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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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Travel Local: World Class Places in Jaipur to visit!

While Jaipur is always filled with number of places that are world-class, it is time to travel local and appreciate the value of our home now.

The closed country borders, lockdown, and the safety reasons are now making us appreciate the treasure of our city Jaipur.

Here are our top picks-

  1. Amer Fort

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The famous Amer Fort is one of the most visited forts in Rajasthan and is a marvellous blend of Rajput and Mughal architecture. The fascinating beauty of Amer Fort at night is definitely an attraction.

 

  1. Jantar Mantar

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Jantar Mantar is considered to be one of the largest astronomical observatories out of all the 5 in the entire nation. Recognized as the world heritage site by UNESCO, Jantar Mantar is a treat for people who have a lot of interest in astronomy and architecture.

 

  1. Hawa Mahal

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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. It is our own Taj Mahal that is in the shape of Lord Krishna’s crown.

 

  1. Jal Mahal

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Jal Mahal is a five storied structure built with stones and walls thick enough that no water seeps in. You can watch, behold the sight and, capture its beauty only from a distance.

 

  1. Albert Hall

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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.

 

  1. Walled City

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No matter what transport you choose to reach the walled city, but once you step out of it, a gush of local air filters through you and gives you the major feels of the city. Stroll through with a heart full of patience and excitement because the markets of Jaipur are truly engaging.

 

  1. City Palace

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Based on a fusion of the Vastu Shastra of the Indian architecture, combining Mughal, Rajput and European stylesCity Palace was built by the founder of Jaipur- Sawai Jai Singh II. The most attractive part of the Palace is its four gates that represents the four seasons of the year.

 

  1. World Trade Park

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World Trade Park gives us a moment of pride for being one of the largest malls in the country with 11 floors. This place looks no less than an English house, or a cathedral from inside.

 

  1. Nahargarh

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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.

 

  1. Jaigarh Fort

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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.

 

  1. Galta Kund

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Within the unfolding lanes of Jaipur you’ll find the most fascinating and intriguing among them all is Galta Ji- the magnificent campus of temples. It’s not just one temple but a marvelous cluster of numerous beautiful temples spread amid the boundaries of Aravali Hills.

 

  1. Birla Mandir

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Situated on the foothills of Moti Doongri Fort, Birla Mandir also known as Lakshmi Narayan Temple is a proud architectural landmark of Jaipur. Unlike other traditional Hindu temples, Birla Mandir is built with a modern approach in pure white marble.

 

  1. ISKCON Temple

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ISKCON Sri Giridhari Dauji Temple is situated in Dholai village, south of Jaipur City. It is one of the famous & most visited temples in Jaipur. This temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna and Lord Balaram which are very beautifully decorated.

 

  1. Raj Mandir

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Lesser of a movie theatre and more of a tourist destination, this is the most beautiful theatre of Asia and we have all taken our relatives from far off cities to this place during vacations.

 

  1. Jawahar Kala Kendra

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Like the rest of Jaipur’ wisely chalked out architecture and planning, Jawahar Kala Kendra boasts of an architecture that spellbinds a beholder at just one glance.

 

  1. Jawahar Circle

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A tall pink structure surrounded by a gamut of trees and lush gardens, that structure is Jawahar Circle – the biggest circular park in Asia. The entrance of Jawahar Circle is through the Patrika gate, which has been designed beautifully.

 

  1. Nahargarh Biological Park

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For reference: Nature Wanderers

Who would have thought that Jaipur, the capital city of Rajasthan will offer you a lion safari? But this edition in adventure activities is the Nahargarh Biological Park exclusively for Lion Safari. The zone of the lion safari lies in the Aravali foothills with hillocks that offer panoramic landscape.

 

  1. Birla Planetarium

 

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Birla Planetarium in Jaipur is one of the main attractions in the itinerary of travellers and was inaugurated by the first Prime Minister of India, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. Birla Planetarium takes you to the lesser known world of galaxy and stars.

 

  1. Amrapali Museum

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Amrapali is a globally renowned, coveted luxury jewellery brand. The heritage jewellery house launched its very own museum in Jaipur. It displays traditional silver jewelled arts of India reflecting the ‘everyday’ life of the people of India.

