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/alsisarmahal/

Website: www.alsisarmahal.com

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A Walk Through The Royal Abode | Jaipur Beat

Jaipurites, we all have seen the City Palace from outside but has it intrigued you how would a walk around the home of the royals be like? Well, we decided to explore the sections of the charming palace and share it with you!

Jaipur narrates its history as a breathing capital of Rajasthan embraced by the illustrious patronage, culture, architecture, performing arts and craft. Founded in 1727 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, the new capital of Jaipur was unique for its urban planning & vision. With a perfect embodiment of the bygone era beautifully balancing with modern developments; magnificent palaces, special pink facades, vibrant markets, exquisite handicrafts, and colorful festivals, Jaipur continues to celebrate the splendor of its majestic past.

Poised in the middle of Jaipur, the world famous City Palace complex is an integral part of the walled city. Built by the Kachhwaha ruler of Amer – Jaipur, Sawai Jai Singh II, the 18th century Palace glorifies the magnificence of Jaipur’s heritage with its courtyards, gateways, temples and gardens. Characterized by a series of dedicated galleries and museums that offer a grand view of Jaipur’s flamboyant heritage, the City Palace Complex reflects the magnitude of its historical importance and monarchy. A site of living tradition, the City Palace continues to be the home and pride of Jaipur’s Royal Family. 

Take a walk around the opulent sections of the City Place with us!

  1. The Mubarak Mahal is one of the last princely additions to the City Palace, and was completed in 1900. The magnificent double-storeyed building was used to welcome special guests to the royal palace. Islamic, Rajput and European elements of architecture and ornamentation have been assimilated in this building. Today it houses a splendid textile gallery, and some offices of the Museum.
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  1. The Sileh Khana building covers the story of the arms and armoury of the kingdom of Dhoondhar. Now a gallery, you can see a range of exquisite but deadly weapons, including swords, daggers, guns, and more on display here.
  2. The Sabha Niwas, also known as the Diwan-e-Aam, is a Public Hall of Audience that has been used by successive Maharajas. The Durbar and important official ceremonies would take place here. This was also where His Highness Maharaja Sawai Mansingh II took oath as the first Raj Pramukh of the newly constituted State of Rajasthan in 1949.
SABHA NIWAS ( Photo Courtesy : Maharaja Sawai Man Singh Museum Trust II )

4. The Sarvato Bhadra, an airy pavilion, open on all four sides, except for small rooms at each corner, is a Rajput architectural innovation. Several rituals and celebrations, including the Dussehra Pooja, and Makar Sankranti festival, happen in this courtyard. On display in the Sarvato Bhadra structure are the world’s largest silver urns, the Ganga-jalis. Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh the second took the Ganga-jalis with him to England in 1902, as a way to maintain his ritual purity, when he travelled across the seas to attend the coronation of King-Emperor Edward the seventh of Great Britain.

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5. Pritam Niwas Chowk is the inner courtyard of the City Palace. It has four smaller gates, each themed around the four seasons and dedicated to a particular Hindu God.

PEACOCK GATE

Peacock Gate: The northeastern peacock gate represents autumn and has a small idol of Lord Vishnu on its lintel.

LOTUS GATE

Lotus Gate: The southwestern gate is adorned with dramatic lotus petals and flower patterns. It represents summer and Lord Shiva.

ROSE GATE

Rose Gate: The winter season is showcased by this gate. Filled with repeating rose patterns, it is dedicated to Goddess Devi.

LEHERIYA GATE

Leheriya Gate: The Leheriya (waves) gate is on the northwest side of the courtyard. It is green in color, indicating spring and dedicated to Lord Ganesha.

While exploring these landmarks, you will notice that many of their doorways are singular in character; be it the imposing gateways with intricate frescoes at the entrance or the smaller, nondescript doors inside the palaces. Each gate has a role to play and a story to tell. In City Palace, they reflect the influence of Mughal, European and Indian Shilpa Shastra styles.

6. Govind Dev Ji Temple is an epitome of pure devotion and exquisiteness. Surrounded by manicured gardens, spectacular chhatris and fountains, the marvelously textured temple is situated in the City Palace Complex.
Built-in 1735 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh II, the temple is amongst the seven temples of Vrindavan Thakur, who is one of Lord Krishna’s forms, Govind Dev ji. Swarmed by a great number of devotees and tourists each day, the calming temple of Govind Dev Ji allows the visitors to witness its tranquil surroundings and experience its powerful aura.

