How To Do A Free Walking Tour In Jaipur Old City?

Walking tours remain a remarkable way to discover the city. Over the last few years, the heritage and cultural walking tours have become extremely popular. Why so? There are a variety of walking tours in Jaipur, right from a heritage walking tour to walking tours of the local markets. These walks allow one to see things differently, an invaluable opportunity to witness life in Jaipur closely. In recent times, some tour operators are offering a free walking tour in Jaipur. Are they really free?

Free Walking Tour In Jaipur-A Guide

Having explored Jaipur considerably during the last few years, I have had the opportunity of leading heritage walks for the academicians and students from across the world. I’m sharing a Free Heritage walking tour of Jaipur local market which is self-guided and doesn’t require any guide.

Free walking tours are common in Europe and replicated across other parts of the world especially in notable tourist towns. After undertaking a couple of free and paid walking tours, I feel the term “free walking tour” is a misnomer. The guide at some point will notify you that it’s a tip based walking tour and also disclose how much you should tip. In a way, the term “free” is a trap. If a guided walk is advertised as a free walking tour it should be free and not come with the expectation of tips. I would like to mention Sandeman’s Walking Tours in Europe which clearly mention tours are free and tips are complimentary. Sandeman’s walking tours are amazingly popular and highly recommended if you are visiting Europe.

A walking tour in Europe

Please note that it is impossible to provide entire details in one blog post. This heritage walk in Jaipur only provides a framework to explore on your own without a need for an expensive walking guide of the walled city area, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Therefore, in no way, this is an exhaustive guide for travelers rather it offers a synopsis of the life in the Jaipur walled city and its built heritage.

Read Heritage walk in Jaipur

A beautiful Haveli in Johari Bazaar, Jaipur

Free Old City Walking Tour Map of Jaipur

This walking tour in Jaipur covers the Walled City Area, a UNESCO World Heritage site. It was awarded the UNESCO World Heritage Site status in July 2019. Here is a free walking tour map on google along with markers and pictures of the places You can save this Google map to your maps by clicking on the star near the share button.


How much time is required to complete this walking tour?

Estimated Time is 1.5-2 hours but you can always fine-tune it depending on your interests. Photography enthusiasts and people who love exploring cultures tend to take considerably longer. There are plenty of deviations that one can add in this itinerary to make it longer.

What to expect in this Walking Tour?

It is a good idea to understand what Glimpses from everyday life, beautiful heritage architecture, a busy bazaar scene, a variety of smells and sounds!




Jaipur Old City Walking Tour Places

Here is a detailed plan of the free walking tour map provided above.

The Staring Point of Free Walking Tour In The Jaipur Old City

New Gate near Golcha Cinema, Chaura Rasta. Here is a picture of New Gate as seen from MI Road. This is one of the gates to the Jaipur old city.


Here is a picture of the Golcha Cinema, one of the old cinema hall in Jaipur.

Golcha Cinema Jaipur

The End Point of Free Walking Tour In The Jaipur Old City

Govind Dev Ji Temple near Jaipur City Palace. Here is a picture of the Govind Dev Ji temple.



  • New Gate
New Gate, the starting point for the walking tour

New Gate is one of the nine gates of Jaipur walled city area. This was the last gate to be built in the 1940s hence named New Gate. All other 8 gates were built in the early 1700s when the city was founded. Back then, only a narrow gate that allowed people to enter and leave the walled city area existed at the site. This gate was built to connect the new upcoming areas with the old walled city area. Some people also claim that this gate was built for the convenience of the previous Jaipur ruler – Maharajah Sawai Man Singh II. It allowed him fast access from the Jaipur City Palace to his new residence at Ram Bagh Palace. In comparison to other gates, this gate follows straight lines and draws inspiration from Brandenburg Gate in Berlin.

Read more about Jaipur Gates in Old Gates of Jaipur

  • Bapu Bazaar

From New Gate, take a right turn, walk through the Bapu Bazaar towards Sanganeri Gate.

Shops at Bapu Bazar, Jaipur

Bapu Bazaar remains a thriving market and quite popular among travelers and tourists for shopping. This market is well known for the Sanganeri print fabrics – bed sheets, suits, jackets, and Mojari /Jutis. It is not one of the old Jaipur markets rather it was a fallout of the Indian independence and partition; the shops were made and allotted to the displaced Sindhi community from Pakistan.

Jaipuri Jutis & Mochadi

Pro Tip: It is a good market to buy clothes, handmade local footwear -Mojadis and Chappals, and Sanganeri block-printed furnishings.

