Retail chains and malls to shop in Mumbai

Inorbit Mall: Located in the western suburbs of Mumbai, Malad, Inorbit Mall is counted among some of the finest malls in the country. It has grown in popularity ever since its inception. Committed to setting new benchmarks in the Retail Industry of India, its success is largely attributed to its unique positioning as a one-stop lifestyle destination.

Its superior design and excellent retail mix has made Inorbit Mall the most sought after destination in the city today.  Inorbit Vashi (New Mumbai), conceptualized by the UK’s Chapman Taylor Partners, is an architectural marvel. Inorbit has brought to Vashi a stunning aesthetic grandeur bang opposite Vashi railway station.

Shoppers’ Stop: The premier shopping destination is positioned as a complete family store that delivers a complete shopping experience. Setting up shop way back in 1991 with its first store in Andheri, the western suburbs of Mumbai, this retail venture by the K. Raheja Corp. has made a name for itself in short span of time.

With its huge range of merchandise, excellent customer service and exclusive shop-in-shop counters of leading international brands, Shoppers’ Stop provides with a world class shopping experience. The stores offer a wide range of apparel and lifestyle accessories from apparel brands like Provogue, Arrow, Levi’s, Scullers, Zodiac and Color Plus  to cosmetic brands like Le Teint Ricci, Lakme, Chambor, etc.

Big Bazaar: Pantaloon Retail (India) Ltd. is among India’s leading retailers, which operates multiple retail formats of the Indian consumer market – in both the value and lifestyle segment. Based in Mumbai, they operate well over 11 million sq ft of retail space in over 1000 stores across leading cities of India. Mumbai is one of them.

The company’s leading formats comprise a chain of fashion outlets, Pantaloons; a uniquely Indian hypermarket chain, Big Bazaar and supermarket chain Food Bazaar that blend the look, feel and touch of Indian bazaars with modern retail concepts (choice, convenience and quality).

Gifts that encapsulate Orissa’s rich culture

Orissa boasts a rich and enduring cultural heritage. Owing to the reigns of different rulers over the centuries, the culture and arts and crafts traditions of the state underwent many modifications, assimilations and new creations.

The skills of the native artists are spellbinding. They produce various intriguing objects, and compiling them is an exciting part of a holiday in the state. The sacred land of Lord Jagannath of Puri has on offer many charming and colorful gifts.
Handicraft items (Appliqué work, Brass and Bell metal, Silver Filigree, Stone Carving, Lacquer, Papier Mache, Horn Work, Wood Carving) and Handlooms make a must-buy. Of all the handicrafts available in Orissa, probably the most unique and the finest is silver filigree. This ethnic piece of creation is called tarakasi locally.

Metal craft of Orissa is also renowned and widely practiced. It is perhaps the most important craft in terms of the number of craftspeople engaged in it. It harbors close links with the daily life of the people of this state. The craft has been mastered by the Kansari caste termed metalsmiths. Another variety dhokra is also popular.

Appliqué is a French term. It is a technique by which decorative effect is attained by superposing patches of colored fabrics on a basic fabric. It is different from what is known as patchwork. Though the form is not unique to Orissa, it is the state and especially its Pipli region that the craft has been followed over centuries.

Horn articles of the state are mystical. They are blended with contemporary designs. Their lively appearance and dynamism vie with the real objects of nature. They are available in a wide spectrum of utilities like combs, pen stands, and decorative figures. The art and craft articles form Orissa form a memorable memento for your near and dear ones.

Check more varieties of art and craft articles in Orissa here

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Agra and Benares: confluence of history, heritage, religion

“The Taj Mahal is phenomenal not in the beauty alone, which shines forth, but in the deep planning design and thought that went into its making, and also the ethereal idea of immortalizing love. Delicate carvings in marble vie with gorgeous pietra dura for one’s attention. Lapiz, Lazuli, Emerald, Carnation, Mother of pearl and Agate are inlayed in floral and geometrical patterns in the marble itself.

“This enchanting mausoleum built on the bank of river Yamuna began in 1631 and took 22 years to complete by an estimated 20000 workers.” This is how the official UP tourism website depicts Taj Mahal.

Agra, the home of Taj Mahal, is also famous for its fabulous handicrafts that are made of marble and softstone inlay work. You can also get in Agra fine leather products, brassware, carpets, jewelry and exquisite embroidery work. You can carry a Taj replica as a treasured memory.

The city is also renowned for its sweets ‘gazak’ and ‘petha’. The city’s main shopping areas are Kinari Bazar, Sadar Bazar, Raja-ki-Mandi and the Taj Mahal Complex. Prefer shopping at the Government Emporia or authentic Souvenir Shops.

For religious minded, Varanasi, Kashi, Banaras or Benares is a must-visit destination. Silk weaving is the most popular art of Varanasi. Banarasi silk sarees are an indispensable part of a bride’s trousseau. Besides the gold and silver brocades and richly worked sarees, you may look for brassware, copperware, antique designs of heavy gold jewellery and wooden and clay toys in Varanasi.

The shopping hotspots in the city are are Chowk, Gyan Vapi, Thatheri Bazar, Lahurabir, Vishwanath Gali, Godoulia and Golghar. One can also buy shawls, carpets, Zari work, lampshades and wall hangings that make a good gift. However, one should be watchful while buying them. See to it that you get the authentic silk sarees at the right price.