is still the recognizable "Shoppers' Paradise"
for enterprising bargain hunters. However, before you buy, it is
better to compare prices with the neighbouring shop. With tourists,
bargaining is almost a practice. Emporiums run by State Government
are a safe place to buy because the quality is standardised, the
UPS usually lower the prices fixed. Bargaining is the name of the
game almost everywhere else: Depending on the product, you may want
to offer one-third to two-thirds of the initial asking price and
haggle from there.
Among the good buys are fabrics (including silks), clothing
and shawls, paintings and prints, religious iconography,
dhurries, Oriental carpets, dolls, musical
instruments, tea, saffron, batiks, fossils
and items made of brass, wood, marble, copper,
bronze, jute, crystal, papier-mâché
and bamboo. Well-made souvenirs are available from most good
hotels, but for the real Indian buying experiences head for any
It's true (as you'll be told by gem dealers) that you can buy gems
to take home for profit, but you can get burned - only attempt it
if you know a lot about gems. It's usually best to avoid vendors
selling animal-derived objects - tiger skins, elephant
horns - because trade in most animal products is illegal. If
you are determined to purchase such merchandise, the Indian Tourist
Office strongly suggests that you insist on seeing the permit to
sell animal products and make sure to take a receipt.
If you see brand-name products in unexpected places (Gucci bags
or U.S.-brand candy bars offered by street vendors), they may not
be legitimate. Counterfeit and copycat goods abound.
Ensure that you are fully satisfied with your purchases and that
you obtain a proper receipt. Return of goods is not entertained,
even less, once you have returned to your country because Indian
customs have strict regulations against this. Should your shopping
weight be too much to accompany you by air, it can be sent as unaccompanied
Usually, Handicraft shops can also ships it to your address,
but insist on a comprehensive, insurance it is recommended that
expensive goods like carpets etc., be brought from established government
Any item more than 100 years old is classified as
an antique, and you will need an export license to take it home.
Except on antiques requires
prior permission of the archaeological survey of India which can
be arranged from the shop where you buy. Most shops that sell to
tourists welcome the major credit cards. Some even accept personal
Almost every locality has a complete market which starts operations
quite early in the morning, selling not only fresh food and groceries
but much more. Check out for some hot destinations to shop, in the
metro cities of India.
Poompuhar, Kairali, Purbashree Emporium, Central Cottage Industry,
Grand Sweets & Snacks, Pushpa Shoppe, Spencer & Co., Sharaz,
Sarala's, Firdusi, Vummidi Bangaru Jewellers, Prince Jewellers,
Nalli Chinnasami Chetty, Rasi Silk Emporium, Kumaran Silks.
R.M.C.A. Basak, Meera Basu, MP Jewellers, A.Tosh & Company,
Sen Bros, Toontooni, Kundahar, Ananda, Dhakeswari Bastralaya, Manjusha,
Prayadarshini, Kimbadanti, Benud Behari Dutt, Rajniklal's, Dolly's
Tea Shop, P.C.Chandra, B.Sirkar, K.C.Das, Bhatter, Ganguram.
Lavanya, Silver Tulip, Ikos, Nalini's, Once Upon a Time, Kanika,
Central Cottage Industries, Cosmique Shops Products, Boutique Guys
& Dolls Pvt. Ltd., Niki Mahajan, Noor Jahan, Saga Department
Stores, Handloom Emporium, Lacoste, Benetton, Nanz, Ebony, Van Huesen,
Bangalore: Art Works, Raga, Gallerie Lavelle, Cose Belle,
Sunny's, Sweet Chariot, KC Das, Shoppers Stop, Arrow, Raymond's,
Vanheusen, Allen Solly, Jean Machine, Thai Designs, Nallis, Deepam,
Vijaylakshmi, Karishma, Chickpet, Kids kemp, Kidsmart, Cauvery Emporium,
Basheerbagh, Nampally, Sultan Bazar, Sri Omprakash & Sons, Sh.
Om Jewellers, Vijay Pearls Dealers, Sri Ram Jwellery, P. Satyanarayanan
& Sons Jewllers, Boorugu Jewellers Pearls Dealers & Jewellers,
Krishna Pearls, Krishandas and company, Tibarunal & Sons, Meena
Mumbai: Ram-Nimi Bldg., Mandlik Road, Colaba, Oberai Shopping
Arcade, Crawford Market, Mohatta Market, Chor Bazaar.
Shopping Hours: Monday-Saturday 9:30 am-6 pm. In established
markets, shopping hours usually stretch on till night falls. Because
markets differ in which days they close, it's sometimes a good idea
to double-check with locals before going to one.
Banking Hours: Generally Monday-Friday 10 am-2 pm, Saturday
10 am-noon. Long lines are common, and you are often required to
stand in at least two lines for every transaction.
Information on shopping in Bharat Heritage - India