Rajasthan is haven for shoppers. Every city in Rajasthan has a buzzing colorful market and visitors throng these places to take back things as a momento. Shopping in Rajasthan is an experience by itself which no visitor should miss.
Picture1 – Market in Jaipur
Rajasthan jewelry is exquisite and is on the shopping wishlist of every woman.
Picture2 – Jadao/Kundan, Lac, Meenakari Jewelry
Women in Rajasthan wear a lot of Jewelry. Jewelry types available are Jadao, Kundan, Thewa, Meenakari, Lac, Silver Jewelry set with semi precious stones, and so on. At Mehrangarh fort, Jodhpur, the royal jewelry is cloned in silver and sold at a counter.
Picture3 – Rajasthani Doll Busts in Jaisalmer, Thewa Jewelry
We entered a jewelry making workshop in Jaipur and there were many people cutting the rough semi precious stones like Jade, Garnet, Topaz etc. using machines. We could also see various stones in their natural form.
Picture4 – Jewelry workshop in Jaipur
Garments available here are very exclusive to Rajasthan. They are bright and beautiful with embroideries, mirrors and lots of sequins.
Picture5 – Painting in a Udaipur shop
Rajasthan being an arid zone, people have a tough life and have to battle with extreme weather and less vegetation.
Picture6 – Lac Bangles, Jodhpur
In contrast, the Rajasthanis wear colorful clothes and look like flowers and butterflies displaying their exuberance for life. The women wear bright sequined lahengas/skirts and a veil covering their head and the men wear huge, bright turbans.
Picture7 – Garments shop Jodhpur
The different types of garments available are Bandhani/Tie and Dye, Block prints, Laheriya prints, Bagaru prints, Sanganer prints, Embroidered sarees and so on.
Picture8 – Shop in Jaisalmer fort
These garments are made into beautiful skirts, scarfs, stole, duppatta, turbans, salwar suits, sarees etc.
Picture9 – Jaisalmer Fort (left) and Turbans on display in a palace
Lots of other souvenirs that you can pick are handcrafted camel leather and bone items, Meenakari work on marble, Paper mache work, Durris / Carpets, Puppets, Blue pottery, Mirror work bags, Dolls, Paintings, Postcards, and so on.
Picture10 – Puppet shop in City palace, Jaipur
Puppet shows are very common in Rajasthan, and puppets are dressed in all finery and sold in shops all over Rajasthan.
Picture11 – Camel bone artifacts in Jaisalmer
Footwear known as Joothis are very famous here, they go very well with ethnic wear. You can buy them in Jaipur or in Jodhpur. Jodhpur suits are also popular and you can get it stitched according to your size.
Picture12 – Joothi shop in Jodhpur, Durries on display in Udaipur palace
Picture13 – Mehendi application in Jaisalmer fort