One of the famous streets that sell antiques and other semi-antiques is near the Hawa Mahal. Here you can find the famous Jaipuri quilts, each of which weighs a few kilograms. These are hand-woven and made in vibrant colours with intricate embroidery and is a masterpiece in itself. Most of the shopping in Jaipur is done in and around the centre of the city itself. Being a shopper’s paradise there is hardly any part of this city that is not in some way linked to trade and commerce. Here artisans and craftsmen pass on their craft through generations and are held in high esteem in society.
Jaipur’s stone and marble industry is also very well -known and the marble is got from the marble mines of Makrana. It is said that marble was procured from the very same quarry to build the famous Taj Mahal.
If you take a stroll around the city, don’t forget to stop by at the main shopping areas that are Johari Bazar, Bapu Bazar, Tripolia Bazar and Nehru Bazar that are all bustling with activity. Of these the Johari Bazar is where you will find jewellery and precious and semi-precious stones. M I road is also an important shopping hub.
Tripolia Bazar and Chaura Rasta are the places you can go to for world famous textiles and utensils and other trinkets. Sturdy ironware utensils can also be found in this bazaar. Here in the gullies and side lanes you can see artisans as they polish and embellish their craft and is a joy to behold.
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If you are looking for tie and dye sarees and famous jewellery of these parts then stop at the Johri bazar. Here the famous Gopaljika Rasta and Haldion Rasta have many outlets that sell jewellery and precious stones. Silversmiths and goldsmiths can be found here and this place is famous for its gold and studded jewellery. There are plenty of textile traders too in this area making it a happening commercial hub! Jaipur Saree Kendra and Rana Saree emporium are some of the well-known places for pretty Jaipur sarees and lehangas in colourful Bhandhej.
If you are looking for textiles and shoes that are made of camel hide then you need to head to Bapu Bazaar and Nehru Bazaar. Mirza Ismail Road or M I Road is another shopper’s paradise for jewellery, blue pottery, woodwork, brassware and a wide range of textiles. In fact, you can get just about anything here from artefacts, antiques and other handicrafts as well as ready made apparel and all reasonably priced too! This curved road also offers great architecture and a remarkable shopping ambience and is often compared to Delhi’s Connaught Place. A shopping trip in Jaipur is incomplete unless you go to MI Road and admire the wares on display.
Some other important shopping hot-spots in Jaipur are the Bapu Bazar and the Busy Bazar. Here you can define the phrase ‘typical Jaipuri things’. Look for bedspreads, salwar suits, cushions and readymade clothes here that are typically ‘Jaipuri.’ At the Busy Bazar you will find typical Sanganeri prints, Bagru prints and the well known Bandhej suits and dress material