Shopping in Uttar Pradesh

  • Top ChoiceShopping in Agra

    Subhash Emporium

    Some of the pieces on display at this renowned marble shop are simply stunning (ask to see the 26 masterpieces). While it's more expensive than some shops, you definitely get what you pay for: high-quality marble from Rajasthan and master craftsmanship. Items for sale include tabletops, trays, lamp bases, and candle holders that glow from the flame inside.

  • Top ChoiceShopping in Varanasi

    Baba Blacksheep

    If the deluge of traveller enthusiasm is anything to go by, this is one of the most trustworthy, nonpushy shops in India. Indeed it is one of the best places you'll find for silks (scarves/saris from ₹500/4000) and pashmina (shawls from ₹1700).

  • Shopping in Lucknow

    Sanatkada

    For the best handicrafts in town head for this collection of fabrics and handmade designer clothes made by NGOs from across India, alongside modern crafts created by Lucknow designers. Handwoven scarves, jute bags and retro Bollywood pillows are fun, and there are twists on the city’s famous chikan embroidery. Prices are marked; credit cards accepted.

  • Shopping in Varanasi

    Paraslakshmi Exports

    Owner Harish is scrupulously honest in explaining the differing qualities of the silk scarves, handmade Ladakhi pashmina shawls and bedspreads. Prices are fixed, credit cards are accepted and shipping can be arranged. The shop is on the ground floor of his excellent Homestay. Ring ahead and he'll pick you up for free.

  • Shopping in Varanasi

    Mehrotra Silk Factory

    Tucked away down a tiny alleyway near the main train station, this pocket-sized, fixed-priced shop is a fun place to buy silk scarves (from ₹400), saris (from ₹3000) and bedspread sets (from ₹9000). The Lal Ghat location is more convenient for old-town shoppers.

  • Shopping in Varanasi

    Mehrotra Silk Factory

    In a labyrinth of alleys behind Lal Ghat, this fixed-price shop, its floor cushioned for seating, offers fine silks for fair prices. Products are as small as a scarf or as big as a bedcover. There's another branch near the railway station.

  • Shopping in Varanasi

    Harmony Book Shop

    The best bookshop in Varanasi, with a particularly good selection of titles on Varanasi and the Mughals.

  • Shopping in Agra

    Modern Book Depot

    Great selection of novels and books on Agra and the Mughals at this friendly, 60-year-old establishment.

  • Shopping in Agra

    Subhash Bazaar

    Skirts the northern edge of Agra’s Jama Masjid and is particularly good for silks and saris.

  • Shopping in Agra

    Khadi Gramodyog

    Stocks simple, good-quality men’s Indian clothing made from the homespun khadi fabric famously recommended by Mahatma Gandhi. There's no English sign – on Mahatma Gandhi (MG) Rd, look for the khadi logo of hands clasped around a mud hut.

  • Shopping in Lucknow

    Sugandhco

    A family business since 1850, the sweet-scented Sugandhco sells attar (pure essence oil extracted from flowers by a traditional method) in the form of women’s perfume, men’s cologne, household fragrances and incense sticks. Sweet-smelling stuff.

  • Shopping in Varanasi

    Learn for Life Shop

    This small shop sells Italian-designed, locally made clothing, natural cosmetics and cookies from nearby Brown Bread Bakery. A branch is attached to Vegan & Raw restaurant.

  • Shopping in Varanasi

    Learn for Life Shop

    This small NGO shop attached to Vegan & Raw Restaurant sells Italian-designed, locally made clothing, natural cosmetics, baked cookies and organic foods.