Walk straight ahead with the Tripolia Gate behind you. There are two very interesting buildings on both sides of Chaura Rasta, the wide street that lies in front of Tripolia Gate. On the right is one of the oldest hotels in the walled city called Hind Hotel. The owners ran into tax problems and had to give up the hotel. It was lying vacant for several years but is now used by the Department of Tourism as a viewing gallery for tourists during the time of the Gangaur and Teej processions.

On the left is another grand building - the Maharaja Public Library. It is a beautifully designed building that could do with some urgent repairs and renovation. It is advisable to just admire it from the outside and move on.

Walk on the left side, but be prepared to cross over to the other side as there are interesting buildings on both sides of the road. The first is a temple on the right the Dwarkadheesh temple between shop numbers 190-189 followed by another one between 180 - 179. You can cross over for a closer look but there are many more temples on this road and the basic architectural and decorative features remain more or less the same.

Come back to the left side and you can see a temple dedicated to lord Shiva - the Tarkeshwar Mahadev Mandir. This is one of the most important temples here. A majority of the temples in the walled city are dedicated to lord Hanuman and the many forms of lord Krishna. This is one of the few temples dedicated to lord Shiva. It is generally believed on the basis of oral tradition that Shri Tarkeshwarji was an earth born deity. Formally, this was a hamlet occupied by the Meena tribals. Shri Tarkeshwarji is believed to have appeared here and the Meenas then enshrined the deity's image. Just walk in a few steps to get a glimpse of the interiors. It can be a little crowded and so it is best to see it from outside.

You will notice that most of the temples on the main streets are almost always located at a greater height. There are two more temples on the right side, the beautiful Vinodilalji's temple between shop numbers 147-146 and Goverdhan Nathji's temple between shop numbers 137-136. Vinodilalji's temple is worth a closer look. There is a narrow staircase leading up to the temple. Climb up and see the beautiful murals on the exterior walls. Most of them have suffered the ravages of time but some portions are still in fairly good condition. What is unusual about this temple is also the fact that there are not too many buildings with such intricate paintings on the exterior. It is almost always some inner portion of a building where you would find paintings of this nature. Even on this street, there is no other building to match its beauty.

Come back to the left and you will see a big terracotta red building called the Jaipur College. See the building from the outside. What might interest the tourist more is the very exciting collection of terracotta pots spread right on the pavement, outside Jaipur College. It is perhaps one of the most photographed sights on this road. You can pick up a few items if you want because they are quite reasonably priced. Just behind this is Roop Singh ki Haveli.

Opposite the Jaipur College is the temple of Shri Goverdhan Nathji that was constructed in 1768. The idol worshipped in this temple is that of the childhood form of lord Krishna. Keep on the left and you will see more buildings in the traditional Jaipur style. Look for the College Book House between shops 241 and 242.

Though this street also has an assortment of shops, it is known more for its bookshops. Close to examination time, temporary stalls come up on the pavements selling guidebooks for schools and colleges. A lot of students can be seen buying and selling books here.

Further down the street, there are coaching classes and tuition centres. As you walk along, you will come across a narrow lane on the left, after shop number 318 called Sonthli Walon ki Gali. Walk in a bit. There are some very popular savoury shops here that sell fried salted nuts, chips and gram flour snacks. It is a narrow and crowded lane, so you needn't go beyond this point. Come out and cross over to the right side of the street. Keep walking on this side until you come to shop number 58 on the right. There is a signboard that says Sanjay Sharma Museum. Turn into this lane.

Thatheron ka Raasta. Thatheron ka Raasta is a lane of the metal utensil makers. A few steps into this lane and you can hear the hammering and beating sounds coming from the various shops. There are around two thousand thatheras living here and most of the houses on this lane belong to them. Today, steel has replaced brass and copper utensils and many of the thatheras are concentrating on making brass kalash for temples. Nevertheless, it is interesting to see these craftsmen using their traditional tools as they shape the utensils. This is a very short lane and you can walk up to the end of it and come back. Now turn into the first lane on the right. This is still the Thatheron ka Raasta. A modern structure on your left is the Sanjay Sharma Museum. It is a long, narrow, vertical building housing the personal collection of Shri Ram Kripalu Sharma. It is worth a visit as it has a very good collection of miniature paintings, manuscripts and other interesting and rare items.

Come out of the museum and turn left again. You will see more thatheras at work in the lane. Keep going straight and turn left when you get to the end of the lane. You are out in Chaura Rasta again. Keep on the right of the road. The New Gate will be visible to you now. As you approach the gate, you will see a cinema hall on the left of the road.

Chaura Rasta, the wide street that lies in front of Tripolia Gate

Chaura Rasta, the wide street that lies in front of Tripolia Gate