Local Bazaars of India

India is a country which the Globe trotters love to pay a visit and like to spend moments in its glory of Time, History, Heritage and Culture. This nation is blessed with the finest blend of season, legend, folklore, culture, and genes. The sustenance of the local population is primarily governed by the local markets or Bazaars where one gets to see a wide range of products required in our daily lives. Besides, these Bazaars offer a glimpse of the social and cultural norms that define mode of existence and rejuvenation in each of these regions.

Be it trading diamonds or gold on the street, getting doused in sandalwood perfumeor drowning in bangles and saris, all are part of exploring new ways of keeping yourself happy and feeling content. It's a sure way to make the wives and mothers happy in the family. Let's start our shopping spree….

New Delhi
The magnificence of an old city can be witnessed in some market streets in Old Delhi. These haven't changed for decades. Aloo Parathas fuel you up for a day of bargaining as the crowds and chaos can be a hassle, but if you're willing to accept less-than-ideal conditions, you can walk through the historical bazaars of old Delhi under the looming presence of Jama Masjid and the Red Fort. Every street has a specialty, ranging from jewelry to spices to textiles. Kinari Bazaar, to the left and behind Gurudwara Sisganj in Chandni Chowk specializes in threads, bead embellishments and wedding paraphernalia.

Johari Bazaar in the pink city of Jaipur is regarded as an ultimate paradise for ladies. Being spread around the iconic Hawa Mahal erected for the women of the royal family, this bazaar now attracts the modern princesses within our families to a foray of fabric and jewelry. Women dressed in fuchsia, tangerine and neon pink haggle over the prices with turbaned shopkeepers. On way back home stopping at the most famous sweet shop and treating yourself to a luxurious glass of creamy saffron lassi is always a welcome thought.

Moving away from Amer and stepping into Marwar region brings us to Jodhpur, a city well known for its Bishnoi shoppers. Jodhpur's Sardar Market has hundreds of stalls selling everything imaginable and unimaginable. Located beneath a 15th-century Mehrangarh Fort, the market is full of locals and Bishnoi villagers profusely bargaining. Favorite buys include trinkets, bangles, spices and a traditional fabric called Lehriya, which is best in Jodhpur. Like nowhere else in the country, women here are dressed in hundreds of hues of pink. Men sport pink turbans with mighty mustaches and sporting mesmeric grins.

A visit to the Bollywood nation in India, Mumbai surely brings us to some intriguing places that include the Chor Bazaar, a haven for vintage seekers. Looking for curios, retro pieces, Bollywood posters or an antique camera? They can all be found in the crammed lanes of Mumbai's Chor Bazaar, which literally translates as "Thieves Market." Definitely a litmus test for all bargainers, this place is indeed a shoppers' delight. Besides, the esplanades of Zaveri bazaar, give a peek into the latest jewelery in vogue.

Chowringhee lane is one of the busiest markets of Kolkata and sees footfalls from as early as 10 in the morning. From pretty dolls, keychains and souvenirs to dresses, shoes and costumes, you get it all here. You can easily reach the place by local metro or bus. Trams too are prevalent here in this ancestral city of Bengal.

Famed for its diamond polishing and cutting industry, Surat is also referred to as the Antwerp of the East. Here, in the back lanes of Mahidharpura Diamond Market, stones worth millions of rupees change hands every day, traded right on streets. You can find all kinds of diamonds here, from big priced ones to scraps and powders. Mahidharpura has a festive atmosphere, personified by groups huddled over diamond packets haggling over price, quality and timelines.

The perfume capital of India, Kannauj is overtly populated with old perfumeries globally acclaimed for making 'Attar' – sandalwood and flower based scents using primitive and traditional methods, thus keeping intact the heritage of this city. Endless variations of perfume are tagged according to the seasons. You can sample as many as you like. Roughly 650 perfumeries churn out traditional attar using age-old methods. This small dusty town on the banks of the Ganges was once the capital of the Harsha Vardhan Empire.

This traditional old market called Laad Bazaar located near Charminaar; Hyderabad is famous for the large variety of beautiful bangles that it offers. You can also find some awesome semi-precious stones and pearls jewelry. The narrow lane doesn't allow rickshaws and cars to enter, so be prepared for a bit of walking. And make sure that you tighten up your bargaining skills before entering the market.

If you want to get products from Kashmir to Kanyakumari, the Jew Town in Cochin is a place for you to go. Famous for its spices, this market also offers a huge variety of hand- crafted shawls, jewelry, handicrafts, perfumes and clothes – all sold by the last surviving Jewish families. The smell of various exotic spices will draw you towards the many small shops placed in a row. There are also shops selling other commodities in Jew town, which offer a vast variety of things including lovely antiques.

If there is one thing you can't afford to miss except the beaches in Goa, it is the flea market at Anjuna. This market evolved as a "hippie exchange" where the foreign tourists sold their possessions. Today Anjuna beach is a much popular flea market which is set up every Wednesday. From jewelry, clothes, handmade toys to spices, tea, souvenirs and much more, this flea market is plentiful for shopping enthusiasts. Goa's Mapusa Friday Bazaar is one of the few remaining authentic markets in Goa, where women from nearby villages gather to sell homemade products like pickles, fruits, spices, earthen pots, etc.

In today's modern times Shopping malls may be the most sought after places for the yuppies, but the flavor of age-old bazaars offered through a perfect concoction of generic crowd and illustrious spices, garbage and flowers, street food and plastic cheap toys is matchless. India's markets are ubiquitous and would continue to offer their share till the existence of terra firma.