Who is a happy shopper? He/she is someone who feels no hole in the pocket and also believes that he/she is cleverer than the shopkeeper. What the shopkeeper thinks is not our concern at all. We, the happy shoppers have to feel that no one actually cheated our money and we returned home with a quality product.
To some extent, I believe that we Indians are smart when it comes to bargaining. Yes, there is a certain portion of the population who loves to shop in malls or a/c markets and won’t mind paying some extra money because to them brands are more prestigious than anything else. But most of India enjoy street shopping. The immense variety of garments, crockery, fashionable bags, trendy shoes, etc. are found profusely in some of the markets and people love to spend their weekends shouting with the hawkers.
So, this list of cheap shopping destinations in India must be known to you. Whenever you reach these cities, you must not forget to hit these shopping destinations.
Sarojini Nagar, New Delhi
Ask about Sarojini Nagar Market to any Delhiite or anyone who has stayed in New Delhi for some time, there would be a satisfying smile on the face. Many would say that it is best for the girls but I have seen men also shopping heart out in this market. The daily turnover of this street economy is near about 1 lakh crore per day. Yes, you heard that right!
You find branded eye cosmetics to leather goods, valuable crockery sets to furniture, wedding sarees to winter clothes here very easily. What would be the fashion of Delhi during the summer or winter is in a way decided by this market where people from all walks of life crowd to get their desired items in cheap rate. If you visit this market around 8:30 in the evening, that is when the hawkers are wrapping up, you can find an even cheaper price of products.
Commercial Street, Bengaluru
If you are in Bengaluru, you must visit this market. This place is a haven for shopaholics. From the simple ear studs to the complicated designer dress – you would find a great variety of products here. The best thing about this place is that you would get an item for all type of budgets. So, now you know the reason, why this place is always crowded? You get every item for the livelihood at a cheap rate and that’s reason enough to visit this market once a month!
Colaba Causeway, Mumbai
Yes, Mumbai is the financial capital of India and the standard of living is quite high here. But things can be cheaper too if you visit this place. This place in Mumbai is juxtaposed between the old and new world charm. This place lies close to the Fort area, and to the east of Cuffe Parade, an upmarket neighborhood in South Mumbai. It is also close to other prominent landmarks in Mumbai like the Gateway of India and Taj Mahal Palace, and Tower. You would find posh shopping centers but you would also see small stores selling electronics, musical instruments, antique pieces, colorful bangles, carpets, books, backpacks, etc. You would also find some amazing cafés and restaurants to rest and eat after your shopping parade.
New Market, Kolkata
What Sarojini Nagar is to Delhi, New Market is to Kolkata. Well, there are many more places in Kolkata – the cultural capital of India where you can shop cheaply with pride but this place outshines all due to the variety. You get a fulfilling plate of Chinese meal that can be eaten by 2 for a meager 60 bucks. You would find leather items, garments, soft toys, accessories, cosmetics, and whatnot from its 2000 plus stalls.
A huge segment of New Market is dedicated to florists. Crossing the famous Grand Hotel (The Oberoi Grand), the moment you enter this market, you would be flooded with choices. The area is surrounded by a CST like structure and thus there is no vehicle interference. The best part is you would find a “SALE” all around the year. You cannot cover the whole of New Market in a single day that’s for sure. Once you are done with shopping, don’t forget to but the famous Nahoum & Sons fruitcake.
Charminar Shopping, Hyderabad
Hyderabad is the city of the Charminar. If you are looking for fabulous street shopping in this city, you must visit the Charminar Bazaar, Begum Bazaar, or Koti. Hyderabad is also famous for its unique pearls and you would thus end up witnessing a beautiful world of jewelry here. You would also get the lavish salwar suits and mesmerizing perfumes from this market and too at an affordable price.
Pondy Bazar, Chennai
The official name of this place is Soundarapandian Angadi. Pondy Bazar in Chennai is the best place to shop if you are looking out for some ethnic wear. The traditional kurta and footwear (chappals) that you get here are splendid and you are simply going to have a great time shopping here. This is also a great place for mobile accessories, gold/silver/diamond jewelry, utensils, fan, air conditioners, etc. shopping
Your visit to Lucknow would be incomplete if you don’t hit this market that has an aroma of great food. The famous Lucknow Chikan material to Kebabs – you would find a mix of amazing shops, restaurants, theaters here. This place is also the biggest market for the computer or IT goods in the state and ranks second in India to New Delhi’s Nehru Place. The Naza Market here is the biggest piracy market in the whole of Asia.
Bapu Bazaar, Jaipur
This is again one of the best and cheapest places in India if you have to buy ethnic wears both for men and women. The fancy and colorful Lehenga-Choli for ladies or the kurtas for gentlemen along with matching pair of shoes – you would find your desired garments here. Just be smart while doing the bargaining. You would find a footfall of millions here every day.
Arpora Saturday Night, Goa
Goa is not only a party-hoppers paradise, but it is also a heaven for shopaholics. This street shopping in Arpora Saturday Night would inspire you to shop more! You can enjoy the world cuisine here along with garments, crockery, and jewelry shopping. Most of the travel agencies organize a special trip to this market. What all you want more? There is lovely music in the background!
Tibet Walk, Ooty
Ooty is a wonderful hill station in South India and this Tibet Walk offers a wonderful option if you want to buy winter wears and chocolates for your loved ones back home. The street is filled mostly with chocolate shops and the sight is really awesome. Pullovers, sweaters, cardigans, socks, blankets, etc. can be found at a cheap rate.
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