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.

Madhubani paintings

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

Silk saris

Made with intensive labour and brilliant handwork, silk saris are both a unique piece of Indian culture and luxurious souvenir to take back. The woven mementos can be easily found in Nalli Saree at South Extension II and Connaught Place.

Nalli Silk Sarees, D-2, Block E, South Extension Part II, New Delhi, India, +91 11 2462 9926

Indian tea

Various tea blends, brewed to perfection with herbs and spices like cardamom and cloves, represent the essence of India in a fine range of unique flavours. Try different varieties during your stay and take the ones you like as enjoyable tokens of India. The best place to source a vast range of tea is Aap ki Pasand Tea Boutique.

Aap ki Pasand Tea Boutique, 15 Netaji Subhash Marg, Darya Ganj, New Delhi, India, +91 11 2326 0373

Indian pickle

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.

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Handicraft puppets

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

Pashmina shawl

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

Indian spice box

Anyone in the world can vouch that the variety and quality of spices found in India are close to perfection. An Indian spice box captures the pure essence of India and is one of the best souvenirs to bring back home. A sectioned box with a huge range of spices cam be easily prepared at Mehar Chand & Sons.

Mehar Chand & Sons, 6535 Khari Baoli Rd, Chandni Chowk, New Delhi, India, +91 11 2395 8801

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

Traditional showpieces

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.

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Traditional oil lamps

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.

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