It must be essential to note that many tourists come to India just for shopping. An adventure of a vibrant kind, shopping is a great attraction in the country. But this trend is not just catching up recently. India was a shopper’s paradise then and now as well. Many historic travellers like Vasco Da Gama came to India after listening to the exotic tales of sourcing the finest silks, spices and carpets. Since then, numerous dynasties, foreign travellers came up to this country for obtaining its finest souvenirs.
In India, shopping takes up an irresistible urge, which cannot go unnoticed. There is so much in the country in terms of bustling bazaars, emporiums, well planned markets and even malls that add on to the shopping attractions of the country. During the shopping tour, a visitor can purchase the vast number of colourful arts, crafts, antiques, knick-knacks, fabrics, carpets, and much more add up to the list of shopping subjects. All these products offer a treat for the onlooker where the buyers can enjoy the shopping walks into markets and shopping hubs.
There are many tourist destinations famous for their specialties in shopping. Kashmir is renowned for its pure woolen Pashmina shawls, carpets and other woolen products. In terms of spices, the region is famous for saffron, Black cumin seeds, Kashmiri chillies and honey.
Jaipur in Rajasthan is known for blue pottery, bed linen, furnishings, durries, embroidered fabrics, vibrant footwear, stone carving, bangles, wooden toys, blankets. Agra is renowned for Pietra Dura inlay decoratives including the replicas of Taj Mahal, coasters, and the luxurious souvenirs from the city can vary even to the dining tables. Other shopping attractions of Agra include leather works including shoes, bags, belts and more; rugs and carpets.
In Varanasi, travellers can source the bright and beautiful Banarasi Sarees produced by local craftsmen of Benaras. They utilize the weaving traditions on finest silks to produce the rich and royal sarees. Brass ware, ivory ware, glass bangles, copper ware, wood and clay toys and exquisite gold jewelry of Varanasi are also famous. Mysore, another hospitable destination is equally famous for its silks and other handicrafts made of sandalwood, rosewood and teakwood.
In Delhi, the visitors can shop from a variety of shops and source the variety of items including carpets, silks, jewellery, leather and silver ware, handicrafts and hand printed cotton. In Kerala, tourists can source numerous souvenirs ranging from Aranmula Kannadi - a lavish hand mirror, Netturpetti – ethnic jewel box, spice boxes, wood carvings, snake boat and Kettuvallam models, etc.
In all, India is a prominent shopping destination with numerous shopping attractions to look out for a lifetime. A shopping tour through the bylanes of the city or into its sophisticated emporiums brings out the best of the shopping destination called India.