Traveling has been described in numerous ways and also have numerous forms to it. While in the recent years it has taken up a soul searching path from just relaxation and exploration, one thing has always stayed constant, the souvenirs that come along from every new place you explore. Keeping up monumental memories from your getaways have always been a thing and always stay a final part of every trip. Here is a guide on the souvenirs to collect from the 28 states of the country of India.
From Kashmir to Kanyakumari and from Mumbai to Nagaland India is a roller coaster ride of diversity in all forms and so can be combusted as you travel through every state of it. Let us guide you throughout the 28 states here forth.
1. Andra Pradesh:- Budithi Brassware
Budhi Village in Andra Pradesh from Srikalkulam district is known for it’s artwork in making beautiful metal handicrafts from alloys, in both traditional and modern styles. The place is the origin of Budithi brassware. It has been gaining it’s popularity as the days keep going.
2. Arunachal Pradesh:- Handcrafted Wood & Bamboo Products
With more than half the total surface area of Arunachal Pradesh covered with thick forests, and bamboo being a major constituent of the forest vegetation, the state is the best place to shop for handcrafted wood and bamboo products. You can buy baskets, hats, wooden ornaments, cane photo-frames and carved bamboo mugs.
3. Assam:- Assam Tea
They may British gave us their passion for Tea, but the Country has stretches of land made to produce Tea, it being one of the leading products in the part of our Exports as well. The tea produced in Assam is renowned world over for it’s strong, brisk, malty flavors, making it an ideal souvenirs to cherish for a long time.
4. Bihar:- Madhubani Painting (also known as Mithila painting)
Madhubani art from Bihar has five different styles to it, namely Bharni, Katchni, Tantrik, Godna and Kohbar. The art is practiced in the Mithila region of the state and is painted using variety of tools along with fingers and brushes also twigs and nib-pens.
5. Chhattisgarh:- Terracotta Pottery & Sculptures
Terracotta pottery in the state of Chhattisgarh reflects the rituals and customs of tribal life and symbolises human emotions such as happiness, anger, sadness etc. Votive terracotta figures found in the Bastar districts Chhattisgarh are very popular!
6. Goa:- Coconut Art
The Beach life city of India obviously comes with the Coconut oriented souvenirs. From funky coconut shells, coir bottles, artistic beer mugs, storage pouches and ashtrays, you can easily choose your favourite form of coconut art from the streets of Goa and take it home with you.
7. Gujarat:- Glasswork Door Hanging
Gujarat along with Rajasthan are the base locations of bringing in the Desi style or the Indian version of Bohemian fashion. Gujarat is one of the state where Bandhi materials are also highly sourced. In the glass work art form, glass pellets are used to embellish items such as pillows, bedcovers and a range of accessories. If you are not a fan of door hangings, you can choose from the other available options such as bags or a jewellery box as your souvenir from Gujarat.
8. Haryana:- Wooden Handicraft
Haryana is known for wooden crafts with fine carvings and brass inlay work done by skilled craftsman using quality raw material. You can pick from a range of animal figurines, candle holders, jewellery boxes, photo frames, etc.
9. Himachal Pradesh:- Kullu Topi
Out of the many must-dos of Himachal decking up in region’s cultural costume and getting clicked is not to be missed. Kullu topi s a part of the traditional costume of various ethnic groups of Himachal Pradesh. Nearly every dweller in the Kullu Valley is involved in the craft of making these caps and has refined the skill of handloom weaving to safeguard the ancestral customs and traditions.
10. Jammu & Kashmir:- Carpets & Pashmina Shawls
Pashmina shawls and Kashmiri carpets are the most relevant souvenirs you should collect from the state of Jammu and Kashmiri. The wool of Pashmina comes from four distinct breeds of the Cashmere goat; namely the Changthangi or Kashmir Pashmina goat from the Changthang plateau in Kashmir region, the Malra from Kargil area in Kashmir region, the Chegu from Himachal Pradesh in northern India and Pakistan, and Chyangara or Nepalese Pashmina goat from Nepal. Showpieces made of papier mache are also quite a rage among tourists from all over the world.
