Looking to take a piece of Rajasthan back home with you while soaking in the infectious charm and vibrancy of the state? These are some lively local markets where you can pick up gifts, souvenirs, accessories and more.
Rajasthan is a traveller’s paradise - it has everything from extravagant palaces and forts, beautiful water bodies to bustling shopping hubs. You can pick up almost anything here to your heart’s content; whether it is paintings, dupattas, jewellery or showpieces. Let’s dive in!
Sadar Bazar, Jaisalmer
Located in the golden city of Jaisalmer which is nestled right in the heart of Thar Desert, Sadar Bazar has blankets, carpets, sarees, dupattas, handicrafts, and antiques. All of these are available at a wholesale rate here. But, do pick up the tapestry, textiles and puppets from here.
Where: Sadar Bazar, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan 345001 When: 10 am to 6 pm
You can learn more about the bazaar here.
Hathi Pol Bazar, Udaipur
Udaipur is known to be a city surrounded by walls with many gates through which people could enter. The Hathipole Darwaja or Hathipole is one of the seven gates of the city and the market around this area is big and colourful. Handicrafts, embroidered leather, quilts, antiques, tie and dye fabrics, home décor items are some of the specialities here. The alluring Phad, Pichwai and Rajasthani Miniature Paintings here can amp up the décor of any space. Most of the items are very affordable.
Where: Hathi Pol Bazaar, Next to the City Palace, Udaipur, Rajasthan 313001 When: Monday to Saturday, 9.30 am to 9.30 pm; Sunday, 9 am to 2 pm
Nai Sarak, Jodhpur
Jodhpur’s Nai Sarak market is a must-visit place if you want to purchase some gorgeous bandhani and bandhej clothes. Imbued with local artistry, they are pretty and vibrant. Leather handicrafts, hand-painted sarees, dupattas and kurtis are also incredible. Most of the shops here are set up by the local artisans themselves. So you can truly go vocal for local here.
Where: Nai Sarak, Jodhpur, Rajasthan 342001 When: 10 am to 10 pm; closed on Sundays
Johari Bazaar, Jaipur
Johari literally translates to jewellers. Gorgeous, statement jewellery is what you will find here. The lanes are always buzzing with vendors. Intricate Kundan and Meenakshi jewellery which are mostly hand-made is a must-buy here. Semi-precious jewels, wedding lehengas are also available here. Most of the shopkeepers operate on a fixed price model. Blue Pottery items and lac bangles are ideal to gift to family and friends. After a hard day of shopping, you can also grab a bite at the eateries in the area. When in the city, make your way to the Hawa Mahal.
Where: 192, Johari Bazar, Badi Choupad, Bapu Bazar, Ramganj Bazar, Jaipur, Rajasthan, 302002 When: 10 am to 11 pm
To know more about Johari Bazaar, navigate here.
Kote Gate, Bikaner
Kote Gate is quite literally a gateway to the city of Bikaner with stalls and shops dotting both sides of the road. If you are looking to shop on a budget, then this is the market you need to head to. You will everything here - from charming camel leather products, wooden handicrafts, miniature paintings, Khadi kurtas, footwear to apparels. The old-world charm and the vibrancy of this market is unmissable. Tea made from camel’s milk and Bikaneri Bhujia is popular here.
Where: Kote Gate, Bikaner, Rajasthan, India When: 10:30 am to 8:30 pm
Read on here. In addition to the above-stated markets, you can make your way to Nehru Bazaar (Jaipur), Bada Bazaar (Udaipur), Pansari Bazaar (Jaisalmer) and Station Market (Bikaner).
Edited by Roshni Shroff
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