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Things No One Tells You About – Jal Mahal, Jaipur

January, that time of the year when everybody be it Jaipurites or tourists always ask for this one place, Jal Mahal. Yes! Jal Mahal is in Jaipur, the capital city of Rajasthan and no, it is not built on any island like other water palaces. This 5 storied building continues to stand still in Man Sagar Lake with 4 floors immersed in water and dare anyone come near it. You can watch, behold the sight and, capture its beauty only from a distance as it is too introverted to let anybody close to it. We’re sure you must have visited this eyeful multiple of times, but let’s enlighten you today on these unknown facts about your favourite “Water Palace”.

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  • Initially, Jal Mahal welcomed the royal family with open arms and let them have a gala time here. Back then it served as a host to duck hunting parties for the royals. Years passed by and it started getting shy. And now, you can only have a look at it wondering what makes this architectural marvel stand tall in the water body.

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  • Come February, and you can spot large number of migratory birds dancing here and there, enjoying the serenity of water at Jal Mahal. This once again revives the liveliness in it.

 

 

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  • Chameli Bagh of Jal Mahal was a grand spectacle to watch back when beautiful dance and musical performances painted this splendor in its own colours.
  • Built in red sandstone, Jal Mahal is one of the most photographed monuments in Pink City. With tranquil waters by the side and birds sitting on top of the chattris giving it a picturesque view, tourists and localites love to spend their soothing evenings here, clicking selfies with it in the backdrop.

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  • Catch the sight of this exquisiteness this weekend with your loved ones, but only from the outside as no one can actually go inside it to see it.

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Most people view the architectural brilliance of Jal Mahal from across the Jaipur-Delhi Road but if you take a walk for a kilometre or two into the valley behind the lake, its true beauty will reveal.

Did we just make you love Jal Mahal even more? If yes, then we think we have sorted your weekend evening plans! 😉

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9 Heritage Sites In Jaipur That Will Blow Your Mind Away

Rajasthan is blessed with the marvellous monuments and heritage sites. For which, we can’t thank enough our royals and the architects of building these heritage sites. Today on the International Day for Monuments and Sites, let’s dedicate this beautiful wealth to our ancestors by taking a look at the royal and rich history of our monuments, which are an evidence of bygone era.

  1. Hawa Mahal

Carved out of red and pink sandstone, this marvelous piece of architecture is recognized as the tallest building in the world built without a foundation. Constructed for the purpose of festivals and processions being watched by royal ladies without been seen, Hawa Mahal has about 953 windows from where the ladies could see the happenings of the city.

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  1. City Palace

Based on a fusion of the Vastu Shastra of the Indian architecture, combining Mughal, Rajput and European styles, City Palace was built by the founder of Jaipur- Sawai Jai Singh II. Some of its parts are opened for public by the royal family of Jaipur, who still owns the palace. The most attractive part of the Palace is its four gates that represents the four seasons of the year.

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  1. Jaigarh Fort

Providing a great view of the entire Aravalli range, Jaigarh Fort is known for holding the largest canon on wheels in the world. It is situated at a distance of 15 km from the main Jaipur city and is popularly known for not being conquered by anyone in the battles that it has witnessed.

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  1. Jantar Mantar

Jantar Mantar, Jaipur is considered to be one of the largest observatories out of all the 5 in the entire nation. Recognized as the world heritage site by UNESCO, Jantar Mantar is also filmed in many national and international movies, gaining a great shooting spot for movies.

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  1. Nahargarh Fort

A blend of Indian and European style of architecture, Nahargarh Fort was built as a retreat on the hilltop at that time. Providing a stupendous view of the city, Nahargarh Fort was built strategically to provide protection to the royal family of Jaipur. Also, Heritage Water Walks have been started at Nahargarh by individuals and Tourism Department of Rajasthan to inculcate the habit of water conservation among people.

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  1. Albert Hall

Opened as a concert hall in 1876, Albert Hall was then turned into a Museum to promote the local artisans’ work. Soon after that, the museum gained its popularity not only for its exquisite collection but also for its splendid architecture.

