Ahmedabad : Ahmedabad is not just a name but a vibrant city with items including vibrant fabrics, funky jewellery, traditional crafts. Ahmedabad was once called the Manchester of India. Ahmedabad also underwent many changes with the era of change but even today there are some places here which are becoming more and more majestic with its old identity.
1) Lal Darwaja, Tran Darwaja
First of all let’s talk about the famous Lal Darwaja in Ahmedabad, also known as the Tran Darwaja and Bhadra. The world famous Tran Darwaja was built in 1415 by Emperor Ahmed Shah. Surrounded by crowds for all twelve months, Lal Darwaja Market is Ahmedabad’s shopping hub. The peculiarity of this market is that it is open seven days a week. Here you can easily find everything from everyday life to saree, fabric, shoes, colorful skirts, purses, scarves, cutlery, household items. One of the main conditions for shopping at Lal Darwaja is that you need to know how to do negotiation. Here you can find very cheap and good items. Be sure to visit this market if you want to have a wedding in your home. You will get good things on a low budget with a guarantee.
This is the clothing market. This market is one of the oldest markets in Ahmedabad. Here you will find a very large variety of clothing. Years ago, the market used to be organized on Sabarmati river bed. The place has since been renamed Dhalgarwad. Here you will find different types of sarees like Bandhani, Silk, Cotton Printed, Jaipuri, Handwork. Apart from this, salwar-suits, chaniacholi, bedsheets and hosiery clothes for children will also be easily available. If you have a limited budget then Dhalgarwad is the best place for you to shop. Dhalgarwad also has the facility to sew and mix and match clothes of your choice. But yes, you have to be the best at bargaining and judging the quality of clothes.
3) Ratanpol Market
Ratanpol Market is the best place in Ahmedabad for wedding shopping. Ratanpol market is famous for saree and chaniya choli. There you’ll find a huge variety of Kutchi, Rabari, Threadwork, Lucknow chikan sarees and a huge variety for Chaniyacholi too. Chaniyacholi like Marwadi Chaniyacholi, Velvet, Net, Zardosi Work are available. From rich to poor, there are affordable clothes for everyone. Saree and chaniya choli are available from Rs 500 to Rs 5,000. There are also special varieties like Patola, Gharchola, Bandhani for weddings. In Ratanpol market, the choice of the youth has also been given priority. There is also a special collection of sherwani, suits and turbans for the groom. Apart from this, there are also cutlery and jewellery shops in Ratanpol for weddings. The jewellery shop sells gold jewellery ranging from 24 carats to 18 carats.
4) Pankor Naka Market
Pankor Naka Market is one of the oldest markets in Ahmedabad. Iron and plastic utensils for home use are available here. Apart from this, hardware related tools and bamboo items are also available at cheaper prices. The second lane of Pankor Naka is known as the toy market. In this market you will find as many varieties of toys as you can find in online shopping. Here you are offered a special discount on the purchase of toys at wholesale. From plastic, realistic to electronic toys are also available here.
5) Manek Chowk
Manek chowk is in fact the largest chowk in old Ahmedabad. During the reign of Emperor Ahmed Shah, traditional fairs and public functions were held in this chowk. Manek chowk is different compared to other markets. Because it changes form over time. That is, it becomes a vegetable market in the morning, Gold market from noon to late evening and as soon as night falls, it becomes Khau Galli. Gold-silver shops of Manek Chowks have been running for generations. The color of Manek Chowk, which is buzzing with traders all day long, also changes with the evening. You can find a fast food restaurant in Manekchowk in the evening. Here fast food like pav-bhaji, sandwich, pizza, panipuri, ragdapatis, barbecue, dosa, ice-cream can be found in one place.
6) Rani No Hajiro
The bazaar known as Rani No Hajiro is one of the beautiful bazaars of Ahmedabad. In fact, here is the dargah of Emperor Akbar and his begums. From him the name of this place became known as Rani No Hajiro. Crowd of women gather here always for twelve months. Items including women’s clothes and jewellery are found in Rani No Hajiro. This place is best for you if you are fond of traditional jhumka. You will also find traditional chaniya choli here. Oxidized jewellery found in Rani No Hajiro is one of the best which you’ll not find online. Apart from this you can find colorful fabric here and that too at a cheap and good rate. Also, expensive handloom fabrics like Mushroom and Ajrak are also available in huge variety. After shopping at this unique place in Ahmedabad, known as Rani No Hajiro, women also feel like a queen.
