Nothing can be more delightful than swaying down the colorful mesmerizing streets of India with a hot cup of tea in the evening while munching on a mouthful of delicious sweet corns. Street shopping in India can be an enthralling experience if you know what and where you are exactly looking for.
For shopaholics, India is a paradise. Even travelers from abroad end up buying a lot of traditional junk and ethnic wears from the Indian streets as they know they can’t find them elsewhere.
So, its time to go on a shopping tour across the best shopping lanes in India where you can literally find anything of your choice. So, lets begin!
You cannot beat the capital when it comes to shopping streets. I’d rank Delhi first on my personal shopping list, maybe because the capital is not all about glorious shopping malls, you can find just about anything in this city. Be it the flea markets of Palika Bazar or Sarojini Market or the chirping streets of Rajouri Garden, Kamla Nagar or Dilli Haat, you will find glitz and glory in each of these shopping hubs.
You really can’t get enough of Delhi once you are out in the streets. If you are looking for inexpensive summer wears, go to Sarojini nagar market , for traditional wear to shopping home appliances, enter the Central Market in Lajpat Nagar, if you wish to buy authentic traditional apparels, jewelry and accessories from state across India, take a tour of Dilli Haat in South Delhi.
You just need to be smart with your bargaining, just do not give up easily and you’ll have it on your price. Travelers spend days shopping around in the streets of Delhi.
The pink city of Jaipur is widely famous for its vibrant and colorful markets and Johari bazaar and Bapu Bazaar are the most sought after shopping markets in Jaipur. If you have an upcoming Indian wedding, visit Johari bazaar to pick flamboyant lehengas with excellent hand embroidery and mirror work, you will also discover amazing pieces of delicate yet dazzling jewelry here.
Bapu bazaar is a great place for street shopping and to walk around and marvel on its variety of goods, be its textiles, wonderful jootis or Jaipuri printed churidars and lehengas. The streets of Jaipur are good places to burn your calories while you window shop, you can also find authentic durable home ornamental accessories and silver jewelry that you must buy if you are here. Bargaining is not an issue here.
Mumbai, the city of dreams, is a bargainer’s paradise for shopaholics. If you are here, straight away hit the Colaba Causeway. Hundreds of stalls line up along the side of the roads here and you can literally find anything here, right from clothes as cheap as Rs 100 to affordable junk jewelry, bookstalls selling oldest to the new books, cheap traditional Indian wear, purses, slippers, kolhapuri jutis, it’s all in here. A perfect shopper’s stop for ladies.
With plenty of eating options available here and there, make sure you don’t go hungry in these streets as it can get tiring during crowded summers. Bargaining can go as low as you feel is just.
If you are looking for in fashion accessories, clothing and artifacts, hit the Bandra Linking Road and Fashion Street, these are ideal hubs for youngsters and fashion freaks in the city.
Being the largest shopping hub of East India, Kolkalta serves as the gateway of exquisite Northeastern handicrafts and artefacts that find their way here. Before we head to the street markets, I must insist you on visiting the Assam Craft Emporium and Nagaland Emporium to collect some really cool authentic goods from the Northeast.
Despite being one of the crowded metro cities, moving on to the streets, Kolkata offers shopping pleasures on reasonable prices. The most famous of all street market is the colonial style New Market, where you can buy accesories, stunning Bengali red bordered sarees, leather bags, electronic gadgets, shoes, and other trinkets at really cheap prices. Similar to the New Market is the Gariahat market in South Kolkata where you can find shops and stores selling eclectic variety of fashionable clothes, jewelry, shoes, electronics and furniture.
Book lovers should head to the College Street where you can get hold books of first editions at discounted price along with treasure collections of rare books at throwaway price. College Street is the world’s largest hub of second hand books and thus, a rendezvous point of the city’s intelligentsia.
Pearl lovers are most welcome to Hyderabad, the city of pearls where families love to collect their own countless sets of pearl jewelry. If you have a similar wish, head on to Laad Bazaar where everything seems to shine and glitter in front of your eyes.
Adorn your wrists with beautiful pristine sets of pearls that you can afford at not so high range. Colorful bangles, earrings, bracelets and necklaces studded with pearls and semi precious stones hang around in display luring you to wrap them around your hands and neck.
Comparatively cheaper than high end stores, you can also purchase Hyderabadi khara dupattas, and find the most natural attar perfumes that linger onto your body for the whole day.
If you are looking for a wholesome shopping treat, you can visit the Abids Market for antiques, electronics, apparels, jewelry and traditional crafts. Ethnic and traditional Indian wear gets the main focus in this market. Overall, Hyderabad won’t disappoint you if you admire art work and handicrafts.
The city of Nawabs, Lucknow boasts a lot of authenticity in regard to ethnic wear, handicrafts, and jewelry. You won’t be finding many glittery top-end shopping malls in the city but then the little street markets that go denser as you trip inside are a must visit.
Harzatganj is once such little wonder with its popular chikan art that can be found in sarees, kurtis, bed sheets and anything you can think of. Glittering ornaments and jewelry with unique metal ornamentation are exclusively found in Lucknow shops. Danglers and jhumkas are worth a collection. The range of perfumes available can sweep you off your feet totally.
Other must visit markets in Lucknow include Aminabad, Kapoorthala and Gadbadjhala where you can discover exquisite jewellery. Jadau jewellery (jewellery studded with stones) is a must buy if you are here.
So, now that you have the finest list of street shopping across some major cities in India, what are you waiting for? Plan your shopping tour and get going!
Happy shopping 🙂
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