The princely state of Rajasthan attracts a lot of travelers from various corners of the world. Besides it centuries old heritage, the state is also applauded for its traditional art & craft, magnificent artistry, and excellent craftsmanship. A paradise for shoppers, Rajasthan is one of the best places for shopping some of the most magnificent souvenirs like jewelry, pottery, stone items, textiles, wooden furniture, leather items, and paintings. Moreover, the wood cings and stone ced items are also loved by tourists.
The state has some of the very famous shopping destinations, some of which are given below:
Shopping in Jaipur is an ultimate experience for those looking for some of the best souvenirs. Here you can almost everything from jewellery to clothes to footwear. The markets of Jaipur are known for jewellery, gems and semi-precious stones, kundan work, minakari work, lacquered bangles, hand block-printed textiles, enamelware, brassware and leather footwear especially embroidered juttis. Moreover, you can shop here for sanganeri prints, kota doria saris, blue pottery, brassware, woollen carpets, tie-dyed fabrics, miniature paintings, and much more. The Rajasthali, MI Road, Johari Bazaar, Nehru Bazaar, Chaupar Stalls, and Bapu Bazaar are the top places & famous marketplaces to shop around in Jaipur during your Rajasthan shopping spree.
Note : Most of the markets & shops remains closed on Sundays.
The Golden City of Jaipur offers some great shopping options to shopaholics who wish to bag in the best souvenirs on their Rajasthan Trip. The city with a medieval charm has got the best of everything for its visitors’ including beautiful fabrics, camel-leather items, woven jackets, wooden boxes, and the famous bandhani fabrics. The Sadar Bazaar, Gandhi Darshan, Bhatia Bazaar, Rajasthani Government Shop, Seema Gram, Khadi Gramodyog Bhavan, and Barmer Embroidery House are the top shopping places in Jaisalmer.
Shopping in Jodhpur is simply amazing. The city is loved for its ethnic clothes, intricately ced furniture, and exquisite handicrafts. The Mochi bazaar is a great place to visit and buy some famous pair of mojris or traditional Jodhpuri shoes at the Mochi Bazaar. Moreover, the Kapra Bazaar is great place to shop for some great coloured cloth, bandhani (tie-and-dye) and block prints. A stroll across the city brings across some of the most colorful street views including vendors with heaps of chillies selling the Mathaniya red chili, the best chilly of the entire region. Moreover, the National Handloom Corporation and the Salawas Durry Udyog, are some great government run emporia famous for their carpets, quilts, wooden furniture and a variety of handicrafts.
Be it the colorful bandhani textiles, the fascinating & lovely puppets, the mirror work, metal craft, woodencraft, or terracotta work, Udaipur has everything to surprise you. Here you can shop in some of the best Lahariya Bandhni saris, dress material, block-printed quilts, hand woven carpets, durries, and traditional Pichwai paintings. Moreover, the Mewar School of Art is also famous for its bright paitings depicting royal court scenes, and tapestries decorated with beads, embroidery, mirrors, and shells.
The holy city of Pushkar, located nearby Ajmer has some of the best markets to shop for a variety of items including leather goods, colorful wooden toys, beads, bangles, textiles, miniature paintings & pottery, and brass utensils. The Pushkar Camel Fair is the best time to visit this city and shop to your heart’s desire. During this time the entire city is lit in the most amazing colors that leave the onlookers bewitched. With folk music performances, camel races, dance performances, and many other cultural activities going here and there, Pushkar is the most wonderful destination you could ever come across. Some of the best shopping areas in Pushkar are Sarafa Bazaar, Kedalganj Bazaar, and Baza Bazaar.
Although small, the town of Kota offers visitors a happy shopping experience. Here you can shop in some of the great stuff like Kota Doria Saris, one of the main highlight of shopping in Kota. Moreover, you can also shop here for some exquisite potteries, stone crafts and artifacts from the local markets, government emporiums and some private outlets are the places one can shop from.
Popularly known as the open art gallery of Rajasthan, the town of Shekhwati is adorned with lovely frescos which boast the expertise of the skilled artisans. You can take home of the amazing frescos on paper or cloth and decorate your home or can also gifts these lovely souvenirs to your family & friends. Another popular item here is the Shekhawati furniture comprising wonderful ced chairs, tables, cradles, and stools. There government emporiums, private outlets, and local marketplaces are the best places to shop in Shekhawati.
Though a small hamlet, Barmer is another best spot to head on to for a great shopping experience in Rajasthan. This place is famous for its woodcing, block printed fabrics, pottery, carpets, and traditional mirror work dresses. The best time to shop in Barmer is during the annual Barmer festival, when the entire town comes alive. The shops along the colorful Sadar Bazaar area are the best option to shop around in Barmer.