Last Updated: May 29, 2019 Jatin
Rajasthan is one of those places which delineates India’s historical forts, palaces, art, and culture. But, besides these, it also offers some cool, traditional, and eye-catching stuff to buy. These things attract people from across the world. But, to get them, a person must be aware of markets and places in Rajasthan. This blog of ours here offers an insight on where and what to buy in Rajasthan, so that your holiday in the state gives you the opportunity to take back a lot of memories in the form of best souvenirs from this magical place.
1. Jewelry and Gemstones
Rajasthan is the hub of jewelry industry and hand cutting gems. Whether you want silver jewelry, gold jewelry, kundan, meena, or carved trinket, Rajasthan is the place where you find them in unique style and design. Moreover, it is the largest centre for hand-cut gems like; Ruby, Emerald, Garnets, Agate, Amethyst, Topaz, and more. The designs of the jewelries are so unique along with their superlative quality and rich colors that you wouldn’t want to miss out on shopping for some of the ornaments from the state. Not limited to this, headgears, necklaces, cuffs, and anklets are some of the other spectacular jewelries that can be bought in Rajasthan.
Where to Get: Johari bazaar in Jaipur is an ecstasy for jewelry lovers. In fact, Jaipur is flourished with some of the best jewelries in India, and it does not only offer gold or silver jewelry but also hand-cut precious and semi-precious stones and gems.
Rajasthan is one of the pioneer seats of miniature paintings in India, popularly known as Mughal paintings. These paintings were tinted by Rajasthani painters who portray the royal and romantic life of Mughal’s in their paintings. Another style of painting found in Rajasthan is the Rajputana painting that depicts the royal lifestyle of Rajasthan along with the incidents from Ramayana or Mahabharata. On the other hand, the Phad and Pichwai paintings are the ones that are crafted on rectangular pieces of cloth and depict the life of Pabuji and Devnarayan, the two popular folk heroes. If you want to change the look of your drawing room, these vibrant and elegant paintings, indeed can help you to do so. Moreover, if you are fond of ancient paintings it could turn out to be the best buy in Rajasthan for you.
Where to Get: Hathi Pol bazar in Udaipur is the place to get all miniature paintings. This market is crammed with not only by tourists but locals. ‘Traditional Rajasthani miniature paintings’ are the pioneer centre attraction of this market.
Want to get ethnic carpets for your home? Rajasthan is the only ideal place where you will get extensive range of carpets in India as the state is the prime manufacturer. You will find diverse patterns like; charkona, mehrab, dushala, and shikar on finest quality of woolen fibers. The dazzling colors of the carpets catch the eyes of the tourists, and thus are one of the best things to buy in Rajasthan.
Where to Get: Jaipur has the best carpet industry in terms of fine craftsmanship on wool and silk. Besides, Bikaner and Ajmer are also amongst those places to get magnificent carpets. Small towns like Tonk, Chaksu, Manaharpura, and Barmer also have major markets of premium carpets.
When it comes to famous art works, the blue pottery in Rajasthan comes on top of the list. They are used to enhance or liven up the beauty of home. At earlier times, it augmented the appearance of mosques, tombs, and palaces and was introduced by the Mughals. Unlike others, blue pottery leverages upon quartz stones and not clay. This gives them an advantage of not developing cracks which is likely the case in regular pots. The reason of the beauty of these art-work is hidden behind the material that is used to craft them. These include quartz, raw glaze, sodium sulphate, and multani mitti.
Where to Get: Blue pottery is made all over the state and hence can be found at most of the tourist places in Rajasthan. Jaipur is known as the hub for regal blue-glassy pottery. Jaisalmer, Alwar, and Bikaner are also the pioneer centers for pottery in Rajasthan.
5. Puppets, Stuffed Dolls, and Toys
Crafted from wood, clay, stones, and other easily available materials, toys and dolls in Rajasthan are not just meant for children but also for religious rituals and festivals. The puppets, better known as ‘kathputli’ are considered as the heart of Rajasthan handicraft that attract lots of locals and tourist alike. They are the handmade puppets which can be found in vibrant colored with attached strings. Whereas, the stuffed toys are not usual toys; they look more strapping and colorful adorned with glitters and jewels. These are used as home decors to enhance the look of the room.
