7 Old Markets In India That Charm Buyers With Their Unique Character

7 Old Markets In India That Charm Buyers With Their Unique Character

7 Old Markets In India That Charm Buyers With Their Unique Character

In an age and time when shopping malls and online shopping have taken the world by storm, traditional markets in the country are striving hard to survive. Along with its rich culture and heritage, many traditional Indian markets reflect the soul of the city in which they thrive.

MakaanIQ takes a virtual tour of seven of these markets across the country:

Johari Bazaar, Jaipur


'Pink City' Jaipur is not only famous for its forts and art, Johari Bazaar, which located close to the Hawa Mahal, can transport you to a different world. As the name suggests, the market comprises hundreds of shops selling a variety of gems and jewellery. Kundan to meenakari, thewa to polki and also traditional gold ornaments, it has a plethora of jewellery options. However, you can also shop for suits, sarees, artefacts and handlooms with many shops selling these products as well.

Flowers Market, Dadar, Mumbai


Commonly known as Phool Gully, the flower market of Mumbai stocks a large assortment of flowers. The wholesale market remains the busiest from 5am to 11.30am when retail vendors visit the site. You can buy a variety of flowers at a reasonable price.

Ima Market, Imphal

Ima market (flickr.com.Oxlaey)


Also known as the 'Mother's Market', this Manipur market is one of the few markets in the world which is run by women. Clothes, handicrafts, utensils, groceries, fish, the women sellers sell a range of stuff to suit all budgets.

Mahidharpura Diamond Market, Surat

Dimaond Market (youtube.com)


Don't be surprised if you see men carrying diamonds like they are carrying common stones in this market. Surat's Mahidharpura Diamond Market is a mini diamond jewellery industry where you will find millions of workers cutting, polishing, and examining stones.

Laad Bazaar, Hyderabad

Laadbazar (wikipedia.org)


Another old traditional market is Laad Bazaar located near Charminar in Hyderabad. Famous for bangles, the market has been in existence since the time of Qutub Shahis and the Nizams. Shops selling sarees, clothes and jewellery made from semi-precious stones also dot the market. To shop here, learn to bargain as the prices quoted by the shopkeepers for items are high due to the common practice of bargaining tradition prevailing in the market.   

Attar Bazaar, Kannuaj, Uttar Pradesh

Attar marlet(dreamstime) (1)


The tradition market of Kannauaj has retained its old-world charm since ages. The tradition of manufacturing 'attar', as it is locally called, has been in practice since the Mughal era. You can find different scents which are produced using the age-old techniques.

Chor Bazaar, Mumbai

chor bazaar (wikimedia.org)


This 'Market of Thieves' is one of the biggest flea markets in India. As the name suggests, it is a marketplace for second-hand goods and it is believed that if you have lost something, you will find it here. The bazaar is also famous for selling antique articles, Victorian furniture, automobile parts, clocks, coffee tables, etc.  

Last Updated: Wed Jul 27 2016

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