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Top 20 Souvenirs From India and Where to Buy Them 

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Tourists are always on the look out for buying interesting souvenirs from India. Even while knowing what souvenirs to buy, they often get stuck on which shop to buy them from as they don’t want to be quoted a ‘tourist’ rate. That’s why, ShopKhoj has not only put together a list of top 20 souvenirs from India but also where to buy them from in popular metro cities.

Here’s our list of  Best 20 Souvenirs From India and where to buy them.

1. Pashmina Shawls

Pashmina shawls are the most wonderful shawls that you can buy in india. Pashmina is a special breed of Asian mountain goat that produces the wool known as Pashm. The wool is extremely soft and light.

Pashmina shawls are available in a variety of colours and with delicate hand embroidery. Pure pashmina stoles and shawls can be purchased at the following shops in Delhi.

Available at Delhi :

Shaw Brothers,
Ahujasons Shawl Wale Pvt. Ltd.,
Wrap,
Kashmir Government Arts Emporium,
Central Cottage Industries Emporium
H.P Emporium,
Janvi

Available at Chennai : 

The museum company,
Cottage industries exposition
Cottage arts emporium

Available at Jaipur :

Rajasthan small scale

Available at Pondicherry:

Treasure
New cottage Arts

Price Range – Pashmina stole -Rs. 5000+

Pasmina shawl- Rs. 10000+

2. Kashmiri Carpets

Kashmiri carpets are handmade and hand-knotted in Kashmir. Carpet weaving is a small scale industry in Kashmir. They can be made in silk, wool or a combination of both. The higher the knots/square inch in a carpet, the higher the price of the carpet. Silk carpets with higher knots are prized posessions and are typically passed down generations.

Available at Delhi:

NCE Oriental Rugs & Design shawls,
Shaw Brothers,
Shiva Oriental Rugs

Available at Chennai :

The museum company,
Cottage industries exposition
Cottage arts emporium

Available at Jaipur :

Rajasthan Small cottage industries
Channi carpets and textiles pvt. Ltd.
Jaipur boutique carpet and Valtino Textiles-

Available at Kolkata:

Kashmir gift house

Available at Pondicherry:

Treasure
New cottage Arts

Price Range – 6’ by 4’ silk on silk carpet will cost around Rs. 2,00,000.

kashmir carpets

3. Blue Pottery

Blue pottery is a craft which traces its ancestry to the Mongol and Chinese techqniques of glazing tiles. This was first introduced in India by the Mughals. The Indigo dye that is used lends itself to the name. This form of pottery is widely prevalant in Turkey today. Persian motifs are used in making tiles, plates, cups and several other items in India.

Available at Delhi : 

Rajasthali
Silk and beyond

Available at Jaipur :

Neerja International
Rajasthali
Kripal Kumb

Available at Kolkata : 

Rajasthan Govt. Handicraft Emporioum

Price range – small square tiles will cost around Rs. 300/piece.

Blue_Pottery

4. Brass Handicrafts

Brass is an alloy that is widely used to make decorative articles especially in South India. They are light weight as compared to bronze. Traditional lamps and articles for worship are made from brass. Rs 400 for a small handicraft piece.

Available at Delhi : 

Kairali Kerala state Handicrafts
Poompuhar Tamilnadu State Govt.
Central Cottage Industries Emporium
Gangotri

Available at Chennai: 

VTI
Giri trading
The museum company–
Srushti the handicrafts emporium

Available at Bangalore:

Cauvery Handicrafts Emporium

Available at Pondicherry:

New cottage Arts
Geethanjali

5. Juttis (Jootis) AND Mojaris

They are closed footwear made from camel leather. They were widely used in the deserts of Rajasthan. They are considered fashionable footwear today.

Available at Delhi :

Fab India
Ramayana Retail
Rajasthali

Available at Jaipur :

Tourist shoes
FabIndia
Bapu bazar
Johri bazar

Available at Chennai : 

Fabindia

Available at Pondicherry :

Via Pondicherry

Price range – Rs. 800 –Rs. 1000/pair

juttis in jaipur

6. Bronze Handicrafts

Bronze is used in sculptures. Assyria, the ancient Greek kingdom, and India were countries where bronze was widely used to make sculptures. During the Chola period in India (9TH-13TH C)the statues and idols were made according to the shilpa shastras ( codified standards for arts & crafts)in India. Bronze sculpture making survives to this day in India in a place called Swamimalai near Kumbakonam in the State of TamilNadu.

