Shopping In India: A Peek At Our Travel Treasures

Shopping in India is not for the faint hearted. The bazaars are as enthralling as they are overwhelming, with vibrant colours, smells and seemingly organised chaos. You'll also find yourself stumbling upon hole-in-the-wall shops on your wanderings. I suck as haggling but I gave it a try and think I did pretty okay. One thing's for sure: every buy has a story. Here's a few of mine... Related: What to wear when travelling to IndiaTravel treasures from IndiaHand painted jewellery box - I don't even own enough jewellery to fill up this wooden box but I just couldn't resist the beautiful hand painted artwork on it. Polaroid of the Taj Mahal - When we were snapping photos directly in front of this beautiful monument an elder man came up to us and said he had a better spot to take photos. He shifted us away from the crowds and led us to a lush green garden. I took this polaroid (and a few others) from the spot he showed us, and was thankful that he did. Jewelled tikka - I love the beautifully exotic feel to this hair accessory. Indian women normally wear a tikka on their wedding day (something more dressy like this one) so when I visited the bazaars I would always keep my eye out for one that was a little more subtle. I found this and a few other colours in Jaisalmer which was exactly what I was looking for. We chatted to the lady, her husband and their kids on an afternoon in the fort and she showed me how to wear it; jewels hanging on your forehead whilst it's clipped onto your hair. It's these kind of things that cost as little as 30 rupees that are my favourite travel treasures. It's nothing dear, but they hold a lot of memories. Silver anklet - Along with the jewelled tikkas I found was this delicate silver anklet. I hardly wear it but when the warmer months come around I love the look of simple anklets. Embroidered white kurti - If you don't already know, I'm addicted to white cotton embroidered/lace tops. Not only are they great for travel when it comes to hot destinations (cotton and linen are comfortable and breathable fabrics) but I love the detailing and slight bohemian feel. A kurta is a traditional upper garment for men and women that are typically collarless and longer in length. I've worn this one so much that it's starting to fall apart. Now I'm thinking I should've stocked up while I was there! Love Jaipur, Rajasthan by Fiona Caulfield - I purchased this book to read before and take with me on my first trip around the north of India. I love that it's a boutique and carefully curated guide completely hand made in India and pays homage to India's rich craft legacy. Fiona's experience and thoughts on travel are also inspiring... "Falling in love with a city is just as exciting as falling in love with a person. Your senses become more engaged and you simply feel more alive." READ MORE: 5 reasons why you should travel to India What are some of your favourite travel finds? Leave a comment below - I'd love to know what travel treasures you've picked up on the road.