With an area of 342.239 Sq. Kms., Rajasthan is the largest state of India. Formerly known as Rajputana that literally means the land of kings, Rajasthan houses amazing array of arts, historical forts, magnificent palaces, culture and architecture making it a great attraction on the world map. If you are planning to visit Rajasthan this vacation, you would love to see the most popular forts and world heritage site. But, besides these, you should visit the local markets, streets and bazaars of Rajasthan to buy some traditional, cool and eye-catching stuff and take these back home as the best souvenirs ever. Along with our short travel guide, check out our list of 7 must-buy souvenirs of Rajasthan.
Must-Buy Souvenirs of Rajasthan
If you love to adorn your home with beautiful things, you should check out gorgeous ethnic carpets of Rajasthan which are embellished with diverse patterns like mehrab, dushala, shikar and charkona on the superior quality of woolen fibers. Rajasthan is considered as the hub of carpet manufacturing companies in India and hence, you would easily get extensive range of carpets here. The colors, finesses and pattern of these carpets instantly grab the eyes of the tourists and hence, it is one of the best thing to take back home when you visit Rajasthan.
To buy Carpets: In terms of fine craftsmanship and quality, carpet manufacturing companies in Jaipur like ‘Jaipur Rugs’ offer the best carpets. Besides this, you can also check out the markets of Bikaner, Ajmer, Tonk, Chaksu, Barmer and Manaharpura for the premium quality carpets.
Jewelry and Gemstones
Falling in love with jewelry is obvious when you lay your eyes on the vast collection of silver, gold, kundan, Meena and carved jewelry of Rajasthan. Considered the jewelry hub of India, Rajasthan is the largest center for hand-cut gems along with unique designs of jewelry. The rich colors and superlative quality of Rajasthani Jewelry is not limited to any specific style, you can get headgears, necklaces, anklets, bangles, earrings, cuffs and other amazingly spectacular jewelry in Rajasthan.
To buy Jewelry: Rajasthan is ecstasy for Jewelry lovers and the main center to get awesome jewelry is Johari Bazaar, Jaipur.
When it comes to hand block printing, bandhani, tie-dye, embroidery, color-riot, applique and other textile arts, there is no place better than Rajasthan to look at. In fact, the capital city of Rajasthan-Jaipur is getting a lot of popularity due to these textile arts. Fabrics adorned with various textile arts are often colorful with beautiful patterns all over and ideal for making ethnic dresses, bedsheets, quilts and various other such stuffs.
To buy fabric work: Though there are various textile industries in Rajasthan offering raw embellished fabrics in Jaipur but, you can always take the advantage by getting ready made hand block printed women clothing from Missprint, Sanganeri and bagru printed bedsheets from Bagga textiles in Jaipur. You can also search local markets of Jaipur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer and Udaipur to witness the sheer beauty of textile arts.
The toys and dolls in Rajasthan are the most popular attraction for tourists as they are damn colorful and gorgeous. Made from clay, stone, wood and other materials, these puppets are not only for Children but also for religious festivals and rituals. Commonly known as ‘Kathputli’, these Rajasthani handicrafts can be found in multitude of colors with attached strings. These are often used for home decors.
To buy puppets: While it is really easy to spot hawkers selling puppets and stuffed toys in the local markets of Rajasthan. You can get most beautiful puppets from the markets of Udaipur, Nagaur, Sawai-Madhopur, Bari and Chittorgarh.
Buying handicrafts, puppets and pottery in Rajasthan is really fun but, if you love delicious food, you can deep dive in the market of spices in Rajasthan. Anyone who visits Rajasthan should explore the markets of spices that offers Turmeric, Cumin Seeds, Coriander seeds, Fennel seeds, Fenugreek seeds and lots more. You can also get amazing range of pickles, papads and chutneys that you would love to try for sure.
To buy spices: The clock tower market in Jodhpur is the best place o shop spices in Rajasthan. This place offers you the best and finest quality spices.
If you search the most famous art forms of Rajasthan, blue pottery will pop up instantly. They are designed to enhance the beauty of homes and this art was introduced by Mughals. This art was used to beautify mosques, tombs and palaces and later it gained whole lot of popularity owing to its grace and elegance. Unlike any other pottery, it is made from quartz stones that makes it stronger than the regular pots. Other than quartz, it is made from raw glaze, sodium sulphate and multani mitti.
To buy Blue Pottery: It is easy to find blue pottery at all the major cities of Rajasthan. However, Jaipur is considered as the hub for this regal pottery. You can visit Jaipur Blue Pottery Art center for getting some of the best amazing Blue Pottery. Other than Jaipur, you can get the authentic version of this art form in Alwar, Bikaner and Jaisalmer.
So, whenever you get a chance to visit Rajasthan then keep these things in mind and never forget to shop the Souvenirs of Rajasthan.
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