Available at Delhi :

Poompuhar Tamilnadu State Govt
Central Cottage Industries Emporium

Available at Chennai: 

VTI
The museum company
Srushti the handicrafts emporium

Available at Bangalore:

Cauvery Handicrafts Emporium

Huge bronze statue (2’ in height)–Rs. 1.8 Lakhs

7. Dhurries

Dhurries are cotton floor coverings widely used in India. Apart from being utilitarean, they add colour & aesthetics to the surroundings. Ikea and other well known home decor companies source dhurries from India. Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh Rajasthan & Karnataka in South India have large scale Dhurrie making centers.

Available at Delhi : 

Dilli Haat
Shiva Oriental Rugs
Fabindia
Central Cottage Industries

Available at Chennai : 

The museum company
Cottage industries exposition Ltd
Cottage arts emporium

Available at Jaipur :-

Rajasthan small scale
Saurashtra impex

Price range – 5’by 3’ durrie will cost approx Rs. 6000-Rs. 8000/piece

8. Jaipuri Quilts

The light weight, fluffy and incredibly soft cotton quilts from Jaipur are also known as razais. They are available in pastel colors in block prints.

Available at Delhi :

Rajasthali
Fabindia
Anokhi
Good Earth

Available at Jaipur :- 

Ocean collection
Soma
Ratan textiles
Saurashtra impex
M.k Textiles

Available at Kolkata:

Rajasthan Govt. Handicraft Emporioum

Available at Bangalore :

Anokhi
Hometown
Goodearth
Fab India

Available at Chennai:

Anokhi
Kilol and Rui

Price range –Rs. 2000/ Rs. 4000 for a pair.

razais in india

9. Kutch Embroidery

Vibrant color threads, mirrors and beads are used in Kutch embroidery. The patchwork of several embroidered pieces makes for a beautiful wall hanging or a bed cover.

Available at Delhi:

Gurjari
Janpath Street Shopping

Available at Jaipur: 

Rajasthali
Saurashtra impex

Price range – Rs. 10000 for a 5’3′ well embroidered wall hanging

10. Lac Bangles

The vibrant colours make these bangles extremely attractive. Stones and thread work are added by way of embellishments.

Available at Delhi :

Hanuman Mandir – Bangle Market
Rajasthali
Dilli Haat
Jewelry Lane Street Shopping

Available at Jaipur:

Bapu Bazar
Johari Bazar
Manohar Fancy Churriwala

Available at Bangalore: 

Yuvathi

Price range – Rs. 500 for a dozen bangles

Lac-Bangles-of-Bikaner

11. Madhubani Paintings

The Madhubani paintings are done in Mithila in Bihar. Typically, scenes from Indian mythology are reproduced in a colourful manner in these paintings.

These were originally done on the floor of the house and on mud walls . Today, it is done on canvas, cloth & paper. Rice paste and natural dyes are used.Traditionally it was done with fingers or twigs.

Madhubani paintings have a distinct style. There is a lot of focus on the eyes & there is no empty space in the canvas.

Available at Delhi:

Dilli Haat
Bihar Emporioum
Central Cottage Industries
Kamala

Price range – Rs1000 for 1’by1’ painting. Depends on the work though.

Madhubani-painting

12. Marble Inlay

Colored stones are inlaid on a marble base to create amazing patterns & designs. The Taj Mahal is the most prominent example of marble inlaid work. Table tops, tiles & plates are some of the items on which this is done.

The State of Rajasthan and Agra in Uttar Pradesh are the main centers for this kind of inlay work.

Available at Delhi: 

Rajasthali,
Central Cottage Industries Emporium
Dilli Haat
Gangotri
Moha
Kamala

Price range – Rs. 1000/set of plates.

13. Miniature Paintings

Miniature paintings are hand made paintings depicting scenes from the Mughal era or of Indian royalty. They are small in size. They are done on canvas or on paper. The miniature paitings take inspiration from the rock paitings from the Bhimbetka rock shelters and the Ajanta Caves. They were later influeced by Mughal miniatures.

