Shopping in Rajasthan

  • Shopping in Jaipur

    Rajasthali

    This state-government-run emporium, opposite Ajmer Gate, is packed with quality Rajasthani artefacts and crafts, including enamelwork, embroidery, pottery, woodwork, jewellery, puppets, block-printed sheets, miniatures, brassware, mirrorwork and more. Scout out prices here before launching into the bazaar; items can be cheaper at the markets, but the quality is often higher at the state emporium for not much more money.

  • Shopping in Jodhpur

    MV Spices

    The most famous spice shop in Jodhpur (and believe us, there are lots of pretenders), MV Spices has five small branches around town, including one at Sadar Market, Meherangarh, that are run by the seven daughters of the founder of the original stall. It will cost around ₹100 to ₹500 for 100g bags of spices, and the owners will email you recipes so you can use your spices correctly when you get home.

  • Shopping in Jaipur

    Anokhi

    Anokhi is a classy, upmarket boutique selling stunning high-quality textiles such as block-printed fabrics, tablecloths, bed covers, cosmetic bags and scarves, as well as a range of well-designed, beautifully made clothing that combines Indian and Western influences. There’s a wonderful organic cafe on the premises and a decent bookshop in the same building.

  • Shopping in Jaipur

    Gem-Testing Laboratory

    To check gem purchases are the real deal, and to receive an authenticity certificate, you can deposit your gems at the gem-testing laboratory between 10am and 4pm, then return the following day between 4pm and 5pm to pick up the certificate. The service costs ₹1050 per stone, or ₹1650 for same-day service, if deposited before 1pm.

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    Yug Art

    Many art shops will offer you Rajasthani miniatures, but Yug Art offers to put you into one. Provide a photo and you can be pictured on elephant-back or in any number of classical scenes. Alternatively, Yug will record your India trip in a unique travel comic – you help with the script and he’ll provide the artwork.

  • Shopping in Jaipur

    Inde Rooh

    This tiny outlet in the Hotel Pearl Palace highlights the talents of Jaipur's traditional block printers blended with contemporary design. Handmade and stitched, the quality and value of the women's and men's clothing compares well with Jaipur's more famous fashion houses. Homewares are also available.

  • Shopping in Jaipur

    Jaipur Modern

    This contemporary showroom offers local arts and crafts, clothing, homewares, stationery and fashion accessories. The staff are relaxed (no hard sell here) and if you are not in the mood to shop, there's a great cafe serving organic South Indian coffee and Mediterranean snacks.

  • Shopping in Jaipur

    Crossword

    Crossword is an excellent bookshop with all sorts of fiction and nonfiction, including the latest best sellers, pictorial books and books on Indian history. Music CDs and DVDs are also available. There is a cafe and restaurant in the same building.

  • Shopping in Jaipur

    Fabindia

    A great place to coordinate colours with reams of rich fabrics, plus furniture and home accessories. You can also find organically certified garments, beauty products and condiments. Located opposite Central Park, gate number 4.

  • Shopping in Jaipur

    Silver Shop

    A trusted jewellery shop backed by the Hotel Pearl Palace, which hosts the store. A money-back guarantee is offered on all items. Find it under the peacock canopy in the hotel’s Peacock Rooftop Restaurant.

  • Shopping in Kishangarh

    Barefoot College

    In Tilonia village, about 25km northeast of Kishangarh and 7km off the Ajmer to Jaipur road, is the inspiring Barefoot College. This NGO is run by and for villagers, and uses their skills for development work in the area to address problems of water supply, housing, education, health and employment.

  • Shopping in Pushkar

    Sadar Bazaar

    Pushkar’s Sadar Bazaar is lined with enchanting little shops and is a good place for picking up gifts. Many of the vibrant Rajasthani textiles originate from Barmer, south of Jaisalmer, or Gujarat. There’s plenty of silver and beaded jewellery catering both to local and foreign tastes, including some heavy tribal pieces. Expect to haggle.

  • Shopping in Jodhpur

    Laxmi Niwas

    Several trendy and quality boutique stores with exquisite block-printed clothes, gifts and tableware can be found in this building opposite the Toorji ka Jhalra step-well. There's also a bakery and coffee shop and access to the rooftop restaurant Jharokha 360°.

  • Shopping in Jodhpur

    Monarch Garments

    If you fancy taking home an authentic pair of jodhpurs from the city in which they originated, head to Monarch Garments, opposite the approach road leading up to Umaid Bhawan Palace. Here you can buy ready-made jodhpurs or have a pair tailored for you within two days. Prices are polo club–worthy, starting at around ₹8500.

  • Shopping in Jodhpur

    Sambhali Boutique

    This small but interesting shop sells goods made by women who have learned craft skills with the Sambhali Trust, which works to empower disadvantaged women and girls. Items include cute stuffed silk or cloth elephants and horses, bracelets made from pottery beads, silk bags, and block-printed muslin curtains and scarves.

  • Shopping in Amber

    Gallery Artchill

    Artchill displays some excellent contemporary artists, many of which are based in Rajasthan. The gallery is found as you exit Amber Fort. The collection – not exclusively, but mostly – of paintings, changes regularly and there is another outlet, Juneja Art Gallery, in Jaipur.

  • Shopping in Jaipur

    Kripal Kumbh

    This tiny showroom in a private home is a great place to buy Jaipur’s famous blue pottery, produced by the family of the late Mr Kripal Singh, an important figure in the revival of Jaipur's ceramic art. Most pieces cost between ₹400 and ₹800. Courses are also available.

  • Shopping in Southern Villages

    Roopraj Dhurry Udyog

    A cooperative of 42 families in Salawas runs the Roopraj Dhurry Udyog, through which all profits go to the artisans. A 3ft by 5ft dhurrie costs a minimum of ₹5000, a price based on two weavers working several hours a day, plus shipping costs. Other families are involved in block-printing.

  • Shopping in Jaipur

    Himalaya

    For ayurvedic preparations, this place exports internationally and has been selling herbal remedies and beauty products for over 70 years. There are even treatments for your pet. The shampoos, moisturisers and beauty products are reasonable buys. Located near Panch Batti.

  • Shopping in Jaisalmer

    Bellissima

    This small shop near the fort’s main square sells beautiful patchworks, embroidery, paintings, bags, rugs, cushion covers and all types of Rajasthani art. Proceeds assist underprivileged women from surrounding villages, including those who have divorced or been widowed.