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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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Enhance the festive spirit with mouth-watering delights this Diwali | Jaipur Beat

With the second wave of COVID-19, everyone is puzzled about their Diwali plans. No gatherings, no card parties, no fun of shopping & hopping from one shop to the other. But life goes on and so does the celebrations of life. 

Where there is celebration, there have to be sweets that are healthy and delightful in every sense. Indian sweets come in a variety of colours, shapes and flavours. You name it, and you get it!

So let’s go find out some home chefs and outlets in the city who are making all the efforts to serve us the best during this festive time. From opulent and hatke sweet options to traditional Indian mithais, we have covered Jaipur’s delicious sweet options.

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Ratika & Richa from Cauldron Sisters are making ‘not a mithai box’. They are making all cookies which look exactly like Mithai and serve it in mithai flavours like Kesar Peda, Rasmalai Cookie, Coconut Laddoo Macaroon & Gulab Jamun Brookie. 

The best part is that these are homemade in their kitchen & most of the ingredients that they use in preparations are dry that allows a long shelf life. And for health-conscious souls, these are also little low in calories as compared to usual sweets taken in the festivals.  

https://www.instagram.com/cauldron_sisters/?hl=en

Scrumptious Slice

Doorva Sharma is making delectable desserts in town and they’re worth every single bite. If you are someone for whom no festivity is complete without indulging in the fragrance of freshly baked items, then you can enjoy it from the Scrumptious Slice. Homemade cakes, cupcakes and many other savouries are baked to perfection all by hand and lots of love.

https://www.instagram.com/the_scrumptious_slice/

Chatokri 

Founded by Rekha Khaitan, Chatokri is a culmination of her passion for food. Their USP is that they curate and handpick from selected partners across the country. We hope you enjoy their collection as much as we enjoyed putting it here. 

https://www.instagram.com/chatokri/

Govindjee

Savour mouth melting sweets and a wide variety of Namkeen from the very old & trusted brand of Jaipur, Govindjee, originally Vijay Store at Choti Chaupar since 1954. They are offering all types of Gajak, dry fruits, cereals, & also they are the largest Indian Manufacturer of Traditional HAND ROASTED Namkeen. Their Malai Gajak, made of til (sesame seeds) and gud (jaggery) is highly recommended for all the Gajak Lovers. We bet, you can’t stop by having just one!

https://www.instagram.com/govindjeejeeyo/

Kalptaru Jain Store

This is a newly opened store at Rajapark that offers a whole lot of variety of sweets, dry fruits in premium quality to choose from. Freshly made sweet boxes like Chidawa ka Peda, Kaju Katli and many more will be the best if you want to gift. You may also get special festive packings such as special boxes for gifting on special occasions. 

https://www.instagram.com/kalptaru_jain_store/

LMB

How can we miss without talking about the legendary LMB. Situated in the walled city and also in Vaishali Nagar, LMB is going an extra mile to deliver to your home in all parts of the country. From Rasgulla to Gulab Jamun, Rasmalai to Halwa, & Kaju Katli they are famous for the range of delicious sweets that they make and on Diwali they have specially curated a Festive Gift Collection as well. 

https://www.instagram.com/laxmimisthanbhandar/

So, what are you waiting for, lets’ sweeten the festive spirit with Diwali sweets. Happy Festivities 🙂

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Pink City and Ranthambore bags India Today’s Tourism Awards 2020

The Pink City keeps it among the top-notch cities to travel to for its invaluable heritage character! It’s an honour and pride that the city received its much-deserved title of the ‘Best Heritage Destination’ by India Today’s Tourism Awards 2020.

Witness The Rise of The Pink City, Jaipur- Now and Then – Jaipur Beat

Not just this, Rajasthan’s famous wildlife destination, Ranthambore in Sawai Madhopur, which is full of natural and wildlife wonders bagged another award under the category ‘Best Wildlife Destination’.

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Rajasthan wins the hearts of travellers from across the globe for its old-world charm including heritage, culture, landscape, cuisines, and a lot more.

Owning to the iconic colour of the gamut of mesmerizing monuments, buildings, spellbinding palaces, and intriguing streets, Jaipur is always on the top travel list of travellers.

