Tuesday, August 08, 2017
Lucknow is well-known for its distinct culture and delicious food. The various monuments that dot the city’s landscape stand as testimony to its rich past. But that is not all there is to ’The City of Nawabs’; it also makes for a great shopping destination. From luxury malls to street markets, Lucknow offers you the best of both worlds. Listed below are some of the city’s foremost marketplaces, offering everything from cloth materials to jewellery, from antiques to handicrafts.
Located in the heart of the city, Hazratganj is one of the oldest markets of Lucknow. It was named after Nawab Amjad Ali Shah, who was also known as ‘Hazrat’. Today, it is a one-stop destination for luxury shopping and fine-dining in the city. Home to various national and international brands, the Hazratganj market is always bustling with energy. It is also home to numerous boutiques, offering you designer suits, ghararas, and sarees. The market also boasts of various multi-cuisine restaurants which bring you dishes from across the world.
The marketplace which promises to introduce you to the real essence of Lucknow is Chowk. Its serpentine lanes offer you a hoard of interesting buys like antique items, ivory handicrafts, scented itars, nagra shoes, chikankari kurtas, and many more fascinating items. The vibrant market allows you the liberty to bargain to your heart’s content. At Chowk, you will also find various delicious delicacies that are trademarks of Lucknow, like Biryani, Tunde Kabab, Rabri, and Malai paan, making it a must visit for every food lover out there.
Aminabad dates back to the period of Nawabs themselves. The market is famous, among both the locals and the tourists, for it is as unique as it is reasonable. If you want to go wedding shopping, Aminabad is the right place. The market consists of various shops specialising in wedding outfits, offering you the best of ghararas, sherwanis, and lehengas. It is also famous for its amazing book sales, making the market every book lover’s delight. If you possess good bargaining skills, you can go a long way in Aminabad.
Lucknow is famous, not only in India but across the world, for its traditional embroidery known as ‘Chikankari’. The work goes back to the time of the Mughals and has stood the test of changing fashion. Chikan clothes are sported by both women and men and Janpath is the perfect place to buy them when in Lucknow. It offers you a wide range and variety of clothes in a plethora of colours, sizes, and designs, with intricate chikan work at the most reasonable of prices. Janpath is also home to many shops with great collections of itars.
The marketplaces of Lucknow have a certain vibe to them unlike that of any other place. Not only do they offer you great buys, but amazing experiences and discounts as well. At a convenient distance from the major hotels in Lucknow, these markets are both the heart and the soul of the city.