picture of johari bazaar jaipur

Why You Must Explore Old Jaipur Market?

Most of the tourists and travelers visiting the city have listed shopping in Jaipur as a big attraction of the pink city. Old Jaipur markets in the walled city or Bazaars like Johari Bazaar, Nehru Bazaar, etc all rate high on their list. Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II founded Jaipur in 1727 AD with the idea of establishing it as a major trading hub in North India. The city planners ensured wide roads and symmetric shop fronts in the markets of the walled city of Jaipur. The adherence to the layout is evident in this picture of the famous Johari Bazar Jaipur at the end of the 19th century.

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Old picture of Jaipur market – Johari Bazaar. (Image source – google)

This is how the Johari Bazaar compares with the old picture above.

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Always buzzing! picture of Johari Bazaar, Jaipur

Why travelers should explore the old Jaipur market in the walled city?

The streets of the Jaipur-walled city are buzzing with activity. Channa Jor Garam seller, old coin vendor, handicraft seller, and bookseller are a few examples.

Milk seller at Doodh Mandi -Milk Market

Read   Milk Seller/ Jaipur Market/ Murli Gurjar where this picture first appeared.

old coin exchange in jaipur johari bazaar
Coin seller in Johari Bazaar, Jaipur
Wholesale Paan seller in the walled city of Jaipur

It’s difficult to list them all here. Walking down the street amid the chaos, traffic snarls, dust, and noise might be painful for a few but this is a real treat for those interested in exploring and experiencing. A true local experience. Additionally, you can check out Jaipur by night.

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Busy old bazaar in Jaipur
wide assortment for sale in old markets of Jaipur
gem stone beads seller in johari bazaar jaipur
Semi-precious stone beads for sale on the side pavement in Johari Bazaar, Jaipur
Johari bazaar market picture
try your luck! see what catches your attraction in Jaipur Bazaar!
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Doodh Mandi, Jaipur -Milk Market of Jaipur

Read  Doodh Mandi – Milk Market of Jaipur! where this picture first appeared.

Jaipuri Jutis & Mochadis

Read  Mochadis & Jutis where this picture first appeared.

Malls across the world are similar be it  Mantri mall in Bangalore, Siam Paragon in Bangkok, or Pavillion in Kuala Lumpur!  You are likely to gain more by walking through the local market like Chatuchak market in Bangkok, Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, and Greenwich market in London than malls. Each bazaar has its own flavor & character which one must experience. This holds true for Jaipur as well. Every time I walk through these streets I get to see and experience something new! I highly recommend walking through the Johari Bazaar of all the places in Jaipur.

The old Jaipur market cannot be replaced by modern shopping complexes, malls, and hypermarkets. Most malls like World Trade Park in Jaipur primarily offer lifestyle products and popular brands in clothing and shoes. You find the same brands and similar assortments across all malls in the city; offering very little variety to choose from. In comparison, there is so much variety in these old Jaipur markets or Bazaars of the walled city of Jaipur. You can practically buy everything you need. Fruits, vegetables, shoes, hardware, daily need; everything is available except the lifestyle brands. There are many sellers selling their goods with unique assortment, quality, and prices.

Which Bazaar is famous in Jaipur?

Among all bazaars in Jaipur, Bapu Bazaar and Johari Bazaar are the most famous.

What is Johari Bazaar famous for?

Johari Bazaar is famous for jewelry, Sari, and wedding-related shopping among all things.

What can I buy in Bapu Bazaar?

Among the things you can buy in Bapu Bazaar are Sanganeri block-printed bed sheets and fabrics, traditional Rajasthani Jutis and Mojadis, Salwaar suits, and cosmetics.

Issues & problems in Old Jaipur Bazaars

The situation changed completely in the last decade. Traffic, congestion, Chaos, noise, and parking problems started surfacing in the old markets in the walled city of Jaipur. The congestion & traffic pressure compounded due to the high density of the population living in the old markets of the walled city of Jaipur. A large number of tourists also visit the old bazaars of Jaipur to shop & explore.

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Traffic congestion in Johari Bazaar, Jaipur

Hawa Mahal market sirehdyodi bazaar jaipur
Market near Hawa Mahal, Jaipur – Sirehdyodi Bazaar!

Tourist sites like Hawa Mahal, City Palaceetc are in close vicinity. These markets are still dominant in trades like jewelry, handicrafts, wholesale flower market, etc. This creates a huge pressure on the existing infrastructure inside the traditional heritage markets of the walled city like Johari Bazaar, Tripolia Bazaar, and Sirehdyodi Bazaar.

Flower seller at badi chaupar johari bazaar jaipur
Old flower seller  market at Badi Chaupar near Hawa Mahal, Jaipur

From the 1980s, new markets started developing in localities across Jaipur reducing the dependence on the old markets of the walled city of Jaipur. In the last 10-15 years, malls and modern shopping complexes started springing up across Jaipur luring shoppers. Some made a switch to the swanky malls to avoid the traffic, chaos, and noise, one confronts in the old Bazaars. After all, Malls offered convenience, ease, and escape from the heat & dust. You don’t have to do bazaar hopping anymore!

One of the malls in Jaipur- MGF Metropolitan

Even then there is a large number of shoppers who remained loyal to these old markets of Jaipur. Some sections of shoppers made a switch only to revert back to the old ways of shopping after experimenting with the modern shopping experience


One of the biggest issues facing old Jaipur markets is increased commercialization during the last few years. The old Havelis are being razed down and replaced with modern buildings. Many of the old Jaipur bazaars are hubs for B2B businesses. This puts immense pressure on infrastructure. The demand for godowns in the walled city has increased manifold.

Even though the walled city of Jaipur was declared a UNESCO world heritage site in July 2019, the government has not done much and in reality, there is no stopping when it comes to the destruction of heritage.

Heritage Walking Tour in Jaipur

You can undertake a walking tour in Jaipur to understand the old Jaipur market. A walking tour is a great way to get a good orientation about the city and its history as well as heritage. To learn more about walking tours, read Heritage Walking Tour in Jaipur. With a guided walking tour, one can gain a more enhanced experience of the city, its evolution, heritage, and history.

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62 thoughts on “Why You Must Explore Old Jaipur Market?

  1. It seems like another benefit of these types of markets is the ability to cultivate relationships with the vendors, which isn’t really an option for tourists. But vital to locals, I’d think. Thanks for sharing this, Arv!

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    1. Monica…that’s a valid point. Even for a tourist, there’s so much happening at the same time!
      As you said all these shops offer something for the regulars that modern markets don’t – relationship, good advice and credits!! 🙂

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    1. In places liking johari bazaar there is so much happening. It’s not only a popular shopping destination for the locals, it’s equally popular among the tourists.


  2. Ah! And it made me feel nostalgic. Beautiful expressed the role of bazaars vs malls. The old bazzars have so much to give from traditional stuff to Street food to multiple brands. Jaipur bazaars offers you a blend of traditional, vibrant and colourful India. Well captured 👍 😊

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    1. Thank You Ekta. A lot of get attracted to the glamour of the glitzy malls and shopping centres without giving a thought that they thrive on homogeneity and standardization. The essence of these bazaars is variety. Thank You for sharing your thoughts here Ekta. 🙂
      Have you ever been to Jaipur?

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      1. Bapu bazaar is certainty a very popular among ladies. Johari bazaar on the other hand has so much variety of things on offer. A gold mine. 🙂


      2. I suppose for the Block printing! Have you heard about bagru prints? It’s on a similar lines but some difference exists between these two.


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