Shopping-the Rustle of a new dress, the earthy smell of aa brown shopping bag( extra bag please!),and the thrill of everything combined. Here I have put together some of the most loved markets in the country which are soaked in history and offer fascinating tales. Apart from stocked shelves, ofcourse.
It gives you you a sneak peek into the rich treasure trove of crafts that each state of India boasts of in addition to offering delectable platters of food from every region All under the open skies attempting amalgamation of sides and sounds that provides and immediate respite from the cacophony of the traffic outside the gates. Delhi Haat it is a favourite both among locals and tourists an initiative of the state tourism department the idea of creating a space where craftsmen from across the country could gather showcase and sell their ware in open space - like the rural market or haat- immediately caught the public imagination since its inception near the INA market in south Delhi in 1994, and although a second one has come up in north Delhi's pitampura area, it's the ' original ' one that's more popular. From silk to silver; woodwork to metal ware; pottery, rugs and bags to pickles and condiments- you just name it, the market has it all. A delicate Pashmina from Jammu and Kashmir code tempt you from one shop even as a neatly stacked set of black pottery from the North East peeps from the other a range of deftly crafted wooden furniture from Uttar Pradesh and paintings from Odisha could inspire you to redo your den wild rows of jewellery shops would definitely succeed in making you loosen your purse strings. Dilli haat scores big on the fact that all products on display are genuine and have been so fairly priced it must be mentioned here that the craftsman rent space for roughly 2 weeks hence every fortnight or so does space where in new look at the end of the shops begins the row of eateries that serve traditional food from different states of particular mention is the Nagaland stall and its delicious momos and bamboo shoot chicken and the adjoining Maharashtra stall and its sabudana khichdi and poha while it's always buzzing with people tourist ,students ,office goers, families. I recommend you visit Delhi Haat in the evening when it's cooler and the space is brightly lit up but if it's winter then definitely in the morning with less crowds you would get all the attention of the craftsman plus what better way to build up and appetite than soaking up the sun while strolling through the market?