Shopping in Jaipur
Shopping in Jaipur is considered to be one of the most fulfilling past times in the world. This is because Jaipur is a rich repertoire of rare and unique products.
The Bazaars of Jaipur are well known the world over for precious and semi-precious stones. Some of the best gems in the world are cut and polished here and sent to many corners of the world. The precious stones that can be found in Jaipur also includes diamonds, topaz and emeralds.
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Things to shop in Jaipur
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What can be more alluring for a shopper or a tourist to Jaipur than the streets overflowing with the most creative and colourful ware that you can only imagine! ‘Kundan’ jewellery is made locally in Jaipur and is one of the most worn pieces of jewellery in the world. Appreciated for its aesthetic appeal and sheer beauty, Kundan necklaces are worn by brides and women the world over to adorn traditional attire.
Add to this the exotic ‘blue pottery’ that is the hallmark of Jaipur, that is decorated with bird and animal motifs and delicately crafted and coloured with exotic blue ‘dye’. These items of ashtrays, vases and coasters make for great show pieces and are gifted across the world today.
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Batik paintings are another rare work of art found in Jaipur. The paintings are done on cotton textiles in vibrant colours and decorations are made on dyed fabric. These can be framed and make great gifts and you can see visitors buying these by the hordes in the bazaars of Jaipur. The city is also well known for its ‘tie and dye’, locally known as ‘Bandhej’ fabrics and block printed bed spreads and wall hangings all in an array of the most vibrant colours! Sanganeri and Bagru block prints that originate here are extremely popular and are used extensively by designers today across the globe today.
Perhaps nothing can identify Jaipur more than the oft worn ‘mojaris’ that are a rage among the youth and old alike. This colourful foot wear is sported by teenagers across India and made intrinsically in the most flamboyant colours! A visit to Jaipur is indeed incomplete until one picks up at least a couple of pairs of mojaris to go with your traditional outfits. The embroidery and intricate bead work on the mojaris make them sheer art for the feet and are becoming a rage abroad too!
When you walk through Jaipur you will find that entire streets and lanes are given out to traders to showcase and sell their ware! The state government does everything in its capacity to promote trade of brassware, stoneware, glassware and sandalwood carvings that is unique to the culture of this city. Jaipur is equally well known for its carvings and portraits and is a melting pot of all kinds of craft.
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Famous places to shop in Jaipur
One of the famous streets that sell antiques and other semi-antiques is near the Hawa Mahal. Here you can find the famous Jaipuri quilts, each of which weighs a few kilograms. These are hand-woven and made in vibrant colours with intricate embroidery and is a masterpiece in itself. Most of the shopping in Jaipur is done in and around the centre of the city itself. Being a shopper’s paradise there is hardly any part of this city that is not in some way linked to trade and commerce. Here artisans and craftsmen pass on their craft through generations and are held in high esteem in society.
Jaipur’s stone and marble industry is also very well -known and the marble is got from the marble mines of Makrana. It is said that marble was procured from the very same quarry to build the famous Taj Mahal.
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If you take a stroll around the city, don’t forget to stop by at the main shopping areas that are Johari Bazar, Bapu Bazar, Tripolia Bazar and Nehru Bazar that are all bustling with activity. Of these the Johari Bazar is where you will find jewellery and precious and semi-precious stones. M I road is also an important shopping hub.
Tripolia Bazar and Chaura Rasta are the places you can go to for world famous textiles and utensils and other trinkets. Sturdy ironware utensils can also be found in this bazaar. Here in the gullies and side lanes you can see artisans as they polish and embellish their craft and is a joy to behold.
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If you are looking for tie and dye sarees and famous jewellery of these parts then stop at the Johri bazar. Here the famous Gopaljika Rasta and Haldion Rasta have many outlets that sell jewellery and precious stones. Silversmiths and goldsmiths can be found here and this place is famous for its gold and studded jewellery. There are plenty of textile traders too in this area making it a happening commercial hub! Jaipur Saree Kendra and Rana Saree emporium are some of the well-known places for pretty Jaipur sarees and lehangas in colourful Bhandhej.
If you are looking for textiles and shoes that are made of camel hide then you need to head to Bapu Bazaar and Nehru Bazaar. Mirza Ismail Road or M I Road is another shopper’s paradise for jewellery, blue pottery, woodwork, brassware and a wide range of textiles. In fact, you can get just about anything here from artefacts, antiques and other handicrafts as well as ready made apparel and all reasonably priced too! This curved road also offers great architecture and a remarkable shopping ambience and is often compared to Delhi’s Connaught Place. A shopping trip in Jaipur is incomplete unless you go to MI Road and admire the wares on display.
Some other important shopping hot-spots in Jaipur are the Bapu Bazar and the Busy Bazar. Here you can define the phrase ‘typical Jaipuri things’. Look for bedspreads, salwar suits, cushions and readymade clothes here that are typically ‘Jaipuri.’ At the Busy Bazar you will find typical Sanganeri prints, Bagru prints and the well known Bandhej suits and dress material
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