Rewind to the days when one would plan an entire day to go shopping for clothes, shoes, jewellery, etc. and after which one would relish on some yummy street food as exhaustion fires up. At the end of the day, we would step into the thresholds of our respective households with a large number of bags which is added on to further with a big smile on our faces in the satisfaction of a day well spent.
But times have changed! Today everything is just a click away. From groceries to food, clothes to other household items everything is delivered to your doorstep within a stipulated time by the service provider. As malls and online shopping started taking over, we gradually moved away from the traditional market space. But these beautiful markets can still not be wiped off completely.
From clothes to spices and jewellery, these markets indeed offer some good stuff at the best prices. Take a look at some of the traditional markets across the country.
Johari Bazaar – Jaipur
Located close to the Hawa Mahal, this market place is a one-stop destination for those who love jewellery. The market area has scores of shops which sell various types of jewellery and varieties of gemstones.
The bazaar is also surrounded by other markets which offer clothes, utensils, shoes and much more. When tired grab a glass of lassi and continue to explore for more.
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Dadar Flower Market – Mumbai
The city of dreams is much famed for its street shopping. This flower market is something different and an unique experience to look forward for.
The market is a wholesale one, although one can still find small vendors coming to make their daily purchases. The place is an indoor market and is paradise for photographers and equally for tourists.
One should visit this place in the early morning hours as most of the vendors would have sold out all their goods by 10 am.
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Kannauj Markets – Uttar Pradesh
These markets are renowned for their various kinds of perfumes, along with tobacco and rose water. Hence before you decide to pay a visit to this place, make sure that your nose is in excellent working condition.
The market is also known for its attar, which is a natural perfume oil made from botanical sources. The market has more than 650 scents which are prepared by the traditional methods of extraction.
Mahidharpura Diamond Market – Surat
As you enter the market, the first sight which would grab your attention is men carrying hundreds of diamonds as if carrying normal stones. People come here with large amounts of cash and buy the precious stones as though buying household needs from a tiny grocery store.
Here one can also find workers polishing and examining the diamonds with utmost care. As you look at these sights, someone would have just closed a deal worth millions of rupees.
Ima Market – Imphal
Also known as Mother's Market, the Ima Market is the only market across the globe which is run and controlled by women. More than 30,000 women sit in rows and sell their products; handicrafts, jute baskets, clothes, groceries, fish, etc.
Jew Town – Fort Kochi
The Jew Town market is well known for its spices apart from which the place sells antiques, shawls, perfumes, handicrafts, etc. The products are all sold by the last surviving few Jewish families.
The smell of the exotic spices would pull you into the many small shops situated in a row; however, a large number of shops have pulled the shutters dues to the large scale competition.
When the spices shops were shut down, they began the business of antiques which has now become a major draw here.
Khari Baoli – Delhi
The Khari Baoli is Asia's largest wholesale spice market which has been operating since, as early as, the 17th century and offers different kinds of spices, nuts, herbs, etc.
The place is also considered as one of the oldest spice markets in the world and is located close by Chandni market area.
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Laad Bazaar – Hyderabad
Located near the monument of Charminar, the market area is well known for it large variety of bangles along with semi precious stones and pearls.
The market is spread across narrow lanes. Make sure you sharpen up your bargaining skills before entering the area, as a good bargain would get you the best of products at the best prices.