It is almost impossible to a western citizen, to walk in India without a flock of people around you, offering all kind of crafts. So tiring, that we have not enough patience to enter a shop and face the same pressure of the sellers that come to you like flies.
As a first experience, it's a nice sensation, but when you are interested in using your time to see the local wonders, it turns... boring. And tiring!
This is a very small stall tucked away in a corner in the opposite side of Hawa mahal. Natural perfumes are sold here. They have a good collection and one is allowed to try it on
What to buy: Perfumes, scents and pot purri liquids.
What to pay: You need to bargain, but by and large not very unreasonable.
This is a very small shop selling men's clothing, the prices are reasonable and the quality is good,
What to buy: Kurtas, pajama Kurta sets, fancy tops for men, sherwanis, Pathan suits.
What to pay: About average. I bought a good Kurta set for Rs.450 and knee length collared tops for Rs.350
This is a whole sale outlet that also retails. The prices are most reasonable and the quality very good. The owner who sits there, Rishi is very honest in explaining the quality of various products and advices you on what to buy if you need his suggestions.
What to buy: Running fabric of block prints in cotton and screen printed on rayon fabric
Block printed saris in cotton
Cotton and also synthetic bedsheets,
Razais or comforters,
What to pay: I got good quality cotton hand printed fabric for Rs.75 and the bed sheets cost Rs.450 onwards.the cotton saris are priced at Rs.480 onwards. All worth buying, I did!!!
This is one of the shops on Bapi bazaar. One needs to bargain. It is better to go early morning in the 1st hour as soon as the shops open, then you get a better price.
What to buy: Wooden artifacts, brass items, so many things...
What to pay: You need to bargain. I got a set of 5 musician wooden dolls for Rs.250. The original price he said was Rs.350/
Wherever possible, I only shop at local bazaars. I love the atmosphere, vibrancy and colours of these crowded and busy chowks. Bargaining is fun- I never try too hard though, because the prices are always so cheap by western standerds anyway. And the profit usually goes directly to the seller- not a third party.The amount of time that goes into the making of the jewellery and sculpted ornaments, clothing and ornamented textiles is certainly to me, anyway, well worth the cost.
Johari Bazaar I bought some beautiful silk wraps here, and paper-mache jewellry boxes(hand-painted).
The Bapu bazaar sells Perfumed Oils, Textiles and Camel Skin shoes
Tripolia Bazaar sells beautiful Brassware.
There are various other markets- each has a specialization. I loved the Bycycle 'Spare Parts' Bazaar. Unique!
What to buy: Meenakari Jewellery (enamelled)
Paper Mache Jewellery Boxes & ornaments
Camel-Skin Jhooties (shoes with upturned pointed toes)
In the Muslim world, when they put a tea cup in your hand, in 80% of the cases you will be negotiating rugs in the next minutes (in 15% you will be bargaining other crafts, and, in the remaining 5% you went out of touristy circuit and met a local family, gentle as they use to be).
India follows the standards with the same natural or professional sympathy, but with a wider range of articles: I was specially fascinated by some (expensive) inlaid stone works, (fortunately...) too heavy to carry to Europe. The same doesn't apply to miniature paintings. From cheap apprentice work to expensive beautiful compositions, there's a wide choice. And some of them found the way to Turquel.
You will find basic fruit stalls everywhere in Jaipur, and especially inside the Pink city. Many of the stalls are just tables stacked on soft drink crates. Cheap, cheap!
What to buy: Delicous orange or other tropical fruit
What to pay: Less than 5 rupies
Rajasthan Textile Emporium is located on the road between Pink city and downtown. It easy to visit the place. The prices are really cheap. The salesmen in Jaipur are experts, so remember to bargain well. Start with a disgracefully low offer, but do it with a smile.
What to buy: If you need handbags, clothes or other textiles, you will find it in Rajasthan Textile Emporium.
All drivers and guides know an uncle with a tailor shop. And my driver was not an exception. On the way from Amber Fort he stopped at a garment factory where I was the only customer. I little bit too pushy, but the prices were cheaper than I thought. Anyway, I had no idea for buying a suit or a Maharaja costume.
What to buy: Suits and Maharaja costumes
THIS is the place to buy bangles. You can get boxes of them and with haggle you can get them for an absolute bargain.
Wooden block printing blocks are lovely souvineers. Ok, so the ones you pick up in the markets are not high quality originals that have been used and have a nice bit of history to them BUT they are very beautifully carved and exceptionally cheap.
jaipur is a place that will definitely fascinate you in terms of souvenirs. You will wish to buy lots of stuffs but unfortunately for tourists that is not always feasible. Jaipur carpets are famous. So are its handicrafts and goods made of camel leather.
shopping can be done in bapu bazar,zohri bazar,mg road lots of silver ornaments....curio stuff
What to buy: you can buy lac jewellery......lots of tie n die materials,sanganeri printed bedsheets,Jaipuri Razai(quilt) bargain for best price as they tend to cheat new people...normal cotton covered razai will cost around rs 150.......if u love flats(chappals) thisis the place where u can buy variety of them(bargain bargain....),dont forget blue pottery...this is the place where u'll be able to find some.......
What to pay: bargain
I like walking around street markets, shops and even inside supermarkets in foreign countries. There are a few fruit and vegetable stalls with good looking produce on Chandpol Bazaar at the main junctions in the old city.
I visited this store. They provide more than 1000 designs of quality of carpets. They also have more than 5000 items of Textiles ranging from table cloths, clothing, scarfs etc. a very comprehensive range. Don’t forget to bargain, especially when you are about to leave, this seemed to work for me on a scarf I was wanting.
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