Shopping in Jaipur
is a real treat as there are some fabulous places that stock unique and high quality items. Precious and semi-precious gems are most sought after (do watch out for the gem scams
), along with blue pottery and textiles. You can also pick up some pretty costume jewelry from Johari Bazaar
(particularly in Gopalji ka Rasta and Haldion ka Rasta lanes) and Chameliwala Market on M I Road
. Don't miss these five famous shops!
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Anokhi is one of the top places to buy Handicrafts in India
, particularly clothes. It's famous for its high quality, block print textiles. If you're interested in learning about the art of block printing, Anokhi also has a museum near Amber Fort
. There are daily demonstrations as well as more detailed workshops.
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When you think of Jaipur, one of the first things that comes to mind is the famous blue pottery. And one of the most famous creators of blue pottery is Kripal Singh Shekhawat. Born in 1922, he's been credited with reviving the art and helping it become what it is today. His works can be found all over India, including in museums. Kripal Singh Shekhawat started Kripal Kumbh as an outlet for his wares, and the team has been trained by him. Both classical pottery designs and more modern designs are on offer. Another recommended place to buy blue pottery is Neeja
, particularly if you're interested in new designs.
If you're keen to add some Indian art to your collection, Art Chill is the place to go. It has two locations. The newest and biggest gallery, in the west wing of Amber Fort near the exit, spans 5,000 square feet. It houses a massive collection of contemporary art by eminent and emerging Indian artists. The gallery's branch (Juneja Art Gallery) on M.I.Road in Jaipur was established in 1994. It also has contemporary art ranging from abstract to semi-abstract, and surreal to figurative art.
Gem Palace Jaipur
The Gem Palace is amongst the most reputable places to shop for jewelry in Jaipur. It's been in existence for eight generations. You'll discover everything from vintage pieces to exclusive creations there. Although the exterior of the Gem Palace is unassuming, its interior has been liked to Aladdin's Cave. There are magnificent pieces on display, which once belonged to the royals. The reason being, is that the shop is owned by the family of jewelers that once served them.
If your style is contemporary, then you'll find plenty of items to fall in love with at Hot Pink. This concept store stocks a unique range of colorful and contemporary Indian housewares and fashion. It was started in 2005 by Munnu Kasliwal from the Gem Palace and French jewelry designer Marie-Helene de Taillac. Hot Pink has a peaceful garden setting at the Narain Niwas palace hotel.