Known for exotic spices and stunning textiles, Kashmir has some of the best shopping in India. “Carpets, pashminas, papier-mâché, walnut woodcarving, and metal work are the finest crafts of Kashmir,” says tour director Christine Pagnani. One of the many pleasures of our October program to Kashmir, Punjab & Rajasthan is the opportunity to browse for handicrafts in Srinagar’s shops and markets. Here are some of our favorites!
- Suffering Moses for exquisite papier-mâché boxes, bowls, animal figures, and more. This well-tended shop, with the atmosphere of a museum, was founded in 1840.
- Cottage Industries Emporium for crafts of all kinds, reasonably priced and authentic
- The small shops specializing in dried fruits and other sundries along Kukar Bazar
- The venerable Mughal Darbar Bakery for its atmosphere, aroma, and local treats
Historic Zainakadal Market, a wholesale trading market, for copperware, spices, and tilla tailors (embroidery on fabric)
- Andraab for hand-woven Kashmiri pashmina, embroidered bedspreads, scarves, and other exquisitely wrought textiles