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Amazing Road Trips from Jaipur during Monsoon!

It’s never late to plan an amazing road trip! After all, you have worked for the first 3 days of the week and you got a midweek break on account of Independence day and Rakhshabandhan. Let’s embark on a long drive as there are a lot of places in and around Jaipur that shows how beautiful the surroundings of the city are when it rains.

 

1.     Bhangarh

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Hiking on a blissful and adventurous break at Bhangarh and discovers the secrets of the Haunted Ruins of Rajasthan along with heritage scenery is not a bad idea.

Bhangarh is situated in Alwar district of Rajasthan and is known to be India’s most haunted place. The remains of Bhangarh Fort are informative enough to take you on a mesmerizing journey, of the reminiscence from the past. It’s just not the place, but the route also gives whimsical experience especially during monsoon. Get down anywhere, take pictures but remember to come back before it gets dark as there is no place to stay there.

2.     Ramgarh

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If you love passing through numerous anicuts, waterfalls and lush green forest patches, filled with an abundance of natural beauty, Ramgarh is the place to go.

If you want to stay, here’s for you a rustic The Gateway Hotel Ramgarh Lodge which was originally the hunting lodge of the Maharaja of Jaipur. Far from the bustle of the city, it is still favoured by tourists those who want to relive the glorious kingly life that once was lived by Maharaja of Jaipur.

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3.     Chandlai Lake

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When you want to be a part of a picture-perfect scenic view, Chandlai lake is the best spot for you to pose in front of. The unsung beauty is a small lake, 30 km from the city, to experience the most peaceful picnic you need. No wonder you’ll get a bunch of beautiful pictures.

 

4.     Kukas

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Take a drive on a Delhi National Highway, towards Kukas. Away from the chaos, this place has many luxurious hotels like Fairmont, JW Marriott, Le Meridien, Jaibagh palace and lots more. The crisp enlivening Aravali air envelopes you as soon as you take off in your vehicle on this charming highway covered with verdant greens.

A perfect getaway where you can experience top-notch facilities and fine dining. You can either plan for a lunch with your family or plan a one night stay in any of these places. Sit back, relax, indulge in delicious food.

 

5.     Bundi

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Monsoon is the best time to see Bundi in Rajasthan in full glory as it comes alive with lush greenery and waterfalls. The Aravalis are prettier than ever when it rains and the journey becomes super exciting. The quaint little town is  36 km away from Kota is dotted with pretty lakes, waterfalls, nature trails during monsoon. The idyllic landscape will persuade you to stay back for a day or two.

One wouldn’t believe their eyes after witnessing the scenic view that Bundi has despite being part of dry Rajasthan!

 

6.     Pushkar

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Take a six-lane beautiful highway up to Ajmer and continue to Pushkar through the hilly serpentine road. The temple city of Pushkar raises the spirit of all during the monsoon time when its surroundings brims with lively mesosphere. Gorge on the world-famous Maalpuas of Pushkar or just feel the hippie vibes at one of the many cafes in the town.

Come back with a lot of memories!

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Ghevar: A savory dessert delight of Jaipur

“The belly rules the mind” goes a famous Spanish proverb, a tantalizing phrase that Jaipur, the land of the kings and rich cuisines, is no stranger to. Rajasthani platter is a scrumptious combination of sweet, spicy and colorful dishes. We Jaipurites with our salivating mouth proudly say that it is incomplete without the mention of Dal-Bati-Churma, a traditional wholesome meal of Rajasthan. Mind you, sweet dishes are never addressed as ‘dessert’ in our land, because unlike desserts which are had after the meal, we relish desserts before, during and after the meal.

Ghevar

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Now is the perfect time to talk about the much-celebrated dessert in this season of special festivities. “Ghevar”,  an incredible Rajasthani Delicacy which is widely popular and traditionally associated with Teej Festival (locally called Sawan ki Teej or Hariyali Teej) and Raksha Bandhan festival falling in the month of August.

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Ghevar is a round mesh-like disc-shaped fried delicacy drenched in cardamom and saffron flavoured sugar syrup and topped with sliced nuts and flavored rabri. We bet you are already dreaming to gobble Ghevar because this festival Dessert is always a chart-topper!

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The luscious sweet is enjoyed indifferently as per an individual’s taste preferences; some enjoy it crispy while others love it tender with the toppings of Mawa or Malai.  Ghevar also tastes great when it is eaten with hot Milk or Kheer.

