Jaipur is one of the best places in India to shop for handicrafts items, and some of the optimal places to pick up great bargains are located right in the heart of the Pink City. Bapu Bazaar offers a particularly good selection, with everything from jewelry to traditional Rajasthani textiles displayed colorfully in this lively market street.
Vendors at Bapu Bazaar specialize in textiles, and it’s the place to go if you’re in the market for bed sheets, scarves, or traditional Indian saris. Other popular finds include leather products, such as traditional shoes known as jootis, along with brass works, marble, precious stones, and a smattering of Rajasthani products, all at affordable prices. Even if you aren't into shopping, it's a great place to explore, with plenty of compelling photo opportunities.
Visit the bazaar independently or as part of a half-day group shopping tour or a private heritage walking tour that also explores the Albert Hall Museum, the New Gate, Anant Dev Temple, and other sights.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Be prepared to bargain, as most prices here are flexible.
- Most vendors in the area know some English, but learning a few Hindi words can go a long way.
- Wear comfortable footwear and be prepared to jostle with crowds.
How to Get There
Bapu Bazaar is located in the heart of the Pink City, just south of the City Palace and Hawa Mahal and north of M.I. Road. Many Jaipur shopping tours stop here. If you come on your own, you’re best off asking your driver to drop you off at Sanganeri Gate and continuing your explorations on foot.
When to Get There
Most shops at Bapu Bazaar are open Monday through Saturday, usually from around 11am to 7pm. Arrive early to avoid crowds and to score “first customer of the day” deals (it’s considered lucky to sell something to the first person who visits your shop or stall in the morning).
Jaipur is celebrated for preserving the millennia-old craft of woodblock printing. This method of decorating textiles involves using carved wooden stamps to print directly onto fabrics, and vendors throughout town sell everything from men's shirts to cloth napkins created using the technique. Some Jaipur tours also stop at nearby Sanganer, where visitors can watch woodblock printing in action.