Before the East India Company ravaged it with its forced famines, Kolkata was the hub of culture, cultivation, intellect, literature and trade. As a city that has retained its old world charm and the graceful ease of a cat stretching on a sunny winter day, Kolkata offers a surveying and shopping experience that possibly has no parallel in India anymore.
So, why is shopping in Kolkata so different from any other city in India? It’s the experience, the mingling of the new merchandise steeped in the old alleys, the age old handicrafts being sold in new age shops, soaking in the wonderful architecture while browsing interesting knick-knacks. Where? We thought you’d never ask!
Also known as Shobhabazaar, this was the locality of the wealthiest of Bengali folk in the 18th century. It’s the hub of traditional Bengali shopping, a place where the natives do their purchasing. With buildings in the Baroque, Mughal, British and Bengali architecture and flanked by the Hooghly on one side, this is one pleasurable shopping trip! Walking distance from the much happening New Bazaar (although we will take you from one to the other I an air conditioned car), this market makes available (besides the products of everyday use, pets, pet products etc.) lovely handloom and mechanized loom-woven fabric at Hatibagan.
Remember the stunning visuals in Aparna Sen’s critically acclaimed 36 Chowringhee Lane? Yes, that’s the world famous market in India Chowringhee. With the ‘Maidan’ on one side and its colonial architecture, it’s a page out of history. And you can buy just about anything under the sun here. From curios to terracotta ware, toys to fashion accessories, the best food to souvenirs, handmade bangles and necklaces, carved statues of wood and brassware made by hand, clothes, books, music. The list can probably go on and on. From big shops with branded products to tiny stalls and peddlers, this is where you get all the bustle you could possibly want.
In one word, iconic. The erstwhile ‘Hogg’s market’, inaugurated by the British in 1874 as an upscale shopping area cannot be missed while you’re in Kolkata. Mind Boggling variety of products and materials at mind boggling prices – that’s New Market for you. It is the quintessential Kolkata experience. Soak in the moment. Bargain like you’ve never bargained before, you’ll be surprised, and glad! Not to be missed - resplendent silk saris and the scrumptious-lings at Nahoum & Sons. And the invigorating spice market. You can also visit the Mallick Flower Market from here, it’s the biggest flower market in all of Asia. A feast for the eyes.
Who hasn’t heard of Flurys, the oft-praised and defining bakery of Kolkata? It’s on Park Street. For book lovers, there’s the unmissable Oxford bookstore!
For those who love handcrafted goodies, there is a co-operative which offers breathtaking embroidered clothes and home furnishings, painstakingly made by destitute ladies. Restaurants suiting all pockets are aplenty, as are garment shops.
Please give us 2 days’ notice when you book this tour. It’s available on any day of the week, except Sundays. The entire tour will take 4-5 hours, and we will have you picked and dropped in an air conditioned vehicle with a driver. The earliest the tour may start is 10 AM, and the last tour will leave at 2 PM. An English speaking guide as well as a bottle of complimentary water, both critical for these tours, will be complimentary.
- INR 3,251/- per adult (Prices are based on booking by a minimum of two adults. Even if one adult books, minimum cost will be for two, so we suggest you bring along a loved one.)
- INR 1,625/- per child (5-11 years of age)
Cancellation and Refund
- 10 days prior to the date on which the excursion is booked – 90% fee refund;
- Within 5-9 days of the excursion date – 75% fee refund;
- Within 2-4 days of the excursion date – 50% fee refund; With less than 2 days or if you don’t show up – No refund
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