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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What are the popular items to shop for in Mysore?

Kapil Gumasta DEC 10 2012
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No trip to the place is complete without picking up the popular items to shop for in Mysore. If you love shopping, you’ll love this city. Shopping in Mysore is a wholesome experience as the city is the home to various famous shopping markets flooded with beautiful silk saris, sandalwood and rosewood items and stone carved statues. Let’s take a look at the items that make for a great must buys.

  • Silk Sarees

    The city is famous all over the world for its silk, which is one thing you must buy in Mysore. Women in India have worn these sarees for a very long time and it is considered auspicious, hence, worn especially on religious and auspicious occasions. The popularity of Mysore silk has amplified due to its quality, excellent color and wide variety reflecting the Royal heritage and tradition of the famous city. The price of the sarees depend on the amount of Gold Zari work on the sari. Buy the silk sarees from either the private weavers in Mysore or the Government Silk Weaving Factory that produces beautiful silk sarees, silk fabric and ties and have their showrooms on Manandavadi Road and near Krishnaraja Circle.

    The prices starts at INR 3000 and goes up according to the intricate work and Zari.

  • Sandalwood

    Sandalwood is an aromatic wood of the Sandal tree which unlike many other aromatic woods, retains its fragrance for decades. The wood is used to extract essential oils which are used in products like soaps, agarbattis, perfumes, talcum powder, oil, hand wash and body wash etc. The Sandalwood oil is used for medicinal purposes also, as an antiseptic and in Aromatherapy. The famous Mysore Sandal Soap has been named after the aromatic Sandal found here.

    You can buy Sandalwood products at the local markets of the city and if you are looking for authentic Sandalwood oil, then shop at Government Sandalwood Oil Factory where 5 ml of pure essential oil costs INR 650. There are a number of places to visit in Mysore from where you can buy these products.

  • Incense Sticks (Agarbattis)

    The city is the home for the famous Agarbattis or incense sticks of different varieties which are lit during the morning and evening prayer or pooja timings and on all auspicious occasions. These incense sticks are manufactured like the age-old times, by small and large manufacturers using locally available perfumes like sandalwood and jasmine. There are various brands selling high quality Agarbattis including Cycle Pure Agarbathies and Vasu Agarbathies.

    A packet of Agarbattis will cost you somewhere between INR 25 to INR 100 depending on the quality and quantity. A guide 2 days trip to Mysore help you get the most out of the place in such short span of time.
  • Handicrafts and Paintings

    The city is also famous for its Handicrafts, most of them are wood based using sandalwood, rosewood and teak wood. Before ivory was banned, the city was known for the ivory inlay work and handicrafts. But don’t worry as there is so much more to buy, like the rosewood items with inlay work, teapots, coffee tables, figures of Gods, Goddesses, jewel boxes, furniture and small gift items.

    To get a great deal and numerous options to choose from, go to Cauvery Handicrafts Emporium of the Karnataka Handicrafts Development Corporation which is situated on the Sayyaji Rao Road.

    The city is a reputed place for great paintings and has been a home to a number of artistes who produce some of the excellent art pieces in the traditional Mysore and other styles, including Ganjifa paintings, watercolours and oil paintings. The popular place to shop for these paintings is the Government Handicrafts emporium in Mysore.

The authenticity of these items will remind you of your visit to Mysore. These things you buy in Mysore are unique to this place and are will be a great reminder of your good times in this city! Also, other than shopping, you can indulge in many other things to do in Mysore.

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