For all your budget travelers, that can’t do much shopping: if you were to ask me what is the NUMBER ONE thing to buy while traveling in India- I would say traditional Rajasthani wall hangings. I’ve told you about my time spent in Rajasthan: Udaipur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Pushkar, and Jaipur and I saw SO many variations of wall hangings.
Indian wall hangings are my favorite piece of decoration. I looked for over 4 weeks at hundreds until I found the one I fell in love with and I’m so excited to buy another one for my friend, Arielle.
The one I ended up with has three huge beaded elephants in all pink and champagne colors, but many others are patchwork and bright turquoises, oranges, and yellows. Here’s the one I got below. I’ll tweet you guys a photo once I hang it up at our villa.
zooming in for some detail… incredible!
The cost of these varies from 1,500-2,000 rupees for a less detailed one, to maybe even 20,000 for a hand- beaded one with great material and more intricate elements. I bargained mine from 35,000 to 3,500! What! Yes, that’s real- not a typo. But just FYI, that was the most outrageous starting price. Use your common sense.
You will see gorgeous ones at the fort in Jaisalmer. The prices here are just OUTRAGEOUS. Unless it’s one you can’t live without, try shopping in the little lanes.
For more shopping info check out the post on the Anjuna Flea Market. Know that the ones in Goa are often shipping from Rajasthan and sold in India still because they don’t pass the quality tests to be exported (think of it as shopping at Gabriel Brothers- if you’ve heard of that). There are others that aren’t Rajasthani at all and are knock-offs. Regardless, you’ll know they were made in India and can be great souvenirs of your time spent traveling.
So, I’ve finished up sharing most of my tips with you on Rajasthan. I am going to be starting telling you about my time in the mountains! Get ready, next up is our stop-over in Delhi, where I had the absolute WORST time.
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Gorgeous post! Rajasthani wall hangings are beautiful without a doubt. I agree with you when you say that budget travelers can opt for these wall hangings as they work like lovely souvenirs. :)
They really do! I took mine home to the US when I first came to India, but now I have to bring it back to Goa since I’ve moved back permanently! Can’t wait to hang it.
These are exactly 100% what I need for our new apartment.
They are just perfect aren’t they!?
These are soooo beautiful!!
Ahh, I agree :) Some are so large that you’d never find a wall big enough. Just one more thing to add to my travel souvenirs to pack away in my closet at my parents house for when I one day have a house of my own lol
I’ve held back on shopping while we’ve been travelling South America but I have a huge hunch that I will no longer be able to contain myself once we hit India!! Those hangings are beautiful!
Oh I think your hunch is right! Especially with such low prices. You can easily ship things through DHL too!
There is such great talent in India, can not wait to go there if I can talk my wife into it
I ahve grown up in Jaipur and the irony is i never had one in my house just because we see it everyday in markets! But they are totally beautiful. I have a cloth emroidered umbrella though which is easily available anywhere in Rajasthan. I used my umbrella as a lamp shade and the colorful light it spreads is amazing!
Oh how nice, I’ve seen the umbrellas, they are so pretty.