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The Indian Essence: Unique Unmissable Souvenirs You Should Purchase When Visiting India

India stands for diversity – a country with an expansive culture that is worth exploring and experiencing.

Owing to India’s diverse culture, souvenirs and trinkets have gained worldwide popularity. Whether you are looking for jewellery, clothing, artwork, spices, or shoes, you can find everything in India. Souvenir hunting for personal use and gifting purposes will always remain an indispensable part of travelling. While in India, you should consider bringing home some of the following items as souvenirs for your loved ones.

Pashmina Shawls

Pashmina is made out of wool obtained from three types of Pashmina goats producing the fine quality wool called ‘Pashm.’ The wool is incredibly light and soft. In Kashmir’s Pashmina region, this superior quality wool is produced, and ‘Pashmina’ literally translates to “soft gold” in the local language. These shawls are expensive but also valuable gift items from India. You can find Pashmina shawls in many colours, embroidered with delicate hand-made patterns.

Indian Tea

Would you not like to introduce your family and friends back home to the strong, aromatic, and flavorful taste of Indian tea? Do not forget to purchase some freshly packaged, aromatic tea leaves while visiting the famous tea plantations of Darjeeling, Assam, Kerala, or Karnataka.

Brocades

The holy city of Varanasi is not just famous for its religious and spiritual legacy but is also popular for its woven gossamer cotton. The textile artisans of Varanasi skillfully weave silk with silver and gold thread, creating embellishing materials and ornate brocades with elegant floral motifs. In this holy city of India, you will find brocades decorated with motifs of lotus, flames, clouds, and much more. If you wish to buy something tailor-made, you can get fabrics of your choice and ask a local tailor to craft them as per your desire.

Sarees and Kurtas

When thinking of Indian culture, the first thing that pops into our heads is Indian attire. Kurtas and sarees are globally recognized and associated with Indian culture and require no introduction. But in India, you will be overwhelmed by the variety of sarees and kurtas you can find in terms of design and fabric. For saree, Tamil Nadu’s Kanjeevaram is famous, or you can get Bandhani, and Patola sarees from Gujarat, Banarasi from Varanasi, Mysore Silk from Karnataka’s Mysore, Chanderi saree from Madhya Pradesh, and the list goes on.

Terracotta Pottery

Terracotta refers to unglazed earthenware and ceramic sculpture. The various tribal communities of Chhattisgarh are skilled at making terracotta pottery, and this art deserves global recognition. West Bengal’s Bishnupur is another place known for its terracotta items, and they make excellent souvenirs.

Apart from what we have mentioned above, you may also purchase Kolhapuri chappals, Jaipur blue pottery, Kullu topi (hat), Kutch embroidery, Budithi brassware, and much more.

Satavisha

Satavisha hails from the city of joy, Kolkata. She took up writing as my profession amid the pandemic when the world was at a standstill. Here, she acquired a balance between her passion for writing and sharing various ideas and facts through her stories.
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