7) Kansara Bazaar
Kansara market is known for buying and selling utensils. Bronze and German utensils are found here. Apart from this, carved pots, swing rods, antique lamps, artistic peacocks-parrots etc. for home decoration are also easily found. The Kansara Bazaar also houses a few years old farsan shops. Which is still famous even after years for its majestic legacy of years old taste.
8) Sindhi Market
If you live in Ahmedabad and you want to complete the bucket list of amazing traditional goods then you must visit Sindhi Market once. Sindhi Market is located near Kalupur Gate. Here you will easily find all the things you need. From sarees to bed sheets and Punjabi dress material to handicrafts, footwear is available here and is also easy, cheaply and with variety. The Sindhi market is constantly crowded here as it is on both the inside and outside side of the road. Even today, bicycles are used in the Sindhi market for transporting goods. The Sindhi market has so much variety of clothing that no customer here has ever returned empty-handed.
9) Ghantakarna Market
Ahmedabad is called the hub of fabric. If you have any doubts about this, be sure to visit the Ghantakarna Market in Ahmedabad. There are 50 years old shops here. Where you can find a wide variety of both readymade and textile types. Huge varieties are available to mix and match. Varieties of fabrics including cotton, silk, jute, satin, printed fabric, handloom material are available. The price of cloth ranges from Rs 30 per meter to Rs 900 per meter. The important thing is that here you can find clothes ranging from ‘S’ size to ‘5XL’ size. Cotton kurtis are available in the wholesale market at a minimum price of Rs 60. If you want to start a clothing store on a minimum budget, you need to buy one here. You will definitely benefit.
10) Ravivari Bazar / Sunday market
The market near Ellisbridge in Ahmedabad and near the Sabarmati river is known as the Sunday market. The Sunday market is known as Gujri Bazaar. This market was built in 1414 by Ahmad Shah Badshah after Ahmedabad became a city which was known as the special market at that time. Traders from abroad used to come to this market to sell their goods. At present, the market is filled only on Sundays, and offers items ranging from knives used for household items to swords. Antique items for home furnishings, watches, makeup tools, gym equipment and many more are available at negligible prices.
One thing is said for the Sunday market, the Sunday market near the Sabarmati coast is no less than Aladdin’s lamp, you just need to have the strength to bargain.
11) Fernandez Bridge
Ahmedabad also has a wonderful heritage of knowledge. A vivid example of this is the book market under the Fernandez Bridge. In fact the Sabarmati River used to flow under the Fernandez Bridge in earlier times. But under the influence of time, Sabarmati’s flow changed. Fernandez Bridge is the first bridge in Ahmedabad. The book market is currently booming under this bridge. The books you want are easily available in the book market which is open for seven weeks. And even at half the price. Both new and old books are available here. If you are fond of reading then definitely visit here. A wide variety of books will be available, including art, science, studies, journals. In addition to buying books, you can also sell books here.
12) Spice and Mojdi Market of Madhupura
If you are fond of wearing Mojdi, then you must visit the Mojdi Bazaar of Madhupura just outside Dariapur Darwaja. Here you can find different types of mojdis. Leather mojdis are the center of attraction of this market. In addition to buying mojdi, you can also make mojdi of your choice here. Evergreen mojdis including Marwadi, Rajwadi, Leather, Embroidery.
On the other side of the Mojdi market is a very large spice market. Madhupura’s spices are famous all over Gujarat. Madhupura’s spice market is 125 years old. This market used to be dominated by Mahajans. At that time Sharafi was kept for buying and selling spices. From early morning till late night, the market used to be full of spices on camels and horse carts. Even today, there are some shops in Masala Market which are run by the fourth generation. Here you can find different varieties of spices at the same time. In addition to spices, there is also a big business of sugar, jaggery and dried fruits.
13) Law Garden Market
As the Garba season approaches, everyone remembers the Law Garden first. In Law Garden, Chaniyacholi’s huge variety like rabari work, silk, patched and so on is available. Apart from this you can also find special oxidized jewelery. This place is a hot favorite among Ahmedabadis for Navratri shopping.
14) Raipur Darwaja
Ahmedabad’s street shopping is incomplete without snacks. Raipur Darwajawhere the old food and beverage market of Ahmedabad is located. There is a wide variety of flavors available here. Das’s Khaman, Raipur’s Bhajiya, Astodia’s Faluda and Adad’s Jalebi are world famous. This place becomes the best souvenir of a lifetime after having snacks with friends and family.