Shopping in Jaisalmer
There are two broad sides to exploring shopping options in Jaisalmer. Shops within the fort, and in the bazaars beyond! Inside the fort, the main path leading to the Rajmahal is particularly attractive. Colorful textiles with mirror work that can be used for wall hangings, bedspreads or cushion covers are eye-catching. As are the carved stone pieces, traditional musical instruments and other knick-knacks like trinkets. The winding path from the fort gate to the Jain temples also has a fair sprinkling of shops selling a variety of curios.
The fort done, walk into Sadar Bazar right below the hill for leather items such as bags, sandals, jootis (nulltraditional footwear) et al. mostly made of camel leather. They are cheap (nullaround Rs 150 to 200) and easy on the human skin. Embroidered textiles, tie-and-dye fabric, wooden decorations and stone artifacts can also be bought here.
There are several good khadi (nullhomespun cloth) shops around town. Gandhi Darshan Emporium at Gandhi Chowk sells khadi including carpets, shawls and woven garments. Zila Khadi Gramodan Parishad and Khadi Gramodyog Bhavan are worth a visit as well.
Barmer Embroidery House near Patwon ki Haveli is a veritable treasure trove for antique textiles. Designers make a beeline for this place. Jaisalmer is also famous for its wool products, particularly rugs.