What Souvenirs To Buy In India?

Although we can make memories, we can’t sell or buy them. But, we can buy a reminder or a nice souvenir of those beautiful moments captured in our minds, to which we are the only owners, in our lifetime.

India is a very big country with more than a billion people living there with a very long tradition and history. Every part of India has something specific to offer that stands out from the rest of the areas.

A lot of nice colorful items that can bring to life any living space. There are so many products to choose from, to enjoy their beauty and the uniqueness of their form and traditional value. Here are some of them:

Madhubani Paintings

These kinds of traditional paintings can very much enrich your wall and warm up the room. Representing an ancient form of artistic expression, the paintings include bright colors, natural elements, and geometric patterns. The figures have eyes painted in a form of a fish and pointed noses. The various Hindu themes colorfully reflect the ancient art form such as nature, flora, and fauna as well as different aspects of the everyday life, dance, weddings and traditions, animals, and religion. You can find them in different sizes and shapes and are a great souvenir to bring home.

Pashmina Shawl

Available in various colors, patterns and designs, these fine cashmere woolen shawls are a luxurious Indian souvenir that comes from the soft undercoat of a cashmere goat. Goats from different regions give better or less soft fiber depending on their diet, location and other factors. The price range depending on the length of the fiber and the texture as well as of the process of production. All of this affects the look and quality of the final product. Pashmina is a very soft grade of cashmere wool  (derived from Persian meaning, made of wool). Although it may be a little bit pricey it’ll last very long, even decades if kept appropriately.

Indian Spices

One of the things that give that authenticity to the famous Indian cuisine and food are the spices. In fact, every meal except for the ingredients, in the most of the part differs by the mixture of spices that can be added to the recipe.  It would be very nice if you could bring to life those memories of the time spent in India when you get back home. Here are some of the most commonly used Indian spices to pick from to complete your spice box and share the taste of India: cardamom, clove, cassia bark, cumin, coriander, mustard seeds, saffron, turmeric, black pepper, fenugreek, nutmeg, and mace.

Indian Sari (Saree)

Indian Saree is a traditional dress of Hindu women. It’s a draped dress, created from a single piece of fabric 4-8 m long which can be wrapped around the body in a variety of ways. Men wear a version of the wrapped garment called a dhoti. Made of sheer wool or synthetic, one of the ways of wrapping would be around the waist, with one end draped over the shoulder, baring the midriff. The silk sarees from the city of Kanchipuram stand out from the others on the market for their quality and uniqueness and are most popular as well. The iconic saree clusters of India are listed under the Unesco Heritage List.

Indian Tea

As the world’s largest consumer of tea, in India tea is the most popular drink. India is the second largest producer of tea in the world after China. The most common types of Tea are Black tea, White tea, Green tea, Oolong tea and in India they are grown in Assam, Darjeeling, and Nilgiris. A wide variety of teas may be used to make a chai, a type of Indian tea, made especially by boiling the tea leaves with milk, sugar, and cardamom. Masala chai, for example, is a flavored tea made with black tea and a mixture of aromatic Indian spices and herbs such as cinnamon sticks, ground cloves, ginger, and black pepper.

Blue Pottery

The city of Jaipur is quite popular for the wide choice of blue pottery to be bought and brought home. This craft nurtured for generations requires the mix of quartz stone powder and powdered glass. There are so many useful things that can easily be fit in anyone’s home decor and are in the beautiful color of the ocean. Anything you can think of, from ashtrays to different plates and vases, can be found on the shells of the blue pottery stores.

Sandalwood Carvings

Sandalwood is the second most expensive wood in the world. Indian Sandalwood is very sacred in the Hindu religion and it is used for worshipping the God Shiva. Beautiful variety of wooden carvings can be found in India. Products such as boxes, ashtrays or small animals made of sandalwood and carved could be one wonderful souvenir for your home or your beloved ones.

Tanjore Paintings

Introducing the classical South Indian painting style with embossing, firstly developed in the town Thanjavur, hence the name Tanjore. They can be decorated with semi-precious stones, pieces of glass or pearls. A quite unique example of art, beautiful and tempting enough to buy at least one peace as a memory. Since the science says that elephants are the mammals with extraordinary capability of remembering things for a long time, there won’t be a better souvenir than one with a shape of an elephant or a painting that will certainly symbolize those memories from the visit of India for a long time. 

Ayurvedic Products

Ayurvedic medicine was developed in India, on the belief that human’s body well-being is dependable on that balance between the mind, body, and the spirit. Ayurvedic products and medicine have huge benefits for human’s health thus buying some of them will certainly be an excellent gift for the closest and dearest persons to you. Moreover, they are an excellent choice for a gift to be given to someone that enjoys the essence of the fine beauty products.