Any vacation is incomplete without a spree of retail therapy. Jaisalmer is a popular Indian tourist destination not only for its desert activities and amazing sights but also for its retail therapy. Contrasting the boutiques and malls of bigger cities, Jaisalmer puts forward a unique shopping experience. Head to the eye-catching shops in Jaisalmer that line the small and busy streets to pick up some of the best goodies on what Jaisalmer has to offer!
National and international tourists visit Jaisalmer in huge numbers during the months of September through November. One good reason is the very popular Pushkar Mela that is organized between these months every year. This is a one of its kind camel fair that allows travelers an opportunity to watch camel trading and some rather unique religious rituals. However, there are lots more to see and explore in Jaisalmer besides the popular Pushkar Mela, especially shopping.
Shopping is a gifted activity of Jaisalmer city. The city’s iconic articles and exotic handicrafts reflect a tradition that is one-of-a-kind, or simply unique. Top things to shop in Jaisalmer include camel leather items, handicrafts, puppets, showpieces made with yellow sandstone, wooden articles (especially exquisitely carved wooden boxes), embroidered fabrics, embellished with beads, stone, and mirror work, silk textiles, silver jewelry, old stonework items, gates, oil lamps, and lot more. Well, a visit to any market in Jaisalmer is not just about shopping. It is also a good spot for photography.
From the rainbowed hues in the street stalls to the never-ending swirls of golden sand dunes, Jaisalmer is a quaint city where you can imbibe and enjoy the authentic Rajasthani vibe. Jaisalmer embraces all kinds of shoppers with its arms wide open. And, you will surely find numerous places to bring out the shopaholic in you. If you have time to spare, there are a number of markets you will enjoy exploring. Some of the best street markets in the city that you must pay a visit to include, Sadar Bazaar, Bhatia Bazaar, Sonaron ka Bas, and Pansari Bazaar, to name a few.
If you wish to shop for really exquisite fare in Rajasthan, Sonaron ka Bas, Jaisalmer is the place to go! There is so much to see, explore, and shop at this market that you will be spoilt for choice. This beautiful market is stacked with many outlets that sell jewelry in silver, gold, precious, and semi-precious stones.
The name given to the market literally means “base of goldsmiths”. The variety of shops in the market proves it to be true. This market is seen packed with people from around the country, looking for jewelry pieces of their choice, not only during the festive season but throughout the year. Women especially thong here to buy silver and gold jewelry in different and unique shapes and designs.
After all the tiring hours of shopping, you can treat your tummy and taste buds with authentic Rajasthani food from a number eateries around the market.
What to Buy?
The key attraction of this market lies in a diverse range of jewelry using myriad precious stones in silver and gold, and jewelry making classes. There is no dearth of jewelry shops that deal with an extensive range of gold and other jewelry options using precious or semi-precious stones.
The market opens at 10.00 AM and stays open till 6.00 PM. However, the crowd at Sonaron ka Bas peaks high specifically in the evenings and during the times of auspicious occasions like family weddings or other traditional ceremonies.
Make sure to carry cash since most of the vendors do not accept card payment. Pansari bazaar also tests your bargaining skills. The shopkeepers in this bazaar quote a higher price purposely, knowing that the buyer is going to bargain for sure.
Featured Photo: Camel ride in the Thar desert near Jaisalmer, India by vil.sandi under CC BY-ND 2.0