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  1. Gaitore

Delicate carvings on each cenotaph of the Gaitore are unique and have an exclusive quality of architecture that grabs the attention of the visitor. It was known as the cremation ground of the Kachhwaha Rajputs of Jaipur, the most popular royal families in Rajasthan. Plan a day out at Gaitore, located at a distance of 16 km from Jaipur and enjoy the intricate patterns engraved in the walls and domes.

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  1. Jal Mahal

A five storied structure built with stones and walls thick enough that no water seeps in, Jal Mahal is situated at a place from where on one side you can watch monuments, temples and hills and on the other side, the hustle bustle of the city. Beautifully lit up at night, Jal Mahal is a must included place for every tourist planning to visit Jaipur.

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  1. Amer Fort

One of the most romantic palaces in Jaipur, Amer Fort looks like a magical castle of a fairyland in the Maota Lake. Enlisted as the UNESCO World Heritage Site under the category “Hill Forts of Rajasthan”, Amer Fort even provides elephant rides from the foot of the hill.

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If you think that Jaipur has no night life, let us tell you that a lot of these heritage sites have started with night tourism. So be it day or night, paying a visit to these sites is always a pleasure to your eye.

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9 Most Romantic Escapades in Jaipur for Valentine’s day

Celebrating love can never be a bad thing and as everything which comes to India becomes desi by heart, so has Valentine’s Day. Far more exciting than the rose, propose and teddy bear day, the concept of #everydaylove and #redefine love stole literally everybody’s hearts this year. Continuing in the same vein, we at Jaipur are staking our claim at Valentine’s Day this year and rightly so. We cannot think of a City or its people more romantic than the ‘log-bagh’ of the Gulaabi Nagari (#pinkcity).

So whoever is your Valentine; be it your mom, dadi, best friend, sister, wife or your boyfriend treat them to a world of love, wonder and some ‘Jaipuriyat’.

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Love is in the air

1. Air Ride: There are many options for air rides in Jaipur but we loved the one with Supreme Airlines. With a cozy 7-8 seater airplane which flies to and fro between Jaipur & Jodhpur, Bikaner, Udaipur for approx 2500/-3000/-, it is value for money. This 75-minute flight takes you over some of the most scenic bits of Rajasthan. Also remember your favorite movie flicks, wherein the millionaire hero flies the heroine to another city just to grab dinner & back. Well, you can do the same (dinner in the blue city of Jodhpur or the city of lakes Udaipur sounds utterly romantic ) with a lot more of Jaipur style and a whole lot less money. A ‘date’ of all dates indeed!

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2. Helicopter ride: Well, wouldn’t you just love to see Jaipur from up in the air in a much better resolution & view than ‘Google earth’ could ever give. Riding above the dreamy Pinkcity, over the lovely Aravalis, Amber fort, Jaigarh , Nahargarh, Jal Mahal, Hawamahal, City Palace, Jantar – Mantar, Historic old city bazaars, temples and gardens on this 10-20 minutes of helicopter ride with ‘Heritage on Air’ between 12th-14th February is just right in time for Valentine’s day or week! ❤ With many discounts and schemes around the Valentine, go plan your day of love. This date will be imprinted in your memories forever.

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3. Balloon Ride: For those who like to savor moments and experience the finer things in life at a leisurely pace, gently floating over the pink city at dusk or dawn for an hour long sounds like just the right thing. Taking in the pink hues of the beautiful Jaipur Sky, the serpentine hills, the endless expanse of fields & villages all around; to the see the old city merge with the new, nothing could be better than the balloon ride. Incredibly romantic and the next best thing to Aladdin’s magical flying carpet to let your beloved know that fairy tales indeed do come true. They come true in Jaipur.

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Love is near the Water

4.  Man Sagar Lake:  Jal Mahal at Man Sagar Lake is practically a love poem that writes itself. As you walk along the fringes of the lake around the deep pink-hued sunset and later look up into the star filled raven blue sky, here is your very own more romantic ‘Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara’ moment. There is something about Man Sagar Lake as it reflects the moon above, could there be another place more intoxicating for the love birds. And here the real birds agree too. As you are walking on the path around the lake towards the rear, you with find your path laden with blooming bougainvillea orchards & trees on both sides. Needless to say, it is filled with rare Birds & there are places on the path wherein all you hear are the birds chirping and dancing their ballet of murmuration. 

