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A Gourmand’s Jaipur

When on a visit to a tourist destination eating is the last thing on our mind. We try to maximize the sight seeing, the shopping, the destinations… But if we were to slow down and taste the authentic delicacies the city  has to offer us it would be a more rewarding trip than if we just got a bite to eat on the run.

This is such a post. It will inform you about where to eat while you are on your way about the city of Jaipur.

For an emerging Metro, Jaipur still  does not have many options by the way of an establishment offering early breakfast. On the weekends the Mcdonald  on the M.I.Road opens early. On Sundays the sweet shop in Bagariya Bhawan Market offers great Sabzi-Poori from 8 am to 11 am. Rawat Mishtan Bhandar on station road opens early offering traditional snacks like pyaz ki kachori, Mirchi Baras & mawa Kachori & Desi Ghee Jalebis. On M.I. Road the Lassiwala opposite Natraj restaurant  & the Samosa-Kachori-Jalebi wala near the Narsingh Temple open shop early.

Amber Palace opens at 8 Am & the City Palace and the Jantar Mantar open at 9 Am. So it is a good idea to head for Amber Palace & Jaigarh Fort & Nahargarh Fort after breakfast. If you have brought your own car or are in a Taxi, on your way you can photograph the magnificient facade of Hawamahal bathed in early morning sunshine and click the Jal Mahal in Man Sagar Lake against the rising sun. For lunch you can eat at the Nahargarh Fort’s Durg  Cafetaria or  return to Jaipur and & eat at the LMB or the Palace Cafe in the City Palace. After lunch you can visit the Hawamahal Palace from the inside, Jantar Mantar, City Palace & climb the Isar Lat. All these monuments are nearby. While at the City Palace you can also visit the Govind Dev ji Temple where the darshan are according to Jhanki Times which change as per summer or winter. The deity here is offered Chowgani ke Laddu as prasad. As it is sold during Jhanki times you ought to buy some because it is a delicacy. Also a point to note is, if you plan to offer prasad at the Temple you out to get some  with you from outside.

By the time you finish sightseeing at the City Palace Complex you will be ready to head to the hotel for evening tea. Or you can have a cup of tea at SAHU’s at shop no. 365 in Chaura Rasta. It has been in business for about 45 years, now.

After you freshen up at the hotel, what next?

These are some of the  options for you- You can go pubbing or Clubing ( if you can get a member of a Club to invite you for drinks & dinner) or you can go back to Amber for the light & sound Show or you can go for a typical Rajasthani dinner with folk dances at the ethnic village named Choki Dhani on Tonk Road.

On the next day when you visit the Albert Hall museum & the Zoo in the Ramniwas Garden you can visit the Goodearth Shop for Organic food stuffs.

On your way back from the visit to the Vidhyadhar ka Bagh, Sisodia Garden & Galta ji stop off  at the Pink Square Mall for a quick bite to eat at their food court or head to the Bakewell or Chawala or Hanuman Dhaba or Nand Paani Patasi walla or Mahaveer Rabri Bhandar or Falahar ( for those who are fasting) at Raja Park.

If you decide to visit the Science Park ( there are life size Dinosaur statues)  in Shastri Nagar you can stop at the Nathu Sweets for a quick snack.

The Jawahar Lal Nehru Marg (JLN Marg) has a lot to offer a person visiting Jaipur. On this road you will find the Simriti Ban, for the nature lover or a birding enthusiast , Jaldhara- a picnic spot, Musical Fountain & the Rose Garden at The Jawahar Circle, Gaurav Towers for the shopaholics, The Peacock Garden, Jawahar Kala Kendra for the culturally inclined. There is the 24 hrs  SARAS booth at the RCDF office. Gaurav Tower has a brilliant Food Court besides the Mcdonalds. Jawahar circle has a nice Chat Bazaar.

If birding is your forte then you ought to visit the Central Park for a walk in the morning or early evening & have coffee at the Coffee shop on statue circle. Central Park is also home to a French Sculpture and the Tallest Flag in Jaipur.

For Non-Veg food best bet is Niros, Spice Court on Jacob Road & Talk of the Town on M.I. Road.

You ought to visit Natraj for Choorma Dal Baati & Rajasthani Thali.

Four seasons & the Olive in The C-Scheme & Kanha chain  for veg Multi Cuisine food.

Sankalp on Subhash Marg Off M.I.Road for veg South Indian food.

Ice Spice on Ashok Marg for veg Punjabi Food & Annapurna behind Raj mandir

for Gugrati Thali. Golden Dragon & Yo China for chinese food.

Lasun Ki Chutney

Lasun Ki Chutney

LMB has achaars  & bottled chutney &  stuff like Mangori you can take back home with you if you are partial to it besides sweets like  ghewar & pheeni.

Vijay store on Choti Chaupad has great roasted snacks. Jal mahal Ice Cream Parlour for Ice Cream Desserts. Hot Breads & Bake hut for Bakery items & snacks. Cafe Coffee Day for Coffee. Tapri for Tea.

According to Napoleon, an army marches on its stomach & in my opinion so should a tourist. A  delhi belly not withstanding.

