Forts & Monuments · Jaipur · Rajasthan tourism

Explore Jaipur and its culture- it’s World Tourism Day!

“Which city manages to attract, sustain and grow visitors’ year after year?”

“Which city has a good number of heritage sites in the country?”

“Which city has a rich saga of folklore and tales to tell ?”

“Which city has exquisite culture and heritage that has attracted generations after generations from across the world?”

“Which city has the hospitality tradition ingrained amongst its’ domiciles so deep ?”

Answer to all this is our beloved city- Jaipur

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The majestic land of Maharajas, Jaipur in Rajasthan is one of the most vibrant states in India. Well-known for its rich heritage, royal forts and palaces, Rajasthan’s rich food, culture, beautiful locales, and heritage sites, Jaipur is every travel enthusiast’s dream.

The incredible transformation of this city from a royal abode into a sprawling tourism hotspot is not a one-day effort. Jaipur and tourism go hand in hand for its rich heritage and culture that attract tourists from all over the world. As we are celebrating World Tourism Day on 27th September, let’s embrace the tourist mindset to learn and explore the places and people of Jaipur. Because tourism is not just travelling, it is a fresh sense of appreciation for the things that you encounter every day, right where you live. Uncover with us the variety of tourism sectors growing around us-

 

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Heritage Tourism

Replete with history, the city of royals symbolizes the pinnacle of Rajasthani cultural excellence and magnificent art in architecture of the streets, lanes, forts, palaces, and monuments.

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Heritage places like City Palace, Hawa Mahal, Amber Fort, Albert Hall, Jal Mahal, Jantar Mantar never cease to amaze us with its bewitching architecture and not to forget the walled city painted in pink. And, that is the reason UNESCO inscribed Pink City as the World Heritage Site. It does not just stop here; Jaipur is world’s most Instagrammed destination amongst the new UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Having some of the best forts, palaces and monuments which are till date maintained in absolutely good conditions are very precious for the Jaipurites.

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Wildlife & Adventure Tourism

Jaipur city has some ultimate wildlife and adventure kind of stuff for adrenaline junkies. One can get up close with leopards and venture deep into the dense Jhalana Forest to encounter elusive Leopard or Nahargarh Biological Park for Lion Safari. The zone of the lion safari lies in the Aravali foothills with hillocks that offer panoramic landscape. One of the most popular tourist attractions to enjoy in Jaipur is an elephant safari. For jeep safari, there is the famous Ranthambore National Park, which is a 3-hour drive from Jaipur. It is home to tigers and Sariska National Park, which is just a 2-hour drive. Those looking for adventure can cycle and trek to the Nahargarh hills, or play golf at the golf or Polo club.

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Night Tourism

Jaipur city reveals its true colours at night when it’s drenched with bright colours making it a treat for eyes. The light and sound show at Amber Fort is truly a magical experience, which one should not miss while visiting Jaipur.

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Amber Fort, the 16th-century monument turns even more enchanting during the night. The different hues of light give a new perspective to the elegance of the fort.

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When the 953 jharokhas of Hawa Mahal aka Palace of Winds are lit up in varied hues at night, the drive around the walled city becomes an illuminated memory forever.

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Albert Hall, one of the oldest museums of Rajasthan looks even more enthralling as you pass by it at night.

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These illuminated monuments, gates and gardens just add to a visitors list and urge to behold their beauty amidst the darkest hour of the night.

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Wedding Tourism

Pink City- Jaipur has been listed as one of the most Romantic cities in the World! So, this place sets a dreamy ethereal mood for weddings. Jaipur has the most awe-inspiring, romantic getaways that instigate romantic aspirations among the couples in and visiting the city.

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Whimsical palaces and forts with the grandeur of Rajasthan’s royalty render a fascinating ambiance to this wedding destination.

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The city is dotted with heritage hotels that host the most magnificent destination wedding amidst the regal ambience. Jaipur is the ideal place to consummate a grand memorable wedding.

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Cultural Tourism – The colourful city becomes even livelier and lovely with the festivals celebrated here in a flamboyant way. The city observes different fairs and festival at a different time of the year like Gangaur festival, Teej festival, Kite festival.

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Jaipur is also the home to some of the most talented folk artists of our nation. Enjoy the lovely music and dance performances and we bet that the folk music and dance performance skills will completely blow your mind!

The best way to enjoy Jaipur’s culture is through its food. Jaipur is well known for its royal hospitality, and its mouth-watering delicacies are chats and kachoris which have been every local’s favourite. Not to miss the royal thali of Rajasthan, which is hot, spicy and tempting all at the same time. The national and international tourists always make sure to try the authentic Rajasthani flavours – Dal, Bati, Churma and an authentic non-veg speciality – ‘Lal Maas’ – the best dish to savour amongst the other Rajasthani cuisines. and how can we miss Jaipur’s Special sweet delicacy Ghewar.

