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7 Places In And Around Jaipur, We ‘Discovered’ On School Bunks

We have all been there, haven’t we?

Well if you haven’t, you missed on a lot. But hey, you must have heard stories from your friends at least, about how incredible these places are, well we are here to set a collection of places in around Jaipur we went to on our school bunks. So, if you haven’t been to any of these places, we recommend you to go and feel them, for yourselves.

1. Nahargarh – There is absolutely no way Nahargarh isn’t topping the list on this one, it’s like the coolest there has ever been in Jaipur. Nahargarh Fort was the top priority on full day bunk, but, if the weather was too bad, well, there were some indoor options to look at too. But as kids, we loved a little soak, didn’t we?

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2. Crystal Palm – Situated in virtually the center of the city, it was quite easy to reach, even by public transport. Crystal Palm was our choice of theatre, to go to, for one of the reasons being they never really snitched on us. It was this sacred custom we took an oath to, to watch every incredible (sometimes bad) movie releasing, on first day, first show. And guys, those were arguably the best times. What’s more to Crystal Palm is it has a play zone, a McDonald’s, and MGF just opposite the road, simply put, it happened to be extremely sorted, all in one.

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3. Indian Coffee House (ICH) – Biased towards the one situated at MI Road over the one in JKK, maybe it was the rustic ambiance, or simply, it’s reachability. But, certainly, it was rule number 1 in the sacred book of rules to start the school bunks by having breakfast at ICH. The menu was fairly low priced, like a dream come true, for us school kids.

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4. Samode Palace – Reaching there was an adventure on its own, it was an approximate 1.5 hours ride from the center of the city. The usual timings for bunks were 6 hours, stretching it up to 7 hours was the upper limit. So, reaching, chilling, enjoying, and, being back on time from Samode Palace was a feat of its own. And you do realize it has about 850 steps to reach the top of the mountain?

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850 steps in school shoes, just called it a challenge back then. LOL.

5. Ramgarh Dam – It’s again, one of the natural beauties of our beautiful Jaipur. Reaching Ramgarh was, well, tough. The road was so bad at the time, you were surely taking home a sore back from the trip. Note, it’s a dry dam, there’s as such no water in the dam, but, the place itself, has a feel attached to it. If you happen to go there, be careful of the monkeys, they are going to steal your food and laugh at your face, while eating it all of course. 🙈

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6. Kanota Dam – It’s the place to be if you are looking for some really good landscape, for those display pictures you could never put up on your social media. 😰🤣

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It was full of water at the time. It still happens to have water in it, but it’s a tad bit tougher to reach now. There are actually 2 sides of the dam you could have reached, one side where the locals don’t allow people to visit anymore, as they claim it to be their part of the land, and, one side where the fishing takes place, the area is kind of all fenced now, but back then it wasn’t.

7. Sagar – You can’t call yourself a Jaipurite if you haven’t been to Sagar, but a lot of people we meet happen to not know there is any such place in Jaipur 🤔

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Sagar is to be reached by taking the other road from the last crossroad to Amer, the local pujaris won’t have an issue until you aren’t creating a nuisance over there. It’s an iconic jewel of a place Jaipur has, it has got everything to it. And, if you are bored of Nahargarh on your bunk, this was the place to head to and vice versa.

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5 ‘Little Things’ will make you fall In Love with JAIPUR’s Winter!

The most pleasant time of the year is right here when not just the Jaipurites but the tourists from all over the world throng to Pink city.

Let us take you to those little things that make winter one of the favourite seasons for the locals as well as for those who travel to Jaipur.

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The feeling of winter mornings that start with a warm sunlight to afternoon sunbathing with family whilst devouring our favorite moongfali and santara, sipping tea from the corner wala thela, marching out in the most fashionable leather jacket during pleasant evenings and finally getting cozy in the warm blanket as the night falls are few most cherished things that we all enjoy.

Wait. That’s not it. The thought of festivals and vacations at this time of the year makes this period even more special.

Here are the Five little things that make this season more joyful.

  1. Change is all around us

The mundane summers and the long sunny sweltering afternoons no longer deprive us of going outside for a long spell. The weather is just perfect; offering a perfect mix of sun and clouds. The soft morning mist mingling with the early morning light and the little dew drops falling on the leaves give us the most dramatic scape to be witnessed as soon as we leave our beds. Feel it while taking a morning walk at Rambagh Golf club, Central Park, Smriti van or to any other park.

