Our rickshaw driver recommended this shop to us. Normally we do not follow this sort of recommendations, due to the nature of the commission system, but we had been using this driver on several occasions and he always steered us in the right direction.
And he was right!
From the moment we buzzed the bell and were invited inside the garden wall, we felt that we were in the right place.
The owner, Harish, radiate integrity and a genuine kindness. His shop is clean, well lit, inviting and comfortable.
He welcomed us with probably the best cup of chai we have had so far in India.
He genuinely inquired into our interests and with great patience showed us his amazing wares. The quality of which is superior and I'll tell you why later.
We selected some scarves and a table runner and place settings which were absolutely beautiful and the the finishing work, such as trim and weave was of the highest quality. The fabrics simply simmered like gems and reflected different shades pending the light.
We never felt pressured in any form and after patiently showing us samples from a very big selection of fabrics, from finest silks, wools and cottons, we made our selection.
harsh then made arrangements for shipping via FedEx at no extra cost and our package arrived promptly with in days.
We recommended this shop to friends and Harish made arrangements for them to be picked up free of charge at their guesthouse - they too found some beautiful material for a sari and suit fabric.
Later, another guide took us to another shop - a so called "government approved shop" close to the Ganga - their selection and quality pailed in comparison and their prices were much higher.
It made us feel very good about our purchase and the fact that Harish's pricing is fixed, yet more reasonable than any negotiated price at the government "approved" shop - with high pressure sales staff in an environment that doesnt' even come close to the shanti energy of Harish's store.
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