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Jaipur’s markets Johri Bazaar and Bapu Bazaar are world-renowned for their authentic gold and silver jewellery as well as for textile, leather craft and other traditional handicrafts. People from the world over love to shop here.

Bapu Bazaar by Jaipur Beat Jutis

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Medical & Wellness Tourism

Jaipur, a city that is celebrated all across the world for its culture and heritage, has also registered its name in the world for its medical and wellness tourism. From Yoga,to Ayurveda to high-end wellness and spa centres, it is also a world leader in low-cost foot prosthesis known as Jaipur Foot definitely deserves a big mention whenever one speaks about the pink city.

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Spiritual Tourism

The landscape of Jaipur is dotted with various temples and pilgrims. The temples here have a royal touch and splendour and are highly praised for their architectural beauty and faith by the tourists. Whether it is the visit to the Govind Devji or Moti Doongri Ganesh Ji, or Galta Ji or Khole Ke Hanuman Ji, Jaipur is the land of spiritual incarnation. Each year, several thousand of pilgrims descend to the royal land to offer their prayers and seek blessings. It is said that a prayer offered at these holy temples does not go unanswered!

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MICE Tourism

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Culturally rich city, Jaipur, has a stylish high-class environment that caters to the business needs too. Thus, it is the most preferred destination for the MICE market that offers everything a business traveller wants.

The connectivity and the developed infrastructure make this the most preferred place to host big events and exhibitions. Jaipur Literature Festival, Vastra, Stone Mart, GITB- Great India Travel Bazaar, JJS, and JAS Jewellery Shows are to name a few.

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One of the most important ways to celebrate World Tourism Day is to pick a destination that you want to visit and visit it.

So are you packing your bags to embrace tourism?

 

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5 Things Not To Be Missed During the Rajasthan Festival

Being in Jaipur during the end of the month of March brings to you to celebrate with us the Foundation Day of this majestic Land of Kings. Exactly 69 years ago on March 30, 1949 Rajasthan was united to become a republic state of India. Being the largest in terms of area in the country, Rajasthan differs from east to west and north to south.

If you are in Jaipur, these 5 things are not to be missed during the ongoing Rajasthan Festival.

  1. Children’s Film Festival

CFFTo start with the youngest, Rajasthan Festival has something to connect to every age group. There are a few films like Bhago Bhoot, Gili Gili Atta, etc. screened for children on 29th and 30th March to enjoy and learn at Inox Cinema Hall, Crystal Palm, Jaipur.

  1. Police Tattoo Show

OpeningArmed men have always attracted people and so does their work. With the opening ceremony which starts today from 5:30 pm at JDA Polo Ground, the Police Tattoo Show are ought to leave you spellbound with their acts. Do not miss the Motor Bike Show by ‘Seema Bhawani’ Women Cammando team of BSF.

  1. The Trio’s Mega Concert

Shankar-Ehsaan-LoyShankar Mahadevan, Ehsaan Noorani and Loy Mendonsa- the greatest trio of music industry often called as Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy will leave you breathless against the mesmerizing backdrop of Albert Hall on the 29th of March 7:00 pm onwards.

  1. Grand Closing Ceremony

vidhan-sabhaCelebrations can go on without any reason but to start something new the previous have to finish successfully. With more to come in the next few months, the grand closing ceremony which will take place at Janpath on 30th March from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm adding much grandeur to the evening with divisional tableaux of folk performances and much more.

  1. Lit Up Jaipur

Amer -JBHow can one forget the beauty of this captivating city. With lights on at all the forts, museums, government buildings, the fabled city enhances its beauty even more from every corner when lit up. If you are least interested in attending any of the events taking place, do not forget to drive through the streets of Jaipur during this time of the year. It beholds a totally different feeling and a sight not worth missing 😉

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Jaipur’s iconic monuments to host Heritage Evenings at Zee JLF!!

Zee Literature Festival in its 11th edition in association with Rajasthan Tourism is celebrating the pink city’s rich heritage, against the exquisite backdrop of its iconic monuments.

Zee Jaipur literature festival 2018 will host two grand events at Jaipur’s iconic Amber Fort and Hawa Mahal. Being held on the evenings of January 26th and 28th, these events will showcase spellbinding performances against the exquisite backdrop of monuments that celebrate the city’s rich cultural heritage.

Under the Stars @ Hawa Mahal– The Troth-Usne Kaha Tha, a multimedia dance theatre performance, presented by Akademi.Friday, 26th January, 7:30 pm

 

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A Majestic Evening @ Amber Fort– Sarangi maestro Ustad Kamal Sabri followed by Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi – A Tribute to Jagjit Singhby Shekhar Ravjiani. Sunday, 28th January, 7:30 pm

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So get ready for two glorious Heritage Evenings comprising enchanting music and cultural performances,
Entry to these Evenings are by invitation only!

