India ... Shopper's
Shopping In Agra
Agra, the city of magnificent Taj Mahal in the state of Uttar
Pradesh is famous primarily for its marble and soft stone in
lay work. Shilpgram is a crafts village and an open - air
emporium, stocking handicrafts from all over the country and
is the ideal destination for the lovers of Art.
Visit Agra during the Taj Mahotsav (festival) around February
and enjoy live performances of dance and music by renowned
Also Sadar Bazar, Tajganj, Kinari Bazar, Munro Road, Pratap
Pura, Gwalior Road which brush each other are the main bazaars
of Agra towards the south. It is advisable not to heed to the
persuasions of touts at any of these markets. This area is
generally full of life as all tourist related services,
hotels, showrooms, etc. are in abundance here. It is also
adjoining the cantonment area, but slighty away from the main
Agra railway station which is towards the north. Take with you
some sweets which are rare in taste like the Petha and Gazak.
Should you prefer some snaky item with a bit of spice ask for
Shopping In Bangalore
The popular garden city-Bangalore is the capital of the state
of Karnataka towards the South of India. It has the finest
climate which is moderate-never too cold never, too hot. One
of the fastest growing cities of the country Bangalore has
turned out to be the favourite destination for an executive to
enjoy both business and pleasures, with its dazzling shopping
plazas, complexes and arcades mostly around M.G. Road, Brigade
Road ,Commercial Street and K.g. Road, where you may
complement your shopping with a little entertainment as well.
Sandalewood and rosewood carvings, wooden inlay work, carpets
and gorgeous silk are ideal to buy. Be careful while
bargaining at these shops because their prices are generally
listed if they are a famous brand.
For assured quality and genuine prices, it is best to buy at
reputed and authorized showrooms based in main shopping areas.
They include the Central Cottage Industries Emporium, Shringar
Mysore Silk Showroom, Kids Kemp, Poompuhar (Handicrafts),
Cauvery Arts Emporium (Government showrooms), Nastesan's
(Handicrafts), Nalli Sarees (Silks), Deepam Silks (Sarees),
Karnataka Silk Industries Corporation (Mysore Silks), etc.
where your children can find enough to entertain themselves
with, instead of bothering you while you shop.
Shopping In Chennai
Chennai has several emporia along the famous Mount Road
(popularly referred to as Anna Salai), which runs North to
South at a length of about 8 kms which offers a range of
products, Hotels, Restaurants and a feast of glittering
Previously known as Madras, it is the capital of Tamil Nadu
which lies on the South Eastern tip of India. Towards the East
is the port which opens out to the Bay of Bengal. The old city
lies adjacent to the port and within a km. from the Railway
Station. The residents of the old city are mostly Marwaris
originally from the State of Rajasthan and Gujaratis who are
known to have trade on their blood. This part of the city
therefore is also known as Sowcar Pet.
About 7 kms to the North West lies the Anna Nagar where the
upmarket brands are available and no bargaining is necessary
since all goods are sold as per the price lists of the
3 kms from the Station towards the west lies Egmore, an
upcoming upmarket shopping area mostly housing Shopping Plaza
and Department Stores.
Further down south the Cathedral Road intersects Ann Salai at
Gemini Circle, better known for the residents who are none
other than Film stars or political big wings. The elite, who
demand nothing less than the best.
T.Nagar (Tyagaraja Nagar) as is it known is towards of the
South of Anna Salai and also has good showrooms where one
could pick up some typical South Indain favourites like
Kanchipuram silk, Wood crafts etc.
Adyar is a suburban market area towards the southern most part
of Chennai, adjoining the IIT and CSIR campus.
Other areas like Vepery have mostly house hold items. Burma
Bazar sell, so called imported items. Be careful what you pick
up and at what price.
Indian handicrafts and bronze artifacts can be bought from the
Govt. backed Victoria Technical Institute and the Poompuhar (a
Government of Tamilnadu under taking) also Anna Salai. The
best of India's silk comes from Kanchipuram, which is
available at Mylapore near the Kapaleshwar Temple, Panagal
Park, Pondi Bazar at T.Nagar.
The central Cottage Industries Emporium sells varieties of
handicrafts from all over India.
