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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

Which are the popular places to shop in Jodhpur?

Reema Bhalla DEC 10 2012
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So you have been laboriously preparing your shopping lists over the past hour. A Pashmina shawl and spice mixtures for your mother-in law, rugs and cushion covers for your living room, a traditional Jodhpuri suit for your father, a Bandhani saree for your wife and maybe a Mojri for yourself. There might be more on your list, we know. So let us help direct you the the best places where you can buy all these stuff and more. The main market of Jodhpur is Nai sarak, which contains a myriad of colourful shops selling antiques, handicrafts, scroll paintings, clothes etc. Read on to find out about the popular shops in Nai sarak and nearby areas.

  • Ganesh Handicrafts
    Located in 84-85 Nai Sadak (near Clocktower), this is the most popular shop to be in, if you are looking for handicrafts. Known for its polite customer service, the owners maintain a no pressure, no haggling policy. It houses a collection of old pictures, brass paintings, leather items, antique replicas, handlooms, scarves, etc. All the items are sold at a fixed and very reasonable prices. You would never feel you are paying more than what a particular item is actually worth for. You must try the masala chai offered in this shop. The Bishnoi Village craft in Jhalamand Circle and the Maharani Art Exporters in old city Tambaku Bazaar also house similar merchandise, and are worth checking out.

  • National Handloom
    This 4-storeyed building is also in Nai Sadak with 10 other outlets located around the city. It is easily recognisable by its logo showing a typical Rajasthani local sporting a big moustache and a tuban. Though most of the collection is confined to clothing, the top floor has some arts and crafts collection on display. The pricing is quite reasonable.

  • Nitisha
    This is another local favourite amongst the tourists and locals alike. Situated in Raikabad, near Rajmata School, Nitisha is often regarded as a shopper’s paradise. One can find everything ranging from jewelleries made from semi-precious stones and lac bangles, to ethnic clothing for men and women, cushion covers, bedcovers etc. A goldmine for an antique collector, you can spend anything from INR 100 to INR 100000, depending on your needs. Don’t expect much bargaining, the prices are fixed but very reasonable.

  • Bhandari exports
    Situated very close to Nitisha, this wholesale outlet gets a worthy mention because of the amazing collection available here, ranging from furniture, antiques, traditional scroll paintings and jewelleries to handicrafts and textiles. The shop caters to individual needs and allows buying single or two pieces, instead of bulk. And the best part is, the pricing is done at a wholesale rate, which means, you can get stuff upto four times cheaper here, as compared to the main market.

  • Sun city Spices
    This is a top ranking spice and tea hub, located just a kilometer away from the Clocktower, in 112 Nai sarak. This shop offers reasonable prices which are close to a steal. Browse through the tea section, and you will come across many unconventional flavours like berry, lychee, cucumber or guava. Don't miss out on this one on your trip to the Sardar market. The friendly and polite shop owner, Mohammad, will offer you lower prices provided you come without a driver (no commission).

  • Sardar Market
    Sardar market is smack dab in the middle of the city dominated by the Clocktower, which was built by Maharaja Sardar Singh, after whom this market got its name. You can cover all your shopping needs from handicrafts, clothes and accessories, to spices, fruits and vegetables. Bargaining is expected here, although do it within reason as lots of time and energy goes after creating such exquisite pieces.

For single-stop shopping, you can visit the State owned Rajasthan Art Emporium, or the area around the Circuit Road. Some of the other popular markets are Tripolia Bazaar, Sarafa Bazaar and the Mochi Bazaar. Even if shopping is not on your agenda, make sure you check out these places. Just stroll on the streets and meander through hordes of tourists, vendors and locals or be assailed by the typical sounds and smells of a busy bazaar. Who knows, a shopkeeper might persuade you to check out his merchandise and before you know it, you might end up lugging around a dozen shopping bags. And finally, bargain to heart’s content. You will be expected to.

Apart from these amazing marketplaces in Jodhpur, do check out the other tourist places in Jodhpur.

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