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Having such a variety in taste, Ghevar can definitely satiate your sweet tooth pangs for the time being but cannot satisfy your need to have it again and again. “Padharo mahare des” is an apt phrase, which means: “Welcome to my land”, where you can experience the flavours of uniqueness that it has to offer and enhance it with the wonderful hospitality, food AND Sweet Dishes like Ghevar that Jaipur is famed the world over.

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Reasons to Fall in Love With Jaipur Monsoon

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The auspicious month of Sawan has begun and is ready to shed its vibrant and vivid colours to nature. It is that time of the month where you explore the magnificent impact and captures the serenity as monsoon never comes alone with the rain but with the irresistible cravings for delicacies and also sways us to go for thrilling rides and indulge in the aesthetic pleasures. The pink city will make you fall in love with its beauty when adorned with the raindrops and incensed with the mesmerizing petrichor.

Here’s a sneak-peak of Monsoon oriented activities which will make you fall in love with the walled city.

Styling up the wardrobe with colourful Lehriya

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Jaipurite celebrates every occasion with a new lease of life. To mark the beginning of Monsoon season and Sawan) month, everyone drapes themselves with the vibrant colourful and traditional Lehriya.  Jaipur Bazaars are flooded with a distinctive and vivid pattern of lehriya to give your wardrobe a unique cultural touch.

So what keeps you at bay? Go and get yourself draped in the colours of Rajasthan.

Guilt-Free Eating

 

Monsoon season paves the way to binge over the local delicacies like pakodas, samosa, kachori and Mirchi vada. These roadside snacks will make your cravings irresistible and will tempt you to have more and more of it. To enjoy the drizzling you could also visit the most exciting place-Masala chowk and celebrate the tastes of Jaipur. This place will entice you to leave your diet plans aside and drool over the scrumptious food.

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Goth at Khole ke Hanuman ji

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The monsoon season invites you to hold goth(picnic) at Khole Ke Hanumanji and spend leisure time with your family and friends by savouring your taste buds with the delicious daal baati churma, Mirchi ke tapore and variety of churma’s which is served here as prasadi. This spiritual temple offers a mesmerizing view from the top of the hill which is a feast for the eyes especially in the rainy season.

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Long Drives – Nahargarh Jaipur for a view to die for

 

The month of Sawan is at its peak, waking up the weekend plans which were snoozing during scorching summer. Explore the city and do not miss the mesmerizing weekend getaway spot, situated at the rim of Aravalli Hills, Nahargarh.

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This place has to offer you a splendid picnic spot with your loved ones, eye-capturing Instagram posts, and stories and a view of the Walled City you can die for, savouring the season of Sawan with a bhutta in your hand.

Season’s best Ghewar

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Monsoons are one of the typecasted seasons of the year. It is the season when you cling towards a hot cup of coffee, a plate of tempting pakoras but Jaipurites crave for Ghewars, a delicacy which will allow you to sideline the diet plans guilt free. When eating ghewars at Jaipur, you could not think of calories any more rather you will be swayed by the undeniably delicious dessert drenched in sugar and garnished with rabri.

Season’s Best Ghewar

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Monsoon is not the only month of ‘mists and mellow fruitfulness’ but also a start to the preparation for upcoming festivities as well. The two most celebrated festivals during this season are Teej and Raksha Bandhan.  Teej is dedicated to Goddess Parvati, celebrating the day she united with Lord Shiva after a span of 100 years. This celebration in Jaipur is an extravagant sight with lively processions, innumerable rituals, and delicious savouries inclusive of city’s one of the best Ghewar. One cannot afford to miss this if in the Pink city.

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To relish this season leisurely, pack up your bags and plan a trip to Jaipur.

Happy Sawaan Month 🙂

 

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5 Reasons To Binge On Bhutta This Monsoon In Jaipur

The pleasure of eating bhutta in rains is unmatchable and unimaginable for those who have not yet accomplished this honourable deed. In fact we believe that such people do not exist. A true Indian always craves for bhutta during monsoon. However, in case we are wrong and you’re an exception, here’s a list of reasons why you should rush to the nearest vegetable vendor or bhuttawalah to eat it.

  1. Healthy

There’s not only one health benefit of eating corn but many. These include, prevention from cancer due to excessive antioxidants, controlling diabetes due to richness in fibre that keeps blood sugar levels normal, controlling hypertension, increasing energy, aiding digestion and controlling cholesterol level due to richness in Vitamin C. These benefits should be convincing enough. But wait, we have more valid reasons!!!

