Dilapidated structure with forlorn past, aroma of Irani Chai and Vendors selling every other goods from Choodi to Attar, welcome to the Charminar Bazaar. The Charminar Bazaar in Hyderabad has a character of its own, probably a charm too. Charminar is like an inseparable part of Hyderabad’s heritage. Built by Sultan Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah, Charminar is a 200-year old structure and the decadent Charminar Bazaar has travelled equal distance. This bazaar belongs to screaming history and bargaining buyers, though the vendors make it a point “there is no price to look!!!”
Feel-Vibe of the Woman’s Delight, the Charminar Bazaar:-
Adjacent to the monument, Charminar Bazaar is stretched on four roads. It starts from Charminar and spread across an area of a kilometre. Starting from Charminar, the bazaar continues through Laad Bazaar, Pather Gatti till Mecca Masjid. Chowmahalla Palace is the closest landmark.
Strangely the Charminar Bazar does not start in the wee hours unlike the other bazaars in the Nizam State. Post 11:00 am the shopkeepers start settling down with their wares. The hustle-bustle of the bazaar continues till 11:00 pm through the best time to visit is evening. Make bazaar visit more alluring with the monument visit accompanied by a mesmerizing view from the top.
Charminar Bazaar is the unfailing woman’s delight. From radiant Choodi to flowing dupattas to the cute footwear to the signature fragrance, this bazaar serves every girl’s fancy in Hyderabad. And this entire universe is at her disposal at unbeatable prices.
The narrow alleys of Charminar seem to be the Paradise for Authentic Pearls. From Basra Pearls to Cultured Pearls, rare varieties of pearls can be handpicked at this market. A huge amount of Pearls arrive here and undergo various stages production like Drilling, Sorting, Sizing, Designing and threading.
Notable Pearl Shops in Charminar:-
Where: Krishna Pearls: 22-6-209, Beside Miralam Mandi, Pathergatti Road, Near Charminar, Hyderabad
Where: Agarwal Gems & Pearls: 5-8-344/1, Mahesh Nagar Colony, Abids, Hyderabad
Where: Mangatrai Pearls: Punjagutta Cross Road, Charminar, Hyderabad
These glittering delights are seldom found, not-so-keen buyers. An entire lane of Charminar Bazaar is dedicated to these pretty accessories. On your midnight junk, hop over this lane, make a great bargain and you have just gifted yourself few cute and blingy bangles.
Sunday Charminar Market is that indisputed destination for ‘kharra dupattas.’ Brightest colours and local handwork adorn these dupattas and make for a ravishing wear. Brocaded fabric or laden with rich Zardosi work, the gorgeous fabric is available at throwaway prices.
If you are looking for traditional shoe makeover, few places can compete Sunday Charminar Bazaar. The pavement-sellers flaunt a staggering variety of vibrant footwear for all occasions.
With Mughal History, Ittar has travelled a long way. And if you’re keen to build up fragrant Ittar collection, this is the place to be. From Jasmine to Rose to Lilies to Woody Notes, rarest known Ittar crowd the bazaar. The natural perfume market stores claim to have imported perfume brands from France while most of them display fragrance from the Middle East.
Aromas of Haleem and Flavours of Irani Chai dominate the air at Charminar Bazaar. The Nimrah Café is a Charminar Must Visit for that authentic Irani Chai and Osmania Biscuits. The famous snack from North India makes a robust appearance in Charminar Bazaar, Dahi Bhalle.
Slightly ahead of Chatta Bazaar, vendors parked with baskets of absolutely delicious Seewaiyyan. Hyderabad relishes a plate of Sheer Qorma and there is no better place to shop for Seewaiyyan than Charminar Bazaar.
Charminar Bazaar is overwhelmed with festive fervour right at the beginning of Ramadan. A special Night Bazaar for Ramazan keeps open till 2-3 am to cater to the shopping frenzy of Hyderabadis in the night. The bazaar remains buzzing with glitters of bangles, the sheen of mehendi and the calls of vendors. Laad Bazaar or the Bangle market especially comes alive during Ramadan. Patther Ghatti or the paradise for clothing has a colourful draw during this festive season. This lane also displays home-friendly crockery which is bought by the locals to serve food to the special Ramadan guests.
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