Shopping In Jaipur
Jaipur - the capital of the tourist farvourite, desert State
of Rajasthan has been a nucleus for tourist traffic in the
State. It also houses one of the largest collection of
handicrafts, which have been kept alive by its artisans. It
has also picked up a major chunk of the export market in
handicrafts, commanding a virtual monopoly on the Gem Stone
Within the walls of the Pink City (town area) market cluster
are identified for distinct catrgories of products. Actually
while coming from Delhi you enter Jaipur through the Pink
City. The layout of the Pink City is similar to the Indus
Valley Civilization. All Roads are parallel, while lanes are
perpendicularly cutting across them. This walled Pink City
enters modern Jaipur's posh shopping mail called M.I. Road,
about 300 mts. from the Railway Station. From the Airport, the
road into Jaipur, meets M.I. Road just 15 kms away, straight
at Ajmeri Gate and runs along the four gates from where you
can enter the Pink City.
Mirza Ismail Road has a glittering row of some of the most
exclusive handicrafts showrooms, curio shops, antiques,
watches, textiles, electronics and internationally famous
brands. During winters a 2 kms long Tibetan Market sells
winter wear from wind cheaters to socks made of leather, hide
Johari Bazar is the wholesaler market for Silver, Gem Stones
and Jewellery. A large square (instead of a round - about)
called the Bari Choupar is famous for Jaipur Quilts. Lac
Bangles, Tribal Jewellery besides Leather Jutis (slippers) and
readymade garments. Joining a smaller square called the Chhoti
Choupar, lies Tripolia Bazar, generally famous for metal wares
and household goods like steel almirahs, trunksm cycle shops
etc. Right in front of Tripolia Gate is the Chaura Rasta,
famous for its books and magazine stores and to the left of
Chhoti Choupar, running parallel to the Chaura Rasta is
Kishanpole Bazar,famous for its furniture. Further west of the
Kishanpole Bazar is a popular shopping area known as Khazane
Walon Ka Rasta, where varieties of stone carved sculptures are
on display and for sale.
From Ajmeri Gate, New Gate, Sanganeri Gate a narrow lane goes
along the wall, parallel to M.I. Road whose name changes as it
runs from Gate to Gate as Indira Bazar, Nehru Bazar & Bapu
Shopping In Ahmedabad
This principle city of the state of Gurajat (in western
India), is situated on the banks of the Sabarmati river,
associated with Mahatma Gandhi's ashram. It is a centre for
textiles, specially colourful patchwork and embroidery (bead
and mirror work), tie- and dye, Zari work on silk and Patola
Ashram Road, about 10 kms. From the Railway Station, houses
most of the upmarket showrooms and arcades meant for tourist.
Garvi and Gurjari the two multi-stored government owned
establishments, house the most genuine crafts carefully
selected and displayed Kala Niketan has an artistic and
extensive collection of silks and textiles. For fine quality
Zari work Ratanpol Road would be ideal and is just 3 kms away.
On Sundays, the banks of the Sabarmati river near Lakdi Ka Pul
present a colourful spectacle as a large crowded flea market
spreads over a few kms. along it. Be it fruits, vegetables,
pins, needles, or even a car engine take your price.
The other bazaars and shopping areas include Manek Chowk.
Relief Road Market, Lal Darwaza, Law Garden, C.G. Road and
Shopping In Calcutta
Calcutta-the first British capital of India and now the
capital of West Bengal in the East, has probably the most
artistic talents within it. It also happens to be the only
city where trams still ply through the overcrowded shopping
lanes. Like any other metro city. Calcutta also has several
Govt. emporia and the central Cottage Industries Emporium at 7
Chowringee Lane sells exquisite handicrafts from all States.
Bargaining has no place here. However, a walk to New Market is
an interesting experience where shopping turns knacks as the
whole range of shopping revolves around hectic bargaining
Calcutta has several other shopping centers like Bentinck
Street, also popularly known as China Market with sweet meat
shops, leather shoes & accessories and tailors & drapers.
Enter Gariahat for a wide range of commodities, Jagannath Ghat
the flower market and Tirrete Bazar for an extensive variety
of ethnic goods.
Park Street is the place for the perfect executive. The street
with restraints and pubs and glittering showrooms of the most
reputed brands. You could leaf through journals and best
sellers at a well stocked book shop. They call it College
Street. These are one of the more sophisticated areas for one
New Market is, ironically one of the oldest markets of
Calcutta with everything under one roof, always alive and
bustling out of its seems. The airport is not very far from
the city (about 10 kms ), but due to constant traffic jams you
could take close to over 3 hours also.
Shopping In Delhi
Being the Capital of the vast country. Delhi becomes a focal
point for shopping.
