Hyderabad: If you happen to be daunted by the thought of braving the Ramzan shopping crowd at Charminar and are in no mood to deal with the heavy traffic on your way to it, plenty other bazaars have gained a footing.
Among such bazaars, Tolichowki is considered the most lively owing to its blend of the new city and the old. Other places people can visit for Ramzan shopping include Mallepally, Sabzi Mandi, Karwan and Musheerabad.
Tolichowki and its surrounding areas comprise a large Muslim population. While previously they would all throng the Old City for festival and wedding shopping, now they have most of what they need available in their own neigbourhood.
Other than dress material outlets and eateries, one may find a vast range of household items on display along the stretch between Mehdipatnam and Tolicho-wki, which is now turning out to be a huge market for the homegrown fashion labels of Secunderabad and Old City.
Additionally, eateries like Pista House, Shah Gouse, 4 Seasons, Mandar, Kabul Darbar and Peshawar in Tolichowki have been serving Haleem and a variety of other special items prepared during the holy month.
The Tolichowki-Hakim-pet road presents a buzzing atmosphere with a large number of shops selling textiles, footwear, ornaments, bangles, carpets, and decorative items.
Ms Fatima Kubra, a resident of Al-Hasnat Colony, who earlier visited the Old City for Id shopping, is relieved to have everything she might need in her own locality now.
Ms Isra Fatima of Al-Kareem Colony said, “We no more have to travel all the way to the Old City to purchase bangles, ornaments or mehendi. Now, everything we need is available in the vicinity of our home. With the presence of all famed stores of the city in the same market, we have been enjoying an amalgamation of the Old City and the new city in one place.”
Mallepaly Bazaar is to be another destination popular for Id shopping, where shoppers can purchase traditional clothing, dress material, attar (perfumes), and special ingredients for cooking. A fair amount of traders here have set up shops to sell ready-made garments for men, women, and kids.
Similarly, the Old Sabzi Mandi of Karwan has turned into a shopping destination and families living in the surrounding areas need not look any further to fulfill their Id shopping requirements. A vast variety of items ranging from artificial jewellery and dress materials to ready-made garments and footwear are all available for purchase here.
The Bangladesh market at Musheerabad caters to the needs of the people living in the areas surrounding Secunderabad. Mr Zaheeruddin Samar said, “We don’t have to visit the Old City anymore. In fact, a large number of people from the Old City visit our market to compare prices, and most of them end up buying from here itself for the prices here are very reasonable compared to other markets in the city.