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Unfolding a legacy of the past, the pink city Jaipur greets all its visitors with all its grandeurs. It is in this city, where you can witness the opulence of a bygone era, delve deep into the history of India and much more. Be it the royal palaces or the glorious forts, cultures and festivities, or the traditional lifestyle and customs, Jaipur cultural heritage always entices its visitors wholeheartedly.
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Various cultural heritages of Jaipur that visitors should not miss:
1. Dance forms of the people of Jaipur
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The people of Jaipur flaunt colourful outfits in a flamboyant fashion apart from adorning a few unique pieces of jewellery. The people often dance to the tunes of Rajasthani folk songs which are played along with the contemporary instruments like Sarangi, Jhalar and Ektara.
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The celebrated folk dance of this region is Ghoomar which is performed by dancers who lift a lit pot shaped diya on their heads. The ladies wear huge ghagras while performing the folk dance of Ghoomar. As a part of Jaipur cultural heritage, the folk artists performthese dances on occasions liketraditional festivals, fairs, marriages and other celebrations. The sight of watching such folk performances is truly mesmerising!
2. Art and Crafts of Jaipur
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The markets of the royal city are always flooded with exclusive pieces of handicraft and other fine carved pieces such as kundan jewellery, silver jewellery, meenakari jewellery, woodwork and other ivory sculptures.
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The artful talent in this city comprises of bandhani, zari, stone carvings, block printing, kinari, gota, zardozi. The miniature paintings as well as the shellac work are quite famous in the town. The markets of this city are always cherished by the tourists and have always been the cynosure of their eyes.
3. Performing Arts of Jaipur
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The performing arts of this city are appreciated not only in India but also on an international platform. The Jaipur Gharana of Kathak is seen as a perfect epitome of the cultural heritage of this city. Amongst all the Jaipur cultural heritages, ‘Tamasha’, a form of musical play that showcases folk tales, hold a pivotal role in the history of the pink city.
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4. Cuisine of Jaipur
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The royalty of the city is reflected perfectly in its cuisine. A number of gratifying delicacies are offered in the city which can suit the taste of the people from various walks of life. The food offered here is purely vegetarian and thus nutritious. However, the food is a little high in terms of calories, as a lot of butter and ghee is used in the preparation of cuisine.
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Dishes such as dal-batti churma, mawa kachori, chakke ki sabji, besan ke gatte, pyaaz ki kachauri, sangri sabji, missi roti and sweets such as rabri, ghevar, gajak, feeni, moong thal and chauguni ke laddu, are some of the prime delicacies on the menu of the city which can delight the taste buds.
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