Top Choice Arts & Crafts in Agra

Subhash Emporium

Some of the pieces on display at this renowned marble shop are simply stunning. While more expensive than many other shops, you definitely get what you pay for: high-quality stone and master craftsmanship. Some of t…
Top Choice Fashion & Accessories in Varanasi

Baba Blacksheep

If the deluge of traveller enthusiasm is anything to go by, this is the most trustworthy, non-pushy shop in India. Indeed it is one of the best places you'll find for silks (scarves/saris from ₹500/4000) and pashmin…
Fashion & Accessories 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 loc…
Fashion & Accessories 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. Grab something as small as a scarf or as big as a bedcover. There's another branch…
Books in Agra

Modern Book Depot

Great selection of novels (plus Lonely Planet guides) at this friendly, 60-year-old establishment.
Market in Agra

Subhash Bazaar

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

Organic by Brown Bread Bakery

This small shop sells natural cosmetics from the government-sponsored Khadi program, as well as baked goods, muesli and cheese from Brown Bread Bakery.
Clothing 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 cla…
Perfume in Lucknow


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…
Clothing in Varanasi

Shri Gandhi Ashram Khadi

Stocks shirts, kurta shirts, saris and headscarves, all made from the famous homespun khadi fabric.