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In a country as vast and diverse as India, souvenir shopping is both a delight and a dilemma! This is a land of stunning diversity, not only in its language, food and culture, but also its eye-popping range of creative work.  

For a dollar or less, you can take a beautiful piece of India back home with you

For a dollar or less, you can take a beautiful piece of India back home with you

For a dollar or less, you can take a beautiful piece of India back home with you. And every time you hold a handmade product, you’ll be sure to think of the country’s rich heritage. Often, city exhibition centres showcase artisans and craftsmen working on their creations, using paint, needle, clay and other such materials. These skills have been passed down over several generations, with the craftsmen living and working mostly in India’s villages. Bonus: when you pay for such products, you are supporting those who live by the skill of their hand.

If you’re in a major Indian city, look for government emporiums that house souvenirs and gift items from all over the country. In Mumbai, Kala Ghoda is your go-to place for souvenir shopping, while Dilli Haat is your one-stop shop for all kinds of souvenirs in Delhi.

Smart Tip: If you are buying several pieces at one shop, be sure to ask for a discount. You’re more than likely to land yourself a great bargain!

Here are some vibrant ideas for your one-dollar-or-less shopping list:

Odisha

Best known for its Pattachitra paintings and textiles, Odisha is also a great place for paper craft. So what if a large-size painting is too big for your suitcase or wallet; take home a colourful hand-painted fan. You can even turn it into a vibrant wall hanging that will be the envy of all your friends.

 Odisha Painted Fan under $1

Odisha Painted Fan under $1

Fact File Odisha

Location: Odisha

Official Language: Odia, English

Currency: Indian Rupee (INR)

Food & Drink: Dalma, Santula, Besara, Gulab Jamun, Rasmalai, etc

Time zone: IST (UTC+05:30)

West Bengal

The one word you always associate with Bengal is ‘grace’. Understated and classy, the state’s craft stands out for being intricate and exuding a subtle aesthetic appeal.  Leather is a specialty here, and no one can do embroidery better than the people of Bengal!

 West Bengal Wrist Band under $1

West Bengal Wrist Band under $1

 West Bengal Change Purse under $1

West Bengal Change Purse under $1

West Bengal Slipper Keyring under $1

West Bengal Slipper Keyring under $1

Fact File West Bengal

Location: West Bengal

Official Language: Benagli, English

Currency: Indian Rupee (INR)

Food & Drink: Meat, Cereal, Whole Goat Roasted, Whole Chicken Roasted, Jhal Muri, etc

Time zone: IST (UTC+05:30)

Rajasthan

Colourful handicraft items from the desert state, Rajasthan are very popular. They use a lot of wood, lac, paper and semi-precious stones, creating perfect keepsakes for your office desk and shelves back home.

$1 Keyrings from Rajasthan

$1 Keyrings from Rajasthan

$1 Rajasthan Mirror

$1 Rajasthan Mirror

$1 Rajasthan Pens

$1 Rajasthan Pens

Key rings make a fun and useful gift, and almost every state makes its own kind. So browse through and buy as many as you like!

Fact File Rajasthan

Location: Rajasthan

Official Language: English, Rajasthani, Marwari, Mewari

Currency: Indian Rupee (INR)

Food & Drink: Daal Baati Churma, Laal Maas, Gatte ki Khichdi, Lassi, etc

Time zone: IST (UTC+05:30)

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Nagaland

Composed largely of tribes that boast of centuries of skilled work, Nagaland is a treasure house of exotic souvenirs. Cane and bamboo are favourite materials, and the sheer range of hand-crafted masks, jugs, wind chimes and such will blow you away!

$5 Spear Nagaland

$5 Spear Nagaland

$5 Quirky Necklace Nagaland

$5 Quirky Necklace Nagaland

Fact File Nagaland

Location: Nagaland

Official Language: English

Currency: Indian Rupee (INR)

Food & Drink: Smoked pork, smoked beef, fish, etc

Time zone: IST (UTC+05:30)

Uttarakhand & Uttar Pradesh

Using jute, hemp and a sturdy local fibre called Rambaans, the people of this region create beautiful things for your home. While handcrafted baskets, trays and wall decorations are a specialty of the hills, Agra is famous for its woodwork, especially lovely stamp boxes, coasters and wall decorations.

Decorative Stamps under $5

Decorative Stamps under $5

Sheesham Wood Serving Bowl Set under $5

Sheesham Wood Serving Bowl Set under $5

Stone coasters in Agra

Stone coasters in Agra

Stone decoration in Agra

Stone decoration in Agra

Fact File Uttarakhand

Location: Uttarakhand

Official Language: Hindi, Sanskrit

Currency: Indian Rupee (INR)

Food & Drink: Phanu, Roti, Thechwani, etc

Time zone: IST (UTC+05:30)

Fact File Uttar Pradesh

Location: Uttar Pradesh

Official Language: Hindi, Urdu

Currency: Indian Rupee (INR)

Food & Drink: Parantha, Baati Chhoka, Chhole Bhature, Gurahi Sherbat, Lassi

Time zone: IST (UTC+05:30)

If these pretty and artsy artifacts didn’t lure you enough to travel to these places, we have more in store for you. Stay tuned!

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  1. souvenirpapa
    March 30, 20:26 souvenirpapa

    Thanks for sharing amazing article with us! Yes that souvenirs are also unique and cheap in price! souvenirs items are really good to give present to our loved one!

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