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How Jaipur has morphed itself into India’s capital of cool...

Hindustan Times | BySwapan Seth
Jan 13, 2018 11:13 PM IST

The capital of Rajasthan is now the Hipistan of India

In his brilliant piece for the John Adams Institute on what makes a city cool, Ross Tilchin draws one’s attention to Amsterdam. He writes, “Amsterdam has a strategy worthy of your attention. Since 2000, the city has administered a robust set of policies aimed at supporting artist studio spaces and creative incubators. A municipal government agency known as the Bureau Broedplaatsen helps groups of artists transform abandoned or underutilised spaces into places for creative work. The agency provides subsidies, credit guarantees, project management expertise, and legal assistance to get the incubators off the ground, and then the spaces are run as independent organisations. With a 15-year budget of only €48 million, the city has created over 60 incubators housing over 170,000 square metres of highly affordable creative space. Thousands upon thousands of artists have benefitted.”

A decorated gateway at the Amber fort in Jaipur brings alive the history of the royals(Shutterstock)
A decorated gateway at the Amber fort in Jaipur brings alive the history of the royals(Shutterstock)
Tapri is no jaded café. It is run by two men who are showing their middle fingers to convention
The Rajmahal Palace is old-world in architecture yet hip in the chemistry it exudes
The Rajmahal Palace is old-world in architecture yet hip in the chemistry it exudes
Jaipur is famous for its handicrafts (Shutterstock)
Jaipur is famous for its handicrafts (Shutterstock)
The Tapri tea house offers tea with Parle G, Maggi Noodles with tadka
The Tapri tea house offers tea with Parle G, Maggi Noodles with tadka
Jaipur is one of the first planned cities in India. It was planned according to the Indian Vastu Shastra
Rajmahal Palace serves great dishes like the egg drumkilbo to suit the discerning palate
Rajmahal Palace serves great dishes like the egg drumkilbo to suit the discerning palate
No visit to Jaipur can be complete without visiting Teatro Dhora, a concept store
No visit to Jaipur can be complete without visiting Teatro Dhora, a concept store
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