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Morning at Jal Mahal, Mansagar Lake

2. The Festival Season

The Pink city has always been synonymous with festivals and colours. The festivals make it worth to experience this season in all its glory. The aura of festivity starts from Diwali celebration in Jaipur when the city is dressed in its beautiful best.

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Diwali Celebration in Jaipur
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Then comes the fascinating World famous Pushkar Fair carrying along the true essence of Rajasthani culture and vibrant colours of dessert exuding absolute delight.

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Camel Safari at Pushkar Fair

As you are back from delightful desert land, the glittering Jaipur Jewellery Show-JJS welcomes you, followed by an unparalleled melting pot of amazing thoughts, great thinkers and minds, and the JLF music stage at the Jaipur Literature Festival giving us some serious fashion ticks. How could you miss our passion for kite flying making the sky a colourful canvas?

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Jaipur Literature Festival

 

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Kite Flying in Jaipur

 

We bet no other city has this much to offer in just one season.

3. Time to Gorge on Season’s Treats 

Winter and winter delicacies walk hand in hand. When you’re in Jaipur, nothing compares to the pleasures of indulging in winter delicacies that offer a variety of veg and non-veg choices. From warming yourself on a wintry day with some Garma Garam Doodh Jalebi at Saras Parlour or the piping hot samosas at Shankar, winter months are much awaited to savour Gajak, Ladoos, Bajre ki khichdi, kadhai Ka doodh, Malpue, Dal ke Pakore, Moong Dal Ka halwa and variety of irresistible egg joints. Streets full of amazing winter delicacies make us forget about all our weight loss resolutions.

 

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Doodh Jalebi at Saras Parlour
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4. It’s time for Band Baja Baraat

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The beautiful backdrop of forts and palaces become more pretty when decked up under the open sky in winters. Thus, the wedding planners and pandits are set for the winter wedding packages. Not just those coming for destination weddings, there is always some or the other member of the family who is getting married in winter months allowing us to do a lot of winter shopping and dressing later 😉

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5. Atithi Devo Bhava

Last but not least, we love it to have guests at home this season. As this is the best time to take them on a city tour, from climbing up to Amber or Nahargarh to walking on the streets- everything seems so much of fun when compared to doing the same activities in the sweltry and humid harsh summers. So, if you want to visit your family and friends who are in Jaipur, kindly make a note that this is the season when they will happily welcome you.

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Aren’t we so fortunate to be able to live in a place where we have this liberty to enjoy all the seasons and can actually see it happen how weather changes slowly and beautifully each day? 

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The City Of Magic And Magnificence- Jaipur

From the highest point of Nahargarh fort to the deepest point of Man Sagar Lake, the aura of pink running through the veins of Jaipur makes it one of the most amazing cities to not just explore, but also to live in.

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Built as beautiful walled city years and years ago by the royal Rajput rulers, Jaipur has always been the hub of heritage and culture. To add a beautiful edge to it, the walled city has caught a high pace on development and growth along with conserving the original essence of it.

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From the mesmerizing spots at the ancient Amer, Nahargarh and Jaigarh Forts to the newest Experience Centre and Dravyavati River Project, the city is almost a perfect metaphor for Magic Realism. Truly traditional to the core till date, the city area still remains painted in the colour that names it the Pink City. On the other hand, the city is all set to set up sky high standards with being a metro city as well as a smart city.

So if you ever visit Jaipur, don’t leave before you-

DO

Experiencing the captivating view of Jaipur city at night from the top of Nahargarh.  The city looks enchanting from the height and now that it’s Diwali time, you can see the whole city sparkling in colours and lights.

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Visiting the awe-inspiring City Palace, that gives you a ride back into the royal history of Jaipur.

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The forts of Jaipur- Amer Fort and Jaigarh Fort, that provide a heartwarming view from the top and Jaigarh also houses the biggest canon “Jaivana.”

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Clicking a picture with the Taj Mahal of Jaipur- Hawa Mahal, the legendary palace of winds situated right in the heart of the city.

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Experiencing the night tourism of the city, for it looks absolutely dreamy when it up all around.

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EAT

The street food– Pyaaz ki Kachori, Mava Kachori, Samosa, Mirchi Vada- they are light on the pocket and taste like a foodie’s paradise.

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The authentic Rajasthani delicacy- Dal Baati Churma. This is something you just don’t miss when you visit Jaipur.

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The absolutely irresistible Cold Coffee at Statue Circle. Moreover, If you visit around monsoon, Ghevar is a big turn on at that time.

