Monday, July 31, 2017
Srinagar, considered to be among the most beautiful cities of the country, has flourishing markets that one must visit to get a glimpse of local life and the Kashmiri culture. From saffron to shawls, Srinagar offers souvenirs that are cherished by all tourists.
Read on to know the top shopping destinations in Srinagar and what you can expect to find at each place in terms of their well-known products.
Kashmiri carpets are glorified across the world for their exquisite designs and outstanding craftsmanship. Badshah Chowk, in Srinagar, is filled with carpet stores that spoil visitors with their wide collections, which include customised orders. While carpets are the major highlight, you will also find beautifully embroidered salwar suits and Pashminas.
Lal Chowk is one of the most popular markets in the city as you can find a large variety of beautiful jewellery boxes, Pashmina handlooms, and various trinkets. The market is also famed for its items designed from the best quality walnut wood. Add a classic touch to your home with the special range of walnut wood interior décor items like intricate carvings, trays, nut bowls, frames, salad bowls and furniture. Those with a love for art can discover traditional Kashmiri paintings for sale.
Savour the best of nature’s offerings by visiting Residency Road. It is the best market in Srinagar for purchasing dry fruits and aromatic spices. Bargain for plenty of bulk purchases, from raisins, burzil and kagzi walnuts, dates, apricots, and figs, to cardamom, fennel seeds, pepper and cumin seeds. Apart from the food items, splurge on clothing, Kashmiri handicrafts, and ethnic Dogra jewellery.
Spare some leisure time while in Srinagar to pick gifts and souvenirs for everyone back home from the Polo View Market. The shops here are filled with plenty of Kashmiri specialties like Pashmina jamawars, carved jewellery boxes and walnut wood items. The highlight of the market is the outstanding range of papier-mache products, like statues, figurines, vases, and Christmas decorations.
Last but definitely not the least, one of the most unique experiences of Kashmir is the floating market on Dal Lake. An early morning visit to the market allows visitors to shop for the freshest collection of vegetables, fruits and flowers grown by the locals in and around the area.
With this long and attractive list of local markets selling Kashmiri goodies, be sure to make the time and budget for shopping while visiting the ethereal city of Srinagar.