GOVIND DEV JI TEMPLE

Hope you enjoyed this royal walk around the City Palace Jaipur!

PS- Jaipur Beat is thankful to MSMS II Museum Trust for giving us the access and permission to photograph and also for each and every detail shared in this blog.

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Meet Jaipur’s Real-Life Superheroes and Participate in Joy of Giving Week

As Mahatma Gandhi said, “To find yourself, lose yourself in the service of others.” To acknowledge Bapu’s teachings and walk the path that our Nation’s father has shown to us, we commemorate the week of his birth i.e. 2 nd -8 th October, every year as the Joy of Giving Week.
The Joy of Giving campaign encourages people to give -money, resources, skills or time and experience this phenomenal feeling of fulfilment. Although, we feel that the Joy of giving shouldn’t be confined to just one week. However, this particular week encourages and inspires us to reach out to those in need by looking beyond our own self-centred lifestyle and restore humanity. If we look around, there are some compassionate people who are all round the year doing their best to lend their support, to help and uplift the people who genuinely seek society’s attention, with all the possible resources they have.
So today, Jaipur Beat acknowledges and applauds those compassionate and
courageous minds who have gone beyond their limits and are creating hope for those in need. In fact, here’s a cue on how you too can experience the Joy of Giving along with these organizations.

  • Praveen Lata Sansthan

An award winning Non Government Organization that works towards empowering girls and women by focusing on education, health, safety and skill development. Their mission is to eradicate poverty and hunger, promote gender equality and empower women, ensure environmental sustainability and rural development. They even run few programs and one of them is called Spotless Dame, which is an initiative to create awareness around menstruation hygiene and innovation of environmentally friendly low cost pad made of Bamboo Charcoal which can be reused for 5 Long Years named MeraPad. Be a part of this revolutionary NGO that are fighting for so many issues to provide a better life to those people.

http://pls-ngo.org/

  • Rays- Aasha Ki Ek Kiran
Image via Rays Aasha Ki Ek Kiran

How often do we see people treat people with HIV+ LIKE normal human beings? Rays is home to more than 50 children that provide all the support needed like education, medical aid, balanced meals and regular exercise. These kids attend regular school and travel across India during summer holidays and are also taught dance, music, art, yoga and other extracurricular activities by the volunteers. Yet another revolutionary NGO that you can help out!

http://www.ngoraysjaipur.org/

  • Umang
Image via Umang

The organisation strives to provide an equal opportunity for person with Cerebral Palsy, Mental Challenges, Autism, and Multiple Disabilities in rural and tribal areas. They enhance the quality of these people’s life by enabling them to achieve their potential and participate in the society. The good deeds that this NGO is doing are worth offering your support in your own way.

http://www.umangindia.org/

  • Viren Sharma
Image via Viren Sharma

Viren Sharma a canine behaviourist and CEO of International Dog Bazaar is an ardent dog lover who has feed more than 50,000 stray dogs during COVID pandemic. This dog man of India started his passion in 2001 has now recorded adoption of more than 1000 stray dogs in a month, highest in India by any animal welfare organization and has revolutionized the pet industry with his unique concepts. He is the voice for the voiceless!

https://www.virensharma.com/

  • Jaipur Rugs Foundation
Image via Jaipur Rugs Foundation

The only purpose of Jaipur Rugs Foundation is to reach to remote rural areas to empower them to lead a good life. Jaipur Rugs work with 40,000 weavers in 6 states of India that provides them the opportunity for personal growth and development. This organisation ensures the best of artisans work to the customers and sustainability to the rural artisans.

https://www.jaipurrugs.org/

  • Rani Ratna Kumari Foundation
Image via Rani Ratna Kumari Foundation

Rani Ratna Kumari Foundation is a charitable trust that focuses on women empowerment in Shahpura. It has been working for the upliftment of the social status of women and especially the skilled lady workers of hand block printing. This organisation works towards holistic development in the rural areas through job creation for women and promises to provide them aid and support.

https://www.facebook.com/rrkfindia

These real-life superheroes don’t fly but they definitely are on a good mission!

Stand up, reach out and step forward to help someone in need or just distribute masks, medicines, food, sanitizer etc and experience the true Joy of Giving 🙂

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Get, Set, Click to Jaipur’s first Virtual Exhibition- Travelling Trunks

We totally understand how exhausting it must be to stay at home for the past few months and not being able to socialize enough or attend exciting events that keep taking place in our Pink City.

