10 Iconic Markets And Bazaars In India For Festive Shopping


​Sarojini Nagar, Delhi

​This shopper's paradise will make your jaw drop with the range of clothes and accessories at affordable prices. Also, check out home décor items and savour delicious street food.

​Crawford Market, Mumbai

​Crawford Market, named after Bombay's first municipal commissioner, Arthur Crawford, opened its doors in 1869. You will find everything from fresh local produce to souvenirs at pocket-friendly prices.

​Hazratganj Market, Lucknow

​This festive season, head to Lucknow's Hazratganj Market to pick exquisite Chikankari suits and sarees to wear at Diwali. It is said the market is designed after London's Queen Street. While there, don't forget to gorge on famous Lakhnawi galouti kebabs.

​Lakkar Bazaar, Shimla

​YIf you're in Shimla, skip Mall Road and head to Lakkar Bazaar. 'Lakkar' in the local language means wood, and the market specialises in a range of wooden handicrafts and decorative items along with pashmina shawls, woollen garments and jewellery.

​Ima Keithel, Imphal

​This 500-year-old all-women market in Imphal is a must-visit to catch a glimpse of Manipur's history and culture. The place is home to around 5,000 'Imas' or mothers who trade daily necessities, handicrafts, clothes, and more.

​New Market, Kolkata

​Formerly known as Sir Stuart Hogg Market, this is a 147-year-old shopping arcade in Kolkata houses as many as 2,000 stalls. From clothes, accessories, to flowers, to even food items, it caters to all your needs. Christmas is a great time to visit the market.

​Anjuna Flea Market, Goa

​A weekly market in the beach lovers’ paradise, Goa, the Wednesday-only Anjuna Flea Market, is your destination for all things eclectic and Bohemian.

​Johari Bazaar, Jaipur

​This famous market within the walled city of Jaipur, near Hawa Mahal, is the perfect place to shop for some bling this festive season. Thewa, Kundan are some of the speciality jewellery crafted in Rajasthan that you can get here along with silver, gemstones and more.

​Charminar Market, Hyderabad

​Surrounding the historic Charminar in Hyderabad is the city's popular local market. Here you can shop for items ranging from traditional clothes to accessories, to even fresh produce. Make sure you visit Laad Bazaar or Choodi Bazaar, famous for its colourful lacquer bangles.

​Manek Chowk, Ahmedabad

​This is a market with two faces. During the day it is one of the oldest jewellery markets in the country, come evening the square is a food lover's paradise as the market transforms into a street food fete.

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