Visit Leicester's Golden Mile
Head to the Belgrave Road and Melton Road, area of Leicester city centre where you will enter an Aladdin's cave of spices, jewellery, clothing, interesting gifts and fantastic food and drink.
Locally known as the 'Golden Mile', Belgrave Road and Melton Road is home to the largest selection of Indian jewellery shops outside of India. Visit these shops where you will see a fantastic selection of earrings, bangles, necklaces and bracelets - all made from 22 or 24 carat gold. Shop owners will be happy to explain the tradition behind the jewellery to you, and best of all you can come away with a little something for yourself.
Not all that glitters is gold! This area of Leicester has an enviable selection of Saree houses. The intricate clothing sold here includes glittering Sarees made of silk and hand-embriodered with beads, sequins and crystals, to the more modern lengha suits and shalwar kameez. Whilst there is a wider choice of clothes for women, many shops also have clothes for men, particularly wedding suits.
But this area of Leicester isn't just known for its sparkly things. Take your tastebuds on a journey and visit contemporary restaurants serving a fusion of indo-chinese delicacies or head to a more traditional curry house serving the best in Indian cuisine. It's your choice how hot you dare to go!
Alternatively you can visit one of the many delis selling Indian sweets and savouries and take home some tasty, spicy goodies.