We recently spent a few days in Jodhpur and frequently found ourselves in or near the Sardar Market area. The Sardar Market is easy to find, it is centered by the tall Clock Tower which seemed to be the tallest structure in this area of the city. We enjoyed spending a bit of time in this market, which is configured a bit more like a town-center open market layout, finding lots of shops to pop into, local food and drinks to try and plenty of opportunities to click away at our cameras.
The Sardar Market is a vibrant open market scene where you can find fresh food, traditional Indian clothing, jewelry and other goods, souvenirs, crafts and food. We found a nice bookstore called Krishna Book, just inside the north gate to the market, which had an impressive used book selection, some good quality Rajasthan handicrafts, textiles and souvenirs and henna services.
As for food, we visited the famous Shri Mishrilal Hotel, near the south gate for Makhani lassi drinks. While they weren't our favorites, they are raved about by locals and well worth finding to try. We also tried Omelette shop, just outside the north gate, finding their cheap and quickly made omelette snacks, quite tasty. This one and/or a similar stall called Vicky's Omelette's on the other side of the gate entrance are worth a try when you visit the Sardar Market as well.
Overall, the Sardar Market is far from the finest market you will ever visit but its a nice enough place to find and spend a bit of time when you visit Jodhpur. It can be quite busy during the day when the market is open and vibrant. But it did clear out quite a bit in the evening so it might be worth a stop then as well, even if to only look at the Clock Tower, which changes colors every 5 seconds or so at night.
Hint: The Sardar Market was very busy during the day but it cleared out at night time, the Clock Tower began to turn colors at night as well, making for interesting pictures. In the end, we quite enjoyed spending time around Sardar Market and recommend it to visitors of Jodhpur.
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