Where to Get: Udaipur, Chittorgarh and Nagaur include some of the markets to get wooden, clay or soft antique articles. Whereas, Udaipur, Sawai-Madhopur, and Bari are the hotspot for buying puppets in Rajasthan.
6. Fabric Work
Known as the heartland of block printing, tie-dye work, bandhani, color-riot, embroidery, and applique, Rajasthan offers some most famous patterns that can allure anyone. These comprise Lahariya, Mothda, Ekdali, and Shikari. There are also types of textiles where you will get Sanganeri and Bagru. If you are looking for that perfect gift for someone to wear or decorate their house, then fabrics from Rajasthan are a perfect buy.
Where to Get: Greater sample of these textiles are found during different fairs and festivals at like Nakki Lake, Ramdeoji, Pushkar, Baneshwar, Janmashtami, and during the Teej and Gangaur festivals.
7. Metal Work
The metal craft industry of Rajasthan uses the finest enameled silver to make pill boxes, figurines, table tops, and more, which are perfect decoration pieces for your home. If you are like traditional metal craft, you can get extensive range of designs and metals from this royal state. Also, when searching metal work, look for styles like ‘Marori’, ‘Chikan’, and ‘Bichi.’
Where to Get: Jaipur is the best place to buy the elegant metal works.
You must agree with the fact that shopping in Rajasthan is one of the coolest things to do. However, buying handicraft or puppets or even pottery from Rajasthan isn’t enough. A person visiting the state must explore the spice markets to buy fine aromatic spices as the state is considered as the ‘king of spices’. The essence of the spices is pure and relish. Haldi (Turmeric), Jeera (Cumin Seeds), Dhaniya (Coriander Seeds), Saunf (Fennel Seeds), Methi Dana (Fenugreek Seeds), Kalonji (Black Caraway) Ajwain (Carom Seeds), Laung (Cloves) are some of those must pick spices from Rajasthan. Besides, it is also famous for range of papads, pickles and chutneys that should be tried and taken back home as well.
Where to Get: Ghanta Ghar or Clock Tower market in Jodhpur is the best place to buy spices in Rajasthan. The market offers the finest quality Mathaniya’s red chilli. One can also get other stuffs like; handicraft, flavored tea, hand-embroidered fabrics, and antiques from this market.
9. Jodhpuri Juttis
Available in innumerable colors, patterns, and range, the Jodhpuri juttis are quite popular. Made up of pure leather, these beauties add a tinge of royalty in any apparel. Termed as ‘Mojaris’, they are available in varieties of patterns, shapes, colors, and designs, and are so comfortable to wear as they come in different shapes like gol-panja, chota panja, and salem shahi. There is a lot of skill involved in making these Mojaris as they undergo several processes.
Where to Get: Mochi Bazar or Coblet Market in Jodhpur is the core-center for every kind of Rajasthani footwear.
A trip to Rajasthan cannot be completed if you have not tasted any of the famous sweets. These sweets are made up with pure desi ghee, sugar, and milk. Ghewar is a kind of sweet which one can carry easily to their home, since it has a long shelf life till it is not dipped in its sugar syrup. This is a mouth-watering delicacy which can be carried home for your loved ones.
Where to Get: Although these sweets are sold in every sweet shop across Rajasthan. But, the Rawat Misthan Bhandar is the most popular sweet shop in Jaipur. The shop is famous for its varieties of sweet and kachoris.
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Published: 20 Sep, 2017
Comes from the ‘heart of India’, Delhi, Jatin is big-time dreamer. He is a travel blogger who loves to express about his ventures through his writing. Besides being a blogger, he is a foodie, who follows the aroma to reach some of the most amazing places to eat. Another thing that is equally important to him is sports; he eats, sleeps and breathes cricket!