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Shopping in India, Arts and Crafts of India

  1. 1. 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.
  2. 2.    Textiles – 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 Lake. 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.
  3. 3.  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.
  4. 4. 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 traditional prints.  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. 
  5. 5. 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. 
  6. 6.   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.
  7. 7.     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.
  8. 8.  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.

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