A city of strange blends when it comes to shopping, Jaipur is where you will find malls selling branded stuff and also glorious old fashioned bazaars which refuse to go out of style. On such example is that of Bapu Bazaar, where best bargains on Mojris, perfumes and traditional tie-and-dye textiles are available. Embroidered shoes made of camel skin is yet another specialty here. This bazaar is one among the six important bazaars of Jaipur and is very popular with the tourists. And if at all you want to take a break from the riot of sights, sounds and colors, indulge in some local snacks sold by roadside vendors. Trust this place to take up a lot of your time as it has so much to offer.
Aashka is the highly successful venture of Udaipur's Princess Bhargavi and this Jaipur outlet is the brand's second store, the flagship being in Udaipur. The royal touch is evident in the luxury furniture, art forms, motifs and craft works presented in the showroom. Marble tables, pearl dressers, handcrafted fabrics and elegant mirrors, all find a place in its eclectic collection. From bronze idols of Lord Krishna to block printed cotton silk stoles and bed linen, this store has plenty to help you set up a stylish home, with a dash of ancient Indian design sensibilities.
Through the Rajasthali Handicraft Emporium, the Rajasthan Small Industries Corporation Ltd. has been creating Rajasthani handicrafts. This government recognized body is known for offering amazing vintage items at very reasonable prices. There is a fixed price on every product that you set your eyes on. Products available here are furniture, bangles, saree, bed covers, etc.
Tucked away in the same premises as Samode Haveli, this brightly lit store has everything that traditional Jaipur has to offer as far as knick-knacks, paintings, handicraft items and souvenirs are concerned. On entering, you'd find a couple of workers sitting in a corner engrossed in something called ‘Name on Rice’, where you can get transparent liquid filled key-chains and pendants with a minuscule grain of rice inside. Get anything written on this grain by these extremely talented craftsmen. Go for their wooden or marble work that varies in size, shape and hue. Right from intricately carved, pocket sized animals to three foot tall statues, Maharaja Art Gallery surely knows how to please its customers. Needless to say, it will be a tad difficult for anybody to walk out without having bought anything.
If you are looking for an exquisite ornament replete with the intricate workmanship and a blend of Rajasthani and contemporary design, then a good idea is to head to Dwarkas. Whatever the occasion, this store has a piece of jewel art to go with it. Located in the C-scheme area, it is some distance away from the main bazaars of the city, but once here, you'd find it totally worth the trip. Dwarkas may not yet be branded as a 'trend-setter' internationally, but with branches across India and also in cities like New York and London, Dwarkas is well on its way to achieving global fame!
Apex Mall in Jaipur has emerged as a major shopping hub. This stylish and snazzy mall denotes the upcoming urban culture in the Pink City. You will find a host of restaurants, stores and boutiques under one roof. It is also home to a number of corporate offices. Its central location ensures easy accessibility from all parts of the city. Call ahead for more information.
As the name suggests, Khazana Walon Ka Rasta is a treasure trove of sorts for die hard shoppers. This street is especially known for its delicately designed stone-cut sculptures and marble artworks sold at the stores lined along the road. Each piece of art is unique and a testament to the skilled artisan's attention-to-detail while creating these masterpieces. A visit here is sure to make you pick up more than you anticipated buying; such is the choice, elegance and originality of every artifact on display.
Spread over a sprawling two floors of shopping area and part of the prestigious CIE Group, Jaipur Mall is a one stop shop for ethnic shopping. Those looking for rustic souvenirs need not be deceived by the term "mall"; this place is as traditional as any bazaar in the city and is actually a single but huge store. The entire area is conveniently compartmentalized into specific sections, each offering exquisite pieces of art, carpets, sculptures, musical instruments and more. Mainly catering to foreign clientèle, the price tags here are definitely a tad steeper however one can rest easy knowing that the quality offered is nothing short of the best. Elegant and sophisticated, Jaipur Mall has carved out a niche for itself in the shopping circles of Jaipur.
At the Jaipur Blue Pottery Art Centre, you not only get to choose from varied collections of handicrafts and accessories, but also learn about the history and making of this wonderful art. On entering, you will be led to a small workstation, where you are briefed about blue pottery and how the art form came to India all the way from Iran. After this, you get a live demonstration on making articles such as lamps, door knobs etc. The store itself is divided into mezzanine and first floor, and is lined up with handicrafts, mostly in shades of blue. Right from bracelets to coasters or award winning flower pots, this place flaunts an unmatched collection. You could also sign up for the workshops conducted here and learn this beautiful Jaipur art yourself.