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"Where to shop in Pink City - Jaipur"

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Jaipur Shopping - Beautiful patchwork
"Jaipur shopping" was last updated on April 14, 2012
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You will shop till you drop in Jaipur. You'll find many bazaars and retail shops scattered inside the Old City and around town.

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But here's the deal...

If there's one place you have to shop in the city, it has to be the retail shops.

It's because of their variety of things. But if we're talking budget shopping, retail shops are usually not the place to go.

Shopping carpets in India
Jaipur Shopping - Jaipur is known for selling quality carpets

Well, we took our chances.

We were thrilled about our shopping purchases at the three wholesale warehouses we were taken to (Oct 2007 and March 2011) (I'm afraid that I don't remember the names, but you'll have no problem in finding others)!

Let me tell you about my experience with the 3 wholesale shops... You just can't miss it!

Updated on July 01, 2011: During my re-visit to Jaipur in March 2011, I visited several retail shops and the staff were not easy to bargain with.


Retail shopping in Jaipur

At the first warehouse, we were impressed by the vast selection of beautiful shawls, pillow cases, block print bedspreads, paintings on silk cloth, Indian slippers, table runners, pouffe covers, curtains and downstairs they sold carpets.

I saw ready-to-be shipped-carpets addressed to European and American names, so I guess the warehouse was a trusted company.

So, how much should you expect to pay?

For 5 shawls + 10 pillow covers I managed to bargain the price down to Rs 2500 (ordinary price: Rs 2800).

Simple pillow covers without prints = Rs 100-150 (price depends on the fabric as well)

Pillow cover with prints/patterns: from Rs 100

One shawl cost Rs 150-200

Updated on July 01, 2011: The price on shawls has gone up. Either that, or it's become more difficult to bargain.

The shawls (non-pashmina) start at Rs 500-600, and 'pashmina' shawls cost between Rs 1000-1600.

The sellers always say that it's real pashmina or that it's 'quality shawl mam', but if you take a good look at the quality it's not.

Don't settle for the first price and shop around for prices first.

I also bought wall hangings from retail shops, most of them starting from Rs 600 and up.

My wall hanginging of an elephant bought in India
Jaipur Shopping: One of the wall hangings I bought

My painting on silk cloth bought from Jaipur in India
One of the silk cloth paintings I bought

Then our Rickshaw driver took us to 2nd retail shop.

Here I bought two sets of bedspreads (the bed spreads I bought cover a double bed and 8 pillow covers with the same pattern as the bed spreads were included).

It was tough to bargain with the seller, but I eventually got them for
Rs 500 (= 10 $). The key to bargaining is to be patient and smile!

The third retail store was located outside the center of Jaipur. We drove up a hill for 30 minutes and ended up at a huge wholesale warehouse.

They sold pretty much the same stuff as the first one, but they also had clothing, purses, framed paintings and souvenirs. The place even had its own sewers.

So, how much should you expect to pay?

I bought 3 small paintings on silk cloth + 1 small framed elephant painting for Rs 700.

2 small paintings on silk cloth: from Rs 100

1 medium-sized painting on silk cloth: from Rs 200

Framed elephant painting: Rs 300

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Conclusion: I don't think it matters if you shop at wholesale warehouses or at the bazaars. If you have bargaining skills, you can get it cheap if you want!

But I do recommend retail shops because they have a wide selection of items. You'll get to choose the perfect gifts for yourself and your family/friends.

Our shopping results!

My shopping from Jaipur in north India
My Shopping Results: Bedspreads, pillow covers, wooden box, shawls etc.

Hanging elephant decor from Jaipur in India
Jaipur shopping: Cute hanging elephant decor

The next day we went to the Old City

... just outside the entrance to the Gate to the Old City, my friend noticed a handcraft shop.

Jaipur is known for its beautiful handicrafts!

I don't remember the name, but there you'll find unique wooden artifacts.

My favorite bargains here were two hanging décor with elephants and umbrellas (Rs 175) + two handcrafted wooden boxes (Rs 250 for the small one + Rs 350 for the bigger one).

If you hire a rickshaw-driver for the day, I'm sure he will suggest shops to visit. There's usually a commission involved.

Updated on July 01, 2011: During my re-visit to Jaipur, the rickshaw driver asked where we wanted to shop, and we told him handicrafts.

He took us to shops near Amber Fort. There was this store that sold all kinds of handicraft.

I bought two wooden chest for Rs 2350 (I bargained as hard as I could).

Bazaars in Jaipur

Bapu bazaar inside Pink City in Jaipur
Jaipur Shopping: Bapu Bazaar

If you want to shop at the bazaars, you'll find most of them inside the Old City. We tried that, but it was too crowded. And there were pushy touts wherever we went. So, we lost the urge to shop.

We honestly just called it a day and did other things.

Updated on July 01, 2011: During our re-visit to Jaipur in March 2011, we stopped by Bapu Bazaar inside Pink City. It's still crowded and sellers are all over the place trying to sell their stuff to you.

Anyway, I did buy some shoes - they're really nice! I bargained down to Rs 400, and they painted them brown for free.

Shoes at Bapu bazaar in Pink City, Jaipur
Jaipur Shopping: Shoes at Bapu Bazaar

Other stuff we bought here was shawls (bargained to Rs 300), pillow cases (Rs 150) and wall hangings (Rs 700).

I noticed that the price for wall hangings are a lot more expensive in Jaipur. I bought wall hangings in Kerala (Varkala), and the price was cheaper there.

A lot of things are overpriced at the bazaar, so remember to compare prices and bargain!

Shoes at Bapu bazaar Jaipur Me at a shawl shop at Bapu bazaar in Jaipur, India
Jaipur Shopping: At Bapu Bazaar, trying out shoes and shawls

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