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5 Things to Shop in Jaipur, India

Jaipur, the ‘pink city of India’ is known for its royalty and wonderful monuments. Not to forget you can drive your bohemian vibes from this city too! Jaipur has lots of shopping destinations of which you can read about on the internet. Apart from having monuments this place is a shopper’s paradise.  We have listed down 5 items that you must shop if you are in Jaipur. You simply can’t resist buying these items. Here we have listed  5 things to shop in Jaipur, India.

1. Leheriya/Bandhej/Kota Doria Cotton Saree:

Jaipur is very colorful and is known for its royalty. The rich culture pretty well reflects in the colorful leheriya sarees. I am sure you can find leheriya print in your or your mother’s wardrobe. If you already have one then you can opt for bandhej or kota doria cotton sarees. They are the specialty of Rajasthan. I picked 2 kota doria cotton saree for my mom from Rajasthan handloom.

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My entire shopping!
2. Kolhapuri Chappal:

Kolhapuri’s originated from Maharastra and are available throughout.  You can Kolhapuris with a rajasthani touch in the local markets here. They are superb in terms of quality and price to what we get here in Delhi. I picked these for Rs.150 after bargaining from Pandey market near Hawa Mahal.

jaipur kolhapuri chappal

3. German Silver Jewelry:

You can get silver jewelry at Paharganj, Delhi too but why not pick it straight from the artisans. I picked these beautiful kadas for Rs. 800 and they came with a warranty card.

german silver kada jaipur

4. Handicraft:

You can pick interesting handicraft pieces like a wooden box, jewelry box, handcrafted marble pieces etc or keychains like this:

jaipur handicrafts

5. Block Print Fabrics:

Block printing is famous in Jaipur. You can find block printed kurtis, bed sheets, cushion cover or even plain fabric at local markets. One can pick block printed fabric and later get it stitched as per the need. You can see one getting printed here:

I am sure you will check these items in the local markets on your Jaipur trip.

Trip to Lansdowne “Home of Veer Garhwalis”

trip to Lansdowne

Lansdowne is a small cantonment town in Pauri  Garhwal district. It is approximately 280 kms from Delhi. Nearest railway station is Kotdwar. Lansdowne is 40 kms from Kotdwar on Pauri Road. This place is an ideal travel destination for a lazy weekend holiday. It is one of the most popular weekend getaway from Delhi NCR region.

Welcome-to-Lansdowne It was my first time that I have visited Lansdowne and believe me I was more than happy to be there. We took a friend’s car and drove down from Delhi – Meerut – Bijnor – Kotdwar – Lansdowne.

We stayed at Sunset Villa Lansdowne and hospitality provided to us made our stay comfortable. Here are the pictures:

sunset villa lansdowne

Weather was cold in the morning and night but it was pretty hot in the daytime, it didn’t let us miss Delhi 😉 . As it’s a hill station so you don’t have many places to explore but it does have certain places which you don’t mind checking out. If you are looking for less crowded, serene natural beauty then it is the place for you otherwise you can go ahead and roam around regular hill stations.

Places to see in Lansdowne:

  • Bhulla Taal: This lake is a perfect picnic spot for children & families. We did boating in lake and had  breakfast at Cafe shop. There’s a small bridge over lake which is perfect for photo shoot. I liked this place.

BhullaTall lansdowne

  • St. Mary’s Church: It’s a small museum showcasing old pictures and stories of the pre-independance era.

st.mary's lansdowne

  • Tip n Top: It is famous as a view point spot and you can have breathtakingly awesome view of hills and valley. The sunset view from here is truly memorable. It is an ideal place to spend some quality time with family and friends amidst this beautiful location.

Tip n top lansdowne

  • Darwan Singh Museum: This one is must visit place to see the glory of Garhwal Rifles and if you belong to Indian Army family then you should definitely go.

darwan-singh-museum lansdowne

  • Tarkeshwar Mahadev Temple: A beautiful temple and a picnic spot with awesome natural beauty, temple of Lord Shiva and goddess Parvati. This lord Shiva temple is ages old and it is chinar and pine trees.

tarkeshwar temple

  • Lansdowne Trip Cafe: Amazing place based on an equally amazing concept where you can read travel journals, find wonderful souvenirs and antiques to carry back home, enjoy nature at its best. I tried tea and Sandwich, they were simply amazing.

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  • Durga Devi Temple: This temple is located inside a cave and is dedicated to goddess Durga and is considered to be one of the oldest Sidh Peeths.

durga-devi

Why you should visit Lansdowne:
  1. One of the closest hill station from Delhi NCR region and a perfect weekend Gateway.
  2. Much clean and well maintained Because of cantonment area of Garhwal rifles.
  3. Quiet, less crowded, not over developed and relatively undiscovered hill station.
  4. Have many old building of british colonial architecture and military history.
  5. Perfect place to meditate and rejuvenate your soul.