Shopping Tips in India
India and Nepal are a
shoppers paradise. Shopping could be a pleasant experience. You may
get best selection and bargains in hand crafted jewelry, precious
and semi precious stones, marble, carpets, rugs, durries, silks
dresses, brocades, papier mache, handicrafts and leather goods.
Shopping is suggested from reputable emporia. Most of them will ship
your merchandise in time but it is advisable to bring your purchases
with you or ship yourself. Do not contact us with problems of
shopping and shipping. Consult your tour guides, Delhi, Jaipur,
Agra, Varanasi, are good places for wider selections and prices in
carpets, jewelry, marble, silk, and leather goods etc.
Many years of my work as
a professional tourist taxi driver in India and Nepal I drove more
then one million km. without accident, during all this time I always
discover and collect information from other places which is useful
for any western tourist during there India travel. Here below is the
list which will help you lot if you careful about all this:-
Don't buy antiques
more than 100 years old. Selling and buying "shahtoosh" shawls is
a crime. The same goes for ivory and wildlife.
Buy at genuine shops
only. Bargaining is a popular practice in India and necessary too.
Don't ever believe in lucrative offers of antique dealers in which
they offer you to carry a parcel of some other buyer back home
with your own margin described. Entire transaction should be legal
and transparent so that you may claim later if dissatisfied.
Almost every touristy
town you will found some boys and they will introduce you as poor
student with many different stories, finally there target is to
sell you and get commission.
department at the airport stop some people from Spain in 2006, Her
name was Lionor Mendoza, because they were carrying some Auer
Vedic Medicines (Herbal), which they bought from one of the Aurveda Message resort from South of India. So if anyone buy such
kind of things must ask and be sure if you can carry or not to
Guides & Taxi drivers
often get commissions if you make any shopping. Percentage of
commission is depends on your bargaining level, as more you
bargain they get less commission.
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