Metal Craft & Ornamentation
– Metal crafts comprises gold enameled ornaments, silverware, brass and copperware. In
India, these arts have been practiced since times unknown. For beautiful gold and silver
jewellery and metal ornamentation, tourists can go to Lucknow andMuradabad in UP.
Miniatures and mythological images in brass and copperware can be purchased
from Varanasi and various cities in Orissa, Tamil Nadu and Kerala.
Stone, Pottery & Wooden Crafts
– Another remarkable art are that of stone and wood which are traditionally
manufactures in various villages across the country. Wooden artifacts, images of gods
and goddess made in stone and traditional pottery are some of the items tourists can
buy. Though each region has its own style of making these crafts but some of the most
popular destinations are Midnapur in West Bengal, Tamil Nadu and Rajasthan for stone
and marble work and Varanasi in UP and Karnataka for wooden handicrafts. Mysore in
Karnataka is extremely popular for its sandalwood handicrafts.
– India has a huge market of textiles and making it an important buy. Popular textile items are brocade &
embroidery at Lucknow and hand block prints from Rajasthan. Carpets, Durries and shawls form an
inevitable shopping item for tourists going to Jammu and Kashmir.
Madhubani painting of Bihar, Folk and Phad painting of Rajasthan, Cane and Moonj artifacts from NorthEast states and precious and semi-precious jewellery from Hyderabad, Rajasthan and Maharashtra are
some of the other few things tourists should not miss shopping for.
Following are the list of some of the most popular shopping areas in India 1. New Delhi - Janpath, GK II, South Ex, Lajpat Nagar, Sarojini Nagar, Palika Bazaar and Chandni Chowk.
2. Mumbai - Colaba Causeway, Chor Bazaar, Linking Road, Crawford Market and Fashion Street.
3. Chennai - Pondy Bazaar, T Nagar, Sahukar Peth.
4. Kolkata - New Market, Fancy Market, Rajendra Lal Mullik Bazaar, Burra Bazaar and City Center Salt
5. Bangalore - Brigade Road, Cauvery Arts Emporium, Commercial Street and Jayanagar 4th Block.
6. Pune - Laxmi Bazaar, Shivaji Nagar and MG Road.
7. Lucknow - Hazratganj, Aminabad, Alambagh and Chowk.
8. Varanasi - Temple Bazaar, Chowk, Gyan Vapi, Vishwanath Gali, Thatheri Bazaar.
9. Mysore - Cauvery Arts and Crafts Emporium on Sayaji Road.
10. Jaipur - Kishanpol Bazar, Haldiyon Ka Rasta, Mahiharon Ka Rasta, M.I. Road, Jauhari Bazar, Bapu
Bazar and Nehru Bazaar.
Shopping is a leisure that tourists should not miss during their trip to India. There are not only local
markets ad village bazaars, but these days many shopping malls and uber shopping destination have
cropped up in various towns and cities, making the experience of shopping an event to remember.
Mumbai: Unofficially known as the fashion
capital of the nation, Mumbai is a great place
to look for stylish pieces at thrift stores. The
most popular areas are Linking Road in
Bandra and Colaba Causeway. Drop in at Chor
Bazaar for some really great vintage finds in
high end labels like Ralph Lauren or Louis
Vuitton. The best time to visit Chor Bazaar is
at 6 am on a Friday.
Bangalore: In Bangalore, you can walk through Commercial Street, Brigade Road
and M.G. Road for the best bargains. Be it tops, t-shirts, jeans or even chunky
jewellery, these are places to go for trendy, cheap stuff. While Commercial Street
is known for its shoe stalls, Brigade Road is more about antique jewellery and
Kolkata: Head to New Market to choose from over 2000 saree stalls. You can also
lay your hands on some traditional jewellery here. Dakshinapan open air
shopping center is the place you should head to for Indian handicrafts and
artifacts. It's also the place to buy cheap Indian clothing. Tea enthusiasts must
stop by the renowned Dolly's Tea Shop. This small but enticingly decorated
boutique tea shop has 20 different fruit flavors of tea to choose from, as well as
refreshing fruit infused iced teas. Head to Oxford Bookstore where you could just
browse or sit and unwind with a book. It's all about fashion at the Forum, and
there are so many beautiful clothes, accessories, and shoes to choose from.
