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Shopping in Bikaner

Shopping in Bikaner is all about buying the famous leather products made from camel hide, delicately embroidered ‘mojris’ (slip-on shoes), lacquer work, camel and sheep wool carpets and other handicrafts. Given its long history of trade, its markets brim with bargains! The city is well known through India for its spicy savouries and ‘rasgullas’ - spongy cottage cheese balls soaked in syrup.

The rulers of Bikaner follow a policy of not allowing their heritage to be used for commercial activity, and so no shops are allowed in the Fort. However, they have relaxed this policy for 'Abhivyakti', an interesting shop at the entrance of the Junagarh Fort run by the Urmul Trust, which has done sterling work for the empowerment and uplift of rural communities. It sells high quality ethnic furniture (stools, chairs etc), cotton and woollen handlooms - cushion covers, durries, shawls, carpets, clothes, and knick-knacks made by the people from 70 neighbouring villages.

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