Known for its bustling streets that cater to all tastes, thrift shopping in Guwahati has its own charm. Attractive products and compelling prices tempt tourists and locals alike. Filled with curios, jewellery and clothes, no amount of self-control works here.
Here are the top 5 thrift shopping spots in Guwahati to unleash the shopaholic in you.
5. Paltan Bazaar:
In close proximity to the railway station is Paltan Bazaar, and hence Chaos and congested streets characterize the market. Filled to the brim with hole in the wall places, which dole out exotic ethnic Northeastern cuisines, shops here always have a thing or two to offer. With paraphernalia of objects from tribal jewellery, bamboo handicrafts to colourful bangles and accessories, the crowd never seems to slacken. The place is also famous for its budget-friendly woolens. However, one has to be ready to brave the traffic; both human and automobile.
4. G.S. Road:
Known as the ‘hub’ of the city, G.S. Road is always pulsating with life amidst the crass cacophony of vehicle horns. Choc-o-block with high-end stores and popular eateries, it also has several kitschy stores for those seeking knick-knacks and junk jewellery. From shoe stores to small artistic boutiques, this stretch of road has it all. An evening of shopping in Guwahati is incomplete without taking a detour to G.S. Road. And if it doesn’t end at thrift shopping, then the numerous stores shall do the trick.
3. Beltola Bazaar:
The local bi-weekly flea market, Beltola Bazaar is an old market with historic significance. An important trading juncture for the Khasis and the locals, this market is quite popular for its wide array of local produce sold at reasonable rates. Opening in the wee hours of the morning, it is thronged by both traders and customers. With distinctive and indigenous culture intact, several vendors come here to display and sell their unique merchandise.
One of the oldest shopping areas in Guwahati, Ganeshguri is known for its busy streets, selling almost everything from footwear to street food. The traffic is never a deterrent as shops cater to hundreds of people on an hourly basis. You can find the universe of fabrics, shoes, bags, earrings, food, etc. You will never have a dull moment here.
1. Fancy Bazaar:
Nicknamed as the Chandni Chowk of Guwahati, Fancy Bazaar is the answer to everything. One of the best destinations for budget shopping, be it clothes, stationery or things for daily use, there’s nothing that cannot be found in its labyrinthine ‘gullies.’ Beckoning to every passerby, vendors display the best of their merchandise, selling everything at minimal rates. Cheerful shopkeepers, eager shoppers, usual hustle bustle, chaos and colourful streets, noises and tempting aromas of food are all that make up Fancy Bazaar.