What to Buy in Jaisalmer?
1. Mirror Work EmbroideryThe famous mirror work embroidery on vibrantly coloured fabrics reflects the colourful culture of the state of Rajasthan. Jaisalmer is a hub for mirror work products like cushion covers, banjara bags, quilts, bed covers, wall hangings and Kantha quilts. These are elegant, fade-proof, strong inbuilt and lightweight. The traditional craft is given a contemporary touch in various handicraft products and is a must buy for fashion fiends.
2. Camel Leather ProductsThe craft of creating products from leather goes back to ancient civilisations. Today, leather products of India, are not only catering to domestic needs but are also being exported to different countries. Cities like Jaipur, Bikaner and Jaisalmer are renowned for their products made of camel hide. This includes a variety of products like bags, mojaris, purses, phone covers, files, hats, jackets, key chains, diaries and saddles. An interesting product which is made of camel leather is Kopi, a special kind of water bottle. The decorative leather saddles are also exported worldwide.
3. JewelleryJaisalmer is famous for its intricate gold and silver jewellery. The intricate Rajasthani jewellery includes necklaces, earrings, bracelets, anklets, etc. What sets the jewel apart is the unique cut of the stones. The stones are hand cut and polished manually. The local markets also offer a variety of junk jewellery at low prices.
4. Fossil StoneThe Hadur Stone which carries the residuals of aquatic species from over 180 million years ago, is famous for its mystical properties. This ancient and beautiful stone is believed to have medicinal properties. Not only this, but it is also claimed that the stone can be used to ferment milk into yoghurt without the aid of a starter culture. The stone is only available in Jaisalmer and Fatehpur Sikri. It is reddish-brown with dark patterns and can be seen on the floors of Jain temples at the Golden Fort. The stone is sold at various prices, from Rs 150 to Rs 5000.
5. Souvenirs and Gift ItemsBrassware, rugs, shawls, carpets, carved wooden boxes, antiques, lamps, trinkets and other curious are some of the easily and widely available items which are worth buying in Jaisalmer.
Where to go for Shopping in Jaisalmer?
1. Bhatia BazaarLocation: Bhatia Bazaar
Timings: 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM
With its array of shops selling woodworks, mirror embroidery, dress materials and decorative pieces, Bhatia bazaar displays the Rajasthani charm of Jaisalmer. The bazaar is located in the main region of Jaisalmer. It is one of the oldest markets and a popular spot for tourists. The bazaar is famous for its silk, souvenirs and sarees.
2. Sadar BazaarLocation: Sadar Bazaar
Timings: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
This is one of the main markets of Jaisalmer which sells a wide array of products like dupattas, shawls, jewellery, paintings, carpets and particularly leather products.
3. Sonaron ka BasLocation: Sonaron Ka Bas
Timings: 9 AM to 9 PM
Sonaron ka Bas translates into 'abode of goldsmiths'. As the name suggests, this market is a must visit for jewellery enthusiasts. The market is extremely crowded during festive occasions when women throng to buy impressive jewellery of different kinds. The market sells precious and semi-precious stones along with gold and silver jewellery.
4. Pansari BazaarLocation: Pansari Bazaar
Timings: 10 AM to 6 PM
Looking for traditional, ethnic Rajasthani objects? Head straight to Pansari Bazaar. This is the oldest street market of Jaisalmer and is also called the Villager's market. The shops sell a variety of handicrafts and home décor items. It is the best place to purchase traditional clothing items and puppets.
5. Light of the EastLocation: Tewata Para, Near Jain Temple
Light of the East is a unique store that sells rare and precious stones and over forty different varieties of crystals. Quartz, Jasper, Sandstone, Aventurine, Onyx and Aquamarine are some of the famous stones available here. This enthralling shop keeps a precious piece of Apophyllite which is not for sale.
6. Manak ChowkLocation: Amar Sagar Pol
Time: 10:00 am to 8:00pm
Manak Chowk is another excellent place to purchase handicrafts, ethnic jewellery and textiles. It is one of the oldest marketplaces which was highly prominent in the medieval period. It showcases the skill of the local artisans and aptly reflects the culture of Rajasthan.
7. Seema GramLocation: Amar Sagar Pol
Time: 9:00 am to 7:00 pm
Seema Gram is a good destination to purchase dupattas, scarves and trinkets at a reasonable rate. Here, you can also find the Khadi Gramudyog Bhawan.
Other shopping centres one can explore are Gandhi Darshan, Khadi Gramudyog Emporium, Zila Khadi Gramodan Parishad and Rajasthali, the government store.
Your visit to Jaisalmer is incomplete without satisfying your inner shopaholic. Get enchanted by the market streets and palaces of the city. Jaisalmer offers you the most charming retail therapy with its multitudes of objects and colours.