Jaisalmer – The Golden City is one of the greatest crowd pullers of international and domestic visitors. The Jaisalmer Fort, Jain Temples, Gadisar Lake, Patwon ki Haveli, and the desert festival and museums that preserve the ancient relics are part of the walled in city of Jaisalmer. While sightseeing in Jaisalmer, these are some great souvenirs to take home to preserve the art, craft and memories of Jaisalmer.
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Here are the top 5 things to buy in Jaisalmer.
Gift articles & Showpieces
There are several things to choose from to keep in the showcase in your house or give an amazing gift to others. There are antique pieces including colorful lamps or lanterns, brassware, wooden storage boxes. These boxes are carved with exquisite scenes or pattern designs. There are also great rugs and carpets to buy from here. In all, these items are so many and so colorful you will try to buy one of each.
Gold & Silver Jewellery
This golden city of Rajasthan also has some great places to shop for Gold and silver. In fact, there is also a specific place for that. It is known as literally ‘Abode of Goldsmiths’ called Sonaron ka Bas. It gets crowded before festival times but this is a great way to check out some catchy jewelry items in silver, gold, precious gems, and semi-precious stones also. Another great place to purchase and search for these various crystals and varieties of precious stones including onyx, jasper , etc, are definitely at a place called ‘Light of the East’.
Camel Leather Goods
Leather from skins of animals have always been many peoples’ choice over many generations. This place specializes in selling and making the products from camel leather. It includes a plethora of things from this raw material – mojaris, bags, phone covers, hats, even diaries and files. One of the top picks from the region that specializes in making leather goods is definitely the Kopi, a type of water bottle to carry around in the hot and dry place. Moreover, there are saddles made from leather that are exported to other countries too.
Plan your trip to Jaisalmer by travelling through the Palace on Wheels India which covers this destination during 7 nights and 8 days trip.
Hadur Stone of Jaisalmer
This mystical stone is known for its medicinal properties and mystique nature believed to hold the remains of water species that are almost 200 million years earlier. It is beautiful to see and it can be made out to see the ancient centuries old look it has. It is also used specifically in kitchens to prepare yogurt out of milk without the common practice of adding a bit of curd to the warm milk. This stone is unique to this city of Jaisalmer unlike other products such as fabrics, prints, stones and sequins, or leather goods. The Fossil Stone is only found in Jaisalmer and also at Fatehpuri Sikri. The specialty is also that the red and brownish pattern can be seen spread over Jain Temples inside the Sonar Qila. It is definitely worth purchasing and prices go up to Rs. 5000/- a piece. Also, know more about the cost of Palace on Wheels train.
Embroider Mirror Work
Shoppers will be delighted at the vibrant fabric and the embroidery designs with brighter threads, mirrors and sequins. These mirror works are famous in Rajasthan and reflect the colors, skill and talent of the local people. There is no better place than Jaisalmer in Rajasthan to find such embroidery mirror work. This work is done on bedsheets, wall hangings or things like space organizers for smaller things, Kantha Quilts, diwan sets, cushion covers, Banjara Bags, etc. The best part of these works are that they are also hand made from natural raw materials such as Jute and mirrors sewn into them. It not only gives a contemporary look to your home but also is strong and durable, and does not fade easily.