Head to Hyderabad’s Old City for lip-smacking street food and some great bargain window shopping makes you entrall with the hyderabi shopping techniques and tricks.
If you want to indulge in the real experience of shopping in Hyderabad, take a trip down to Old City, to Charminar. The crowds are manifold with more shops lining the streets and wares displayed for your convenience. Its especially festive during the month of Ramzan, when amidst the regular hustle and bustle that’s the trademark of this area, the night market has a character of its own.
Shopping here might not be everyone’s cup of tea. But think about it this way – when was the last time you let yourself be powered ahead by a sea of humanity? When was the last time you actually bargained for a dozen bangles as cheap as ’30? When was the last time you indulged in roadside eateries while filling your shopping bags with bargained items? If the answer to all of these queries and more in the negative, then it’s time to make a trip to the market.
They are colourful, cute and blingy. Yes, the bangles here can put the bling-loving hip hop artiste to shame, yet, have a charm of its own. Hyderabad is known for its bangles, with an entire lane dedicated solely to this accessory. So, while on your midnight jaunt, take a walk down the ‘bangle’ road to check out the latest. Put up a good bargain and viola! You’re now the proud owner of some glittering delights.
This is the perfect place to find jhumkas and other earrings in faux kundan, polki and other designs. There is no sugar coating it here – what you see is what you get. And 50% of the time, what you get here is at par with what’s available at high-end stores. Street vendors, mostly tribal women from Andhra Pradesh, put on sale anklets and waistbands. They are not made of silver, but you might just get lucky if you manage to spot a piece that’s perfectly crafted. From colourful clips to hold your hair in place to fancy, shiny clutches – there are chances that you might end up finding something to like.
This natural perfume derived from botanical sources is a must during Ramzan. At the Charminar market, there are stores selling them by the dozen. Some even claim to have them imported from France, while the others rely on products from the Middle East and India. But no matter where they come from, the fragrance of the ittar is unique and absolutely different from the Diors and Guccis we so willingly sport. From jasmine to rose, lilies to woody notes, pick up a bottle of ittar that you think suits you and wear it on the big day.
Take a break from your Jimmy Choos and Christian Louboutins. At the night market, there are enough pairs to sustain a whole population for the next two years. The footwear available here might not be something you would want to flaunt with your expensive designer gear, but you might just get lucky and bag a pair of let’s say ‘garden footwear’. (Continued Story) #KhabarLive