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Eat. Tapri Tea House

One of the best parts of travel has to be the food. We love to explore the local food scene wherever we go and a recent trip to Jaipur was no different. We never get tired of the food in India and we especially love the adventurous use of flavors and the vegetarian selection that you can so easily find. Chai, of course, is central to the Indian culture and we had some of the best at the Tapri Tea House

A local friend recommended that we try it and we are so glad that we did! A nondescript exterior with a large garden and attached patio beckons you to find a comfortable seat either inside or to enjoy the sun outside. 

Inside the tea house is a small, cozy area where you can find locally made tea pots, serving ware and loose tea. We found a cozy booth and got down to the business of ordering the food! 

All vegetarian, the food is served in biodegradable dried palm leaves which we loved creating little waste from our meal. We ordered a ton of different small plates and shared family style all while guzzling the requisite chai tea. 

If you are looking for good food, ambiance and getting a sense of the tea culture in India, Tapri Tea House one we recommend in Jaipur.

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Intentional Design. Marigolds and their Meaning

They are draped on the hoods of cars, floating in ceramic lotus shaped bowls, arranged around the neck of a seated buddha. So what is the meaning behind these vibrant and fragrant flowers? 

Given as a gift to welcome visitors, many a beautiful lei has adorned my neck. Marigolds are considered pure and are seen as an offering to gods and goddess and are extremely popular during festivals like Dussehera and Diwali. The color orange of the marigold is significant as well. Soft orange is a sacred color, while brighter orange symbolizes sacrifice and courage. 

Its easy to bring marigolds into your own home and create something with intention and meaning in your space, as is often seen in the decor in India. I often add them to my meditation alter surrounded by incense and crystals. I love to create decorative moments that that have a meaning beyond aesthetic and helps to catalyze good energy in your space. 

If you want to get fancy, create a beautiful marigold garland of your own! Cheetah is the New Black did a tutorial on creating a simple marigold garland and Domino showed you how to create a stunning marigold curtain around your shower! 

Don't be afraid to keep it simple, a single flower in a bed vase by your bed or on your windowsill can just easily provide the pop of color and good vibes as a more intricate project. 

 Images. Vintage Blooms . Tumblr . Instagram . Cheetah is the New Black . Domino 

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Stay. Jaipur Sujan Rajmahal Palace

Just going to India makes you feel transported to a new place with the fast paced energy of the streets and so much happening everywhere you look. Every time we travel to India we try to find hotels that evoke the spirit and history of India, keeping with that feeling that you are somewhere far away from your normal routined life, but also somewhere that feels like a respite after a long day of travel. And of course we are always on the hunt for inspiration! 

The Sujan Rajmahal Palace is just that and a little more. Still home to HH The Maharaja of Jaipur this beautiful place is just as opulent as one would expect. The palace offers just 13 suites and apartments, but don't be too upset if you aren't able to book a room, the estate features a bar, beautiful tea and opulent gardens to visit. 

The colors and decor are stunning harkening back to a different era, with each suite featuring unique wallpaper that was designed specifically for that room. Designed by one of  AD100's top interior designer Adil Ahmad the palace is certainly not to be missed and if you are lucky enough to be snag a room, do it! 

Images via Sujan 

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