Pradesh, a region rich in culture and geography houses the great
river, Ganga and a number of pilgrimage centres. From the clad mountains
to the furtile plans of the Ganga, each place has its unique handicrafts
Agra the town that showcases the exotic Taj Mahal is known for
its every brassware, intricate wood arnings, carpets cotton rugs
called durries, leather goods as well as jewellery . Beautiful work
on marble ornated with coloured stones embedded in it, is a speciality
of this town Crafts Palace near the Mall, Sardar Bazaar and Taj
ganj near the Taj are the best places to shop. Beautiful replicas
of the Taj are available here too.
Benarasi Saris and the excellent silk brocades embroidered with
gold and silver immediately reminds us of Varanasi Chowk, godaulia,
golghar and Pilikothi are areas where you can find good silk. The
cotton industries exportion here, houses beautiful handicrafts of
this region.Sumptuous carpets called Bhadochi carpets and all kind
of musical instruments are also famous items from Varanasi.
Luknow's famous chikan work (shadeo work embroidered cloth) is
found at the well known gangatri government emporium and at the
chowk in Hazratganj. The chowk is also famous for its birds. Cock
- fighting is one of the best event held here. The Ammabad Bazaar
sells exquisite attar (Perfume or oils extracted from flowers).
The fascinating hill station of beautiful ceramic vases, carved
wooden items, brass statues of Hindu devtas are some of the most
interesting items available here. Nirankari Cottage Industries is
a shop where you can find this fabulous pices of crafts. Lodakhi
wool showls called Pashmina shawls are also famous here.
The palace which cradles the Ganga when it reaches the plains,
Haridwar is a place to shop for bamboo canes, cane baskets,brasswarl,
shawls, ayurvedic medicines and many more things. The most famous
shopper area is the Bara Bazaar.
The yoga capital of the world, Rishikesh called with the rich culture
of Hinduism is the best place to buy rudraskh mala. Herbal medicines
are available in plenty here, scriptural books and cassettes of
sacsed sayings and songs, shawls are other things you would find
Agra is famous for its marble inlays, leather goods and accessories.
Chikan work fabrics, which involve delicate yarn overlays, are also
available. Semi-precious and precious jewellry in ornate Mughal
style are ideal gifts to take home from Agra. The most common places
for shopping are the Taj Complex, Kinari Bazaar, Sanjay Palace and
Munro Road. Almost all the shops accept major credit cards.
Agra is also famous for the Zari and embroidery work, Stone inlay
work and durries. The main shopping areas include the Taj Mahal
complex, Kinari Bazaar, Raja Mandi, Sadar Bazaar. the Gangotri at
Taj Mahal Complex and the Up Handlooms, UPICA at the Sanjay place
are two UP Government emporiums.
The chikan work from Lucknow is famous all over the country . The
garments like Kurta, pajama and sarees are equally popular in foreign
countries and they are exported from Lucknow. The main markets for
the chikan work are the shops of Chowk, Aminabad, Nasirabad, Hazratganj
and Nishatganj. Janpath is also considered as one of the good and
big markets for chikan work but this market is closed on Sundays.
Chowk and Hazratganj is also closed on Sundays and Aminabad on Thursday.
Four Kilometers from the Charbag railway station is the Hazratganj
area which is always busy with shoppers. This is Lucknow's best
known markets. There are many famous shops like Royal cafe, Moti
Mahal, Marx Man, Kapoor hotel, Choudhary hotel which are overflowing
with customers. Lucknow is also famous for the China clay pottery
and coloured toys are in demand all over the nation. Other things
you can buy is Attar (traditional perfume).
The main shopping areas in the city are Hazratganj, Janpath, Aminabad,
Varanasi has been a centre of handicrafts, specially silk weaving
and banarasi sarees and fine quality brocade. Brassware, copperware,
wooden and clay toys, glass beads,splendid wall hangings, and exquisite
gold jewellery are some of the other craft the city is famous for.
The hand - knotted carpets of Mirzapur and musical instruments are
among the other shopping attractions.
Banaras is also famous for its Langda Aam, a variety
of mangoes available in the summer. Betel leaf is also a specialty.
The main shopping areas are Chowk, Vishwanath Gali, Thatheri bazaar,
Lahurabir, Godoulia , Dashswamedh Gali and Golghar.
Information on shopping in Uttar Pradesh - India