9 Heritage Sites In Jaipur That Will Blow Your Mind Away – Jaipur Beat

Do you need any more reasons to travel to Rajasthan?

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Central Park: My Story

Sprawling lawns dotted with early risers twisting their bodies before the sun breaks at the horizon, mark the start of my day. Filled with frenzied excitement, I see people running on the tracks laid upon me; I see them eagerly waiting at the gym; I see them laughing and I even see them just sitting back, soaking in the divine charm of mother nature in search of peace.

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I hear the melody of birds chirping early in the morning, I see them take a flight in the enormous sky in search of food. I am the Central Park of Jaipur, landlocked in the heart of Pink City. I find immense pride in sharing such close vicinity with the founder of Jaipur, Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II.

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With the sunrays falling on the National flag which stands tall on my grounds, each and every patriot feels a surge of gratification running through them. The art in form of stone sculptures that I contain in my being represents something mighty, yet beautiful.

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As the day proceeds,  I am completely transformed, people start leaving and at some point I am left alone…but I am never completely abandoned.

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Sometimes I hear the laughter of young boys and girls when the world is bathed in the warmth of sun it is me, who provides some comfort to those who seek it. To those poor rickshaw pullers who keep dragging their rickshaws in the screeching heat,  it is I who shades them from the sun, those who want a place to give themselves a break from the buzz of urban jungle, it is I who takes them in my lap and let them sleep peacefully and those who have their loved ones in the hospital, it is I, who let them have a little peaceful time away from their worries, in arms of nature.

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As the evening approaches and the sun gradually goes down, I transform once again. Once again I change my character, to become a family ground. A place for people to visit for some quality time with their loved ones, their young toddlers. With urban projects setting up, people look at me and get assured that their children still have a place to go out and live their childhood like the way they did, running around, playing real games, getting dust on their clothes. Indulged in the sweet melancholic music of their laughter I feel grateful for my existence.

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With the sun finally sinking, the sky turns a mixture of brilliant red and orange, beautiful and serene giving the air a tranquil feel. The extravagantly colourful sky, reminding everyone of the beautiful endings is sometimes the reason behind people visiting me.

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As the night falls I am quite once again, with the only audible sounds of traffic and buzzing streets and they too eventually fade away in the quite of night and I find peace watching the moonlight sky.

Picture credit: Aparna Natha and team Jaipur Beat

Content credit: Shanza Sarwana

 

 

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Spectacular ‘Navras’ starting on March 17 at JKK, Jaipur

A Great News for all the art and theatre connoisseurs of the Pink City !! NAVRAS, a live extravaganza of performing art, dance and music is finally here to warm the hearts of Jaipurites. The third edition of NAVRAS, starting from March 17- March 25, 2018, at Jawahar Kala Kendra, this year is back with even more fascinating performances of theatre, contemporary dance, fusion music and much more.

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The festival will commence with the mesmerizing performances of  Dhamaal,” a celebration of the drumming traditions across India. The days that follow will witness many artistic presentations including dance productions– “Thari, The Loom” by Padma Shri Malavika Sarukkai and the magical performance of  Attakkalari’s Bhina Vinyasa, combining movement and digital art will also hit the right note with the audience.

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However, the star performance of the event will be- “Ismat Apa Ke Naam” directed and enacted by actor Naseeruddin Shah with his wife, Ratna Pathak Shah and daughter Sheeba Shah will mesmerize the audience with their enthralling performances.

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The festival will also witness a prominent theatre play – “Khwab Sa” directed by Atul Kumar, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream;”. The premiere of “Elephant in the Room” directed and enacted by Yuki Elias will also be part of Navras this year!

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The tickets for the events can be obtained now from the JKK reception. To know more- http://jkk.artandculture.rajasthan.gov.in/content/ArtandCulture/en/jawahar-kala-kendra.html

Come let’s enjoy the glorious and splendid performances at Navras, 2018!

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5 New Things To Experience In Jaipur This New Year’s Eve

Jaipur, although named as Pink City, but is full of colourful festivities. There is no dearth of new and unique conceptualized setups coming up in the city, and Jaipurites have no looking back from it. We are always ready to try new things and get a hang of it. Jaipur Beat brings to you a list of unparalleled frameworks recently launched in the city to keep you updated about the happenings about our own beautiful Pink City!

