“Saffron and lentil and rice, sandalwood henna and spice… turbans of crimson and silver, mirrors with panels of amber…” These beautiful lines penned down by Sarojini Naidu are a glimpse of the magnificent and vibrant bazaars of Hyderabad. It was written to lure Indians into purchasing goods from the traditional shops and boycott the foreign goods. Today, the poem can serve as a sneak peek into what tourists can expect to pick from the shopping destinations.
The city is known worldwide for pink and black pearls, Dum Biryani and Charminar. But next time you book Delhi to Hyderabad flights, consider exploring the by-lanes of street-side markets. While the national capital boasts of Janpath and Lajpat, they hardly come as close in terms of the old-world charm. Have a look at the best places where you can indulge in guilt-free shopping.
This is one of the oldest markets where you can pick kitchen tools, home décor stuff, antique items and even furniture at throwaway prices. If you wish to purchase junk jewelry, it has plenty of shops stuffed with both Western and Indian statement pieces. Don’t forget to visit on Thursdays to shop to your heart’s content from the weekly flee market near Begum Bazaar.
This is famous for beautiful traditional clothes, especially Burqas. The sellers here deal in massive exports of quality chadaree and abaya for Muslim women. These uphold the Islamic traditions like few others and let you pick from zari, beads and stone worked ones at affordable rates. However, the salwar suits, lehengas and similar Indian attire will not disappoint you either. Choose a few for your friends and family before heading home via Hyderabad to Delhi flights.
This is a century old market, famous all over Telangana as Choori Bazaar. You can expect a huge collection of bangles of all kinds, shapes and sizes here. They are well-crafted with precious and semi-precious stones and are available at unbelievably reasonable rates. Don’t forget to purchase the special type of bangles made of lacquer in sparkling designs and prints. Besides chooris, make sure to check out perfumes, spices and kalamkari cotton clothes.
Standing true to its name, this bustling market is indeed the queen of all Hyderabadi bazaars. After landing via New Delhi to Hyderabad flights, freshen up and get ready to witness massive stocks of bangles, spices, silverware, antique items, household products, kitchen utensils, make-up and accessories, bidriware and even tobacco. This market is this in business for over 150 years and never fails to satisfy our shopping needs.
Moazzam Jahi Bazaar
Jahi was originally established as a fruit market. Soon it turned out to be a place for fresh flowers, vegetables, groceries and an impressive variety of delicious dry fruits. You can also purchase choicest clothing for both daily and festive wear. This bazaar is quite popular among perfume enthusiasts too, who visit to pick divine ittars stored in glass bottles. Lastly, you will come across sellers dealing in wholesale hookahs. Don’t leave without visiting the famous Karachi Bakery here.
If you are not satisfied yet, consider checking out tobacco bazaar, Nampally market, Abids Street and Koti Sultan bazaar. Street shopping might never come close to the glitz and glamour of branded products, yet rest assured, its sheer simplicity will never fail to make your heart happy.