 

We are sure some of you must have not visited to any one of the above listed places. But as everyone says better late than ever so do visit these treasures of our very own Pink City once the lockdown ends.

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Celebrating World Hindi Day With The Words That Connect Us Even In English!

Hum C se hi “Cool” nahi, क से कूल bhi hai.

हिंदी एकमात्र ऐसी भाषा है जो हम जयपुर वासियों को जोड़कर रखती है| ऑटोवाला हो या कैब ड्राइवर, स्विग्गी वाला हो या जोमाटो वाला, चाय की थड़ी वाला हो या 5 स्टार रेस्टोरेंट वाला, सब के जब्बान पर बस हिंदी ही है| तो क्यों न हम आज का दिन हिंदी के उन शब्दों के नाम करदें जिनसे यहाँ पर घूमने आने वाले अनेक पर्यटक भी वाकिफ है|

  1. Parkota (परकोटा)

Kyunki Jaipur wale apni walled city ko parkota ke naam se bulate hai!

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  1. Rasta (रास्ता )

Yaha har ek raste ki apni alag khasiyat hai. Chaura Rasta- Stationary lovers, maniharon ka Rasta- lac bangles, Haldiyon ka Rasta- kite market, and the list goes on.

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  1. Padao (पड़ाव )

Jaha oopar khula aasman aur neechey talab, ussey kehty hai hum padao.

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  1. Thadi (थड़ी)/ Tapri (टपरी)

Thadi ho ya tapri, iss sardi ke mausam mein “ek garam chai ki pyaali” toh yehi best milti hai!

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  1. Kulfi (कुल्फी )

Tan tan wali kulfi (Indian ice cream) hum sabke dil ko bahut lubhati hai.

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  1. Masala Chowk (मसाला चौक)

Kyunki Masalo ke bina, Rajasthani khana kaha banta hai!

  1. Hawa Mahal (हवा महल)

Andar ho ya bahar, yaha keval hawa hi hawa hai !

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  1. Jantar Mantar (जंतर मंतर)

Yahaan sooraj ki kirne apna alag hi jaadu dikhati hai.

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  1. Jal Mahal (जल महल)

Jiske chaaron taraf jal hi jal ho, aur woh khud bhi jal mein samaya ho, usko hum Jal Mahal ke naam se jante hai!

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We’re sure by now you know that Hindi has and continues to be the connecting factor between all.

If you feel we have missed anything, leave us a comment in the comment section below. Happy World Hindi Day!

 

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Jaipur’s Jantar Mantar – A House of Astronomical Wonders

Do you know that Jaipur’s Jantar Mantar is the largest of the observatories built by Sawai Jai Singh II of Jaipur? The construction started in 1728 and it was completed in 1734. 4 more observatories were constructed by Sawai Jai Singh II between 1724-1735 in cities like Delhi, Mathura, Varanasi and Ujjain as from an early age he was interested in astronomy.

In simple words, Jantar Mantar means calculation through instruments and all the 19 instruments at the Jantar Mantar in Jaipur were made for astronomical calculations with could be done with the naked eye. The monument was named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2010. Jantar Mantar is basically an astronomical observatory and is a treat for people who have a lot of interest in astronomy and architecture. It uses the application of mathematics, physics and various other disciplines. The construction is done keeping in mind factors like religion, science and art.

This 18thcentury monument shows the awareness among the rulers of Jaipur city for science and technical concepts. The large size of the instruments was made to make sure that the calculations were as accurate as possible.

Instruments in the observatory

There are a total of 19 fixed instruments which were used for purposes like measuring time, calculating the position of the stars, planets and moon. The time calculated is according to the ancient standard time of Jaipur which is different from IST. The time calculated also depends on whether the sun is in the northern hemisphere or the southern hemisphere.

  1. The Samrat Yantra is the world’s biggest stone sundial in the world which tells the local time of the day with an accuracy of 2 seconds by using the shadows cast by the sun. It is also known as the supreme instrument.