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Times Food Guide-First Jaipur Edition-2012

Times Food Guide-First Jaipur Edition

Times Food Guide-First Jaipur Edition

As you can see by the scan of the cover of the book it  is the Times Of India’s, Times Food Guide-First Jaipur Edition-2012 by Ms. Dharmendra Kanwar. The secret is out Jaipur is a Foodie heaven. It took the TOI to let the world know. There is no dearth of options for the food lover in Jaipur. There are bars, resto bars,lounge bars,alfresco bars & joints offering North Indian & South Indian food. And places specializing in Chinese, Italian & Mexican & Continental cuisine. There are mithai shops, Bakery shops & Coffee Shops galore.

The book not only covers the Best Food joints of Jaipur but also offers  a judicious selection from the cities like Delhi, Pune, Mumbai, Bangalore, Goa, Chennai,Hyderabad, Ahemedabad & Kolkata.

The book will be launched on the 10th December 2011 at the Le Méridien, Kukas,  Jaipur, in a Gala ceremony attended by glitterati of Jaipur.

The Times Food Guide-First Jaipur Edition-2012  is priced at Rs.199/- only.

A Big Thank you to the JAIPUR FOOD GUIDE group members & congratulations to Ms. Dharmendar Kanwar.

Best Jaipur Hangouts

These are some of the best hangouts Jaipur has to offer the young of today. The following list is a personal point of view you might not agree with it. Further more there might be glaring omissions please feel free to list your favourites.
Cafe Kooba,
F-40,Ist Floor & Terrace,
Jamnalal Bajaj Marg,C-Scheme,
5116343,9829934347
specialty: Thin crust Pizza,Sandwiches,Non-Veg items,Sheesha.

Mr.Beans
E-141A,C-Scheme,Sardar Patel Marg
2223650
Specialty:Coffee, Sheesha.

Orca (The Kingfisher Lounge)
Ram Bagh Circle,
Specialty: Bar, Disco,Butter Chicken,Sheeshas.

Kazba,Country Inn
Khasa Kothi,M.I.Road
Specialty: Bar,Sheeshas,Fast Food,Lounge

Mojo
Azad Marg,C-Scheme,
Specialty: Interiors,Sheeshas,Mocktails,FastFood

Ta Blu,Hotel Clarks Amer,
JLN Marg,
2549437
Specialty: Bar,Fast Food

Waves
Hotel Maharani Palace,
Station Road,
2204702
Specialty: Hookhas, Bar,Food,Snacks,Mocktails

B 2 B ( Back to Basics)
Country Inn Suites,
Near Khasa Kothi, M.I.Road.
5103300
Specialty: Saturday Night Party With DJ,Bar,Snacks,Dance Floor

Fireball, Ramada
Raja Park
Specialty:Sheesha, Bar,Dance Floor,Snacks Mocktails

The Grunge, The Fern Hotel
Tonk Road,
Specialty: Disco,Bar,Snacks,Food,

Cafe Coffee Day,
Specialty: Coffee ,Snacks,Smoothies

Mocha,
Near Gaurav Towers,Malviya Nagar
Specialty: Coffee,Desserts,snacks,Sheeshas

Savitri’s mini departmental store,
Next to Beans,
Sardar Patel Marg,
Specialty: Cold Coffee,Iced Tea,Patties

The Smoking Lounges of Jaipur

Numerous Coffee bars & restaurants of Jaipur where teenagers of today gather are offering Sheesa or hooka to their young  patrons. It is the new in thing to have a hooka on the menu. Some friends gather around a hooka with sweet-smelling mild tobacco and enjoy smoking it. The rationale is, it is so mild, it smells so nice, you are among friends,they are all doing it, it is not habit-forming,what is the harm. What the children do not realize is the insidious nature of the smoke. Once hooked, first they will come to the joint more often for the sheesha, next they will call it a wimps past time and look for some other means to get on a high. Once a friend graduates to smoking cigarettes, cigars or other products of tobacco. They will follow him or her as the case maybe as the girls are not far behind boys in smoking sheesha. And in no time they will be addicted.

I am have much appreciation for the   Indian governments efforts to ban smoking by  educating the public about the harmful effect of smoking cigarettes and other tobacco products. But how do you educate the young people about the harmful effects of a fashion trend as smoking moves out from the neighbour-hood thadi  into their trendy  hangouts disguised as sweet-smelling milder version of the  real thing.

If  I remember correctly first we started on the mentholated versions and then later on to the real things and then on to the cigars or pipes or jarda or pan masala before starting on the nicotine  gum before quitting for some time.  And then starting the process again to maybe quitting one day,God willing. All the die-hard tobacco fans know it is not easy  to quit. Most of the people who quit mostly do so after getting  a choice from the doctor- either you kick the butt  or you kick the bucket. By then it is too late. So much money and healthy living down the drain.

I  am not a big fan about regulating everything  and having  the government do a parents  or a schools job  but in this case when there is regulation about smoking in public places how can you allow sale of a tobacco product to teenagers below eighteen. All of us have to take a serious look at this matter today before it is too late. It is in ever body’s interest because we all have children.