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5. Chandlai lake: This incredible option lets you grab a picnic basket, fill it with your beloved’s favorite goodies (cheese, chocolates, strawberries and of course pack some yummy sandwiches), maybe throw in a game of Pictionary and take a long scenic drive to this Oasis of Flamingos at Chandlai lake. Sit by the lake with your loved one for as long as you want, gazing at the beautiful Flamingos together. They incidentally symbolize love, beauty & grace. As you sit there sharing a beautiful meal and chatting happily over a sunny game or two, you are at the right place at the right time. Now that completely sounds like the 9 planets aligned especially for you.

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6. Amer-Sagar lake: Go off the beaten path, literally, take a beautiful hike up to the quaint and picturesque Amer Sagar Lake. Located behind Amer fort, this hidden lake can be reached just beyond the Kheri Gate and the Anokhi Museum near Amer. We propose an early morning walk hike or the evening around 4 absorbing the golden sunlight bouncing off the hills and the nearby sights. Nestled in the heart of the surrounding Aravali hills, surrounded by shades of greens, sitting by the peaceful, picturesque lake is a sight to behold. A perfect blend of calm and beauty, it is sure to melt any heart. We recommend carrying some music along with on your phones and sharing earphones to take in the beauty.

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7. Maota lake: Who needs a film set, when you have the actual location of the mesmerizing Jodha-Akbar’ love story. One of the most picturesque lakes in the city, reflecting the resplendent Amer in its glistening waters it is incredible & tells a different story both during the day and at night. Whether you want to propose, click pictures or spend some peaceful time soaking in the beauty of Amer with your love, we could not think of a more historical yet romantic place than this. Whether you come here during the day or at night with the colorfully lit up Amer fort during the sound and light show, your pictures and selfies couldn’t find a more lively spot.

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Love is on the land.

8. Long Walks: Imagine taking a long walk, holding hands with your loved one and crisscrossing across the ‘Raaste’ and ‘gullies’ of the old pink city? There are many Walking tours in the city. You can also take a customized walking tour with Anirudh of Vedic –Walks wherein he weaves many a tales of the old city, its glorious secrets & fables of love, kings & queens into a beautiful walk. An ace storyteller, he literally transports you back in time to the interior folds of this beautiful land of Havelis, artisans, food, temples and Chaupars. Who knew Time travel always existed in Jaipur!

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9. A train of hearts:  Not only are the people romantic here in Jaipur, so is the government. Rajasthan Tourism has come up with a spectacular offer of proposing on Valentine’s day onboard the Palace of Wheels train. In return, the couple will get a complimentary honeymoon package on the same train, once they get married after their courtship. This is one perfect  ‘Jab we met’ love story. So pack your bags, book your tickets, catch this train of hearts before it leaves the station. 🙂

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Since Jaipur is based on number 9, the nine planets interpreted as 9 squares in the old city, we wrap up our list here at 9 romantic places to go to this Valentine’s Day/ week. So Jaipur, now that we have shared some beautiful days to spend with your loved ones, what is your plan this Valentine’s day? Do let us know.  A very happy Valentine’s day to you all. ❤

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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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Chilling Watery Winter

A poem depicting winters of Jaipur as seen from the eyes of Jalmahal Palace. 

