Hidden Shopping Gems in India: Where to Find the Best Deals

Explore India's top attractions and best shopping spots with tailored holiday packages from Thompsons Holidays. 

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Thinking about a holiday package to India? You’re in for a treat! India is not just a destination; it’s a journey through time, culture, and vibrant experiences. But let’s talk about one aspect that often gets overshadowed by the majestic palaces and exotic beaches – shopping! Get ready to uncover hidden gems and secret spots across India, where every purchase tells a story. 

What is Shopping Like in India? 

Shopping in India is an adventure in its own right. It's an engaging mix of traditional and modern, offering everything from handcrafted artefacts to cutting-edge fashion. The country's bustling markets and quiet, off-the-beaten-path shops are places where bargaining is the norm and finding a unique treasure is part of the fun. Here, shopping isn't just a transaction; it's an interaction – a way to connect with locals and understand the essence of their craftsmanship and way of life.  

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Which City in India is Best for Clothes Shopping? 

For those who have a keen eye for fashion, Mumbai is your go-to destination. Known as the fashion capital of India, Mumbai offers a range of shopping experiences from high-end designer labels in posh boutiques to trendy street fashions in local markets. Whether it's traditional wear like sarees and kurtas or contemporary outfits, Mumbai’s shops cater to every style and budget. 

How Much Money Do You Need to Shop in India? 

The beauty of shopping in India is that it caters to every budget. Whether you have a few hundred rupees or thousands, there’s something for everyone. Street markets like Delhi’s Sarojini Nagar or Kolkata’s New Market are perfect for grabbing bargains on clothes, accessories, and home decor. Conversely, luxury seekers can splurge in designer boutiques found in Mumbai and Delhi 

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Discovering Hidden Gems and Secret Spots 

Beyond the well-known markets, India is dotted with hidden shopping destinations that often go unnoticed by the typical tourist. For instance, the bylanes of Jaipur’s old city harbour artisans who specialise in block-printed textiles, are a perfect takeaway for decor enthusiasts. In Chennai, the bustling Mylapore neighbourhood offers exquisite South Indian jewellery and silk sarees, while the Sunday Book Market at Daryaganj, Delhi, is a haven for bibliophiles seeking rare editions and vintage finds. 

Top Places to Visit in India 

While shopping can be a major highlight, India’s attractions encompass an array of breathtaking sites and culturally rich experiences. The number one tourist attraction is undoubtedly the Taj Mahal, an iconic symbol of love known worldwide for its stunning beauty. But there’s more to see, including: 

  • India Gate, New Delhi: An iconic landmark, India Gate stands as a powerful tribute to the soldiers who died during World War I. This imposing structure is not only a significant historical site but also a popular gathering place for locals and tourists alike. 
  • Lotus Temple, New Delhi: Known for its flowerlike architecture, the Lotus Temple is a serene place of worship that welcomes all visitors, regardless of their religious beliefs. 
  • Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus, Mumbai: A historic railway station and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this architectural marvel stands as a symbol of the colonial era and the bustling spirit of Mumbai. 
  • Mysore Palace, Mysore: Discover the opulent and intricate architecture of the Mysore Palace, which lights up in a dazzling display every Sunday night. 
  • Backwaters of Kerala: Drift peacefully along the lush, palm-fringed backwaters of Kerala in a traditional houseboat, a tranquil escape from the outside world. 

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Thompsons Holidays: Your Gateway to a Memorable Indian Holiday 

Whether you're keen to visit India's top attractions or are looking for a specialised India holiday shopping experience, we've got a travel package that’s perfect for you. With Thompsons Holidays, your trip to India is made easy, offering everything from iconic landmarks to unique shopping adventures. Remember, a trip to India is more than just a visit – it's an immersive experience. So, pack your bags and prepare for an unforgettable journey through India's vibrant culture and stunning landscapes. 


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