Lucknow the capital city of Uttar Pradesh, historically called Awadh is a place of etiquette and manners. Known all over the world for its tehzeeb or culture, it has been a vibrant city for education, fine arts, music, poetry, literature, food, secularism and its colourful markets. Aarttee Kaul Dhar takes a look.

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Though there are many markets and fashion streets in Lucknow city, it is a foodie’s paradise because of the unique Awadhi cuisine. Also a shopper’s Eden Lucknow has many exquisite shopping spots. Without doubt Hazratganj or ganj bazaar is the best place for a premium shopping experience. Shopping or roaming there is affectionately called ganjing; the place is packed with showrooms, malls, outlets, restaurants, multiplexes and cinemas. It is as famous as the Connaught Place of Delhi. However, Hazratganj is not for bargain shoppers as it is the most luxurious market in Lucknow, but you can buy there all daily lifestyle items of very good quality. It is the best place to buy jewellery items, and all types of men’s, women’s and kids’ cloths; especially handmade embroidered kurtas/kurtis and saris of famous Chikan material. Sahara mall, Janpath and Halwasiya are all a part of Ganj. So Ganj bazaar is a must visit.

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One of the oldest markets of Lucknow is Aminabad and no wonder if I say there is no shopping place in Lucknow which can compete with Aminabad’s local market. It is home to all types of fabulous shopping. Doesn’t matter what are you looking for, Aminabad shopping market has something for every enthusiastic shopper. Aminabad market is mainly famous for jewellery, books, Chikan embroidered clothing; especially wedding lehengas and sherwanis. There is a very large chain of garments shops which offers wedding clothes for bride and groom within average to premium budget. And the best thing about this market is bargaining!
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Chowk, one of the most famous markets of old Lucknow, is a must go. It is the shopping place in Lucknow for garments, fine fabrics and famous handcraft Chikan embroidery work. However, Chowk market is also blended with famous showrooms of local and international brands; still handcrafted items are the main attraction of this market which makes it a unique attraction of the city. It is in the heart of the city, not very stylish and modern but a hub of all fabrics and garments.
Visiting Nakhas market also could be a special experience. It is one of the oldest markets of Lucknow. The entire market is fully packed with small and large, new and old shops, where you can shop in a budget. Its vibrancy can be seen early on Sunday morning when this market becomes more colorful and noisier, and the price of everything becomes very reasonable. This is well known as the Sunday market in old Lucknow where you can easily get unique items at a low cost not available elsewhere.
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Another great place is explore is Alambagh. This crowded sidewalk market is fully blended with all categories of shops, hotels, restaurants and street eateries. Not only shopping complexes and malls, but also you will easily find roadside street shops of outfits for cheap shopping.
Another interesting spot is Yahiyaganj which is the main whole sale market of Lucknow to buy cosmetic products, toys, cloth, crackers, metal utensils, masala and other kitchen items at whole sale prices. It is situated close to Nakhat.
However, every area in Lucknow is in itself a shopping location, as Bhootnath and Latoosh Road. So do visit, eat and explore, pray and love! Muskurayiye ke Aap Lucknow Mein Hain.