The free spirited hobo would like nothing more than a place where she can splurge on trinkets and clothes and still have enough money left over to be able to afford a cute high-tea in the cafe around the corner. In India, practically anywhere, there are markets galore. That might put us plastic-card happy shopaholics in a tight spot, especially if we don’t find the right places which offer really low end prices for high quality stuff. Here are a few places spread all over the country that offer real value for money.
- Delhi has, perhaps, the greatest street shopping destinations in the country: Purani Dilli, Chandni Chowk, Khan Market, Janpath Market and Connaught Place are where a shopper’s dream come true. The prices are nothing compared to what you get. From really chic leather belts and jackets to super cute tops and cardigans, rest assured, you’ll be the owner of something totally unique and high street without breaking a sweat about the price tag. Also, the jewellery is to die for!
Sadar Bazar has the most fantastic shops that usually sell imitation jewellery in bulk to retailers. They have the most gorgeous collection of trinkets and junk jewellery that would put any fashionista’s jewellery box to shame. So if you are looking for places to buy decent things at really unbelievable prices in the NCR you should NOT give these places a miss.
- Goa, the party capital of India, isn’t far behind in having some awesome flea markets loaded with exotic, eccentric goodies. The Arpora Saturday night bazaar is an amazing place to pick up some Bohemian, beachy clothes, colourful fabrics and their speciality, leather sandals. The Anjuna Flea market comes a close second with indigenous items like seashell jewellery, mirrored accessories and embroidered, embellished clothes.
- The Tibetan Markets of the North-East are a league of their own. Tbetan bazaars in Shillong, Darjeling and even Shimla stack up on the most amazing clothes from across the border. Their denims are absolutely divine along with the locally made antique silver jewellery. A mindboggling collection of absolutely delightful accessories, stoles and fashionable woollens can be expected to be acquired in these markets. Apart from this they also have these really great bath and body care product made with the goodness of ingredients sourced from the mountains.
- Going to the west, we have Jaipur, the epicentre of the best Rajput themed antiques, textiles and handicrafts that include aeverything from jewellery to puppets. Jauhari Bazaar is famous for its jewellery – both precious and semiprecious and of course it’s noteworthy Minakari work. Quilts can be found at Hawa Mahal and Bapu Bazaar in the city specializes in colourful textiles.
Image Credits: Anjuna Flea Market: Flickr
Chandni Chowk: Flickr
Tibetan Market, Shimla: Panoramio
Blue Pottery in Jaipur: Flickr
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