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Jal Mahal: a fascinating reverie in Jaipur

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Jal Mahal: a fascinating reverie in Jaipur

January, that time of the year when everybody be it Jaipurites or tourists always ask for this one place, Jal Mahal. Yes! Jal Mahal is in Jaipur, the capital city of Rajasthan and no, it is not built on an island like other water palaces. This 5 storied building continues to stand still in Man Sagar Lake with 4 floors immersed in water and dare anyone come near it. You can watch, behold the sight and, capture its beauty only from a distance as it is too introverted to let anybody close to it. We’re sure you must have visited this eyeful multiple of times, but let’s enlighten you today on these unknown facts about your favourite “Water Palace”.

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  • Initially, Jal Mahal welcomed the royal family with open arms and let them have a gala time here. Back then it served as a host to duck hunting parties for the royals. Years passed by and it started getting shy. And now, you can only have a look at it wondering what makes this architectural marvel stand tall in the water body.

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  • Come February, and you can spot a large number of migratory birds dancing here and there, enjoying the serenity of water at Jal Mahal. This once again revives the liveliness in it.
  • Chameli Bagh of Jal Mahal was a grand spectacle to watch back when beautiful dance and musical performances painted this splendor in its own colours.
  • Built in red sandstone, Jal Mahal is one of the most photographed monuments in Pink City. With tranquil waters by the side and birds sitting on top of the chattris giving it a picturesque view, tourists and locals love to spend their evenings here, clicking selfies with it in the soothing backdrop.

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  • Catch the sight of this exquisiteness this weekend with your loved ones, but only from the outside as no one can actually go inside it to see it.

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Most people view the architectural brilliance of Jal Mahal from across the Jaipur-Delhi Road but if you take a walk for a kilometer or two into the valley behind the lake, its true beauty will reveal.

Did we just make you love Jal Mahal even more? If yes, then we think we have sorted your weekend evening plans! 😉

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Why You Shouldn’t Miss Makar Sankranti of Jaipur

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Hundreds of kites dancing in the sky, and us- on our terrace. That’s the memory every Jaipurite has of Makar Sankranti. Kite-flying is one of the most favorite and zealous festivals in Jaipur. It’s not just about flying kites but also about the battleground that the sky becomes and the way the whole group of family and friends gather up on their terraces and hoot and shout along with the music.

But this is not all! There’s so much more to this festival and the day marks as one of the most auspicious occasions of the year. Here are some of the reasons Jaipurites put their heart and soul into celebrating Makar Sankranti.

1. Pavitra Snaan and Daan
While lakhs of people take dips into the Ganges on Makar Sankranti around the nation, scores of people also arrive at Galta Ji Temple in Jaipur to bathe in the seven holy kunds there. The day is celebrated to worship the Sun God. It is considered that taking dips in the kund at Galtaji on Makar Sankranti absolves us of all our sins.

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To take a dip in the kund at Galta Ji Temple, you might as well trek up the small hill that exits the city from Galta and Surajpole gates. It’s a sight to behold when you see the amount of faith that Jaipurites put into worshipping on Makar Sankranti.

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People around the country also believe that donating clothes, jaggery, corn, ground peanuts and sesame is a good omen and brings prosperity.

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2. Harbinger of spring
Makar Sankranti falls on the equinox and the day and night are equally long. After this day, the days start to get longer and nights shorter. It also marks the onset of spring season. This also brings a welcome relief from the cold wave of the bygone winter.

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3. The Harvest Festival
Makar Sankranti is celebrated every year as the harvest festival of the country. The Rabi crop is harvested in the month of January and corn, mustard, peanuts, sesame etc. are the major crops harvested at this time. One day before Sankranti, i.e. on Lohri the new crop is offered to god through worshipping fire.

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4. Kite Buying
Kite buying is a serious affair in Jaipur. People don’t just by any random kites. They especially head to kite markets like Handipura, Haldiyon Ka Rasta, and Kishanpole bazaar to buy the best kites. It takes an understanding of the science behind the designing of kites in order to buy the best ones. You can find hundreds and thousands of kites in all shapes, sizes and designs according to your preference. Some of the popularly known designs of kites are Chaand-dara, Glass-dara, Mangal-dara, Aankhal-dara, Tripatta, Dadhiyal etc.

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5. Kite- Flying

A true jaipurite knows how to fly a kite and the science applied behind it.

It takes a lot of patience, time and effort to prepare for kite flying. The night before Sankranti the whole family sits together to put ‘tang’ in kites with white saddha.