Read Jaipuri Jutis


Sanganer block printed bed sheets

At the end of the market towards the eastern direction is Sanganeri Gate.

  • Sanganeri Gate
Bapu Bazaar as seen from the Sanganeri Gate


Sanganeri Gate

Sanganeri Gate is one of the most famous gates of Jaipur because it precedes Johari Bazaar, the most desired place for shopping in Jaipur. The moment someone mentions Jaipur, the images of Johari Bazaar are first to pop up in the minds of travelers.

Read more about Sanganeri Gate in Old Gates of Jaipur

  • Johari Bazaar

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johari bazaar
The famous Johari Bazaar market
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Buildings and architecture of Johari Bazaar

The beauty of Johari Bazaar is its appeal among the locals and travelers alike. The word “Johari” means jewelers. This is where the famous Jaipur jewelry is manufactured and sold. Jaipur is a well-known trading & manufacturing hub for colored stone jewelry as well as Kundan Meena, Polki and Jadau Jewelry.

Junk jewelry for sale in the streets of Johari Bazaar

There are thousands of jewelry manufacturers and traders in the bylanes of Johari Bazaar. Apart from jewelry, there are many shops selling garments, handicrafts, artificial jewelry, dry fruits, and masalas, and what not? This is the most diverse market of Jaipur. Johari Bazaar is one of the most popular places for wedding shopping especially jewelry and clothes.

To have a better look at Sanganeri Gate, take a right turn from Bapu Bazaar through the small gates and walk out to receive a glimpse of Sanganeri Gate in its full glory.

The Sanganeri Gate
  • Sanganeri Gate Hanuman Ji temple 

Once done, retrace and walk through the gate back into the market, head straight towards North direction until you discover a temple on your left – Hanuman Ji temple of Sanganeri Gate.

The famous Hanuman Ji Temple at Sanganeri Gate

As per legends, the temple is ancient; some claim it to be older than the city. It retains no signs of antiquity and is all modern in its construction. It enjoys a substantial following and Tuesday draws thousands of devotees.

There’s another temple on the opposite side – Shree Roopchandrama Ji Temple. It has beautiful architecture and was commissioned by one of the queens of the court in the 18th century, Sadly, it doesn’t attract many devotees anymore. It is one of the forgotten heritage temples of Jaipur.

Shree Roopchandrama Ji Temple

From temple walk towards the north until you find this gate on your right. Traverse the road towards the other side into the gate.

  • Fruit and vegetable market in Johri Bazaar
Entrance – the vegetable and fruit Mandi of Johari Bazaar

A few more steps and you are in a local vegetable market of Johari Bazaar. Walk around to witness how vegetables have been sold for centuries. Supermarkets still haven’t been able to replace the way people buy fruits and vegetables in Jaipur much like many ancient cities across the world like Cairo or Fez.

Vegetable sellers
Fruits for sale in Fruit Mandi, Johari Bazaar, Jaipur

The locals like to buy directly from the sellers and prefer to bargain and choose from a variety of sellers. If you are an explorer, strike a conversation with one of the vendors, smile and purchase something. Bananas, maybe? They are inexpensive in comparison to Europe, the USA, or even Singapore and Hong Kong. A kilogram will cost USD 0.50!


  • Johri Bazaar Shops

After exploring this market, walk out through the second exit which is devoid of a gate. Once you are out of this market, take a right turn towards the north and walk through the covered walkway in front of the shop facade. This walkway is designed to provide respite from the sun and rain for the shoppers. These sheltered walking paths were built during the reign of the last ruling Maharajah of Jaipur- Sawai Man Singh II. Prior to this, the shop fronts had awnings made out of tarpaulins. You can refer to the vintage picture later in this post. All shops have unique numbers.


As you walk from the vegetable market, you will find a variety of shops selling food items that are a mainstay for the Indian kitchen like grains and spices. These shops have been selling in the same manner for the last three centuries.

The Masalas- Turmeric

Many changes have taken place, though. Previously the shop shutters were made of wooden doors but now the rolling metal shutters have replaced them. If you like to see old wooden shutters, you can still find a few in the bylanes of Johari Bazaar.


You can find one in Johari Bazaar near shop number 79 on your left-hand side. Here is a picture for your reference.

A man walks past an old facade in Johari Bazaar

There are a total of four lanes on your right side and four on your left. Jaipur is a planned city and all lanes intersect at a right angle. This walk covers the ones on your right side.

The first one is the KGB (Kundiger Bhairon Ji) Ka Rasta, followed by MSB (Moti Singh Bhomiyan) Ka Rasta, Ghee Walon Ka Rasta, and Haldion Ka Rasta.


