Shopping in Amritsar is a memorable experience. The market places the lanes, the bazaars, the squares, the plazas-hum with activity. The main shopping areas are the Hall Bazar, Katra Jaimal Singh and Lawrence Road. The city offers traditional souvenirs along with modern brandwear at all locations.
What to buy: The main attraction however is the woolens, carpets and blankets, besides juttis and embroidered stuff. The bazaars of Amritsar offer a colourful range of traditional and modern wares from carpets, durries, kites, fireworks, bangles, shawls to cut-glass and woolen textiles.
99% of the world's wooden chess is made in Amritsar ! This must be surprising but its a fact. Goto Focal Point (industrial Area) and you'll find many small houses who make chess.
What to buy: Wooden Chess, Camel Bone Chess, Artistic Chess, Chess Boards, Chess Boxes
What to pay: from Rs. 50 to Rs. 3000 depending on the size, art and wood you choose
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If you are visiting the Golden Temple you will need to ensure that you cover your head.
Street sellers sell bandanas outside the temple at cheap prices. Take your pick of the exoticically coloured scarves.
What to pay: A few Rupees
Outside of the main entrance running along the complex wall are several shops selling all kinds of souvenirs such as photo's, paintings, ornaments and even knives, swords and shields which will raise a few eyebrows when going through customs!
What to buy: An orange golden temple banadana, one for yourself and then a whole bunch for friends, they are a great gift at only 10 Rupees each!