It is famous, it is crowded, and it is a shopper's delight. Johari Bazar is your best bet if you are looking for traditional saris and lehengas in colourful lahariya (stripes) or bhandhej (tie and dye) or glittering gemstone jewellery. Traditionally, it was the lane of the jewellers (johari means jeweller) but today occupied by an equal number of cloth-merchants. This is one of the busiest streets in Jaipur but easy to walk on with the newly vacated verandas outside the shops. Minor diversions into the by-lanes can be a rewarding experience.
Parking. The starting point of this walk is the parking area outside the Ram Niwas Bagh. It is a busy parking space almost always crowded but slightly better in the morning hours. You can get your car or rickshaw to drop you just outside Link Road, a road that connects to Bapu Bazaar and meet you at Kale Hanumanji temple at Sireh Deorhi Bazar.
Places of Interest. Link Road - Bapu Bazaar - Sanganeri Gate - Hanumanji ka Mandir - Johari Bazar - Sheesh Mahal of Ras Kapoor - Haldiyon ka Raasta - Badi Chaupad - Hawa Mahal - Sireh Deorhi Bazar - Maharaja Boys School - Mandir Shri Ramchandraji - Kale Hanumanji Temple.
The Walk. It is among the newer, modern markets and very busy. This area has been redesigned for the convenience of pedestrians yet one needs to be careful of cycles and scooters. The shops on both sides of this lane seem geared for tourists as you can get readymade garments, Rajasthani jooties (shoes), lac and glass bangles, hand block printed bedcovers and table covers, bags and items for the house. It is all there in this market.
At the end of Link Road, is the Bapu Bazaar. The small lane right in front of you, across the road is famous for its snacks and savouries. If you are not too fussy about what you eat then do try the chat pakoris, especially gol gappas or pani puris. Turn right to come on to Bapu Bazaar. This has almost the same kind of shops and is largely dominated by garment shops. If you keep walking on this road it will lead you to the beginning of the famous Johari Bazar.