10 Unusual Markets Of India

Away from the mall life where everything is available at a step’s distance, there exists a totally unconventional world of unusual shopping, and these are found in the iconic markets tucked away in every corner of India. Ours is an aesthetically diverse nation teeming with cultural eccentricities, and when these are found in bizarre bazaars, it leaves you quite enraptured.
1. Ima Keithel, Manipur

Manipuri mothers or Imas from all religions come together at this market, the only market organised and run completely by women. Around 3000 women congregate, sitting in rows, to sell different kinds of food, handicrafts and various other day-to-day household items.
2. Kannauj Markets, Uttar Pradesh

Your nose will lead you to Jain street, where more than 650 perfumeries are involved in the creation of endless variations of scents here, each suited to a particular season, and yes – you can sample them all.
3. Majnu ka Tilla, New Delhi

Located in the Tibetan colony in Northern Delhi, and rampantly popular amongst DU students, the market hosts an array of street shops selling vibrant ‘Free Tibet’ tees, flip-flops and bags, as well as posters of Tibetan deities, pendants and CDs and DVDs for very reasonable prices.
4. Chor Bazaar, Mumbai

All sorts of items – legal, illegal, patented, unpatented, broken, mended and sometimes even your own stolen belongings are likely to be unearthed here. This is the market for you if you’re on the lookout for second hand goods, antiquities, curios and vintage items.
5. Ingo’s Saturday Night Bazaar, Arpora, Goa

Here junk jewellery, beachwear, handicrafts, spices, tattoo and piercing artists congregate amidst live music, several bars and a mind-boggling variety of food, from Tibetan to Italian to Mexican.
6. Johari Bazaar, Jaipur

Johari Bazaar has traditionally been the shopping centre of the city, and with over four hundred stores and shops. The store owners will, be offering you a variety of pieces which are currently ‘trending’, with the more traditional Rajasthani jewellery side-by-side.
7. Mahidharpura Diamond Market, Surat

Open-air gemming is carried out with a marked nonchalance in the back lanes of Mahidharpura
Diamond Market. You can find all kinds of diamonds here, from big prized ones to scraps and powders. Truly unique, the trade is based on the all-encompassing concept of trust, the whole
business being orchestrated as it would be at your local kiraanawallah.
8. Sardar Market, Jodhpur

Cradled in the lap of the looming 15th-century Mehrangarh Fort, the market is always teeming with locals, tourists and Bishnoi villagers hunting for the best deal. Trinkets, bangles and lehriya dupattas change hands seamlessly and like nowhere else in the country.
9 Floating Market, Kashmir

It is one of a kind floating market in India and second of its kind in the world and is at least two centuries old. It is learned from the locals, that the fruits and vegetables sold in the Shikaras are cultivated on the banks of the Dal Lake and cultivated no more than 2 hours before market sales time.
10. Police Bazaar – Shillong

If you want a souvenir from the hills, your’e probably about to spot many little treasures here. In addition you find all the fashionable mountain winter trends. From bamboo crafts and traditional wear, to hippie fashion and party wear.
No matter the crowd, the sweat and the hours-on-end bargaining, shopping has its own charm, and India is the shopaholic’s paradise! The diversity and colours of the country is captured in its local markets and no matter what your budget, there’s always something for you!