This 75-cover coffee house has been around since 1957 and still attracts a regular local clientele. Nobody minds the very basic and simple interiors and nobody ever talks of smartening it up — it just wouldn’t be the same any other way. This has always been a place where people go for the rich, cultural tradition, rather than the food, although the latter is fairly decent and the Vada, Idli and Sambhar are recommended accompaniments to the South Indian coffee. Drop in to soak in its rich and interesting history and the names attached to it.
Opening hours: 8am-9pm
Watch out for: Calm and relaxed ambiance
Bap Bazzar, with its liveliness and huge variety of Rajasthani items, has made itself the ultimate shopping destination in Old Jaipur. Shoppers can buy a huge number of traditional products, ranging from textiles, perfumes, products made from camel skin and many more. Look our for the Mojari footwear – it sells like hot cakes – or the local handicrafts, which are some of the best souvenirs of the region. Bargaining is very common in the shops of Bapu Bazaar and its a skill you’ll have to hone if you plan on shopping here.
Bapu Market, Pink City, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India +91 1800 103 3500
Jaipur enjoys a good reputation for jewellery and it is one of the most active jewel markets of the world, famous for precious and semi-precious stones and for the cutting, polishing and setting of these stones. Johari Bazaar in Jaipur is the place to go to find this. Johari is a Hindi word meaning ‘jeweller’ and the bazaar is chock-full of vendors trading silver, diamonds, gold, precious stones (like emerald, ruby, sapphire) & semi-precious stone (turquoise, amethyst, quartz) and pearls. Even i you;re not in the market for a new bauble, the bazaar is worth a visit for the beautifully dyed saris and the lively ambience.
Johari Market, Pink City, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India +91 1800 103 3500
Tripolia means ‘three gates’. It was constructed in 1734 by the Mughal emperor, Akbar, and gets its name from its three archways. It is actually the main entrance to the City Palace and Jantar Mantar and is worth a look for the intricate architecture: pretty balconies enclosed by jaalis, lofty arches and a pillared hall on the left for guards.
Tripolia Bazar, Badi Choupad, Pink City, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India +91 1800 103 3500