Top things you must buy while visiting Kashmir
Kashmir, most famously referred to as ‘Paradise on Earth’, no doubt offers exceptional places to visit. It is an ideal place for vacation as it offers a plethora of sites which are almost close to paradise. A lot of visitors and tourists come here looking for the tourist destination but shopping in Kashmir is almost never part of the plan. However, no trip would be complete without souvenir shopping and, in Kashmir, one can find a lot of things worth buying to keep it as a memento or use it as gifts and souvenirs.
With every trip or visit, the most common mistake a tourist makes is not thinking enough about what to buy and goes on a shopping spree with things that instantly catches their eye. Kashmir in general, has a lot to offer but there are some things or products of Kashmir which serve as exciting and memorable mementos to hold on to in order to remember the experience. With a lot of valuable specialties that Kashmir has to offer, listed below are some of the most loved and suggested things to buy in Kashmir.
1. Kashmir Pashmina Shawls
Known all over the world for its superior quality and appeal, the Kashmiri Pashmina is rightfully the most loved shawl product. These shawls are traditionally handcrafted and hand woven on traditional looms whose wools are made of Changthangi goats.
These shawls are always what catches the eye whenever you walk around the markets of Kashmir that it is almost impossible to walk away without purchasing at least one of these. The Shawls are available in a variety of styles and in vibrant colors. Kashmiri Pashmina shawls were earlier adorned by kings and queens for which they are considered a status symbol.
Pashmina cashmere shawls are widely known for its warmth and soft texture, its durability for which it is said to even pass down from one generation to another. Given its superlative quality, the shawls may come off as a little expensive but in due time, you will definitely come to understand its superior competency that makes it so desirable and loved.
2. Kashmir Carpets
Kashmiri Carpets, renowned throughout the world for being one of the best quality of oriental carpets, are truly a work of art. Kashmiri carpets are famous for being handcrafted. The carpets are hand-knotted which gives them their durable quality. The design and patterns on the carpets made here are considered to be very intricate and detailed. Chemical dyes are used in the process of its coloring.
The most expensive carpets are made with pure wool or silk and it is not mixed with other materials which renders the carpet its unique quality. But the affordable quality which aren’t as expensive are made of a blend of wool, silk and rayon which are also equally exquisite and decorative.
3. Kashmiri Saffron
Considered to be one of the most expensive spices in the world, Saffron is indeed valuable since it is a labor-induced spice. . Saffron is obtained from the stigma of the flowering crocus.
Kashmiri Saffron is said to be one of the world’s finest saffron. Called the ‘golden crop’, Kashmiri Saffron gives a beautiful golden color and aromatic flavor to food. The Morga Cream is the finest Indian Saffron found in Kashmir. It is dark red in color and is great in both taste and quality. The natives of Kashmir use Saffron in all the cuisines that are considered good and pure. The quality of the Kashmiri Saffron in terms of its color, aroma and pungent are what makes it so desirable and makes it a valuable thing to buy in Kashmir.
4. Kashmir Dry Fruits
The dry fruits of Kashmir are renowned for being extremely palatable and are very popular among locals and tourists alike. The variety of Kashmiri dried fruits like walnuts, apricots, almonds, cashews, figs and blackberries are among the favorites. The dry fruits are used extensively in many occasions and on many cuisines. One may find that the shopping markets in Kashmir are flooded with authentic and high quality dried fruits to choose from in order to take home.
5. Walnut Wood-Carved Objects
The objects carved from the wood of Walnut are among the most impressive items to buy in Kashmir. The crafts of carved walnut wood-work are significantly detailed and intricate. The designs and patterns on these wood-carved objects are so close to the culture of Kashmir and hence proves very popular among many tourists.
Highly skilled craftsmen of Kashmir renders their creativity and craftsmanship as they carve wood into items like furniture, table, trays, photo frames, pen stands, toys and key holders. These objects serve as a great tool to gift as souvenirs or as home decors.
6. Traditional Kashmir Jewelries
The pieces of jewelries adorned by the beautiful women of Kashmir are handcrafted to display the alluring and lavish traditional aspect. Jewelries like earrings, bangles, anklets, necklaces and many other accessories line the markets of Kashmir. They are famous for their designs which are crafted with precision which offers a palatial look when worn. It is usually a favorite among tourists who buy it to wear and also gift it to family and friends.
7. Kashmiri Apple
One of the finest quality apples in the world, the Kashmir Apple, is loved across the globe for its smell, flavor and texture. The factors like soil, climate and environmental conditions of Kashmir contribute greatly to the favorable growing of apples. The Apple Orchards in Kashmir are well cared for and maintained and the amount of hard work that goes into the harvest is what makes the fruit the best in terms of its quality. So, make sure that whenever you visit Kashmir, buy some of those Kashmiri apples and take it back home to enjoy it with your loved ones.
8. Kashmiri Chilies
If you are someone with a palate that enjoys spicy food and flavor, Kashmiri chilly might just be the thing you’re looking for. Kashmiri chilly is famous in India and is a staple in almost every Indian household. They are known for their vibrant and intense red color and for its mild heat. The Kashmiri red chili is available all year round and can be easily spotted at any food market all around Kashmir.
From food to handcrafted items to clothes, Kashmir has so much to offer to anyone willing to visit the valley. The markets of Maharaja Bazaar and Kokar Bazaar are among the most notable markets where almost all the things mentioned above are found. These markets are a world on their own and it is here that you can get to enjoy a whole lot of the Kashmiri culture, tradition and cuisines. Shopping in Kashmir is great fun and it offers a glimpse into the vibrant nature of Kashmir and its people. So, next time, when you visit Kashmir, remember to go visit the markets and buy things from the locals to help build their businesses and promote the works of Kashmiris.