Attracting tourists from all over the world with its rich and diverse culture, Rajasthan is one of the most colourful states in the Indian subcontinent and a fantastic tourist destination.
Long been known for its arts, crafts and colourful culture, Rajasthan is truly a shopper’s delight. With its sheer variety, there’s something for everyone, be it trinkets, leather items, pottery, royal jewellery, spices, textiles, or furniture, the workmanship and artistry the artisans present is simply irresistible.
The delightful wares you’ll bump into while through this journey across Rajasthan’s bazaars have successfully captured the centuries-old traditions and artistry. From hand-woven saris and scroll painting to metal crafts and Rajasthani miniature paintings, tourists often go gaga over the brilliant artistry.
Just so you go back home with bags full, we’ve compiled a list of various bazaars in 3 of the prominent cities in Rajasthan, namely Jaipur, Udaipur and Jodhpur.
Bazaars in Jaipur
A treasure pile for shopping, the Pink City of Jaipur is a lucrative market if you’re on a lookout for jewellery with a rural or bohemian touch. However, there’s no dearth of shopping spots and you can easily manage to take back loads of souvenirs that flaunt Rajasthan’s ethnicity. Right from gems and jewellery to textiles, every corner in Jaipur is decorated with ethnic handlooms, artefacts and handicrafts.
Two of the famous bazaars in Jaipur are:
1. Johri Bazaar: Perhaps all that glitters is not only gold but handcrafted gems and precious stones as well. Johri Bazaar in Jaipur is heaven for jewellery lovers.
2. Bapu Bazaar: Not far from Johri Bazaar, Bapu Bazaar is a one-stop shop destination for accessories, handlooms, textiles and almost everything under the sun. Interestingly, it’s also easy on the pocket.
Bazaars in Udaipur
The Venice of the East and one of the most romantic cities in India, Udaipur in itself is a cultural experience. Presenting an assortment of items like pottery, jewellery, bandhini textiles, mirror work, puppets, beadworks, terracotta work, handicrafts, and antiquities, Udaipur is a famous shopping destination in Rajasthan, particularly known for its Rajput and Mughal-inspired miniature paintings.
One of the best Bazaars in Udaipur is Bada Bazaar which houses everything from small-scale vendors to sprawling showrooms. Other notable markets in Udaipur are Palace Road, Hathi Pol and Chetak Circle.
Bazaars in Jodhpur
Right from splendid monuments to roaring forts, a visit to Jodhpur is an immensely satisfying experience. From ethnic clothes to diligently carved wooden furniture, the bazaars in Jodhpur are filled with items you cannot resist buying.
Providing a myriad of options, the following is the best shopping destinations in Jodhpur:
1. Clock Tower Market: Commonly known as Ghanta Ghar, the bazaar is home to some of the finest variety of spices in the country. But, the market is not just limited to spices and also includes flavoured teas, antiquities, handicrafts, etc.
Make sure you thoroughly search the markets in Jodhpur for Mojris. These are traditional Jodhpuri shows and can be bought from the Mochi Bazaar.
2. Nai Sarak: The market deals is an authentic tie and dye fabric, which is the trademark print of Rajasthani artisans. It’s one of the busiest markets in Jodhpur which also deals in Jodhpuri coats, suit pieces, turbans, leather products and handlooms.
It’s about time you carry home some delightfully created souvenirs.