Date- 26th & 27th January, 2018

 

 

Fairs & Festivals · Jaipur · Jaipur Beat · Pushkar Fair

Marvel at the Streets of Pushkar during Pushkar fair

The temple city of Pushkar which is famous for its Brahma temple (the only temple of Lord Brahma in the world) and Pushkar lake raises the spirit of all during the annual Pushkar Fair when this beautiful town bustles with lively mesosphere.

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Streets of Pushkar

The boisterous bazaars of Pushkar is the spectacle that one shall never miss; the streets refreshed in the shades of red, yellow, pink, blue are, synonymous to the people of Rajasthan and their culture. It’s interesting and fun to navigate on Pushkar’s narrow alleys during the fair time when each and every corner is brimming with action.

Let Jaipur Beat take you on a totally different sojourn in the galiyan of Pushkar.

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Chai wala at a perfect spot for your evening tea cravings
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Cultural festivals · Fairs & Festivals · Pushkar Fair · Rajasthan events · Rajasthan tourism · Weekend Getaways

9 Things To Capture & Experience At Rajasthan’s Pushkar Mela 2017

Pushkar Fair that started today, though every year offers something new to perceive and remember, there are some things that you will find every single time you experience this heaven on earth 🙂

1. Sunrise

When the dust mixes with golden light falling from sun, the ship of desert shines beautifully exuding absolute delight !

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2. Ghats

If you really want to see and know how ‘ghat ghat ka pani’ tastes and looks, there is no better place than Pushkar.

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3. Bazaars

 

From jutis to Ray Ban, bangles to clothes, the streets of Pushkar offer everything you name and everything you can’t.

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4. Food

 

It’s Rajasthan, so there is no way you can escape the thought of delicious food anywhere and everywhere, but here, as you walk down the streets, you find the baatis being freshly made, kachoris being fried and malpue exuding utter bliss !

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5. Pushkar Lake

 

After a noisy day, when you look for a place to sit by and feel the serenity of Pushkar, Pushkar lake is your haven.
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6. Camels

 

With varied expressions, different moods, beautifully decked up and lost in their ownselves, camels are the ones who attract people from all over the world to come and visit this fair !

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7. Turbans

 

Red, green, pink, yellow, orange, or all in one, the Rajasthani men never shy away from flaunting their fashion mantra i.e. the colorful gorgeous turbans😉

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8. Culture

 

Music, colors, dance, folk, festivity, temples, Pushkar fair truly portrays the vibrant culture of Rajasthan 😀

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9. Sunset

 

Last but not the least, that time of the day when the camel needs respite, the chill in the air is felt by all, the men and women start to prepare for their meals on chulhas, the sun is seen setting in spreading the scintillating palette of colors on the sky which is an absolute treat to watch and to just sink in 🙂

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Pushkar Fair 2017 starts on 28th Oct and ends on 4th November.
Bird Fair · Jaipur

A bond with the birds @ Jalmahal, Jaipur!

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Jaipur is a storehouse of exotic flora and fauna, green spaces, surrounding lakes unique wildlife, set to be discovered by any nature lover. As you walk a path that winds pristinely through the boudoir of tranquility and natural beauty, there exists one big avian attraction- ManSagar Lake in Jaipur.

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Amidst a curtain of bougainvillea flowers where the golden sun rays filtered from horizon, gives an endless fascination to watch winged wonders; Yes, some migratory, some local, few big and countless small; some in water and multitudes hovering over the lake but all of them will capture your attention to watch the beauties and photograph them.

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Every year in the month of February, the glory of Jal Mahal at Mansagar Lake burgeons as the new winged guests make their magnanimous presence. During this time of the year, with an intention to promote bird watching and nature conservation, the Tourism and Wildlife Society of India (TWSI) celebrates ‘Bird Fair’. This year the 20th edition of Indian Birding Fair was held  on 9th & 10th Feb.

The organizer of the British Bird Watching Fair, Dr. Tim Appleton also participated  and around 38 varieties of Birds were sighted during this time.

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Don’t miss to look up the aerial ballet that the birds perform while flocking!

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It is simply mesmerizing and you can not stop marvelling at the sight of a murmuration! For such are the treats in store here that it’s hard to think of a place that is more rewarding to the seeker of avian travellers.

So, plan a trip to cherish the bounty of nature, take great photographs and simply enjoy 🙂

Fairs & Festivals · Jaipur

Soak in the spirit of ecstasy with ‘Sawan Teej festival’!