Once you come across the third lane, Ghee Walon Ka Rasta, enter this street.

  • Ghee Walon Ka Rasta
Scenes from Ghee Walon Ka Rasta

You will find many shops selling sweets and savories at the start of Ghee Walon Ka Rasta. These shops are extremely popular among the locals and worth trying a few offerings. You can also try a few Indian sweet delicacies like Malpua.


Sambhar Fini is an enormously popular shop to try locals sweets – Ghevar and Fini.

Pro Tip: For travelers visiting from the western hemisphere eating street food may not be a good idea if your gut is not acclimatized. Delhi Belly can give you a tough time.

Sambhar Fini Wala, Jaipur
Ever tried the Ghevar in Jaipur?

Keep walking in this lane until you come across this Jain temple on a crossing. The temple is one of the historic & prominent Jain temples of Jaipur belonging to the Shwetmber sect of Jainism. It is called Sri Suparasnath Bada Jain Temple and is incredibly charming.

Shwetamber Jain Temple, Ghee Walon Ka Rasta

Jain temples are noted for being incredibly ornate and beautiful.  Here is a picture from another Jain temple in Jaipur.

A glimpse from one of the Jain Temples in Jaipur

Many old Jain temples have beautiful and detailed frescoes. The focus is not on the idol which is usually made out of white marble rather on the walls and ceiling.


Do note that the temples religious sites and not tourist attractions. Some of them do not permit non-Jain. Seek prior permission before entering a temple from the person in charge. Like all temples in India, common dress and footwear codes need to be followed.

Take note of the facades of old houses in this street. Traditional Rajasthani big mansions are called Havelis and are characterized by beautiful paintings and doors.

A beautiful door of a Haveli in the walled city of Jaipur

Not all houses and doors feature detailed and colorful paintings, some are simpler yet beautiful.


Take left from this temple to proceed in the north direction. This market is called Dara Bazar and there are innumerable shops selling clothes and fabrics. Witness the hustle-bustle of a local market. There’s another important Jain temple belonging to Digamber sect of Jainism towards your right side. Jaipur has a large number of Jain population. The Jain community in Jaipur is primarily engaged in trade and is noted for business acumen.


After walking a few meters, you will come across an intersection of the fourth lane- Haldion Ka Rasta. Take a left and walk towards the Johari Bazaar.

  • Haldion Ka Rasta


Street scenes – Haldion Ka Rasta

This market was traditionally a market for jewelry. In recent times, many modern shops have come up selling a variety of items. In the old days, some of the noted Jaipur jewelers were based in Haldion Ka Rasta.  A few are still present like Surana Jewellers of Jaipur.

The famous jewelers of Jaipur. Surana Jewellers

There’s an old bullion exchange towards your right. It is nonfunctional but at some point in time, this was abuzz with activity and is linked with the history of Jaipur jewelry industry especially speculative trading.


After reaching Johari Bazar, take a right turn and continue on the covered walkway. The shops on your right are primarily into selling jewelry, garments, and Saris. You will find many street vendors selling junk jewelry and colored stones.



Continue towards Badi Chaupar, a big square with an intersection. Badi Chauper area is chaotic due to the ongoing metro project over the last few years.


  • Badi Chaupar Jaipur Flower Market

At Badi Chaupar you will find a flower market towards your right side. The vendors have been selling fresh flowers for many decades. This is the oldest flower market in Jaipur. Many devotees buy flowers here during their customary visit to the temple.

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The flower sellers of Jaipur at Badi Chaupar
Street scene from Jaipur Flower Market

From Badi Chaupar it is straightforward to locate Hawa Mahal towards the north-west direction. Walk towards Hawa Mahal.

  • Hawa Mahal and Sirehdyodi Bazaar
Hawa Mahal
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The view from the top floor of Hawa Mahal, overlooking the Sirehdyodi Bazaar, Jaipur

The shops in front of Hawa Mahal cater to tourists with a variety of merchandise. Quite likely, you will be invited to inspect goods sold in the shops by the staff. This is not the best place to buy good quality products.

Sirehdyodi Bazaar, near Hawa Mahal, Jaipur lined with the touristy items for sale

Continue on the same road until you come across this building on your left which was previously a town hall. It is a defunct building and out of use presently.


Cross over to the other side of the road and walk towards the north until you find this gate on your left called Sirehdyodi Gate. Turn left and walk through this gate.

  • Sirehdyodi Gate


  • City Palace Compound

Towards your left will be a few grain sellers and a pigeon feeding point. It’s a favorite spot among travelers to click pictures for Instagram or blogs.


