When you travel to a city in India, chances are you will go shopping at the major hubs. After all, it is another way of getting a true sense of a city’s culture. Picking up the locally traded items can help make sure that a piece of your trip lives on, even post your trip. But, we are not talking about the usual modern city markets here. Here we take a look at those old Indian bazaars that have withstood changing times, and still continue to attract discerning buyers. Ahead, taking a look at five such markets.
Devaraja market, Mysore
At this market, tourists enthusiastically bargain with vendors, and the environment is vibrant. This market was set-up during the regime of Chamaraja Wodeyar IX from 1868 to 1894, but it is believed that the Devraja Market was actually formed when Mysore herself came into being!
Burra bazaar, Kolkata
The medieval era Burra Bazar was primarily established as a hub for selling yarn and textile. However, today people visit the market to score worthwhile finds. The market is a great place to mingle with locals and vendors, and maybe pick up some useful tips about exploring more of the City of Joy.
Jew Street, Kochi
It is full of shops that stock up curios, antique crockery, wooden furniture, bronze, brass sculptures, jewels, and many more eye-catching stuff. Since the shopkeepers are from the line of Jews who lived here long ago, you are sure to find items of antiquity in this market.
Anjuna flea market, Goa
The Anjuna market was made to function as a shopping haunt for hippies. It is held on Wednesdays and you can find a range of apparel, junk jewels, accessories, second hand bikes and so on. It draws in tourists with its charm and buzz that pervades the entire Goa.
Chandni Chowk, Delhi
This centuries old market was started when the Mughal Emperor Jahangir held the seat of power by his beloved daughter Jahanara. The original plan had a large chowk or square with a pool of water at the centre. It was meant to serve the ladies, yet now products of all kinds are sold here. The best buys of this market are artificial jewels, perfumes and attars, traditional clothes, bridal finery, wedding paraphernalia, leather goods, food and so many other things. Even now, the charm of Chandni Chowk hasn’t waned a wee bit.