Saturday, June 1, 2019

One of the added benefits of touring in different regions of India is the comfort called street shopping. It is also a welcome change from the tiring and tedious shopping at departmental stores or in plush malls. Street shopping is also a pleasure for the tourists who want to have some local souvenirs. They are also the haven of local culture. From hand-woven clothes to handicraft items to food made by local people, street shops in India have in store all of them and that too in cheaper rates. This is the reason why foreigners and domestic travellers flock to those places. If you love fancy shopping from the streets here is a compilation of 10 such shopping destinations in India.

1.       Colaba Causeway, Mumbai
Located in Mumbai at the link between Colaba and South Mumbai, this is one of the popular street shopping destinations. Previously known as Shahid Bhagat Singh Road, this place is referred to as Colaba Market by the local people. The place is always flocked by locals and foreign tourists alike as it has a number of restaurants and cafeterias to hang out apart from shopping. The stalls sell all kinds of items like branded clothes, shoes, accessories and jewelleries at a reasonable rate. Brands like Raw Mango, Hakopa, and Purple Line etc. have their stalls here. This place is regarded as one of the best places to bargain. The Causeway market is also considered a heaven for book lovers. You pick up any category of books, you get it.

2.       Commercial Street, Bengaluru
Down South, Commercial Street is the place for you if you are a shopaholic. The place is a paradise for women who love fashion and is always on the look-out for what’s new. You can purchase good quality Mysore Silk. The place is always abuzz with people choosing from high branded clothes to local hand-woven materials. From printed dupattas to cotton and Tussar silk, you can buy them from the stalls and shops located here.

3.       New Market, Kolkata
New Market, located at the heart of the city of Kolkata is one of the oldest street markets in India. The market was built in the late 19th century and now has more than 2000 stalls. Confectionary, clothes, accessories, shoes, bags- anything you ask for it, this place has all of them. If you know how to bargain the best price for the best quality item, then this is your place. Plus the colonial architecture of the shops is sure to catch your attention. Don’t forget to visit Nahoum and Sons if you love confectionary.

4.       Arpora Saturday Night Market, Goa
If you have pictured Goa only with sea beaches and parties, then it’s time to visit the Saturday Night Market in Arpora. It is approximately 18 km from Panjim and is closer to the beaches of Calangute, Baga and Candolim. The market opens at 6 pm and closes at 12 pm but if you want to hang around, there are a number of food stalls here. When you enter, you can listen to music which sets the mood for shopping with pleasure. Jeweller, handicrafts, street fashion, exotic liquor, you can buy anything from here.

5.       Sarojini Market, Delhi
Whoever has visited Delhi never missed visiting Sarojini Market which is basically the paradise for buying fashionable clothes at lower rates. The place is so beautiful and popular that a number of Bollywood songs has been shot it here. The exported surplus items are sold at a very cheap rate here and that’s why the place is always in demand. Accessories, bags, shoes, clothes, you ask for it and Sarojini has all in store.

6.       Bapu Bazar, Jaipur
This is undoubtedly the most colourful street markets in India. If you are looking for some traditional clothes and accessories, then this place has them in galore. Located between Sanganer Gate and New Gate, the area is pulsating with all kinds of traditional Rajasthani items like textiles, shoes, bags, jewellery, stones and brass works. This place is famous for Mojari, or the shoes made from camel skin, and along with that Rajasthani Lehenga, block printed home decors, Bandhej salwars, fabrics and many more.

7.       FC Road, Pune
FC Road or Fergusson College Road is the street shopping destination in Pune. Number of youngsters flock to this place for three major things- food, fashion and technology which are available at reasonable rates. A number of fast food chains have opened up here to pull the crowd. The narrow by-lanes are lined with markets with items like watches, sunglasses, bags, accessories, mobile and laptops available at good discounts.

8.       Janpath, Delhi
Janpath Market which stretches from Connaught Place to Windsor Road is one of the popular cultural hubs in India. The gothic style market is the haven for people interested in exploring handicrafts and other souvenirs from different regions in India. The catch element is the stalls from different states like West Bengal, UP, Rajasthan, Gujarat etc. selling indigenous items.

9.       Fashion Street, Mumbai
Located in South Mumbai opposite Azad Maidan, this place is popular for lip smacking foods and trendy fashions. Both ethnic and trendy items are sold here including popular gadgets and accessories.

10.   Hazratganj Market, Lucknow
If you visit Lucknow and don’t buy Chikankari, then your trip may half-heartedly end there. So, when you are there, visit the Hazratgunj Market to buy the exotic Chikankari. Not only that, the place will take you a trip down the history with its Mughal and Colonial architecture.   



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