Udaipur is a beautiful city located in the state of Rajasthan. Every street here tends to resonate with ethnic and aesthetic values. It is also stated to be the city of artificial lakes and a real paradise for shopaholics. You can enjoy your shopping session here by booking your accommodation at the leela palace Udaipur.
Some of the best places to shop in Udaipur city
You can come across local shopping stalls to markets and malls spread across the city. A few prominent shopping places are:
- Bada Bazaar: This bazaar boasts of having several big showrooms, small shops and exhibitions displaying different types of exotic Rajasthani items. Here, you can shop for authentic Rajasthani decor Jutis. You can also buy bright-coloured traditional clothes, jewellery items, souvenirs, etc. Udaipur city is also famous for Bandhani and Batik print textiles and sarees. Mochiwada Bazaar a shoe segment within Bada Bazaar offers handmade juttis. You can buy jewellery in camel bone and silver, a novelty sold here. The bazaar is open from 9.30am – 6pm and closed on Sundays. It is located a kilometre distance away from the City Palace.
- Hathi Pol Bazaar: This market offers lots of Rajasthani folk arts and handicrafts. It is also fairly priced. But to grab the best deal, you need to bargain hard. It is popular for Rajasthani miniature paintings, Phad & Pichwai paintings, authentic souvenirs, colourful ‘Nagra’ slippers created from camel skin and beautiful embroidery, wooden handicrafts, etc. This market is open between 9.30am and 5.30pm. while being closed on Sundays. It is located close to the City Palace.
- Bapu Bazaar: This market is popular for gadgets, clothing, crockery, khadi products, school uniforms, shoes, etc. Throughout the market hours, it seems be to buzzing with shoppers, tourists and enthusiastic vendors. You can also enjoy the delicious street food sold here, especially gol gappas. Here, you can also get Rajasthani souvenirs and handicrafts. It is closed on Sundays and located just 1.8 kilometers distance away from the City Palace on Bapu Bazaar Road.
- Chetak Circle: This is the place to be to buy brasswares, handicrafts, valuable stones, salutation cards, beautifully painted traditional jewellery boxes, hand-stitched painted, etc. You should buy wall decorations, dancing puppets, pen stands, pens, handmade papers, traditional lanterns, exquisite pottery, painted wooden boxes, etc. At its back is located the Mandi Bazaar offering freshly grounded herbs and spices. It is open from 10am – 7pm and closed on Sundays. From Fateh Sagar Lake, it is located at a distance of about 2.3 km and from Udaipur Railway Station, it is about 3.7km.
- Rajasthali: This government emporium offers a variety handicraft items and crafts made from terracotta, brass, semi-precious & precious stones, marbles, mirrors and artistic things. The items sold here provide a wonderful insight of the rich Rajasthani cultural heritage. It showcases puppets to fabrics, footwear to jewellery items, idols to turbans, etc. You can also explore the unlimited colours of Mewar. Offering items at a fixed price, you do not have to bother about bargaining. You can also come across handcrafted products like furniture, textile, blue pottery, paintings, terracotta pottery, lac and silver jewellery, etc. Do buy colourful turbans and jootis to derive that traditional look. Also invest in oxidized silver jewellery items. This market is open from 10.30am to 7pm and remains closed on Sundays. It is centrally located and hence, easy to reach from any place.
- Shilpgram: This heritage crafts village is located at a distance of 3 kilometers from Fateh Sagar. It covers an area of about 70 acres and showcases range of traditional wood-houses and mud huts, built with sticks and straws. You can come across rural items like wooden furniture, handmade paintings, pottery, etc. The beautiful traditional dancing background on folk music is one of the main attractions here. Shipagram Mela promotes Rajasthani artwork and handicrafts. It is open between 11am and 7pm and closed on Sundays. It is located about 3 kilometers away West of Udaipur city, close to Havala village.
- Lake Palace Road: If you love street shopping, then this is the place to be in Udaipur city. This road boasts of offering tourists with wooden statutes and embroidered textiles. Several souvenir shops are lined on both sides of the street. You can find here range of multi-hued embroidered fabrics and Rajasthani weaves. You can also buy colourful textile items at very cheap price. Do remember to check out handprinted clothes and batik print popular in this region. Silver trinkets, kundans, precious gems, woven items, tie ‘n’ dye, etc. are popular here. You can also shop for brass and wooden statues of different Hindu deities. The shops are open here between 10am and 6.30pm and closed on Sundays. You can reach this place by availing tuk-tuk, auto rickshaw or public transport.
- Sadhna Emporium: This emporium was first conceived in 1988 with an objective to offer women residing in Udaipur are urban, tribal and rural slum belts with an alternative income. Udaipur shopping mall perhaps is a popular crafts outlet for an NGO named Seva Mandir. This NGO works with tribal and rural people across Rajasthan. The Emporium also promotes long-forgotten art & crafts of the local artisans while contributing significantly towards community development. Bright coloured textiles can be found here at reasonable rates. You can also find here appliqué craft along with running stitch-tanka embroidery. The other craft products include cushion covers, bed sheets, coasters, table mats, bags, table covers, dupattas, dairies, jackets, sarees and kurtas. The Emporium is open from 10am-7pm and closed on Sundays. It is located close to Fatehpura Circle police station and about 7km away from Udaipur Bus Stand and Railway Station.
- Jagdish Temple Street: This busy marketplace offers items like vivacious puppets, traditional wooden toys, bright coloured cloths, multi-hued tapestry, lanterns, handmade postcard, painted wooden objects, etc. Also found here are dairies and camel leather journals. Puppets are also found here along with metal curios and terracotta items. It is open between 10am and 8pm and closed on Sundays. It is adjacent to the City Palace.
Getting a room at the leela palace Udaipur will allow you to explore the different parts of the city without much hassle.