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 Jaipur, the old city has a wall running all around it, and at intervals, there are huge ornate gates opening up to an incredible world of bazaars inside. The main gates/ corresponding streets are Chandpol, Ajmeri and Sangameri.
Inside the bazaars, it's like a Pandora's Box of wares and exotica, with glimmering jewellery and radiant clothes all vying for your attention at once. The main bazaars are all close to one another, often seperated by just a short parallel road. I got happily lost in this maze of mayhem. Several times. Wouldn't have had it any other way :)
What to buy: Johari Bazaar - satisfy your craving for ethnic jewellery here. Jewellers and goldsmiths line the streets for as far as the eye can see, selling everything from delightfully cheap copper rings and bronze pendants to more intricate, expensive Rajasthani stuff.
Nehru Bazaar - filled with fabric sellers, perfume merchants and trinket-wallahs, Nehru Bazaar looks like it's in festival mode every day of the week! Bargain your heart out, and pick up stuff you're unlikely to find anywhere else.
Over a long stretch running past the Hawa Mahal, on both sides of the road, lies Hawa Mahal Bazaar. Like with all the marketplaces in Jaipur, the colours on display here will just overwhelm you. Red, saffron, green - with some of the crazy shopkeepers even more colourfully dressed than the stuff they're selling!
What to buy: Handbags - beautiful, unique, handmade bags - embellished with jewels and strips of different fabric.
Ghagra-cholis - these are the sexy ethnic womens garments that Rajasthan is famous for. The choli is a low-cut blouse, almost like an ethnic bikini top, which is tied to a woman's back by a single string. Man, it's just heaven ;)
What to buy:
Near the Samode Palace, a boy from the Palace's art shop, took me to a seller of sheets in the nearby Samode village. There I was able to buy beautiful cotton and silk hand-printed sheets, as well as a lavish looking deep deep blue bed cover with gold embroidery - it literally shimmers in the lamp light. It was also about half the price of the Jaipur emporiums.
What to pay: For al these sheets and bed covers as well as craftwork, I paid about 50dollars US.
As i said my introduction Jaipur is first well planned city,it has many planned Bazar (Markets).Long shopping arcades,shops were small,but many shops,choice is lot.
Jaipur is famous for jewellery,semi-precious stones,diamonds,topaz&emaralds.
Thr pic can display of Sliver jewellary.
Jauhari Bazar is for jeweelary shopping,both side of Bazar shops all jewellary shops.
What to buy: Sliver Jewellary,semi-precious stones,diamonds,topaz&emaralds.Dont waana spend much money on shopping can go for semi precious stone rings,very pretty ones .
Babu Bazar is excluisively for textiles.Best buy for bedsheets,home furnishing,handycrafts materails.Dress materails ,tradisional rajasthan dress you will get here. Have to bargain here.Babu bazar is inside walled city,near to Hawa Mahal.
M.I Road is main another main shopping area,can see many emporia in this road,this road is outside Walled city.
What to buy: Jewellay,blue pottery,other famous one you get Jaipur,brass work&woodwork.
Shops this bazar all fixed price,but my suggestion is don't have time for shopping&
patience to bargain,then just drop in Rajasthan Goverment Emporia,Handloom house.Near Ajmeri gate one more Handicraft Emporium.
From innser court yard of City Palace can see ,The Friends Museum,there
state award winning artist display there work&if you ask they will explain how they work.
Fixed price ,overall little costely from outside market,They claim they wont bargain for quality.
But one thing you have buy,beautiful wall hanging paintings.I haven't seen other shops.
What to buy: Brassware,textiles,and beautiful paintings.
Wherever I travel in the world I like to treat myself to something special, a permanent souvenir to remind me of the place I?ve been.
Before I left for India I determined to buy myself some very glamorous rubies. As Delhi was my first stop, I set off immediately searching for my treasure, with an enthusiasm that only a lady can have for her sparklies.
This was a bit of a mistake, as I subsequently discovered that each City in India has its own speciality. In Delhi it?s carpets and rugs and in Jaipur it?s jewellery. I believe that most of the stones are imported, but cut and polished in Jaipur. Some stones are mined within the country and the salesmen will be very happy to explain all this to you and tell you which stones are native. The rubies, which I longed for, come from Burma.
We were brought by our guide and driver to the most wonderful jewellery store, Bhandari Jewellers. At the entrance there are live exhibits of the cutting and polishing of precious stones, and inside there is a vast showroom with dazzling displays of cut and polished stones, and finished pieces.
The salesmen will bend over backwards to facilitate you. I fell in love with a ruby and diamond necklace which was, I felt, shaped like the palace of the winds. It cost far more than I was prepared to spend, so the assistant altered the piece by removing some pendants of rubies so that it still looked stunning but was at a price I was prepared to pay.
I am only sorry that I bought earrings in Delhi first!
What to pay: A lot less than what they ask you for - bargain and they will substantially discount their asking price.
M.I. (Mirza Ismail) Road, is Jaipur's central shopping avenue. There's everything here - boutiques, furnishing stores, bookstores, banks, the whole lot. There are also a couple of decent restaurants and pubs around.
In the mornings, every hour's like rush hour on this stretch. It gets packed as hell with traffic and shoppers. So you better pace yourself on M.I. Road. But many of the shops are in these grand, old, white buildings - quite a pretty sight.
If you need or want to buy some tipical craft, this is the place, but as it is very very very touristic, you gotta take care about the common tourist traps. So, first of all keep in mind to bargain!
In the market, located in front of the Hawa Mahal, you can find all the items produced in Japir, from the tipical shoes “jooti” (rs 100-200) to the Saree, silk in general, clothes, hand made papaer and so on.
As said the prices here are pretty high, but you simply need to bargain a bit, then the price become smaller and smaller.
One thing you gotta take care is definitely the Jewelry items. In this part, not all the shops are selling ttorugh jewelry, indeed there are a lot of Fake corals sold here! Take care!.
I never though to buy something in a GH’s shop, but in Jaipuir I did.
The main items to buy in Jaipur are the jewerly, the Jooti and the hand made paper (like books and diaries). Well, on the street the quality is not alway good, moreover whjen we are talking about Jewelries, and the prices are very floating, depending on your ability on bargain!
If you want to buy some Jewelery, like red coral, go only in shops reckon from the state.
I bought some coral in such a place, that was into the property of Jaipur Inn Guest Hoiuse. The quality was by far from the street sellers!!!!
As you would see from the picture, the man on my right side is thinking “And who tha hell is this man? And what tha f*** is doing here?!”...That’s why, you gotta come to this amazing market.
None is stressing you, and you are the main attarction. Passing trought the streets of this cool market, someone will offer you a piece of flower, and he is seriously offering you this!!!! Something that will never happend again in the whole country!.
The market is pretty small, but walk trough it, up and down, is a pretty nice activity that will take you a couple of hours.
The smell that there is in the whole area is somehting beautifull.
If you keep the Hawa Mahal on your backside, just cross the street and keep the right. The market is located 100 meter on the right, you cannot miss it!
My hotel bedroom in Jaipur had ffour beautiful Indian paintings grouped together on one wall. It was clear that they were originals, and to me it looked as though they were antiques because of the paper they were painted on. I loved them and looked at them every day.
You can therefore imagine my delight when we drove from Jaipur to Delhi and my driver stopped at a little roadside shack of a shop which sold every sort of thing - including some of these paintings! It turns out that they are painted by modern artists on reconstituted very aged paper. I managed to buy two and now I have them proudly hanging in my hall.
Here are photos of each of them for you to enjoy.
What to pay: These paintings were pretty inexpensive, but look a million dollars.
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.
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.
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