Shopping is a bliss in Jaipur as there is so much to buy from these markets like ethnic dresses, jewelry, artifacts, puppets and lots more you can ever imagine of. All the markets in Jaipur are located within the old walled city area.
Time to visit: Open on all days, otherwise mentioned below
Preferred Timings: 11.00 a.m.- 7.00 p.m.
Admission Fee: Free and open to all
How to Reach: Tourists can either take local buses from various points within the city to reach the particular bazaars of Jaipur or they can hire rickshaws, tempos and taxis
Johari Bazaar: Jaipur is a major center of jewelry production, and is especially known for precious, semi-precious stones and traditionally designed jewelry. The best place to purchase them is at Johari Bazaar, the jeweler’s market of the city. Various necklaces, pendants, earrings, rings, bracelets and other pieces of jewelry, made of gold studded with precious stones like diamonds, emeralds, rubies and pearls are displayed to mesmerize you with their sheer beauty and glitter.
‘Kundan’ jewelry is the specialty of Jaipur city. It requires expertise and sophisticated skill, only practiced by seasoned ‘kundansaz’ (those who make Kundan jewelry). The art of cutting and polishing of gems and Minakari or enameling are other skills for which the city is world famous. It is because of these skills that Jaipur is known as the ‘Gem City’ of India. Hard and rough precious and semi-precious stones are given shape, smoothness and are cut here while ensuring that not a part of the expensive gem is wasted. The bazaar has many shops where original and precious stones can be purchased, however you should have prior knowledge about the stones you want to purchase for a better deal. Johari Bazaar is open on all days, though a part of the bazaar is closed on Sunday and Tuesday.
The other bazaars of the city for gems are Manak Square, Moti Doon and Chandi ki Taksal.
Bapu Bazaar and Nehru Bazaar: Do visit the Bapu Bazaar or Nehru Bazaar to get the popular ‘Mojri’ footwear. Made up of soft camel leather and artistically embroidered, the footwear is available in vibrant colors and that too at comparatively low prices. Locally called as ‘Juti’, the footwear is known for comfort and durability. Apart from this both the bazaar has many shops dealing in fabrics and sari along with a variety of original leather goods like bags and purses and local perfumes and trinkets. Bapu Bazaar is located within the old city area between the Sanganeri Gate and New Gate while Nehru Bazaar lies on the western side of Bapu Bazaar till the Ajmeri Gate. Nehru bazaar closes on Tuesday while Bapu Bazaar closes on Sunday.
Kishanpol Bazaar: Kishanpol Bazaar is the famous market of the city known for textiles and wooden furniture. Running parallel to Baba Harish Chandra Marg and Chaura Rasta, this bazaar is a special place to buy Bandhani textiles. Bandhani or tie & dye is a skillful art practiced in Jaipur on a large scale. The fabrics are tied into small knots using threads and are dipped into an array of beautiful colors. After dyeing these knotted parts remain uncolored creating different designs and patterns. The popular patterns are mothda, the chequered design, lahariya, the diagonal strips, shakari, the human and animal figures and ekdali, the design of small circles and squares.
Tripolia Bazaar: Between the Manak Chowk and Chhoti Chaupar lies the Tripolia Bazaar known for ironware, brassware and carpets. However, the bazaar has many shops dealing in utensils, rugs, textiles, furniture, trinkets and range of other items. The Maniharon ka Rasta of this bazaar is a good place for lac bangles. Apart from this, do look for carpets in this bazaar, as Jaipur is known for colorful and elegantly designed carpets right from the days of Maharaja Sawai Ram Singh II (1835-1880). Known for Indo-Heratic designs, the motifs used in the carpets are human figures, landscapes, flora, fauna and geometric. Durrie, a type of low quality carpet or ‘rug’ is also available here, nowadays used as an alternative for carpets. The bazaar is closed on Sunday. However the best place for carpets and durries in the city is Achrol House, Subhash Chowk.
Khazana Walon Ka Rasta: Parallel to Baba Harish Chandra Marg on its western side is situated the lane of Khazana Walon Ka Rasta, famous for stone carved sculptures. A wide variety of sculptures of any size are available here.