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On Sankranti, everyone’s duty is sorted! Makar Sankranti food is all about pakode, moongfali, popcorn, khichadi, gajak, feeni, ladoo and papdi-chatand the children in the house go up and down the terrace for serving them. The youngsters become DJs playing the best songs the loudest.

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And oh! What an art kite flying is. As soon as the ‘Dangal’ starts in the sky, you can hear “Woh kaata” every five seconds from a terrace or two around!

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  1. The evening sky

As the day sets in, the kites start to come down and gradually the whole sky is lit up with fireworks and paper lanterns known as “Tukkals” or “Kandeel.” The night view on Sankranti is absolutely mesmerizing and one of those experience that is hard to get over!

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So if ever you plan to visit Jaipur during winter, make sure you don’t miss the intoxicatingly enthusiastic vibe of Makar Sankranti!

Galta Ji Jaipur – The Sacred Kund of Natural Water Springs, Ponds and Cluster of Temples

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Decades ago in the year 1726, the Maharaja of Jaipur established this kingdom of royal architecture. Within the unfolding lanes of Jaipur you’ll find many temples and holy halts But the most fascinating and intriguing among them all is Galta Ji- the magnificent campus of temples, yes you read it right, it’s not just one temple but a marvelous cluster of numerous beautiful temples spread amid the boundaries of Aravali Hills. Unlike any other tourist spot in Jaipur, Galta ji is rather more popular among locals and pilgrims from adjoining villages for its religious significance.

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Dated back to 16th century, Galta Ji temple was developed further by Sawai Jai Singh II’s companion Vaishnavite Ramanandi Diwan Rao Kriparam. The temple complex however is named after the Saint Galav who spent his whole life in search of truth and meditated for 100 years within this compound. Touched by his perseverance, the Gods appeared before him and blessed this place with abundant water. So as to honour the great Saint Galav; the temple was named after him. The gaumukh shaped structures (Cow’s mouth) secretes holy water and the water from these natural springs is further accumulated in the ‘kunds’.

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Of all the seven tanks, the holiest is the Galta Kund, which never goes dry. The pre historic temple is flocked by thousands of pilgrims every year who believe that taking holy dip in these natural springs of Galta ji would wash off all their sins. Holy months or dates like Makar Sankranti, Ekadashi, the revered month Kartik ,which is currently going on, Purnima (Full moon night of Kartik month) are the important dates when the crowd of pilgrims is at its peak.

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Located 10-11 kms from Jaipur in the sprawling expanses, the striking temple of Galta ji appears more of a mansion replete with temples, pavilions, natural springs and sacred kunds. The compound of pink sandstone with brilliant layout is primarily dedicated to the Sun God that rests on the top of the temple which is decked up with intricate gazebos, carved pillars and painted walls.

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Galta ji also houses the temple of RamGopal ji- an architecturally beautiful temple dedicated to lord Vishnu whose Idol in the temple is unique that appears like Lord Krishna and Rama both. As per the legends, lord Krishna appeared before Goswami Tulsidas ji in the form of lord Rama. Hence we see the image of both lord Ram and Krishna in the idol.

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Another major attraction is Hanuman temple that stands out for being surrounded by hundreds of monkeys. When you enter the temple you’ll find a mass of monkeys ranging from babies to adults all playing around, sleeping, feeding and taking care of each other by grooming them. It totally feels like an empire of monkeys where you can feed them with bananas or nuts; which is also another way of washing off sins according to local guides and hawkers.

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Nevertheless this lush green landscape of nature, where the sight of bathing pilgrims, praying women, meditating monks, decorated cows and makeshift shops of attractive souvenirs offer another kind of solace, on the other hand the compassing hills, lush green vegetation with breathtaking landscapes, offer a mind blowing panorama of the surroundings and the Pink City.

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Galtaji Temple is a treasure trove of heritage and a sacred pilgrimage where pilgrims would dive into the kunds with the idea that they would receive a good karma, and monkeys are treated as sacred animal and worshiped like Gods.  A visit to Galta ji that attracts people from far lands owing to its tranquility, temples, kunds, people and pilgrims is one in a lifetime experience that not just offers a travel story but also fills your soul with sacred sanctifying thoughts while returning home!

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46 Things Prove That You’re A True Jaipurite

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Jaipur, also known as the Pink city, is a city of culture, festivals, shopping, food, heritage and countless other things including the most important – its people! You’re living in Jaipur or have ever lived here, we are sure there are still some things that you definitely love or you could always relate to those.

1. JLN MARG

JLN Marg is more like a car race video game. Only the smarter lot of Jaipurites is able to save itself from the all-new speed cameras installed there. The rest of them just keep losing the game to challans every now and then!

