The best thing about the Lemon Tree Premier hotel was the shop on the second floor (at the entrance to the restaurant), Shri Sai Yash Crafts Boutique. Owner Bhupendra has a beautiful range of high-quality and authentic items and he was really happy to chat with us and discuss his work as an artist. He was an honest and no-pressure salesman (which in India is refreshing!), and sells things at much fairer prices than the showrooms you'll likely be taken to if you're on a tour. Highly recommended!!
What to buy Hand-made tunics and shirts, silk scarfs, cashmere pashminas, silver jewellery, ornaments, original artwork
What to pay Haggle, but you can safely expect the prices to be lower than the showrooms - chat about your trip and where you're going, as the owner is keen to better the prices (and quality) you'll encounter elsewhere.
This shop sells every type of fabric you can think of by the yard. It also has ready made duvets, bedspreads, wall-hangings, soft furnishings and clothes. The merchandise is spread over 2 floors.
You can take any style of outfit to the shop, choose which fabric you would like and have it made up in the shop and get it delivered to your hotel the next day.
Fantastic display and choice. You can haggle.
What to buy I was specifically looking for a wall-hanging in the Zardozi tradition, and luckily they had one. Mine was 1075 x 2000 meters and has 130 embroidered panels. I will treasure it for ever.
What to pay Haggle with the price, its expected
What to buy For very light quilts, the type you would like to cover yourself with when the air-conditioner or the fan is going on at full blast, try the .5 or 1 kg Jaipur quilt. You may like the pure cotton covers rather than their silken variety. The preferred brand is ‘SML’ and the one shop is No. 52-53, Chaura Rasta.
Try out Shop # 172-A in Bapu Bazar for their wide variety of churidar-kurta suits and dress material. Besides other ladies’ garments, they also keep plenty of linen material, like bedsheets, bedcovers and pillow covers. The best part is their competitive prices as well as their excellent cotton material.
What to buy Wide variety of churidar-kurta suits, dress material and linen
You may buy in Bapu Bazar, Jaipur. One of the shops I could recommend is Harish Cloth Store, 56 Bapu Bazar, Jaipur 302003, Mr. Harish Salwani is the propeietor Tel: +91-141-2570645; Cell: 9828130645 (Salwar Suit clothes)
Do not waste time in searching shops for buying sarees at Jaipur
I visited Jaipur in Oct 2011 and purchased several sarees at the following shops. You can expect only 10% discount in these shops
(1) Rana’s, 1, Ganpati Plaza, M.I.Road, Jaipur, Ph: +91-141-4010100, 4010200, E-mail :email@example.com
(2) Jaipur Saree Kendra, 53, Ganpati Plaza, M.I. Road, jaipur, +91 141 2388662
(3) Jain Saree Centre, 90, Bapu Bazar
What to pay Rs.1500-Rs.3500 per saree
This is a street market on the edge of the old city. It sells everything from shoes (I bought hand embroidered flip flops for under £2) saris, materials, clothes, food, bedlinen and tablecloths. It was extremely colourful and great to wander
What to buy Anything whatever takes your eye but you need to barter
What to pay Locals were buying alongside you and they picked up the seller when he tried to overcharge us
I liked Anokhi and bought two skirts and two white blouses here, but it would not have been difficult to find many more things to purchase. In the shop you can find high quality textiles, many of the clothes and fabrics are block printed, a speciality for Anokhi. It is not cheap, but the prices are lower than at home.
The clothes are produced outside Jaipur, in the fabric on an organic farm.
Anokhi is open between 9.30 - 20.00 on Monday - Saturday, and between 11.00 - 19.00 on Sundays.
Next to the shop there is an Anokhi café.
In Amber there is an Anokhi Museum about block printing.
And there are Anokhi shops in several other Indian cities than Jaipur.
Jaipur's bazaars are full of intriguing arts, crafts and other items to buy. Prices are typically far lower than New Delhi and Bombay, which tend to sell Jaipur-made arts and crafts for multiples of the price. So save your shopping for Jaipur when travelling through India. A wide range of interesting items are available, including marionettes, pashminas, colourful umbrellas, pottery, spices, flowers, fabrics, etc. Attached are photos containing examples of such items.
When I first enter the shop, it did not feel like the shop. Actually it was a art school, it is run by a family headed by the father Mr. Jugal Kishore. Who have won several Award of excellence from the government. When his son Mr. Vijay was giving the demonstration I was very amazed to see that he can right a full name of a small grain of rice. They have a very nice collection of paintings on silk, paper, marble and wood. A must watch for everyone who is going to Jaipur.
I am very amazed to see that someone can do such a beautiful art.
What to buy You can buy from some most common paintings to some of the most exclusive painting. They have a very nice collection of some of the collection pieces.
What to pay Depending upon the art work
One of the many shops in the bazaar near the Hawa Mahal. Everything is bright and colourful. Looking is fun, buying is something else with these tough traders.
What to buy Indian garments, cotton skirts and blouses, shawls and pashminas are good buys.
Look at the colourful umbrellas, the bracelets etc which are so attractive- but do you really need them??
What to pay Most important of all is to bargain. Aim at getting your purchase for about one-third of the original price the trader suggests first.
The shops that run along the length of Chanpol and Tripolia Bazaars in the Old City are an attraction in their own right. I walked along these bazaars from Chandpol Gate in the west and passed by shops selling absolutely everything from tiles to paint, stationary to textiles, coffee, spices and nuts. I even saw a few selling old sewing machines! If you cut through behind the shops like you have to do so if you want to climb up the Iswari Minar Swarga Sal, you'll find many repair and wholesalers selling hardware for the building trade.
Amber Road between Zorawar Gate and Holiday Inn. Here one will find handblock prints, blue pottery, carpets and antiques. Apart from jewellery, handicrafts like papier mache and carved furniture, are also extremely popular as also is the glazed blue pottery, an art that was imported from Persia. Blue pottery is made from ground quartz stone. On sale are surahis, pots, ear-rings, soap dishes, door knobs, mugs and jugs. Brass is another important metal and statues of various sizes are available besides brass animals used by children as toys. Items made of white metal are also great buys as are the carvings in stone especially white marble used for making statues of gods and goddesses, animal and human figures. Carved marble bowls, vases and other decorative items also figure high on the list of the shopper.
What to buy Antiques, Paintings, Handicraft, Home Furnishings, Fabrics, Garments & Textiles, Wood Carving, Tara Cotta, Glass, Marble,Sand stone etc.
What to pay Ask for the price and verify before you buy anithing.Bargain till you get Satisfied etc.