Durga Pujo special : shop till You drop

 Friends Durga Pujo is just around the corner and if you haven't shopped yet here are the top places to check out. If you have shopped already....well there is always room for more :)


New Market, also known as Hogg's Market, is Kolkata's oldest and most well known market. It's got over 2,000 stalls and is a bargain hunter's delight. Head to the reconstructed section of the market, which got rebuilt after a fire in 1985, if you want to buy saris. You'll find plenty to choose from there. In the evenings, street vendors come to sell cheap jewelry and eye catching bags out the front of the market. Just be prepared for the crowds!
  • Location: Lindsay Street, just off Chowringhee Road.
  • Opening Hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Friday, and until 2.30pm on Saturday. Closed on Sunday. Ooops open on Sunday too on till Durga Puja




2. Dakshinapan Shopping Center

This open air shopping center is a little out of the way, but it's an excellent place to buy Indian handicrafts and artifacts. You'll find many Indian state government emporiums there, stocked with fixed price goods from all over the country. It's also the place to buy cheap Indian clothing. Tea enthusiasts must stop by the renowned Dolly's Tea Shop. This small but enticingly decorated boutique tea shop has 20 different fruit flavors of tea to choose from, as well as refreshing fruit infused iced teas. You can even buy attractively packaged gifts.
  • Location: Ghariahat Road in Dhakuria, near the flyover (overpass).
  • Opening Hours: Tuesday to Saturday 11 a.m. to 7.30 p.m., and Mondays after 2 p.m. Closed on Sunday.




My extolling the many virtues of 'branded' quality stuff never impressed my mother. For her the mecca of shopping always was and will be Gariahat - closer home and a place for amazing bargains.She loves roaming around, going through the strewn knickknacks, arguing with the sellers and walking away with the self satisfied smirk after a thing well bought(Or so she thought!). And such a thing may be as cheap as 10 rupees. She says the experience is euphoric, like a tough battle won, or like a big deal clinched. The satisfaction is almost addictive....

Gariahat - renowned for clothes, jewellery, food, sweets .....virtually everything one can conceive of. It has famous saree places - Trader's Assembly and Indian Silk House, sweet shops - Mouchak and Ganguram, food hangouts - Bhajahari Manna and Bedwin(Of the delectable rolls) and myriad well stocked boutiques. Also, one cannot overlook the many hawkers on the streets, selling really old, prized books and household items, prices ready on their pan stained lips, to be dropped immediately based on the endurance and ignorance of each gullible buyer.

This place is mayhem almost everyday - so many people shoving, stamping your feet and cursing in rapid Bengali. But a great place for some cheap, wholesome food, fun and shopping. Try it!