Khazane Walon Ka Rasta: marble statue makers

As you walk along this crowded lane, you would really have to look out for these old buildings, as they seem to be lost behind dozens of garment shops and their hoardings. This wide lane has narrowed considerably due to shops extending on to the road. A lot of carts and temporary shops usurp a lot of space on the road. But it is easier to walk here than drive! As you go past the clothing shops and have reached almost the middle of this entire lane, you can see a few marble show rooms with the finished product. There are some shops where it is possible to see the work in progress but they are mainly located in the side lanes so do go into these lanes to see these skilled carvers at work.

Rajasthan is a major producer of marble. Statues on religious themes are in great demand. It is amazing how the skilled craftsman can bring to life intricate details, folds and expressions of personalities in marble sculptures. The tedious and clever workmanship can be visualized when you look at the finished products.

Idols of lord Krishna, and lord Ram are the most popular and ordered by temples and individuals from all over the world. In fact, these craftsmen also go out and work on site on bigger pieces. Other than statues, they also specialize in pots, coasters, plates, tiles, paintings, showpieces, animal statuettes, etc. Sometimes enhancing them with subtle use of colour, precious and semi precious gemstones, decorative gold and meenakari work is also done. Traditional paintings are also done on marble. There are no further turnings on this lane, except if you need to explore the marble carvers in the by-lanes.

Keep going straight until you get to a wider crossroad - the Indira Bazar. Explore if you must, though the shops here really cater to local needs from shoes to coolers and furnishings. Right in front of you is a small opening that will take you out of the walled city. Known as Singh Dwar, it is not one of the original gates of the walled city but something that came up much later for easier access into the crowded market place. Outside Singh Dwar, take a right turn and keep walking parallel to the city wall until you come to a huge banyan tree on your right and the road takes a left turn.

Khazane Walon Ka Rasta: marble statue makers