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BUY

When you come to the textile hub, you don’t leave without buying clothes. Different kinds of clothes including kurtas, sarees, jackets, handmade purses, cozy quilts, bedsheets etc. printed in Jaipuri and block prints with animal motifs like elephants and camels along with floral prints on vibrant colours just own your heart at first sight.

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Authentic camel leather jutis, bags, diaries etc. are found right in the walled city and are big among foreign visitors.

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The exclusive Blue Pottery items of Jaipur are nowhere else to be found and are totally handmade.

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Colourful Lac bangles at Maniharo ka rasta, gold jewellery at Johri Bazaar, and Kathputli showpieces add a vibrant angle to your shopping list.

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We as citizens of this magical city are evolving in our ways and choices- shifting from the Indian Coffee House at Jawahar Kala Kendra to Café Quaint, from coffee at GVD to Café Coffee Day, from the ancient gates of the city to their newest sibling Patrika Gate and much more, we still plan family outings at Amer Fort during monsoon and we still enjoy clicking pictures of Hawa Mahal, only now we have a café to capture it from!

The magnificence of our surreal city Jaipur is never fading, but going through a constant metamorphosis.

 

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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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10 Reasons Why Jaipur is the Happiest City in the World 

Well, it might be a debatable topic to some, but writing from the perspective of someone who has spent an incessant amount of time in Jaipur is surely bound to fall in love with the mesmerizing Pink City.
The amazingness about Jaipur lies in its unique old world charm along with a twist of modernity. Jaipur is a city where both Moti Doongri Ganesh Temple and Gaurav Tower are equally lively in the evenings. It is the city, where the youth is reaching new heights every day and at the same time the older generation still wakes up before the sunrise to have a glimpse of the Mangla Aarti of Govind DevJi.

Today, on ‘World Happiness Day’, we are listing down 10 top reasons that make every Jaipurite happy and proud of!

1.      Never Ending Festivities

Be it Diwali or Eid, Christmas or Mahavir Jayanti, Lohri or Chetichand, Sankranti or Gangaur we, Jaipurites always take time to enjoy all the festivals with our near and dear like it’s our own!

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2.      Street Shopping at Bapu Bazar and Johari Bazar 

Flooded with fashionable Kolhapuris, colorful Lehariya, beautiful semi-precious jewellery and artifacts, Jaipur’s Bapu Bazar and Johari Bazar are rightly called shopper’s paradiseUnlike the shopping experience in metros, buying clothes and handicrafts in Pink City is quite an affordable and a great shopping experience.

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3.      Foodies’ Paradise

You’ll never feel starved when you are in Jaipur. From breakfast to dinner or even late night snacking, Jaipur offers you an array of food items like Rawat’s pyaaz ki kachori, Dal Bati Churma, spicy Lal Maas, and mouthwatering chaats. But to end everything on a sweet note we also have LMB’s famous rabri ghewar and even Pandit’s Matka kulfi.

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4.      Lesser Honking horns

One fine day getting on the streets of Jaipur you might feel that there is no space to walk but we are far better than the hustle-bustle of the metropolitan cities even though we are surrounded by highly developed metropolis cities.

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5.      Jaipurites wear their culture on the sleeves

People think living in Rajasthan is living in an isolated barren desert which has nothing – no water, no liveliness. But we can prove you absolutely wrong. Jaipurites live a tradition, wear its clothes, eat its food, and speak its language. Being in Jaipur gives you an exotic taste of its Rajasthani culture. We bring color to lives by wearing bright, soothing, eye-appealing clothes.

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6.      Elephants in place of cars (is it still there?)

Awestruck! Yes, elephants seen on the streets of Jaipur are no new thing for us. The road is to them like it is to us. You feel like an ant when near it but you equally can be on top of the world when you are in Jaipur!

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7.      Be on the top of the world

We breathe fresh! We love to spend our weekends not lazing around in bed but getting up and climbing a mountain for a site worth seeing – Nahargarh or even sunrise at Jal Mahal.

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8.      A sight to behold

Get up! Open your windows and what do you see – shout out loud ‘Aravallis’!

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9.      Strong Social Connections

Jaipurites are well known for their social and hospitable nature. We have an innate quality to help others in time of need and maintain a strong sense of connection. So, wherever you go if you find a Jaipurite, I assure you can blindly rely on him.

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10.    Better work-life balance

We value everything that comes our way. We enjoy our work equally as we enjoy being with our friends and families. Who would want more than this?

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In short, Jaipur feels like home! And home is always the happiest place on the earth!
Happy International Happiness Day!