Check out Music World for a wide range of music, including classical styles. The
Forum also houses a cinema, bar, and one of Kolkata's best restaurants called
"Oh! Calcutta". A huge variety of pavement vendors line Chowringhee Road from
Park Street to New Market, selling everything bizarre to tacky. However, if you
look through all the junk, you'll find some wonderful terracotta wares, which are
a Kolkata specialty. The decorative terracotta wall plaques are particularly
attractive and come in some unique traditional designs.
Chennai: Hop on a train to Chennai and head to this sleepy town
nearby called Kanchipuram for silk sarees . Don’t step into any of
the shops though, but right into a weaver's home. That’s where
the silk sarees are woven. Don’t be surprised if you get hold of a
saree that would normally be worth Rs.15000 for just Rs.5000.
Jaipur: Jaipur, the Pink City is a great place for jewellery, antiques,
textiles and handicrafts. Jauhari Bazaar is known for jewellery in
silver with precious and semi precious stones and of course,
minakari work. Hawa Mahal is a great place to find quilts and if
you’re looking for textiles, head to Bapu Bazaar.
Delhi: There are several places in Delhi for street shopping. For
the great discounts on handicrafts, shoes, paintings, jewellery and
hippie clothing, head to Janpath Market. Want a piece of Old
Delhi? Head to Chandini Chowk. You could get hold of discounted
traditional fabrics, jewellery and electronic goods there too.
Nainital:You can stock up on trendy
woollens, hoodies and shawls from Mall
Road. You could also pick up sweaters from
Bohtia Bazaar. Beautiful eco-friendly candles
in different sizes and shapes are also great
gifts to take back from Nainital.
Pune: Fashion Street Cantonment Pune is a
great place to be if you love shopping. There
are more than 400 stalls to chose from for
shoes, clothes, accessories and decor
artefacts. Another place to head to is M.G.
Road and FC Road.
There's something undoubtedly magical about Indian handicrafts. Unique, intricate, eye catching and
expressive, each item has a story behind it. It's impossible to come to India and return home empty
handed. Forget the ubiquitous handicraft emporiums and check out these five interesting places to buy
handicrafts in India.
When it comes to shopping for handicrafts in India, you can't beat Dili Haat. A joint initiative of the New
Delhi Municipal Corporation and the Delhi Tourism and Transportation Department, it's one of the best
markets in Delhi. Deliberately made to feel like a traditional weekly village market, Dili Haat offers an
exciting blend of inexpensive handicrafts from all over India, food, and cultural and music performances.
Kala Madhyam supports traditional (folk and tribal) Indian artists and artisans. From the rugged beauty
of Kutch to the ethereal hill country of Arunachal Pradesh, the wide variety of handicrafts at Kala
Madhyam come from every corner of India. They include Bastar metal art figures, Manipur black pottery,
ceramic and marble sculptures, paintings, jewelry, wall hangings, and clothing. However, the specialty at
Kala Madhyam is wall murals. They are simply magnificant. Don't miss the annual Arts Mela, held
towards the end of the year.
When you think of Jaipur, one of the first things that comes to mind is the famous blue pottery. And one
of the most famous creators of blue pottery is Kripal Singh Shekhawat. Born in 1922, he's been credited
with reviving the art and helping it become what it is today. His works can be found all over India,
including in museums. Kripal Singh Shekhawat started Kripal Kumbh as an outlet for his wares, and the
team has been trained by him. Both classical pottery designs and more modern designs are on offer, and
you can even take a class to learn how to make them. Another recommended place to buy blue pottery
is Neeja, particularly if you're interested in new designs.
MESH, Delhi, Pune works with groups of disabled artisans, and they
produce beautiful handicrafts. The very attractive and well made items
include bags, bed covers, cushion covers, hair accessories, home decor,
toys, and cards. MESH has its own Design Studio, where items are
developed. Find out more about the handcrafting process in the MESH
Design Studio blog.
Sambhali Boutique is the perfect place to pick up some gorgeous,
top quality, Jodhpur handicrafts and clothing (both Indian and
western style), all made by underprivileged women who are
taught and employed by the Sambhali Trust. Items include silk and
cotton camels and elephants, block-printed scarves and curtains,
and shoulder bags. Custom orders can also be placed.