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The Gajak Guide For You Crazies, Who, Just Like Us, Had No Idea Which One’s Which.

Winter in Jaipur is usually synonyms with loads of gajak on all those cold nights. And gajak love, for every jaipurite, is undeniably strong. But, I guess we have all faced this nightmare when mom sends us to bring some gajak, and the confusion just over boards our intelligence and wrecks our judgement. Defeated and lost, we come back home empty-handed saying the shop was closed. It doesn’t have to happen ever again, we promise when visiting a gajak shop, just open up this guide and you’re all set.

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Assorted gajaks

It’s a typical categorization after all?

Well, not really. We too felt so, until we went ahead and researched. Well, there a lot more types than we imagined, but you know, they fell more like a parody of the few original types of gajak, so we decided and skipped them, for good.

1 Til– One of the humblest gajaks known to mankind, and it’s better you know there is a til laddu in the options too. So, til, is basically a kind of Superfood, it has enormous benefits to our health and, is tasty, in gajaks to say the least.

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Til Sugar Rewdi

Til’s most know gajak is til papdi Patti. However, it comes in a variety of til gud, til mawa, til gud khasta and what not.

Sweetener– Mawa, Gud, and plain old processed Sugar

Shape– Rolls(rarely), Rewdi, Patti(bar) and Ladoos.

2. Mungfali (peanut)- this gajak’s so popular it has its own name, it’s called chikki. It’s usually made with gud and is also available with a combination of til. It’s so widely popular, we are sure it’s the top-selling item at every gajak shop we came across.

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Mungfali Gud gajak (Chikki)

Sweetener– Gud, processed Sugar(rarely)

Shape-Patti(bar), and, you may find it in other shapes too.

3. Son– This one’s borrowed from the iconic son papdi, and yes, its one of those ‘other types’, but, at least, it’s iconic, unlike, chocolate flavored gajak. It’s mostly happened to be made with gud.

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Son Sugar gajak

Sweetener– Gud, processed Sugar

Shapes– Patti, Ladoo, and sometimes, Rolls too.

4 Mawa (khoya)Gud mawa and til mawa remains the most common options, but there’s a simple mawa gajak all on its own too.

Sweetener– Gud, and sometimes, processed Sugar is added.

Shape– Patti(bar), Ladoo, and rarely Rolls.

5. Dry fruit– there are a lot of different varieties in dry fruit gajaks, its range includes kaju, pista, and badam gajaks. People have a love-hate relationship with them, but you aren’t short on options anyways, so we leave that up to you.

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Kaju Pista gajak

Sweetner– Gud, processed Sugar, Mawa.

Shapes– Usually Patti(bar), oval, and what not.

If you still happen to have doubts or confusions, or a query, ask us in the comments section and we will be happy to help. 

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11 Thoughts That Cross Our Mind While Wearing The First Sweater Of The Season!

Every season brings along a new excitement and zeal with it, and we are extremely excited to welcome the season of bright and dark sweaters, pullovers, scarves, mufflers and what not but at the same time taking out our winter clothes can be quite a pain.

Since the weather is beginning to change in Jaipur and the air is getting colder in mornings and evenings it’s almost the time to sort out our winter wear. Whether we like it we all have these thoughts that cross our minds while trying out the first sweater of the season!

 

1. Should I sun dry it?

This is the very first thought that comes to our mind when we fish out for the very first winter clothes that were long forgotten and now smell of naphthalene.

2. Have I grown fatter?

 

The moment of truth when we realize that we have outgrown the last year’s favourite sweater! We try our best to fit into it for one last time!

3. I’ll be missing you whites, but hello there brights!

It’s quite a pain to pack the summer pastel shades, but hey! Winter is all about bright and dark shades! Say bye to shorts and tanks for a while and welcome the bright high- necks and pullovers!

4. Leather jackets

Is it yet too early to be wearing the ever so classy leather jacket?

5. Oh hey there, forgotten friend!

There are always some pretty pullovers and sweaters that we completely forgot about even in the last winter!

6. Is it actually Winter yet?

Would a sweater be too much? Is it that cold yet?  Let’s just carry a shawl for provision!

7. This is perfect only for zero degrees!

Then there is that one jacket that’s perfect for the Ladakh Trip, but definitely not for Jaipur! It’s never going to be that cold here.

8. Too thick- Too thin!

This is a never-ending struggle because we are always in a judgment mode, where one sweater feels too thick, and the other too thin!

9. Sale Sale Sale!

 

 

It’s the shopping time again! All Jaipurites wait for the Tibetan Woolen Market and Winter festive sale all year round!

10. Time to take a selfie!

The cute pink blush on your face matched up with a bright sweater always accounts to a good selfie!. Ka-chow!

11. Hola! Winter accessories!

It’s that time of the year again where you can wrap yourself up in bright woollen scarves, mufflers, gloves, and socks to leave a cute pinky blush on your bare nose and cheeks!

 

 

Happy Winters 🙂

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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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Smoky Tikkas

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.

Bapu Bazaar by Jaipur Beat market

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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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12 Reasons Why We Love Jaipur During December

Dear December,

We wait for you all year long, we crave for these pleasant chilled breezes which ain’t too strong and not too weak, we love the rush with which you arrive and suddenly change our lives with your winter aroma, and last but not the least, we love the package that you bring along and we never want these 31 days to pass. But being a Jaipurite, we have some special attachment with you. Do you know why? Here are the reasons 😀

  1. Beautiful afternoons at Padao/Nahargarh
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  2. Kadhai Ka Doodh At Saras ParlorJB - Halwai
  3. Interesting events like Jewellery and fashion showsJB -JJS
  4. Bird Watching At Chandlai and BarkhedaJB - Bird Watching
  5. Winter Snacks -Samosa, kachori, jalebi, mirchi bada, dal ke pakode
  6. Christmas HolidaysJB - Christmas
  7. Basking in sun at Central ParkJB - CP
  8. Shopping for Jaipuri Quilted JacketsJB - Jackets
  9. Kite FlyingJB - Kite Flying
  10. Bonfire nightsJB - Bonefire
  11. New Year’s eve

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  12. Kuch Meetha Ho jaaye – gajak, TilpattiJB - Gajak
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11 Things That Jaipurites Do During Navratri

It’s Navratri Sthapana today and hence the festive fever has begun ! As the wind is filled with celebrations, there are a few things that Jaipurites do during these nine days, making this time even more special 😉

1. Make queues to visit Sheetla Mata temple in Amber fort

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2. Go on crash diets in the pretext of fasting

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3. Shop for new lehengas to show off at Dandiya nights

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4. Enjoy holidays and happily waste them

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5. Go to watch Ramleela with the entire family

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6. Long queues outside Falahaar

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7. The three words that haunt them the entire year : ‘Diwali Ki Safai’

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8. Wait to see beautiful faces at Dandiya night at Abhivyakti

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9. Start dreaming about the delicious food after 3rd or 4th day of fasting

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10. Get a Rockstar look as they stop shaving

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11. Feel the sweet scent of winter in the air

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Happy Navratri 🙂