Udaipur is the major city of Rajasthan. It has earned a nickname ‘City of Lakes’ since it is surrounded by numerous lakes. Also, praised as Venice of the East, this town has several sightseeing places attracting tourists of all tastes. A trip to Udaipur remains incomplete if you have not indulged in shopping. There are several buzzing shopping markets in Udaipur, each one having a unique and spectacular range of authentic Rajasthani products.
Being an international tourist destination, people visiting Udaipur should spend time exploring different shopping areas. The tourists can get a chance to purchase the best of metal furniture, artifacts, paintings, contemporary art, carpets, rugs, handicrafts, jewelry, miniature and many more. As there are numerous shopping areas, you can see a variety of items in this City of Lakes. Artifacts and local handicrafts are the best picks in the city. You can get exclusive articles at reasonable prices in Udaipur local markets.
If you wish to get a break or spend some time for yourself, you have to step into the top shopping markets of Udaipur.
Here is the list of popular shopping areas of Udaipur.
- Hathi Pol Bazaar
- Bada Bazaar
- Chetak Circle
- Lake Palace Road
- Bapu Bazaar
- Lakhara Chowk
- Maldas Street
- Ghanta Ghar Bazaar
Hathi Pol Bazaar – Famous for Miniature Rajasthani Paintings
If you have an eye for art, do shop for the famous Pichwai and Phad paintings of Rajasthan, apart from other miniature paintings and traditional Rajasthani artwork at Hathi Pol Bazaar. Don’t forget to bargain while you are here.
Bada Bazaar – Famous for Camel Leather Items Rajasthani Fabrics
The most popular market of Udaipur, Bada Bazaar is also one of the liveliest. Big modern showrooms to street-side shops – you will find them all here. Shop for jewelry, tie and dye, bandhani fabrics, and camel leather items (bags, footwear, diaries) at very reasonable rates.
Chetak Circle – Famous for Handicrafts
Chetak Circle is a great place to shop, especially for traditional Rajasthani goods. It is home to Rajasthali, the government-run emporium selling authentic handicrafts.
Lake Palace Road – Famous for Textiles and Wooden Statues
This place is very well known for handicrafts, embroidered textiles, and wooden statues. There are also several souvenir shops which line the street on both sides.
ket is usually bustling with activity. Therefore, it would be better to come here during the early hours. At this market, you can spend an entire day, exploring the lanes selling crockery, clothes, gadgets, khadi products, and even school uniforms and when satisfied, you can satiate your hunger by indulging in the Rajasthani street food especially the gol gappas. The street leading to the famous Jagdish temple is another shopping area where you can buy many beautiful items as souvenirs. These range from traditional puppets, idols, wooden toys, tapestries, lanterns and items made of metal and terracotta. You can buy journals and diaries, with covers made from camel leather.
This shopping market is hugely famous for bangles, artificial jewelry, cosmetic products, and items of personal decor. Lakhara Chowk has several shops in narrow lanes of the walled city area and sometimes even the use of a two-wheeler gets cumbersome. Walking through these jolly markets should be the choice. Also, if you want bangles to go with a sari or any other outfit, bring the outfit with you so that the seller can match and suggest accordingly.
This is another age-old market in the walled city area. It has a wide range of shops selling women’s clothing, items of personal decor, and cosmetics. Don’t forget to bargain. The best time to visit this market is during the afternoon.
Ghanta Ghar Bazaar
The area around the Udaipur Clock Tower, or Ghanta Ghar as it is popularly known, is brimming with small shops selling beautiful handicrafts and souvenirs to locals and tourists. Located in the heart of the city, it’s a walkable distance from Jagdish Chowk and is a charming place to explore for shopaholics and foodies, since there also many small scale vendors selling street food and ice-cream around the place. Everything from antique silver jewelry to eye-catching ornaments made out of semi-precious stones can be bought here at relatively lower prices than other places, all with a unique touch of Rajasthan’s rich and royal culture!
Also known as Clock Tower, the area around the Ghanta Ghar is full of shops where you can pick up beautiful handicrafts and amazing souvenirs for personal use or as gifts. The pagdis or turbans worn by the local men can be bought as well as colorful tapestries and decorated idols of Hindu Gods and Goddesses. A variety of jewelry items that use precious or semi-precious metals and gemstones can be found here.