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Shopping in Rajasthan - Thrill Personified

by afiatajdar 6 year, 3 months ago

Shopping in one of the main attractions that draws tourist to Rajasthan. This article shares with the tourists some of the most important things to buy while holidaying in Rajasthan and also the best place to buy them from.

While in Rajasthan, shopping is one of those activities that you cannot miss. The bazaars of Rajastha are so vibrant and filled with beautiful artifacts that the purposefulness of the tourists disappear as soon as they enter the narrow lanes and by lanes of these markets. Traditional paintings, blue pottery, clothes with block printing and tie-and-dye, stone and wood craved articles are a few items you should not miss while on shopping tours in Rajasthan.

Shopping for Traditional Paintings
Rajasthan is famous for its traditional art of painting that includes miniature painting, portraits, painting on clothes and furniture. These items can be best bought in Jaipur, Jodhpur, Nathdwara and Kishangarh. These not only look great but also are light and easy to carry.

Important paintings to buy in Rajasthan includes Phad - scroll depicting the tales of Pabuji, Pichhwai - paintings depicting the life of Lord Krishna. Rajasthan is also known for its painting schools,with special reference to the Kishangarh School of Painting, where excellent miniatures and replicas of old paintings are still made. 

The best place to buy these paintings are Swami Art, located near the Lalgarh Palace in Bikaner tours. In Udaipur, the tourists can shop from these paintings from Lake Palace Road and around the Jagdish Temple. In Jodhpur, Nai Sarak is the ideal place for shopping for these paintings. In other cities in Rajasthan, these paintings can be bought from the Rajasthali showrooms.  

Tourists should expect to pay anywhere between Rs 200 to Rs 1,200 for the paintings. They are priced according to the size.

Leather Shopping in Rajasthan
Leather products are some of the popular shopping item in Rajasthan. Bags, jooties,pouches, chair backrests, lampshades, kopis and water bottles are all made of leather and form an indispensable item to shop for while on a holiday in Rajasthan. 

Some of the popular destinations where these traditional artifacts can be bought includes the historical city of Jaipur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer and Bikaner. Be ready to pay anywhere between Rs 120 and 500 depending upon the type and amount of embroidery done on them.

Places were you can buy these products are - Shops near Hawa Mahal, Link Road and Ramganj Bazaar in Jaipur holidays are best for buying exclusive jootis or mojaries. While in Jodhpur, Juti Corner opposite the railway station, Nai Sarak, Mochiwada and Sojati Gate area are the places to buy leather items. While Station Road and Ganganagar Road are leather shopping hubs in Bikaner, tourists can go to Gandhi Bazaar in Jaisalmer for the same.

Blue Pottery
This is the one of the most famous item manufactured in Rajasthan and tourists should not at all miss shopping for. What was once only the luxury of the rich, today has become an affordable piece of decorative. Today the items made in blue pottery are available in many hues of pink, yellow and green. Some of the items made in blue pottery are fruit bowls, glasses, plates and tiles with floral designs and flower vases. 

These items are priced between Rs 25 to Rs 10,000 depending upon the size of the item. 

The shops where you can buy items of blue pottery are - Rajasthali and other shops on MI Road and Amber Road in Jaipur. The Kripal Kumb in Bani Park and Neerja International  in C Scheme in Jaipur are also great place to buy blue pottery. The small hamlets of Sanganer, Mahalan and Neota are the places where you can but exquisite blue pottery items at a much lesser cost.

Lac Shopping
This is one of the most upcoming shopping items in Rajasthan. Lac is a quixotic variety of jewellery that is made from scarlet resinous secretion of a number of species of insects. There are many embellishing pieces like bangles, earrings with crystal and pearls embedded in them. Besides the jewellery, there are many other items that too are made from lac. Look out for paper weights, pen holders, boxes and decorative joss sticks made from Lac. 

Tourists should not miss buying these exquisite piece of architecture. While simple pair of lac bangles can be bought for Rs 50, a heavily adorned pair may cost Rs 250. 