 

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Heritage Water Walks Being Conducted at Nahargarh Fort & Amber Palace, Jaipur

If there is a group of tourists who would like to witness and understand the amazing water harvesting structures at the Nahargarh Fort and Amer Palace – the same can be arranged. The Department of Archaeology and Museum has tied up with “Heritage Water Walks” for arranging them. This was informed by the Director of Archaeology & Museums, Government of Rajasthan, Mr. Hridesh Sharma today. The Director said that the 2-hour water walks both at Nahargarh and Amber are designed to understand the sacredness of water in Rajasthani culture and the wisdom of our ancestors. It uncovers the stories hidden in the majestic forts of Nahargarh and Amber Palace while enjoying a walk in jungle or witnessing the majestic grandeur of the forts. Participants go back amazed at the sophistication of water technologies of past. Such walks are being conducted since 2015. They are being conducted by Mr. Neeraj Doshi of Rain Water (Research, Advocacy & Innovation in Water) which is supported by the Department of Archaeology & Museums and Jaipur Development Authority. The timings for these walks are : Nahargarh Fort (6 am to 5 pm); Amber Palace (8am to 5 pm – winters; 10 am to 5 pm – summers).

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The story of Nahargarh Water harvesting structures is also the story of ingenuity of Rajasthan society to innovate for all its needs. Built In 1734 during the reign of Sawai Jai Singh (1698-1740), the extensive water systems of Nahargarh is one of the most significant features of the fort. Water catchment for Nahargarh extends to about 6 kms surrounding the fort. A network of six closed catchments connect through small canals and aqueducts and drains are laid in and outside the fort. Small canals bring rainwater from the higher reaches of the hills. The bed of these canals is designed in such a way that it is on a gradient and also at the same time has an undulating course. Nahargarh has two large step wells (Bawri) and a smaller step well known as ‘Kund’. The large step wells receive water from the catchment in the surrounding hills. The ‘Kund’ receives rainwater harvested from the fort complex alone.

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The story of Amber water lifting and harvesting structures is also equally ingenuous as that of Nahargarh. Water harvesting system here shows how the provision of water for large residences was made bearing in mind the refined water conservation mechanism and superior architectural practices of 16th century Rajputana. Raja Man Singh I built Amber Palace in 1599. It was further expanded for next 150 years by Mirza Raja Jai Singh and Jai Singh II until Jai Singh II decided to move the capital to newly built Jaipur City in 1743. The extensive water system of Amber Palace is one of the most significant features of the Palace.  Amber palace has two sources of water – Maota Lake and rainwater harvesting within the palace. A series of six structures (buildings) lift water from Maota Lake all the way up to the fort through a complex relay system.  Unlike rainwater harvesting system of Fort Nahargarh, which collects water from surrounding hills via extensive network of drains, Amber Palace uses a much more sophisticated mechanism to lift water few hundred feet above from Maota Lake.

Ever since the water walks have started a large number of Indian and foreign tourists, students, civil service officers, designer, architects, citizens of Jaipur and even renowned authors of Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) have experienced the walk.

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Ride the Segway Scooter Through Jaipur’s Heritage

Jaipur is one of the most famous tourism spots in the country and every year it attracts many tourists from both India and the world. The city has something for everyone and never fails to enchant tourists with its marvelous architecture, palace and forts. For a long time now, the tourists have enjoyed travelling through the pink city markets in e-rickshaws and visiting the Amber fort on elephants. Adding another amazing travel option for tourists, the city will now have Segway rides for its lovers.IMG_2490IMG_2449IMG_2518With its launch today at Amber fort and Nahargarh, the tourists will now be able to enjoy the beauty of Pink City while riding on a Segway. The amazing adventure trip that will be run by Jaipur Differently, gave many tourists a free ride today as a launch offer.Narhgarh fort supervisorIMG_2476IMG_2469Jaipur Differently , the brand behind these Segway rides, works with the motto of providing a unique tourism experience and has been organizing Segway tours for tourists since January 2017 and now after the association with Department of Archaeology and Museums, they are set to provide ‘Joy Rides’ at Amber Fort and Nahargarh. The enthusiasts will get to ride segways at Jaleb Chowk in Amber Fort and near Madhvendra Palace at Nahargarh. The rides are charged at an amount of Rs. 200 and they will last 3-4 mins. The tourists will also get guiding assistance from guides at Jaipur Differently.  IMG_2453IMG_2491We are sure that the tourists and even the city dwellers are in for some amazing treats. Now that you are aware of this adventure go and grab your chance to visit the city from a different angle.