Continue walking on the same road and walk through the Nakkarkhana Gate. We are walking towards the city palace compound and this is the first gate you will encounter.

  • Nakkarkhana Gate
Nakkarkhana Pol

Soon, you will come across a large public square called Jaleb Chowk. The word Jaleb is derived from Jalab, a Persian word. This place was meant to mobilize a large gathering especially army or a procession. Currently, it is a neglected space and many sections have fallen out due to disrepair.

  •  Jaleb Chowk in Jaipur City Palace Compound


From here turn right and walk through a gate towards the Govind Dev Ji Temple. You will find many devotees headed towards the temple. The temple is open throughout the day but the Darshan can only be done during the predesignated slots. Some slots are more popular hence more crowded. The timings of the slots can be checked online on the portal of the temple – govinddevji.net.

  • Govind Dev Ji Temple


As any temple in India, you need to remove footwear before entering the temple; you will find a shoe stand towards the right. Usually, a volunteer will ensure the safekeeping of the shoes; though tipping is not mandatory, it ensures a good service; Rs 10 is good enough.



Expansive view of Govind Devji Temple, Jaipur, and the devotees
Admiration and devotion at Govind Dev Ji Temple, Jaipur

This walk ends here. You can retrace the same path walking on the opposite side of the street to explore deeper.

Pro Tips:

  • The best thing to do in Govind Dev Ji Temple is to sit back and enjoy the vibe and atmosphere. This temple is the most important temple in Jaipur attracting thousands of devotees every day!
  • A good idea will be to explore the Jaipur City Palace once the walk is over as add-on activity.which is the same compound if you have spare time.


Read more about City Palace in this guide – Jaipur City Palace Walk

City Palace is one of the most popular places in Jaipur. One of the reasons for its popularity is the four gates of Pritam Chowk representing different seasons. Out of these, the Peacock Gate and Leheriya Gates are the most popular.


Jaipur Architecture

Here are a few not to be missed buildings built in the vernacular architectural style in the main street of Johari Bazaar.

  • Deori Ji Temple in Johari Bazaar

This is on the right side (East) of the bazaar


  • Kothari Bhawan 

This is on the left side (West) of the bazaar


The murals and paintings on the exteriors are part of the restoration process; originally this wasn’t in this form. The house is not owned by the original Kothari family anymore and the building has undergone a massive change after it was sold.

  • Banthia Haveli

This is on the right side (East) of the bazaar


  • Jargab Haveli

This is on the right side (East) of the bazaar


The traditional buildings have a different architecture in comparison to the modern ones. Some traditional facades still survive in Johari Bazaar. The walled city is undergoing a drastic change. Many old buildings are being razed down to be replaced by new construction. Often old exists in harmony with modern architecture.


These are modern structures that have replaced the old facade. One of the most prominent is LMB sweets which came up post-1950s. Notice how LMB looks out of place vis a vis it’s surrounding buildings.

  • LMB Sweets & Hotel

This is on the left side (West) of the bazaar


Another example of how new construction cannot replace the old building can be seen in this picture.


There are many interesting buildings in the by-lanes of Johari Bazaar too especially in Ghee Walon Ka Rasta.

Is Jaipur Walkable?

The walled city of Jaipur is one of the best places to walk in Jaipur because it offers a lot to see. It is certainly walkable considering short distances. However, do watch out for bikes and other traffic hazards; people generally don’t always observe universal traffic rules. Watch where you place your foot, the narrow streets on this old part of Jaipur, are not the cleanest places that you might have seen.

Is It Safe To Walk Around in Jaipur?

It is generally safe to walk in Jaipur through the route mentioned in this blog during the day time. I always recommend people to use their judgment when it comes to safety. If you have a feeling that it is unsafe to walk alone, don’t override! In such a case, it is better to go for a guided walking tour because the walk leader understands the locality and situation. When walking in the streets of Jaipur dress conservatively. The tourist attractions are generally safe, avoid venturing into an unknown area before checking with a reliable local source like your hotel.

Places to eat during the Heritage walking tour

The three most popular places among travelers in the walled city area are the following.

  1. Tattoo Cafe Opposite Hawa Mahal
  2. LMB Sweets in Johari Bazaar
  3. Baradari restaurant in Jaipur City Palace

While none of these are the best when it comes to food, they do serve the purpose. Tattoo Cafe offers an incredible view of the Hawa Mahal and is one of the most Instagrammable places in Jaipur. Here is a picture of Tattoo Cafe.


LMB Hotel despite being popular among travelers doesn’t stack up among locals because it is considered overpriced & not consistent for food.


