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Varanasi Shopping

Varanasi Shopping

Introduction
Varanasi shopping is a popular tourism activity. It is also taken as part of Varanasi tourism. Benaras is not just an iconic, ancient and historic tourism destination of India but is also a huge hub, epicenter and production town of art, crafts, handicrafts, Music, literature and clothes. The wonderful smalls scale industries groove up the down town small lanes markets of Gowdowliya, Lalapura and Madanpura in Varanasi. It not only draws you into cozy shops but forces you to discover the immense variety of so many diverse items, instruments, clothing, decorative pieces of today, yesterday and yesteryear that you may feel as if there is strong force of diversity of culture that is pulling you, inviting you to explore its huge inner-self. Once you may happen to enter the matrix of streets, there is no escape of yours without being wanting to purchase a few glittery Banarasi sarees, art and craft items, some fabulous pieces of musical instruments, decorative items and souvenirs. The hand-woven saris, handcrafted clothing's etc are just a small aspect of great shopping scope present in Varanasi. Here one more popular shopping item is handmade carpets of Varanasi. These carpets are manufactures in nearby regions of Varanasi and city provides a platform to sell them to buyers from world. Few of the majorly available items in markets of Varanasi waiting to amaze you and make you happily spend your money for them are given below under sub headings.

Banarsi Sarees
Another famous item in the variety of items to shop in Varanasi is the one called as Banarsi Saree. You can roam around the market and you will find plenty of shops with best of quality containing clothing, Sarees, garments etc which for sure won't let you walk by without wanting to buy. The banarsi Saris are world famous female wear which not just Indian women but even foreign women love to purchase, wear and possess even a collection of them. Once you enter any shop, the shopkeeper will greet you, welcome you and offer you best of stock possessed by him in his shop related to not only Banarasi saris but also other traditional Banarasi clothing as well. A shop by name of Jaharlal & Pannalal is one of the oldest establishments in the busy Gowdowliya market which deal in Saris, Clothing and Garment wears. There are some small scale manufactures of Sarees which also have retail outlets and shops. Few such outlets are near Manikarnika Ghat, close to Kashi Vishwanath Temple. The brocade work of Gold and silver on Saris and other clothing along with intricate designs on hand woven pure silk, organza, georgette and shatter etc in its finest possible quality is available in the weaving and clothing industry of Varanasi. If you even need a custom made Sari or specific type of traditional clothing for some occasion, both for male or female, the Varanasi clothing sector has a solution for you. Before purchasing a Banarasi Sare, you can ask the shopkeeper where you are visiting to purchase the Sari to perform the famous 'ring test' which is done to check and analyze the quality of silk used in making that Sari. Pure silk has the quality of smoothness, exquisiteness, fine lining like structure finish with absolutely no where single break in Sari lining. In this test, a whole sari is passed through a small ring. If the sari, after few folds successfully passes the ring, it contains pure silk or it is pure silk made. If it doesn't, it has adulteration of pure silk. Shopping lovers will for sure love this experience. Also, you may look out for hand-knotted carpets and shawls from Mirzapur which are also available in Varanasi markets.

Book Shops
If you are a book lover, reading hobby holder then you can find exclusive books on Varanasi, Hinduism, yoga and the usual best sellers at this hugely famous landmark bookshop called Harmony on Assi Ghat. This is the only place in the city where you can get your hands on the famous books and texted documentaries which are related by many old veteran Indian as well as Foreign Authors. If you are looking for something specific, the owner will be more than happy to order it for you and courier it to you later. Another bookshop that is worth a visit is City Book Shop near Gowdowliya.

Musical Instruments
It is very common in the streets of Varanasi to hear the strains, the music and the playing of traditional Indian music instruments like sitar, shehnai or the beats of a tabla. Varanasi has been the year's old home of Legends of traditional music maestros, composers of India like Bismillah Khan and Pandit Ravi Shankar who got world famous for their talents. It was because of the talent of these Legends, that Varanasi music industry got empowerment and a boom. Music lovers of classical Indian Music began coming from world over to Varanasi to learn the music, learn to play instruments like these. Their music composition also attracted Singing and various legends of Indian classical singers also emerged from Varanasi resulting in the formation of Sangeet Gharanas i.e music family clans of a certain type. Every different classical music genre got a different Gharana named after Banaras. Classical dance industry also flourished and produced famous classical singers, dancers, performers. Nevertheless, the city is famous for handmade instruments. You can find several shops containing different classical music instruments available for purchase along Bengali Tola.

Brassware
Varanasi is also famous at national and global level for a cluster of different varieties of brass, clay and copperware products which are often used for temple and small large religious Hindu ceremonies but also can be good household items to purchase and brought to home. The 'kamandalam' or brass water pot used by saints is often a popular pick, among other bric-a-bracs to carry holy, enchanted water. Kalsis, Aartis, Pooja Thals etc are also manufactured here. The influx of pilgrims in the city ensures that the streets close to the temples are lined with these products.

Sovenirs
Visiting any worth tourism place like Varanasi is an enchanted, exquisite, fabulous experience and no tourism is complete without purchasing Souvenirs as remembrance objects/products. So, you can browse the markets for different miscellaneous items in the form of tee shirts, post-cards, kurtas, pants, skirts, scarves, stalls etc. Marble and brass statues, pillow covers, tie and dye products, chillams and jewellery are other options that make for great souvenirs that will help you remember this forest of bliss, this city of eternal lights forever. It is advised by us to our clients/customers to have good bargaining skills before purchasing items here as such these items here in this market can be many times over priced and presented to you with an aim to extract maximum money from you. So, a precautionary approach would be nice to have.

Carpets
Carpets are another popular shopping item that we can purchase during Varanasi city tour. While doing Varanasi shopping, we can visit to various carpet shops who exclusively sells carpets of various design, size, weight & materials. Banaras and its nearby areas are well known for carpet making. Here belt of Varanasi - Bhadohi - Mirzapur are popular for carpet making and fulfills need of carpets in Indian market. These carpets are artistically designed with tantalizing color combinations, long lasting material, generates feel of comfort. These carpets not only sold in Indian market but also exported to different countries Europe, Middle East of Asia region. Handmade carpets of Varanasi are very popular and demanded by buyers. Tourists are required to just visit the showroom and place their order with address. Showroom arrange the parcel facility and carpet reaches their home.

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