Mirza Ismail Road

Mirza Ismail Road, or M.I. Road, is named after one of Jaipur's most famous prime ministers, Sir Mirza Ismail. This wide road runs parallel to the south-facing wall of the city and a major shopping centre that has several famous jewellery and readymade garments showrooms. Though efforts have been made to maintain some kind of uniformity in the facade here, it hasn't really been possible because this is comparatively a new area. There are some very modern looking buildings on this road.

Some of the city's best restaurants are also located on this road. Five minutes from Panch Batti is the famous lassiwallah listed in almost all good city guide-books. Don't get confused when you see four other lassiwallahs claiming to be "original". The first one on the left, Kishanlal Govind Narayan Agarwal is the oldest one who has been giving the most heavenly lassi in earthen cups since 1944.

This is the end of the walk now and how far you want to go from here is dependent entirely on how tired you are. If you want to take a break for lunch, then you can go to Natraj, Surya Mahal or Niros, on the right side of the road, opposite the lassiwallah. All serve excellent Indian and continental food.

If you wish to continue after lunch then go on to Tholia's Kuber with its collection of silver jewellery and precious and semi precious gems. A few shops away, on the same side, is Gem Palace established in 1852 and among the first few to open a showroom on M.I. Road in the early 1900s. It has a rich collection of gems and jewellery as well as an enviable collection of old black and white photographs. Royalty, politicians as well as film stars from all over the world visit this showroom. It is certainly worth a look.

The Mughals brought sophisticated design and new technical know-how with them and Jaipur has the best of both worlds. It has been a major centre for production of fine jewellery that is a true blend of Mughal and Rajasthani design and craftsmanship. The city's jewellers are renowned for jewellery in old silver, gold, lac, precious and semi precious stones. M.I. Road has several shops where you can get traditional as well as contemporary designs.

Further down the road, past the big Bata showroom is the famous P.M. Allahbuksh, an old antiques dealer who has been in the business since 1880 and established this showroom on M.I.Road in 1913. He has studiously resisted revamping or modernising his shop and it still exudes a late 1950s, early '60s charm.

M.I. Road: Nandkishore Meghraj; Hardas Mansion; Wrangler; Arham Jewels Emporium; Jaipur Computers & Electronics (near Indian Coffee House)

M.I. Road: Nandkishore Meghraj; Hardas Mansion; Wrangler; Arham Jewels Emporium; Jaipur Computers & Electronics (near Indian Coffee House)