What could appease the mind and likings of a modern woman more than shopping? Retail therapy as it is called can solve all problems instantly and no trip is complete without proper shopping from that area and looking for souvenirs for friends and family is the single most important factor of making any trip successful. I therefore turned to shopping and bazaars of Jammu to make the trip of mine ultra successful.
Jammu did not disappoint me one bit in this department, for it had an amalgamation of both the new and traditional aspects of shopping there. While the modern departmental invasion had already
taken place here but it was interesting to see that even the traditional markets had its own niche in Jammu. The famous Raghunath Bazaar had popular items like handicrafts, handloom and dry
fruits market which were like world famous. Another famous market was the Gole Market in the Gandhi Nagar locality which had all modern shopping shops for garments, footwear and accessories. The
pashmina and the woolen of the area was certainly the most coveted item for any shopper. I picked up all that my wallet and wardrobe could afford. Shopping for me at places like this is like
leaving a little girl loose in a toy shop.
I took all my sweet time to explore the regional shops, looked for handicrafts, little knick-knacks for my near and dear ones and various indigenous things specifically for everybody I knew. While I carried back loads of memories in my mind and in my camera with me of this beautiful land, for the less fortunate who had not yet traveled Jammu and Kashmir, I could at least carry items that would remind them of this place and endorsed by my advice they will certainly plan to visit it sometime or other. The shopping and bazaars of Jammu helped me pick up all that I needed to make my close ones happy. I said bye-bye to my driver who was my single most effective source of information. These few days at Jammu and Kashmir had not only enriched my senses but also opened my eyes to the beauty of our India.