Shopping In jalandhar
Shopping in Jalandhar
When you are in Punjab, there is never a dearth of shopping opportunities, and the city of Jalandhar appropriately testifies
to this fact. Markets in every corner, selling all you can imagine...The state of Punjab has a rich tradition of handicrafts
that you can easily get in Jalandhar. Keep reading for details on the best buys and markets in the city.
The people of Jalandhar and nearby areas have been experts in carving wood into unique shapes for ages. They make incredible
beds with their backrests inlaid with mirrors; the feet of the beds are carved with images of nature, animals and various
patterns. You can buy small, colourful stools, called pidhis that again carry numerous designs to enhance your house decor.
While in the city, you can also purchase decorative boxes, teapots, chessboards and mirror frames. The artists of Jalandhar
give most of their products a lacquer finish, which increases their exquisiteness.
Straw baskets, hand fans and door mats produced in the region are popular among locals and tourists alike, and you must buy
at least one. Another thing, which will definitely add colour to your house, is durries or carpets. Those made in the state
are decorated with vibrant designs; this technique is also used to make bed sheets.
The traditional attire is a direct reflection of how colourful and vibrant the culture of Jalandhar is. One of the best
pieces of ethnic clothing to buy are those decorated with phulkari work. These flowery motifs are generally done on stoles,
dupattas and headscarves, sometimes so densely that the cloth becomes almost invisible. The cloth can be blue, brown, black,
and red, which is the most preferred colour. You can buy phulkari clothes with designs of flowers, leaves, geometrical
patterns, celestial bodies, household objects and even humans.
This amazing attire finds a perfect accompaniment in the form of ethnic footwear, called juttis. Mostly made of leather, the
more expensive ones have gold and silver threads stitched onto them to make incredible patterns. More commonly, the jutties
are decorated with beads, coloured yarn, mirrors, pearls and even seashells. Parandis, a type of wig that women tie at the
lowest part of their hair, are an integral part of the local attire. Fine silk strands are intricately woven together to
resemble natural hair; these colourful accessories are most visible during festivals.
Toys and Household Items
The long and rich history of Jalandhar and Punjab is visible in the toys, unearthed during excavations at various Indus
Valley Civilisation sites in the region. Toys, based on these, are still being made in Punjab that your children can play
with; these can also serve as decoration for your house. You can buy unique bird, animal, horse carts and even miniature
household items like trays, stoves, cauldrons, graters, tawas and water pots. These are embedded with cowries, beads,
feathers, buttons, tassels and tinsels. Punjabis also make incredible soft toys, by stuffing colourful clothes with cotton.
Dolls, depicting Punjabi brides and men performing the lively Bhangra can also be bought from the city shops.
Clay and terracotta are used to make not only toys, but household objects as well. In Jalandhar, you can purchase gharas or
surahis that are clay vessels for storing water. Clay jars and papier mache utensils with ornamental patterns are also good
The prospect of buying ethnic jewellery is another reason India tour packages to Jalandhar are so popular. A dazzling array
of ornaments is worn in Jalandhar and surrounding region that is most visible during weddings. You can buy amazing pearl
chain, which adorns a groom’s turban, or a gold chain embedded with gems, which a bride wears on her forehead. A range of
earrings for women can also be purchased in Jalandhar as can be those worn by Sikh, Khatri and Dogra males. You can also
shop for nath, a large gold nose ring that married women wear.
The leisure time you get with your Jalandhar packages can be utilised by visiting the popular markets of the city to buy
these exclusive crafts. Rainak Bazaar, where you can buy apparel, toys, cosmetics, kids’ stuff and footwear, is the city’s
shopping hub. Here, you can also buy wedding wear, brass and silverware, ethnic artworks, silver jewellery and handicrafts.
You can also head to Sadar Bazaar, Model Town and a large number of malls to shop.