Souvenir collection is an essential part of any travel. In this article we give an overall picture about the Indian Bazaars, so you can be well prepared to indulge in the uplifting pursuit of seeking out beautiful items to acquire them.
The markets in India are big treasure troves. Indians are highly motivated shoppers. The bustling bazaars of India certainly endorse this attitude. The Indian markets have a life beyond just mere commerce. They also double up as exhibitions of the culturally rich traditions of India, manifested in its various handicrafts.
The diversity of India ensures that the markets of India get supplied by unique product ranges from all parts of this large country. It is an experience to see big international and national brands jostling for attention amongst the local produce.
Beautifully embroidered shoes or mojiris from Rajasthan, white, purple and black pearls of Hyderabad, silks from Varanasi, carpets and walnut wood work from Kashmir, et cetera are easily visible in the markets all over the country.
Here we discuss the speciality offerings of each region/state. Gold is a popular buy all across India, laughed and boarded by the Indians. Gold ornaments from each region have their own local flavour and intrinsic designs.
Mumbai has the Chor Bazaar where interesting curios, unique antiques, chandeliers from British era, and possibly Bombay fornicator chairs can be acquired. Head to Mumbai for browsing through the latest styles in footwear.
The street markets of Mumbai offer an amazing range of shoes. Casual clothes and funky jewellery are found at Colaba Causeway. Hip clothes at Fashion Street. Move to Bandra for scintillating array of bags and shoes.
Asia's largest slum Dharavi is your destination for customised leather items.
For many, Delhi is the entry and the exit point of their India journey. As it is the capital of India, and has been the most important centre of commerce in North India, it has many markets to cater to its nearly twenty million population.
The per capita income of Delhi is double the national per capita income. This means high quality exclusive products make their way to the markets in Delhi. In short, Delhi is a shopaholic's paradise. Delhi is an ideal destination for retail therapy.
Keep your Sunday morning free, to head for the weekly held second-hand book market in Daryaganj. Who knows, you might chance upon a rare first edition gathering dust and available for a song as you browse through books and walk past by book stalls setup for this day only!
As a tourist, you can explore many market destinations in Delhi. For example, Dilli haat and Connaught Place (state emporiums are located here). In Connaught Place, the Tibetan shops located on Jan Path are not to be missed.
Dilli Haat is a government-sponsored market with an entry ticket. Here artisans from all over the country come to display and sell their work. Every two weeks each stall has a new occupant, as the rules of Dilli Haat want different artisans to showcase their work and abilities.
Then there are the various malls that carry snooty and haute international luxurious brands. DLF Emporio, Select City Walk, Great India Place, Ambience mall are few of the upmarket malls.
A special mention is made of Sarojini Nagar market, where bargains can be had in trendy clothes. Another bargain destination is the Lajpat Nagar market. M and N market blocks of Greater Kailash-1 are the upmarket happening places situated in posh South Delhi, offering the latest in the Indian couture and designer ware.
Chandini Chowk in old Delhi cannot be missed on any account especially its spice market. However do have a plan before you navigate the narrow lanes branching off the main avenue. Here, attractive deals in practically every item of interest can be had.
The range of items available in Rajasthan is mind boggling. Handicrafts, neatly crafted leather goods, leather bags, leather suitcases, colourful textiles, dyed textiles, embroidered bedspreads, carpets, leather sandals, home decor fabrics, silver jewellery, gold jewellery, precious stones, exquisitely carved marble screens, statues, traditional auspicious items to ward off the evil eye.
Shekhawati region of Rajasthan less intricate carved woodwork to offer.
Jodhpur, the city where Mehrangarh Fort is located, has an eclectic range of furniture and decorative items available that are locally produced. Inexpensive as well. Jaipur is where you go out to buy the semi and precious stones.
The bazaars of Jaipur have been famous since their inception, and have been historically cited as the biggest invigorating bazaars in Asia. Don't be surprised if a camel or an elephant or even both join you in your amble through the broad avenues of the Jaipur's markets. Buy the puppets in Jaipur for your grandchildren. They will love them.
Kishangarh, a small town halfway between Jaipur and Ajmer/Pushkar offers beautiful marble artefacts and statues. See if you can buy directly from the artisan.
Ranakpur where the famous Jain temples are located, has a busy rug making cottage industry. Few of them use organically grown ingredients to manufacture these colourful rugs.
Copper and bronze ware in Thanjavur and Mahabalipuram, saris, wooden carved statues, silk printed artworks, silks, saris, handmade textiles, quality silks in Kanjeevaram, machinemade textiles in Madurai. The truth is that almost every Tamil Nadu district has its own style of Sari making.
In Madurai, next to the Meenakshi temple many tailors sit in a row, ready to create a replica of any design you offer to them within few hours.
Silver, woollen garments, Tibetan artefacts, sweaters, gloves, caps, mufflers, shawls, Kashmiri carpets. Amongst the Tibetan artefacts, you can look for prayer reveals in many sizes, larger-than-life masks, Tibetan art and painting.
The silver jewellery produced in this region has its own charm and must be a part of your jewellery collection.
Sandalwood items, gold, delicately embroidered saris, spices, coffee. Here you can buy furniture, boxes, figurines, beads made in Sandalwood.
Sandalwood powder for the beauty conscious is available in Bangalore and Mysore. Intricate and heavy gold jewellery can be acquired here. Handmade gold filigree pieces are lovely to admire and even buy.
Bangalore is considered to be the Electronics city and bargain sales are always happening here.
Government Silk Factory in Mysore is the right place to shop for exclusive silk fabric. The factory is located behind the showroom.
Sandalwood Oil Factory in Mysore is the place to buy genuine Sandalwood oil.