Things to buy in Kashmir

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Planning to visit the heaven on earth called Kashmir? You must have thought about all the places you would like to visit and all activities you want to do. Guess you have not missed planning to spend some time on a house boat. Well Kashmir has a lot to offer, other than its mesmerising natural beauty. After you have decided on the primary things and packed your bags, sit down and make a list of things you will have to buy in Kashmir.

Kashmir’s Pashmina shawls and stoles have made place in the hearts of thousands of shoppers but you could definitely come back with so much more. There are walnut wood carvings, papier-mâché knick knacks and the alluring red Kashmiri chillies which must be the staple shopping items of every tourist. You must buy vintage maps of Kashmir which you can frame and hang as memory of this beautiful place.

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Kashmir is the place to be a Chai Shoda, meaning ‘tea addict’ in Kashmir. You must bring back special green tea leaves that are used in making the special Kashmiri salted pink tea or Noon Chai. You will find them at almost all grocery stores. Of course you cannot miss buying a Kashmiri hand woven carpet or a Namda. These are famous for their gorgeous look and can add an edge to your drawing room. You can also check out the Kashmiri crewel-work wall hangings and rugs. It will be a not-so-common article in your collection. Whether you need or not you will end up buying antique copper ware like samovars and trays. With all the intricate designs, they are too beautiful to describe.

You must take back some willow baskets and definitely not use them as your everyday shopping bag. Papier mache products are one of the unique items found in Kashmir. You can find pieces that are delicately carved in expensive metals like gold or silver. You can choose from a range of products including pen stands, trinket boxes, cigarette cases, candles and vases that will be loved as souvenirs or gifts.

Along with the pashmina shawls you must buy a piece of Shahtoosh shawl which is nicknamed as the “ring shawl”. The fabric is so soft that it can pass through the small hole of a ring. These are made from the belly hair of antelopes found in Ladakh town. Winters are bitter in this place and hence you can find a variety of winter jacket for girls and boys. A beautiful long garment called a Ferin, made from local tweed, is found only at Kashmir and must be added to your shopping cart.
Other than red chillies, saffron, shah zira and honeyare are other spices you must take. Kashmir is one of the few places in the world where saffron is grown. Lastly do not forget to take back some delicious dry fruits and nuts, including different varieties of walnuts like the wont walnut and kagzi walnuts.

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