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Look for : Lac Work, Meenakari, Metal Work, Marble Work, Paintings, Leather Work, Gemstones, Carpets, Wood Work, Jewellery
Mirza Ismail Road or M I Road is an ideal a place to shop for jewellery and branded readymade garments. The road is actually curved and boasts of ancient architectural shop. A happening hang-out for tourists, M I Road is Jaipur's equivalent of Delhi's Connaught Place.
The main shops sell old silver jewellery and artefacts, antiques, handicraft and apparel. There are also showrooms for Raymonds, Pepe, Woodland, Benetton, and others. Small shops that sell bangles, bedsheets and Jaipuri dresses ensure that you can complete your "Jaipur shopping" at M I Road.
Also at M.I. Road
Sought-after restaurants such as Niros, Suryamahal, Mc Donald, Pizza Hut and Copper Chimney; the famous Raj Mandir cinema hall; wholesome kulhad lassi dashed with a thick layer of malai at Panch Batti Circle.
It's famous, it's crowded, it's also a shopper's delight. Johri Bazar is your best bet if you plan to look for sarees and lehangas in colourful bhandhej, or glittering gemstone jewellery. As the name suggests, Johri Bazar is essentially a place for gems and jewellery.
The smaller lanes contain the originally jeweler workstations - or gaddis - inhabited by these craftsmen since time immemorial. Johri Bazar has a lot of shops for gold, silver and studded jewellery. For sarees, try Rooplaxmi, Rana Saree Emporium and Jaipur Saree Kendra.
Also at Johri Bazar
Jaipuri quilts (rajai) are a hot-selling item at shops near Hawa Mahal, Bapu Bazar, Chaura Rasta and Gopalji ka rasta.
Not to be missed is the Dahi Bade of LMB or Laxmi Mishtan Bhandar, perhaps the oldest and most popular sweet shop of the Pink City.
Bapu Bazar is a treasure-trove of typical Jaipuri stuff - salwar suits, bedsheets, Jaipuri jutis, cushions and readymade suits.
Salwar suits and bed sheets are perhaps the best selling items here. Sanganeri prints, bagru prints, batik prints, bhandhej suits and bedsheets top the list. You might have to navigate through crowded balconies full of people and cloth to get to what you want. Link Road, an extension, is good for artificial jewellery, home furnishings and bangles.
What else at Bapu Bazar?
Bapu Bazar also has few shops famous for craft and home decor items. A must-have here are chat pakoris, especially Gol Gappas or Pani Puris.
Books, books and more books - Chaura Rasta is famous for books and stationery.
Also on this street is Golcha - a theatre where you can check out the latest Bollywood release.
Nehru Bazar is near Ajmeri Gate, the so-called centre of Jaipur. Not a very upmarket place, Nehru Bazar has shops for readymade garments, footwear, gifts and household items.
You can haggle over the prices of locally-produced goods here, but go for it only if your pocket strings are tight.
Adjacent to the famous Hawa Mahal is Badi Chaupar, a square crossing that is probably the most crowded location in Jaipur. The shops on Badi Chaupar are major attractions for the tourists.
Here, you can shop for mojaris, handicraft, antiques, Rajasthani furniture, salwar suits and Jaipuri print dress material. Be prepared to bargain. You can also find a variety of traditional and lac bangles too.
If you have had enough of the traditional stuff, Raja Park is the place to be at. It offers everything ranging from grocery to flowers, from furniture to apparel.
Gaurav Towers is the most happening joint in Jaipur. Situated away from the congested market place, the shopping mall at Gaurav Towers - or GT - attracts both shoppers and fun seekers. Spread across a sprawling area of 25,000 sq metres, GT is perfect in terms of ambience, space, variety and hassle free parking.
The first-ever plush shopping mall of Jaipur, Ganpati Plaza is still a happening joint for shoppers, especially tourists. From colourful bhandhej to latest fashion wear, from pizzas to confectionary, from toys to electronics, and from junk to jewellery the place offers them all. It is usually visited by the creme de la creme of Jaipur.
For the middle class though, it's only an occasional shopping spot. Rana Silk & Sarees, Jaipur Saree Kendra, Rajan's, Moglis Island, Heritage Jewels, Jeypore Jewellers, Oasis Cellular, Satguru Art Frames and Villa Appearances, the latest addition, are the major stores here. The most sought-after outlet here is the Pizza Hut joint!
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