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India is one of the most interesting, intense, beautiful and chaotic countries in the world, and a firm personal favourite of mine. When you arrive in India your senses will be overwhelmed with the fragrances and colours that surround you.
During your trip, you will have plenty of opportunities to shop. There are countless stores selling products made for tourists to take home. This guide is going to go through the best Indian souvenirs to take back home with you. These products are all made, produced and unique to India. The key to a good souvenir is making sure that it’s actually Indian because really what is the use in buying something in India that’s made in Thailand. It’s not unique and you may as well have gone to Thailand!
7 of the best Indian souvenirs to buy in India
1. Indian spices
India is known for its fragrant and flavourful food. There are so many great dishes to try while you’re in India, it can be overwhelming. It also depends on what region you are travelling to in terms of the different curries you will be eating. For example, in the south, the curries are more coconutty and fish is used more than if you were to get a curry in the north. Wherever you are you must check out the local stores to buy some Indian spices. The Indian spice stores carry a range of different flavours depending on what you like. You can usually get full curry mixes or each individual spice.
To learn more about the essential Indian Spices that you should consider purchasing while in India, read this fantastic beginners guide to Indian Spices by Scenic Luxury Cruises and Tours.
The south is famous for its world-class tea so it’s a great Indian souvenir to take back home with you. You can grab some beautiful mixes of tea. The most popular tea fields are in Kerala, in the south of India. You can find local Indian tea all around the country. The most famous tea which you will see throughout the country is chai. Chai is made from a mix of ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, sugar, cloves and served with milk.
You will notice stalls on all the streets with people selling chai. It’s usually very cheap and easily accessible. There’s also a high possibility that you will get addicted as I did because it’s just so delicious!
You will notice upon arrival to India that the women wear a lot of jewellery, from anklets, bracelets, nose rings, hair jewellery and necklaces. They wear it all and often all at once. You can find a lot of silver and gold jewellery for an extremely affordable price. If you want to buy jewellery, then I highly recommend buying it from India. My one advice is beware of scams. Quite often you will think you’re buying gold or silver, but it might be fake.
If the price is low, it’s probably too good to be true. Always check that the jewellery is hallmarked but be careful because some shops even fake the hallmark. The best way is to get personal recommendations from people who have brought from there before.
If you would like to get quality fabric such as silk, then look for the fabric shops tucked away in the alleys. There are a lot of great fabric stores around so if you would like some beautiful prints and colours then make sure you check out one of the many shops throughout India.
India is the land of saris, a women’s dress which is wrapped around the body. A sari is another great souvenir to bring back home. Although you may not wear it when your back you can always use it for something else!
5. Blue Pottery
In the blue city of Jodhpur, you can find the most beautiful blue pottery to match the surroundings. Jodhpur is known as the blue city as nearly all houses are painted in a bright blue colour. There are a lot of different theories including blue wards off the mosquitos, it keeps the houses cool in the summer, and even that it separates the casts as the wealthier people were thought to have lived in the blue city originally.
Not only can you find beautiful pottery plates and cups here but also door knobs, tiles and lamps.
6. Kutch embroidery
Throughout India, you will find plenty of examples of pillowcases, blankets, wall decorations and so on, with this Kutch embroidery. This is the perfect handmade gift and screams India! Kutch embroidery comes from the tribal community of the Kutch district in Gujarat. You can find this signature Indian handicraft all plenty of textiles in bright beautiful colours, and sometimes with small mirror objects or sequins embroidered into the textiles too.
7. Ayurvedic products
When visiting India, you must try an Ayurvedic massage. It’s relaxing, healthy for your body and a fantastic thing to do amongst the chaos of India. But there’s much more to Ayurvedic than just the massage. It’s a system of medicine and healing that has been practised for years not only in therapy but also for medical purposes too. They use ancient herbal compounds and minerals to help with different problems.
So, you will find a range of great products that you can take home with you for a variety of different things you may be suffering or not suffering from. These products make fantastic souvenirs because they are something you can use and not just keep on the shelf to stare at occasionally.
So, there are 7 fantastic Indian souvenirs that you can take back home with you to remind you of your incredible holiday to India! Make sure you leave a comment below and let me know of any other suggestions!
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