  1. Rama yantra is a pair of cylindrical structures which look exactly similar but actually complement each other. The function of these two instruments is to position any celestial object with the help of pillars in the centre of both the structures. It is still used by students for practicals.

Rama Yantra Jantar Mantar

  1. Jai prakash yantra is the most elaborate of instruments, again with exactly two complementing complex structures which are in the shape of a bowl.

  1. Rashivalaya yantra – We can figure out from its name that this instrument is related to the 12 zodiac signs (rashi). It is composed of 12 separate instruments each facing the signs respective constellation. It was used to make accurate horoscopes.

Other instruments include the Chakra Yantra, Narivalaya Yantra, Raj Yantra, Laghu Samrat Yantra and a few more.

Chakra Yantra

Raj Yantra

Raj Yantra

These are some of the major instruments in the observatory. The good thing is that all of them are in a very good condition due to the restoration work which was done in the past years. The materials used in the construction were stone, marble and brass and all the instruments are engraved with the markings used for calculation. Some Sanskrit verses are also inscribed.

Tips before visiting

It is open for visitors from 9:30 am till 4:30 pm on all days. The entry fee for Indian tourist is Rs.50 whereas the entry fee for foreign tourist is Rs.200. On valid Indian student identity cards only Rs.15 is charged for the entry. You can easily find a guide for Rs.200 inside and there is also an option of an audio guide for the same price.

It is walking distance from city palace and is also close to Hawa mahal. There is no right time for visiting as you will get to see different aspects of the instruments as the sun changes its place in the sky throughout the day but the best time according to the local guides is in the afternoon.

After the guided tour you can also visit the museum which has miniature replicas of the instruments and other artifacts. A ten minute documentary is also shown which explains the story behind the construction of the monument along with the working of the instruments. There is also a light and sound show in the evening 🙂

There is a souvenir shop from where you can get a nice memorabilia and just outside it there is a stall selling beverages to keep you hydrated and cool in the summer.  All the talk about latitudes and longitudes are bound to get you confused so if you want to understand the functions of the instruments it’s better to brush up your geography skills before going so that you can have a better understanding 😉 😀

 

Written by Anjali Sarda – Intern at Jaipur Beat
Edited by Jaipur Beat

 

 

 

 

 

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9 Photographs giving Bird’s Eye View of Jaipur City in Monsoon!

No you don’t have to always fly in a helicopter, or airplane to get a bird’s eye view of anything. Why? Because we live in a city like Jaipur where you can always drive up on  Nahargarh or Jaigarh Forts set on the Aravali Hills to witness the city’s true beauty.

You might have been there at some or the other time of the year but there is no season like monsoon when you can see fresh green landscape of Jaipur breathing with new life from the top.

Here’s, presenting ‘Pictorial Melodies of Monsoon’

  1. View of Amer Fort covered in cloud

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2. Lake ‘Sagar’, Jaigarh Fort and the fresh green landscape

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3. Like a wondrous dream clouds looming over Jal Mahal at Mansagar Lake

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4. View of Rajasthan Legislative Assembly or Vidhaan Sabha

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5. Rain washed Wall City, Jantar Mantar, City Palace in one frame

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6. Green cover on otherwise Barren hills of Jhalana and the Pink Houses

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7.  The City doesn’t stop even when it rains. View of Tripolia Bazaar and Choti Chaupar

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8. Monsoon spell on Amer Fort and Jaigarh Fort

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9. Believe us!! We are still in Jaipur 🙂

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If you are a photographer and you intend to photograph the true beauty of rain drenched Pink City, there is no other time better than the monsoons.
So, why wait? Take out your photography gears but remember to protect them in weather-proof camera bags and don’t forget to share your images with  Jaipur Beat 🙂
Happy Rains ☔☔☔

 

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Jaipur Patterns – A New Adult Coloring Book In Jaipur

Remember the childhood days when you were given a coloring book to color and scribble on. Recalling the past experiences, the concept of coloring is now trending and is in the limelight among the adults too.