The pandemic isn’t ending but this long halt at home has to come to an end. After all, all of us are itching to see what’s going around– check-out new trends and off-course festival shopping! What if you get this all at one place that too from the luxury of your home?

Tadaa !!

Jaipur Beat has come across this amazing exhibition in the city! The FICCI FLO ( an organization to empower women) has come up with an interesting Virtual Exhibition of the stuff manufactured, designed and procured by the women associated with them.  In the current times when everything has gone virtual, FICCI FLO has announced “Travelling Trunks  – A whimsical event that brings 50 hand-picked favourites from across the nation to the beautiful Pink City. Scheduled from 17th to 19th October 2020 Travelling Trunks promises a bonanza of the pop-ups of apparels, accessories and home decor with exclusive workshops, exotic foods and never-ending live music!

Isn’t it the dream to go shopping without having to pay for the tickets?

And, the timings of this exhibition couldn’t be this much perfect as the biggest festivals are approaching. Don’t hold your excitement as the Travelling Trunks Virtual Exhibition is bringing in your favourite happening, vibrant streets as well as high-end fashion together at one event! Get ready to fulfil all of your shopaholic needs and entertainment greed that too by sitting on your couch.

We bet this one of a kind virtual exhibition is going to be one of a kind experience! Are you in?

Pro Tip: Call up your friends, fix up a time and go shopping with Travelling Trunks!

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6 Best Short Road Trips in the Post-Pandemic Jaipur

New boundaries, New experiences, New landscapes

Are you craving for the ecstatic feeling when setting off for a road trip? The feeling of wind blowing through your hair and the open road in front of you? That scenic view of leafy avenues lined on the sides? Those unforgettable moments of singing along with your friends and family?
Indeed, road trips create memories to cherish for a lifetime. Especially the urge to travel after staying indoor for months has been more than ever. You feel like driving away from the mundaneness of your home routine. Research even shows that travel can help reduce stress & anxiety, and that’s all you need right now. Since we can’t travel really far, let’s find our little joys by travelling nearby. The road network of Rajasthan is highly impressive, and that is why there are beautiful places around the Pink City that are ideal locations for a road trip journey. 
Pick your favourite place from these and make full use of the upcoming long weekend by planning a short road trip!

  • Sariska National Park 

One of the most celebrated tiger reserve forests in India, the Sariska National Park is situated in the Alwar district. It offers an exciting wildlife experience and also houses the ruins of medieval temples.Apart from tigers, you can also spot many endangered species here.

Distance from Jaipur: 133 km

Image via Google
  • Pushkar

The journey between Jaipur to Pushkar can be covered smoothly without much hassle as Ajmer has commendable road connectivity. The spirituality and tranquillity of Pushkar along with the beautiful architectural wonders has made it a major crowd puller.You can sit next to the lake for some solace and peace.

Distance from Jaipur: 144km

  • Neemrana Fort

On your road trip from Jaipur-Delhi, stop at the gorgeous Neemrana Fort. Perched atop a small hillock, it looks like a crown jewel of the town. The mesmerizing beauty of the majestic fort will take you back in time to its days of glory. Vintage car tours are something very unique and famous to this place.

Distance from Jaipur: 148km

Image via Neemrana Hotels
  • Alsisar

Known for the feel of authentic rural Rajasthan, Alsisar is dotted with quaint villages.Located in the Jhunjhunu district of Rajasthan, Alsisar is well connected by road with Jaipur. You can also visit Alsisar Mahal which stands tall in the desert and exudes a glorious history.

Distance from Jaipur: 200km

  • Bharatpur

Bharatpur is known for the Keoladeo National Park and Lohagarh Fort, as its beauty spreads across beautiful streams, rich forests & diverse wildlife. You will spot many monkeys on the way to the park. On your journey to Bharatpur from Jaipur, you can take a break at the historic city, Dausa.

Distance from Jaipur: 184km

  • Ranthambore

The highway connecting Jaipur to Ranthambore offers a picturesque stretch which portrays the exquisitely rich culture of the state. Ranthambore is a paradise for nature lovers and is famous for its safari tours & biodiversity.You can spot many wild species that are freely roaming around in the jungle.

Distance from Jaipur: 122km

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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!