  1. Pink Peacock

Compromising fashion goals because of budget constraints? Pink Peacock, a Jaipur based fashion rental portal offers the most stylish outfits for all the occasions at highly affordable prices. Right from bridal lehengas to western clothing, they have everything under one roof. To glamorize your look, they provide accessories to pair up with your dress. It is the right time to stop buying and start renting from Pink Peacock now!

Website: www.pinkpeacock.co.in

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  1. Midnight Food Delivery

A midnight home delivery service came up in town pretty recently. It opens at 8 p.m. and offers huge variety of cuisine and serves till 4 a.m. Throwing a house party and don’t know where to order from ? You now have Midnight Food Delivery in pink city which will deliver hot food right at your doorstep!

Contact no. +91 97725 50516

  1. Anytime Fitness

Can’t manage to wake up early morning in this cozy weather to maintain your fitness? Anytime Fitness, Jaipur, brings to you an all day gym to suit your on-the-go lifestyle where you can exercise even at midnight with your own security-access key. With best fitness equipment and a friendly atmosphere, now look for no more excuses and exercise now.

Address: C-Scheme

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  1. Jaipur Bar Stock Exchange

A unique concept of trading in alcohol and spirits, India’s first stock exchange based pub chain finally takes its first steps in Jaipur. Jaipur Bar Stock Exchange works on a fun way of selling drinks, governed by the laws of demand and supply. As the most technologically advanced bar in Jaipur, you can order drinks through an app where you can check the prices in real time! Why not try out something unique this New Years?

Address: Hotel Grand Uniara, JLN Road

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  1. Loft 18

Café culture in Jaipur seems to be at its peak now! Everyday some or the other food eatery opens up with unique fusion of cuisines and Jaipurites are simply loving it. Loft 18, a café seasoned with love and laughter is here in our town showering its delicacies with a smile. A one-stop destination to curb your breakfast as well as midnight cravings, visit Loft18 now!

Address: 18A, Above Mahatma Gandhi Hospital, Govind Marg

Time: 8a.m.-2a.m.

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Wait no more, celebrate your New Year at the newest places in town.

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10 Things Jaipur City Teaches Us Everyday

We all have people in our lives that teach us something new. Why only people even the events in our lives make us learn new things. How can our very own town Jaipur stay behind when it comes to teaching. The beautiful city has its own way of making us learn things that no other place can. This Teacher’s Day, lets see what we have learnt living here-

1. That Metro can be constructed and be on rail in a matter of days

Jaipur Metro was completed in record time that too with first in country elevated rail tracks. When we put our hearts into something, we work wonders.

2.’Swachh Bharat Ka Iraada’ is your new morning alarm

Because Swachh bharat ka iraada..iraada kar liya humne 😀

3.To live a life sans traffic jams

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The rush hour traffic is increasing in Jaipur but we are still better off than many other Metros and even smaller cities. Jaipurites still don’t understand traffic jams because we rarely have to face them.

4.That you can reach the farthest destination in a Metro city within 30 minutes

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No traffic jams mean less time in commuting. Our city is large but the broad roads make the distances smaller. Travelling between 2 corners of Jaipur like Malviya Nagar and Vaishali Nagar takes just about 30 minutes. Compare this to an hour spend in traveling just 5 kilometers in Bangalore.

5.Having Samosa early morning is our daily exercise

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The healthiest breakfast when you’re in Jaipur is samosa 😀 ❤

6.That Hawa Mahal is visited more often by the world than Jaipurites

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Hawa Mahal is a daily site for many citizens of Jaipur so most of us simply pass by it. The fact is that for other people Hawa Mahal is still the symbol of Pink City 🙂

7. For us Pandit is not any Brahmin but Pav Bhaji

Yes, we are talking about the delish, hot Pav Bhaji served outside Birla Temple 🙂 There are many Pandit Pav Bhaji stalls there but a true Jaipurite knows the real one !!

