Jodhpur, also known as the Blue City, is a very famous city in Rajasthan. Why is it called the Blue City, you ask? Because the roofs of all the houses are painted blue! If you head to the Mehrangarh Fort, you can see the whole city down below – and the whole city will just look blue! It is a sight to behold indeed. The city also houses a number of Oyo rooms and Airbnb vacation rentals for visitors to stay. Other than these, Jodhpur is famous for its delicious and traditional Rajasthani food. Speaking of traditionally Rajasasthani, Jodhpur is one of the best cities in Rajasthan to buy some authentic Rajasthani clothes, artwork, accessories and more. So, if you’re wondering what to buy in Jodhpur, here is a curated list of the best things that Jodhpur has to offer!
Bandhej or Bandhani is basically a type of tie-dye cloth which is very famous in Jodhpur. You will see women all over Rajashtani in this very typical outfit with a similar sort of tie-dye pattern which is called Bandhani or Bhandhej. Bandh means ‘to tie’, so this style of tie-dying the cloth is done by tying the fabric at different points and then dying it to create a unique pattern every time. You can buy dresses, dupattas, scarves, skirts and men’s kurtas which are all made from Bandhej prints.
Mojris are a type of shoe which is typical to Rajasthani. In the north Indian region, these shoes are also typically known as Punjabi juttis and in Pakistan, these are called Pakistani juttis. Mojris are basically a leather shoe for both men and women which is very soft and bendable. These can be of plain leather, multicolored, have prints or patterns, decorated with embroidery or sequin or even mirror work. Basically, you will always be able to find a mojri that will match your personal style and taste. If you’re wondering what to buy in Jodhpur, mojris are a must!
3. Pichhwai paintings
Again, Pichhwai paintings are very typical to Rajasthan. A Pichhwai painting is an artwork that is made on cloth or paper and portrays Lord Krishna. Fun fact, these Pichhwai paintings were actually made so that the illiterate people could also learn and known about the tales of Lord Krishna. Now, Pichhwai paintings are sold as art pieces all over their world because of their unique design and beauty. If you are interested in Indian mythology, you must buy a Pichhwai painting when you’re visiting Jodhpur.
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4. Hand-crafted bangles
Hand-crafted bangles are something that you will see on every local woman in Rajasthan! These bangles are a part of parcel of the Rajasthani heritage. Typical Rajasthani hand-crafted bangles are a little on the bulky side and they have beautiful and intricate carvings made on them. These bangles can have carvings of elephants, flowers, birds, kings and queens and more. And of course, you’ll find many colors and many sizes of glass bangles. Head to any bangle shop in Jodhpur and you’ll see the most vibrant bangles you have ever seen in your life!
5. Rajasthani handicrafts from Tripolia Market
Rajasthan is known for its cute and traditional handicrafts, and the best handcrafts that you can find are in Tripolia Market. These handicrafts include wooden puppets, elephants, tigers, kings, queens and other figurines that have been carved out of wood and carefully decorated. You will even come across handicrafts like idols, Buddha statues, pottery and more. Also, some really beautiful crossbody bags, satchels, leather hands and more. If you are doubtful about what to buy in Jodhpur, find a beautiful and intricate hand-carved elephant figurine and get it for your home! Or a typical bedazzled Rajasthani pen - you’ll find those everywhere.
6. Traditional silver jewellery from Sarafa Bazaar
The traditional silver jewelry in Jodhpur is a little different from the western style of jewelry. Think of it as boho chic jewelry that has been made from oxidized silver. Typical Jodhpur necklaces are usually wide but very intricate. I recommend buying traditional Rajasthani jhumkas – these are earrings which are very Indian, very antique looking yet very funky. Even the oxidized silver rings and bangles are beautiful. Head to Sarafa Bazaar to buy some really interesting yet striking traditional silver jewelry.
7. Spices from Clock Tower Market
Rajasthan is known for its food, and it is because of the spices! All the spices that you’ll find in Jodhpur will be better than any spice you’ve ever had! Make sure to buy spices like red chili powder (usually made from fresh red chillis), cumin, turmeric, coriander powder and anything else that might interest you. On a side note, if you go anywhere in Rajasthan or Jodhpur, be sure to try the ‘lal maas’. That dish in itself will tell you why you must buy local spices from Clock Tower Market!
All set for your Jodhpur vacation?
Here’s hoping this list of things that you have to buy when you’re in Jodhpur was helpful. Don’t forget to bargain when you’re buying, because most local street stores will give you a better price after you haggle. But, if any shop has a fixed price policy then don’t bother. If you’re still wondering about what to buy in Jodhpur, you can always buy some block print clothes which are famously made in Rajasthan!
After some shopping, go ahead and visit some historical places or try some street foods to make the most of your vacation.
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