Jaipur 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
Known 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
Chandpole 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.
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.
• 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.