8.That no rooftop cafe, night club or fancy bar can replace the feeling of watching the city from Nahargarh at night

Jaipur has become a hub for cafes and they are everywhere. Still, this café culture hasn’t been able to make us forget the breathtaking view of twinkling lights from the highest fort in our city. We love our little quirks that much.

9.That Pyaaz ki Kachori is synonymous to Rawat Kachori

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Ask any Jaipurite and they will guide you to Rawat Kachori if you want to taste the yummiest Pyaaz Kachoris. Pyaaz Kachoris are available everywhere but the legacy of Rawat is going strong.

10.That GT can beat swanky malls

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Yes, the humble Gaurav Tower is still much loved by the people of Pink City. New malls like WTP, Metropolitan and others have their place but the charm of GT is magnetic.

What have you learnt from Jaipur?

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The Fervor of Mahashivratri in Jaipur

Shiva being one of the 3 gods of the holy trinity of Brahma, Vishnu & Mahesh, Mahashivratri is a big festival in India. Shiva with a crescent on his head, the holy Ganga flowing out of his hair, snake around his neck, a Trishul in one hand and a Damru in the other, flying hair and dancing as ‘Natraja’ is a symbolic representation of the Universe or the 5 elements of Nature. In Shiva temples, it is depicted as a ‘ Shivalinga’ which is the ‘Shiva Tattva’ or the God particle.

Jaipur with its 3500 old temples (over at least 100 years old) is endearingly called ‘Choti Kashi’ & undoubtedly has its own tradition of celebrating Mahashivratri in the city.

Though the whole city would be celebrating the festival, If you happen to be in Jaipur on the 24th of February, we have a list of temples for you to visit on Mahashivratri and celebrate the day with Jaipur.

1. Eklingeshwar Temple, Moti Doongri:

bjbAtop the ‘Moti Dungri’ temple, it forms a beautiful skyline to the new Jaipur city. This beautiful temple located inside the Moti dungri hill is accessible to the public only once a year on Mahashivaratri. Be there early morning as the queue to reach the temple gets really long, really fast. The devotees will flock temples to bathe the Shivlinga with water, milk, and honey; offer bel-leaves, and take a vow for purification of the soul.

2. Gaiteshwar Temple, Bramhapuri near Gaitore ki Chattriyan

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Located in Gaitore ki Chattriyan, Gaiteshwar Mahadev is a popular Shiva Temple in Jaipur. During Mahashivratri a large crowd of devotees comes here to worship Lord Shiva. Also, a big classical Bhajan evening would be organized here by the Gaiteshwar Kala Sansthan on Mahashivartri, invoking lord Shiva.

3. Ambikeshwar Mahadev Temple, Amer, Jaipur

untitled-5This temple situated in the Amer Fort of Jaipur holds great religious importance in Jaipur. To reach the temple one has to climb down steps as this is one of the few temples situated below the ground level. It is believed that the Shivling here is a natural one which was founded buried 22ft under the earth.

untitled-4The legend has it the King Kankil Dev had a cow that gave milk only at this particular spot on the hill. The King then decided to get the place excavated. During the excavation a Shivling was found, the temple was thus constructed & the Shivling lies at the same place, devotees have to peek inside to see the Shivlinga which is now encased by a circular hole. It is believed during the monsoon season, the Shivlinga submerges in 10ft water.

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4. Tarkeshwar Mahadev, Temple, Chaura Rasta

untitled-8One of the oldest temples in the pink city is Tarkeshwar Ji Temple Chora Rasta which was built in 1784 A.D with a Black stone of 9” diameter.

untitled-7One of the main attractions here includes an imposing statue of Shiva Lingam and golden pictographs along with huge bull statue made of brass, large bronze gongs and beautiful bells.

5. Pracheen Bhavya Dwadash Jyotirling Temple, Amer, Jaipur

untitled-2 One of the old temples of Jaipur, it is located ahead of Ambikeshwar temple in Amer, near the Jagat Shiromani Temple. As you walk up the ramp and then the steps to the temple, you enter a beautiful courtyard which houses a small marble shiva linga guarded by a copper snake, marble Nandi, and a Trishul-damru. A small dried tree almost fans over it in the shape of a snake.

untitled-3As you move inside the inner sanctum of the Temple, idols of goddess Parvati, lord Ganesha, and a beautiful marble Shivaling with chaturmukh Shiva is seen in the temple. A very peaceful temple to visit.

