You may have shopped in different parts of the world already, and now it’s time to do it in Jodhpur, an ancient city in the state of Rajasthan, India. Shopping in Jodhpur is popular for the colorful handicrafts and fabrics, especially Indian Rajasthani sari and shoes. If you are ready, go through these few shopping tips.
The first place to check out is the popular Nardar Market near the famous Clock Tower. A small but popular clothes shop is located just to the left of the Clock Tower. It is called the Shri Rani Sati Cloth Store and it offers shawls, saris and a variety of textiles.
From there you can simply walk along the rows of local shops until you have seen every stall and kiosk in this always crowded local market. Some local “guides”, mostly rickshaw operators, will offer “help” and claim to take you to the best and most inexpensive stores. The truth is that they will lead you to a number of stores where they are entitled to get a commission.
You will find it much pleasurable walking around without anyone pestering you and telling you where to go, what to buy and how much to pay. Make friends with stall owners. Some are so hospitable they might even offer a cup of local tea and engage you in a conversation for an hour or two.
Making friends with the locals is always a good thing; just don’t forget that you came here to shop. You could end up socializing more than shopping since the vendors love talking with shoppers and foreigners, which is also a way of convincing people to buy stuff from them. Here are a few tips on what to shop for.
Jodhpur handicrafts sell like hotcakes. Made to look like pieces of antique, local handcrafted souvenir items are nice conversation pieces to take home. Ethnic accessories and pieces of traditional jewelry should also make it to your shopping list.
Another bestseller includes traditional fabrics and textiles. The tie-and-dye “bandhini” and “lahariya” designs are very popular especially among young people. For the female, cotton and silk materials sell very well, as well as the embroidered pointy shoes called “jootis” or “mojris”.
The third type of commodities you should seriously consider buying are local tea and spices. Indian foods are very spicy and you can make one on your own after you’ve gone back home and unpacked your locally bought Indian spices. The most famous ones are masala mixes.
All these commodities are found in Nardar Market, and yet there are other equally interesting marketplaces and shops to go to. You can head to Nitisha at Raikabad, Bishnoi Village Art near the Clock Tower, and the National Handloom in Nai Sadak. National Handloom shops typically have four floors and sell cheap handicrafts, art materials and clothes.
Shopping in Jodhpur may not come close to your shopping experience in Paris, New York, Hong Kong or Singapore but there are local items that are unique only in Rajasthan. They are also much less expensive. Another plus when shopping in India is the practice of haggling.