Visit Jaipur in India’s Rajasthan desert and you might think that you’ve stepped into another world altogether. The city features ancient shrines, wildlife, and plenty of souvenirs for those who enjoy shopping while on vacation.
Open Air Shopping
Like many parts of India, the best goods are on sale outside the walls of the shops. The open-air market in Jaipur features just about everything a visitor could want to buy, from food and clothes to furniture and books. Tourists report that they can quickly be swarmed by locals looking to sell anyone anything, so follow the less-crowded streets and watch your wallet in crowds.
Rugs, cloth, blankets, and fabrics are some of the most popular goods on sale at Jaipur, where merchants bring in flocks of sheep to be shorn next door to chemists who create beautiful color dyes that are block printed to create famous patterns. With a little bit of haggling, you can get a rug for a fraction of the cost you would at home.
Jaipur was once a stop on the Silk Road. Perfume and fragrances are some of the most popular items still for sale. Visitors can try on the different types of fragrances in the shops off the Bazar road, mixing and matching their preferred perfume before negotiating the final price.
Editor’s note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about shopping in Jaipur.