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Coloring is soothing and used to unwind the stress for some; it is a great way to spark your creativity for others. One such adult coloring book in Jaipur, which is probably the only book in India also, is ‘Jaipur Patterns’ by Renu Bhagwat.

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Renu Bhagwat is an architect and planner who has worked with great organizations to built Jaipur’s unique and rich heritage. She also runs a online clothing store – Firroza, which deals with the hand block printed garments for women. The concept of Adult coloring which is not so common in India but is now trending has its influence from the western countries. According to the author, no two things are similar, not even the leaves of the same plant look similar. Her thought behind this book was to see the beautiful and intricate images from nature and around. She decided to pick a heritage building one by one.  Belonging to the Pink City she chose to start with India’s most important royal complexes – The City Palace. She tells that the first thing one tends to see is the door and that is what inspires her to come up with her book – Jaipur Patterns, which is inspired by the doors of the royal courts of City Palace.

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So let’s start coloring the pages of Jaipur Pattern to revive the symbolic patterns from the royal courts of the City Palace and enjoy this new and trending hobby of coloring.

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The book is available with Anantaya at Narayan Niwas Palace and CMYK shops at Albert Hall, Jantar Mantar & Amer. For people outside Jaipur please write in mail at renu.bhagwat@gmail.com. For More details, visit the website – http://www.colouringmattersfoundation.org/ and follow on  Facebook -https://www.facebook.com/colouringmattersfoundation/?fref=ts

 Get your copies now 🙂

 

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Must See Attractions in Jaipur

Hello everyone, the weather is screaming something, can you hear?
This is the perfect time & the weather to go on a road trip or just roll down into the Pink City.

The Pink City is one of the most preferred tourist destinations in the world. There is something unique and intrigued in the fragrance of the city that attracts innumerable beings here; based on a Pink & Red theme it has so many colourful sights.

Following are the sights of the Pink City you cannot resist to visit:

Birla Mandir: Birla Mandir which is also known as Lakshmi Narayan Temple is one of the major tourist attractions of the city. This majestic shrine is made up of pure white marble and one couldn’t resist looking at its beauty in the dim light under the moon. Birla Mandir was built in 1988 by Birla Group of Industries. This temple is situated on JLN Road of Jaipur.

Birla Mandir
(Image via Google)

Jantar Mantar: Jantar Mantar is a very technical and astronomical monument. It is a collection of 19 architectural astronomical instruments which were built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II in 1734. It has the world’s largest stone Sundial (A device which tells the time by measuring the apparent position of the Sun). Jantar Mantar is also one of the most likable tourist sites of the Pink City.

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Albert Hall: The oldest museum of the state which is constructed by Maharaja Sawai Ram Singh II in the year 1868, when King Edward the Prince of Wales visited India. It is situated prominently in the center of the city and also is a cynosure in itself. Albert Hall has so many precious & priceless objects to display.

Albert Hall

Hawa Mahal: The Hawa Mahal is also called ‘The Palace of Winds’ made up of Pink & Red sandstones. This beautiful five-storey pyramidal shaped monument was actually built for the royal women, so that they could
observe the activities outside without being seen. It is situated in the walled Pink City.

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If you love the sightseeing over the mountains, then these majestic forts are a big treat for you. The view from the top is just impeccable.

Jaigarh Fort:  Jaigarh fort, once you reach to this marvelous castle situated on the Aravalli Hills, your mind impels you to not to come back down.  Jaigarh once was the center of the treasury and a place to keep eyes over the Amer fort and the Pink city. But now, this is one of the most popular sights of the city. Jaivan, the largest moving cannon in Asia is also resting here.

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Jaigarh Fort

Nahargarh Fort: Located on the edge of the Aravalli Hills, known for the unexpressed city view from the top. Nahargarh was built in 1734 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, once formed a strong defense ring for the
city but now it’s among the top major tourist sights of the Pink City.

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City Palace: The Palace of Royal family lies in the heart of the Pink City. It was actually the seat of the Maharaja and was built in 1730 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II. Now, this beautiful and immense paradise holds many museums showcasing the story of the royal world.

