Shopoholics should consider taking a trip to Jaipur this summer
Posted on Wednesday 22 June 2011
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According to The Times of India, Jaipur is a shopper's paradise. This City of Victory is reportedly the best place to shop in all of Rajasthan, and individuals who are interested in a little retail therapy during their summer holidays may want to book a weekend trip.
Jaipur is a gorgeous locale, busy and modern with amazing palaces and military forts set high in the hills. The city is known for its many exciting and chaotic bazaars, which has led the area to experience a surge in tourism over the past few years. There has been a rise in the level of accommodations for visitors in response to increased traffic, which means that travelers from within the country will have no problem finding somewhere to stay that meets their specific criteria, whether it is luxury travel you are interested in or a bargain getaway. According to the city's tourism website, there are numerous modern hotels ranging from budget to deluxe. Those who are interested in a very special time may appreciate the option to stay in a heritage hotel, which offers unbeatable hospitality in a converted ancient palace.
Each of Jaipur's many bazaars retains its own atmosphere and theme. Every market is different, which should be exciting to the visitor who does not wish to encounter the same goods stall after stall. Travelers to the city should come prepared to load up on all sorts of authentic wares, ranging from craftsman-made artifacts to traditional artwork. Most of the bazaars also boast food trucks or stands and sell some of the most delicious Rajasthani cuisine. After working up an appetite bargaining and buying, visitors may be in the mood to sit down to a heaping plate of delectable makki ki ghaat or dahi mein aloo curries.
IndianHoliday, a travel website dedicated to all things tourism related on the subcontinent, recommends that shoppers visit the bazaars in Jaipur between the hours of 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. During this time, the majority of the stores are open, the best food is served and taxis, rickshaws and tempos are most plentiful and easy to score a ride on.
According to The Times of India, Jaipur is also a haven for the famous. Of course, even celebrities need to shop, and when they are in the mood, this is where they go. Shabana Azmi, the popular star of television, film and theatre, is one individual that has been spotted at the bazaars. Prior to a recent trip, the actress posted on a social networking site that she was en route to Jaipur to "shop till I drop for our new Khandala house." Other stars that have been spotted on excursions to the markets include the Australian actor Hugh Jackman and well-known television star Manav Gohil.
Some of the most popular items that individuals, including celebrities, purchase at the Jaipur bazaars are bagru prints, bandhini textiles, ethnic saris and leather items, such as jutis, mojaris, bags and wallets. Gohil has discussed his great love for the jutis, or fantastic slip-on shoes, that one can find in the city's markets. In fact, he travels to Jaipur for the sole purpose of stocking up, reports The Times of India.
"The jutis are amazing and whenever I come to the city, I get loads of them," he told the news source.
If you are interested in purchasing the jotis that Manav Gohil wears, you should direct yourself to the Bapu, Chaura Rasta, Tripoli or Maniharon bazaars upon arrival in Jaipur. These markets are rumored to be the television star's favorite places to shop.
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