Penny-Pinching? I know, happiness is not in money but in shopping! But yes, sometimes it blows off our travel budget. We have a fix for you. Splurging at these famous street shopping places in India will certainly not burn a hole in your pocket. Excited?
1. Baapu Bazaar, Jaipur
Located in the heart of Jaipur city, between the Sanganer Gate and the New Gate of the Pink City, Bapu Bazar is a one stop destination for shopping accessories to shoes to handlooms to artificial jewellery to brass works and precious stones, which is almost everything under the sun. One thing that Rajasthan is famous for is its vibrance and magnificence. Bapu Bazar bears mirror to the same Rajasthani tradition through its artefacts, handlooms, accessories, artificial jewellery and everything that’s available. The Bapu Bazar is famous among locals as well as tourists alike for its energy which also makes it one of the favourite shopping destinations of Jaipur. Bapu Bazar fits the right bill for the quintessential shopaholic where everything is available at steal prices if one has got the bargaining skills right at place. The entire market is all about traditional Rajasthani stuff and is a haven for any person who is obsessed with everything traditional.
2. Arpora Saturday Night Market, Goa
The Saturday Night Market is located at Arpora in North Goa, 4.3 kilometers from Anjuna beach, and 3.7 kilometers from the Baga Beach. The market is 17.7 kilometers north of Panaji. Also called Ingo’s Night Market, it is open between 4 PM and 11 PM from November to April. This is a great place not just for shopping, but also for feeling the Goa ambience. There are party zones for revelers. There is live music, bars, and restaurants serving organic salads, chocolate waffles, Greek food, and local delicacies. You can shop clothes, bags, spices, funky jewelry, handicrafts, leather accessories, shoes, exotic lamps, and more. The night market at Arpora attracts a huge number of tourists – both Europeans and Indians. It is particularly popular with foreign tourists, and the hippie culture. You will find many stalls run by Europeans, making the ambience distinctively cosmopolitan. The nearby Mackies Saturday Night Bazaar beside the Baga River is much smaller in size.
3. Fergusson College Road, Pune
Another popular spot for street shopping in India, Fergusson College Road is situated in Pune. While you are exploring the city of Pune and enjoying your vacation, pay a quick visit to the FC road market. Get ready to splurge in the narrow lanes in this market and buy fashionable items like accessories, watches, shoes, apparel, and more. Remember that bargaining is the key and you will spot a lot of localities doing that. Take tips from them carry amazing souvenirs back home.
4. Sarojini Market, Delhi
Located in the plush locality of Sarojini Nagar in South Delhi, lies the famous Sarojini Nagar market. Known for its cheap prices and an infinite variety of clothes and accessories, Sarojini Nagar market is one of the best markets for shopping in Delhi. If you are looking to buy clothes for your daily usage, Sarojini Nagar market would offer you an infinite range to choose from. On a daily basis, the lanes of Sarojini Nagar market are flooded by buyers, flocking the streets from all parts of Delhi. The cheap price of clothes makes it an irresistible deal. The quality and price you get on these clothes have no match in any other market. Your daily wear t-shirts are available at a cheap bargain of INR 100. Not just daily wear clothes, the never-ending lanes of shops offer all kind of clothes. Updated with all the latest fashion trends, these shops at Sarojini Nagar market is the answer to all your shopping lists. Be it party wear or fancy clothes a celebrity donned at an event, you will find them at the famous Sarojini Nagar market.
5. Chandni Chowk
In the heart of Old Delhi, Chandni Chowk is a busy shopping area with markets full of spices, dried fruit, silver jewelry and vivid saris, while the narrow side streets are crowded with tiny shops selling essential oils, stationery and traditional Indian sweets. Nearby, the vast Mughal-era Red Fort now houses a museum complex, and the 17th-century Jama Masjid is a huge red-sandstone mosque with towering minarets. This densely populated neighbourhood of Old Delhi is more than three centuries old and is a prized treasure trove, home to diverse Indian communities is most popular for its heritage havelis, old bazaars and places of worship. Explore the everyday life of the locals as you walk into the spice, jewellery, dry fruits, wedding markets and build up an appetite for the Indian street food, including stuffed parathas & jalebis and Mughlai food at Karims. Head to the magnificient Jama Masjid for stunning views of Delhi 6, with the iconic symbol of India in the backdrop – Red Fort. The diversity of Old Delhi demands an entire day to truly enjoy all the treasures hidden in this culturally rich part of the city.
6. Crawford Market, Mumbai
Crawford Market, the largest market in Mumbai, is an incredible place to shop for food and household goods, take photos, or simply wander around people watching. It’s also not a bad place to try local snacks, as there are myriad street-food stalls serving up all sorts of treats. Mahatma Jyotiba Phule market or what used to be known as Crawford Market, is one of the busiest places in South Bombay. Named after one of the most active social reformers of india, the market retains the old worldly charm of Mumbai in many ways. They say that to get the real flavour of a city, visit its bustling markets. If you believe in this adage, be sure to visit the MJP Market. The wares sold here are of a huge variety. From vegetables and fresh produce to completely bizarre novelty items, you will be able to find a huge variety here. Candles, party decorations, and a wide variety of miscellaneous items can all be found in this area. The building that houses it is also one of the oldest British buildings in the city and hence worth seeing in itself. Besides, it is also located right next to Chattrapati Shivaji terminus making it an interesting place to take a look at on your trip to Mumbai.