No matter how many big stores/malls are erect, the charm of traditional markets still wins a shopaholic’s heart. The booming malls and showrooms may provide the customers with ease of shopping being every product available under one roof, but there is different contentment we get strolling from shops to shops enjoying the shopping spree. For ages, Jaipur takes pride in its scintillating Bazaars known worldwide, where you rediscover a piece of India’s history in the form of handicrafts, colourful textiles, ornaments, and whatnot. But the desire to shop is often governed by practical aspects such as money. What place can be better than shopping from the best wholesale markets in Jaipur?
So, whether it’s a wedding prep or your regular shopping there are a few wholesale markets in Jaipur that have your back. Here are the famous wholesale bazaars in Jaipur selling from cheap knick-knacks to affordable yet believable high-quality traditional clothing.
Purohit Ji ka Katla – Jaipur Wholesale Market
Jaipur has marked its presence on the world map when it comes to wedding shopping. And when it’s about wedding shopping, it’s obvious that at such times people look for things in bulk and at reasonable prices. One of the major wholesale markets for wedding shopping is Purohit Ji ka Katla.
Painted in pink, this time-honoured wholesale market in Jaipur has a deep-rooted history. Situated amidst the tricky lanes within the walled city Purohit Ji ka Katla or commonly called Katla by locals, is the most terrific market offering shoppers all the wedding stuff. Though Katla is difficult to reach and is a tough job for tourists to explore, locals and rural from nearby areas of Jaipur are among its crowd. You can see Jaipurites passionately strolling this market, ignoring its suffocating routes.
This market was actually a place to keep the horses and carriages belonging to the royal family. Each shop converted is the place where the horses were kept. Inside every shop are a few stairs which take you to a room which is used as a store now. When you enter you will find typical traditional shops with ‘gaddas’ and the shop owners are addressed as ‘Sethjis’ as all the shops you find in this market have been running for more than 30 years. Though this market is a decade old, there are a few shops within the Katla that are renovated and given an exclusive modern look but are still run by families of bygone times.
As you enter, innumerable beautiful shops having wedding fabrics will surely intrigue you with its glitz and riots of colour. From Sherwani, Sarees, Lehengas, jewellery, varmalas, safas, torans to raw material like borders, butis, tassels, latkans hanging in the shops, you get every little wedding stuff here. Most of the clothing you find here are manufactured in nearby villages and further sold to retailer shopkeepers, customers and even exported to various parts of the country. You will find Lehariya and Bandhej with Gota Patti work dominating the market. This market is a must-visit market for all occasions that require fabric purchasing in bulk.
If you are thinking that this market is only for wedding shoppers, it is not so. People flock here to shop for everything from fabrics, raw materials, accessories to utensils, toys, stationery, decorations, plastic stuff and household items. Moreover, this market is also popular for its seasonal makeshift shops which are active during the festivals.
Known for: Some of the most famous shops here are Mukesh Tailor, Gopal Lal Radharam Safewala for rented sherwani, M.B Dresses for Gota Patti work, Ramsahay Banshidhar for Barat welcome stuff etc.
Timings: The market opens from 11.00 to 11:30 am and you can shop from 8 to 8:30 pm except for Sundays.
How to Reach: This market is located behind the Johari bazaar. There are a lot of entrances to the market but are too tricky. The best way is to go towards Badi Chaupad from Johari Bazaar and ask the passers-by to guide you to the entrance.
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Welcome to the old city’s popular shopping market, Johari bazaar, which is sought after by locals and foreign travellers alike. Located near Hawa Mahal, this market is the oldest in this city. The word ‘Johari’ in Hindi means ‘Jeweller’. Aptly described, what pulls the crowd to this place is the beautiful jewellery. The market has a great choice of shops for all shopaholics beginning with wholesale and export shops that deal with exquisite jewellery made from precious and semi-precious stones. You won’t be able to resist buying a small souvenir in the form of rings, earrings, trinkets, chains, neckpieces, bracelets made with Kundan and Polki.
Yes, this is a shopping paradise for the connoisseurs of ornaments, but you can also get some of the best wholesale saree or lehenga or artifacts quintessential to Rajasthani traditions. This place also lets you step up your style quotient with a plethora of traditional garments on display with hand-embroidered, Bandhani suits and tie-and-dye material. The market offers traditional Rajasthani lehengas and sarees at the best prices. Johari Bazaar is also a perfect place to shop for beautiful Mojari or Jutis.
Known for: Jewellery and traditional clothing. There are a few famous shops in and around Johari Bazaar that make this market known all over. Roop Rani Bangles, Satyam (Khadi and Mughal Bootis hand-painted in real gold), Rishi Shoes, Jaipur Saree Kendra, Rooplaxmi, Rana Saree Emporium, Rattan Deep.
Timings: You can shop at Johari Bazaar from 10 am to 11 pm every day. It would be best if you visit Johari Bazaar early in the evening as it is less crowded.
How to reach: Located near Hawa Mahal, Johari Bazaar is quite easy to reach and very accessible by any means of transport.
This marketplace is famous for locally made carpets and precious stones. Good quality clothes, iron and brassware items, fine pieces of Jaipur’s artisan history are some of the stuff you will find here at affordable prices. You can also bargain your heart out here as the negotiation mantra works here and you can go back home buying vibrantly coloured fabrics in bulk at the cheapest price. Moreover, the cheapest accessories and adorning household items will surely leave you happy. The market is considered one of the best Jaipur wholesale markets for clothes.
Known for: Well-known for its textiles, utensils, ironware, brassware, carpets, rugs and a variety of trinkets.
Timings: Tripolia Bazar is open from 11 AM to 8 PM and is closed on Sundays.
How to Reach: This market is conveniently located around 1.2 km or 5 mins from Hawa Mahal and located between Choti Chaupar and Manak Chowk
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Hawa Mahal Bazaar
Hawa Mahal market offers some of the best products including jewellery, wholesale sarees and other knick-knacks of Rajasthani culture. The most unique product you get here is the goat leather bags. From handy little slings to travel bags, a variety of bags in all sizes and shapes are available in the market. Another special treat this market offers is blocks for hand block printing. You find several sellers with boxes full of beautifully carved blocks. You also get your hands on the very famous Jaipuri Razaiyan. This market is the perfect place to get 250 years old Kadarbaksh Razaiyan.
Not just this, the market has a lot of shops to offer you Kurtis, Sanganeri prints and suits with exemplary work of embroidery, prints and high-quality textures. Amazing sets of lehenga cholis in the markets to fit even little girls are also popular items in this market. This wholesale market of Jaipur is definitely worth a visit as all the things you get here are low priced so you won’t need a bargain.
Famous for: wholesale sarees, Jaipuri lehenga choli, Jaipuri Razai, hand block printed textiles.
Timings: From 9 in the morning, the market is open to shop till night.
How to reach: This market is located in the center of the old city around the most famous monument Hawa Mahal.
They sell amazingly attractive traditional stuff at the cheapest prices. There is no doubt in the quality and variety of products possessed by these markets. So, what are you waiting for! Pick up your bags and drive down to these wholesale markets in Jaipur.