Preferred Shopping Partners
The best memento from your trip has a story to tell. Be sure your purchases are unique, locally made and long-lasting. And Vantage's local trip partners will steer you in the right direction. Here's how:
- All Shops are hand picked by Vantage experts, ensuring you a quality experience
- We negotiate Vantage-only discounts and special customer service assistance on your behalf
- Ease of shopping with English-speaking merchants so nothing gets lost in translation
- We give preference to merchants who make it easy for you to ship and receive items back home
Vantage has every confidence in the merchants we select for our Preferred Shopping Partners program. Our shops guarantee your satisfaction with any item you purchase — and in the very unlikely event that you have a problem with a purchase, we'll stand by that guarantee and assist you in resolving the issue.
As a tour company, it is our goal to ensure our team delivers the best buys in the best shops, delivering safe and secure purchases. So come prepared with your color swatches and with carpet and clothing sizes converted to local measurements — and your mementos will be telling their stories for years to come.
Nepalese Crafts Limited
Patan Industrial Estate
Nepalese Crafts, established in 1962, is both a showroom and workshop that manufactures and sells handicraft items, including sculptures, objects of wood, beads, carpets, religious ornaments, thangkas, pashminas, and 10 semi-precious and precious stones. Approximately 100 craftsmen work in the shop, producing a wide variety of original quality items available for purchase.
Cottage Industries Art Gallery
81/1 Adchini, Aurobindo Marg, New Delhi 110017
++91 11 2652 8889
Every traveler coming to India wants to carry back a little luxury, and this wonderful store gives you the chance to do just that. Carpets and pashminas are their forte, and thanks to its in-house production, they have one of the best collections of luxurious silk carpets, tribal carpets, and pashminas in the city. Their carpets are handmade and hand-knotted with pure wool, pure silk, and occasionally wool and silk blends. Like the famed Persian carpets, the Kashmir carpets and rugs sold here are considered to be investments for life. Available in a range of sizes, these rugs are renowned to have bright, jewel-like color tones and are traditionally made in oriental, floral designs that typically involve the significant and culturally important motifs such as the paisley, chinar tree, and tree of life. Most of these designs are rooted in the Kashmiri way of living and are a symbolic representation of the age-old Kashmir tradition of hospitality and warmth.
Their tribal rugs are solid in structure, usually made in symmetrical knotting upon a woolen foundation. What’s truly fascinating about these rugs is that they are woven by the Kurdish people in the extreme north part of Kashmir-Leh-Ladhak. The beauty of Kurdish designs are enriched by high-chroma blues, greens, and saffrons, as well as terra-cotta and burnt orange hues made richer still by the lustrous yak wool used.
Their pashmina shawls are made from fine cashmere fibers that are hand-spun, woven, and embroidered in Kashmir. The wool comes from the changthangi, which is a special breed of goat indigenous to high altitudes of the Himalayas. To survive the freezing environment, the goat grows a unique, incredibly soft pashm (inner coat) that’s six times finer than human hair. Kashmir pashmina has been famous for centuries due to its high quality, and Emperor Akbar even presented a gift of Kashmir jamawar to the Queen of England!
5, Dushera Kothi, Amer Road
This generation-old shop is one of the oldest and most respected jewelry stores in the region. It is known for its unparalleled collection of designer and traditional jewelry made from precious and semi-precious stones.
Bhandari also offers an array of exotic handicrafts, as well as antique and ethnic art objects.
41/142 A/I, V.I.P. Road Fatehead Road
This is a marble factory and shop where descendants of the marble carvers who worked on the Taj Mahal offer their wares in the crafts emporia and marble showrooms in Agra, India. The skilled craftsmen and carvers make a variety of beautiful decorative items from marble. A miniature marble replica of the Taj Mahal is a very popular souvenir. This replica reproduces the design of the Taj Mahal with great accuracy and minute detail. While shopping for marble in Agra, do be careful about the quality of the stone. Genuine marble is opaque and does not allow light to pass through. The marble inlay work of Agra is very beautiful. Various semiprecious stones are embedded in marble to create pleasing geometric or floral patterns, similar to those seen in the Taj Mahal. Marble artifacts painted with attractive designs are another form of marbleware seen in the markets of Agra. Artifacts range from vases, ornamental boxes, tabletops, decorative objects, utility items such as ashtrays and table lamps, and replicas of the Taj Mahal in various sizes. The delicacy of the workmanship on marble in Agra is truly amazing.
Mehta Textile Silk Shop
20/51 3B Varuna Bridge
Mehta’s Silk carries on Varanasi’s ancient cultural heritage through its designing and manufacturing of silk brocade textiles — luxury products found among the royal families of India and abroad. Woven silk goods have been produced and cherished for centuries, and this family-run business prides itself on supplying quality raw materials, machinery and equipment, including hand-operated looms, to artisans and weavers. Over 1,500 families are connected with Mehta Silks, working with the company’s products to weave traditional silk designs as well as the newest trends in the market. Among the rich and beautiful items sold here, you’ll find tapestries, bedcoverings, wall hangings, table covers, shawls, silk scarves, and even silk pillows.