Baradari is a fine-dine restaurant catering to niche travelers.


If street food is what you like, there are plenty of options in the Johari Bazaar, Sirehdyodi Bazaar, and Triploiya. Some of the worthy names include Pandit Kulfi, Ramchandra Kulfi, Pakodi Wala near the Hawa Mahal entrance gate. Check out Street Food in Jaipur.  It is not an exhaustive street food guide but explores a few options. A few budget vegetarian Dhabas can be found in Nehru Bazaar not far from Golcha Cinema and are quite popular.

One of the recommendations I would like to make is Jaipur Masala Chowk, a food court. It is approximately one kilometer from New Gate/ Golcha Cinema and offers a huge assortment of street food from some of the legendary food outlets of Jaipur. You can’t go wrong with this choice. Read more Why is Jaipur Masala Chowk so popular?


If you are picky about food then you need to look beyond the Walled City area. Check out my post on the best restaurants & cafes in Jaipur.



Important points before undertaking a self-guided heritage & cultural walk in Jaipur Bazaar.

  • This walk can be undertaken at any time of the day.
  • The Johari Bazaar market opens between 10-11 AM. If you arrive early you will find shopkeepers busy arranging their merchandise. jaipur-market-wedding-shopping-johari-bazaar
  • The closing time of the Johari Bazaar market is not fixed but varied from shop to shop. Generally, the shops close between 8-9 PM.
  • The roadside vendors start working from 7-8.30 AM.
  • Once the market activity starts the bylanes are chaotic and full of vehicular traffic.
  • For those focused on buildings and architecture, a good time to take a heritage walk is around 7.30-8 AM.
  • If the market buzz and chaotic streets are what you love, 11 AM or any time thereafter is a good time to start this walk. johari bazaar traffic jam
  • Watch out for scooters and motorcycles/bikes when walking in the bylanes. The narrow lanes have many contenders vying for the same space. Bikers are a big nuisance.
  • Many travelers get intimidated with noise and the incessant honking of vehicle sound horns. If you prefer peace, I suggest you choose the morning hours – 8 AM.
  • Expect litter on the street. These bylanes were meant for a different era, before the invention of plastic and consumerism. Unfortunately, people are not doing their bit in the cleaning process.
  • Expect a variety of smells- good and not so good. This is a buzzing market and there are many workshops engaged in the making of food items in the by-lanes of Johari Bazaar. making-of-best-ghevar-jaipur-photo
  • There are many interesting and beautiful old Rajasthani Haveli style buildings in these by-lanes. It is easy to miss them. rajasthani-haveli-architecture-house-jaipur-walking-tour

History of Johari Bazaar

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An old picture of Johari Bazaar from 19th century clicked by one of the early photo studios – Gobindram Oodeyram

Johari Bazaar is one of the most popular bazaars of the old part of Jaipur and certainly the most historic. It is one of the originally planned bazaars of the pink city. Even though there are a variety of shops, the name indicates it was meant for the jewelry trade. One of the distinguishing features is the residential units in this bazaar was meant for the business community. It falls under Chowkri Modikhana, one of the nine planned blocks founded in 1727 AD.


The shops have a covered walkway meant to provide shade whereas the roof served as a viewing deck for the public. Historians claim that the colonnaded walkway was built during the reign of the last ruler of Jaipur. Many religious processions used to pass through Johari Bazaar. Shopping in Jaipur is incomplete without a visit to Johari Bazaar.

Self-Guided Walking Tours Vs Free Guided Walking Tours Vs Paid Walking Tours. Which one to take?

Is a self-guided walking tour better than guided walking tours? Like everything else, a self-guided tour has its own limitations. For one, you need to be good at navigation. Despite a good well-marked map, many people are uncomfortable using one. Also, for people visiting from quiet places, a buzzing Indian bazaar is a “sensory” attack. There’s so much noise, a variety of smell, over-crowded streets, and lastly, too many things happening all at once. This can be an overwhelming experience for some.


This is a reason why some people prefer a walk leader which will allow them to relax and just soak in the atmosphere rather than worry about navigation and traffic. An added bonus-the navigator also acts as a translator. For others. exploration is an adventure. They enjoy getting lost and finding something new which was not mentioned in their guide. Read more about a Guided Heritage walk in Jaipur.

A Heritage Walking Tour in Jaipur

Many people miss the conversation and exchange of ideas that come with a guided tour. It is likely that travelers will have many questions and self-guided walks have no opportunity for answers. Jaipur markets are buzzing and a self-guided walk is not a complete answer for the inquisitive ones.


