Chandpol Gate - Surajpol Gate

This is the Rajpath of Jaipur, the main street that connects the city from the western most point to the one on the east. Originally, it was a 110 ft wide road and has remained so to this day. Four important roads cut across it at right angles. This is the only straight road in the city that can take you in from one gate and out through another without any twists or turns. Shops, temples, havelies, brass, copper and steel utensils... they are all here on this main shopping lane of yesteryears. If you want to see the markets at their busiest, then this walk is best done during mid morning or late afternoon.

Parking. You will have to get your car/scooter rickshaw to drop you off just outside the Chandpol Gate. The place is always busy with countless mini-buses, camel carts and others waiting to push their way in to the market through the rather narrow side gate. You need to be very careful here. Do not bother to stand and admire the structure, it is like the others, just look out for a gap and walk in through the gate quickly. Your taxi can meet you at the Surajpol Gate.

Places of Interest. Chandpol Gate - Hanumanji Mandir - Shri Ramchandraji ka Mandir - Choti Chaupad - Flower Market - Isar Lat - Tripolia Bazar - Maniharon ka Raasta - Tripolia Gate - Nawab Saheb Ki Haveli - Badi Chaupad - Mandir on Badi Chaupad - Silver shops - Ismail Kallu Hotel - Ramganj Chaupar - Rajputana Haveli - Surajpol Gate.

The walk will take you into the walled city through the Chandpol Gate. This is one of the original seven gates enclosing the walled city. The lane is a little crowded and you will have to jostle for space but it widens very soon as you enter the Chandpole Bazar. Adjoining the gate, on the left is a very famous Hanuman temple known as the Chandpol ke Balaji that is as old as the city itself. Tuesdays and saturdays are special days and attract more devotees than you would see on other days of the week. The rulers of Jaipur placed temples at all vantage points, especially near the main entry gates into the city. When the city was planned, there were over four hundred temples constructed in the walled city.

Keep going straight on this street and you will find yourself in a market full of uniform shops that dot both sides of the road. All products ranging from grains to garments, spices to soaps can be found here. Some twenty shops later, on the right hand side, is a huge temple by the name of Shri Ramchandraji ka Mandir that was constructed by Maharaja Madho Singh II. On the left when you see shop number 19, cross over, there is a gap between the divider. The way to the temple is between shop numbers 445-446. It is one of the most important temples on this road and the sheer size and planning is impressive. Beautifully carved pillars and paintings at the entrance gate lead to one courtyard and then another that houses the idol of lord Ram. There is a carved silver plated gate and beautiful gold work paintings on either side of the door.

Come back to the left and keep going straight on this side. There are several interesting old buildings and temples on this road and you can cross over to the other side if something unusual catches your eye. Some of the old buildings that you can observe are above shop numbers 118-119, 185 and 192 on the left; and above shop numbers 344-348, 315, 303 on the right.

Just as you reach almost the end of the road, you will see steps going up to a temple, between shop numbers 271-270, known as the Chaturbhujji ka Mandir on the right. Cross over and stay on this side.

Very soon you will reach a square, this is the first intersection known as Choti Chaupad. Choti Chaupad is a busy intersection with temples on all sides. The road on the left is Gangauri Bazaar, the one going westwards, on the right is the Kishanpole Bazar and the one straight ahead leads you to Tripolia Bazar. It is easier to keep on the right and cross over from the Kishanpole Bazar side. You will find yourself in a very interesting flower market. This market comes alive in the mornings when farmers bring in their flowers - Indian roses, marigolds and other local varieties tied in wet sacks. Let the sheer colour and pleasant scents permeate your senses. You can pick up a few strands of the sweet scented mogra flower and wrap them around your wrist or wear them around the neck. You will love the scents as you move along.

Walk along the single row of flower sellers, as colourfully dressed as their flowers. At the end of the flower market, turn right and go on to the Tripolia Bazar. Also look out for Raja Udai Singh's haveli at the beginning of this street.

Tripolia bazaar

Tripolia bazaar