Indulge in some retail therapy in the bustling bazaars of the ancient city of Jodhpur. Stretching over 78 square kilometres (30 square miles) and set within the embrace of the rocky outcrops and golden sands of the Thar Desert, Jodhpur is fondly known as the Blue City. The city is famous for the distinctive colour of its buildings, a reminder of the Brahmins, who used to paint their houses blue to deter insects and keep the dwellings cool during the summer.This metropolis houses a number of lively bazaars, each with their own traditional wares. Set off to explore them in the company of a guide as the scents of sumptuous local delicacies waft through the streets, spreading the fragrance of rich spices and savoury herbs.
A broad, open street connects Jodhpur’s modern centre with the bustling heart of the old city, the Sardar Market, where a hubbub of bustling bazaars is tucked beneath the landmark clock tower. Spreading out from the clock tower is a buzzing tangle of ancient alleys where traders barter for traditional handicrafts, from the baggy trousers named after the city to embroidered shoes, tie-dyed textiles and lacquerware. Puppet makers and traditional spice markets jostle for space with the excellent antique reproductions for which the city is famous. Here you can shop for traditional jewellery and leather shoes, which are made according to centuries of tradition but styled in the modern was. The well-known Kapra Bazaar is renowned for its array of Rajasthan-inspired pieces, velvety textiles and lush brocades. Mochi Bazaar boasts the colourful patterns and styles of Rajasthan’s famous curled footwear, as worn by movie genies and other exotic characters. Marvel at the tie-dyed fabrics that line the stalls of Sarafa Bazaar, with colourful patterns etched on chiffon, cotton and silk. Stroll along the stalls of Jodhpur’s many bazaars for a full sensory experience, characterised by lustrous colours, distinct aromas and rich textures.