Jaipur's Many Bazaars Are Perfect For Souvenirs On A Budget

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Jaipur is a shopper’s paradise when it comes to handicrafts, blue pottery and textiles. But even though the Pink City has a lot to offer, it’s not the best place to wander around unless you have some idea about where to get what you’re looking for.

To make the search easier, we’ve done the homework for you. Engage in some street shopping at these markets that’ll bring out the hardcore bargaining-loving Sarojini-pro in you.

Johari Bazaar

Whether it’s for the Rajasthani crafts or for the beautifully chaotic atmosphere, this should be your first stop for all things Jaipur. It’s got those beautiful tie-n-dye {bandhej} razais, sarees and lehengas and the most exquisite sets of kundan jewellery. Gold, silver, diamond or emerald, you’re sure to find it all here.

Make a pit-stop at one of these joints to refill before you set out on your spree – Chokhi Dhani, Jaipur Jungle, Chitra Cafeteria, LMB {Laxmi Mishtan Bhandar}, and Café Kalapani.

Bapu Bazar

If you’re on a budget, this is the market you want to head to. While it’s known for its textiles and accessories, you can also find yourself great pairs of juttis that will last you much longer than your Janpath ones did. Brush up those bargaining skills, though, because you’re going to need them here.

We suggest you don’t forget to try the street food and chaat while shopping here.

PS: It’s closed on Sundays, so avoid going on Saturdays to avoid the crowd.

Badi Chaupat

This is the one next to Hawa Mahal, and hence lies in one of the busiest markets in town. This should be your go-to place for all antiques, furniture, salwar suits {just dress material is available too}, and lac-work bangles.

So if your family and friends have warned you not to return without gifts and souvenirs, you know where to go.

Chaura Rasta

If you’re a book lover, this bazaar is going to be your heaven in Jaipur. Book shops, publishing houses, maps, guides, and even stationery, they’ve got it all. And while you’re there and you’ve got a quarter of an hour to spare, check out Lalji sand ka rasta; it’s where a bunch of TV shows and movies have been shot {plus the sarees here are true beauties}.

If you’ve managed to lose yourself in the maze of Jaipur’s bazaars and landed up in a strange market, just keep a lookout for these things that make the trip truly unique.

It’s best for textiles, bandhej, sanganeri, block print, and bagroo print work, as well as jewellery and artifacts, meena work, Rajasthani handicrafts and paintings, marble stone inlay work and stone carvings {best of the best can be found in Khazanewalon ka rasta}.