Top 10 Colourful Markets in Rajasthan
There are many reasons why Rajasthan should be on top of your bucket list of must-see places. The magnificence of the Rajput era still resonates there and everything from the palaces, forts, art, music and culture to the food exhibits just that.
The vivid art and craft can be seen in every market that you would visit in Rajasthan. Everything from the paintings, handicrafts, jewellery, wooden carved items, hand woven saris, mirror works and so many others will leave you overwhelmed with joy and you will never have the feeling of having purchased enough.
That said, for you to make better decisions on where to shop, here is the list of Top 10 Colorful Markets in Rajasthan which you should not miss:
1. Johari Bazaar (Jaipur)
Johari means jeweller and that implies the market is full of variety of jewels for you to purchase. The bazaar is an ocean of jewels with Kundan work and Meenakshi being the most popular traditional type jewellery. Most of the jewels are adorned with precious or semi-precious stones. There is jewellery in all price ranges from inexpensive to very expensive and you can chose based on your budget and preferences. The market also has few shops that sell handmade sarees and Rajasthani lehangas.
The market opens at 10:00 AM and is active till 11:00 PM every day.
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2. Bapu Bazaar (Jaipur)
Bapu Bazaar is very near to Johari bazaar and has all the traditional Rajasthani items that you would have put on your shopping list! The most popular and famous of all is the mojari or Rajasthani traditional footwear which enhances the royal look of any ethnic wear. Rajasthani textiles, colourful traditional sarees, lehenga and perfumes are a highlight of this market.
The market has all its buildings painted in pink to give you a feel of the pink city Jaipur. The products here are of good quality and very reasonable. The market is open on all weekdays from 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM.
In Jaipur, you can also explore Tripolia bazar, Chandpol bazar and Kishanpol bazar for some unique and reasonably priced products.Read More: 4 Days - Jaipur Tour
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3. Clock Tower Market (Jodhpur)
Rajasthan being the house of exquisite and delectable food rich in flavor, you are sure to wonder how all the flavors come from. At Clock tower market, you will get all the exotic local spices – fresh and full of aroma.
Some other famous items like antiques, handicraft and dyed clothes are also sold here. Take a local person with you so that they can negotiate get a good deal for all the items. Market is active between 10:00 AM and 8:00 PM on all days.
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4. Nai Sadak (Jodhpur)
Here is another market that features all the colour and frolic of Rajasthan. The colourful turbans that exhibit the extravagance of the Rajputana culture, leather goods especially the special Rajasthani mojari and hand-painted sarees are the highlights of this market. The famous art of Jodhpur – bandhani is showcased across the market and is a must-buy for any tourist. The bandhani which is a tie-and-dye product using soft cloth, is a mark of Rajasthan's tradition and exuberance.
The products are sold by the artisans who make the original product, so you can be assured that the money is going to the person who actually deserves it and there are no middle-men involved. This also means the right price for you!
The market is open all days from 9:00 AM-7:00 PM.
Other than these markets, visitors can also explore Mochi bazar which has exclusive collection of the mojari (Jodhpuri jootis) and also some sherwanis, achkans and the famous ‘lackh’ bangles.Suggested Tour: 8 Days - Rajasthan Tour from Delhi Jodhpur Travel Guide : Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur; An Epitome of Splendour and Majesty
5. Bada Bazar (Udaipur)
Named as the romantic city of Rajasthan, Udaipur has a lot to offer for you and your partner. From footpath stalls to AC showrooms, there is something for everyone. You need a lot of time to explore this market, as you will want to grab more and more – thanks to the abundant varieties.
Traditional lehenga-cholis, saris, shoes, antique pieces of art, dyed clothes, leather goods and traditional jewellery – everything at one place. The price range will suit every need of yours, you can buy something for everyday use or if you want something grand, you will get that too! The market is open from 8:00 AM - 9:00 PM, 7 days a week.
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6. Decors of Hathi Pol Bazaar (Udaipur)
This market is located near the Udaipur city palace and is a marvel to look at. You will feel like a king / queen walking across the streets covered with the most elegant and well-crafted Rajasthani paintings, miniature paintings, colourful folk toys, smiling puppets, embroidered leather shoes and other souvenirs that will take you to a different era all together.
The market is dominated by locals and you should go with one too, for a better bargain. Park your cars in the palace itself and walk around the market to have a once-in-lifetime experience. The market is open from Mon-Sat between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM.
There are also Chetak circle and Shilpgram, which are a must-visit if you want to buy some traditional handicraft items. Chetak circle is famous for old-style jewellery boxes, salutation cards and precious stones and Shilpgram has all hand-made items like pottery, clothing and so on.Suggested Tour: 8 Days - Golden Triangle with Udaipur Tour Udaipur Travel Guide:
7. Sadar Bazar (Jaisalmer)
There is so much for visitors to explore and buy in this market. The specialty of Sadar Bazar is its silver ornaments and mojaris made of camel leather. The products that are sold here are of high quality and prices are very cheap as this is a wholesale market.
There are different types of jewellery items, wood-carved items, handicraft shawls, garments with heavy mirror work and many more products for guests to check out. All the items exhibit the grandeur and grace of Rajasthan which is why this market is highly recommended for everyone in Jaisalmer. This prime market is open from 10: AM - 6:00 PM on all days.Also Read: Topmost Places To Be Visited In Jaisalmer Suggested Tour: 14 Days - Rajasthan Agra and Varanasi Tour Jaisalmer Travel Guide:
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8. Mahatma Gandhi Road (Bikaner)
This is a street market full of shining bangles, sparkling and shining mojaris and lehengas that have heavy glass embroidery. If you want to buy something as a reminiscence of Rajasthan, don’t miss picking up something from this market as it has everything that showcases the culture of Rajasthan.
Bikaner till date remains famous for its lip-smacking snacks including sweets, bhujia and papads that are available in this market. Take them in loads as you won’t get anything close to this taste anywhere else!
The market is open every day from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM.Suggested Tour: 15 Days Delhi Agra and Rajasthan Tour Bikaner Travel Guide :
9. Kote Gate (Bikaner)
This very old market welcomes you at the entrance of Bikaner and reflects the ancient architecture. The market has variety of shops that have maintained the standard of quality over all these years and offer traditional open toed shoes for men, exemplary Rajasthani paintings, khadi kurtas and other handicraft items. Kote gate market is most famous for its unique Kundan designs. These impeccable pieces of jewellery come in all price ranges and are diverse in their creation and design. This market is open on all week days between 8:00 AM and 7:00 PM.
There is also another market very close to Kote gate known as Station Road market which is popular for leather jackets, leather jootis and leather chairs.Read More: About Shopping in Bikaner Suggested Tour: 14 Days - Essence of Rajasthan Tour
10. Sarafa Bazar (Pushkar)
Pushkar is known for its rich, colourful and extravagant past. Sarafa bazar offers the most beautiful Indian ethnic wear along with unique and stylish bangles, silver jewellery and mojari. This place will give you immense happiness if you really like some quality shopping at awesome prices.
There are two other markets in Pushkar, Kedalganj market and Sadar Bazar, which showcase some of the best marble statues, leather items and puppets.Read Also: Top Things To Do In Pushkar And Ajmer Suggested Tour: 9 Days - Golden Triangle with Pushkar Tour Pushkar Travel Guide:
The above are the most happening and colourful markets of Rajasthan, however there are many more that you can visit too, if you have time. Each of these are unique and offer something different for every customer. Happy shopping!Also Read: