Rainak Bazaar

India Today - - SIMPLY PUNJABI -

De­spite a plethora of plush malls dot­ting the Ja­land­har cityscape nowa­days, this cramped bazaar near Nakod­dar Chawk re­mains one of the favourite hubs for the city’s shopa­holics. The nar­row by­lanes of Rainak Bazaar are dot­ted with as many scoot­ers, bi­cy­cles and rick­shaws parked hap­haz­ardly, as they are with the kiosks sell­ing colourful com­modi­ties. Of­fer­ing an im­mense va­ri­ety of goods, the mar­ket is known for its cos­met­ics, ap­parel, footwear, toys, kids’ stuff, kitchen­ware, plas­tic ware and eat­a­bles that are all avail­able at throw­away prices. Be­sides this there are show­rooms retailing wed­ding wear, authen­tic sil­ver jew­ellery and a va­ri­ety of tra­di­tional Pun­jabi pic­tures, brass­ware, sil­ver­ware and hand­i­craft items as well. Choose a Sun­day to visit as the mar­ket of­fers a wider va­ri­ety then. Hav­ing been around for al­most as long as the city it­self, this bazaar is a great place to get a whiff of the true essence of this an­cient city. Where Rainak Bazaar, Ja­land­har 161

ANIL DAYAL

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