10 Awesome Things To Buy At The Charminar Sunday Bazaar!
The Charminar Sunday bazaar, as the name suggests, is open for about 12 hours every Sunday! Located at the foot of the majestic Charminar, the market stretches in all directions from this epicentre. Here’s all you need to know about the incredible Charminar Bazaar of Hyderabad. Read on!
10 Unique Things To Buy From The Charminar Sunday Bazaar!
Hyderabad has always been the destination for some excellent street shopping opportunities. And one of the most popular places to shop in Hyderabad, undoubtedly, is the Charminar Sunday bazaar. Not sure what you’ll find at the Charminar Sunday bazaar? The Deccan Odyssey has brought together a complete guide to shopping in Hyderabad’s most-famous Sunday Bazaar. Read on.
1. Jewellery Shopping In Charminar
Is a flea market ever complete without racks and racks of out-of-the box jewellery items? The Charminar Bazaar in Hyderabad is no exception to this and has a wide range of both ethnic and modern jewellery for as long as the market stretches! From finger rings, necklaces, earrings to even Maang Teekas, this is every shopper’s dream come true.
For a truly satisfying jewellery shopping experience in Hyderabad, make sure to pick up some of the stylish oxidised metal Jhumkas. They’re affordable and go well with Indo-western outfits, too! You can also have your pick of the tribal-style layered necklaces that can add a pop of colour and pattern to an otherwise plain outfit. If you’re on a trip and are shopping for friends back home, you might be able to pick up some truly unique pieces of jewellery for them.
2. Hyderabad’s Famous Pearls At Charminar Bazaar
Hyderabad is a city known pearl trade ever since the reign of the Nizams. You can shop for authentic Hyderabadi pearls ranging from a few hundred to lakhs of rupees at the Laad Bazaar. While you can will find bangles and earrings ranging for half the price of Pearls or much lesser, we recommend that you go for authentic pearls.
Most of the Hyderabadi pearls are usually paired with semi-precious and precious stones. In fact, Don’t forget to look for ‘Paanchlada’, the five-stringed pearl necklace and the ‘Satlada’, the seven-stringed pearl necklace at the Charminaar Sunday Bazaar which are pretty much in-demand all across India. You can flaunt them on special occasions, and some people even wear them as bridal jewellery.
You can also shop for pearls by colour and size, though authentic white pearls must be your first choice. But you can experiment with other types and colours of pearls, too! The rarer pink and black pearls are precious and hence, pricier. Buying rare and precious pearls from the ‘Pearl Capital of India’ is an excellent investment because genuine pearls always withstand the tests of time.
3. Go Bangle Shopping At Laad Bazaar
Traditional Indian attire is all about beautiful, colourful sarees, jewellery and of course, gorgeous bangles! Walk into the any street of India and take a look around, and you are sure to find 10 women wearing bangles, if not them all. The bangles at Charminar’s famous Laad Bazaar come in a wide range, from lac, metal, gold to glass.
The Laad Bazaar of the Charminar market is said to have been named after lacquer, an essential material used in the making of bangles. Another folklore says, Laad Bazaar has been named after Ladli Begum, the wife of the sixth Nizam of Hyderabad.
You can purchase glass bangles for as little as INR 10, or lac bangles with prices starting at INR 100. Pearl bangles are available at certain shops for anywhere between 50 to 1000 rupees, depending on the authenticity of the pearls. The shimmering colours are sure to bedazzle you and choosing the best from them will be difficult choice to make!
While lac bangles showcase fine craftsmanship with intricate patterns and designs engraved into them, glass bangles though colourful, are relatively simple and are often used as daily wear. On the other hand, Lac bangles, are worn on special occasions and have made their way into bridal jewellery sets. If you cannot manage to find the right match of bangles for your outfit, request the shopkeepers to mix and match different bangles and create a customised set for you!
4. Shop For Traditional Indian Footwear
Find both sneakers and juttis at easily affordable prices that will work well with both casual wear and traditional attire. Whether a bride looking for the perfect accessories to match her wedding outfit or a college student looking for inexpensive ways to switch up her ethnic outfit, there’s something for everyone here. With an eye for detail and excellent bargaining skills, you can buy footwear to match all of your clothes and still not burn a hole in your pocket.
