The capital city of Madhya Pradesh is lined with enchanting lakes and ample mosques. But the other unknown side of the city is its variety of shopping opportunities. The city has several contemporary shopping centres and markets, which are paradise to a shopaholic. Bhopal’s traditional handicraft, silver jewelry and glittery purses are the most sold items in the market. Also, the bazaars have several restaurants food stalls that serve yummy street food and local delicacies such as aromatic pulao, kheema, chaats, etc. And once you are done with the dishes, make sure you taste the famous Bhopali paan. Here are the best shopping places in Bhopal.
Jewelry market – Situated in the old town, jewelry market is one of the most delightful places to browse and shop for some great goodies. Ladies love to come here to splurge on jewelry. The gold and silver jewelry is the famous accessory here. Also found are woven saris, embroidered skirts, purses, and a large variety of bags. The market is the busiest once the sun goes down and the weather is pleasant. This is by far the busiest of all the market places in Bhopal.
Chowk – Located in the heart of the city, Chowk is one of the finest places to shop if you are looking for bright and colourful zardosi work. The market is easily accessible from the best resorts in Bhopal where most tourists usually put up. Also famous here are the wedding dresses, heavily embellished purses, sherwanis, ghagras, saris, etc. The most famous handicraft of the city – batua, is also available in abundance in this market. Surrounding the market are various mosques and ancient havelis. Even if you do not want to buy anything, you must visit this place.
Mrignayani – This is a market located in TT Nagar. It mostly sells the local handicrafts and a few eye-catching souvenirs for reasonable rates. The most notable items of mrignayani are wood carvings, sculptures, silk saris, tribal paintings, printed scarves, wall hangings, leather crafts and hand weaved carpets. The market is open from 10 am to 7pm on all days of the week. Other notable emporiums of Bhopal are Sidhi Dadhri Emporium, Naaz Sadi Emporium, Rajesh Emporium and Kirti Emporium.
New Market – This market is located in the centre of Bhopal and offers innumerable number of shops. The area is flanked with vegetable markets, food joints, a huge mosque and a big temple. You can look out for the fascinating gold jewelry, embroidered purses, leather products and bead works. The bazaar is a very important landmark in the city and simply can’t be missed out.
DB Mall – The posh building, DB Mall, spread across several acres of land, is one of the major crowd pullers here in Bhopal. It has over 150 retail shops. All kind of products are sold over here, from branded apparels to kitchen accessories, vegetables and more.
Beyond the lakes and the palaces, Bhopal is also a shopaholic’s paradise. From street shopping to malls, you sure are to return home with lots of bags and packages.