Want wooden toys from Kondapally, banana fibre bags made in Kerala or phulkari dupattas from Punjab? Head to the State Emporia Complex in CP where state-specific shops offer handicrafts, clothes, jewellery and other authentic stuff. We take you through this lane where the best of India comes together.
Where: Baba Kharak Singh Marg, Connaught Place
Nearest Metro Station: Rajiv Chowk on the Yellow Line
Popular for woolen wear with tribal prints, this emporium has most of the products coloured as red, black and white. You can go for a stole priced at Rs 250 and shawls starting from the range of Rs 1,950. One could also go for the cane hanging and table lamps, priced at Rs 315. A bestseller here is the traditional spear set, available in five different sizes and priced at Rs 80 onwards.
Our Pick: Lauj Shawl
Tel: 011- 23343161, C-2
No specific sale time
Art lovers must visit this emporium for its Madhubani paintings and saris. Starting from the range of Rs 1,000 till Rs 35,000, the paintings are exotic and usually depict Indian mythological tales. Go for the Bhagalpuri silk saris here, starting from Rs 2,000. A hit here is the Madhubani silk sari, available in the range of Rs 3,900 to Rs 6,300. If shopping for kids is on your mind, then visit the first level of the emporium and buy traditional Bihari costumes for kids starting from Rs 75.
Our pick: Madhubani sari (Rs 3,900 onwards)
Tel: 011-23363081, A-5
Discount time: October-November (Diwali)
If ethnic wear is your pick, then come to this emporium to find traditional Bandhani and Bandhej dupattas and saris. Popular with the youngsters, the range of these dupattas starts from Rs 400. The bestseller here is the Sankheda furniture. The wooden furniture is painted in bright colours and gold with metallic hangings. A four piece sofa set costs Rs 8,000. Also check out colourful and sequined wall hangings and bandhanwars starting from Rs 105. The basement of the emporium has Bandhani, Patola, Ghadchola and Lehriya saris.
Our pick: Bandhani dupatta
Tel: 011-23341682, A-6
Discount time: March second week
On lines with the hybrid culture of the Capital, is the Delhi State Emporium that is spread across three floors. We found the basement of the emporium most interesting. Go for the ethnic juttis here. The price range starts from Rs 200. An all-time attraction with foreign tourists is the bangle corner that offers colourful glass and metallic bangles, with the price Rs 75 onwards. The emporium has saris, other jewellery items, handicrafts, carpets and home linen to offer. Out of all the products available here, the most expensive is the marble ware. The exotic hand carved pots and decorative pieces have real gold polish on it. The price can go as high as Rs 65,000.
Our pick: Glass and metallic bangles
Tel: 011-23340343, A-3/4
Discount time: October - November
This colourful emporium has a variety of designs in appliqué work from Pipli. You can find tents, bedsheets, rugs, and umbrellas here. Available for Rs 1,000 to Rs 2,000. The emporium is flooded with sandstone artifacts and statues, which are the best selling items here. Available in different sizes and forms, the range of these stone pieces range from Rs 2,000 to Rs 1,00,000. Another attraction here is the Gandhari wood Konark field art piece for Rs 3,183. We leave the rest to you to discover.
Our Pick: Sandstone art pieces
Tel: 011 - 23340763, B-4
Discount time: June (Rajju festival)
Gangotri, Uttar Pradesh
This emporium has an exclusive collection of marble stone decorative pieces, replicas of the Taj Mahal, jewellery boxes and cases. Authentic marble stoneware is available here at Rs 1,000 onwards. Gangotri is frequented by visitors for the fine quality of chikan cloth material available here. Other attractions are the patri work handicrafts (Rs 2,000 upwards), terracotta items (Rs 1,000 upwards) and the semi-precious stones jewellery (Rs 1,500 to Rs 3,500).
