Tourists would have incomplete Shimla Trip if they do not give a visit to the markets in Shimla. Throughout the year Shimla gets visited by tourists from various corners of the country as well as from various parts of the world. Once the town that was nicknamed as “the queen of the hills” and had become the best summer retreat of the British Rulers, has now become a charming and busy hill station of India.
Located in the Himachal Pradesh State in North India, Shimla has other interesting tourist places in the near vicinity e.g., Kullu, Manali, Chail and others. Apart from offering scintillating panoramic landscapes of hills and valleys, Shimla welcomes ardent shoppers with warmth and varieties of markets. Apart from regular shops, there are special markets where tourists can satisfy their shopping spree.
Markets in Shimla offer an array of souvenirs, handicrafts and woolen items to the shoppers. Items vary in design, color and budget so that each buyer has something to carry back.
The Mall Road in Shimla
The Mall Road in Shimla boasts so many shops selling so many varieties of items that even a shopping freak will get satisfied to the fullest. One can actually shop till he or she drops at the mall. With row and row of shops in the Mall, people could get items of all types ranging from dry fruits to woolen items. Not only buyers would enjoy visiting the shops here at Mall but they would get opportunity to enjoy good, mouth-licking food, drink juices, coffee to throw out their fatigue. To add more to the ambience, visitors would appreciate the church, the mayor’s office and the other buildings in the area.
Mall is the shopping hub of Shimla and is considered as the most important commercial center of Shimla. The Mall is a must visit place for so souvenirs, Himachali caps, woolen shawls, sweaters, gloves, woolen socks. The colorful caps from Kullu and Kinnaur, pashmina shawls with embroidery and mirror-work, carpets & rugs are unique and are exclusive items of Shimla.
Jewelries made of beads and other types of Tibetan accessories are also found in great numbers at the shops in the Mall Road. Fresh fruits, jams, jelly, pickles, honey etc. can also be bought from here. Leather items are also found in many shops in the Mall. Your Shimla tour will become meaningless if this mall is not visited. Vehicles are prohibited on the Mall Road so buyers can have enjoyable and comfortable shopping experience here.
Lakkar Bazaar in Shimla
If Mall Road shops can have all possible items that shoppers look for, Lakkar Bazaar is a market mainly famous for wooden items and dry fruits. With numerous items made of wood, this market is one-of-its-kind not only in Shimla but in India. Tourists buy souvenirs to keep at home or to gift others. All items are available at very affordable price.
Each of these items showcases the craftsmanship of the local artists. Beautifully carved wooden sticks, wooden toys, candle stands, flower vases and other pots, spoons, kitchen pots, key-chains, small idols, and other figurines are found in plenty at this market. Buyers can also get fresh fruits at this Lakkar Bazaar. The market is open till midnight. Fresh fruits like peach, plum, cherry, mango etc. can be bought here. There are sweet shops around from where cheap and delicious sweets can be bought.
Lakkar Bazaar is also a good place to look for locally made shawls and carpets. There are affordable eateries where delicious food items are made. “Chole Bhature” at Sita Ram shop in this bazaar is a famous one.
Lower Bazaar in Shimla
Lower Bazaar or Subzi Mandi in Shimla is located about 3.5 km away and is one of the most important shopping locations of Shimla. It is situated in the western end of the Mall. The market starts at the bus stand situated near the railway station. Shoppers have to explore the area on foot. The entire place has mazes of lanes and each lane has many shops making it one of the most visited shopping areas of Shimla. Wooden items and other handicrafts items are found in the shops of these narrow lanes.
Buyers can also get colorful earthen pots and other pottery items, woolen socks, gloves, shawls, carved wooden walking sticks etc. at this market. Dry fruits and varieties of medicinal herbs are also found here.
The Tibetan Market in Shimla
Those who love to bargain but cannot compromise on the quality of the goods would find the Tibetan Market the best destination for getting varieties of items. Woolen clothes, Tibetan rugs and carpets, padded jackets, mufflers, scarves, sweaters as well as Tibetan accessories like bag, boots, shoes, and jewelry items are found here. Antiques, Feng-Shui items, curios etc. are found plenty in numbers at this market.
Other items like silver jewelry and leather items are also specialty of this market run by the Tibetan Refugees. Once shoppers enter the place, they would enjoy the liveliness and colorfulness of this market.