India is a shopper's paradise. You'll find everything from clothes to ceramics, and metal work to musical instruments. The only problem is how to get all your purchases back home! Read on to discover what to buy and where to shop 'til you drop.
Each region in India tends to specialize in a particular industry that's been handed down over generations. Here's a state by state guide as to what to shop for in India.
The ancient and exotic sari, India's traditional national dress for women, has withstood the test of time and is now over 5,000 years old. For those who've never put one on, a sari can be a bit of a mystery with its many pleats and folds. However, a visit to India wouldn't be complete without at least trying one! This information will help you with your buying an Indian sari. Bargaining is a very important, and even expected, part of shopping at markets in India. Here's the best way to go about it to ensure you get a good price.
Delhi : Some of the best bargain shopping in Delhi can be found in Paharganj. Many of the shops in Paharganj also deal in wholesale and export to foreign countries, making it a good place to come and hunt out unique and inexpensive goods to import back home. This walking tour of Paharganj's Main Bazaar will show you what's on offer.
Mumbai : These days, Mumbai is known more for its designer shops and malls than its markets. However, if you're after a bargain or some interesting souvenirs to take back home, you won't be disappointed. There's great shopping to found at these Mumbai markets.
Mumbai is the style capital of India. Trendy Bandra is a well known shopping haven and locals flock to Hill Road and Linking Road to spend their cash on the latest fashions. This walking tour of Bandra will show you the best places to shop for clothes, accessories, jewelry, shoes, and bags.
Kolkata : Shopping in Kolkata can be great fun as the city is filled with markets bursting with interesting goods. Popular purchases include saris, handicrafts, and terracotta items. If you bargain well, you'll get some great deals. Simply put, New Market is a Kolkata shopping institution. It has over 2000 stalls selling everything from clothes to cheese. New Market can be crowded and chaotic but if you're after a bargain, or even just an incredible experience, it's not to be missed.