What To Buy In Bangalore, India

what to buy in bangalore

Bengaluru or better yet, known as Bangalore, is the capital city of Karnataka state in the southern part of India. This beautiful city is the heart of India’s high-tech industry and it also holds the title of hosting the best nightlife and beautiful parks. Visit the lush green Cubbon park with lots of activities that will always blow your mind or marvel at the famous Glasshouse and landscaped gardens at the Lalbagh Botanical Garden. Bannerghatta Botanical Park is another spot you can bond with nature and animals and if you are looking for a venue with history and breathtaking vistas then Bangalore Palace, a royal residence, is always open to visitors. Find out what to buy in Bangalore, India, by reading through the article below.

1. Chennapatna wooden toys

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Since before, wooden toys have been around and will continue being around for a long time. Why not buy Chennapatna wooden toys, perfectly handcrafted using amazing talent and craftsmanship. The Chennapatna wooden toys are popular in India due to their uniqueness and durability. They come in different designs, shapes and colors. Put a smile on your kid’s face by surprising them with this one-of-a-kind souvenir from Bengaluru.

2. Sandalwood idols

Sandalwood idols
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Grab yourself one of the amazing sandalwood Idols, the idol of God professionally curved and made of pure sandalwood. Sandalwood idols are popular due to their unique and beautiful looks and intricate designs. The idol is not only a symbol of religion, but it can also be the perfect souvenir or just a gift you can surprise your friend with or just as part of your home decor

3. Mysore silk sari

Mysore Silk Saree
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If you fancy Indian fashion and you would love to have a pair for yourself or to gift someone you love, then Mysore silk sari is the perfect souvenir for you. They come in different designs and colors to suit the occasion you want to put it on for. The Mysore silk sari has a unique traditional look, but with an elegant twist, making it perfect for any type of occasion. This traditional form of clothing brings out the true beauty and elegance of a lady and at the same time, maintaining its traditional essence.

4. Rosewood inlay work paintings

Wood inlay Mysore
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For lovers of art and unique paintings, you have to get yourself a masterpiece of rosewood inlay work paintings. The Mysore artist initially practiced several crafts such as inlay in rosewood, as it was readily available locally. With new technology and advancement, this craftsmanship has evolved into using locally available wood coming in different textures and colors creating spectacular pieces of art. Enhance the beauty of your house with one of the many rosewood inlay work painting or gift it to a friend or family member.

5. Mysore pak

Mysore Pak
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You can not visit Bangalore and miss out on tasting Mysore pak, a local delicacy known by almost everybody in the area. This super delish and sugary treat is prepared using besan, sugar and gram flour. It perfectly melts in your mouth, filling your mouth with rich sweet goodness. It was invented in the Mysore palace thus its famous name. If you have kids, nieces, and nephews back home, this can be a treat that they will never forget

6. Masala cashew nuts

Everyone has tasted cashew nuts once or twice in their life, but have you ever tasted Bengaluru’s masala cashew nuts? They are just the same old cashew nuts but with a tasty twist. Let yourself go nuts when you get to sample some of the city’s local cashews. This delicious and crunchy goodness is made of regular cashew nuts, black peppercorn, cumin seeds, clove, dried red chilies, coriander seeds, and fennel seeds to give it a distinctive taste and inviting aroma. It is the perfect snack to enjoy any time of the day. Surprise your friends and family by bringing them one of the tastiest snacks in Bengaluru.

7. Bidri work

Bidri art work (2)
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For those who are not sure what Bidri work is, Encrusted metal ware might be a more familiar term. This unique type of Indian artform combines an elegant lustrous silver on jet black zing then molded and crafted into amazing pieces of art. This Indian artform derived its name from the palace Bidar located in Karnataka and was gifted by the Persian artists. Maintenance of this unique souvenir is quite easy as you can use water and a soft cloth to clean it or use silver polish to return the shininess and then ruble oil to make it sparkle.

8. Cardamom garlands or Elakai Malai

Thre is a religious belief that if you offer cardamom garlands or better known by the locals as Elakai Malai, you will be granted with the gift of a good memory. Offering this particular gift to Hayagriva, known as the god of knowledge and wisdom, particularly on Thursdays, is considered as an extremely special occasion. Whether you are a Hindu, Buddhist or you’re just admiring, you are sure to love this as a gift or souvenir. It doesn’t hurt to have the god of wisdom and knowledge in your home.

9. Dharwad pedas

If you have a sweet tooth then you will love Dharwad pedas. It is a sweet Indian delicacy mostly found in Karnataka region. This sugary treat is prepared using Kyoya, sugar, milk and green cardamom. Take a bite of this light brown colored treat garnished with sugar, giving it that inviting look and traditional appeal. As much as you can prepare this sweet goodness, the ones prepared in Karnataka are always unmatched when it comes to taste and are the perfect sugary treat to gift your kids, friends, and family.

10. Wooden handicrafts of Mysore

Wooden carving is a thing of the past that has refused to die; wooden handicrafts of Mysore will remind you why this is so. The handicrafts of Mysore come in different colors, a vast variety of designs and sizes for you to choose from. These perfectly curved wooden handcrafts easily compliment the room it is kept in and is the perfect souvenir that you can either choose to gift someone ore use it as part of your home décor.

The perfect souvenir

Mysore Pak - Pista Barfi
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When you get the opportunity to visit a foreign country, it is normal to instinctively find yourself excited and eager to try out everything you see. Why not start off by checking out the things to buy on this list of amazing delicacies and souvenirs to take back home with you? Look at it at this point, you don’t have to ask around and get swindled while you already have a list of the best things in the country.

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