The crowded, cramped lanes of Johari Bazaar are the place to go for inexpensive costume jewelry, sarees, camel hide sandals and gemstones. If you’re buying gems, however, know what you’re looking for since scamming runs rampant.
Short for Mirza Ismail, MI Road offers everything from ready-made clothing to tribal and ornamental jewelry. You’ll also find antiques, housewares and Jaipur dresses on display as well as some of the city’s best restaurants.
The fully pedestrianized Bapu Bazaar makes for a pleasant stroll as you shop for textiles, camel leather sandals and glass bangles. This is also one of the best places to find razai, a type of colorful Jaipuri quilt.
Jaipur is famous for its blue, quilt-like pottery, and if you’re looking to bring some home with you, your best bet is on Amber Road. Among the pottery stores and factories on the road, the Jaipur Blue Pottery Art Center is one of the most reliable.
No matter where in Jaipur you shop, be prepared to bargain. Most shopkeepers will throw out a price four or five times higher than what the item is actually worth. Instead of responding with what you’re willing to pay, offer a number much lower and go from there. If the shopkeeper doesn’t seem to be budging, saying thank you and turning to walk away is usually enough to bring the price down further. Always go into the interaction with a smile and a sense of humor.
Reply by Viator, March 2013
Doing what: Private Tour: Jaipur Sightseeing Including Jantar Mantar, Amber Fort and Elephant Ride
The sights were great and the guide gave us an excellent tour