Vivid colors, rich flavors, soulful music, cheerful people and warm hospitality make you feel at home in Jaipur.The movie Shudd Desi Romance is shot mostly in Jaipur and in parts in Jodhpur. The forts of Nahargarh, Amer come alive in the different scenes in the movie. The song ‘Gulaabi’ shown through rose tinted glasses is a lovely ode to romance and the pink city. The carefree love of youth captured brilliantly through Raghu, Gayatri and Tara rubs on the audience making Jaipur a must on their travel list.
The forts, the monuments and the palaces lend an aura of royalty to the entire city. A major tourist attraction among foreigners and Indians alike, Jaipur is a must visit for its rich heritage, regal architecture and distinct culture.
The Filmy Lens : Shudd Desi Romance
One of the recent movies to be launched from the Yash Raj Banner, Shuddh Desi Romance is a story of three young people in today’s India trying to figure out love, attraction and commitment. The movie is not preachy in its portrayal of love and the characters know what they want from the relationships but are not sure when it comes to commitment. The story begins with Raghu (Sushant), a travel guide in Jaipur running away from his marriage with Tara(Vaani) because of jitters of getting into an arranged marriage. Soon after, he befriends the chubby & outspoken Gayatri (Parineeti) who he had met in the wedding. Both of them get into a non committal relationship and enjoy their time together. Gayatri who had seen the lows in her past relationship is unsure when Raghu asks her for marriage. So, she elopes on the day of their marriage, leaving Raghu confused. A chance encounter with Vaani sometime later, rekindles romance between them. But then, re-enters Gayatri, making situations and relationships further confusing and complex.
Albert Hall Museum, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India
Scene: Sushant meets Vaani while boarding the bus
Albert Hall Museum in Jaipur city It is the oldest museum of the state and functions as the State museum of Rajasthan. A white stone marble structure, the building is in the Indo- Sarcarian style architecture. The building is named after King Edward VII (Albert Edward) and its foundation stone was laid on 6 February 1876. It was opened as public museum in 1887. The museum has a rich collection of rare artifacts, paintings, ceramic ware, sculptures, scriptures, carpets, metal sculptures etc.
The flocks of pigeons outside the museum also draw many a tourists.
Amer Palace, Jaipur
Scene: Gulabi Song sequence
Amer Palace or Amber palace is located in Amer, 11 kilometres (6.8 mi) from Jaipur. Located on a hill, Amer Fort was built by Raja Man Singh 1. Cobbled pathways leading up the hill serve as walking path for elephants. The temple built in the style of Hindu architecture has a small lake around it. At the entrance of the fort, is a temple dedicated to Goddess Shila Devi, the presiding deity of the Chaitanya cult. The Fort has a ‘ Diwan –e-Aam’ (hall for public audience), the Diwane Khaas (hall for private audience), the Sheesh Mahal (mirror palace) and the Sukh Niwas where one can feel the cool winds that blow over the water around the palace.
Nahargarh Fort, Jaipur
Scene: Gulabi Song sequence
While Amber palace is located at the foothill, the Nahargarh Fort is located at a hill top on the Aravalli Hills. Nahargarh Fort was built in 1734 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, founder of Jaipur, on as a retreat place The Fort overlooks the city and provides a glittering view of the city lights at night. Along with Amber Fort and Jaigarh Fort, Nahargarh once formed a strong defense for the city. Nahargarh is named after Nahar Singh Bhomia, a Rajput prince whose spirit is believed to still haunt the fort. Nahargarh Fort is also famous for its extended wall which connects it to the Jaigarh Fort.
Scene: Gulabi Song Sequence
Jal Mahal is a palace located in the middle of the Man Sagar Lake in Jaipur. The palace and the lake around it were renovated by Maharaja Jai Singh II of Amber. The palace is a unique blend of Mughal and Rajput architecture.
Other locations shot in the movie worth a visit
Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India
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Jaigarh Fort: On the way to Nahargarh Fort lies the Jaigarh Fort which was a military fort. Built of Red Sandstone, Jaigarh Fort has the Jaivana, which in its time was the world’s largest canon on wheels .
Hawa Mahal: Built of red and pink sandstone, the palace forms a part of the City Palace. The Palace has 953 small windows made of lattice work. The windows were meant to provide the royal ladies to observe the everyday life in the street below.
Jantar Mantar: Built by King Sawai Jai Singh, Jantar Mantar is an observatory with a collection of architectural astronomical instruments. The structure is modeled along the lines of the Jantar Mantar at Delhi. It is built next to the City Palace in Jaipur.
City Palace: City Palace, Jaipur is the seat of the Maharaja of Jaipur. The Chandra Mahal palace now houses a museum but the greatest part of it is still a royal residence.
Chokhi dhaani: Chokhi Dhani is a specialty village resort outside Jaipur that provides visitors with a complete experience of Rajasthani culture, food and heritage with modern amenities.
Get a Jaipur City Tour Ticket – Get a combined city tour ticket which is valid for 2 days and which can give u access to 5 major tourist attractions – Jantar Mantar, Amber Fort, Nahargarh fort, Albert Hall Museum and Hawa Mahal. It will cost cheaper than if you buy tickets to these places separately.
Try Rajasthani Thaali – Experience the local cuisine of Rajasthan especially the famous Dal baati Churma (lentils with crushed fritters)
Go Shopping: Be it bangles, art works, puppets, motif bags, accessories and clothes Jaipur provides excellent shopping options to the tourists.
Air: There are direct flights operating between Jaipur and top major cities like Mumbai, New Delhi, Kolkata and Bangalore
Rail: Jaipur has train connectivity from major cities in India. There are 33 trains running between New Delhi and Jaipur. We recommend the Ajmer Shatabdi from Delhi which takes only 4 hrs 30 mins to reach Jaipur.
Road: Jaipur is connected to Delhi through the NH8 and from Chandigarh through NH-64
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