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A whiff of royalty- Pink city ‘Jaipur’

Maati baandhe painjanee,
Bangdi pehne baadli,
Dedo dedo baavdo,
Ghod-mathod baavdi..

Padharo mharo Pyaro Jaipur

Paradise for architecture lovers, vibrant Rajasthan is an incredible destination popular for its formidable monuments, colorful culture, golden sand dunes and the desert! Magnificent monuments silently tell the tales of prosperity, gallantry, and tragedies of the bygone era.

JAIPUR is the beautiful amalgamation of the ancient charm and modern fascinations with the vibrant blend of architecture and culture. You can make a treasure-trove of memories on your trip to the royal city of Rajasthan from LNMIIT by exploring the various forts, monuments, bazaars, and cafes. Jaipur gracefully retains its royal roots and also deploys an opportunity for its visitors to explore and experience. Travel through the imperial corridors of this Pink City and have an enjoyable experience. Here are a few places to check in on the trip to Jaipur, which are usually on every traveller’s bucket list.

Thrilling cycling expedition at Nahargarh Fort

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Nahargarh Fort stands at the border of the Aravalli hills, over viewing the pink city of Jaipur.  It’s timings are from 9 AM till 5 PM. This place is up on the hill and there is no public transportation available but don’t you worry, we’ll be sailing through the expedition of exciting adventure in the same cruise. We carried this cycling endeavour on bicycle witnessing the unique blend of Indian and European architectural styles. Cycling to the pinnacle was equivalent to rolling the boulders up the hill, but the contentment offered by this place was spellbinding and took away all our fatigue. Nahargarh Fort in Jaipur overlooks the skyline by daylight hours, and it creates a spectacular view when floodlit nocturnally. The view was  elixir to all our tiredness and it couldn’t be delivered in words. It bestows beautiful panoramas of the Man Sagar Lake that has a beautiful duck venetian blind in the middle. After that, we went into the cafeteria maintained by RTDC, we took some break and captured many memories and enjoyed the food there.

And one of the most horrific tale told by our guide about Nahargarh was, Nahar Singh Bhomia was a Rathore sovereign who was not happy with the construction of this fort on his territory and haunted the place. Jai Singh who was building the fort then pacified his spirit by dedicating the fort in his name. The grandeur of the palace cannot hide the spook and hence it is considered as one of the most haunted places in Rajasthan.

We left the fort by 4 P.M. and another thing that we loved the most was that there was an animal rehabilitation centre near Nahargarh on our way back.

Royal Ride on an elephant at Amer Fort

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Now adding more colors to our palette, we fly to the most iconic attraction of Jaipur- the Amer Fort which enthralls us in its awestrucking beauty of fortresses. Stepping into the courtyard, a mesmerizing air of Rajputana encompassing a rich culture, royalty and heritage of Jaipur streams in our blood. At the entrance what particularly draws a visitor’s attention are two magnificent gates namely Suraj Pol and Chand pol named so as they directly embrace sunshine and moonlight from the east and west respectively.  They are separated by Jaleb Chowk- the main courtyard and ticket office is located directly on the opposite side of Jaleb chowk from Suraj Pol. You have ample time to explore the grandeur of the fort and its beauty starting from 8 in the morning to 5 PM. We reached the Amer by 8 a.m to avoid standing in the long queue for the elephant ride on the Suraj Pol that drive you through the beautiful palace of Amer and dropped off at the Jaleb Chowk.It’s a thrilling experience to ride up along the cobbled path and large gateways to the heavenly Fort sitting astride an equally majestic elephant.  Taking a Guide is recommended to carve a perfect niche of beauty forever in your brain.

The best part of the trip to Amer is the Light and Sound Show that outstandingly ignites the saga of royalty and richness. The light show is held every evening in English at 7: 30 pm and in Hindi at 8 pm. If you are visiting Amer, you ought not to miss it.

Extend your scholarly perspective at Jaipur Literature Fest!

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Jaipur is also the land where literary giants meet every year. The ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival is one of the country’s biggest literary festivals that has played host to many legends. You can be a part of this event either as a volunteer or a delegate and to add cherry on the cake, what utterly filled us with more excitement is that it’s the largest FREE event of its kind. Generally, it’s in the month of January at Diggi Palace, Jaipur where you can meet enthusiastic writers, creative poets, playwrights, famous artists and journalists from around the world with back-to-back parallel sessions on various current issues. Apart from the literary treats, there’s a separate and diverse section serving delicious food and drinks along with the musical evening which is now becoming a chief attraction of the event. This Festival provides an amazing life-changing opportunity for people across India and the world to learn from and exchange ideas with contemporary literary stalwarts.