Our Pick: Marble stone boxes
Tel: 011 - 23343559, B-5
Discount time: October - November
Eco-friendly enthusiasts can visit this emporium for the banana fibre bags, which are made from this material available only in South India. Starting from the price range of Rs 200, the bags come in different shapes and designs. Go for the mobile covers and table coaster, which are priced at Rs 50 onwards. Don’t miss the sandalwood incense sticks from Mysore available here. Priced at Rs 40 for small and Rs 80 for large pack, these are a hit here. One could also go for the wood-carved handicrafts offered here.
Our Pick: Banana fibre bags
Tel: 011-23343266, B-7
Discount time: August - September (Onam)
As soon as you enter the emporium, you will be greeted by the strong aroma of tea. The emporium has an exclusive range of tea leaves to choose from. Try from the green tea (Rs 300), strong tea (Rs 147) and Assam full leaf (Rs 192). The emporium also has to offer a range of seasonal tea — first flash tea and second flash tea (Rs 180). Another section that is bound to catch your eye is the cane furniture. A three piece sofa set is available for Rs 28,000. You could also go for the cane seats, available in three sizes (Rs 325, Rs 400 and Rs 500). Moga silk sari (Rs 14,000 onwards) is also a hit here.
Our pick: Assam full leaf tea (Rs 192)
Tel: 011- 23344784, B-1
Discount time: Durga Puja and Moga Bihu
Lepakshi, Andhra Pradesh
The highlight of this emporium is the range of Kondapally toys, which are made from wood. Available in shapes of birds and transport items, the toys are available from Rs 29 to Rs 1,000. The emporium also offers Ponchampally, Gadwale and Venkatagiri saris and cloth materials. A hit with most tourists coming here is the wood-lined painting available for Rs 2,363.
Our Pick: Kondapally toys
Tel: 011-23363892, B-6
Discount time: Annual sale in April
You can find authentic Kolhapuri chappals here, available from Rs 400 onwards. The emporium is also a haven for the artsy kinds, with 3D paintings available here from Rs 700 to Rs 2,400, as well as Warli and Dabolkar paintings. You can also find Paithani saris (Rs 10,000 - Rs 50,000) and Poona cotton saris (Rs 800 -Rs 2,400) among others. The basement of the emporium has art pieces and handicrafts made of beetel and copper.
Our Pick: Kolhapuri chappals
Tel: 011-23363888, A-8
Discount time: September (Ganesh Chatturthi)
Come here for some authentic sandal wood fragrances, which according to the salesman, lasts even after the cloth is washed. Available for an affordable price range of Rs 44 to Rs 200, the bestseller perfume here is the Cauvery Sandal Oriental Spray. The most expensive product on sale here is the range of the Kinhar wood statues. A statue of a Goddess, priced at Rs 43,875 is quite appealing. The range of the artifacts go up to Rs 7,00,000. Also available here are various specialities of cloth materials and saris.
Our pick: The sandalwood perfume
Tel: 011-23363202, C-24
Discount time: Currently on
Known for the Kantha work saris and suit pieces, this emporium has hand embroidered cloth materials from artistes all across the North East. Go for the stoles available here at the price range of Rs 1,500 to Rs 3,000. One could also go for the cane furniture available here. The handy cane baskets, priced at Rs 300 onwards, can be used for multiple purposes. The emporium is also frequented by visitors for the semi-precious stone studded jewellery available here.
Our Pick: Kantha work stoles
Tel: 011- 23364610, B-3
Discount time: Diwali
Himachal Pradesh Emporium
One must visit this emporium for original Himachali shawls and suit pieces, available all around the year, starting from Rs 1,000. An interesting item here is the Pullan, a winter mojri made of jute. Priced at Rs 250, this footwear is commonly worn by natives of the state during winters. Also check out the jackets, coats and caps here.
Our Pick: Pullan
Tel: 011-23363087, C-3
Discount time: October
The bestseller at this emporium is the traditional hand embroidery of Punjab — Phulkari. From dupattas, suit materials to bed linens, the colourful craft of Phulkari offers much more here. The bed linen is priced at Rs 16,500. The emporium is also frequented by visitors for authentic Punjabi Patiala salwars, which start from Rs 800 onwards. Very unique to this emporium is the Hoshiarpur furniture, which ranges from Rs 200 - Rs 3,000. When here, don’t miss the maharaja royal chair priced at Rs 11,000. Also on display for sale are statues and figurines made of clay and wood.
