A trip to India is never complete without shopping and shopaholics must not miss the exciting experience of street shopping in the country. We know it is the age of online shopping but if you want that feel of strolling across lanes to find that best piece of dupatta or a junk jewelry, you have to get out on the road!
Here are the best tourist places for shopping in India that you must not miss.
Tourists never miss a chance to visit Goa, the party capital of India. Besides its beaches, beach shacks, nightlife and alcohol, Goa is also popular for its street markets and night markets. One of the most famous places to shop in the state is Anjuna Market. It is also the best when it comes to flea markets. Just learn the art of haggling and check multiple stalls with patience to find the best thing at best price.
Famous picks: Clothing, Artificial jewelry, trinkets, footwear, local handicrafts, beachwear, spices, accessories and handbags.
Best places to shop: Night Bazaar at Arpora (on Saturdays), Calangute, Anjuna Flea Market and Mapusa Market
How can we miss Delhi when talking about the best places of shopping in India? It is the one place in the country where you can find ethnic, traditional and contemporary clothes at budget price with designing labels. Now, that’s some interesting news! If you know the art of bargaining and like street shopping, do not let your hands go of the amazing things at Janpath Market and Sarojini Nagar. Lajpath Nagar and Connaught Place are also good places to shop for tourists. There are different kinds of local handicrafts items in Delhi Haat. Delhi is one of the top 10 street shopping places in India.
Famous picks: Silver and junk jewelry, handbags, clothing and handicrafts
Best places to shop: Connaught Place, Lajpat Nagar, Janpath Market, Daryaganj Book Market, Select City Walk, Hauz Khas and Khan Market.
There is no one particular thing that Mumbai’s shopping streets are famous for. You can get anything and everything in this metropolitan and at an affordable price when you hit the right places. If you are looking up to do some street shopping, Fashion Street, Colaba Causeway and Hill Road are the best options. Again, bargain. Do not miss out High Street Phoenix among malls. There is also a Chor Bazaar where you can get some vintage movie posters.
Famous picks: Kolapuris, junk jewelry, accessories, footwear, clothes
Best places to shop: Linking Road, Hill Road, Colaba Causeway, Oberoi Mall, and High Street Phoenix
If you are looking for a good place to shop for your wedding or a friend’s wedding, Jaipur is among the best places for wedding shopping in India. You will get everything here – from bangles, lehengas, gowns, jewelry and footwear for a bride to Sherwani, tuxedo and shoes for the groom. The city is famous for traditional shopping too. A good learning of how to bargain and you can get everything for an affordable price. You can have some beautiful handicrafts representing their culture and traditions like the hand-made paintings, traditional puppets, etc.
Famous picks: Jaipuri jootis (footwear), clothes, jewelry (artificial, customized, lac, trinkets), Saris, handicrafts, home décor, etc.
Best places to shop: Johri Bazaar, Bapu Bazaar, Link Road, Badi Vhaupar and MI Road
So, you have been to Lucknow’s Jama Masjid, Bara Imambara and also had the famous kebabs, but what about exploring the shopping streets? The city is famous for Chikan thread work and is one of the best places of shopping in the country. You will get a variety of chikan clothing, both for men and women. Also do shop for some handicrafts and jewelry here.
Famous picks: Chikan threadwork clothes, jewelry, décor items.
Best places to shop: Gadbadjhala, Hazratganj, Aminabad
Apart from the beautiful Naini Lake and its spectacular surroundings, Nainital also attracts the tourists towards its shopping markets. The quaint hill station is famous for woolen clothes but more for the bamboo fabric. You will find a wide range of shopping items at the flea markets in the town. Go for a walk in the Mall Road and check out the Tibetan Market to excite the shopaholic in you.
Famous picks: Bamboo fabrics, pine tree craftworks, woolens, artificial jewelry, fruit pickles.
Best places to shop: Bhotia Bazar, Bara Bazaar, Mall Road, Earthcon City Mall
The Ganga ghats of Varanasi are the most popular in the oldest city of India. However, there is a lot more for tourists visiting the place. Varanasi is famous for its fine Benarasi Saris, designed by elaborate embroidery and fine weaving with golden and silver thread. You can buy Benarasi silk sarees, men’s kurtas, kurtis for women, unstitched fabric. Brassware is also a specialty of Banaras (Varanasi).
Famous picks: Benarsai sari, silk kurtas for men and women, brassware
Best places to shop: Gadauliya market, chowk
Ahmedabad is the best place to shop in Gujarat. The shopping scene in the city offers tourists purchase beautiful ethnic wear, the traditional dresses of Gujaratis – Ghagra Choli. The colorful shopping streets are packed with clothes and beautiful handicrafts.
Famous picks: Mirror & bandhej work dresses, ethnic wear, footwear and handicrafts
Best places to shop: Lal Darwaza, Dhalgarwad, Law Garden night market