The fort is Jaisalmer's main tourist attraction and so you'll find lots of souvenirs in and around the fort for sale. There are plenty of shops in the small streets that sell all kinds of things. I bought a Rajasthan flute player puppet and a notepad book where the pages are made out of hand-made rice paper and are bound in camel leather. Also, bargain down the prices quoted to you!
Fruit & Veg Market: Fruit & Veg Market
Jaisalmer's fruit and veg market is located just outside the southern walls of the fort (exit out of the fort and turn left). I like walking around markets in foreign countries, especially fruit and veg markets but Jaisalmer's was fairly small in size but the few stalls that make up the market were brimming full of good looking locally grown produce. I think there's another market further round the corner from this one. There's also a few stalls down a side road on the way to the train station.
Antique shops in havelis: Bit of a tourist trap but nice
If you visit the Nathmal-ki-Haveli or Patwon-ki-Haveli, you'll no doubt be shown round some antiques which are an attraction in their own right. The shops are brimming over with stuff such as small boxes, wooden door frames, wooden panels, camel bone, metallic figures amd paintings. They're just like aladin's cave.
Ghandhi Chowk: Souvenirs
Ghandhi Chowk lies to the west of the old city near the Amar Sagar Gate and is where the city's main market and shopping areas are located. There are plenty of shops in the small streets that sell all kinds of things. I bought a Rajasthan flute player puppet and a notepad book where the pages are made out of hand-made rice paper and are bound with camel leather. Also, bargain down the prices quoted at you!
Great Rajasthani Crafts
There are a number of carpet shops in or near the old Haveli sandstone homes and in the Fort that offer a fantastic range of carpets, rugs all in the local Rajasthani style.
What to buy: Look out for rajasthani mirror work, rugs and blankets.
Amongst the most beautiful crafts I have ever seen.
What to pay: A big range of prices. I didn't have confidence in my knowledge so I didn't buy. So do your homework first (I later bought a nice, but lesser quality carpet in Kathmandu).
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Shops in the fort: Shops in the fort
There are several shops in the fort.
What to buy: Clothes, Carpets, Souveniers, Books,....
What to pay: Depends on your negotiation skills.
Local Market: Shopping in jaisalmer
Jaisalmer is famous for embroidery, rajasthani mirror work, rugs, blankets, antiques and old stone work. Tie-dye and other fabrics are made at the Kahdi Gramudyog Bhavan and Rajsathali Empourim.
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