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Jaipur

26 Reasons Why Your Next Travel Destination Should Be Jaipur!

Studded with India’s most celebrated sites, Jaipur has a story of its own and the city is full of hidden treasures to be explored. A mere mention of the city Jaipur invokes various images of folklore and festivities, colours, traditions, captivating architecture and exquisite Rajasthani cuisine. Here are a few among the plethora of reasons to why your next travel destination should be Jaipur.

1. Heritage Hotels

The havelis and heritage hotels of Jaipur illustrate the rich architecture and grandiosity of the royal era of Rajputana.

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Pic courtesy- Alsisar Haveli, Jaipur

2. Jaivana Canon

Jaigarh fort, once responsible for the security of both Jaipur and Amer, houses the Jaivana cannon, the largest cannon in the world.
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  3. Step Well

The ‘Bawdi (बावड़ी)’, or step well, inside the Panna Mian ka Kund near Amer fort in Jaipur is absolutely transfixing . If there’s one word for this architectural wonder, it’s ‘mesmerizing’.

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4. Jantar Mantar

The biggest stone observatory in the world, Jantar Mantar of Jaipur which has also been inscribed on the World Heritage List as “an expression of the astronomical skills and cosmological concepts of the court of a scholarly prince at the end of the Mughal period”

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5. Daal Baati

A trip to Jaipur would be incomplete without laying your hands on the traditional cuisine and scrumptious, ‘Daal Baati’.

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6. Kundan Meena Jewelry

Kundan Meena jewelery is a symbol of beauty and royalty which was started by the skillful hands of Rajasthani craftsmen.The blend of two has created a new idiom of jewelry.

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Pic Courtesy : Birdhichand Ghanshymdas Jewellers

7. Jaipuri Quilts

Did you know that the pure-cotton Jaipuri razais (quilts) with beautiful block-prints and soothing colours are famous all-over the world? These quilts are one of the best hideout zones at homes during winters.

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8. Hawa Mahal

The beauty of this monument is that it lies midst the hustle-bustle of Old Jaipur, and yet it never fails to stand out for its architecture and history.

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9. Nahargarh

Have you ever paused and stared at the beauty of Jaipur from the top of Nahargarh? You will be left spellbound. 🙂

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10. Amber Fort

This magnificent fort built from pale yellow and pink sandstone and white marble is a gemstone of Pink City.  No tourist would ever miss a chance to see and explore the architectural beauty of Amber Fort.

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11. Polo

Among the world’s most time-honored sports, Polo is not less than a religion in Rajasthan. For a game, that is as “Exclusive as Elusive”, Jaipur is one of the homes of polo, in Rajasthan.

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12. Lassi wala

What are summers without this thandi fresh lassi by the famous Lassiwala at M.I. Road in Jaipur ?

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13. Mojari

Put your foot down and brighten up your wardrobe with Jaipuri jutis.

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14. Lal Maas

The food in Rajasthan is no less alluring than its vibrant culture and traditions. Laal Maas which is one of the age-old culinary delight of Rajasthan, is generously spiced and doused with lots of garlic & yogurt to warm up the heart and soul.

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Pic Courtesy: Handi Restaurant, Jaipur

15. World Trade Park

Jaipur apart from being a tourist destination is surely an ideal place for shopping too. World Trade Park gives the brand conscious and the not so brand conscious people a great space to choose and shop from among the best and exclusive brands of the world.

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16. Birding

Ever thought of going on a walk, watch birds and click them ? Jaipur offers a number of avenues to click and watch wildlife and landscapes in their pure un-bound habitats.

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17. Photography

Photography has given us the power to tell beautiful stories, inspire generations and bring a change into the world! Photographers, amateur or ace will never run out of subjects in Jaipur.

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18. Elephant Ride

Chal chal mere saathi, mere haathi ! Due to the growing love of tourists for Jaipur, elephant rides at Amber fort have been increased. Representing a royal statement of majesty, Elephants in Rajasthan with their mythical grandeur are an intrinsic part of our traditional culture.

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19. Witness Wall city

The hustle-bustle and architecture of the walled city of Jaipur should not be missed if you are on a trip to Jaipur. The narrow lanes within the walled city throw up plenty of visual treats.  A must visit for the shopaholic and the food lovers who like to explore every tit and bit of the local markets.