The most glamorous shopping area in the heart of the city is
the Connaught Place, built during the British Days, with a
beautiful fountain and park in the centre. The entire
Connaught Place is built in concentric circles. A pillared
pathway runs along the outer most and inner most circles with
convenient and ample parking spaces radial roads lead out of
this centre point to all parts of Delhi. While shopping for
the choicest Indian and foreign brands do walk-in to any of
the immaculately designed restaurants or fast food centers of
a bite. Connaught place is just a kilometer away from the
railway station and is about 30kms from the airport. It also
houses an underground shopping plaza 'Palika Bazar' which also
provides an underground parking for safety. While Connaught
Circus still retains its original British flavour, designed by
Lutyen while planning New Delhi, modernization has taken place
around it.multinational corporate houses, banks, hotels,
restaurants, showrooms etc. have appeared in beautifully
designed high rise buildings, interconnected with modern
subways to control the ever increasing groups of tourists and
shoppers. Do visit the Baba Kharak Singh Marg where you will
find a row of State Handicraft Emporias. Prices here are fixed
and products are genuine. Typical textiles brasswares,
jewellery, paintings, furniture and souvenirs from every.
State can be found in their respective showrooms. Pay a visit
to the Central Cottage Industries Emporium at Janpath in the
STC Building Complex for the Choicest handicrafts from all
states under one roof. This Emporia Chain also has its
branches in major cities in India and Abroad. Other up-market
shopping areas are South Extension, Sarojini Nagar, INA
Market, Greater Kailash Part-I, Vasant Vihar in the South,
Khan Market and Sunder Nagar Market in central Delhi within a
km from the India Gate.
Opposite the INA market at Laxmi Bai Nagar, Delhi Tourism runs
an open air handicraft market, Dilli Haat, in which craftsmen
are invited from every state to sell their products directly.
Stalls have been provided for typical cuisine and fast food
from many states-all within one complex. The entire place has
been given a brick finish. You could strike some good bargains
Towards the famous Ashok Hotel and Samrat Hotel in
Chanakyapuri, after you cross the Prime Minister's residence,
on the left of the Race Crouse road, is Santushti (meaning
relief), the ideal shopping venue to the ethnic art lover.
Intricately crafted woodwork, brasswares, terracotta,
textiles, jewellery, clay toys, and metalwares can be
purchased in this tiny arcade, for which you enter from the
round-about and inside the Air Force Station premises.
Inside the walled city there are some of the oldest market
places of Delhi with some names related to the products they
are still famous for, like the Chandni Chowk which was once
named for its silver jewellery but is now the wholesale market
for textiles, readymades, suitings, shirtings and sarees.
While shopping one could feast in some of the most famous
sweet shops and chaat corner. Nai Sarak, running tangentially
from here has merged as the wholesale stationery and market
for books, catering to all kinds of text and reference books
prescribed in schools, colleges and institutes. Towards
Chandni Chowk, however, the textile market begins. For all
kinds of silver and precious and semi- precious stones walk
into the narrow lanes of Kinari Bazar, also famous for
glittering costumes of famous Indian mythological characters.
Khari Baoli is the wholesale market for dry fruits and food
Towards west Delhi the most versatile markets are Karol Bagh
and Rajouri Garden which are a stricking mix of upmarkets as
well as flea markets and are very crowded.
Another very unique feature of Delhi are its Weekly bazaars
which exists in almost all colonies selling all kinds of
household items for its residents. Certain festivals related
bazaars are also fast gaining popularity mostly for pilgrim
tourists and foreign tourists like at Suraj Kund (in haryana)
and the Hauz Khas village which is an artificially created
Shopping In Mumbai
Shopping in Mumbai will be a memorable experience as you
wander through its Bazars with striking names like Chor Bazar,
Mutton Street and Zaveri Bazar. At Chor Bazar you'll find a
phenomenal collection of antiques, jewellery, wooden articles,
leatherware and general bric-a-brac.
Crawford market, famous for flowers, fruits, meat and fish is
certainly a place worth capturing on your camera. Zaveri Bazar
offers an excellent range of jewellery items. For colourful
and innovative carpets one should head for Mereweather Road
behind the Taj Mahal Hotel. Here the range is higher. To be on
the safer side. One could however, check at the Jammu and
Kashmir Emporium first. Several state emporium in the World
Trade Centre, at Cuffe Parade are an ideal place to buy a
souvenir, a rare artefact or textiles. The Central Cottage
Induatries Emporium (Apollo Bunder) and Khadi Village
Industries Emporium (D.N. Road) with their fixed price tags,
are genuine and of superb quality.
