Last year, Akash and I visited Jaipur. It is one of our yearly trips and the occasion was Noni’s birthday. We do this every single year and it is one of my highlights. While the occasion is undoubtedly special, the city too is one of my favourites. I like Pink City very much, find it extremely beautiful, and never fail to get mesmerized by the number of gorgeous details every corner of the city holds. It is very dear to me and I love the ochre buildings of its old town, the lakes, the hills with their breathtaking viewpoints, the dazzling palaces, its vibrant markets, the artisan’s workshops, and the tiny stepwells tucked away in its various niches. It is a city that seems to have been made for travel photography and the streets are full of life.

The vibrant details

There’s a lot of action going on in Jaipur during the day and from richly decked camels ambling by magnificent palaces to ladies in colourful saris performing some intricate ritual, its streets hum with photographic moments. The old ochre buildings and their facades add to the charm and the multi-coloured turbans of the men complete the city’s oomph factor. Apart from these exotic details, it has the quintessential Indian city features of chaotic bustle, crazy traffic, immobile cows, pesky monkeys, and curious onlookers.


The amount of details in Jaipur is mind-boggling.

How is it to be a street photographer in Jaipur?

Strolling around with a camera is one of the most rewarding city walks and there are many candid moments to capture. Similar to most places in the world, people react to the camera in a very predictable way. They are either very friendly or very unwelcoming and then there are the curious talkative bunch belonging to the hidden corners which are tucked away from well-known destinations. Since our last visit gave us ample time to explore those hidden corners of the city, Akash and I met with many friendly smiles, candid moments, and gorgeous photos. Our guided tuk-tuk drives took us to many crafts workshops and we loved the looms, prints, dips, and dyes.


havelis of jaipur

The famous pink mansions of the “Pink City” Jaipur

Choose your tuk-tuk tour today

Presenting a photo essay as we experienced on our last visit in the summer of 2018. As mentioned before, there will be lots of artisans’ workshops shown here and I am including the names of these places, should you choose to visit them. By the way, my guide was Dinesh. He is a tuk-tuk driver with an impeccably clean autorickshaw, safe driving skills, and kind manners. Dinesh knows the Pink City inside out and offers tuk-tuk tours based on the customer’s needs. I highly recommend him and Dinesh can be contacted at +91-09314870222.


step well in jaipur

Panna Meena ka Kund stepwell near Jaipur

Jaipur handicrafts and artisans

As mentioned before we explored the handicrafts and artist’s workshops with Dinesh, our tuk-tuk driver and guide. He took us to several places, was patient while I asked a zillion questions, explained a lot of rituals of the Teej festival which was going on at that time, and never once pressured me to buy something. The tour was for 3 days and each day we spent around 5-6 hours exploring different handicrafts which are being made in Jaipur. Dinesh took us to the gem jewellery makers, wooden block print carvers, tie and dye artists, block printers, embroiders (gota patti and mukaish artisans to be more precise), blue pottery workshops, and the interesting street of silver-gold foil craftsmen. That was the most interesting lane and we could hear a synchronized bang-bang from a distance. The sound turned out to be of the hammers of the pannigars or the foil makers being beaten consistently and repeatedly in a naturally synchronized manner. It was an incredible moment and I stared in awe at the artists who were diligently beating sheets of gold and silver while watching the world go by from their street-front shops.


A pop-up flower market in Jaipur

A tentative plan for handicrafts tour as done by me

If you are interested in exploring the incredible world of handicrafts, then you can either book a customized tuk-tuk tour with Dinesh or check out the workshops and streets mentioned below.

1. Jaipur Blue Pottery Art Centre – Near Jain Mandir, Amer Road, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302002, India (While I looked around inside this big shop and art center, Akash was busy stringing beads which have been kept to keep the young travelers busy.)

2. Gem Polishers – Back lanes of Johari Bazaar (Please note that these workshops are rudimentary with poorly lit, unsafe working conditions. No children were being employed at the time of my visit)

3. Soheb Block Maker – Jivan Lal Marg, near Puliya, RJ SH 12, Dada Gurudev Nagar, Sanganer, Jaipur (Most of the wooden block print stamp shops are in this area. You can see the artists working on the street-front shops.)

4. Silver/Gold Foil Makers or the Pannigars – Pannigaron Ka Mohalla near Subhash Chowk, Jaipur (The pannigars shops are lined facing each other in a block. The area is not very clean, and keep a lookout for rash incoming traffic.)

5. Jai Texart Hand Block Printers – 36-37, Chandpol Bazaar, 2nd Floor, Jaipur (This is a super professional workshop held in a clean, well-lit, and ventilated studio)

6. Master Leheriya Dyers Workshop, Old City, Jaipur (This is the tie and dye workshop.)

7. Clay Botik – Panchsheel Enclave, 29, JLN Marg, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302018, India (For a complete blue pottery workshop or process overview)

Check out this brilliant post on a self-guided walking tour of Jaipur by blogger, Arvind from Jaipurthrumylens.

Jaipur has teej dolls for sale

Teej dolls for sale in Jaipur

A woman sorting onions at a fresh produce wholesale market in Jaipur

Frescoes and doorways of Jaipur havelis/mansions

Frescoes and doorways of Jaipur havelis/mansions

A palash or the flame of the forest tree in bloom

A woman feeding her pet parrots on the street on Jaipur

A woman feeding her pet parrots on the street in Jaipur

The stunning Ghat ki Guni is my favourite place in Jaipur

Sights like this show the timelessness of Jaipur. Generations have lived here.

A woman paints Teej dolls for sale on Jaipur street.

The Pink City building facades

Are unimaginably detailed.

Jaipur Blue pottery on display outside a shop near Jal Mahal

I saw this artisan making wooden blocks in Jaipur

For block printing workshops on the streets of Jaipur.

A peep into the block printing workshop during our Jaipur tour

The gold and silver foil being hammered in a workshop in Jaipur

The tie and dye craftsman wringing his textile length in Jaipur

A look inside a gem cutter workshop in Jaipur

A patient man on the phone somewhere in Jaipur

There are exquisite details on this ceiling in a haveli in Jaipur

The grand ruins near Amer in Jaipur

jaipur hawa mahal

An iconic Jaipur sight

The quintessential monkeys and palaces of Jaipur

Jaipur colours in a morning light

Here´s some more from the Rajasthan series