Now Hollywood’s Favorite City: Jaipur

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Jaipur has something significant that fascinate foreigners by the swarm. And now, Hollywood celebs are also captivated by the city.

Rich in customs and traditions, Jaipur has always meant a royal experience forHollywood. And in 2011, particularly, this connect has become very apparent – from shooting scenes of Batman to coming here for leisurely trips, Hollywood stars have been here and done that. What makes Jaipur don’t miss city on the must see in India lists of these stars? As the year nears its end, here’s a quick flashback…

The Heritage Delights
Many times, many people have said that Jaipur is an exceptionally romantic destination. That is why when Hollywood star Hugh Jackman prepared an itinerary for his maiden visit to India, Jaipur topped the list. On a pleasure trip to Jaipur in March, the Australian “X-Men” actor flew down with his wife Deborra Lee Furness and visited Amber Fort, and made a few stopovers at city shops. And for British actress Naomi Watts, it was an exciting day out in Jaipur when she left her husband Liev Schreiber to shoot in Delhi, and came to Jaipur with her kids. Watts spent more than two days here, visiting architectural marvels like the Jal Mahal, along with her mother Miv Watts.

And when the whole country was gearing up for Diwali this year, Rowan Atkinson, the “Mr. Bean” star, and his friends saw the city in all its lit-up glory.

Shopping Spree
Shopping which is one of the most favored activities in Jaipur, is a tempting proposition even for Hollywood personalities. Jaipur’s jewellery, colorful textiles, handcrafted bags, leather juttis are all bought by them. One of the city’s major attractions is its lively market, especially the old markets in the walled city that acquaint travelers with the city’s real hullabaloo. When Leslee Udwin, British film producer, came to Jaipur, she shopped for jewellery at the local shops.

A yearning desire to visit the state also inspires them in giving their creative best to the world of cinema.  Alice Englert who was shooting for director Rolland Joffe’s “Singularity” in Madhya Pradesh, specially flew into the city. She made the best of her two days’ stay in Pink city, exploring various markets, picking and selecting various handloom and handicrafts products. She bought block print textile stuff, silver and studded jewellery.

There are also celebs that come here looking for peace and harmony. Yoga expert Atul Vyas says, “Hollywood’s search for solace often ends at Jaipur. That is why the state’s yoga tourism is picking up.Hollywoodcelebs keep coming to attain physical, mental and emotional balance. People like Kate Winslet, Jane Campion, Cate Blanchett and Nicole Kidman make sure to take Yoga lessons whenever they come to the Pink City.

Jaipur is definitely a place not to give a miss on your trip to India. Plan to visit Jaipur and explore the  royal city of stories and much more. 

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