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Shopping in Jaipur: The Pink City

Jaipur, as we all know, is famous by the name 'pink city' and is also the capital of the state of Rajasthan. Jaipur has been a very famous vacation spot which is visited by foreigners as well as Indians every year to relax and enjoy a hearty time with friends and family. It is a site of cultural heritage and houses numerous ancient monuments along with their history. However, putting all that aside, Jaipur is also a great shopping hub with shops consisting of varieties of goods ranging from fabrics to sandals to bags and the list might just not come to an end. In short, you get anything you want at a low price and superb quality. An amazing combo to truly vouch for, isn't it? People here certainly follow the 'shop till you drop' kind of attitude. The moment we hear about Jaipur, all the gems, traditional Rajasthani costumes, camel rides and the ancient monuments strike in our mind. This article gives out information about some of the items that one must mandatorily buy from Jaipur, the best shopping streets of Jaipur along with their timings & speciality and finally about the biggest shopping malls present in the city. Go through the article and give yourself a visual tour of the city and decide whether or not you would want to be a part of the shopping spree in the lovely city.

Some famous streets for shopping in Jaipur along with their timings and location are as follows:

1. Johari Bazaar

As discussed above, Jaipur is one of the biggest gemstones and jewellery producing city which is why one can find a variety of designs in numerous stones here easily. This shop offers some dazzling jewellery with precious and semi-precious gems and handmade necklaces at affordable prices. The place is like a shopper's paradise.

Timings: The timings are from 10 AM to 11 PM.

Open days: It remains open on all days of the week.

How To Reach: It can be easily reached by taking a cab from any part of the city.
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2. Tripolia Bazaar

Tripolia Bazaar is famous for its lac jewellery and its variety of bangles. Textiles too including Bandini and other dye fabrics embroidered intricately can be found in here. One can get a good deal here at a reasonable price with some bargaining required.

Timings: The timings are from 10 AM to 7 PM.

Open days:  It remains closed only on Sunday.

How To Reach:  It is located in the heart of the city and is thereby very much accessible by the local transportation facilities.
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3. Chandpol Bazaar

Chandpol lies amongst the most traditional shopping destinations of Jaipur. It comprises of handicrafts; marble carved showpieces and handlooms. There is a khazanewalon ka rasta from where one can shop for turbans, carpets, handicrafts, shoes, wooden sculptures and much more. Marble sculptures are a big hit here in this market. The price too is not very hi-fi and is quite affordable.

How To Reach: Chandpole metro station
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4. Kishanpol Bazaar

Textiles at the best buying price can be found in Kishanpol Bazaar of Jaipur. Its name lies amongst the best places to go for street shopping in Jaipur. The place is famous for its wooden carving, and one can buy wonderful wooden sculptures and souvenirs from the place as a gift for family and friends.

Timings: The timings are from 10 AM to 9 PM

Open days: It remains closed only on Sunday

How To Reach: Chandpole metro station at a distance of 2 km is the nearest metro station to the market
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5. Bapu Bazaar

This market is famous for its leather products and Mojari shoes (famous Rajasthani footwear made from camel leather). Other shops here  sell textiles, handicrafts, perfumes, lehengas, saris, sandstone, etc. One can easily bargain and buy Rajasthani souvenirs in a good deal.  It is like an all-in-one market with a variety of items to shop.

Timings: 10:30 AM to 7:30 PM

Open Days:  It remains open on all days of the week.

How To Reach: It lies in the heart of Jaipur and pretty accessible by all modes of public transport.

6. Gaurav Tower

This market offers amazing atmosphere, diversity and parking space (which is very important these days!). It is the oldest mall of Jaipur and consists of showrooms of all popular brands. There is a GT Bazar in the basement which provides a variety of clothes and local products at really less prices.

Timings:  The timings are from 9:30 AM to 11 PM.

Open Days:  It remains open on all days of the week.

How To Reach: It is a very famous shopping spot located in Malviya Nagar and is well-connected by auto and cabs.

 
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7. Nehru Bazaar

The specialities of Nehru Bazaar include Rajasthani juttis, ready-made garments and blue pottery items. The prices of the garments are moderate. It has some shops offering household items, bags, gifts and footwear.

Timings: The timings are from 10:30 AM to 7:30 PM.

Open Days: It remains open on all days of the week.

How To Reach: One can commute here via auto, cabs or state bus.
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8. Tibbati Bazaar

It is a perfect place to shop while enjoying some finger-licking delicacies. One can also have a plate of yummy momos here. There are pickles, jackets, knits, handlooms and yarns which are one of a kind from Tibet.

Timings: The timings are from 9 AM to 9 PM

Open Days: It remains open on all days of the week

How To Reach: The nearest metro station to the market is Chandpole metro station at a distance of 2 km.
 

9. Aravali Bazaar

This market is famous for its bedspreads, quilts, salwar suits, table linen, wrought iron and stoneware, giftware, stationery items and carved ethnic furniture. It is a perfect place to enjoy at affordable prices.

Timings: The timings are from 9 AM to 9 PM.

Open Days: It remains open on all days of the week.

