On the pavement right outside City Palace and a stone’s throw from Hawa Mahal, you’ll find a man with a curious instrument that looks straight out of a museum. Meet Tikam Chand Pahari, a third-generation street photographer. He’ll tell you his grandfather took great interest in photography and had invested in an 1860s box camera mounted with an original Carl Zeiss lens. Using that camera, his grandfather, then his father and now he (for over 40 years), have been clicking pictures of both visitors and Jaipur locals. After you get a picture taken, he’ll also explain how he develops the film right there on the street for you. In the days of digital camera-led instant gratification, his polaroid-style black and white photos are definite keepsakes. Given the age, size and weight of the camera Tikam Chand prefers shooting at his location, but isn’t averse to coming elsewhere for personalised shoots.
Ph: +91 90247 15885, The photos come in two sizes and cost INR500 and INR1,000 depending on the size. If it’s a location of your choosing, it may involve an additional cost.
Address: Corner of Tulsi Marg and Hawal Mahal Road, J.D.A. Market, Jaipur – 302002
Back in the 1970s, when Amrapali was still a fledging jewellery brand, founders Rajiv Arora and Rajesh Ajmera began acquiring pieces of jewellery, especially tribal jewellery. Some of it was meant to be resold and some to be broken down and used for components. But as they went about their business, they realised the pieces coming into their possession were often stellar examples of traditional Indian ingenuity that were worth holding onto. Ornate jewellery, paintings, chariots, objects of practical use and keepsakes – all of which were bound together by the use of precious metals in their making. The collection has over 4,000 objects from across India and offers a fascinating window into the socio-cultural importance of gold and silver. An excellent audio guide tells you the story of these objects: where they came from, what they were used for and why they’re special. On average, the museum takes about an hour to go through.
JAIPUR VIRASAT FOUNDATION RRAP MUSIC MUSEUM AND HUB
Started by the non-profit headed by the Maharaja of Jodhpur, this museum offers visitors the opportunity to explore Rajasthan’s myriad performing art traditions. Through a well-thought-out presentation of audio, pictorial and video recordings, and actual demonstrations by folk artists, visitors can get a greater understanding into the performing arts that have otherwise been reduced to kitschy entertainment for tourists. The museum regularly hosts events and even has a recording space where folk musicians can come cut albums. The Foundation also hosts numerous tours of Jaipur that uncover various facets of the city’s arts and crafts heritage.
With our RAAS Hopper offer, you get special rates and cool perks when you experience the best of 2 or more destinations with us. You get to stay an additional night – on us! And you get two extra nights when you book 7!
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