Yet another ancient market that belongs to the land of kings, queens and palaces – Rajasthan happens to be the Sardar market that was built by Maharaja Sardar Singh (after whom the market has been named).This Jodhpur market is where every localite heads to when there is a wedding in the family – for this place is filled with colourful clothes, juttis, handicrafts, jewellery, décor, spices and a lot more things to shop for.
While roaming in the old city you will eventually reach the central clock tower area. It has a busy market stretch right next to it where you can get a lot of roadside eateries and local shopping streets. Though no area here is clean, it is an experience to walk in those narrow lanes, escape the traffic and cows every now and then and make it out alive to tell the tale.
The city's main shopping area is Nai Sadak, lined mostly with sari and shoe shops and leading straight into Sardar Market, a full-on bustling Indian market with a barely contained riot of sights, sounds and stinks. The clocktower in the center is a useful orientation point. Best to head into the different shops by yourself, as rickshaw drivers and other locals will do their best to direct you into certain shops where they can earn a commission for sales; you can expect to get better prices if the shopkeepers do not have to pay a percentage to these other guys. And be prepared to spend a good hour or more in a shop chatting with the very friendly owners over a cup of masala chai. This is the true highlight of Rajasthani hospitality. You will find Rajasthan (and especially Jodhpur) to be full of amiable and kind people who will be quick to offer you chai as a symbol of genuine hospitality first and foremost (not at all significant of an attempt to coerce you to buy). It is not uncommon for them to turn their shop upside down to show you all of their goods, as many are quite proud of their business.
Shopping has always been a necessary component of a city tour. And especially if you are touring the heritage city of Jodhpur in Rajasthan, it’s a no way back home without it. Shopping in this famed city is as eventful and rewarding as its monuments and forts. Home to numerous skilled craftsmen, the markets in Jodhpur are a rich source of authentic Rajasthani antiques that cannot be found anywhere in the world. Besides buying those traditional pieces of cloth, one can look for Bandhini, Antiques, Footwear and in the markets of Jodhpur. We ended up buying 11 pairs of jootis, silver earings, leather bags, embroidered cloth wallets and souvenirs for the friends.