6. Kala Mahadev Temple, Jaipur – Surrounded by Aravalli Hills, Kala Mahadev Temple is unlike any other Shiva Temple in Jaipur, It is believed that Maharaja Man Singh ordered the construction of this temple following all the Tantric rituals. Open from all four sides, this holy shrine is known for offers a beautiful view of the Jaipur city. The Shivlinga is the presiding idol here along with a statue of Nandi, Goddess Parvati, God Ganesha and Kartikeya. The nearby Kanak Valley and Kanak Vrindavan make the temple extremely peaceful & blissful to visit.

A large number of devotees observe a strict fast on the day sans food and water to absolve them of all the sins by penance. This festival is celebrated by both men & women of the Hindu community. After fasting for the whole day, they devotedly pray to the God. Married women perform the rituals for the well-being of their husbands. Unmarried girls perform these rituals to get a good husband like Lord Shiva. Few people fast without food or water, while others fast eating only bananas & milk.

Some of the Lord Shiva temples observe Jaagaran during the whole night of Mahashivaratri. Only after daybreak, the various foods offered to the Lord are eaten by the devotees as ‘Prasad’.

Here is hoping you all have a blissful Mahashivratri.

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Jaipur Beat Clicked The Beautiful Pink city As An Exotic Backdrop For People’s Car – Volkswagen

Jaipur is called the pink city, but the truth is that this city is a thriving kaleidoscope of a gazillion colors. A living land beaming with monuments, history, forts, culture, infrastructure & some unexplored exotic locales, Jaipur renders a tale that engulfs every drop of beauty that has ever existed in human history. One such tale is narrated through this series of rare photographs where the German automobile and a paragon of class – Volkswagen, meets the city of royals and an epitome of culture, heritage and pure beauty – Jaipur.

  1. A geeky date with Jaipur –  Albert Hall Museum
    The white Volkswagen Beetle standing in front of the oldest museum of Rajasthan which is also the state museum Albert hall. The inside beauty of this museum is supplemented by the stunning view outside with a kit of pigeons always seen alight or flying around it.

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2. Under the sunset sky beside Mansagar lake
    Mansagar lake – An artificial lake housing the famous Jalmahal Palace in the middle of it, constructed by                 damming the Dharbawati river, is a natural habitat for more than 150 species of local and migratory birds. Volkswagen Vento against the serene backdrop.

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3. Rendezvous with the nostalgic picnic spot – Ramgarh
   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        which people rush to especially during monsoon and winters. Volkswagen Beetle and the great Banyan tree.

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4. Parked beside a Bird’s paradise – Chandlai lake
Still less explored and a poet’s dream during rains, Chandlai lake boasts of having 8000 winter migratory birds       especially flamingos in the month of February. This surreal sight draws bird and nature lovers from all around         the city and tourists as well. Volkswagen GTI in front of Chandlai Lake.

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5. The one at the abode of tigers – Nahargarh Fort
The place where you might have seen the crazy ‘Paathshala’ dancing in Rang De Basanti and a romantic spot        in Shuddh Desi Romance, Nahargarh stays the best hangout place for residents of Jaipur especially in the              evenings.

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6. Cars + Culture + Camel 
The picture speaks for itself 😉
In front of Jalmahal Palace. Volkswagen Ameo and Vento cars and the ship of desert  at the back.

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7. The epitome of development – World Trade Park
    A fantastically developed building with top notch shopping brands, food outlets, kiosks and what not, World Trade park is the best place to visit and to look at when you crave to see the metropolitan side of pink city 🙂

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8. Revisiting the shining history – Amer Fort
     A capital of the state before Jaipur, the fort is a shining gem of the city especially in evenings during the Light & Sound show. When this Volkswagen Ameo was parked against this architectural marvel, this unforgettable sight was created.

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A sincere thanks to Volkswagen and our beautiful, colorful city for letting us have this rare series of photographs to share with you 🙂

Do you want to come visit Jaipur right now ? 😉 Pack your bags !