Rajasthan the colourful and unique state of India is one of the fantastic destinations that attract tourists from all over the world. And of course shopping here is a great activity enjoyed by every traveller of Rajasthan. The various cities here offer something for everyone, be it jewellery, pottery, leather items, paintings, textiles, stone items, wooden furniture and many more beautiful things with magnificent artistry & workmanship are simply irresistible. Rajasthan is truly a shopper’s paradise that has been able to preserve its cultural and traditional art & craft forms which today is incomparable with any other place in India and other parts of world. It may be the rural village or urban city of this Indian state, all has something unique and exclusive on display for its shoppers.
Some of the main highlighted cities of Rajasthan shopping include Jaipur, Bikaner, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Pushkar, Kota, Shekhawati and Barmer.
Shopping in Jaipur can be lucrative if you are looking for something which has a rural flavour. Almost everything is available in Jaipur, right from jewellery to clothes to footwear. Some of the popular items of Jaipur are jewellery, gems and semi-precious stones, kundan work (setting precious stones in gold), minakari work (enamel work on gold), lacquered bangles, sanganeri prints, hand block-printed textiles, tie-dyed fabrics, traditional miniature paintings, kota doria saris, blue pottery, enamelware, brassware, woollen carpets and leather footwear (especially embroidered juttis). Rajasthali, Johari Bazaar, MI Road, Nehru Bazaar, Bapu Bazaar and Chaupar Stalls are some of the famous marketplaces in Jaipur. Do remember that most shopping places in Jaipur remain closed on Sundays.
If you are in the lookout for exquisite crafts made from camel and sheep skin like shoes, chairs, rugs, belts, bags, wallets, and miniature paintings on camel hides, then Bikaner is the place to come to. Apart from these, you can also pick up mojari, rangi dupatta, wooden antiques, lacquer bangles, carpets, beaded and sequined gorbandhs and nokha quilts. The best time to shop in Bikaner is during the Camel Festival. You can ride on a camel and shop for the local crafts in the numerous stalls. The other shopper paradise in Bikaner are Kote Gare (King Edward Memorial Road), Junagarh Fort and Station Road.
The Golden City is an exciting place for shopping. As you stroll through the narrow lanes of its markets, you will be engulfed by Jaisalmer’s medieval charm. The city is popular for its embroidery, mirror work, rugs, blankets and finely-cut antiques. Puppets and jutties (hand-made leather shoes) are well worth the purchase as well. You will also find beautiful fabrics, woven jackets, camel-leather items and wooden boxes. The intricately designed ornaments of Jaisalmer are irresistible. You will get a colourful range of the popular bandhini (tie-and-dye) fabrics. Some of the major shopping places in Jaisalmer are the markets within the fort, Sadar Bazaar, Bhatia Bazaar, Gandhi Darshan, Seema Gram, Rajasthani Government Shop, Barmer Embroidery House and the Khadi Gramodyog Bhavan (Emporium).
Shopping in Jodhpur is enjoyable and immensely satisfying. This city is famous for its ethnic clothes, exquisite handicrafts and intricately carved furniture. Do remember to buy a pair of mojris or traditional Jodhpuri shoes at the Mochi Bazaar. You can choose from the bales of brightly coloured cloth, bandhini (tie-and-dye) and block prints at Kapra Bazaar. Government emporia like the National Handloom Corporation and the Salawas Durry Udyog are places to check out for quilts, carpets, wooden furniture and a variety of handicrafts. Heaps of red chilles are a common sight on the pavement stalls in Jodhpur. Besides creating a colourful hue against the Jodhpur desert landscape, it is renowned as the best red chilly in the region, especially the Mathaniya red chilly. So go ahead and buy some for your kitchen.
Shopping in Udaipur is an enchanting cultural experience. Be it fascinating folk toys, bandhini textiles, beadwork, mirror work, puppets, woodencraft, metal craft or terracotta work, Udaipur surprises you with a wealth of ethnic crafts. Shopping in Udaipur is incomplete without visits to the local textile outlets. Lahariya Bandhni saris, dress material, block-printed quilts, hand woven carpets with traditional designs and durries are a must but. Shop for traditional Pichwai paintings on cloth that are hung behind the images of Lord Krishna, but paintings from the Mewar School of Art that are famous for depicting royal court scenes in bright colours, or but tapestries decorated lavishly with beads, mirrors, embroidery, shells etc.
Pushkar the famed holy city, located close by Ajmer has sprawling markets where one can shop for a variety of leather goods, colourful wooden toys, textiles, beads, bangles, brass utensils, miniature paintings and pottery. The best time to shop in Pushkar is during the Pushkar Fair when it receives a huge number of pilgrims and tourists from all over the world. It is fun to be here during this time as one can enjoy shopping along with folk performances, camel races and many other activities happening around. The other shopping centres of Pushkar that are must visit to get the best Sarafa Bazaar, Baza Bazaar and Kedalganj Bazaar.
Kota a small town in Rajasthan, offers a pleasant shopping experience, known for its art and craft styles. The main highlight of shopping here are the “Kota Doria Saris” which are very comfortable women wear made up of cotton and silk threads. There is a wide variety of printed and hand woven chequered Kota saris available here that are a must pick by every traveller. Apart from Kota saris some exquisite potteries, stone crafts and artifacts are some great souvenirs to buy from Kota. The local markets, government emporiums and some private outlets are the places one can shop from.
Shekhawati the region referred as open air art gallery of Rajasthan, as the entire town is adorned with beautiful frescos from skilled artisans. Today a visitor can take back some excellent recreation of these frescos on paper or cloth that can be used for decorating your house and also used as gifts for friends and relatives. And Shekhawati furniture is another popular item to be purchased from here, the wonderful carved chairs, cradles, tables, stools and many other type of furniture’s are shopped from here. The many emporiums and private outlets are located everywhere in the town from where one can get reliable stuff.
Barmer is a very small place in Rajasthan, offers some colourful shopping experience. It is known for woodcarving, pottery, block printed fabrics, traditional mirror work dresses and carpets. The annual Barmer festival is the time when this little town comes alive and is the best time to be here for shopping. Villagers display their exquisite handicrafts and textiles. The shops along the narrow lanes of colorful and lively Sadar Bazaar are the best shopping area in Barmer.