India has one of the fascinating, rich and diverse set of crafts, textiles and handicrafts.Tourists are always on the look out for buying interesting souvenirs from India and enquiring where to buy them from. They certainly don’t want to be quoted a ‘tourist’ rate. That is why, ShopKhoj has put together a list of 20 best souvenirs from India and the best shops to buy them from.
Here’s our list of Best 20 Souvenirs From India and where to buy them.
1. Pashmina Shawls
These are certainly the most wonderful shawls that you can buy in India. Pashmina is a special breed of Asian mountain goat. It produces the wool ‘Pashm’. The wool is extremely soft and light. Pashmina shawls are available in a variety of colours and with delicate hand embroidery. Further, a host of good shops offer pure pashmina stoles and shawls in different parts of the country. Take a look…
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. Additionally, silk carpets with higher knots are prized possessions and are typically passed down from one generation to another.
Available at Jaipur : Rajasthan Small cottage industries, Channi carpets and textiles pvt. Ltd., Jaipur boutique carpet and Valtino Textiles
3. Blue Pottery
Blue pottery is a craft which traces its ancestry to the Mongol and Chinese techniques of glazing tiles. This was first introduced in India by the Mughals. Moreover, the Indigo dye that is used lends itself to the name. This form of pottery is widely prevalent in Turkey today. Persian motifs are used in making tiles, plates, cups as well as several other items in India.
Available at Kolkata : Rajasthan Govt. Handicraft Emporioum
Price range – small square tiles will cost around Rs. 300/piece.
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. Moreover, artists use brass to make traditional lamps and articles for religious purposes. 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
Available at Chennai: VTI, Giri Trading, The Museum Company Srushti the handicrafts emporium
Available at Bangalore:Cauvery Handicrafts Emporium
5. Juttis (Jootis) and Mojaris
Talking about jottis and mojaris, these are closed footwear made from camel leather. Widely used in the deserts of Rajasthan, Juttis and Mojaris are considered fashionable footwear today.
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. 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. 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.
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
Dhurries are cotton floor coverings widely used in India. Apart from being utilitarian, they assuredly 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 Jaipur :-Rajasthan Small Sscale
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, 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, Fabindia, Hometown, Goodearth
Available at 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
Available at Jaipur: Rajasthali
10. Lac Bangles
The vibrant colours make these bangles extremely attractive. Stones and thread work are added by way of embellishments.
Price range – Rs. 500 for a dozen bangles
Available at Delhi :
Hanuman Mandir – Bangle Market
Jewelry Lane Street Shopping
Available at Jaipur:Bapu 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. Typically, artists reproduce scenes from Indian mythology in a colourful manner in these paintings.Further, these were originally done on the floor of the house and on mud walls. Today, it is done on canvas, cloth as well as paper. Rice paste and natural dyes are used. Traditionally it was done with fingers or twigs.
Madhubani paintings have a distinct style. Moreover, there is a lot of focus on the eyes & there is no empty space in the canvas.
12. Marble Inlay- Souvenirs from India
Colored stones are inlaid on a marble base to create amazing patterns & designs. 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 this is done.The State of Rajasthan and Agra in Uttar Pradesh are the main centers for this kind of inlay work.
Price range – Rs. 1000/set of plates.
Available at Delhi: Rajasthali
Central Cottage Industries Emporium
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 paintings take inspiration from the rock paintings from the Bhimbetka rock shelters and the Ajanta Caves. They were later influenced 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.
Price range – Rs. 1000 for a 1 by 1 painting.
Available at Jaipur:Dev Arts Jewels
14. Puppets- One of the Souvenirs from India
Kath means wood and putli means doll. Kathputli means puppet in Hindi. Folk tales and stories with puppets form the backdrop at village fairs and festivals in Rajasthan. It is certainly one of the oldest forms of entertainment –more than 1000 years old. The dolls are colorfully dressed in Rajasthani costumes. Price Range – Rs. 500 for a pair
Available at Delhi : Dilli Haat
15. Silver Jewellery- One of the Souvenirs from India
There is an astonishing variety of silver jewellery in India. Jaipur is certainly one of the best places for silver jewellery. Nose rings, bangles, as well as chains bracelets are among the popular silver items to hop for at various places in the country.
Price range – wide range
16. Hanging Birds
They are basically small stuffed toys made of fabric with thread work as well as mirror work. The colours of the birds make it look very attractive indeed.
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. Moreover, Ayurvedic skin products such as cleansers, moisturizers, skin softening creams, massage oils and hair vitalizers are very popular these days.
18. Sandal Wood
It is said to be the second most expensive wood in the world, after African blackwood. Sandalwood paste is prepared by grinding the sandalwood on another wooden slab. Further, it is integral to Hindu rituals and ceremonies.
The paste is also distributed to devotees, who apply it to their foreheads or the necks and chests. Moreover, it has a calming influence on the worshipper. Both sandalwood and the sandalwood oil extracted therefrom have a distinctive fragrance. Sandalwood figurines are absolutely beautiful.
Available at DelhiPoompuhar
Available at Bangalore :Cauvery Handicrafts Emporium
India is the 2nd largest producer of tea in the world. Darjeeling & Assam teas are quite popular all over the world. It was the British East India Company that commenced the large scale cultivation of tea in the North East. Furthermore, they procured land from the local tribes, who owned the land in Assam. The Assam Tea Company started commercial production around 1840.
20. Spices And Masalas
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. But the spice route and the spice trade in India were well established by then.
Today, 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.
Available at Delhi :-Dilli Haat, Roopak Pvt. LtD,
Price Range – Rs. 250 to Rs. 500 for ½ kg