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Souvenirs from India

Firstly,India has one of the  rich and diverse set of  textiles,jewellery  and  handicrafts. Above all, the history & culture of India has significantly contributed to the diversity in its handicrafts. Similar variety and range of products are hardly available elsewhere. In other words, the rich tapestry of India is to be cherished. Therefore, it is  certainly not surprising that tourists to India are always on the look out to buy interesting souvenirs. For instance, tourists are typically  interested in a Kashmiri carpets, pashmina shawls, bronze statues, Ayurvedic products and silk fabrics. Above all, they certainly don’t want to be quoted a ‘tourist’ rate. Therefore, ShopKhoj has put together a list of  20  best souvenirs from India . In addition, there is also the list of best shops to buy the souvenirs in 7  Indian cities.

 Hence , please find  our list of  Best 20 Souvenirs From India and where to buy them.

1. Pashmina Shawls

Pashmina, is the most wonderful shawl you can buy in India. For instance, Pashmina is a special breed of Asian mountain goat that can be found in the high altitudes.For instance, it produces the wool ‘Pashm’. Further,the wool is extremely soft and light. Pashmina shawls are available in a variety of colours and with delicate hand embroidery.  However, one must make sure that cheap synthetic material is not passed off as pashmina. In other words, one should buy Pashmina from an authentic source. Further,there are , a host of good shops  that offer pure pashmina stoles and shawls.Take a look here,

Souvenirs from India

 Further it is available in  Delhi  at :       Shaw Brothers ,    Ahujasons Shawl Wale Pvt. Ltd, Wrap, 

Kashmir Government Arts Emporium,  Central Cottage Industries Emporium, H.P Emporium, ,

ChennaiThe Museum Company,  Cottage industries exposition   ,Cottage arts emporium.  

 Further ,it is available in Jaipur :Rajasthan Small Scale Industries  

 Pondicherry   Treasure,  New cottage Arts

2. Kashmiri Carpets

 Similar to pashmina shawls from Kashmir are the Kashmiri carpets. Firstly,Kashmiri carpets are handmade and hand-knotted in Kashmir.  For example,carpet weaving is a small scale industry in Kashmir. Further, the carpets  can be made in silk, wool or a combination of both.For instance ,the higher the knots/square inch in a carpet, the higher the price of the carpet.Further, silk carpets with higher knots are prized possessions and are typically passed down from one generation to another.In other words, they are heirloom products.

Souvenirs from India

Jaipur : Rajasthan Small cottage industries, Channi carpets and textiles pvt. Ltd., Jaipur boutique carpet

Valtino Textiles

Available at Delhi : NCE Oriental Rugs & Design shawls, Shaw Brothers,   Shiva Oriental Rugs
 Chennai : Best shops for Carpets in Chennai

Kolkata:  Kashmir Gift House

Pondicherry:  Treasure,  New Cottage Arts
Price Range – 6’ by 4’ silk on silk carpet will cost around Rs. 2,00,000.

3. Blue Pottery 

Blue pottery is a craft which traces its ancestry to the Mongol and Chinese techniques of glazing tiles.In other words, this was first introduced in India by the Mughals. However, the Indigo dye that is used lends itself to the name.For instance,this form of pottery is widely prevalent in Turkey today.  Above all,Persian motifs are used in making tiles, plates, cups as well as several other items in India.

Souvenirs from India

Available at Delhi :Rajasthali
Jaipur : Neerja International, Rajasthali, Kripal Kumb

Kolkata :  Rajasthan Govt. Handicraft Emporioum

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

4. Brass Handicrafts 

Firstly, brass is an alloy that is widely used to make decorative articles especially in South India.Therefore,they are light weight as compared to bronze. For instance, artists use brass to make traditional lamps and articles for religious purposes. In other words, they are typically used for everyday items. However, it will cost you Rs 400 for a small handicraft piece.

Available at Delhi :  Kairali Kerala state Handicrafts, Poompuhar Tamilnadu State Govt., Central Cottage Industries Emporium, Gangotri
Chennai: VTI, Giri Trading,  The Museum Company Srushti the handicrafts emporium
Bangalore:Cauvery Handicrafts Emporium

Available at Pondicherry:New cottage Arts, Geethanjali

5. Juttis (Jootis) and Mojaris 

Firstly juttis and mojaris, are closed footwear made from camel leather.  Further, they are widely used in the deserts of Rajasthan. Today,t hey are available in a variety of colours and designs. They are simple and uncomplicated footwear.In other words, young women pair juts with jeans, salwars and other fashionable dresses.Hence, juttis and Mojaris are considered fashionable footwear today.

