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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What are the popular items to shop for in Puri?

Kirat S DEC 10 2012
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Shopping is something that you can never get enough of, right? Being a pilgrimage destination, shopping here is not confined to buying Idols and other holy objects. The city is filled with a large number of shops, markets and shopping arcades offering a wide variety of items which will certainly cater to all kinds of needs of its traveler. A few specialities are mentioned below.

  • Sarees
    Weaving sarees is one of the popular traditional craft of the state of Orissa. Women would love to shop for the very famous woven sarees. You will come across numerous shops dedicated for them which are really very exquisite. These are silk sarees and you can choose between different kinds, which are Bomkai, Paspali and Ikat sarees or buy one of each kind. They are available in various colors and patterns to choose from and the price range is such that it suits almost all budgets (starting at INR 3000).

  • Patachitra and Palm Leaf Painting
    The paintings done on cloth and palm leaf are exclusive to Puri and are based on themes of Gods and Goddesses. The Patachitra painting tradition is closely linked with the worship of Lord Jagannath, and themes from the Ramayana, Mahabharata and Radha-Krishna. The palm leaf paintings on the other hand contain religious texts, horoscopes and traditional writings. Both kinds of paintings are one of the most popular shopping items. Once you have a look at them, you're sure to take them home as the craftsmanship is exceptional.

  • Shells and Oysters
    Your shopping experience in Puri will go incomplete if you don't shop for shells and oysters. Blessed with a long coastline, Puri has a rich collection of shells and things made with them including lampshades, mirrors and ashtrays. They make great souvenirs for you and your family or friends. Do not forget to bargain from the local vendors as they tend to charge more from the tourists.

  • Applique Lamps
    These colorful handmade lamps add a zing to wherever you hang them. Made only in the town of Pipli (Halfway between Bhubaneswar and Puri), they are available in various shapes, designs and bright colors. These lamps are very festive and add ethnic look to your home. A lamp would cost you between INR 100 to INR 1000 depending on the size and detailing.

We are sure you are desperate to get your hands on these unique items. These vibrant and colorful items are unique and are truly a must buy. So, what are you waiting for? Buy these exclusive merchandise as they make great gifts for family and friends back home.

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