Jodhpur “The Sun City” founded in 1459 is a mesmerizing tourist destination, with stunning landscapes, palaces, forts, and gardens. Shopping in Jodhpur is a sensual feast, so prepare all five of your senses!
Sardar Market lies right in the middle of the city center and is dominated by the stunning Clock Tower built by Maharaja Sardar Singh (1880-1911) from whom the market takes it name. It’s a marvelous human spectacle, and one of oldest markets in Jodhpur. It is noisy, dirty, colorful and yes has nearly 7,000 match-box sized shops! Be prepared to muscle through the narrow lanes, getting swept up with the crowd of shoppers. The exquisite bangles and lovely scarves, handmade bags and Jooties -slip-on shoes with a pointed front – are perfect delights, as are the scents and sights of the fruit, vegetables, spices, and homemade sweets. It’s in-your-face and a must see experience!
Are you a bride?
Did you know that brides-to-be from near and far used to travel to Jodhpur for their trousseaus, because the dyes, prints and fabrics were dazzling, as was the shining lamé work? Today you can find the same fabrics in the street shops and bazaars, and they are highly prized.
If you are visiting the amazing Umaid Bhawan Palace – one of the last great palaces in India! – you will pass by several large antique shops brimming with extraordinary architectural fixtures, including doors, doorways, furniture and window frames in exotic woods, patterns, textures, and colors. These are one-of-a-kind pieces, so if you want a real treasure for your home, here is your chance!
Editor’s note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about Jodhpur.