There are many “hidden places in Jaipur” which cannot be explored with a self-guided walk. There’s so much to see and experience like this old Haveli in the walled city. The narratives and stories are best experienced with a walk leader. Check out these Happy Children


Love stories? Check out Sunday



Self-guided walks are best for people who love exploring at their own pace. Also, guided walks often operate at a pre-decided time, self-guided walk allows one to choose the most convenient time. It works very well with photographers and artists who need more time. Guided walks tend to rush through the route and often lead unsuspecting travelers into buying overpriced local merchandise. This is a common ploy employed by guides across the world. There are some variations as well, in some cases guides make a pitstop at an overpriced cafe/eateries.


I personally prefer to go on a walking tour with a pre-decided fee. This takes away the dilemma of how much to tip? It saves me from the problem of paying too much or too little. Read more about a Guided Heritage walk in Jaipur

What do you think? Do you have any experience with walking tours to share? Question or comments on A Walking Tour in Jaipur? Reach out to me Jaipurthrumylens at gmail com.

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139 thoughts on “How To Do A Free Walking Tour In Jaipur Old City?

  1. Great initiative. I have a suggestion. Why don’t you do the walk, video record it, and make it a downloadable audio/video walk so that its easier for people like me, who are seriously map-impaired. That is if you have the time. Take Care

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    1. Thanks, Svetlana. I remember having a similar conversation. It is a good idea. I will find a way to implement it. I definitely need some hardware and skills to implement it. Most blogs with self guided tours only post pictures of the key places. I have posted much more so that when one undertakes it, they are not confused having seen the markers.
      Appreciate your suggestion, will update once I implement it. Thanks, Svetlana. 🙂

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  2. You presented us with enough ideas about the most significant places we should visit in a self-guided tour of Jaipur. One would need more than a day to see in detail all the wonders your city has to offer. There are very few things that are truly free. I agree with you. It is best to go for a tour, which offers the service for a fee. Greetings from Canada and best wishes! Peter

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    1. I’m sure you will need more than a day to truly enjoy all that this city offers. Yes, it is true that nothing in this world is free except advice!

      I have often found that free guided walk leads unsuspecting tourists to overpriced shops and eateries. This is one way guides make their money by offering free tours.

      I’m glad we’re on same page. hanks for reading and sharing your views. I suppose all this looks exotic from your part of the world?

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  3. I wish I had had this when I visited Jaipur years ago. While I enjoy knowing more about the places I see and how to get around, I always feel rushed when getting a guided tour. I’ve really enjoyed the tours that come on headphones (or apps) so that one can satisfy both agendas, and also discourage touts from offering “free tours”. I have this bookmarked for when I return to Jaipur next time!^)

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    1. Travelers are increasingly looking at options to add value to their travel. These days visiting popular tourist spots has lost a bit of charm because we have seen the picture so many times on social media. Exploring local culture and streets provide a unique experience. I agree it was not so popular a few years ago. The problem with guided tours is that often it leads the unsuspecting travelers and tourists into emporiums and so called workshops/museums. They are narrated fabricated stories to sell overpriced products. I hope you visit Jaipur once again. 🙂

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      1. Picture are wonderful (especially yours), but to truly connect, there’s nothing like being there. I fear sometimes though that we are loving these places to death, and the environmental damages from visiting them in some ways contribute to their demise. Certainly makes one thoughtfully consider their modes and destinations for travel.
        As for the “guided tours”, yes, I’ve certainly been taken for a ride both literally and figuratively by tour guides and taxi drivers. Hopefully I’m a bit wiser now!^)

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      2. I agree. Pictures can never replace the experience.
        You have raised a very valid point of tourism killing the places….tourism causing greater carbon footprints. These are real issues. Of late, there has been talks of how Instagram is ruining the travel experience. Some people say that making things cheaper effects a place in a negative manner.
        I’m sure you can smell “scheme” now when guides and drivers approach you. Have you ever thought of sharing them with others?Might help fellow travelers.

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      3. I was really surprised to see all the selfies going on during my travel. Then again, people used to bore captive audiences with 500 pictures in a row from their vacations long ago. Travel is becoming cheaper, and I think there’s a responsibility for everyone to do it responsibly. The way of the world is that not everyone will. I hope to do what I wish to see in the world.
        As for the schemes – yes! Sounds like a good topic for a future blog!

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      4. With the advent of smartphones, photography has kind of become “epidemic”. Everyone has an able camera which allows them post pictures online instantly and gather likes and comments- hedonistic pleasure or self-gratification, whatever you may choose to call! We are living in an age where attention span is short. Exactly a reason why some travelers have started deep travel or slow travel. I guess we can talk about it for hours…
        I’ll look forwad to reading your blog on tourists scams and traps. It’s a deal?

