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Shopping in Kashmir

Shopping in Kashmir is a truly an overwhelming and delightful experience. The amazing handicrafts of the valley of Kashmir truly match its scenic beauty. A tour to Kashmir will leave you mesmerized not only with the beauty of the state, but also with its remarkable arts and crafts. A reflection of the colorful life of the Kashmiris, Kashmiri handicrafts are usually made by the women folk of the family. Srinagar Shopping will be an unusual experience for you, as shopping here doesn't involve roaming around swanky malls or boutiques to buy your coveted item. In fact, Srinagar boasts of a plethora of indigenous products that are Srinagar's own, found nowhere else in the world.
Some of the things Srinagar takes pride in are carpets, shawls, wood carved furniture, papier mache and dry fruits. Lal Chowk, Badhshah Chowk,Polo View, Vir Marg, Raghunath Bazaar and Hari Market are some of the best places for shopping.
What to Buy?
Shopping in Srinagar will be exciting. There are so many things to buy in the Srinagar market. Srinagar is a treasure trove of handicraft articles. Below is a comprehensive list of what to buy while out shopping in Srinagar.

Papier Mache:
Papier mache products are very popular in Srinagar. Some of the products intricately designed in silver and gold are quite expensive. A large number of papier mache products, including pen stands, trinket boxes, cigarette cases, candles and vases are among the most popular buys of Srinagar.

Hazratbal in Srinagar is famous for baskets.Surprisingly strong, xwicker baskets can be used as picsnic hampers, lampshades, and glass holders for holding hot tea, work baskets, even packing cases which can be sent unaccompanied by road.

Kashmir shawlsare mainly of three types- wool, pashmina and shahtoosh.They differ on the basis of the fabric used to make them.Pashmina shawls are very expensive, with prices ranging from $200 to $1,000 and more.Some shawls have gold zari embroideryworked on them in hook work are highly prized.

Carpets: Carpets are both machine and hand made and depending on the intricacy of the design, the price is fixed.The handmade carpets of Kashmir are famous throughout the world. Though Kashmiri carpets are quite expensive,they are a worthwhile lifelong investment. Apart from being always handmade, another quality of Kashmir carpets is that they are always knotted, never tufted.

Wooden Work: Markets in Badhshah Chawk and Polo View are best for wooden carved furniture.The exquisite woodcarvings are proof of the skill and talent of the traditional craftsmen of Kashmir.

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