Colaba and Flora Fountain (Hutatama Chowk) in the heart of
South Mumbia and walking distance from Bombay VT and
Churchgate Railway stations are full of shopping of all kinds,
mainly ethnic artifacts and departmental stores.
Walk into Fashion Street and shop for your new summer
wardrobe. This street is close to the famous Metro Cinema and
For those who look the glamorous the ideal place to shell out
some money would be Kemps Corner, Warden Road, Breach Candy
and Napean Sea Road.
Bandra, the so called Queen of Suburbs is the residential
abode of the who's who of Mumbia film stars, industrialists
and the likes. Linking Road joins Bandra to Khar and is the
elite. But the striking contrast here is the pavement selling
which adds to the thrill while you walk out of a posh
The famous essence and perfume industry in India had its prime
ingredient called Itar. Although the Itar is now only
concentrated towards kanauj in U.P., right here in Mumbia you
could get a sample of it the way it used to be. Yes, walk into
the famous Mohammed Ali Road and shop to your heart's content
for Itar, embroidery and Zari work besides artifacts and
Things to Buy
The Indian craftsman has been perfecting his art for
centuries, passing down traditions and techniques from
generation to generation.
Each region has its own specialties, each town its own local
craftsmen, its own particular skills. The results is a
consummate blend of ancient skills and modern aesthetics.
Silks, spices, jewellery and many other Indian products have
long been famous and widely desired, and merchants would
travel thousands of miles, willingly enduring the hardships
and privations of the long journey in other to make their
Nowadays, the marketplaces of the subcontinent are only 9
hours away, and for fabrics, silverware, carpets, leatherwork,
antiques the list is endless India is a shopping paradise.
Goods are exotic, attractive, beautiful hand-crafted and
excellent value for money. Half the fun when buying goods in
the bazaars is the bargaining, and you can always check for
reasonable prices at state-run emporiums. Below are some of
the best buys, either for the souvenir hunter or the
One of India’s main industries, silks, cottons, and wools rank
amongst the best in the world. Of the silks the brocades from
Varanasi are among the most famous variety; other major
centres include Patna, Murshidabad,Surat and Kanchipuram.
Rajasthan cotton with its famous "tie and die" design is
usually brillantly colourful, while Madras cotton is known for
its attractive "bleeding" effect after a few washes.
Throughout the country may be found the "himroo" cloth, a
mixture of silk and cotton, often decorated with patterns.
Kashmir sells beautiful woollens particularly shawls.
India has one of the world’s largest carpet industries, and
many examples of her ancient and beautiful craft can be seen
in museums throughout the world. Kashmir has a long history of
carpet making, influenced by the Persians. Pure wool and woven
and silk carpets are exquisitely made, and can be bought for a
fraction of the cost that one would pay in the west. Each
region will have its own specialty; such as the distinctive,
bright coloured Tibetan rugs, available mainly in Darjeeling.
Clothes are very cheap to buy, and can be tailor made in some
shops, usually very quickly. Choose from an unmatchable range;
silks, cottons, himroos, brocades, chiffons, chignons, touched
with streaks of silver and gold thread, set with sequins or
semi-precious gems .
Particularly of Rajasthan (Kundan), is traditionally heavy and
stunningly elaborate. Indian silverwork is world-famous. Gems
can be bought and mounted. Beautiful gems such as diamonds,
lapis lazuli, Indian star rubies, star sapphires, moonstones
and aquamarine can be bought from reputed jewlers. As a matter
of interest, Hyderabad is one of the world’s leading centres
HANDICRAFTS AND LEATHERWORK:
Once again, each area will have its own specialty; the vast
range includes fine bronzes, brasswork (often inlaid with
silver), canework and pottery. Papier Mache is a
characteristic Kashmir product, some decorated with gold leaf.
Marble and alabaster inlay work, such as chess sets and
ornamental plates, are a specialty of Agra. Good leatherwork
buys include open Indian sandals and slippers.
Sandalwood carvings from Karnataka, rosewood from Kerala and
Madras, Indian walnut from Kashmir. These are often exquisite
and make excellent presents
Foods such as pickles, spices and Indian tea, perfumes, soap,
handmade paper, Orissan playing cards, musical instruments-
anything that takes your fancy.
NOTE: It is forbidden to export antiques and art objects over
100 years old, animal skins or objects made from skins.