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  4. Oh my god, oh my god! Only someone who knows the nerves of a city, can narrate it in the way you do it! Jaipur seems to be calling me again. Perhaps a longer, more experienced trip in a near future.

    My somewhat frequent visits to Rajasthan and researching about History of Rajasthan (and Gujarat) through the medieval times has drawn me closer to it in past two years like never before!

    How are you by the way?

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    1. Hey! Mana.. what a plesant surprise to hear from you. I thought you had disappeared!!

      I will definitely love to hear what you have been researching? Sounds interesting. Do share.

      As for this post, I guess we all have a different perspective. Yes, someone who has visited this place a few thouand times will have a different approach. I thought let me share an insider’s guide in a world filled with traveler’s perspective!

      So when are you visiting Jaipur, again?

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      1. Indeed, I had disappeared. In the many layers of my new job, new home and a new life as a married working woman. But I’m back now, hopefully for a longer time; since i’m trying to manage my time.

        So, I am researching a historical Sanskrit poem that narrates renovation of a pilgrim place of Gujarat after Alauddin Khilji’s invasion in 14th century. And for this, i’ve got to go through medieval historical literature of both Gujarat and Rajasthan, history of these region and pilgrim networks.

        Insider’s perspective is what makes your blog stand apart. Will visit Jaipur soon since I’m back to wordpress and to wonderful posts of Jaipur thru your lence!

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      2. Wow. That’s surely fascinating. Are there enough literature to talk about the renovation? I think it’s sad that these Invaders caused so much damage to our built heritage.

        Mana, I can understand things you have to juggle with all these roles. I would love to read about your findings, on your blog. If that’s possible.

        Thanks for according that special status to JaipurThruMyLens. It’s an honor and I feel privileged. 😊


    1. I’m sure someday you will. It definitely is hard to imagine considering the fact that there are so many places to visit in this lifetime. But who knows? Life does throw surprises when least expected. Isn’t it so, Marcus?
      Thanks for sharing your thoughts. 🙂

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  5. Arv, you have taken up a very apt topic for your blog post. I personally feel that walking is the best way to explore a city and I can vouch on your free guided walking tour. As I went on through your guided tour I could recollect chunks of memories from my visit a decade ago. I especially remember shopping in the Johari Bazaar area, the nearby Hawa Mahal, then some way to the new gate (that you mentioned in the beginning), the town hall, the city palace. That’s all I can remember now but I still treasure the items purchased from Johari Bazar and the best part is a neighbour (originally from Jaipur) recently gifted me a pair of Jaipur Chappal that is in your picture. 🙂

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    1. I’m glad this post rekindled your memories, sarmistha. Increasilngly, travelers want more than tourist attractions. Explorers love taking a dig at local culture. A walk like is perfect solution. I also realised that not everyone is brave enough to venture into bylanes. Probably, it is the fear of getting lost or unfamiliar atmosphere. A self guided tour is also becoming quite popular and there are some new age solutions too.
      Do you love your new gift? Is it a colorful one the tradtional one? I have a feeling that you like hand made stuff.

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      1. To know a place from inside and as you said to dig at local culture walking and getting lost is best possible way to do so (yes safety obviously needs to be taken care of). One more thing I would like to share is I love to get lost, although it brings a momentary turmoil but later it seems like an adventure and a treasured memory.
        Yes, I do love my gift, it is in a pretty maroon velvety body with Zari work on it – the traditional Jaipuri Chappal. I just love handmade stuffs, it has an appeal that no other things can match.

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      2. I agree, safety first. Getting lost? I guess it takes us back to old days devoid of maps and information. Sometimes, getting lost = new discoveries! Isn’t it so?
        I guess we’re on same side when it comes to hand made stuff. Well, you are going to love Jaipur, Sarmistha. Lot’s of hand made things to buy here. 🙂

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  6. It was a long walk but how beautiful it is to explore the ancient haveli’s and see how the history has casted this pink city of dreams,I loved the nakkarkhana gate,there was something truly magical about the blue mingling with the cream shade.
    When will I visit Jaipur Arv?

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    1. Neha, I’m happy you enjoyed this virtual trip. I’m sure you will find many more gates other than Nakkarkhana gate. BTW, not many residents can recall the name for this gate. It is not a very popular one, of late.
      When will you visit? Exactly, a question I want to ask you, Neha!