11. Jharkhand:- Brass Idols
Jharkhand would be the first state to have been starting liquidification of of Brass metal and then molding it into forming different figures of the gods and goddesses, which has now become their staple and thus the souvenir of the state.
12. Karnataka:- Mysore Silk
The state of Karnataka produces about 9,000 metric tons of mulberry silk, out of the total 14,000 metric tons produced in the country! Among the countless styles of silk sarees, ‘Mysore Silk’ from Karnataka is known for its minimalist design, unique weave, and smooth texture.
13. Kerala:- Kathakali Mask
One of the most popular traditional dance forms of India, Kathakali is intricately linked with the history and traditions of Kerala. Apart from the dance, Kathakali is also recognised for its unique make-up, costumes and masks.
14. Madhya Pradesh:- Dhurrie
Dhurrie is a heavy floor rug that is made of thick cotton in India. Dhurries from Madhya Pradesh are popularly known for their sturdy nature and vibrant colours.
15. Maharashtra:- Kolhapuri Chapal
Some may known it because of Amitabh Bachan and some may know it for the comfort the Kolhari Chapals are known for, but the traditional flat design, are the best souvenirs to collect from the state of Maharashtra. They are available for both men and women and come in a variety of style and color.
16. Manipur:- Mekhla Chader
Mekhla-Chader is traditional outfit for Manipuri women, which can be your best pick from this state.
17. Meghalaya:- Cane Mats
Cane mats known as Tlieng are a popular item to pick up from Meghalaya. They are highly appreciated for their durability.
18. Mizoram:- Puan Fabric
‘Puan’ is the name given to the fabrics weaved and manufactured by the Mizo Kukis of the new Kuki tribes of Manipur. They are categorised into multiple designs such as Puanndum, Tawlhloh Puan, and Puanchei.
19. Nagaland:- Naga Shawls
Next to it’s widely loved Prok, Nagaland is also known for its exquisite range of woolen shawls.
20. Odisha:- Pattachitra Painting
The history of Pattachitra art can be traced back from the 5th Century BC. It is a traditional, cloth-based scroll painting done in the state of Odisha and its historical importance is one of the reasons that makes Pattachitra painting one of the most sought after souvenirs from Odisha.
21. Punjab:- Pulkari Dupatta
A part of Punjab’s culture and tradition, phulkari literally means “flower-embroidery”. The embroidery is simple, crafted on vibrant, eye-catching colours, which makes the pattern stand out and look surreal. Suits, shawls, dupatta, jackets and sarees with intricate phulkari design can be the best souvenir to take back from the land of five rivers.
22. Rajasthan:- Meenakari Jewellery
A delicate art involving the decorating of metal with enameling or meenakari, this kind of jewellery is beautiful and comes in exquisite designs.
23. Sikkim:- Thangka
Thangka, also spelt spelt as tangka, thanka or tanka, is a Tibetan Buddhist painting on cotton or silk fabric, which usually depicts a Buddhist deity, scene or mandala.
24. Tamil Nadu:- Tanjore Paintings
Characterised by a dense composition, surface richness and vibrant colours, Tanjore Paintings are one of the most celebrated forms of art in south India.
25. Telangana:- Pearls
The newest state in India is famous for its pearls and your trip to Telengana will remain incomplete without bringing home the best quality of Hyderabadi pearls.
26. Tripura:- Bamboo Sculptures
Bamboo handicrafts of Tripura are renowned world over for their elegance, beauty and exquisite designs. You can pick from a vast range of items such as showpieces, furniture, panels, lamp shades, table mats and other mat products!
27. Uttar Pradesh:- Miniature Taj Mahal
The best gift to buy from Uttar Pradesh is undoubtedly a miniature replica of the Taj Mahal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most recognised tourist attractions in India.
28. Uttarakhand:- Nath
While the nose ring is an accessory most Indian women love, the Kumouni or Garhwali nath gets considerable attention from all around the work for its sheer size. This gorgeous mammoth size nose ring has minimal work done on it and is the best souvenir you can pick from the land of gods.
29. West Bengal:- Laal Paar Saree
The laal paar saree is a simple white saree with a red border. You will find most married women wearing the laal paar saree during Durga Puja or any other festival in Bengal.