Varanasi is believed to have been inhabited since the 12th Century, BC. That makes it one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world. Centuries have lent their unique flavour to this city. Owing to its inherent charms, rulers, invaders, communities, and traders made this city a commercial hub.
In its bazaars, you will find the most eclectic mix of items. From the opulent Banarasi Sarees, the unique Gulab Minakari works, brass and copper items, ceramic and wooden toys to name a few.
The wholesale markets in Varanasi are crowded, colourful and bustling with activity. They offer a sneak peek into this holy city. Let’s find out about the best markets.
Dal Mandi: This huge wholesale market is situated near Nayi Sadak. There is another market nearby called Hadahaa Sarai. These two combined make for the biggest wholesale markets of Varanasi.
Godowlia: Its proximity to the railway station makes it a large commercial centre. You would find shops selling the most inane household items to brocade fabrics, Zari work, jewellery, fine silks, carpets and what not.
A Shopkeeper in Godowlia Market image courtesy: www.traveltriangle.com
Thatheri Bazar: This market located near the Sankat Mochan Hanuman Mandir, specializes in Brass items. It is also an important centre for silks and brocades and well as minakari work.
Vishwanath Galli: Situated in Lahori Tola, you will find shops selling beautiful bangles, interesting trinkets, and souvenir, religious items, as well as a variety of fabrics. Don’t forget to bargain your heart out.
Golghar: Here you can find most of the items of daily need.
Chowk: If you are interested in street shopping, Chowk is worth a mention. This market is famous for the ubiquitous Banarasi Saree and Silk brocades.
Like many historical cities, these wholesale markets in Varanasi represent the soul of this ancient city. Markets which bear testimony to the turn of the centuries, the evolution of our civilization and most importantly, stand proudly in changing times.