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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

Where can I buy local handicrafts and souvenirs in Hyderabad?

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Won’t you be proud if you could take back a unique part of Hyderabad when you return and flaunt it as your showpiece back in your living room? Yes, it is possible and in many varieties too. As you come back from Charminar, take a round of Laad Bazaar and try on some artificial stone bangles that it is famous for. Choose from lac bangles, studded with precious and semi-precious stones or with pearls and glass beads. Match with the colour of your dress or simply go bohemian with riots of colours. You will love it in all its form and colour. And it gets better, the prices will make your pockets happy too.

Putting a smile on a child’s face is perhaps the most satisfying thing. And when you go back from Hyderabad what’s the better way to earn it than to gift a colourful Kondapalli toy of Krishna or Ganesh or of a peacock or an elephant. As much an adult cherishes it as a souvenir, a child will adore it. Other than these, Bidri, an ancient art, has found its way to cufflinks, vases, ashtrays, nameplates and more. Famous for the shining silver and brass inlay work, the uniqueness of this art lies in this contrasting amalgamation. The lure of the sari transgresses nations and in Hyderabad you will be spoilt for choices. Dharmavaram silk saris, with their broad borders brocaded gold patterns or Gadwal that typifies Andhra traditional style- these are just two of the varieties.

Shop for all the above handcrafted pieces, tinged with the style of Hyderabad, in
Basheerbagh, Abids, Nampally, Begum Bazaar or Mahatma Gandhi Road. The Andhra Pradesh government has also opened souvenir and handicraft shops, Gnapika and branches of this is located at Ravindra Bharati and Mahtaab Restaurant in Hyderabad.

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