Although most tourists visit Jaipur to view its grand monuments,
nonetheless there are as many who come to shop. And indeed a
shoppers paradise it is. The list of things available is
endless, but the more popular items on the agenda of visitor
to the city are jewellery, textiles and saris, good made of
marble, wood, stone, lac, clay, metal and leather. The city
ahs, for long, been a traditional centre of the finest of
jewellery bedecked with both precious and semi precious
stones, enamelling of gold in green, red and white, the
favourite colours of the Mughals, which was introduced Raja
Man Singh. The city is known the world over for diamond and
Anyone searching for lac jewellery should visit maniharon Ka Rasta where
lac jewellery is made and sold and Johari Bazaar where
jewellery is crafted and sold. The variety is tremendous.
Among the buys are table tops, mirror frames, betel nut boxes
and sindoor holders. On the export list are statuettes, photo
frames and pill boxes which are available in abundance on
Road and the silver shops on the Badi Chaupar crossing. Two
lanes joining the main road. Gopalji ka Rasta and Haldiyon ka
Rasta have a number of shops selling jewellery and on the main
road one can see silversmiths. It is closed forsome time on
Sunday and Tuesday. The cutting, polishing and selling of
precious and semi precious stones is centred around the Muslim
dominated area of Pahar Ganj in the Surajpol Bazaar area.
Silver jewellery is also made there. There are numerous
factories and showrooms along the length of
between Zorawar Gate and Holiday Inn. Here one will find hand
block prints, blue pottery, carpets and antiques.
Apart from jewellery, handicrafts like papier mache and carved furniture,
are also extremely popular as also is the glazed blue pottery,
an art that was imported from ground
pottery is made from ground quartz stone. On sale are suraghis,
pots, ear-rings, soap dishes, door knobs, mugs and jugs. Brass
is another important metal and statures of various sizes are
available besides brass animals used by children as toys.
Items made of white metal are also great buys as are the
carvings in stone especially white marble used for making
statues of gods and goddesses, animal and human figures.
Carved marble bowls, vases and other decorative items also
figure high on the list of the shopper.