The bustling markets of Jodhpur have a riot of colours, glitter, shimmer and shine. They exude the local culture and are a delight to shop in. You must take lots of cash and empty bags to shop and carry your stash. You will most likely find something to match your taste and style, whether it is over the top or subtle and subdued. It is retail therapy that will give you a dopamine rush and leave you craving for more. So here is our list of what you can’t miss picking while in Jodhpur.
- Tie and Dye: If you love Bandhej/Bandhani or Leheriya fabric in ombre shades or contrasts, then do head to the Tripolia Bazar or Nai Sarak. Suits, sarees, dupattas there is so much on offer that it can get confusing what to shop and what to skip. The ‘gota’ borders make an excellent embellishment for bandhani.
- Mojari: For traditional footwear like juttis and mojaris, the Mochi Bazaar/Cobblers Market is a good bet. Available in endless colours and patterns these hand-stitched leather beauties team well with traditional attire. They can sometimes cause a shoe bite but will soon mould to the shape of your feet. Another option is to pick the ones which are open from the rear.
- Traditional Jewellery: Jhumkas, necklaces, anklets, bracelets, bangles made with beads and mirrors and silver adorn the local brides and women. Bangles in lac adorned with mirrors are popular at the famous Bibaji Churi Wale. Do pick up the Rajasthani Borla Maang Tikka reminiscent of Deepika Padukone in Padmavat. The roadside stalls near clocktower sell a lot of this traditional jewellery, so you will have to pick and choose to match urban tastes.
- Handicrafts: If you are a connoisseur of handcrafted items, then shopping for these in Jodhpur will excite you. Metal or woodwork, fabric or leather, whatever your preference you will find loads of handicrafts. Puppets, paintings, embroidered or patchwork wall hangings, wooden elephants or metal artefacts the list is endless. Sojati Market, Tripolia Bazaar are the best places to shop for these. Do pick souvenirs for family and friends as you will find something to suit your budget. Lalji Handicrafts has a vast collection of antiques, furniture, curios and is the go-to place if you’re looking for something exquisite.