      1. I will visit the day Jaipur’s best blogger will be my travel guide.Just joking!Next year there might be a possibility,let’s hope for the best.
        p.s=(internally crying as I really want to go to Jaipur)

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      2. I’ll try, Neha though I can’t promise. 😊 I hope you visit Jaipur sometime soon. Does work keeps you preoccupied?


  7. it seems the whole Jaipur is shining through your lovely pictures! You have put so much into this arv! Fabulous post! It could be very useful for the visitors like many of your earlier posts.

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    1. Thanks for appreciating. This post is meant to help people discover the best of Jaipur. The interest for self guided tours is rising and I have seen how many travelers and tourists fall into the trap of guides. I’m hoping this will help them to have a great experience in discovering the pink city! Thanks for your kind remarks- always appreciated. 🙂

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  8. Arv, what a beautiful walk through the most beautiful city of Jaipur, I was mentally walking with you and of course it brought back so many amazing memories. Personally I am more of self guided tours, since I am a professional photographer. Once I did a guided tour in Ahemadabad and after almost an hour I lost my guide, because I got side tracked in some beautiful alleys my camera was attracted to capture some unique views, I never found my guided group again, but awesome other places. By the way, since you mentioned Sanganer, I have visited the city of Sanganer, their paper company and I was in awe of their process of paper making, I couldn’t resist to buy so much beautiful paper. ….. On another note, talking about bananas, Bananas in India taste like banananas, yes they do, unlike what we get here in the US, even organic ones, they have not much taste. So cheers to the real bananas of India. Have a great weekend, Arv

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    1. I’m glad this post rekindled your memories, Cornelia!
      I believe photographers and guided tours have “synchronization” issues, so in that respect they don’t get well! 🙂
      Well, photographers tend to have a different perspective of seeing things and therefore, half the time they won’t even listen to the guide. Only a photographer can lead a walk for other photographers. It is important to be able to think alike! Am I right?
      Since you visited Sanganer, did you also visit block printing fabric workshops? Happy to hear that you were delighted with a trip to paper making factory.
      This is first time I have heard of comparison of Banana taste. Do you know you can find 5-6 varities of Banana in South India? There’s even a red banana!
      I was always curious to know what kind of photography you do as a professional photographer, Cornelia!


  9. Omg! this is a mammoth post man! Just one post and covers all. Must read the post for anyone visiting Jaipur! That google maps link is superb idea! This is a post of the year!
    btw, by reading through the content Jaipur now mostly focusing on the commercial side totally shadowing the great heritage and the glorious past. I hate when people start selling things in front of the great historical monuments. It takes away the whole essence of any travel goals. But nevertheless, I have a pending visit to the great place you have there. Cheers!


    1. Raj, it’s an irony that heritage takes a back seat. It’s not taken care in the best way. Also, this place is a thriving bazaar and sees a lot of action. You can compare it with the streets of Cairo, Fez or Istanbul. Even then heritage never takes a front seat.

      Mammoth post? Yes, it is. Without such details it’s not much useful. Even then it only covers ten percent of what you will encounter and witness on the streets.
      I’m hoping you get to visit the Pink city sometime soon. It’ll be a gold mine for a photographer like you.

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Raj

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      1. Thanks for the invite, yes I am sure it is a paradise for photogrphay enthusiasts.. when you mix that with history ….result is priceless!


    1. Thanks, Pamela. That’s the intention; to help the travelers who are new to the city. Those arriving from western hemisphere find it a “sensory attack”!


  10. That’s an exhaustive post and will be so beneficial for those interested in walking to discover and feel the essence of a city. I never bothered to think so much about free vs. guided tours probably because I have never done one seriously. Reading your posts makes me feel like I have done nothing in my 2-day visit to Jaipur. A friend is just back from Jaipur and loved the city but did not have a lot of time to explore it well. I am going to send this post to her.

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    1. Neel, over-tourism is causing a lot of change. Travelers are not happy with ticking off the list. I firmly believe you have not seen the place until you have explored its culture. Visiting attractions is half the fun. These days there are so many tourists that it is hard to find some quiet place. You know what Instagram does. I always feel walking around is the best way to discover a place. I did that during all my recent travels. In cities where there is too much action on the street like Kolkata, Jaipur, Varanasi, Pushkar, walking works the best!
      Happy to know your friend loved Jaipur. Work trip, I suppose!

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      1. I couldn’t agree more. I would never walk before but now I enjoy exploring such places on foot. Did that in my recent Gujarat trip and loved it. Indeed that’s the way to know a city like no other.

        My friend’s husband had a work visit and she tagged along 🙂

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