Jaipur: Jaipur was a major trading location for Marwari businesses in India. The traders gave the city a distinct shopping identity for a wide range of products that could be easily available on a single lane, something akin to what is today called a shopping mall. From a steel utensil to a precious gem, from ghevar to perfumes, all available under one long verandah. The concept of street shopping has only gained more traction after local business associations advertised themselves in a better manner to compete with their modern rivals. Here is a list of markets you can shop for in Jaipur.
The bustling lanes of Johari Bazar may give you an impression of yet another market of the old city. In fact, these very haphazard lanes are home to some of the country’s most famous jewellery, precious stones and gems. Every year several tourists visit the market ahead of wedding seasons and Diwali festivals for shopping. Also located in the same locality is Lakshmi Mishthan Bhandar, the shop offering you some of the most delicious ghevar dishes that the city can offer.
Don’t let the narrow alleys and crammed spaces of this market unnerve you; it’s indeed the capital of dress markets. Much before the advent of malls and fancy wedding shops, Purohit Ji ka Kalta boasted of shops that sold some of the best embroidery works anywhere in Rajasthan. In fact, many shops here are mostly engaged in export and import of fabrics. Lehengas and bandhej of this small market draws customers from as far as Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata.
Handmade or cottage industry of Jaipur has thrived despite fierce competition from rival cheap retail products. The sturdy quality of mojaris (juttis), leather purses and bags designed with aesthetic sense, has only dominated the niche market, Bapur Bazar is distinct for that same reason; it offers products of niche cottage industries at reasonable prices. Some of the best Rajasthani puppets can be found only in this place, the range can include from as high as Rs 50,000 to Rs 500.
One of the major reasons big malls never made quite a big success in Jaipur is largely due to many sprawling bazaars with their spacious varandhas that put the city on the world’s shopping map. Kishanpole bazar is one of the major markets of the city which thrived due to tourism. Some of the best decorative items, wooden and marble handicrafts, metal jewellery etc can only be found here. There is something for every taste here.
Another bustling shopping lane is Tripolia bazar, located in the old city area of Jaipur; it has long held the distinction of a major trading capital of Jaipur. It has a wholesale market of textiles, bangles, rugs and utensils. In fact, this can be your one stop destination for anything Rajasthani.
One of the first ever modern malls built in the city, GT has everything from computer appliances, to mobile phones, from gyms, fast foods to shoes. Many youngsters continue to throng the mall regularly due to its proximity to many colleges, the mall also organises shopping carnivals on Diwali, Christmas and New Year.
The sprawling mall is located on one of the central roads of Jaipur, JLN Marg. Since its inception, it has hosted almost all luxury brands under one roof. It has everything that a mall has to offer from movie theatres to food courts to book shops.
The market on either side of this broad road has major jewellery shops, two important book shops, and metal and handicraft showrooms. The city’s oldest lassi and chola bhatura shops are also located here. You can also wander around the MI Road to get an idea of the mesmerizing blue pottery, furniture shops and clothing retailers also, don’t forget to visit one of the many art emporiums.
Jaipur is also famous for its perfumes, spices and teas. If you have enough time at your disposal, then don’t forget to get a sense of the city’s many flavours. You can walk into many shops near Ajmeri Gate and enquire about perfumes and spices they offer, in addition to that, you can also visit Amber area which also prides itself with a wide range of shops that deal exclusively in species. Rajasthan’s spices are very famous for their strong flavours and aroma that also has therapeutic quality.