Birla Mandir: The Laxmi Narayan Temple

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The miraculous glory of the temple Birla Mandir is the divine blessings of Lord Vishnu and goddess Laxmi, also known as Laxmi Narayan Temple. This grand temple is located on an elevated ground at the base of Moti Dungari hill and on the foot of Moti Dungari fort in Rajasthan.Built in pure white marble, amidst the dusky and shady backdrop drew our attention. This beautifully sculpted temple is located midway our bus trip from college to Ajmeri Gate and could be visited within the hours 6:00 AM – 12:00 PM and 3:00 PM – 9:00 PM. This is aptly located in the city and is bounded by a luxurious garden making this temple a major attraction. We spent an hour in the premises, enjoying the pleasant weather and the enchants of the mantras submerging our senses completely in its calm and serene atmosphere.The intricate carvings and the magnificent structure make the Birla Temple an artistic masterpiece, built by Birla Group of Industries, one of the great business tycoons of India.

The best time to visit this place is in the evening because it looks even more stunning when it is brightly lit up magnifying the magnificence of white marbles a thousand times, ought not to miss this holy place.

And how could we keep our tummy upset

Food  of  Jaipur

Cafes are the places where you can hang out and have a great time there with your friends, pals and family members.The list of Cafes in Jaipur, you can visit with your friends.

   Nibs café

This is a beautiful place where you can have scrumptious treats from your seniors, as we did! The moment we entered this place, it’s vibrancy made us realize that the place is going to leave a forever impression on us and it did. Its ambiance is added with so many innovative and unique stuff like old days scooters, beautiful wall paintings, astonishing artifacts etc.

Nibs is located next to MGF Mall, C Scheme, Jaipur. It opens at 11:00 A.M. and closes at 10:45 P.M.

So, let’s see some of the blockbuster dishes of this place:

  1.    Delicious Slutty Brownie Shake
  2.    The Waffle of Nibs
  3.    Special Thin Crust Pizza
  4.    Espresso shot

For more Details visit the website:  http://nibscafe.com/

 O2 The Plants Café

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This O2 plant is also amongst one of my favorite café’s, and what particularly draws my attention is its ambiance carved on the railway theme.  A perfect lush green ambiance, a specialized taste in its serve, the rooftop fresh air in lush green nursery and calm aura is all what a perfect dining demands. I frequently visit this place for my regular hangouts to find solace or sometimes with friends. It’s reasonable and easily approachable as it’s just a 10-15min run off by auto rickshaw from Ajmeri Gate which is the last stoppage of our college bus. This beautiful cafe is open from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. I recently visited this place on the last day of our tiresome exam with my fellow comrades. I Ordered variety of dishes and all individually were worth the money spent. But still what hit my order list was the Four Cheese Pizza, Red Pasta and shakes, and the best amongst all was the avalanche shake and nutella shake.  So don’t wait and get better version of your exploration by visiting top cafe’s of Jaipur.  

For more details, visit the Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/O2ThePlantCafe/

There are many cafés that you can visit  like lazy Mojo, Aunty’s café, Jaipur jungle, Nibs Cafe and Chocolataria, Culture and many more. I think after sometime Jaipur will also be known as “The city of cafes”.

Taste the vibrant Rajasthani culture at Chokhi Dhani

The Chokhi Dhani Village Resort is a place where the old and the youthful alike can have a lot of fun with their peers and family. The resort has a rustic rural setting and takes you into the world of Rajputs. The cottages are ethically designed with traditional elements, frescoes and wall-paintings. They represent the ethnic culture of Rajasthan. We spent our whole day enjoying the stunning ambiance of this place where we enjoyed the puppet and magic shows. I and my friends did the Rajasthani folk dances, the thrilling camel and elephant rides, boating and much more, which gave us an immense pleasure.

The place is away from the hustling lifestyle of the city, where the nature is alive, heartily welcoming you in its lap. The natural scenic view is ready to serve you and you can feel the freshness of Indian rustic villages. We returned back to college with new enthusiasm and a refreshed mind.

