Rajasthali Emporium sells an interesting range of handicrafts from
all over the state. The Juneja Art Gallery has a fabulous range
of contemporary paintings by predominantly Rajasthani artists. Jaipur
is known for its semiprecious gems, marble statues, costume jewellery
and textile prints. There is a timeless appeal to Jaipur's colourful
bazaars where one can shop for Rajasthani handlooms, jooties (traditional
shoes), sarees and trinkets.
Typical of the medieval times, almost all kinds of commodities
are sold at teeny-weeny stores. Shopkeepers, hawkers and vendors
all vie for space and the bazaars are as much for gatherings and
socialising. All kinds of displays, advertisements, street dancers
and singers find their place there.
This is one of the few places where shoppers can watch skilled
artisans producing the very articles for sale. The main markets
are along Jauhari Bazar, Badi Chaupar and M. I. Road. Chhoti Chaupar
bursts with life every morning and winds up every evening. Shops
specialising in precious and semi-precious stones, ornaments and
jewellery are to be found on and along Jahauri Bazar. To see the
celebrated minakars, kundan workers, gem-cutters and ornament-makers
at work, you can visit Jadiyon-ka-Rasta, Gopal ji-ka-Rasta, Haldiyon-ka-Rasta
and the adjoining lanes.
Information on shopping in Rajasthan - India