Gujarat tourism industry is developing in leaps and bounds. After renowned personalities like Amitabh Bachchan endorsed the Gujarat tourism industry, tourists from every nook and corner of the country are making a beeline to Gujarat. Of the many tourist places in Gujarat, Jamnagar; the erstwhile princely state known by the name of Nawanagar, holds special significance. This historically and culturally rich city has many places of tourist importance such as Lakhota Fort, Lakhota Lake, Marine national park, Bala Hanuman Temple. The historical importance and cultural vivacity of Jamnagar has led to the thriving of a variety of arts and crafts in the city.
Tourists to Jamnagar must shop the most famous items that the city is known for or else the trip remains incomplete. Shopping in Jamnagar is indeed an experience not to be missed out. The hustle-bustle around the densely crowded and densely stocked shops showcases the true buying spirit.
What to Shop in Jamnagar
- The Bandhani or `tie-and-dye’ fabric; you could buy Bandhani Dupattas, dress materials, sarees, blouses, bed sheets, curtains, shawls, tote bags and many more.
- Richly embroidered materials with ornate beadwork, glasswork
- Silver ware
- Artifacts such as Bangles with brass inlay work, agate paperweights, Beetle nut cracking tool, wooden chests with brass plating, vases, wall hangings etc.
- High quality, traditional beauty products like Kum kum, Surma, Kajal
- Snacks/street foods of Gujarat like Dhokla, Bhajiyas, Dal puri, Pani Puri, Dabeli bread, Pakwan etc.
Where to Shop in Jamnagar
The best places to shop in Jamnagar are-
This famous jewelry market of Jamnagar exhibits some of the most stunning silver and gold jewelry collections along with some rare antique pieces and gemstone studded exotic pieces. As you walk through the market, the glint and glitter of jewelry showcased in the stalls of the market will lure you like anything. The jewelry items sold here are intricate pieces showing great handiwork and craftsmanship. The bazaar sprawls across the Jain temple area in the city of Jamnagar.
Willington Crescent market sprawls across the Darbargadh palace area in the city of Gujarat. The market is crescent shaped and fits its nomenclature most ideally. This is an ancient market built by Jam Ranjit Singh. You can buy the most authentic Gujarati items at this place as it comes straight from the artisans. The market boasts of having an amazing collection of the famous Bandhani materials, Gujarati handicrafts, art pieces etc. This densely crowded market is indeed a shopaholic’s paradise.
Mahavir Bandhani is the one-stop hub for a variety of Bandhani sarees. If you come to this shop, you’ll get all that you want, they being the pioneer in this domain, backed by nearly 106 years of experience. By shopping from Mahavir Bandhani, you’ll no longer have to do all the legworks or haggle with saree dealers for the best deal. Apart from Bandhani sarees, super soft satin sarees with ornate Kutchi work and Gath work too are sold in this market and are quite popular with the customers. The market also sells a varied range of other items like dress materials, chaniya cholis, kum kum etc.