Souvenirs from India

Available at Delhi :Fab India, Ramayana Retail, Rajasthali
Jaipur :Tourist shoes, FabIndia, Bapu bazar, Johri bazar
Chennai : Fabindia

Available at Pondicherry :Via Pondicherry

Price range – Rs. 800 –Rs. 1000/pair

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. In addition, 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.Above all, the making of bronze sculpture survives to this day in India in a place called Swamimalai. It is  near Kumbakonam in the State of Tamil Nadu. Paintings and sculptures are popular in India. Therefore,NRIS from abroad are keen to have a sculpture of Gods & goddesses such as Shiva, Parvathy, Lakshmi or the dancing Natraja.

Available at Delhi :Poompuhar Tamilnadu State Govt, Central Cottage Industries Emporium
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. Above all , they are  utilitaria.In addition, they assuredly add colour & aesthetics to the surroundings. For instance, 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
Chennai : The Museum Company Cottage industries exposition Ltd, Cottage Arts Emporium
Jaipur :-Rajasthan Small Scale, Saurashtra Impex
Price range – 5’by 3’ durrie will cost approx Rs. 6000-Rs. 8000/piece

8. Jaipuri Quilts

Similarly,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. These are some of the best souvenirs from India

Razai

Available at Delhi :Rajasthali, Anokhi,Good Earth

Jaipur :- Ocean Collection, soma , Ratan Textiles, Saurashtra impex, M. K textiles

Kolkata:Rajasthan Govt. Handicraft Emporioum

 Bangalore :Anokhi, Fabindia, Hometown, Goodearth

Chennai:Anokhi,Kilol and Rui

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

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

Available at Delhi:Gurjari
Janpath Street Shopping

Jaipur: Rajasthali
Saurashtra Impex

10. Lac Bangles

The bangles are attractive due to the vibrant colours and glass work. Stones and thread work are added by way of embellishments.

Lac Bangles

Price range – Rs. 500 for a dozen bangles

Available at Delhi : Hanuman Mandir – Bangle Market, Rajasthali, Dilli Haat, Jewelry Lane Street Shopping

Jaipur:Bapu Bazar, Johari Bazar,Manohar Fancy Churriwala in Bapu Bazar

Available at Bangalore: Yuvathi

11. Madhubani Paintings-Souvenirs from India

The Madhubani paintings are done in Mithila in Bihar. For instance, artists reproduce scenes from Indian mythology in a colourful manner in these paintings.Further, these paintings were originally done on the floor of the house and on mud walls. However ,today, it is done on canvas, cloth as well on paper.  Further,rice paste and natural dyes are used.  For example,traditionally, it was done with fingers or twigs. Therefore,Madhubani paintings have a distinct style. Further, there is a lot of emphasis on the eyes & there is no empty space in the canvas. This piece of art is certainly worth a buy.

Madhubani Painting

Available at Delhi:Dilli Haat
Bihar Emporioum, Central Cottage Industries, Kamala

12. Marble Inlay- Souvenirs from India

Colored stones are inlaid on a marble base to create amazing patterns & designs.For instance, The Taj Mahal is the most prominent example of this form of Indian handicraft. Besides, table tops, tiles and plates are some of the items on which Marble inlay work  is done.The State of Rajasthan and Agra in Uttar Pradesh are the main centers for this kind of inlay work.

Marble Inlay

Price range – Rs. 1000/set of plates.

 Further, it is available at Delhi: Rajasthali
Central Cottage Industries Emporium

Gangotri, Moh

Kamala

13. Miniature Paintings

Miniature paintings are hand made paintings depicting scenes from the Mughal era, or of Indian royalty.  For example, they are small in size. Therefore the name. For instance ,they are done on canvas or on paper. In fact,the miniature paintings take inspiration from the rock paintings from the Bhimbetka rock shelters and the Ajanta Caves. However,they were later influenced by Mughal miniatures.

Above all ,the palas of Bengal were the pioneers in this art. In addition, currently, Rajashtan State is where the art is taught in places such as Kishangarh, Bundi, Jaipur, Marwar & Mewar.

