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Bhubaneshwar offers a myriad of shopping options for the tourists. Whether you are looking for traditional stuff or souvenirs, the city has no dearth of shopping destinations. Bhubaneshwarbrags of both Government-run and privately-run shops. Some of the top items that tourists must splurge on while going on a shopping spree in Bhubaneshwar are- woven ikkat materials (ikkat saris, ikkat garments or ikkat fabric), Sambalpuri cotton and silk, Chandua(a famous appliqué work of Orissa), tussar silk, dhokra craftworks, lampshades, wooden jewelry boxes, trays and fruit baskets. The article highlights the top 5 shopping destinations of Bhubaneshwar.
Ekamra Haat occupies an area of 5 acres and is one of the major landmarks of Bhubaneshwar city. This place is an initiative of the Orissa Government to endorse the local handicrafts. Here the tourists can not only get an insight into the art and artifacts, culture, crafts, cuisine and weaving of Orissa but Ekamra Haat is also an excellent platform which offers the local craft persons to sell off their goods at lucrative prices. You can hit this place any evening and be enthralled with the vibrant handicrafts secretly peeping out from the doors and windows of the small hut-like stores. Wood carving, bamboo and cane, stone carving, dhokra, appliqué, terracotta, paper machine, bell metal, palm leaf engraving, Sambalpuri sarees etc. are some popular handicrafts that you can buy here as mementos or gifting purpose. In case you feel exhausted after too much of exploring and walking, you can grab a delectable bite at one of the numerous food stalls.
Pipli is a village and can be reached by taking a taxi or bus from Bhubaneshwar. This village is well-known for the appliqué lamps. The appliqué craft of Pipli is world famous and is famous as “Chandua” among the locals. The appliqué work is basically a method by which a number of colored cloths are attached to another base fabric. These rich and vivid handmade appliqué lamps illumine the place wherever they are suspended. These lamps come is a variety of colors, designs and shapes. Depending upon the decorative features and size the cost of these lamps can vary between Rs 100 and Rs 1000.
Orissa State Handloom Cooperative
Positioned on the Rajpath Road, this is one of the most sought-after shopping destinations of Bhubaneshwar. The Orissa State Handloom Coop. is famous for the finest textiles and handicrafts of Orissa. This Government-owned shop offers the best ikkat fabric and appliqué work stuff at fixed prices. Although fabrics are sold here at fixed prices, they assure you of genuine quality at affordable prices. This shopping joint of Bhubaneshwar is an initiative of Orissa Government which facilitates the underprivileged crafts persons to display their handicrafts to the customers. Here you can buy some mementos of Bhubaneshwar to cherish it all your life or some special gifts for your near and dear ones.
BMC Keshari Mall
This mall is an initiative by the BMC or Bhubaneshwar Municipal Corp. If you happen to be at the Unit II close to the Western Market Building of the city, you should not miss the opportunity to shop at the Keshari Mall. This AC mall was unveiled on 3rd September in the year 2010 and is distributed in 3 floors. Keshari Mall offers numerous national as well as international brands to its customers. Here you can get the clothes of latest fashion for men, women and kids of all ages. The mall also houses a boutique named “Keshari Fashions” which attracts people with its hottest collection of garments and fashion accessories. There is a proper parking lot outside the mall where you can park your vehicle. After enjoying a shopping spree you can gorge on some munchies available at the various eateries inside the mall.
This department store is one of the most favorite shopping joints of Bhubaneshwar. Located in the Unit 1 in the Eastern Tower Mkt building this shopper’s paradise offers an impressive collection of conventional arts & crafts. Here you can shell out on a wide ranging collection of hand-woven attire, stunning appliqué works, palm-leaf prints, dhokra, tribal jewelry, wood and stone carvings and “Pattachitras”(or traditional paintings of Orissa). Here you will be amazed to see the dedication of the employees who not only sell these products but also have a comprehensive knowledge of the difficult job behind crafting these marvelous products. The prices are quite affordable as compared to the other outlets of the Eastern Tower Market. Utkalika is an outstanding shopping destination of Bhubaneshwar which is liked by both Indian as well as foreign tourists to splurge on bounteous Orissa Mementos.