The walled city will throw many more surprises if explored on foot or cycle rickshaw. Except for increased crowds and many more motorised vehicles than before, nothing seems to have changed here. Today, the streets of the city are crowded with buses, cars, bicycles, motorcycles as well as camel and bullock carts fighting for their space on the roads. It may interest you to know that at any given time you can see thirteen different modes of transportation - the highest in the country. But it is still an enchanting maze of streets, exhilarating, at times infuriating, crowded, colourful but never dull.

For the first-time visitor, Jaipur is definitely a feast for the eyes because life in the walled city still has the flavour and ambience of old times. Despite having grown into a bustling metropolis, the ancient heart of this planned city still beats in its gali-mohallas rather than the beautiful palaces. Along the route of the walks, you will find many warm and friendly people who will happily welcome you into their homes and give you a cup of tea and tell you stories of the days gone by. In fact, you will also come across several areas where elderly people sit together outside teashops and discuss anything from politics to the good old times. Look out - and avoid, youngsters sometimes posing as students who may promise to get you good bargains.

Be prepared for the unexpected, in sights, sounds and smells. Chaotic and noisy, people jostling against each other, stray cows butting in, lots of bargaining...

Crossroad near Tripolia Gate is teeming by the vehicles and people

Crossroad near Tripolia Gate is teeming by the vehicles and people