Our Pick: Phulkari and the maharaja royal chair
Tel: 011-23363027, C-6
Discount time: Baisakhi and Lohri
Come here to give an ethnic twist to your jewellery collection with lac earrings, bangles and sets. Go for the authentic lac earrings priced at Rs 150 to Rs 500 or the necklace sets for Rs 500 to Rs 1,500. The emporium also has an exotic collection of bangles. Executives at Rajasthali say that this is the only place in the city to find these designs. The emporium is known for the 12 masha (12 months), a set of paintings that show Lord Krishna and Radha in the 12 different weather transformations. The set is available for Rs 50,000. Other famous varieties of artwork include the Bani Thani and the Kishangarh saheli paintings.
Our pick: Lac jewellery (Rs 50 - Rs 1,500)
Tel: 011-23343140, B-2
Discount time: Navaratri and Diwali
This emporium has a number of options in silk materials. From Chanderi to Maheshwari silk saris and dress materials, the emporium is known for the rich variety and quality of the materials, which are priced from Rs 2,000 onwards. Handicrafts and hand woven wall hangings are the next most sought after items on sale here. Priced between Rs 300 to Rs 1,500, the emporium is abuzz with shoppers.
Our pick: Silk saris and materials
Tel: 011-23363320, B-8
Discount time: October (Diwali)
Manjusha, West Bengal
As soon as you enter the emporium, an exotic range of saris will surely catch your eye. The Dhakai Jamdani sari, which costs about Rs 15,000, is a bestseller here. Other varieties of saris include cotton and tussar saris (Rs 600 -Rs 10,000). You will also like the sholapith idols here, available from Rs 150 - Rs 1,000. You can also check out authentic Bengali jute bags (Rs 100 - Rs 500), curtains (Rs 300 onwards) and floor rugs (Rs 150 onwards). The main attraction here is the Tea Hut — an entire corner dedicated to tea from Darjeeling. It houses tea leaves, as well as tea sticks in four flavours that cost Rs 98 for 10 sticks.
Our pick: Darjeeling tea sticks
Tel: 011-23344745, A-2
Discount time: October (Durga Puja)
Haryana State Emporium
This emporium is famous for hand embroidered and hand woven bedsheets, cushion and sofa covers. The range of the bedsheet starts from Rs 10,000 onwards. Apart from various types of handicrafts, an entire range of hand woven home linen by Shrijan, a non-governmental organisation that works in the state, are also available here. A set of six cushion covers costs Rs 24,750.
Our Pick: Hand woven home linen
Tel: 011-23347681, C-8
Discount time: October (Diwali)
Poompuhar, Tamil Nadu
This emporium sells traditional Kanjivaram silk saris in the price range of Rs 6,000 to Rs 50,000. One thing that will sure catch your eye is the panchtatva statue. The most expensive item in the emporium, priced at Rs 1,70,000, the statue is made of five metals — brass, copper, silver, gold and zinc. Smaller statues are available starting from Rs 10,000. The statues are usually of Indian mythological characters.
Our pick: Kanjivaram silk sari
Tel: 011-23363913, C-1
Discount time: Pongal and Dussehra
Manipur State Emporium
You can find the eco-friendly water reed mattress, which is ideal for use in summer time, here. Prescribed by doctors to people suffering from backache, they are priced at Rs 1,400 for the thick mattress, Rs 1,100 for the single layer and Rs 400 for a chair seat. Very typical to the state are the art pieces made by the tribes. The most sought after ones are by the Tankhuri and Kooki tribe. A special mention here would be an art piece that is priced at Rs 2,500, the design and formation of which highlights the history of the Kooki tribe in the state.
Our pick: Water reed mattress
Tel: 011- 23746359, C-7
Discount Time: December (Handicrafts Week)