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  1. INDIAN COFFEE HOUSE

Even though the epic Sambhar Dosa and Coffee don’t taste the way they used to, the glossy yellow paint peeling out of the walls still reminds us of the good old days spent in the Indian Coffee House.

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  1. NAHARGARH FORT

Who can say no to the amazing bhutta on the way and RTDC Pakodis uphill, and of course the unmatched view of the city from this mesmerizing hangout spot!

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4. JHALANA SAFARI

With our Patricia, Cleopatra and Bigfoot filling up for Noor, Machli and Ustad of Ranhambore, Jhalana safari is no less than a Ranthambore trip itself for us!

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5. WEDDING SHOPPING

Be it lehangas, sherwanis or any kind of designer dresses and footwear, just pick a design from Pinterest and you have it readymade at Purohit Ji ka Katla and that too without burning a hole in your pocket.

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6. MASALA CHOWK

No more hopping for darling food shops, our favoruite chatpata khana and chatwalas are at Masala Chowk now.

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7. FALUDA AT LINK ROAD

With all the leading upclass icecream parlours mushrooming in the city with exotic flavours and presentation, we still cannot get over the taste of Faluda at Link road. We have stopped here umpteen times with our hands full of shopping bags and growling stomachs!

8. TEEJ PROCESSION

Despite all the metro work going on around the city, Jaipurites have found their way of conducting the Teej procession an get photographed around it.

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9. JAIPUR LITERATURE FESTIVAL                                                                     

Those 5 days of January when it is mandatory to check in to Jaipur Literature Festival at Diggi Palace and flood our Social Media with selfies and celebs pics.

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10. CANDLE MARCH AT STATUE CIRCLE

This coffee hangout point is our place for peaceful candle marches.

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11. THE WORLD TRADE PARK

This grand mall in our Pinkcity is literally treated like a park by Jaipurites.

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12. JAWAHAR KALA KENDRA- ART HI ART!

From a normal Art Exhibition centre to an upmarket café, JKK is the place for the connoisseurs of art. It in no way lags behind the “Kala Ghoda” of Mumbai or “Indian Habitat” of Delhi.

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13. AMAR JAWAN JYOTI

The memorial built for the martyrs makes our heart skip a beat.

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14. RAJ MANDIR

Lesser of a movie theatre and more of a tourist destination, this is the most beautiful theatre of Asia and we have all taken our relatives from far off cities to this place during vacations.

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15. SAMOSA/KACHORI

We Jaipurites are so fond of Samosa, kachori and mirchi bada that even the 44°C in summer cannot stop us from having our favourites.

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16. TAPRI

We believe that the tea, maggi and poha taste better when taken at Tapri with the on-looking Indian Flag.

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17. BIRLA MANDIR

For the proud Jaipur ke niwasi!

This is lesser of a holy worship place but more of a touristy destination.

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18. BIG FAT JAIPURI WEDDINGS

Every Indian girl dreams of getting married in royal palaces of Jaipur that have now been converted into 5-star heritage properties.

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19. LIGHTING AROUND THE CITY

With the night tourism having started in the city, the city has lost its sleep and it’s always drenched in the brightest lights through the nights.

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20. GAURAV TOWER

Our love for this first shopping mall is never going to be less. It still stays as the best saviour for the college bunkers and the shopaholics.

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21. METRO

Metro ride for us is not about travelling to places but for taking a better city view.

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22. ISAR LAT OR SARGASULI

Though known for giving a breathtaking view of the city, most of us have never climbed up to there to the top.

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23. PATRIKA GATE

Situated on a traffic signal at JLN road this is now amongst the top instagram worthy place.

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24. JAIPUR TRAFFIC POLICE

We avoid connecting with them on the roads but follow them for their Social media posts.

25. SARAS PARLOUR

From morning Doodh Jaelbi to late night coffee Saras Parlour for Jaipurites is never too far.

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26. JAIPUR STATION

With the beautiful wall paintings and hi class lounge facilities, Jaipur station has changed the way people travel to and from Jaipur.

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27. GATES OF THE CITY

Pink walls of Jaipur fortified with the seven gates. Only jaipurites can recognize the names of these unique Darwazas.

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28. LASSIWAALA AT MI ROAD

The Lassiwala is the place we do not miss taking our relatives to, because it serves the biggest and the most delicious glass of Lassi in the city. We challenge that even today no can can drink the largest glass of lassi that they serve.

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29. HAWA MAHAL

With the increasing traffic and metro work around the city area, it becomes difficult to get the picture postcard view of Hawa Mahal. The brand new cafés in front of Hawa Mahal have got us covered from where we can have a great view of the place.

