Look for: Traditional jewellery, leather bags, handicrafts, home decor, and clothing.
Places to shop: Bapu Bazaar, Johri bazaar, MI Road, Badi Chaupar and Link Road. The shops in front of Hawal Mahal are also a must visit, as you can find some traditional Rajasthani outfits and leather footwear.
Must-buys: Laak bangles is a specialty, block print clothing, Precious Stone and oxidized silver jewellery.
Look for: Paper-mache handicrafts, Pashmina shawls, carpets and rugs, saffron and other spices, Kashmiri embroidery suits, Kashmiri tea and Kashmiri handicraft.
Places to shop: JK Govt handloom showroom, shops near Lal Chowk, main market area, Maharaja Bazaar and Kokar Bazaar (for spices)
Must-buys: Paper-mache handicrafts, Carpets and Rugs, Saffron, Kashmiri Embroidery handicrafts.
Look for: Even though it looks impossible, but you can actually find the branded clothes on the street markets of Delhi. You can also look for some stunning street jewellery, handicrafts and books at throwaway prices.
Places to shop: Connaught Place, Janpath Market, Delhi Haat and the Sarojni Nagar are the best street markets of Delhi.
Must-buys: Look for: Clothes from both budget streets and designer labels, handicrafts and jewellery.
Look for: Artificial jewellery and trinkets, clothing, beachwear, footwear, spices, local handicrafts, handbags, accessories.
Places to shop: Anjuna flea market, Saturday night bazaar at Arpora, Mapusa Market (for spices), Calangute Market Square.
Must-buys: Look for: Artificial jewelry and tribal accessories
Look for: Clothes with Tie and Dye, bandhej and traditional mirror work, handicrafts and paintings, leather goods, footwear (Jootis), jewellry
Places to shop: Nai Sadak, station road, mochi bazaar for leather footwears.
Sarojini Nagar, Delhi
When a Delhiite proudly claims "Chadda uncle New York se Rado ki watch laaye hai mere liye" you should understand that it is a watch worth 200 bought from Sarojini Nagar. A shopper's paradise for fashion freaks, SN is a true delight when it comes to latest trends. The unbelievably affordable price of stuff is like a cherry on the cake.
Plus dahi bhalle and chhole bhature- life mein aur kya chahiye?
Colaba Causeway, Mumbai
Mumbai is all about fashion and Colaba Causeway will give you a chance to wear it like a true-blue fashionista. The market has an unparalleled collection of junk jewellery. Also, bags, purses, footwear and everything that would make a fashion-forward chick go crazy is available and how. Make sure to visit the place when you hit the Mumbai nagariya. Can't promise about the other dreams, but wearing everything that makes you look like a dazzling diva sure will- courtesy Colaba Causeway!
Laad Bazaar, Hyderabad
For all the girls with gori kalaiyaan-s yearning for hari hari churiyaan, rev up to drool over the collection of bangles here. It is an old market for jewelry and people make sure to get their wedding shopping done from here. Yeah, go on, sing it- you know you want to..
Also, biryani! *hunger pangs*
Housed in the heart of the city, Hazratganj is the type of market people usually demand these days. With local shops, eateries and shopping complexes placed all together, you can continue to shop till you drop. The finest quality of Chikan cloth is available here.
And Lucknow gaye- aur lazeez khana nahi khaya? Aisa kaise, right?
Bapu Bazaar, Jaipur
If the earth houses an ultimate one-stop destination for all your shopping needs, this is it! From authentic Rajasthani items to modern outfits and accessories, you will find everything in the lanes of Bapu Bazaar. Do not forget to pick bandhani saris and kurtis and do not forget to bargain! You are sure to transform into a Rajasthani chhori once you step into this arena.
Plus, ghevar. how have you not tried that yet?
Lokhandwala Market, Mumbai
Why fret over the insanely expensive Steve Madden or Jimmy Choo you had your heart set on when you can bag a lookalike (almost) in about 2% of the cost- even less if you bargain! From footwear to jewellery and outfits, you will find all your heart's desires here and stand the risk of forgetting you got to leave.
Also, the streets are lined up with delicious mouth watering food stalls.
Commercial Street, Bangalore
All those people who are in search of the perfect blend of flea market and branded stores, Commercial Street is the place you should barge in at. If you are not a shopping freak, but you are dragged along by a friend for company, you can have the eating joints to direct your energies toward. Win-win, no?
Mall Road, Darjeeling
Mall Road is a shopper's haven and you will hear about the place from everyone who visits Darjeeling. Shops are stacked on both sides of the street and traditional Sikkimese outfits are a hot favorite of the tourists. There are numerous restaurants, antique shops, boutiques and bakeries here and you will end up loading a lot on and in yourself!
Known mostly for its expansive range of traditional outfits, Janpath is the spot-on market for all kinds of clothing. There are varied antique shops and stalls selling incense sticks. There are, on the other end, a number of shops selling junk jewelry and bags. The footwear zone is a dream come true for most street shopping maniacs. But make sure to polish your bargaining skills before you step foot here and you can rule the shopping zone.