12 Best Places to Shop in Jodhpur, Rajasthan


The local outlet of the popular brand Anokhi sells good-value Western clothes with an Indian flair, including cotton and hand-block prints that are sourced from national textile producers.

Circuit House Rd., Jodhpur, 342001, India

Bhandari Exports

Wood items are designed according to customer requirements, while maintaining the roots of the artisans' creative process. Antiques are also sold.

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Gems & Jewels Palace

This good local jewelry store specializes in traditional bridal jewelery styled according to Rajasthani royal tradition.

Lalji Handicrafts Emporium

This place is a joy if you love antiques. Woodwork, antiques, leatherwork, and brass furniture comprise the collection here, which also includes unique painted boxes and jharokhas (carved doorways or windows) made of dark wood with brass decoration.

M.V. Spices

Available here is a wide selection of spices, clearly marked and packed in plastic for travelers with a passion for cooking Indian food. The shop is small but clean and tidy, and clearly caters to a crowd concerned with quality and food safety. There's also a stand at the entrance to the Mehrangarh Fort, next to the café.

Maharani Textiles and Handicrafts

Come here for a beautiful array of shawls, bedcovers, cushion covers, and wooden handicrafts. Bargain hard (they will pressure you, but stand your ground) and ignore tales about supplying to global designers.

If negotiating frustrates you, try considering the sales experience performance art.

Tambaku Bazaat, Jodhpur, 342002, India

National Handloom Corp.

For inexpensive textiles, including cotton dress fabric, plastic and glass bangles, and other handicrafts, check out this four-story emporium, where these items are hidden among the rows of discounted toasters and kitschy house decorations. It's fixed price (as opposed to haggling), caters to a local crowd, and is an easier experience than going from shop to shop where everyone is pressuring you to buy something.

66--67 Nai Sarak, Jodhpur, 342001, India

Roopraj Durries

Buy your beautifully, painstakingly woven dhurrie from the man who made it at Salawas village (about 30 minutes outside Jodhpur). At this peaceful, pretty, and fairly remote hamlet of thatched homes there is a huge selection and you can see, step by step, how these colorful rugs are made. It is a memorable experience to witness this dying art—younger generations are not investing in the business. You can pay by credit card and then have it shipped by the store to your home.

Sadar Bazaar

Jodhpur's vibrant bazaars are among the city's key sights, particularly Sadar Bazaar and the Girdikot Bazaar, near the clock tower. Wandering among the tiny shops dotting these crowded, narrow lanes in the heart of town, you'll get a real feel for the life and color of Marwari jewelry, underwear, steel utensils, kitchenware, leather shoes, trinkets, wedding clothes—you can find just about everything here (including locksmiths and indigenous dentists sitting side by side on the street), and many of the local spice merchants here deal in saffron and other spices from all over India. Beware of tourist markups and young men guiding you to their "uncle's store." There are also plenty of stores to shop in if you don't like haggling in bazaars—most notably the government-run emporium.

Shriganesham Exports

This showroom, attached to the workshop where patchwork quilts and bedcovers are produced, has an exquisite range of textile and soft furnishings, tablecloths, bedcovers, applique work, and shawls. They also have a shop in town at Budhiya Kothi in Rai ka Bagh, but here, a short distance out of town, you can see how it happens.

Plot 9, oppoiste Royal Honda, NH 65, Jodhpur, 342003, India