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Rising to the fog in the grays of sky
Like a floating angel I smoothly lie
I watch the blue waves shiver
As the chirping birds quietly quiver

Alighted on my sun kissed walls
Their summer banter is missed by all
The black, white and chocolate brown
All of them perking up the pink town

Far away through the misty winds
I see some faces, with joy they brimmed
With devices in hands and eyes on them
To capture me with a single thumb
Some leaning on boundaries
Some gazing in haze
Overlooking the city
In pure amaze

 

Written by Nupur Agrawal,

Social Media & Content Manager at Jaipur Beat

 

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11 Amazing Places Every Photographer Must Visit In Jaipur During Monsoon

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

 1. Jal Mahal

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

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2. Bhangarh Fort

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

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3. Smriti van

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

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4. Albert hall Museum

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

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 5. Panna Mian Ki Baori (Stepwell)

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

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 6. Nahargarh Fort

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

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7. Chandlai Lake

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

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8. Hawamahal

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

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9. Maota Lake, Amer

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

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10. Chand Baori (Stepwell) – Abhaneri

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

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11. Patrika Gate – Jawahar Circle

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

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

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Different shades of pink city on World Tourism Day

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Best Hangout Places in the City on this Valentine !

The most anticipated day, Valentine’s Day is here. Though there are 365 days in a year to express your love and emotions to your beloved but still this day has something special about it. Regardless of age, religion or caste, Valentine is celebrated by all. The definition of love is different for all. For some going on a candle light dinner is the most exotic way to celebrate this very special day while other love to go on a long drive or on a vacation to spend their time at its best. But the feeling and emotion remains the same. There are many stories related to Valentine. Many believe that it is the day when Cupid, Greek god of love strikes.

There was time when love was expressed by exchanging love letters or to invite your beloved over a cup of coffee. But by the change in time, the ways of celebrating this season of love has changed a lot. People, especially young couples love to go on a candle light dinner or on a romantic long drive. Though there are some erotic ways too.

To get you overcome from this dilemma, Jaipur beat suggests you some options to go around to make your this love day special and worth to remember.

  • The Fern & Grunge Hotel

If you are looking for some peppy kind of celebration with cocktails, drinks and bass music then Valentine celebration at Grunge and Conversations2 is the perfect place to get cozy and romantic with your love.

Enjoy special Valentine’s Dinner Menu @ Conversations.
Get Compliments : Heart-shaped chocolate cake, One Sparkling Beverage, Rose Buds for every couple.

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  • Lounge Maya: Handi Rooftop

After catering all for several years, It is now giving you an opportunity to enjoy your dinner on the rooftop on 13th, 14th and 15th with your beloved, away from all the hustles of the city.

  • Sheesha Restaurant

Sheesha is the restaurant which provides you a complete package that you dream of a romantic dinner date. Awesome food, Soft music, Lighting lamps and rooftop arrangement gives a beautiful view of the city.

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  • The Forresta Kitchen & Bar @Devraj Niwas

No matter what occasion it is, food is always an incredible part of any event. Enjoy delicious food and refreshing drinks in perfect ambiance at The Forresta Kitchen & Bar.

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Fairmont Jaipur
Celebrate Valentine’s this year in the pink city of Jaipur with Fairmont Jaipur’s romantic offering of a stylish dinner for two, set in the alluring surroundings of the hotel’s Mughal inspired fort. An exquisite five course meal complemented with a welcome glass of wine or champagne sets the mood for a truly memorable evening, enhanced with captivating views of the rugged landscape of the Aravalli hills in the background.

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  • Lounge 18

Lounge 18 at Radisson Blu is place for those young couples who love to enjoy refined, tasteful and modern experience at fair price. Spend some good time with drinks, food and wine. When you talk about something different, this is the place that strikes.

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  • Bella Casa

Bella Casa is set in a tranquil ambiance  It is a perfect place for lovers to relax and have some quality time.

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  • Enjoy the scenic beauty of city -JalMahal

Now this is the filmy idea all the way from Yash Raj Films which always works. Nothing is more romantic then getting a view of  Jal Mahal with the love of your life. This idea will surely take you to next level 🙂

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  • Light and Sound Show

This idea of celebrating Valentine’s Day is out of the box yet romantic if you are looking for some love, peace and art together. A place to sit, relax and immerse oneself into the history once again .

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Now one has enough options to pamper and express your love with some really great options. Choose the best one to make it a day to remember because love doesn’t grow on trees like apples in Eden – it’s something you have to make. And you must use your imagination too. 😛

Wish you a very Happy and Successful Valentine’s Day 😉