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30. LAXMI MISHTAN BHANDAR

We all know, when our relatives visit us, the LMB is listed in their *Thingstodo

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Every  Jaipurite must have enjoyed Goths in some of its multiple kitchens. Especially in the Sawan month.

32. LEHERIYA: For Jaipur women, this vibrant leheriya pattern is a compulsory Saawan (Monsoon) purchase.

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33. ELEPHANT RIDE:

We have lived that perfect Maharaja moment taking on an elephant Ride from Maotha to the Amer Fort. We are not even surprised to see elephants in the city area. We’re just used to the grandeur.

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34. Ghat Ki Guni TUNNEL

Yes! We’re proud that Rajasthan’s first road tunnel is in JaipurThe 2.8 km long twin-tube tunnel has been grilled through the Aravalli hills on the Jaipur Agra road.

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35. 14TH JANUARY 

Koi doubt mat rakhna it’s a National Holiday for Jaipurites. Kite flying is not just a festival but also an experience of infectious energy here.

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36. MOTI DOONGRI: No auspicious ceremony, new purchase of vehicle or wedding in Jaipur is complete without taking the Aashirwaad of Ganesh Ji at Moti Doongri.

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37. LAC BANGLES: An intrinsic part of Jaipur woman’s Accessories is Lac or lacquer bangles. Jaipur women  love to stack them and tourists love to take them home as a souvenir.

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38. PANDIT PAO BHAJI

Only a true Jaipurite can figure it out who is the original Pandit pao Bhaji wala. Prove us wrong!

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39. AMER FORT

For Jaipurites Navratris starts and ends here after a visit to Shila Mata temple at Amer Fort

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40. SURYA VANSHI LAMPOSTS

‘United we stand’ when the urban development planned to replace these lampposts with new designs.

The spirit of a true Jaipurite. !!

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41. CAFES AND RESTAURANTS

There’s a myriad of shortlived restaurants opening around the city at every nook and corner. And we are always eager to try the food at all of them.

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42. FITNESS

Our city is becoming aware about fitness with all the gyms opening around the city. We first eat at the cafes and restaurants mushrooming around, then we rush to the gym for the love of fitness.

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43. CENTRAL PARK

We don’t just go to the gym for maintaining a healthy lifestyle, we also go to the central park to run the long track and finally gain back energy with the healthy Aloevera, Beetroot, Bottle Guord juices available right outside.

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There isn’t a day that goes by in Jaipur when there isn’t an exhibition or social event. From our exclusive Jaipur Literature festival, to Talk Journalism, Hidden Treasures, Decor India, Jaipur Jewellery show, and the list goes on.

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45. FASHION SHOWS

Jaipur being the textile hub, is big on fashion too. Every now and then there is a fashion show conducted by renowned designers in up-class hotels of our city, and not just this, recently a fashion show was held in the metro too!

46. PAINTINGS AROUND THE CITY

From the metro station walls, to flyovers and government buildings, you can see the Rajasthani scriptures, paintings, mandala art and patterns all over the city, done by local artists.

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At last, Jaipur tere jaisa koi nahi 🙂

5 Things To Do At Hidden Treasures, Jaipur

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Ladies and ladies ! Do you know what is coming in town this festive season? Any guesses?

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Hidden Treasures is back with its all new “Winter Special Show” where lifestyle and trends will be redefined. Experience elegance, innovation, craftsmanship and excellence all under one roof along with live music and tempting treats only at one-of-its kind exhibition. Let’s give you a walk-through of Hidden Treasures, as what it has in store for us this festive season.

  1. Sophisticated styling

With wedding season about to start, Hidden Treasures brings to you a style that will be the next trendsetter for the upcoming festive season. Unique blend of contemporary and traditional designs, vibrant and playful style of fashion for the youthful you, pure Benarasi sarees from Benaras, Chikan, Mukesh embroidery from the streets of Lucknow, indo-western wear for your next Diwali, and if you’re bride-to-be, this exhibition is a must visit because it will make you go gaga over its tasteful bridal collection. Right from your movie plans to your wedding plans, it meets all your daily and exclusive needs.