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  1. Good for pregnancy

For all those who are preggers, bhutta is tremendously advantageous for you. Corn is rich in fibre that alleviates problems like constipation, which is very common in pregnancy. It reduces the risk of birth defects such as Spina Bifida since it is rich in folate too.

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  1. Hot

Another reason to binge on bhutta is that nothing is better than the feeling you get after having hot food in a cold weather. It will keep you cosy. Apart from that, since it is served hot, it reduces the chances of getting infection when eating out.

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  1. Tasty

As simple as that! Corn is amazingly tasty, especially when you roast it, smother it beautifully with butter and add a pinch of salt and red chilli powder along with some lemon juice.

(We bet you imagined it and are hungry now).

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  1. Making fun-filled memories

You can spend time with your friends while eating bhutta and drinking chai, its perfect companion. What is better than some tittle tattle with your loved ones in a nice weather while savouring upon some snacks? It is fun especially when you’re at places like Jal Mahal or find vendors while driving uphill to Nahargarh.

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So go grab a bhutta, if you haven’t already!

Do not forget to share your monsoon bhutta pictures and mention your favourite bhutta point with us in the comment section. We would absolutely love to hear from you. 🙂

 

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Edited by Team Jaipur Beat

 

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A Walk Into Jaipur’s Maniharo Ka Rasta

The markets of Jaipur are filled with amusement. The very soul of Rajasthan lingers in the narrow alleys of the markets. Colourful artefacts, gorgeous odhanis, stunning jutis everything mimics the irresistible charm of Rajasthan in such a perfect manner.

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Amidst the narrow lanes of one such market, that is, Tripolia Bazaar is Maniharo ka Rasta. The word ‘Manihar’ means ‘one who makes bangles’ and Maniharo ka Rasta is a market filled with manihars selling all kinds of bangles, especially the one made up of lac. We decided to explore this market of Lac Bangles and get a firsthand experience.

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Stepping in Maniharo ka Rasta takes you to the realm of lac bangles. These exquisite bangles are the beating heart of the market. Bangles of every existing colour and numerous sizes are found at Maniharo ka Rasta.  The allure of these bangles is so much that you just cannot resist buying a pair or two.

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Strolling across the street in search of perfect bangles, we saw a woman working on lac bangles and decided to spend some time interacting about her profession. Sadia, as she told us, is a woman with a jolly personality and was happy to talk to us. “I am thirty years old and I have seen my family working with lac ever since my childhood. They have in fact been working with lac bangles much before that. The art is being passed on in my family for generations and we like what we do”, she said. On asking about the younger generation, she said, “Children at our home are very keen on learning but they are way too young to work with hot lac. They will only be taught once they are old enough and it is safe for them to work with melting lac.” While we talked to her about this, we also decided to capture what she was doing, and we must say it was fine and perfect 🙂

Moving a bit forward we stumbled upon another shop with a family working in a completely unique way with lac. We didn’t even left a moment and jumped into the shop to ask what were they doing. Meanwhile, the father was busy filling lac in a hollow gold bangle, his daughter thrilling told us that filling lac in a gold bangle makes it stronger and is also considered lucky in Rajasthan to wear such bangles. Did you know about this? Well, we didn’t 😉 That simply states that even if it is gold, lac is our gold in this priceless state.

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After seeing this we think that Rajasthan’s true essence lies in these small allies and this authentic art of making exquisite bangles will definitely stay with us for long. We know even you might be wanting to buy some of these. And these handcrafted lac bangles are very pocket-friendly,  say about 150 rupees for 8 plain lac bangles and approximately between 200 to 250 rupees for the beaded ones. Get some as in this season of leheriya and savan it’s a must have to match your daily style.

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Friday The 13th: A Spooky Adventure Near Jaipur

Horror is not for everyone and even less so if hauntings happen in real life.

Mystery has always tantalized mankind. The enchanting bafflement of unknown, visions uncanny and experiences unaccountable, has since forever, evoked terror and drawn us towards both alluring and horrifying secrets.

Places with such occurrences over the period of time gained a reputation of being haunted. Undoubtedly, some of these places give you a sense of fright and anxiety. Entering such places gives you chills running down your spines. But our kind’s impeccable curiosity and desire to uncover such mysteries make these places popular around the globe.

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Bhangarh is one such place in Rajasthan. A beautiful small town amidst the lush green Aravali hills with such a picturesque and serene landscape that will make you forget every story of horror you have ever heard about Bhangarh. Situated 80 km away from Jaipur in Alwar district, Bhangarh is a place with beauty unmatched.