For more Details visit the website:  http://www.chokhidhani.com/ 

 Jal Mahal

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As the name suggests, Jal Mahal is a palace which is located in the middle of water- the Man Sagar Lake. Being one of the most serene sights, this palace is one of the most magnificent buildings in the Jaipur city. This place is a perfect spot to spend some time in the lap of nature, utterly calm and serene atmosphere with water spread around in the area of 300 acres, enclosed by the Aravalli hills on the north, west and eastern sides,sparsely populated, distanced from the busy life of the city, academic life, mundane regular college schedules is all what sometimes our brain and soul demands. It’s 8.8 km run away from our college, a TATA magic in sharing with friends is the most reasonable takeover. I perceive October evening is the best season to be here when Jal Mahal is vividly lit up with water embracing the chronological view of this magnificent Mahal. If you are a street food lover(the way I am) then there is also small street side market and food stalls for you to enjoy with a perfect camel safaari. I’ll being a shrewd investor will rather advise you to take a day out and visit Amer fort Jaigarh and Jal Mahal jointly in a reasonable amount. A tour to Jaipur without historical visits is so incomplete so don’t miss visiting them.

Sambhar Lake

Sambhar Lake, a place where the horizon goes to infinity and it feels as if the sky and the water meet. It is India’s largest saline lake, which is spread over 190 sq km and lays some 60 km west of Jaipur city. Because of this lake, Jaipur is sometimes also called as Salt Lake City. Like most north Indian places, Sambhar Lake too has a tropical climate. The summers can be very hot with mercury crossing 45°C, whereas winters are moderately chilled and the temperature can fall below 10°C. When we first visited it in monsoon, we were absolutely awestruck. The lake was brimming. It seemed like the sea, so many flamingos and an amazing history. Moreover, it has mythological and archaeological importance right from 1870 when the Britishers’ took over the lake and built everything. The number of flamingos and amount of water is decreasing, but you can still see the rail network that the Britishers built to transport salt. A must go destination if you are looking forward to a memorable evening!

World Trade Park

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World Trade Park aka WTP is the best architectural malls of India, one of its kind and will allure and compel you to enter its arena. World Trade Park is a shopping mall with a variety of branded stores and various food outlets encompassed in an English-themed food court. This massive shopping mall consists of two towers which are interlinked on the top floor. The top floor has a huge food court with over 15 cuisines that’ll surely satisfy your taste of all sorts. Although most of the people prefer doing window shopping clicking up the selfies in most artistic poses but I’ll advise you to venture into the discovery of most unexplored places in the mall. However, sitting on the lowpaths near the fountains and sightseeing is also people’s regular unsettled job which you too can give a hand at.

Hawa Mahal

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This mesmerizing five-storied pink building gives you an idea why Jaipur is called as ‘The Pink City’. It is a beautiful structure worth a visit. It is a window for royal women to the world. The renowned ‘Palace Of The Winds’ or Hawa Mahal is one of the best tourist attractions in Jaipur city. It is located in the heart of Jaipur city. It is considered as an embodiment of Rajputana architecture. It is the pyramid in shape and it’s 953 windows or ‘Jharokhas’  are decorated with intricate designs. The main intention behind the construction of the Mahal was to facilitate the royal women and provide them a view of everyday life through the windows, as they never appeared in public. Looking out of the windows and feeling the fresh air coming through it was refreshing. The view of the city and bazaar from these windows made us feel as if we were a bunch of royal people sitting over there, watching the lifestyle of the people.

Trekking

“Deserts, jungles, mountains or coast; I don’t have a preference. If I am out in  nature with everything I need the world on my back, chances are my smile is wide and my thoughts are clear.”

Our amazing trekking experience would definitely give you tons of reasons to trek. If you think that you are in search of an activity which is unbeatable, then you should definitely go for trekking. We were approximately 30 club members who went for the trek. Although we were jolted out of deep slumber and it was pitch dark outside, everyone was enthusiastic about the trek. After much conjecture, we finally stepped out of the college with our spirits high. Now, you might be wondering where did we go for the trek? Well, it was a nearby hill. As you know, our college sits in the lap of nature with Aravalli hills sheathing us, so initially, it began with a 2 KM walk from the institute to the hill. Finally, after reaching the base of the hill, the level of excitement was at its peak. However, the question that bothered us was that how are we going to get up there? Very soon, a group of friends turned into a family. Trailing on the rocky hill, our curious eyes continuously searched for a perfect moment of memory to be captured. However, reaching the summit was quite an intriguing task. It was spellbinding. Reaching there early at dawn when the sun was just peeking out between the dancing clouds, was a beautiful sight to behold. The most magnificent sight that the trek provided was to watch the mystic and eye-catching view of the serene lake, with the glaring sun at dawn. The descent downhill was tougher than we thought as the paths were too slippery. On our way back to the institute, we could luckily get a tractor for the reverse tracks, and then finally we halted for the “thadi ki chai.”

That marks the end of the trek. All in all, it was an unforgettable trip and we returned back with a rich learning experience and memories that will be cherished for a lifetime.

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