Exhibitors– Mangalmayee, Shivani Bhargava, Timeless Banaras by Shivangi Kasliwal, Whimsical by Shica, Preevin, Aarish by Shivika Singh, Shikaarbagh by Mayankraj Singh, Clos, Moksha Fine Wovens, Troo by Roohi, Plum bum, Kinseel by Pam, Reda by Mansha, Muchtoluv, Baroque, Paridhi Jaipuria Label, Mukul, Shresht by Sakshi Creations, National Cottage Emporium, Saloni Singhi Label, Sola Jaipur, Baise Gaba, Ashsih Pandey, Aarti Khanna, Ekum, Vivi, Vibha, Padamshree M. Tayeb Khan, Kaavya Bhandari, Devils and Angels, Ekmit, Kameez, Gazal Mishra, Oja, Tanu Tamby, Butterfly Story, Amoda fragrance of India, Chea, Earthen Hands, Rang creations, Ek Katha, Nitya Designs, BBG Royal, Aavidi by Dimple.

 

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  1. Accessories

Styled by choice, so why not accessorize by choice as well? Funky jewellery to go with your meeting with friend in a café-plans, heavy jewellery to go with your bridal collection, shoes that are a perfect match for your next outdoor picnic plans with your family, hand-crafted mojris as your shopping buddy, not only for the young girls and women but also for kids that fancy clothes and accessories like no-one else does. Bring your children along because this time it’s about them as well.

Exhibitors– Desi Drama Queen, Radhika Agrawal Jewels, Shining Star, Hues by Damyanti, Oceedee Shoes, High On Vogue, Joypur Jewels, Kaksa by Sudhi Mishra, Aerate bodycare, Nirjara & De’anma, Imlee Jaipur, Saanjh, Symetree, Adarv jewels.

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  1. Décor

Bored of your home décor? Looking to revamp it this Diwali and confused where to shop from? Explore it at Hidden Treasures where quirky home décor items and handicrafts will deck up your home and leave your guests in awe. Your home will become the talk-of-the-town that we can assure you.

Exhibitors– Adya Jaipur, Vincraft, FaMa Elite, Piedra Home Jewels Jaipur.

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  1. Food

Being a Rajasthani and a foodie, how can we skip food 😉 Food is the ultimate delight to our soul and the curators of the exhibition know it very well. Exhibition has some very interesting food variety that you will relish forever. Chaat, Indian street food, bagels, salads, raw juice and the not-to-missed mouth freshener to lighten up your taste-buds is here to welcome you.

Exhibitors– Shillar House, Pratapgarh Collections, Prash- nuts & more.

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  1. Live music and tarot card reading

For your beau who doesn’t like to shop, loves to sit in a corner and enjoy music whilst gorging on his favorite snack, you have just arrived at the right place because Hidden Treasures will offer you all along with some exciting tarot card reading just for fun.

Not only for themselves, Hidden Treasures is an exhibition that supports the noble cause as well. Muskaan- ek asha, Pink Rickshaw Co. and Srishti Foundation are few of the causes that they are supporting this season.

Ladies, gentlemen and the lovely children, Hidden Treasures is coming back with a bang and in a much grander and better way. So mark your calendars now ! 🙂

What- Hidden Treasures- a lifestyle exhibition

When- 13th-14th October, 2018

Where- SMS Convention Centre, Jaipur

2 of Rajasthan’s museums ranked among the top 10 list

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Rajasthan is the land of magnificence and striking architecture. Its forts, palaces, museums, and monuments have earned global accolades to the land of Maharajas.

Recently, the museums of Rajasthan were judged on different parameters and we are happy to share that 2 of these museums have made it to the list of top 10 for the Indian winners of Tripadvisors Travellers’ Choice awards for Museums.

According to Tripadvisor, a travel website, the award winners were determined using an algorithm that took into account the quantity and quality of reviews and ratings for museums worldwide, gathered over a 12-month period.

The City Palace of Jaipur has secured 2nd position and the museum in Bagore Ki Haveli won the 3rd position.

Built during the years of 1729 to 1732 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh, the City Palace is one of the most famous tourist attractions in the pink city, while Bagore Ki Haveli is a huge mansion that has 138 rooms with a museum and cultural center showcasing the old traditional Rajasthan culture and folk dances.

Jaipur ranked third among world’s top 10 smart renewable cities

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Rajasthan’s capital city Jaipur has secured the third position in the list of world’s top 10 smart renewable cities (SRCs), along with United States’ city of San Diego on the top.

Smart renewable is one that is defined with the use of solar or wind power and a plan of the smart city that includes a renewable energy component within its planning.

According to the reports, the Pink City is a nationally-driven Smart Renewable City. The National governing body of India had created a 100 Smart Cities Mission that included a solar energy requirement. Jaipur does not have a renewable target but will benefit from ambitious state and national targets set this year, the city could achieve this prestigious title.

For the records and information, with a population of around three million, Jaipur has a 20% wind and solar share of the electricity generated annually.
Interesting isn’t it?

Jaipur ranks third in world’s top 10 smart renewable cities list, Bengaluru comes sixth