India is a shopper's paradise without any doubt. With so much of variety and options, the shopper is always spoilt for choice when shopping here. While metros offer you the class and comfort of any international city with their malls and outlets, the local cities too are buzzed with small markets popular for local art and handicrafts.
However, there are some distinct shopping sites across the cities of India that are an absolute not-to-miss and should be explored whenever given the chance. These are:
Shopping in Mumbai
Whether it's the roadside flea market you wish to explore or international boutiques and brands, Mumbai has got it all. While Chor Bazaar ensures it provides everything from fancy outfits to utility items, government emporiums are a good bet for locally made handicrafts, clothes and articles.
Other highlights to visit would include Flora Fountain (for books), Zaveri Bazaar (for silver jewelry) and Linking Road market to witness the buzz and thrill of Mumbai.
Shopping in Delhi
Boasting of being more colourful than the rainbow, Delhi markets are a treat to watch for any traveller. Being the Capital city of India, there is hardly anything you'd not find here. From traditional to latest international trends, Delhi has it all.
While Delhi Haat and Craft Museum are good places to buy handicrafts, paintings and explore the diverse Indian cuisines; places like Palika Bazaar, Khan Market, Lajpat Nagar offer you that relaxed shopping experience for that fun time with friends. On the other hand, Connaught Place is the ultimate destination for locals/foreigners when in Delhi as it presents a mini picture of what Delhi is all about. Find mouth-watering eating experiences to swanky showrooms for that latest shopping.
If you're looking for some ethnic handicrafts and clothes by the local artists themselves, Central Cottage Industries Emporium is your best bet. For latest trends in fashion while being easy on the pocket, head straightaway to Janpath which is known as the fashion street of the city.
Hauz khas in south Delhi gives you lots of options in traditional Indian wear, gift items in terracotta, and antiques in metal and ceramic ware. Last but not the least, this precious experience locked in the narrow lanes of Old Delhi, is Chandni Chowk. Having an international popularity for its chaotic wholesale markets, sumptuous street food and amazing wedding clothes- the market offers all at an affordable price.
Shopping in Jaipur
The Pink City of India has more options in its kitty than you could probably explore. Jaipur is a vibrant city known for its artifacts, handicrafts, silver jewelry and folk art to name a few. Every corner has a local market buzzed with beautiful items in tie and dye art and marble prints. Other highlights on shoppers' list while in Jaipur are gems and handcrafted slip-on shoes called Jutis.
Shopping in Tamil Nadu
If Indian cotton and traditional silk items are what you wish for, Tamil Nadu is the place to be. The place is particularly popular for its bronze sculptures, ivory paintings, rosewood in lay work and of course, silk sarees.
Popular markets include Chennai, Poompuhar, Mahabalipuram and Mount Road.
Shopping in Goa
The local markets and fairs of Goa have an enchanting feel to them. The relaxed sandy beaches with shacks that are open until late hours make the ambience lively even at night. The popular markets here include Friday Market at Mapusa and Flea Market at Anjuna Beach.
Both the places offer everything under the sun from delectable cuisine to local Feni to leather, ceramic ware and other articles. Another place to shop from is Government of Goa Emporia where wooden articles, earthenware jars, wall hanging and similar items can be found. A marked specialty at Goa is the carved rosewood furniture.
Shopping in Kolkata
Another city with a rich cultural heritage, Kolkata has a lot of options when it comes to shopping. From leather goods to jewelry to handlooms, kolkata markets are buzzing with them. Popular ones include China Bazaar, Fancy Market, College Street, Chandani Market and Dakshinapan Market among others.
Shopping in Kashmir
Apart from being one of the most beautiful cities across the world, the local market of Kashmir offers some of the prettiest gifts for shoppers. Lal Chowk, Badshah Chowk in Srinagar and Tibetan Market in Leh are some of the most popular markets here.
Main highlights include Kashmiri handicrafts, Shawls (woollen stoles) made of exclusive Pashmina and Shahtoosh which are extremely popular, carpets, woodcrafts, papier-mache items, brass, copper and silverware, wall hangings with nakkashi work.
You can find all of this in private as well as public shops set up by the state government.
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