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

Available at Delhi:Gurjari,  Rajasthali

Kamala
Poonam Backliwal
Mehra Bros

Available at Jaipur:Dev Arts Jewels
Rajasthali

14. Puppets- Souvenirs from India

Puppets are definitely one of the oldest form of entertainment. They are nearly 1000 years old.Villagers and nomads retold mythology and spread historical stories with puppets. Kath means wood and putli means doll. Kathputli means puppets in Hindi. Above all, Folk tales and stories with puppets form the backdrop at village fairs and festivals in Rajasthan.The dolls are colorfully dressed in Rajasthani costumes. Price Range – Rs. 500 for a pair

Puppets

Available at Delhi : Dilli Haat
Rajasthali

Available at Jaipur :Bapu Bazar
Johari Bazar

15. Silver Jewellery

Firstly, there is an astonishing variety of popular  silver jewellery in India. For instance Jaipur is certainly one of the best places for silver jewellery in India. For example ,nose rings, bangles, as well as chains and  bracelets are among the popular silver items to shop in India.

Silver Jewellery

 In diction, it is available in Delhi  at Silofer, Arts KArat,, Dilli haat, Celestial, Dariba Kalan

 Chennai GRT  ,Kirtilals Jewellery

 Further, it is available at Jaipur :Johari Bazar, Dev Arts Jewels, Satguru Exports, Bhandari Jeweller, Silver Mountain, Kuber Tholia, 

Price range – wide range

16. Hanging Birds

They are basically small stuffed toys made of fabric with thread work as well as mirror work.Above all,the colours of the birds make it look very attractive indeed.

hanging bird

Available at Delhi: Dilli haat, Gurjari
Gurjari

Price range –Rs. 500 for a string of birds


17. Ayurvedic Personal Products

Ayurveda has become increasingly popular in the world, similar to  the popularity of Yoga. Both Ayurveda & Yoga are native to India.  For instance ,the emphasis is on holistic and natural health & wellness in both Ayurveda and Yoga.  However,Ayurvedic products do not contain chemicals.Above all ,they are made from natural herbs. Therefore, Ayurvedic skin products such as cleansers, moisturizers, skin softening creams, massage oils and hair vitalizers are very popular today. These are some of the best souvenirs from India

Souvenirs from India

Shanaz Hussain, Kama Ayurveda,Biotique Forest Essentials
Forest Essentials

18. Sandal Wood

Firstly, it is said to be the second most expensive wood in the world, after African blackwood. For instance ,sandalwood paste is prepared by grinding the sandalwood on a wooden slab. Further, it is integral to Hindu rituals and ceremonies.

In addition, the paste is also distributed to devotees, who apply it to their foreheads or the neck area and chest. Further, it has a  cooling & calming influence on the worshipper.For instance, both sandalwood and the sandalwood oil extracted therefrom have a distinctive fragrance. Figurines made of sandalwood are very expensive. Above all ,sandalwood figurines are absolutely beautiful.

Souvenirs from India

Available at DelhiPoompuhar

 Chennai :Cottage Industries Exposition
VTI

 Further, it is available at Bangalore :Cauvery Handicrafts Emporium

19. Tea

India is the 2nd largest producer of tea in the world. For instance, Darjeeling & Assam teas are quite popular all over the world.  Above all, It was the British East India Company  who was instrumental in the the large scale cultivation of tea in the North East. Further, they procured land from the local tribes, who owned the land in Assam. The Assam Tea Company started commercial production around 1840.

Souvenirs from India

 Further, it is available at Delhi Assam Emporium, Sancha Tea at Santushti Market, Sundar Nagar Market

20. Spices And Masalas

Finally, there is a long list of spices that are native to India. Spices are undoubtedly 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. ” Muziris disappeared, presumably because of a cataclysmic event, in 1341. However, the spice route and the spice trade in India were well established by then.

In other words, the readymade masalas made with the spices are popular in India. Further, the Madras curry powder, the chikan tikka masala, the butterchiken masala and fish masalas certainly add a distinct flavor to food.

Souvenirs from India

 In addition it is available at Delhi :-Dilli Haat,   Roopak Pvt. LtD,Price Range – Rs. 250 to Rs. 500 for ½ kg
In conclusion, if you are a visitor to India, be certain to pick up the beautiful souvenirs from India  the right shops. It will certainly be a source of joy.

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