PB Travel Journal: Jodhpur

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Set amidst the endless Thar Desert is Jodhpur, which is also famously known as ‘The Blue City.’ “The houses in old Jodhpur area are all coloured in ‘Blue’, hence the name. When seen from the top of the fort, the entire city looks really beautiful and in harmony” says Amoli, our team member who vacationed in the heritage city with her friend. Along with that, what really mesmerized her was the regally inspired art and culture that still dwells in the city, attractive handicrafts and the warmth with which people receive you.

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What to look out for?

The Mehrangarh Fort displays the rich heritage of the Maharajas who once lived there. There are various collectibles and antique accessories on display which were once used by the residents.

Umaid Bhavan Palace is where Maharaja Gaj Singh of Jodhpur currently resides. A part of it is inhabited by the royals while the rest of the palace is turned into a hotel. The interiors are indeed gorgeous!

Clock tower is another place frequented by visitors that is located in the middle of a day market. The tower is surrounded by local sellers of ethnic clothing, jewelry, fabrics, spices, footwear, carpets and many more household things. It’s truly a shopper’s haven!

To hang out, there is a really good place called ‘Dagley’ which means ‘Rooftop’ in Marwari and is situated in the middle of old Jodhpur near the fort area. The rooftop displays the fort in full view and a part of the city. You can just sit here and chill all day long with your friends.

 

Where to stay?

Find a friend who lives in Jodhpur. There is nothing better than a Marwari’s house! The hospitality, the food, the family; no hotel can match those levels.

 

Where to shop?

There are little markets all over Jodhpur and you can shop for juttis/mojaris, rich Rajasthani fabrics, ethnic jewelry, handcrafted bags, artifacts and all of it at a pretty reasonable rate, provided you have good bargaining skills.

 

Where to eat?

As I was living at my friend’s place ‘maa(aunty) ke haath ka khana’ was the best! She makes the best gatte ki sabzi and mirchi ka achaar.

Jodhpur’s street food is to die for too. You get the most amazing  Mirchi vadas, Pyaaz ki kachori, Bread pakoras and many such unhealthy yet savoury snacks; around every corner of the city. Also, I have eaten the world’s best Gulab Jamuns which are made at this local sweet shop ‘Ras Sagar’.

There are also many heritage clubs in Jodhpur which serve really good food as well. So if you have a friend who is a member there, you can enter and enjoy a nice dinner.

Local restaurants serve various cuisines and I happened to like ‘Dagley’ a lot. It is a must visit as it serves really good food.

New Launch: Wedding Store

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Weddings officially call for a lot of dressing up with uniquely styled ensembles and beautiful jewelry. Overdressing is not even a thing when it comes to Indian weddings because we officially embrace extra jazz.

While doing all that, we here at Pipa Bella are also gearing up for the upcoming wedding season. And by that, we mean, introducing newly launched jewelry styles for Mehendi, Sangeet, Cocktail Party etc. To get a detailed know-how, read on:

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Elegant pearls and shiny kundan stones have been put together to create statement wedding necklaces. The design, elegance and intricacy come from the craft and hence effortlessly transform any of your festive looks.

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For a friend’s mehendi when you want to keep things hassle-free, antique gold jewelry pieces seem ideal. Finely designed yet oozing style in every way, these pretties seem matchless.

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Statement jewelry doesn’t always mean a pair of huge chandbalis or a heavily done choker. Sometimes an embellished ring can be more of a highlight than you thought. Beautified in rose pink stones and styled on a golden base, these accessories are ideal for a Sangeet session.

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Being extra is totally acceptable when it comes to weddings and that has what has inspired us to create these sparkling maang tikkas. Traditional yet contemporary, they sure seem perfect for any function.

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Pre-plan and get shopping for your different looks from our Wedding Store.

5 Hair Updos To Try Out This Wedding Season

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Come November and we are all gearing up for the wedding season that lies ahead. From countless functions to unending outfit changes, we are all caught up in deciding last minute looks for every occasion. Be it your outfit, makeup or jewelry; everything is well-planned apart from your hairstyle. To help you choose better and to showcase jewelry that will go with it, here’s our scoop:

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Center-Parted Updo

A slicked back center-parted hairdo looks gorgeous on most occasions. Fuss-free and classy, this updo goes well with embellished shoulder grazers like our Desdemona Earrings.

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Twisted Updo

Are you a fan of the side twisted updo or milkmaid braids? Fret not, because you can totally channel them into your wedding looks too. Style it neatly and beautify it with flowers if needed. Lastly, add our Shezan Choker Necklace for the classic look.

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Messy Updo

A messy updo is always welcome! Be it at the reception or sangeet, there is a certain charm about the texture that a messy updo creates. Our colourful Zoya Earrings will add an ethnic touch to your messy updo look instantly.

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Side Parted Updo

Side swept or side-parted bun hairstyles are our favourite. They look chic and go perfectly well with the wedding vibe. Try a side-parted bun and make it the highlight of your look with our Gaatha Maang Tikka.

What’s your favourite updo this wedding season?

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New Launch: Ethnic Love

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Come festive season and we all are found making frantic efforts to match the latest upward runway trend while styling our ethnic wear selections. Finding the perfect accessories seems another task all-together! To ease all of that and to add up to our already hoarded jewellery box, we have introduced an array of ethnic styles that range from silver coin jewellery to fringe accents.

Browse through them here:

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Fringe Pretties

We basically want to wear fringes and tassels at any given occasion. Staying true to that, our Perizad and Nureen Earrings are gorgeously decorated with them to be ideal embellishments. Wear them with your off-the-shoulder choli-lehenga duo and shine.

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Crystal Finery

Festive outfits and crystals blend together beautifully which is why these Gold Nafeesa Earrings seem attractive. Style them with your deep coloured sarees and simply slay.

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Contemporary Silhouettes

Because don’t we love experimenting? A bunch of modern silhouettes like these Caspian Earrings can be for the ones who wear a reverse shirt with a plaid saree or simply want to add a modern upgrade to a fusion ensemble!

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Coin Embellishments

We all have a little boho in us and whenever we get a chance, we delve in to that space. These coin necklaces are our way of accessorizing tunics and earthy asymmetrical silhouettes.

Inspired much to decide on your festive accessorizing already? Look through the entire collection here: http://www.pipabella.com/what-s-new.html