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20. Camel Safari

A tourist should never miss a chance to take a ride on the ship of the desert at any place in Rajasthan.

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21. Bhandhej & Leheriya Shopping

Bhandhej and Leheriya are the two most demanded prints by the locals and the tourists of Jaipur. These two remain on the top of every shoppers’ list,  in Jaipur.

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22. Galtaji Temple

Built in pink stone, Galtaji temple is a gorgeous spot and consists of a kund which is considered holy and thousands of pilgrims come every year especially on Makar Sakranti to bathe in it.

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23. Pyaaz Ki Kachori

Rajasthan is globally famous for its succulent fried snacks, and Rawat’s Pyaaz Kachori with a crisp, flaky and deep-fried crust; stuffed with a lightly caramelized and exceptionally seasoned onion filling is the signature dish from Jaipur!

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24. Ghewar

This disc shaped mava delight aka ‘Ghewar’ will conquer all your sweet cravings. 🙂
Best places for ghewar in Jaipur: Rawat Mishtan Bhandar, LMB, BMB, Gopi Mishtan Bhandar and many more in walled city.

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25. Chokhi Dhaani

Chokhi Dhani means ‘special village’ and this mock Rajasthani village resort, about 20 kms south of Jaipur, lives up to its name.  This is one place in Jaipur that tries to capture the cultural heritage and charm of Rajasthan and its village life.

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26. Jaipur Literature Festival

The largest FREE literary festival of Asia, the ZEE Jaipur literature festival brings together some greatest thinkers and  writers from across the world to come together and engage in intellectual debates and discussions in the beautiful capital of Rajasthan.

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Cyclin’Jaipur-A new concept of “ecotourism” in the Pink City

For the tourist who love travelling and experiencing  the real essence of the city, the two French women Eleonore and Ophelie have brought a new concept of “ecotourism” in the Pink City. The organisation called  Cyclin’Jaipur is a very first of its kind to introduce this  unique and innovative idea for taking tourists, as well as locals, on a guided bicycle tour all around the walled city. These Two travelling enthusiasts Eleonore from Paris and Ophelie from Bordeaux were on a trip in Rajasthan in winter 2013 when they literally fell in love with our beloved Pink city.

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Like every tourist they went to the City Palace, Jantar Mantar, Jal Mahal and Hawa Mahal and they were fascinated by the beauty and the rich history of Jaipur. But the idea of settling here and building their own venture came after a walking tour they did in the alleyways with a guide. They found out that the street life of Jaipur was as beautiful and fascinating as its stunning monuments. The history of Jaipur not only lies in palaces and monuments but is also vivid with the myriad of artisans, shops, markets, havelis and temples. They thought eventually that every tourist should get the chance to get off the beaten track and experience the real city.

Adventurous, they found some cycles and started exploring the walled city, enjoying the energy of every single street of Jaipur witnessing the amused look of the Jaipurwale.That experience became a passion that they decided to share with others.

In the French cities, cycling is a way of life. Quiet, Eco friendly, and convenient, it allows to cover long distances in a short time. Public policies encourage citizens to use bicycle in town to reduce pollution, noise and traffic. The more pleasant a city, the happier and healthier its inhabitants.

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This is the message that Eleonore and Ophelie want to deliver. They are not the only ones in Jaipur, the Jaipur Cycle Club also encourage awareness about cycling and its benefits for oneself and for a green city. Many other associations and NGO  work for a green and cleaner city, and hopefully, someday the “Clean India” extolled by the Prime Minister!
Cyclin’Jaipur invites you for a complete journey, filled with discoveries, thrill, sensations and passion. They provide cycles, helmets, bottles of water, some food tasting all along the way and a breakfast at the end of the tour. Three different tours have been designed by the ladies : Pink Royal, Pink Inside and Pink Sensation. It’s up to you to choose the one you would like to do! Find all the details on http://www.cyclinjaipur.com
They offer “Private tours” on demand, in English, Hindi and French.