Shopping is a welcoming affair, especially if you are on a tour to a holiday destination. The indigenous items of a particular place always hold a special place of interest and admiration amongst the tourists. Be it a trinket for your child or a souvenir for a friend, shopping adds to the excitement of the trip. While in Madhya Pradesh, you can shop to your heart’s content. The various cities of the state charm you with the many exotic and distinctive items they offer. Moreover, from colorful bazaars to exclusive shopping malls, you can pick your like in the various places of the state.
One of the most important items that should grab the topmost ranking in your shopping list is the traditional handicraft of MP. In fact, the high-quality textile products of Madhya Pradesh are famous throughout India. Get amazed as you witness the tradition of the state pulsate with life, in the form of its colorful Chanderi and Maheshwari saris, intrinsic handiworks Chanderi and Maheshwar residents. Textured in fine silk and cotton, the sheer artistry and complementary colors of these saris make them covetous items of every Indian woman’s dream. You can also pick various items adorned with ‘Zari’ work.
Another destination in the state that promises shopping extravaganza is Gwalior. The colorful bazaars of the place are perhaps the oldest in Madhya Pradesh. In these antique shops, you can find some exclusive and authentic traditional items, doused in royal flavor. Shops near Rajwara, Laskar and Patankar Bazaar of the city are a rage amongst the tourists. You can pick various items like lacquer ware, dolls, hand-woven carpets and saris, wall hangings and tribal jewelry there. If you want to shop for good quality Chanderi saris, just go to the Chowk at Bara, in Gwalior city.
The Chowk and the New Market in Bhopal are also shopper’s paradise. Richly embroidered bags (in gold and silver thread) and dress materials in tussar and other raw silks are hot-favorites of the region. Maheshwari and Chanderi saris are stacked in almost all the fabric shops in Bhopal. While in Indore, you can explore various items that include typical bangles and jewelry, wood-carved products, brocade and zari works, papier mache articles, terracotta products, tribal mementos and wooden objects. MT Market, Jail Road, Top Khana, Bara Sarafa, Chhota Sarafa and Rajwara are some places to check out.
While on a trip to Madhya Pradesh, shopping in Jabalpur has its own charm. The lively streets and narrow alleys of the city are dotted with various shops that present a heady collage of items like stuffed toys, jute crafts, silverware, brassware, saris and dress materials featuring delicate zardozi needlework. Government emporia, named Mriganayani, display handicrafts from the various Indian states and are the best places to shop here. Nevertheless, the most preferred souvenir amongst tourists is the miniature stone-carved replicas of the erotic sculptures in Khajuraho. They display great flexibility of imagination. If you are looking for souvenirs to take back, these are of course the best bet.