How To Reach: The nearest metro station to the market is railway station metro station at a distance of 1.4 km.

10. Sireh Deori Gate

This exquisite and famous market is located right beside Hawa Mahal. It is famous for its special Jaipuri quilts, leather shoes, yummy delicious snacks, colourful textiles and puppets. It is spread across the western gate of the city walls and goes up to the eastern city gate. One can spend a nice enjoyable time with their family and friends while window shopping or doing the actual shopping.

Timings: The timings are from 10 AM to 11 PM.

Timings: It remains open on all days of the week.

How To Reach: Chandpole is the nearest metro station to this market. This market is famous for its quilts, textiles, leather shoes and handicrafts.


11. Mirza Ismail Road

Mirza Ismail Road is the perfect shopping spot for those who love to buy one-of-a-kind pottery items, wooden artefacts and brass statues. Gifting such an exquisite hand-made item says 'you care'. This market offers a lot of options for all those who wish to buy stuff for decorating their homes or giving gifts to their loved ones.

Timings: The timings are from 10:30 AM to 7:30 PM.

Timings: It remains open on all days of the week.

How To Reach: The nearest metro station is Sindhi camp metro station at a distance of 2 km. This street market is famous for its jewellery, pottery work, brass as well as wooden statues and branded clothes.
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12. Anokhi

Anokhi is a textile store famous for its home décor, textiles, stationery, table items and linen.

Timings: 9:30 AM to 8 PM

Open Days: It remains open on all days of the week.

How To Reach: Civil line metro station situated at a distance of 1.3 km from the market is its nearest metro station.
  

13. Kripal Kumbh

The store is especially famous for its glazed blue pottery.

Timings:  It is a pottery store whose timings are from 9:30 AM to 6 PM.

Open Days: It remains closed only on Sunday.

How To Reach: Chandpole metro station at a distance of 1.5 km is the nearest station.
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14. The Gem Palace

It is famous for its traditional and antique jewellery

Timings:  10:30 AM to 7 PM.

Open Days:  It remains open on all days of the week.

How To Reach: Sindhi camp metro station at a distance of 2 km is the nearest to the market.

 
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Popular Things to Buy from Jaipur

Gemstones

Jaipur has a collection of beautiful and precious gemstones. Everybody must have seen the jewellery of Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in 'Jodha Akbar'. Ever wondered where her jewellery which made so many women exclaim with surprise was from? It was from the markets of Jaipur. Rajasthani Jewelry is well known across the globe, and people fly down to the place to get a hand on it.  Precious, as well as semi-precious gemstones, add to the beauty of this already beautiful city.

Bangles

The Lac bangles, thewa jewellery from Chittaur and enamel ornaments from Pratapgarh are some of the most famous items of the place.

Painting

The paintings of Rajasthan commonly known as Rajputana paintings are very bright, colourful and have a very vibrant touch to it. The paintings always depict something meaningful, some incident from either Ramayana or Mahabharata. One is likely to find these kinds of paintings in abundance, and along with them, some other styles including 'Thani Bani' painting from Kishangarh can be found here too. These masterpieces are not too costly and are quite affordable.

Carpet

Carpet weaving has been prevalent in the city from the 17th century thereby turning it into a sort of like their profession. People from all across the world buy these colourful, delicate, woollen patterns that have a weaving history which dates back to so many centuries old. It is advisable to collect buy carpets from the factories manufacturing them to get a good deal.

Metal Work

Metalware such as brass work and silver enamelled are some of the most famous items of the city. A person who comes down to the markets here should definitely buy these as souvenirs. The prices are different for different pieces. Engraving styles including bichi, chikan and marori are very famous in Jaipur.

Pottery

The blue pottery of Rajasthan is something which is known by almost everyone. What makes this style of pottery distinct is the fact that it is made up of quartz stone and follows the Persian style of art. Initially, the only blue colour was used in the making of these items but now, other colours such as yellow, brown, red etc. are also being used. Items ranging from jars to ashtrays can be spotted in different sizes and can be purchased as per need.

Puppets

What is the one thing that we all as kids had in common? Our love for puppet-shows! The puppets made in Rajasthan are some of the unique and alluring items you will ever come across. These puppets are made so vibrant, colourful and attractive that it becomes difficult for one to ignore them while they are displayed on the stand. They serve as a great decorative item in the house and make the living room more adorable than ever.

Fabrics

Jaipur is also known for its fabrics and block printing, intricate embroidery, die work and appliqué. Rajasthani fabric work known as Mothra and lahariya are amongst the most famous ones. Jaipur offers the most colourful and bright designs which are worth buying. 

Therefore, now you know a lot of places in Jaipur to go to when you are bored and exhausted. You can always freshen yourself up by visiting some of the joints mentioned above. Jaipur thus offers you a complete package of sightseeing, cultural heritage and street shopping. A vacation spent here, therefore, amounts to a vacation well spent. What are you waiting for? Plan a trip to the place ASAP and experience its beauty yourself. Truly as it is said, shopping a day keeps the doctor away and your husband at bay. Good Day!

This post was published by Saumya Bansal


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