In large, colorful and noisy India, merchants wait for customers at every corner. Here it is pretty difficult for tourists to make the right choice without affecting your wallet and bank account. The variety of goods is simply amazing: beautiful clothes in shopping malls, amusing things in flea markets, absolutely unique items in small, moderate shops. If you are going to visit India, you have to know what to buy and where to buy it. In the “South India Shopping Mall”, people will find a great variety of Indian clothing, mostly saris of all colors and types – from amazing expensive designer creations to some cheaper models, but the quality remains the same. There is also a great choice of jewelry, traditional men’s and children’s clothing influenced by Western trends. The “South India malls” are located in Bangalore, Nellore, Visakhapatnam, Hyderabad, Karimnagar, Vijayawada, and Guntur.
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“LuLu Mall” in Kochi is the largest shopping mall in India in terms of area. It has four floors, where you can find lots of things needed by customers like shops with modern clothes and shoes, accessories, underwear, home decor items, and electronics, as well as a hypermarket, restaurants, a skating rink, a cinema, a bowling alley and separate prayer rooms for women and men. Another popular shopping center “Phoenix MarketCity” is located in Mumbai, Pune, Chennai, and Bangalore. These are big malls where events for youth are often organized, for example, animecon and beauty festivals. You can find here lots of articles of famous brands, also some entertainment areas.
The “Anjuna” flea market in Anjuna was established in the year 1975. It opens every Wednesday and offers a choice of handcrafted jewelry, sculptures, clothing, fabrics, spices, tea and other goods that are brought here from Tibet, Kerala and other parts of India. You can have a meal here in the amazing cafe with a view of the beach and live music. In addition, you can find some tattoo artists here as well. In Kamalasagar is situated the Sunday “Border Haat” – a market located on the India-Bangladesh border. This is a unique place because different members of one family who have been separated by the two countries meet here. On the market, you can find lots of goods from both countries: cookies, pies and plastic furniture from Bangladesh, and saris, cosmetics, fruits from India. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
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Guests of Pune should visit the design studio and showroom of the shop “3F Design”, which sells unique and exclusive home and office items at affordable prices. Shop owners really do care about their customers and put some their hearts into their work. Visitors of Goa can visit the decor shop and boutique “Paper Boat Collective”. All products here are hand-crafted by Indian designers. Furniture, ceramics, fabrics, décor items, children’s clothes, art objects are some of the unique products that cannot be found anywhere else, so if you want to bring home something for your interior, it is necessary you visit this store. Beauty and originality are combined here with simplicity and functionality. These are important factors when it comes to a product that is supposed to be exposed to the public.
One of the shops that you must go to is “Amethyst” in Chennai. There is a great choice of designer clothes, ethnic decorations, accessories, home decor items here – you can find all this stuff on the second floor, where a bookstore is also sited. On the first floor, visitors will find a nice coffee shop where you can; drink coffee, tea, milkshake or juice, have a toast, ice cream, salad, pizza or sandwiches. This shop often hosts cultural events. A flower shop can be found here as well. “Starmark” in Kolkata (Calcutta) is a great place to buy books, souvenirs, toys, home fragrances, and music CDs.
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The market “Fashion Street” in Mumbai has almost 400 shops where you can find clothes, shoes, and jewelry. Here you can buy unique jewelry, high-quality bags, sportswear, and business suits. Goods are usually of good quality and you can strike a bargain. The choice of goods is truly amazing. Mumbai “Chor bazaar” (“Thieves Market”), located in the southern part of the city, is considered to be the oldest market in Mumbai (already 150 years old). There is a belief that if something was stolen from you in Mumbai, then you should look for it at the Chor Bazaar. In the past, stolen goods were actually sold here, and this is how the market got its name. Nevertheless, guests of Mumbai can now find here legitimately sold goods, from vintage watches and musical instruments to furniture and car spare parts.
If you want to take home a souvenir from India, you need to pay attention to different types of tea, bright silk saris, and sandals. Indian pickled vegetables are always very tasty, because of the spices used while pickling. Comfortable hand-made mojari is a type of traditional footwear that fits the feet perfectly. Gorgeous pashmina shawls will be a great gift. If you want to decorate your home, you can buy oil lamps, which will bring some splendor to your room. Carved objects such as vessels, figurines, stands, etc. are also great. As a gift for yourself, you can buy some jewelry: bright beads, bracelets, and rings.