This is Chowkri Topkhana Desh and the highlight of this walk is Khazanewalon ka Raasta, the lane of the marble statue makers. The entire lane is clogged more with tiny shops selling readymade garments than with marble carvers for whom this lane was famous. Yet, there are still quite a few of them working here and the constant noise of stone being hammered and chiselled can be heard at several places. The street takes you out at Indira Bazar and then out of the walled area through Singh Dwar, a smaller opening out of the walled city, towards the newer section of the city - the Mirza Ismail Road.
Duration. Although the length of the walk is quite short, there is so much to see, along the route that it may take up to two hours.
Parking. There is a rather crowded area and you would do better to get dropped right outside Khazanewalon ka Raasta and ask your car to meet you on Mirza Ismail Road near Gem Palace or Niros. Taxis and scooter rickshaws are readily available on this road.
Places of interest on the way to M.I. Road: Khazanewalon ka Raasta - Indira Bazar - Singh Dwar - Panch Batti - Mirza Ismail Road.
The Walk. Khazanewalon ka Raasta is a fairly wide lane, fourth on the right when you come in from Chandpol Gate and on the left if you come in from Choti Chaupad. The turning is located between shop number 358 and 359.
Khazanewalon ka Raasta. Crowded, busy and very noisy, this street is famous for the marble stone carvers who can be seen chiselling away at huge blocks of marble turning out the most beautiful idols of gods and goddesses as well as politicians. However, when you walk into this lane, it will seem more like a cloth market because there seem to be more readymade garment shops than marble ones.
There are two temples, at the beginning of the lane, on either side dedicated to Shri Badrinarayan, the diety of sculptors. A little further into the lane are some old havelies that go back 250 years but are now either ruined or have been converted into showrooms. Most of them belong to important courtiers of Maharaja Ram Singh's darbar.
Do not miss the old houses struggling to stay alive in a street that is fast being changed by modern buildings. A carved balcony here and a painted wall there, a tin shed with designed frill edges - all from the early days.
The first haveli on the right as you enter the lane is of Maharaja Ram Singh's treasurer, Shri Radha Govind Mathur known as Khazanewalon ki Haveli. It is in a dilapidated state but still occupied by his descendents.
Another haveli on the left, after the second lane is of Shri Nandkishore Sharma known as Ghadi Sazon ki Haveli that belonged to a proficient watchmaker in Maharaja Ram Singh's time. It has obviously seen better days and is occupied by the same family. On the same side of the street is another interesting old structure from the olden days, Mir Munshi ki Haveli.