Jaipur—otherwise known as the Pink City, the jewel of the desert or, arguably most important,*the* place for shopping in India. Don't believe us? Even Western brand Free People couldn't resist the desert city's allure, basing much of their 2014 campaign (ft. Indian-born actress Freida Pinto!) in the breathtaking locale.
Amongst the bustling streets and breathtaking palaces of Rajasthan's largest city, resides some of the best markets, shops and vendors in India, with unique and affordable wares. While it's easier than ever to bring the market directly to you—thanks to ShopBollyWear.com—nothing beats being immersed in the IRL hustle and bustle of the markets and surrounded by drool-inducing aromas of the chai vendors.
Planning on taking a trip to the desert state? Or just want an idea of where your gorgeous ethnic wear pieces, jewelry and designer sarees are coming from? ShopBollyWear owner Nila Chakraborty takes you behind the scenes, as she travels through Jaipur to some of her favourite shopping destinations (the best sights in the city, besides the Hawa Mahal, of course!).
Johri (Johari) Bazaar
Johri Bazaar is *the* market for precious and semi-precious stones and gems. This bazaar is well known for its handmade, specialty jewelry. This is the place to visit if you're looking for that one special piece of jewelry to remind you of your time in the country's most gorgeous city.
On the hunt for some new arm candy? Tripolia Bazar is for you. The bazaar is best known for its lac jewelry, and for having a vast variety of bangles to choose from.
Don't miss Nehru Bazaar, known for its traditional jootis (a traditional type of footwear favoured in Northern India), which are vibrant and multi-coloured in design. You won't be able to leave with just one pair!
Considered across the board as the best place to visit in Jaipur for shopping, Bapu Bazaar is a one stop destination for any and everything you could want—all at a steal of a price! Bonus, this bazaar lies on the ‘pink' side of the city!
Mirza Ismail Road (MI Road)
Considered the most vibrant of the shopping places in Jaipur, MI road is well known for its pottery work—a staple in Jaipur markets—as well as its brass, silver, kundan and iron jewelry.