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Shopping in Pondicherry

Pondicherry offers inexpensive shopping experience with low or almost no taxes. Known for its traditional doll making, textiles and silks, it is also the origin of several world-class brands in premium-quality leather, pottery, aromatics, fashion and handmade paper. The superb décor boutiques and export-quality antique furniture galleries here are also worth a look-through.

Pondicherry is the favourite stomping ground of the passionate shopper. It's an octroi - free destination for everything from cars to consumer goods. In addition, there is an enticingly low incidence of sales tax. Shop - hoppers will also relish the pleasant ambience of the boutiques in Pondicherry, which cater to a wide range of tastes, offering stylish garments, semi - precious stones, perfumes, hand - made incense, candles embossed with real petals, marbled silks and aromatherapy products. One can also find a variety of handicrafts from Tamil Nadu, Orissa, Karnataka, Kashmir, Tibet and Pondicherry of course.

Textiles
Pondicherry has long been a centre for the production of household linen and garment textiles. Furniture Pondicherry offers antique furniture and curios such as refinished Tamil, Keralite, and French and British colonial furniture.

Leather
Making leather the forgotten way, with exacting attention to detail, is what separates the Pondicherry brands from the rest. Carefully finshed, innovative products with quality can be found in many leather shops in Pondy.

Pottery
Excellent ceramic artists and artisans work in Pondicherry and Auroville. They keep a keen eye out for the right kind of clay and glazes and make the kilns appropriate to the local environment. Lending their signature an elegant simplicity and a unique decorative flourish.

Aromatics
The aromatics in Pondicherry is world famous for high - quality non - toxic incense sticks and cones as well as scented candles, perfumed oils and sachets, incense holders, ceramic holders and diffusers.

Foods
A variety of jams is produced by Naturellement in Auroville. Some of the produces available are jellies, jams, marmalades, chutneys, pickles, French mustard, peanut butter and other exotic preserves. One can also find snacking cheeses and the cooking kind in Auroville. Pondicherry is famous for its mineral water of which Pondicherry Mineral Water by PASIC is the most known.