India has many modern markets, malls and supermarkets however; we also have many old school markets that age back a 100 years. Here in this list we will introduce you to the best and most important markets of our country that could rival the best franchise in India in terms of popularity:
Crawford Market, Mumbai
Crawford Market is a wholesale market for fresh fruits, vegetables, fish and meat. It was established in 1894 by Sir Jamsetjee Jeejeebhoy, a Parsi philanthropist. It is located in the Kalbadevi area of Mumbai near Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus railway station. The market has a long history and has been upgraded over the years. It used to be a major source of supply for all wholesale shops in Mumbai but today it has lost its importance as vendors have shifted to other areas like Vashi and Navi Mumbai as well as other parts of the city like Dadar and Jogeshwari where they can get better rates for their goods.
Surat Textile Market, Surat
The Surat Textile Market is the largest textile market in the world by volume and value of transactions. It was established during British rule when cotton mills were set up in Surat during the late 19th century. Today there are more than 150 textile mills operating here with more than 500 textile dealers operating from this market complex which covers an area of over 4 million square feet! The impact and importance of this market are apparent from the fact that the market has an annual turnover of over Rs 60 billion. It has been estimated that around 2 million people visit this market every day and it accounts for around 70 per cent of the total business done by traders in Surat city.
Chandni Chowk, Delhi
Chandni Chowk is one of the most famous tourist attractions in Delhi as well as one of its biggest wholesale markets. Chandni Chowk is located on the west side of Old Delhi City between Red Fort and Kashmiri Gate (Lodhi Garden). This place is famous for its colourful shops selling beautiful things like clothes, accessories, jewellery, shoes and much more. Chandni Chowk has been a hub of trade since the Mughal era. It was originally built by Akbar’s son Jehangir as a market for trading horses, although it was later renamed Chandni Chowk after his mother, Mehrunissa Begum. The market has undergone many changes over the years but has always remained a popular tourist attraction because of its rich history and vibrant atmosphere.
Johri Bazaar, Jaipur:
Johri Bazaar is one of the most popular wholesale markets in Jaipur and it offers a wide variety of products at very affordable rates. The market has a long history and attracts tourists from all over the world.
New Market, Kolkata:
New Market is one of the largest shopping areas in Kolkata that was built during the British era. It has been well preserved by the Indian government and attracts crowds from all over India.
Palika Bazaar, Delhi:
The Palika Bazaar is located right next to Connaught Place in New Delhi and it is one of the oldest markets in Delhi. The bazaar consists of several shops selling items like clothes, jewellery, electronics and more at very affordable prices.