The palas of Bengal were the pioneers. Currently, Rajashtan State is where the art is taught in places such as Kishangarh, Bundi, Jaipur, Marwar & Mewar.

Available at Delhi:

Gurjari
Rajasthali
Kamala
Poonam Backliwal
Mehra Bros

Available at Jaipur:

Dev Arts Jewels
Rajasthali

Price range – Rs. 1000 for a 1 by 1 painting.

14. Puppets

Kath means wood & putli means doll. Kathputli means puppets in Hindi. Folk tales & stories with puppets form the backdrop at village fairs & festivals in Rajasthan. It is one of the oldest forms of entertainment –more than 1000 years old. The dolls are colorfully dressed in Rajasthani costumes.

Available at Delhi : 

Dilli Haat
Rajasthali

Available at Jaipur :

Bapu Bazar
Johari Bazar

Price Range – Rs. 500 for a pair

15. Silver Jewellery

There is an astonishing variety of silver jewellery in India.  Jaipur is one of the best places for silver jewellery. Nose rings, bangles, chains bracelets

Available at Delhi 

Silofer
Arts KArat
Dilli haat
Celestial
Dariba Kalan

Available at Chennai

GRT
Kirtilals Jewellery

Available at Jaipur :

Johari Bazar
Dev Arts Jewels
Satguru Exports
Bhandari Jewellers
Silver Mountain
Kuber Tholia

Price range – wide range

16. Hanging Bird Decor

They are basically small stuffed toys made of fabric with thread work & mirror work. The colours of the birds make it look very attractive.

Available at Delhi: 

Monga Handicraft in janpath
Dilli Haat
Gurjari

Price range –Rs. 500 for a string of birds

17. Ayurvedic Personal Products

Ayurveda has become increasingly popular in the world, matching the similar popularity of Yoga . Both Ayurveda & Yoga are native to India. The emphasis is on holistic and natural health & wellness in both Ayurveda and Yoga. Ayurvedic products do not contain chemicals. They are made from natural herbs. Ayurvedic skin products such as cleansers, moisturizers, skin softening creams, massage oils and hair vitalizers are very popular these days.

Available at Delhi :

Kama Ayurveda
Biotique
Forest Essentials

18. Sandal Wood

Sandalwood is said to be the second most expensive wood in the world, after African blackwood.[1]. Sandalwood paste is prepared by grinding the sandalwood on another wooden slab. Sandalwood paste is integral to Hindu rituals and ceremonies. It is also distributed to devotees, who apply it to their foreheads or the necks and chests.[13] It is said to have a calming influence on the worshiper. Both sandal wood and the sandal wood oil extracted therefrom have a distinctive fragrance. Sandalwood figurines are beautiful.

Available at Delhi

Poompuhar

Available at Chennai :

Cottage industries exposition
VTI

Available at Bangalore :

Cauvery Handicrafts Emporium

19. Tea

India is the 2nd largest producer of tea in the world. Darjeeling & Assam teas are very well known and popular all over the world. It was the British East India Company that commenced the large scale cultivation of tea in the North East regions of India. They procured land from the local tribes, who owned the land in Assam. The Assam Tea Company started commercial production around 1840.

Available at Delhi 

Assam Emporium
Sancha Tea Devan’s Tea in Khanna Market
Sundar Nagar Market

20. Spices And Masalas

There is a long list of spices that are native to India. Spices are an integral part of Indian cooking. India’s southwest coastal port known as Muziris, in Kerala, had established itself as a major spice trade centre from as early as 3000 BC. Kerala, was the place traders and explorers wanted to reach, including Christopher Columbus, Vasco da Gama, and others. [2]” Muziris disappeared, presumably because of a cataclysmic event, in 1341. But the spice route and the spice trade in India were well established by then. Today, the ready made masalas made with the spices are popular in India. The Madras curry powder, the chikan tikka masala, the butterchiken masala and fish masalas add a distinct flavor to food.

Available at Delhi :-

Roopak Pvt. LtD,
Dilli Haat

Price Range – Rs. 250 to Rs. 500 for ½ kg

Top 20 Souvenirs From India and Where to Buy Them 
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