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Shopping Idea in Jaipur

  Jaipur bazars are a shoppers' delight. A trip to Jaipur isn't complete without a seemingly-endless stroll through the bazaars. The walled city serves as the main market area. Jaipur's main markets are, funnily enough, not far from each other, but adjacent to each other, in a maze of parallel and perpendicular roads. The major market places are M.I. Road, Johri Bazar, Bapu Bazar, Chaura Rasta, Nehru Bazar and Badi Chaupar in walled city, and Raja Park, Gaurav Tower and Ganpati Plaza outside Pinkcity. Except the shopping complexes developed lately, each bazaar in Jaipur is outside the Pink City. Setting aside the shopping complexes that have sprung up of late, each bazaar in Jaipur is typically suitable for specific items.

M.I. Road
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.

Main shops
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. A word of caution though - the prices here are perhaps the highest!

Also at M.I. Road
Sought-after restaurants such as Niros, Suryamahal and Copper Chimney; the famous Raj Mandir cinema hall; wholesome kulhad lassi dashed with a thick layer of malai at Panch Batti Circle.

Johri Bazar
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. Hind Shoes and Bharat Boot House are good options for footwear.

Also at Johri Bazar
Jaipuri quilts (rajai) are a hot-selling item at shops near Hawa Mahal. The bazaar also stocks loose tea, seeds and almost everything by way of grocery.

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
Bapu Bazar is a treasure-trove of typical Jaipuri stuff - salwar suits, bedsheets, Jaipuri jutis, cushions and readymade suits. This place has little to offer to the male shopper.

Busy Bazar
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. The major shops at Bapu Bazar are Newpinch, Benzer, Kalamandir and the H K Oswal showroom. 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 décor items. A must-have here are chat pakoris, especially Gol Gappas or Pani Puris.

Chaura Rasta
Books, books and more books - Chaura Rasta is famous for books and stationery. It also has a few apparel shops - Kanta textiles, Menu Dresses, Tamarind Flavour Zone, Raymonds and the Pantaloon factory outlet.

Also on this street is Golcha - a theatre where you can check out the latest Bollywood release.

Nehru Bazar
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. If you miss Nehru Bazar while shopping in Jaipur, you have not really missed much.

Badi Chaupar
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.

Raja Park
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.

Major shops
Raja Saheb, Desika-2 and Bonanza for men's wear; Kaluram, Punjabi Kirana and Big Shoppers for grocery; Chawlas and Ashoka Parnami for sweets; and Message -The Hariyali and Satguru Art 'n' Frames for home décor. There are many shops for furniture and upholstery.

Also hot here
The over crowded Fashion Street is said to be an ideal place to shop for men and for a quick snack, though parking is a perennial problem. The old and famous Hanuman Dhaba belongs to this place.

Not to be missed Raj Kachori at Chawals, Gol Gappa at Nand Kishore, Italian softy at Milky Way, Lassi at Gopi Sweets.

Gaurav Tower
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.

Shop, stroll or just relax around the fountains, or gaze at the effervescent crowd - you'll never get bored here. Gaurav Towers houses big names such as Big Shoppers, Shoppers Stop, McDonalds, The Home Store, Planet M, ICICI, Essar, Kajaria Plus, Weekender, Megabowl, Goyal Color Lab.

Ganpati Plaza
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 crème de la crème of Jaipur.

For the middle class though, it's only an occasional shopping spot. Rana Silk & Sarees, Jaipur Saree Kendra, Rajan's, Mogli's Island, Heritage Jewels, Jeypore Jewellers, Oasis Cellular, Satguru Art 'n' 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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