A First-Timer's Guide To Shopping In Jaipur

A First-Timer's Guide To Shopping In Jaipur
Beautiful mojaris on sale, Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Shopping is always fun when you know what to buy and where to get them from. Here's a guide to shopping in Jaipur

Prerna Rawlley
June 13 , 2019
03 Min Read
There are two type of people who visit Jaipur: Those who are historically and architecturally inclined and those who like to shop. I like to include myself in the second group. Known to be a heaven for shopaholics, the Jaipur markets don’t leave any stone unturned to live up to its name. Here are a few markets you might like to check out when in Jaipur if you are as interested as I am in shopping.

Jewellery
Traditional lac bangles from JaipurJaipur and jewellery go hand in hand. Thewa and Meenakari jewellery along with silver can be found in abundance. Thewa dates back to the Mughal times where thick golden sheets are embossed with molten glass. The Meenakari designs are popular for their unique look. The colour and the designs vary depending on the base. There are many markets selling gemstones and semi-precious stones with a limited warranty. Johri Bazaar is one such market in Jaipur where you can buy all these at affordable prices. 
Where: Johri Bazaar, Gangori Bazaar, Jaipur. Open 7 days a week from 10 am to 11 pm

Local Prints, Juttis, Lac Bangles
Bapu Bazaar is full of vibrant coloursKnown for the vibrant colours and designs used in their fabric, Bapu Bazaar is home to several shops selling bedspreads and salwar suits in various prints such as Batik, Bagru as well as Sanganeri. Mojaris are another unique product in Bapu Bazaar. Made of camel leather and delicately designed embroidery, the mojaris are available at affordable prices - though you might need to bargain. The sell like hot cakes. Lac bangles are traditional bangles made of clay. These bangles are one of the main attractions of the markets.
Where: Bapu Bazaar, Jaipur. Open 7 days a week, 11 am onwards.

Handicraft and Sculptures
Shops like this are aplenty in Jaipur, perfect for some souvenir huntChandpole Bazaar sells creative handicrafts made of marble, wood, and stones that don’t fail to grab your attention. As you take a stroll down the lanes of the market you will come across wooden sculptures, colourful carpets and beautiful tiny souvenirs. Jaipur is the home of carpet weavers since the 17th century. At the Chandpol market, you will find some of the best hand-knitted carpets. Other than this, traditional Rajasthani paintings are quite famous among art lovers and history geeks. The painters paint stills from Ramayana and Mahabharat.
Where Chandpol Market Open 7 days a week, 11 am onwards

Perfume and Textiles
One of the few markets in Jaipur, Nehru Bazaar is built truly in a Rajasthani style. Famous for its perfume, textile and ready-to-wear garments, this is the first place people, Indians as well as foreigners, come to for souvenir shopping. Not only this, but Nehru market is also famous for its beautiful blue pottery.
 
While shopping is fun, there are a few things you need to keep in mind while shopping in Jaipur:
• Bargain. Don’t be heartbroken if the shop keeper refuses to give some discount. Every second shop sells similar if not the same thing.
• Don’t get easily influenced by the vendors.
• Shop during the first half of the day to avoid unnecessary crowd.

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