Tripolia Gate is the main entrance to the ancient center of the city

This beautiful triple arched gateway overlooks one of the newer streets in the walled city. You can start your walk from this gate and take a closer look at the enclosed balconies. A security guard posted there is a reminder that this gate is under the care of the Maharaja of Jaipur and for use only by him and his family. The only time this gate interests the local public is during the festivals of Teej and Gangaur because the procession of both come out through this gate on their way to Talkatora where they terminate.

Jaipur has been a city of fairs and festivals. It has been said, quite rightly, that it celebrates nine festivals in seven days. There is a lot of festivity going on in the city throughout the year. The light bulbs, garlands, special welcome gates, shobhayaatras are ever existent in the bazaars and streets of the city. There is an added atmosphere of gaiety during the time of festivals.

Teej festival. Held during the monsoons, July-August, Teej is dedicated to lord Shiva and Parvati. Women pray for a long and happy married life. Though celebrations are held all over the state, it is particularly colourful in Jaipur. It is the festival when swings are decorated with flowers and hung from trees and young girls and married women dressed in green clothes sing songs to celebrate the advent of monsoon.

Eight men dressed in red clothes carry the palanquin of goddess Teejmata out of Tripolia Gate. Antique gilt palanquins, bullock carts pulling cannons, chariots, gaily decorated elephants with silver howdahs, horses, camels, brass bands, and groups of dancers, all form a part of this grand spectacle. This one kilometre long procession winds its way through the lanes of the old city. Local people come in huge numbers, dressed in their best traditional clothes. Groups of men and women can be seen singing, dancing and playing musical instruments, some dressed as gods and goddesses also join in the procession. Space is at a premium as people perch on top of buildings and even trees to catch a glimpse of the goddess' idol.

It was for such occasions that the city planners left the terraces over the shops vacant. People still climb up and gather there to get a better view of the processions. This has been a tradition and is followed to this day. There are several areas around Tripolia Gate from where one can get a good view of the colourful procession.

One can enter to the ancient center of the city by one of the seven gates, by the way, the main entrance is the Tripolia Gate