The cities where one can shop for these items include Jaipur and Jodhpur. The Bapu Bazaar and Link Road in Jaipur and Lakhada Bazaar near Ghanta Ghar included in tours to Jodhpur, are the best places to buy products made from Lac.

Shopping for Textile in Rajasthan
Textiles of Rajasthan are popular all over the world, thus making it an indispensable shopping item. The hand printed motifs of Block printing and clothes made using the tie-and-dye technique in Rajasthan are some of the most popular names in the Industry textile industry. 

Block printed clothes can be bought from various places in Rajasthan for an affordable range. The block printing buy includes Barmer’s Ajrak, Chittorgarh’s Jajam prints, Batik and Embroidery work from Jaisalmer. The best place to buy these textiles is the Gumanpura and Rampura Bazaar in Kota. For more traditional and genuine handloom, visit the Kithoon village located at half and hour away from Kota. Expect to pay anywhere between Rs 250 and 1,200 for these textiles.

The ancient tie-and-dye textiles in Rajasthan includes Mukaish work (decorating fabric with silver wire), Marori work (type of embroider that use gold threads which are stitched to the clothes with the help of a needle and Gota Work (involves a gold border that is woven into a cloth and is then cut in various shapes. Tourists can buy the tie-and-dye fabrics from Anokhi Museum of Hand Printing at Jaipur.

There are many other shopping hubs is Jaipur that sell the tie-and-dye fabrics. The C Scheme, and Naika on MI Road, Rashid on Talkatora Road, Sikar House on Jhotwada Road and Ranas in Ganpati Palaza in Jaipur are places to buy great textiles.

Jewellery Shopping in Rajasthan
Rajasthan is illustrious all over the world for its rare offering of precious and semi precious jewellery. There are many types of jewellery that one can buy here. Look out for Kundan style in Meenakari work. Gopalji ka Raast and Haldiyon ka Raasta in Johari Bazaar of Jaipur is the perfect place for buying this type of jewellery.
The Thewa work or glass enameled jewellery can be bought on your holidays in Udaipur. Silver jewellery can be best bought from Silver Art Palace in Jaipur.
Please ensure that you buy these jewellery from authentic and reputed shops or else you might end up buying fake.

Clay and Terracotta Products in Rajasthan
Pottery is the most popular craft made in Rajasthan and each district of the state boasts of its own speciality. While Kagzi Potter of Alwar, Painted Pottery and Terracotta products from BIkaner, Terracotta horses of Jallore and Ahore and terracotta toys at Nagaur and Merta are popular terracotta and pottery items to be bought from Rajasthan.  

The price of these items range from Rs 80 to Rs 1,000.
Roadside vendors in the various cities are the best places where you can buy these products.

Other important shopping items that be bought exclusively in Rajasthan are - 

Handmade Paper from Salim’s Paper, Kagzi Handmade Paper Industries and Kalpana Handmade Paper Industries in Sanganer. Chipa and Kadi Ghar in Jaipur are good places to buy hand made paper. 

Wooden Crafts from Bassi near Chittaurgarh, Lalji Handicrafts, Shekhawati Art Emporium, Rajasthan Art Emporium and Heritage Art School in Jodhpur are the apt shops to buy wooden items like furniture, wooden shrines, sindoor boxes and wooden toys. These wooden artifacts serve as excellent souvenirs. 

Stone Carvings form Khajanewalon ka Raasta in Jaipur, Shilpgram in Udaipur and shops located on Jaipur-Agra and Jaipur-Ajmer highway. 

Quilts and Dhurries from Salawas, Chaura Raasta, Soma and Ratan Textiles in Jaipur and Urmul Outlets at Bikaner. Prices range from Rs 200 to 2,000.

While planning a trip to Rajasthan,make sure that you dedicate plenty of time for shopping. The shops and bazaars of Rajasthan is flooded with varieties of options that will lure every tourist. Enjoy a shopping tour of Rajasthan and take a little piece of heritage and grandeur back with you.  
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