Johari Bazar literally means jewellers market. It is a long stretch of road in the old part of the town with shops on either side of the road. Be prepared for unruly traffic, blaring horns, busy pedestrians, foreigners with a lost look on their faces and the most colourful display of mundane and luxury products in contiguous shops.
Furthermore, the famous Hawa Mahal and the City Palace are on this road although further away from the market. 200 years ago,this was the main road in Jaipur with a thriving shopping market down the road from the City Palace. The Hawa Mahal is made with pink sandstone and is an extension of the City Palace.The Royal women of the Palace could not be seen outside of the Palace .Hence, the Hawa Mahal was built with 950 windows so that the women could observe the victory procession of the Kings and Nobles from this building without being seen by the outside world.
Above all, the Johari Bazar is a road filled with an astonishing variety of products. You will find grocery ,garments, quilts, kites, turbans, bridal wear dresses, silver jewellery, gems and precious stone shops in this road. In addition, it is the most busy & interesting market in the Pink City of Jaipur. Are you ready to go shopping ?
There are several shops in this market that sell gemstones, silver and gold jewellery. For example, one can buy traditional jewellery, which includes includes Kundan jewellery (cut and polished glass/gemstones on pure gold or metal base) polki jewellery (uncut diamond in gold base) and enamel work jewellery, also known as ‘Minakari’, which is famous in Jaipur. Strings of gem stones in rubies, emerald & jade are attractive and very reasonably priced here. In addition, check out the stores that sell imitation and fashion jewellery.
Imitation jewellery is especially useful during destination weddings when one does not have to take the risk of traveling with real jewellery. They can certainly be worn with ethnic Indian dresses.
is the popular bangle makers lane. There are a variety of small bangle shops in this lane. There are shops selling silver jewellery too. The shops are few and far between. This is a famous lane. However ,it has seen better days in the past. The variety of bangles in Bapu Bazar Market and the main Zohari Bazar market are certainly much better as compared to the shops in this lane. Maniharon ka Rasta is parallel to Zohari Bazar. A brisk 20 minute walk in a link Road, will take you to Zohari Bazar from Maniharon ka Rasta . This link Road is crowded and busy with dressmakers ,lehengas shops and jewellery shops selling gems and gem stones. If you are looking for a reasonable priced lehenga dress, do visit this link Road.
Apart from being the centre for jewellery, Johari Bazar also stocks bridal lehangas and sarees. Lehengas are traditional long skirts. Popular sarees are bandhej and leheriya style (tie and dye)sarees. Ranas and Rooplaxmi are two well known shops that are sought after by people who wish to buy wedding trousseau. It is one of the best shops for traditional bridal lehengas as compared to other shops.
In addition, there are several other shops that sell saris, salwar suit pieces, scarves, stoles, and home furnishings. The National Handloom Corporation is a Government owned shop that stocks everything under one roof. Similarly, Rattan Deep is a well know shop for Gotta Patti sarees , Gharchola sarees ,Kurtis and Kota wear sarees.
The famous LMB (Lakshmi Mishtan Bhandar) snack house, sweet shop and restaurant, is located in this road. It attracts a lot of locals and tourists alike. It is famous for chaat (spicy snacks), the Rajasthani traditional sweet Ghewar and special Rajasthani food. Narayanji GajakWale is another famous sweet shop here.
Finally, the bustling crowds, the colour and the vivacity make shopping in Johari Bazar a unique experience. Furthermore, the rich cultural heritage and creative energy of the city is evident in the products on display and the shop owners enterprise. In addition, brightly coloured turbans, umbrellas, glass lanterns, skirts, kites and cloth bags with mirror work are a kaleidoscope of all things beautiful in Jaipur.
This is Jaipur shopping at its best. It is highly recommended to visit Johari Bazar. It is an experience not to be missed . Bargaining is allowed in the street shops.