5. Follow The Scent Of Hyderabadi Attar
A few perfumes at the Charminar Sunday Market are imported from places like Paris, while its local counterparts are known as Hyderabadi attar. These heady scents, often sold in small crystallised containers, lend the entire market a sweet fragrance. From floral scents such as rose and jasmine to more earthy and woody ones such as sandalwood, you can pick the scent of your choice.
Hyderabadi Attars make excellent gifts for friends and family, fond of perfumes. These strong perfumes can also be diluted or mixed with other scents on request, if there is a specific combination you would like to try. If you know the kind of base scent they prefer, you can definitely concoct a special batch for them.
6. Shop For Street-Style Clothing
A true haven for thrift shoppers, the Charminar Sunday Bazaar is for anyone who wants to overhaul their wardrobe without breaking the bank. While you can shop for casual wear here, the show-stoppers here are the collection of ethnic wear. Venture into Laad Bazaar to discover stores showcasing a variety of colourful embroidered dupattas, dress materials and saree falls at wholesale prices. From intricately crafted floral patterns to fabrics with sequins and mirror work, you are in for a treat!
You can also buy different types of jewellery and team it up with a casual top over something ethnic for a modern spin. However, if you’re looking for something traditional, this market offers beautiful bridal wear, lehengas and sarees embedded with semi-precious stones that will leave you spoiled for choice!
7. Collect Ancient Coins & Old Stamps
Philatelists and numismatists, we did promise that there was something for everyone at Charminar Sunday Bazaar, and you’re going to love this! Trading in a variety of old and rare stamps and coins every Sunday, right on the footpath are vendors who have a wide spread of coins from eras long past. You can find Indian coins in denominations of annas and other vintage coins from other nationalities, right here. Visit these shops week after week as new collection comes in every Sunday.
Although the Indian Post Office was established in 1837, Asia’s first adhesive stamp, the Scinde Dawk, was introduced in 1852. The First Stamp of Independent India was issued on 21 November 1947. You can also purchase some of these rare stamps (if you’re lucky to find them) from these vendors at the Sunday market. Make sure you get a good deal on these stamps and you might as well bargain your way to a great price!
8. Leather, Metallic & Embroidered Bags
Apart from gorgeous mirror-work and embroidered purses, you will also find metallic and leather handbags to add a boho-chic vibe to your outfit. From enamelled to studded bags, these inexpensive options will make land you on Cloud 9! The excellent craftsmanship make give a classy touch to these bags, so you can flaunt them at the next party you attend!
9. Feast On Hyderabadi Street-Food
After all, it can be exhausting to bargain and hop from one store to another. It should come as no surprise that this market is well-stocked with local delicacies. You can try the Hyderabadi biryani that Hyderabad is well-known for, along with some kebabs and Hyderabadi haleem. If you want to try something lighter, you can choose from a variety of snacks that vendors sell, including dosa and corn on the cod. To finish your meal, enjoy a bite of the heavenly seviyan or kopra pak that you can take home for your loved ones to savour.
10. Vintage Items For Sale At The Charminar Market
The Charminar Bazaar, Hyderabad is a treasure trove those who like collecting antique and vintage items.
From gramophones to antique tea sets, you might find it difficult to decide what you want to carry home with you. You can also buy antique wood décor including chairs, tables and other furniture that are sold at reasonable prices.
On the flip side, if you are easily taken by the tall tales that some of the salesmen might try to weave around you, you might end up with a fake or pay too much for something. The trick here is to have a sound understanding of what you are looking for and how much you are willing to pay for it, and of course, the much-needed bargaining skills. You will also find knick-knacks such as old toys, chandeliers and other accessories for your home.
While we sincerely hope that you have a great time shopping at the Charminar Sunday Bazaar in Hyderabad, do take a moment to indulge in the history that the market is steeped in. After all, it is Hyderabad’s timeless history that made the Charminar Sunday Bazaar what is today.
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