The lean, turban-wearing shopkeepers, sitting in every nook and corner, crowding the already-cramped narrow streets and shouting their hearts out, quickly blurting out the price of every article with them in one-single breath; the artistic aunties bargaining for every buck with their unique style and skill, and their little kids, snatching their sleeves, crying for the one colourful balloon, they have set their hearts on! We all are well familiar with the typical Indian bazaars. Aren’t we? So are the bazaars of Gwalior. As popular are the historical places to visit in Gwalior, so are its bazaars.
Let us have a stroll in the hustle and bustle, crowded galiyan of Gwalior:
Shop vendors walking along with you, trying to allure you into buying their products, negotiating the prices and pleading you to buy the things is a common sight here. This will get you the things in the most reasonable prices. The USP of this market is that you get to have the authentic products here. This bazaar has an eclectic variety of lacquerware and handmade items like woven carpets, wall hangings and dolls. An adoring treat for the ladies, Chanderisarees and Maheshwarisarees are very popular here. In fact, the entire Gwalior is famed for its Chanderisarees. A beautiful Chanderisaree is a pretty gift to buy for your lady and enhance her grace. A 2-3 hours stroll in this market will stock your bags with a gazillion of items.
Jiyaji Bazaar is another popular market where one can get hold of beautiful jewellery, with intricate designs and styles. Nothing jazzes up the charm of a lady more than an elegant piece of jewellery, adorned on her body. Also known as MaharajBada bazaar, it is one of the biggest and most-trotted market in Gwalior. One can buy exquisite pottery pieces and other handloom materials here. This market proudly features seven different styles of architectures, including Mughal, Rajput, Italian, Chinese and Russian. If you are a shopping buff, you must not miss this market.
The distinct and extravagant culture of Gwalior is obscure in the items sold here. Woven from the industrious fingers of the locals, the handcrafts and the handlooms have wooed tourists from all over the world. One can smell the ancient essence of India, engraved in the artifacts sold here. If you want to buy leather items, this market is perfect for all your needs. Selling a wide range of footwear, from chappals and sandals to moccasins and sneakers, this is a one-stop destination for you. You can even check for chanderi, brocade and silk sarees at Kothari, an excellent shop for sarees and jewellery. While going back home, don’t forget to buy silver boxes embellished with images of the great Man Singh Palace, a Gwalior’s favourite, as souvenirs for your loved ones.
A few other bazaars famous in Gwalior are the Gandhi Bazaar, a wholesale cloth market, where cloth is sold by weight and the Naya Bazaar, where apart from handicraft and leather items, paper mache items are also sold. These bazaars are chained with various local eateries, where one can gorge on delicious delicacies of Gwalior. All these flocked bazaars offer a major source of livelihood for the Gwalior locals.