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Shikaar Bagh Jaipur. Hunting..Yore.. Food & drinks!

Shikaar Bagh Jaipur is a newly opened restaurant cum bar at the popular Narain Niwas Hotel. Located next to Bar Palladio, another popular hangout place with beautiful interiors inspired by peacock-blue color interiors. Here is a picture of Bar Palladio.

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You can check out my earlier post on Bar Palladio – Bar Palladio Jaipur/ Chic bar of Jaipur/ iphonography

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Shikaar Bagh replicates the atmosphere of bygone days of royalty and hunting. In some ways, it also depicts the life during Raj era! Shikaar in Hindi means hunting. Bagh means the garden. Hunting sport was banned long ago and it is a criminal offense now. This place has nothing to do with hunting sport but it recreates  ambience of old days with interiors. Even then Shikaar Bagh doesn’t have feel & look of Indian Hunting lodges which erstwhile kings commissioned in their states. Hunting was a favorite sport of Rajput rulers. They also hosted many hunting parties for visiting British agents and officers since India was a British colony until 1947.

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Gayatri Devi, queen of Jaipur along with British guests on a hunting party

 

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As per written accounts hunting by royalty lead to extinction of Tiger population in India.  The Tiger population was wiped off by 1950’s from most hunting reserves in Rajasthan. Royalty and British officers continued to engage in their favorite sport at the cost of Tiger population! Many believe Britishers were responsible for wiping out of the Tiger population across Indian subcontinent.

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I visited Shikaar bagh during late evening with friends; best time to soak and enjoy the perfect weather. Evenings in October are famed for perfect weather in this part of the world. Despite not advertising Shikaar Bagh was buzzing with people. Word of mouth publicity, perhaps!

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With just a table left to accommodate our entire gang at an outdoor seating, we didn’t have much option! We opted to seat at upper deck which is open to air from all four sides. We heard that indoor lounge on the ground floor has a great interior too.

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The furniture and setting make a departure from the trendy and casual seating arrangement which is popular now a days. Dimly lit place with wood and leather furniture reminds us of pre 1980’s era.

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With menu cards delivered at the table soon everyone placed the orders. There’s quite a bit on the offer. Unlike Bar Palladio which has a limited menu, Shikaar Bagh offers full menu in both drinks and food.

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First drinks were delivered along with potato wedges. People who ordered beer were the happiest. The ones who ordered Sangria were really unhappy. They found it a towards a sweeter side! May be the choice of wine that goes into making Sangria wasn’t that good!

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And then the pizza arrived which was not edible as the base wasn’t baked well.  Steward was called and explained. He promptly agreed to re-do it! Our pizza was given another shot of oven and brought back.  The taste however wasn’t that good. I’m sure making a good pizza is not difficult these days; even small cafes in Jaipur make excellent thin crust pizzas! There was no problem with potato wedges though. The service  was excellent.

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Overall, Shikaar Bagh is a great place. I hope that team takes care of food, our only grouse! Even though Bar Palladio offers distinctive and stunning interiors, it fails in providing choices in its menu. The seating option at Bar Palladio is limiting as outdoor seats are neither comfortable nor it can accommodate large groups. Shikaar Bagh fills this void!. Shikaar Bagh is worth visiting for the ambience and yore!

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56 thoughts on “Shikaar Bagh Jaipur. Hunting..Yore.. Food & drinks!

    1. You are bang on. Well everyone visits restaurant to eat and enjoy food. It is logical to expect a good meal. In my case, I visit many places for its ambience and to catch up with friends during late evening/night. I do feel if a place offers more than just food, ambience in this case it is worth visiting again and provide them benefit of doubt. If there’s no other reason, there are plenty of other choices. 😃

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  1. I was surprised to learn that in a restaurant with so much ambience and feel for the olden days they could not prepare a tasty pizza. I was also saddened to read the tiger population was wiped out by British hunters in India. Another fine informative post, my friend!

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    1. I always give another chance if there’s something more than just food. Maybe it was a bad day for the cook. May be for some other reason… If the place offers more than one reason, it makes sense to give benefit of doubt. Tiger population? Well I suspect in few years from now we may not have enough to survive till next century. That’s a bad luck for mankind. Chinese medicine is one of the key markets where all these dead animals end up in some form. Population pressure in India is only compounding this issue with shrinking forests and corrupt officials. I’m afraid we can’t do much about it.

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      1. Arv!, I like the way you so conscientiously respond to my comments. You often have some additional information to clarify the problems, as in this case with the disappearing tigers of India. Thank you!!!