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Bhangarh fort unsurprisingly has stayed in the list of world’s most haunted places for quite some time now. The town has a numerous legends associated to it. As a legend goes, a tantrik (sorcerer) fell for the Princess of Bhangarh and turned to black magic to spell a potion for her. The Princess found out, and threw that potion on a rock which in turn killed the tantrik. But the dying tantrik cursed the city to perish. After a while there was a battle and the Princess along with most of the inhabitants was killed, those who remained fled the city. All that remains is the ruins since then. People believe that the dead still walk among the ruins of Bhangarh.

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The fort has gained such reputation that no one is allowed to stay in Bhangarh after dusk. Visitors and locals have been narrating their strange and experiences, from hearing distant cries to some peculiar and bizarre phenomenon, which makes the place very spooky and feared of. It is often said that the place has a weird aura and gives you some seriously weird vibes.

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Though we’ve all heard stories of horror; there is another side to Bhangarh. With its untouched ruins and unadulterated natural scenery, it gives you such an intimate experience with nature that you will always want to come back to this place if spending time in the calm labyrinth of nature is what gives you peace of mind. Since no paranormal casualties have been reported so far, we conclude it is safe to visit Bhangarh this monsoon.

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6 Kachori Places In Jaipur That Are Calling You This Monsoon

Some people like it sweet, some like it savory and well, some dishes have the power to be both :). One of them is the Indian delicacy – Kachori 🙂 Do you already feel your mouth water ? A simple puffed-up fried snack belonging to Rajasthan is a Jaipurite’s heartbeat especially right after he/she wakes up. The texture of this Indian snack is crispy, flaky with delicious base which can be packed with all manner of delicious fillings, whether sweet or savory.

So let us take you on a fun trail of Kachoris in Jaipur, where some oldest and favorite joints are calling out the die-hard Kachori fans.

  1. Samrat Restaurant

Samrat Restaurant in Jaipur is one of the oldest shops in the city serving the best Pyaz ki Kachori since 1965 with their all-time favorite Dahi Amchoor Chutney and Tamarind Chutney. Pyaz ki Kachori is a savory filled with onions and other Indian spices which originated in Jodhpur, soon became a common breakfast option in Rajasthan.

Where: Shop No. 273, Chaura Rasta, Modikhana, Jaipur.

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  1. Radhe Kachori

Radhe Kachori in Jaipur is popularly known to serve the best Hing ki Kachori in town since 1963. Hing ki Kachori is prepared with ground urad dal, with refreshing flavors of asafetida and is often accompanied with Dahi and Coriander Chutney.

Where: Churukon Ka Rasta, SBBJ Street, Chaura Rasta, Jaipur.

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  1. Khuteta Namkeen Bhandar

This small joint in the heart of the city is popular for its small dynamite known as Aloo ki Kachori, which is plain flour dough filled with potatoes and spices, served in Delhi chaat style with Mint and Coriander Chutney taking the taste on total different level!

Where: 90, Kishanpole Bazaar, Chandpole, Jaipur

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  1. Sampat Namkeen Bhandar

Now this place follows the rule of using skinned potatoes for their world famous Aloo ki Kachori, as they help in easy digestion. Sampat Namkeen Bhandar, is every Kachori lovers favorite spot since 1936 for their spicy Aloo ki Kachori, with doesn’t requires a need for Chutney but definitely a glass of water!

Where: Baba Harish Chandra Marg, Kishanpole Bazaar, Jaipur.

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  1. Shri Ram Namkeen Bhandar

There have been days when the rain made the window panes hazy, making me crave for some Shri Ram Namkeen Bhandar’s crispy Dal ki Kachori, which is again a common household name in Jaipur. Their Dal ki Kachori are best enjoyed with Kadhi and Tamarind Chutney since ages!

Where: Tresor Apple Store Street, M I Road, Jaipur.

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  1. Rawat Mishthan Bhandar

Any celebration is incomplete without Rawat Misthan Bhandar’s Mawa Kachori, a brand serving the authentic Mawa Kachori in Jaipur, which is a sweet delicacy filled with mawa and dry fruits dipped in sugar syrup, invented by Shri Rawatmal ji Deora of Rawat Mishthan Bhandar and considered as their signature dish.

Where: Ground Floor, Opp. Polo Victory Cinema, Station Road, Sindhi Camp, Jaipur.

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Weather is calling out to you Jaipurites, go to your nearest Kachori joint and start your day with these amazing variety of Kachoris in your own Pink City 🙂