11 Uniquely Indian Souvenirs and Where to Buy Them in New Delhi
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No need to travel the whole country to take a unique piece of India back home. New Delhi’s lanes and markets offer the most eclectic souvenirs that represent the essence of India.
Beautiful pieces of intricate art, Madhubani paintings are an ideal way to adorn a home with Indian patterns, art work and colours. The pictorial representations of various Hindu themes – from Lord Krishna dance scenes to village landscapes – make for unique and manageable souvenirs, and they are available at Dastkar Mela at Anuvrat Marg.
Dastkar, Nature Bazaar, Anuvrat Marg, New Delhi, India, +91 11 2680 8633
A unique blend of spices and flavours, a jar of āchār (pickles) is an Indian souvenir that leaves pleasant memories for your palate. Rich in flavours, pickle is eaten in small quantities as a side with Indian flatbread and curries. This particular memento can be easily found in any general store of New Delhi.
Lemon Pickle | © Miansari66/ Wikimedia.org
Ethnic home décor pieces like traditional puppets can be easily found at Dilli (Dehli) Haat in New Delhi. Typically tassel décor, the puppets are a unique and colorful way to bring back a piece of India home. Used in the past as folk entertainment mediums, the string puppets are a vibrant aspect of Indian culture and an encouraged purchase.
Delhi Haat, West Kidwai Nagar, Near INA Metro Station, New Delhi, India, +91 11 2611 9055
Fine cashmere wool is a luxurious Indian souvenir with a rich past and present. Available in various colours, the scarf looks equally good with Indian and western attires. Original pashmina shawls can be found at AHUJASONS in South Extension Market, and more affordable variations are at Lajpat Nagar Market.
AHUJASONS, E20, Block E, South Extension II, New Delhi, India, +91 11 4134 5200
Dibbis (small boxes) with inlaid or patterned lids
Handicraft boxes in India are both popular and beautiful. The inlay work, enamel paint work, and pattern work lid boxes are treasured souvenirs that can be easily discovered in Janpath Market. Found in various sizes for storage and décor purposes, these lid boxes show skilled craftsmanship and details.
Masjid Janpath Market, 59 Janpath Rd, Connaught Place, New Delhi, India
Traditional silver jewellery
The small streets of Dariba in Chandni Chowk are filled with silver jewelry in an extensive range of intricate patterns, oxidized finishes and beautiful designs. With styles varying from trendy to conservative, traditional silver jewellery from Dariba is a unique souvenir to bring home.
Dariba Kalan Road, Sangatrashan St, New Delhi, India
Available at Dilli Haat and various emporiums in Connaught Place, Indian showpieces are one of the most treasured souvenirs. From worshipping idols to other crafted designs, these unique décor pieces are mementos that will enhance the beauty of your or your friend’s home.
Showpiece | Pexels / Pixabay
Found in different designs, shapes, and sizes, traditional oil lamps are unique gifting and keepsake options from India. Head to Janpath Market to illuminate your home and décor with these souvenirs.
Traditional Oil Lamp | © Deepeshmd/ Wikimedia.org