Who says you cannot make your memories concrete or make them eternal? You can often render life to your memories in form of souvenirs.
One of the most significant aspects of any trip that you make is extracting out the most of it, which obviously happens in form of shopping for unique souvenirs. There is a reason why Rajasthan is the most coveted destination for travellers from not just India but from all across the globe. It is the land that boasts rich, thriving and ever growing handicraft industry. Every city, even the remotest hamlets have a trademark handicraft which is unique and exquisite in itself.
So when in Rajasthan, one must sharpen their bargaining skills and carry their shopper’s bag to plunder the riches that this wonderland has to offer.
The most sought after souvenir that almost each and every person who has ever visited Rajasthan has bought is the world famous Rajasthani jewellery, ornaments of various types often crafted in region specific ways form the largest chunk of Rajasthani Handicrafts that is in much hype. These ornaments are reasonable in price and do not cost you a fortune. Kundan jewellery, often custom made are a must have. Similarly there are many other forms such as the silver junk jewellery, which is in vogue these days. Bikaner is the hub for “Minakari” jewellery.
Lac bangles are a must have, as it speaks volumes about the Rajputana tradition. The traditional thewa jewellery from Chittaur is what you need to have in your shopper’s bag. Also famous are the enamel ornaments from Pratapgarh.
When in Rajasthan one cannot overlook the handcrafted and tantalizing carpets and durries. Each and every city is famous for its distinct type carpet production. Most of these are woven by hand by artisans hailing from families that have, for centuries engaged in the craft. Most of these carpets come in stunning designs with stories depicted on them.
Besides the durries and carpets, the Rajasthani and Jaipuri quilts are also a perfect gift for your friends and family. Jaipur boasts its thriving quilt markets producing quilts of each and every size in numerous prints and fabric.
Leather items such as Mojaris and juttis are a must have. These footwear often come with intricate embroidery and at times startling mirror work as well. Jaipur and Jodhpur have the best collection of juttis for each and every occasion and style.
For any art lover, who loves the warmth of gentle brush strokes and magnificence of colours, Rajasthan would be the lala land you cannot afford to miss. Traditional mural, paintings of deities, miniature paintings and engravings are just a few among plethora of other variants and designs.
The typical blue pottery with surreal designs are a must have for your next dinner party and tea party. The most sought after place to fetch your perfect design is in Jaipur.
Wooden furniture with traditional designs is one of the hallmarks of the Rajasthani craftsmanship and has set high standards all across the globe for its beautiful depictions and finery.
Wooden puppets ( Kathputli ) with cheerful clothing are just what you need to make any child happy. Rajasthani fabrics of various types especially the Chanderi silk and the Bandhani are found in almost every household in India and Make for a perfect souvenir.
So now that you have your shopping list ready, get ready to unleash the shopaholic in you in this land full of treasures and wonders.