Shopping in Jaipur
Jaipur-a treasure trove
for shoppers, shopping is irresistible, a wide range of handicrafts
are available in the market, most of items are produced in the
centers in and around the city. The city is one of the most
important centers in the world for cutting and polishing precious
and semi precious stone, diamonds.
The local 'Kundan',
style jewellery find a market throughout the world.The exotic blue
pottery, the batik painting, block printed textiles of Sanganer
and Bagru, tie & dye fabrics, Mojari- (the
local shoe), sandal wood carving items, beautiful stone carvings
etc. An entire street and several city sectors were earmarked for
artisans and traders. The main markets are along Johari Bazar, Bapu
Bazar, Nehru Bazar, Chaura Rasta, Tripolia Bazar and M.I. Road.
Shops specialising in precious and semi-precious stones, ornaments
and jewellery are to be found on and along Johari Bazaar.
Jaipur enjoys a high
reputation for the manufacture of jewellery. It is one of the most
active jewel markets of the world and is famous for precious and
semi-precious stones and also for the cutting, polishing and setting
of these stones, particularly that of diamonds, topaz and emeralds.
Jaipur brass work is of immaculate quality. The Jaipur brass worker
is successful in
infusing life like
charm into the dull metal. Two kinds of work is done in Jaipur on
brass viz., lacquered brass and carved brass. Jaipur enamel or
Minakari, mostly done on gold and silver has always been a class
of its own. The Jaipur artist is renowned not only for the purity of
the colours, but also for its evenness.
Jaipur is also famous
for its textiles. Sanganeri and Bagru block prints are the fashion
designer’s craze these days. The Bandhej (tie and dye) print
is very typical of the region.
Near the Hawa Mahal are
large numbers of shops dealing in antiques and pseudo-antiques. Some
shops opposite Hawa Mahal stock the famous Jaipuri quilts, weighing
from a few hundred grams to a kilogram.
The stone and marble
carving industry is also a famous art of Jaipur. The stone used is
either procured from within Jaipur or from the marble mines of
Makrana, the famous quarry that provided all the marble stone for
one of the wonders of the world at Agra the Taj Mahal The carvings
portraits and busts created in Jaipur are held in high esteem
This is where you can buy jewellery and tie and dye sarees, two
lanes joining the main road - Gopalji ka Rasta and Haldion ka Rasta
house numerous establishments selling jewellery. On the main road
itself you find many silversmiths. Traditional tie and dye fabrics
and textiles are also available here.
Tripolia Bazar and
Chaura Rasta: You can shop here for textiles, utensils, ironware
and trinkets. If you want to see the artisans at work, step into the
side lanes and see for yourself.
Bapu Bazaar and
Nehru Bazaar: Here you can purchase textiles, local perfumes and
shoes made of camel skin.
Mirza Ismial Road
(MI. Road): The broad thoroughfare houses a large number of
emporia selling a variety of goods ranging from jewellery and brass
work to textiles, to blue pottery, to woodwork, etc. These shops
stock a large variety of goods to satisfy the tourists’ needs.
What and where to
Ramganj Bazar for shoes or jutis as they are called,
Kishanpol Bazar for tie and dye textiles,
Maniharon Ka Rasta (Tripolia Bazar) for lac bangles and other items,
Achrol House, Subhash Chowk for carpets,
Khajano Ka Rasta for marble carving, and
Sanganer village for block printing, hand-made paper and blue