Guest Author - Preena Deepak
If you are a shopping lover, then you are surely not going to be disappointed visiting India. The bright and colorful Indian Bazzars are stocked to the brim with ethnic Indian ware that is sure to captivate you, sending you on a shopping spree. Here is a glimpse of what you can carry home from India. Make sure you have place in your baggage for all you buy!
Garments / Textiles
India offers a wide range of clothes and dress materials for men, women and children. The sari which is the traditional Indian attire for women is available all over the country with each region offering its own special varieties. Other traditional clothes for women are salwar kameez, kurtis, lehengas and ghagra cholies. For men elegant kurtas which can be worn with pajamas, pathani suits and sherwani suits can be purchased. Each Indian state has its own special collection of children’s wear as well. Western wear is on sale in Indian markets at affordable prices. There are also a gamut of bed sheets, table covers, curtains and home furnishings in ethnic patterns to choose from.
Jewelry / Accessories
Jewelry and finery are part of Indian dressing and come in various sorts and sizes. Expensive gold and silver ornaments adorned with precious stones as well as glass and metal jewels in exquisite designs can be purchased in India. Other knick knacks like bags, hair accessories and perfumes are also available in plenty in several price ranges.
Food and Drink
Indian spices are world renowned and your trip to India is the best chance to buck up your supplies of exotic as well as common spices. India also has a variety of teas for you to choose from. Besides there are several packaged Indian sweets, savories and snacks to pick up and relish even after you leave the country.
On your tour of India you are sure to come upon some unique and fancy footwear with intricate bead, mirror or glass designs on them. These are great gifts and chic reminders of your Indian experience.
Arts and Crafts
India is a land of distinguished arts and crafts. Most of the historic locations you visit on your tour are sure to have art emporiums which showcase the best of Indian arts and crafts. Artifacts made with wood, stone and marble abound in these outlets and are well worth buying. Indian art pieces are also available in bazzars and shopping malls.
Your Indian shopping experience is sure to be a memorable one with loads to pack home. However, when you shop in India, always be wary of shrewd traders who are accustomed to hiking up prices for foreigners. If you shop in local bazzars, be sure to bargain as rates will be exorbitant.