Shopping in India can be a delightful and thrilling experience where you will be able to buy just about anything you are looking for, but all for a price, of course! There are an infinite variety of souvenirs to take home, from centuries old craft items, to the latest gizmos on the block. Amazing numbers of fantastic markets and bazaars bustle with local flavour and trade, and even the most uninterested are tempted to buy something!
Brassware, handicrafts, leather, silver and textiles are India's trademark handicrafts. Shopping for these crafts at the many bazaars and markets in a must when visiting India. The most popular destinations for shopping in India include the major cities of Delhi, Jaipur, Mumbai (Bombay), Bangalore, Calcutta, Chennai (Madras), Hyderabad and Ahmedabad with numerous emporiums dotted around the city centers and outskirts. These shopping areas are often surrounded by restaurants and entertainment areas to completing the shopping experience.
The markets of Delhi are the melting pots of everything that is found anywhere in the world. Chandni Chowk in Old Delhi has all kinds of shops, from gold and silver to hardware. There are also a number of shops that sell sweets of all variety.
Jaipur is the crafts capital of the country with folk art, gems and jewelry and cottage industries abounding there. The Jauhari Bazaar is the right place for tie-and-dye fabrics and saris, and fine self-check-weave cotton saris from Kota as well as handcrafted jewelry, loose precious and semi-precious stones. The village of Sanganer is famous for producing handmade paper and blue pottery.
The city of Taj, Agra, echoes with a number of shopping spots that offers items of great delight ranging from miniatures of Taj to several leather items. Agra is also famous for its marble and soft stone inlay, as well as zardori-embroidered fabrics, leather goods, brass ware, carpets, and jewelry made out of semi-precious stones.
The south Indian influence can be well spectacled in the bazaars of Chennai. Here traditional buys make excellent souvenirs. Pattamara Mats, the palmyra-fibre handicrafts from Tirunellveli, bronze and brass castings and other traditional jewellery from Kumbakonam, metal works of Tanjavur, stone carvings from Mamallapuram, and silks from Kanchipuram are certain must looked out items of the land of temples, Chennai.
All those women in love with diamonds and pearls would find solace when in Hyderabad. The city is famous for these noteworthy gems. The Laad Bazaar of Hyderabad is famous for the lacquer bangles glasses, exotic hand-woven carpets, and the zari work. The Bidriware, Pembarti work are also quite famous in the bazaars of Hyderabad.
Ancient art and modern styles combine to create fascinating traditional jewelry in India. The vast variety will leave you delirious. Fashionably shaped funky silver is among the most popular materials for delicate ornaments all over India.