There’s no better way to experience the vibrant culture of fascinating Jaipur if you are not attending one of its many festivals. Furthermore, with the start of August month accompanied with rain pour; Jaipur is already brimming with spirit of ecstasy with monsoon’s favorite Teej festival.

This year the Sawan teej festival will be celebrated on 5th and 6th August 2016, the days when Jaipur will dazzle in its beauty.

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Teej Festival though is fêted all over the state, but celebrated at its colorful best in Jaipur. The festival is celebrated to welcome the advent of monsoon, also dedicated to Goddess Parvati and commemorates the day when she was united with Lord Shiva after a penance of a hundred years. The mesmerizing procession of Goddess Parvati winds magnificently through the Old City of Jaipur with chariots, elephants and dancers for two days.

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Locals witnessing the festival of Teej in the wall city area

Other than the traditional procession of Goddess Teej, to showcase the charm and culture of Rajasthan ‘Taal Katora Ki Paal’ becomes the hub for cultural events, where the Teej idols will be submerged later.

The tempting aromas of Ghewar being cooked on sweet shops, colourful lehariyas, and blossoming flowers and women folks decked up with henna on hands in their traditional best add more colours to the essence of jovial season.

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Traveller’s Tip– The government of Rajasthan state arranges a special sitting area for foreign tourists coming to witness this magnificent festival by providing comfortable viewing and to photograph the procession from the terrace of the Hind Hotel opposite Tripoliya gate.

Must Carry– Even if you are not a passionate photographer you wouldn’t like to miss this amazing opportunity to capture such an elaborate Teej procession.

Street Eats– You must try the unique Teej delicacies, GHEVAR and Feeni available at all sweet shops like LMB, BMB and many more.

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Must Shop– Other than the wide array of handicrafts, you can buy a special tie and die pattern, called LEHARIYA, which is only available at this time of the year. The wall city market area of Bapu Bazaar and Johari Bazaar offers many shops. One can also buy from the Rajasthan Government’s sole handicraft emporium Rajasthali that is situated on MI Road.

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Those who have not yet planned must make arrangements to attend and experience this festival of Teej 🙂

Date- 5th and 6th August 2016

 

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‘Soul of Rajasthan’ – Second Edition Book Launched By Pathfynder In Jaipur

A leading branding and marketing firm; Pathfynder Solutions launched a coffee table book “Soul of Rajasthan” at a press conference held at The Forresta Kitchen & Bar on Friday, 20thMarch, 2015.

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The book launch will be followed by a two-day event being held at Mool Foundation on 21st & 22nd March’15 from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. This event will display few elements from the book along with allowing guests to preview the book.  Glitterati of Jaipur from various fields like art, photography, politics, marketing, social media will be visiting the event.

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The Second Edition of Soul of Rajasthan has been made with an entirely different perspective of Rajasthan that acquaints you with the varied faces of the Land of Kings. It comprises 144 pages, 143 photographs out of which 117 photographs have been clicked by Gaurav Hajela, the Founder of Pathfynder and a renowned photographer who has been awarded in various photography competitions.

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When asked about the reason why Mr. Gaurav Hajela decided to come out with the second edition of this book, he said “After the release of the first edition, I realised that 80 pages are too less to capture the magnificence of Rajasthan hence a larger version was conceived  that now carries  less explored treasures of Rajasthan in terms of places, cuisines, forts etc. For that reason, some new chapters have been added that talk about fashion, adventure, nightlife and many more vivacious shades of Rajasthan”.

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The book ‘Soul of Rajasthan’ has a strong presence on social media platforms viz. Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest along with its own website. The copies of the book will be available in the leading retail stores of Jaipur and online subsequently. It will also have its own mobile app in a short time.

Date : 21st-22nd March

Venue : Mool Foundation

Time:  10 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.

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26 Reasons Why Your Next Travel Destination Should Be Jaipur!

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

1. Heritage Hotels

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

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2. Jaivana Canon

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

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

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4. Jantar Mantar

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

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5. Daal Baati

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

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6. Kundan Meena Jewelry

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

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Pic Courtesy : Birdhichand Ghanshymdas Jewellers

7. Jaipuri Quilts

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

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8. Hawa Mahal

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

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9. Nahargarh

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

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10. Amber Fort

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

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11. Polo

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

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12. Lassi wala

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

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13. Mojari

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

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14. Lal Maas

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

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Pic Courtesy: Handi Restaurant, Jaipur

15. World Trade Park

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

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16. Birding

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

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17. Photography

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

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18. Elephant Ride

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

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19. Witness Wall city

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

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20. Camel Safari

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

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21. Bhandhej & Leheriya Shopping

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

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22. Galtaji Temple

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

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23. Pyaaz Ki Kachori

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

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24. Ghewar

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

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25. Chokhi Dhaani

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

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26. Jaipur Literature Festival

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

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