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Best Local Products & Souvenirs in Varanasi

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In a city that is synonymous with the celebrated Banarasi Silk Sari, there is no dearth of shops selling this exquisite Indian garment worn by women across the country. Hira Silk Palace is one such example which is hard to miss owning to its prime location on the main Dasashwamedh Road. Not just pure silk, you can also pick up Baluchari, Jamdani, cotton and other interesting variations in a hue of colors to suit your taste. This shop manufactures its own sarees which makes it yet another reason to stop by. The well-informed staff will do their best to give you a quick lesson on the finer nuances of this elegant garment.

The Bed Silk and Pashmina is a treasure trove for the finest silk fabrics and clothing in the holy city. Found at Assi Ghat's Ganga Math, the fabric shop also stocks an exhaustive collection of cotton and pashmina shawls, cushion covers, and scarves. The attendants are extremely courteous and friendly, helping you in choosing the right product as per your needs.

Varanasi has long been associated with traditional wooden toys that are crafted and polished with lacquer, and of the best places to buy these is from the quaint Agrawal Toys Emporium which is in the same building as Sahi River View Guest House. The toys are more for center-table display than for kids to play with however, this does not act as a deterrent to families and kids who are equally intrigued. Souvenirs, CDs, cassettes, post cards and handicrafts are also on offer here. A good idea would be to visit the adjacent Harmony Book Shop later and then head to the breezy Assi Ghats steps for a sojourn.

Located in the middle of the 'Carpet City'-Bhadohi, Vishal Carpets has been manufacturing finest quality carpets ever since it was first set up in the year 1985. Made famous for their alluring patterns, designs and prints, all their products are intricately designed by skilled artisans. Popular varieties include hand-knotted, hand-woven and Tibbeti carpets, among others.

Rajan Silk Store serves as a city landmark, having been established a few decades ago. Made famous for its exhaustive collection of traditional Banaras sarees, dress materials, scarves and other fabrics, the store is owned by the country's renowned textile merchant Mr. Rajan Khanna. Be it the right ethnic outfit for a wedding or formal wear, Rajan Silk Store is sure to impress you with its diverse styles and designs.

Mehrotra Silk Factory has been a Varanasi tradition since the year 1992. This outlet of the silk emporium finds itself on a narrow lane close to the main railway station. The hole-in-the-wall silk boutique is a great place to shop for reasonably priced silk saris, scarves and other garments, all weaved from pure silk. The store stocks an elaborate selection of tailore-made apparel, beautifully diverse in fittings, patterns and designs.

Hugely popular for the skillfully crafted shawls, upholstery and scarves, Baba Black Sheep is a favorite destination of tourists in Varanasi. The silk here is woven with utmost care and precision; the owner often willfully offers to describe the tedious process. Neatly stacked in two sections the exquisite fabrics will charm you with a grand assortment of colors and design. A leading exporter of Pashmina (Cashmere wool) Shawls, this shop holds the privilege of being listed in popular travel books and magazines. Do visit for the impressive collection of genuine silk products.

Fabindia is a success story all the way; this Indian retail store which has opened outlets in Italy offers buyers quality even if the prices appear slightly inflated. Women can choose from capris, kurtas, dupattas, bags, stoles, skirts, pants and jewelry while men are not left behind with tunics, kurtas, churidars, jackets and shirts to take home. The colors here tend to be in pastel shades with a trademark light embroidery. Not just clothes but also home ware and wellness products like bed sheets, quilts, napkins, mats, curtains, sun screens, face scrubs, skin toners, shampoos and hair-conditioners are yours for the taking.

Maharani's Art Palace is a one-stop-shop for those looking to take home souvenirs and gifts from the unforgettable city of Varanasi. Choose from a range of vintage collectibles including ashtrays, candle-holders and pretty lanterns to light up your night. Wall-hangings, statues, art works, photo frames as well as home ware like dishes and bowls can be bought from here.

Visitors to India are fascinated by the endless pantheon of Gods in all forms, colors and sizes. Rajasthan Moorthi Kala Kendra caters to this fascination by letting you take home these deities in the form of marble and stone idols. Exquisite carvings are a signature with this shop, whose owners are from Jaipur - Capital city of Rajasthan (another must-visit Indian State). It's also possible to get names engraved onto the gift items. A visit to this quaint shop tucked away along Dasashwamedh Road is a must! Bargaining is possible.

This shop in Assi Ghat offers travelers a range of products to choose from, whether functional or simply souvenirs to take back. Herbal cosmetics, shawls, natural oils, spices, classical music, DVDs, teas, soaps, artifacts, textiles and books are sold at Wow India. Brands like Himalaya and Biotique are well-represented and have many takers as can be seen by the seemingly endless stocked shelves. Stop by sometime if you are looking for interesting and authentic gifts to take back home! Prices aren't too steep either.

Situated in the heart of the 'Carpet City', Ivory Rug Creation is a landmark store selling an exhaustive range of carpets. The boutique stocks both hand-made as well as machine-made rugs and features an interesting array of designs, colors and prints. Be it their hand-weaved wool carpets, intricately designed Nepali rugs or the brown jute-made carpets, all their products are equally popular in India and abroad.

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