tips for shopping in India

Discussion in 'India' started by gullianirichi, Jun 22, 2010.

  1. gullianirichi

    gullianirichi New Member


    I was looking for tips for shopping in India and ideas on popular items most tourists pick up at an Indian bazaar? where is the best place to get genuine Indian carpets?
  2. Ruby

    Ruby Guest

    hi there,

    My main tip would be to pack light when traveling in India so you can bring back home as much as you can. Shopping in India is so cheap that you won't stop shopping for local items.

    Spices and Indian tea are very popular items to bring back home, as well as ,woodwork, pottery, and leather goods like handmade sandals, wallets, or handbags.

    For carpets, Darjeeling and Varanasi are popular places to find the famous Tibetan rugs as well as Persian rugs.

    On a final note, just like any flea market in the world, you need to remember to keep your own handbags and wallets secure while walking about.
  3. Chitra0987

    Chitra0987 New Member

    where can I find best handicrafts?? I cherish them most beacuse it keeps reminding you that no matter how much we advance, hand made things always have a special impotance attached to them.
  4. peterlee

    peterlee New Member

    shopping in India

    there is lots of things in India to carry back home but for a truly Indian souvenir, take home a sari, which are are really popular in the US. Saris are made from either cotton or silk so you can wear them anytime of the year.

    also don't forget to buy teas and spices, which are best bought in the main growing areas of Darjeeling, Assam and Kerala. If you don’t want to carry it around, buy it at Mittal’s in Delhi before you leave the country.
  5. gaurav467

    gaurav467 New Member

    shopping in India

    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 make sure you don't pay too much at India's markets.

    To get a feel for how much goods should cost, visit some fixed price stores first. In street markets, as a general rule, don't pay more than half the initial asking price of any items. Sometimes it's possible to pay less, especially if you buy more than one item.
  6. travellingslacker

    travellingslacker New Member

    local souvernirs and artefacts are very easily available everywhere in major tourist palces...
    but they norally quote very high price at the beginning... if you show no interest then they will autometically lower it...
  7. PamelaWalker

    PamelaWalker New Member

    You should be good enough in bargaining. It is must in India.
  8. shius-lie2

    shius-lie2 New Member

    buy saris in India

    saris are the things to shop for in India. You can pick up a cheap sari for only 150 rupees ($3.50), however you’ll need to be prepared to pay much more to get a quality item. Purchasing a beautiful sari in India is still inexpensive compared to Western prices though.
  9. keralahmart

    keralahmart New Member

    Go to Kashmir I guess there is the way where you can get all blanket and carpets
  10. shootandscore

    shootandscore New Member

    When travelling to India be sure to come with a light bag as you will find a lot of things worth buying. The gold jewellery of India is very famous due to intricate and delicate work on it. Hand ground spices are a must while shopping. The shops are loaded with hand-crafts and hand made rugs. Try to look for the shops that offer quality stuff at low rates. Bargaining also helps you save your pocket from unnecessary expenses.
  11. nigamrj

    nigamrj New Member

    In Delhi there are many popular shopping places.

    Connaught Place
    Chandni Chowk
    Dilli Haat
    South Extension
    Karol Bag
    Palika Bazaar
    Khan Market
    Sarojini Nagar
    Nehru Place
  12. allenparker

    allenparker New Member

    You can buy Bangles, Silk Sarees, Gold Ornaments, Paintings, handicraft items and much more. You can bargain the price and get the products for very cheap rate.
  13. rajeshbairathi

    rajeshbairathi New Member

    If you visit Jaipur in your India trip then you have to purchase handicraft items from Jaipur. This place worldwide famous for high quality art work and you can get various range of handicraft items such as wall hanging items, statues, animal sculpture, photo frames etc.
  14. devip

    devip New Member

    It really depends on which place are you shopping. But shopping in India will be a great experience as here you can enjoy street shopping as well as shopping for great brands.
  15. praveen2011

    praveen2011 New Member

    You just asked about tips for shopping in India. It is also notable that India is huge country so Please specify for which city you wanted to know.
  16. Wanderled

    Wanderled New Member

    Two essential things to know about shopping in India:
    1) ALWAYS barter - markets, stores, etc. It is a major aspect of the culture.
    2) When an India agrees to a price or essentially says "okay," they tilt their head to the side. This varies in exaggeration, speed, and motion throughout the country. It can be difficult to pick up on in some places, so be sure to stay observant.

    Safe and exhilarating travels,
    Sarah Waugaman
  17. ukinsurance

    ukinsurance New Member

    Well it depends on which place you are visiting, for example in New Delhi Sarojini Naidu Nagar is the place you should be headed towards. And remember to bargain and negotiate hard.

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