When I think of Jaipur all I can remember is broad avenues and spacious gardens. Known as the Pink City, Jaipur remains the capital city and also the largest city of Rajasthan attracting more tourists here every year. While there are millions that come and visit Jaipur, but not many people know that the city has been planned in a nine grid pattern which astrologers believed to be a lucky in terms of architecture. The City Palace is the heart of the grid and sits right in the middle. However, today that grid has been broken mainly because of the new homes that have sprung up all over. There is so much that Jaipur has to offer that I cannot write that all down in one single blog post. Since I am focusing here on Diwali shopping let me tell you Jaipur is a treasure trove for shoppers and you might end up emptying your bank account if you are an impulsive shopper. Let’s explore some of the best places that you can find here in Jaipur that can offer you an exciting shopping experience like never before.
Mirza Ismail Road
Mirza Ismail Road is the architect of Modern Jaipur and therefore one of the main roads in Jaipur city is named after him. If you are new to Jaipur and visiting Jaipur for the first time you can shop here. Let me put it this way, Mirza Ismail Road is the heart of Jaipur and all roads in the city eventually connect to Mirza Ismail Road, also popular known as M.I. Road so this place is the best place to shop around.
Jaipur is known for jewelry and handicrafts and here you can find the best shops that can offer you extremely well crafted jewelry that can double your excitement for Diwali festival. You can also find some high quality garments that can keep you puzzled for hours. You will also fins shops here that sell bangles, bedsheets and home decor items. I think M.I. Road of Jaipur is what Connaught Place is to Delhi and what Colaba Causeway to Mumbai. After you have done visiting this place head to some restaurants here like McDonalds, Pizza Hut and Copper Chimney. If you want to try something local try some kulhad lassi topped with thick layer of malai at Panch Batti Circle that would energize you instantly.
Diwali is all about looking great and Bapu Bazaar offers the right choices especially when it comes to men and women clothing. Bapu Bazaar is populated mostly with women that hunt for the best deals on salwar suits and other Rajasthani style clothing. If you are a female hunting for the best attire for Diwali then Bapu Bazaar should be your choice of destination for shopping in Jaipur.
Although, the stores here are sometimes so crowded that you might have to keep some patience and scan through wide range of shops that can offer you complete satisfaction. You can also go ahead and show your bargaining skills here so if you are good at it you can end up saving lot of money. Bapu Bazaar also connects to Link Road that offers artificial jewelry stores, home decor and furnishing stores so don’t miss that out while you are in the vicinity.
If you are in Jaipur and if you haven’t visited Johri Bazaar then you have certainly missed something. This traditional bazaar remains one of the oldest shopping destinations in Jaipur so don’t miss this one. Johri Bazaar is an ideal place to shop if you are searching for some lehengas and sarees.
Well, the word Johri is usually associated with jewelry so you can also look out for some shops here that can provide you with the best jewelry items that you can find in Jaipur. If you are passionate about gold, silver and studded jewelry you will find many shops here that can quench your thirst for high quality jewelry. Johri Bazaar also offers some really good food stalls and shops so don’t miss out to eat something here. Try out the Dahi Bade at Laxmi Mistan Bhandar which is the oldest sweet shop in Jaipur.
Close to the immensely popular Hawa Mahal you will find Badi Chaupar that offers shops that have remained a major tourist attraction so step in here to get some great deals. Badi Chaupar is a bit crowded so make sure you hold on to your wallet tightly. Here you will tons of shops that sell mojris, handicrafts, antiques, Rajasthani furniture, dress materials, salwar suits and much more.
You will also find some interesting shops that sell traditional and lac bangles. You can also find some great turbans here so if you want to get some local dress and Rajasthani-style turban you need to look out for some shops here.
Many city dwellers want something that is more sophisticated and therefore I would also recommend Gaurav Tower which is the most happening place in Jaipur not only from shopping point of view but also for hangout destinations. I would not say that this place is as big as some of the malls that you find in metro cities like Mumbai and Delhi but it still offers a wide variety of brands that you usually buy back home. It has Shoppers Stop, McDonalds and other top international brands that you can experience here. You will also find some top cafes here like Cafe Coffee Day, Barista, and Mocha. So, here one can find some city-like experience if you want to. However, I would recommend readers to stick to some traditional markets because that is what makes Jaipur what it is. The best season to visit Jaipur is probably from November to March that offers you a pleasant cool climate.