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5 Interesting Facts About Royal Amer Fort

As regal as can be, Jaipur’s magnificent Amer Fort rightly personifies the city’s Rajputana culture. The famous Amer Fort is one of the most visited forts in Rajasthan and also registered as UNESCO World Heritage site. Located 11 km away from the city, the fort is located on a high Aravalli hilltop. The Maota lake outside the fort adds a certain charm to the entire fort.

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Also, for all the history buffs out there – do you know that Amer was the capital of the state before Jaipur? Intrigued enough! Come, explore our stunning Amer Fort with some super cool facts presented to you by Jaipur Beat.

  1. Heritage as old as 1592 A.D.

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The impeccable Amer Fort was built by Raja Man Singh in the 16th century. This magnificent marvel made of red sandstone and marble was later renovated by its successive rulers. While many old parts of the fort have been either destroyed or replaced by other pieces, the humongous Amer Fort truly speaks volume about its royal history.

  1. Magnificent Architecture

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The Amer Fort is a marvellous blend of Rajput and Mughal architecture. The fort mainly comprises of four different parts. The main entrance to the fort is through ‘Suraj Pol’ or Sun Gate which opens directly in the main courtyard. The ‘Jaleb Chowk ‘ is one of the main courtyards with ‘Shitla Mata’ temple situated in the main palace ground. The second courtyard is famous for its spectacular – ‘Diwan-i-Aam’, ‘Sheesh Mahal’ and ‘Sukh Mahal’.

  1. Spectacular Sheesh Mahal

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One of the most striking parts of the fort is its Mirror Palace or Sheesh Mahal. Meant for the queen’s stay, this place is carved with glass paintings and beautiful flowers. Also, with the thousands of attached mosaic mirrors, the interior of Sheesh Mahal appears to be glittering like shiny stars.

  1. Picturesque Kesar Kyari

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The epitome of beauty, Kesar Kyari is a Mughal garden which is part of Maota Lake. Built in a star-shaped form, this garden with its splendid flora is sure to win the hearts of the visitors. Full-bloomed seasonal flowers are planted in the garden to give a breath-taking ornate feel to the magnificent Amer Fort.

  1.  Incredible Elephant Rides and Light & Sound Show

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To make the most of your visit to Amer Fort, it’s a must to enjoy the spectacular elephant safari. Giving you a skyline view of the city, a colorfully decorated elephant safari is must if you want to imbibe in the cultural heritage of the city.

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The popular Light and Sound show at the Amer Fort depicts the royal history of Jaipur screened at the facade of the grand Amer Fort. During the 50-minute show, the colorful lights illuminate the structure and reflect beautifully on Maota Lake, depicting the legendary past of the Amer Fort which is dating back to more than 600 years!!

Show Timings: English- 7:00 p.m. onwards and Hindi- 8:00 p.m. onwards

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5 Water-Bodies In Jaipur That Are a Must Visit In Monsoons

Jaipur is finally showered with the bliss of monsoon 😀 Do you also feel like jumping in puddles and dancing freely in the rain ? During this time, don’t you miss being around water bodies to see them filling up after an entire year and breathing their fresh smell right after it has rained ? If you are a water being, you don’t have to go too far as here we are listing some beautiful water places in and around Jaipur for you to visit and feel the rain 🙂

  1. Ramgarh Dam

    Approximately 30 km away from Jaipur city, with the way cocooned by verdant trees on both sides, there lies Ramgarh dam. A place which once had a sprawling artificial lake and would attract tourists like bees to honey, is now dry but has managed to resume its freshness by the landscape, greenery and the famous Ramgarh lodge where you can rush to during the coming long weekends in August 🙂
  2. Lake ‘Sagar’ 

    A hidden beauty and the primary source of water for the adjoining forts of Amer and Jaigarh as well as the city of Amer – Lake ‘Sagar’ is a 17th century gem that flows in the arena of Jaipur. You can reach the lake by car or by walking towards it. Just beware and don’t get too lost in its beauty ! 😉

  3. Jalmahal Palace

    A palace partially submerged in the Mansagar Lake of Jaipur, Jalmahal is a poet’s muse, an artist’s eye candy, a tourist’s paradise and a local’s respite. The Mansagar lake is full of freshly drained water that flows from the hilly catchment of the lake only during the rainy months of July to September and is a natural habitat for more than 150 species of local and migratory birds and a hang out spot for humans of both kinds as well 😉

  4. Chandlai Lake 

    When you want to leave the cliches behind, and go to a place that might surprise you with its infinite splendor, drive to the Chandlai lake. While you finally will have to walk till you spot some birds playing in the lake and flying from here to there, it will all be worth it when you see the sight of the rare flamingos and pelicans flocking together at this lovely and small lake just 30 km away from Jaipur 🙂

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  5. Maota Lake

    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 🙂

    Happy Monsoons 😀

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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’.

In Jaipur,

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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12 PHOTOGRAPHS THAT FASCINATE YOU TO TRAVEL TO JAIPUR

With the ample historical attractions, the city of Jaipur grabs the attention of domestic as well as foreign tourists. The Pink City indeed is a paradise with its rich and unique sights. The magnificent forts, palaces and architectural monuments truly manifest the rich cultural heritage of Jaipur.

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

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Jal Mahal
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World Trade Park- beyond heritage
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View of the Pink City from Nahargarh Fort
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The lampposts running through the center of Johari Bazaar
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Light & Sound Show at Amber Fort
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Statue Circle during rains
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Jal Mahal at night
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Stately Hawa Mahal
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Festival of Teej
Albert Hall- a visual treat
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Amber Fort and Maota Lake
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Decorated Camels, when its festive

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9 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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