Jaipur City Walk

Entering the Old City from 1 New Gate, turn right inside the city wall into 2 Bapu Bazaar. Brightly coloured bolts of fabric, jootis (traditional shoes) and aromatic perfumes make the street a favourite for Jaipur’s women. At the end of Bapu Bazaar you’ll come to  3 Sanganeri Gate. Turn left into 4 Johari Bazaar, the jewellery market, where you will find jewellers, goldsmiths and also artisans doing highly glazed meenakari (enamelling), a speciality of Jaipur.

Continuing north, walk past 5 Jama Masjid, with its tall minarets, then duck through an archway (between Nos 145 and 146) that leads into a bustling half-covered alleyway, sparkling with the sequined shawls and saris. Turn right at the end for more colourful 6 sari stalls. Return the way you came, turning left to reach 7 Badi Chaupar. Take a quick look at the spectacular 8 Hawa Mahal  before walking west along 9 Tripolia Bazaar, leading to 10 Tripolia Gate. This is the main entrance to 11 Jantar Mantar  and the 12 City Palace  but only the maharaja’s family may enter here. The public entrance is via the less-ostentatious Atishpol (Stable Gate), a little further along.

Further west is  13 Iswari Minar Swarga Sal, which is well worth climbing for the city views (enter from the back). Cross the road here and duck into 14 Maniharonka Rasta (between Nos 349 and 350), an alleyway specialising in colourful lac (resin) bangles.

Walking south, clothes and crockery stores appear as the lane becomes less touristy.  Look out for the green-painted, but rundown 14 Maniharonka Rasta opposite shop No 1129, before turning right through a narrow tunnel, and eventually popping out onto Kishanpol Bazaar. Turn left and walk past a collection of small gkite shops before ending your tour with a well-earned break at the simple but charming hIndian Coffee House (p117), just outside the Old City walls

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