I believe travelling and shopping in India are the two most common things what we Indians really love. No matter whether we have to shop in a mall or in a crowed shopping street, we never get tired of shopping more. Just because of our addiction for the shopping, today I’ve decided to write a blog about the top 10 places for shopping in India. Throughout this post I’m shedding light on India’s best markets, famous shopping streets, and items what you should definitely purchase. Let’s check it-
I’ve written a lot about shopping in Delhi and also helped many shoppers who wanted any information for the best but shopping in a budget. I’ve published an individual blog on Delhi shopping, which you can check here by visiting the below blog link.
Jaipur is undoubtedly one of the best shopping destinations in India. We already know about the attractions of the city, so now we’ve to explore what amazing items we can buy in Jaipur. The pink city is famous for buying wedding lehengas, silk sarees, Rajasthani dresses, carpets, handicraft items, lac bangles, jewellery (especially silver jewellery), paintings, traditional Rajasthani jootis, and more-n-more stuffs. Below are the best Jaipur markets which you should definitely visit for an amazing shopping experience-
Chandpole Bazaar & Kishanpol Bazaar
Once I’ll complete this India shopping blog, I’ll write an individual post about Jaipur shopping. Don’t worry, I’ll cover each and individual market with their specialty in very detail.
Mumbai is more than just Bollywood and shopping mall. So I’m not going to talk about go and shopping in a mall, rather than I’ll explore what people mostly search whenever they are in Mumbai. Yes, I’m taking about street shopping in Mumbai.
No matter where’re you living in India or whatever you wanna purchase, you will get everything here in the shopping streets in Mumbai. In the crowded street markets, you should absolutely buy Mumbaikars local clothes, design dresses in current fashion at very cheap prices, formal to casual antique shoes, old handicrafts, precious stones, uncut jewelry, and whatever you may expect; the listed below street markets offer you all-
I bet Goa is the best shopping destination in India, not because of the foreigner crowd but the attractive night and flea markets packed with the unique items. But not just the antique items, the food and energetic environment with great musical ambience. This is the specialty of shopping in Goa which attracts not just Indian shoppers & travelers but also the foreigners from all over the world.
I suggest you check my Goa shopping blog and see why Goa shopping is so different than any other shopping markets in India.
Apart from as a romantic honeymoon destination, Nainital is also known as the must go place for shopping in India. The hill of Nainital is not only famous for winter shopping but also it is the right place if you’re good in bargaining. The three famous shopping places namely Mall Road, Bara Bazaar, and Tibetan/Bhotia market are the popular destinations for shopping in Nainital. Wooden showpieces, artificial jewellery, colorful handmade candles, fresh fruits (cherries, peaches, strawberries, apples, and many more), woolen stuffs like cardigans, shawls, mufflers, and Tibetan bags are best things to buy here in Nainital.
So the next time when are in Nainital, you know what to buy and where to visit in Nainital for memorable shopping experience.
Served as the capital of former India, Kolkata (formerly known as Calcutta) is the cheapest city in India to live in, and for shopping too! The city is fully packed with uncountable old and new shopping markets that avail you every type of shopping experience in a limited budget. Whether you wanna buy cheap clothes, second hand times, jewelry, or traditional Bengali dresses; Kolkata markets are the best places for shopping in India. You may check below the few most famous shopping places in the city where you should definitely visit during next your Kolkata trip. Have a look-
Things To Buy
New Market of Kolkata
Monday to Friday from 10 AM to 8 PM. Open till 2.30 PM on Saturday but remain closed on Sunday
Bengali sarees, Jewelry, Handicraft items, and Clothes
212 Rash Behari Avenue, Gariahat Crossing
Monday to Saturday (6.30 AM – 9.30 PM), and 6.30 AM to 1.00 PM on Sunday
Variety of clothes, traditional to modern sarees, jewellery, electronics, furniture, and lot of food stalls that serve delicious food too!
Bidhan Sarani, Sovabazar, Hati Bagan, Shyambazar
Open only on Sunday from 10:00 AM to 8:30 PM
Bengali silk clothes, lovely pets, and absolutely right place for bargain shopping
College Street (Boi Para)
Daily: 10 AM to 10 PM
The biggest book market in Kolkata. You can buy here varieties of books from numbers of stalls at reasonable price.
Dakshinapan Shopping Center
2, Gariahat Road, Near by the Flyover, Dhakuria
It is closed on Sunday but open on Monday from 2 PM, and 11 AM to 7.30 PM from Tuesday to Saturday
Terracotta jewellery, Indian handicrafts, and varieties of Tea from Assam, Darjeeling, Kangra & Nilgiri
I’m damn sure you can’t find the accurate info about Lucknow shopping than the blog post I had published last year. I’m from Lucknow (as this is my hometown) this is why I suggest you check my Lucknow shopping guide and correct me if I’m wrong because I believe Lucknow is the best place for street shopping in India.
Chennai is the hub of shopping in South India. So no matter Chennai is a developed metro city, you’ll still find the best street shopping experience here in the famous shopping markets of Chennai. Crowed with uncountable shoppers, Chennai offers everything – from jewelry to fancy clothing, traditional silk sarees, footwear, crockery, music & dance accessories, and especially bags at the cheapest price compared to any other shopping city in India.
So if you like to shop and purchase some of the famous items, I suggest you start you day by visiting these crowed but very popular markets-
You might be wondering why I’ve selected Kashmir/Srinagar as a fabulous destination for shopping in India. The reason I added these shopping places in the list because the beauty, quality, and the variety of goods what you will find here usually cannot be found anywhere in India. Particularly if I talk about few recommended items like, Saffron (????), paper mache crafts, Kashmiri handmade crewel fabric, Kashmiri shawls etc., will be totally different what you’ve purchased outside of Kashmir (Srinagar). Quality and price wise both.
Want to shop in Varanasi’s famous shopping streets markets but don’t know where to go and what to buy? If yes, you’re at the right place. With the India shopping guide I’ll walk you through the best shopping places in Varanasi. Let’s check it-
The holy religious city Varanasi doesn’t need any special introduction as we already know a lot of Banaras. And who didn’t know about it, now they also know the city after Indian general (Lok Sabha) election, 2014 JJJ
So back to what we were discussing, the city of Varanasi is usually famous for temples, Ganga ghats, culture, festivals, old streets, and shopping. Yes, shopping too!
The famous Baranasi silk sarees, handicrafts, religious items, musical instruments, book shops, and local bazaar streets packed with delicious food corners are the attraction of the city.
I suggest you to visit the above listed famous shopping street markets in Varanasi. and rest you will find there what real Banaras is 🙂
So if you’ve found this shopping guide bit informative, do share your thoughts in the comment box. You can also suggest any popular market that I missed above in the list of top 10 shopping cities in India.
Until then, keep calm…travelling enough, and shopping more 🙂
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