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      2. I feel while hunting lodge as a concept might be novel and good as far as dining is concerned but there’s a dark side too. That’s what popped in my mind. I appreciate how you make it a point to comment on all my posts. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. 😃

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      1. We actually met in India over three years ago. We fell in love with the mountains up north, but really want to head to Kerala or Udaipur/Jaipur region as well as going to Sikkim and Darjeeling!

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  2. It would be so cool to visit this place. I’ve got it on my bucket list but I don’t know if I’ll get there or not. Thanks for sharing such an awesome city with all of us and I’m so glad hunting is outlawed now. I hate to see any animal hunted down.

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    1. Lisa, I hope you get to visit and experience Jaipur and India! Unfortunately, mankind has realized the dark side of hunting a bit too late! I wish we would have taken good and sane decisions at least a century ago. Things would have been different now! what do you think?

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      1. Lisa, while this is true what I meant was that humans have killed all other species for their own gains. with arrival of modern weapon system placed other species at a great disadvantage. Add to that shrinking forest cover, their natural habitat!

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      2. You are right, Arv. It’s unfortunate that we’re so destructive. All species have a right to be here. It makes me sad to think how we’re destroying the earth and many of its species. We should be taking care of it and trying to live in harmony.

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    1. I’m sure they will find out! Since no one really asked so I never passed it on to them! Very few restaurants and bars here want to hear their customers. Their loss!!
      Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Fiona! 🙂

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  3. With food I’ll try a bar/restaurant once and then go back a second time to see if my first impression, good or bad has changed, Arv.

    If I really like a place I will visit often but I have seen popular restaurants get too complacent and the food offered usually suffers. Then it’s time to move on.

    Saying that I enjoy trying different food styles and so do get out quite often to restaurants, although where I live we have limited choice, mainly UK Pub Grub (can be good or bad), Chinese, Indian or Italian.

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    1. Mike, over the period of time, I have realized that very few new restaurant or food joints are in for a long haul! So not all excels at food and take it seriously! I have become little choosy when it comes to new places because of this. Nevertheless I do try new places once in a while!

      You are right, they do become complacent after some time. Do you visit Indian restaurants? I believe tandoori chicken is one of the favorite dish in UK!

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  4. I believe the British are at fault for killing all the Tigers, such a shame! Then there is a certain American who still thinks killing big game is a sport, sickening! The only hunting should be for food, not for fun!
    Beautiful bar too bad about the pizza! 😦
    Cheers! Teresa

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    1. Teresa, It is a big loss for mankind whoever did it. If someone still feels that hunting a great, we should turn the table over for him! Let this person be hunted! Extreme? yes, but it surely is befitting in current scenario! I hope that things will be better when I re-visit! Thanks for sharing your views!

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  5. It looks very chi chi and rather smart, but I was more interested in your old photos and the history of how we eradicated the poor old Tiger… I do believe you are right. The Brits are responsible for a lot of sh!t
    I guess these restaurants are becoming more popular, although I love the atmosphere of the older style ones…

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    1. I wouldn’t say that Brits are responsible in entirety. The Indian royalty too is responsible as mentioned above. I didn’t get Which ones you are referring to – old style ones.

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  6. Loved the heritage aspect of the hotel but was surprised to read about your food experience, Arv.
    Hope they realize that the distinctive interiors can only attract the visitors once. Incompetency in the food department is a big turn-off.

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    1. Ragini, Even though the city is undergoing cafe and food revolution, but sadly very few people understand food. You are bang on with that observation. That’s exactly how people act. Good food and bad interiors still works. But other way around? …..that’s short lived. But I also follow one principle, if the place has some USP and they have failed on food once, I give them another chance. If they still fail…there are plenty of options!

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  7. An excellent continuation from your last post about this restaurant and a good review of the service and foods on offer. Hopefully the pizza will improve before you visit again.
    As for the hunting of animals, namely tigers in this instance, I can only agree that the British (particularly the ‘upper classes’) were obsessed with hunting and collecting trophies. It was shameful – and still is! Reading about the plight of the Indian tiger makes me ashamed to be British! Although hunting is illegal now, it seems clear that it still goes on. It’s all so sad and makes me despair for the future of many species on the endangered list.
    Very interesting post, Arv.

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    1. Millie, My intention is not to typecast any nationality and these are merely facts. I think Indian prince and rulers were also doing the same thing. Poaching still happens across the world; it’s a shame. Thank you for offering your point of view. Appreciate your honest thought on this, Millie. I’m hoping that food will improve on my next visit, will update it here. 🙂

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