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Day Break At The Man sagar

Early Mornings At Man sagar-4

Early Morning At Man sagar

Early Mornings At Man Sagar-1

Early Mornings At Man sagar

Early Mornings At Man Sagar-2

Early Mornings At Man Sagar-3

If you do not live near the Man Sagar why would you want to go there far a walk  at day break? It is a good question. The answer is because  I like to take pretty pictures. And sun rise is the best part of the day if you ask me. It is a different dawn every day. And each is prettier than the last one. There are birds, there are flowers and desert vegetation and paved paal to walk on. There is even a guy selling tea even before dawn. If you ask him he will serve your tea in disposable cups.There is even a Cafe Coffee Day at a petrol pump just opposite the lake which one presume is open during the day.Later in the day you can get Camel and Elephant rides too.You get a good walk, some fresh air and get to capture the changing moods of Jal Mahal Palace and the Man sagar Lake  in your camera.

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Ravindra Manch And Jawahar Kala Kendra

Ravindra Manch, Jaipur located in the Ram Niwas Garden was one of the 17 cultural centers envisaged by Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru in 1961.It was opened to public on 15th August 1963 by the then cultural minister Mr.H.Kabir. It has been newly refurbished by an expenditure of 90 lac rupees.It has all the facilities needed in a theater including an open air theater and ample parking and an art gallery.

On  8th November 2008 a three day cultural  festival was organized honoring the Nobel lauret Guru Rabindra Nath Tagore.It is proposed to hold this festival every year.

Jawahar Kala Kendra on JLN marg, designed by Charles Correa, was opened for public by the then President of India, Dr.Shankar Dayal Sharma, on 8th April 1993.It is located on a  parcel of land having an area of 9.5 acers and the building is surrounded by  lush green landscaped garden.On one side it has a Shilp Gram made in a replica of a cluster of village huts.When you look at the number of facilities it provides to the aspiring artists, artists and local residents alike it is not hard to understand why it is thronged by them everyday.It has an open air theater, art galleries, library,print making shop,audio visual department and an outlet of India Coffee House.Besides this there are cultural programs, exhibitions,plays etc held all the year round.

Coffee Bars of Jaipur-A List

Barista M I Road Outlet

Barista M I Road Outlet

 

Coffee Bars of jaipur are a hangout for the Jaipur youngsters and visiting indian and foreign tourists and the up coming bright young professionals working in Jaipur.The aroma of brewing coffee is an like an elixir to them.That is why according to a Cafe Coffee Day survey about 18% of a bars customers of 15-29 years age group of both sexes come for coffee every day and 44 % visit every week.

You must admit it is a much better alternative of a hang out than the inter net where they make friends in fantasy land or play games which max on blood and gore.

If you follow the arcane research on the bad or good effects of coffee drinking on your health remember if you indulge in coffee drinking in moderation as in any other vice-you can enjoy your brew for years to come.As you grow older you will realize that your elders were more right than wrong-even in this age of global village and fast changing world.

Jaipur offers a coffee joint for every budget in different locations-in malls,on highways,on petrol pumps- and even in the late hours of the night or early morning.You pick and choose.Most places are open from 9 am to 11 pm.

India Coffee House,M.I.Road,( about 40 yrs old)

India Coffee House,Jawahar Kala Kendra,JLN Marg

Saras Parlour,Outside Saras Sankul,JLN Marg,Open 24 Hours

Durg Cafe,RTDC,Nahargarh,

Gauri Restaurant in Ganguar (RTDC) Hotel,open 24 hours

Costa Coffee,Crystal Court Mall,Malviya Nagar,(5110349)

Cafe Coffee Day,Gaurav Towers,Malviya Nagar,(has a book shop Also)

Cafe Coffee Day,Vaibhav Cineplex,Vaishali Nagar,

Cafe Coffee Day,Sohan Service Station,Near Ajmer Pulia,

Cafe Coffee Day,Shopping Arcade,Hotel Country Inn,M.I.Road,

Cafe Coffee Day,Sri Krishna Service Station,Opp.Jal Mahal,Amer Road

Cafe Coffee Day,High Way King,Near Kothputli,NH8,Delhi-Jaipur Highway,

Cafe Coffee Day,Gidani Petrol Pump,Jaipur Ajmer High Way,

Cafe Coffee Day,Ganpati Plaza,M.I.Road,

Cafe Coffee Day,Paris Point,Sawai Jai Singh High Way,

Java Green,Vaibhav Complex,Vaishali Nagar,3949035,

Java Green,M.I.Road,3943267,

Brewers,Shiv Marg,Bani Park,

Barney’s,Narain Singh Circle,

Barista,opp.Rajmandir,

Barista, Sitapura Indl. Area,Tonk Road,

Barista,Near Venkateshwar Temple, Malviya Nagar,

Lounges

Mr Beans,Sardar Patel Marg,(2223650)

The Rock,Sardar Patel Marg,(2360622)

Mocha,opp.Gaurav Tower,Malviya Nagar,

Restaurant(Hi-end)

Neelmahal,Rambagh Palace,Bhawani Singh Road,

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